Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting, 31st March 2020 – Online!

It is at times like this that we need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  As everyone is now confined to barracks and working from home, tonight’s meeting will be online, starting at 8pm.  There are several online gaming alternatives, but they all either cost or are horribly slow thanks to the fact that everyone else is trying to do the same… For this reason, we are going to try a real game using webcams.

So, this week, the “Feature Game” will be Las Vegas.  We have chosen this game because everyone knows it, so we can get started with minimal explanation; lots of people can play (eight) so as this is intended to be a social thing lots of people can be involved; it has no hidden information, so it should “work”.

Las Vegas
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of working from home…

It was a freezing cold morning in late March, and Jeff was up early as he had been having difficulties sleeping.   First thing he did after getting out of the shower was send a text to his girlfriend saying, “Windows frozen, won’t open.”

Jeff’s long-suffering girlfriend, Julie, responded, “Carefully pour lukewarm water over it and gently tap edges with hammer.”

Five minutes later, Jeff replied , “Computer really messed up now.”

Next Meeting, 17th March 2020 – Cancelled

The situation regarding Covid-19 is now developing very rapidly and as of yesterday Government advice was “Avoid pubs … and other such social venues”.  With this in mind, it would irresponsible to continue formal advertised GOATS meetings.  That said, if the Horse and Jockey remains open, people are of course free to turn up at the usual time for food and games.

Covid-19
– Image from imperial.ac.uk

Next Meeting – 3rd March 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd March, 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 Hellas map from the Hellas & Elysium expansion to Terraforming Mars. In Terraforming Mars, each person takes the role of a giant corporation, sponsored by the World Government on Earth to initiate projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment on Mars is habitable.  The Hellas map presents a new areas of Mars to explore: the Mars’ south pole and the enormous seven-hex Hellas crater that just begs to become a giant lake. Building around the pole gives placement bonuses in the form of heat and possibly even water.

Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium
– Image used with permission of boardgamephotos

And speaking of Mars…

Jeff got off the space ship to start the first day of his holiday on the red planet.  Looking around he decided he could really do with a drink, so headed for the nearest bar.

Waiting in the queue to be served, he picked up a bar towel and started chewing the corner. The barman looked a bit concerned, so asked, “Are you all right sir?  Maybe I could get you a beer instead…?”

“Oh,” replied Jeff, “That’d be great”.  And he ordered a pint, found a table, and sat down to enjoy his beer.

After a bit he started gnawing on the back of one of the chairs. Eventually, the barman came to the conclusion he had to do something; after all, Jeff was beginning to worry the other customers. He approached Jeff and asks what on earth (or perhaps Mars) he thought he was doing?

Jeff looked bemused.  “I’m really sorry,” he said, “I thought this was a Mars Bar…”

Next Meeting – 18th February 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 18th February, 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 Isle of Cats, a tile-laying game where players are rescuing cats and packing them onto their ship.

Isle of Cats
– Image by BGG contributor kalchio

And speaking of Cats…

Jeff was at the cinema watching the new release of Jane Austin’s “Emma”, when he noticed what looked like a cat sitting next to him.

“Are you a cat?” asked Jeff, surprised.

“Yes,” the cat replied.

“What are you doing at the cinema?” asked Jeff.

“Well,” replied the cat, “I liked the book…”

 

Next Meeting – 4th February 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 4th February, 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 Fast Sloths, a race game where players are sloths. The game is a pick-up-and-deliver type of game, but unusually the sloths are the cargo being delivered.

Fast Sloths
– Image used with permission of boardgamephotos

And speaking of Sloths…

A sloth named Jeff was walking through the forest one day when a gang of snails approached him and beat him up. Jeff was left at the bottom of a tree with many cuts and bruises and was feeling very sorry for himself. Several hours later he gathered up enough strength to go to the local police station. It was immediately obvious to the desk-officer that the sloth was in some distress, so the officer invited him into a quiet room straight away.

“What happened to you?” the officer asked.

“A gang of snails beat me up,” Jeff replied.

The officer took out his notebook and pencil, “Can you describe what they looked like please?”

“I don’t know,” the sloth said, “It all happened so fast…”

Next Meeting – 21st January 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st January, 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 Ticket to Ride, specifically, the European editions.  Over the last year, on games night we’ve spent a lot of time discussing Brexit and following the seemingly endless series of votes in the House of Commons.  As a strongly pro-Europe group, we felt we had to mark the last meeting while we were still part of the EU, and we’ll do it in the only way we know: by playing some of the European versions of Ticket to Ride:  Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Netherlands and of course, Europe.

Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Brexit…

Jeff was working in his local pub, when Nigel Farage walked in and asked for a pint.  Jeff went to the pump and drew a pint of Jockey and then threw it into Nigel’s face.

“Why on earth  did you do that?” asked Nigel, wiping beer out of his eyes.

“You asked for a pint, but you didn’t say how you wanted it delivered,” replied Jeff.

Nigel was in a good mood as Brexit day was approaching fast, so he put his large spotted hanky back into his pocket saying, “OK, I get, you’re a Remoaner, I won’t make a fuss, I’ll just have a pint in a pint glass.”

Jeff gave him a firm stare. “No, you can’t ask again,” he said.

“Why not?” Nigel asked.

“Democracy,” Jeff replied.

Next Meeting – 7th January 2020

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 7th January, 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 Suburbia which is a slightly older game that has recently been re-released in a fancy new “Collector’s Edition”.  In this game, players are developing their own cities trying to make them as prosperous as they can.

Suburbia: Collector's Edition
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor rmarkworth

And speaking of developing cities…

Jeff and Joe were working for the city council in the park.  Joe was furiously digging holes, while  Jeff was quickly filling them in.

A confused dog-walker asked, “Why do you keep digging holes and then filling them in again?”

Jeff, lent on his shovel and replied, “The lazy sod who plants the trees is off sick again today.”