Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting, 19th January 2021 – Online!

In the middle of winter and with the current stresses, people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th January 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Noch Mal So Gut!.  This is a more advanced version of the the “Roll & Write” game Noch Mal! (aka Encore!).  We have played Noch Mal! a few times and it is a known within the group as “Boardgame Bingo“.  This variant adds an extra die and points for completing rows as well as columns.

Noch Mal So Gut!
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of Bingo…

Jeff and his girlfriend Julia were playing at the village Bingo.  About half way through, Jeff started looking over Julia’s shoulder and said, “You’ve got that number, mark it off!”  A couple of calls later he said it again, “You’ve got that number, mark it off!”

After five or six times, Julia eventually got annoyed and snapped at him, “Why don’t you do your own card?”

Jeff replied, “I can’t, it’s full…”

Next Meeting, 5th January 2021 – Online!

In the middle of winter and with the current stresses, people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th January 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be On Tour.  This is a “Roll & Write” game where players are living the dream in a band going on tour.  They have to plan the band’s route and schedule their stops visiting as many places as possible.

On Tour
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of bands on tour…

Jeff and his mate Joe had gone to a U2 concert.  They had just finished “Beautiful Day” when Bono asked the audience for quiet.  Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands, once every couple of seconds.  Holding the audience in total silence, Bono said into the microphone, “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.”  There was silence, as he continued to clap.

Jeff thought about it for a moment, then shouted out, as loud as he could, “Well stop doing it then!”

Next Meeting – 31st December 2020

Following the success of all the previous New Year parties, everyone wanted to have one this year too.  Obviously, we can’t play the traditional PitchCar or share a meal together, so instead, we will be starting late and running until midnight when we will be sharing a toast to the end of 2020 and to meeting again at The Jockey in 2021.

The plan is to start at 9pm with the “Feature Game”.  In the absence of PitchCar, the nearest online alternative is Downforce which we can play online using Board Game Arena.  This is a card-driven, bidding, racing, and betting game, based on the older games, Top Race and Daytona 500.

Downforce
– Adapted by boardGOATS from image
by BGG contributor kalchio

And talking of betting…

Every year, at New Year, Jeff would help the local farmer with the first of the lambing.  It had become tradition that every year, on New Year’s Eve, Jeff and the farmer would bet on which lamb would jump the highest.  They loved to gambol…

Next Meeting, 22nd December 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd December 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, to celebrate the Festive Season, the “Feature Game” will be the Winter Wonderland edition of Welcome To….  This is a variant on the “Roll & Write” style game where players plan and build 1950s housing estates in the USA.  This game includes the addition of festive artwork and fairy lights.

Welcome To... Winer Wonderland
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of Christmas lights…

Jeff and his wife, Jane, were putting were putting up Christmas decorations around the festive  Grotto, helped by children from the local primary school, all dressed as Santa’s helpers.

After several hours getting things just right, they were just about to start the big switch on when Jane said, “Hold on a second, I’m going to get some gaffer-tape.”

Jeff was puzzled and asked, “What for?  Everything’s very secure…”

Jane responded, “I’ve just spotted that the power cable is lying across the entrance—we’d better tape it down because it’s a bit of an elf hazard…!”

Next Meeting, 8th December 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that everyone feels it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th December 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be the River Expansion for Railroad Ink.  This is the expansion to the “Roll and Write” game and comes with the Deep Blue Edition the game, adding rivers to the railway, road and intersection options.  The group have really enjoyed playing Railroad Ink, so it is time to give it another outing and maybe increase the challenge a bit.  Although it is more complex than some of the games we’ve played it is definitely not as much of a challenge as the “Feature Game” last time.

Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of railways and intersections…

Jeff was out walking when he come across an un-gated level crossing where the railway and the road crossed. Seeing a beautiful woman playing with her mobile phone on the other side, he decided he would try to impress her and walked to the middle of the crossing.

As he did so, there was a rumble of a train in the distance.

“Shouldn’t you come away from there?” the beautiful lady asked.

