Giant Games at our Charity Day

Giant games at our Charity day. We are welcome back two favourite oversized games, Tsuro and Jenga.

We are working very hard to give you one more massive surprise a game so large it will make Tsuro look tiny! Watch this space.

Photos of giant Tsuro https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…

The Jenga images were taken at our First charity event in 2015 which was also at The Core, we’ve changed a lot and so has TheCore Skatehereford Cic

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Terror in Hereford City!

Don’t panic! We’ve just enbiggened another game, the crazy team have spent over 100 hours making this. We’ve managed to grow it from 2 inches to nearly 6 foot tall, and kept about 70% of the orginal rules. Total cost is probably less than the base game .

This dwarfs giant Tsuro which needs 3m by 3m of floor to play it. This is going to be need about 5m.

There is some place holder art to replace but it will be ready for 19th May https://www.facebook.com/events/358455677932846/

There will be a lot more suprises and ‘easter eggs’ hidden in the game too

Welcome to Hereford city, the cathedral is over 6ft tall.

HB HQ 😀

Fighting over (literally) the last building

Sponsor Meeple class

Cosplayer Meeple class 

And finally Herefordshire Board Gamer meeple class!
More photos here!
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Our amazing prize haul!

The majority of our prize pool! 30 Board games. Basically Wooden have provided 9 gaming accessories and a £25 gift voucher. We also have vouchers donated by other awesome, local businesses and food and drink to win.
 
 
Our sponsors have been incredibly generous and have donated well over £1000 in prizes and just under £1000 in services. We have raised £500 in total this year from our 3 mini charity days and our 24 hour game-a-thon. We are on target to smash our £1000 target for Herefordshire Mind. Remember 100% of the proceeds goes to charity and there have been no costs for this event thanks to everyone’s generosity.
 
I need your help to do this justice. Please, please share the event, print out or share the poster in your community and work place. This is a great cause and we have a great hobby to share. The games day is going to be great fun and all are welcome. http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/blog/2018/04/04/charity-posters/
If you can’t attend we will be accepting online bids for the auction prizes, so even if you can’t attend watch the group and the event for more information.
 
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New games: (23)
Bugs in the Kitchen, Breaking Bad, Captain Sonar, Codenames, Codenames Pictures, Codenames Duet, Cosmic Kaboom, Coup Reformation x 2, Freyas Folly, Ivor the Engine, Landlord, Myths at War, One night Ultimate Werewolf, Oh Captain, Rapid Delivery, Rob n Run, Sons of Anarchy, Special Delivery, Titus Tentakel, Trick of the Rails, Undercover and Why First.
 
Pre-loved games: (7)
Awesome Kingdom, Pocket Battles (Celts and Romans), Ponte Diavlo, Talisman, Tinker Tailor and Yamati
 
Game accessories:
£25 Basically Wooden Gift Voucher, 9 Basically Wooden accessories, gaming Tshirt.
 
Food and Drink:
Meal at the Imperial, £10 voucher for Kup Kake Kitchen Café, 2 x Wye Valley Brewery gift sets, various sweets. Heggies voucher, meal voucher for Adam and Madam.
 
Services and misc:
2 x model painting services, a games night, a custom lizard, 4 x new years eve tickets at the Left Bank.
 
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The photo doesn’t show the vouchers and a few stragglers and any one else who wishes to sponsor us. Any late sponsors before the 9th will get a nice surprise. These prizes will be split between the auction and the raffle and will be grouped into similar packages so a single win could get you 3-4 games. 
 
Our wonderful sponsors, show them some love too.
Accasion Marquees
AireCon
Basically Wooden
Boardgameguru.co.uk
The Board Game Hut Limited
Board Game Monster
Cuddly Cthulhu Creatives
TheCore Skatehereford Cic
DellCon
Freedesign
Heggies of Hereford
Imperial Hereford
The Kup-cake Kitchen Café
Left Bank Village
Madam & Adam
Meeples’ Corner
Mythic Games
Pegasus Hobbies & Games
Wye Valley Brewery
Zatu Games
 
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From the Core and back again. We’ve come so far, the first three Charity game day venues.

Our fourth Annual Charity Day is  nearly upon us. I’ve been looking back at our past events. All were successes and held lessons to learn little things to improve on and I like to try something new with each event.

Year one 2015

The first event was at The Core, which was an amazing venue, (we’ve back there this year) We had loads of space including a dedicated space for Molkky, although shiny floors make it far more challenging as they rolled miles!

The event ran smoothly and raised just under £500.

Lessons learned, the raffle went on slightly too long (too many separate prizes) and giant round tables aren’t great for board games.

Year two 2016

We found a venue which was free to hire, the function room of The Black Lion.  We packed this venue out with the event and raised just over £500. We formed Herefordshire Board Gamers shortly after this and this was our home for nearly a year.

