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.

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Gaming Store Alert: Rocket Punch Games!

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.

Green Mountain Tabletop Gamers 2015 Annual Meeting Agenda

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:

  1. Intro welcome
  2. Treasurer report
  3. Vote on 2015 proposed budget
  4. Our presence at VT Comic Con this year (thanks to Brap’s!) – we’d like volunteers to help teach games.
  5. New Business – Comments, feedback from members
  6. Nominations and voting for officers
  7. 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’s Games & Game Design Mixer

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.

Crowdfund this: VT Game Shop and Public Game Space

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.

Vermonters Pursue Pinball Championship

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 hereTheir website is also under construction. Check back soon for more updates.

ECHO Exhibit: Playing Together Games

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.

Details.

Mega Meltdown 2015

Now that Winter Weirdness is done and over with, the Green Mountain Gamers have shifted their focus to their next event: Mega Meltdown! This event will take place on Saturday, March 14th at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee!

Here’s the details:

As the snow melts, so do the gamers rouse from their winter hibernation. Break out the meeples and percentile dice. It’s time for the springtime Green Mountain Game Day and this time it will be even more special! It’s a DESTINATION game day! At Lake Morey Resort: That’s right, the former home of Carnage!

Green Mountain Gamers is amping it up a bit for our Spring Meltdown. We are modeling a mega game day after Unity Games (http://unitygames.org/) and hosting a 15 HOUR game day!

As the date approaches, details will be forthcoming. But for now, this is just a reminder of what date the Mega Meltdown is.

Also, Green Mountain Gamer’s first annual meeting will take place at the Mega Meltdown. If you attended the Mega Meltdown in 2014, you are a GMG member and are invited to attend the annual meeting. The meeting will begin at 9am.

Cost: $10 preregister ($11 via paypal), $15 at the door –
Coffee, tea and water are included with your registration.

Events:
We are in the process of planning some events like Play to Win, perhaps a tournament or two, some MTG. We’d also love to have people teach games and run some RPG’s

If you wish to run a game, ANY game, please let us know and we will add the details to our website.

Lodging is available at the Lake Morey Resort. To make a reservation, call 1-800-423-1211 and say you are with the Green Mountain Gamers. A credit card is required to confirm your room reservation. The resort accepts personal checks and credit cards. Check in time 3:00pm and check out is 11:00am. All individual reservations should be made no later that February 14th, 2015. Reservations received after that date will be accepted on a space available basis.

Room rates:
Single: $89.00 Double: $89.00
Triple $99.00 Quad: $109.00

To pre-register or for more information, visit their website here.

Winter Weirdness 2015

The Green Mountain Gamers will once again host their annual gaming microcon in Barre, Winter Weirdness, this coming weekend (January 10th) at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Bring your own board game, Roleplaying game or card came! There is a suggested donation of $5.

Some other details:

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)

Anyone who shows up can receive one raffle ticket. If you want to increase your chances of winning the raffle, you can buy raffle tickets for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.

A portion of proceeds from the door donations plus raffle ticket sales will be donated to VCIL.

GMG will donate (2) $25 gift certificates for two prizes. Each winner will receive a gift certificate to their choice of local game store – Book Garden, Brap’s, Quarterstaff, Black Moon Games, Triple Play Games.

In addition, Black Moon Games of Lebanon, NH donated King of New York and 2 copies of Ogre Pocket Edition to the raffle.

The raffle prize drawing will take place around 4pm.

RSVP here.