Board Games by the Bay – Christchurch – 23 -24 March 2019

What

Board Games By The Bay (BGBTB) is a series of epic tabletop gaming events run each year in New Zealand. Since 2011, these weekend events have brought together the community to learn and play modern board, card and dice games in a friendly, social environment.

These events bring together enthusiasts and players new to the scene in a relaxed, fun environment.  Participants enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones, trying out different games or relaxing with familiar ones, and entering the free competitions. Numbers are growing with each event, and we’re expecting to fill our venues to the brim in 2018.  It’s always great to see so many old friends and newcomers, experienced gamers and families showing up, and we’re looking forward to seeing YOU this time around.

There will be a library stocked with all kinds of games for you to try, and many people bring their own games and invite others to join them.  You are most welcome to bring your own games along.  We have a team of great volunteers (our friendly RedShirts) who are experts at teaching a wide variety of games to new players.

Spot prizes to be won!
Food available for purchase.
Free parking on site.
Cash and Eftpos accepted at the venue (no credit cards, sorry).

When and Where

10am – 10pm Saturday 23 March 2019
10am – 6pm Sunday 24 March 2019

Christchurch Bridge Club
19 Nova Place
Christchurch Central
Christchurch

How Much

Pre-Registration Prices

One Day Pass $13
Weekend Pass $24
Annual Pass (all events in 2019) $68

Door Price

One Day Pass $15
Weekend Pass $30

More

Board Games by The Bay Website
Registration for the Match Christchurch Event

GeyserCon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Rotorua – 31 May – 3 June 2019

What

GeyserCon 2019 is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! We hope you’ll join us in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend (May 31st to June 3rd 2019) for awesome fandom discussions, panels and presentations, a huge bookstore open every day including Monday, a raffle with amazing prizes, the Young Writers’ Workshop, the Costume Masquerade competition, the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Awards, and so much more!

Young Writers’ Day out – Friday

The Young NZ Writers’ Day Out (on Friday 31st May 2019) will have a full day of writing workshops aimed at intermediate and secondary school students. To warm up to the day we invite young NZ writers to enter into our 2019 annual writing competitions for intermediate and secondary students (opens 1st of February and closes midnight on 15th March – check our website out for more details). Finalists will be awarded prizes at the book launch at the end of the day.
For the first time there will even be a special writing event for our youngest writers in years 5 and 6 (only open to local Rotorua Primary schools) and PD opportunities for teachers who attend.

Main Program

3-5 Streams From Friday evening to Monday Morning.

Sample Events:

  • Radio-play STAR WRECK
  • International Guests: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Alan Baxter, & Kaaron Warren
  • Sir Julius Vogel Award Presentations
  • Talks: History of SFF in NZ
  • Panel: High Fantasy Futures
  • GeyserCon Book Expo

When and Where

Holiday Inn
10 Tryon St
Whakarewarewa
Rotorua

Main Event
4pm Friday 31 May 2019
Noon Monday 3 June 2019

Young Writers’ Day Out
All Day Friday 31 May 2019

How Much

EarlyBird 3 until 28 February $60
Standard (Friday evening till Monday) $65
Friday Youth Workshop (under 18s) $20

Various other tickets options available.

More

Geysercon Website with Full programme and Registration
Young NZ Writers Website

SuperDaughter Day – Auckland – 9 March 2019

What

SuperDaughter Day (SDD) is coming to Auckland! Join us as we explore the exciting world of STEM through a range of activities.

About SuperDaughter Day
SuperDaughter Day is an annual International Women’s Day Event hosted by WORK180. Since 2016, over 3000 girls aged 5-12 years old became superheroes along with the parents, exploring the exciting world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths).

The girls participated in a wide range of hands-on activities, including:

  • Magformers, Cubetto Robots and Ozobots
  • Interactive Bug Displays
  • Lego Mind Storms
  • Makey Makey
  • Visit from NAO the Humanoid Robot
  • Jewelbots and interactive unicorn horns

Apart from participating in engaging workshops, the girls also have an opportunity to meet inspiring female role models, enjoy cupcakes and receive a goodie bag to take home. The event is held in capital cities in Australia and New Zealand. We are 100% not-for-profit.

This event is for Girls aged 5-12

When and Where

9 March 2019
Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Session 2: 2pm – 5pm

Conference Centre
Spark City
167 Victoria Street West
Auckland CBD

How Much

$25 for girls (plus booking fee)
Adults come free (you MUST book an adult ticket with your girl’s ticket)

More

SuperDaughter Day Auckland Webpage
Booking via EventBrite

Dungeons & Comedians: Crawl of the Wild – Christchurch – 22 February 2019

What

After a long rest, Dungeons & Comedians is back and better than ever. Dungeon Master Brendon Bennetts will lead our comedic adventurers out into the wilderness, where they must survive on their wits alone. So, probably someone is going to die.

