We play:

Settlers of Catan - Puerto Rico - Agricola - Condottiere - Ticket to Ride - Citadels - Torres - Shadows over Camelot - Race for the Galaxy - Formula De - Seven Wonders .. that kind of thing.

The club owns lots of games, and our members bring even more.

We meet:

Every Thursday - 8pm - The Stables Bar, Newbold Comyn Arms, Leamington Spa

We welcome:

Everyone

We charge:

50p each week, which is spent on games for the club.

First-timers pay nothing!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Play board games in Leamington tonight

Advent may be progressing afrenzy, but we're still playing games in the Newbold Comyn Arms tonight.

8pm.

Someone will be bringing a newcomer-friendly game. Someone will be bringing some old favourites.

Bring 50p for the games buying fund, unless you're new - first hit's free.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Board Silly Tomorrow

We had some doubts at the start of December, how close to Christmas we'd be able to keep playing games at the Newbold Comyn Arms.

Gary tells me that it was discussed last week, and at the very least, he and Ray will be around to play games tomorrow night. I'll be there too, and the pub will be open.

That's a quorum then. Come and join us, if your Christmas preparations allow.

We should be prepared for the possibility that it'll be quiet and they'll want to close early; although by the same token people might be celebrating in there.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Gaming 8th December


The approach of Christmas combined with a failure to post reminders on the blog, boards and pages meant that only 8 people turned up.  Still good enough for 2 healthy gaming tables and 4 games total:
  • Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game - I didn't play, and have never played a blood bowl game so I'll leave any write up to others.
  • Transeuropa - Fantastic quick and easy train themed game.
  • Galaxy Trucker - I like this, there was some murmurings of it being too random. I think it all depends on who you are playing against, and if someone decides that they're going to build as quickly as they can and put everyone else straight on the timer :)
  • 7 Wonders (+ Leaders) - Probably the best game you can play in under an hour?
There should be players next Thursday too, although I'll probably not make it with a Christmas lunch earlier in the day, and some broken toes preventing me walking!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Last night's gaming

Last night saw another healthy three tables' worth of players.
  • Eminent Domain - Seems to involve space colonisation
  • Jacob Marley, Esq. - Best £4.95 I ever spent on a board game based on financial markets 
  • Notre Dame - "It plays a billionty times better than I thought it would do" - Gary
The pub tells us there will nothing to impede us next Thursday.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Play board games in Leamington tonight

8pm at the Newbold Comyn Arms.

I'll be there. Gary'll be there. We'll bring some games.

If it's anything like last week, there'll be many more.

As always, there'll be something newcomer-friendly in the games bag(s) and first-timers don't pay the 50p contribution to the club games-buying fund.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Last night's gaming

Last night saw a bumper showing of, um, approximately 14 people I think.

We split into three tables, playing:
... accompanied by the dulcet tones of ukuleles.

The barmaid checked the diary, and next Thursday has no bookings that would interfere with our gaming.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

A note about December

We all know what December's like.

People: They have parties and school nativity plays and family functions and after-work drinks that get in the way of the important business of playing board games.
Pubs: They fill up with seasonal revellers, who spend money on upwards of three drinks each, which makes it difficult to find room for a bunch of board gamers.

For these reasons, check here or on the mailing list before rolling up to Newbold Comyn on a Thursday night in December expecting to play games.

Tonight (being November) is definitely on. Next week, 1st December, is probable. The following week, 8th December is questionable. The 15th is unlikely. The 22nd is fanciful.

But do check here. Two or more people, and an assurance from the bar staff that there'll be room, is all we need.

Play board games tonight in Leamington

It's Thursday, it must be Board Silly night.

8pm at the Newbold Comyn Arms, as usual.

Over on the newsgroup, John E has indicated that he'd like to play Innovations (alas, not the game of the catalogue)

I missed the rules explanation last week & didn't grok the scoring system until it was too late. I didn't see many scoring cards. The dog ate my best cards and my homework. And so on. It looked good but I didn't know what I was doing. Usual Thursday night (before anyone else cracks that joke).

John is also bringing Amyitis:
... a club game that Andrew H and I worked out how to play earlier this week. We only had time to play a couple of practice rounds but it looks interesting & it was less than £8.
Not only that, but:
I will also bring a simpler game with which to welcome any newcomers who, as always, don't even have to pay the 50p contribution to the games fund.
As for myself, I will bring Jacob Marley Esquire, because the Christmas lights are up on the Parade, and although it's still November, there may not be many more chances to play before January. Anyway, it's not really a Christmas game at all: it's a game of wanton usury for 3-6 players; a game of unprincipled banking. Whatever next?

Monday, 21 November 2011

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Play board games in Leamington tonight! 8pm, Newbold Comyn Arms

I won't be there. But I know for a fact that at least two other people will be (and that doesn't even include the bar staff).

