Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meetings, 1st & 2nd December 2021

After much discussion, in August, we moved our meeting to Thursdays.  However, the Horse and Jockey have recently brought back their quiz on the first Thursday of the month, so this week we will be meeting on WEDNESDAY 1st December 2021.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

Some of the group are also keen to do the Quiz on Thursday 2nd December.  So, we have booked a table from 6.30pm for those who would like food, and we’ll be playing games until the quiz starts at shortly before 9pm.

The “Feature Game” on Wednesday will be Draftosaurus.  This is a very light drafting game, a bit like Sushi Go!, but with dinosaurs (because everyone, especially Beige, likes dinosaurs).  We have played this quite a bit, but mostly online and the tactile wooden dino-meeples add such a lot to the experience.

Draftosaurus
– Image by BGG contributor kalchio

And speaking of dinosaurs…

Jeff and Joe had just finished watching Jurassic World and as they watched the credits, Joe said commented that he thought it was a fantastic film.  Jeff was less impressed.

Joe enthused, “But just look at what they made those dinosaurs do!”

Jeff replied, “Yeah, it’s great—they were able to train raptors. Still, that’s not as impressive as the Flintstones convincing a bird to be their record player…”

Next Meeting, 18th Movember 2021

As the Horse and Jockey are not currently serving food on a Tuesday, we are meeting on Thursdays for the time being.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 18th Movember 2021.  We will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Nusfjord.  This is a worker placement game by the same designer as Agricola, though themed around fish and set in a fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway.  As the owner of a fishing company the goal is to develop the harbour and the surrounding landscape clearing the forest, erecting new buildings, and satisfying the local elders.

Nusfjord
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of fishing…

Joe was taking Jeff fishing, so they were out in the garden searching for worms to use as bait. They came across many different insects, but nothing appropriate until Jeff proudly held up a long dangling insect.

Jeff excitedly exclaimed, “Howsabout this?”

Joe replied sadly, “Sorry we can’t use that.  It is not an earthworm.”

Jeff thought for a moment and looked a bit puzzled and then asked, “So what planet does it come from then?”

Next Meetings, 3rd & 4th Movember 2021

After much discussion, in August, we moved our meeting to Thursdays.  However, the Horse and Jockey have recently brought back their quiz on the first Thursday of the month, so this week we will be meeting on WEDNESDAY 3rd Movember 2021.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

Some of the group are also keen to do the Quiz on Thursday 4th Movember.  So, we have booked a table from 6.30pm for those who would like food, and we’ll be playing games until the quiz starts at shortly before 9pm.

The “Feature Game” on Wednesday will be Modern Art.  This is an auction game where players are buying and selling art trying to make a profit with paintings valued by the number of artworks of that type that were sold.

Modern Art
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of art…

Jeff was exhibiting his work for the first time when a well known art critic turned up at the gallery.  He asked Jeff, “Would you like my opinion on your work?”

“Yes please,” replied Jeff with enthusiasm.

“It’s worthless,” stated the critic bluntly.

Jeff answered, “I know, but please tell me anyway…”

Next Meeting, 21st October 2021

As the Horse and Jockey are not currently serving food on a Tuesday, we are meeting on Thursdays for the time being.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 21st October 2021.  We will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Age of Expansion, the, er, expansion to Endeavor: Age of SailEndeavor is a game we have played quite a bit over the years in both it’s original form and also the new edition, though we have yet to explore the elements of the expansion which came out last year and got lost in the mists of the endless “Roll and Write” games we were playing online.

Endeavor: Age of Sail
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of explorers…

Every week there was a weekly poker game between the explorers.  Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Leif Erikson, and Francisco Pizarro all took part, but they always struggled to beat the Straights of Magellan…

Next Meetings, 6th & 7th October 2021

After much discussion, in August, we moved our meeting to Thursdays.  However, the Horse and Jockey have recently brought back their quiz on the first Thursday of the month, so this week we will be meeting on WEDNESDAY 6th October 2021.  As usual, we will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

Some of the group are also keen to do the Quiz on Thursday 7th October.  So, we have booked a table from 6.30pm for those who would like food, and we’ll be playing games until the quiz starts at 9pm.

Last weekend was our nineth birthday, so as is now traditional, the “Feature Game” on Wednesday 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.

Crappy Birthday
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of birthdays…

It was Joe’s birthday, and his mum wanted to do something special.  She called him on the phone, but his housemate, Jeff, answered.  When Joe’s mum said she wanted to bring round a cake, Jeff was very excited.

“Oh, Mrs. Wilson,” Jeff said, “What a lovely idea – that would be great!”

