Next Meeting – 8th September 2015

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th 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 Mystery of the Abbey, which is a deduction style boardgame where players take the role of monks in a monastery trying to discover who killed Brother Adelmo.

Mystery of the Abbey
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of monks…

A young novice arrived at the monastery and was assigned to help the other monks copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.  After a while, he noticed that all the monks were copying from copies, rather than from the original manuscript. So, the young diligent novice went to see Abbot Jeffrey to question this and point out that if someone had made even a small error in the first copy, it would never have been picked up. In fact, he added that error would have been continued in all of the other subsequent copies.

Abbot Jeffrey said, “My son, we have been copying from copies for centuries, but you make a very valid point, I will look into it myself.”

So off he went down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where all the original manuscripts were held archived in a locked vault that hadn’t been opened for hundreds of years. Hours went by and nobody saw hide nor hair of the abbot.

The monks got a bit worried, so the young novice went down to look for Abbot Jeffrey and found him banging his head against the wall, wailing, “We missed the ‘R’, we missed the ‘R’…” His forehead was blooded and bruised and he was crying uncontrollably.

The young novice was horrified and asked the abbot, “Whatever’s wrong, father?”

With a choking voice, Abbot Jeffrey replied, “After all these years… the word was ‘Celebrate’!”