Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting, 25th May 2021 – Online!

Spring is here, the evenings are getting brighter and it feels like the end is in sight.  People still need what social contact they can get though, 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 25th May 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be  the “Roar and Write” type game, Welcome to Dino World.  This is unrelated to the Welcome to… games we have played previously, except for the similarity in the names of course.  There are two levels, but as this will be the first time we have played it, we will save “Danger Mode” for another day, reducing the risk of there being an Isla Nublar type incident…

Welcome to Dino World
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of dinosaurs…

Three dinosaurs stumbled across a magic lamp. They rubbed it, and a genie appeared.

“I have three wishes, so I’ll give one to each of you,” the genie announced.

The first dinosaur thought hard. “Alright,” he said, “I’ll have a big, juicy, piece of meat please.” Instantly, the biggest, juiciest piece of meat he’d ever seen appeared in front of him.

Not to be outdone, the second dinosaur thought even harder.  “I know!  I’ll have a shower of meat!”  Immediately, huge pieces of meat rained down around him.

The third dinosaur, certainly not to be outdone, thought even harder than the other two dinosaurs.  “I’ve got it!” he cried, “I want a MEATIER shower!”

Next Meeting, 11th May 2021 – Online!

Spring is here, the evenings are getting brighter and it feels like the end is in sight, maybe.  People still need what social contact they can get though, 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 11th May 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be the Neue Entdeckungen (New Discoveries) expansion to Cartographers.  This is a “Roll and Write” game we’ve played and enjoyed quite a bit, but this expansion adds a new map with more wastelands to try to work with.

Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of cartographers…

Jeff’s cartographer wife, Jill, was worried she’d lost some very important topographical maps.  They spent all morning trying to find them, looking high and low. Eventually, when all hope was lost and Jill thought she was going to have to start again from scratch, Jeff opened a desk draw they had already searched twice, and there they were.

When Jeff showed his wife what he’d found, she said, “Oh, that’s a relief…!”

Next Meeting, 27th April 2021 – Online!

Spring is here, the evenings are getting brighter and it feels like the end is in sight, maybe.  People still need what social contact they can get though, 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 27th April 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, to celebrate the start of “Golden Week” on Thursday, the “Feature Game” will be the MetroX expansion, Sendai & Hakata & Nagoya.  “Golden Week” encompasses four of Japan’s national holidays, celebrating the Japanese Constitution (May 3rd), Children’s day (May 5th), Emperor Hirohito’s birthday (April 29th) and his love of plants (May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day).

MetroX: Sendai & Hakata & Nagoya
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of holidays…

Jeff was working in a department store in Japan when a small boy went up to him and said he would like an electric train set to play with during “Golden Week”.

Jeff thought for a moment, and then said, “If you get a train, your dad is going to want to play with it too. Is that all OK?”

The boy went very quiet.  So, moving the conversation along, Jeff asked, “What else would you like for “Golden Week”?”

The little boy promptly replied, “Another train.”

Next Meeting, 13th April 2021 – Online!

Although the spring is definitely on its way despite the snow, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, 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 13th April 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Tiny Towns, this time with the Monuments module.  Unusually, this is not a “Roll and Write” game, though it has some similar elements.  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, 30th March 2021 – Online!

Although the spring is definitely on its way, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, 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 30th March 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Las Vegas, a dice chucking, betting and push your luck game that we love and played a lot before we were forced to move game nights online.  It was the first game we played online a year ago and we thought we’d play it again to mark a year of remote gaming.

Las Vegas
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking betting…

Every year, Jeff made a bet with a local farmer, as to which lamb will jump highest—He likes a gambol…

Next Meeting, 16th March 2021 – Online!

Although the spring is definitely on its way, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, 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 16th March 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Das Labyrinth des Pharao.  This is a tile laying game in a similar vein to Take it Easy! which we played a few weeks ago, or the Spiel des Jahres nominee Karuba which we last played a long time ago.  This game has an Egyptian theme though, with players exploring a pyramid.

