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/

Basically Wooden Review: Scythe and Village insert.

This isn’t a full review, just a few thoughts and lots of picture of building some inserts. Basically Wooden make fine accessories for board games and you can buy them pre build or DIY

The build process was quite easy, only one part was fiddly and took a few attempts, it took a whole ball of elastic bands and best part of a bottle of PVA glue.

Once built they make organising, sorting and getting the game to the table much quicker. The Scythe insert is brilliant. The village insert isn’t quite as polished but still makes getting the game on the table a breeze, but this an early Basically Wooden insert and it shows how much the company and product has matured. They are active and listen to the community, we are lucky to have them in the county

A quick gallery of the build process for the Inserts / game tidies. You can buy them complete or DIY. This is for Scythe…

Posted by Ad Best on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

September looks awesome! Four gaming events

Our August Charity day was awesome, 27 players played games for nearly 12 hours and raised over £75 for Herefordshire Mind, this will go into the fund with the September Charity day and the big charity day next May, lets see how much money we can make it our second official year, can we beat £600!

Onto gaming events this month

Thursday 7th 18:30 onwards at the Imperial (For this month only we are in the main bar) https://www.facebook.com/events/126617724597631

Sunday 17th 15:00 onwards at the Beer in Hand https://www.facebook.com/events/126253701300425

Saturday 23th 11:00 12 hour of charity game day at the Imperial https://www.facebook.com/events/235224633649549

Also Dice and Decks Birthday party is on Friday the 15th https://www.facebook.com/events/1412822705500254

 

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!

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 favourite games!

Some of our top 9 (ish) favourite games, scroll to the bottom to see the groups combined favourites. Each picture represents one members top picks.

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These are on 3 lists:

Blood Rage, Takenoko, Codenames, Dixit, Above and Below, Kodama,

These are on 2 lists:

Stone Age, Carcassonne, Dogs of War, Games of Thrones Second Edition, Telestrations, Robo Rally, Survive and Mysterium

View our game collection!

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/

 

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