Kickstart This: Pigs vs. Monsters!

A couple of Burlington gamer designers have put their latest project up on Kickstarter: Pigs vs. Monsters!

The game takes place three decades after a global nuclear war that transformed a whole lot of animals into “nasty, ill-tempered monsters,” and which uplifted pigs into sentient beings.

The game is a deck-building and strategy game for 2-4 players, and is designed by Matt Malenczak and Griffin Lussier. They’re looking to raise $8,000, which will go to printing the game. $25 will get you a copy of the full game.

Vermont Steampunk Expo is coming to South Burlington

The people behind Vermont Comic Con, the Green Mountain Comic Expo and the Vermont Renaissance Faire are teaming up to bring a new geeky show to Vermont: the Vermont Steampunk Expo.

The event will be held on November 4th and 5th in South Burlington’s Sheraton. According to its Facebook page, the event will “showcase artisans, crafters and performers from across Vermont and New England.”

There’s no details about pricing or vendors just yet; the site promises that that information will come soon.

This isn’t the first Steampunk-styled event to hit Vermont. The Springfield Steampunk Festival has been held for the past two years in Springfield, with a third iteration scheduled to be held on September 15th and 16th.

However, the Springfield event ran into financial troubles last year due to low attendance: it had to make up for lost revenue with a GoFundMe campaign that allowed them to cover their bills. Part of that might be due to location (Springfield is a bit out there), but it does beg the question: is there space for two similar events?

Green Mountain Gamers’ Winter Weirdness is this weekend!

The Green Mountain Gamers will be hosting their annual Winter Weirdness microcon this weekend in Barre: it’ll be a day of gaming for all ages!

The event is free, but the Gamers accepting donations, which will be split between The Circle: Ending Violence Against Women and Green Mountain Gamers. Attendees can also join a raffle:

Everyone who attends gets one free ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each or 6 for $5. Half of the donations of tickets sales benefit The Circle: Ending Violence Against Women.

The event will be held in Barre’s Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, and will run from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, January 15th.

Book Birthday: The Bear and the Nightingale!

Happy book birthday to Katherine Arden! Her debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, comes out today.

Here’s what it’s about:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Arden will have a couple of bookstore appearances coming up:

  • January 26th, Phoenix Books in Burlington. 6:30 PM
  • February 9th, Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury. 6:30 PM.

The 2017 Geek Mountain State Book Club Listing

The GMS Book Club is returning for 2017! On the first Thursday of each month, we discuss a new science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel at the Pierson Library in Shelburne. Each event starts at 7:00pm.

Here’s what we’ve got this year:

Selections for October, November and December will come a bit later.

RSVP on the Facebook events – we’ll provide pizza!

Book alert: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

There’s a new fantasy novel coming out next month from an author with Vermont connections: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden.

Arden attended Middlebury College, and studied in Russia which inspired her debut novel. Here’s what it’s about:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

The Bear and the Nightingale is due out on January 10th.

Rogue One Early Screenings!


The next Star Wars movie hits theaters this week! Rogue One takes place before A New Hope, and it’s looking like it’ll be another win for Lucasfilm. It looks like just about every theater in Vermont is opening up early for this one.

  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00pm
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00pm (3D), 7:45pm (2D), 10:00pm (3D) and 10:45 pm (2D) *501st Legion will be present.
  • Merrill Theatre, Burlington. 7pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D), and 9:30pm (2D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm, 7:15 (3D), 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:20pm, and 9:30pm.
  • Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington.7:00pm, 7:30pm (3D), 9:35pm
  • Stowe Cinema 3plex, Stowe. 7pm, 9:30pm and 12:00am (3D)
  • Big Picture, Waitsfield. 6pm
  • Capitol Theatre, Montpelier. 7pm
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 7pm
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm, and 9:30pm
  • Playhouse Theatre, Randolph. 7:30pm
  • Springfield Cinemas, Springfield. 7:00pm (2D and 3D), 8:00pm, 10:00 (2D and 3D), and 11:30pm * The 501st will be present
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. 7:00pm and 9:25pm.
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm, and 9:30pm
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center. 8:00pm (2D and 3D)
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm and 9:55pm
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury. 7:00pm

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes and Noble

Tonight, Barnes and Noble in South Burlington will be hosting a Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball from 5:30pm-7pm!

Wizards, witches and muggles of all ages are invited to join us Friday December 9th at 7PM for our Barnes and Noble Harry Potter themed Holiday Ball!

Costumes, holiday or ball themed attire, music, dancing and special Harry Potter themed ornaments for adults along with crafts for our younger witches and wizards will be at the heart of this event to celebrate all things Harry Potter this Holiday Season at Barnes & Noble!

RSVP here.

 

Read the Prologue for Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn

Brian Staveley’s next fantasy novel, Skullsworn, is due out next year, but you can now read the prologue, thanks to Tor.com.

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer–she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one you love / who will not come again.”

Read the prologue here.