In Dungeons & Comedians you will see comedians play D&D in front of a live audience. While each adventure is is connected to the others, you can enjoy each one on their own. You can listen to previous episodes on your podcast app by searching ‘Dungeons & Comedians’ or going to dungeonsandcomedians.com

When and Where

7:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday 22 February 2019

Orange Studios
1063 Ferry Road
Christchurch

How Much

Early bird tickets $15 until sold out
General Admission $20

More

Buy tickets via Eventbright
Dungeons and Comedians Website

Board Games by the Bay – Hamilton 23 -24 February 2019

What

Board Games By The Bay (BGBTB) is a series of epic tabletop gaming events run each year in New Zealand. Since 2011, these weekend events have brought together the community to learn and play modern board, card and dice games in a friendly, social environment.

These events bring together enthusiasts and players new to the scene in a relaxed, fun environment.  Participants enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones, trying out different games or relaxing with familiar ones, and entering the free competitions. Numbers are growing with each event, and we’re expecting to fill our venues to the brim in 2018.  It’s always great to see so many old friends and newcomers, experienced gamers and families showing up, and we’re looking forward to seeing YOU this time around.

There will be a library stocked with all kinds of games for you to try, and many people bring their own games and invite others to join them.  You are most welcome to bring your own games along.  We have a team of great volunteers (our friendly RedShirts) who are experts at teaching a wide variety of games to new players.

When and Where

10am – 10pm Saturday 23 February 2019
10am – 6pm Sunday 24 February 2019

Hamilton Bridge Club
20 Richmond St
Hamilton

How Much

Pre-Registration Prices

One Day Pass $13
Weekend Pass $24
Annual Pass (all events in 2019) $68

Door Price

One Day Pass $15
Weekend Pass $30

More

Board Games by The Bay Website
Registration for the February Hamilton Event

Stargazing Lab – Auckland – 22 December 2018

Stargazing Labs at Maraetae Beach

What

JOIN US UNDER THE STARS FOR A NIGHT OF STARGAZING.

The first session starts before the sunset in order to explain very basic concepts about astronomy, telescopes, and photography. After that, you will have opportunities to observe the craters and mountains on the Moon, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the rings of Saturn.
You will also have a chance to observe deep sky objects like star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

The sessions will target different objects and topics every day. Since these events are weather dependent, on occasions we may need to postpone the event at short notice. If this happens, you will receive a txt message in your mobile, one hour prior to the event, and your booking will be transferred to the next available session.

Even though the sessions end late, these activities are family friendly and ideal for kids. You will have a nice opportunity to learn more about the solar system and the Universe, and also to motivate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in young minds. Some telescopes and additional resources will be available for use. Including telescopes that can be operated by kids.

We will help you to identify bright stars and major constellations. During each observing session, we will teach participants to find those elusive patterns in the sky with a simple monthly star map and a green laser pointer that projects a visible beam into the sky. Just like at a planetarium but under the real night sky!

Code of Conduct

In order to insure safety, protect equipment and to enhance everyone enjoyment, we ask that you follow the Code of Conduct:

  • Pets are not permitted nearby the telescopes.
  • Smoking and alcoholic beverages are never permitted within the area.
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Aerosol bug spray repellent may only be applied away from the telescopes. (Sprays produce a fine mist which can settle on optical surfaces and is very difficult to clean.)
  • Remove any trash and keep the premises clean.
  • Visitors should bring a flashlight with RED light to use for the walk from the parking lot to the observation area and for reading star maps.

When and Where

22 December 2018
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Maraetai Beach,
Maraetai Coast Rd, Maraetai, Auckland

Stargazing Labs are taking place from Maraetai Beach, Maraetai, at just 40 minutes from the Auckland CBD. This beautiful location offers stunning views of the night sky and low light pollution coming from the city. This is key to allow long-term expositions to capture amazing pictures of the deep sky objects like nebulae and galaxies.

There are four public parking (free) available (+40 cars capacity) and public toilets close to the observation area.

How Much

$0 – $16.09
Under 5 yrs: free
Child (5 – 15 yrs): $10+fees.
General Admission: $15 + fees.

Please book here.

More

Stargazing Lab, Eventbrite event and Facebook event.
Organised by Skylabs http://skylabs.co.nz/

Pop Kultcha – Auckland – 15 December 2018

What

Returning by popular demand, Pop Kultcha will have tables of both new and pre-loved goodies, toys, action figures, comics and more!

Expect more of the same and a bit of the new as we prepare ourselves for pop culture goodness.

Please note we have changed venues from the Rose Centre to the Ellerslie War Memorial Hall. As updates and posts will be added please watch and like this event page.

When and Where

Ellerslie War Memorial Hall,
138 Main Highway,
Ellerslie,
Auckland

Saturday 15 Dec 2018,
10am – 3pm

 

How Much

Family Pass: $10.00
Adults: $5.00
Door Sales Only

More

Facebook Page
Eventfinda Page

KapCon 28, role playing convention – Wellington – 19-20 January 2019

What

What is KapCon?

KapCon is a not-for-profit role-playing game convention run annually in Wellington, New Zealand, every January. Over a hundred people get together for a weekend of role-playing, in a diverse range of styles and systems. Over the weekend, more than 30 individual games are run, with volunteer GMs (or storytellers, narrators or facilitators) running games between one and six times over the course of the convention.

There are seven rounds of gaming – each lasting 3 hours. Most games have pre-generated characters for the players to use, and some even have props, soundtracks, links to other games, or live action elements (where players act out the less dangerous parts of the story). Between rounds there’s time to chat, meet or catch up with people, and get some much needed snack food. There’s usually some snack food available on-site, and there’s always the dairy and fish-and-chip shop nearby.

If you have a favourite game that you want to play in, you can let us know in advance and we’ll try to find someone to run it – if you love Paranoia, Call of Cthulhu, D&D, PbtA, or any other system, send us an email and we’ll see what we can do. Also for the last few years some wonderful people have offered the Games On Demand stream, where players come in, vote for the games they want to play form a selection available, and one of the team runs the game for them. This is a great way to try out some of those games you may have heard of, but never been able to get your group to play.

After the third round on the Saturday, there’s a LARP. A LARP is a Live Action Role-Playing game – one where you wear a costume, and stay in character at all times. The style of LARPs we have at Kapcon tend not to use foam weapons or complicated mechanics – it’s all about being in character, finding out what’s going on, achieving your goals and having fun. In recent years the Saturday night LARP has grown from 50 to 85 players. There is a dedicated team of writers who volunteer each year to put together the LARP, and it is due to their tireless work that it’s so much fun!

When and Where

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of January 2019
Note: Monday 21st is a statutory holiday for Wellington workers and can be used for recovery

Wellington High School
249 Taranaki St
Mt Cook
Wellington

How Much

Full Player                      $30
First Time Attendee      $20
Facilitator (GM)            $20
Single Day Attendance  $20
Adventure Squad Only  $10
Live Game Only             $10

$5 discount for Full Player, First Time Attend, Facilitator or Single Day Attendance if paid prior to 14/01/2019

More

Information about Kapcon 28 and registration

 

Movie Night: Overlord – Auckland – 17 November 2018

What

JJ Abrams, director of a couple of my favourite movies including the Cloverfield series, Star Trek, and Super 8, brings us a WWII movie with a twist. As if war wasn’t horror enough, what if there’s a supernatural element to it? Join the Auckland Horror Club to check it out!

**NOTE: This meetup is movie only and it will be the late show. Theatre to be determined. There is no restriction on number of people. We will also be going to dinner beforehand, but I will post that meetup the week of with the location and time.

What we’re about

Horror movie lovers rejoice! Have you been searching for people to share the enjoyment of sitting down and watching flicks from this infamous genre? Let’s get together to watch the good, the bad, and the ugly of all things horror! Feel free to post movie ideas, or anything else horror related that might be interesting.

When and Where

Saturday, 17 Novemeber 2018
9pm – 11pm

Event Cinemas Broadway
77 Broadway
Newmarket, Auckland

How Much

Normal movie fee

More

Movie Night: Overlord Meetup page
Auckland Horror Club Meetup Group

Out West Model Expo – Auckland – 17-18 November 2018

What

The Auckland Marklin Club presents a model expo for enthusiasts and all the family.

There will be 16 model train layouts from clubs throughout the region and from as far south as Bulls, making it the biggest train show in Auckland this year. Some layouts will be huge, spanning many metres and passing specially built scenes. The locomotives in operation range in size from a few centimetres to half a metre, reproducing the greatest machines of the world’s railways. Others will be small and intimate, table top size, with lots of fine detail. Children will be able to operate a table top train to see how it’s done.

Other types of modelling will be represented. The Auckland Meccano Guild will have a display. Mini-4WD vehicles will race in threes around a large circuit.

Trade stands will be there to supply modelling materials and enable any one to get started in their hobby. The Helensville Railway Museum will have a display.

Refreshments will be provided by Love Soup, with proceeds helping its charitable work in providing meals at community centres.

Pedestrian entry to the venue is from Te Atatu Road or from the carpark at the rear of the Centre. To get to the carpark, turn from Te Atatu Rd into Harbour View Rd at the roundabout, then take the first right into Sail Rock Rd.

Payment by EFTPOS or credit card will be accepted as well as cash.

You may have already been to one of our shows held at Waiuku, Devonport, Whangaparaoa and Westgate. This will be by far our biggest show yet.

When and Where

Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday 18 Nov 2018, 10am – 4:30pm

Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre,
595 Te Atatu Rd,
Te Atatu Peninsula,
Auckland

How Much

Adult: $8
Child: $4
Family: $17

More

Out West Model Expo on Eventfinda
The Auckland Marklin Club