Companions of the Firmament’s Final Stretch Goals

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

With Geek Industrial Complex’s Companions of the Firmament in its final hours of fundraising, designer Neil Carr has created some interesting new stretch goals to round out the month-long campaign.

In particular, if the Kickstarter reaches 110 backers — it’s currently up to 96 at the time of writing — Geek Industrial Complex will make “an adventure that would use many different elements of CotF to help illustrate their use in play and inject players into a decidedly aerial environment” available to backers of the Wingmate level and higher, essentially everyone who receives a PDF or more as a reward. This goal comes from Neil’s analysis of previous kickstarted RPGs, where the median number of backers on a successful campaign is 110.

Companions of the Firmament is also very close to unlocking still more sheets for flying monsters, allowing GMs to more easily incorporate existing Pathfinder creatures into the supplement’s ruleset expansion.

Finally, Neil promises, “I’ll put out one last update at that final hour of the campaign (10:30 EDT) so keep a lookout for it. I want to add some drama to the last few moments of the campaign :)” Can’t wait to see what he’s got cooked up!

Carnage Noir Update from Carnagecast

This week on Carnagecast, the crew has the latest word on what’s in the works for Carnage, the annual gaming convention held in the Vermont side of the Upper Valley at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.

Topics of note include the looming deadline for people wishing to get their scheduled games listed in the convention book, what’s already on deck for board games, collectible card games, miniatures and role-playing games, and some discussion of this year’s noir theme and how GMs might take advantage of it.

Carnage Noir happens November 2nd through the 4th in Fairlee, Vermont. Carnagecast releases new episodes alternating Mondays.

BakuretsuCon

Anime fans in Vermont have one convention where they can call home: Bakuretsucon. The website for this year’s convention is now up online, with registration for regular guests and artists now open. The convention will be held this year at the Hampton Inn & Conference Center in Colchester from October 20th through the 23rd.

Memberships are now avaliable at $40 through September 1st. Children from 7-12 are $30, and a children’s form must be filled out for them. The convention is also looking for volunteers, with generous reimbursements off of the ticket price.

Guests this year include Greg Ayres, Chris Ayres, Chris Cason, S.S. Icarus, Scott Melzer (NoN.D.E. Fanfilms) and Jon Miller (NoN.D.E. Fanfilms).

Run by the Anime Society of Vermont, Bakuretsu Con has everything an anime fan could look for, Vendors, Artists Alley, Panels, Workshops, Hall Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Chess, Import Video Games, Guests, Game Shows, Board Gaming area, a Japanese Cafe, Manga library, and some of the friendliest attendees you’ve ever seen, according to their website.

For more information, visit http://www.bakuretsucon.org.

Carnage Game Convention Seeks Submissions

Illustration by John Tenniel.

Carnage, Vermont’s very own game convention, seeks the brave and the bold in the New England tabletop game community to run events at their upcoming November convention, themed after Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Hosting events from all across the spectrum of hobby games — board games, card games (collectible and otherwise), miniatures, role-playing and even LARP — Carnage is a great chance to sample whatever grabs one’s fancy. As for game moderators, or GMs, it allows them to show off games they want to teach to others. There’s no feeling quite like demonstrating a game to a newcomer, only to watch them immediately rush off to the dealer’s room afterward to purchase a copy of their own.

Submissions received by the end of July get in the convention book, which is mailed out to previous attendees and circulated among regional game stores. If you’re interested in sharing your favorite game or exercising your adventure-running muscles, this is your moment to do so and meet fellow hobbyists from all over New England.

P.S. As a Carnage staffer I’ll be there all weekend. Would any Geek Mountain State readers be interested in a meet-up?

