Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 18th September 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 18th September, 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 Endeavor: Age of Sail, the new, deluxe edition of  one of our favourite games, Endeavor.  Each player represents a growing empire engaged in a glorious endeavor to expand their influence and status at home and across the great oceans of the world.  Players earn glory by increasing their scores in Industry, Culture, Finance, and Politics, as well as by occupying cities, controlling connections between cities, and by holding certain Asset Cards and Building Tiles.  Although it is quite “thinky”, it usually doesn’t take all that long to play so there should be time for a few other games too.

Endeavor: Age of Sail
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Captain Cook…

Jeff was at chic gathering and struggling to make polite conversation.  The person he was talking to was a psychiatrist, so, after a minute or two, Jeff asked him, “Would you mind telling me, how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?”

“Nothing is easier,” the doctor replied. “I ask him a simple question, which everyone should answer with no trouble at all. If he hesitates, that tells me just what I need to know.”

“What sort of question?” Jeff asked.

“Well,” replied the psychiatrist, “I might ask a question like ‘Captain Cook made three trips around the world and died during one of them. Which one?'”

Jeff paused a minute and thought for a moment before he replied, “You wouldn’t happen to have another example, would you? I must confess I don’t know much about history.”

Next Meeting – 4th September 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 4th September, 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 Farmers expansion to one of our favourite games, Keyflower.  The expansion introduces sheep, cows and pigs which players keep in the space between the roads in their village, as well as wheat to feed them with.

Keyflower: The Farmers
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of farmers…

A Jeff was driving down a country road, when he spotted a farmer standing in the middle of a huge pasture.  He pulled over to the side of the road and watched:  the farmer was just standing there, doing nothing, looking at nothing.  A little concerned that he there might be something wrong, Jeff got out of the car, walked all the way out to the farmer and asked him, “Are you OK?”

The farmer replied, “Of course, I’m fine.”

Jeff could see that although the farmer was behaving oddly, there was clearly nothing wrong.  His concern had just given way to curiosity though.  He hesitated, but he couldn’t just leave it and walk away.  “So, if you don’t mind, what are you doing?”

“I’m trying to win a Nobel Prize,” answered the farmer.

Jeff was non-the-wiser, so continued, “But how?”

The Farmer grinned, “Well, I heard they give the Nobel Prize to people who are out standing in their field…”

Next Meeting – 21st August 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 21st August, 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 Lancaster, a worker placement game set in the time of Henry V.  Players develop their knighthood, deploy individual knights in the counties of England, work on their own castle, and send them off to the wars in France.  We’ve played Lancaster a few times, but it’s a good game and it’s been a little while since it last got an outing.

Lancaster
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor kilroy_locke

And talking of Plantagenets…

Jeff was visiting a friend in Leicester when he came across the Richard III Visitor Centre.  He had never been much good at History at school, so before paying the entry fee, he wanted to know what it was all about.  The volunteer on the gate was very keen to explain, “Richard III was the last of the Plantagenet Kings who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, but nobody knew where he was buried.”

Jeff was puzzled, “So how did you know he’d died then?” he asked.

“Oh,” replied the guide, “We’ve found him now, we found him a few years ago, in a carpark, and he’s been reburied in Leicester Cathedral.”

“Oh right,” answered Jeff, “I’d have thought he’d have been flushed down the toilet like all the other Richard III’s…”

Next Meeting – 7th August 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 7th August, 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 Altiplano, a bag building game that re-implements some of the mechanisms found in Orléans.  Players must build an effective production engine as well as deliver the right goods at the right time and store goods cleverly enough to fill the most valuable areas of their warehouse, all the while being scrutinised by a large cardboard alpaca…

Altiplano
– Image used with permission of boardgamephotos

And talking of alpacas…

Jeff was visiting his South American cousin, José, who farmed alpacas up on the high planes in the Andes.  Alpacas are quite substantial beasts and very nosy, so were very interested in this newcomer from Europe.  Jeff, on the other hand, was a more than a little intimidated by the large shaggy creatures.  José was very understanding though, and explained that they were really very friendly adding, “There’s really no cause for a llama…”

Next Meeting – 24th July 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 24th July, 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 Azul, an abstract game, with a very, very loose theme where players are tile laying artists decorating a wall in the Palace of Evora with “azulejos”.  We have chosen this game to celebrate the fact that it has just received the coveted Spiel des Jahres award.

Azul
– Image used with permission of boardgamephotos

And talking of Palaces…

Jeff was visiting Buckingham Palace.  After a tour of the house and grounds, the visit finished at the Royal Stables.  As he wandered around he saw an elderly lady in a head-scarf and realised he was in royal company.  He was standing quietly admiring a magnificent stallion when suddenly it passed wind so loudly it couldn’t be ignored.

“Oh dear,” said the Queen, “How embarrassing. I’m frightfully sorry about that.”

“It’s quite understandable,” replied Jeff, and after a moment, added, “As a matter of fact I thought it was the horse…”

Next Meeting – 10th July 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 10th July, 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 Keyflower, which is a tile laying game with an unusual auction mechanic implemented using meeples. We’ve chosen Keyflower because it is one of our favourite games, and one particular member keeps asking to play it and then misses out.

– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of auctions…

Jeff went to an auction and bought a Stradivarius and a Rembrandt.  He was very happy with them since the price he paid was remarkably low, and even he had heard the names.  Although he knew they were valuable, Jeff had no idea how much they were actually worth, so he decided ask a valuer to put a number on his windfall.

In response to his query, the valuer explained, “Well sir, this is indeed a Stradivarius and that is a Rembrandt, but it’s a great pity that Stradivarius couldn’t paint and Rembrandt couldn’t build violins…”

Next Meeting – 26th June 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 26th June, 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 Concordia: Aegyptus / Creta, the latest expansion for Concordia, a strategy game of economic development in Roman times.  We’ve played Concordia a few times on Tuesdays, and Fridays at the Didcot Games Club; we’ve played both the base game and with the Salsa expansion, and it has always been enjoyed.

Concordia
– Image used with permission of boardgamephotos

And speaking of Romans…

Like Jeff, all his descendants fancied their chances at getting rich.  One in particular, Jefficus Stultus, had thought that being a gladiator was a good way of achieving his dreams.  He did alright on his first visit to the arena, but his second bout was less successful.  First his opponent sliced off both of his arms; Jefficus never wanted for courage, however, and fought on, kicking and biting as furiously as he could. When Jefficus’ opponent lopped off both his feet though, the brave gladiator had no choice but to give up.

He was now both unarmed and defeated…