Reminder: Game ‘n Grill

Settlers of Catan board.

Photo by gadl. CC BY-SA 2.0

This Saturday, at the Vergennes Congregational Church, Green Mountain Gamers host their annual summer event, the Game ‘n Grill. Entry is free, with donations cheerfully accepted. The Game ‘n Grill has an open gaming format, where everyone brings games to share, and try what others have brought, as well.

They’re not kidding about the grilling, either. The forecast is looking sunny for Saturday in Vergennes, so bring something to throw on the flame.

Carnage on the Mountain

The next CarnageCon is coming up in November! This year’s called Carnage on the Mountain, and will kick off on November 7th and run through the 9th at Killington.

Every year in November, Carnage hosts a weekend of tabletop gaming. In 2014, the seventeenth such occasion, from the afternoon of Friday, November 7th, to the afternoon of Sunday the 9th, convention-goers gather at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel in Killington, Vermont, to play the best and newest in tabletop games, including board games, card games, miniatures, and role-playing games.

Here’s the Facebook event, and GMs can start signing up to run games.

You can start reserving your rooms now:

Rooms are currently available at the Killington Grand, both on-site and in adjacent condominium properties. To get the convention rate, you must contact Killington directly. Call 1-800-282-9955 and be sure to say you’re with Carnage to book a room at the convention rate. Not specifying you’re with Carnage or using their online reservation system will result in booking at a greater cost.

Reminder: MEGA Meltdown

Settlers of Catan board.

Here’s a reminder for gamers in Vermont: The Green Mountain Gamers will host their annual Spring Meltdown game day, this coming weekend, on April 12th and 13th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. Entry will be $10 if you preregister, $10.50 if you preregister via credit card with paypal (see here) and $15 at the door.

Here’s the rough schedule of games:

  • Netrunner tournament – 1:00pm
  • Magic the Gathering with 802MTG
  • D&D, 4th Edition, Eberron – ~3:00pm

There’ll be other games running throughout the day, however. There’s also going to be teaching sessions, starting at 9:15am:

  • Concordia run by GM Rodney Sheldon
  • Euphoria run by GM Bethany Creaser – this is a Play and Win game!!
  • Chrononauts run by GM Chuck Burkins – this is a Play and Win game!!
  • Mice and Mystics run by GM Gordon Spaeth.
  • Hegemonic run by GM Alex Clay – this is a Play and Win game!

 

In addition to the usual potluck mix of games people bring, MEGA Meltdown offers the Play and Win library for the first time, populated with games donated by publishers, which will be raffled off to people who play them during the day. Here’s some of the prizes:

A silent auction of donated games and more will raise funds to be donated to the Vermont Foodbank, as well. Here’s what’s up for bidding:

To find out more about the MEGA Meltdown and the Green Mountain Gamers, you can visit their website.

Week in Geek

We’re going to try something over here, a retrospective on the week, based on the major topics we’ve talked about, with a bit of commentary.


Vermont Comic Con – Word that Vermont was getting its very own Comic Con in Burlington has been huge this week, as has our look at Vermont’s history of conventions in The Vermont Convention Scene. Word of Vermont Comic Con has gotten a number of fans excited on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s easy to see why: neighboring Comic Cons in Boston and Manchester have grown in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see fans from Vermont in the walkways or behind tables.

We’re cautiously optimistic for this one. On one hand, it’s the first time that this event will be run (although it’s not the first comic con in Vermont, despite the organizer’s claims.) and they’re in a huge space. Hopefully, they’ll attract a good number of people, and it’ll become a center point for people who follow GMS. We’ll likely be there, although exactly how we’ll be there is up in the air.

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Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic was announced earlier this week, our fourth entry in the Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series. We’re pretty excited for this one (as we are for all of them), because we’ve got a really strong lineup of authors. We’ve also started releasing video footage from the first event in the series, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox. We’ve got more footage that’ll come out over the course of April and a new installment will come out next week. Our next reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington.

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This weekend marks International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont, and there’s a variety of events taking place across the state with places in Burlington, Danby, Fairlee, and Winooski holding official events.

Lovecraft in Windham County! was also popular this week. The aforementioned F. Brett Cox is talking about famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft at the Rockingham Free Library next Thursday. We attended another talk by him last month in Montpelier, and it was a pretty interesting one. If you’re in the area, check it out. We’ll have a reminder next week.

Second Life for Triple Play Games! Triple Play Games is frequently on our Geek Things event list each morning, and we were pretty sad that the store was closing up shop in Lebanon in March, but excited to hear that they found a new home. They’re opening up again today. Gamers in Lebanon, you won’t be without a gaming store for long: Black Moon Games is moving in.

