June 22nd – June 28th

XMen135CoverThe Valley Nerd Watch!


Alright so we forgot about Mutton and Mead. Look, we’re not omniscient! Sometimes we miss the most widely advertised and obvious local attraction that literally a half dozen people we personally know either work at or attend! That’s an understandable mistake, right? Really, it’s almost like it’s YOUR fault for not telling us about it with the tip line, right?

Anyway the point is we got to attend the festival yesterday and man oh man that’s a good time! It was so pleasant! We’re going to come clean and admit that we had never attended a Renaissance Faire prior to this event. Just never felt it was our particular alley of nerdery. But wow, what a fun time! In what is becoming a constant of events in the Valley, it was both low-key and high enthusiasm. We only wish we’d had time to work on better cosplay! There was some really excellent work on display both from attendees and people working the Faire!

It was a lot of fun walking around checking out really neat costume work, eating some spectacular food from local food trucks, and practicing archery. We also want to specifically mention that the Vixens En Garde put on a really fun show. They did the Scottish Play wait it doesn’t matter if it’s in print right they did Macbeth in less than five minutes, with the help of an audience member to play the eeeevil Lady Macbeth. He did a wonderful job saying “MUAHAHA” when he was cued and looked great in the wig. It was delightful! And their outfits were awesome.

They also made it know that they appreciated the fact that Our Beloved Head Honcho and Founder James was the only person in the entire audience to laugh at a joke about B.F. Skinner, which was one of the high points of the day for him. A good day with good people that we recommend you check out the next time it comes around when we promise we will remind you it exists!

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, June 20th – Saturday, June 27th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at All Day and 12:00pm – 3:00pm on the 27th
Summer Game Auction
The Summer Game Auction! If you have board games, video games, neat geek things, card games, models, a copy of the Necronomicon bound in still-living flesh, replica Mjolnirs, actual Mjolnirs, really anything at all you can bring them in and earn store credit equal to their final selling price! If you want great deals on that sort of stuff instead, this is the place to look! All week long you can come in and place bids. On Saturday, the bidding closes and there will be a live auction for some of the best items. Sounds like a heck of a good time to get some good deals!
Monday, June 22nd
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Turnpike, Drive ‘Em Crazy! Game Demo
Come check out a really neat looking game by local game and graphic designer Randall Hoyt of Randall Hoyt design! Even better, he’ll actually be in the store helping to teach and play! It’ll be a great time to see something genuinely new, and speak to the person who created it. Plus, who in Massachusetts hasn’t wanted to role-play being stuck on the Pike, are we right?
Saturday, June 27th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035]  at 11:00am
Warhammer 40k Tournament (1850 pts, Non Standard Scenarios)
Non standard scenarios, gentle reader! Can you even imagine? Almost 2000 points of Orks and Eldar sitting down to a leisurely Sunday tea. Inquisition officers playing touch football in the park. Chaos Space Marines learning to typeset in a fun three-week course at the local community college. We can’t wait for the details to arrive!
Sunday, June 28th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00am
Warmachine Reckoning Release Event
We’re going to go ahead and fill in the details for this one even though it says ‘details soon’ on the Off the Wall website. Release events generally mean that you’ve got a bunch of new stuff available for purchase, and then you can also play that game in the store. Also the store usually stays open later. It’s a fun time if you’re into Warmachine. It’s kind of an also-ran to Warhammer, but we like the little robot miniatures better honestly.
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm
Heroclix
Heroclix is a miniatures game where you basically re-enact what’s happening in marvel continuity proper right now. Why not put together a team based on that? The A-Force vs. Dr. Doom But With Infinite Godlike Power? Dr. Doom BWIGP is the only Heroclix mini that can actually alter space-time in order to not only defeat other Heroclix minis but prevent them from ever having been manufactured!
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm
Play Anything: Board Games & Beer at the Deuce
We can wholeheartedly recommend this extremely excellent day of board games. People bring a lot of interesting games that they’re eager to play and teach. We’ve spoken to multiple people who said that the event was a perfect way to get introduced to some more complex board games, because it was so low-key and friendly. This is the perfect place to take your friends and relax for a few hours while playing Agricola or something!

