Geek Things for Halloween 2014

  • Tilt Halloween Costume Contest, 7:30pm, Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House, South Burlington. (Haunts)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Terror in the Fields, 7:30 pm, Bertrand Farms, Pittsford. $6-11. (Haunts)
  • Festival of Pumpkins, 6:30 pm, Smith Park, Winooski. (Haunts)
  • Nightmare Vermont, 7-11 pm, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. $10-15. (Haunts)
  • StoryWalk Halloween, 10 am-6 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Haunts)
  • Joshua Farley – “Brazil’s Economic Challenge: Balancing the Goals of Economic Growth, Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Conservation.” 2 pm, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. (Talk)
  • Halloween Face Painting, 3:15-4:15 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Haunts)
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat, 4-6 pm, Various downtown locations, Montpelier. (Haunts)
  • Teen Halloween Movie – Ghostbusters, 5-7 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Ghosts)
  • Trick-or-Treat at the Library, 5-7 pm, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. (Haunts)
  • The Haunted Castle, 6-11 pm, Regal Gymnastics Academy, Essex. $5-10. (Haunts)
  • A Haunted Evening at the Mt. Philo Inn, 6-10 pm, Mt. Philo Inn, Charlotte. $20 suggested donation; preregister. (Haunts)
  • Wicked Waterbury Haunted House, 6-10 pm, Anderson Field, Waterbury. Free; $2-8 suggested donation accepted. (Haunts)
  • Nightmares on Main Street, 7-11 pm, The Mortuary, Montpelier. $7-10. (Haunts)
  • ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $10-22. (Theater)
  • ‘The Exorcist’, 7:30 pm, Paramount Theatre, Rutland. $7. (Movies)
  • Halloween Dance Party, 7:30-11:30 pm, Vergennes Opera House, Vergennes. $10; donations of nonperishable goods accepted. (Haunts)
  • ‘Young Frankenstein’, 7:30-9:30 pm, Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock. (Movies)
  • ‘Grottoblaster’, 8 pm, Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield. $5-20. (Theater)
  • ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’, 11:59 pm, Enosburg Opera House, Enosburg Falls. $10. (Movies)
  • Early Bird Math, 11 am-12 pm, Richmond Free Library, Richmond. (Maths)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MCAB Free Friday Film Beetlejuice, 6 – 8pm / 9 – 11pm, Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Movies)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St.Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Halloween Tricks and Treats, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St Johnsbury. (Haunts)
  • FNM at Heroes Kingdom, 6:00pm, Heroes Kingdom, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM at the Book Garden, 7:00pm, Book Garden, State St, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Campus Movie: The Purge: Anarchy, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Dole Auditorium, Webb Hall, Norwich University, Northfield. (Movies)
  • Halloween Trick or Treating, 2:00pm to 8:00pm, Phoenix Books, Essex Outlets, Essex. (Haunts)
  • Trick or Treat, 4-5pm, Barre. (Haunts)
  • Technology Assistance, 11:45-12:45, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Montpelier. (Tech)
  • Zombie Prom, 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm, Davis Center 400/401, Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM, Burlington. (Haunts)
  • Mystery Night 2014 with Paul Doiron, Jane Haddam, Archer Mayor and Moderator Jan Brogan, 7:00pm, Concord Festival of Authors, Concord, MA. (Authors)
  • Halloween Costume Contest!, 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Haunts)
  • Flames of War Open Play, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Standard, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for October 30th, 2014

  •  Joe Citro – “Vermont’s Haunts”, 2:00 PM, Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield. (Haunts)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Haunts)
  • Festival of Pumpkins, 6:30 pm, Smith Park, Winooski. (Halloween)
  • Generator Membership Orientation, 6-7 pm, Generator, Burlington. $10. (Tech)
  • National Theatre Live – Frankenstein, 7 pm, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $16-24. (Theater)
  • National Theatre Live: Woodstock – Frankenstein, 7:30-10 pm, Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock. $12-20 (Theater)
  • ‘RiffTrax Live: Anaconda’, 8 pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. $12.50. (Films)
  • Nightmare Vermont, 7-9:30 pm, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. $10-15. (Haunts)
  • Nightmares on Main Street, 7-11 pm, The Mortuary, Montpelier. $7-10. (Haunts)
  • ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’, 7:30 pm, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $10-22. (Theater)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6-7 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series – Hot Times in a Cold Place: Global Warming in Antarctica, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Halloween Party, 5-6:30 pm, Montpelier High School cafeteria, Montpelier. Info. 225-8699. (Haunts)
  • Nightmares on Main Street. 7-11pm, The Old Funeral Parlor, Montpelier. (Haunts)
  • Neuroscience COBRE Seminar: “The Developing Connectome: Patterns, Tools and Big Data Challenges”, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, 400 Health Science Research Facility, UVM, Burlington. (Science)
  • Magic EDH Casual Play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • 2-Player Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • MTG @ Rutland Collectibles, Rutland Collectibles, Rutland. (Gaming)
  • After School Games – Fairlee, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Fairlee library, Fairlee. (Gaming)
  • 802MTG Randolph, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Kimball Library, Randolph. (Gaming)

Seven Days: The Scoop on Penny Press

Penny Press logo.Seven Days writer Keith Morrill interviewed local designers Matt Golec and Robert Dijkman Dulkes about their forthcoming game Penny Press:

Two Upper Valley residents have managed to make a name for themselves in this land of plastic and cardboard. Matt Golec is a 45-year-old stay-at-home dad from Norwich; Robert Dijkman Dulkes, also 45, is a computer programmer from Lebanon, N.H. Last summer, they were two amateur game designers hoping to share their labor of love with a wider audience. Now they sit on the eve of their big debut as pro designers.