Newcomers, as always, are welcome -- and don't even have to pay the 50p contribution to the games fund.

Last week's board games

Last week we had 8 players at two tables. One table played Princes of Florence, and the other played Forbidden Island.

Princes of Florence is rather good. I didn't hear any opinions on Forbidden Island.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Play board games in Leamington tonight! 8pm, Newbold Comyn Arms

There will be all kinds of fascinating games on offer.

Newcomers can be assured of a warm welcome, and a game suited to their experience.

There will be at least one of (and probably all of): playing cards, counters, scoring tracks, dice.

Oh, and boards.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Last Thursday's gaming

There were three tables' worth of gamers on Thursday, spread throughout the pub, serenaded by the ukulele group that's established itself in the far end. I didn't get to see what other people were playing, so here's what I did:

I took part in a four player game of Alien Frontiers, in which dice represent your spaceships, you build your fleet by acquiring more dice, and use them to colonise a planet. It seems to have potential, but there's considerable downtime as each player considers their options.

I then moved to another table for a quick came of Nile -- the "deluxor edition". It's a card game of planting and harvest in the presence of flood, locusts and pesky opponents. Very enjoyable, although I suspect victory is more in the hand of The Fates than in strategy.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Play board games. Tonight, 8pm, Newbold Comyn Arms Stables Bar, Leamington

SAVE £££ by turning off your heating, and joining us at the pub instead.

If you've never traded a wooden token representing a sheep for another wooden token representing, er, some wood, in your life -- a warm welcome awaits you.

If you're an old hand with a games cupboard bursting at the seams -- a warm welcome still awaits you.

http://www.newboldcomynarms.co.uk/

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Last Thursday's gaming

Hmm, left it a while before posting.

A table of three played two games of Dominion, one with the "first game" cards, then with the "village square" cards. I thought it was excellent.

Another table played the misleadingly titled Infinite City followed by Caylus Magna Carta.

Gary says of Caylus Magna Carta - "It's a card game version of an existing board game. Everyone would rather play the board game, and they'd rather play a different board game to that." Scathing! 

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Friday, 21 October 2011

Last night's gaming

Nine gamers last night, and a big pile of shrink wrapped new games from The Works' recent sale.

Table 1 (4 players):

Table 2 (5 players):
... of which only Seven Wonders is not a new game to us.

When playing Maori, we encountered a major error in the English translation of the rules. Thank heavens for smartphones. Here's the discussion on BoardGameGeek. If you play Maori, bear this in mind.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Come and play board games. Tonight at 8pm in the Newbold Comyn Arms Stables Bar

http://www.newboldcomynarms.co.uk/

Feel free to come along even if you don't own any games and haven't played a board game since childhood, we're a friendly lot and will introduce you to the finest modern games.

John E will be bringing some of his recent The Works bargain haul. That's all I know right now.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Last night's gaming - Wondering and Walking

Last night had an attendance of twelve.

Six people played The Walking Dead board game. Two early casualties in this game broke away to play Caylus Magna Carta.

Meanwhile two concurrent three-player games of Seven Wonders: Leaders were played.

Then the Seven Wonders players merged for a six player game.

There was time for three players to play Blue Moon City at the end, and a five player game of Nile.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Come and play board games. Tonight at 8pm in the Newbold Comyn Arms Stables Bar

http://www.newboldcomynarms.co.uk/

Bring some board games & money for the bar if that's your thing.

Feel free to come along even if you don't own any games and haven't played a board game since childhood, we're a friendly lot and will introduce you to the finest modern games.

We have three confirmed attendees so far -- and a strong likelihood of more. Games available to play will include Seven Wonders: Leaders, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Zombie Dice, Bang, Condottiere, Ascension and Present Drop (two sets of tiles!) and more.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Bargain gaming from Cadbury



Games designer and general interesting bloke James Wallis blogs about the game on the back of this year's Cadbury selection packs.

The winner was Present Drop, a clever tile-placing game for 2-4 players with some nice Eurogame overtones, simple enough for kids to understand but with enough strategy to be interesting for real games-players too. It was designed by Matt Green and Kevan Davis. You know Kevan. He did Urban Dead and Chore Wars.
A year on, and the selection box with the game on it is in UK shops. At Tesco it costs £1.50, which gets you about £3-worth of chocolate, a spiffy game and a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well. Which is, you have to admit, a heck of a deal.
At that price, I reckon we'll give it a go. It'll be appropriate at around the same time as Jacob Marley Esquire season comes around.

It's a bit early to be saying this, but since it's arisen -- towards Christmas our board gaming can be disrupted somewhat. Not only do people's other work, social and family commitments get in the way, but venues get clogged up with other events. From the start of December onwards, it's an especially good idea to look on the Board Silly Google Groups list to see who's planning to go.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Come and play board games. Tonight at 8pm in the Newbold Comyn Arms Stables Bar


http://www.newboldcomynarms.co.uk/

Bring some board games & money for your beer & packet of crisps.

