Best of facebook

We have a great facebook community here is a quick best of from over the last few months.

Introduce yourself:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Herefordgamers/permalink/1713186065650956/

Our Game collections:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Herefordgamers/permalink/1719131121723117/

Online codenames:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Herefordgamers/permalink/1716460955323467/

Our top nine games:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Herefordgamers/permalink/1672696116366618/

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/

Our logo the origin story. (Happy Birthday to us)

Today is the first anniversary of the first HB branded meeting, so we are sort of one year old today, despite having run 2 Charity game days and having an online presence via Facebook for 2 years.

On the 6th March 2017, whilst on a work conference call, the image of the letter H and B imposed on dice popped into my head. I had been non seriously day dreaming about a logo for the group but hadn’t spent any real time on it.

This was what I doodled and sent around the core group. And yes that is my best handwriting…

Our logo the origin story.

With in a few hours we  had what would turn out to be an image very close to the final one.

Over the next week or two we swapped the font and made very minor tweaks including  the 3 lions of Herefordshire becoming a bull and then a different but more Hereford Bull. Below is a rough time line of the changes. We discussed more traditional styles, modern and heraldic. We settled on modern  clean heraldry, to  use the logo and bold images to get what we do and where we are from across. We didn’t want ‘traditional / old fashioned’ heraldry as didn’t want to seem to old / boring or fuddy duddy…..

I think the logo looks awesome, and very striking on our Tshirts.

The HB crew!

The timeline

The shield idea was quickly voted in over just the dice.

The concept of clean / modern Heradlry was also voted in.

Super rapid mock up. (within an hour I think)

Mock up without the rejected blue!

Draft art work swapped for better art work.

Stronger banner to add definition

The colours were locked in and the softening of the dice really were the finishing touches. The dice corners was one of the times where you stare at a screen and know something wrong but can’t place it.  Instantly the softer corners ‘finished’ the logo. (only casino dice are hard edged I think)

The final logo. The Lions didn’t print or embroider too well so were swapped for a simpler cow, and then another more Hereford cow. Lines softened and general small touches

With much softer lines, It looks great on black and green and stands out well at a distance.  Overall very similar to my original drawing, not just because I’m a dick / dictator, the group had a long chat about it and we went though other versions and colours we just settled on this version.

Logo before and after

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

Our Expo Experience Day 2: Saturday- A Day of Firsts

A brief (ish) run down of Adam and Elaine’s three day, magical adventure at The UK Games Expo 2017, held at the NEC in Birmingham and The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham. This is our third visit now to the Expo and the experience has been different each time.

Saturday 3rd June

Woohoo a whole day of playing games, drinking and eating junk food for my birthday!!!!

The Catan sheep in our colours!
It looks like we weren’t the only ones to have this idea as this appeared a few hours later!

An Expo first for us today. The Saturday is always the busiest day by far so we decided to have a leisurely morning and attend a seminar, of which there are many various ones held throughout the three days . We choose ‘Style vs Substance’ (Art in Gaming) which consisted of a panel of guest artists talking about their work and how this related to style vs substance. They included Ralph Horsely who designed the artwork used on the cover of the this year’s magazine and tickets, Jon Kovalic (‘Munchkin’) and the lovely and very talented Gillian Pearce of Hellion’s Art, who we commissioned to do some custom artwork for us, but that is another story, which no doubt will be in a future blog.  Ad and I are suckers for great artwork in games and we found this thoroughly enjoyable. In fact as soon as it was over we braved the hordes and headed back into the trade hall to check out the artists’ stall in more detail. Ralph had some spectacular, original oil paintings for sale and although these were a bit out of our price range we did pick up some beautiful prints which will decorate our dining room nerd cave nicely.

Ralph Horsely- Owl Bear & UK Games Expo 2017 magazine cover art

http://www.hellionsart.com/ & http://www.ralphhorsley.co.uk/

We also bumped into yet more Herefordshire Board Gamers at lunchtime;  The Beavanses (Emily, Rob and Abi).   It was really great to see so many Herefordshire Board Gamers yesterday and today, although none of them were called James which was rather unnerving.

The afternoon brought another Expo first for us- pre-arranged gaming with strangers. We had arranged a four player game of ‘Through the Ages’ (a heavy, civilisation building game) with two lovely chaps via the Facebook group,’Board Game Trading and Chat UK’; Christian who we later found out runs Board Game Monster (online gaming retailer) and Uli. What could possibly go wrong?!  After a strong start by us, in first and second place for much of the game, we got mercilessly beaten down by war after war in the third age (about 4 hours in) and on my birthday too 🙁

Another Ghostbuster with bonus Gandalf
More Ghostbusters!

‘Board Game Trading and Chat UK’ have done some great work this year by facilitating  member meet ups, as it can be very daunting to wander round the gaming rooms, trying to sum up the courage to approach others for a game. They also have t-shirts so members can identify each other easily and therefore hopefully feel less nervous about approaching strangers. This is a great idea, although our t-shirts are much better obviously! We still have some for sale and Christmas is just around the corner…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/UKboardgametrade/

So endeth the second day of firsts.

Click here for Day 3

Our Expo Experience Day 1: Friday- All the Shinies!

A brief (ish) run down of Adam and Elaine’s three day, magical adventure at The UK Games Expo 2017, held at the NEC in Birmingham and The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham. This is our third visit now to the Expo and the experience has been different each time.

http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/

Friday 2nd June

We arrived on Friday just after opening and bumped into four of our friends from Herefordshire Board Gamers who had travelled down together (Fraser, Jo, Mike and Emma). It was lovely to see them all wearing our club t-shirts, including one ‘ghostbusting’ Herefordshire Board Gamer!

