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 November 13th

  • Bjorn’s Ceilidh and Baronial Investiture, 10am – 9:30pm, Barony of Concordia of the Snows, Albany, NY (SCA)
  • 40K Apocalypse Bring-and-Battle, 11am – 7pm Quarterstaff Games, Burlington VT, Free (Gaming)
  • Yu Gi Oh! Tournament, 11am – 3pm, Quarterstaff Games Game Lounge, Burlington VT, $7. (Gaming)
  • UHN Harry Potter Matathon, University Heights S1, Multipurpose Room, UVM, Burlington VT (Movies)
  • Gathering of the Gamers Presents The Maze of Games, Ilsley Library, Middlebury, VT Contact Eric Bussiere ( for more information. (Gaming)
  • National Gaming Day @ your library, Various Locations: (Gaming)
  • Schenectady Wargamers Association Game-a-thon, 11am – 10pm, Studio of Bridge and Games, Price Chopper Community Room, 1639 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, NY (Gaming)
  • 8th Annual Machine Madness (Inventors of all ages are invited to bring their home-built contraption), 1pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich, Free with Museum admission. (Kids)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 2:00 PM, 7:30 Pm, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, $33.00/$28.00/$21.00. (Theater)
  • Border Board Games, Goodrich Library, Newport (Gaming)
  • Bookmobile Tour: Highgate, 12PM, Highgate Elementary School, Highgate. Free. (Kids)
  • Bookmobile Tour: Richford, 10AM, Richford Elementary School, Richford. Free. (Kids)
  • David Macaulay (Three architectural wonders are explained in the Vermont author’s latest book Built to Last), 2PM, Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg. Free. (Authors)
  • Environmental Action Conference, 8:30AM–5PM, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. $15-35. (Science)
  • Pacem Poetry Slam & Literary Extravaganza, 5:15–8:30PM, Noble Hall Reading Room, Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Donations accepted; $15 donation for dinner. (Poety)
  • Little Shop of Horrors, 1:30/7PM Montpelier High School, Montpelier, $6-9 (Theater)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1:30 PM, U-32 High School, Montpelier, $5/$3.(Theater)
  • NaNoWriMo: Come Write In!3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick (Writing)
  • Quidditch World Cup, New York City, (Middlebury playing)