August 12th – 18th

We just got the game Heat Signature, and it’s extremely neat! It’s an stealth-action game where you play any of a bunch of randomly-generated characters who live on asteroid space-stations and spend their time doing odd jobs involving all sorts of cool things. During the action you can pause to consider your next action whenever you like. The ability to pause combined with a bunch of interesting gadgets and goals means that you wind up very easily making action-film sequences on the fly.

For example if you’re given a mission to rescue someone, you can sidle up along an unsuspecting spaceship, eject yourself out of your own spaceship, use a Swapper teleporter to pop inside by switching places with the person you’re rescuing, putting them in the void of space suffocating and you trapped in their cell, then remote-control your spaceship to grab them before they suffocate, and use your array of gadgets to break out of the prison cell you’re now trapped in!

It’s a delightful story-generator, and we highly recommend it.

Deserts of Kharak is a game set in the Homeworld universe and it is… okay! The thing is, it’s making me realize how much of the Homeworld-style RTS gameplay was less appealing to me than just the sheer excellent presentation of scale. Deserts of Kharak is unarguably a more technically accomplished game, in terms of actual graphical fidelity, but everything I’m doing feels so tiny in comparison to the Battlestar Galactica space opera that was happening Homeworld. The actual tactical play was probably overly simple since there was zero terrain and no real reckoning with that – you pretty much sent your blob of stuff to their blob of stuff across an empty plane – but it looked so danged cool!

Plus, I remember it being a bit more sedate, you could send your little fighter spacecraft out and they’d engage other fighters and spend a little bit tussling. Deserts of Kharak fights are so deadly so fast it just feels like tossing tissue at things. Eh, it’s still neat looking and probably worth a gander if you’re really into the series but mostly it makes me think I’d rather be playing either Starcraft if I wanted to do some quick RTS-ing or Homeworld if I wanted to look at something beautiful while radio-voices crackle about me in convincing technobabble.

We would like to specifically recommend you go check out Adult Game Night at Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027], Thursday at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM this week! Mill 180 Park is a delight every time we have ever gone and you will love it, and board games are nice, and Justin specifically does an amazing job teaching and helping with board games! We recommend playing Root for 3 hours because we love Root! Play Root with us, kindly reader!

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, August 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Talk about zines! Create Zines! Those two things mostly, but we guess you could probably get in some yoga as well.
Thursday, August 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Library Stitchin’ Group
“We meet on the third Thursday every month at the Jones Library from 6-8pm AND the first Sunday from 10 am until whenever at the Works in downtown Amherst to knit, crochet, stitch, hang out, chit chat and eat chocolate!”
Saturday, August 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Porsha Olayiwola: Poetry
“Join us in the Coolidge Museum to welcome the local teen winners of the Forbes Library Young Poets Award and the current Poet Laureate of Boston, Porsha Olayiwola. Porsha Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston and has her first full collection of poetry forthcoming with Button Poetry in November 2019.”

Board Games:

Tuesday, August 13th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 17
“From dungeon delving to spell casting, Tabletop Tuesdays have your board game fix covered for the week! 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. Interested in joining the fray? Tabletop Tuesdays are only $5 for access to our wide tables, extensive boardgame collection and of course lots of dice. If you’re a DM looking to lead your own band of adventurers, you get in for free! Plus you get access to countless DM resources, like map tiles and over 300 pre-painted token for heroes and monsters. Adventure awaits you at Prodigy.”
Thursday, August 15th
Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Adult Game Night – Salad!
“My friend Ana made the mistake of lending me a brand new game straight out of Gen Con and I can’t help myself but feature it! This week at Adult Game Night I’ll be showing off Point Salad! Point Salad is a fascinatingly simple game that comes with a ton of ways to score points. Every round you essentially have 2 options, 1) Grab some veggies to put in your salad 2) Grab one of the three scoring cards available every round. That’s literally it! The trick is that the back of every card is a DIFFERENT SCORING Condition. Do you take that pepper and that tomato, or do you take that card that makes all your carrots delicious point pinatas? The Dice Tower Review: https://youtu.be/758Yj2nEaL4”
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, August 16th
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.”

Books:

Tuesday, August 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
T. Greenwood: Keeping Lucy
“The heartbreaking and uplifting story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.” A woman must rescue her daughter Lucy – who was born with Down Syndrome – from the hellish conditions of Willowridge, a “school for the feeble-minded”. “Based on incredible true events, Keeping Lucy is the searing, heartfelt, and breathtaking story of just how far a mother’s love can take her.” T. Greenwood has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Friday, August 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Book Buzz!
“Find out about upcoming to-be-published fall books from librarians from Forbes and other area libraries. We’ll be giving away free books and snacks, too!”

Card Games:

Monday, August 12th
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, August 13th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 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, August 16th
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:

Monday, August 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Finding our Footing on a Changing Earth – Despair, empowerment and climate change
We’re all in this together, it helps to talk to other people. Sponsored by Climate Action Network and Arise.
Thursday, August 15th
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:

