Reminder: Winter Weirdness 2015

Just a reminder that tomorrow, the Green Mountain Gamesr will host their annual gaming microcon in Barre, Winter Weirdness, this coming weekend (January 10th) at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Bring your own board game, Roleplaying game or card came! There is a suggested donation of $5.

For details and to RSVP, visit their facebook event.


Director Search: Aldrich Public Library

According to the Vermont Library Association, the Aldrich Library of Barre is seeking a new library director. Here’s the ad:

Aldrich Public Library is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to fill the position of Library Director for the Aldrich Public Library. The library seeks a progressive, collaborative team-builder who is an experienced and committed professional with proven management and administrative skills. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about current and emerging trends and best practices in public library services and embrace the rapid technological changes occurring in today’s public libraries.

This is a Full Time Position. The position requires a minimum of an MLS degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent library certification; five years of library experience of which two years should be in a supervisory capacity.

A detailed job description and application process can be found at the Aldrich website Applications must be received by January 23, 2015.

Apply here.

The 3-Day Geekend @ Espresso Bueno

This looks like a lot of fun: Espresso Bueno of Barre is holding a 3-day Geek Weekend. This looks like it could be a neat replacement for the late Geek Week from Langdon St. Cafe. Here’s the schedule:

Friday: Meme Supreme

  • 6:00 Ceiling cat is watching you internetz
  • 6:00 Barcade: Pac man tournament begins
  • 7:00 DJ Philosophic: Old school breakbeats on the finest vinyl
  • 8:00 Lolcats: Comedy Showcase
  • 10:00 Electro-IDM Dance party & mind-bending visuals

Saturday: 80s Geekdown

  • All day: Board games + puzzles + Legos
  • 9:00 Nintendo Nofriendo
  • 10:00 D&D/Magic tournament
  • 12:00 Retro tech swap meet (buy/sell/trade!)
  • 2:00 Saturday matinee: 80s mystery movie
  • 7:00 Espresso Braino: 80s trivia
  • 9:00 80s Dance party! With lazers!

Sunday: I can haz cereal?

  • 8:00 Cereal bar opens
  • 8:00 Sunday morning cartoons!
  • 10:00 Ms. Wizard’s World w/ Anne Watson
  • 12:00 Elizabeth Manriquez: Coffee Geek
  • 1:00 Video game burn-out

The Wizard’s Cave of Comics and Games – Reopening?

Last week, we put out a call for updates on a bunch of gaming and comic stores, and we had a nice background comment on some of the gaming stores in Barre. There’s been a couple of them, and around 15 years ago, there was a store called The Wizard’s Cave, which existed for a couple of years before going under.

We ran a Google search, and found that one of the stores might be returning: The Wizard’s Cave of Comics and Gaming. According to the new owners, they’re currrently finalizing a business plan and working to acquire funding for the new store. However, their plan is to eventually find a downtown Barre location. They’ve set up an LLC , along with a facebook page:

Setting up a meeting to (hopefully) get the business plan worked out and the financial projections taken care of. We’re still working on funding and keeping an eye out for the right building. Thank you to everyone for the support!

This is pretty interesting, because there’s few offerings in Central Vermont. In the outskirts of Barre, you’ve got Wonder Cards and Comics, which isn’t the best of places for games (you certainly can’t easily host a games night there – it’s too cluttered), and it’s not located in any place that’s easy to get to if you’re in the center of town.

Hopefully, we’ll see a new venue open in the not-to-distant future. Barre’s on a bit of an upswing, and there’s certainly plenty of open slots in downtown for a gaming / comic store. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, go ‘like’ their page on Facebook.

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.


  • 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.

Winter Weirdness 2013 Game Day

Green Mountain Gamers host their annual winter game day, Winter Weirdness, in the undercroft of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, Vermont on January 12th. Green Mountain Gamer events are day-long free-for-alls where players bring their favorite games to share and enjoy. If you’re an old hand, you know what to do. If you’re new, you can browse the offerings until you find something that appeals or ask to join a game on the cusp of commencing. Most players are happy to bring in someone new.

In addition to the gaming fun, Green Mountain Gamers will hold three raffles through the course of the day to benefit the local food shelf. Non-perishable goods get you entries into the raffle, where the winner receives a gift certificate to the friendly local game store of their choice.

Companions of the Firmament Kickstarter Enters Final Five with a New Stretch Goal

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

As the Companions of the Firmament Kickstarter ends its final five days, Geek Industrial Complex has unleashed a final challenge:

Here is a final stretch goal to add some drama as we come in for a landing. If we get to $3500 then a final creature sheet will be commissioned that will focus on vehicles, magic items and constructs that focus on flying.

Geek Industrial’s had an impressive fundraising campaign, particularly considering Companions of the Firmament will expand an existing role-playing game, rather than being a standalone product. All in all, it’s been a great showing for Vermont game designer Neil Carr. Here’s to many more successful crowdfunding efforts for Geek Industrial Complex and other Vermont-based creators.

Companions of the Firmament Passes Goal of 100 Flying Monster Sheets

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

With 11 days left to go in the crowdfunding campaign, Geek Industrial Complex’s Kickstarter for the role-playing supplement Companions of the Firmament has passed the second of its stretch goals for providing prefigured sheets for the flying monsters of the Pathfinder role-playing game.

There are a lot of flying mosnters already published for Pathfinder, well over four hundred. These monster sheets will allow GMs using Companions of the Firmament‘s expansion to flying movement to more easily include existing creatures in sessions without a lot of prepwork.

Congratulations to Geek Industrial Complex for their continued success! These stretch goals add value to the project for all backers, so reaching each one makes the book better for everyone.

Companions of the Firmament Unveils New Stretch Goals

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Geek Industrial Complex has opened up a new line of stretch goals for Companions of the Firmament, coincident with the previously reported creature sheets: flying monster sheets. In the Kickstarter update, Neil explains, “This vector of stretch goals is designed to get as many flying monsters set up with their own tailored sheet that is ready to be used with the Companions of the Firmament rules.” These monster sheets will act as a sort of flowchart or infographic for GMs, helping them to know at a glance what a flying creature is capable of doing within the expanded rules provided by Companions of the Firmament.

The update goes on to lay out how many monsters will gain monster sheets based on the total money raised for the project. There are literally hundreds of flying creatures in Pathfinder, so it’s no small task to create info sheets for all them to work easily with Companions of the Firmament.

Further, like the previous set of creature sheet stretch goals, this line becomes available to all backers of Geek Industrial Complex’s project. It’s value added for everyone!

Companions of the Firmament Reaches $2000 Stretch Goal

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

As of this afternoon, Companions of the Firmament reached its $2000 stretch goal:

As we ascend we are joining up with twenty new creatures high in the heavens in the form of a new creature sheet with artwork done by Justin McElroy. This new sheet will expand upon the existing creature sheet, illustrating even more mounts that you’ll be able to print out, cut up and have ready for your gaming table.

The creature sheets allow players and GMs to easily create tokens to represent their mounts and monsters on the battle mat. A flat token, mounted to card or a piece of light wood, as found in craft stores, allows role-players to show when a mount is being ridden or not by its owner, rather than trying to balance one self-contained miniature on another.

This stretch goal adds value for all backers of Companions of the Firmament. The extra creature sheet will be available to everyone. Now on to $2500 and dragons!