Geek Things for November 21st, 2014

  • Anne Galloway – “The Future of News in Vermont.” 2 pm, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Journalism)
  • Technology Help, 2 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Tech)
  • Teen Advisory Board, 3:30-5 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Teens)
  • A Dangerous Night of Writing, 6-8 pm, Phoenix Books, Essex. (Writing)
  • Ladies Night at the Museum – “Women Who Inspire”, 6-10 pm, Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe. $65; for ages 21 and up. (Museums)
  • ‘Vampire’, 7:30 pm, Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury. $6-12. (Theater)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 7 pm, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury. $5-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Shrek, the Musical’, 7-9 pm, Burlington High School, Burlington. $6-12. (Theater)
  • Early Bird Math, 11 am-12 pm, Richmond Free Library, Richmond. (Kids)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Linkee Trivia Tournament, 7:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Trivia)
  • Home School Day at Fairbanks Museum, 9:30am – 1:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St Johnsbury. (Kids)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • 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, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Draft, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Flames of War Open Play, 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)
  • Celebrate Discovery, 5:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Museums)
  • Friday Nights for Teen Tinkerers, 6:30 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. Members: $8 / Non-members: $10, pre-registration is encouraged, drop-ins allowed. (Teens)
  • Member and Invited Guest Star Gazing Parties at the GMO, 7:00pm, Green Mountain Observatory, Hinseburg. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for November 20th, 2014

  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Burack Lecture Series – Anita McGahan: “Innovation in Global Health.” 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm, Davis Center 401, UVM, Burlington. (Health)
  • Magic EDH Casual Play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
    Panacea or Poor Perspective? The Role of Urban Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series – Agriculture in Growing a Greener City, 12:30 – 1:20pm, Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Vampire, 7:30 – 9:30pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts Seeler Studio Theatre, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Theater)
  • 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)
  • Manchester: Alan Benoit Sustainability Series “50 Shades of Green”, 7:00 pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Talk)
  • Northshire Mystery and Thriller Reading Group, Relic By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, 5:00pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Talk)
  • Origin of Vermont’s Fishes: Why They Are Where They Are, 6:30-8 pm, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5 sugg. donation. (Talk)
  • Warmachine/Hordes 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)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Technology & Design Panel, 5-7 pm, Maglianero Café, Burlington. (Tech)
  • Generator Social Hour: Ladies Love Tech Night, 5:30-7:30 pm, Generator, Burlington. (Tech)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 7 pm, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury. $5-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Shrek, the Musical’, 7-9 pm, Burlington High School, Burlington. $6-12. (Theater)
  • John Hodgman, 7:30 pm, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $29.50. (Comedy)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6-7 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)

Brap’s Magic Holiday Clearance Sale

Brap’s Magic of Burlington is having a clearance sale:

The dwarves deep in the Brap’s Magic Game Mines have come to the realization that the mines are a bit cramped, and that it’s time to make some space. With the upcoming holiday season nearly here (for both dwarves and those decidedly less bearded folk), Brap’s decided to go a bit more insane than usual and put a ton of stuff on sale. Now’s your chance to save big on a variety of select RPGs, board and card games!

Stop by their sales portal to see what they’ve got.

Tonight: John Hodgman @ Higher Ground

John Hodgman

We meant to post this earlier in the week: Comedian John Hodgman will be stopping by Higher Ground tonight!

Author and Comedian John Hodgman presents new observations on subjects including how to dress like a young and relevant person, fax machines and other obsolete technology, marihuana and Downton Abbey, the state songs of Tennessee, the film criticism of Ayn Rand, and how to spend your time when the world did not end like you were certain it would on December 21st of last year.

David Rees will be opening for him. Doors open at 8:00pm, with a 9:00pm show start. Tickets are $27 today.

Kickstart This: Crossover Miniatures – Intergalactic Super Hero Minis

Kickstarter creator Rusti has a neat project that’s already fully funded: Crossover Miniatures – Intergalactic Super Hero Minis! Here’s the blurb:

Crossover Miniatures is back with some awesome new miniatures and an emphasis on Alien escapades. Become a part of this new project…

We are truly in a golden age of miniature manufacturing! Gamers and collectors have a slew of choices they could never previously dream of at their fingertips, but one niche remains fairly under-served, 28mm metal super hero minis. The reason is because they don’t sell in the thousands and manufactures can make more money selling just about anything else. I think there is a need for high quality, CUSTOMIZABLE metal super hero minis. I make 28mm heroic super hero minis that are designed to have loads of character but be painted easily and quickly. The whole point is to get them on the table! I don’t think miniatures are made to be purchased and languish in a drawer, and I don’t think you do either!

