Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 17th September 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 17th 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 West of Africa which is a game set in the Canary Islands where players cultivate goods, try to sell them as profitably as they can and then use the money to build settlements. Each player has their own deck of cards which they use to carry-out their actions, keeping the requirements of the other players in mind.

West of Africa
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of canaries…

The festive season was approaching and Jeff’s daughter was getting excited in the way only small children can.  One day, she asked, “Dad, can I have a canary for Christmas?”

Jeff replied, “No, you can’t, you’ll have turkey like everyone else…”

 

Next Meeting – 3rd September 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 3rd 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 Lords of Vegas. In this game, players represent powerful developers in the burgeoning 1940s Nevada city. Players earn money and prestige by building the biggest and most profitable casinos on “The Strip,” the town’s backbone of dust and sin. They start with nothing but parking lots and dreams, but from there build, sprawl, reorganize and gamble their way to victory or destitution.

Lords of Vegas
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor ckirkman

And speaking of gambling…

Julia rushed home from the casino.  From the door she started yelling at her boyfriend, “Jeff, pack your things. I just won a million pound pay out from a slot machine!”

Excited, Jeff replied, “Oh yes, finally, we’re going on vacation? Should I pack for warm weather or cold?”

His wife looked at him and said, “I don’t care, you can go wherever you want to go! Go to the North Pole if you want, as long as you’re out of the house by noon!”

Next Meeting – 20th August 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 20th 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 Ivor the Engine. This is a great little card-driven, sheep-collecting, train game featuring fabulous artwork from the late, great Peter Firmin.  Although it is not a difficult game to play and looks like a cute kiddies game, it has vicious little teeth that make it a fine little game.

Ivor the Engine
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of trains, and sheep…

A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were traveling though Scotland by train, when the engineer looked out the window, saw a black sheep.  He exclaimed, “Hey! They’ve got black sheep in Scotland!”

The physicist looked out the window and corrected the engineer, “Strictly speaking, all we know is that there’s at least one black sheep in Scotland.”

The mathematician looked out the window and corrected the physicist, “Strictly speaking, all we know is that is that at least one side of one sheep is black in Scotland…”

Next Meeting – 6th August 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 6th 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 Century: Spice Road. This is a pretty, engine-builder card game, similar to Splendor, but with a few more bits.  In Century, players are caravan leaders who travel the famed silk road to deliver spices to the far reaches of the continent for fame and glory.

Century: Spice Road
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of spices…

There was a world shortage of spices, however, Jeff had seen it coming and had stocked up. His brother Joe was pushing to sell before the market fell and so that people could have all of their favorite dishes once more.

Jeff looked at Joe and said, “What’s the rush? We’ve got all the thyme in the world…”

Next Meeting – 23rd July 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 23rd 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 Wingspan. This is a beautiful game where  players are bird enthusiasts seeking to discover and attract the best birds to their network of wildlife preserves.  The game was nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres and is our pick for the winner (to be announced tomorrow).

Wingspan
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of birds…

Jeff was at the cinema watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when he noticed what looked like an Eagle sitting next to him.

“Are you an eagle?” asked the Jeff, surprised.

“Yes,” replied the Eagle.

“But… What are you doing at the movies?” asked Jeff.

“Well,” answered the eagle, “I liked the book…”

 

Next Meeting – 9th July 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 9th 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 Forbidden Desert. This is a cooperative game where players are working together to find parts to build an airship and escape from the desert fighting the sandstorms and the ever-shifting dunes.

Forbidden Desert
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor ronster0

And speaking of deserts…

Jeff was driving through the desert, when he saw a sign saying “SPEED LIMIT 40”.  Jeff was well known for driving at the speed limit rather than below it, so slowed down to exactly 40 mph and carried on.

About half an hour later, Jeff saw another sign, this time with the words “SPEED LIMIT 20” on it, so again he dutifully slowed down, and carried on at 20 mph.

Another half an hour passed, and Jeff saw yet another sign, this one saying “SPEED LIMIT 10”. By this time, he was getting quite fed up, but still, he slowed down to 10 mph and continued on his way.

After an hour of “cruising” along in second gear, Jeff passed a sign saying, “WELCOME TO SPEED LIMIT”…

Next Meeting – 25th June 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 25th 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 Hook!. This is a very quick, silly little game where players are pirates under attack and who are trying to retaliate by catching other pirates, parrots and bottles of rum in the sights of their cannon without injuring themselves.  We’ve chosen this game because it is likely to be a quiet night and this gives lots of versatility while allowing plenty of time to play something else.

Hook!
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of pirates and their hooks…

Two pirates, Jeff and Joe, were exchanging salty sea-dog stories when Joe pointed to the hook where Jeff’s hand should have been and asked, “How d’ye get that then me ‘arty?”

Jeff replied conversationally, “Arrrrr, well, I fought Red Beard’s crew and lost me hand in the battle.”  He went on, pointing at Joe’s peg-leg, “What about you? What ‘appened to yer leg?”

Joe answered, “Weeeeell, ah was wrestlin’ wi’ a shark and although I got ‘im in the end, ‘ee got me leg first.” There was a pause, then he pointed at Jeff’s patch and asked, “What about yer eye?”

Jeff responded, “Aye, well it was bonny Sundee afteenoon when a ruddy big seagull came by and left ‘is droppings in me eye.”

There was a long silence, but eventually Joe commented, “That’s not as impressive as the others.”

“Aye, ah know,” Jeff answered. “It was me first day with the ‘ook.”