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Newcastle Gamers Pages

We are a group of people who meet up to play board and card games together. We started meeting in May 2009 and have been steadily growing since then.

We normally meet on the second and last Saturday of each month in Christ Church Hall in Shieldfield, starting at 4.30pm and ending late in the evening. The meetings are friendly and informal, with people picking a game that they want to play, and then seeing if others are also interested in playing it.
You can come for the entire meeting, or just drop by for a couple of hours. New games will be starting throughout the session so you’ll always be able to find other people to play with.

You don’t need to bring anything with you. The club has a small collection of games, and other members will bring some of their own games with them; there will always be a large range to choose from. If you don’t know the rules to a game then you’re likely to able to find someone willing to teach them.

We play modern board and card games, the kind of thing you’ll read about on BoardGameGeek and see on Wil Weaton’s TableTop show. A huge variety of games are played from our own member collections, and with dozens of new titles published each week there’s always a broad selection on offer. These are some of the types of game you will see:

This type of game emphasises strategic play over luck, and often have few opportunities for conflict with other players. This style of game originated in Germany, but are now produced all over the world.

  • Agricola is a game where you are trying to grow your farm and family, but are always struggling to find enough food to survive.
  • 7 Wonders is a card game that has up to seven people building civilisations. Everyone simultaneously picks a card to play and then passes the rest of their cards to their neighbour, requiring careful planning to keep your own options open, whilst limiting what other people can do.

American-style games
In contrast to Eurogames, these have much stronger themes, more player interaction and a higher amount of luck, often from rolling dice.
  • Merchants and Marauders has players sailing ships around the Caribbean. You can make an honest living by trading goods between ports, or you can steal them from others.
  • Wiz-War sees wizards racing through a maze, trying to steal treasure from each other.

Cooperative games
Here everyone is working together to try and beat the game.
  • In Pandemic the world is being overrun by diseases and everyone has to travel the world, fighting infections and searching for cures.
  • In Castle Panic you have to work together to defend your castle from advancing monsters.

Social games
This type of game will often have very few components and rules, and focus on the interactions between players.
  • Dixit has beautifully illustrated cards. You have to guess the correct card from a clue given by another player.
  • Two Rooms and a Boom is a short game for larger numbers of players in which the aim is to keep the president away from the bomber at the end of the game. Or not, if you’re the bomber!
  • In The Resistance you are a freedom fighter trying to deduce which are the spies who have infiltrated your team.
  • Cash’n’Guns sees everyone debating how to divide up the proceeds from a bank robbery. This is done by pointing foam guns at each other.

Card games
Collectible card games (CCGs) such as Netrunner, A Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings are played (amongst others), though we don’t currently host any competitive tournaments. You may also see deck-building games in the style of Dominion.

Filler games
These are light and quick to play, popular late in the evening or when waiting for others to finish longer games.
  • Love Letter has just sixteen cards but intricate game play as you try and ensure that your letter reaches the princess.
  • Tsuro is a game that can have eight players but still be finished in ten minutes. Everyone takes turns to place tiles on a board, these have twisted paths on them, guiding everyone’s pieces along. The aim is to be the last person left, everyone else having crashed or fallen off an edge.
  • King of Tokyo has giant monsters fighting each other as they invade the city.

War games
These aren’t played as often as the other types of games, but occasionally you will see people poring over a hex-covered map, manoeuvring stacks of tiles around.

What we don’t play
Suggesting one of these games isn’t going to get you thrown out of the building, but you might struggle to find any opponents. Many club members do play some or all of these games, but not at our meetings.
  • Traditional games like chess, go and backgammon.
  • 'Classic' boardgames such as Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble.
  • Role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Miniature games like Warhammer and Warmachine.
  • Gambling games including poker and bridge.

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