LobSterCon VI: The Undiscovered Lobster

This will be the sixth instalment of our popular sea-side gaming weekend, and whilst it's great that we're so popular, there's also been a downside - not everyone who wants to come can fit!

I've been having a long hard think about the best way forward.

As some of you know, the original idea for Eastbourne was much simpler - a few LoB'ers had simply thought it'd be fun to get about 6-8 together to rent a cottage out in the woods somewhere for a fun weekend away. And that's what the first Eastbourne was like - fifteen of us went away for a fun weekend with friends. But the event has grown, and whilst it's great making it available to more and more people, I want to preserve some of the elements of the event being a gathering of good friends, some of whom we'd really miss if they weren't there. At the same time, I want the opportunity for long-time members of the group, who maybe haven't had the chance yet to come, to visit as well. To also keep the event from getting too large and impersonal, we're going to keep the numbers of attendees similar to previous events. I know we could probably fill a bigger hotel somewhere else, and maybe one or two of you might want to organise a bigger Essen-sized event at some point, but for the Eastbourne event, I'd like to keep it roughly the same size as it is.

Therefore, we're going to be switching to a model similar to that used by The Gathering of Friends gaming convention in the USA, and the event will be by invitation only, so that those who have really become a part of the Eastbourne family won't lose their place at the convention simply because they didn't RSVP fast enough when the event went live on Meetup.

So here's how we're going to allocate the invitations:

If you've been to at least two Eastbourne's in the past, we think of you as part of the Eastbourne family, and want you to continue to be able to take part, so you'll be getting an invitation from me in the next day or two. You'll have two weeks to make up your mind and decide if you want to take up your place or not.

After those initial invitations have been sent out, I'll then publicly open things up to everyone who's just been once. If everyone wants to come from the first tranche, there won't be enough spaces for everyone in this second group, so to be fair, ties will be broken by those who have been to the most London on Board Meetups, as we want to reward those who've been the biggest part of the group so far. Then, if all the places still havn't been allocated, we'll open it up to people who've never been to an Eastbourne, and again, we'll be giving those slots to those who've been to the most LoB meetups in case of ties.

I hope you'll see this arrangement as being slightly fairer than just giving slots to whoever is fastest to RSVP, and if you're not able to be included this time around, that you can look forward to the time when you'll be a LoB old-timer, and we'll be able to welcome you with open arms as well.

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  • Vika

    I'm uploading about 150 photos that I took - hope you like them:) Advanced Civilization photos are as a series after the main group, followed by another group of photos that i will leave without comments...
    I also have several videos from You Robot from Sun but need to compress them somehow (or can upload to dropbox as is, they will be around a gig all together i think).
    You also should have received a link to my dropbox in the email with these and more photos.

    7 · November 16, 2013

  • Riccardo F.

    Someone left their copy of Saboteur, I currently have it.

    November 12, 2013

    • Simon H

      Riccardo - yes, that will be mine, thanks! If you pop a label on it and dump it at the Herring when you are next there, that'd be fine.

      November 15, 2013

  • russell

    If you have left your speakers in Eastbourne, let me know, I have them!

    November 12, 2013

    • Pouria

      Hi Russel, that would be me, totally forgot I took them for Escape... (white ones in a white bag?)

      November 12, 2013

    • russell

      Yep, those are the ones! I will trade them for your copy of A Few Acres of Snow :o)

      November 12, 2013

  • Guendalina

    Another great gathering!
    It was great to meet and play with all of you. Thanks to Jeff and to all of you to make it happens! :)

    November 12, 2013

  • Vivienne R.

    Good weekend! Thanks everyone!

    November 12, 2013

  • Simon H

    Just brilliant (as usual)! I am nowhere near organised enough to have written down everything I played and nowhere near young enough to actually remember them all unaided! A massive thanks to everyone who made it a great weekend (that includes pretty much all of you, basically!).

    3 · November 11, 2013

  • Dan H

    I am really not sure i can make this now. if i do it will not be till fri eve. i appoint Scott as competeitions organisor in my absence.......

    November 7, 2013

    • Lloyd

      Sorry to hear, Dan. I hope all turns out well and we see you soon.

      3 · November 11, 2013

    • Mark C.

      dan, you were missed...the competitions were in disarray without you... hope all's well and look forward to seeing you soon...like to say you'd missed nothing, but that wouldnt be true!! see you soon friend. WTF

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • Full-On (.

