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Christmas GOATS 2019

Christmas 2019
– Image from vectorstock.com

The Calendar has been updated, but here is a quick summary of the key dates for GOATS and Didcot Gamers:

Christmas 2019
Tuesday 10th December 2019
(Last normal meeting of the year)
“Un-Christmas Dinner” meeting at 7pm;
Festive and Wintery games from 8.00pm(ish) at the
Horse and Jockey pub in Stanford-in-the-Vale.
Friday 20th December 2019
(Didcot Gamers)
Games at The Loop in Didcot
(as normal).
Thursday 26th December 2019
(GOATS do the Quiz – CANCELLED)
No Quiz Night at the Horse and Jockey pub
this year as the pub is closed on Boxing Day.
Sunday 29th December 2019
(Monster Games)
Something longer
in the afternoon at Barney’s House.
Tuesday 31st December 2019
(New Year Party)
Games and food from 7pm until
the early hours at Barney’s House.
Friday 3rd January 2020
(Didcot Gamers)
Games at The Loop in Didcot
(back to normal).
Tuesday 7th January 2020
(boardGOATS)
Games from 7.30pm at the Horse and Jockey pub
in Stanford-in-the-Vale (back to normal).

Next Meeting – 12th Movember 2019

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.

The Voyages of Marco Polo
– 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.”

Next Meeting – 29th October 2019

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.

Wingspan: European Expansion
– 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…”

Essen 2019 – Update

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.

Firefly Dance
– Image by boardGOATS

Some games sold out within minutes: the last copy of Tapestry went in less than half an hour, and other early sell-outs included Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea, A Fistful of Meeples and Point Salad.  There were lots of good deals to be had, including Passing Through Petra, one of the hot games from last year which was reduced from €60 to just €15.  Part of this might have been to attract attention to the Renegade Games stand because according to staff their entire supply of this year’s releases were “stuck in customs”.  This included their copies of Paladins of the West Kingdom (the sequel to last year’s smash hit, Architects of the West Kingdom).

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 7 – Japan & Italy
– Image by boardGOATS

There were also a number of other unusual games available, for example, Wsiąść do Pociągu: Polska, the new Poland map for Ticket to Ride, as well as the more widely available new Japan/Italy Map Collection.  There were other expansions as well, including the European Birds expansion to Wingspan, Sagrada: The Great Facades – Passion and Terraforming Mars: Turmoil.  In addition to expansions, there were several stand-alone re-implementations of old favourites, including the new 6 Nimmt! Brettspiel (boardgame), Glen More II: Chronicles and Azul: Summer Pavilion.

Azul: Summer Pavilion
– Image by boardGOATS

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.

Namiji
– Image by boardGOATS

Essen 2019

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.

Essen 2019
– Image from spiel-messe.com

A couple of people from the group are going this year and will no doubt come back with a selection of the latest new and exciting games, as well as some older games that are new to the group and expansions for other well-loved games.  This year, the new releases include Cooper Island, Maracaibo, ECOS: First Continent, Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea, Tapestry, Deep Blue, Paladins of the West Kingdom, Glen More II: Chronicles, the Japan and Italy map pack for Ticket to Ride, and the new European birds expansion for one of the Kennerspiel Des Jahres winner, Wingspan.

Wingspan
– Image by boardGOATS

Next Meeting – 15th October 2019

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.

Tapestry
– 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…!”

Seven is Heaven – Happy Birthday to Us!

Seven Today

BoardGOATS is Seven Years Old Today!

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!