We added an auction to make sure we got maximum money for the top prizes, this went really well. Our attendance was similar to year one we had yet to build a community and didn’t have the backing of The Core community.
Lessons learned, you need help to run and advertise events.

Year three 2017

The Imperial function room, which is the home of our Thursday night events.  The room is T shaped which allows us to move noiser or side events away to manage noise. The light could be slightly better but a great space, unfortunately not wheel chair accessible. Having the backing of the community in advertising the event and teaching the games helped loads.
Lessons learned. Secret / blind auction didn’t quite work and I think we could have raised more money with a traditional auction.  We added Artemis Starship bridge simulator as a side event. We also decided too many mandatory events or activities breaks up the flow of the event too much.

Final lessons learned I need to take better photos. I am normally so busy teaching and greeting, coupled with not wanting to intrude..

It is going to be great to be back at The Core, it also looks very different to the first photos, they have been on a great journey too and look vastly different. This is a great venue huge and more accessible 1 step rather than a flight of stairs.

We can’t wait to fill this space with gamers and games!

Kitchen and Tuck shop

Relaxing space

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Charity Prizes: Services! New for 2018

Charity day Auction prizes. Each year I like to mix it up, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t! This year we will adding services to either the raffle or auction prizes.
 
So far we have
Joanna Willett and Andrew Fraser will paint some models for you to ‘pimp’ up a board game. (We will add a limit, painting the 100s of zombies in zombicide is a bit much 🙂 )
 
I will host a game night for you, I will provide the games and teaching, you provide the location, snacks and players. We can arrange appropriate games. A great way to try some new games from  my collection and not worry about having to teach.
 
Rebecca Utting has offered to clone our lovely mascot, in the colours of your choice (ish). Lizard James is posing on our full sized flag, he is longer than a standard board game box about the length of Scythe.
 
Does any of this sound good to you? do you have any services to offer?

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Charity event news; Sponsors 2018

Here are our sponsors so far!
Our main sponsor is Basically Wooden for the 3rd year running!
 
Excellent Board game retailers:
 
Nommeries
 
We are still after more prizes and this year we will be auctioning services as well… so if you have a talent or skill that we could sell please let us know! I’ll announce the services next weekend.
 
(Please note that is my terrible graphic design skills ruining Brendan Stephens awesome poster)
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How to run a great games night and make it inclusive and supportive of well being and neurodiversity

There is no perfect answer to this but the following tips, should create a welcome friendly environment. Everyone likes to know the lie of the land, the basic rules and what to expect but more so if you have anxiety, autistic tendencies or a number of other issues.
So double check and make sure everything is clear even down to signage and drinks options. Set and manage expectations

Step one: Prepare:

1) Advertise, find your players but clearly set expectations of the kind of games being played but also cover the administration.
a. Where, when, what food and drink is available what is the cost?
2) Take requests for games and ask if people are bringing games to teach.
3) Send out rules videos or lists of the games being played so people can research
4) Include photos of the venue and gaming space.
5) Provide a second private channel for information and feedback. (Messenger) to answer questions before the event

Step two: The night

1) Ensure the venue is well signed so you are easy to find. I include A4 laminated signed the whole way
2) Friendly greeter to welcome all guests to assign them to an appropriate game and game teacher.
3) An appropriate game is dependent on the gamer but be aware of:
a. overly competitive games,
b. overall complex games for new games.
c. games which are too extrovert or social and / or involve lying and bluffing.
d. Game which rules change too much, having known and controlled rules can be more comfortable.
4) The game teacher should be patient but also enthusiastic and welcoming
5) Ensure the venue has appropriate lighting,
6) Enough space between the gaming tables.
7) Control the noise including reducing or eliminating background music (Provide space between games helps with this, we also separate the louder social games and the more thoughtful euro games).
8) Be patient and tolerant, gamers with additional needs may be harder to please, may not react to social cues.
9) Ensure staff are identifiable. (Even having a different colour lanyard or badge)
10) Name stickers or name tags for all guests removes the pressure of asking or remembering names.
11) Provide a quiet or quieter space for people to unwind or decompress.
12) Include a flag or player match making system to make finding gamers easier if you don’t have an active host arranging this.

Step three: The growth

1) Grow and nurture the culture to be friendly, inclusive and welcoming.
2) Ask for feedback
3) Allow volunteers to step up and be involved. (Ownership of tasks and feeling of belonging)
4) Do not take rejection personally, even with perfect planning you cannot please everyone. Doubly so if people have additional issues.

This is not a once size fits all guide everyone is different and i am a gamer with an interest in inclusivity and making sure everyone has a good time not a medical professional. Hopefully these tips will help, they are mostly obvious.

It is also worth considering, players with vision issues including colour blindness, picking game carefully, marking up components, swapping components out or just helping to read public or open text.

Happy gaming!

This is work in progress so I’d love any feedback or comments.

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