Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
The heart of the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association are the Special Interest Groups, called SIGs for short. Any HRSFA member can attempt to create a SIG on just about any area of interest. SIGs with more than eight members can be approved as real SIGs by the general membership; many others continue to exist as unofficial SIGs. The rest of this page contains alphabetical lists of HRSFA SIGs, divided into those active and those that have no longer exist through lack of interest. See the main page for the weekly SIG schedule.
Anime SIG | Bizarreness SIG | Boffing SIG | Cool Movie ZIG | Gaming SIG | Heroes SIG | Magic: The Gathering SIG | The Man SIG | Milk & Cookies SIG | MST3K SIG | Origami SIG | Puzzle SIG | RPG SIG | RPG Design SIG | Tapestry and Chainmail SIG |
Don't watch entire good anime series alone in your dorm suite; instead, watch them with other HRSFAns! Right now, watching Gundam Seed. Giant Robots in Space get their Gundam Funk on.
Does bizarre things:
Boffing SIG hits itself with sticks all the time. It's awesome! Currently we are using the Accelerant rules system to govern fights, but can be persuaded to use the Realms system as well if people are more interested in that. It's considering doing mini-events with persistent characters if there's interest in that as well.
Known by many names (*IG, pSIG, ZIG, Dojo), we come together, on an approximately weekly basis, to watch movies we think should be watched, movies that are cool, movies of the people, movies not forced upon us by "the Man." More information can be found on the Cool Movie ZIG page.
Have you played a game since setting foot in the Yard? If so, congratulations—you're a member of Gaming SIG! Board and card games are the other staple food of HRSFA. The most commonly played HRSFA boardgames range from ancient ones like chess, Chinese chess, and go to modern ones like Settlers/Seafarers/Cities & Knights of Catan, Diplomacy, Buffy: The Board Game, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Star Wars: Epic Duels.
Card games include Apples to Apples, Munchkin, and even straight-up poker. Got a fun game you want to play? Bring it over. Chances are high someone will play.
Gaming SIG also plays videogames. Current favorites include Super Smash Brothers Melee, Guitar Hero (both of them), Tetris Attack, and Halo. As with games of the board or card variety, if you have a videogame you'd like to play with us, bring it over!
See also RPG SIG.
HRSFA gathers in the evening to relax and watch the first season of the Sci-Fi television epic Heroes. Regardless of what you've heard about later seasons we promise you the first one is worth coming to see!
Some HRSFAns play Magic: The Gathering, both constructed and draft, whenever they can. Not to be confused with Real Magic SIG.
Watches pretentious foreign films, far above the lowbrow, unintellectual, lowest-common-denominator, so-called "cool movies."
HRSFAns like reading stories. And drinking milk. And eating cookies. So way back when, someone had the idea to do it all at the same time. Unfortunately some of the wires got crossed, so now we eat milk and drink cookies, but we do read and listen to stories, including masterpieces of fantasy literature such as the classic "Eye of Argon" (available from us in both HTML and text format). Though M&C generally occurs from 9PM-1AM, feel free to stay for as long or short a time as suits you. It's all good.
"Mystery Science Theatre 3000" was a wonderful show that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel and then Comedy Central, in which a guy and two smart-mouthed robots watched really terrible old sci-fi movies and heckled them. Hilarity ensued. We carry on this tradition proudly, having skewered The Fantastic Four, Dungeons & Dragons, The Phantom Menace, Wing Commander, The Order, Timeline The Da Vinci Code and most recently National Treasure 2 at Vericon. Until a movie to lampoon is decided upon, we watch classic episodes of the original series for inspiration; then we begin the two parts fun, three parts unholy pain of watching one bad movie over and over and over again until we've squeezed every last drop of humor from it.
Origami SIG folds interesting objects out of paper. All skill levels welcome.
Puzzle SIG solves puzzles of the type you'll find in the Harvard Puzzle Hunt or the MIT Mystery Hunt, including a variety of word, logic, physical, and other puzzle types. We are currently solving the 2002 (Monopoly) Mystery Hunt. All experience levels are welcome.
Pencils, paper, and laptops are recommended.
In roleplaying games (RPGs), a small group of people collectively tell a story from the perspective of individual characters, under the guidance of a Game Master (GM) who controls everything else. Live-action roleplaying games (LARPs) are like RPGs except players actually walk around instead of sitting around a table. Several extended campaigns and a few one-shot sessions are being planned for this year; if you are an avid roleplayer and want in, or are curious what it's all about, join RPG SIG, which meets regularly to play roleplaying games of both the tabletop and live-action varieties.
Perhaps our most notable invention is Live-Action Clue. We've also recently played the Metal Gear Solid LARP, which ran several times in 2003-2004, wherein a dozen or so people tried to outwit and outspy each other in the tunnels under Lowell House, with the threat of giant robotic destruction looming around every corner.
See also Gaming SIG.
We currently have a substantially working modern/future system that will be used for a game this year, but there is still lots of work to do fleshing that out and getting the multi-universe part going. See also RPG SIG.
Come see the rules and help colaborate at our wiki
SCA SIG works with the Harvard Society for Creative Anachronism. More information forthcoming.
Apathy SIG | Assassins SIG | Buffy the Vampire Hunter SIG | Builders' SIG | Cartoon SIG | Comic Books SIG | Elvish Orthography SIG | Go SIG | Hitting People with Sticks SIG | Macrame SIG | Real Magic SIG | SmallVIG | Stating the Obvious SIG | Star Trek SIG | VALU (Virgins Against Lonely Unicorns) SIG
Assassins SIG has been killed, but autopsy reports are available.
Buffy and Spike make moogalie eyes at each other. Angel kills everyone. Or something.
The team of engineers Built Shit and Blew (Themselves) UpTM.
Cartoon Network has some really funny shows on late in the evening that no one in HRSFA is watching anymore.
Comic Books SIG went back in time, messed something up, and lost existance in this continuity.
Practiced elvish calligraphy, and as dead as its language and script.
Go SIG went.
Hitting People with Sticks SIG did one of those merger things. It now works for its medieval overlords.
Macrame SIG ties some strange loops and suddenly found itself not existing.
Not the collectible card game. Not the parlor tricks of illusionists. Real magic. Thus far, they've made themselves disappear.
Smallville SIG is as permanently dead as Superman was in 1993.
Stating the Obvious SIG liked to state that it was a SIG. And that it existed. That was all.
The oldest SIG of all has died of old age.
Last updated 2 May 2010. ©1995-2017 HRSFA.