by Tyler

Fall-loha 2012 is This Saturday, September 15th

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 11:54am

This Saturday, September 15th, join the Green Mountain Gamers at Christ the King School in Burlington, Vermont for a day of tabletop fun. Game-playing enthusiasts will gather from all over the Green Mountain State to play their favorite games and try some new ones. The Fall-loha forum thread is abuzz with people planning sessions, particular for A Game of Thrones.

Check out the Fall-loha page for the full details, including how to find Christ the King, sited on Locust Street in the south end of Burlington.

Green Mountain Gamers Game to Raise Money for Extra Life

Posted Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 9:04am

Play Games. Heal Kids.

That’s right, you heard it. Just by simply playing games, you can help raise money for sick children by participating in Extra Life. Extra Life is the biggest gaming charity event of the year and this year, Green Mountain Gamers is encouraging fellow gamers to help by participating in Extra Life at the Carnage Gaming Convention from Nov 2nd to 4th.

Participating is easy. All you have to do is sign up at Extra Life, join or create a team, choose a Children’s Miracle Network hospital to support, ask friends and family for donations, and sit and play games, any kind of games, for a total of 24 hours.

Green Mountain Gamers has created a GMG team and is available for anyone to join. Or create a bit of competition by creating your own team (i.e. the Granite State Team or the RPG Team). Remember, anyone can participate.

GMG would also like to find those gamers who are hard core and want to go that extra mile. We are looking for the Iron Gamer. The Iron Gamer is one who will go the distance and sit and play games for 24 hours straight, or longer! Carnage has set aside 2 board game tables and one RPG table for Iron Gamers. We will need a minimum of 4 board games players (maximum of 10) and for the RPG’s, we’ll need a willing GM and players to play.

To find out how you can participate in the Iron Gamer or for more detailed information, please visit Green Mountain Gamer’s Extra Life team page.  Please note, the date at the top of the GMG team page is NOT the correct date. The GMG team plans to participate from November 2nd to 4th at Carnage.

Spring Meltdown!

Posted Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 4:10pm

In two weeks, Green Mountain Gamers brings to you Spring Meltdown on April 21st from 10am to 10pm at the grange hall in Lyndonville.

Lyndonville has lots of delicious places to eat, although none are within walking distance of the grange hall. Because of this, Green Mountain Gamers will have some different food offerings at Spring Meltdown. Green Mountain Gamers will provide the usual sodas, chips and coffee. Instead of snack cakes, we will change it up and provide brownies and donuts (and maybe another homemade sweet). All of these items will be sold at our usual, very low price of 50 cents each.

At lunch time, a variety of cold cuts, sliced cheese, bread and condiments will be put out for you to assemble your own sandwiches. At dinner time, pizzas will
be ordered to provide a warm supper. A sandwich or a slice of pizza will cost only $2 each! We hope that these food offerings will help you obtain sustenance without cutting into valuable gaming time.

So come to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for 12 hours of gaming! There will be a huge variety of board games to choose from, perhaps a role-playing game, and two Magic: the Gathering tournaments! If you want to pick up the latest and greatest game or some new Magic cards, you will be able to buy them from Dark Tower Gaming of St Johnsbury, Vermont or from Triple Play Games of West Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Green Mountain Game Days are always free. To help offset the cost of organzing these days, we do ask anyone who can to please make a donation (suggested $5) at the door. If you make a donation at the door, enter your name into a door prize drawing. The Spring Meltdown prize is a mystery, donated by Triple Play Games.

For more info, please visit the Green Mountain Gamers website. Read about Spring Meltdown and then join the forum thread conversation.

We hope to see you there!

by Tyler

Triple Play and Dark Tower Gaming Vend Spring Meltdown, Plus a Door Prize

Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 2:28pm

Spring Meltdown will have two vendors to sate your consumerist needs. Dark Tower Gaming, in addition to running Magic: the Gathering tournaments, will also be vending cards throughout the day. Triple Play has your board and role-playing games covered. If you anticipate any special requests, contact these fine retailers in advance to see if they can slake your thirst for shrink-wrapped fun.

Additionally, Triple Play kindly pledged a door prize to Spring Meltdown. And it’s a mystery door prize, to boot. Whatever the plunder may be, it will become the belonging of one lucky attendee of the Meltdown.

Spring Meltdown happens April 21st at the Lyndonville grange, from 10:00am to 10:00pm. For more information, including how to enter the door prize drawing, visit the Spring Meltdown page. Join in the conversation on the forum thread, or RSVP to the Facebook event listing.

by Tyler

Happy GM’s Day 2012

Posted Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 10:37am

GM's Day logoHappy GM’s Day, everyone!

March 4th[1] has become an unofficial gaming holiday of sorts since it was first discussed in 2002. Think of it as a time to say thanks to the people in your gaming life who make things possible. That might be your actual GM, the person who expends the effort to build a campaign and herd the cats to get people at the table time after time. It could be the early adopter, the one who’s always buying the latest hotness direct from Essen and printing out sheaves of player aids and cheat sheets to help everyone learn. It could be the boss terrain builder who ensures your figures play on something nicer-looking than a bare tabletop.

March 4th took on a new dimension of significance in 2008, when Gary Gygax passed away on that day. As co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons and figurehead of the hobby for years, Gary left an indelible mark on role-playing and gaming.

