May 6th – 12th

Good news! The ROOT expansion pack is fun as heck. We had the delightful experience at Wednesday Games of playing as The Great Duchy, a powerful mole civilization hiding under the feet of the other factions! We were mostly testing that the rules were understandable, which meant a lot of being asked “what do YOU think that means?” but also they pretty much were! The new factions are very straightforward while introducing fun new mechanics!

The Duchy’s whole thing is that they have a secret off-map Burrow, which is where they put all their troops when they recruit. Then, they can Dig to pop up anywhere on the map they want to with their troops, establishing a new Tunnel that’s instantly adjacent to their burrow! It’s a fun mechanic that helps make you feel safe enough to venture out into territory controlled by other players because you’re always technically next door to your recruiting station. Oh! And they elect a Parliament that gives them extra moves and VP which is technically a bigger thing we guess? They sound complex but mostly it felt really simple to decide what might be the best next move.

We lost handily to the Corvid Conspiracy, who are a really odd faction that we think looked fun to play. They drop little Plots on the board, that don’t do anything so long as they aren’t flipped over. But when they ARE flipped, they not only score points for the Corvids, they can trap troops in a clearing, they can put new troops on the board, they can even blow up and take out all pieces in a given clearing. Like they did on the last turn, winning the game and leaving me high and dry like some sort of underground fool! We really like how much they throw a wrench into the works for all the other factions, making people second-guess what they’re doing because dangit that plot could be anything!

Both of these factions seem like they slot well into the current game structure, kind of slotting in the same place as the Eyrie and the Woodland Alliance. And with 8 total factions, there are now many… thousands? Of combinations? For 2-6 players. We think? Look we took a brief detour to try to figure out combinations vs permutations and how to calculate them and frankly we got far enough to get what we think is a right answer but we’re uncertain of it enough that we want to just say “Thousands” in case we’re wrong. Point is, a ton of possible faction combinations!

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:

Wednesday, May 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library
“A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department. Scissors, glue, paper, and magazines available for use.” You make zines! They’re good tiny magazines you make yourself!
Thursday, May 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
The Eric Carle Museum visits Comics Club!
“This month’s meeting is a comic book making collaboration with Forbes Zine Club and the Eric Carle Museum! Intended for elementary and tween readers.”
Friday, May 10th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“4pm to 7pm hands on art making for all ages, making found materials mosaics, sorting found plastic and then arranging it in a pretty manner! Inspired by Vik Muniz and Steve McPherson, in their exhibition Plastic Entaglements. 6pm Open Eyes: Guided conversations exploring a different art object.”

Board Games:

