June 18th – June 24th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

This week we want to let you know that the game Cultist Simulator is a lot of fun. Highly recommended to anyone who liked Fallen London/Sunless Sea, which the creators worked on previously, or who likes weird RPGs in general.

It’s a kind of combination of a clicker game and a text RPG, with some neat obfuscated systems in there to keep you feeling like you’re groping around in the proverbial dark for mysterious and dangerous powers. It’s a bit of a roguelike in that you constantly die after trying to do a thing that you can’t completely understand. It also has cards, which are fun to fiddle with and sort.

We can’t say a whole ton about how it shakes out in the endgame because our average character spends about three weeks telling all their pals about how they’re pretty sure they’ve uncovered the mysteries at the heart of reality, hosts a few very nice parties, and then succumbs to existential despair after sending all their new friends off to die searching for occult treasure.

Speaking of good things, have you got your Planetary Travel poster from local artist Aaron Wood? They’re neat! They remind us of the card art in Cultist Simulator.

Dang that’s a neat game.

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and 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!



Tuesday, June 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for kids, talk to other adults who do the same! Facilitated by Nell Wright, it’s a chance to share tips, discuss skills, and get input about stories!
Friday, June 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Care Center, Nautilus II
“On Friday, June 22, 2018, The Care Center will celebrate the release of Nautilus II, an annual journal of poetry and visual art created by young mothers, with a reading at the Odyssey Bookshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Please join us to hear work from the latest issue and to honor the efforts of the student-led editorial board. The event is free and open to the public.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Cartooning Crash Course (Ages 12-17)
Teens! Learn to cartoon! Create worlds with your mind and a pen! Breathe life into an imaginary world!

Board Games:

Wednesday, June 20th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games Two-Year Anniversary Extravaganza!
Wednesday Games is two years old! Spectacular! Celebrate by playing a bunch of games with a bunch of kind and friendly folks! There will be pizza too! This is the best of all possible worlds.


Wednesday, June 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, June 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Thursday Morning Club
A new series featuring a bunch of free speakers! The inaugural event will feature Hazel Dawkins talking about her books! She was paid to read by publishers, editing books! She’s spectacularly broadly read thanks to basically chewing through everything HarperCollins published, and well-read people are fun to hear from!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fatima Farheen Mirza, A Place for Us
A Place for Us focuses on an Indian Muslim family as they prepare for the marriage of their eldest daughter, but everyone’s worried about her estranged younger brother and whether he’ll be a jackass at the wedding. It’s a family drama that has been described by no less than Sarah Jessica Parker as really good! And other folks, we assume, but that’s the quote up top here.


Thursday, June 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Jewish Voices for Peace Discussion Group
Reading and facilitated discussion, free and open to the public! Get together with folks to figure out how to make the world less terrible.


Thursday, June 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. We just started watching the Netflix one “Children of the Whales” and it seems pretty neat and neatly pretty so far, though quite sad!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Exploring Northampton: Foraging for Wild Edibles
Northampton resident and wild edibles expert Blanche Cybele Derby will take you on a foray into the wild to identify some of her favorite wild edibles and their historical uses. Also, recipes! Which are important. Most wild edibles kind of taste like a leaf if you just chow down. Costs $8 for members, $12 for non-members.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
2018 Massachusetts Walking Tour Concert
A free concert that’s also a walking tour! THat’s awesome! You’re going to hike AND paddle AND listen to great music! That’s wild. Check out more at www.masswalkingtour.org!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Vernon Valiquette & Liam Hurley
Music! Free! Glam-a-billy! That about covers it. Remakes of songs from Johnny Cash to David Bowie, all at a kid-friendly volume! Fun for all ages!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Informal conversations and a show-and-tell! This month, talk about the Imperial Bakery! Guest curator Richard Szlosek will reminisce about growing up in Northampton and his family-owned bakery! From everything we’ve heard about bakeries it’ll involve a lot early mornings and accidental maiming.
Saturday, June 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Bobbie’s Meadow: A Celebration and Dedication
Celebrate the opening of Bobbie’s Meadow! Named in memory of Barbara Carle, Eric Carle’s wife, Bobbie’s Meadow is a place to learn from and be inspired by nature. The dedication day will have story-times, animal friends to meet, art to look at, and exploration to do! What a great time for the whole family!
Sunday, June 24th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Tour of Zea Mays Printmaking
See how original hand-pulled prints are made! Printing presses, ink rollers, artists, work, Zea Mays is a hive of activity in the heart of the Valley! It’s going to include a walk through the huge studio as well as a look at the prints in the Flat File Project and in the on-site gallery and a short print-making demonstration! $10 per person, limited to just 12 people so register with Historic Northampton! https://www.historicnorthampton.org/tour-of-zea-mays-rsvp-page.html


Wednesday, June 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Western Mass Jewish Genealogy Society Research Night
Come research your Jewish roots with a one-on-one appointment with a mentor or translator! You should really pre-register by contacting wmjgs2 [at] gmail [dot] com, or 413-268-2147! Learn about your family, maybe it turns out you’re related to someone cool!


Monday, June 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Tuesday, June 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, June 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Music Storytime with Mr. Liam
He’s going to play music and tell stories! You can attend to listen to both, and perhaps attempt to steal his power by acquiring his clown nose.


Saturday, June 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Now and Again Film Screening & Discussion
“In 1945, two teenagers, George and Mel went on an an adventure they’d remember for the rest of their lives—until Mel lost his memory to Alzheimer’s. Now, over seventy years later, Mel’s grandsons are traveling the same 100-mile journey to explore the legacy of their grandfather, telling a cross-generational story of love, conflict, and life. Followed by discussion with Filmmaker and Alzheimer’s support leaders”


Thursday, June 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.


Tuesday, June 19th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Data-Driven Dashboards with React – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Jochen Rau is going to take a deep dive into modular single-page applications using React. There’s going to be a bunch of new content even if you saw his NERD talk! Component state management, life-cycles, all the good stuff will be covered as Jochen and you put together a dashboard for streaming weather data! The full-stack meetup is a lot of fun, but you may want to join up and RSVP quickly! The room can be a bit small, so there aren’t unlimited spaces.
Thursday, June 21st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Get together to talk about WordPress! Introduce yourself, bring some problems to the group or offer some solutions, and then get into some more specific topics! There will be some brief updates about new privacy features post-GDPR, and a round-table about how to host your sites! We like using WordPress pretty well, in general. Although we can also say it seems really satisfying to find something more obscure and passionately argue about why it’s definitely a better option.


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