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Teaching Splendor 26 March 2017

Today I'll introduce Splendor. Anything in square brackets is to be thought about rather than read aloud.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 6 February 2017 19 March 2017

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.

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Thirsty Meeples March 2017 15 March 2017

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples February 2017 11 March 2017

Back to the boardgame café, which was calming down a bit after Christmas. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 6 February 2017 08 March 2017

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey (now twice a month, though I can't make the Wednesdays). On a wet night the pub was fairly full, though it cleared out quite quickly once we'd arrived. Funny, that.

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Firefly Crime and Punishment: unboxing and first look 04 March 2017

My copy of the Crime and Punishment expansion for Firefly arrived on Thursday.

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Firefly at BBG, January 2017 24 February 2017

I don't usually get to the Bucks Boardgame Group because I'm normally busy of a Tuesday evening, but this time the other thing fell through, and I got in an unusual game of Firefly. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Teaching Grifters 19 February 2017

Today I'll introduce Grifters. Anything in square brackets is to be thought about rather than read aloud.

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Boardgaming At Home, January 2017 16 February 2017 - 2 comments

A seven-, then five-player games session with some larger games that don't come out often enough. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Teaching Coup Rebellion G54 14 February 2017

Today I'll introduce Coup: Rebellion G54. Anything in square brackets is to be thought about rather than read aloud.

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Handycon 2017 12 February 2017

This new convention happened just on the other side of High Wycombe from me, at a hotel that has some conference space. (Why would you choose to have a conference there? I suppose if you applied some sort of travel-time-minimising algorithm and worked out that you got the least total driving that way…)

With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Teaching One Night Revolution 10 February 2017

I've had a certain amount of practice teaching board games, so I'm going to post some of my introductions to them here. These are all put together from multiple sessions, generally at Essen. As a general principle, I have components lying on the table, and point to them and/or pick them up as they are mentioned.

Today I'll introduce One Night Revolution. Anything in square brackets is to be thought about rather than necessarily read aloud.

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Flash Point solo: Let's Try That Again 08 February 2017

Another run of Flash Point, on the two-door map from the base game. This time I decided to go with six firefighters, to give me some leeway for using the non-firefighting roles, in Veteran mode as usual. Photos are taken at the end of each round, six turns.

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Thirsty Meeples January 2017 06 February 2017

Back to the boardgame café on a mildly snowy night. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Stabcon 2017 31 January 2017

This long-running games convention had another instance at the start of January. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Bucks Boardgames pre-new-year games 23 January 2017

This group usually meets on Tuesday evenings, so although they're fairly nearby I hadn't had a chance to join them before. But over the Christmas holiday they met on a Friday afternoon as well.

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Boxing Day Boardgames 2016 19 January 2017

On Boxing Day because it's a tradition now (i.e. we did it last year), a bunch of us without family commitments got together for boardgames. Like the last session here, we stayed together as one big group.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 5 December 2016 14 January 2017

Third time at the Marlow Donkey and the sixth monthly meeting of this Meetup-based boardgames group.

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Thirsty Meeples December 2016 09 January 2017

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Boardgaming in Cambridge, December 2016 03 January 2017 - 1 comment

With role-playing cancelled due to illness, I played some boardgames in Cambridge instead.

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2016 in boardgames 28 December 2016

2016 was a very boardgame-ful year. I didn't plan it that way, but I'm not objecting.

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The Box of Splendor and the Cosmic Pot 25 December 2016 - 4 comments

I continue to design boardgame accessories for 3D printing; these two are for Splendor and Cosmic Encounter. Images are cc-by-sa by RogerBW unless otherwise specified.

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Must Love Board Games 24 December 2016 - 1 comment

2016 short romantic comedy, dir. Travis Hedges Williams, Kacie Barnes, Tyler Grezaffi: IMDb

When Quinn meets David, she has to decide whether he is a worthy suitor: she knows the rules, just as she knows the rules of her favourite games. But he doesn't seem to be following them.

