Next Meeting – 23rd September 2014

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd September, at the Horse and Jockey pub in Stanford-in-the-Vale.  As usual, we will be playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer.

This week the “Feature Game” will be Stimmt So!.  This is a game about investing buying shares in Aunt Emma’s various companies using different currencies.  It is closely related to Alhambra, a game we’ve played quite a bit, and uses similar mechanisms.

Stimmt So!

And talking of investors…

Jeff’s brother, Joe was an investment banker.  One day, Joe was at the pier of a small coastal Greek village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.

Joe complimented the Greek on the quality of his fish and asked, “How long does it take to catch them?”  The Greek replied, “Only a little while.”

Joe then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Greek explained that he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. Joe then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Greek fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play cards with my friends, I have a full and busy life.”

Joe scoffed, “I am a Harvard graduate and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.  Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution.  You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Athens, then London and eventually New York where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Greek fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

Joe responded, “Probably 15-25 years.”

“But what then?”

Joe laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich – you would make millions.”

“Millions… Hmmm…  but then what?” the young Greek asked.

Joe continued, “Then you would retire, move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play cards with your friends…”