Category Archives: Next Meeting

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…”

Next Meeting, 12th July 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 12th 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 last week when we played Flamme Rouge to mark the start of the Tour de France, this week the “Feature Game” will be the older bike racing game, 6-Tage Rennen (aka 6 Day Race).  As for Flamme Rouge, players move their riders by playing cards and use slipstreams to gain an advantage, but it is more turn based than the newer game.  This should be quick to play giving everyone a chance to play something different.

6-Tage Rennen
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of bicycles…

Jeff was riding his bicycle up and down the street when he saw his mum in the front garden. He let go of the handlebars, waved his hands in the air and yelled to his mum “Look mom, no hands!”

His mum replied, “Be careful darling…”

Jeff was enjoying showing off however, so he lifted his feet off the pedals and shouted, “Look mum, no feet!”

His mum replied more sternly, “Be careful, darling…”

Then suddenly, there was a loud crash as Jeff and his bike hit the tarmac. His mother ran over and, as Jeff slowly got back up, he said, “Look mum, no teeth!”

Next Meeting, 28th June 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 28st June 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, to mark the start of the Tour de France on Friday, the “Feature Game” will be the Peloton expansion for Flamme Rouge (review, rules & explanation video).  Flamme Rouge is a fast-paced, tactical bicycle racing game where each player controls a team of two riders: a Rouleur and a Sprinteur with the aim being to cross the finish line first with one of their riders. Players move their riders by playing cards and use slipstreams to avoid exhaustion and position their riders to sprint for the win.

Flamme Rouge
– Image by BGG contributor aldoojeda

And speaking of bicycles…

Jeff was sitting in the pub beer garden with his mate Joe chatting about life.

“I’ve really had it with my dog,” said Jeff, “He’ll chase anyone on a bicycle.”

Joe answered, “Ahh, that’s annoying is that.” He took a long pull at his pint before he continued, “So what are you going to do—leave him at the dog’s home? Give him away? Sell him?”

“Oh no, nothing that drastic,” replied Jeff. “I think I’ll just confiscate his bike.”

Next Meeting, 14th June 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 14st June 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 Moor Visitors expansion to Viticulture, which we will play together with the Tuscany board (rules etc.).  Viticulture is a worker placement game about planting vines, harvesting grapes and making wine.  The Moor Visitors expansion adds extra cards while the Tuscany expansion provides changes to the seasons 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, 31st May 2022

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 31st 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 Die Wandelnden Türme, a clever little family game where players take it in turns to move Wizards or Towers (rules, review & how-to-play video).  We played this last time, and it went down so well, we thought we’d make it the “Feature” this time.

Die Wandelnden Türme
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Wizards…

Jeff and his wizard mates were playing with spells, and conjured up a magic slide into a pool. They put a spell on it so that whatever anyone said as they slid down the slide would appear in the pool.

Jeff’s first friend shouted, “BEEEEEERRRR!” whilst on the slide and landed in a pool of the best beer ever to be tasted.

His second friend yelled, “WIIIINNNEEE!” whilst coming down the slide and he landed in a pool of the most expensive wine ever to be made.

Finally, it was Jeff’s turn. He excitedly climbed up to the top of the slide and then, completely forgetting forgetting the spell, as he launched himself down the chute, he screamed, “WWWHEEEEEEEEE!”

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…”