General updates, Weekly games nights!

Lots going on, We are still lending games from our library and running weekly game nights. Most of the activity happens on discord and facebook.

We’ve recently run a video game running many brutal sessions of Among us.

We are still working hard at providing lots of free events, please let us know what you want to see and if you want to help us run or support any.

International Virtual / Online Volunteer opportunities

https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en -> Site from the UN with a lot of options for volunteering from home

https://www.helpfromhome.org/ -> Site from the UK with a lot of ideas to volunteer from home.

https://www.catchafire.org/-> volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects.

https://www.si.edu/volunteer/DigitalVolunteers-> Take on important assignments to expand access to the Smithsonian’s massive collections and participate in a variety of research programs

https://translatorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/-> For those fluent in more than one language, check out this nonprofit that combines language skills with humanitarian aid.

https://www.zooniverse.org/-> Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that literally wouldn’t be possible (or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time as you’d like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems, or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.

http://www.gutenberg.org/help/new_website.html> Founded in 1971, this may just be the virtual volunteering effort that started it all. The goal is to create the largest digital library, and so far they’ve amassed 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others’ work.

https://www.dosomething.org/us> DoSomething empowers young people to enact social change both online or off. Volunteer online through one of our campaigns to help solve real-world problems.

https://www.bemyeyes.com/ -> Download the app and help bring sight to blind and low-vision people. Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

https://ebird.org/home> Track bird populations.

https://www.chemoangels.com/angel-pre-app> Send a card, letter or note once a week to someone undergoing chemotherapy.

https://vocalid.ai/voicebank/> Share your voice and help drive innovation in voice technology to those living with speech impairments in need of a custom voice.

https://www.ted.com/participate/translate -> An online community of volunteers who subtitle TED Talks and enable the inspiring ideas in them to crisscross languages and borders.

https://decoders.amnesty.org/-> Operated by Amnesty International, this network of digital volunteers helps conduct research into global human rights violations.

https://www.storiitime.com/ -> Set up a free remote storytime video call with your child and a senior. Volunteer to be a senior reader. (only available in US, Canada & UK).

https://www.allforgood.org/-> Database with thousands of volunteer opportunities.

https://www.careervillage.org/-> A global platform where students can ask questions and professionals can answer them.

https://www.growmovement.org/> A platform for volunteers to transfer business skills to African entrepreneurs through mentorship via Skype, phone, and email.

https://helpwithcovid.com/-> A group of tech volunteers have created a tech-specific virtual volunteer opportunities.

As ever don’t feel bad if you can’t give back right now, you be you, and it’s Ok to not be ok.

6 month look back- Summary / TLDR

Here is the short version! Since lock down

We have:
Ran every planned game night
Ran nearly 60 extra free events
Increased the free lending library 33 to 120 titles (£2500 of titles from A to Z)
Delivered / lent our 100th games, around 1/3 of the collection is on loan at most times!
Raised £1000 for charity
Ran summer secret Santa / gift exchange
Commission more merchandise to raise money to keep our events free.
Create two charity Emoji quizzes
Created numerous guides and articles
Appeared on the radio 3 times
Formed a new RPG group.
Ran 12 different RPG systems.

Online gaming on discord and OBS studio
Two thirds of our games library
Custom celebratory glasses.





6 month look back.

What an interesting six months it has been, we were just getting ready to go to Airecon, the last big convention to be held almost anywhere. We’d just rushed to remake our life size Tsuro, after auctioning off our first version for £120 for charity.

We had a roller banner and had a graphic designer help us bring out signage up to scratch. Ready for a year of visiting conventions and showing off our giant games as well as running events ourselves.

Our event space at Airecon 2020
Custom giant Tsuro vs original, Work in progress.

We had just started the engine to try and get prizes for our May charity day. last year we had £2000 in prizes, entertained 120 people and raised £2245

2019! One hour in and the hall is filling up nicely.

We could have easily shut our doors when the lockdown happened. We didn’t, we had a charity event in two week. Despite all of us still working full time we ending up learning and experimenting, buying and borrowing kit (Did you try and buy a web cam in March and April!)

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We found ways to run our games online, found online games like Jackbox, found browser games. Wrote user guides and articles, shared good new stories and lots of amazing free resources put out by companies. We ran every single event we planned. We ran our May event albeit a lot smaller.
We’ve raised over £1000 since lock down.

Our online charity day

That alone is amazing, loads of clubs and societies have just shut their doors, we did more! We added more weekly events, escape rooms and unlock games, Role play sessions, video game nights and custom codename session involving such puns as codegames, codebrains, Codegame of thrones and codedames.

Since lock down We’ve ran around an extra 10 free events a month (up from 2), that’s over 70 free game sessions, up from around 13.

The extra sessions are made up of games nights, charity events, computer and video game session and RPG one shots. They don’t include the atleast 5 active RPG campaigns 3 of which started during lock down, most of them meet weekly online.

