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Next Meeting – 10th May 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 10th 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 Keyflower, which is a tile laying game with an unusual auction mechanic implemented using meeples. We’ve chosen Keyflower because it is one of our favourite games, and one particular member keeps asking to play it and then misses out.

– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of auctions…

Jeff went to an auction and bought a Stradivarius and a Rembrandt.  He was very happy with them since the price he paid was remarkably low, and even he had heard the names.  Although he knew they were valuable, Jeff had no idea how much they were actually worth, so he decided ask a valuer to put a number on his windfall.

In response to his query, the valuer explained, “Well sir, this is indeed a Stradivarius and that is a Rembrandt, but it’s a great pity that Stradivarius couldn’t paint and Rembrandt couldn’t build violins…”

Next Meeting – 11th July 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 11th July, 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 Santo Domingo, a light card game of tactics and bluffing with a pirate theme set in the world of one of our more popular games, Port Royal.  The game is a re-implementation of the slightly older game, Visby, which was only given a limited release.

Santo Domingo
– Image by boardGOATS

And talking of pirates…

Jeff the pirate had finally given up pirating and mended his ways, but his parrot had other ideas. He was constantly swearing and refusing to behave. Eventually, Jeff had had enough, so when the parrot started swearing again, he stuck it in the freezer for five minutes.

When Jeff fished it out again, the bird was very contrite and said, “I promise I’ll be good now, no more swearing. Just one question though: what on Earth did the turkey do?!?!”

Next Meeting – 8th March 2016

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th 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 Kingdom Builder, which is an area control and network building game where players create their own kingdoms by skilfully building their settlements, aiming to earn the most gold at the end of the game.  The game is fairly light and won the Spiel des Jahres in 2012.

Kingdom Builder
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor msaari

And speaking of gold…

Jeff came home drunk at four in the morning.  It had been a really good night, but his wife didn’t see it that way was very upset, yelling and crying because she thought he was with another woman.

In despair, Jeff pleaded, “No, honey, I swear, I was at this bar, and it was so fancy that even the urinals were made of gold!”  Obviously his wife didn’t believe him, so she called the bar.

“Hello,” she said, “My husband claims to have spent the night at your bar and I have one question; are your urinals plated with gold?”  To which she heard the bartender say, “Hey, Clarence, I think we found the guy who widdled in your saxophone…!”

Boardgames in the News: Twenty Awesome Games according to The Guardian

The Guardian boardgame section has produced a number of interesting articles over the last few months, including one about a French Scrabble champion who doesn’t speak French; an article discussing the impact of political boardgames, and a review of the cooperative war game, 7 Days of Westerplatte, where players take on roles of Polish defenders trying to save their city from attack in September 1939.

7 Days of Westerplatte
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor henk.rolleman

Their latest article is entitled, “20 Awesome Board Games You May Never Have Heard Of” and as well as the inevitable usual suspects, there are indeed a number of even less widely known games.  Popular franchise games are included like spin-offs from A Game of Thrones and Firefly to catch the eye of the general public, but these have a good reputation amongst gamers too.  Twilight Struggle also makes its second newsworthy appearance in a month, as well as the slightly less well known gateway games, Dominion and 7 Wonders.

Twilight Struggle
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor killy9999

More interesting are some of the other inclusions.  For example, Survive: Escape from Atlantis! is an excellent game that is very easy to teach, but has a nasty edge, with players trying to save their meeples while encouraging monsters to attack everyone else’s.  Although it is a great game to play with teenagers and students, for some reason it very rarely makes this sort of list.  Similarly, newer games like the 2014 Pandemic spin-off, Pandemic: Contagion and this years’s Spiel des Jahres winner, Colt Express also get a mention.

Colt Express
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor punkin312

It’s not all light family fare either and games like the well regarded semi-cooperative game, Dead of Winter, make an appearance as well as older “Geek Fayre” like Netrunner and Civilisation.  Perhaps the biggest surprises though are Antiquity and Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia.  These are both much more obscure games:  Antiquity is produced in very small numbers by Splotter (and is currently out of print), and Euphoria is the product of a very successful KickStarter campaign by Stonemaier Games.  The inclusion of games off the beaten track, shows that the Guardian boardgames coverage is from people who know their subject matter much better than those at the Telegraph!  As such, these Guardian articles are always well worth a look and it will be interesting to see what comes of their quest to find the worst games people have played.

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
– Image used with permission of BGG contributor mikehulsebus

Next Meeting – 6th May 2014

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 6th 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 Splendor which is a new game of chip-collecting and card development.  As it is a fairly simple game about gold and gemstones that is quick to teach and play and will give us the opportunity to decide what longer games we would like to play once everyone has arrived.


And talking of jewels…

Jeff and his friend, Joe, heard that the streets of Blackpool were paved with gold.  So, one afternoon they set out together to make their fortune.

As they got out of the car Joe saw a golden sovereign lying on the pavement.  Bending down to pick it up he said to Jeff, “Would you look at that!  We’ll be making our fortune in no time at all!!”