Monday, August 12th
The Harp Irish Pub [163 Sunderland Rd., Amherst] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Science Trivia Night: Meet the Brains Behind the Buzz
Free food! Come for trivia featuring a variety of life science topics from the UMass grad student organizers! Starring tomatoes, invasive species, climate change, bees, bird brains, and more! Remember to tip your waitstaff and the grad students!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch
“Throw the Quaffle, dodge the Bludgers, run as a Seeker and chase down the Golden Snitch! Join the Greenfield Public Library’s game of wizards. Takes place at Hillside Field! Registration through Recreation Department website.” We really feel like they should be doing this with airplanes.
Tuesday, August 13th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comedy at Hawks and Reed
“Comedy showcase followed by an open mic, $3 suggested donation, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. We seek to produce stand-up shows that nurture different voices and emphasize local talent. Special attention is made to ensure our shows reflect the diversity of the changing landscape, especially: women, people of color, and queer people. Founded by award-winning comedian Jon Ross Comedy (Not Necessarily the News, CatDog, Lucky Louie). The Showcase is hosted by Monk Danger. The open mic is hosted by Ang Buxton. Join us in for a night of hilarious stand-up and delicious craft cocktails. Booking Enquiries: contact Monk Danger”
Wednesday, August 14th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Escape Room 1
“This escape room is free and open to the public (ages 13 and up). You are given 45 minutes to escape. There are multiple time slots so choose which ever one works for you and your group. There is maximum of 8 people in the escape room during each time slot and a minimum of 3. Each person in your group must sign up. Single players may choose any time slot and can join any group that does not have the maximum number of players. This escape room was designed, prepared, and run by the Escape Room Planners, a group of Westfield teenagers who met over the summer with the sole purpose of running an escape room for the Westfield Community. Open to ages 13 and up (that includes adults!)”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Escape Room 2
The second run-through time for the Escape Room! Sign up now!
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XXXII – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…This event will feature two main brackets; Smash Ultimate Singles and Smash Melee Singles. Every second Wednesday will feature PM instead of Melee! To enter there is; $5 Venue Fee. $5 Bracket Entry Fee. *Cash only, there is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. **Venue fee will be waived if you provide a FULL set up. Streamed by Team Spilled Fries: https://www.twitch.tv/teamspilledfries”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Escape Room 3
The third!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Escape Room 4
The fourth and final Escape Room!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Adult Summer Reading Party
Adults! Party while talking about your summer reading!
Thursday, August 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! Gundam, maybe? There are more than one Gundam series, right?

History:

Wednesday, August 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Collections Spotlight – Main Street Undressed with Kelsy Sinelnikov, Collections Manager
“Historic Northampton Collections Manager Kelsy Sinelnikov will highlight some of the items that were common on Main Street during the 1800s, but hidden from view. Join her for a close up look at the corsets, stays, stockings and other undergarments worn and sold on Northampton’s Main Street and part of Historic Northampton’s remarkable clothing collection. Cost: $5 members & donors; $8 others”
Thursday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
“This month learn about the life of Charles Forbes and his bequest to build a public library for the inhabitants of Northampton.” Also get some cookies!

Kids:

Tuesday, August 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, August 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stuffed Animal Sleepover Dropoff Concert
“Join us for a concert with Moomaw Jackson in your PJs and leave behind your stuffed animal for a night for fun!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Reading Buddies
“Children and families are invited to attend this month’s Reading Buddies workshop at the Holyoke Public Library, starting at 2pm with a read aloud of Horton Hears a Who! Then you’ll create your own stuffed animal to bring home! All materials provided but space is limited, a non-refundable $7 is required upon registering.”
Saturday, August 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Stuffed Animal Sleepover Reunite Breakfast
“Reunite with your stuffed animal for a breakfast in your PJs and enjoy pictures of what your stuffed animals did during their night in the library” this is so frigging adorable.

Movies:

Wednesday, August 14th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: Super 8
It’s sort of like Stranger Things! “During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons
“The film charts the development of the atomic bomb to the negotiations to prohibit nuclear weapons, with interviews of key people in the fields of activism and diplomacy including survivors of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb. Local members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), (which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts,) as well as “Back From the Brink” and “NuclearBan.US” will tell you how you can get involved in the work and what they do.”
Friday, August 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Friday Family Film Festival: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Have you heard of Star Wars? It’s pretty good. The main character is a bit annoying though, very whiny.

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 13th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry Tristan’s a dragon
Thursday, August 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, August 16th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sins of a Nation: The Sixth Kingdom
“Come play or NPC Sins of a Nation: The Sixth Kingdom, a Full Metal Fantasy LARP! New players get 50% off their first event. Event cost is $80 with pre-registration, $100 at the door (no charge for NPCs, of course). Pre-Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjg40Uz-SLx8xpVK5uMg80OJPubkYp_2qDH-MIUHabZRY2cA/viewform?usp=sf_link. Visit our official game page at https://www.facebook.com/SinsSixthKingdom” If you’ve got no plans for the weekend, you could do a lot worse than being an NPC at this fun RPG!

Teens:

Monday, August 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Paper Marbling
“Experiment with color, water, and oil to make your own marbled paper. As always, materials and snacks provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, August 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
YA Book to Movie Series: Five Feet Apart
The stunning story of five feet who are separated by cruel fate, making their journey to reunite with one another!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
The Pokemon Club
Another day? They’re up to two a week? Dang, we’re pretty sure this “Pokemon” thing is going to wind up being pretty popular.
Wednesday, August 14th
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, August 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
The Pokemon Club
Another day? They’re up to two a week? Dang, we’re pretty sure this “Pokemon” thing is going to wind up being pretty popular.
Friday, August 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
YA Harry Potter Mug Craft
Create your own Butterbeer, Three Broomsticks, or other wizarding themed mug! Add a little magic to your meals, but not too much because consumption of raw magic can cause rabbits. These also make great gifts to the Harry Potter fans in your life! Or the Star Wars fans in your life who have a particular penchant for handmade mug collecting.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Video Game Afternoon
“Come to the Teen Loft for an afternoon of video games. There’ll be a rotation of game consoles and games. For grades 5-12”

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