Also take a look at what we play at our events
Just a reminder have a range of good ish guides and articles on here. Check them out, share them give us feedback.
How to choose a new game!
Next step from classic games!
How to teach games!
Top Games for pubs and cafes!
How to run a great games night!
Our next guide will be a list of recommended games based on player count and category!
We are also updating the website and creating a new area for our charity work as it is an important part of the club, who we are and what we do. I am also creating galleries and copying across some legacy content from Facebook. So there will be some blank pages as I work on them.
Any feedback on the website is welcome!
Howdy all. It’s been 18 months already so I’m updating our games, I’ve added in three games already, Codenames (no idea how I missed it) kingdomino, Queen Domino and DInosaur tea party.
I need to add more photos!
The charity game a thon is this weekend, it’s not to late to take part, pop in and say hi and join a few games or donate.
Also here is a guide on good value games https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/our-shopping-guide-to-the-best-cheap-board-games/
A new page is up, it’s in draft so will have spelling mistakes but check it out
One of our regular gamers Kenny has kindly combined a list of tips for attending the expo (and other conventions), the expo is constantly growing so we’ll update this before the event next year if we find out more!
1 – Crowds
2 – Pacing yourself
3 – Bags
4 – Demos
5 – Accommodation
6 – food & drink
7 – open gaming
8 – People
9. On a budget
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: Advertise and set expectations
1) Advertise, find your players but clearly set expectations of the kind of games being played, what games are provided, are their teachers?
2) Is there a cost to the event
2). Where, when, what food and drink is available what is the cost?
3) Take requests for games and ask if people are bringing games to teach.
4) Send out rules videos or lists of the games being played so people can research
5) Include photos of the venue and gaming space. including accessibility information, stairs, lifts disabled toilets
6) Provide a map to the venue including parking information
7) Provide a second private channel for information and feedback. (Messenger) to answer questions before the event
8) Provide photos of the organizers
9) Provide photos of previous events to help set expectations.
Step two: The night: Ensure a friendly welcome atmosphere
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 would do)
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.
This is work in progress so I’d love any feedback or comments.
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.
For the rest of the article please go to The Dell House web site http://www.thedellhouse.co.uk/boardgames101.html
If you haven’t played any new board games for a while and not sure where to begin, look no further. We’ve listed similar games to all of the major classics. We’ve tried to list games which are available to buy and should feel familiar yet exciting by highlighting a key aspect similar to the classic game.
Modern board games have come on a huge way in the last 20 years. Give it a try and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. This list is also subjective. There are many thousands of awesome games out there so if you have a better suggestion do let us know.
- Monopoly; Set collection, why not try Ticket to Ride Europe (£30) or Power Grid (£30)
- Monopoly: Getting rich, why not try Lords of Vegas (£40)
- Monopoly: Building / Making things why not try Suburbia (£45)
- Risk; WAR! why not try, Small World (£35) or Blood rage (£55)
- Chess; Two player abstract why not try Hive (£20), or Santorini (£50) or The Duke (£30)
- Other roll the dice to move game, Why not try Jamaica (£30)
- Scrabble; Spelling, why not try, Upwords (£15) or Qwirkle (£20)
- Cluedo /Clue; Who dunnit? why not try, Mysterium (£30) or Love letter (Various themes including Batman, Archer) (£10) or Mystery at the Abbey (£35)
- Liars Dice; bluffing, why not try, Coup (£15) or Skull (£15)
- Angry Birds; Dexterity/ Destroying things) why not try, Pitch Car (£40) or Terror in Meeple City (£40)
- Tetris: Spatial, Why not try Blokus (£25)
- Connect 4; Paths / Blocking why not try Tsuro (£25) or Ingenious (£25)
- Charades; Describing, Why not try Concept (£20)
- Yahtzee; Dice rolling, why not try King of Tokyo (£22), King of New York (£30) or Roll for the Galaxy (£40)
- Pit; why not try Happy Salmon (£15) or Ligretto (£10)
- Rummy: Cards set collection, why not try Sushi Go party! (£20)
- Poker; bluffing why not try Coup (£15), or Bang the dice game (£15)
- Jenga; Dexterity, why not try Bausack (£40) or Rhino Hero (£10)
- Werewolf; traitor / bluffing, Why not try, One Night Ultimate Werewolf (£20) or Coup (£15),
- Uno; sets, why not try, category 5 / 6 nimmit (£10)
- Pictionary; Drawing, why not try Telestrations (£25) or Pictomania (£40)
- Cranium; party, why not try Telestrations (£25), Dixit (£25) or Pictomania (£40)
- Trivial Pursuits; General Knowledge, why not try Wits and Wagers (£30) or Timeline (Various versions and themes) (£15)
- Scotland Yard; Hidden Movement, why not try Letters from Whitechapel (£40) or Specter Ops (£40)
- Magic the Gathering; Clever card combos, why not try 7 Wonders (£30) or Evolution (£30) or Seasons (£40)
Finally did you know it is possible to play cooperatively. You and your friends or family against the game. It is not as easy as it sounds and is a great way to play with a mixed skill or age group. Sound interesting? Why not try Pandemic, or Flash Point: Fire Rescue?
A lot of these games have excellent app (iPhone / Android) implementations or can be played online at sites like Boardgamearena.com
Prices are approximate and were updated 27/03/17
Whilst researching I had loads of good advice and recommendations. Picking the top 10 was a real challenge.
Here is a list of the contenders!
Social / large group games
Resistance, Coup, Dixit, Wits and Wagers, In a bind, Times up, Fake artist goes to new York, Snake oil, Secret Hitler, Man Bites Dog, Perudo (liars dice)
Two player quick games
Two to four player quick games
Blokus, Hey that’s my fish, Quirke
Two to five player quick games
No thanks, Sushi Go party, Exploding kittens
Two to six+ player games
Fluxx (Pick a theme), Bannagrams, Cockroach Poker, Pickomino, Saboteur, Cock and bull, Pickomino,
Splendor, Ticket to ride, Carcassonne, camel up
Joking hazard, Cards against humanity.