Month: April 2015

Speaking With Pioneer Valley Games Founder Jesse Bemben

We’re lucky enough to have some talented, interesting people in our happy valley, and the Valley Nerd Watch wants to introduce you to as many of them as possible.

That’s starting today, with an interview of local video-game developer and artist Jesse Bemben of Pioneer Valley Games!

James Olchowski: So first of all, why start your own studio instead of getting into the industry?

Jesse Bemben: That’s mostly because… even if I were offered to work with EA or Blizzard or something I wouldn’t do it. I spend a lot of time watching online lectures and stuff, I recently finished a lecture series by Warren Spector, and he had a bunch of people come in and talk for hours at a time, Richard Garriot and a bunch of others.

Hearing people talk about it just completely turns me off of working in the industry. The reason I’m working independently is because I want to make my story. It’s selfish but I think most people want to tell their story. If you work for a company, you’re never going to make your story. You’re always going to be working on someone else’s idea. And some people might like that but… I just am not interested. It’s also an extremely tumultuous industry.

JO: So do you do this for a day job?

JB: I actually do graphics, I’m working for a guy who does mobile games. So I put a contracted amount of hours into that each week based on my own schedule. I wake up whenever I want and work the hours that work for me. Everything else is just working on my own projects.

JO: Is there a reason you chose to make your company Pioneer Valley Games? Why you chose to specifically highlight the area?

JB: No, I mean I’m from the area and I love the area and it started in the area… so it seemed natural to me.

JO: The Valley has really built up a community of craft and artisans, have you found that it’s a good community for something digital?

JB: I haven’t had a huge amount of interaction with artists in the community. I only know a few to be honest, many of them in this building [Eastworks] itself, and one of the people I worked with was an artist, but that’s pretty much the extent of it. I think I found it more inspirational when I was a writer, actually.

You could go up to the mountain and sit down and write and it was awesome. Digital work is a bit different, I spend a lot of time hanging out at my house with my dog, I’m not connected to many people face-to-face.

JO: Interesting. Part of the reason I started the Nerd Watch, and something I’ve found as I’ve spoken to people, is that if people in the same area are doing something similar and it’s amenable to the internet you just don’t meet each other.

JB: Yeah, I’d say this area has a lot of… real artists I guess. Sculptors, painters, and they’re great and there’s just a difference between the physical and the digital mediums and how they interact.

JO: So did you get this position in part or in whole because of the Pioneer Valley Games work that you’ve been doing, and the RPG Maker assets you have for sale on Steam?

JB: Yeah, he saw that I had some stuff for sale on Steam and got in touch with me.

JO: Have you had a lot of success selling asset packs on Steam?

JB: Enough success that I don’t need a job so *laughs*, yeah.

JO: Do you think that the 3D-rendered models you’ve made [link] have something to do with your success? They don’t look much like other RPG Maker stuff.

JB: Yeah, when I started doing this about two and a half years ago there was only one additional pack that you could buy. RPG Maker came with a base set of very cartoony looking graphics. Then, they released another completely different set that was just graphics, from someone just in the community, not on staff. When I saw that I figured well if this person can do it why can’t other people do it?

So I sent a message to one of their staff asking if they’d be interested in selling something if I made something. The 3D rendering stuff I had was the fastest to work with at the time, and I was into experimenting with it so that’s where I wound up making most of the assets. And for whatever reason, no one else has been really making RPG Maker stuff in that style.

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April 27th – May 3rd

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


This is your last week to sign up to exhibit at TopatoCon, coming to Northampton in September! It is sounding like it will be an extremely cool time, so by all means see if you can put on a show!

Get ready for Free Comic Book Day May 2nd! We grew up collecting comic books, and we can highly recommend amassing an enormous collection of comic books, because they are beautiful. Free Comic Book Day is a chance to get a bunch of previews and fun free books from the local comic shops, and it’s also a chance for those local shops to subtly shame you into then purchasing something you ingrate.

Don’t forget to pick up books and games by local creators!

Also remember that Free Comic Book Day falls on the same day as the Pride Parade in Northampton! So you will have a guaranteed fun time hanging out at the parade before or after picking up your books!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, May 2nd
Off the Wall Games [41 Russel Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at All Day
Hobby and Paint Day
We don’t have a ton of experience with hobby miniature games, but we’re consistently impressed with the absolutely amazing detail and beauty that hobbyists manage when painting models! Take an opportunity this Sunday to paint yourself, or learn from veteran painters at Off the Wall!

Books:

Monday, April 20th – Thursday, April 30th
Emily Williston Memorial Library [9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA 01027] at All Day.
Friends Seeking Book Donations
Emily’s Friends of the Library are seeking book donations for the big Spring Book Sale! Donations need to be clean! The library will also accept CDs and DVDs, but not magazines.
Friday, May 1st – Sunday, May 3rd
Amherst Town Common [Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00pm – 6:00pm
Amherst Book Sale
The annual League of Women Voters book sale! That’s pretty much the long and the short of this event. You like books, right? Buy a bunch! Stack ’em up! Build a tiny, flammable house out of books! Whatever you do, don’t make the rookie mistake of buying a mysterious tome, reading the dead tongue within out loud, and unleashing a horde of demons!
Saturday, May 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [Village Commons, 9 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075] at All Day
Independent Bookshop Day
A celebration of independent book stores! We’re going to go out on a limb and say that the basic way you celebrate this day is by purchasing books from this bookshop.
Sunday, May 3rd
Florence Civic Center [90 Park St, Florence, MA 01062] 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Are you a fan of either books or food? We hope you’re at least a fan of food or you’re probably having a lot of difficulty maintaining your body parts. Most of them really rely upon a steady supply of food. Either way this event has something to interest you! Books, baked! Or cooked, or displayed. Whatever works best, really. People have created some really neat displays representing books, and they’re all made out of food!

Comics:

Saturday, May 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at All Day
Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day at Modern Myths is a great opportunity to not only grab free stuff, but support the store! Pay particular attention to the works from local artists and writers! The more they sell, the easier it is for people to make comics in the Valley!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at All Day
Free Comic Book Day
Get free comics! Support your favorite local store by then buying more comics from them! Preview various things you may not otherwise have found out were cool! Worry less about parking because Easthampton won’t be having a big Pride parade the way Northampton will!

RPGs:

Monday, April 27th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Dungeons and Dragons
The new 5th edition, it seems decent? If you’ve not been introduced to it, might we recommend listening to the spectacular D&D 5e podcast ‘The Adventure Zone‘? If you HAVE been introduced to it, it’s basically 100% certain that you already have a very strong opinion about whether or not it is an acceptable thing to spend time playing. Grab a pre-rolled character and hop into some fun with local GM Neal Robinson!
Saturday, May 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Star Wars! The thing you’re either way too into or haven’t been paying attention to for approximately 40 years. Either way, the RPG is a pretty fun time, and though it’s been underway at Modern Myths for a while we’re sure they could write you in as a mysterious smuggler who’s mysteriously really old and tired looking.
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pathfinder Pirates!
We’ve never played Pathfinder, nor Pathfinder Pirates. But we’re pretty sure that it’s essentially like Dungeons and Dragons but set in a world where everyone has the same job: tour guide. Presumably these ‘pathfinders’ are pirates in the case of this particular iteration, or possibly they guide pirates? Either way, check this out and get back to us about what sort of salary package the Pathfinder guild has.
Sunday, May 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play
Join the friendly folks at Modern Myths in their ongoing Pathfinder Society Organized Play, during which players not only act as an adventuring party but also spend time working for secretive organizations with their own goals in mind! It sounds like a pretty fun way of splitting play incentives without making everyone just stab each other in the back or play obstinate for the heck of it!

