October 5th – October 11th

XMen47Int1The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’ve had an excellent week, everyone! Thank you for being happy for us. So first of all, hey Star Wars and/or miniatures fans: have you tried Star Wars Armada? It’s a miniatures game and it’s a heck of a fun time.

Basically the fun part of it is the fact that you’re controlling big old terrible battle-cruisers that move at a snails pace and turn on like several hundred thousand dimes laid out end-to-end. So you wind up in situations where you have no choice but to ram your danged Star Destroyer into an asteroid field, or another Star Destroyer! And we say Star Destroyer because we assume our gentle readers, like the Nerd Watch itself, understand the strong force-choking based leadership of the Empire is necessary to keep the outer systems in line.

It’s also got lovely dice. We don’t tend to notice dice in games, but the three different classes of eight-sided die in Armada are wonderfully designed. They’re just random enough that you can have the occasional thrilling flub or amazing success, but on average they’ll do a bit of damage. It means you can easily predict what will happen and maneuver for reasonable probabilities while leaving the door open for some fun surprises. Plus there’s just something really fun about picking up a big handful of different colored dice and knowing oh dang this is going to be awesome.

Also you can kill Luke Skywalker and end that pesky rebellion before it starts.

Also! We’re pretty excited to say that soon, very soon, the Nerd Watch will extend beyond the petty borders that constrain it! All the way to the far-off land of Maine! We’ll update as things actually happen, but it should be cool!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Thursday, October 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
ARPS – Jones Makerspace
Alright so we know what a makerspace is, right? It’s what we call arts and crafts areas now that we’re in the cyber-future. So without any description on the actual event, we can only assume it’s the Amherst Rocking Psychedelic Syber makerspace.
Saturday, October 10th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Easthampton Art Walk
Join the fine folks at Comics N’ More for a good time walking some art. Take some of the lovely photos from Glowworm photography on a stroll about town, we assume. Let them mark their art territory? This metaphor got away from us.

Board Games:

Saturday, October 10th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30pm
Tabletop Gaming Day
Tabletop games are great because they allow you to stare your opponents right in their lying eyes and just dare them to try to make a move. Oh yeah, you think you’re clever don’t you? We’ll see who’s clever. Mostly they play Euro strategy games, but they’re open to whatever you’d like to bring! Beginners are welcome!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at All Day
Highlander 40k Tournament
Alright it took a bit of digging to figure out what the heck this is but basially Highlander is a format of Warhammer 40k where you take only one of a troop type, possibly to prevent strategies people think are boring? Either way, hook up with the fine folks of the 131 and play the day away! Details here.
Sunday, October 11th
Wild Willy’s Games Galore and Table Top Emporium [424 East St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday 40K Brackets
Warhammer 40K Bracket Tournament! One on one annihilation! You can submit your lists by 2:30pm Sunday if you plan on participating, and make sure you’re ready to fight for 3:00pm! There’s a $10 buy in with some excellent prizes! You have 1000 +/- 5 points, 0-1 unit choices, 2.5 hour rounds with 20 minute breaks. No formations, no lords of war, no super heavies!

Books:

Monday, October 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Alejandro Velasco, “Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela
Venezuela is… a complicated place at the moment. It used to be known in the region as a stable inclusive democracy, but seems to have fallen into turmoil. Alejandro Velasco will teach you why the conflicts today have their roots in the very beginnings of Venezuelan democracy, and how their basis is in a fight over what democracy should be in an unequal society.
Wednesday, October 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Earth and Cosmos: Nature Writing
A part of the literary series going on at Forbes, this one will feature Dava Sobel, author of The Planets, Jonathan Mingle, author of Fire and Ice, Michael Dover, editor, and Elizabeth Farnsworth and Katie Koerten, contributors to Earth Matters. It will be moderated by Forbes Writer in Residence Naila Moereira. Didn’t know they had apartments in Forbes…
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Leslea Newman
Local poet Leslea Newman will be reading from her new collection, “I Carry My Mother”. She’s the author of seventy books including picture books, middle-grade novels, poetry collections, and short stories. “I Carry My Mother” is a book-length series of poems that explores a daughter’s journey through her mother’s illness and death, and her own grief.

Comics:

Sunday, October 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060]
Comic Creator’s Jam
Come to Modern Myths to sit down and have a nice chat with a bunch of other people who like to draw, write, or otherwise work on producing comics! You can talk about how cool TopatoCon was, and how you can exhibit there next year!

Computers:

Tuesday, October 6th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Are you a coder? A webber? Are you a spider that designs webs and places them in spaces? Are you one of the spiders that weaves the web by which we knit the world together? Meet up with your peers and talk about designing, coding, whatever is up! They’re nice folks.
Friday, October 9th
Bay Path University [Blake Student Commons, Longmeadow Campus, Longmeadow, MA] at 7:30am
An Inside Look at the FBI’s Cyber Division
Slap on your shades and get ready to code with a ‘tude, because we’re about to get C*Y*B*E*R with the coolest cats on the block: a large governmental agency! Join the FBI for the 3rd annual cybersecurity summit to hear about the new focus on cyber intelligence and cyber threats. No photos, video, or audio taping. Also, pre-register!

Entertainment:

Friday, October 9th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00pm
Ghost Hunters
Presented by The Atlantic Paranormal Society, learn how to ghost hunt! Which is to say, how best to frighten yourself in a dark space by projecting outward the fears that gnaw at you. Well, that or you actually find some ghosts and they turn you inside-out for a lark, it could go either way.

Movies:

Wednesday, October 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the Lawn
When you think of it, doesn’t it make a lot more sense that the movie takes place entirely in the mind of Ferris’s sister? After all, the shenanigans of Ferris and the gang are so wildly unlikely, it would make sense if they were dreamed up by a frustrated student who wanted to escape.

Science:

Thursday, October 8th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00pm – 7:00pm
OEB Science Cafe: Gut Feeling
Gut Feeling: fostering a diverse and healthy microbiome! With Dr. Jeff Blanchard. Have you considered the waking nightmare that is your physical form? You’re basically a bag of horrific tiny monsters that are constantly killing each other. Learn more about the horror that is existence re: your gut microbes at this Science Cafe!

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