Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 11th June 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11th 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 the Exploits Expansion from Endeavor: Age of Sail. Each player represents a growing empire engaged in a glorious endeavour to expand their influence and status at home and across the great oceans of the world. Players earn glory by increasing their scores in Industry, Culture, Finance, and Politics, as well as by occupying cities, controlling connections between cities, and by holding certain Asset Cards and Building Tiles. This deluxe edition of one of our favourite games, Endeavor, was released last year with an expansion, the Exploits, which give players another way of getting points. Although some of the group have played it with the Exploits, we would like to give it another try before the KickStarter for the new, Age of Expansion starts later this month.

Endeavor: Age of Sail
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Captain Cook…

Jeff was at chic gathering and struggling to make polite conversation. The person he was talking to was a psychiatrist, so, after a minute or two, Jeff asked him, “Would you mind telling me, how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?”

“Nothing is easier,” the doctor replied. “I ask him a simple question, which everyone should answer with no trouble at all. If he hesitates, that tells me just what I need to know.”

“What sort of question?” Jeff asked.

“Well,” replied the psychiatrist, “I might ask a question like ‘Captain Cook made three trips around the world and died during one of them. Which one?'”

Jeff paused a minute and thought for a moment before he replied, “You wouldn’t happen to have another example, would you? I must confess I don’t know much about history.”

Next Meeting – 28th May 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th May, 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 Tuscany, the expansion to the Viticulture, a worker placement game about planting vines, harvesting grapes and making wine.  The Tuscany expansion provides changes to the seasons wherein the actions occur in and provides a couple of extra mechanisms for getting points.

Tuscany
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of wine…

Jeff was driving down a country lane when he met a car coming the other way.  Unfortunately both drivers were going a bit quickly and as they came round a blind corner they collided.  Both cars involved were completely wrecked, but amazingly neither Jeff nor the young lady driving the other vehicle were hurt.

After they climbed out of their cars, the young lady said, “Just look at our cars! There’s nothing left, but fortunately we are both unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days.”

The lady was very good looking and her car looked very valuable, so Jeff, thinking his luck was in, replied, “I agree with you completely.”

The woman continued, “And look at this, here’s another miracle. My car is completely demolished, but this bottle of wine didn’t break.  Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune.”

She handed the bottle to Jeff, who, mentally checking whether it was his birthday, opened it, drank half and then handed it back. The woman took the bottle, screwed the cap back on and handed it back to Jeff.

Jeff looked a little confused and asked, “Aren’t you having any?”

The woman replied, “No. I think I’ll just sit here and wait for the police…”

Next Meeting – 14th May 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th May, 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 Powerships, a mad space-ship racing game where players roll dice and try to navigate their craft traveling great distances around a galactic race course, dodging planets, space dust… and each other.

Powerships
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of the vast distances in space…

Jeff and his mate Joe were sitting on a bench one evening talking about where they were going on holiday and watching the moon rise over rural Oxfordshire.  Jeff commented that he’d had been thinking about going to Australia as he’d heard that there were loads of gorgeous girls there.  Joe liked the sound of that, but was concerned about how far away it was.  Jeff shrugged—he knew it was a long way, but wasn’t sure how far.

There was a moment of silence, then Joe asked, “Which do you think is farther away, Australia or the moon?”

Jeff pointed at the sky and said, “Duh! Can you see Australia from here???”

Next Meeting – 30th April 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 30th April, 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 Lewis & Clark, a resource collecting race game in which each player manages an expedition intended to cross the North American continent, trying to be the first to reach the Pacific.  It is a longer game, but there will be plenty of shorter games available to play as well.

Dinosaur Island
– Image by BGG contributor styren

And speaking of explorers…

Jeff was the first to person explore the Coast of Labrador. Shortly after he left though, he realized that he had forgotten something really important and had to go back to get it.

This made him the first Labrador Retriever…

Next Meeting – 2nd April 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd April, 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 Dinosaur Island, a worker placement game set in a dinosaur theme park.  During the game, players collect DNA, research the DNA sequences of extinct dinosaur species and then combine the ancient DNA in the correct sequence to bring these prehistoric creatures back to life. Players then compete to build the most thrilling theme park and work to attract the most guests and keep them alive.

Dinosaur Island
– 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 – 19th March 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th 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 Botswana (aka Wildlife Safari).  This is a very clever little set collecting card game with an African animal theme and some very cool, plastic, safari animals.

Botswana
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of safaris…

Jeff was on safari with his wife and mother-in-law.  One evening, while still deep in the jungle, Jeff’s wife awoke to find her mother gone.  Rushing to her husband, she insisted on them both trying to find her mother.  Jeff picked up his rifle, put on his hat, and started to look for her.  In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight:  Jeff’s mother-in-law was backed up against a thick, impenetrable bush, and a large male lion stood facing her.

Jeff’s wife cried, “What are we going to do?”

“Nothing,” replied Jeff. “The lion got himself into this mess, let him get himself out of it.”