 Das Labyrinth des Pharao
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking about Egypt…

Jeff was living in Egypt by the banks of a beautiful ancient river.  Every year the river flooded, but Jeff remained certain that the river would not destroy his house.  One year, the people of the village tried desperately to persuade him to evacuate, as the floods that year were particularly severe.  Jeff would not listen though, convinced he was right.  The floods came within the month, however, ruining his house and pulling him, and the debris, into the river.  The people, watched from the shores, shouting at him, and yelling, asking him why he didn’t listen.  Jeff continued ignoring them—he was still in de-Nile.

Next Meeting, 2nd March 2021 – Online!

Although the signs of spring approaching are clear, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, 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 2nd March 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be the first Hexpansion to HexRoller.  This is another “Roll and Write” style game, and this one is very abstract, though based on hexagons (which are the bestagons, obviously).  This game should be quite short, so will give time to play something else afterwards.

HexRoller: Hexpansion 1
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking about shapes…

When Little Jimmy came home from his first day at big school, his father Jeff, trying to be a good parent asked his son, what had happened.

Little Jimmy answered, “Well Dad, we had a geometry lesson today.”

His father responded, “That’s really interesting son, what did you learn?”

Jimmy looked a little uncomfortable for a moment and thought for a bit, but eventually replied, “We learnt πr2.”

Jeff looked at him and frowned, “Don’t be silly, everyone knows pies are round and it’s cakes that are square…”

Next Meeting, 16th February 2021 – Online!

Although the signs of spring approaching are clear, with the current stresses, people still need what social contact they can get, 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 16th February 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be MetroX (aka メトロックス).  This is a return to the “Roll and Write” style game, and in this one, players are trying to get the most points for completing the routes and joining the most lines on their underground map.

MetroX
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of the underground…

Jeff was walking from Monument Station to Bank via the underground tunnel when he heard a busker.  As he approached he thought how beautifully the girl was playing the piano.  As he got nearer, however, he felt a little put off by the weird looking child with a dunces cap sitting on top of the piano.

Suddenly, the strange kid with the pointy hat jumped up and scurried off, and the pianist abruptly stopped playing.

Jeff asked her, “That was beautiful, why did you stop playing?”

She replied, “I cannot play the piano without my metro-gnome…”

Next Meeting, 2nd February 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 2nd February 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Take it Easy!.  This is a clever little game where players are trying to build pipes by placing hexagon-shaped tiles (because hexagons are the bestagons).  Players who connect one side of the board to another with pipes of a single colour score points and the player with the most points is the winner.

Take it Easy!
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of pipes…

Jeff was working as a plumber and was called out to look at the pipe beneath a lady’s sink.  When he arrived, she was just going out, but she told Jeff he could take a look while she was away.  She was very good looking, so Jeff agreed, but as she showed him in, she was greeted by an enormous dog.  Worried about the Rotweiler, Jeff asked if he could come back later.

“Oh,” the lady said, “Don’t worry about the dog, he won’t hurt you.”   Then, pointing to a cage in the corner of the lounge she added, “But whatever you do, don’t talk to the parrot.”  The dog was looking a bit goofy and wagging its tail, and Jeff didn’t want to look scared in front of a pretty lass, so he agreed to take a look at the pipes while she was out.

Feeling more confident about the Rotweiler, Jeff started working on the sink.  He’d barely got going when there was a noise behind him and he saw the parrot, escaped from its cage sitting next to the Rotweiler.  All of a sudden the parrot started shouting with the most foul language Jeff had ever heard.  Mindful of the lady’s warning though, he tried to block it out and got on with the job.

The parrot was still hurling insults and Jeff had almost finished when, without thinking, he turned to the bird and yelled “Why don’t you just shut up!”

The parrot fell silent and Jeff breathed a sigh of relief.  Then, very softly, the parrot said, “Go get him Rex…”

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…”