Next Meeting – 10th March 2015

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th March, 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 Dominion.  This is a card game where the players are monarchs, ruling a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens trying to build a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees – a Dominion in fact.  In all directions lie fiefs and freeholds, all small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy.  Each player is trying to bring civilization to these people, uniting them under their banner hiring minions, constructing buildings, sprucing up their castle, and filling the coffers of their treasury.

– Image used with permission of BGG contributor Ceryon

And talking of Kings squabbling over kingdoms…

There were three medieval kingdoms on the shores of a lake.  There was an island in the middle of the lake, over which the kingdoms had been fighting for years.  Finally, the three kings decided that they would send their knights out to do battle, and the winner would take the island.  The night before the battle, the knights and their squires pitched camp and readied themselves for the fight.

The first kingdom had 12 knights, and each knight had five squires, all of whom were busily polishing armor, brushing horses, and cooking food.  The second kingdom had twenty knights, and each knight had 10 squires.  Everyone at that camp was also busy preparing for battle.

At the camp of the third kingdom, there was only one knight, with his squire. This squire took a large pot and hung it from a looped rope in a tall tree. He busied himself preparing the meal, while the knight polished his own armor.

When the hour of the battle came, the three kingdoms sent their squires out to fight (it was far too trivial a matter for the knights to join in).  The battle raged, and when the dust had cleared, the only person left was the lone squire from the third kingdom, having defeated the squires from the other two kingdoms.

Thus it was proved that the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides…