The Green Mountain Gamers will be hosting their Winter Weirdness Game Day on January 11th, 2014 in Barre, VT:
Get out of the house — or take a break from the ski slopes — and get to the winter Green Mountain Game Day for some tabletop action! Bring any tabletop game you wish to play – board games, RPG’s, Magic – it’s all good. We provide the tables, you provide the games.
See http://www.greenmountaingamers.com/green-mountain-game-days/winter-weirdness/ for more details.
The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT is hosting the “Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret,” a steampunk festival to raise funds for the museum, on January 4th, 2014. There will be panel discussions, performances, and vendors:
On Jan. 4, 2014, some of the best-known authors, performers and presenters in the rapidly growing Steampunk genre will gather at the Carousel Museum for an all-ages day of classes, a High Tea and an evening of performances for ages 18 and up. The regular museum exhibits will also be open, plus a variety of vendors to delight and tempt you with their creations. In addition to offering education and fun, the day will raise funds help repair the Museum’s roof.
Steampunk is a new trend with old roots. What if modern technology had been invented in the Victorian age and was powered by steam? What if the works of Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne were fact instead of fiction? Like Steampunk itself, this event combines Victoriana, fantasy, brass gadgetry, and fun.
Presenters include author Mark P. Donnelly, recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his teaching of bartitsu, the martial art mentioned in Sherlock Holmes stories. Also appearing will be author Thomas Willeford, creator of the brass and leather gadgetry seen in TV shows like Castle and Oddities, “The Victorian Lady” Kandie Carle, magician Daniel Greenwolf, and many others. Classes include everything from flower language, etiquette and dance to bartitsu, DIY gadgetry, and spiritualism. The High Tea at 4 p.m. will feature delicacies from around the Victorian world, teas and other beverages and period parlor games. The evening show features: White Elephant Burlesque Society; Daniel Greenwolf; Desert Moon Dancers; bands Frenchy and the Punk and Them Damn Hamiltons; and a special surprise group.
Period dress or costumes are not required but are highly encouraged.
Learn more at http://www.brassringct.com/.
If you like a little horror mixed in with your winter celebrations, visit “The Fright Before Christmas”, a haunted house filled with twisted holiday cheer:
One night only! December 14th Fright Kingdom reopens its doors and brings to you the Fright Before Christmas! Evil Krampus has twisted the Christmas of Bloodmere Manor and infested it with Cannibal Elves, Rabid Reindeer, Crazed Carolers and Merry Mayhem!
This happy holiday party will take place December 14th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in Nashua, NH. See http://www.frightb4xmas.com/ to learn more.
Intercon returns for its seventeenth year of celebrating live action roleplaying games. The 2014 event will be held the weekend of February 27-March 2 in Chelmsford, MA. Note that you generally must sign up for games in advance. People new to LARPing are always welcome. See http://www.interactiveliterature.org/N/ for details.
A recreation of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” will be staged at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on October 31st. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding a documentary about a local theater called The Orson Welles Complex. Get tickets at http://www.bostonsci-fi.com/node/552; learn about the film project at http://www.owcproject.com/.
JiffyCon is a roleplaying and board game event showcasing games by independent designers. This one-day event will be held in Somerville, MA on November 9th. See http://jiffycon.blogspot.com/2013/10/jiffycon-east-is-saturday-november-9th.html for more details.
Pandemonium Books and Games is hosting another “Game of Thrones” themed dinner party at Tavern in the Square in Cambridge, MA on November 3rd from 6:30pm-8:00pm:
Ever wonder what it’s like to attend a feast at Winterfell? Wish you could split a lemon cake with Sansa Stark?
Wonder no longer! Come along with Pandemonium Books as we venture on a culinary tour of Westeros. From the Lord Commander’s own table comes the salad at Castle Black. Sample Sweet Pumpkin Soup (served in bowls, not flasks, we’re afraid). Sample Westfell’s rich aurochs and buttery beets. Share chickpea puree, and of course, indulge in lemoncakes.
Remember, winter is coming so don’t be afraid to put on a few pounds!
Order your tickets at http://geekcentral.org/schedule_iceandfire.php.
Authors Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, who collectively write under the pseudonym “S. J. Harper”, will appear at Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA to sign their new book, Cursed, on November 2nd at 7:30pm. See http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/event/author-signing-s-j-harper for details.