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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.

Splendor

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…

Stanford-in-the-Vale