Monday, May 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Games and Gab
“Come by the Teen Room to play games and hang out with Laura from River Valley Counseling! Laura will be on hand to answer your sex education questions in a safe and judgement free environment.” Dang that’s better than our experience asking our sex education questions to that one ghost manifesting as a whirlwind of knives. It was extremely kind, but incredibly dangerous!
Tuesday, May 7th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 4
“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!
Thursday, May 9th
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 10th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 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.”
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Local Game Developer Night!
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local Pioneer Valley game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers striving for improvement and publicity! Get feedback from fellow developers and passionate gamers alike! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know! All developers who bring a demo to test and play get free admission! Other developers looking to network get a discounted weekend admission at $10. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Game On!
“Get your Game On at the library on second Friday of each month. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Challenges, board games like Exploding Kittens and Superfight. Snacks and more! “
Saturday, May 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of the landed gentry as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
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!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Monday, May 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change
“Since 2012, Pfeiffer has become the leading U.S. investigative journalist on the growth of and controversies surrounding Lyme disease, a hidden menace that, she argues, has been fostered by a warming world while being vastly underestimated and poorly managed by American medicine. For her Lyme reporting, Pfeiffer was honored with a half-dozen awards, including the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award in 2013 from the Society for Professional Journalists, one of her two Sigma Delta Chi awards.”
Tuesday, May 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Myla Goldberg
“The first novel in nearly a decade from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season—a compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation.”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversation with Author Series with Joyce Derenas
“Based on the true story of five Poulin brothers, the long shot is an exciting survival adventure detailing Nazaire Poulin’s four-thousand-mile journey, revealing a desperate man’s incredible courage and resilience. Sprinkled with extensive research by Derenas, the long shot exposes the unique signature of pioneering men in the heart of the Dawson community in the Yukon wilderness.”
Wednesday, May 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Victoria Aveyard
“We’re thrilled to be able to invite you to a launch party and signing event with Victoria Aveyard on May 8th, 2019! Festivities will begin at 6:30 pm. Take a photo in the photo booth, enjoy book-related treats, and visit the crown making station! Victoria will begin signing at 7:30 pm and will sign any and all other titles you would like to bring with you in addition to Broken Throne. In order to attend, you must purchase the “Book & Ticket” option (available below). Tickets include a hardcover copy of Broken Throne as well as access to the May 8th event.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Local Author Talk: Karen Zilberstein
“Through the unforgettable portraits of six overburdened families, Parents Under Pressure shows how health crises can quickly devolve into the loss of jobs and homes, how public perceptions of poor people hamper the chances for a better life and the ways in which race and income affect access to assistance. Judged by family, friends and professionals who question their abilities and choices, parents feel inadequate and drained, rather than supported. Karen Zilberstein, LICSW, is a practicing psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Northampton, MA chapter of A Home Within, a national nonprofit that provides pro bono psychotherapy for individuals who have experienced foster care”
Thursday, May 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Claudia Wilson
“Claudia M. Wilson is a poet, instructor, and social worker who lives and plays in Amherst, MA. They have featured at various venues in Ohio & Boston such as Writer’s Block, Fazenda Queer Reading, & The Oberon. Claudia’s present work in progress centers embodiment, familial relationships, blackness and living in the woods, and WWF wrestlers from the mid-’80s. They do creative community play in two collectives: the Mass Collective and the Black Girl Slumber Party Collective. Claudia studied English & Black Literature at The Ohio State University and is a TWH & VONA graduate. Their forthcoming chapbook GROWN is published through Game Over Books Press and is about Claudia’s time in foster care. They study poetry at Umass Amherst and they live in the woods with their cat Pablo a.k.a Lil Pooder a.k.a Pooderbutt. Claudia is an avid watcher of Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Westworld. They’re originally from Cleveland & Columbus, Ohio. “
Saturday, May 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Andrew Lam
“Andrew Lam, M.D., is the award-winning author of three books. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Born in Philadelphia and raised in central Illinois, he graduated summa cum laude in history from Yale University, where he studied military history and U.S.-East Asian Andrew Lam relations. He then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by specialty training in ophthalmology and retina surgery at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served as chief resident.”

Card Games:

Monday, May 6th
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!
Tuesday, May 7th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tuesdays
“Tuesdays night are the place to be for magic! We are holding three different events. Standard showdown @6pm/ $5 / Three rounds. Every 3-0 wins a standard showdown pack. Pauper @7:30 pm/ $5/ Three Rounds. Every 3-0 wins a showdown pack. Pick up Commander! Starts @5pm/ Free Entry/ Get a random promo card just by showing up! Prize Support for 8+ players. 3-0 $15 store credit +standard showdown pack. 2-0-1 $12 store credit. 2-1 $9 store credit”
Friday, May 10th
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”

Community:

Tuesday, May 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”
Thursday, May 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, May 8th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XVIII – 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!”
Thursday, May 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching K-ON! right now and it’s a very cute show.
Saturday, May 11th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Weather Is Happening: “BIG SPRING ENERGY”
“Your humble Comixmongers invite you to this important WEATHER IS HAPPENING PRESENT8ION: “BIG SPRING ENERGY” Accessible space. Free event. Come see about us.”

History:

