Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 30th October 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 30th October, 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 Peppers of the Caribbean, a cute little set collecting card game with a loose pirate theme, that was released at Essen last week.  The game is very quick to play, giving us lots of time to play other games depending on who comes and what mood they are in.  Originally we had planned to play Key Flow, however, it’s still packed and there wasn’t time to learn the rules…!

Peppers of the Caribbean
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of pirates…

Jeff was going to a fancy-dress party, but he was feeling a bit shy about his outfit so on his way he called into his local pub for some Dutch courage.  He walked up to the bar complete with eye patch, wooden leg, parrot on his shoulder and ships wheel sticking out of his fly.  The landlord asked why he was dressed as a pirate, so Jeff explained about the party.

The barman answered, “OK, I get that by why do you have the ships wheel down your trousers?”

Jeff thought for a moment then replied, “To be honest, I do don’t really know, but it’s been driving me nuts…”

Next Meeting – 16th October 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 16th October, 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 Greed, a card drafting game where players are crime lords trying to earn more money than anyone else through clever use of their cards.  The game is very quick to play, giving us lots of time to play other games depending on who comes and what mood they are in.

Greed
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor punkin312

And speaking of greed…

When Jeff met friend in the street, Joe was horrified to find him looking very morose and almost on the verge of tears. Joe asked,, “Hey Jeff, what on earth’s the matter mate, d’ya want to tell me about it over a pint?”

Joe began, “Three weeks ago, my uncle died…”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” interrupted Joe, “I guess you were close then?”

Jeff looked a little confused, “Not really he replied, but he left me £50,000 in his will.”

“That’s amazing,” said Joe.

“Hold on, I’m just getting started.” continued Jeff. “Two weeks ago, a cousin I never knew kicked-the-bucket and left me £95,000, tax-free to boot.”

“Wow,” said Joe, “Well, that’s great! I could really do with a windfall like that.”

Jeff went on, “And last week, my grandfather passed away and I inherited close on £1,000,000.”

There was a pause; Joe knew Jeff was always short of money, and eventually said, “So why are you so glum?”

Jeff answered, “Well all that and then this week…I got nothing…”

Next Meeting – 2nd October 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd October, 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.

It will be our sixth birthday, so as is now traditional, the “Feature Game” will be Crappy Birthday.  This is a silly little filler/party game that we can mess about with while people are eating cake allowing us to play something longer once everyone has arrived and finished food and the inevitable Essen discussions.

Crappy Birthday
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of birthdays…

It was Jeff’s birthday and, as it was a special birthday, his brother had bought him a special present.  Before opening the gift, Jeff shook it slightly, and noticed that it was wet in the corner.  Touching his finger to the wet spot and tasting it, he asked, “Is it a bottle of wine?”

His brother shook his head, “No…” So, again, Jeff touched his finger to the box and tasted the liquid.

“A bottle of Scotch then?” he asked, beginning to get all excited – this was way better than he’d expected.  Again his brother shook his head though, “No, not a bottle of Scotch…”

Eventually, Jeff said, “OK, I give in, what is it?”

His brother paused for effect, before answering, “A puppy!”

 

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…”