The long-awaited Tilt Arcade and Ale House is finally opening up for business. Following a successful review from the city’s fire marshal, the barcade announced that they will be opening up today at 3pm.
Hello Tilt Faithful, after months of hard work and dedication we are ALMOST ready to go. We will be opening our doors to the general public tomorrow at 3pm!!! Thank very much for your support, we can’t wait to share our space with you all…see you in less than 24 hours!
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!”
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.
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.
The role-playing game Paranoia.
Elsewhere in the Vermont game-o-sphere, the New England Role Players Association indulges in some holiday Paranoia role-playing:
During Christmas festivities this past year we ran an impromptu game of Paranoia with experienced and first time players. This is the result. There were some holly jolly libations imbibed and that may be reflected in the manner of the game.
Visit Friend Computer for the download.
Over on Kickstarter, Vermont-based game designer Michael Bujtas is raising funds for Masquerade, a combination card game and novel. He describes it as:
… a two pronged project that includes a deep story with a slew of interesting characters told through both a card game and a novel. There is a dark plot to assassinate the king of Avalot, and no one knows who is involved. In the game, you may protect the king or join in the murder, while in the book the conspiracy goes deeper than it appears on the surface.
The Masquerade card game is a party game for those who enjoy mayhem and fun. The Masquerade novel offers a larger perspective on the seemingly nonsensical entertainment. Both mediums offer surprisingly vast themes. Everything, from the art, design, and writing, has been done by one man, Michael Bujtas (age 21).
The project has nine days to go and less than $500 left to raise, so achieving the funding goal is very doable. Best of luck to Michael. We’re pulling for the project’s success.
Yesterday Green Mountain Gamers announced their first “mega” game day. On April 27th, 2013, the Lake Morey Resort hosts MEGA Spring Meltdown, from 9:00am to midnight. In the style of Unity Games, this game day is open play from start to finish. Bring a game, look for a game to play.
The convention-going gamer may recognize Lake Morey Resort. It’s the former home of Carnage and has certainly proved itself as an ideal location for tabletop gaming. Odds are there will be ample pre- and post-game day gaming, as the hotel provides the opportunity for attendees to sleep over and not worry about driving home.
Preregister for MEGA Spring Meltdown for $10 or you can pay $15 at the door. This is a change for Green Mountain Game Days, but certainly a reasonable one, given the leap from grange and church halls to an event space like Lake Morey.
If you don’t wish to wait until April to get your game on — and who would? — the group’s Winter Weirdness game day is right around the corner in Barre. In addition to playing game, donate canned goods to enter a raffle for a gift certificate to the friendly local game store of your choice.
Green Mountain Gamers host their annual winter game day, Winter Weirdness, in the undercroft of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, Vermont on January 12th. Green Mountain Gamer events are day-long free-for-alls where players bring their favorite games to share and enjoy. If you’re an old hand, you know what to do. If you’re new, you can browse the offerings until you find something that appeals or ask to join a game on the cusp of commencing. Most players are happy to bring in someone new.
In addition to the gaming fun, Green Mountain Gamers will hold three raffles through the course of the day to benefit the local food shelf. Non-perishable goods get you entries into the raffle, where the winner receives a gift certificate to the friendly local game store of their choice.
The New England Role Playing Association‘s actual play podcast released a recording of a game of Fiasco played at Carnage Noir last month. Fiasco is a game “about ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control.” Players collaborate in building a story in which things are practically guaranteed to go horribly, horribly wrong for their characters.
If you’re curious about Fiasco or story games in general, not only is an actual play recording a good way to sample the model, but you can watch a thorough introduction of the concept in a three part Fiasco episode on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop web series.
Over on Meetup.com, St. Johnsbury gamers gather under the rafters of the St. J Gaming Club to create a game-playing gathering of their own. To set themselves apart from the crowd of other game night Meetup groups, the description specifies:
We will not be playing your typical family or strategy games. Surviving zombie apocalypse scenarios, building and claiming castles, planting and harvesting on your budding farm, and reenacting world war battles are some of the many gaming options. From simple and creative family games, to complex and strategic thematic games, we will play many unique genres.
The first meetup of this august brotherhood is Saturday, November 17th at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Join the Meetup group to signal your impending arrival and let others know there are board game enthusiasts in the Northeast Kingdom.
[Tip via Bethany Creaser, mistress of the mighty Border Board Games.]