Week in Geek

We’re going to try something over here, a retrospective on the week, based on the major topics we’ve talked about, with a bit of commentary.


Vermont Comic Con – Word that Vermont was getting its very own Comic Con in Burlington has been huge this week, as has our look at Vermont’s history of conventions in The Vermont Convention Scene. Word of Vermont Comic Con has gotten a number of fans excited on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s easy to see why: neighboring Comic Cons in Boston and Manchester have grown in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see fans from Vermont in the walkways or behind tables.

We’re cautiously optimistic for this one. On one hand, it’s the first time that this event will be run (although it’s not the first comic con in Vermont, despite the organizer’s claims.) and they’re in a huge space. Hopefully, they’ll attract a good number of people, and it’ll become a center point for people who follow GMS. We’ll likely be there, although exactly how we’ll be there is up in the air.

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Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic was announced earlier this week, our fourth entry in the Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series. We’re pretty excited for this one (as we are for all of them), because we’ve got a really strong lineup of authors. We’ve also started releasing video footage from the first event in the series, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox. We’ve got more footage that’ll come out over the course of April and a new installment will come out next week. Our next reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington.

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This weekend marks International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont, and there’s a variety of events taking place across the state with places in Burlington, Danby, Fairlee, and Winooski holding official events.

Lovecraft in Windham County! was also popular this week. The aforementioned F. Brett Cox is talking about famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft at the Rockingham Free Library next Thursday. We attended another talk by him last month in Montpelier, and it was a pretty interesting one. If you’re in the area, check it out. We’ll have a reminder next week.

Second Life for Triple Play Games! Triple Play Games is frequently on our Geek Things event list each morning, and we were pretty sad that the store was closing up shop in Lebanon in March, but excited to hear that they found a new home. They’re opening up again today. Gamers in Lebanon, you won’t be without a gaming store for long: Black Moon Games is moving in.

And finally, weirdly, our 2011 post on Fossil Hunting in Vermont was popular this week. Happy hunting, but you might want to wait until the snow vanishes, which should happen … someday.

 

That’s what’s been popular this week – what news were you most happy with?

 

 

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.

Statewide

  • 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.

New Triple Play Board Game Challenge Dates Announced

West Lebanon, New Hampshire game store Triple Play announced three more dates in their board game challenge series:

  • Small World on Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Stone Age on Saturday, June 22, 2013
  • Power Grid on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Additionally, the Dominion tourney is coming up on March 16th.

Newcomers can jump in at any time to start racking up points in pursuit of the title of premiere board game player.

[Tip via Green Mountain Gamers.]

The Triple Play Board Game Challenge Kicks Off with Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride cover art.Triple Play, the Upper Valley’s friendly local game and comic shop, recently announced their board game challenge: a series of board game tournaments throughout the year. The contestant who wins the most points across the series will be declared grand champion and win a cash prize.

The first round of the challenge is this Saturday, February 16th, at 10:00am in which rail-riders vie to complete the most routes across America in Ticket to Ride. Challenges scheduled further out at the moment include the deck-building classic Dominion and the game of medieval subsistence farming, Agricola. More tournaments will be announced as time passes.

There is a $5 dollar entry fee for each tournament. Interested players can utilize Triple Play’s discussion forum to pose questions.

[Tip via Green Mountain Gamers.]

2012 Canpocalypse Collects Donations for Local Food Pantry

Over at Triple Play, the friendly local game store in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Warhammer 40k gamers will gather for the 2012 Canpocalypse tournament on Saturday, November 18th. This tournament is a little different from your every day, year-round variety. At Canpocalypse, the entry fee for this tournament is two cans of food.

See, Canpocalypse rounds up donations from participating players to donate to the local food pantry. Two cans gets one entry into the tournament. Further donations garner players extra perks like units from another codex, up to a super-heavy vehicle. Players are motivated to donate more canned goods as it allows them to field additional or non-standard units.

Like Extra Life, which game stores Triple Play and Quarterstaff Games both participated in, Canpocalypse is a great way of tying the gaming hobby to a charitable cause. Thanks go to everyone who participates — or is motivated to make a donation of their own, player or not — and to Triple Play for putting the whole shindig on.