Science:

Monday, April 27th
Amherst Brewing Company [10 University Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm
SciTech Cafe
Come learn about neat science things in a relaxed environment! Marko Lončar presents “Diamonds are a photon’s best friend.” Find out the answer to questions as varied as “Why are diamonds special?” and “Can we store information in diamonds?”
Tuesday, April 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, AMherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm
Wildflowers of the Northeast
A presentation by naturalist John Root on the native and naturalized fauna of our region! Ha, get it? Root!
Friday, May 1st
Seelye Hall, Smith College [Seelye Dr, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:15pm
The War of God in Addiction: The Psychodynamics of Addiction
Jungian analyst David Schoen gives the last lecture of the academic year for the Jung Association of Western Mass’s lecture series! As far as we can tell it’s something about Thor and Crom fighting over who gets to be in charge of addiction. There’s a $10 suggested donation, but a trick to get in free is to just not be capable of experiencing shame.
Springfield Museums [21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01108] at 7:30pm
Stars Over Springfield
The museum’s rooftop telescope opens for public gazing on the first Friday of each month. Do your part scanning the skies for potential invasions by alien craft! There is a $3 admission to the event!
Saturday, May 2nd
Our Lady Child Care Center [35 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 11:30am
Young Scientists
Collaborative for Educational Services presents a workshop for parents of young children who are somehow already PhDs?!? Everyone, congratulations on your incredibly credentialed little ones!

Video Games:

Sunday, May 3rd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 8:00pm
MAKETALKPLAY Indie Game Bring Your Own Night
In preparation for the upcoming JiffyCon, the Pioneer Valley Game Developers are hosting a Bring Your Own Multiplayer Video/Board Game Night! All games are welcome, but designers are specifically encouraged to bring their own games! Emily Care Boss is going to kick things off with an introduction to JiffyCon, and then it’s off to play Nidhogg for 4 hours straight!

April 20th – 26th

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


You can look forward to a really interesting SciTech Cafe later this month. It’s about Diamonds and photons and how awesome Diamonds are.

There’s a book club meeting next week discussing Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks, so get started reading today, and you might manage to almost make it halfway in by the time the group meets!

Oh! And although it’s technically next month, get ready for Free Comic Book Day May 2nd! We grew up collecting comic books, and we can highly recommend amassing an enormous collection of comic books, because they are beautiful. FCBD is a chance to get a bunch of previews and fun free books from the local comic shops, and it’s also a chance for those local shops to subtly shame you into then purchasing something you ingrate.

Don’t forget to pick up books and games by local creators!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, April 25th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russel Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00am – 7:00pm
Warmachine Tournament
Warmachine! A game that unfortunately we are not super capable of discerning from any other miniatures game. BUT we can say it has some really neat mech design, the Warjacks look very cool. Big old armor suits in the best sci-fi fantasy tradition. The tournament will be 35 points, standard 45 minute Deathclock. It starts at 11am, and registration is at 10:30am. There’s a $10 entry fee!

Books:

Monday, April 20th – Thursday, April 30th
Emily Williston Memorial Library [9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA 01027] all day.
Friends Seeking Book Donations
Emily’s Friends of the Library are seeking book donations for the big Spring Book Sale! Donations need to be clean! The library will also accept CDs and DVDs, but not magazines.

Card Games:

Saturday, April 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Magic 101
Learn how to play Magic: The Gathering! It’s one of the most popular collectible card games in the world, so you’ve probably heard of it. It’s also a daunting prospect to actually play, as it’s kind of complicated and strange! Get a handle on the game in a friendly environment at Modern Myths this Saturday!