Monday, May 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
At Sword’s Point: A Labor History of Franklin County
“Franklin County’s remarkable industrial history is matched by an equally remarkable history of organized labor. This untold story, pieced together using archival research, is presented with period images. The United Electrical Workers union was a good fit for workers until it was targeted by the Red Scare – turning the County into ground zero for a national struggle that lives with us to this day. Tom Goldscheider is an independent scholar based in Florence. He earned a Masters in History at UMass Amherst and recently published “At Sword’s Point: the United Electrical Workers Union and the Greenfield Tap & Die Company” in the Winter 2019 Edition of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts.”
Wednesday, May 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A Natural History of Forbes Library
“Join us for a leisurely amble around the library’s historic grounds with naturalist and Historic Northampton’s co-director Laurie Sanders . We’ll meet in front of the library on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 PM to explore the vegetation, geology and animal life that surrounds the Forbes Library. The rain date will be the following Wednesday, May 15. Nicknamed “Castle on the Hill”, Forbes Library opened in 1894 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The property has undergone many changes both before and since this time. Attend our amble and learn about this historic property that was once home to Aaron Cook, Northampton’s noted 17th century wolf hunter.”
Friday, May 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Architectural Tour of Forbes Library
“Learn about the history and construction of the Forbes Library and its architect William Brocklesby as Local History Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley leads architecural tours of the Forbes Library during Arts Night Out. Tour will start in the Reading Room (left of the Circulation Desk) at 5pm and move throughout the building. “
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
AHS History Bites: 100 Years of Silk in the Valley
Learn how the pact was sealed with The Ones Who Speak WIthout Mouths, allowing Valley-dwellers to trespass – briefly, mind – the domain of the Weavers. None may learn their secrets and live. But a select few may visit them, surrender their memories of the event to their Veil, and return with Silk. Precious Silk.
Saturday, May 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Stories of Bicycling History and Activism: A Public Talk by Lorenz J. Finison
“Finison traces the activities of cycling environmental and social justice activists, and features topics of racing, touring, commuting, rails-to-trails, and how this history shapes our lives. His talk will introduce for the first time the Pedal Against Pollution of 1972 as it passed through Northampton, and the ill-fated Tour de Trump stage race which rolled through Northampton in 1990.”

Kids:

Tuesday, May 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! Ages 5 and up.
Saturday, May 11th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Specia Storytime: Matt Phelan, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, and Jane Yolen
“A Kite for Moon, co-written by New York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, and illustrated by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, tells the heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, this book pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first US moon landing. After the storytime, guests will create their own flying kites, machines, and orbiting planets to add to Bobbie’s Meadow.”

Movies:

Tuesday, May 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Mirrors of Privilege – Making Whiteness Visible
“Join us for the next event in this ongoing film and discussion series that may educate you, touch your heart, and inspire you to action to help dismantle racism. Tonight’s screening is Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, a remarkable and engaging film that explores stories from white women and men about their journeys in overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement. Includes anti-racism icons Tim Wise, Peggy McIntosh, and others. A brief discussion follows the screening. Free & open to the public. “
Wednesday, May 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Red Button
“‘The Red Button’ tells the dramatic story of a Russian officer who saved the world from nuclear war. It was an intense period of time in the relationship between the United States and Russia. Tensions were running high between the two superpowers, and the atmosphere was suspicious because of recent incidents: a Korean jet liner with 269 passengers, many of whom were American, had been shot down over Soviet territory because the Russians believed it was a spy mission. The action led then-president Ronald Reagan to label Russia an “evil empire.” Soon after, the KGB communicated to the western operatives to prepare for possible nuclear war. “
Friday, May 10th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
A Screening of: “Unemployable”
“‘Unemployable’ tells the story of 25 year old Taylor- smart, ambitious and jobless. Taylor desperately fights to be independent financially from a world (and her mom) conspiring against her. This film is entirely helmed by women, in starring roles and behind the scenes.”
Sunday, May 12th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Love, Gilda”
“In her own words, comedian Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), Love, Gilda opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story. Student $4, Members $6, General Admission $8”

RPGs:

Thursday, May 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Saturday, May 11th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Technology:

Tuesday, May 7th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular rendezvous of web makers, designers and creative coders! It’s a fun tim where you can talk to folks who mostly know what you’re complaining about when you talk about your work.

Teens:

Monday, May 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Chalk Art
“Create chalk and tape resist art. Make cool patterns using wet chalk and pieces of tape! As always, snacks and materials provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, May 7th
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 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holyoke Media Pop-Up Recording Studio
Come to the Teen Room to learn about media literacy and gain hands-on experience recording songs, doing interviews, and sound mixing with Iohann from Holyoke Media.
Thursday, May 9th
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.

Video Games:

Sunday, May 12th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
ALL AGES Sunday Family Morning!
All ages, all people, come to Prodigy to play games! $12 per person! Kids must be with a participating adult! We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.

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