Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 9th July 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 9th 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 Forbidden Desert. This is a cooperative game where players are working together to find parts to build an airship and escape from the desert fighting the sandstorms and the ever-shifting dunes.

Forbidden Desert
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor ronster0

And speaking of deserts…

Jeff was driving through the desert, when he saw a sign saying “SPEED LIMIT 40”.  Jeff was well known for driving at the speed limit rather than below it, so slowed down to exactly 40 mph and carried on.

About half an hour later, Jeff saw another sign, this time with the words “SPEED LIMIT 20” on it, so again he dutifully slowed down, and carried on at 20 mph.

Another half an hour passed, and Jeff saw yet another sign, this one saying “SPEED LIMIT 10”. By this time, he was getting quite fed up, but still, he slowed down to 10 mph and continued on his way.

After an hour of “cruising” along in second gear, Jeff passed a sign saying, “WELCOME TO SPEED LIMIT”…

Next Meeting – 25th June 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 25th 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 Hook!. This is a very quick, silly little game where players are pirates under attack and who are trying to retaliate by catching other pirates, parrots and bottles of rum in the sights of their cannon without injuring themselves.  We’ve chosen this game because it is likely to be a quiet night and this gives lots of versatility while allowing plenty of time to play something else.

Hook!
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of pirates and their hooks…

Two pirates, Jeff and Joe, were exchanging salty sea-dog stories when Joe pointed to the hook where Jeff’s hand should have been and asked, “How d’ye get that then me ‘arty?”

Jeff replied conversationally, “Arrrrr, well, I fought Red Beard’s crew and lost me hand in the battle.”  He went on, pointing at Joe’s peg-leg, “What about you? What ‘appened to yer leg?”

Joe answered, “Weeeeell, ah was wrestlin’ wi’ a shark and although I got ‘im in the end, ‘ee got me leg first.” There was a pause, then he pointed at Jeff’s patch and asked, “What about yer eye?”

Jeff responded, “Aye, well it was bonny Sundee afteenoon when a ruddy big seagull came by and left ‘is droppings in me eye.”

There was a long silence, but eventually Joe commented, “That’s not as impressive as the others.”

“Aye, ah know,” Jeff answered. “It was me first day with the ‘ook.”

Next Meeting – 11th June 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11th 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 the Exploits Expansion from Endeavor: Age of Sail. Each player represents a growing empire engaged in a glorious endeavour 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. This deluxe edition of one of our favourite games, Endeavor, was released last year with an expansion, the Exploits, which give players another way of getting points. Although some of the group have played it with the Exploits, we would like to give it another try before the KickStarter for the new, Age of Expansion starts later this month.

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 – 28th May 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th May, 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 Tuscany, the expansion to the Viticulture, a worker placement game about planting vines, harvesting grapes and making wine.  The Tuscany expansion provides changes to the seasons wherein the actions occur in and provides a couple of extra mechanisms for getting points.

Tuscany
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of wine…

Jeff was driving down a country lane when he met a car coming the other way.  Unfortunately both drivers were going a bit quickly and as they came round a blind corner they collided.  Both cars involved were completely wrecked, but amazingly neither Jeff nor the young lady driving the other vehicle were hurt.

After they climbed out of their cars, the young lady said, “Just look at our cars! There’s nothing left, but fortunately we are both unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days.”

The lady was very good looking and her car looked very valuable, so Jeff, thinking his luck was in, replied, “I agree with you completely.”

The woman continued, “And look at this, here’s another miracle. My car is completely demolished, but this bottle of wine didn’t break.  Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune.”

She handed the bottle to Jeff, who, mentally checking whether it was his birthday, opened it, drank half and then handed it back. The woman took the bottle, screwed the cap back on and handed it back to Jeff.

Jeff looked a little confused and asked, “Aren’t you having any?”

The woman replied, “No. I think I’ll just sit here and wait for the police…”

Next Meeting – 14th May 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th May, 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 Powerships, a mad space-ship racing game where players roll dice and try to navigate their craft traveling great distances around a galactic race course, dodging planets, space dust… and each other.

Powerships
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of the vast distances in space…

Jeff and his mate Joe were sitting on a bench one evening talking about where they were going on holiday and watching the moon rise over rural Oxfordshire.  Jeff commented that he’d had been thinking about going to Australia as he’d heard that there were loads of gorgeous girls there.  Joe liked the sound of that, but was concerned about how far away it was.  Jeff shrugged—he knew it was a long way, but wasn’t sure how far.

There was a moment of silence, then Joe asked, “Which do you think is farther away, Australia or the moon?”

Jeff pointed at the sky and said, “Duh! Can you see Australia from here???”

Next Meeting – 30th April 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 30th April, 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 Lewis & Clark, a resource collecting race game in which each player manages an expedition intended to cross the North American continent, trying to be the first to reach the Pacific.  It is a longer game, but there will be plenty of shorter games available to play as well.

Dinosaur Island
– Image by BGG contributor styren

And speaking of explorers…

Jeff was the first to person explore the Coast of Labrador. Shortly after he left though, he realized that he had forgotten something really important and had to go back to get it.

This made him the first Labrador Retriever…