Monthly Meeting @ Pingreen (20 people max)

Regular monthly session at Pin Green Community Centre.

Bring along any games you want, but there will usually be plenty to choose from.

£2 per person on the night (free for first time visitors).

Please RSVP yes/no so we know whom to expect - YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE THIS LATER if circumstances change (even if not coming or unsure please RSVP "no" as it helps see who is active and who we should maybe send a nudge too)

You can use the comment section below for requesting games you'd like to play, expressing an interest in joining a game someone is bringing, trash talking your opponents (Tony, that one's for you!), and/or last minute updates on the day (eg. "Stuck in traffic - I'll be 20 mins late").

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  • Tony A.

    Well, the evning began with a power cut in our street so it was a bagle and a Creme Egg for tea! At the club, four people greedily grabbed Russian Railroads and alliterated away. Duncan, Tony and myself began setting up Concordia. Then David arrived, followed by Allan and his nameless friend (sorry, terrible memory - old fogey and all that!). This was one person too many to fit into Concordia/RR so they set off in another group of 3. I know they played Guildhall and think they played something else but not too sure what. Allan +1 had to leave a bit early and poor David was stuck cos the rest of us were still chugging along with our games - so he left too :-(. I believe Tim won RR, seeing off Alexander in the final round. Our game was a nailbiter - I snuck the win by a single point ahead of Tony C and only about ten in front of Duncan which, in Concordia terms, is still about one card purchase from victory! If nowt else it spared my blushes as I was the only one who had played before!

    May 3, 2014

    • Tony C.

      Concordia was great - really enjoyed it, so thanks Tony for bringing it along :-)

      May 6, 2014

    • Tony A.

      No probs - been wanting to play it again. It's funny, I wouldn't say it is my favourite but I would say it is one of the most perfectly designed games I own. It is so simple and elegant in the way it works yet so damnably awkward and frustrating when you are trying to get your stuff done while playing!

      May 6, 2014

  • Tim G.

    Having snaffled Tony's copy of Russian Railroads Tim, Henry, Alexander and John settled down for an hour's read through of the rules and two and a half hours of tense game play. All four players went for slightly different strategies: Alexander majored on Industry; Tim ignored Industry altogether and developed all three rail lines, plus accumulating useful Engineers; John concentrated mainly on the Trans-Siberian railway plus as many Engineers as he could claim; and Henry spread his efforts across the board. Unfortunately an hour reading the rules proved insufficient, as we missed a last turn rule which potentially denied Alexander maybe 10 points, but despite this the final scores were very close: Tim winning with 289, John (I think) second with 286, Henry third with 284 and finally Alexander with 273 (or maybe 283). It was interesting that the different approaches to the game ended up being so close.

    May 4, 2014

    • Tony A.

      It is a common remark about the game that just about every strategy you can think of is at least in with a chance of winning. I think this is partly because it is so well put together (and playtested) and partly because all the strategies overlap at least a bit so you are always fighting for the spaces on the board and getting in each other's way.

      May 4, 2014

  • Shaun C.

    Played '1830 railroads and robber barons' yesterday, was fun but I think too old style to play!
    (I had to practice my times tables when working out who got dividends and how much)

    May 2, 2014

    • Tony C.

      Nice - have you played Planet Steam?

      May 3, 2014

    • Shaun C.

      Not yet but i've heard good things!

      May 3, 2014

  • Tony C.

    Really enjoyed Concordia - very good game that has you thinking constantly about your plans - so much so that we all kept losing track of whose turn it was since we were so focused on our own strategies!

    May 3, 2014

  • john

    Note to Mark: 10 meeples, 9 veterans plus a first timer so £18.00 collected.

    May 2, 2014

  • Allan W.

    A friend should be joining me, but may be up to 30 mins late. Him, not me. Could we try and ensure he will be able to join a game ? Cheers.

    May 2, 2014

    • Allan W.

      Change of plan both myself and my friend will be a little late, say ten mins or so.

      May 2, 2014

    • David V.

      Will also be a bit late - similar eta.

      May 2, 2014

  • Trish C.

    Sorry for late change but can't make this evening! I'm sure you'll all have fun!

    May 2, 2014

  • Kim B.

    I like 1830 too, so if a couple of others don't mind playing then we could have a game. nothing wrong with "Old School"

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Tim G.

    Younger son (or Alexander, as he is also known) is doing a project at school to design a board game. To this end he has prepared a short questionnaire on the subject. If you would like to, please could you take a copy at tom mow night's meet up and fill it in?

    Thanks, Tim

    May 1, 2014

    • john

      you could put it in the discussion forum as well I guess, and people could reply online...?

      May 2, 2014

  • Tim G.

    I don't know who owns Merchants & Marauders, but I'd fancy a go at that, if it is available.

    April 30, 2014

    • Tim G.

      All we need now is a copy of M&M.

      May 1, 2014

    • Tony A.

      John has some original peanut ones. On a more serious note, I can't remember whose copy it was we played way back when. I'd like another crack at it sometime as I think we got the rules horribly wrong last time.

      May 1, 2014

  • Tony C.

    Will try and make this (update to follow a little closer to the time). How about Rialto? Trajan? Firenze? Dominant Species? Guildhall? Amyitis? Navegador? And others...that I forget right now!

    April 23, 2014

    • Shaun C.

      Concordia looks good, or alternatively trains are always fun. Count me in for Tony/Tony's group!

      April 25, 2014

    • Tony C.

      John - you're right, re. the breather...but I seem to keep being drawn to Planet Steam, along with Troyes and one or two others! ;-)

      April 25, 2014

  • john

    Porthos, are you bringing Russian Railroads? Or is anyone bringing anything more exciting? (how about eclipse!?)

    April 23, 2014

    • Tony A.

      I am considering bringing RR but will seek confirmation of Kathie's intentions first - don't think she is sold on it so if she's coming it will be shelved.

      April 23, 2014

  • Tony A.

    Ooh, twenty people max - that's new isn't it? Makes it all exciting. Who is going to make the cut and who is going to be the Victorian vagabond child, stood outside, nose pressed against the window, pale and wan as we insiders gorge ourselves on plump Meeples. Or something. Ahem.

    April 22, 2014

    • john

      oooh, stalled at 10 meeples. Maybe I should reduce the limit to 15 meeples to liven things up a bit... ;-D

      April 23, 2014

    • Tony A.

      Reduce it by one per day til we are full!

      April 23, 2014

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