Category Archives: Next Meeting

Next Meeting – 5th February 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th February, 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 Through the Desert, an area control game with pastel camels that many feel is reminiscent of the classic, Go.  During the game, players try to score the most points by snaking caravans of camels through the dunes, trying to reach oases and blocking off sections of the desert.

Through The Desert
– Image by BGG contributor haslo

And speaking of camels…

Jeff was working for the army in a remote part of Iraq. When he arrived, he was given a tour of the site and towards the end, he noticed a particularly mangy old camel tied up behind the barracks, so he asked his guide what it was for.

The young soldier looked extremely embarrassed, but eventually said, “Well sir, there are over two hundred men here far and no women. Sometimes the men get… urges.”

“Oh right,” replied Jeff, now equally embarrassed, “I see.”

Six weeks later, Jeff was coming to the end of his stay in Iraq. He’d spent almost all of the time in camp and was starting to feel very… frustrated. Lying in bed early one morning, he suddenly remembered the camel and no matter what he did he couldn’t get the idea out of his mind.  So after an hour, he got out of bed and sneaked out of the building to the back of the barracks where the camel was quietly minding it’s own business.

Jeff, who by this time had only one thing on his mind, dropped his trousers, grabbed a conveniently nearby stool, clambered up, and proceeded to vent his frustration by giving the poor unfortunate camel the ride of its life. He was so engrossed, he didn’t see the soldier who had given him the tour and was on his way to guard duty. The young man stopped and stared; as Jeff finished and dressed, he suddenly realised he had an audience.

Jeff felt he had to break the oppressive silence. He pointed at the stool, “Is that how the others do it?” he asked.

“Well, no sir,” replied the soldier slightly awkwardly, “They normally just use the camel to ride to the nearest brothel…”

Next Meeting – 22nd January 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd January, 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 Auf Teufel komm raus, a fun, push-your luck game with a betting element.  “Auf Teufel komm raus” literally translates as “On Devil come out“, but roughly means “by hook or by crook” or according to rule book, “The Devil with it” (as the title is officially translated).  None of these really give any information about the game though where players are betting on how many coals they can pull out of the fire without getting caught by the Devil.

Auf Teufel komm raus
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of the Devil…

St. Peter and Satan were planning a football match, but there was a bit of a dispute.  The Devil wanted home advantage, but St. Peter felt the brimstone would be a significant disadvantage for anyone from Heaven.  In the end they agreed the match would be played on neutral turf between a select team from the heavenly host and a band of Satan’s hand picked players.

“Very well,” said the gatekeeper of Heaven. “But you realize, I hope, that we’ve got all the best players and the smartest coaches.”

“I know, and that’s all right,” Satan answered unperturbed. “We’ve got all the referees.”

Next Meeting – 8th January 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th January, 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 Hare & Tortoise, an older game that was the first ever winner of the Spiel des Jahres award in 1979.  It is a cunningly designed race where the farther a player moves, the more fuel (carrots) they have to spend.  Thus, the winner will be the player who uses their carrots most efficiently, but they must also have got rid of any lettuce cards and make sure they don’t have a surfeit of carrots as they cross the finish line…

Hare & Tortoise
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of the hare and the tortoise…

Jeff the hare loved running, but he also loved winning.  One sunny day, he saw a tortoise  peacefully minding his own business in a field, so he asked him if he fancied a race.  After some discussion, they eventually agreed to race to the nearest tree. It wasn’t far, but the hare was easily there first.

“Not fair!” said the tortoise, “My legs are only little and take a while to warm up, please can we try again?”

The hare had enjoyed his win, so was happy give the tortoise another chance; this time they raced to the river. The hare was off first, and again, won by a huge margin.

“Just once more, I’m sure I can do it this time,” the tortoise pleaded.

While the hare liked winning, winning is no fun without a credible challenger, but he could see it mattered to the tortoise so he reluctantly agreed.

“Oh alright then, but this will be the last one, and then I have to go home,” said the hare.

“Well, let’s just have a race to see who gets home first then,” suggested the tortoise.

The hare agreed and they got ready to race.

“3…. 2… 1… GO!” said the hare, and paused to  give the tortoise just a little head start.

The tortoise retreated into its shell.

“I win.”

Next Meeting – 31st December 2018

Following the success of last year’s New Year party, we are having another one this year be on Monday 31st December.  As it is New Year’s Eve and the pub have their own event, we will be meeting at a private house in Stanford and starting slightly earlier at 7pm with food served sometime around 8pm.  Please get in touch if you would like to come along so we know how much food will be needed.