Jeff (being Jeff), was thrilled at having caught her attention and decided to impress her further by ducking out of the way of the train at the very last second. So, as the train appeared round the corner, he readied himself to jump out of the way. Then, as soon as the driver saw the idiot standing in the way of the train, he slammed on the brakes and the train began to slow down, stopping just before the level crossing where Jeff was standing.

Jeff was delighted, “Look at that,” he said to the woman with a big grin, “The train stopped for me!”

It was then that he was hit by a speeding car

Next Meeting, 24th Movember 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 24th Movember 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Troyes Dice.  This is back to the “Roll and Write” style games and is a very recent release, based on the well regarded game Troyes (pronounced a bit like the French for the number “three”, trois).  It is a planning and resource management game with an interesting rondel mechanism.

Troyes Dice
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of Troyes…

Jeff had been learning French when he acquired two kittens.  To help him with his language skills he called one of them “One-two-three” and the other “Un-deux-triois”.  As the kittens grew up, they became increasingly competitive.  One day, the kittens had a race across the lake.  “One-two-three” won the race, because “Un-deux-trois” cat sank…

Next Meeting, 10th Movember 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th Movember 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be HexRoller.  This is back to the “Roll and Write” style games and is a relatively recent release.  It is a path building, abstract game played on a hexagon-based board, because hexagons are bestagons!

HexRoller
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of hexagons…

Jeff had been trying to teach his pet parrot to speak, but was struggling as the parrot liked learning what it wanted rather than what Jeff was teaching.

“Repeat after me,” said Jeff, “Five sides is a pentagon.”

The parrot sat silently, so Jeff continued, “Six sides  is a hexagon.”

The parrot just looked at him, so Jeff tried again, “Eight sides is an octagon.”

With that the parrot said, “Five sides is a hexagon!” then gave a loud squawk, fell off his perch and landed on the floor of his cage stone dead.

Jeff just stood and stared in horror.  His wife, hearing the noise came in from the other room.

“What on earth happened?” she asked.

Jeff replied, “Polygon.”

Next Meeting, 27th October 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 27th October 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Tiny Towns.  Unusually, this is not a “Roll and Write” game, though it has some similar elements and is played with some of the pieces from the birthday boxes everyone opened last time.  It is an area and resource management game where players are planning and building a town.

Tiny Towns
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of planners…

Jeff went to see a planning consultant to ask for help building his new house.  As he arrived and was being introduced to the consultant, he asked, “What’s your least expensive fee?”

The consultant answered, “£150 for three questions.”

Jeff looked quite shocked and exclaimed, “That’s very expensive, isn’t it?

“Yes, it is,” replied the consultant. “So what’s your third question?”

Next Meeting, 13th October 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 13th October 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

To celebrate our eighth birthday, as is now traditional, the “Feature Game” will be Crappy Birthday.  This is a silly little filler/party game that is great fun when played rarely—about once a year is perfect.  With the current challenge of “remote gaming” we have had to play it a little differently this year.  So, everyone “wrapped their parcels” last time and this time we will be unwrapping them together…

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, 29th September 2020 – Online!

It is at times of stress that people need social contact more than ever, and board games are a great medium for that.  Despite the limitations of “remote gaming”, the overwhelming impression is that it is important to stay in touch, so we are persisting with online meetings.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 29th September 2020; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Welcome To….  This is another “Roll and Write” style game, though without the colouring-in element of some of the games we’ve played recently.  In this game, players are planing and building housing estates in 1950s USA.  In addition, we will be “wrapping parcels” for Crappy Birthday, to celebrate the eighth anniversary of our first meeting back in 2012.

Welcome To...
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of building work…

Jeff and Joe were working as builders, replacing wooden facias on a house.  Jeff looked over at Joe and was shocked to see him taking nails from his pouch, one by one, inspecting them, and throwing them over his shoulder.

Jeff yelled, “Hey Joe, what-ya doing?  Why-ya throwing all those nails away for!?!?”

Joe yelled back, “Don’t shout at me, Jeff! It’s not my fault—all of these nails all have the head on the wrong end!”

Jeff pulled a nail from his own pouch, looked at it for a second, and yelled back, “Joe, you idiot, don’t throw them away, we can use them on the other side of the house!”