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Flash Point solo: Well-Oiled Machine 23 December 2016

Flash Point is another game I don't get to the table often enough for my taste, so I gave it a solo play one evening. Lots of images (cc-by-sa).

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Leaving Earth Outer Planets solo: Venus is Red, Comrade 16 December 2016

I know, I know. I got my copy of Leaving Earth: Outer Planets back in July, and I haven't had it to the table until now. I was hoping to get some suckers to play it with me, but instead I ran a solo game on a grey Sunday afternoon. (I haven't played any version of Leaving Earth solo before.)

Images were taken on the Powershot A1300 in "custom white balance" mode, under halogen incandescents; I thought it did quite a decent job. As usual, click on images to get the bigger version; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Boardgaming At Home, November 2016 12 December 2016

A seven-player games session where we actually stuck with a single group of seven all the way through. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 7 November 2016 10 December 2016

Second time at the Marlow Donkey and the fifth monthly meeting of this Meetup-based boardgames group.

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Leaving Earth 06 December 2016

Leaving Earth, designed by Joe Fatula, is a game of the exploration of the solar system for 1-5 players.

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Thirsty Meeples November 2016 25 November 2016

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Steampunk Rally 21 November 2016

Steampunk Rally, designed by Orin Bishop, is a game of racing bizarre inventions… or a card-drafting, engine-building game that uses a racetrack merely as a way of keeping score.

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Grifters 17 November 2016

Grifters, designed by Jake Tlapek and David Fulton, is a hand-building game of crime syndicates for 2-4 players.

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SpringCon 22 October 2016 09 November 2016

Back to this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Essen 2016 03 November 2016 - 4 comments

In mid-October I went once more to Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, or "Essen" as it's generally known in the boardgaming world.

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YSDC Games Day 5 30 October 2016

Fifth in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan Baildon (suburban Bradford). All images are cc-by-sa.

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Thirsty Meeples October 2016 28 October 2016

Back to the boardgame café again, on my birthday. There may have been beer beforehand. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 3 October 2016 18 October 2016

Having been evicted from the Two Brewers for not drinking enough, we gathered at the Marlow Donkey for the fourth meeting of this Meetup-based boardgames group.

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Boardgames at the Derehams 14 October 2016 - 4 comments

As part of a sparsely-attended ThamesValley.pm meet, I got some boardgaming done in my local.

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Thirsty Meeples September 2016 07 October 2016

Back to the boardgame café again, on a sweaty evening when we didn't feel like anything terribly complicated. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 5 September 2016 20 September 2016

Back to the Two Brewers on a muggy night, for the third meeting of this Meetup-based boardgames group.

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Mansions of Madness Second Edition 15 September 2016 - 4 comments

Some friends of mine have got the new edition of Mansions of Madness, and I went along to try it out. Spoilers for the "Escape from Innsmouth" scenario.

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Thirsty Meeples August 2016 09 September 2016 - 2 comments

Back to the boardgame café again. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Flash Point token upgrades 07 September 2016

The various markers in Flash Point Fire Rescue work pretty well, but they're a bit dull and cardboard. Well, they can't help it, poor things. Here's a replacement.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 1 August 2016 05 September 2016

This Meetup group was trying out a new venue, the upstairs room of the Two Brewers in Marlow – which was blessedly free of fashionable lighting.

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SpringCon 23 July 2016 23 August 2016

Back to this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford, the first one I've got to for a while as it's usually announced at fairly short notice. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Suburbia component enhancements 19 August 2016

I wanted to improve the experience of playing Surburbia, so I designed some organisational aids.

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Boardgaming At Home, July 2016 13 August 2016

A five-player games session on a hot afternoon at home. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples July 2016 05 August 2016 - 2 comments

Back to the boardgame café again. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Welcome to the Dungeon storage inlay 28 July 2016

Welcome to the Dungeon is an enjoyable short game that's hard to store effectively. I decided to improve this.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 4 July 2016 24 July 2016

This new group is organised via Meetup, and I went along to the initial meeting in the Churchill Tap.

