Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 11th July 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11th 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 Santo Domingo, a light card game of tactics and bluffing with a pirate theme set in the world of one of our more popular games, Port Royal.  The game is a re-implementation of the slightly older game, Visby, which was only given a limited release.

Santo Domingo
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of pirates…

Jeff the pirate had finally given up pirating and mended his ways, but his parrot had other ideas. He was constantly swearing and refusing to behave. Eventually, Jeff had had enough, so when the parrot started swearing again, he stuck it in the freezer for five minutes.

When Jeff fished it out again, the bird was very contrite and said, “I promise I’ll be good now, no more swearing. Just one question though: what on Earth did the turkey do?!?!”

Next Meeting – 27th June 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 27th 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 20th Century, a tile laying game where players build a land free of garbage and pollution – a land where the environment is as healthy as the economy.  Players accumulate points each round, based on their nation’s quality of life. They also score bonus points for certain aspects of their country’s development and at the end of the game points are awarded based on their country’s income, research, and environmental quality. The player with the most points wins, having built the country with the highest standard of living.

20th Century
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of modern life…

Jeff arrived at work looking very harassed, so  one of his mates asked him if he was OK.

Jeff replied, “I tell you, women drivers are a hazard to traffic. Driving to work this morning on the motorway, I looked over to my right and there was this woman in a Jaguar doing at least seventy miles per hour with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her mascara.”

He went on, “I looked away for a couple seconds and then the next thing I knew was she was careering all over my lane.”

Then Jeff paused a second, before concluding, “It scared me so badly that I dropped my electric razor into my coffee, and it spilled all over my mobile phone.”

Next Meeting – 13th June 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 13th 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 Capitals expansion to Between Two Cities.  Between Two Cities is a semi-cooperative tile laying game that we’ve played quite a lot within the group.  The Capitals expansion hasn’t been properly released yet, though it was available as a pre-release at the UK Games Expo ten days ago.

Between Two Cities
– Image by boardGOATS

And telling a Tale of Two Cities…

There was once a terrible crisis in London, the Thames had a new inhabitant – a horrible sea monster had slunk into the famed London waterway. Citizens who walked too close to the edge of the river were quietly devoured. The city was in an uproar! Who would save them from the horrible creature?

A young man came forward to answer the call. He was a poor man from an inconsequential village, but he had a heart of courage and a love for his countrymen.

He came to the banks of the Thames and called in a loud voice, “Monster! Show yourself if you dare!”

In a flash of scales and slime, the creature broke the surface of the water, his horrible jaws open to devour this arrogant young warrior.  Fortuitously, the hero was quicker, and his sword neatly sliced off the monster’s head. The people poured into the streets of London to celebrate! The crisis was over.

But the story wasn’t quite…

The citizens joyously pulled the carcass out of the Thames river, carved it into sections, and took it to butcher shops all over the city, where it was seasoned and mixed and pressed into the yummiest sausage ever tasted.

Yes, it was the beast of Thames…. it was the wurst of Thames…

Next Meeting – 30th May 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 30th 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 Terraforming Mars, which is card driven resource management game built round a map of the planet and its moons.  Players take the role of giant 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 is habitable.  The game was recently nominated for this year’s Kennerspiel des Jahres.

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…”

Next Meeting – 16th May 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 16th 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 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, but it is a long time since we’ve played it and lots of several players seem to have missed 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 – 2nd May 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 2nd 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 Mamma Mia!, a little card game with a pizza theme – something that seems wholly appropriate given how many of us now have pizza on a Tuesday at The Jockey.  Mamma Mia! was designed by Uwe Rosenberg who was also responsible for Bohnanza, one of our all-time favourite card games, so it will be interesting to see how it compares.

Mamma Mia!
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of pizza…

Jeff was in Japan on a business trip, but after a few days he had a hankering for pizza, so he asked the concierge at his hotel if there was anywhere nearby that he could get one. The concierge told him he was in luck and a pizza place had just opened down the road, and they delivered.

The concierge gave Jeff the phone number, and he took it back to his room and ordered a pizza. Thirty minutes later, the delivery man appeared at his room door with the pizza. As Jeff took the pizza he began sneezing uncontrollably.

Jeff asked the delivery man, ”What on earth did you put on this pizza?”

The delivery man bowed deeply and replied, “We put on the pizza what you ordered: pepper only…”

Next Meeting – 18th April 2017

Our next meeting will be on Easter Tuesday, 18th 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 Power Grid, which is a game where the aim is to supply the most cities with power when someone’s network reaches a predetermined size. Players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they need to power these cities. However, as power plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you’re potentially allowing others access to superior equipment.

Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America
– Image used with permission of boardgamephotos

And talking of electricity…

Jeff was working as an electrician rewiring a property.  After a full week of work, the homeowner was delighted with end result and all the hard work Jeff had put into his house.

“You did a great job,” he said, and handed Jeff a cheque. “Also, as a special thank-you, here’s an extra £80 to take the missus out to dinner and maybe see a film.  Show her a good time – I’m sure she deserves it.”

Later that evening, the doorbell rang and it was Jeff.  Thinking the electrician had maybe left something behind the homeowner asked, “Is everything OK?  Did you forget something?”

“No,” Jeff replied. “I’m just here to take your missus out to dinner and show her a good time, just like you asked…”