The HB crew!
“Who ya gonna call?” A Herefordshire Board Gamer!

We went our separate ways and had a good explore of the trade hall at the NEC.  Friday is a much better day to shop than Saturday as it’s much quieter.  Ad made us walk the halls methodically so we didn’t miss anything, as I kept getting distracted by all the ‘shinies’!

We bumped into Kenny from Herefordshire Board Gamers and his girlfriend Abi and decided that we must get some of the purple ‘Dobble’ hands that we had seen people sporting. The ‘demo-er’ said we had to beat him in a game of ‘Dobble’ in order to win the hands. We played one game of ‘Dobble Beach’ and he narrowly beat us by one card. We made it clear that we weren’t leaving without the ‘Dobble’ hands and so the poor lad (who looked about 15) just gave us the hands as I think he wanted to get rid of us but hey whatever works?!

Our expo haul

https://www.esdeviumgames.com/featured-product/game-number-1/

We then met up to have a sit down and compare our loot whilst we waited for Ad to queue in the Bring and Buy.  Both ourselves and Fraser and Jo were weighed down by a copy of ‘Star Wars Rebellion’! Mike had aptly bought a ‘Ghostbusters’ game and Emma was sporting an awesome new purchase ; a t-shirt depicting a  cat vomiting rainbows (‘cos Expo!).  Mike also met a fellow ‘ghostbuster’ and had a long chat about proton packs.

Ghostbuster friend!

We then headed to the Hilton for a night of open gaming. Our HB crew had scored us a large, round table in the ‘Kings’ Suite’ whilst we checked in to our hotel, so we played a few quick games with them before they headed off home.

We opened one of our new purchases to learn, ‘ Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy’ by Portal Games which Ad had picked up in the Bring and Buy; a game set in 18th century France, about marrying off your children advantageously. No sooner had we set up than Jo (Burdon) from Herefordshire Board Gamers and her boyfriend Tom appeared and asked if they could join us! We played a couple of games and were very impressed. I managed to birth a broad- hipped daughter which stood me in good stead. Jo and Tom then bid us farewell and we decided to crack open one of our other new acquisitions, ‘ The Pioneers Program’ by GCT which is a Kickstarter we had collected at the Expo.  We were joined for this by Kenny and Abi.  The theme of the game is post- apocalyptic survival. The artwork is amazing (same artist as the’ Explorers of the North Sea Saga’- Mihajilo Dimitrievski). There are elements of drafting and building up your settlement, as well as attacking other players.   I think we need to have another play of this as it felt a bit disjointed and there was also no tie-breaker winning condition which meant a couple of us had a joint win.

https://gctstudios.com/catalog/pioneers-program-0

All in all, a great first day at the Expo.

Click here for Day 2

 

What type of games convention goer are you?

I like lists, both useful and funny so here is an attempt at a funny list. A random conversation at the expo spawned the idea of defining what type of convention  goer you are.

  • The Accidental Gamer: Discovers the con by accident (2017 accidental gamer story, a lady attending the Take That gig near by chats to a gamer over breakfast, ends up attending the Expo for two days!)
  • The Aerosmith (I don’t want to miss a thing):  Has to do everything, see every stall, at the expense of sleeping, runs on coffee and food you can eat one handed.
  • The Bargain Hunter: Scours the bring and buy sales and price checks all the stores and online shops before purchasing.
  • The Demoer: There to play lots of demos, either to be the first to know or to try before you buy.
  • The Floater: Drifts around  near the surface avoiding big crowds.
  • The Freebier: Collects freebies even hoarding business cards and leaflets
  • The Haggler: Haggles constantly despite massive queues, often also a bargain hunter.
  • The Herder: Trys to coordinate either a family or pack of friends, constantly on the phone trying to arrange meeting points.
  • The Insider: Works at the show so has early trade access however often too busy to actually enjoy the show.
  • The Magpie: Ooh Shinies! Must buy all of the things. If also a planner comes armed with a huge list.
  • The Researcher: Explores and take copious notes for research later, phone in hand on BGG and boardgameprices.co.uk.
  • The Nervous Lurker: Looks longingly at celebrities and demos and other interesting things but too nervous to ask, awkwardly takes a sneaky photo and moves on.
  • The Planner: Spends weeks scouring for information and meticulously planning itinerary and routes. Plans to explore everything or to hit the stalls and venues at the optimum time to get demos or freebies. Has a full list of things to buy and optimal prices.
  • The Player: There to play games, lot of games, first up and last to bed.
  • The Proto-typer: Similar to the demoer but has to play the very newest and  unreleased games. Has to be the first to know.
  • The Scrutineer: Similar to the bargain hunter but applies scrutiny to a single stall or shop checking every item, eventually buying a single small cheap item before moving on.
  • The Specialist: Goes with a single aim / objective to achieve, for example collect all the purple things.

I’m definitely an explorer and nervous lurker. Sometimes a planner and gamer depending on energy levels.

Watch this space for UK Games Expo stories. It was great! There are lots of comments and photos on our Facebook page too.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Herefordgamers/


This is the best comment from Facebook so it’s getting pride of place here. From Griff of “doing a Griff” fame.

I’m a faffer which isn’t on there, also known as a Griff.

Bargain Hunter that wanders around waiting for queues to shrink (they never do until sold out)

Buyer/planner – plans to write a list but runs out of time to research/write one

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.