We’ve spent a week testing all sorts of platforms from playing games online and chatting. We posted our finding in our a couple of guides.
The technology we’ve chosen for now is Facebook and Discord.
We’ll be using a number of gaming services including Tabletopia and Jackbox.
If you want to be ready please, find and follow us on facebook. Install the free discord on your phone or PC. Join our discord Install Tabletopia via Steam, (both are free) Jackbox only requires a browser and play one nearly any device. Also do get your microphone and headset/ head phone out. If you have a second device get that ready too.
We’d love your support and feedback and if this work we will try and do more mini game sessions over the next few months and maybe into the future, as well as passing on our knowledge. Also do be patient with us!
We will be playing all sorts of games as well as helping you organise games! Give it a go and worse case you will learn some new technology and a few mild swear words.
Currently we don’t have a platform to share the webcams of everyone (which is great I hate being on webcam) but we are investigating skype and zoom.
Finally do use our platforms and our knowledge to run your own meet ups and events.
Finally finally please can you test these links and let me know if they don’t work for you
We had around 17 players join us and often had two rooms of Jackbox on the go. Very few technical issues that i noted and lots of laughs were had albeit with some dark humour… 🙂 Join us on Sunday for more.
Give us lots of feedback, we will run more online sessions but please remember our platforms are here for you to arrange your own game nights online or otherwise (eventually)
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.
All Herefordshire Board Game events are closed until further notice. The May event is our shining glory and we have to make maximum social and financial impact. That is not cancelled yet, but it is likely I will shrink it to a normal charity event ‘unmega’ it. The prizes / raffles / demos / Blood on the clock tower will be postponed or rolled over to a future event. There is of course a strong chance the May event will be cancelled. I will aim to give plenty of notice to any changes and will be following best practice advice.
It is not all bad news.
We have a lending library of games. We are happy to lend them out for extended periods to make isolation slightly more ‘gamey’. You can swap games and we’ll have a ‘quarantine period’ for reissuing games details to come.
We will be publishing a list of online game platforms and asking people to be more active on Facebook and Discord. I will try and run some online games or RPGs and ask others to do the same. https://discordapp.com/invite/9jZ6HCG
You can use this space to arrange in person sessions if you wish. This is not sanctioned or supported by HB officially but this space is yours to use.
Please do share your online IDs and let’s keep this community strong.
I am going to link to a donation page to Herefordshire Mind. If you would have donated at our events and wish to please do so now or whenever I’ll leave the link open for a while. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HerefordshireBoardgamers
Also please support groups like Herefordshire Food Bank and do look out for each other especially those who are isolating.
We are run by volunteers for you! To provide game nights, sessions a community and now a free game lending library. We also aim to give back by boosting and supporting other clubs and raising money for charity.
We can’t do it with out! We need your help advertising, please share our events on social media, in your work place and communities.
We also need prizes, if you have contacts please let me know or refer us. We know times are challenging for all but we really do make the donations count and also try hard to pay our sponsor back with social media shouts and for our top sponsors inclusion in our life size games!