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Summer Stabcon 2016 16 July 2016 - 1 comment

This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Leaving Earth money board 12 July 2016

As will have become apparent, I'm a big fan of Joe Fatula's boardgame Leaving Earth. The thing that's most fiddly, though, is money: you reset your funds to a standard level at the start of each turn, which means lots of passing paper banknotes back and forth.

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UK Games Expo 2016 06 July 2016 - 4 comments

UK Games Expo continues to expand, and this year moved the trade hall into the NEC for the first time. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples June 2016 19 June 2016

Back to the boardgame café again. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples May 2016 06 June 2016

Having missed a couple of months thanks to busy-ness, we returned to the boardgame café (which appeared to have undergone a complete staff turnover, though some of them are now just working on different days). With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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TringCon 2 April 2016 15 May 2016

This small one-day boardgaming event happens twice a year in a village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire, and has been going for quite a few years. This was my fourth visit.

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Boardgaming At Home, March 2016 18 April 2016

We didn't make it to Thirsty Meeples in March but did manage to get together for a couple of longer games at my place. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Mini-TringCon 6 February 2016 05 April 2016

Mini-TringCons are all-day house gaming events run by the organiser of TringCon, in Deepest Buckinghamshire. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples February 2016 24 March 2016 - 2 comments

Back again to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Boxing Day Boardgames 2015 11 March 2016

As the snow rolled in towards Wycombe, we had another session at home. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Exoplanets 27 February 2016

ExoPlanets, designed by Przemysław Świerczyński, is a tile-placement game of developing life on alien planets for 2-4 players.

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Thirsty Meeples January 2016 12 February 2016

After a break thanks to Christmas scheduling clashes, back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Star Realms: Colony Wars 05 February 2016 - 2 comments

Star Realms: Colony Wars, designed (like the original) by Darwin Kastle, is the first "big" expansion for Star Realms. On its own, it's for 2 players.

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Stabcon 2016 26 January 2016

This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Melee 19 January 2016

Melee, by Rikki Tahta, is the third of the games I was showing off at Essen 2015; it's an area-control wargame for 2-4 players.

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Mini-TringCon 2 January 2016 15 January 2016 - 2 comments

Mini-TringCons are all-day house gaming events run by the organiser of TringCon, in Deepest Buckinghamshire. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Boxing Day Boardgames 2015 08 January 2016 - 2 comments

On Boxing Day because we felt like it, one long game and two shorter ones. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Reading Boardgames Social 22 December 2015 02 January 2016 - 2 comments

No Christmas party this year, but a good session in the back room of the Castle Tap. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Dragonmeet 2015 20 December 2015 - 2 comments

On a chilly December morning I went to Dragonmeet again. All images are cc-by-sa.

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St Albans Boardgames Club 28 November 2015 11 December 2015 - 1 comment

St Albans is a bit far away for me to visit regularly, but their boardgames club was having a big Saturday event so I went along. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Kickstarter Watch: shiny dice and others 02 December 2015

Because there is no such thing as "enough dice". (And some other stuff.)

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Reading Boardgames Social 24 November 2015 30 November 2015

To the Castle Tap for more games. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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One Night Revolution 24 November 2015

One Night Revolution, by Ted Alspach after Akihisa Okui, is a game of hidden identities, deduction and deception for 3-10 players.

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Thirsty Meeples November 2015 12 November 2015

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Halloween 2015 Eldritch Horror 08 November 2015

For Halloween properly this time, Eldritch Horror again. All images are cc-by-sa.

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Reading Boardgames Social 27 October 2015 03 November 2015

Great Expectations again, for a series of short games. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Coup: Rebellion G54 27 October 2015

Coup: Rebellion G54, by Rikka Tahta, is a game of hidden identities, deduction and bluffing for 3-6 players.

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Thirsty Meeples October 2015 21 October 2015

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Essen 2015 13 October 2015 - 1 comment

I'm just back from my third trip to Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, or "Essen" as it's generally known in the boardgaming world. With photos; all are cc-by-sa.

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Firefly Kalidasa: unboxing and first look 03 October 2015

My copy of the Kalidasa expansion to Firefly arrived yesterday. What's inside?

