Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting, 29th November 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 29th November 2022.  As usual, we will start 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 Asia expansion to the multi-award-winning bird-themed card game, Wingspan.  This latest expansion introduces new cards and a “flock” mode for playing with six or more players.

Wingspan: Asia
– Image from stonemaiergames.com

Speaking of birds…

Jeff and Joe were chatting about their favourite songs.  Joe was really into modern stuff, but Jeff said he preferred eighties music.  Then Joe asked Jeff what his favourite song was.

Jeff answered, “Wake me up before you Dodo…”

Next Meeting, 15th November 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 15th November 2022.  As usual, we will start 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 Everdell (review, play through video, rules), a card-driven worker tableau building and placement game set in a woodland glade.  Players take the role of leader of a group of critters constructing buildings, meeting characters and hosting events by placing workers and playing cards.

Everdell
– Image by BGG contributor guzforster

Speaking of constructing buildings…

Jeff was working as a builder constructing a shed in a customer’s garden.  It was quite a wet day when he approached the backdoor of the house, knocked and asked the lady occupant if she could use the toilet.

The elegant lady looked down at Jeff’s extremely dirty boots and said, “OK, but let me just lay some newspaper down first.”

Jeff looked slightly offended and replied, “It’s OK, I am already trained.”

Next Meeting, 1st November 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 1st November 2022.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer.  Please note that the pub will not be serving food on Tuesdays for the foreseeable.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Downforce: Danger Circuit (rules), an expansion for Downforce (review, play through video, rules).  Downforce is a card-driven bidding, racing, and betting game based on the older game Top Race (which in turn is a reimplementation of several other games including Niki Lauda’s Formel 1).  The Danger Circuit expansion adds two new tracks with dangerous spaces and crossover loops as well as drivers with new skills.

Downforce
– Adapted from Image by BGG contributor kalchio

Speaking of car racing…

Jeff and his mate Joe were chatting about how they had both been enjoying the current Formula One racing season.

“It’s great that I have Sky, because it means I can watch every race, ” said Joe.

Jeff answered sadly, “I keep trying to watch racing on my computer but every time I press the F1 key it just opens a help window.”

Next Meeting, 18th October 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 18th October 2022.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer.  Please note that the pub will not be serving food on Tuesdays for the foreseeable.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes it All (review, play through video, rules).  This is an asymmetric card game where players take on the role of a Disney Villain (Maleficent, Captain Hook, Jafar, Red Queen, Ursula or Prince John), and try to satisfy their own personal objectives.

Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes it All
– Image by BGG contributor The Innocent

Speaking of Disney…

Jeff and Joe were discussing their favourite Disney characters one day.

“I’d like to be a Disney prince,” said Jeff.

“Yeah, they’re really good looking,” commented Joe, “Though they are a little bit wet.”

“But they always get the girls,” explained Jeff.  Joe thought for a minute.

“You could be one of the Seven Dwarves instead,” he suggested. “They are much cooler and you’d have loads of great mates too.”

“Nah, I couldn’t be one of the Dwarves,” Jeff replied.

Joe looked at his friend and asked, “Why?  There’s nothing wrong with being short you know and a lot of the shortest people are really, well, you know…”

“Oh no, It’s not their height,” continued Jeff, “It’s just that I heard six out of seven of them aren’t happy.”

Next Meeting, 4th October 2022

Happy Birthday to Us!

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 4th October 2022, when we will be celebrating our tenth birthday.  We will be eating together to celebrate at 6.30pm with cake and games afterwards.

As is now traditional on our birthday, the “Feature Game” will be Crappy Birthday.  This is a party game where players give each other comedy birthday presents and the recipient has to decide who gave the best and worst gifts.

Crappy Birthday
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of birthdays…

Jeff was at the surgery.  “Doctor, I get heartburn every time I eat birthday cake,” he explained.

The doctor asked him to open his mouth and say “Ahhh.”

After a few moments examination, the doctor said, “Next time, take the candles off.”

Next Meeting, 20th September 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 20th September 2022.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer.  Please note that the pub will not be serving food on Tuesdays for the foreseeable.

To mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the “Feature Game” will be Corgi Dash.  This is a retheme of Heimlich & Co., which was published as a “Jubilee Souvenir” earlier this year, by Tony Boydell.  Other games we’ll be playing will have a Queen, King, or otherwise royal-related theme, for example, Queen’s Necklace, Sleeping Queens, Kingdomino, Key to the City: London.

Corgi Dash
– Image by boardGOATS

 

Next Meeting, 6th September 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 6th September 2022.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer.  Please note that the pub will not be serving food on Tuesdays for the foreseeable.

This week the “Feature Game” will be Project L (rules, review & rules run through video).  Project L is a sort of Tetris-like, engine-building game, where players start with two pieces and use them to complete more puzzles and win more pieces enabling them to complete more complex puzzles and so on.

– Image by BGG contributor SynapticAcid

And speaking of Tetris…

Jeff was writing a novel based on Tetris, but was really struggling to make progress.  He explained to his wife, Jane, that he felt he really wasn’t getting anywhere and was finding it very depressing.

Jane asked what the problem was and why he was struggling.

Jeff replied, “I don’t know, but every time I complete a line it disappears…”

Next Meeting, 23rd August 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 23rd August 2022.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

This week the “Feature Game” will be Scotland Yard (rules, review & rules run through video), a semi-cooperative game where a team of detectives are trying to catch Mr. X who is on the run.  Mr. X moves around London taking taxis, buses or subways while the detectives, who nearly always know his mode of transport working together to trap him.

– Image by BGG contributor Gialmere

And speaking detectives…

Jeff was doing a stint in CID when his Sergeant asked him to take details of a non-dwelling burglary from the owner of the premises.

So, with his notebook at the ready, Jeff asked, “What is the nature of the business, sir?”

The man answered, “We deal in plant hire.”

Jeff looking a little confused, responded, “Don’t people buy plants?”

Next Meeting, 9th August 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 9th August 2022.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

This week the “Feature Game” will be Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea.  This is a re-implementation of the popular worker-placement game, Snowdonia.  The underlying mechanisms are essentially the same, but it has a smoother feel and of course, the setting is Darjeeling (in the Indian state of West Bengal) and it has addition of Chai, which players get from harvested tea leaves and adds to their actions.

Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea
– Image by BGG contributor LordBalder

And speaking of a nice cup of tea…

One day, Jeff phoned his girlfriend, Jemima, and said, “Can you come round please? I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t work out how to get started.”

Jemima asked, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”

Jeff replied, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.”

So that afternoon, Jemima went round to Jeff’s flat and Jeff showed her where he had the puzzle spread all over the kitchen table. His girlfriend studied the pieces for a moment then looked at the box.

She turned to Jeff and said, “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.”

Then Jemima gently took his hand, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then…” she said with a deep sigh, “We can put all these Corn Flakes back in the box.”

Next Meeting, 26th July 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 26th July 2022.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

Following the recent announcement of the Spiel des Jahres Award Winners, this week the “Feature Game” will be the Spiel des Jahres nominee, SCOUT (review, rules & how-to-play video).  This is a short ladder-climbing game that should leave time to play some of the other games that received nominations or recommendations this year like Trek 12: Himalaya (how-to-play video) and Ark Nova (tutorial & play-through) or the Kennerspiel winner Living Forest (set up and rules video).

– Image by BGG contributor kalchio

And speaking of ladders…

Jeff ran into the house shouting, “Mum, Mum! I’ve knocked the ladder down outside!!”

His mother replied, “Well, don’t bother me, go and tell your dad.”

Jeff answered, “Um, he already knows, he’s hanging off the roof…”