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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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 10th evening public games night was a blast

We had 17 players playing from 6.30pm to around 11. The night flowed well with players forming group and games flowing naturally. We tend to player shorter 90 minute games which allows people to try new games or play with new people. As usual we ended on an hilarious few rounds of Codenames.

For once I was too busy and didn’t take any photographs, but I saw the following games being played:

Darkest Dealings, Istanbul, Isle of Sky, Inis, Stone Age, Lancaster, Star Fluxx and Terra.  ( I am sure there were plenty more I missed)

An awesome night lots of laughter, good games and mild shenanigans. We are really growing an awesome community and family.

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