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YSDC Games Day 4 28 September 2015 - 4 comments

Fourth in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan Baildon (suburban Bradford). All images are cc-by-sa.

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Reading Boardgames Social 22 September 2015 23 September 2015

Back at the Great Expectations. Food's not bad, but pricy; beer is much better. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Suburbia Five Star first look 21 September 2015

Suburbia Five Star (or 5★ if you follow the cover style) is the second expansion to Suburbia.

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Mini-TringCon 5 September 2015 06 September 2015

Mini-TringCons are all-day house gaming events run by the organiser of TringCon, in Deepest Buckinghamshire.

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Thirsty Meeples September 2015 02 September 2015 - 4 comments

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Tabletop season 3 28 August 2015

2014-2015, 21 episodes: Wil Wheaton and other minor celebrities play boardgames.

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Reading Boardgames Social 25 August 2015 26 August 2015

With the Great Expectations booked by another group, we made one last (?) visit to the Wild Lime. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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SpringCon 22 August 2015 24 August 2015

Back to this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford.

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Boardgaming at home, August 2015 16 August 2015

On a somewhat muggy day in August, five of us played two big games.

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Thirsty Meeples August 2015 05 August 2015

Back to the boardgame café, just two of us this time. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Reading Boardgames Social 28 July 2015 29 July 2015

Back to Reading, at the Great Expectations (post refurbishment, though the beer quality is still a tad below par).

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Firefly Jetwash and Esmeralda: unboxing and first look 20 July 2015

My copies of the Jetwash and Esmeralda ship boosters for Firefly arrived on Friday. What's inside?

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Reading Boardgames Social 15 July 2015 16 July 2015 - 2 comments

The Wednesday meetings are the main ones, but usually I'm occupied elsewhere. This time I wasn't, and ended up playing a series of small games. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples July 2015 15 July 2015

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Kickstarter Watch on High Frontier and Nuclear War 10 July 2015 - 1 comment

Two current kickstarter projects hold a distinct appeal, so I thought I'd mention them here.

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Summer Stabcon 2015 06 July 2015 - 3 comments

This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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The perils of Off-Table State 01 July 2015

What is off-table state, and why do I complain about it?

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The Tournament Mentality in Gaming 25 June 2015 - 4 comments

There's a certain mentality in games (particularly wargames, but others too) which seems to be associated with tournament play.

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Thirsty Meeples June 2015 03 June 2015

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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UK Games Expo 2015 01 June 2015 - 3 comments

This weekend I was at UK Games Expo, for the third year at the Hilton Metropole near the NEC – though next year it's mostly going to be in the NEC itself. Images follow: cc-by-sa on everything, and click the image for the full-size version.

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SpringCon 23 May 2015 24 May 2015

Back to this this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford.

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Thirsty Meeples May 2015 13 May 2015 - 2 comments

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Reading Boardgames Social 26 April 2015 30 April 2015

Seven of us this time, at the Wild Lime in the drunken quarter of Reading.

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Revolution Tournament at Thirsty Meeples 28 April 2015

With my Men in Black hat on, I conspired with the boardgame café in Oxford to run a Revolution! tournament. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples April 2015 15 April 2015 - 3 comments

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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International Tabletop Day 2015 in Reading 12 April 2015

Yesterday was the third International Tabletop Day, and the first time I've got involved in events for it.

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TringCon 28 March 2015 29 March 2015

This small one-day boardgaming event happens twice a year in a village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire, and has been going for quite a few years. This was my third visit.

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Reading Boardgames Social 24 March 2015 25 March 2015

About eleven people, at the Abbot Cook (formerly Jack of Both Sides) in Reading.

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Thirsty Meeples March 2015 04 March 2015

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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SpringCon 28 February 2015 01 March 2015

Back to this this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford, and I kept up my pattern of not winning any game I play.

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Reading Boardgames Social 24 February 2015 25 February 2015

Nine players this time, though a couple had to leave early.

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Firefly: playing the Interceptor 23 February 2015

The Pirates and Bounty Hunters expansion to the Firefly board game brought in two new ships, which are quite different from the standard Firefly. How should they be played?

