What we're about

Hudson Valley Boards & Brews is a social, adults-only get together for modern tabletop game enthusiasts in the Dutchess County area. Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds!

We have weekly game nights in various bars and pubs where we will eat, chat, and game together. Some weekends we hold all-day sessions where we can tackle the strategic games that might require a greater time investment or that won't work well in a bar setting.

So what type of games does this group play anyway? We play a variety of designer tabletop board and card games. Take a look at our previous events here on Meetup to see some examples. Boardgamegeek.com has a Hotness section that will give you an idea of what is hip nowadays. We have no strict rules for what games are on the menu, but our group tends to focus on modern, hobbyist, tabletop games that have been released fairly recently. Does this include classic games such as Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble, or Clue? While we all have fond memories of playing those sorts of games, they are not really what this group is about.

We love to learn new games as well so feel free to bring some that you'd like to share. See you at our next game night!

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Board Gaming at Juan Murphy's Pub

Juan Murphys

New Rule for Hudson Valley Boards & Brews Official MeetUps: Wear a mask at our Monday night Juan Murphy’s meetings when you’re not eating or drinking. This rule will be in effect while Dutchess County has a a high transmission rate. See the CDC website for more information and see the FAQ at the bottom of this event description.

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Join us for food, beer, and board games at Juan Murphy's in Poughkeepsie. You're welcome to bring a game of your own or play one of ours. Don't worry if you don't know how to play—there's always people willing to teach you. We're a very social, chatty group so expect roughly 1/3 conversation, 2/3 board gaming.

If there is a particular board game you'd like to try, please post it in the comments. Chances are one of the regular attendees has the game and would be willing to teach it to anyone interested.

PLEASE DO NOT COME IF YOU ARE SICK. Also, please wash your hands regularly since everyone will be touching the same board games.
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FAQ
What if I forget my mask?
Initially, we will bring new spare medical masks for anyone who forget theirs. But please bring your own in the future.

What if I don’t want to wear a mask?
You’ll be asked to sit at least 6 feet away from the rest of the gamers and will probably get booed until you move away. I suggest looking into these great games: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/11710/always-alone-definitive-list-single-player-games/page/1

What about when I’m eating and drinking?
Since we are meeting in a bar/restaurant, you will need to remove your mask while eating and drinking. Please put your mask back on when you’re done. If you’d like to be extra cautious, you can order and then eat at Juan Murphy’s outdoor patio in the back before coming back in to play games. If you’re drinking all night, just pull your mask aside to sip your drink so that it stays on most of the time.

What’s the point of wearing a mask when other bar patrons won’t wear one and I’ll be taking mine off anyway to put food in my french-fry hole?
The purpose of wearing masks is to reduce the chance you get Covid or give it to someone else. Some protection is better than no protection. HVBB is an inclusive, welcoming club for adults who want to enjoy board gaming while making new friends. Doing our best to stay safe is consistent with the goals of this club. Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. So we’re requiring masks to keep everyone safer.

Modern Heavy Board Gaming in Poughkeepsie (Vaxxed only)

Poughkeepsie Galleria

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UPDATE: this meet-up is only for gamers that are FULLY VACCINATED against Covid-19. We will be in an enclosed area together for up to 11 HOURS on these mall game days. Getting vaccinated may PROTECT PEOPLE AROUND YOU, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We want to be safe and to ensure the safety of our members as much as possible. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and Hudson Valley Boards & Brews recommends that everyone gets vaccinated. So get your shot (the real one, not the horse medicine!) and join us for some games!
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When: Sunday, Sept 26, 2021, 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Where: Community Room in the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall
What's going on: medium-heavy to heavy board gaming. Adults only.
What if I'm new to board gaming? It's probably better to first check out our regular Monday-night events at Juan Murphy's. We do medium to medium-light games on Mondays and there is always someone ready to teach new gamers.

FAQ

Are kids welcome? no
Is this adults-only? yes
Can I bring Monopoly? no
How about Taboo, Pictionary, Clue, or my favorite Parker Brother's game? no
What if I really want to play those games? That's what's so cool about MeetUp—anyone can start their own group and I encourage you to do so
Does adults-only mean that this is a singles group? no
Will there be beer? Not in the community room, but several gamers are often up for getting a beer together afterwards
What kinds of games are played? The lighter games we've played include Space Base, Pandemic, Forgotten Waters, Tiny Towns, Xenoshyft, & Lords of Waterdeep

Board Gaming at Juan Murphy's Pub

Juan Murphys

New Rule for Hudson Valley Boards & Brews Official MeetUps: Wear a mask at our Monday night Juan Murphy’s meetings when you’re not eating or drinking. This rule will be in effect while Dutchess County has a a high transmission rate. See the CDC website for more information and see the FAQ at the bottom of this event description.

