Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting, 17th May 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 17th May 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 the Arts and Architecture expansion (rules, review & how-to-play video) to Tapestry (rules, review & how-to-play video).  We played Tapestry with the Plans and Ploys expansion a few weeks ago and it was enjoyed by everyone involved.

Tapestry
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of architects…

Jeff was working in a pub, as a barman, serving pints.  One day, an architect who was drinking at the bar had an idea. He issued a challenge to anyone in the pub to see who could design the best building in five minutes.

A cowboy accepted the challenge, so Jeff found some paper and pencils and handed them out.

Then, Jeff counted them down, saying “Three… Two… One… DRAW!”

And the cowboy shot the architect.

Next Meeting, 3rd May 2022

It’s back to Tuesday this week, so our next meeting will be TONIGHT, Tuesday 3rd May 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 the quick little social deduction game, Moneybags (rules overview, review & in play video).   We have chosen this as we don’t know who will be there, but since it is very short and plays lots of people it will give us lots of time to play something else (like Libertalia again, for example) .  In Moneybags (like in Ca$h ‘n Guns), players are thieves dividing up their spoils, robbing from each other and generally trying to deceive everyone so that they come out on top.

Moneybags
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of gangsters…

Jeff joined the mob and became the personal assistant to the Godfather. One day he received a text message from his boss. “I’ve been having problems with my wife. Please pull the plug and then call someone in to take care of the matter.”

Jeff was terrified, but knew better than to question the Godfather, so he dutifully carried out the command. He shot the boss’s wife, and then called in the clean up crew.

A short while later, Jeff received another message. “Stupid autocorrect.  I meant wifi.”

Next Meeting, 20th April 2022

The pub is closed on Tuesday this week, so for one week only, we are meeting on a Wednesday, so our next meeting will be on WEDNESDAY 20th April 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 the new edition of Libertalia, Winds of Galecrest (rules, review & how to play video).  In the Winds of Galecrest, players are admirals commanding a vast and varied crew of sky pirates in search of adventure, treasure, and glory. Each day the fleet lands on a different island where players send a crew member to collect the loot.  The player with the most loot after three voyages is the most successful Pirate, Arrrrr!

 Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest
– Image from stonemaiergames.com

And talking of voyages…

Jeff, was captaining a cruise-ship when they passed a desert island.  As they sailed closer it became clear that there was an old man with a long beard and an eye-patch dressed in rags waving his arms at them and jumping up and down.

“Captain,” asked one of the passengers, “Who is that man?”

“I have no idea,” replied Jeff, “But he goes crazy every year when we pass him.”

Next Meeting, 5th April 2022

From the start of April, we are moving back to Tuesday nights, so our next meeting will be on TUESDAY 5th April 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 the Prelude expansion (rules & review) for Terraforming Mars (rules & how to play video).  Terraforming Mars is a card-driven engine builder game based round a central player board.  Players take the roles of corporations sponsored by the World Government on Earth to initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment on Mars is habitable.  Players work together on the terraforming process, but compete for victory points.  The Prelude expansion accelerates the start of the game and provides a boost to players’ engines by the addition of Prelude cards at the start of the game.

Terraforming Mars
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of outer space…

Joe was telling his cousin Jeff about his recent journey – he had just come back from the USA and was very proud of his new-found travel experience.

“Yeah,” replied Jeff, “I love to travel too.  Last year I went to Turkey and next year I’m going to India.”

Not to be out-done, Joe responded, “I’m saving up for a flight on the new Virgin Galactic space flight, I’ve already put my name down for it.  I want to fly to the moon!”

“Cool,” answered Jeff.  Determined to go one better, he added, “I’m waiting for the flights to the sun though.”

“How does that work?” asked his cousin, “Won’t you get all burnt up from the heat and stuff?”

Jeff paused for a moment.  “No,” he said thoughtfully, “We’ll just fly at night…”

Next Meeting, 24th March 2022

We are moving back to Tuesday nights from the end of the month, but our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 24th March 2022.  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 the Druids expansion for an old favourite, Isle of Skye (base game rules and expansion rules; video review of the base game).  Isle of Skye is a tile laying game similar in nature to to the popular gateway game, Carcassonne, but with an auction of tiles and objectives that give points.  The expansion adds a second set of tiles displayed on a dolmen that are more powerful, but are correspondingly more expensive.

Isle of Skye: Druids
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking druids…

Jeff was out for a walk when he saw a Druid was worshiping on the river bank.  Jeff interrupted the Druid and asked why he was worshiping there.

The Druid explained, “I worship river tributaries. That way I get my powers before they become mainstream…”

Next Meeting, 10th March 2022

We are meeting on Thursdays until the end of March, so, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 10th March 2022.  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 the first Tapestry expansion, Plans and Ploys (links to rules and rules videos).  Tapestry is a beautiful civilisation game, with just four pages of rules that combine to form a surprisingly deep game. The expansion gives players the opportunity to pursue individual achievements as well as adding more variety with new civilisations and landmarks.

