Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting, 30th March 2021 – Online!

Although the spring is definitely on its way, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming“, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 30th March 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Las Vegas, a dice chucking, betting and push your luck game that we love and played a lot before we were forced to move game nights online.  It was the first game we played online a year ago and we thought we’d play it again to mark a year of remote gaming.

Las Vegas
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking betting…

Every year, Jeff made a bet with a local farmer, as to which lamb will jump highest—He likes a gambol…

Next Meeting, 16th March 2021 – Online!

Although the spring is definitely on its way, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming“, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 16th March 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Das Labyrinth des Pharao.  This is a tile laying game in a similar vein to Take it Easy! which we played a few weeks ago, or the Spiel des Jahres nominee Karuba which we last played a long time ago.  This game has an Egyptian theme though, with players exploring a pyramid.

 Das Labyrinth des Pharao
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking about Egypt…

Jeff was living in Egypt by the banks of a beautiful ancient river.  Every year the river flooded, but Jeff remained certain that the river would not destroy his house.  One year, the people of the village tried desperately to persuade him to evacuate, as the floods that year were particularly severe.  Jeff would not listen though, convinced he was right.  The floods came within the month, however, ruining his house and pulling him, and the debris, into the river.  The people, watched from the shores, shouting at him, and yelling, asking him why he didn’t listen.  Jeff continued ignoring them—he was still in de-Nile.

Next Meeting, 2nd March 2021 – Online!

Although the signs of spring approaching are clear, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming“, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd March 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be the first Hexpansion to HexRoller.  This is another “Roll and Write” style game, and this one is very abstract, though based on hexagons (which are the bestagons, obviously).  This game should be quite short, so will give time to play something else afterwards.

HexRoller: Hexpansion 1
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking about shapes…

When Little Jimmy came home from his first day at big school, his father Jeff, trying to be a good parent asked his son, what had happened.

Little Jimmy answered, “Well Dad, we had a geometry lesson today.”

His father responded, “That’s really interesting son, what did you learn?”

Jimmy looked a little uncomfortable for a moment and thought for a bit, but eventually replied, “We learnt πr2.”

Jeff looked at him and frowned, “Don’t be silly, everyone knows pies are round and it’s cakes that are square…”

Next Meeting, 16th February 2021 – Online!

Although the signs of spring approaching are clear, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming“, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 16th February 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be MetroX (aka メトロックス).  This is a return to the “Roll and Write” style game, and in this one, players are trying to get the most points for completing the routes and joining the most lines on their underground map.

MetroX
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of the underground…

Jeff was walking from Monument Station to Bank via the underground tunnel when he heard a busker.  As he approached he thought how beautifully the girl was playing the piano.  As he got nearer, however, he felt a little put off by the weird looking child with a dunces cap sitting on top of the piano.

Suddenly, the strange kid with the pointy hat jumped up and scurried off, and the pianist abruptly stopped playing.

Jeff asked her, “That was beautiful, why did you stop playing?”

She replied, “I cannot play the piano without my metro-gnome…”

Next Meeting, 2nd February 2021 – Online!

In the middle of winter and with the current stresses, people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd February 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Take it Easy!.  This is a clever little game where players are trying to build pipes by placing hexagon-shaped tiles (because hexagons are the bestagons).  Players who connect one side of the board to another with pipes of a single colour score points and the player with the most points is the winner.

Take it Easy!
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of pipes…

Jeff was working as a plumber and was called out to look at the pipe beneath a lady’s sink.  When he arrived, she was just going out, but she told Jeff he could take a look while she was away.  She was very good looking, so Jeff agreed, but as she showed him in, she was greeted by an enormous dog.  Worried about the Rotweiler, Jeff asked if he could come back later.

“Oh,” the lady said, “Don’t worry about the dog, he won’t hurt you.”   Then, pointing to a cage in the corner of the lounge she added, “But whatever you do, don’t talk to the parrot.”  The dog was looking a bit goofy and wagging its tail, and Jeff didn’t want to look scared in front of a pretty lass, so he agreed to take a look at the pipes while she was out.

Feeling more confident about the Rotweiler, Jeff started working on the sink.  He’d barely got going when there was a noise behind him and he saw the parrot, escaped from its cage sitting next to the Rotweiler.  All of a sudden the parrot started shouting with the most foul language Jeff had ever heard.  Mindful of the lady’s warning though, he tried to block it out and got on with the job.

The parrot was still hurling insults and Jeff had almost finished when, without thinking, he turned to the bird and yelled “Why don’t you just shut up!”

