Virtual Charity game day tomorrow!

We’ve spent a week testing all sorts of platforms from playing games online and chatting. We posted our finding in our a couple of guides.

The technology we’ve chosen for now is Facebook and Discord.

We’ll be using a number of gaming services including Tabletopia and Jackbox.

If you want to be ready please,
find and follow us on facebook.
Install the free discord on your phone or PC.
Join our discord
Install Tabletopia via Steam, (both are free)
Jackbox only requires a browser and play one nearly any device.
Also do get your microphone and headset/ head phone out.
If you have a second device get that ready too.

We’d love your support and feedback and if this work we will try and do more mini game sessions over the next few months and maybe into the future, as well as passing on our knowledge. Also do be patient with us!

We will be playing all sorts of games as well as helping you organise games! Give it a go and worse case you will learn some new technology and a few mild swear words.

Currently we don’t have a platform to share the webcams of everyone (which is great I hate being on webcam) but we are investigating skype and zoom.

Finally do use our platforms and our knowledge to run your own meet ups and events.

Finally finally please can you test these links and let me know if they don’t work for you

Donate here: https://bit.ly/HBdonate2020
Virtual games day: https://bit.ly/HBCharity
Our discord: https://bit.ly/HB-Discord

Free family game night, virtual or otherwise

How to run a free family game nights virtual or otherwise. This will work over the internet, in the same room or even if one person wants or needs to be in a different part of the house or a combination of all

Ingredients.
Each player needs a device phone, laptops or PC.
A shared screen everyone can see, gather round a big TV or stream over a free service like Discord
(or both have some people at home and some online. )
Total cost Zero (hopefully)

1) Download / Open Steam (Free) and get Drawful 2 for free.  
(Other Jackbox games are available and they work across a huge range of platforms including Firestick and Switch)

2) Start Drawful, you will see a four digit room code. 

3) Share your screen, either everyone looks at the TV or you can use a free chat service like discord where you go live or Skype, zoom.

4) Everyone navigates to jackbox.tv on a browser on their device and enters the four digit code.

5) Set ground rules, Is this family friend or are drawings of willies allowed and if any topics are too sensitive. 

No Ducks

6) Play and have fun.

Now you have a system set up investigate other Jackbox games or games you can run by sharing your screen or using a web camera. 

Skibbl.io is also free, it’s a real time hangman style game, you don’t need a shared screen so it easier to play, you can still also combine it with a voice chat for added social https://skribbl.io/

A more detailed guide is here http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/online-gaming/

Our first virtual game night was a blast

We had around 17 players join us and often had two rooms of Jackbox on the go. Very few technical issues that i noted and lots of laughs were had albeit with some dark humour… 🙂  Join us on Sunday for more.

Give us lots of feedback, we will run more online sessions but please remember our platforms are here for you to arrange your own game nights online or otherwise (eventually)

Free stuff ish

During these interesting times, companies are stepping up and giving stuff away for free. I will update this post as I find more!

I will list what i can here.
Jackbox.TV Drawfull 2 Free https://jackboxgames.com/were-giving-away-drawful-2-for-free-for-three-weeks/

Half price apps (with half to charity) Galaxy Trucker and Roll through the ages. (both amazing games)
https://czechgames.com/en/home/news-20-03-20-global-sales-for-global-problem/

Free print and play games (some are always free, other lines have been made free including https://greygnome.com/
https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/free-games

Chamelion app by Big potato. Team social deducation game
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bananaandco.board.game.free.chameleon
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-chameleon-board-game/id1359224305

Steam board game, free this weekend, Between two castles
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1158500/Between_Two_Castles__Digital_Edition/?fbclid=IwAR0d0goKEITSQUiy8Q3yr_t0kQPwusnzBhqanNr_80t3Bhkwc-Ccja_LcnU

Free roll and write game from Jamey Stegmaier
https://app.box.com/s/8cvpes663vm0r6wen30e6rexcyjak5mn

Asomodee digital apps some free some heavily reduced
https://appsliced.co/apps/dev/asmodee-digital-sas?fbclid=IwAR1OlzV5GqbBw4GrNMgccBCG1WywGY1Ulyg7jgVOmrbGkzQ9dLRmpHp0feU

Frostgrave rules for free https://therenaissancetroll.blogspot.com/2020/03/frostgrave-is-free.html?fbclid=IwAR1OlzV5GqbBw4GrNMgccBCG1WywGY1Ulyg7jgVOmrbGkzQ9dLRmpHp0feU

Greenmangames, Jackbox games on offer
https://www.greenmangaming.com/search/jackbox

Free games every so often (not covid related)
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/free-games?fbclid=IwAR1rQWAOv3HFOH6hNz5POb98MoCT68E988oOWTpSFA6omSwSRGV_tEYrR5c

Quiz game free – Mr lister quiz shootout by Big Potato Games
https://bigpotato.com/blog/mr-lister-free-download/?fbclid=IwAR36kx2AolFcnUX3dSg8LXR6c5KQql8AKGpFPee6aTzwfAhZtA0_Jc6fe9Y


And now to say thanks :D

Here are the list of the wonderful people who have sponsored us over the last two years. I use two years rather than one, as it is an honour to be sponsored and not a right and some years businesses can’t help. We had an incredible £2000 of sponsorship last year. I will also share the sponsors we have already gathered for 2020…

Should you have some spare time. Do check out these wonderful companies, give them a like and if you’ve used them a review. Online presence is very important and will be key part of surviving this.

