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. 

Skibbl.io is also free, it’s a real time hangman style game, you don’t need a shared screen so it easier to play, you can still also combine it with a voice chat for added social https://skribbl.io/

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

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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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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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So do you want to know what games we actually play?

Check this new page to see the list of the games we played on each of our games nights!

Hopefully it is interesting to help you remember the name of the game you liked you played last time or just to see the types of games we regularly play.

We tend to play shorter games so we can mix the groups up, be social and play with everyone and end the night on a big social game of codenames or something.

Games we play!

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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.

Our favourite games

Our favourite games

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Our favourite games

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!

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The Dell House 101 guide to Modern Board Games

Kevin has written a great guide over on The Dell House website describing modern games. Dell Con is a residential games weekend in Malvern run several times a year. Well worth checking out, they even do day tickets for ‘locals’.


Where to start?

It is remarkably difficult to convey the ‘idea’ of modern board games.

If I were to say the word “car” you’d picture something from the last ten years, yes? Reasonably fuel-efficient, comfortable, good brakes, maybe even ABS and SatNav.

If I were to say the word “boardgames” I’d wager that you’re now thinking of games from the time when cars had starting handles, bench seats and pop-up indicators. Consider the modern Fiat 500 and the 1930’s Austin 7. The Fiat is a small runabout car, it has a wheel at each corner, steering wheel, brakes, lights, seats. It gets you from A to B. In this sense the Fiat and Austin are the ‘same’ but I doubt you think of them as the same thing at all.

An Austin 7 car


For the rest of the article please go to The Dell House web site http://www.thedellhouse.co.uk/boardgames101.html

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