The parrot fell silent and Jeff breathed a sigh of relief.  Then, very softly, the parrot said, “Go get him Rex…”

Next Meeting, 19th January 2021 – Online!

In the middle of winter and with the current stresses, people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th January 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Noch Mal So Gut!.  This is a more advanced version of the the “Roll & Write” game Noch Mal! (aka Encore!).  We have played Noch Mal! a few times and it is a known within the group as “Boardgame Bingo“.  This variant adds an extra die and points for completing rows as well as columns.

Noch Mal So Gut!
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of Bingo…

Jeff and his girlfriend Julia were playing at the village Bingo.  About half way through, Jeff started looking over Julia’s shoulder and said, “You’ve got that number, mark it off!”  A couple of calls later he said it again, “You’ve got that number, mark it off!”

After five or six times, Julia eventually got annoyed and snapped at him, “Why don’t you do your own card?”

Jeff replied, “I can’t, it’s full…”

Next Meeting, 5th January 2021 – Online!

In the middle of winter and with the current stresses, people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th January 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be On Tour.  This is a “Roll & Write” game where players are living the dream in a band going on tour.  They have to plan the band’s route and schedule their stops visiting as many places as possible.

On Tour
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of bands on tour…

Jeff and his mate Joe had gone to a U2 concert.  They had just finished “Beautiful Day” when Bono asked the audience for quiet.  Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands, once every couple of seconds.  Holding the audience in total silence, Bono said into the microphone, “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.”  There was silence, as he continued to clap.

Jeff thought about it for a moment, then shouted out, as loud as he could, “Well stop doing it then!”

Next Meeting – 31st December 2020

Following the success of all the previous New Year parties, everyone wanted to have one this year too.  Obviously, we can’t play the traditional PitchCar or share a meal together, so instead, we will be starting late and running until midnight when we will be sharing a toast to the end of 2020 and to meeting again at The Jockey in 2021.

The plan is to start at 9pm with the “Feature Game”.  In the absence of PitchCar, the nearest online alternative is Downforce which we can play online using Board Game Arena.  This is a card-driven, bidding, racing, and betting game, based on the older games, Top Race and Daytona 500.

Downforce
– Adapted by boardGOATS from image
by BGG contributor kalchio

And talking of betting…

Every year, at New Year, Jeff would help the local farmer with the first of the lambing.  It had become tradition that every year, on New Year’s Eve, Jeff and the farmer would bet on which lamb would jump the highest.  They loved to gambol…

Next Meeting, 22nd December 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd December 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, to celebrate the Festive Season, the “Feature Game” will be the Winter Wonderland edition of Welcome To….  This is a variant on the “Roll & Write” style game where players plan and build 1950s housing estates in the USA.  This game includes the addition of festive artwork and fairy lights.

Welcome To... Winer Wonderland
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of Christmas lights…

Jeff and his wife, Jane, were putting were putting up Christmas decorations around the festive  Grotto, helped by children from the local primary school, all dressed as Santa’s helpers.

After several hours getting things just right, they were just about to start the big switch on when Jane said, “Hold on a second, I’m going to get some gaffer-tape.”

Jeff was puzzled and asked, “What for?  Everything’s very secure…”

Jane responded, “I’ve just spotted that the power cable is lying across the entrance—we’d better tape it down because it’s a bit of an elf hazard…!”

Next Meeting, 8th December 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th December 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be the River Expansion for Railroad Ink.  This is the expansion to the “Roll and Write” game and comes with the Deep Blue Edition the game, adding rivers to the railway, road and intersection options.  The group have really enjoyed playing Railroad Ink, so it is time to give it another outing and maybe increase the challenge a bit.  Although it is more complex than some of the games we’ve played it is definitely not as much of a challenge as the “Feature Game” last time.

Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of railways and intersections…

Jeff was out walking when he come across an un-gated level crossing where the railway and the road crossed. Seeing a beautiful woman playing with her mobile phone on the other side, he decided he would try to impress her and walked to the middle of the crossing.

As he did so, there was a rumble of a train in the distance.

“Shouldn’t you come away from there?” the beautiful lady asked.

Jeff (being Jeff), was thrilled at having caught her attention and decided to impress her further by ducking out of the way of the train at the very last second. So, as the train appeared round the corner, he readied himself to jump out of the way. Then, as soon as the driver saw the idiot standing in the way of the train, he slammed on the brakes and the train began to slow down, stopping just before the level crossing where Jeff was standing.

Jeff was delighted, “Look at that,” he said to the woman with a big grin, “The train stopped for me!”

It was then that he was hit by a speeding car