What we're about

Welcome to Board & Brews!!!

We’re a fairly active gaggle of friendly meeples with meetups occurring three to four times a month. We enjoy playing all sorts of games, from classics like Catan and Dixit, to Euro's, to Amertrash, heavy strategy, short games, long game, card games, and occasionally the weird and mysterious. We cover it all, but what really makes us very different from gaming in a local store is a shared love of the brew. It’s a mix of 30% games, 30% socializing, and 30% beer. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you what the remaining 10% is. That is secret. You'll have to attend a few meetups to find out. We meet at a few locations throughout Austin, and are always looking for new places to board and brew. (And if you don't drink, that's cool too. We may hold you suspect, but we respect your decision and will welcome you with open arms! Figuratively speaking of course.)

We have a combination of open gaming days, as well as scheduled gaming for those interested in playing specific games, or learning a new game. You'll find those that hosts are super friendly, welcoming to new comers, and sincerely interested in sharing the best of board gaming. We only ask that if you commit to a scheduled game and can't make it, you remove yourself from the list to allow others the chance to attend, and shoot the host a quick message that you cannot make it. Otherwise, the only other rule is to "be excellent to each another."

So if you're looking for a nice group of board gaming geeks who game with a smile and a cold one in their hands, then you've found the right place. Looking forward to rolling some bones together!

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OPEN GAMING @ Board & Brews!

Brewtorium

HEY NOW! 4th Tuesday of every month is OPEN GAMING at B&B! Bring what you want, and just show up. (Or cross your fingers and hope something brings something you like.) . Better yet use the discussion area below to tell others what you're thinking. If you still want to schedule a specific game ahead of time, go for it! If not, stop by and see what's going on. What's most appropriate to bring? Everything I suppose, but maybe something short, sweet and easy to learn, or a classic like Dominion, Catan or Ticket to Ride. It really doesn't matter! Worst thing is you hang with some peeps, have a pint (or two), snack on a brat and a pretzel and have fun at someone else's expense. Live it.

Terraforming Mars

The Brewtorium

TLDR: we have three copies going this week. To keep things moving quickly, we are limiting it to four players per game. My copy has the Preludes and Hellas & Elysium expansions; if anyone wants to bring another copy, let me know and I'll expand the signup. Terraforming Mars is an engine-building, tile-placement Eurogame. Description from BGG follows: the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things. The players acquire unique project cards (from over two hundred different ones) by buying them to their hand. The projects (cards) can represent anything from introducing plant life or animals, hurling asteroids at the surface, building cities, to mining the moons of Jupiter and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. The cards can give you immediate bonuses, as well as increasing your production of different resources. Many cards also have requirements and they become playable when the temperature, oxygen, or ocean coverage increases enough. Buying cards is costly, so there is a balance between buying cards (3 megacredits per card) and actually playing them (which can cost anything between 0 to 41 megacredits, depending on the project). Standard Projects are always available to complement your cards. Your basic income, as well as your basic score, is based on your Terraform Rating (starting at 20), which increases every time you raise one of the three global parameters. However, your income is complemented with your production, and you also get VPs from many other sources. Each player keeps track of their production and resources on their player boards, and the game uses six types of resources: MegaCredits, Steel, Titanium, Plants, Energy, and Heat. On the game board, you compete for the best places for your city tiles, ocean tiles, and greenery tiles. You also compete for different Milestones and Awards worth many VPs. Each round is called a generation (guess why) and consists of the following phases: 1) Player order shifts clockwise. 2) Research phase: All players buy cards from four privately drawn. 3) Action phase: Players take turns doing 1-2 actions from these options: Playing a card, claiming a Milestone, funding an Award, using a Standard project, converting plant into greenery tiles (and raising oxygen), converting heat into a temperature raise, and using the action of a card in play. The turn continues around the table (sometimes several laps) until all players have passed. 4) Production phase: Players get resources according to their terraform rating and production parameters. When the three global parameters (temperature, oxygen, ocean) have all reached their goal, the terraforming is complete, and the game ends after that generation. Count your Terraform Rating and other VPs to determine the winning corporation!

Paladins of the West Kingdom

The Brewtorium

Paladins of the West Kingdom is set at a turbulent time of West Francia's story, circa 900 AD. Despite recent efforts to develop the city, outlying townships are still under threat from outsiders. Saracens scout the borders, while Vikings plunder wealth and livestock. Even the Byzantines from the east have shown their darker side. As noble men and women, players must gather workers from the city to defend against enemies, build fortifications and spread faith throughout the land. Fortunately you are not alone. In his great wisdom, the King has sent his finest knights to help aid in our efforts. So ready the horses and sharpen the swords. The Paladins are approaching. The aim of Paladins of the West Kingdom is to be the player with the most victory points (VP) at game's end. Points are gained by building outposts and fortifications, commissioning monks and confronting outsiders. Each round, players will enlist the help of a specific Paladin and gather workers to carry out tasks. As the game progresses, players will slowly increase their faith, strength and influence. Not only will these affect their final score, but they will also determine the significance of their actions. The game is concluded at the end of the seventh round. Rulebook: https://tinyurl.com/y29u6fy6

OPEN GAMING @ Board & Brews!

Brewtorium

HEY NOW! 4th Tuesday of every month is OPEN GAMING at B&B! Bring what you want, and just show up. (Or cross your fingers and hope something brings something you like.) . Better yet use the discussion area below to tell others what you're thinking. If you still want to schedule a specific game ahead of time, go for it! If not, stop by and see what's going on. What's most appropriate to bring? Everything I suppose, but maybe something short, sweet and easy to learn, or a classic like Dominion, Catan or Ticket to Ride. It really doesn't matter! Worst thing is you hang with some peeps, have a pint (or two), snack on a brat and a pretzel and have fun at someone else's expense. Live it.

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