Tilt Classic Arcade & Ale House: Coming June 16th!

We’ve talked about the Tilt Classic Arcade & Ale House before, and now, Seven Days is reporting that they’ll be opening up on June 16th!

The moment is coming. The week of June 16, Space Invaders will arrive in South Burlington. So will Zangief, Sub-Zero and a gentleman by the name of Pac-Man. That’s when Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House will officially open its doors at 7 Fayette Road.

According to Thom Dodge, who co-owns the arcade with Joshua Nickerson, the bottom floor holds about 15 cabinet games from the 1980s and ’90s. Among them are the aforementioned early classics, as well as Centipede, Asteroid and Galaga. Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat represent Generation Y, along with Sega hallmarks Altered Beast and Golden Axe. A similar number of pinball machines reside on the building’s newly constructed post-and-beam mezzanine. Those include 1979 throwback Gorgar alongside newer machines such as ones made to promote the Addams Family movies, “South Park” and AC/DC.

This is pretty exciting: beer and gaming, two things that always go together nicely. I can’t help but wonder if it’s the result of kids who were born in the 1980s finally getting to the point in their lives where we’re at a point where we can actually *do* these sorts of things. There’s a lot of nostalgia around it, which is pretty interesting to behold. It’s probably why books such as Ready Player One and Redshirts have been so popular: they touch a nostalgic nerve.

Read the full article here.

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.

Star City Games Vermont State Championship

Quarterstaff Games will be hosting the first Star City Games State Championship on Saturday, May 17at 11:00pm.

Here’s the details:

Saturday, May 17th
Registration ends at 11:45am
$25 Entry Fee
Standard Format
Competitive REL Tournament


1st Place: Champion Playmat and Medal
2nd- 8th: Top 8 Playmat and Pin
Additional Booster Packs based upon attendance.

Preregistration is now open: The first 40 players to pre-reg will receive a SCG Dice Bag and d6.

Dungeons and Dragons Encounters – Dead in Thay Launch Event

Brap’s Magic will be holding a launch event for the latest D&D Encounters season Dead in Thay on May 10th at 4:00pm.

Dead in Thay is the fourth adventure of The Sundering, an important storyline event shaping the future of The Forgotten Realms. Players will be able to submit their play results through The Sundering app, and the actions they take can shape the Realms forever! The Sundering is all leading up to the massive Tyranny of Dragons multimedia event, and the eventual launch of the upcoming fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons.

After the Launch Weekend, players will be able to continue the adventure in our weekly D&D Encounters events on Wednesday nights!

Sign up here.

The Wild: Coming from Toonuva Games

Burlington-based game studio Toonuva Games is embarking on a major open world survival game for Apple platforms called The Wild.

In a post to Touch Arcade’s Forums, the company released a number of screenshots of the the game, as well as details for how the game will function: players work to survive in a hostile world, using what they can find in a variety of environments. Here’s their full release:

Explore, scavenge, hunt, build, use whatever means necessary to survive in this brutally intense, first-person open-world survival simulation for iOS and Mac.

Key Features:
OPEN-WORLD: 100 sq. km Island covered in arid deserts, dense forests, lush over-run grasslands and military compounds, underground bunkers, towns including a full day/night cycle experience.

SURVIVAL: Survive for as long as you can. Utilize the environment to source food, water, shelter, clothing/armor, weapons and tools. Fight for your life against the Deformed, and hostile factions. Board-up and barricade buildings, set traps and transform abandoned areas into your defendable base- or build your own base. Use stealth to evade enemies or brute force to taken them down- but if you die, you will loose everything and start from the beginning so every decision counts.

ENEMY AI: Our system for enemies takes into account line of sight, sound, hostility. Hostility measures how aggressive the player is to the enemy, i.e. retaliation, trigger warring faction fights. The sole focus is to create incredible emergent gameplay.

WHO ARE WE?:Two guys in Vermont, USA on a mission to create a DayZ style survival game for iOS. Thanks to the TouchArcade community and the Unity Game Engine/Asset Store!

