What we're about

If you are into modern board games, and can get into Edinburgh, then this is the group for you!

We cover all sorts of 'tabletop games' which includes modern board games like: Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Lords of Waterdeep, Game of Thrones or Small World. Also games that are mainly card driven like: Dixit, Dominion or Exploding Kittens! We also play thematic games that tell stories such as Star Wars: Imperial Assault, but we don't organise Role Playing Games. For RPGs in Edinburgh see this group (http://www.orcedinburgh.co.uk).

Any introduction would not be complete without mentioning Monopoly (or Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit, etc.). If you are looking to play these games then it is unlikely you will find many people here who are interested in them. This is because for the most part they have been 'fired' by much better games that are: quicker, more interesting, more inclusive and less boring! Take a look here (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/aug/28/20-awesome-board-games-you-may-never-have-heard-of)for more info.

We are very welcoming of people new to the tabletop gaming hobby, and nothing makes us happier than helping another person discover new games. Many of the events have a variety of lighter games which are easy to get into, with plenty of interaction and opportunity to have fun. We are focused on the friendly, social side of gaming and it is the core of what we do hence why we 'meet up'!

We are always on the lookout for new ideas for Meetup events so if you have any suggestions please use the button to contact the organisers and send us a message about your idea.

We have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdinburghBoardGamers/)for general chat and a guild (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/993)on BoardGameGeek (BGG). We also have a Slack group which is where members can chat to each other using an app that is like WhatsApp, more info here (https://www.meetup.com/Edinburgh-Gamers/pages/20665759/Group_chat_using_the_Slack_app/).

Upcoming events (5+)

Friday Pub Gaming @ McCowans

McCowans Brewhouse

TYPICAL GAMES: Wide range. Casual focussed but a mix of light and heavy. SUITABILITY: Newbie-friendly. HOSTING: Organisers will try to say hello, but gamers will welcome you also. VENUE: Pub. FOOD: Pub food. GAMES LIBRARY: BYO, organisers often bring a few extra. What better way to celebrate the end of another week than with some drinks, chat and games! We`ll be upstairs in the back room and part of the balcony (Stairs are to the right of the bar). We should be easy to spot, but if not, the staff should be able to direct you. Games start from 7pm until close. Don't worry if you're going to be late as games will be starting throughout the evening so its unusual to need to wait more than 10-15 mins. We have a standing booking for around 40 ish people. Since gamers spread their spend over a full evening, we typically don’t spend as much per table per hour as they could get from turnover of customers popping in eating/drinking and moving on. This has to work for the pub too, so the extra space varies each week depending on how busy the pub expects to be (ie what films are out/football is on/other big bookings). The organisers typically arrive a little early to see if there are any additional tables we can use and up the available meetup slots if possible (usually around 6 ish) - please don't rely on it! As the group has been growing this has been getting harder to manage so please use the RSVP system respectfully. Please don’t sign up to reserve a spot unless you expect to come along, and if your plans change please change your RSVP to “No” make space for others. If you are looking for alternative Friday night gaming we can recommend two fantastic groups: * Leith Gamers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/791379591010052/) who meet at Red Dice Games (every Friday) and also Leith Free Church of Scotland (first Friday of the month), and also, * Juniper Green Board Gamers who advertise their dates here https://www.facebook.com/groups/393090567800456/ If you can bring a couple of games along as this will help us ensure there is plenty for everyone to play. It's a pub, so games that aren't too physically large work best. Its a Friday, so we people often want lighter games for a bit of a social atmosphere, but more complicated games also get played. Dont worry if you cant bring anything, the organisers typically bring a few extra. We ask for small a donation to the group (50p/£1 ish). This goes towards paying for the meetup site fees (currently around £180 per year), venues and occasional group advertising/stationary. This is entirely voluntary and comes with absolutely no pressure or obligation. Please don’t donate if money is tight. Finally, please be encouraged to buy McCowan’s lovely food and beverages help make sure we keep getting invited back!