Comics:

Wednesday, April 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Melissa Mendes Signing
Come see Melissa Mendes talk for a bit and then sign things! She’s a wonderful local artist hailing from Hancock, MA. She’s done a lot of interesting work, including a comic she’s currently putting out called “Weight”, based off her grandmother’s journals. You can check out her work here! You’ll need to get a standard $5 day pass for this event, given back immediately as store credit.
Thursday, April 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Graphic Novel Book Club: The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1
The Wicked + The Divine is the pick for Graphic Novel Book Club this month! Last month was a blast, and we can only imagine a book about superpowered godlike popstars who must die within two years of becoming superpowered will be a great discussion! You’ll need to get a standard $5 day pass for this event, given back immediately as store credit.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, April 21st
Luthier’s Co-Op [108 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00pm
Not strictly nerd-based, but open to nerding should you feel the desire. This open mic night is about telling true stories that you feel will entertain a crowd. It’s a chance to get a big room of people to understand how funny or interesting that one thing you like is, which nerds should relish. This month, the theme is “Stories about songs that define moments”!
Friday, April 24th
The Platinum Pony [30 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 10:00pm
Cosplay drag show! Dress up in the most villainous attire you can manage! There’s a costume contest in which you can win excellent gear for your lair, and there will be several performances over the course of the night! It’s a 21+ show, and tickets are $10!
Saturday, April 25th
Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library [20 West St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 12:00pm
A community ukulele club! They meet regularly to sing together, and improve their playing. They play in public on occasion, and welcome beginners and experienced players to play, sing, or listen!

RPGs:

Saturday, April 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Did the recent Star Wars trailer whet your whistle for Stormtroopers? Maybe give this RPG a play! They will be happy to write you into this ongoing adventure for a bit, though try to understand if you get handed kind of a weird sidelined character like the guys who get a name at the end of each movie before their X-Wing blows up.

Science:

Monday, April 20th
Seelye Hall, Smith College [Seelye Dr, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30pm – 6:30pm
See UMass Amherst Professor Nilanjana Dasgupta speak about the scarcity of women pursuing careers in science. What drives the disparity? What are the solutions? You can check out the abstract to an article she wrote with Jane G. Stout here to prepare for the talk!
Tuesday, April 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00pm
Quest for the Eastern Cougar (Talk)
Robert Tougias speaks about his experiences tracking the enigmatic Cougar! The cougar is one of the coolest wild cats in our opinion, and has a vast and varied range. Mr. Tougias helped track down cougar populations and wrote about it for years, hear first hand about his experiences!
West Springfield Public Library [511 Main St, West Springfield, MA 01089] at 3:30pm
Science Rocks!
Kids can explore the fun side of science by learning how to grow seeds in a CD case! You can also take this time to explain to kids what CDs were, and why they needed to be encased! For ages 9+, call to register at 4130736-4561, extension 3!
Wednesday, April 22nd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 8:00pm
Another Night in Space
Earth is in Space! The Quarters is on Earth! Get it? Anyway, cosmos on the projector and space cocktails served in beakers make this definitively a Science-based drinking event!

Video Games:

Friday, April 24th
Community Room at Forbes Library [20 West St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Minecraft Club
Minecraft! The surprise hit indie game that made the creator a billionaire and enriched the lives of millions with a weird sort of lego-freedom-survival-builder-game. Participants need to bring their own Minecraft log-in. They have laptops for use, but you can also bring your own device! Please make sure to register at the children’s desk or call to reserve a spot [413-587-1010]!

April 13th – 19th

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


Tabletop Day was a blast! We had a ton of fun teaching and playing with some extremely nice people. And in lovely news, the Deuce is going to be hosting a bi-monthly Play Anything: Board Games & Beer at The Deuce. Start getting excited for the next/inaugural one in June!

You can look forward to a really interesting SciTech Cafe later this month. It’s about Diamonds and photons and how awesome Diamonds are.

Oh! And although it’s technically next month, get ready for Free Comic Book Day May 2nd! We grew up collecting comic books, and we can highly recommend amassing an enormous collection of comic books, because they are beautiful. FCBD is a chance to get a bunch of previews and fun free books from the local comic shops, and it’s also a chance for those local shops to subtly shame you into then purchasing something you ingrate.

