Geek Industrial Complex on Carnagecast

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Neil Carr of Geek Industrial Complex appears on Carnagecast this week to talk about his current project on Kickstarter, Companions of the Firmament, as well as his experiences so far with crowdfunding.

Geek Industrial Complex is a new role-playing game publisher based in Barre. Companions of the Firmament is their first product. Carnagecast is a podcast produced by the Carnage gaming convention, based in the Upper Valley of Vermont.

Give the episode a listen!

FlashCon Gaming Mini-Convention Comes to West Lebanon

FlashCon is a burgeoning series of tabletop gaming events popping up around the Upper Valley. Organizer Gordon Spaeth announced via the FlashCon Facebook page that the next game day is set for March 25th at the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

FlashCons are short, agile events designed to be accessible to newcomers and long-time game hobbyists. The event is divided into two parts: a short block of time and a second, longer block. This model allows for shorter games and teaching sessions to start off FlashCon, then players can launch into longer games in the second part.

If you can’t make it that day or West Lebanon isn’t quite in your neighborhood, go ahead and follow the Facebook page. A FlashCon is bound to pop up somewhere near you.

Reminder: Carnage in Wonderland

Carnage comes to Vermont once more — Carnage the tabletop game convention that is. This Friday through Saturday, tabletop hobbyists from all over gather in Fairlee, Vermont for as much camaraderie and game-playing as they can pack into 72 hours. Your humble gaming correspondent will be there, of course, running games, helping around the registration desk and getting some new media action going.

In addition to the myriad board, role-playing, card and miniature games, Carnage hosts Dipcon 2011, the North American Diplomacy tournament. Every year, the convention hosts a Diplomacy tournament called the Carnage Accords, but this year the byzantine schemes step up a notch as some of the premier Diplomacy players on the continent vie for renown and control of western Europe.

Geek Things for August 26th

  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • North Country Moose Festival, 9AM–9PM, Various New Hampshire locations. Various prices. (Moose!)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Name That Tree!, 2–2:45PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Trees)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Pi-Con, Aug 26 – 28, 2011, Enfield, CT (Conventions)
  • A Spontaneous Evening under the Stars, If you are interested in being notified, call 802-238-1664. A message on the phone will announce the specific date. Alternatively, e-mail Joe Comeau at jkcomeau@hotmail.com. Put “evening under the stars” in the header. 8:30 PM, Orchard Hill Observatory, South Alburgh. (Astronomy)
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming, 6pm – 11pm, Westford Public Library, Westford. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for August 19th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Murder Mysteries Live! 2011, 6PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Murder Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Rango’, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ 11AM, 2PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Visiting Artist & Writer Series, 8PM, Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Free. (Arts)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Open Gaming Convention – http://nescifievents.org/?p=2505, Aug 19 – 21, 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Public Star Gazing, Castleton State College Observatory, 7:45 to 10:30 PM, Castleton State College, Castleton. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for August 5th

  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movie)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 6:30PM, Maple Street Park, Essex. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘The Little Mermaid and the Prince’, 7:30PM, Adamant Music School, Adamant. Free; reservations recommended. (Kids)
  • ‘The Princess and the Pea’, 12PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $9.50. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • ‘Staying Found’. Meet at B-Side Playground. 11AM–12PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; bring a compass if you have one. (Orienteering)
  • The Great Vermont Corn Maze, 10AM, 1404 Wheelock Rd., Danville. $9-12; free for ages 4 and under. (Maze)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creeping Colors, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creation Supernatural Convention, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Boston, MA (Conventions)
  • Mysterium, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Boston, MA (Conventions)
  • Paranormal Research Society Field Trip to Salem, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Salem, MA (Ghosts)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum. St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 14th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Sunsets at Shelburne Museum – “Magic at the Museum: A Harry Potter Evening.” 5–7:30PM, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Regular admission, $5-20; preregister. (Harry Potter)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Harry Potter)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Bats in the Barn, 7–9PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $10-12 per parent-child pair; $5-7 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Teen Club, 4:30–5:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘The Hobbit’, 7PM, Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Fleming Museum Panel Discussion – “What Makes a Cartoon Work?”, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fleming Museum 101, UVM, Burlington. (Comics)
  • Batteries, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirror Mirror, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Readercon 22, Jul 14 – 17, 2011, Burlington, MA. (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Tabletop Gaming Around Vermont

Andrew does a fine job rounding up the day’s geekiness every morning. Now and again, tabletop gaming deserves a chance to shine on its own.