We ran an amazing Secret Santa and commissioned a celebratory tankard with profits going to cover club costs (so we can keep our events free)

My Secret Summer Santa
Celebrating all of the victories you can

We ran two emoji (Film and Board games quizzes to raise money for Mind and to provide some fun.

Film emoji quiz


We formed a sister division to manage the new Role play section. We’ve played Dungeons and Dragons 5e, Warhammer Fantasy Role Play 4e, Alien, Masks, Zombie World, Mothership, Hostile, Savage Worlds Explorer edition, Cthulhu, Fiasco, Dungeon Crawl Classic.

We’ve taken players from their very first Role play game to running their own sessions, coaching and supporting them all of the way. Atleast three weekly campaigns have started too.

Our new RPG logo

Despite being the face of HB, I am shy and very introverted, I’ve appeared on the local radio 3 times (first ever radio appearance) explaining the value of gaming and community especially during lock down.



One of the three radio appearances.

For me personally I’ve run online board games for the first time, ran online RPGs, ran online games for strangers and joined strangers in online games. I’m proud of my self and am loving my new found skills and confidence.

This also came with learning various new systems including Roll20, discord, Foundry, OBS Studio and more.

Alien RPG one of the best new system I’ve played during lockdown

Thats not all! We took our fledgling free game library from 30 titles in March to 120 in August. Thanks to grants, publisher donations and personal donations we 120 games covering the full alphabet and with something for every from light family games like My First Carcasonne to award winning titles like Wingspan.

Our wonderful sponsers, Welsh Water, Asmodee, Big potato and Stuff by Bez
Two thirds of our games library


We’ve been delivering games into families into isolation and lockdown, providing even more free fun and letter them try before the buy.
we have delivered / lent over 100 games (since November), around 1/3 of the collection is on loan at most times!

One of our loans to a family in lockdown
One of our loans to a family in lockdown


I’ve also migrated and revamped the main website to massively lower costs and created a brand new website for games library.

It has been a hard six months for everyone. The team and I have worked hard to provide free entertainment and social outlets. I know our games nights are the highlights of more than one persons weeks, that is a huge honour and responsibility.

Keep on being awesome to each other all.

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Finally if you’ve struggled during the last six month but you are still here struggling on, that is winning too, don’t feel bad or any pressure to do lots of things if you aren’t in a place to be able to

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We are going to stay online for a bit longer, we will meet in person when we can delivery a great games night safely.

We are aiming to continue games nights weekly and atleast 2 RPG nights a month

We will aim to continue online sessions as they are accessible and inclusive in ways in-person events aren’t.


Games night Thursday and lots of RPGs starting too

Our aim is weekly games night so we are adding an extra games night on Thursday! We are continuing our theme of qwirky codenames, this time Codegame of thrones.

We’ve have also 6 rpgs in recruitment! Masks, ZombieWorld, Alien, Hypertellurians, Shortlived Shenanigans and a homebrew fantasy game.

How to join our online games nights

http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/guides/how-to-join-our-online-game-nights/


We have other guides on how to play online games here

http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/free-family-game-night-virtual-or-otherwise/

http://herefordshireboardgamers.co.uk/online-gaming/

Games night Thursday

We are hosting an extra online games night on Thursday. This is part of our plans to try and run a game night a week and atleast two RPGs a month.

August Update and code of conduct

It’s such an odd world at the moment, and it really helps to know others have got your back. We haven’t stopped gaming the whole way through the apocalypse, staying connected and supporting each other is always important, but especially now.

Since March we have run at least 60 public events virtually, with many other games being organised through our online platforms. This is up from 13 planned and we haven’t cancelled a single scheduled event.

We are proud of the reputation we’ve gained as a warm friendly club and hopefully we’ll never need a code of conduct, as we haven’t yet! Just remember to have keep having fun, being kind to each other and being an awesome bunch of goblins.

A few other cool facts!

We’ve raised £995 Herefordshire Mind (£7500 in Four years)

Our game library has grown from 33 to 120.

We’ve run our first Emoji Quiz and A summer secret Santa with some amazing gifts!

Started 3 new RPGs campaigns and played the following systems Fiasco, Hostile, Savage World, Dungeons World, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Mothership, Dungeon Crawl (Cyber), Alien, Cthulhu

Various additional side board game and video groups have formed thanks to the friendships we’ve helped create.

Thank you all to my Committee, regulars and new gaming friends, we can’t do it without you.

Free lending Library not at 120 titles and a full A to Z

Codenames, Codegames, CodeJames and CodeDames. Codebrains on the 14th!

For a bit of fun and part of our extra events, we’ve been running custom puntastic versions of codenames. You are welcome to use our grids. Some of these are a bit more niche so we welcome players and spymasters to google some of the things. Maybe you’ll learn something. I learned a lot making Codedames.

Next up is Codebrains on the 14th

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