That afternoon, Joe’s mum drove to the house and rang the doorbell. Jeff answered the door, but when he saw the cake, his face fell.

“Oh,” he said, clearly very disappointed. “I thought you said ‘keg’.”

Next Meeting, 23rd September 2021

Following much discussion, as the Horse and Jockey are not currently serving food on a Tuesday, we are meeting on Thursdays for the time being.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 23rd September 2021.  We will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Mini Rails, which is a stock-buying and track-laying train game that compresses a lot of the game play of long and complicated games like the 18xx series into under an hour.

Mini Rails
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of trains…

Jeff was travelling by train with his mate Joe. Joe took an apple out of his pocket, cut it open, picked out the seeds and started chewing them.

“Why are you chewing the seeds?” asked Jeff.

“They make me smarter,” replied Joe.

Jeff was interested. “Really? Could I have some?”

“Sure,” answered Joe, “I can let you have some at a pound each.”

Jeff agreed and handed over three pounds and got his three apple seeds in return. He chewed them for a while, then said, “Hang on a minute, for that money I could’ve bought half a dozen apples!”

“See?” Joe responded, “It’s working already…”

Next Meeting, 9th September 2021

Following the test event at the Horse and Jockey and much discussion, as the pub are not currently serving food on a Tuesday, we have decided to move to Thursdays for the time being.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 9th September 2021.  We will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Fossilis, which is a game about palaeontology with players digging for dinosaur bones and collecting fossils.

Fossilis
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of palaeontologists…

Jeff was the palaeontologist at an archaeological dig.  With no bones to study, he’d had little to do so had been set to work in the least exciting corner of the site.  He’d been shifting soil for weeks and found not so much as an old penny, when suddenly his luck changed and he found a leg bone. He was so excited about what he’d found, that he invited all the other archaeologists over to help him remove it.  It turned out to be quite a shin-dig…

Next Meeting, THURSDAY 26th August 2021 – Back at the Jockey!

Following the test event at the Horse and Jockey and much discussion, we have decided to try meeting in person again.  As the pub are not currently serving food on a Tuesday, we have decided to move to Thursdays for the time being.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on THURSDAY 26th August 2021.  We will start playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer (table is booked from 6.30pm for those who would like to eat first).

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Red Rising, which is a new card collecting game themed round the books by Pierce Brown.  The books are set in a dystopian future on Mars following lowborn miner Darrow, a Red, as he infiltrates the ranks of the elite Golds.

Red Rising
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of colours…

Jeff was showing Joe his new pen. “It’s magic, see?” Jeff explained, “It can can write any colour. Red, Pink, Brown, Orange, Violet, Yellow, Blue, Gold…  And even words that aren’t colours…!”

Next Meeting, 17th August 2021 – Online!

Although the test event at the Horse and Jockey was very successful last week, we have decided to continue online this week.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th August 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

One of the more popular games that we have played online was the “Roar and Write” type game, Welcome to Dino World.  We have only played the “Lite” version, so this week, the “Feature Game” will be “Dinos in Danger Mode”.  This is much nastier and altogether more likely to lead to an Isla Nublar type incident…

Welcome to Dino World
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Dinosaurs…

Jeff and Joe had just finished watching Jurassic World and as they watched the credits, Joe said commented that he thought it was a fantastic film.  Jeff was less impressed.

Joe enthused, “But just look at what they made those dinosaurs do!”

Jeff replied, “Yeah, it’s great—they were able to train raptors. Still, that’s not as impressive as the Flintstones convincing a bird to be their record player…”

Next Meeting, 3rd August 2021 – Online!

With the Jockey closed last week, we have decided to postpone our planned to return to the Horse and Jockey.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd August 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

We had hoped to mark The Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo and our return to The Jockey by playing Ticket to Ride with the Japanese map.  However, circumstances mean that this is the third unsuccessful try for that game.  So instead, this week, the “Feature Game” will be the Ishikawa map for MetroX.  The Japanese are very fond of their railways, so as the Ishikawa map is quick to play, we will follow it with another game of the new Railroad Ink Challenge, which we first played a month ago.

MetroX
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of the Olympics…

Jeff had been out shopping and bought some new condoms.  When he got home, his wife noticed the brand. “Olympic condoms? What makes them so special?” she asked.

“They come in three colours,” Jeff replied. “Gold, silver and bronze.”

“What colour are you going to wear tonight?” his wife asked.

“Gold, of course,” answered Jeff.

“Really?” his wife responded. “Why don’t you wear silver?  It would be nice if you came second for a change…”