Should you have spare pennies maybe buy something.

Big call out to two specific companies.Big Potato Donated to both our event prize pool and seeded our game library with many wonderful games.
Freedesign Awesome graphic designs which make us look far more professional than we actually are.

Game related
AireCon (Event)
Asmodee UK (Distibuter)
Big Potato (Publisher)
Calliope Games (Publisher)
Chaos Cards (Shop and Eshop)
Coiledspring Games (Distributor)
Czech Games Edition (Publisher)
Mantic Games (Publisher)
Meeples’ Corner (Shop and Eshop)
Stuff By Bez (Publisher)
The Board Game Hut (Shop and Eshop)
Board Game Monster (Shop and Eshop)
Dukes gaming (Local Shop and Eshop)
Pegasus Hobbies & Games (Local Shop and Eshop)
Folded Space (Accessories)Food / Drink
Madam & Adam
Golden Fleece, Hereford
Franks Luxury Biscuits
The Wobbly Brewing and Events Ltd
Wye Valley Brewery
Burger Shop Hereford
Heggies of Hereford
Beer in Hand
The Swan InnEvents
Battlelands Paintball Herefordshire
Breakout Cardiff (Now closed)
Escape Rooms Cardiff
Left Bank VillageArt
Fraser Painting
Jay Illustrations
Bateson’s lizards and salamander incorporatedHereford
Friends of Castle Green
The core
Freedesign
Odeon- Old Market Hereford
Herdsman
Hereford Library

2018 Sponsors:

Accasion Marquees
AireCon
Basically Wooden (Accessories)
Boardgameguru.co.uk (Eshop)
The Board Game Hut Limited
Board Game Monster
Cuddly Cthulhu Creatives now called https://lockecreatives.com/
TheCore Skatehereford Cic
DellCon
Freedesign
Imperial Hereford
The Kup-cake Kitchen Café
Left Bank Village
Madam & Adam
Meeples’ Corner
Mythic Games (Publisher)
Pegasus Hobbies & Games
The Swan Inn
Wise Owl Toys (Shop and Eshop)
Wye Valley Brewery
Zatu Games (Shop and Eshop)

Massive thanks to our committee and all of our members who do the magic to make this stuff happen and have HB be a wonderful committee.

Free Lending library grown by 50% Now 77 titles

We’ve 77 titles to lend out for free! Even if you need to take them into isolation with you, that’s fine!

I’ve just (temporarily) moved 27 games from my private collection into the lending pool. The library is made of donations by Big Potato Games, stuff by Bez and private individuals and a good chunk of my game collection.

The link to it is https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/Herefordbgamers Also here for a more user friendly view https://gameshelf.github.io/?userId=herefordbgamers&ownedgames

A video of two thirds of our library is here https://www.facebook.com/HerefordshireBoardGamers/videos/212620400084827/

The scheme itself isn’t fully developed but we can arrange pick up or a kind member has offered to deliver. We can quarantine games should we swap them out mid isolation. We will ask for a small deposit as it’s over £1500 worth of games in the library and we want to keep them safe.

I hope every one is doing ok.

Join us online! Discord / Facebook and other platforms.

Good morning all.

Please join us on facebook Herefordshire Boardgamers Community or discord https://discord.gg/9jZ6HCG Whilst most of us are isolated lets keep this community alive and busy, we are doing our best to move some of our activities online.

We will be arranging various online games, as well using the voice chat of discord to stay in touch.

We are also promoting online play locations like Steam, Board Game Arena and Yucata. Currently a lot of these systems are struggling with the high demand but do be patient.
There is an announcement thread on the facebook community with our user IDs in. Join us for a game.

As ever any feedback or suggestions please let us know.

HB Events shelved for a while.

All Herefordshire Board Game events are closed until further notice. The May event is our shining glory and we have to make maximum social and financial impact. That is not cancelled yet, but it is likely I will shrink it to a normal charity event ‘unmega’ it. The prizes / raffles / demos / Blood on the clock tower will be postponed or rolled over to a future event. There is of course a strong chance the May event will be cancelled. I will aim to give plenty of notice to any changes and will be following best practice advice.

It is not all bad news.

We have a lending library of games. We are happy to lend them out for extended periods to make isolation slightly more ‘gamey’. You can swap games and we’ll have a ‘quarantine period’ for reissuing games details to come.

We will be publishing a list of online game platforms and asking people to be more active on Facebook and Discord. I will try and run some online games or RPGs and ask others to do the same.   https://discordapp.com/invite/9jZ6HCG

You can use this space to arrange in person sessions if you wish. This is not sanctioned or supported by HB officially but this space is yours to use.

Please do share your online IDs and let’s keep this community strong.

I am going to link to a donation page to Herefordshire Mind. If you would have donated at our events and wish to please do so now or whenever I’ll leave the link open for a while. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HerefordshireBoardgamers

Also please support groups like Herefordshire Food Bank and do look out for each other especially those who are isolating.

Good luck and happy gaming all.