    First time i've been to eastbourne and it was awesome. Can't wait for the next one :)

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      Mark, if I still had the power to grant nicknames I would tag you 'Wtf Mark'.

      3 · November 11, 2013

    • Mark C.

      wtf?!?!

      November 11, 2013

  • Chris O.

    I had a really good time at this LobSterCon. I played a good variety of games and discovered a fair few in the process. Notables include Origins and Cabo. I was also heartened to see my efforts in lugging two luggage bags full of games was not in vain as a vast majority of them were played, including We Didn't Play Test This At All, which took me by surprise.

    The only thing that marred the experience was me getting a rather nasty cold that reached its zenith on Saturday evening where I was actually dizzy from sneezing so much!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Mark C.

    Hey all. Fab time today...well, yesterday now! Am heading home pm tomorrow so will be packing my games up at 1pm (or when they end if in play at 1). So if you want to play Francis Drake or Triassic Terror, best get at them am....cheers...zzzz

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Oby O.

      with

      November 10, 2013

    • Mark C.

      i think you were right the first time!

      November 11, 2013

  • Vika

    Excellent weekend! It was great to see all of you, esp people I rarely see at usual meetups. Thanks to everyone who was patient enough to play games with me and teach me the new ones :)
    Special great thanks to Jeff for organising everything again!
    I tried to take photos of most of you but haven't seen them myself yet- will try to upload here or to dropbox soon :)

    10 · November 11, 2013

    • Wayne

      Thanks for taking all the photos!

      1 · November 11, 2013

    • Sherine

      Didn't get a chance to play a game with you - must head to a regular LoB soon:)

      November 11, 2013

  • Shehzad A.

    I mistakenly took extra copy of love letter. Can you please let people know. I will be coming to the red herring on Tuesday but possibly Monday.

    November 10, 2013

    • Vika

      I took someone elses copy of Love letter because didn't find mine (and thought someone just took mine by mistake) :)
      my copy is sleeved but in "soft" transparent sleeves and the rules are a bit creased from rain.
      The copy i have now is sleeved in premium quality sleeves (transparent both sides). Please let me know if someone has my copy or if people recognise their copy.

      November 11, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    There is a red suitcase and black shoulder bag left in the Osborne room. We're have no idea who it belongs to. If you can't pick it up tonight, get in touch with the hotel staff

    November 10, 2013

    • Jeroen van den H.

      Just to confirm that these belonged to Lorenzo (a.k.a. Gastaman) and he has now collected them.

      1 · November 11, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      That's who Gastaman is!

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • Wayne

    Excellent time. When else could you play a 12 hour game of advanced civilization! Now I need a few days to sleep!

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Mark B.

      And not finish it :)

      3 · November 11, 2013

  • Paul L.

    The highlight of my gaming year - thanks to Jeff to organising the event and to all you Lobsters for being so lovely

    5 · November 11, 2013

  • Nadine

    What a fantastic weekend :D Thanks to all and looking forward to the next one!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Martin S

    What a great weekend - thanks to everyone I played with for the great memories and to Jeff for another successful event.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Pouria

    Great weekend!, and thanks to everyone with the patience to teach me a game. I will be wearing my imaginary Yellow jersey with pride :)

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Mark C.

    Fantastic!!!!! Many thanks to all...can't wait till the next one!!!

    November 11, 2013

  • Ronan

    Just a fantastic time. Thanks everyone who taught me one of my own games. Thanks everyone who I played and/or drank with. VIP Area Francis Drake was just the highlight of a great four days.

    3 · November 10, 2013

    • Oby O.

      Word!! VIP Francis Drake definitely my highlight. We should game more!!

      2 · November 10, 2013

  • Alex B.

    Great fun was had, I think I am still a little deaf from the werewolf game!! :)

    3 · November 10, 2013

  • Gabe C.

    Great time was had. Need a full week con without the hotel or bar bills. Just wish I could've squeezed one more game in on Sunday.

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Shehzad A.

      We could always hog a beach or go to the forest in the summer.

      1 · November 10, 2013

  • paul a.

    We found an ipad downstairs. I'm looking after it. If your missing one let me know. No name on it though. I will be here til sun eve.

    November 10, 2013

    • Lloyd

      Doors it have a cover that looks a little like Lego? If so, it's Full-On's.

      November 10, 2013

    • paul a.

      No it was plain. The owner grabbed it though. Cheers

      1 · November 10, 2013

  • Tom

    Thanks to everyone I played a game with. Gad a fantastic time as always, can't wait for Spring!

