Newbie Night (Tuesday night gaming)

Confused by Knizia? Aggrieved by Agricola? Bamboozled by Battlestar Galactica? Come learn from boardgaming experts!

Yes, it's time for another newbie night. If you've never been to London-on-Board before, tonight is the night. Veterans, is there a game you've always wanted to play? Or one you want to teach? Say so in the comments for the meeting. Let's learn some new games!

Of course,  the 18XX players are excluded from this. Because I'm not encouraging that sort of behaviour, yo.

If you are new to London on Board check out this guide for new players. If you have any questions on the night or are having trouble getting into a game, then look out for the night's host, the handsome Antipodean listed to the right.

If you plan on attending please RSVP. We only have 50 chairs and it gets uncomfortable for everyone if more people than that turn up. Similarly, please change your RSVP to no if it turns out you can't make it. No exceptions.

Attention! LoB is part of NineWorlds, a weekend-long, multi-genre convention in London this summer, August 9th-11th, "the mutant hybrid of a science fiction convention crossed with a TED talks conference". It's full of: film and film-making, Doctor Who, science, feminism, Tolkien, SF&F academia, video games,  roleplaying, Discworld, social gaming, SF&F,creative writing, Star Wars, queer fandom, steampunk, open culture, Star Trek, Whedon, skepticism, costuming, comics, anime and J-culture. And boardgaming of course. Get along to the forums for details and a longer discussion. Advance tickets on sale for a discount now.

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  • Steve N.

    Put me down for a newbie night! But I'll be to a normal gathering before then I'm sure.

    March 3, 2013

    • Behrooz S.

      This event already happened! But as Martin mentions below, newbies are welcome on ANY night, even if that's not explicitly stated in the title.

      March 3, 2013

  • Chris O.

    I played an excellent game of Spartacus, was robbed at the last moment by a lucky card drawn by an opponent. Great game though, highly recommended.

    March 3, 2013

  • Luis F.

    If there are interested players, i can host next Tuesday (05mar2013) a game or two of Arkam Horror and guillotine (i will be on around 19h forwards).

    February 27, 2013

  • Soren V.

    Suburbia - Awful game. A game I looked forward to and almost pre-ordered myself, but it fails at almost everything - including as a special treat an effectively broken, random setup.
    .....
    Batavia - Still a good, multi-level set collection and area majority game with innovative mechanisms and constant tough decisions to play well.
    .....
    Fairy Tale - Possibly an ok game with other graphic design, but a horrible Z-Man Games edition with moronic graphic design which makes it practically unplayable for new players.
    .....
    For Sale - Always great, fun, light, auction game.

    1 · February 27, 2013

    • Lloyd

      Except he might just be right about Suburbia...

      2 · February 27, 2013

    • John B

      As there are no magic lakes in Suburbia, I won. So it's a brilliant game.

      February 27, 2013

  • Paul A.

    A weird newbie night where only a few newbies showed up and most of the regulars stayed away too. Still, thanks to Ronan and Paul for newbie wrangling. Started with the adrenaline pumping Escape, then moved onto the usual mix of clever moves and stupid mistakes with Kosmonauts. Finished with Room 25 where we won despite our worst intentions.

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • AndyB

      So ideally we'd like people to remove themselves from the waiting list when they can no longer attend were someone to drop out at the last minute. This would also mean that someone further down the waiting list who could actually turn up would get invited.

      1 · February 27, 2013

    • Soren V.

      "If in doubt, get out!" :-)

      1 · February 27, 2013

  • Behrooz S.

    Disappointing how few folk there were but it was a good night anyway, just for different reasons than expected. :-)

    Escape x3: TRIUMPHANT EVENTUALLY!
    Kosmonautsx2: FIRST in the race BUT LAST in points.
    Room 25: (An unintentional) cheaty win.
    Wee Van Sank: Fast.
    Resistance x2: Bad lying by me.
    Wee Van Sank x2: TAGORE TRIUMPHANT!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Ronan

    Had a brilliant evening in a strangely empty Red Herring. Escape three times until we finally made it out. Pandemic in which we lost our Ops Expert due to a phone call but Vika proved to be an able replacement and prodded us to an unlikely victory. Kingdoms was vicious fun. Two games of For Sale which I played horribly. Ed violated us in The Resistance to end the night. Bad Ed!

