The Valley Nerd Watch!
Kind of a light week this week! As always, be sure to inform us about events if we’re missing anything! We’ll carry the shame with us for eternity, but it is no more than we deserve for failing you in your time of need.
Big-time news in the world of TopatoCon! The con is now going to be September 25th – 27th in Eastworks! Which frankly makes sense, nice as the Clarion is. It seems that there’s just not enough room at the proveribal in and literal hotel, so the vast open spaces of Eastworks will be a more functional area to host things! Should be a wonderful time!
To get sufficiently hyped for TopatoCon, why not check out this extensive and excellent exhibitor list?
This past Friday we had the pleasure of hanging out at Comics N’ More for their sign-lighting party! It was a time and a half, with free champagne (Well, Brut. Comics N’ More isn’t MADE of money. It’s made of comics.) and crackers and cookies and chips. It was a really nice opportunity to speak with the owners and meet new people.
The owners, Christian William Zax Reader and Phoebe Rasmussen Reader Zax, are really great comic shop owners! They’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how to improve the shop since they moved to Easthampton, and it’s already wonderful! They’ve painted, cleaned, and renovated the heck out of the place. And that’s just the start! Thanks to a successful IndieGoGo funding campaign, they plan on creating a delightful little lounge area for gaming, and expanding their selection board game and RPG products!
Also nice about Comics N’ More? A really solid subscription plan! If you’re a regular comics reader, you can’t really do better than what they’ve got on offer! They’ve got three tiers:
Tier 1 – 9 or fewer books a month, 10% off cover price for new comics and collected editions
Tier 2 – 10+ books a month, 20% off cover price
Tier 3 – Previews orders, 25% off cover price
If you’re interested in reading comics, it is a good idea to go check out Comics N’ More in Easthampton! Also there’s this real nice bakery right across the street, so you could make it a whole thing.
As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! Also check out the book clubs on our Master List! Get a heads up on cool books to read and talk about with other people!
Tuesday, July 28th
Superhero Training Academy
Do you want your child (grades 3-5) to become a vigilante without all the hassle of having yourself tragically murdered in an alley? Check out Rich Clark’s training academy! Guaranteed to turn your child into an engine of justice! Pre-registration is required, as space is limited! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thursday, July 30th
Join some fine people at Palmer Public Library for their second annual fan convention! Snacks, games, a cosplay contest, a panel by Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe! It sounds like a great time. Though oddly short!
Sunday, August 2nd
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation [300 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, MA] at 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Pioneer Valley Game Developers: One Year Anniversary Cookout & Potluck on Sugarloaf
Free food! But also you need to bring some food or you’ll be considered a big jerk. Join the PVGD to celebrate a year of good times by heading to the top of Mount Sugarloaf to eat, drink, play games, and climb a real cool tower! Note that the park charges $5/vehicle to drive to the top! Bring a side-dish, no alcohol, games, family and friends, sunscreen, and a good attitude!
Wednesday, July 29th
Cinema Northampton Presents The Goonies on the Forbes Lawn
Come to the library to watch the classic film “The Goonies” on a screen that you’re a bit too far away from to see clearly because you didn’t come early and you feel weird about walking over people! It’s a really fun time for all. Important: you can pee at Pizza Amore. Tip them to show your appreciation!
Monday, July 27th
Comics n’ More
[31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Public RPG: Dungeons & Dragons
Neal Robinson is hosting a game of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons at Comics N’ More! This time, throw him for a bit of a loop and play as an adorable golden retriever! There’s nothing in the Dungeon Master’s Guide that says you CAN’T!
Thursday, July 30
Comics n’ More
[31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Public RPG: D&D 5th Ed
A special little one-session adventure! You and your companions have been shipwrecked during a terrible storm, and washed up on a desolate shore! Is the island uninhabited or is it more than it seems? SPOILER: IT IS PROBABLY MORE THAN IT SEEMS. New players welcome, pre-made characters provided! Hosted by Lex Mandrake!
Saturday, August 1st
[34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Star Wars! We know you’ve probably never heard of this obscure 70’s film but trust us it’s worth a look! Sure it’s a bit cheesy-looking now, but we think it’s had a subtle but noticable influence on later works! If you like it, why not continue the adventure by playing the RPG with friends? There’s a $5 entry fee that’s immediately converted into store credit!
Comics n’ More
[31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Public RPG: D&D Planescape
Join host Christian Haining for a spectacular 5th Edition D&D adventure through the planes! It’s for 5th-level characters, and you’ll be provided with pre-built ones if you like OR you can build your own with 800gp starting wealth, one +1 item (purchased with the gold). NO AARAKOCRA! Whatever that means! Don’t you dare make Christian angry, don’t bring up Aarakocra!
Sunday, August 2nd
[34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play
Pathfinder! You’re an adventurer in the classic mold, seeking fame and fortune across the face of Golarion! We like to think that Golarion is just a very very patient person, who’s alright with adventurers plotting routes across their face. Join in an epic adventure by participating in a short scenario this week! There’s a $5 entry fee that is immediately converted into store credit!