Event updates: Saturday games August 26th and September 23rd

Event updates:

Great Indoors is this weekend! https://great-indoors.co.uk/event 

On to club news:

First Thursday from 6.30 at the Imperial.

Going well no changes but we welcome your feedback.

Third Sunday at the Beer in Hand

Change of time to 3pm to 9pm to match pub opening times. Going well with an overlap to Thursday nights but some different faces too.

Saturdays:

August 26th and Saturday 23rd. 11am to 11pm.All day game sessions at the Imperial. Similar to the mega charity day but much more informal. There might be a surprise large game or side attraction for those that want to but generally just a chance to sit and play some of the longer games.

Mega Charity day

I am already planning the mega annual charity day for 2018 it will be May again for Herefordshire Mind unless we get any strong objections. I will be looking for volunteers to help me put up posters, drum up prizes, prep the venue, teach games and advertise the event on social media. If you are interesting please let me know now. I want to start organising sooner so we can pace ourselves.

At or around our Birthday in July 2018 we will vote for a new charity of the year for 2018-2019. I am using our Birthday as the Charity anniversary rather than the calendar year as it allows for simpler organisation.

Pop over to facebook for the events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Herefordgamers/

The Pub game starter kit in the flesh! / Thanks to our host the Imperial!

The Imperial has been a great host for us and have just started  a game shelf so as a thank you we’ve put together a selection of games from our recommended list to get them started!

Pub Starter kit: Codenames, Penguin Trap, Perudo, Zombie Dice and Rainbow Rage

The kit also contains a charity shop bargain copy of Carcassonne donated by one of our members. I think it is a great kit, you have dexterity, word play, dice and push your luck, bluffing and reactions. All of the games are robust enough to loose a few pieces, easy to teach and look great and exciting.

More information on the best games to have on a pub / café  or club games shelf is here http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/blog/2017/05/24/top-games-for-pubs/

 

Happy Birthday Hereford Board Gamers!!

It’s nearly our first official birthday as Herefordshire Board Gamers.  We’ve existed for two years on Facebook and  we have run three, annual charity days.

It’s been an amazing year. We’ve met over 16 times officially with several ad hoc sessions (here is a list of what we played on each session) and we’ve also had the largest and most profitable charity day yet. 48 players playing over 28 games. 

I’m extremely proud of what we’ve created. We have well over 110 members, an active and supportive Facebook group, new friendships have been made,  and are we are well on the way to having a full and active gaming community in Herefordshire.  I am amazed and thankful for the support and enthusiasm from our members, without whom the group would be nothing.

As always I welcome your feedback and want this group to be a community, to support gamers and gaming the clubs in the area.

We also have 4 flags, a shield and a lizard!

What is next? Keeping doing what we do well. Play games and have fun

  • Continue to run monthly game days on Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Run 3 weekend long gaming sessions (10am  to late). Relaxed gaming with no fuss. (Small suggested donation to charity to enter)
  • 1 charity day to raise money and awareness for our chosen charity. This also serves as a recruitment drive for us as well. I will need all your help on this
  • Continue £1 per night donation to play.  We have minimal costs and have been breaking even but a small reserve is handy to pay for snacks, help support the costs or cover any incidents. This is the same basic format as last year, tweaking and improving things as needed. Costs for the charity day (printing etc) the flags and lizard were member donations.
Herefordshire Board Gamers Lizard!

What’s next? Grow the community and give back

With the groups’ blessing and support I would like to give something back to the wider community, by taking and teaching games into communities where they might help. Also there is the possibility to look for sponsorship for the club, if only to assist us with gathering prizes for our charity day and fundraising.

These two items I definitely need to hear the clubs views on. I’ve formed them into complete questions below with some supporting information.

1) Step up our community activities. Just a few days a year perhaps teaching or taking games into other community groups? (This is in addition to our fund raising charity day and totally voluntary and opt in.)
 
2) Do we form legally as a club? This would allow us to attract grants to help with point 1. (There would be slightly more work for the committee no other effort needed for other members)
 
3) Do we try and attract sponsorship? This would help us raise prizes and therefore funds for our charity day and cover some basic costs, web hosting, posters. (In reality we have our regular supporters who have donated to several charity days it could just be formalising this relationship.)
 
4) Do we continue to charge a suggested £1 fee for games nights? There is no room fee at either venue and we only currently charge on Thursday nights. (This money would be used to cover other incidental costs, or for reinvestment into club things.)
Herefordshire Board Gamers Lizard!

