VPR’s Vermont Edition was all about gaming and board games earlier this week. Mitch Wertleib and Ric Cengeri spoke with Erik Stumpf, co-owner of St. Alban’s The Frozen Ogre and Carpe Omnis Games owner Adam Watts about the scene here in Vermont.
For a number of years, Montpelier bookstore The Book Garden has held a regular series of Magic: The Gathering gaming events, such as Friday Night Magic and regular tournaments. In a Facebook post this morning, the store announced that it will no longer hold the events.
The store will continue to sell cards and other products, but won’t be holding its regular games.
This is a cool looking Kickstarter project from Burlington game designer David Tepfer: The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls. The project ends in 15 days, and still needs to raise $2000.
Here’s what it’s about:
The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls is a cooperative worker movement/set collecting game themed around the exorcism of ghosts taking up residence in a haunted house. Players take turns exploring the manor, searching for Tools, unlocking Hidden Rooms and using Tools to complete a variety of Tasks.
These Tasks range from calling the police to researching local mythology and earn them various rewards and Exorcism Tokens which contribute to their goal of exorcising ghosts from the manor.
When developing The Exorcism at the House of Monkton Falls we tried to create a game that would not just look the horror part, but would deliver the tense, high stress dread, and ultimate reward of escape that we have come to love in the horror genre.
$40 will get you the full game and a couple of extras, and there’s a couple of additional tiers with some other perks.
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.
St. Albans is set to get a new gaming store: Rocket Punch Games! Set to open on April 3rd, 2015, the gaming store is one of the latest additions to Vermont’s gaming community.
From their website:
Welcome to our gaming community! Rocket Punch Games is a local place to get together with old and new friends and play some games! We host role-playing games, like Dungeons and Dragons, as well as board games, and Magic tournaments. We are open Friday evenings and Saturdays, please click book now to see our calendar for times we are open and you can even sign up to participate right online! We work on a one-time or monthly membership basis. Monthly membership grants access to all gaming (excluding the cost to enter Magic Tournaments).
This looks like an interesting model: one based on membership, which strikes us as a more community-driven model.
You can book them over on their website. You can also like them on Facebook. They’re holding an opening bash on April 3rd. RSVP here.
The Green Mountain Gamers will hold their first annual meeting next month, and they’ve just released their agenda:
Here’s what’s on the agenda:
- Intro welcome
- Treasurer report
- Vote on 2015 proposed budget
- Our presence at VT Comic Con this year (thanks to Brap’s!) – we’d like volunteers to help teach games.
- New Business – Comments, feedback from members
- Nominations and voting for officers
- Meeting adjourned
The meeting will be held on March 14th at 9am at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT and will coincide with the Mega Meltdown game day.
Generator of Burlington will be holding a Games and Game Design Mixer on February 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Meet game makers and game enthusiasts of all kinds at Generator’s Games & Game Design Mixer. Connect with the community, find out what’s going on and discover ways to collaborate on February 19 (5:30-7:30) where you’ll get a preview of games in development by Pete Talbot (Generator Maker in Residence; DIY cardboard pinball machine), Jim Shields (Big Picture Learning; student-led Cuban history game), Chris Hancock (Tertl Studos; language acquisition games), Robin Lloyd-Miller (Generator member; game arcade project) and Champlain College Sandbox Team’s interactive virtual canvas design. This will be a great night of play with a purpose.
You can RSVP for the event over on Facebook.
This looks interesting: Scott Gemignani of Middlebury is looking to set up a local game store. He’s got a place picked out and is looking to help set up a mortgage for the location:
My name is Scott. I’ve always wanted to own and operate a game store. I want not only a retail space, but a space in which the local community can congregate, family game nights can be hosted, and a place where those who are new to or already interested can broaden their board and card game interests. I have the passion and knowledge, but need the financial support to get this dream off the ground. Read the blurb below to find out more about why I feel this will be a great success.
I currently have a space that I can buy, I can buy it outright for $90,000. This means I would pay no rent, and the space could focus on free events and providing the community a space to get together. Even if I only make $20,000 on this campaign, I can still obtain a mortgage for the space. The mortgage payment would be LESS THAN HALF of all the current rentals spaces available in Middlebury, which is where we are looking to open the space.
He’s looking to raise a total of $20,000 in all. There’s more details available at the campaign’s GoFundMe page. Unlike a kickstarter, GFM campaigns will take in all money, regardless of whether or not the funding level is met.
The second annual Pinball Championship is coming up soon, and yesterday, ABC 22 went in depth to look at what goes into pinball culture here in Vermont:
Get your tokens out and head to the arcade! That’s what eleven Vermonters will be doing now more than ever to prepare for the Vermont State Pinball Championship. It’s less than a month away and the winner will move on to compete Nationally in Las Vegas. But gaining the right skills doesn’t come with just luck.
MyChamplainValley has a number of videos covering everything from playing to repair. Watch here.
The Vermont Pinball Association is also beginning to organize, and they’ve created a facebook page to keep track of their activities. Like them here. Their website is also under construction. Check back soon for more updates.
The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center has a new exhibit that’ll be running through May 10th, 2015: Playing Together Games. The exhibit focuses on the games that bring families together. It’s an exhibit on loan from the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and is intereactive:
Play King Tut’s favorite game of Senet. Challenge a friend to a game of Mancala. Play chess on a giant chessboard with huge game pieces. Be inspired by our lakeside setting and rediscover the joy of playing together. Reconnect with your family and friends while playing a multitude of games that span generations and cultures – all while getting closer to the lake.
Playing Together: Games is divided into game categories of strategy, math, coordination and physical skills, and racing to the finish with a focal point of an oversized chessboard with giant game pieces. In addition to specific game areas, visitors can “check out” a game from the game library for use the “House of Cards” gaming area or invent their own games using various playing pieces, game boards, and timers. For deeper understanding, the exhibit also explores how people react to winning and losing with a photographic installation recording facial expressions.
Specific game areas include: Nine Men’s Morris, Boc-Tin, Senet, Mancala, and Hop-Scotch.
Nine Men’s Morris, one of the earliest three-in-a-row strategy games, inspired games like checkers, chess and backgammon. Boc-Tin, a Chinese game, is a version of Shut-the-Box played by French sailors aboard ships many years ago. Discovered in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, Senet is a racing game dating back over 3,000 years! Early Romans played Hopscotch, a coordination and physical skills game with versions found throughout the world. ECHO visitors can jump their way to victory on the awesome indoor Hopscotch court.
Playing Together: Games was developed and designed for children of all ages by The Children’s Museum of Memphis and is sponsored locally by Homewood Suites, Nedde Real Estate, and Saba Marine.