Event updates: Saturday games August 26th and September 23rd

Event updates:

Great Indoors is this weekend! https://great-indoors.co.uk/event 

On to club news:

First Thursday from 6.30 at the Imperial.

Going well no changes but we welcome your feedback.

Third Sunday at the Beer in Hand

Change of time to 3pm to 9pm to match pub opening times. Going well with an overlap to Thursday nights but some different faces too.

Saturdays:

August 26th and Saturday 23rd. 11am to 11pm.All day game sessions at the Imperial. Similar to the mega charity day but much more informal. There might be a surprise large game or side attraction for those that want to but generally just a chance to sit and play some of the longer games.

Mega Charity day

I am already planning the mega annual charity day for 2018 it will be May again for Herefordshire Mind unless we get any strong objections. I will be looking for volunteers to help me put up posters, drum up prizes, prep the venue, teach games and advertise the event on social media. If you are interesting please let me know now. I want to start organising sooner so we can pace ourselves.

At or around our Birthday in July 2018 we will vote for a new charity of the year for 2018-2019. I am using our Birthday as the Charity anniversary rather than the calendar year as it allows for simpler organisation.

Pop over to facebook for the events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Herefordgamers/

Our favourite games!

Some of our top 9 (ish) favourite games, scroll to the bottom to see the groups combined favourites. Each picture represents one members top picks.

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These are on 3 lists:

Blood Rage, Takenoko, Codenames, Dixit, Above and Below, Kodama,

These are on 2 lists:

Stone Age, Carcassonne, Dogs of War, Games of Thrones Second Edition, Telestrations, Robo Rally, Survive and Mysterium

View our game collection!

The Pub game starter kit in the flesh! / Thanks to our host the Imperial!

The Imperial has been a great host for us and have just started  a game shelf so as a thank you we’ve put together a selection of games from our recommended list to get them started!

Pub Starter kit: Codenames, Penguin Trap, Perudo, Zombie Dice and Rainbow Rage

The kit also contains a charity shop bargain copy of Carcassonne donated by one of our members. I think it is a great kit, you have dexterity, word play, dice and push your luck, bluffing and reactions. All of the games are robust enough to loose a few pieces, easy to teach and look great and exciting.

More information on the best games to have on a pub / café  or club games shelf is here http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/blog/2017/05/24/top-games-for-pubs/

 

Our logo the origin story. (Happy Birthday to us)

Today is the first anniversary of the first HB branded meeting, so we are sort of one year old today, despite having run 2 Charity game days and having an online presence via Facebook for 2 years.

On the 6th March 2017, whilst on a work conference call, the image of the letter H and B imposed on dice popped into my head. I had been non seriously day dreaming about a logo for the group but hadn’t spent any real time on it.

This was what I doodled and sent around the core group. And yes that is my best handwriting…

Our logo the origin story.

With in a few hours we  had what would turn out to be an image very close to the final one.

Over the next week or two we swapped the font and made very minor tweaks including  the 3 lions of Herefordshire becoming a bull and then a different but more Hereford Bull. Below is a rough time line of the changes. We discussed more traditional styles, modern and heraldic. We settled on modern  clean heraldry, to  use the logo and bold images to get what we do and where we are from across. We didn’t want ‘traditional / old fashioned’ heraldry as didn’t want to seem to old / boring or fuddy duddy…..

I think the logo looks awesome, and very striking on our Tshirts.

The HB crew!

The timeline

The shield idea was quickly voted in over just the dice.

The concept of clean / modern Heradlry was also voted in.

Super rapid mock up. (within an hour I think)

Mock up without the rejected blue!

Draft art work swapped for better art work.

Stronger banner to add definition

The colours were locked in and the softening of the dice really were the finishing touches. The dice corners was one of the times where you stare at a screen and know something wrong but can’t place it.  Instantly the softer corners ‘finished’ the logo. (only casino dice are hard edged I think)

The final logo. The Lions didn’t print or embroider too well so were swapped for a simpler cow, and then another more Hereford cow. Lines softened and general small touches

With much softer lines, It looks great on black and green and stands out well at a distance.  Overall very similar to my original drawing, not just because I’m a dick / dictator, the group had a long chat about it and we went though other versions and colours we just settled on this version.

Logo before and after