You can also look forward to Oh My Word! This month. The current subject, Stories About Songs That Define Moments, doesn’t slot precisely into the standard Nerd Pantheon. But we’re pretty sure that we don’t care because it sounds fun!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, April 18th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russel Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00am – 7:00pm
Warhammer Fantasy Tournament
Warhammer! That game that you either play obsessively or not at all. Are you looking for some people to smash with your immaculately-painted army? Then try this friendly tournament! There’s a $15 registration fee, and armies must be 2500 points. Registration begins at 10:30am, and the tournament starts at 11:00am. You can check out The 131 Forums for signup and details before the event!

Card Games:

Saturday, April 18th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Dragons of Tarkir Game Day #1
Magic the Gathering players can come to Greenfield Games for a FREE event, with multiple Swiss rounds which we assume are a form of delicious cheese and then elimination rounds. There will be prizes, including Scaleguard Sentinels for the first 30 attendees, Thunderbreak Regent for the top eight, and a Champion Playmat for the grand prize!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Dragons of Tarkir Game Day
Magic the Gathering: basically the only game that exists? It’s possible! Come to Modern Myths to play your Standard deck against a bunch of other people who also play MtG! There will be prizes!
Sunday, April 19th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Dragons of Tarkir Game Day #2
The exact same thing as Day #1! Attend both, WIN both, and be remembered as “that one horrible person who took all the prizes for that whole weekend jeez”.

Comics:

Thursday, April 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Queers in Comics & Games
Come to Modern Myths to talk about comics, games, and how they represent queer people. We missed this discussion group last time it came around, so we’re going to prioritize it this week! It sounds like a good opportunity both to speak and to listen to the experiences of other people. You’ll need to get a standard $5 day pass for this event, given back immediately as store credit.

Computers:

Thursday, April 16th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Western MA Drupal Meetup
You can see the official signup and agenda at https://groups.drupal.org/western-massachusetts, and there’s usually drinks to follow at a place TBD at the meetup. This is a great chance to dive into Drupal with some supportive members of the local community!
Friday, April 17th
Packard’s Bar – Library Room [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00pm
Northampton Webdive After Dark
A regular meetup of web designers, coders, and generally anyone who thinks the word “webdive” applies to their interests!

RPGs:

Saturday, April 18th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 1:00pm
Pathfinder Pirates
Come play the classic Pathfinder system only instead of playing as stock fantasy adventurers, play as pirates! If you can imagine having a little parrot sidekick that gives you +1 Initiative you’re already getting why this is a great time. You can join at any session, there are pre-made characters and dice provided! Jump in this week!
Sunday, April 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play
In Pathfinder Society you play appropriately enough a member of the Pathfinder Society. Basically, you hunt treasure with your party while you are all also working for secret factions that have their own agenda. The scenarios are short 4-hour adventures, and each season has 28 of them! They’re in the middle of a season right now, but they’ll be happy to work you into the game! You’ll need a standard $5 Day Pass to play, but as always it’s immediately converted to a store voucher.

A Brief Guide to Tabletop Day

Tabletop Day Guide!

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Saturday, April 11th (Today!)

Tomorrow is International Tabletop Day! Essentially an excuse to hold tabletop events, it’s a great time to get out there and play great games with interesting people!

Because our lucky readers live in a very nice place filled with very neat people, there are a ton of options for having a good Tabletop Day tomorrow!

This post is a brief rundown of what you can expect from each location tomorrow! I’ll answer all the basic questions you might have about each event space and some questions you might not even have known you had!

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ALERT: Magestry LARP This Weekend!

Wow, in all the Tabletop Day festivity news, we completely forgot to let you all know that a Magestry LARP is happening this weekend! Should be a great time for all who can make it!

It’s going to be at Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd, Williamsburg, MA 01096]. The fee is $60 for Player Characters, and free for Non-Player Characters. You can find a lot more information about the gameworld and how to play here: http://magestry.com/introduction.html.