    5 · November 10, 2013

  • Jeroen van den H.

    Allrighty then, geeks - I've pulled my finger out and booked onto the 10.17 on Friday from Victoria (joining at Clapham Junction), off-peak open return. Anyone else on that train, apart from Ronan?

    November 6, 2013

    • Mark B.

      Any one on 1117 from Victoria? I am at east Croydon waiting

      November 8, 2013

    • Ian P.

      I'm on the 1217 in coach 10

      November 8, 2013

  • Karl B.

    Too excited. Woke up early and am on the 8:47 out of Victoria

    November 8, 2013

    • Shehzad A.

      If you were too excited, you would be here already :-)

      1 · November 8, 2013

  • Richard

    Would anyone be up for either Advanced Civ (AH version) or Here I Stand on the Saturday?

    July 26, 2013

    • Jeroen van den H.

      Oh yes.

      November 7, 2013

    • Mark B.

      Yes

      November 8, 2013

  • Ian P.

    Yay I'm in!
    My plans are to bring the following:
    The capitals,
    Bruxelles 1893,
    Glass road,
    Bremerhaven,
    Planet stream,
    Prosperity.
    I could also bring caverna and tash kalar but only if we need the extra copies.
    Oh and I'll bring give with the new pill bug.

    November 5, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      I see on the geeklist that you are. Sweet!

      November 6, 2013

    • Ian P.

      Oh and I managed to fit coal baron in as well.

      1 · November 7, 2013

  • Ronan

    The gaming rooms are open to us so don't hang around the bar looking for us. Head straight to the Osbourne Room.

    November 7, 2013

    • Shehzad A.

      Cool. I will be there by 9. If you all decide to leave by then, please post a message here

      November 7, 2013

    • Tom

      See you in a little while.

      November 7, 2013

  • Martin S

    Any interest in a few games of Pathfinder card game over the weekend ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdtw7dfmR7Y

    September 22, 2013

    • Csilla

      Yep, perfectly!

      November 7, 2013

    • Martin S

      Great - all set !

      November 7, 2013

  • Gabe C.

    I will be arriving around 7. Work kept me.

    November 7, 2013

  • Alec

    Who wants to join me at the Thai tomorrow? I'm thinking we should probably try and book ahead if many of us are going. 20:00 suit you?

    November 6, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Too hungry after long tedious and lunchless journey, so am sat in Zizzi with my suitcase and a pizza :)

      November 7, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      I just tried to get out of my hotel dinner but failed... I may still attend, depends on who is around.

      November 7, 2013

  • Chris M.

    The wait is over :p

    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/159223/l-o-b-ster-con-november-2013-requests-and-what-you

    Please post on this Geek List anything you are bringing along, as well as anything you want others to bring.

    2 · July 3, 2013

    • Ian P.

      I think this meme has gone on far enough....
      Thump
      Well maybe a few more :)

      November 7, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      Wump.

      November 7, 2013

  • Alec

    Ok, I am on the 13:47 - I think I saw Kester vanishing ahead of me as I just made it on board, but I can't be arsed to walk all the way up the train with this stupidly heavy bag. I'm going to take the games with me to my hotel as I assume we don't have storage rights yet.
    Also, I've managed to forget Cosmic and remember Zendo.

    November 7, 2013

  • Martin S

    Ok - I'll be on the 11.17 on Friday from Victoria - come join me if you can. For some reason a first class ticket was cheaper than a standard, so I'll probably be in first class drinking champagne.

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • russell

      £10 return for me from Victoria :)

      November 6, 2013

    • Martin S

      Oh it was one way only - I'm being chauffeur driven back ;)

      November 7, 2013

  • Tom

    It is time.

    November 7, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Woop! Its nearly Thursday. I shall be at home until the gas man arrives and fixes our boiler - just in time for me to not give a shit for the weekend. I shall see you chaps (and chapesses) at the bar tomorrow. Sooner rather than later. Remember to tip your waitress (unless you're Ronan)...

    November 6, 2013

  • Shehzad A.

    woohoo.. got monday off work as well. so who is stayng on Monday? If no one, then I might just do some sight seeing on Monday.

    November 5, 2013

    • Paul L.

      If you have the time and the energy get up to Beachy Head on the bus - amazing views and a lovely walk back to town. Eastbourne apart from the sea front is a bit boring but the surrounding country side and walks are glorious.