DEV UPDATE: We plan on a full release in May. This includes a) survival mechanics, b) looting, c) inventory, d) combat (AI has line of sight, sound sensors, and a “hostility sensor”), and last but not least, e) base building. We’re going to launch either at $3.99 or $4.99 then add $.99 to the sticker price for subsequet large updates. We will never have IAP, no ever charge for specfic updates.

After intial release we plan on adding wildlife within the larger deep crafting update we’ll push out a week after v1. If you’re not familiar, we update the forums weekly, and will work the same way after v1 launch on the App Store.

The hostility sensor will give us the emergent gameplay that lots of fans have been asking for- faction war, dynamic combat, change in behavior if you kill chieftains (this goes for the deformed, militia, and to some extent the wildlife).

The game is set to be released in May on the iTunes App Store.

Take a look at their release and some screenshots here.

Journey Into Nyx Pre-Release Weekend at The Book Garden

The Book Garden in Montpelier will be hosting a weekend of gaming for the Journey Into Nyx release. Here’s what they’ve got on their Facebook Page:

Join us for the pre-release of Journey Into Nyx at The Book Garden. We have 3 events planned. Friday night at Midnight, Saturday at 10 am, and Sunday at 10 am. The cost for each event is $25, and there will be JIN booster packs for the top finishers.


  • Friday night, 4/25/14: 11pm sign-up, play starts at Midnight.
  • Saturday, 4/26/14: 9 am sign up, play starts at 10 am.
  • Sunday, 4/27/14: 9 am sign up, play starts at 10 am.

RSVP here!

Update from Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House

The folks behind South Burlington’s Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House has been hard at work getting it ready for opening. Here’s the latest update from their Facebook page:

The folks at Vermont Frames are working hard getting the mezzanine constructed this week at Tilt! Had to reinforce the whole structure to hold all of the games that will be up there- 3000+ lbs worth. It is going to look great with another 3000lbs or so on the main floor. Hope we will be seeing you in just a little more than a month.

It’s pretty impressive, and so far, they’ve added pictures of South Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Metallica, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones and other pinball games, as well as other classic games such as The Golden Ax, Centipede, Operation Wolf, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, and others!

It looks like they’re still slated to open at the end of May.

Quarterstaff Games Journey into Nyx Prerelease Weekend

Quarterstaff Games of Burlington will be hosting a major gaming event this Saturday, April 27th: MTG Journey into Nyx Prerelease.

Here’s the schedule for the day:


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: Friday, April 25 11:00am-11:45pm
  • Start Time: 12:05am
  • Limited to 48 players (This is the ONLY event with a player cap).
  • All participants will be entered in a drawing to win a Revised Edition dual land. The winner can choose any Revised dual land from the store’s inventory.


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-10:45am
  • Start Time: 11:00am
  • All participants will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes consist of 20 Legion deck boxes and Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: 2HG Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $50 per team
  • Registration: 10:00-2:45pm
  • Start Time: 3:00pm
  • The top ranked team after the event will win two Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-4:15pm
  • Start Time: 4:30pm
  • All participants will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes consist of 20 Legion deck boxes and Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-10:45am
  • Start Time: 11:00am
  • All participants will be entered in a raffle. Raffle prizes consist of 20 Legion deck boxes and Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.


  • Format: 2HG Sealed Deck
  • Entry: $25
  • Registration: 10:00-4:15pm
  • Start Time: 4:30pm
  • The top ranked team after the event will win two Magic: The Gathering themed t-shirts.

Additionally, there’ll be open dueling sessions throughout the weekend.

Taking Stock: Vermont Comic & Game Shops

We had a question come through on our facebook page when we posted up about Free Comic Book Day events earlier today, and we realized that we don’t have a good grasp on precisely what stores are out there in Vermont. There’s the usual and very well known places that pop up almost daily for us on the Geek Things reports, and then there’s… others.

We did some research and came up with a list of places that may or may not exist. Now, it’s your turn. Help us build a solid list!

Earth Prime Comics / Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.

  • Status: Active.
  • Both stores are open and have a wide range of programming and up to date and well curated stock. We’ll be holding an event there tomorrow.

Brap’s Magic, Burlington.

  • Status: Active.
  • Brap’s Magic recently made the transition from an online store to a physical one, and they seem to have been doing quite well, with a range of programming in-store.

