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!
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.
So we survived and conquered the charity day. What is next?
A good number of us are off to the UK Games Expo and then lets go and visit all of the clubs in the country and then show our faces in the neighbouring county clubs and game shops!
I’ll start collecting ideas and building an agenda shortly. These clubs are all super friendly so attend when ever you want, but if you want some company join the HB grand tour.. (we may need to pick a decent name to increase the awesomeness!)
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.
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
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
Penguin Trap: 2+ player, quick dexterity game, simple yet suspenseful. Great fun to watch. Ebay under £10
Codenames: 4- 12 players. A very clever yet simple social word game, good for audience participation too, one of our favourites. Under £15
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
Love Letter (Original or a theme i.e. Archer or Batman): 2-4 player light card game quick and fun. Under £10
Zombie Dice or Martian Dice: 2+ players.Push your luck quick and simple dice game Under £15
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
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
Qwirkle: 2-5 players Simple strategy game like scrabble but with shapes, bright, simple and attractive Under £17
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
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!
Imperial Hereford is now our Thursday home (along with Sundays at the Beer in Hand) I’ve have a few good chats with Craig the landlord who is keen to support us going forward and is hopefully going to pop up and play with us.
A few rules updates:
+Supervised under 18s are allowed in the function room until closing and before 9pm in the bar. (As a club we’ll need to monitor and see how this goes but I welcome all gamers young and old. I am happy to take suggestions o…n this as I have a potty mouth at times)
+Outside food is allowed in the function room.
+The is no room charge (currently) I am still going to collect voluntary donations to cover limited club costs like tea, coffee, milk, tablecloths etc.
+We are more than welcome to play downstairs in the bar and we can have section for us, for now we’ve voted to use the function room. (On Thursdays and quiet nights.)
I am looking forward to this relationship and having a stable home for the next year. (If we out grow the Imperial on a regular basis I’ll be surprised!)
As well as raising a load of money for charity, the day serves as a great recruitment drive for gamers, and provides a safe space for shy or introvert gamers to try us out.
Here are some quotes from the players on the day;
Emily (Attended with husband and teenage daughter) ” Well Rob and I only recently found out about the Herefordshire Board Gamers and had not managed to get to a meeting to introduce ourselves in person, although we had said hello on Facebook and you all seemed like a friendly bunch. We came along to the charity day with our youngest offspring and a fellow ‘newbie’ gamer and were really pleased with the super friendly welcome. I’m a long term sufferer of anxiety and depression so approaching new groups is not always easy. However we stayed over 6 hours! We met some new people and even learnt some new games! Along the way we hope that we contributed to a great cause close to my heart. Thanks HBG we are looking forward to the next meeting“
Emma (attended alone) ” After looking forward to the charity board games day for a long while I was not disappointed. The function room was full – evident of a thriving board games scene in Hereford. There were plenty of games available to play and no shortage of people to play them with. The event was very well organised with the most exciting raffle in the universe, an auction, bring and buy and merchandise table.”
Michael (attended with young daughter)“it was so great to see these gamers doing what they do best, bringing people of all ages, walks of life and experience levels together in the spirit of fun and play“
If you have any comments or feedback please send them our way!
I am looking forward to a lot more games with your all over the new few months and years, growing this community and doing good work with Herefordshire Mind.
We had 48 gamers and we played at least 27 different… board and card games. If you want to know more about games the club or to work with us please let me know. We have over 30 players nearly constantly playing from from 2pm to 9pm! Am amazing turn out, atmosphere and day!
We played; Plague Inc. Terror in meeple city. 6 nimmit. Codenames. Secret Hitler. Inis. Villages of Valeria. pandemics. Tsuro. Junk art. New Bedford. Stone age. Robot rally. Qwirkle. Roll for the galaxy. Arboretum. My first carcossonne. Castle for all seasons. Keyflower. Cube quest. Unfair. Telestrations. Tap tap penguin (penguin trap). Lords of water deep. Walking Dead card game (6 nimmit) Mysterium
I can still accept donations for Mind if you are feeling generous and think we did a good job.