November 30th – December 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving or just a nice day off, dear readers! We certainly had a good time in [UNSPECIFIED LOCATION] along with our dear [REDACTED]! We made some roasted root vegetables with a cider glaze! It was lovely. We also spent only the minimum socially acceptable time paging through Steam sales.

Recently, thanks to local notable Jeffrey Rowland, we became aware of the excellent podcast Limetown. It is excellent and spooky! We recommend you check it out like we did all this afternoon while we were supposed to be writing.

Are you interested in helping out a cool local game designer make a series of excellent and interesting games that investigate the form and function of play? You have a few hours left to do so! Do so by supporting Playing Nature’s Year at Kickstarter! Then also just like, buy these games.

Do you like fun role-playing games? Yes obviously we all do. We recently had a chance to play the absolutely engaging game The Dread Geas of Count Vulku with its creator Epidiah Ravachol and goodness was it a cracking good time! It has a Geas, it has Dread, it has the Count, it’s great! It’s a hack of the base Dread system that we think is actually even more fun for the players and the GM! Pick it up in the latest issue of Worlds Without Master!

Are you perhaps buying gifts this holiday season? We feel like a good first place to look for good gift ideas is the spectacular Valley Creators page! A lot of great people in the area would definitely appreciate your business.

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:

Monday, November 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
NaNoWriMo Write-In Final Session!
You’re a published author by this point. Pulitzer? Please. Nobel? Several. Teen Choice Award? Frustratingly eludes your grasping fingers. Put the finishing touches on your latest magnum opus at the last write-in with Forbes Writer in Residence Naila Moreira!
Friday, December DATE
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Art Journal Study Group
Journals! They’re a useful way of jotting down ideas, sketches, concepts you’d like to follow up on! This group focuses on helping you get used to this fun and helpful activity! It’s moderated by Laura Curran, an artist creating, exhibiting, teaching, studying, and publishing for over 30 years!

Board Games:

Saturday, December 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Star Wars X-Wing 101
X-Wing! What’s fun about this game? Basically, you get to play the most exciting bits of that one movie series everyone likes a bunch. We’ve only actually played Armada, but this seems like an equally-good scaled-down variation that focuses on fighter squadrons. Learn how to play with the friendly folks at Modern Myths!

Books:

Wednesday, December 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Author J.R. Greene Presents
Quabbin! Quabbin? Quabbin. We all know about Quabbin in some form or another. At some point we’ve each of us had to come to terms with the Quabbin that resides in our own heart of hearts. Join J.R. Greene for a brief slideshow of Historic Quabbin photographs and a pick up a copy of his 2016 Historic Quabbin Calendar!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Tzivia Gover, Joy in Every Moment
Happiness and mindfulness! It’s probably a good thing? Look we don’t have a better answer as to how you can feel decent more often, so it’s worth a shot. Well, also try videogames, those have been a big help for us. Take this opportunity to meet and greet the author and maybe buy a book!
Thursday, December 3rd
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm
The Martian Book Discussion & Dinner
For the last book discussion of the year, the Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup Group is going to be talking about the extremely neat book that was made into a very popular movie recently: The Martian!

Computers:

Tuesday, December 1st
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Are you a coder? Do you weave the webs that we use to communicate? Are you a designer that makes stuff using computers? Talk to some other people! You probably don’t get out enough and this is a great chance to meet some nice people at a nice little cafe/bar!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
First Wednesday Speaker Series
Author as well as – and this is a rare appellation in the modern era – Adventurer Jeff Belandager is going to adventure his way to the LeVanway Meeting room for a multimedia journey through the history, the oddities, the paranormal weirdness of the Bay State!
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00am
Meet-and-greet with the Grinch!
We can only assume this is post-Event Grinch. If it was the prior Grinch of legend, no child would want to be near this green fuzzy Christmas grabber. There’s going to be a read-aloud from the famous book by famous local author Dr. Seuss and a photo opportunity with the large-hearted Grinch!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
1000 Words: Telling Stories Through Photography
Curated and moderated by the wonderful Forbes Writer in residence Naila Moreira, this series meets on the first Wednesday of every month in order to discuss the Modern Real and Surreal writers and artists of our age.
Thursday, December 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Jones Library Trivia!
Mark “Harpo” Power is not only the second most famous person with the nickname “Harpo”, he’s also the host of Trivia at Jones every first Thursday of the month! Bring friends and family for 2 rounds of 15 questions, maximum 5 per team. Suggested donation is $5 – $10 per person!

RPGs:

Thursday, December 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Indie RPG Night
Try some interesting, weird, possibly haunted RPGs! RPGs that have driven greater persons than yourself to a mute uncomprehending appreciation for the wonder of the universe! Also some games by locals, which is neat! We got to play a game with Epidiah Ravochol GMing! A game that he made (and is available now and great)! There’s a $5 entry fee that converts to a voucher instantly!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Role-Playing Campaigns
Are you into D&D? Maybe you’re more of a Pathfinder? Maybe a FATE person? Well, take a gander at Modern Myths tonight! It’s a place for you to join D&D Expeditions with your Adventurer’s League character, or set up a game of your own. Admission is $5 for the night, but DMs/GMs play for free! Contact Modern Myths for details!
Saturday, December 5th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
D&D 5th Ed
Stop by the lovely Comics N’ More for a fun game of the RPG that arguably was the earliest of the modern RPGs: D&D! This is going to be a 5th-level adventure, but not to worry! You can join in at any session and there are pre-made characters ready for you! It’s hosted by Neal Robinson, the best GM in the world?

Science:

Tuesday, December 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00pm
Gas Pipeline Roundtable
How will the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Gas Pipeline impact Massachusetts? Is is at all a good plan? Attend this round-table to hear people directly affected by the proposed pipeline speak about the possible consequences!
Saturday, December 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Jones/ARPS Makerspace
Makerspaces are DIY spaces in which people can gather to learn, create, and invent! Join the nice folks at Jones for a collaboration with the Amherst Regional Public School as they offer another exiting series of programs! Ask at the Jones Library Kids Desk about registering for your age group.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00pm
Lydia Maria Child and Anti-Slavery Work in Northampton
Lydia Maria Child was one of nineteenth-century America’s most popular female writers and a very dedicated abolitionist. She wrote drama, she wrote advice books, and in the 1830s she joined the Boston abolition movement and published a lot of works on the rights of Native Americans, African Americans, and women. Patricia G. Holland of Amherst College will guide you through the history of this notable local nice person!

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