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 February 11th

  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Trivia)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories – Owls, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Owls, Kids)
  • Elaine Parker – “Harsh Continent: Living and Working in Antarctica for Three Years.” 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Antarctica)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, Johnson. $5. (Theater)
  • Graphic Novel Readers & Creators, 5:30PM, Phoenix Books, Essex. Free. (Comics)
  • Tom Slayton – “Tracking Our First and Greatest Naturalist Through the Wilds of New England.”, 7–8:30PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier. Donations accepted. (Talk)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mid East Studies Panel Discussion, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lafayette Hall, 207, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Call 802-656-1096 or email for more information. (Talk)
  • Books and Beyond, 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. Free w/ admission. (Books)
  • International Studies Colloquium – “Geography, History, and Philology: the Multiple Challenges of Cistercian Exempla”, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Robert Jones ’59 Conference Room, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • Genericon XXIV, Feb 11 – 13 2011, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (Convention)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)

Geek Things for January 21st

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Windsor, 12:30–5:30PM, American Legion, Windsor. Free. (Vampires)
  • ‘Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Trivia, Movies)
  • ‘Visioning Into the Future; Grounding in the Present’, 5:45–7:30AM, The Center for Sustainable Practice, White River Junction. Free. (Futurism)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Comics)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Wii-tastic!’, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids)
  • Full Moon Snowshoe Trek, 7PM, Mad River Glen Ski Area, Fayston. $15-25; $65 per family of four, Preregister. (Outdoors)
  • Scott Borg (How Cyber attacks change international relations and defense), Lunch is provided; advance registration is required. 12PM, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Cyber Defense)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Kate Messner, “Teachers Who Write, and Writers Who Teach”, 4:30PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • ‘Writing as an Art Form’, 11AM–1PM, Chaffee Art Center, Rutland. Donations accepted. (Writing)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Density of Liquids , 11:30am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids, Science)
  • Gearing Up, 3:00pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids, Science)
  • Running GAGG XV: A Glitch in the Matrix, Jan 21 – 23 2011, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Art Opening, “The Dark Side”, 5:30-7:30pm, Studio Place Arts, Barre. Info. 479-7069. (Art)
  • 6th Annual Northfield Art Show. 12-9pm, Reception 7-9 pm, Northfield Historical Society & Brown Public Library, Northfield. 485-8910. (Art)


Convention Calendar: Winter and Spring 2011

New England geeks have never let a little inclement weather get in the way of their fun. This winter and spring, there are loads of conventions right in New England or not too far out into the wider northeast for geeks to check out.

If you know of a convention we haven’t listed below, please alert us of it in the comments. Two excellent resources for finding conventions is and New England Science Fiction and Fantasy Events.

Geek things for December 15th

  • Kelley Marketing Meeting, 7:45–9AM, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington. Free. (Social Media Marketing)
  • Battle of Plattsburgh Association Annual Meeting, 7pm, Press Republican Auditorium, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Plattsburgh. Free. (History)
  • Scrabble Club, 1–3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Scrabble)
  • ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, 1:30PM, 4PM, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Films)
  • 4-H Super Science, 3:30–5PM, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. Free. (Kids)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Health Room, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • Highgate Story Hour, 10–11AM, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. Free. (Kids)
  • The Global Village, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Assignment Afghanistan: Reporting on the Vermont National Guard Deployment’, 7PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Military)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, 1 Glen Road #3, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)


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)

National Games Day, November 13th!

On November 13th, the American Library Association will be promoting gaming in libraries across the world. Gaming is an activity that brings people from all backgrounds together, and one that promotes a number of different skills amongst players. This event will bring together video and board games in a safe, family friendly environment, while also bringing people to libraries. What’s not to like?

From the official site:

…libraries across the country will participate in the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held! Kids will be able to compete against players at other libraries and track their scores while playing at their local library. In addition, libraries will be offering a variety of board games for all ages to play together.

Here’s where you can join in the fun across Vermont:

In Vermont:

If you’re feeling ambitious (or just closer), here’s some nearby events in the surrounding states (and countries):

  • Bibliothèque de Brossard Georgette-Lepage, Brossard
  • Bibliothèque de Saint-Pierre, Montreal
  • Philip Read Memorial Library, Plainfield, NH
  • Colebrook Public Library, Colebrook, NH
  • Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, NH
  • Keene Public Library, Keene, NH
  • Schow Science LibrarY, Williamstown, MA
  • Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
  • Dickinson Memorial Library, Northfield, MA
  • Wheeler Memorial Library, Orange, MA
  • Huntington Public Library, Huntington, MA
  • Worthington Library, Worthington, MA
  • Hammond Library of Crown Point, Crown Point, NY
  • Stephentown Memorial Library, Stephentown, NY
  • East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, NY
  • Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY
  • Troy Public Library – Lansingburgh Branch, Troy, NY
  • Round Lake Library, Round Lake, NY
  • Corinth Free Library, Corinth, NY