Geek Things for November 26th, 2014

  • Homework Help, 4-5:30 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Kids)
  • 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)
  • “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)
  • Board Game Day & Night, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)

Jurassic World Trailer


The first official trailer for Jurassic World, directed by Burlington resident Colin Trevorrow, is now up on the web for your viewing pleasure, and it looks … really interesting.

Taking place 22 years after Jurassic Park, and the park is open for business. As attendance begins to decline, the park’s management creates a new dinosaur, one that gets loose.

I wasn’t sold on how the film is positioned: a dinosaur theme park with a declining attendence? C’mon. But, it looks pretty excellent: Chris Pratt has really broken out when it comes to science fiction films, and the dinosaurs that we’ve seen in the trailer look pretty cool.

Randall Drive In to Step Back in Time

This is some unfortunate news: the operators of the Randall Drive-In have been given their marching orders, and are not returning for the 2015 season. This comes after several years of intensive work to upgrade the theater with new equipment through a number of crowdfunding campaigns. In their place, the theater will take a step back, a move that will likely doom the tiny theater.

Here’s their statement from the theater’s Facebook page:

With a heavy heart, we are sad to announce that the current two operators of the Randall Drive-In Theatre will not be returning in 2015. Those of you that have followed the drive-in know that we leased it for the last two seasons and ambitiously set upon restoring the drive-in to its former glory.

We have put ourselves into the restoration of this drive-in, including countless hours of upgrading equipment, improving the customer experience, and a broad marketing campaign to spread the word about our little drive-in. Despite our work rallying the community behind the digital conversion of the Randall and the two fantastic renaissance seasons the Randall has had, our landlord has informed us that we will not be returning to run the drive-in for a third season.

Going forward, the drive-in is to be converted back to 35mm film at the owner’s insistence. With 35mm film quickly fading and the need for movie theatres to convert to digital, this decision is not one we agree with nor can we determine the logic behind it. We understand that this will likely not be a popular decision, but our hands are tied as the property is leased and the owner has expressed no interest in the digital projector we secured and used this season. While unconfirmed, it is our understanding the owner might be running the theatre next season as he previously did in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

As many know, our company obtained the digital projector through a lease to own program, and we worked tirelessly to raise the money for the down payment and installation of this projector. Unfortunately the only option our company has is to either return the projector to the manufacturer or find another location to run a movie theatre at for all our drive-in fans.

We have left the door open with the owner for a return to the Randall Drive-In, but in the meantime we are looking for other viable options to move forward as we want to continue showing movies under the stars. The door will remain open until we have found a location to build a new drive-in or find an existing one to operate.

For all that have supported us over the last two years, we truly thank you for your part in keeping the drive-in experience alive. We treasure the experiences we have had while running the drive-in and the friends we have made along the way. We hope that our time at the Randall Drive-In has allowed our faithful customers to make a few more memories under the stars.

If things change, we will post updates as they occur.

Thank you,
Adam & Regina

We can’t see the logic in this: over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a number of movie theaters work to upgrade their theaters as Hollywood increasingly moves to digital film. With rare holdouts such as Christopher Nolan, the days of 35mm film seem to be numbered (in and of itself an unfortunate move). Regardless of the intentions to stick with a physical medium, the move on the part of the Randall Drive-In (if confirmed), isolates the theater and will ultimately limit the films available to them. Consumers, in the meantime, will go to theaters where they have more options. It’ll be interesting to see how this will play out in the next couple of years.


Geek Things for November 25th, 2014

Chess Club, 3-4 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)

National Novel Writing Month Write-In, 5:30-7:30 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Writing)

Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)

Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)

Homework Help, 4-5:30 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Kids)

Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction. (Movies)

Writer’s Circle, 5:30-7 pm, The Wellness Co-op, Burlington. (Writing)

Story Explorers: In November, 10:30 am to 11:00 am, ECHO, Burlington. (Kids)

Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Tuesday Night Fights! Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Red Cross Blood Drive, 12:30-6 pm, Knights of Columbus, Hardwick. (Blood)

Red Cross Blood Drive. 12:00-6:00pm, South Royalton High School, South Royalton. (Blood)

Tuesday Night Magic: Conspiracy Draft, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

Game Night in Danby, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby. (Gaming)

MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)

“Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)

Providence of Fire: Prologue


We’re getting excited for Brian Staveley’s next novel, The Providence of Fire, which is due out in January. is posting up the first couple of chapters this week, starting today with the book’s prologue.

The Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur… or destroy it.

Read the prologue here.


Mike Luoma Contest!

Mike Luoma, author of the Alibi Jones stories, has a contest up on his website. Here’s the details:

Announced a new contest yesterday – a chance to win a signed print of Alibi Jones’ Universe or a flawed-cover copy of VATICAN ASSASSIN – also signed.

The first person whose review of Mike Luoma’s Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast appears in iTunes wins!

It’s my attempt to add some incentive to the iTunes Podcast Reviewing Process. There are no reviews on the podcast right now. The first person whose review is posted will win a signed, limited edition print – one of the three made of Alibi’s Universe.

Just head over here: If you want to get in on this, post a review, and then email me at to let me know you have. We’ll watch the iTunes page. The first person whose review appears win the print. The second person whose review appears will win the runners-up prize – the new bad proof copy of Vatican Assassin that arrived this week from Lulu!

Full details can be found here.

Geek Things for November 24th, 2014

  • Greg Supernovich & Nancy Means Wright. A Q&A and discussion follow. 6-7:15 pm, Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes. (Authors)
  • Lego Fun, 2-4 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Legos)
  • 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
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)