January 25th – January 31st

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This’ll be a quick one since we’re suuuper tired at the moment. Woogh. Look, let’s just say that if someone asks you to play the Game of Thrones Board Game at 4:00pm, clear time until like 8:00pm the next day. It was great, though! Lots of fun, we did not win but we had a dastardly plan to do so and everyone was really fun to bicker with.

Board Game Day at the Deuce was a heck of a good time overall! Lots of nice people to speak with, new people to meet, generally a bunch of friendly people having a good time. Plus, there was free pizza which we honestly thought was a mirage for a minute. Free pizza! That’s the stuff of which dreams are made.

We also had an exciting and entirely unexpected experience: we tried a new game! Like, brand-new to everyone and we were some of the first play-testers! In deference to the creator, we’re not going to go into details while it’s still at an early stage, but it was a bunch of fun! It was a party game not unlike the sort of Apples-to-Apples-alikes that are storming our bacchanals with pre-written middle-of-the-road jokes. This one was, in our opinion, more clever. It was an effective ice-breaker and encouraged a delightful creativity! Well done, local designer!

We also want to mention here that due to circumstances beyond our control or indeed the control of any mortal man, Nerd Nite will not be happening in February. But fret not! Like Orpheus before, it will defy the gods and return from the land of the dead in March with some real fun presentations you’ll like a lot.

Go check out the Valley Creators page! 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:

Saturday, January 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Mail-Art Club
Oh, this is so nifty! An afternoon of art-making with the express purpose of posting it to a friend, family member, or maybe a Safe Passage shelteree! Before the start, there will be a screening of a documentary of an aspiring artist. We have loved getting postcards from pals, so this sounds pretty great! Registration is required, contact jonlackman [at] gmail [dot] com.
Sunday, January 31st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Painting Workshop
Painting is a ton of fun! Not just painting Standard Style on a flat surface, but also painting miniatures! Miniatures are fun to use in a lot of games, but wow do they make a more effective-looking little adventuring team when they’re all nice and painted. Join the crew at Modern Myths to learn useful techniques! Take a painted miniature home!

Board Games:

Saturday, January 30th
Off The Wall Games [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00am
Warmachine Steam Roller
We’re not really Warmachine players, so we’ve got no earthly idea what “Steam Roller” means in this context. But to take a stab in the dark we’re pretty certain it means two mighty armies of morally questionable empires will clash in epic fashion across strategically important folding tables. There’s a $10 entry fee, and that means probably there are also prizes!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
One Night Ultimate Vampire Splash
Thanks to the Envoy Program at Modern Myths, they’re going to have a demo feature of a cool new game! It’s a game about finding the evil Vampire in your midst before the night is through. Sounds great for parties!

Books:

Wednesday, January 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Jill Gagnon and Mike MacDonald, Choose Your Own Misery
These clever folks wrote a “choose your own adventure” style book, but focused on darkly comic adventures through everyday places! Perhaps forgetting that like 90% of the actual Choose Your Own Adventure books were packed to the gills with death and other dark doings. Come see them read and speak about the book series!
Thursday, January 28th
Pizza Paradiso [12 Crafts Ave., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm
Dune Book Discussion and Dinner
Dune! A classic. The greatest start to the least necessary series of sequels in book history. It’s a heck of an interesting book that you’ve probably already read if you like sci-fi. Why not hang with some nice folks from the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup group and talk about it?
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Jeanne Braham, Available Light: Philip Booth and the Gift of Place
Local author Jeanne Braham will talk about her new book about an author of lyric poems. Most of them were set in the landscapes of Downeast Maine. Jeanne Braham looks to ignite new interest in this intriguing poet with her comprehensive biography!

Entertainment:

Friday, January 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30pm
The Bookshop Music Sessions: JD Parran’s Harlem Reunion
A new music series at the Odyssey! Music! In a bookstore! Don’t tell the Silent Ones, lest they rend reality asunder in their rage. Browse, listen, support a local bookstore while hearing the excellent improvisational performances of JD Parran’s Harlem Reunion! Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.
Saturday, January 30th
A MYSTERY LOCATION AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS at 6:00pm
Dinner and Star Wars Holiday Special
We’re pretty certain this qualifies as a threat. Bring $5 for food, and then embrace the darkness that lives inside all of us. Join the meetup to find the location!

Movies:

Wednesday, January 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Movie Screening: The End of the Line
A free film screening sponsored by the Committee to Stop War with co-sponsorship by Stop the Pipeline Massachusetts Homeowners Speak Out. Through interviews and public meeting footage, End of the Line tells how ordinary folks protested a natural gas pipeline through 13 Kentucky counties, successfully getting it the heck out. Inspirational for people interested in getting the same thing to happen in MA! Discussion will follow the film.

RPGs:

Monday, January 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Pathfinder
Pathfinder! Pathfinder is a fun game for the sort of folks who are looking for D&D but not exactly. Go ahead and hop into a session! There are dice and pre-created characters waiting for you if you do show up! Also, friendly people to talk to!
Saturday, January 30th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 12:30pm – 3:30pm
D&D 5th Ed
Dungeons & Dragons: it’s like Pathfinder except with adventurers meeting in much more serendipitous manners. You can join this 5th-level adventure at any point, why not now? There are pre-made characters and dice provided, and it’s hosted by the friendly Neal Robinson.
Powder Mill Barn [32 South Maple St., Enfield, CT] at 3:00pm – 10:30pm
Magestry Winter Party
Party! Party with a bunch of Magestry folks at this entirely out-of-game affair. Admission is $20, and you can pay at the door. There’s also a holiday gift of 20 Skill Points! It’s a great opportunity to hang out with folks without needing to dedicate a whole weekend to being in character!

Science:

Monday, January 25th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
SciTech Cafe: Einstein’s Spooky Action at a Distance
Come see Professor William Wootters – a professor at Williams College – speak about quantum mechanics! Learn what a photon is, how far-apart photons can be “telepathic”, what quantum teleportation is, and how to shoot beams of coherent cosmic force out of your fist by arranging your fingertips along the “grid”. It’s free, and fun!

Video Games:

Thursday, January 28th
Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire COllege [893 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
MAKE TALK PLAY – Word Snack Postmortem
A bonus MAKE TALK PLAY event! A brief step away from the venerable Quarters to check out Hampshire College! That’s because this will be a sit-down with the team behind the clever game Word Snack, created by the Interdisciplinary Game Studio Class at Hampshire College! It is a time that will be delightful and insightful!
Friday, January 29th
Adele Simmons Hall, Room 126, Hampshire College [893 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday, January 31st
Five College Global Game Jam
Hampshire is going to be the local host for the great Global Game Jam! What is it? It’s making games! Just like, as fast as possible. You have two days to try to take some idea from inception to exception-al! Anyone is welcome! If you’ve got skills in art, audio, programming, or design you’re particularly welcome! Find out more at the site!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Minecraft Club
Were you aware that most children actually live in Minecraft now? It’s true! It is the entire universe to these tots. And for good reason! You can basically do absolutely anything and there is no limit to the number of dogs you can have. Register your tiny craftminer at the children’s desk, and enjoy free play, group games, and challenges!

 

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