Bennington publisher Candlemark & Gleam has a new book set for release, and they’ve once again turned to Kickstarter to get ready for the print release. The book is Get Blank, by Justin Robinson. It’s the sequel to Mr. Blank.
Here’s what it’s about:
I’m retired. No, really. So why am I running through LA, trying to dodge every conspiracy there is to stay alive? Oh, right. I’m me.
I quit running around, doing the scut work for every conspiracy in the Information Underground, a year ago. Got myself a nice quiet life up the coast, doing normal things with normal people like my girlfriend, Mina.
And then someone framed her for murder.
Now I’m coming out of retirement to figure out who wants her behind bars – and me dead. Again. At least this time I’m pretty sure it’s not aliens. Or the government. Might still be the Russian mob, but at least Bigfoot’s on my side.
I don’t know who to trust, and I don’t know how I’m going to survive this one, especially with an unkillable hitman, some Satanists, and a couple of lunatic movie stars gunning for me. But one thing’s for sure…
I really need a better career plan.
$20 gets you a trade paperback with more rewards the higher you pledge. Interested? It’s already funded with 24 days to go, so preorder your copy today!
A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.
There must be something in the weather, because new opportunities to get out, meet new people and play tabletop games are springing up all over the state. Let’s take a look at the state of play in open gaming events as it currently stands, divided up by regions of the state.
- Border Board Games meets monthly at the Derby Line village hall for an evening of friendly gaming, usually on the third Saturday.
- Parker Pie in West Glover hosts a Tuesday night game gathering, according to a recent Facebook update from Green Mountain Gamers.
- Bakuretsucon, Vermont’s anime convention, includes an open gaming space as part of the festivities.
- Fall-loha is a Burlington area game day hosted by Green Mountain Gamers at some point in the fall.
- Quarterstaff Games hosts themed game nights all week long in downtown Burlington. Area of focus include board games, Magic: The Gathering, Legend of the 5 Rings, other card games, Warhammer, Warmachine, Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder Society living role-playing campaign.
- Vermont Gaming Community is a new Facebook community based out of Winooski. They regularly host Magic and board game nights at the moment, with occasional LAN parties.
- Westford Strategy Board Gaming meets periodically in the Westford area.
- Gamers Grotto in Bennington has a full calendar of daily gaming activities. They cover tabletop and video games, with the analog focusing on Magic, Naruto and Warhammer.
- 802 MTG is a Facebook group serving as an access point for Magic players all around Vermont.
- Green Mountain Gamers is an independent social network for Vermont gamers to meet each other and share news of what’s going on. They also host a series of game days around the state.
- Tru Gaming VT connects players via events and Facebook.
- Carnage is an annual weekend convention of gaming, convening in Killington, Vermont in early November.
- The Colatina Exit in Bradford sees the playing of board games every third Monday. The organizer advertises them via Facebook.
- Fairlee Public Library‘s after school programming includes gaming on Thursdays. Tonight, May 24th, they’re experimenting with a evening board game night, too.
- MEGA Spring Meltdown recently became the Green Mountain Gamers’ longest event, held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.
- Triple Play, a hop over the Connecticut River in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, offers in-store gaming most nights of the week, offering board games, miniatures, card games and more.
Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments.
 Green Mountain Gamers also host two game days that float around Vermont. Visit their website for details.
Bennington College has a job listing for a technician to support equipment used in their digital arts curriculum. The toys one gets to play with include: “14 Macintosh Computers, Epson 7600 and 2400 printers, an adjunct physical computing workspace with a small equipment bank, laser cutter and 2 makerbot replicator 3D printers.”
Two makerbots? Yes, please. Check out the listing for full details.
[Tip via @proscriptus.]
When the recommended daily allowance of role-playing is absent from one’s life, there are certain routes one can take to assuage the ache. Online discussion forums provide a space to talk about playing the game if you can’t actually play. Actual play podcasts bring the be-headphonéd into the group as an unseen observer. Written recaps turn the experience into a prose account that, if not lays it all out on Front Street, at least provides a semblance of order to the madness of player characters.
Take, for example, the ventures of DCM (“Der Chelonian Mobile”) Enterprises. The physical game is based out of Bennington, Vermont, but the narrative careens across the multiverse. In the most recent episode, for example, the protagonists penetrate a sinister laocoon, met the prince and his twin brother and receive a royal engagement.
No earthquakes scheduled for today!
- Greening Your Home, 6PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Energy)
- Renewable Energy Workshop, 6:30–7:30PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free; preregister. (Energy)
- Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
- ‘Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands’, 7:30PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. $10 suggested donation. (Environmentalism / Documentary)
- Monarch Butterfly Tagging, 3:30–5PM, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. Free. (Nature)
- Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
- Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
- Batteries & Motors, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
- Mirror, Mirror, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
- Learn About Simple Touch, Our Newest eBook Reader! 5:30 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
- Learn the Japanese Art of Origami, 10am, Congregational Church, Waterbury. Pre-reg. 244-7036. (Origami)
- Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
- Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
- D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
- L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)