Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 18th February 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 18th February, 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 Isle of Cats, a tile-laying game where players are rescuing cats and packing them onto their ship.

Isle of Cats
– Image by BGG contributor kalchio

And speaking of Cats…

Jeff was at the cinema watching the new release of Jane Austin’s “Emma”, when he noticed what looked like a cat sitting next to him.

“Are you a cat?” asked Jeff, surprised.

“Yes,” the cat replied.

“What are you doing at the cinema?” asked Jeff.

“Well,” replied the cat, “I liked the book…”

 

Next Meeting – 4th February 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 4th February, 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 Fast Sloths, a race game where players are sloths. The game is a pick-up-and-deliver type of game, but unusually the sloths are the cargo being delivered.

Fast Sloths
– Image used with permission of boardgamephotos

And speaking of Sloths…

A sloth named Jeff was walking through the forest one day when a gang of snails approached him and beat him up. Jeff was left at the bottom of a tree with many cuts and bruises and was feeling very sorry for himself. Several hours later he gathered up enough strength to go to the local police station. It was immediately obvious to the desk-officer that the sloth was in some distress, so the officer invited him into a quiet room straight away.

“What happened to you?” the officer asked.

“A gang of snails beat me up,” Jeff replied.

The officer took out his notebook and pencil, “Can you describe what they looked like please?”

“I don’t know,” the sloth said, “It all happened so fast…”

Next Meeting – 21st January 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st January, 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 Ticket to Ride, specifically, the European editions.  Over the last year, on games night we’ve spent a lot of time discussing Brexit and following the seemingly endless series of votes in the House of Commons.  As a strongly pro-Europe group, we felt we had to mark the last meeting while we were still part of the EU, and we’ll do it in the only way we know: by playing some of the European versions of Ticket to Ride:  Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Netherlands and of course, Europe.

Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Brexit…

Jeff was working in his local pub, when Nigel Farage walked in and asked for a pint.  Jeff went to the pump and drew a pint of Jockey and then threw it into Nigel’s face.

“Why on earth  did you do that?” asked Nigel, wiping beer out of his eyes.

“You asked for a pint, but you didn’t say how you wanted it delivered,” replied Jeff.

Nigel was in a good mood as Brexit day was approaching fast, so he put his large spotted hanky back into his pocket saying, “OK, I get, you’re a Remoaner, I won’t make a fuss, I’ll just have a pint in a pint glass.”

Jeff gave him a firm stare. “No, you can’t ask again,” he said.

“Why not?” Nigel asked.

“Democracy,” Jeff replied.

Next Meeting – 7th January 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 7th January, 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 Suburbia which is a slightly older game that has recently been re-released in a fancy new “Collector’s Edition”.  In this game, players are developing their own cities trying to make them as prosperous as they can.

Suburbia: Collector's Edition
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor rmarkworth

And speaking of developing cities…

Jeff and Joe were working for the city council in the park.  Joe was furiously digging holes, while  Jeff was quickly filling them in.

A confused dog-walker asked, “Why do you keep digging holes and then filling them in again?”

Jeff, lent on his shovel and replied, “The lazy sod who plants the trees is off sick again today.”

Next Meeting – 31st December 2019

Following the success of all the previous New Year parties, we are having another one this year on Tuesday 31st December.  As it is New Year’s Eve we will be meeting at a private house in Stanford and starting at 7pm with food later.

The plan is to start off early with the “Feature Game”, which, as has become traditional, will be the gorgeous, dexterity car-racing game, PitchCar.  After that, we will be eating, playing more games and watching the village fireworks at midnight as we can’t be bothered to set off our own!

PitchCar
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of cars…

It was a Sunday afternoon, and like many fathers before him, Jeff was washing the car with his son.  After a moment, his son asked, “Do you think we could use a sponge instead?”

Next Meeting – 10th December 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 10th December, at the Horse and Jockey pub in Stanford-in-the-Vale.

As this is our last meeting before Christmas
we will be meeting early at 7pm for pizzas and Christmas festivities.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Christmas Penguins followed by a range of Christmas and winter themed games like Christmas TreeSnow Tails, Carcassonne: Winter Edition, Giftmas at Dungeon Abbey, Gingerbread House and Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries.   Christmas Penguins is a tactical dice game where players take the role of thieving evil penguins, trying to steal presents from Father Christmas.

Christmas Penguins
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Christmas…

Jeff wasn’t in a festive mood.  He was in a lot of pain, so he went to see his doctor to get the problem looked at.

“What seems to be the problem?” Jeff’s GP asked.

Jeff looked a bit shifty and uncomfortable, and not just due to his ailment.  “I’ve, er… got um…” he mumbled.

“Speak up, I can’t help you if I don’t know what’s the matter,” interrupted the doctor.

Jeff tried again, “I’ve, um…” but again his voice faded away to silence.

The doctor took pity on him and gently coaxed him on, “Is it something to do with an intimate area?  You know there’s nothing to be ashamed of, we’re all the same really.  Now what’s bothering you? You can tell me.”

Jeff took a deep breath “Doctor…” then he blurted out, “I seem to have a mince pie stuck up my bottom!”

“Oh, you’re in luck,” answered the Doctor, “I’ve got some cream for that!”

Next Meeting – 26th Movember 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 26th 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 Mississippi Queen which is an old game that won the Spiel des Jahres award in 1997, but has recently been re-released in a new edition having been out of print for many years.  In this game, players race their paddle steamers down the Mississippi, picking up passengers along the way. Onboard, the coal supplies are limited, so each ship’s acceleration and manoeuvrers must be carefully planned…

Crappy Birthday
– Image by BGG contributor garyjames

And speaking of riverboats…

Jeff was on a boat with a priest and a rabbi.  The weather was hot and humid and the trio had been fishing there nearly all day without a nibble.  Eventually, the rabbi said he was thirsty, so carefully, he climbed over the side of the boat, walked across the water to the bank where they’d left supplies.  He took a cold bottle of water and drank thirstily.  A couple of moments later, the priest gave a deep sigh and said, “I’m not getting anything here either, I think I’m going to join him.”  And with that, he climbed over the gunwale and followed his friend.

Jeff had had enough too by this time, but didn’t fancy the hard work involved in rowing the boat back to the bank.  So, thinking to himself, “If God lets them walk on water, he’ll let me too,” he left the boat.  Inevitably, Jeff being Jeff, he sank like a stone.  Bedraggled, he climbed back in to the boat, raised the anchor, and dejectedly started to row.

On the riverbank, the rabbi turned to the priest and said, “I guess he didn’t know where the stepping stones are then.”