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Join the players at Jetpack, Saturday Sept 7th, 2 - 10:30 pm (Rochester)

Everyone is invited to come join in a day of learning and playing fun boardgames. This is an open boardgame event, meaning the participants choose what games to play and there is not a pre-selected game that is the only one allowed at the event. I've been doing this as a monthly
event for a year, on the first Saturday of every month (except May, when the store has a huge event).

Located at Jetpack Comics at 37 N Main St in Rochester. Saturday September 7th from 2 to 10:30.

Please come any time during those hours, you are not required to attend for all 8 ½ hours! I just have it that long so more people would have an opportunity to attend. If you plan to come after 5 pm please let me know in advance you are coming, because I sometimes pack it up early depending on attendance. We have room for probably about 6-8 people even with the other card games going on on Saturdays; if I start getting a larger group I will have to make arrangements with the store.

A lot of my attendees are regulars from the store, and we don't always spend that much time with Euro games, but I will certainly bring some to each event. Recently Killer Bunnies has been a popular game at this event, but I also usually have Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan with me. And lately, I bought Ticket to Ride but haven't played yet. Children are welcome as long as they are old enough to join in the games; I have
plenty of games that are suitable for children 8 and up. The store allows us to eat and drink in the gaming room (lots of nearby businesses sell food), but asks us not to bring large drink containers such as 2-liter bottles and gallon jugs. Free parking on Main St or in the Union Street city lot, in the middle of the one-way block of Main St, Union St and Wakefield St.

What's on the agenda for this event: I have several games I'd like to play: Evil Baby Orphanage, or Dominion, or for people who are completely new to Euro gaming, I can also do a couple of classics,Carcassonne (with several add-ons) and Settlers of Catan. Also available are a couple of Hobbit games, Hogwarts House Cup game, Wings of War plane fighting game, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Killer Bunnies (1st 3 expansions) and Harry Potter Clue, and more! The store also has other games we can borrow or you can bring something as well. I will post a link to my collection shortly, after I make sure it is up to date.

Future events: This event will continue to repeat on a monthly basis, so stay posted. I plan to do this event again on October 5, November 2, and December 7, same time and place (October may be shorter because of another commitment that evening).

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  • Bryce N.

    I uploaded all 45 pictures to my Flickr account today, will pick some out for this website later. Link is http://www.flickr.com/photos/freedomrambler/sets/72157635474328517/

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Bryce N.

    It was a great meetup, lots of participation by both the Euro gaming group and some of the local store regulars who come. We had 7 people total participate in our games, that I know of. Most of the time we had two games going on at once, that's why I'm not sure.

    September 9, 2013

  • Bryce N.

    Thanks to the seven people who participated in the meetup. I especially enjoyed having the variety of games brought by Mike and Kathleen, and their participation in the event also, along with Larry, Donald, Chad, and Alex. I will post my pictures in a few minutes.

    September 9, 2013

  • Bryce N.

    That's all right, Kathleen. Thanks for coming and we'll figure something out. I guess you're probably already on your way down.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last year I brought Finca, an easy to teach game for 2 - 4. So I'll bring that today as well as Kingsburg and Airlines Europe. And I'll be happy to play Mike's Hanabi and Tsuro, both of which take less than an hour. Mine each take about an hour. I'll have to bring a few more because I'd like to stay all afternoon and evening to make it worth my while to have made the drive. It takes me almost an hour to get to Rochester from Tamworth.

    I'm sorry, Bryce, but I'm not interested in either Killer Bunnies or Ticket to Ride. If you get newbies who want to play those, maybe Mike and I can play some other 2-player games. It's good that you're getting new people interested.

    September 7, 2013

  • Bryce N.

    On the other hand, the kids that came last month really got into another of my family games, Killer Bunnies, which I have the first 3 add-ons for as well. They may want to play that again also.

    September 6, 2013

  • Bryce N.

    I'm sure I'll find some of Kathleen's and Mike's games interesting too. Whatever we wind up deciding, just having RSVP's on this group really makes me feel good about the future of this event.

    September 6, 2013

  • Bryce N.

    Sorry about not answering sooner. This meetup turnout tends to be highly variable, and a lot of the participation has been by gamers from the store's regular weekly events who don't really do much Euro gaming. I do whatever games the people showing up want to play, so they'll come back.
    So we might get a long heavy game and a light game both going, if there's enough people. I still have a fairly small collection, and have had to put a hold on my practice of buying 1-2 new games every month for financial reasons. So, currently, the only games I really really want to play of mine are 2 that haven't been used at any of these events yet: Evil Baby Orphanage, a light game that may turn out not to be something I want to play again, and my other recently-acquired and not-yet-played game is the original US version of Ticket to Ride.
    Any takers?

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, Mike. I'll bring Kingsburg and Airlines Europe. Others too, but I'll decide later.

    September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, Mike, you and I have quite different tastes. I looked at the top rated games from your collection (10 - 7). Whenever there was one I didn't recognize, I looked at its profile. Turns out most of them are 2-player games, not suitable for Saturday. From your list I found only two that I'm interested in: Archaeology: The Card Game - if it's not just 2-player, I didn't check; and Lords of Scotland. I too own that game but have played it only once, so I don't know the strategy yet. I can bring my copy or you can bring yours. Thanks for the Geek link to your games. Again, my screen name is EllenCaroline. Let me know if you see anything you'd like to play on Saturday.

    Kathleen

    September 3, 2013

    • Mike W.

      Wow, what happened to the paragraph breaks in my previous post? :)

      September 3, 2013

    • Mike W.

      Oh, I did enjoy Airlines Europe the one time I played it, and I'd really like to try Kingsburg.

      September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Mike, for your explanations. I also checked out the games on Geek that you had listed. I'll stick with my first request: Hanabi and Tsuro.
    Do you use Geek and, if so, what's your screen name so I can check out your collection.
    Same thing for you, Paul and Bryce. Do you have your collections listed on Board Game Geek?
    Thanks.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike, Please bring Hanabi and Tsuro for sure. I don't think I've played Torres, but I think I'd like to. What are Livingstone and Hiberia like? I'll have to check them out on Geek.

    My screen name on Geek is EllenCaroline. Please look at my collection and let me know what you'd like me to bring. My preference is for 60 - 90 minute Euro games. I'm a Stefan Feld fanatic, but I'm open to most strategy games. I don't like co-ops, zombies, or ghosts, but often the theme and art work is incidental, and the mechanics are fine.
    Kathleen

    September 2, 2013

    • Mike W.

      Hibernia is an interesting little filler game for 3-4 which presents itself as a wargame, but is actually kind of an area control race game. Livingstone is a bit harder to categorize, but it is also sort of an area control game, with a couple of interesting mechanics. It plays 2-5 and takes about 45 minutes.

      September 2, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Hello! I'm just back in the area after 8 years in Florida, and looking for a good gaming group. My typical game night rucksack may contain titles like Powerboats, Torres, 1812 The Invasion of Canada, Cartagena, Hanabi, Tsuro, Livingstone, Glen More, Hiberia, Quicksand, Zooloretto, etc. I try to pack a mix from light fillers to light-medium games that take 1-2 hours and support 2-4+ players. Are the typical games played at this event on the lighter side, or do some heavier/longer titles (Game of Thrones 2nd Edition is a personal favorite!) get table time since this event runs 8.5 hours? Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    August 28, 2013

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