April 29th – May 5th


Gosh dangit Sunless Skies is good stuff. Just top-quality. So far our favorite character is the Incognito Princess. There’s just so much fun writing though, and it works surprisingly well once you’ve adapted to the weirdness of all the storylines being restarted when you die.

Speaking of games! Why not check out Retro Wing Prime! It’s made by a local and it is as they say cheap as chips!


Description
Retro Wing Prime is a minimal, polished, retro-inspired, one button arcade game. Easy to learn and hard to master, it’s a classic concept with modern gameplay elements and a unique control scheme. Unlock 5 unique ships and many helpful power-ups as you try for a high score!

Gameplay
Your ship is constantly moving and circling around a point. By clicking your mouse or pressing the space bar, you reverse direction. By alternating directions, you can fly around the screen and shoot asteroids and enemies to increase your score, earn gems, and acquire power-ups.

When you acquire enough gems, you’ll unlock the ‘store’ which let’s you choose from a randomly selected batch of power-ups that will increase the power and ability of your ship.

As time goes on, asteroids and enemies spawn more frequently, and become more difficult.

Survive, shoot enemies and asteroids to get points that go towards unlocking new power-ups and ships.

Features
5 unique playable ships

12 exciting power-ups

6 different weapons

One-button controls

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon ! And don’t forget to check out the Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, April 30th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
“First — Poets — Then the Sun —”: A Writer’s Workshop
“Emily Dickinson—when she counted at all—counted poets first. In this intimate poetry workshop held during private hours at the Emily Dickinson Museum, be inspired by the space and place that informed Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. The participation fee is $40 per person. Advance reservation is required and space is limited! To register please e-mail EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org and indicate your workshop date preference.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
An Evening of Frost
“An Evening of Frost is a unique, interactive performance that begins with a short biographical introduction into the poet’s life. Robert Frost is greatly misunderstood, and far more complicated than the surface indicates. There will be an open discussion of the following poems: “A Tuft of Flowers”, “Mending Wall”, “Birches”, “After Apple Picking”, “Acquainted with the Night”, and “Desert Places”. Stephen is hoping that attendees will come having read these poems, and willing to discuss them.” Free and open to the public!
Thursday, May 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
“5PM-8PM View the pop-up exhibition of contemporary art in the Homestead! 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind. Share your work in a safe, welcoming, and inspiring place! 6 pm: Open mic begins! Featured readers follow the open mic. Hampshire College students of Professor Thúy Lê share their original compositions from the course, “Emily Dickinson’s Radical Poetics.”
Saturday, May 4th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
N+1 Community Day: May the Fourth Be With You
“All are invited to the Mead for an afternoon of art and experimentation. We’ll explore questions about the universe as we delve into Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, the Mead’s exhibition about the connection between art and science. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative.” The connection between art and science is called a tendon.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club Takeover!
“Curious about what a zine is, how to make one, or already enthusiastic about the genre? Join Forbes librarians in the Art Studio for an afternoon of making your own zines! Explore collage materials, drawing tools, and paper to create your own book forms to share. “
Sunday, May 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
“First — Poets — Then the Sun —”: A Writer’s Workshop
The second workshop!

Board Games:

Tuesday, April 30th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 3
“Ages 13+ $5 admission. Low music, no video games, no TVs, no minigolf, no pub sports… just game tables, analog games and good lighting. D&D, Magic, puzzles, board games, games that require some concentration and calmness to get into are all welcome. Bring your own or take on one of the games from our large board game selection here at Prodigy! DM’s… get in touch if you want a table reserved. Please email Alessandro at tabletop@prodigyminigolf.com with any questions or requests.” Board games are a good time for all, we recommend trying Root!
Wednesday, May 1st
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games: Root Returns!
“Root has already been one of the biggest games of the past 2 years and Editor/Usability Tester Extraordinaire Joshua Yearsley is looking for us to put the recently Kickstarted expansion, the Underworld, through its paces. Will you be the moles, who act like a nightmare hybrid of the Marquis de Cat and the Eyrie? Or the Ravens, who definitely know exactly what is going on in your opponent’s hands? While Josh is running playtests, I’ll be happy to teach others the base game in all of its violent, beautiful glory. As always, I’ll have an absurd pile of other games on hand to fill out the evening! Bring your friends and have a great time! See you next Wednesday!” Oh gosh we’re so excited! We love Root and we love playtesting things!
Thursday, May 2nd
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6pm! There will be board games, card games, and people to teach them! 2 Flights Up is a month-to-month fee-based gaming association. The membership fee is $5 a month. You can save money by buying a year’s membership for $50. This will include the All Day Game Days and every Thursday game night.”
Friday, May 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
BattleTech Organized Play
“Off The Wall will be running Organized BattleTech on Friday nights. We will be following the rules in the Mercenaries supplement. Each player will generate a Mercenary Group consisting of 4-6 Mechs, and will play 2 Missions a week, one with their company and one as a random set of Mechs to fulfill someone else’s Mission. Each game will be clocked at 2 Hours with the intention of keeping games moving and finishing. The campaign will start in the 3030’s with Level 1 Tech and will build toward 3050 and the Clan Invasion. However, this is a longterm goal.”
Saturday, May 4th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
PVSN Network Blitz! 4
“Hello again sports fans! It’s that time again when the PVSN hosts the Network Blitz! Who will take home the title of Network Champion? Will it just be Coach Wall again? It could be you! The PVSN is hosting the third annual PVSN Blitz! at Off the Wall Games in Hadley, MA on Saturday, May 4th. This event uses the competitive rules pack.”
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All Day Game Day!
“This is a full day of tabletop gaming goodness! There will be 2 sessions of scheduled events and a growing game library available all day. The scheduled sessions will run from 11:00 AM to 4PM and from 5PM to 10:00PM. During these sessions, there will be friendly and experienced GMs available to teach a variety of tabletop games. You are also welcome to bring along any games of your own that you would like to play with new friends.” It costs $5 and it’s not technically in the Valley, but folks in the Berkshires need help too!
Sunday, May 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
X-Wing Monthly Tournament
“X-Wing Tournament 200 Points $10 Entry Fee Registration @ 11:00 Flight @ Noon” The hardest part of these tournaments is getting the permits to allow for an aerial dogfight over such a densely populated area.