      4 · November 6, 2013

    • Shehzad A.

      cheers :)

      November 6, 2013

  • Nadine

    Have people taken the dinner option at the hotel? Are there any convenient/cheap places to eat out? Eastbourne newbie here!

    October 3, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      I went for the hotel dinner, after one time when the local pub was so full that the group that went was stuck there for 5 hours and came back accidentally sloshed.

      However, I am jealous of all the options now. I'll see if I can remove dinner from one night...

      Also, they appear to have given me dinner inclusive on Thursday as well.

      November 6, 2013

    • Tom

      I'm going for no dinner thurs, dinner fri, dinner out sat. Just to mix things up.

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Shehzad A.

    q: are we playing games on thursday night?
    q: when you go into York House Hotel, which room will we be gaming in?
    q: What are the hours of gaming? Thanks

    November 4, 2013

    • Shehzad A.

      :eek:

      November 6, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      Note - I was not seen again until around noon that day.

      Also, it was my second 5p Agricola game of the morning.

      November 6, 2013

  • russell

    Oh dear, I tried to book today, they said they have no rooms left! Anyone have a spare bed in their room, or know a cheap place close by? Or I could always pull a BK!!

    September 26, 2013

    • Ian P.

      Seems I was too slow. I'm in the Atlanta which is fairly close as well.

      November 5, 2013

    • Jeroen van den H.

      Ian, that's where I was last year. It's a bit of a dump, but breakfast is OK.

      November 6, 2013

  • Dan H

    I’ve reached the level of addiction where two nights just doesn’t quell my Eastbourne cravings. I need a stronger dose, I need the third night! I suggest that those of similar tolerances spend an extra day gaming by the coast. So please post below if you fancy staying for a third night and an extra days gaming. Please add whether you think you would like start a day earlier or end a day later than the core event as it would be nice if we were there together. More people = More games = More fun.

    May 28, 2013

    • Lloyd

      If you prefer. I got sidetracked so haven't booked yet. :)

      November 4, 2013

    • Lloyd

      Alas, life has intervened, so I'll now (hopefully) be heading down on Friday.

      November 6, 2013

  • Dan H

    We will need 4 copies of 6nimmt. please post below if you can fit one in yr bag. thanks

    November 4, 2013

    • Csilla

      I can bring one

      November 4, 2013

    • Mark C.

      ok, i've got one...i'll bring it...

      November 4, 2013

  • Riccardo F.

    Anyone for trying out any of the following: Andean Abyss (centered around the Colombian insurgency in the 1990s), Cuba Libre (centered around Castro's cuban revolution in the 1950s) or A Distant Plain (centered around the Afghan insurgency in the 2000s)? They all use the same system, which is (relatively) easy to learn: each plays 4 players, with each side playing completely differently and with each having different winning conditions. Gameplay centers around both affecting the map, using events to your advantage (as represented by cards) and making deals with the other players. Keep in mind that the games can be rather long. Cuba Libre is the shortest of the 3, with Andean Abyss/A Distant Plain taking longer depending on the scenario chosen. I wouldn't mind playing this on Friday/Saturday so let me know if we have enough people. Also, I'm not planning to bring all three of them so let me know which one you are interested in the most.

    1 · October 29, 2013

    • Jason

      I could probably be tempted into Andean Abyss at some point. Probably not right at the start of the weekend tho, I'll need some time to warm up!

      November 4, 2013

    • Riccardo F.

      Well there's probably going to be another game at some other time if enough people are interested/can be roped into playing! :D

      November 4, 2013

  • Mark C.

    OK, so i picked up some (no doubt rubbish) games at Essen - Palmyra & 2 by Peter Hawes - Francis Drake & Triassic Terror.... I also have Keyflower the Farmers & Keyflower by RIchard Breese...shifted 900 of them so cant be that bad...let me know if anyone is interested and i'll bring them down.

    1 · November 3, 2013

    • Ronan

      Played FD and enjoyed it. In fact playing it again tonight.

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Would like to play Francis Drake, looks great

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • Alex H.

    I would like to book the train tickets for Thursday evening, do we have a gamer train?

    1 · October 25, 2013

    • Gabe C.

      A fair point, still don't know when I will get away.

      October 25, 2013

    • Shehzad A.

      I have booked my train from Farringdon on Thursday departing 6.25 pm.

      November 3, 2013

  • Mark C.

    Also VERY keen to learn Tichu which i am bringing...

    November 3, 2013

  • Shehzad A.

    Cromwell house hotel 4* 10 minutes away from meetup hotel. 100 £

    November 3, 2013

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