I also believe the craftsmanship that goes into producing miniatures doesn’t need to be improved upon! Plastic is a wonderful material, but I like metal minis, they feel right. Crossover minis are hand sculpted by an artist, their work is mastered and molded by artisans using time tested methods. Every step of the process is performed by people who are good at their job and I want to pay them a living wage. All work produced by Crossover Miniatures is performed in Europe or the United States, that’s important to us and if you like that idea, I hope you consider joining our community.

They were looking to raise $500, and have already pulled in twice that. $18 gets you three figures or a Super Team, to be delivered in February 2015.

Pledge here.

Winter Weirdness 2015

Winter Weirdness is returning to Barre in January! The Green Mountain Gamers’ microcon is a great day to get out of the house and spend some time playing games with your fellow gamers. The event will be on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:00am to 10:00pm at the Chuch of the Good Shepherd, in Barre.

The Green Mountain Gamers come to the city of Barre in January 2014. Get out of the house — or take a break from the ski slopes — and get to the winter Green Mountain Game Day for some tabletop action! Bring any tabletop game you wish to play – board games, RPG’s, Magic – it’s all good. We provide the tables, you provide the games.

The Book Garden will be on site vending for the day to provide you with any gaming supplies you may need.

Raffle to Benefit the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)

GMG will hold a raffle to help raise money for VCIL. Stay tuned for details about this fundraiser.

There’s a suggested donation of $5. RSVP here.

Geek Things for November 19th, 2014

  • Game Night, 4pm – 7pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Norwich. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Day & Night, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Montshire Museum Hosts Trivia Night @ Parker Pie Co., 7pm – 9pm, Parker Pie Company, West Glover. (Trivia)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Game Night at Local 64, 6:30pm, Local 64, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Folklore, Fairies and Music in Ireland, 1:30 pm, Aldrich Library, Barre. $5 sugg./free for OLLI members. (Talk)
  • Vermont as Genius Loci: The Marshes and UVM, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Billings Library B300-B300A, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Environmental & Health Sciences Speaker Series – “Proterozoic Mountain Building and Collapse: Eastern Adirondacks, New York.” 4-5:15 pm, Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, Johnson. (Geology)
  • Tech Tutor Program, 5:30-7:30 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Tech)
  • Charles W. Johnson – Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram, 7-9 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Tech Help With Clif, 1-3 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Tech)

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Early Screenings

The next Hunger Games film is coming out in theaters this week, and it seems as though every movie theater here in Vermont is screening it a bit early on November 20th. Here’s where you can catch it on Thursday:

  • Welden Theater, St. Albans, 8:00 pm.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:00 pm and 10:40 pm.
  • Merril Roxy Theater, Burlington. 8:00 pm.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 9:30 pm, 10:00 pm.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 8:00 pm.
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 8:00 pm.
  • Capitol Showcase, Montpelier. 8:00 pm.
  • Stowe Cinemas 3-Plex, Stowe. 8:00 pm.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 8:00 pm, 9:20 pm.
  • Playhouse Theater, Randolph. 8:00 pm.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 8:00 pm. (Hunger Games, 2:00pm, Catching Fire, 5:00pm.)
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 8:00 pm.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 8:00 pm.
  • Bjou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm

Opening on Friday, November 21st:

  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.

Geek Things for November 18th, 2014

  • Story Explorers: Not a Stick, 10:30 am, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Free with admission, $9.50-12.50. (Kids)
  • Science Story Time, 11 am, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Kids)
  • Lego Day, 3-4 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Kids)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • National Novel Writing Month Write-In, 5:30-7:30 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Writing)
  • ECHO AfterDark: Café Scientifique – “Coffee Quality: Farm to Cup.” 6-8 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $5; free for members; cash bar. (Science)
  • Katherine Paterson, 7-8 pm, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. (Authors)
  • Indie Author Night, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Authors)
  • Natural Marshfield, 7 pm, Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield. (Talk)
  • Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Writer’s Circle, 5:30-7 pm, The Wellness Co-op, Burlington. (Writing)
  • Mathematics Seminar: Lawrence Washington, University of Maryland – Cannonballs, Triangles, and Secrets: An introduction to elliptic curve cryptography, 3 – 4:15pm, Warner 202, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Math)

    Love Monster and the Perfect Present Storytime, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)

  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Game Night in Danby, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • VT Dept of Libraries Meeting on Fibre Connect, 12:30PM-4:30PM, Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. (Tech)
  • Go Club, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Fights! Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Northshire History Reading Group – The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, 6:00 pm, Northshire Books, Manchester Center. (History)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)