Comics:

Thursday, June 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Graphic Novel Book Club
Join the friendly staff at Modern Myths as they discuss the finest in literature that also has pictures! This month the topic of discussion is Strong Female Protagonist Vol 1. It’s an interesting superhero deconstruction that’s currently available as a webcomic as well! You’ll need a $5 day pass to attend, or a proof of purchase showing you got SFP Vol 1 from Modern Myths!

Computers:

Monday, June 22nd
Fuzz Productions [136 West Street, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Valley JS
Join friendly locals for a monthly JavaScript meetup serving the Pioneer Valley! It’s hosted by Northampton’s Fuzz Productions. Light food and drink will be served, so either eat dinner beforehand or make peace with being that person who stuffs 12 rolls into their coat and hopes no one notices.

Entertainment:

Monday, June 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:30pm
Quidditch Club
Sign up at the children’s desk to play on a Quidditch team! At the first meeting the coaches will choose teams. They’re going to be playing it Muggle-rules to account for the low incidence of natural mages in Massachusetts, which means no flying. You can also take a few classes with Professor McGonagall after the game! This is a free activity for ages 6 to 13!
Thursday, June 25th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Super Heroes Club
Be a superhero at the library this summer! Come to a six week Superhero Club for kids grades 1 through 5. Francesca Passiglia will lead this free group. We’re assuming all of these kids have parental permission to engage in a life of crime-fighting. Actually we suppose parents are probably glad to have their super-strong 9 year-olds out of the house for a bit. That’s got to be difficult to deal with at best.

Movies:

Wednesday, June 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:45 – 11:00pm
Jaws on the Lawn!
JAWS! The terror of the deep! JAWS the shark that frightened a nation! JAWS we just learned there are some really neat subtle one-take shots in the film that add to the mood effectively! JAWS the library lawn isn’t comfortable really but it’s not bad at all, and people tend to lie down so your view is unobstructed! JAWS JAWS JAWS! Maybe bring a lawn chair, definitely bring a few blankets and some picnicking food!

RPGs:

Thursday, June 25th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Public RPG: Edge of the Empire
So the person GMing this, Tim Shields, is pretty great everyone. He appeared in the Facebook comments section to enthusiastically lay out his own philosophy of storytelling in the Star Wars universe in response to our joking about the focus on the era of the Empire. He seems like exactly the sort of person you want leading you through an epic adventure, because he’s clearly thought about it. Like, a lot. There are pre-rolled characters available if you want to hop in, and I think we can assume Mr. Shields will be adept at working any new people into the story.
Saturday, June 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Star Wars! The more standard, D20 format older edition of the RPG. We just had the thought that this might be the best way to be introduced to Star Wars, actually. Imagine! You have a fun time playing this neat RPG system with a lot of what sounds like really cool-looking action. Then you find out oh wait there are three really good movies about this RPG I like! It would be like the opposite of playing D&D and then watching the film. This game is deep into things already, but a good GM can write anyone into an adventure.
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm
Pathfinder Pirates
Alright we’ve got a new pirate concept. This is still early days, so don’t judge it until you’ve had time to mull it over. What about a pirate who’s deep, deep cover? You role-play as mid-ranking officer on a merchant ship. The first 3 sessions, you’re at a separate table playing Splendor with other people. Then at the fourth session players finally happen upon your vessel. You betray your erstwhile captain, flip the table, and join the pirate crew!

Science:

Wednesday, June 24th
Hadley Farm Museum [Corner of Route 9 and 47, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30pm
Tour of Hadley Farm Museum
The Hadley Historical Society has sponsored a tour with Tom West. We don’t have any information about this mysterious Tom West, but we’re going to assume this will lean more toward the scientific end than the entertainment end of museum-going. Tom West sounds like a serious man with serious historical knowledge to impart. Do you dare rise to the challenge of Tom West?
Saturday, June 27th
Simple Gifts Farm [1089 North Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00am – 11:15am
Edible Wild Plants Walk
Whether you’re an amateur botanist or you want to feel like you’re Strider finding Kingsleaf in the forest, this is the event for you! Find out which plants in the area are edible, and rest content with the knowledge that at any moment you could leave this life behind and live in the woods.

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