Introducing our star prize and sponsor!

**Trumpet noises** Introducing our golden Sponsor and star prizes Basically Wooden.

In addition to helping in our secret special project, Andrew and Sue from Basically Wooden, which is a Hereford based company making high quality board game accessories, from organisers to full boxes to card and token holders to make your life easier. They really care about their product and are wonderful people.

They have offered not 1 but 3 dice towers, a pair of card trays and token holders which clip together (magnets) and one of the latest products a combined card and token holder, scooped for easy access and some where to play your hand of cards for easy viewing and access. Perfect for those with mobility issues or dyspraxics like me who end up with hand fatigue. (The photo shows a built one which is mine, two flat packed ones are actually included)

These accessories really help keeping games flowing, the card holders can serve as a great first player marker as you pass the deck of event cards and you place it on the table with a satisfying clunk.

That’s not all. They have also provided a £25 gift voucher which covers most of their game inserts and accessories.

There are great items, but can be a luxury so this is a perfect chance to make your gaming betterer.

Please please share the event and my posts we need all the publicity we can get, our prize pool is worth well over £1000 and we’ve had nearly £1000 of free services.

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Charity Prizes: Services! New for 2018

Charity day Auction prizes. Each year I like to mix it up, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t! This year we will adding services to either the raffle or auction prizes.
 
So far we have
Joanna Willett and Andrew Fraser will paint some models for you to ‘pimp’ up a board game. (We will add a limit, painting the 100s of zombies in zombicide is a bit much 🙂 )
 
I will host a game night for you, I will provide the games and teaching, you provide the location, snacks and players. We can arrange appropriate games. A great way to try some new games from  my collection and not worry about having to teach.
 
Rebecca Utting has offered to clone our lovely mascot, in the colours of your choice (ish). Lizard James is posing on our full sized flag, he is longer than a standard board game box about the length of Scythe.
 
Does any of this sound good to you? do you have any services to offer?

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How to run a great games night and make it inclusive and supportive of well being and neurodiversity

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.

Happy gaming!

This is work in progress so I’d love any feedback or comments.

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Charity Events 2018 for Herefordshire Mind

Herefordshire Mind is our Charity for this year (until our birthday in July)

Our mega charity day is May 19th at the core.  https://www.facebook.com/events/358455677932846/ 

Our last event in May 2017 raised over £525 https://www.facebook.com/events/267697156991655

We are attempting at 24 hour game a to on March 3rd, it could be interesting. the donation page is here  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/24hourgameathonhereford

We also have a mini charity game day on March 31st 12 hours gaming for a small donation of £2 to Mind  https://www.facebook.com/events/164900904245291/

Overall I really want us to raise £1000 this year for Mind, any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Player quotes from the Charity Board Game Day

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!

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Charity day summary! Over £500 raised again!

Final count for the Third Annual Board Game Charity Day is £526.51 huge thanks to my team, all of our players, and our sponsors Imperial Hereford, Basically Wooden, Surprised Stare Games Ltd, The Black Lion, Wise Owl Toys, Worcester, Beer in Hand, Left Bank and DellCon

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.

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