Free family game night, virtual or otherwise

How to run a free family game nights virtual or otherwise. This will work over the internet, in the same room or even if one person wants or needs to be in a different part of the house or a combination of all

Ingredients.
Each player needs a device phone, laptops or PC.
A shared screen everyone can see, gather round a big TV or stream over a free service like Discord
(or both have some people at home and some online. )
Total cost Zero (hopefully)

1) Download / Open Steam (Free) and get Drawful 2 for free.  
(Other Jackbox games are available and they work across a huge range of platforms including Firestick and Switch)

2) Start Drawful, you will see a four digit room code. 

3) Share your screen, either everyone looks at the TV or you can use a free chat service like discord where you go live or Skype, zoom.

4) Everyone navigates to jackbox.tv on a browser on their device and enters the four digit code.

5) Set ground rules, Is this family friend or are drawings of willies allowed and if any topics are too sensitive. 

No Ducks

6) Play and have fun.

Now you have a system set up investigate other Jackbox games or games you can run by sharing your screen or using a web camera. 

A more detailed guide is here http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/online-gaming/

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Free stuff ish

During these interesting times, companies are stepping up and giving stuff away for free. I will update this post as I find more!

I will list what i can here.
Jackbox.TV Drawfull 2 Free https://jackboxgames.com/were-giving-away-drawful-2-for-free-for-three-weeks/

Half price apps (with half to charity) Galaxy Trucker and Roll through the ages. (both amazing games)
https://czechgames.com/en/home/news-20-03-20-global-sales-for-global-problem/

Free print and play games (some are always free, other lines have been made free including https://greygnome.com/
https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/free-games

Chamelion app by Big potato. Team social deducation game
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bananaandco.board.game.free.chameleon
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-chameleon-board-game/id1359224305

Steam board game, free this weekend, Between two castles
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1158500/Between_Two_Castles__Digital_Edition/?fbclid=IwAR0d0goKEITSQUiy8Q3yr_t0kQPwusnzBhqanNr_80t3Bhkwc-Ccja_LcnU

Free roll and write game from Jamey Stegmaier
https://app.box.com/s/8cvpes663vm0r6wen30e6rexcyjak5mn

Asomodee digital apps some free some heavily reduced
https://appsliced.co/apps/dev/asmodee-digital-sas?fbclid=IwAR1OlzV5GqbBw4GrNMgccBCG1WywGY1Ulyg7jgVOmrbGkzQ9dLRmpHp0feU

Frostgrave rules for free https://therenaissancetroll.blogspot.com/2020/03/frostgrave-is-free.html?fbclid=IwAR1OlzV5GqbBw4GrNMgccBCG1WywGY1Ulyg7jgVOmrbGkzQ9dLRmpHp0feU

Greenmangames, Jackbox games on offer
https://www.greenmangaming.com/search/jackbox

Free games every so often (not covid related)
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games?fbclid=IwAR1rQWAOv3HFOH6hNz5POb98MoCT68E988oOWTpSFA6omSwSRGV_tEYrR5c

Quiz game free – Mr lister quiz shootout by Big Potato Games
https://bigpotato.com/blog/mr-lister-free-download/?fbclid=IwAR36kx2AolFcnUX3dSg8LXR6c5KQql8AKGpFPee6aTzwfAhZtA0_Jc6fe9Y


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Join us online! Discord / Facebook and other platforms.

Good morning all.

Please join us on facebook Herefordshire Boardgamers Community or discord https://discord.gg/9jZ6HCG Whilst most of us are isolated lets keep this community alive and busy, we are doing our best to move some of our activities online.

We will be arranging various online games, as well using the voice chat of discord to stay in touch.

We are also promoting online play locations like Steam, Board Game Arena and Yucata. Currently a lot of these systems are struggling with the high demand but do be patient.
There is an announcement thread on the facebook community with our user IDs in. Join us for a game.

As ever any feedback or suggestions please let us know.

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Giant Tsuro 2.0 is coming along nicely

This is the new lighter version down to about half of the previous 6 stone. We’ve switched from carpet tiles to Lino. It will need more maintenance and won’t be indestructible but much lighter to take on the road!

We will do a making of and some proper photos soon. We are debuting it at Airecon shortly!

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Gift buying guides and thank yous!

Christmas gift buying guides. We have lots of guides on our website. Here is a list of next steps of classic games. http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/what/next-steps-from-classic-games/

This is a list of begineers games and some tips for buying games
http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/best-games-for-beginners/

Also consider borrowing some games from us for over the christmas period. These lists /guides probably need updating so we welcome any input or suggestions.

Just one is a great social game, Telestrations / Scrawl and timelines works amazingly welll with large groups and non gamers. A few more gift game guides https://boardgamegeek.com/w…/page/Board_Game_Gift_Guide_2019

This is a great price comparison site for buying games https://boardgameprices.co.uk/ Also do consider buying from our sponsors, those who have donated games for our charity events. http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/who/our-friends/

Big Potato Coiledspring Games Asmodee UK Calliope Games Chaos Cards Czech Games Edition Mantic Games Meeples’ Corner Stuff By Bez The Board Game Hut Duke’s Gaming Pegasus Hobbies & Games Thanks All.  (I will add links to thier websites on an edit! Running out of time as ever!)

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Thought of the day, learning games and being new

You don’t get get good at any hobbies straight away. First time you play golf, drive, learn a language you won’t be excellent at it straight away. Hopefully you enjoy the process of learning, enjoy the experience and the group of people you are learning with. You have an end goal in mind.

We love sharing our hobby, teaching people new games and showing them new things. Providing a free social safe space. We try hard to make sure our events are inclusive and supportive. Sometimes we don’t have enough teachers or the game may not be 100% your cup of tea.

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Do your best, have fun, enjoy the experience, don’t expect to win your first games, us game teachers don’t expect to win either we are too busy teaching! Our mutual aim is to be have fun and all players at the the table can contribute to that.

The point of this message is, if you try a new game or pop along to an event for the first time and you don’t quite get the game. That’s fine, let us know and we’ll do our best to find a more suitable game or explain things again. Set your expectations to enjoy the experience, try new things.

There are also 1000s of games out there, I personally don’t like extrovert charade style games, it may take a while to find what kind of games you love. Give it some time.

We love seeing people come back time and time again, master games and enjoy learning new games, even getting confident to teach newer players.

We are very lucky to have new faces most weeks, most come back, some don’t which is fine, but we don’t want to fail you. So please give us feedback, ideas and comments, we’d love help and support to. We want to improve.

See some of you this evening!

(This is James from My Little Scythe)

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Trialling free games lending library

Sorry Sean you are a wrong and probably about to die (Spoilers) We are going to lend out free games (for a small deposit)

This is still in the development but we have 24 games and a cheque for £250 to add more to lend out! The plan is support our existing gaming and charity events by expanding the games library and allow the lending to provide more free / low cost social events (host your own game night)

Want to try a new game? We got you covered!

Hosting a party or family gathering? We gotcha

Pick and drop off at club nights, leaving a security deposit behind and you simple borrow a few games from us.

How does this sound? What games would you like to see in the library?

We will also be taking donations of games into the library as well and maybe looking to buy suitable second hand games to make the donation go further.

Watch this space! More information and a list of games in the library to come soon. If you are keen to try the new system out please let me know.

The games library currently include Splendor, Colour Brain, Chamelion, Scrawl, Twin it. Wibbell++, In a Bind Junior, Happy salmon, OK play, Insider, Startups, Deep Sea Adventure and Obama Llama.

Massive thanks to Big Potato, Oink Games inc., Stuff By Bez and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

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