Greyhawk: Wars cover.
This week on the New England Role Players Association podcast, they begin the second of three adventures centered around one particular story in the realm of Greyhawk:
After the elvish kingdom of Celene suffers and unprovoked assault from the neighboring county of Pomarj a counter offensive is mounted with the aid of the Ulek States nearby. The goal? To put an end to random raids once and for all? Vengeance for the towns and citizens maimed, killed and abducted from the assault? Perhaps the royals of the Ulek States and Celene merely want access to the wealth in the hills of the Pomarj? Whatever the cause, three men volunteer to join the fight and find themselves being sent on a scouting mission away from the battle lines . . .
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.
It’s Friday afternoon, gamers. Make it through the rest of your afternoon before sweet, sweet release with the second episode of New England Role Players Association’s mini-series Halfway to Han.
Wherein the personnel of DCM Enterprises descend further into the subterranean forest in this week’s update, Takemiya the monk counsels the use of psychedelics and very special pancakes are served.
As hinted during the wrap-up of their Ravenloft campaign, the players of NERPA turns their sight to the stars and the wars among them. This week kicks off their Star Wars miniseries Halfway to Han.
The New England Role Players Association posted the grand finale of their Ravenloft campaign, “For the Good of the Few”:
Jameer, Baleroc, Brutus and Kevlar have thwarted the great lich Azalin. Or so they thought. It turns out they’ve played along with his dastardly plans. Now they find themselves at a crossroads with a decision that could shape the fate of Ravenloft and every other realm that has ever been. Do they have the strength to plunge into darkness once more and end this evil or has Ravenloft worn them out and whittled away their will? Their choice may surprise you…it surprised me!
DCM Enterprises’ recent update features this heart-stopping moment:
Bursting through a section of dungeon wall as if it were the last three sheets of toilet paper the morning after free burrito night at “Disreputable Sanchez’ All Night Burrito Bin” was the largest, meanest, toothiest and certainly unrotissiereiest chicken anyone had ever seen.
This is what you get when you follow Madmartigan around the Undermountain. This is what you get.
In episode 78 of The Return of DCM Enterprises, “[b]eing transformed into an undead chicken has never been considered a positive career move.” It gets better from there. Xeno samples chickenfeed, the staff of DCM Enterprises find gainful employment among the undead, and the Bringer of Death to Campaigns arrives on the scene.
New England Role Players Association posted the finale to From the Shadows, leading to the climax of their year-long Ravenloft campaign:
The conclusion of From the Shadows leading us up to the finale of the Grand Conjunction and what might be the end of Ravenloft as we know it…
Deep beneath the foundation stones of Castle Avernus, Azalin the lich hatches his plots. The grand conjunction is coming, when all the lands and lords of Ravenloft will be set free upon the realms of man. Azalin does not intend to let this oppurtunity slip by. All he needs are a few dead bodies. Fortunately, there is a party of adventurers nearby… This is the first of two adventures that feature Azalin the lich and Strahd von Zarovich in their eternal conflict.
A trio of updates from the staff of DCM Enterprises this week: