Inbox [Oct. 5]: Zephyr Workshop kicks off push to launch new game, Anna Maria lauds fire program, city seeks poll workers for early voting, Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’ gets Clark twist

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Zephyr Workshop kicks off push to bring AEGIS game to life

“It can’t be understated that A.E.G.I.S. has been a pure passion project. We didn’t just set out to build a game, we set out to build a world with a distinct style all its own, but one still familiar enough to pull at the heartstrings of everyone everywhere who loves fighting Super Robots. From Power Rangers to GaoGaiGar to Gurren Lagann to Voltron — this is it. This is the definitive tabletop game about explosive, combining robot combat — and we put everything we had into it.”

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AEGIS Combining Robot Strategy Game is a tactics game where players use teams of five combining robots to face off against each other in combat. Your squad of robots share energy and fight as one united front, and engage in simple dice-based combat. There are over 80 different robots in five different Classes (Assault, Evasive, Guard, Intel, Support).

AEGIS and Zephyr Workshop are building momentum.

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AEGIS and Zephyr Workshop are building momentum.

The game is launching with two different boxes, the red Arc Buster box and the blue Sky Guard box. Each is a standalone game for 2-4 players which will retail for $39.95.

AEGIS is being launched on Kickstarter and published through Marlborough-based Greenbrier Games, which has a history of extremely successful crowdfunding campaigns. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where people can fund a product and pre-order it simultaneously. Zephyr is asking for $40,000 to fund the printing of several thousand copies of the game, which will then be distributed to the people who pledged money, and stores across the country in 2017.

About Zephyr Workshop: We’re an independent game company, comprised of alumni from Becker College and the MassDiGI Interactive Media Design program.

For more information about AEGIS check out its page on the Greenbrier Games site

Anna Maria Fire Science Program celebrates 20 years, 25 fire chiefs

As Anna Maria College’s Fire Science Program enters its 20th year and prepares to honor Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15), the college is pleased to recognize 25 alumni of the Fire Science Program who are serving as fire chiefs in cities and towns across Massachusetts.

“Anna Maria attracts service-minded students, and we work to cultivate their desire to serve through education, campus events and hands-on experience,” said Anna Maria College President Mary Lou Retelle. “We are extremely proud of our fire science program and the many leaders who have excelled in it throughout the Northeast. The passion of our faculty, partners, alumni and students to strive for excellence in this field is a tremendous benefit to communities throughout the region.”

Alumni include retired Worcester Fire Chief Gerard Dio, Shrewsbury Fire Chief James Vuona, Auburn Fire Chief Stephen Coleman Jr., Milford Fire Chief John Tuohey and Oxford Fire Chief Sheri Bemis.

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“Students graduating from Anna Maria College with fire science degrees build a liberal arts foundation that helps them better understand the communities they may serve,” said James Carritte, Director of the Fire Science and Emergency Programs, who is a former fire chief for the city of Lynn.

Anna Maria College was the first four-year institution in the country to offer courses approved by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network, which was established by the U.S. Fire Administration to promote higher education in the industry and reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards.

Among many opportunities to connect with professionals is the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, at which Anna Maria College was among only three colleges in the nation to volunteer. FDIC is the world’s largest annual training conference for firefighters throughout the world, which typically has more than 25,000 attendees.

In an effort to make a bachelor’s degree in fire science and other select public service careers more affordable, Anna Maria College announced a partnership with Quinsigamond Community College earlier this year. Called the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative, the  colleges have formed an articulation agreement for students studying criminal justice, fire science, human services or social work, allowing students to achieve a four-year degree in the chosen field of study for a total of $40,000.

City officials seek poll workers for early voting

For the first time Massachusetts election law will allow voters to cast their ballots early from Oct. 24 through Nov. 4, 2016. Unlike absentee voting, an excuse or reason is no longer needed to vote early. If you are registered to vote in the city of Worcester please take advantage of early voting at any of the five early voting locations:

  • Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden St.
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Recreation Center, 28 Mulberry St.
  • Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St.
  • Clark University Higgins Center, 950 Main St.
  • Worcester State University May Street Building, 280 May St.


All early voting sites will be equipped with electronic poll books for voter check-in; so voters are able to visit any site that they find to be convenient.

Check out our story on Worcester’s early voting effort

Interested in working at the Early Voting Locations? The city of Worcester is seeking individuals to serve as election officers at the five early voting locations. These are paid positions and training will be provided. Bilingual applicants are needed. You must be able to use an electronic poll book (poll pad).

For more information about early voting, check out the city website

At Clark musicians, puppeteers present Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’

Clark University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present a performance of “L’Histoire du Soldat” or “A Soldier’s Tale” by Igor Stravinsky, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, in Atwood Hall, Daniel’s Theater on Woodland Street. The concert is free and open to the public.

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“A Soldier’s Tale” is considered one of the most extraordinary parables about the futility of war and the danger of temptation to emerge from the First World War. Using powerfully simple musical means, which reflect Stravinsky’s recent discovery of American jazz, it brings to life the story of a young soldier who trades his violin to the devil in exchange for a magic book and the promise of easy riches. This special collaborative performance will be narrated while a cast of marvelous shadow puppets and marionettes act out the scenes.

The project will be performed by Dan Butterworth and his marionettes, acclaimed actor Jason Asprey (narrator), Mikhail Kopelman (violin), Julian Milkis (clarinet) and Sima Kustanovich (piano).

“’A Soldier’s Tale’ makes an unforgettable impression on anyone who sees it, both through its compelling music and its moving story,” said Benjamin Korstvedt, professor of music at Clark. “The addition of Dan’s amazing puppet production will bring an extraordinary new dimension to the audience’s experience.”

The evening performance will be preceded by a workshop that involves students in the craft of puppetry, as well as a special afternoon performance of the complete production for students from several local schools.

For more information and to read the full release, go to the Clark website

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