Their game, Penny Press, puts players at the helm of competing newspapers during the era of yellow journalism. Players attempt to outmaneuver one another, get the scoop on hot stories and print a superior paper, angling to become the most successful news baron in turn-of-the-century New York City. It’s almost enough to make you don a fedora with a press card tucked into the ribbon.

Naturally, such an experience includes playing Penny Press at Green Mountain Gamers’ recent Fall-loha event. Check out the article for details on the game, its design process and where you can try it out yourself — hint: at A Fistful of Carnage next weekend!

Aimee Picchi Story in Inaccurate Realities 5

Local author Aimee Picchi has a story in the upcoming anthology Inaccurate Realities 5! The editors just unveiled its fantastic cover. The anthology is due out at the end of the week.

What is a monster? Are they the creatures that haunt our nightmares? Or do they live in the back of our closet and go bump in the night? These stories explore monsters in their various forms, from the traditional, to the otherworldly, to the ones that could be walking among us.

Her’s what the editors have to say about it:

We are delighted to host a cover reveal for INACCURATE REALITIES’ fifth volume. If you don’t know, Inaccurate Realities is a YA speculative fiction anthology of short stories in which each issue focuses on a single theme. Two of the bevy’s members have actually had stories featured in previously published volumes (time travel and magic, respectively), so suffice to say we are excited for this latest edition. As is appropriate with Halloween soon approaching, the theme of this edition is MONSTERS. Volume 5 will be available on Friday, October 31st, 2014 but you can pre-order your copy today at the link found below. So without further ado, check out the chilling cover below!

You can preorder the anthology here. Aimee’s story is called ‘The Night Parade of Hiro Doji’. We’re pretty excited for this one.

Geek Things for October 29th, 2014

  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Haunts)
  • National Theatre Live – Frankenstein, 7pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. (Theater)
  • Public Flu Clinic, 10-11 am, Fourwinds Independent Living, St. Albans. (Flu)
  • Environmental & Health Sciences Speaker Series – “Assessment of Timber Harvesting and Forest Resource Management in Vermont: A Second Look.” 4-5:15 pm, Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, Johnson. (Talk)
  • The Haunted Castle, 6-10 pm, Regal Gymnastics Academy, Essex. $5-10. (Haunts)
  • Halloween Stories, 6:30 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Kids)
  • Halloween-a-thon Films, 7 pm, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. (Films)
  • Nightmares on Main Street, 7-11 pm, The Mortuary, Montpelier. $7-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Spirited Away’, 7 pm, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. (Movies)
  • Waterbury Historical Society Meeting – “Along the Tracks of Waterbury”, 7:30 pm, Wesley United Methodist Church, Waterbury. (History)
  • Nightmare Vermont, 7-9:30 pm, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. $10-15. (Haunts)
  • Vermont International Film Festival, 10:15 am-8:15 pm, Various Burlington locations. (Film)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series: Enrique Garcia: “Zombies, Outsiders and Revolutionaries: Juan of the Dead and the Resurrection of Cuban Cinema.”, 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Michael Reynolds- Dark Spirit of Moxworth Manor, 7:00pm, Village Square Books, Bellows Falls. (Authors)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Jeff Danziger – “The Conscience of a Cartoonist,”6:30PM, Old Labor Hall, Barre. $10. (Talk)
  • Code for Girls, 3-4pm, Waterbury Public Library, Waterbury. Pre-register 244-7036. (Tech)
  • Board Game Day & Night, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Young Scientist Program, 9:30am / 1:00pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. Members $200, Non-members $220. (Kids)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

Imaginary Worlds Collide At Vermont Comic Con

VPR has posted up an article and some photographs from Vermont Comic Con:

Halloween is around the corner, but some comic fans dress up in costume year-round. And all manner of characters came out for the first annual Vermont Comic Con in Burlington this weekend. Folks dressed in elaborate costumes ranging from obscure comic characters to fairytale favorites.

For some, it’s a chance to be a hero – or a villain – for a day.

Curtis Swafford won the “novice” category in the costume contest. He dressed as Edward Elric from “Fullmetal Alchemist,” a Japanese manga series.

“I’ve always been a dork and geek my whole life. I like anything fantasy, sci-fi, anime,” said Swafford. “It’s all good.”

Listen to the article and look at a slideshow here.

Seven Days: What I’m Watching

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Seven Days has a short write up on a film that Ethan De Seife has been watching lately:

A few weeks ago, I saw, for the first time since approximately 1990, one of the definitive cult films of the 1980s: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. This film, in a word, sucks. I thought so when I was in high school and I still think so now. That is not, in itself, a problem for its cult status, as there are lots of sucky films that have achieved that mantle: the oft-trotted-out Plan 9 from Outer Space, the MST3K-bolstered Manos: The Hands of Fate, the marvelously daft Troll 2. The weird thing about the cult of Buckaroo Banzai is that the members of that cult seem to me to have granted the film cult status for all the wrong reasons.

Read the entire article here.