International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont

tabletopday2014_600x500International Tabletop Day 2014 is this Saturday. Founded by the team behind the web series Tabletop, in which Wil Wheaton and his friends show how much fun board games are to the denizens of Youtube. In addition to introducing cool games to new players, the show is a hoot. International Tabletop is a natural extension of the series’ “play more games” ethos, encouraging friends to get together for the day, as well as seeking out hosted events at local game stores, libraries and more to meet new folks and try new games.

In Vermont, we’ve got a few options already on the rolls, collected below for your convenience. If you’re not able to make it out to a public event, host your own Tabletop Day! The official website offers some free downloads to spruce up your event’s venue, including a printable trophy in honor of the one Wil bestows upon — and promptly takes away from — each episode’s winner.


Brap’s Magic offers a slate of scheduled games — Android: Netrunner, Dominion, Magic: the Gathering tourneys in particular — plus open gaming. They’ve also committed to being open for Tabletop Day from 12:01am to midnight.

Quarterstaff Games hosts two Tabletop Day events. At the store itself on Church Street, you’ll find open gaming. At the Holiday Inn on Williston Road, competitive Magic players can join in the fall 2015 pro tour qualifier and Star City Games invitational tournament.


Chaos in the Valley is a brand new tabletop convention, based at the Silas Griffith Inn in the southwest corner of Vermont. The innkeepers, gamers themselves, host a full weekend of tabletop fun at their establishment. Check their Facebook page to find out about registering in advance.


The Fairlee public library offers their own game collection plus snacks, and invites everyone to bring their own games to share as well.


The Winooski public library hosts tabletop gaming from 10am to 5pm on Saturday the 5th.

And that’s just what’s happening in Vermont. For details on events in neighboring states and nations — hi, Montreal! — visit Tabletop Day’s web site for a complete listing.

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.

Green Mountain Gamers Light the Jet on June 15th

The Green Mountain Gamers’ Summer Game ‘n Grill is set for June 15th in Newport, not at all far from the shores of Lake Memphremagog. 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.

Manning the grill and concessions this year are students from North Country Union High School, raising funds for their exchange trip to Germany. Highlights include “knockwurst, bratwurst (with sauerkraut!), German potato salad, and baked goods.”

Visit the link above for more details on the event.

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.

Pinchnut and Crokinole Winery Classic

A pitchnut flick in progress.

A pitchnut flick in progress.

Sage Van Wing of VPR reported this morning on a pinchnut and crokinole tournament this past weekend in the Middlebury area. 40 plus people gathered at the Lincoln Peak winery to flick discs to score points.

While the focus in the contemporary board game scene is often centered on the highly thematic or brain-burning economic engines, there’s a growing awareness for older games like crokinole and pinchnut of the abstract or dexterity-based persuasion. Crokinole in particular has gained traction in the hobby game scene in recent years, especially in light of it featuring as the final competition in PAX East’s 2012 Omegathon.

Ilsley Library Game Day November 17th

Ilsley Library, Middlebury, Vermont. Photo by donshall.

Hot gaming news from Addison County! Over on the Green Mountain Gamers site, Chuck Burkins announced today he and some friends are hosting a game day at Ilsley Library in Middlebury on Saturday, November 17th:

Two friends and myself are running a family friendly game day at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury on Saturday the 17th of November. There will be plenty of familiar games like Battleship, Othello, and Monopoly, but there will also be some more Green Mountain Gamerish games like Catan, Ticket to Ride, or Pandemic. If you’re in the area, come on by. Admission is free. This is not affiliated with the Green Mountain Gamers, just having fun and playing games. It will go from 10AM to 8PM.

People interested in learning more can visit the forum thread on Green Mountain Gamers’ web site, or email Chuck directly.

Companions of the Firmament’s Final Stretch Goals

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

Companions of the Firmament art. Used with permission.

With Geek Industrial Complex’s Companions of the Firmament in its final hours of fundraising, designer Neil Carr has created some interesting new stretch goals to round out the month-long campaign.

In particular, if the Kickstarter reaches 110 backers — it’s currently up to 96 at the time of writing — Geek Industrial Complex will make “an adventure that would use many different elements of CotF to help illustrate their use in play and inject players into a decidedly aerial environment” available to backers of the Wingmate level and higher, essentially everyone who receives a PDF or more as a reward. This goal comes from Neil’s analysis of previous kickstarted RPGs, where the median number of backers on a successful campaign is 110.

Companions of the Firmament is also very close to unlocking still more sheets for flying monsters, allowing GMs to more easily incorporate existing Pathfinder creatures into the supplement’s ruleset expansion.

Finally, Neil promises, “I’ll put out one last update at that final hour of the campaign (10:30 EDT) so keep a lookout for it. I want to add some drama to the last few moments of the campaign :)” Can’t wait to see what he’s got cooked up!

Carnage Noir Update from Carnagecast

This week on Carnagecast, the crew has the latest word on what’s in the works for Carnage, the annual gaming convention held in the Vermont side of the Upper Valley at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee.

Topics of note include the looming deadline for people wishing to get their scheduled games listed in the convention book, what’s already on deck for board games, collectible card games, miniatures and role-playing games, and some discussion of this year’s noir theme and how GMs might take advantage of it.

Carnage Noir happens November 2nd through the 4th in Fairlee, Vermont. Carnagecast releases new episodes alternating Mondays.

Green Mountain Gamers’ Summer Game ‘n Grill in Middlebury

This coming Saturday, July 21st, Green Mountain Gamers and Ilsley Library present the Summer Game ‘n Grill game day at Ilsley itself in downtown Middlebury, Vermont:

 . . . the Game ‘n Grill brings two great things — meat and games — together in a fiery conflagration. The Game ‘n Grill is a grand gaming picnic. Everyone brings their favorite games and picnic supplies.

Green Mountain Game Days are twelve hours of open play gaming goodness, with people coming from the local community, as well as all around Vermont and beyond to take part in the fun. If you’re a newcomer, there are plenty of people eager to share their favorite games. If you’re one of those people eager to share your favorite game, you know what to do.

And there will be a grill available, should you wish to bring something that tastes better after the application of fire.

The Summer Game ‘n Grill runs from 10:00am to 10:00pm at Ilsley Library in Middlebury. There is no admission, but donations to cover event costs are gratefully accepted.

Weird Lovecraft Conference Calls for Papers

Weird Tales cover for January 1942.The call is out — the call of Dr. Jonas Prida, that is — for proposals for Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the American Horror Canon, a pop culture conference held at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. As the circular elaborates:

The College of St. Joseph is actively looking for paper proposals that explore the way that Lovecraft and/or Weird Tales helped construct the American horror canon or the American horrific aesthetic. Papers will be presented at the College of St. Joseph’s popular culture conference, held October 26-27th.

You can download the notice directly from the college’s website. It covers the abstract deadline, how to contact Dr. Prida and some possibilities of topics for those needing a nudge.