December 16th – 22nd


We’re really excited to see the semi-re-christening of Wednesday Games to “Start Playing” Games (get it)? There are now we think four separate events across Easthampton and Northampton, and they’re all wonderful! You should go to all of them, given of course that you’d like to play a lot of boardgames.

Two are happening this week! One at the Brass Cat (7:00PM – 11:30PM Wednesday) and one at Artifact Cider (6:00PM – 10:00PM Thursday)!

Also we played a bunch of Wildermyth this past week, and we wholeheartedly recommend it! It’s a surprisingly effective combo of tactical and strategic map gameplay. It’s a familiar formula from a lot of tactics games but it’s extremely effectively deployed.

What works so nicely is that it has a relatively restricted scope, but hits a ton of the key points that makes these games fun. All your characters grow and change over time, with events giving them scars, removing limbs, changing their eyes into gems, and giving them cooler looking gear. The map doesn’t have a ton of different interactions, but they’re all significant. And the campaign we played never gave us a chance to do everything, no matter how much we wanted to do it. Which is perfect! Combat is similarly straightforward, but full of significant choices about what to do when. It’s hitting a point somewhere between Into the Breach and XCOM, which is a hell of a thing to do!

Also we’re skipping Christmas, at least as a whole newsletter. Because it’s the holidays! Which is fun but also a lot. We hope you have a nice holiday season.

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, December 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Writer in Residence Series: To Be A Part
Somehow there are something like ten paragraphs on this event description page, but all we’re getting out of this is that there is probably either a panel discussion or a series of readings.

Board Games:

Tuesday, December 17th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday
“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.”
Wednesday, December 18th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Start Playing at the Cat!
Oooh! A re-branding! It’s sensible, because Wednesday Games doesn’t work if all the games aren’t on Wednesday! “Choo Choo! It’s train time! This week I’ll be featuring one of my favorite new to me games this year, Irish Gauge! Irish Gauge is a pretty standard train game in a lot of ways. You’ll acquire stocks which make you money, build train routes across a lovely green-hexy map and hope to be the richest rail baron in Ireland when the game ends. The twist? This one plays in an hour and is dead simple! I’ve already got 3-4 plays in and I continue to enjoy it. Watch It Played walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH_FSnMHICg So come on out, enjoy a nice dark beverage and let’s play some games!”
Thursday, December 19th
Artifact Cider Project [34 N Maple St., Northampton, MA 01062] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Start Playing at Artifact!
“I am so excited! Are you? Well you should be! December 19th is the start of a monthly game night at Artifact Cider in Florence, MA! If you’ve never heard of Artifact, they are an amazing local cider house that has the best labels (and ciders!) you’ve ever seen. Every night they have a TON of options. For those of you who struggle with choice, you can also get a flight to try a few! On top of that, Wheelhouse is providing some delicious locally made flat breads as well. You HAVE to try one! So how are we kicking things off? With some ocean exploration! In Reef, players take on the role of a coral reef selecting colors and patterns in which to grow and expand. Players can choose to pick up a new card from a choice of four, or play a card that is already in hand. Each card provides two reef pieces and a pattern that scores points. Whoever has the most points when the reef pieces (or card deck) run out wins! How to Play Reef https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVagicma33g
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.”

Books:

Wednesday, December 18th
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!

Card Games:

Monday, December 16th
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, December 17th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Pioneer Magic Tournament
Pioneer Format. $5 Entry! That’s it, very simple. Is Pioneer the Pioneer Valley format? Or just… another Magic format? We’re not up on formats, that’s for you to discover!
Friday, December 20th
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!