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Zombicide at Wycombe Warband, February 2015 13 February 2015

I haven't had time to go along to Wycombe Warband since last month, but I was there last night playing Zombicide.

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Thirsty Meeples February 2015 04 February 2015

Back to the boardgame café for two new games and one old one. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Boardgaming at home, January 2015 01 February 2015 - 1 comment

On a chilly January day, nine of us ended up boardgaming at my place. (With images; cc-by-sa on everything.)

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Reading Boardgames Social 27 January 2015 28 January 2015

Since the group is apparently now on Meetup, we got a much bigger meeting than we've sometimes had in the past, around twenty people altogether.

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Thirsty Meeples January 2015 14 January 2015

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Stabcon 2015 05 January 2015 - 2 comments

This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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New Year's Eve 2014 02 January 2015

To a mate's place in London on New Year's Eve for beer, games and chat.

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Reading Boardgames Social 23 December 2014 24 December 2014

Quite a few people turned up for the Christmas Party (not actually all that party-like though the red bobble hats made an apparance).

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New expansions for The Resistance and Flash Point first look 13 December 2014 - 2 comments

In July I backed the Kickstarters for The Resistance - Hostile Intent & Hidden Agenda and Flash Point: Honor & Duty. My copies have now arrived.

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Dragonmeet 2014 07 December 2014 - 7 comments

On Saturday I spent the day at Dragonmeet, in its new venue at the Ilec Convention Centre round the back of Earl's Court. All images are cc-by-sa.

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Thirsty Meeples December 2014 03 December 2014

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything. (From the grotty mobile phone camera rather than the usual one, sorry.)

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Reading Boardgames Social 25 November 2014 26 November 2014

We got up to five with another newcomer, and mostly played Avalon.

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Boardgames in the Brewery 23 November 2014 24 November 2014

Daryl of the Reading Boardgames Social organised a day of boardgaming at the Siren Craft Brewery, on an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere south of Reading.

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Thirsty Meeples November 2014 05 November 2014 - 3 comments

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Revolution! Anarchy: first look 04 November 2014

Revolution! Anarchy is the new 5-6 player expansion to Revolution!.

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Halloween 2014 Mansions of Madness 02 November 2014

For Halloween, or at least All Saints', a friend hosted a session of Mansions of Madness, a game I'd heard about but never played. All images are cc-by-sa.

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Reading Boardgames Social 28 October 2014 29 October 2014

Four of us this time including two newcomers to the group, and we played a series of lightweight games.

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Firefly storage 12 October 2014

After the Blue Sun expansion to Firefly arrived, the inlay (which had been overflowing a bit already) was clearly inadequate; I needed a new way of storing the bits.

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Thirsty Meeples October 2014 08 October 2014 - 5 comments

Back to three players, and a reserved table, at the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Firefly Blue Sun: unboxing and first look 30 September 2014 - 4 comments

My copy of the Blue Sun expansion to Firefly arrived yesterday. What's inside?

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TringCon 27 September 2014 28 September 2014

This small one-day boardgaming event happens twice a year in a village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire, and has been going for quite a few years. This was my second visit, and probably the last autumn one I'll get to for a while as it will clash in future with YSDC Games Day.

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Reading Boardgames Social 23 September 2014 24 September 2014

Quite a small meeting this time, just three of us. (The main meetings are on two Wednesdays a month, but I have role-playing commitments then.)

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YSDC Games Day 3 22 September 2014

Third in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan Baildon (suburban Bradford), and a shift to a new time of year. All images are cc-by-sa.

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Social Deduction Games 13 September 2014

Quite a lot of games have some sort of hidden identity component: for example, Lords of Waterdeep and Discworld: Ankh-Morpork both deal each player a random role which then gives them a secret way of winning the game; Battlestar Galactica and Shadows over Camelot, while nominally cooperative, may assign a traitor role to one or more players; and the UFO faction in Illuminati can even covertly choose which victory condition to aspire to. But some games are entirely about the hidden roles and working out who's got which, and I seem to have been playing a lot of them lately.