Books:

Thursday, May 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions
“With twenty-two years in America’s courts, Judge Schudson knows the factors affecting judicial decision-making. With scholarship and impassioned accounts of compelling cases, he brings readers behind the trial bench to see judges analyzing actual trials and sentencings – of abortion protesters, sex predators, murderers, white supremacists….” Sounds like an interesting look at an important part of civic life!

Card Games:

Monday, April 29th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Modern Mondays at Off the Wall
“Monday Modern! // 7 p.m. // $5 to play! 4 rounds! 4-0 $20 credit! 3-0-1 $15 credit! 3-1 $10 credit! 2-0-2 $5 credit! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, May 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
FNM at Off The Wall Modern Format
Friday Night Magic, Modern format! Play some magical cards with your pals at Off The Wall!

Comics:

Saturday, May 4th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free comic book day and Grand reopening PARTY!
“Join us for our grand reopening on the best day of the year, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! We’ll be rolling out all kinds of exciting things at the new location, come see about us and get some free comics while you’re here!” the new location! Free comics! A place where yelling out spoilers to Endgame will cause pandemonium!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Free comic book day!
Free comics until they run out!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day
“STOP BY GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY ON SATURDAY, MAY 4TH FOR FREE COMICS AND FUN! Free kids comincs in the children’s room and free teen/adult comics at the main circulation desk! Dress as your favorite comic book character! Take a comics quiz to win a prize! This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day
“Come into the Boys’ and Girls’ Library to see what Free Comic Books we have! Open to all ages! First come, first serve. Limit 1 (one) comic per person.”

Community:

Monday, April 29th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ask a Muslim Anything
“Robert Azzi is a photojournalist, columnist and public speaker who lives in Exeter NH. An Arab American Muslim, he writes on issues of Identity, Conflict, and Islam, particularly as they apply in the Middle East and the Global South. Born in New Hampshire, he’s lived in Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Jeddah and New York. Although he returned to the Granite State in the late 1980s, he continues to travel to visit and work in the Middle East. Azzi welcomes questions on Islam, on being Muslim, on issues related to terrorism and on the geopolitics of the Middle East as he has experienced and understands them. Nothing is off the table”
Friday, May 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Community Conversation and Narcan Training
“Learn the signs of an opioid overdose and how to respond. Share your concerns and ideas about the overdose epidemic with City Counselor Dennis Bidwell and Hampshire HOPE. Leave with free Narcan-the drug that reverses an opioid overdose.” Learn how to save lives!
Saturday, May 4th
Northampton Downtown at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Northampton Pride Parade
A fun time for all! You can march with Forbes Library if you meet in the parking lot on Hampton Ave across from the Northampton Brewery!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Western Mass Fandom
Maybe this is a convention for folks who are huge fans of Western Mass?

Entertainment:

Monday, April 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion : We Need to Talk About Kevin
“Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) We meet the last Monday of each month. Our next movie is the 2011 psychological thriller – We Need to Talk About Kevin. The film was based on a novel by Lionel Shriver – copies of the book will be available alongside the dvd for folks who would like to read it as well.”
Wednesday, May 1st
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XVII – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…There will be two brackets and you may only enter one; one for Smash Ultimate and another for Smash Melee. Either bracket will be a $5 bracket entry. Cash only; cash prizes. There is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. Admission to Prodigy Gameroom: $5/human (cash, credit, mobile) if you will be entering one of the brackets. Venue fee waved if you bring a full Ultimate setup (Switch, Adapter, and Monitor). $10 for regular admission without entering a bracket. Ages 13+. With admission, you are granted full access to all 1100+ plus games in the room from 4pm to 10pm so come early and take advantage of the admission. Brackets will begin at 7pm sharp. Please let us know if you will be running behind so we can account for your entry. Bring your own controller!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Come Join Us for Jeff Snow the Softer Side of Celtic: Songs, Stories and Tunes From Scotland, England and Ireland
“The magical sounds from the instruments coupled with vocals and Jeff’s love and knowledge of his Scottish heritage create a delightful program of traditional and original tunes and songs. Much of the history of Scotland, England and Ireland is preserved in song. Hearing those stories along with the songs educate as well as entertain.You will see singing, laughing, lots of smiles and perhaps a few tears.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: The Design and Construction of Windsor Chairs
“Join Patrick as he shares his knowledge and experience designing and building Windsor chairs. During his presentation, Patrick will describe the types of wood used in chair construction and how wood is taken directly from logs and fashioned into finished chair parts. Patrick will also share examples of the antique-style tools used in chair construction and how milk paint and oil are combined to produce a durable finish.”
Saturday, May 4th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS (SILVERTHORNE THEATER)
“Life is not organized around a coherent narrative, despite how much we would like it to be. Life can be messy, jumpy, nonlinear, fragmentary and discordant, and we might find ourselves desperately trying to make sense out of it. “Tales of the Lost Formicans” reflects this messiness and the effort to make sense of it, both in its content and in its form.” $25 general admission, $20 student/senior.
MYSTERY LOCATION at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Discovery Season 2 and Potluck
“We’ll watch more episodes. We’re approximately on episode 6 but will double-check when we convene. Please come on time so we can see two episodes in addition to the potluck. Please bring an item of food or drink to share. Sugar free and gluten free if possible or $5 to defray food expense. If you can, please chip in a few bucks to help defray cost of CBS online subscription.” Sign up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/259391258/ to find out you know, where and also who all attends!

History:

Friday, May 3rd
Flex Space [33 Hawley St.] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens
“The Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) of Holyoke, MA brings to the community a series of history talks about pre-Stonewall era LGBTQ individuals who lived in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. The series is titled Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors. The SMA’s team of researchers, led by Curator of the SMA, Ben Power, who is the Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, has recently completed extensive original research and compiled it into a new history talk.”

Kids:

Tuesday, April 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, May 3rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
May the Force Be With You Escape Room
“Help BB-8 escape from the First Order in the Westfield Athenaeum’s first ever escape room! For grades 5-12 ***This is an early release day for students*** Please register, there is limited space!!”
Saturday, May 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aaron Becker, Hayley Barrett
“Two beautiful books perfect for newborns! Come join this special Saturday storytime with authors Aaron Becker and Hayley Barrett as part of Children’s Book Week.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fourth Annual Star Wars Day
“Join us for our 4th annual Jones Library Star Wars celebration! We will host Star Wars-themed activities from 3:00-5:00 followed by a movie screening from 5:00-8:00.” The movie they’re screening? That new Apocalypse Now recut.

Science:

Saturday, May 4th
Science Center [25 East Dr., Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Photographing the Universe with Visiting Professor of Astronomy Michael Stage
“Join us for an evening of stargazing and photography. All are invited to view the cosmos through telescopes and learn about how the photoelectric effect makes it possible to take color photographs of the universe. May the fourth be with you! This program is inspired by Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein and offered with support from Arts at Amherst, the Amherst College Science Center and the Amherst College Department of Astronomy. This event is free and open to all!”

Teens:

Monday, April 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Open Art Day
“Explore our new teen maker cart and collage, sketch, paint, sculpt, or whatever else you can think of. Have you been meaning to draw a comic? Make a birthday card? Learn watercolor? Now’s your chance. Snacks and materials always provided. This event is for teens only.”
Tuesday, April 30th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
The Pokemon Club
Pokemon cards, pokemon games, pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters
Wednesday, May 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Afternoon at the Museum for Teens
“Library youth are invited to attend a FREE two-part field trip to the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College! Transportation is provided by Amherst College.”
Thursday, May 2nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Garden Girls Gardening Program
“Garden Girls is a nature connection program, where curiosities are ignited! Young women will find a safe space to be themselves, through games, exploration, and hands on projects. Learning empowering skills such as fire tending, basketry, wild plant ID, and gardening allow us to connect to each other and the land.” Fire tending does come in handy.
Saturday, May 4th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Painting Workshop
For teens from 11 to 18, create a beautiful acrylic painting! All materials provided. Registration required!

Video Games:

Friday, May 3rd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Retro Cartridge Swap and Cleaning Workshop!
“Do you have doubles; triples; quads? Are you looking for some classics that you just don’t have and can’t find? Need to test them before trading? We’ve got you! Come by on this evening and display your goods, trade with others and fulfill your dream collection… Then, we will have supplies to clean your carts to get them back to new working condition. We will even give lessons on how to properly clean them. Please limit your collection to 20 carts/games due to space. We will clear tables for a 6pm start. “
Sunday, May 5th
Another Castle [30 Olive St., Suite 2, Greenfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Effective Game Art for Indies by Matt Brelsford!
“It’s Spring! Please join us at Another Castle in Greenfield for our next installment of MAKE TALK PLAY! This time we’ll hear from one of our great friends and PVGD members, Matt Brelsford! Matt Brelsford has been making games and cool art projects professionally for over a decade. In 2018, Matt founded Giant Light Studios and released their first game ‘Retro Wing Prime’ on Steam this year.

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