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • Ronan

      No worries Pauline. I hope everything is alright. If you just say that you want to play Pandemic next time you come down then hopefully someone will bring it along.

      2 · February 27, 2013

  • Piers S.

    That was fun! Thanks to the other dominus, dominii? for a tense end game of Spartacus, who knew that final alliances would emerge? All were good sports. LOVED Munchkin, thanks Tomasz and Chris for teaching me.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Had so much fun playing Power Grid, Paul was as ever a great teacher, but it was a great game with Barry, John and Michael.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Michael M.

    exactly as described!

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Tom

    Will be bringing Agricola, Troyes and Conquest of the Empire tonight. Any preferences?

    February 26, 2013

  • Tony C.

    Work's got in the way. Again.

    February 26, 2013

  • Alex B.

    I'd love to learn soke of the longer form board games like battlestar

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    :( have been put on babysitter duty. Can no longer make it.

    February 26, 2013

    • Robin B.

      Hope to see you another time. Remember - All nights are newbie nights. Don't have to wait until another official one.

      2 · February 26, 2013

  • Piers S.

    I can teach City of Horror or Spartacus. (Both are backstabby but a lot of fun). Who doesn't love zombies or gladiators?

    2 · February 23, 2013

    • Piers S.

      Spartacus is a go then! Maria, Chris and hopefully one other. See you tomorrow

      February 25, 2013

    • Tamas K.

      I'm up for Spartacus

      1 · February 26, 2013

  • Ronan

    In the bag are; Escape, Pandemic, Milestones, Kingdoms, Incan Gold, For Sale & Timelines. See you all later.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • John B

    Got some newbie friendly games. Suburbia, Batavia and Star Trek original series deck building game

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Ronan

    I will have a bag full of fun games and my best friendly face on. Send newbies my way.

    2 · February 21, 2013

    • Ronan

      Wow, being singled out as creepy at a board game club. That's pretty soul destroying.

      7 · February 26, 2013

    • Jacob T.

      Main reason I come to weekday boardgame nights is I know I will not be the creepiest person in the room *looks at Lloyd*

      4 · February 26, 2013

  • Massimo

    Apologies for the late notice but will not make it. Next time!

    February 25, 2013

  • James P.

    Sorry for last minute cancellation, hope to make another night though.

    February 25, 2013

  • Claire

    Change of work schedule, try again next time!

    February 25, 2013

  • AndyB

    Not going to make this one after all - meeting in London cancelled, so can't justify the travel, sadly. Hopefully March dates will go up soon so that I can aim meetings at those!

    February 25, 2013

    • AndyB

      And they've already been snuck up there while I wasn't looking!

      1 · February 25, 2013

  • Esti

    The euro games seem too celebral for me. Im used to cranium/pictionnary type games but willing to find out whether I enjoy or get smthg out of your kind of games. As not heavily strategic as possible for my first go please??

    February 6, 2013

    • Behrooz S.

      As Paul said above, we really play all sorts of games. I've seen/played cult classics from the 1960s, more reaction-based games than I knew existed, social bluffing games, storytelling experiences, memory games, dice-rolling bohnanzas and a more competitive form of Pictionary - Pictomania. And even Jenga: Girl Talk...

      There are of course the classic euros, about efficiently turning various resources into other resources. Some, like the 18xx series have somewhat involved rules, maybe with a stock market, shared resource pool and no randomness except for the chaos brought by other players.

      All these games can be fun for different reasons and they're all played at LoB - it really does cover the entire spectrum of what 'boardgaming' is.

      4 · February 8, 2013

    • Graham M.

      Hi Esti, as a recent new member, I suggest you look out for Carcassonne (take it in turns to lay a tile and build up roads, cities and farms) and Ticket to Ride (building railway routes across Europe), They both have simple rules that you can pick up very quickly but will give you an idea of some of the kinds of games there are. Another suggestion is Stone Age (a bit more complicated but reasonably straightforward to learn) where your tribe gathers food, wood, gold etc and uses them in various ways to earn points. If you have time towards the end, try one of the assorted card/party etc games.

