Border Board Games Meets Saturday Night in Derby Line

1174904_10151844686886183_2123055729_nThe Northeast Kingdom’s monthly gamer gathering, Border Board Games, meets this Saturday, September 21st, at the Derby Line village hall, mere steps from Canada and the storied Pizzeria Steve:

Every 3rd Saturday of each month, we meet at the Derby Line Village Hall to play board games. We play games like the Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Dominion. Never heard of these? Don’t worry! Not many people have. They are games that involve a little bit of luck with a little bit of strategy and are super fun to play. If you enjoy Clue, Risk, Scrabble, Hearts or Spades, you’ll love these games. Or, if you are a SciFi/Fantasy fan, you will also love these games. We play board games not bored games.

No cost to attend this event. All you have to do is show up and be ready to play. We’ll bring the games and teach them to new players. Or, feel free to use the space to play any game you want to play.

You can RSVP on Facebook and contact the hosts for more information.

Vermont Tabletop Gaming Round-up

A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.

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.

Central Vermont

Northeast Kingdom

  • 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.

Northwestern Vermont

  • 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.

Southwestern Vermont

  • Gamers Grotto in Bennington has a full calendar of daily gaming activities. They cover tabletop and video games, with the analog focusing on MagicNaruto 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.

Upper Valley

  • 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.[1]
  • 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.

[1] Green Mountain Gamers also host two game days that float around Vermont. Visit their website for details.

Board Game Monkey Shines in Derby Line

After their monthly get-together at the Derby Line village hall, Border Board Games updated their blog with a session report for the evening’s board game highlights. Titles that hit the table include: Battlestar Galactica: the Board Game, Spin Monkeys, Tammany Hall, Sentinels of the Multiverse and Dominion.

Here’s how Tammany Hall played out:

As was the case in our previous experience, Dennis and Homer quickly struck a devil’s bargain.  Slippery Dennis was elected the first Mayor of New York only to face slander from every direction over the corruption of the worst police chief the city has ever seen (Homer).  Tricky Dick served the next two terms as mayor despite a steadily eroding voter base, swinging a deal with Slandering Sue.

Once again, however, clean campaigning and skillful manipulation of immigrant populations helped the winner, Honest Tim, surge ahead at the polls and in the hearts of the Irish and Italians alike.  Clearly the protestants were not his power base.  despite having lingered in the back throughout much of the game both Tim and Sue rode waves of popularity to surge ahead of the embattled Tammany Hall veterans.  Sue’s surge fell just shy but did enable her to go from a distant fifth to second place behind Tim’s impressive victory.

Border Board Games hosts monthly Saturday game nights at the Derby Line village hall. Visit their website for information on upcoming dates and the ever-growing game library.

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.


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.


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.


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


Hosted in a private home, but open to comers via 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 January 7th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Williston, 10AM–2PM, DEW Construction, Williston. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Woodstock, 12:30–5:30PM, Woodstock Union High School, Woodstock. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • ‘The Social Network’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Film)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids, Comics)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 9–10:30AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Wizard of Oz’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. (Theater)
  • Science and Stories: Snow!, 11:00 am, ECHO Center, Burlington. Free with Admission. (Kids)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)
  • Border Board Games, D&D Night, Derby Line Village Hall, Derby Line (Gaming)


Geek Things for December 3rd

  • ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Movies)
  • Fairfax Playgroup (Multicultural stories and activities), 9–10:30AM, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Steven Shapiro, “Forensic Medicine in Vermont.”, 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5 donation. (Talk)
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’: Hyde Park, 7PM, Hyde Park Opera House, Hyde Park. $12-18. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • AnonyCon, Dec 3 – 5 2010. Stamford, Connecticut (Conventions)
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming Group, 6:00pm – 11:30pm, Westford library, Westford. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Donation, 10:15, Hunt Middle School, Burlington. (Books)
  • Border Board Games, D&D Night, Derby Village Hall, Derby Line. (Gaming)