What we're about

This meetup is for people who want to play board games in English.

While the primary intent is to provide an occasion to practice English while having fun, native speakers are also welcome. The games we play are chosen accordingly: they are not too difficult to get into, provide a lot of opportunities for discussions and debates, and have very little downtime. Players are not expected to be familiar with the game being played.

Due to the nature of the games we play, being able to hold a conversation in English is a de facto requirement (level B2 and above). Furthermore, this is not a language exchange group: the sessions are in English only, for full immersion.

We play one session per week (Tuesday to Friday) from 7:30PM to 9:30PM. To provide flexibility, the day in question changes every week.

In addition, there is one special 4h session held on a Saturday every month, in which we play Battlestar Galactica.

If you previously thought you would attend a session but changed your mind, it's okay, but please change your status on the session's invitation list accordingly as soon as possible: spots are limited and you might be needlessly preventing others from attending.

The sessions take place at Blastodice (https://www.blastodice.com/). They ask for 2 Euros per person when accessing the games. I'll pay for your access if you don't want to.

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The Games We Play

• Pandemic (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/30549/pandemic)[2-4 players, ~45min playing time], a co-operative game in which players must eradicate contagious diseases plaguing the world. Discussions revolve around how the current player's turn should be played, as each of them have a significant impact.

• Pandemic: Iberia (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/198928/pandemic-iberia)[2-5 players, ~45min playing time], a variation on Pandemic, adding more strategy and generally considered an improvement over the original.

• Secret Hitler (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/188834/secret-hitler)[7-10 players, ~45min playing time], a social deduction game. There are two political parties facing one another, Fascists and Liberals, each of which having their victory conditions. Fascists are a minority, but progress toward their goals empowers the President, which can be useful for either parties. Players' loyalties are kept secret, but assumptions can be made from their actions.

• Battlestar Galactica (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/37111/battlestar-galactica-board-game)[4-6 players, 2~4h playing time], mixes the mechanics of Secret Hitler and Pandemic: players co-operate to face disasters, with some players secretly working against the rest. The game has extremely good reviews and appears to be one of the best fits for our purposes, but its exceedingly long play time means that it requires dedicated sessions. I have all the extensions.

• Sheriff of Nottingham (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157969/sheriff-nottingham)[3-5 players, ~60min playing time], a game about bluffing and negotiation. Get your goods past the Sheriff.

• Cosmic Encounter (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39463/cosmic-encounter)[4-5, 1~2h playing time], a game of alliance making. Both sides of every encounter make negotiations to try and gain allies.

• Mechs vs. Minions (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/209010/mechs-vs-minions) (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/209010/mechs-vs-minions)[2-4 players, ~75min playing time], a game of cooperative programming.

If you have games to suggest, please do not hesitate to do so (in the "Discussions" part of the Meetup page).

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The Games We Will Also Play (i.e. games bought but not yet received)

• Space Alert (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/38453/space-alert)[3-5 players, ~30min playing time]

• Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/156129/deception-murder-hong-kong)[5-12 players, ~20min playing time]

Upcoming events (4)

[Small Group Session] Sheriff of Nottingham

BlastoDice

Quick summary of our Meetup group's description, just in case: * This meetup is for people who want to play board games in English. * While the primary intent is to provide an occasion to practice English while having fun, native speakers are also welcome. * Players are not expected to be familiar with the game being played. * English level B2 or above required. * Sessions are in English only. * Optional 2 Euros participation fee (i.e. Blastodice fee to access the games), I'll pay it if you don't. If you previously thought you would attend a session but changed your mind, it's okay, but please change your status on the session's invitation list accordingly as soon as possible: spots are limited and you might be needlessly preventing others from attending. Table booked? yes.

[Small Group Session] Cosmic Encounter

BlastoDice

Quick summary of our Meetup group's description, just in case: * This meetup is for people who want to play board games in English. * While the primary intent is to provide an occasion to practice English while having fun, native speakers are also welcome. * Players are not expected to be familiar with the game being played. * English level B2 or above required. * Sessions are in English only. * Optional 2 Euros participation fee (i.e. Blastodice fee to access the games), I'll pay it if you don't. If you previously thought you would attend a session but changed your mind, it's okay, but please change your status on the session's invitation list accordingly as soon as possible: spots are limited and you might be needlessly preventing others from attending. Table booked? yes.

[Large Group Session] Secret Hitler

BlastoDice

Quick summary of our Meetup group's description, just in case: * This meetup is for people who want to play board games in English. * While the primary intent is to provide an occasion to practice English while having fun, native speakers are also welcome. * Players are not expected to be familiar with the game being played. * English level B2 or above required. * Sessions are in English only. * Optional 2 Euros participation fee (i.e. Blastodice fee to access the games), I'll pay it if you don't. If you previously thought you would attend a session but changed your mind, it's okay, but please change your status on the session's invitation list accordingly as soon as possible: spots are limited and you might be needlessly preventing others from attending. Table booked? no.

[Small Group Session] Mechs vs. Minions

BlastoDice

Quick summary of our Meetup group's description, just in case: * This meetup is for people who want to play board games in English. * While the primary intent is to provide an occasion to practice English while having fun, native speakers are also welcome. * Players are not expected to be familiar with the game being played. * English level B2 or above required. * Sessions are in English only. * Optional 2 Euros participation fee (i.e. Blastodice's fee to access the games), I'll pay it if you don't. If you previously thought you would attend a session but changed your mind, it's okay, but please change your status on the session's invitation list accordingly as soon as possible: spots are limited and you might be needlessly preventing others from attending. In this session, we'll play on game of Mechs vs. Minions (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/209010/mechs-vs-minions), depending on availability. Table booked: no.

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