***********************EVENT INFO *****************************************
Join us for food, beer, and board games at Juan Murphy's in Poughkeepsie. You're welcome to bring a game of your own or play one of ours. Don't worry if you don't know how to play—there's always people willing to teach you. We're a very social, chatty group so expect roughly 1/3 conversation, 2/3 board gaming.

If there is a particular board game you'd like to try, please post it in the comments. Chances are one of the regular attendees has the game and would be willing to teach it to anyone interested.

PLEASE DO NOT COME IF YOU ARE SICK. Also, please wash your hands regularly since everyone will be touching the same board games.
*******************************************************************************

FAQ
What if I forget my mask?
Initially, we will bring new spare medical masks for anyone who forget theirs. But please bring your own in the future.

What if I don’t want to wear a mask?
You’ll be asked to sit at least 6 feet away from the rest of the gamers and will probably get booed until you move away. I suggest looking into these great games: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/11710/always-alone-definitive-list-single-player-games/page/1

What about when I’m eating and drinking?
Since we are meeting in a bar/restaurant, you will need to remove your mask while eating and drinking. Please put your mask back on when you’re done. If you’d like to be extra cautious, you can order and then eat at Juan Murphy’s outdoor patio in the back before coming back in to play games. If you’re drinking all night, just pull your mask aside to sip your drink so that it stays on most of the time.

What’s the point of wearing a mask when other bar patrons won’t wear one and I’ll be taking mine off anyway to put food in my french-fry hole?
The purpose of wearing masks is to reduce the chance you get Covid or give it to someone else. Some protection is better than no protection. HVBB is an inclusive, welcoming club for adults who want to enjoy board gaming while making new friends. Doing our best to stay safe is consistent with the goals of this club. Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. So we’re requiring masks to keep everyone safer.

Board Gaming at Juan Murphy's Pub

Juan Murphys

New Rule for Hudson Valley Boards & Brews Official MeetUps: Wear a mask at our Monday night Juan Murphy’s meetings when you’re not eating or drinking. This rule will be in effect while Dutchess County has a a high transmission rate. See the CDC website for more information and see the FAQ at the bottom of this event description.

***********************EVENT INFO *****************************************
Join us for food, beer, and board games at Juan Murphy's in Poughkeepsie. You're welcome to bring a game of your own or play one of ours. Don't worry if you don't know how to play—there's always people willing to teach you. We're a very social, chatty group so expect roughly 1/3 conversation, 2/3 board gaming.

If there is a particular board game you'd like to try, please post it in the comments. Chances are one of the regular attendees has the game and would be willing to teach it to anyone interested.

PLEASE DO NOT COME IF YOU ARE SICK. Also, please wash your hands regularly since everyone will be touching the same board games.
*******************************************************************************

FAQ
What if I forget my mask?
Initially, we will bring new spare medical masks for anyone who forget theirs. But please bring your own in the future.

What if I don’t want to wear a mask?
You’ll be asked to sit at least 6 feet away from the rest of the gamers and will probably get booed until you move away. I suggest looking into these great games: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/11710/always-alone-definitive-list-single-player-games/page/1

What about when I’m eating and drinking?
Since we are meeting in a bar/restaurant, you will need to remove your mask while eating and drinking. Please put your mask back on when you’re done. If you’d like to be extra cautious, you can order and then eat at Juan Murphy’s outdoor patio in the back before coming back in to play games. If you’re drinking all night, just pull your mask aside to sip your drink so that it stays on most of the time.

What’s the point of wearing a mask when other bar patrons won’t wear one and I’ll be taking mine off anyway to put food in my french-fry hole?
The purpose of wearing masks is to reduce the chance you get Covid or give it to someone else. Some protection is better than no protection. HVBB is an inclusive, welcoming club for adults who want to enjoy board gaming while making new friends. Doing our best to stay safe is consistent with the goals of this club. Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. So we’re requiring masks to keep everyone safer.

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Board Gaming at Juan Murphy's Pub

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