The next event takes play Friday, April 10th – Sunday, April 12th. The game runs 24/7 over that time, which sounds kind of awesome! And while this weekend is a bit short notice, the next event is going to be Friday, May 8th – Sunday, May 10th.

You should check out this introductory video talking about what to bring to a Magestry LARP:

Allow us to briefly recount our experience observing adorable LARPing. While visiting Tam Tams in Montreal, which is basically a field that people go to to either join a drum circle or a quick impromptu LARP fight. There, we saw a family that came together as they must have most weeks. The dad was obviously an old hand, and super into it. He had an enormously detailed suit of plate-mail armor, and a beautiful boffer sword. He had two kids with him who were basically painted like the Scots in Braveheart and they were around 12 and 6 and that whole family had just a great time walloping people with foam swords.

The six year-old girl got the majority of their kills on account of everyone pretty much deciding it would be more fun to give a small child a chance to pretend they were a rampaging berserker than to exploit the reach advantage that comes with being three feet taller than your opponent. Anyway, the point is that if you have any interest in this sort of fantasy environment LARPs honestly seem like a great time for everyone.

April 6th – 12th

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week includes Tabletop Day! It’s a fun event that you should celebrate in one of the several manners listed below. It’s essentially an excuse for people to show off tabletop games in the hope that you’ll decide to drop another couple hundred on some arcane box of tokens and rules because you had such a great time playing it with people. And you know, that’s fine! Tabletop games are fun.

The Nerd Watch will be hanging out at the Deuce trying to get through a complete game of the Game of Game of Thrones for most of the day, so any Watchers in feel free come say hi!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, April 11th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Tabletop Day
Comics n’ More is having two one-shot Pathfinder games , a ~wacky~ magic draft, and a ton of board games on tabletop day! It will be a real fun time. If you are in Easthampton this Saturday there is no other place to be!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Tabletop Day
Come to Modern Myths for a special Tabletop Day event! Explore all of your old favorite games and try out wonderful new games! It is guaranteed to be a blast. Try to eat a lot before going so that you don’t pass out after 11 hours of play.
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30pm – 7:00pm
Tabletop Day
The good old Deuce is also having a Tabletop Day event! Come enjoy a bunch of fun donated games with a lot of very entertaining people. Also, you can get food and alcohol while you play! It’s kind of great.
Sunday, April 12th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
D&D Attack Wing: Tyranny of Dragons Storyline Event Month Two
Dragons! Danged dragons getting all ready to bother people as per usual. Gather for battle and smash two big armies of miniatures against each other! Sounds fun. The event is $20, and the cost covers a booster pack and lots of prizes!

Books:

Wednesday, April 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Hazel Newlevant Signing
Come see the brilliant editor of recent Kickstarter success story CHAINMAIL BIKINI, an anthology of stories about the experience of women in a variety of gaming environments. It looks pretty dang amazing!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, April 7th
Divas Nightclub [492 Pleasant St #3, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00pm
Nerd Night
In what we can only describe as a thing we are not entirely capable of fully understanding, Divas is having a nerd night. There’s a VIP video game area, and you should “come dressed”. There are also $3 Poke-ball Jello shots. It’s $14 for 18+ and $10 for 21+!
Saturday, April 11th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm
Bon Appétit Burlesque Nerd Show
Doors open and the ticket sales start at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm! It’s 21+ and admission is $10. This is a woman-friendly neo-burlesque as befits Northampton. It’s pretty much definitely going to be wonderful!

Science:

Monday, April 6th
Union Station [125A Pleasant St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm
Nerd Nite
This week has two extremely cool sounding talks! First is one about lasers! Find out what makes lasers an integral part of modern society, not just a sci-fi prop, in a talk by Joseph Roy. He works in the laser industry! Also, Language and cognition! A lecture about whether language changes how we think will be presented by Brian Dillon, an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at UMass. Admission is $5!