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The Rise of Fenris is the new expansion for the awards winning Scythe, that turns the game in a 8 matches campaign. We plan to play this once or twice a month until we finally find out what's inside the tuck-boxes. The game scores 9.2 on BGG so we are in for a treat. The venue can rotate among the participant homes. At the moment that could be Stevenage, Hitchin or Hertford. Provided you can commit to an 8 games campaign, everybody is welcome.
Regular monthly session at Hampson Park Community Centre, in Pin Green area of Stevenage. Bring along any games you want. (There will usually be some discussion in comments as to what people are interested in, or what they might bring along.) £2.50 per person on the night. Newbies - First time is free. Please RSVP yes/no/maybe so we know whom to expect (even if not coming or unsure please RSVP no/maybe as the annoying reminder email gets sent to those who haven't responded one way or the other...) ---------------------------------------------------------------- Venue details: Hampson Park Community Centre Webb Rise, Stevenage SG1 5QU Phone:[masked] Centre Manager: Helen Henry Caretakers[masked] or[masked] (for access issue only) http://www.hampsonparkcc.co.uk *********************************************************************** If you need to drop out on the day PLEASE UPDATE your RSVP (where practical) so that other people know how many to expect and don't spend the first 20 minutes discussing whether to play the X player game because there are only X people there, or should they set up an X+1 player game in case the person who put their name down, but isn't there yet, is just a bit late rather than not turning up! Also, quick explanation would be appreciated rather than silently dropping out at the last minute (unless you're a Ninja, in which case silently disappearing without a trace is allowable). Thanks! :-)
China, 1570. China is under the reign of the Longqing Emperor, of the Ming Dynasty. He inherited a country in disarray after years of mismanagement and corruption. He resided in the Forbidden city, which was the seat of many emperors under the Ming Dynasty. Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). It is also under the Ming Dynasty that the Great Wall of China was rebuilt, fortified, and expanded. Around this period, China was under heavy attack from the Mongols, so maintaining the Great Wall was essential. Most of what we now have left of the Great Wall, we owe to the Ming dynasty. The country was already famous for its very intricate bureaucracy, but this also led to a lot of corruption. Even though the penalties for corruption were very high, the highest Officials of the Forbidden City would pretend to uphold the ban on corruption, by accepting gifts of petitioners, and returning one of seemingly lower value. Gùgōng uses this extraordinary custom as its basis. Players take on the role of powerful Chinese families trying to gain influence and power by exchanging gifts with Officials. The gift cards you offer as a player have to be of a higher value than the one you receive, forcing you to make strategic choices regarding which actions you want to take each turn. You will travel around China, sail down the Grand Canal, purchase precious jade, help construct the Great Wall, secure advantages through decrees, influence the game through intrigue, and ultimately, receive an audience with the emperor. If only 1 player succeeds in doing so, he wins. If several players succeed, the player with the most VPs among those players wins the game.
Root is a cute adventure game, considered the next step into the concept of asymmetric design, with factions playing entirely differently. The expansion brings even more possibilities. The Riverfolk Company makes trade posts and has access to the river, while the Lizard Cult path to victory is through capturing the souls of the forest dwellers. The venue is still TBC but will be at either my place or Sarantis place in Stevenage.