May 26th – June 2nd


We were just told about the Western MA Living Adventure Game Club! “Living Adventure Games are immersive, participatory programs that inspire kids to experience a setting and interact with that setting first-hand. This format gives kids agency over certain aspects of the game and encourages a deeper level of learning, understanding, and skills practice because the participants are a part of the game itself. Mastermind Adventures Living Adventure Clubs provide an infrastructure and support for small groups who want to have their own game that participants have agency over and can contribute to.” Sounds like a solid time for any children in your life!

We finished Sunless Skies! We managed to actually have one of our captains not die from a crew mutiny, angry singing bees, guardians of the realm of the dead, soul eaters, alien dreadnaughts, starvation, the Queen, pirates, or invisible beings that emerge from black holes! It was a hell of a run and while the game is what we would conservatively call “way too long”, it was still a great way to see interesting writing wrapped in a pretty solid little space-trader game.

Then we bought and finished Dandara, which is a neat action platformer where up is arbitrary, always aligned to wherever you’re standing. It is maybe slightly too into being sorta Dark Souls-y in a way that we don’t think actually wound up being fun. But once we powered up significantly and just blasted around the neat arbitrary-gravity rooms it was a bunch of fun. Also it’s super pretty so that was nice. Also blessedly short, more games need to clock in at like 4-6 hours.

Our official Game of Thrones finale review: We had more fun grousing with pals about how WE would have written it than we did watching it, but that was a lot of fun so overall we rate it a good experience. Sometimes grousing is fun!

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:

Thursday, May 30th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Origami Class with Mike
We don’t really understand what a microphone does to help out with oragami but alright.

Board Games:

Tuesday, May 28th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 7
“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. Last week, a band of strangers took the roll of heroic adventures flushing out a perilous raider encampment in an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons. Meanwhile, across the room, spells were being cast and reversed at lightening speeds, as our local Magic the Gathering players duked it out.”
Wednesday, May 29th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Five Tribes!
“Holy heck! We are one game night away from our 3 year anniversary! Also, will this finally be the week we can go outside! ONLY THE FUTURE KNOWS FOR SURE. This week I’ll be featuring the very clever Five Tribes. Five Tribes is a mancala style of game where you will use powers based on picking up a pile of 5 differently colored meeples and redistributing them around the board. Some powers just let you score points, some powers let you affect or even take ownership of tiles on the board. You can even harness incredibly powerful djinns to help yo on your quest to victory! Once you really start moving this game is a breezy blast. Watch It Played walks through Five Tribes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfvDro2ecFw&feature=! As always, bring your friends, meet some really wonderful peopl and enjoy a beverage if that’s your thing! See you on Wednesday!”
Thursday, May 30th
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 31st
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.”
Sunday, June 2nd
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”

Books:

Tuesday, May 28th
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 children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Thursday, May 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elizabeth Bear
“Hugo Award–winning author Elizabeth Bear returns to the epic fantasy world of the Lotus Kingdoms with The Red-Stained Wings, the sequel to The Stone in the Skull, taking the Gage into desert lands under a deadly sky to answer the riddle of the Stone in the Skull. Elizabeth Bear will be in conversation with author Holly Black.”
Saturday, June 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Local Author Talk: Elisabeth Horan
Hear from a local author! They will probably read some of their work, that’s what usually happens.
Sunday, June 2nd
Hooker Auditorium [50 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.”

Card Games:

Monday, May 27th
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”
Tuesday, May 28th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 AM
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. Learn more about Standard: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/standard-formats-magic-gathering | Pauper @7:30 pm/ $5/ Three Rounds. Every 3-0 wins a showdown pack | Learn more about Pauper: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper Pick up Commander! Starts @5pm/ Free Entry/ Get a random promo card just by showing up! Learn more about Commander: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/commander-format Prize Support for 8+ players | 3-0 $15 store credit +standard showdown pack | 2-0-1 $12 store credit | 2-1 $9 store credit”
Wednesday, May 29th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Draft
“Thursday Draft// 6:30 p.m. // $14” Cards! At Off the Wall!
Friday, May 31st
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!

Community:

Thursday, May 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!
Saturday, June 1st
Hadley Town Common [Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Asparagus Festival
Asparagus! The mean green vegetable of your dreams! “Join the Odyssey Bookshop at the WGBY Asparagus Festival Sturday, June 1 at the Hadley Town Common! We will be selling cookbooks for the Chef’s Spearit Lunch with guest chefs Dan Souza of America’s Test Kitchen and Christie Morrison of Cook’s Country.” It’s so good to eat asparagus!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, May 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Annihilation
“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.) Our next movie is the 2018 Annihilation, a sci fi film based on the award winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer. Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept.” Annihilation was great! Neat way of putting a weird book series to film, and a good cast.
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XXI – 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!”
Friday, May 31st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Video Game Afternoon
“Hang out in the Loft and play video games. There will be rotation of video game consoles, and a bunch of different games! For grades 5-12! No registration”

History:

Thursday, May 30th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chris Daley: Massachusetts Serial Killers
“Massachusetts Serial Killers is a two-part slideshow/lecture in which methods of criminal profiling are discussed along with three historical cases of serial murder in Massachusetts. Part one of the lecture examines the mind of a serial killer through the knowledge gained in the profiling field by such men as John Douglas and Robert Reisler of the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit. The talk will touch on the two different types of serial killers and also the four categories. There will also be a short discussion on crime scene examination and differentiate the M.O. of a killer from his or her signature.”

Kids:

Tuesday, May 28th
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!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kid’s Chess Club
“For K – Grade 12. ALL SKILL LEVELS! Sign-ups are not necessary and drop-ins are welcome. Hosted by: William Nolte”
Wednesday, May 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Kids’ Book Club: Because of the Rabbit
“Join us for a chat and a snack! About the book: On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone–except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit.”

Movies:

Thursday, May 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Population Connection Film Screening
“Join other local ‘Population Connection’ members for a screening of The Wilson Center’s “Healthy People, Healthy Environment” film series which transports viewers to Tanzania, Nepal, and Ethiopia to explore an innovative approach to international development called integrated population, health, and environment (PHE), that seeks to protect both people and the ecosystems that sustain them. Free and open to the public.”

Science:

Wednesday, May 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Introduction to Home Beekeeping
“Learn the basics of starting your own home apiary: from how to care for honey bees to how to produce and harvest honey. Daniel Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield leads this informative presentation geared toward very beginner beekeepers or those who are interested in learning more about beekeeping!”

Teens:

Tuesday, May 28th
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
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tween and Teen Art Club
“Do you love to draw? Mix paint? Invent colors? Sarah Ahearn Bellamare, author of Painted Pages, will be on hand to lead an art, color, pattern workshop. Each month features a different and cool medium. Open to all middle school and high school students.”
Wednesday, May 29th
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 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Teen Book Club
“Come for a chat and a snack! Stay tuned for this month’s selection.”
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.

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