Free RPG Day at Triple Play on June 15th

Free RPG Day 2013 logoTriple Play, the Upper Valley’s friendly local game store, participates in Free RPG Day on June 15th, an occasion to bring gamers out to their local stores for some cool freebies and a chance to try new role-playing games. Games on the to-be-run docket include: Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea, Call of Cthulhu, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Iron Kingdoms and Legend of the 5 Rings.

Free RPG Day “works with participating hobby game retailers and RPG publishers to bring new and exclusive RPG quickstart rules and adventure modules into the hands of gamers.” Check out the event’s website to find a participating store near you. For those heading to Triple Play for the big day, visit the thread on Triple Play’s discussion forums for more information.

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.

FlashCon Gaming Mini-Convention Comes to West Lebanon

FlashCon is a burgeoning series of tabletop gaming events popping up around the Upper Valley. Organizer Gordon Spaeth announced via the FlashCon Facebook page that the next game day is set for March 25th at the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

FlashCons are short, agile events designed to be accessible to newcomers and long-time game hobbyists. The event is divided into two parts: a short block of time and a second, longer block. This model allows for shorter games and teaching sessions to start off FlashCon, then players can launch into longer games in the second part.

If you can’t make it that day or West Lebanon isn’t quite in your neighborhood, go ahead and follow the Facebook page. A FlashCon is bound to pop up somewhere near you.

Flood Benefit Game Day in West Lebanon, New Hampshire

And the gamers continue stepping up, now with a Flood Benefit Game Day hosted by Triple Play Games and Comics in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. September 10th, Triple Play accepts freewill donations from all comers, with a suggestion of $10. Proceeds go to the Red Cross agency of Vermont and New Hampshire to fund relief efforts of the flooding in the wake of tropical storm Irene.

As the Facebook description says:

Whether you want to just play some board games, or roll mountains of d6’s with your space marines, you can join us at the store. Entry fee for the event is a freewill donation of your choice ($10 recommended), and we will also be selling raffle tickets for a variety of games and prizes. Raffle tickets will be $5 apiece or 3 for $10.

The game day starts at 10:00am when the store opens and continues as long as people want to game.

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.

Bennington

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.

Burlington

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.

Fairlee

Infrequent, yet assuredly periodic is Carnage, a weekend game convention held at the Lake Morey Resort in the Upper Valley.

Waterbury

Hosted in a private home, but open to comers via Meetup.com 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.”

Free Comic Book Day In Vermont!

Love comics? Want to get into comics? This year’s annual Free Comic Book Day is just the place to be on Saturday! There’ll be a number of places across the country participating, including a couple in Vermont and around the surrounding areas.

Vermont:

WONDER COMICS & CARDS
445 US ROUTE 302
BERLIN/
BARRE, VT
(802) 476-4706

PANEL TO PANEL LLC
57 CLOVER DRIVE
ESSEX, VT
(802) 578-7202

Earth Prime Comics
154 CHURCH ST
BURLINGTON, VT 05401
(802) 863-3666

New Hampshire:
COMIC BOOM
22 WEST STREET
KEENE, NH
(603) 352-4261

TOY CITY
133 KEY ROAD
KEENE, NH
(603) 352-3131

NEWBURY COMICS
K MART PLAZA
200 SOUTH MAIN STREET
WEST LEBANON, NH
(603) 298-2167

TRIPLE PLAY
1 GLEN ROAD
UNIT 3
WEST LEBANON, NH
(603) 448-1901

New York
AQUILONIA COMICS, CARDS & MORE
412 FULTON ST.
TROY, NY
(518) 271-1069

FANTASTIC PLANET
164 BOYNTON AVENUE
SUITE 203
PLATTSBURGH, NY
(518) 563-2946

Massachusetts
BOB’S HOBBIES II:COMICS & MORE
62 KING STREET
NEXT TO THE 7-11
NORTHAMPTON, MA
(413) 586-5667

MODERN MYTHS
34 BRIDGE STREET
SUITE 4
NORTHAMPTON, MA
(413) 582-6973

NEWBURY COMICS
38 PLEASANT ST
NORTHAMPTON, MA
(413) 586-8536

BOB’S HOBBIES & COLLECTIBLES
659 DICKINSON STREET
SPRINGFIELD, MA
(413) 781-2627

Connecticut
MATT’S SPORTSCARDS & COMICS

169 ELM STREET
ENFIELD, CT
(860) 741-2522

MOST EXCELLENT COMICS
920 ENFIELD ST
ENFIELD, CT
(860) 253-9277

Where are you planning on going?

Geek Things for January 27th


  • ‘Pollinate & Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food’ Preregister. 8:45AM–7PM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free to the public; $25 for those seeking CLE credits. (Food)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 3–6PM, Dunkin’ Donuts, Riverside Ave., Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Norwich, 1–6PM, Tracy Hall, Norwich. Free. (VampireS)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Mt. Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • Book Lust Club, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski – “The Role of the Liberal Arts in a 21st-Century Education: Dreams and Values.” 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 2PM, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • James M. Tabor – “Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth” Reading. Seating is limited; make reservations at nefcu.com. 5:30–6:30PM, New England Federal Credit Union, Williston. Free. (Adventure)
  • Story Time, 11AM, Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph. Free. (Reading)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • China Renewable Energy Information Session, 6-7:30pm, Davis Student Center, Chittenden Bank Room, UVM. (China)
  • Teacher Workshop: Investigations into Inquiry: Linking Science and Literacy, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. $45, preregistration required. (Teaching)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00, Borders, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00, Borders, West Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)