Bennington

The Gamers Grotto supplies games and a space to play them. Their online calendar shows miniatures, Magic: The Gathering and role-playing games happening on a weekly basis.

Also, Der Chelonian Mobile chronicles the mishaps of a Spelljammer role-playing game based out of a local Bennington pub.

Burlington

The center of the public tabletop scene in Burlington is Quarterstaff Games, Vermont’s oldest friendly local game store. Open seven days a week, Quarterstaff hosts in-store gaming every one of those days. Survey their Google calendar for the full spread.

Online, in addition to Quarterstaff’s own forums, Pathfinder fans will do well to check out the Northern Vermont Pathfinder Society group, as well.

Derby Line

Border Board Games hosts a monthly Saturday game night at the Derby Line village hall. Further, they’re also currently hosting two — two — role-playing campaigns: Dungeons & Dragons and Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.

Fairlee

Infrequent, yet assuredly periodic is Carnage, a weekend game convention held at the Lake Morey Resort in the Upper Valley.

Waterbury

Hosted in a private home, but open to comers via Meetup.com is Waterbury Board Games. Euro board games are their preferred choice: Settlers of Catan, Power Grid and that sort.

Vermont in General

Gamers in Vermont have a couple general resources, as well. Northern New England Gamers is a Yahoo! mailing list that includes a healthy number of members residing in Vermont. Green Mountain Gamers is a social network as well as the entity behind quarterly game days all over the state.

Outside Vermont

Albany, New York

Zombie Planet hosts weekly in-store gaming, as well as the biannual Albany Gamedays.

Schenectady, New York

The Schenectady Wargamers Association‘s monthly gameathons host role-playing and all board games, not just the wargame variety. The SWA also puts on the Columbus Day weekend game convention Council of Five Nations.

West Lebanon, New Hampshire

Serving the upper Connecticut River valley is Triple Play, a game and comic shop in West Lebanon. They have events most nights of the week, with regular board games on Wednesday nights and the first Sunday going to “Ameritrash.”

Geek Things for July 8th

We’re running a little late, watching the STS-135 mission, but here’s what’s going on in Vermont today:

  • Benefit Book Sale. After 3 p.m., fill a bag for $5. Proceeds support the purchase of a bookmobile for the Milton Public Library. 9AM–5PM, 117 East Rd., Milton. Free. (Books)
  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Suspension 101, 6–7:30PM, Onion River Sports, Montpelier. Free. (Bikes)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 6:30PM, Staige Hill Farm, Charlotte. Free. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 8PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Fossils, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Connecticon, Jul 8 – 10, 2011, Hartford, CT (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for June 23rd

  • ‘No Injunction; Decommission Vermont Yankee Now!’, 5–6PM, Burlington City Hall, Burlington. Free. (Nuclear)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Gaming)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘The Sword in the Stone’, 6–7PM, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax. Free. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike. Meet at History Hike parking lot. 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3. (Spooky)
  • Ron Luchsinger – Discussion of the troupe’s upcoming presentation of Cinderella with exciting vocal and visual examples. 6PM, AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon. $20. (Theater)
  • Bug Walk. 4-5pm, North Branch Nature Center, $3 indiv/$5 per family, Info. 229-6206. Montpelier. (Kids)
  • Art Opening. “Arctic Cycles” 3-5pm, Governor’s Gallery, Pavilion Building, 828-0749. Montpelier. (Art)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • PortConMaine, http://www.portconmaine.com, Jun 23 – 26, 2011, South Portland, ME (Conventions)
  • Inside SolarFest, 7pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Solar)