The plan is to start off early with the “Feature Game”, which, as has become traditional, will be the gorgeous, dexterity car-racing game, PitchCar.  After that, we will be eating, pulling more crackers, popping party poppers, playing more games and maybe set off some fireworks at midnight, depending on how cold it is!

– Image by BGG contributor visard

And talking of cars…

A policeman sees an elderly woman driving incredibly slowly on the motorway, so he pulls along side and notices her knitting in the driver’s seat.  She remains focused on the road and keeps knitting and driving.

He beeps his horn to get her attention, but she is oblivious and carries on.

Getting more frustrated, the policeman turns his siren on and, as she finally notices him, he signals for her to wind the window down.

After a time she finds the button and down goes the window.

Incensed, the cop yells, “PULL OVER!”

“Oh, no sweetie,” she replies.  “It’s a scarf, see?”

Next Meeting – 11th December 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11th December, at the Horse and Jockey pub in Stanford-in-the-Vale.

As this is our last meeting before Christmas
we will be meeting early at 7pm for pizzas and Christmas festivities.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be Giftmas at Dungeon Abbey followed by a range of Christmas and winter themed games like Christmas TreeSnow Tails, The Great Downhill Ski Game, Snowboard, Antarctica, Carcassonne: Winter Edition and Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries.  Giftmas at Dungeon Abbey is a short game set in a world somewhere between Downton and The Adams Family, designed by a local gamer and member of the Didcot Games Club, Rob Harper.

Giftmas at Dungeon Abbey
– Image by boardGOATS

And speaking of Christmas…

Jeff wasn’t in a festive mood.  He was in a lot of pain, so he went to see his doctor to get the problem looked at.

“What seems to be the problem?” Jeff’s GP asked.

Jeff looked a bit shifty and uncomfortable, and not just due to his ailment.  “I’ve, er… got um…” he mumbled.

“Speak up, I can’t help you if I don’t know what’s the matter,” interrupted the doctor.

Jeff tried again, “I’ve, um…” but again his voice faded away to silence.

The doctor took pity on him and gently coaxed him on, “Is it something to do with an intimate area?  You know there’s nothing to be ashamed of, we’re all the same really.  Now what’s bothering you? You can tell me.”

Jeff took a deep breath “Doctor…” then he blurted out, “I seem to have a mince pie stuck up my bottom!”

“Oh, you’re in luck,” answered the Doctor, “I’ve got some cream for that!”

Next Meeting – 27th Movember 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 27th Movember, 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 Ambition, the expansion to one of our most popular games, Roll for the Galaxy. Roll for the Galaxy is the dice game of the popular empire building card game, Race for the Galaxy.  The dice represent the players’ populace, which are directed to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods. The Ambition expansion adds the new black Leader and orange Entrepreneur dice as well as Objective tiles which give players a bonus when they are achieved.

Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor punkin312

And talking of dice…

Jeff was sitting his finals and, for the last multiple choice exam took a handful of dice with him into the hall.  As soon as the exam started, be began furiously rolling the dice to select his answers.  The invigilator gave him a long look as he passed, but it is not uncommon for students to resort to luck when they get stuck.  Jeff soon finished the paper and, tired with all the exertion, pillowed his head on his arms and went to sleep.  After about half an hour, Jeff suddenly sat up, and started furiously rolling his dice again.  The invigilator was curious and suddenly worried that maybe something was going on, so he approached the candidate.

“Excuse me, what are you doing?” he asked.  “Why are you rolling the dice again if you finished the questions earlier?”

Jeff replied, “I’m just double checking my answers…”

Next Meeting – 13th Movember 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 13th Movember, 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 Imaginarium (also known as “the game with the elephant on the box”).  Subtitled “The Dream Factory”, this game is a worker-placement, engine builder with a Steam Punk theme where players are building machines in a factory.

– Image from

And speaking of dreams…

Jeff had been having a lot of strange dreams, so he went to his GP to see anything could be done.

“Doctor, I really need your help,” he said. “Every night for the past two weeks I’ve been dreaming about rats playing football.”

The doctor twirled his moustache thoughtfully for a moment and then said, “I know, I have just the thing for you.  If you take these pills just before you go to bed tonight you will be fine.”

Jeff, looked a little conflicted, and after a pause asked, “Can I start tomorrow?”

The doctor was perplexed, “I suppose, but why though?”

“Well,” answered Jeff, “Tonight they play the final….”