Comic Books:

Tuesday, December 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club (Ages 9-12)
“Mia and Cecilia will discuss This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews and then we’ll create our own mini comics.” Oooh, This Was Our Pact was really good! “Pick up a copy of the book and pre-register at the Kids’ Desk 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 18th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash Week 52 – 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” Ha! The roman numerals got annoying.
Thursday, December 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Its not anime but we’ve been reading horror manga late at night in the bed, and we gotta say we do not recommend it! Dark objects in your room become looming terrors hiding just outside of your vision!
Friday, December 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cookie Decorating!
“We provide the cookies, frosting, and sprinkles, you bring the fun!” Wow, okay! You’re going to skimp on the fun, and just expect me to handle it? Jeez. Wow. That’s kind of a big deal, folks. At least they’ll give us cookies!
Saturday, December 21st
Hawks & Reed Ballroom [289 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Solistice Storytelling Celebration
“Reservations highly recommended: (413) 624-5140! Suggested Donation: $12 – $20 for adults, $5 – $10 for children! No one will be turned away for inability to pay. Please bring canned goods for the Franklin Area Survival Center! Cider and sweets will be provided, other beverages for sale by Hawks & Reed! All ticket proceeds will be donated to the ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union of W. MA for their activities in support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers & THE FOOD BANK of Western Massachusetts”
Sunday, December 22nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
ALL AGES Sunday Family Morning – September Edition
“ALL AGES! $12 per human! We are planning an ALL AGES Sunday morning for families! We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult. At Prodigy, we want to encourage deep thinking, allow for teaching strategy and create/fine tune brain skills so sit down at a chess board with your tot or teach them some Super Mario strategies that you learned with your spent weeks of attempts when you were young. Teach them the proper way to hold and swing a putter or just simply destroy them in air hockey. :-)”

Kids:

Monday, December 16th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holiday Tea and Storytime
“Children ages 2-6 years old are invited to come to the library for a special storytime. There will be singing, a craft and a special “apple juice tea” and snack provided. Registration is required and space is limited.”
Tuesday, December 17th
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!

Movies:

Sunday, December 22nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas”
“Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary telling the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, and Gloria Shayne Baker, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s a tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream. Canada, 2017, 52 mins., directed by Larry Weinstein, English COST: Student | $6, Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members, Seniors | $8, General Admission | $10”

RPGs:

Thursday, December 19th
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, December 21st
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

Technology:

Tuesday, December 17th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Holiday Party
“Let’s get together and end the year with fun conversation and laughs at the Platform Sports Bar in Northampton, MA! PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://ace.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-2019-holiday-party/ Teams of the Valley! Maybe you’re not on an Agile team or you work on your own, but if you’re responsible for producing work (or want to be), come, share and learn. Let’s meetup and share our knowledge of process, communication, structure, team roles, dos and don’ts… etc. This is a NERD event. https://nerd.ngo”
The Dirty Truth [29 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Indie Hackers Western Mass: December Meetup
“Do you run an online business or are you interested in getting started? Then join us for the an Indie Hackers Meetup! This is a casual meetup where you can discuss your software business, side project, or aspirations with other indie hackers. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas with others and get advice from peers who have faced similar challenges. Drinks and snacks will be covered by UserKit, who is generously sponsoring this meetup. Anyone involved or interested in the Indie Hackers community is welcome. If you’re not familiar with Indie Hackers, check out indiehackers.com for more information. Code of Conduct: https://www.indiehackers.com/code-of-conduct
Wednesday, December 18th
Progression Brewing Company [9 Pearl St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – Wednesday Edition
“A regular rendezvous of web makers, designers and creative coders. Held on the third Wednesday of each month at Progression Brewery.”
Friday, December 20th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
VR Night with Pioneer VR – Holiday Music Beat Saber Edition
“Admission: $12 for gameroom access from 4pm to 12am, VR from 7pm to 9pm. Ages: 13+, Pioneer VR runs a VR Night once again here at Prodigy! System will be available from 7pm to 9pm. Arrive early to ensure a chance to play!” Oooh, Beat Saber is really neat! What a fun holiday event idea!

Teens:

Monday, December 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Make your own wrapping paper
“Just in time for the holidays: make your own wrapping paper! Come hang out with other teen artists, use our supplies, and eat some snacks. This program is open to teens only.”
Tuesday, December 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!

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