Tapestry
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of tapestries and other needlework…

Jeff’s mum was cooking Sunday Lunch of roast spring 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…!”

Next Meeting, 24th February 2022

We are meeting on Thursdays until the end of March, so, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 24th February 2022.  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 PARKS.  In this game, players take on the role of two hikers as they trek through different trails. Whilst on the trail, the hikers take actions and collect memories of the places they visit. Collecting memories in sets allows players to trade them in for a visit to a National Park at the end of each hike.

PARKS
– Image by BGG contributor kalchio

And speaking of hiking…

Jeff and his mate Joe were out hiking when Jeff looked down and saw some tracks.
“Hey Joe, look! Deer tracks!” he exclaimed.

Joe looked over and answered, “Those aren’t deer tracks, those are rabbit tracks!”

After about ten minutes of bickering about what type of tracks they were, they got hit by a train…

Next Meeting, 10th February 2022

We are still meeting on Thursdays for the time being, so, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 10th February 2022.  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 Pick Picknic.  This is a light, hand-management, double-think game that plays quickly and is a lot of fun.  We’ve played it before, but with some uncertainty about plans, it seems a good choice as it will give a foundation for other games later.  The idea is that players have to decide whether to go for the corn and risk getting eaten or play their fox and risk starving.

Pick Picknic
– Image by BGG contributor kilroy_locke

And speaking of foxes…

A man goes went into Jeff’s pet shop and asked the owner for something amazing, but cheap. Jeff replied that he had a talking fox he was selling for just £20.

The man said, “How ridiculous, foxes can’t talk and even if they could why would you sell him so cheap?!”

While they were speaking, a fox comes over, puts his paw on the desk to interrupt and said, “Actually I can talk. I’ve written three books and climbed up Mount Everest for the fifth time just last week too.”

The man was astonished. “Wow!” he exclaimed. He turned to Jeff, “But why is it so cheap?”

Jeff replied, “I just can’t take the lies anymore.”

Next Meeting, 27th January 2022

We are still meeting on Thursdays for the time being, so, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 27th January 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 (the table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

Following the sad passing of Mike Parker (aka Burgundy), this week the meeting will be dedicated to his memory.  The “Feature Game” will therefore be “Burgundy’s Favourites” and will include games like Concordia, Orléans, Bohnanza, Wingspan, Ticket to Ride (particularly with the UK map as it was one especially liked), Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot, Dominion, 6 Nimmt! and Splendor.

Burgundy had supper at the pub before every games night and always had the same thing, so was known as “Ham, Egg & Chips Man” by the staff at The Jockey.  Therefore, some of us will be gathering early to reminisce and celebrate his gaming life, sharing his favourite supper.  All welcome of course, though it would be helpful to know numbers in advance for catering purposes.

Mike Parker
– Image by Pushpendra Rishi

And speaking of Ham, Egg & Chips…

The landlord was tending the bar at the local pub when Jeff walked in with Ham, Egg & Chips on his head.  Jeff sat at the bar and ordered a beer, quietly drank it, paid, and then left.

The next day, at around the same time, Jeff came in again, complete with a fresh portion of Ham, Egg & Chips on his head.  Again, he ordered a beer, drank it, paid, and then left.

On the third day, the landlord decided he really had to ask Jeff about his unusual head gear. So, after pouring the beer, and setting it down on the bar in front of him, he said, “It’s not really any of my business, and don’t feel obliged to answer, but you know seeing someone with Ham, Egg & Chips on his head isn’t exactly an every day thing.  So I have to ask, what’s the deal?”

Jeff replied, “Oh, no problem, I don’t mind you asking at all.  Basically, I tried sausage, hard boiled egg and potatoes, but they kept rolling off…”

Next Meeting, 13th January 2022

We are still meeting on Thursdays for the time being, so, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 13th January 2022.  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 Streets.  This is a tile laying game by the same people as Villagers.  It is, perhaps, a little lighter and, rather than developing the occupants of a village, players are building a city, transforming it street by street, from a small town into a centre of culture and commerce.

Streets
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of city folk and villagers…

Jeff, a city boy taking a break in the country was staying on a farm.  The weather was lovely and he was taking a gentle stroll round the farmyard when he saw the farmer in a barn and went in for a bit of a chat.

Looking for an in, he asked the farmer, “Excuse me, why does that cow have no horns?”

“Well sir,” the farmer began, “There’s many reasons why some cows don’t have horns.  Some breeds don’t have horns;  Angus cows don’t have them for example.”

The farmer continued, “In some breeds and in some individuals, the horns may grow towards the head, eventually causing injury, so we remove them with as little pain as possible.  And in some cases we don’t want them to grow horns, so when they are calves, we can put a little acid where the horns would grow, the buds, and then they never grow horns.”

“I see,” said Jeff.

The farmer, paused and then finished, “The reason why THAT cow doesn’t have horns though, is because THAT cow is a horse!”