What can the group do to help me?

Please join the newsletter. I want another method to communicate dates rather than solely relying on Facebook.

Continue to give me feedback, suggestions, volunteer to help, write blogs or even suggest and lead projects.

Hopefully we’ll see you all at our birthday party on 6th July
https://www.facebook.com/events/443495249376261

Top pub games part 2

Whilst researching I had loads of good advice and recommendations. Picking the top 10 was a real challenge.

Pub Starter kit: Codenames, Penguin Trap, Perudo, Zombie Dice and Rainbow Rage

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
Hive,  Patchwork

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,

Meatier games
Splendor, Ticket to ride, Carcassonne, camel up

Rude games
Joking hazard, Cards against humanity.

Top pub / cafe games (Or the Pub game shelf starter kit)

Pubs and cafes are a great place to play games and over the coming months I plan to list the best pubs in the area to rock up, play games. Having a game shelf in a pub is becoming cool but with so many games out there where do you begin? (particularly if you are not hugely into gaming).

So here is Herefordshire Board Gamers Top 10 ultimate pub game starter kit.

This doesn’t include ‘the classics’; chess, dice / Yahtzee, cards, dominos, draughts and Jenga.

These games are all reasonably cheap to buy, are tough enough to survive abuse, including losing the odd piece and punch well above their weight for fun. A lot of these have a good ‘wow factor’ and are great to watch.

Prices correct 23/05/17 and will link you to a price comparison site.

  1. Dobble (Beach): Super simple dexterity game, good with 2-8. The beach version is hardier and waterproof, think snap but meaner and funnier! . Under £15
    Dobble: Fun snap style game,

     

  2. Rhino Hero: 2+ players simply funny and great to watch stacking dexterity game, very visual as you try and build a skyscraper with cards. Under £10

    Rhino Hero. Stacking game like jenga but super portable.
  3. Penguin Trap: 2+ player, quick dexterity game, simple yet suspenseful. Great fun to watch. Ebay under £10

    Penguin Trap: Silly fun, knock off the ice block who ever makes the Penguin crash looses.
  4. Codenames: 4- 12 players. A very clever yet simple social word game, good for audience participation too, one of our favourites. Under £15

    Codenames: Simple but clever word guessing game.
  5. Timeline: 2+ players A simple trivia game about putting things in the right chronological order, much trickier than it looks, when were glasses invited anyway???. Under £15

    Time Line Various editions: Putting things into chronological order, a lot more fun and harder than you think.
  6. Love Letter (Original or a theme i.e. Archer or Batman): 2-4 player light card game quick and fun. Under £10

    Love Letter: Original and Archer Theme: Simple quick 2 to 4 player game.
  7. Zombie Dice or Martian Dice: 2+ players. Push your luck quick and simple dice game Under £15

    Zombie Dice: Push your luck dice game, collection those brains but don’t be shot.

     

  8. Skull: 3-6 players, bluffing game , simple and clever game but with lots of replayability (this can be played with a deck of cards too).  Under £15

    Skull: Amazing tense bluffing game.

     

  9. Telestrations: 4-8 players. Drawing, party / social game for ,chinese whispers in drawing form. One of the clubs most played games along with Codenames. Under £25

    Telestrations: Amazingly fun drawing and guessing game

     

  10. Qwirkle: 2-5 players Simple strategy game  like scrabble but with shapes, bright, simple and attractive Under £17

    Qwirkle: Like scrabbly but with colours and shapes very accessible.

     

Honourable mention:

King of Tokyo: Dice rolling, group game, based on a familiar Yahtzee style game but with more depth, beautiful and clever cards give the game depper strategy. Under £25

King of Tokyo: Yahtzee means Godzilla, with amazing art and power cards to add to replayability.

This list would also be great or cafes, community groups, schools, or other shared spaces looking for a new activity.

If you have a better or different list please let us know!

The list again:

  1. Dobble (Beach):  . Under £15
  2. Rhino Hero:  Under £10
  3. Penguin Trap:  under £10
  4. Codenames: Under £15
  5. Timeline: Under £15
  6. Love Letter (Original or a theme i.e. Archer or Batman): . Under £10
  7. Zombie Dice or Martian Dice:  Under £15
  8. Skull:  Under £15
  9. Telestrations: Under £25
  10. Qwirkle:  Under £17
    King of Tokyo: . Under £25

The list of games which didn’t make the cut at here in part two.