Feel free to come along even if you don't own any games and haven't played a board game since childhood, we're a friendly lot and will introduce you to the finest modern games.

Could whoever has the new copy of 7 Wonders: Leaders (John E?) please bring it along.  Don't forget the base game too please :)

Friday, 30 September 2011

Last night's gaming

A bit of a false start last night: with four people present, we started setting up Agricola. Then another person turned up, which was fine. Then a sixth person arrived, so Agricola went back in the box, and we split into two tables.

One table played Phoenicia. The other table played The Pillars of the Earth, with Gary arriving in time to become a fourth player.

Mark from Avon Games dropped by to say hello, and gave us the Seven Wonders Leaders expansion (for which we still need to pay!).


Thursday, 29 September 2011

Come and play board games. Tonight at 8pm in the Newbold Comyn Arms Stables Bar

http://www.newboldcomynarms.co.uk/

Bring some board games & money for your beer & packet of crisps.

Feel free to come along even if you don't own any games and haven't played a board game since childhood, we're a friendly lot and will introduce you to the finest modern games.

I (Gary) won't be able to make it tonight, but John will be there and we've never had anyone turn up on their own before. In fact we had 12 people last week which made for a great evening with lots of choice of games to play.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Ascension expansions

We've enjoyed playing Ascension a few times. It's not a club game -- Gary bought it for himself.

We've noticed something interesting about the two expansions available. They're both complete games in their own right; or they can be combined with the original game, or each other.

Ascension: Return of the Fallen "is playable as a 2 player stand-alone game, or can be combined with Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer for an expanded game with up to six players"


Ascension: Storm of Souls "A complete 1-4 player game playable on its own or with other Ascension games! Combine with other Ascension games to play with up to 6 players!"

Hmm. Interesting.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Tonight's gaming

A good turnout tonight.

One table played Power Grid, another played Galaxy Truckers and a third played Princes of Florence.

Power Grid took the whole evening, but the other two tables had time to join together for a filler of Risk Express - a quick and fun dice game.

Come and play board games. Tonight at 8pm in the Newbold Comyn Arms Stables Bar

http://www.newboldcomynarms.co.uk/

Bring some board games & money for your beer & packet of crisps.



Feel free to come along even if you don't own any games and haven't played a board game since childhood, we're a friendly lot and will introduce you to the finest modern games. 


Regulars, could someone make sure we have a good introductory game every week, then newcomers won't have to play something that makes their brain melt :)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Games Ordered

The guys at Avon Toys have ordered these games for us:

Ghost Stories: A cooperative game where you battle Chinese ghosts.

7 Wonders: Leaders: An expansion for 7 Wonders

Hopefully the suppliers will be nice and quick...

Friday, 16 September 2011

Buying plans

Every so often, we find enough money in the kitty (saved up from all those 50 pences we collect) to make some purchases.

The tentative plan for the current balance is to spend it on:

Ghost Stories: A cooperative game where you battle Chinese ghosts.

Panic Station: Another coop game, apparently inspired by the film Alien, in which you collectively try to escape a space station infested by an infectious bodysnatching organism. One player (at first!) is hosting the parasite.

7 Wonders: Leaders: We've been enjoying 7 Wonders, and this expansion is getting a lot of praise, it seems.

Last night's play

Last night we played:

At one table:

  • Princes of Florence (all right then, Die F├╝rsten von Florenz)

At another table:

  • Puerto Rico
  • Zombie Dice

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

FAQ

There is no FAQ, because the site is new and we've never received a question.

We do however have Answers To Questions You May Have, which serves much the same purpose. The link will always be up there in the top corner of the home page.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Facebook

We're going bonkers with social media today. There's also a Facebook page. Its main purpose is to guide people here -- but it would nice if you could go there and "like" it, to help other people find it. We need 25 "likes" before we can give it a nice neat web address.

(Edit: achieved; the URL is now the neat and tidy http://www.facebook.com/BoardSillyLeam )

Welcome to the new home page

Hello.

We've created this blog mainly in order to have a home page with a reasonably easy address to remember, so we can put it on posters etc.

The origins of Board Silly Games Club are a little bit lost in the mists of time. We vaguely remember meeting in what was then Baroque -- now the Fox and Vivian -- well over five years ago. Since then we've drifted between venues, as places have closed or changed character.

Currently the Newbold Comyn Arms provides us a very suitable location. There's almost always plenty of room for us.

Attendance varies, but there's seldom fewer than four of us, and often ten or more; enough of us to split into two or three games. It's worth checking for posts on the Google Group on a Thursday afternoon, just to check.