Geek Things for February 24th


  • Janus FOrum – Vermont Yankee: Keep It Running or Shut It Down?, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Silver Maple Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Skate Derby Blood Drive, 1–6PM, Comfort Inn & Suites, Plattsburgh. Donations accepted. (Vampires)
  • ‘Memento’, 7PM, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Movies)
  • ‘Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age’, 2:30PM, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. Free with museum admission, $10-12; free for kids under 2. (Documentaries)
  • ‘Blow Things Up With Will!’, 10:30AM–12PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Chess, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Chess)
  • Daily Design Challenge, 12PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Poetry-Writing Group, 4:30–5:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens, Poetry)
  • ‘Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles!’, 8:30AM–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Puzzles)
  • School Vacation Fun, Preregister, 1–3PM, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier. $3-5; family rates available. (Kids)
  • ‘The Nature of February’, 10:30AM, 1:30PM, Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston. $15-25; $65 per family of four. (Outdoors)
  • Charles A. Dana Lecture Series “French-Heritage Resonance Sites and the Shaping of America: Bringing Artifacts to Life With Self-Learning.” 12:15–1PM, Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University, Northfield. Free. (Talk)
  • Devin Pendas, “Murder, Genocide and the Challenges of Legal Interpretation” 5-7pm, Oakes 007, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Talk)
  • Lunch & Learn – The Queen City’s art scene, 12–3PM, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Talk)
  • Rubenstein Graduate Seminar Series – “The Emerald Ash Borer Invasion of North America: Ecological Impacts and the Quest for Resistance.” 4pm, 127 Jeffords Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Wendell Potter – How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, 12:15-1:30pm, Room 11, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Antigone’, 8PM, FlynnSpace, Burlington. $20; $10 for Champlain College staff with ID; free for Champlain College students with ID. (Theater)
  • ‘Eurydice’, 8PM, Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-16. (Theater)
  • ”Star Trek’ Live, 7PM, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe. $13-20. (Star Trek)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • TotalCon, Feb 24 – 27 2011, Mansfield, Massachusetts (Convention)
  • Homeschoolers’ Series: Magnets and Electricity, Members $54, non-members $60. Register online. Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon for children ages 6-8
  • 1-2:30 p.m. for children ages 9-12
  • ES Program Woodin Colloquium, 12:30-1:30pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • A conversation with American Book Award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco, 5:00pm, Kemeny 008, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (Cartooning)

 

Geek Things for February 18th

  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $5. (Movies)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Raptors Up Close’, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Raptors)
  • Science & Stories – Snowflakes, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Signs in the Snow’, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Book for Lunch, 12–1PM, Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Donations accepted. (Talk)
  • ‘Eurydice’, 8PM, Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-16. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)

Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich:

  • 11:30 a.m. Optical Tops Experience how rotational motion can create some unusual optical illusions.
  • 3:00 p.m. Mirrors Use mirrors to investigate symmetry. You will turn simple shapes into complex and interesting patterns.
  • Climate change in South America, 12:10 p.m. Cabot 085, Norwich University, Northfield. (Climate Change)
  • Boskone 48, Feb 18 – 20 2011, Boston Westin Waterfront, Boston, MA. Details: http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/ (Convention)
  • NonCon 11, Feb 18 – 20 2011, Vassar College, New York. Details: http://noncon.vassar.edu/ (Convention)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for February 11th

  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Trivia)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories – Owls, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Owls, Kids)
  • Elaine Parker – “Harsh Continent: Living and Working in Antarctica for Three Years.” 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Antarctica)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, Johnson. $5. (Theater)
  • Graphic Novel Readers & Creators, 5:30PM, Phoenix Books, Essex. Free. (Comics)
  • Tom Slayton – “Tracking Our First and Greatest Naturalist Through the Wilds of New England.”, 7–8:30PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier. Donations accepted. (Talk)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mid East Studies Panel Discussion, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lafayette Hall, 207, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Call 802-656-1096 or email marylou.shea@uvm.edu for more information. (Talk)
  • Books and Beyond, 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. Free w/ admission. (Books)
  • International Studies Colloquium – “Geography, History, and Philology: the Multiple Challenges of Cistercian Exempla”, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Robert Jones ’59 Conference Room, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • Genericon XXIV, Feb 11 – 13 2011, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (Convention)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)