Book Garden, Montpelier.

  • Status: Active.
  • Primarily a bookstore, but Rick has a great selection of games and hosts the ocassional game night there, so we’ll count it.

Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington.

  • Status: Active.
  • Up and running. They’ve got a regular programming schedule, and seem to be popular down south.

Wonder Cards & Comics, Barre.

  • Status: Active.
  • Up and running. There’s a decent and up to date selection of comics here, but it’s very cluttered. The shopping experience isn’t typically that great, but it’s a good place to go if you know what you want.

Dark Tower Gaming, St. Johnsbury

  • Status: Active.
  • Up and running, with active programming. This store focuses exclusively on Magic the Gathering.

The Electric Lounge, Manchester Center.

  • Status: Active.
  • Cyber cafe in Manchester that specializes in video games, but they have tabletop space to rent. They also do computer repair and a range of other things.

Heroes Kingdom, St. Albans.

  • Status: Active
  • Heroes Kingdom is open, but they’ve got limited hours – Wednesdays and some Fridays for game nights.

Black Knight Comics, Essex Junction

  • Status: Active
  • These guys used to have a storefront in Vergennes, but now, they’re primarily an online business, with some appearances at New England conventions. They specialize in Anime.

Rutland Collectibles, Rutland

  • Status: Active
  • Open, and hosts regular gaming sessions at their store.

Amazing World of Comics, Burlington.

  • Status: Active / Unknown.
  • This store is hard to find: they’re located way inside 19 Church Street, with no sign out front. Going in, we were greeted with a sign that stated that they’re currently closed for renovations, and anecdotally, we’ve heard they have weird hours, but stock a lot of collectibles.

Main Street Sports Cards, Winooski.

  • Status: Unknown / Active?
  • This store has a minimal online presence with some reviews on G+ and Yelp!, but nothing within the last year.

Dragon’s Lair Comics at Brown’s Sales and Service, Windsor.

  • Status: Unknown.
  • This popped up on a list, but I can’t find a website or any other information.

Forgotten Dreams Used Books and Comics, Morrisville.

  • Status: Unknown.
  • This popped up on a list, but I can’t find a website. There’s a phone number and a Foursquare site for it, with people having checked in in the last 60 days, so maybe it’s around?

Northside Cards & Hobbies, Bennington.

  • Status: Unknown.
  • This popped up on a list, but I can’t find a website.

Sports N’ Tyme, Manchester.

  • Status: Unknown
  • This popped up on a list, but I can’t find a website. People in town have said that they’ve never heard of it.

Barre Comic Book shop, Barre

  • Status: Closed
  • This is from way, way back. I remember going as a kid, and someone reminded me of it recently. Does anyone know what this one is, what it was called or exactly where it was located? (mid/early 90s?)

The Comics Outpost, Barre.

  • Status: Closed
  • This comic store used to have a physical location, but according to the Vermont Book of Days, it seems as though they’ve converted to mail order, although it’s not clear if they’re still active.

Empire Hobbies, St. Albans.

  • Status: Closed.
  • Closed, according to a comment.


So, help us confirm what’s in the state! We’d be interested in hearing about some of these unknown stores, and getting confirmation that Heroes Kingdom is indeed closed. Is there a place that’s missing?

Game Designers’ Hard Work on Display at Champlain College and ArtsRiot

The 2014 Senior Game Show at Champlain College. Photo by Steve Mease, used with permission.

The 2014 Senior Game Show at Champlain College. Photo by Steve Mease, used with permission.

Last night, the seniors at Champlain College’s Game Studio showed off their final projects and their demo reels. Teams of students collaborated to create playable games, demonstrating the skills in planning, design, execution as well as programming and computer art during their course of study. The development teams displayed their games’ trailers, as well as their personal demo reels. The keynote address by Jason Della Rocca, co-founder of Execution Labs, hit on the opportunities to learn from failures as much, if not more, from successes.

The live stream of the proceedings is available on the Game Studio’s Ustream channel. The students’ games are on exhibit at ArtsRiot on Pine Street in Burlington for the next two weeks. Pop by and play them yourself.