Sunday afternoon gaming @ Noughts & Coffees Board Game Cafe

Noughts and Coffees Board Gaming Cafe


PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME FROM OCTOBER We are changing table reservation time of this meetup from the start of October. Weve moved the time forward a little so the reservation doesnt overlap with their peak intake of customers. The cafe check this list on a Sunday morning to see how much space to reserve and we dont want them to end up turning away other customers when people do not show. If you have signed up and your plans change please change your RSVP to 'No ' to give them a fair idea of how much we need, and please be aware that they will only hold tables until 12 o'clock. This doesn't prevent you from popping along later of course (if you don't mind taking your chances with tables being available and maybe needing to wait for a game to finish/start). They're a fantastic venue, a great asset to the games community and they've done us a load of favours. Please help me return a few! Typical Games: All types and levels. Suitability: Newbie-friendly. Hosting: no host, fellow gamers will usually welcome you. Venue: Games Cafe. Food: Cafe style. Schedule: Weekly. --- Come by on a Sunday afternoon for coffee, cake and relaxed open gaming at Noughts and Coffees board gaming cafe. This event has no formal host, it's more of a way for players to let each other know that they are coming along. If you're new to the group just let the staff at the counter know and they will be able to point out the tables that the group are using so you know who to say 'hi' to. We have a standing reservation with the cafe who check here on a Sunday morning to see how many players are signed up and then reserve an appropriate number of tables. This basically means if you RSVP 'Yes' here then you are asking the staff to definitely reserve you a space for around 11:[masked]. The cafe will keep sufficient tables reserved until 12 o'clock. After this time they will take the reserved signs off the unused tables to make space for other customers. There is a charge £2.50 to play all day which includes access to the house library of games of various types. People are very welcome to bring their own games along. If you're interested in playing something specific feel free to use the comments section below to organise things. A list of some of the games in the library can be found here https://www.meetup.com/Edinburgh-Gamers/photos/27538681/ and here https://www.meetup.com/Edinburgh-Gamers/photos/27538681/#[masked] and are also on their website http://www.noughtsandcoffees.co.uk Finally please don't bring any outside food or drink, they have plenty of tasty things on site available for purchase.

Monday night Strategy Games @ Six Degrees North pub

Six Degrees North

*Typical Games = Medium/Long, Euro, Strategy/Deep. *Suitability = Modern gaming experience beneficial. *Hosting = No guaranteed host, fellow gamers will welcome you. *Venue = Pub. *Food = Bar snacks. *Schedule = Weekly. --- This event is for those who want to play some of the longer, deeper strategy games that don't always get played at our other events. Here are some of the sort of games we typically play on a Monday night: Imperial, Power Grid, Game of Thrones, Galactic Emperor, Belfort, Caylus, Notre Dame, Lancaster etc. Note that the event relies on people bringing games so please bring your own similar favourites. Please add comments below this event about what games you are bringing, or which you want to play. We will not be playing quick or light games so if you are looking for these then maybe look at our Friday event. Please arrive from about 6.45 pm and we will delay starting games until we think that everyone has arrived. Typically games start just after 7 pm. So please update your RSVP if you can't come so we don't wait for you unnecessarily. If you expect to be late then say so, or don't be surprised if games have started without you. The venue is Six Degrees North http://sixdnorth.co.uk/ in the New Town. This is a great bar with well lit tables and a very nice selection of premium craft beer. Bar snacks (not meals) are available. The beer list can be found here: https://www.sixdnorth.co.uk/edinburgh/beer Free WiFi is available - very useful because the phone signal can be weak inside. We don't have a separate area but we have reserved tables. If you have brought a game then please put it on the table so others can spot you as a gamer! We are an inclusive group but for this event you need to make sure that you have some experience of modern board games as the ones we are playing are not 'entry-level'. If you look at BGG http://www.boardgamegeek.com and search for the games listed earlier you can gauge their level of difficulty compared to games you have played before (look at the 'Weight' rating). Event Notes * The event organiser (IanB) will not always be at the event. Other gamers will always be welcoming if you come up and say 'Hello, I'm new!' * All games brought at your own risk. * Take care where you put drinks, and what you do with your elbows, to avoid the possibility of spills. * If you start your game before 7 pm, and are not at the full player count, then expect to restart the game to accommodate people arriving up until 7 pm. * IMPORTANT: Since Six Degrees North are hosting us for free please buy a couple of drinks and don't nurse one drink all evening! Do not bring your own food or drinks.

Thursday Night Gaming @ The Games Hub Board Games Cafe

TYPICAL GAMES = All types and levels. SUITABILITY = Everyone, new to hobby or old. HOSTING = No guaranteed host, fellow gamers will welcome you. VENUE = Games Cafe. FOOD = Cafe snacks. SCHEDULE = Weekly. --- Mid-week gaming at the 'Groupless Gaming' evening at the Edinburgh Games Hub. The Games Hub is a dedicated board games cafe with a large gaming area and an extensive games library. http://www.gameshubedinburgh.com/ We will be downstairs in the front part of the main games room and we should be easy to spot. If not just ask and someone will point us out. The Games Hub charges £2.50 for all day access to the games tables. A discount is available for Games Hub membership or for members of some other Edinburgh Gaming clubs - ask the staff about the current discounts. And if you can't make it for 6pm exactly then don't worry as there will be games starting throughout at least the first hour as people arrive from work. The Games Hub has a large library of games of all types from light or social games to large, long or complex games. People are also more than welcome to bring their own games along. If you're interested in playing something specific just ask in the comments below and one of the regulars will be able to let you know if the Hub have a copy. Or if you are looking for players for a game that you want to bring just post in the comments as well. The Games Hub is a cafe so please don't bring in any outside food or drink.

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Thursday Night Gaming @ The Games Hub Board Games Cafe

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