May Schedule Changes and Weekend Reminders

Code-In! No code-in this Saturday. Code-in will now be meeting monthly on the second Saturday of the month. The next code-in will be happening Saturday, June 8 from 2-5pm. Save the date!

Game night! Thank you to everyone who took part in our game night survey. Based on your responses, we’ll be moving game night one hour later. Starting this Monday, game night will begin at 7pm instead of the usual 6pm. Game on!

Magic the Gathering! Join us this Sunday from 2-5pm for a special Magic the Gathering prize tournament. Cards will be provided for deck-building and all players get to keep their cards. Suggested donation of $10 for this special event.

Enjoy the marvelous weather.

O&R

Tea and Game Design tomorrow– Sunday

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Tomorrow, Sunday, April 7, we will have Tea & Game Design at Owl and Raven! A random assortment of local game designers (aspiring, amateur, novice, and professional), players, and fans will get together to talk about the design, play, and publishing of games. It’s an open event that typically has between 4 and 20 attendees, so join us to become between 5% and 25% of our population!

 

We will make tea, hang out with people we like, and talk game design from 1:00 to 5:00. Come join in!

 

Upcoming Winter Events

This week at Owl & Raven:

Barca Board Game Pieces on Board 512x451Monday
(4:30pm, weekly) Ear Acupuncture
(6-10pm, weekly) Board Game Night

Saturday
(12-2pm, weekly) Drop-in Open Hours/Art Hours
(2-5pm, weekly) Code-in: An Open Group for Programmers and Developers

Sunday
(7-11pm, weekly) Go Club: Learn and play the ancient board game, Go. Beginners are welcome!


Upcoming Events at Owl & Raven:

Sunday, January 27th (2-5:30pm)
Magic the Gathering Tournament! Beginners, veterans, and all ages are welcome. All cards are provided and are yours to keep! $5 suggested donation.

Git-logoWednesday, February 6th (7-9pm)
Source Code Management Skillshare! How to use Git for effective version control!

New and upcoming events for October

go boardWestern Mass Go Club – Sundays at 7pm
Owl & Raven is proud to be hosting weekly meetings of the Western Mass Go Club beginning Sunday, October 21st at 7pm.

Go is an ancient Chinese board game of surprising depth and artistry. All players, both new and experienced, are welcome. Club membership is informal and it’s okay to drop by at any time.


Magic the GatheringMagic the Gathering Tournament – Sunday, October 28th from 2pm-5:30pm
Join us at the end of October for another casual Magic the Gathering Tournament. The tournament is open to responsible players of all ages. Players will be given several sealed card packs to make a deck from. All players will get to keep the cards they received for the deck at the end of the tournament! Cards go as far back as 1993, and as recent as the newest set.

Please show up on time, as participation might be limited by the amount of cards and space available.

September MTG Tournament

Magic CardsOn Sunday, August 12th at 2:00pm, Owl and Raven will be hosting another casual Magic the Gathering Tournament. The tournament is open to responsible players of all ages, and we welcome both beginners and experts.

Players will be given several sealed card packs to make a deck from. The tournament will run until about 5:30pm. All players will get to keep the cards they received for the deck at the end of the tournament! Cards go as far back as 1993, and as recent as the newest set.

Please show up on time, as participation might be limited by the amount of cards and space available.

Owl and Raven is a donation-funded space. We kindly ask that participants contribute what they can to support our future events.

Sunday Magic the Gathering Tournament

Eventide Foil Print SheetsOwl and Raven is hosting a casual Magic the Gathering tournament on Sunday, August 12th, at 2:00pm. This tournament is open to responsible players of all ages, and we welcome both beginners and experts.

Players will be given several sealed card packs to make a deck from. The tournament will run until about 5:30pm. All players will get to keep the cards they received for the deck at the end of the tournament!

Cards sets in the random packs go as far back as 1993, and as recent as the newest set. Please show up on time, as participation might be limited by the amount of cards and space available. We ask people who are very familiar with the game to be aware that this is a casual format, which is meant to be beginner friendly.

Game Design Workshop

diceStarting July 22nd, Owl and Raven will be hosting a 6-session game design workshop, run by designers/publishers Emily Boss and Epidiah Ravachol.

The workshop will focus on designing tabletop roleplaying and board games. No previous design experience is necessary to join the workshop.

During the workshop, you will:

  • “Playstorm”, or take a nascent game idea and try out and test ways to make it fun,
  • Workshop game techniques by trying out a game or parts of it that have been already designed, or
  • Workshop game texts by reading what’s been written or made for a game and give feedback or try it out!

Each session will focus on one or two games, with small group discussion at each meeting. The workshop will meet on Sundays from 1-4 on the following dates:

Jul. 22 and 29
Aug. 5 and 26
Sept. 9 and16

The cost for the entire series is $35-50, on a sliding scale.

If you’re interested in joining this class, or have any questions, contact us by email or phone (413)-341-6494.

Hope to see you here!

Radical Parenting Saturday

We’ve got a special Saturday coming up!

Join us from 11am – 3pm for usual daytime open hours. Then, from 3:30 -5:30, join us for a discussion on radical parenting. Parents, teachers, and all who care about children are welcome!

The radical parenting discussion will be followed by a special LARP event with author Lizzie Stark. If you’d like more information about this event, email contact@owlandraven.org.

This Week at Owl and Raven (11/14-11/20)

We’re having a Pay What You Want Booksale for three days straight! Come in on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 10-3 to grab some books at whatever price seems fair to you. Those hours too early for you? We’ll still have the books out Friday evening from 6pm-9. Come stock up!

Also happening this week:

Monday, November 14th, 5:15pm: Free Acupuncture Clinic
led by the Freedom Center
Ear acupuncture is a safe, simple, effective treatment that is used in clinics and treatment centers around the world. It is effective for addiction, cravings, detoxification, insomnia, stress, depression, and trauma. It is said to provide a ‘drug-free high’ that produces a deep sense of relaxation and promotes healing and recovery. It is also helpful for withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.

These are free, anonymous, drop-in, clinics. No questions are asked about why you are there and intake paperwork is optional. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, November 14th, 6:00pm: Game Night
Join us for tea and games. Come to play an old favorite, learn something new, or bring a game of your own.

Wednesday, November 16th, 7:00pm: Talking About Sex
led by Meg Baker
Come talk about why it can be challenging to talk about sex and sexuality, and how to make it less so. Come share and learn new ways of seeing sexuality and tools to communicate more clearly about sex. Whether you are not yet sexually active, or you are dealing with your children’s sexuality, or you are discovering what sex is like as you age, it’s part of your life for your entire life. Let’s talk about it in an all-gender-friendly and judgment-free space with skilled facilitation.

This group is an on-going, drop-in group open to anyone 15 and over.

Friday, November 18th, 6:00pm: Food, Friends, Discussion
On Friday nights, we’ll be offering evening open hours in addition to our weekly discussion. Bringing food is encouraged, but don’t stay away if you don’t have time to make a dish! Join us on Friday to discuss how we, as individuals and communities, can prepare for an uncertain future – regardless of our physical abilities or economic means. Please bring your own serving utensils and a plate or bowl to eat from.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm to 2:45: Season of Plenty
led by Joshua Gannon-Salomon
Bring the whole family because it’s story time once again at Owl and Raven and there’s always enough to go around. Joshua Gannon-Salomon is serving up big portions of songs and stories themed around Thanksgiving from all around the world! So take a break from swapping recipes, coordinating invitations, and raking leaves, and come enjoy the Season of Plenty with us!