Jeff stopped him saying, “Leave it there for now, we can always start work tomorrow morning…”


Stanford-in-the-Vale Summer Festival

This year, in order to raise our profile in the village, we will have a stall at the Summer Festival on Sunday (weather permitting).  We are planning to have a “Dobble Against the Clock” competition, Turf Horse Racing and a small table with people playing Army of Frogs.

We will be starting at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, hopefully on the village green in front of the church, as long as it’s not raining…



Next Meeting – 14th May 2013

The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th May 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 a card game that we haven’t played before called Saboteur.  This is a quick game where players are dwarves working together mining for gold, but the catch is that there is a saboteur in their midst…  We’ve chosen this game so that we can play something longer that is appropriate to the people who come.


And talking of dwarves…

It was Snow White’s birthday, so the the Seven Dwarves clubbed together to get her a camera as a present.  When she opened it she was thrilled with such a generous gift and happily took lots of pictures of the Dwarfs and their surroundings and the next day she took the film to be developed.

A week later she eagerly went to get the developed photos, but the shop assistant said the photos were not back from the processor yet.  Needless to say, she was very disappointed and started to cry.

The clerk, trying to console her, said, “Don’t worry, someday your prints will come.”

2nd April 2013

This week we had two new gamers, so we started out gently with the “Feature Game” which was Coloretto. This is a simple card game where players have to collect sets of coloured chameleons.  However, while the three largest sets contribute positively to the final score, any others are subtracted.  The game was really quite tight with only three points between first and second place.


Next up was Carcassonne which had its second outing in as many games nights.  In contrast to the last game, this was played very “nicely”.  We started out with a selection of tiles from the two river sets and then played with just the base game, without farmers.  The youngest player managed to draw city after city tile and built a massive, uncontested city.  Meanwhile, the other new player got meeples stuck in a city and on a road that required two tiles to infill a hole, one of which was quite specific.  In a masterpiece of courage, she waited it out and drew the last required tile in the penultimate round.  Despite these heroics, however, his seemingly never-ending stream of cloisters meant nobody was quite able to catch red, who ran out eventual winner.


Given that the new players have an interest in horses, we then moved on to Turf Horse Racing.  This time, the new players ganged up, backing Roamin’ Emperor who had a one in six chance of moving 20 lengths and it stared really well, launching into the lead, only for Silver Blaze, Red Baron, and Desert Prince to move ahead.  Mosstown Boy and Lagoon Lady hung on to the back of the pack while the old nag Raven Beauty seemed to be going backwards.  Lagoon Lady started to loose contact when, with a sudden burst of pace Roamin’ Emperor made a dash for the line winning by 15-20 lengths from Silver Blaze and Red Baron.

Turf Horse Racing

Finally, we finished with a few quick rounds of one of our old favourites, Dobble.  We managed three different riotous variations and honours were pretty much even.


Learning Outcome:  When it comes to boardgames, playing on a tablecloth is a BAD idea as it moves and causes “earthquakes”.

billyGOAT’s Birthday Boardgame Bash

It was billyGOAT’s birthday and he decided that what he really fancied was a day playing games with his mates.  So, on a slightly damp afternoon in December, friends from far & wide converged on Challow Village Hall.

The first game up was a six player game of Pillars of the Earth.  This turned out to be a rather long game and took most of the afternoon.  However, since it was one of billyGOAT’s choice games, it was fitting that he ran out the worthy winner.  Meanwhile, games of Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, Riff Raff, Apples to Apples Kids, Dixit, Hamsterrolle, The Great Balloon Race, Ramses Pyramid, Bohnanza, Incan Gold and Shopping List all went on as the masons slowly built their cathedral and the children played with the Scalextric and decorated biscuits.

Pillars of the Earth

Shortly after 6pm, everyone sat down together for a meal of Chinese takeaway (including dumplings) which was followed by a marvellous Jamaica Cake for those who had any space left.  Then, the games recommenced with parallel games of Lord of the Rings and Formula D while games of Billy Biber (aka Log Jam), Dobble (aka Spot It!) and Loupin’ Louie kept the children occupied until it was time for them to go home to bed.  Unfortunately, Lord of the Rings had to be terminated prematurely and the Fellowship failed to make it to Mordor.

Lord of the Rings

Despite its apparently poor reputation to the contrary, the six player game of Formula D on the other hand finished in timely fashion and players moved on to a quick nine player game of The Resistance: Avalon.  With a lot of new players everyone was a little quiet and Mordred’s Minions won easily.


By this time, the numbers were beginning to dwindle a little, but there was still time for a quick six player game of Roman chariot racing with Ave Caesar where everyone competed to show due respect to the Emperor.  billyGOAT’s horse, “Dobbin”, made a very slow start, however, it managed a late charge for the line eventually coming second behind “Glue-pot Boy”, who had led from the off.

Ave Caesar

The last game of the night was another game of Avalon, this time with only seven players and victory went to Merlin and the Loyal Servants of Arthur. Then we had to tidy up the kitchen, sweep the hall and hand the keys back.  A good time was had by all and everyone went home tired, but happy.

Finally, many thanks to everyone who helped out in the kitchen during the event, and kept food and drink flowing, while others played; it would not have been possible without them.