Say thanks, get them something nice, do them a gaming-related favor — show ’em you appreciate the effort and time they put in to making the hobby better for everyone. Some businesses, like DriveThruRPG, use the weekend as a sale opportunity, so there’s all sorts of interesting digital products for sale there.

Thanks to The Escapist for the encapsulation of the day’s history.

[1] As in “March forth!”

by Tyler

The Gathered Magic of Spring Meltdown

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 1:30pm

Spring Meltdown’s gaming bonanza will include two Magic: the Gathering tournaments run by Dark Tower Gaming, St. Johnsbury and the Northeast Kingdom’s local source for Magic and related supplies. The details are just below. Check on the Spring Meltdown page for any further updates about the tournaments or other doings at Lyndonville.

  • Magic: the Gathering sealed deck tournament. $18 entry fee buys 2 packs each of Dark Ascension and Innistrad, land provided. Should begin by 10:30-11:00am. Minimum eight players needed to make a sanctioned event. Prizes provided. Run by Dark Tower Gaming.
  • Magic: the Gathering standard constructed deck tournament. $5 entry fee. Uses the standard constructed environment: Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, New Phyrexia, M12, Innistrad, and Dark Ascension. Tournament starts at 4:00pm. Prizes provided. Run by Dark Tower Gaming.

Green Mountain Gamers is excited to continue the trend of hosting more organized gaming, first by the Book Garden in Barre, and now Dark Tower in Lyndonville.

by Tyler

Winter Weirdness 2012: Neither Snow nor Rain nor Critical Failures

Posted Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 8:00am

Gamers doing what they do best at Winter Weirdness.

Those who remembered last year’s Winter Weirdness game day might have had lousy travel weather on their mind in the run-up to the 2012 event. In spite of weather advisories the night before, the driving was fair and Green Mountain Gamers had their biggest turn-out ever, with over fifty people flocking to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, Vermont for a day of tabletop gaming.

Rick of The Book Garden presents Steve with his gift certificate prize.

Rick Powell of the Book Garden arrived mid-morning to vend games and host some afternoon Magic: the Gathering. Eight players coalesced for a draft tournament that stretched into the evening. Rick also kindly donated a $50 gift certificate to the Book Garden as a door prize for Winter Weirdness. Everyone who donated to Green Mountain Gamers was eligible to enter for the door prize, which Steve Petruzzi won in the drawing.

And speaking of donations, Winter Weirdness attendees were so generous this year in giving to support the event that Green Mountain Gamers is able to make a $200 donation to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the effort!

It was non-stop board and card games throughout the day. You can glimpse some of the games played in the pictures below. To give you an idea of the sheer range of kinds of games played, some of those played that day include A Game of Thrones, Ora et Labora and Secret Tijuana Deathmatch.

It all made for an excellent day of gaming in central Vermont. From Barre, the Green Mountain Gamers move on to Lyndonville for Spring Meltdown on April 21st. Hope to see you there! Read the rest of this entry →

by Tyler

Share Content on Green Mountain Gamers with a Bookmarklet

Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 12:01pm

Green Mountain Gamers has a new way to help you share content in your activity stream: a bookmarklet. By placing the bookmarklet in your browser’s toolbar or bookmark menu, you can quickly share links in your stream without going through the rigamarole of copying the link, loading the Green Mountain Gamers site and pasting it in the activity update box.

There are a few set-up steps we’ll walk through to get the bookmarklet set for use. Go behind the jump for the whole process. Read the rest of this entry →

by Tyler

Winter Weirdness 2012 on the Horizon

Posted Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 12:00pm

Andrew supervises the rail barons at Winter Weirdness 2011; the crew of Battlestar Galactica schemes in the background.

Even with less than two months to go, it feels a bit odd to talk about something that happens in 2012. That year has always had the ring of the future to it, and now it’s just around the corner.

Go boldly with us into that future as we return to the undercroft of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre for Winter Weirdness 2012. The forum thread is already hopping with folks suggesting games to play, like A Game of Thrones and King of Tokyo.

Additionally, the Book Garden will run a Green Mountain Game Day’s first ever Magic: the Gathering tournament. Capacity runs to 16 participants with a $15-20 buy-in per player.

The Book Garden has also kindly donated a gift certificate to be awarded at Winter Weirdness. Everyone who makes a donation at the door — half of the total proceeds of which goes to the Church of the Good Shepherd’s food shelf — may enter in the drawing. The Book Garden is conveniently located in downtown Montpelier on State Street for central Vermont’s gaming supply needs.

Winter Weirdness 2012 happens January 14th from 10:00am to 10:00pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Washington Street in Barre, Vermont. Visit the Winter Weirdness page for directions, updates and more.

by Tyler

Teach Your Kids to Game Week

Posted Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 3:46pm

DriveThruRPG is sponsoring Teach Your Kids to Game Week, Gaming parents are encouraged to introduce their children to the hobby, whatever genre of gaming they may pursue. DriveThruRPG’s site includes a list of kid-friendly RPGs that run the gamut in age level from Argyle & Crew to DC Adventures.

Elsewhere, The Escapist has updated the Adventurer’s Atlas of its Young Person’s Adventure League, which is “The Adventurer’s Atlas is your guide to the best role-playing adventure games for young people, a sort of road map to other worlds where you are free to explore as another character, a tour guide of places to go and people to be.”

If you have children, are you doing anything particular to teach them the joys of the tabletop hobby?