Boston Festival of Indie Games 2014

The Boston Festival of Indie Games will be held on September 13th at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

The Boston Festival of Indie Games celebrates independent game development in New England and neighboring regions. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment for everybody who enjoys and appreciates games in whatever shape or form. The festival seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers, as well as youth programs focused on game development and related fields. We encourage attendees of our annual festival to participate and play games in different formats: video games, location-based games, tabletop games and more. The games featured at the annual festival are innovative and refreshing, demonstrating both the budding and the established talent of game makers in the American northeast. The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a registered non-profit with the State of Massachusetts, dedicated to fostering the next generation of game developers. Through youth and small-business outreach initiatives culminating in the yearly festival, the Boston Festival of Indie Games strives to strengthen the game development industry of New England.

Learn more at http://bostonfig.com/.

Enfield Pirate Festival 2014

The Enfield Pirate Festival is a fundraiser to benefit Kids First of Enfield.

Set sail to this seaworthy fundraising event for Kids First of Enfield and discover an island of pirates, pirate performances, cannon demonstrations, parrots, photo ops, food, pirate costume contests, games, shopping, and a day of family fun – not to mention pirates.

Join the crew on August 30th and 31st in Enfield, CT. Find out more at http://kidsfirstenfield.org/pirate-festival-fundraiser/.

Connecticut Renaissance Faire 2014

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire will offer you entertainment, food, and shopping in Norwich, CT on weekends from September 27th to October 26th, plus Monday October 13th (Columbus Day). There will be some special themed weekends, including Pet Weekend and Time Travelers Weekend. Inquire at http://www.ctfaire.com/ to learn more.

Eastport Pirate Festival 2014

The Eastport Pirate Festival will be held in Eastport, ME the weekend of September 5th-7th. Be sure to check out the bed race! You’ll be all warmed up and ready to go for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on September 19th. Go to http://www.eastportpiratefestival.com/ for details.

King Richard’s Faire 2014

Hear ye, hear ye! The King Richard’s Faire Renaissance festival shall once again take place in Carver, MA on weekends from August 30th to October 19th, plus Labor Day Monday, September 1st and Columbus Day Monday, October 13th. Visit http://kingrichardsfaire.net/ for further enlightenment.

Fantastic Vermont at the Burlington Book Festival

Geek Mountain State will be hosting a panel at the Burlington Book Festival titled “Fantastic Vermont: Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror In The Green Mountains” at 3:30 pm on September 21st.

Vermont has a long history of fantastic literature, from Rudyard Kipling to H.P. Lovecraft. Under the surface, the state is home to a number of genre authors and has been used as a location for more than a couple of genre stories. In this panel, representatives from Geek Mountain State will examine just what makes Vermont special and how it and New England are particularly ripe with fantastic stories. Andrew Liptak will moderate.

There are also a number of authors scheduled to attend who write in genre, including F. Brett Cox (co-editor of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic), Andrew Liptak (editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and of Geek Mountain State), Brian Staveley (author of Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) and Kristin Dearborn (author of the horror novel Trinity).

Learn more at http://burlingtonbookfestival.com/.

Author Appearance: John Scalzi

John Scalzi is on tour with his new novel Lock In and will be making two stops in New England:

See the entire tour schedule at http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/06/30/the-2014-lock-in-tour-how-to-get-signed-books-even-if-you-cant-make-the-tour/.

Author Appearance: Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman will present The Magician’s Land, the final volume of his Magicians series, at Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA on August 7th at 7:00pm. Learn more at http://www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com/event/lev-grossman-magicians-land.

[Tip via the Boston SciFi/Fantasy Meetup Group]

South Coast Toy and Comic Show 2014

The South Coast Toy and Comic Show will be held in Fairhaven, MA on August 2nd. Many artists and vendors will attend; special guests include Mark Dodson and Orli Shoshan from Star Wars. Learn more at http://www.southcoasttoyandcomic.com/.

Author Appearance: Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe, creator of the popular XKCD comic, will present his book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA on September 4th at 6:00pm. This is a ticketed event run by the Harvard Book Store. Tickets go on sale August 12th. For details see http://www.harvard.com/event/randall_munroe/.

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