      4 · February 25, 2013

  • Martin

    For those on the waiting list - there are plenty of spaces on Monday. I'll be hosting and very happy to welcome newbies then too!

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Martin

      And there's enough room on Wednesday for everyone on this waiting list - newbies welcome then too!

      1 · February 24, 2013

  • Luis F.

    I'm always on a tight schedule, so i will see if i can make it for a quick chat... (no games as i understand there are no "spots" available).

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, do we have to be there at 17:30 ? I've got lots of work and I think I can be there around 19:30 only. Thks.

    February 24, 2013

    • Behrooz S.

      Arriving at 19:30 is absolutely allowed and (AFAIK) no-one will shout at you for coming/leaving at any time. Just be aware that games will be flowing then, so you'll have to watch other folk finish their games before you can play the next round of games.

      Having said that, I imagine most games played this tuesday will be relatively short.

      2 · February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok for me, I'm ready to wait and watch. See you both on tuesday.

      February 24, 2013

  • Michael M.

    I've never played Carcassonne before and would love to give it a try if any one will be playing it?

    February 24, 2013

    • Michael M.

      great, thank you!

      February 24, 2013

    • Behrooz S.

      The 'deluxe' version in the 'library' is there, but is missing a lot of meeples, so only 4 can play. I actually really enjoy this game and would be happy to teach if other folk want to play but a teacher is needed.

      February 24, 2013

  • Tagore

    The Train Gamers will probably be running a newbie game of '46 with our most inncuous member :p

    February 21, 2013

    • Paul A.

      I said I'm not encouraging that behaviour.

      February 23, 2013

  • Martin

    'Newbie night' seems to have inspired a lot of people and we're booked up well in advance. Just to remind you that newbies are very welcome *every* night at LoB and we'll always be happy to teach our games to new players!

    5 · February 17, 2013

    • Paul A.

      That's Dr Ag to you. I didn't spend 4 years in evil scientist school for nothing.

      2 · February 18, 2013

    • Jeroen van den H.

      I could have known your interest in virology was nefarious.

      1 · February 18, 2013

  • Michael M.

    woooo Tuesday night boarding!

    February 14, 2013

  • Paul A.

    We are full as a very full thing. Don't show up if you don't have a place, If you can't come then cancel so someone can take your place.
    (And veterans - we really need your help for newbie wrangling tonight. All hands on deck.)

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Tom

    One of these days we should have a newbie week...

    February 14, 2013

    • Paul A.

      We do need to have them on nights other than Tuesday. That is one of the reasons why Tuesday is over-subscribed - it's the one a lot of people come to initially.

      February 14, 2013

    • AndyB

      You can fit a whole week into a day, Tom? I'm impressed.

      1 · February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be my first gaming night. I've always played the common family boards so I'm excited try new games

    3 · February 11, 2013

  • Kate

    I have to go away for work and so am going to have to miss this. Fingers crossed for another newbie night soon - or I'll just take the plunge anyway!

    February 9, 2013

    • Paul A.

      A shame Kate. Take your choice - book in for a night sometime and let people know you're a newbie and to expect you. Or wait until out next newbie night, in maybe a month or two.

      February 10, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Newbs: close to 6pm is good as that's when the first wave of gaming starts. Makes it easier to get you into something.

    Veterans: looking for volunteers to run novice-friendly games.

    February 6, 2013

    • Behrooz S.

      And to bring discussion back to the 26th, if some folk seem like they'd enjoy a reaction game, I'm happy to teach Jungle Speed and sit out.

      February 8, 2013

    • Paul A.

      Rematch? Any time. (And blame the misspelling on Android's predictive text.)

      February 8, 2013

  • Paul A.

    @Esti: you never know until you try ...
    But Eurogames are only part of what we play. There's a lot of other more social / party / puzzle type games. We can find something for you.

    @Kate: welcome!

    February 6, 2013

    • Behrooz S.

      Kakerlaken Poker, Skulls and Roses and the Resistance are the bees' knees!

      1 · February 7, 2013

  • Kate

    Newbie Night sounds like an excellent chance to break my duck and make it for the first time. Looking forward to meeting you all, and to learning new games!

    1 · February 6, 2013

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