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SpringCon 30 August 2014 31 August 2014 - 2 comments

Yesterday was my first visit to this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford.

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Reading Boardgames Social 26 August 2014 27 August 2014

I've missed a few Reading sessions lately (with holidays and such). This time, with just three of us present, we played Dead of Winter.

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Uxbridge Boardgames 24 August 2014 25 August 2014

First meeting I've got to for a while, inspired by the bank holiday.

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Dead of Winter unboxing and first look 22 August 2014 - 2 comments

My copy of Dead of Winter has finally arrived; I pre-ordered it in December of last year. With images; cc-by-sa on everything insofar as I'm able to assert it.

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Boardgame Cafe in London 12 August 2014

I've been to Thirsty Meeples in Oxford quite a bit. Now there's a boardgame café set to open in London.

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Cornish Smuggler 06 August 2014 - 2 comments

No room at the boardgame café, so we ended up with some three-sided games at my place. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures 31 July 2014

Star Wars X-Wing is clearly designed to be a gateway game, encouraging players to buy lots of expansions. As I'm probably going to do. But before then, how well does it do at being playable out of the box?

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Indie Boards and Cards 2014 kickstarters 23 July 2014

People who know me will be aware that I'm an enthusiastic player of several of the games published by Indie Boards and Cards. They currently have Kickstarter projects running for two of them.

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Summer Stabcon 2014 07 July 2014

This long-running games convention started off as a Diplomacy gathering. These days it's a blend of board-gaming and roleplaying. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Thirsty Meeples July 2014 02 July 2014 - 2 comments

Another two-player session last night, trying new games at the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Boardgaming at home, June 2014 16 June 2014

Finally, a chance to play Firefly on a table that's big enough for the game! (With images; cc-by-sa on everything.)

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Thirsty Meeples June 2014 04 June 2014

This time we tried a variety of shortish two-player games at this boardgame café, playing each of them twice just to get the hang of the basics.

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UK Games Expo 2014 02 June 2014 - 3 comments

On Saturday I spent the day at UK Games Expo, still alas at the Hilton Metropole near the NEC.

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Reading Boardgames Social 27 May 2014 28 May 2014

Feels like a very long time since the last of these.

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Firefly: The Artful Dodger 23 May 2014

In the Firefly board game, the Artful Dodger is an optional add-on ship. Is it worth picking?

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Firefly Pirates and Bounty Hunters: first look 09 May 2014

My hopes for the Pirates and Bounty Hunters expansion to Firefly were that it would increase interaction between players and make runaway victories more difficult. My copy arrived yesterday. At first glance, how does it do?

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Thirsty Meeples 6 May 2014 07 May 2014

This boardgame café has recently opened in Oxford, and I went along with some friends to try it out.

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Reading Boardgames Social 22 April 2014 23 April 2014 - 3 comments

This time it was just Firefly.

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TringCon 5 April 2014 06 April 2014

This small one-day boardgaming event happens twice a year in a village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire, and has been going for quite a few years. This was my first visit.

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Reading Boardgames Social 25 March 2014 26 March 2014

A short session this time as I was a bit weary. New venue, just re-opened that day after an emergency closure which hadn't done the beer much good, and mildly tricky to get to with Reading Station being rebuilt nearby.

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Reading Boardgames Social 25 February 2014 26 February 2014

This group usually meets on Wednesday evenings, which I can't make, but has one Tuesday a month.

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Uxbridge Boardgames 23 February 2014 24 February 2014 - 1 comment

Since a planned session at home had to be called off, I went along to Uxbridge for an afternoon of games.

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Uxbridge Boardgames 2 February 2014 03 February 2014

Thanks to Manuel, the group has survived the loss of its coffee-bar venue; we met at his home. I played six different games, and enjoyed them all in different ways.

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Firefly the game 11 January 2014

Firefly is a 1-5 player boardgame of travelling through space, taking jobs, trying to make enough money to keep flying. I played it on the Sunday of Stabcon and bought a copy before the game was over. What's good about it?

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