Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 12th Movember, 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 The Voyages of Marco Polo, a game where players recreate the journey the seventeen year old Marco Polo took to China with his father and older brother. The long and grueling journey led through Jerusalem and Mesopotamia, and over the “Silk Road”, reaching the court of Kublai Khan in 1275. In the game, with each player takes the role of a different character with a special power. The game only plays five, but we have the Agents of Venice expansion which adds an extra player.
– Image used with permission of boargamephotos
And speaking of travelling…
Jeff and Joe were driving through Wisconsin. As they were approaching Oconomowoc, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town’s name. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch.
As they stood at the counter, Jeff asked the blonde employee, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are… very slowly?”
The blonde girl looked at him, and then leaned over the counter and said, “Burrrrrr-gerrrrrr Kiiiing.”
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 29th October, 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 the new European Birds, Wingspan expansion, fresh from the International Spieltage in Essen. As well as the European bird cards the expansion also includes some new purple eggs. We’ve chosen this game expansion because it is very new flying off the Essen shelves very quickly, needs minimal teaching, and plays in a reasonable amount of time giving everyone plenty of opportunity to look at their new arrivals and perhaps play some of the other hot new games.
– Image by boardGOATS
And speaking of eggs…
Jeff walked into a bar with a fried egg on his head.
The landlord was puzzled and asked, “Why have you got a fried egg on your head?”
“Well,” replied Jeff, “You see, boiled eggs fall off…”
Sunday was the last day of this year’s Internationale Spieltage, the largest games fair in Europe (and arguably the world), known to gamers worldwide simply as “Essen”. Although there was a lot of buzz about some of the hot games like Maracaibo and Cooper Island, it is the smaller, less well-known games that really make the fair what it is. For example, Firefly Dance, is a fun little memory game with gorgeous little light-up fireflies activated with a wooden magic wand.
Games fairs are also about demonstrations of games that have not yet been released. There were many of these, but one of the highlights was perhaps Namiji which is the sequel to Tokaido and will be the subject of a crowd-funding campaign in a month’s time. So there is much to look forward to from the Essen haul, old games as well as new, which will make the coming months very exciting indeed.
This week, the Internationale Spieltage, the largest games fair in Europe (and arguably the world), is being held in Germany. Known to Gamers worldwide simply as “Essen”, the fair runs Thursday to Sunday in late-October every year with many new releases timed to coincide with the event. It is one of the biggest and most significant of all the boardgame conventions; according to convention organizer Friedhelm Merz Verlag, this year there will be more than one thousand two hundred exhibitors offering more than one thousand five-hundred new games, from fifty-three countries.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th October, 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 the hot new game, Tapestry. This is a beautiful civilisation game, with just four pages of rules that combine to form a surprisingly deep game. Although it is not a quick game, there should still be plenty of time for the inevitable pre-Essen discussions.
– Image by boardGOATS
And speaking of tapestries and other needlework…
Jeff’s mum was cooking Sunday Lunch of roast lamb. Jeff had contributed the joint, but his mother was not impressed with his purchase.
“That leg of lamb shrank by six inches when I cooked it,” Jeff’s mum scolded her son.
“That’s funny,” said Jeff, “You know that jumper you knitted me for Christmas? It shrank by six inches, when you washed it. It must have been from the same sheep…!”
Remarkably, after seven years boardGOATS is still meeting at the Horse and Jockey in Stanford-in-the-Vale. Five of those who were at the first meeting are still coming along and, we now have a nice solid eight to ten, lovely people every time. While we have two or three people from the village, we still have a lot of people who travel some miles to join us. Without you, boardGOATS wouldn’t be the success it is, so we really appreciate it. We’d also like to thank the folks at the Jockey who have always been so supportive and let us do pretty much what we want in their back room. Here’s to the next year!