August 3rd – August 9th!

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

Two things defined this weekend for us: playing the Game of Game of Thrones with friends and getting to check out the lovely cookout at the top of Mount Sugarloaf that the Pioneer Valley Game Developers put on to celebrate their successful first year!

The Game of Game of Thrones was an interesting time. We’d had a chance to play at one of the previous Board Game Day at the Deuce events, and found it an interesting hidden-orders game with a setting that got a charge out of people. Playing it with only three players this weekend definitely introduces some cracks to it. For instance entire areas of the game are cut off from play in an attempt to make things fair for the Starks if you’re only playing with three people.

Still, it’s a good time for you Game of Thrones fans. We also found out while playing that the Lannisters could not be considered “the good guys”, even if we were playing them!

The PVGD cookout was amazing! Sugarloaf is surprisingly beautiful and the food was plentiful and delicious. The people were also real excellent! We spoke at length with a lot of wonderful folks who we will definitely bug for interviews in the future! We can’t recommend the PVGD events enough if you’re the sort of person interested in designing any sort of game. They put you in touch with a great community.

Remember that the Nerd Nite for this month is NEXT Monday, the 10th! It’s going to focus on jailing and rehabilitation and the danger of insidious technological creep. Should be neat!

Remember, the ~*Weekly Events*~ page exists! It loves you and it misses you! Also look at the Book Club list!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, August 8th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at Mystery Time
Star Trek Attack Wing Event
??????? It is a Mystery ???????? but presumably you will in some way play Star Trek Attack Wing, a miniatures game where you boldy go destroy people with laser beams in order to further the Federation quest for peace in the galaxy.
Burger King Community Room [344 King St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00pm
Tabletop Gaming Day
Join the lovely people in the Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers/Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup Group for a day of tabletop games! Bring a game that you’re interested in playing if you’d like! We recommend Cosmic Encounter, it’s amazing. Also, we’ve had fun with Roll for the Galaxy. Space!
Sunday, August 9th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroclix, the fun miniatures game about that moment in comics when all the dialogue is focused exclusively on explaining to other people in the fight what various characters can do and why. Play at Comics N’ More with host Jaimie!

Books:

Wednesday, August 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00pm
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Barry Dietz
Join the fine folks at the Greenfield Public Library and presenter Barry Dietz for an interesting discussion of Lewis Carroll and the writing of the classic weird-fiction horror story for children, Alice in Wonderland!

Card Games:

Friday, August 7th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00pm
Magic The Gathering August Friday Night Magic
Every Friday at 6pm in August, there will be two tournaments with two formats! Standard and Modern, Swiss pairing, three or four rounds. There’s a $5 entry fee and a lot of prizes! Booster packs plus a promo card! Fun times with magical magic cards!
Saturday, August 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Magic Origins Game Day
Magic! The game with those cards that have pictures and sometimes quotes on them! It’s fun, say a lot of people. Come to Modern Myths to play Standard Constructed Deck, each participant gets a full-art promo card, and each player in the top 8 receives a premium full-art promo card. Winner gets a playmat! There’s a $10 entry fee!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00pm
Magic Origins Game Day
Magic! The game we probably bought about 14 decks worth of cards for without playing more than twice. Dang, what silly kids we were. Anyway! This is a free event, standard format!
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00pm
Magic Origins Game Day
Magic! A game that you probably either play obsessively or not at all! Standard format, Swiss pairings followed by top player elimination rounds. Conclave Naturalist extended art promo card just for participating! Languish extended art promo card for the top 8, and a special champion playmat for the ultimate winner!
Sunday, August 9th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00pm
Magic Origins Game Day
See above! It’s basically the same. BUT this game day will take place in the future of that previous event! If you go to this event before the Saturday one, you’ve time-traveled and you need help.

Comics:

Thursday, August 6th
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Anime Club
Watch, read, discuss, and enjoy anime and manga! Open to Teens and young adults ages 14 and up!
Sunday, August 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Comic Creator’s Jam
Monthly discussion with a group of both veteran and aspiring comic creators! Talk about the process of creation, talk about writing, talk about art, talk about lettering, talk about kerning, talk about fonts, talk about serifs! Woah no wait, probably focus less on typography we got off track there. Anyway, it is hosted by Kat Cahill and also it is a nice time!

Computers:

Tuesday, August 4th
The Foundry [24 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Are you a cool sort who likes to make web related stuff? You should talk to more people in your line of work! We don’t really know precisely how freelance work works but we’re almost certain that the more people you know the better! Meet with nice fellow coders of NoHo WebDev and have a drink!

Entertainment:

Thursday, August 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Talking Hands Theatre Company Puppet Show
Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a special puppet superhero story presentation! Watch Ruby Raccoon and Benny Bunny go from being little superheroes in training to little superheroes in action! They will need to prove they’re super helpful, super fearless, and want to save the world! Spoiler it pretty much will likely go well? Though if this winds up being Little Watchmen we would kind of respect that.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Indie RPG Night
Come play interesting RPGs at Modern Myths! Are you tired of the same-old? Are you not remotely familiar with RPGs? In either case, this is your time to try out interesting new games in a low pressure environment! It was at one of these events that the Nerd Watch fell in love with the Apocalypse system! Which is less sinister than it sounds. There’s a $5 fee for entry, immediately converted to store credit!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Pathfinder Pirates
Pirates! Scourge of the Seven Seas! Or however many your GM chooses to put in we suppose. Consult with your GM about the number of seas! This is a 5th level game of Pathfinder, but feel free to join in at any session! Pre-made characters and dice are provided! You don’t have to make your own dice! Hosted by Time Shields!
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
RPG Club
Join lovely people at Palmer Public Library to play role-playing games! What type? Who knows! It could be a lot of things! Maybe they’re playing something you don’t like? Use rhetoric to change their opinions! You have the power! All ages are welcome, no experience necessary!
Saturday, August 8th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Public RPG: D&D Planescape
Planescape! Essentially the fanfic universe of the D&D cosmos. It’s a fun place to be. Christian Haining will host this game for 5th level characters. Feel welcome to drop in at any point, there are pre-made characters provided! You will need to chisel your own dice out of stone, unfortunately.

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