And finally, weirdly, our 2011 post on Fossil Hunting in Vermont was popular this week. Happy hunting, but you might want to wait until the snow vanishes, which should happen … someday.

 

That’s what’s been popular this week – what news were you most happy with?

 

 

The Vermont Convention Scene

Gen Con 2003. Photo by  Alan De Smet. CC-BY-2.5; CC-BY-3.0.

Gen Con 2003. Photo by Alan De Smet. CC-BY-2.5; CC-BY-3.0.

Word’s getting around that Vermont’s getting its own comic convention in the fall: Vermont Comiccon. Information is sketchy at the moment, beyond the date and place: October 25th and 26th at the Sheraton hotel in South Burlington. The convention’s Facebook page is doling out guest announcements as they come. The prospect of a new convention in Vermont is pretty exciting, so we’re all keeping our eyes peeled for more information as it appears.

Addition: Throughout the 1980s, Greg Giordano ran four instances of Greeen Mountain Comicon, which included guests such as Vermont’s own Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, Eastman & Laird and several other Mirage Studios guys, Mark Shainblum(Northstar) and Bernie Meirault(The Jam) and others.

Geek conventions in Vermont go back to at least the 90s, from my own personal experience. They’ve never approached the scale of mega-conventions like San Diego Comic Con or Gen Con, owing to Vermont’s population density and the facilities available to host such gatherings. Instead, Vermont conventions tend to be more about catching up with friends you don’t normally get to see, and discovering you share an interest with near-by neighbors.

Crisis Comics hosted comic shows in the Burlington area, which for me, in an age before the ubiquity of online sales, was a bonanza of picking up back issues that local dealers didn’t have. Quarterstaff Games hosted seven occasions of Northeast Wars, all about tabletop gaming. After Northeast Wars became dormant, Carnage picked up the tabletop convention torch and carries to this day in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. The Society for Creative Anachronism’s shire of Panther Vale — comprising the northeast quadrant of Vermont — began hosting Pantheria, a weekend-long outdoor gathering, in 1996.

In 2002, Bakuretsucon kicked off as a combination anime and gaming convention in the Burlington area. After a couple years, gaming spun off as Lore Con, while Bakuretsu focused on anime and moved to the fall, steadily growing in vibrancy every year as they descend upon Colchester. Northeast Wars briefly revived for a couple years, before returning to dormancy. The oft-missed Langdon Street Cafe in Montpelier hosted Geek Week annually until its final closing, dedicating each night of a whole week to a different area of geekiness. Green Mountain Gamers formed in 2010 to host mini-convention style game days throughout the state all year round.

Of course, those are only the conventions and convention-like events of which I’m aware. There are few works on the subject, none of which focus on Vermont in particular. If you have memories of conventions past, or information of conventions to come, share in the comments below.

Bakuretsu Con One Day Event: Open Beta

Bakuretsu Con, Vermont’s anime convention, has begun to branch out into throwing more events through the year. In Colchester on June 29th, Bakuretsu Con holds Open Beta, dovetailing with the 2013 convention’s theme of MMORPGs.

If you need your convention fix, but can’t spare a whole weekend, here’s your solution. Open Beta is a whole convention compressed into a single day, with “panels, video games, table top games, Weiβ Schwarz tournament, and fun activities & prizes!”

Econocon Pre-Reg Book is Live

Econocon, the convention hosted by the Plymouth State University Gaming Club, posted the pre-reg book this afternoon. Peruse the scheduled gaming options at your leisure, then fill out the included form to reserve your seat at the table. There are lots of board games, miniatures and card tourneys to delight your gamerly nature.

Econocon 2013 runs April 13th to 14th in Plymouth, New Hampshire. You can mail your registration in advance for a price break or buy your ticket at the door.

Carnage Noir Opens for Preregistration

Carnage Noir has opened for preregistration. Convention-goers can download the program book, choose what they’d like to play that weekend and vie to reserve seats ahead of time.

Carnage runs November 2nd through the 4th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. The convention hosts all kinds of tabletop games, from the latest and greatest in the trendy Eurogames taking American game-players by storm to old school war games, historical miniatures battles and role-playing adventure.

It was a hoot yesterday, watching my social networks light up with reports of convention books appearing in mailboxes across the northeast. The day the Carnage book hits is a bit like Christmas morning: all sorts of amazing goodies are spread across its pages. By the looks of the book, Carnage is gonna be fun this year!

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.