Geek Things for March 5th, 2015

  • Geek Mountain State Book Club – John Scalzi’s Lock In. 6-7:30 pm, Pierson Library, Shelburne. (SciFi)
  • ‘Proof’, 8-10 pm, Essex Memorial Hall, Essex. $14-16. (Theater)
  • ‘Shrek, the Musical’ Auditions, 5:30-9 pm, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe. Free; preregister for a time slot. (Theater)
  • Making and Using a Magic Wand: Part 2, 6-7:30 pm, Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. $5-8; preregister. (Druids)
  • Lego Club, 4-5 p, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Legos)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6:30-7:30 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium – Exploring Social Justice and Sustainable Agriculture: Experiences of Social Integration in Local and Regional Food Systems in the U.S., 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)
  • 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)
  • Graphic Novel Book Discussion Group – “The Other Side of the Wall”, 6pm – 7pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Barre. (Comics)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Code for BTV Hack Nights, 5-7:30pm, Generator, Burlington. (Tech)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • 2-Player Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Black Moon Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Brandon Barrows to edit Gaming Anthology

Local author Brandon Barrows is editing an anthology titled Winning! A Guide to Games that Never Were for Raven Warren. The anthology is now accepting submissions:

The anthology takes inspiration from a series of game guides Nintendo published in the 1980s and 90s, The Official Nintendo Player’s Guide, providing strategies, tips, cheats, etc. for video games. We prefer to see stories between 1,000 words and 3000 words and offer the same kind of info on strategy, tips and so forth for video games of your own invention that don’t exist. We’re looking for humor here, so be crazy, be zany, but above all make us laugh! You can feel free to parody your favorite video game tropes, archetypes and so forth, but do not use any existing games or characters, please.

You will find a good example of the kind of work we’re looking for here, an excerpt from “The Ultimate Game Guide to Life”: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/the-ultimate-game-guide-to-your-life-your-adolescence

Further details here.

Daniel Mills Story In Aickman’s Heirs

Daniel Mills has a story in an upcoming anthology titled Aickman’s Heirs. Edited by Simon Strantzas, this anthology honors English horror author Robert Aickman. It’s an “anthology of strange, weird tales by modern masters of weird fiction, in the milieu of Robert Aickman, the master of strange and ambiguous stories.”

Mills’ story ‘The Lake’ is included in the table of contents. The book is due out later this spring, and is available for preorder.

Chappie: Early Screenings

One of my more anticipated films of this year is Neill Blomkamp’s latest, Chappie, about an intelligent robot. I’m a huge fan of Blomkamp’s prior two films, District 9 and Elysium, and this one looks to be just as interesting as the two of them.

A handful of theaters are screening the film early, on Thursday, March 5th:

  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm
  • Springfield Cinemas, Springfield. 7:00pm
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:00 pm

GMS will also be assembling for our first GMS Movie Club screening, which will take place on Saturday, March 7th at 1:30pm at the Essex Cinemas in Essex. Sign up for our e-mail list for updates, and RSVP if you’d like to attend with us! (We’ll get a group rate)

Geek Things for March 4th, 2015

  • Ed Koren, 7-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Cartoons)
  • Tabletop Gaming Night, 5:30-7:45 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Gaming)
  • 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)
  • “Beauty and the Beast”, 7:30 PM, MainStage, Flynn Theater, Burlington. (Theater)
  • “All Things Lake Champlain.”, 4:30 – 6pm, 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)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Game Night at Local 64, Local 64, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: The Good, The Bad, The Wolf with biologist Walter Medwid. 1:30-3 pm, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Montpelier. $5. (Wolves)
  • Dungeons & Dragons! 6pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Co-op open for league warmups, 6:00pm – 6:30pm, Pinball Co-op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Team Pingolf Pinball League @ Co-op, 7pm – 9pm, Pinball Co-op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • 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)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 6:30 pm, Studio 266, Burlington. Free; preregister at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com. (Writing)

Presenting: The GMS Movie Club

GMS Movie Club

Last year, GMS introduced the Geek Mountain State Book Club, hosted through the Pierson Library, with the focus on new science fiction, fantasy and horror titles. Now, we’re making the jump over to film with the GMS Movie Club.

This gathering will be similar to the book club: we’ll gather a group of people to take in and discuss a recently-released science fiction, fantasy or horror film at the Essex Cinemas in Essex. We’ll set a screening date for a new film (the Saturday after the release, in the afternoon), and take in the film. With ten or more people, GMS will get a group rate.

There’s a catch, however: we need to turn in a list of participants to the theater, so signing up ahead of time is required. To join up, sign up for the GMS mailing list, where we’ll let people know about the upcoming film date and time, and take down names for each film.

This week’s film is Chappie, directed by Niell Blomkamp. We’re going to go to the 1:30 pm showing. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here.

Peter Biello Moving on from Burlington Writer’s Workshop

 

Peter Biello has been the face of the Burlington Writer’s Workshop for years now, and in a post to the website, he announced that he’s stepping down as the head of the group to take a job in New Hampshire:

This decision was one of the toughest I’ve ever had to make. I’ve accepted a position as All Things Considered host at New Hampshire Public Radio. This is an exciting opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to pushing the “ON AIR” button in the Granite State. NHPR is a leader in the industry and its staff is incredibly talented and creative. I’m sad to be leaving the talented, creative folks at VPR, but opportunity knocked loudly.

Even though I’ll be leaving Burlington for Concord, New Hampshire, one thing is certain: I will always be a member of the Burlington Writers Workshop. Since I moved here in 2009, my fellow BWW members have been my friends, careful readers, and sources of comfort during tough times. When I moved here, building something like this was not in the plan, but once it became clear that there was a force greater than me pushing this group onward and upward, I couldn’t step away.

We wish him well: the Burlington Writer’s Workshop has been a major powerhouse in the region for writing, and it’s good to see that it’ll remain in capable hands.

Read the full farewell here.

Geek Things for March 3rd, 2015

  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop, 10:30 am-12 pm, Studio 266, Burlington. Free; preregister at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com. (Writing)
  • Story Explorers: Down Under, 10:30 am, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Kids)
  • Game Night, 6-8 pm, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. (Gaming)
  • ChampFest, 10 am-5 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mathematics Seminar: From Elements to Euler Numbers, Emily Proctor, Middlebury College, 3 – 4:30pm, Warner 208, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Math)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • March Game Night!, Until 8:00pm, Orford library, Orford, NH. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Tiny Leaders, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, 2pm – 4pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Tech Tuesdays, 3:30PM – 04:30PM, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Tech)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Geek Things for March 2nd, 2015

  • Gathering of Writers, 6-7:30 pm, Georgia Public Library, Fairfax. (Writing)
  • Norwich University Writers Series, 6 pm, Cabot 085, Norwich University, Northfield. (Writing)
  • Owl Prowl, 6:30-8:30 pm, McClure Education Center, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $10; preregister. (Owls)
  • ChampFest, 10 am-5 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Champ)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 6:30 pm, Studio 266, Burlington. Free; preregister at burlingtonwritersworkshop.com. (Writing)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • March Game Night! 5:00pm – March 3 8:00pm, Orford library, Orford, NH. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Orford Library Game Night, 5:00am – 8:00am, Orford Social Library, Orford, NH. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Vermont Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting: Alien Moons, 7:30 to 9:00 PM, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)