March 23rd – 29th


The Valley Nerd Watch!

Big Convention News this week! First of all, our own local heroes the Smith ConBust! This convention is a huge deal on account of being an All Nerds Event and also being probably the only successful local convention for the past few years. UMass tries once in a while but never seems to completely get off the ground. Poor UMass. Anyway! Attend this neat event.

Second big convention news item is that Topatocon was announced! For those who weren’t aware, webcomics retailer giant Topatoco is located in Easthampton and is great. They know a lot of wonderful people like local webcomic wunderkind Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content fame, and they are putting that to use. This September will be the first annual Topatocon, a convention of comics, webcomics, indie games, podcasts, indie music, just generally nice things that you’ll probably enjoy.

The best part is that it is happening in Northampton! Luxuriate in the knowledge that people from NYC and Boston will be griping about how they don’t want to drive up here.

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!



Friday, March 27th; Saturday, March 28th; Sunday, March 29th
Seelye Hall, Smith College [Northampton, MA 01063 (it’s hard to miss)]  at 5:30pm – 12:00am Friday, 9:30am – 11:00pm Saturday, 9:30am – 4:00pm Sunday.
Come one, come all, come to Smith College and attend a fun fan convention for all ages and all fandoms! All will be welcome to see cool things, speak with cool people, meet artists, and listen to interesting presentations on topics like “Dragons Are Awesome”. You can register at the door, too! General admission is $30 for the full weekend, or $8 Friday, $12 Saturday, and $10 Sunday. It’s cheaper for Smithies and other 5-college students, too! This is the big event of the week, be sure to catch at least one day of this celebration of springtime nerdery!

Board Games:

Wednesday, March 25th *NEW WEEKLY EVENT*
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301]  at 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Chess Club
CHESS! The Sport of Barons! The most exciting game in the world 6000 years running! The game that you are presumed intelligent if you can play, even though Magic is also hard GUYS! CHESS! All ages and all skills welcome, come to play and to learn!
Sunday, March 29th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301]  at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing: Tyranny of Dragons Month 1 Tournament
Humans, elves, hobgoblins, wizards, giants, dragons, aunts, boghoblins, dave, uncles, and the barony of skullfeast have assembled on a windswept field into two armies of roughly equal strength and are ready to commence whaling on each other. This is the start of a six-month Organized Play and you’ll have the opportunity to win prizes! Entry is $5! Attack Wing is perfect for people who like minatures battling but not painting or spending $11,000 on figures.


Thursday, March 26th
Packards Library Room [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm
Old Man’s War Book Discussion and Dinner
The Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup Group will be meeting to discuss one of John Scalzi’s finest works! They’re going to meet in the Library Room of packards, which is a separate room in the far right corner, just ask the staff if you can’t find it! There’s no cover, but there is an expectation that you’ll order a meal! There are only 3 spots left for attendees, so sign up fast!

Card Games:

Friday, March 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
FNM: Dragons of Tarkir Release
A special Friday Night Magic! It’s a draft format (open boosters, construct a deck from those boosters) with two packs from the just-released Dragons of Tarkir, and one from Fates Reforged! Prize pool: 1.5 packs per player, with everyone getting at least one and top players getting a few more. Entry fee is $16!
Saturday, March 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Commander 101
A special session where you’ll learn how to play the popular format know as Commander! If you think Magic is a fun time, it’s probably good to know how to play this format!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Commander Open Play
Bring your own Commander deck and compete for prizes including packs and promo cards! Admission is $5 that you get back in store credit.


Thursday, March 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Graphic Novel Book Club
Join the Mythketeers (you can use that, no charge) as they discuss the best in 4-color literature! BIFF POW ZOK Comics aren’t just for kids anymore! Entry is $5, but that gets you a voucher good toward purchases in the store. This month is Ms. Marvel Volume One! The adventures of Kamala Khan and her transition from standard-issue teen to shape-shifting super-teen are truly excellent reading that we at Valley Nerd Watch 100% recommend you get on. Buy it at Modern Myths!


Saturday, March 28th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm
Mutants and Masterminds
Come join the superheroic fun! Play in a comic shop as comic-book superheroes in an RPG! Immerse yourself in a terrifying ouroboros of nerdery! Pre-rolled characters are provided! Pre-rolled dice, too!

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