Don't fret if you're visiting for the first time and the blog seems out-of-date. We still meet, regular as clockwork; we just don't blog about it every time!

Monday, 28 November 2011

BBGG4 - Now with guest co-authoring, you lucky devils!

Due to my recent employment (woo!), I couldn't make BBGG4 on time (don't panic, cherubs, this won't be a regular occurrence)!  I joined around 9.15pm to see a host of chancers, trying their luck, all without the gamesmistress!

Ian, one of our stalwart members, who has the privilege of being one of the few to attend every single week (applause and plaudits and approval!), gave me a rundown of the evening's events.

The majority of members started the evening with a warm-up game of Fluxx, that fiendishly tricky game (in the editrix's opinion anyway) where the rules change constantly.  After this, they settled into a long game of Apples To Apples.  This involves picking items, people and places that best fit an adjective, and everybody relished the opportunity to argue their case to the judge. Meanwhile, another table in the corner got on rather more quietly with Blokus.

At this point, yours truly arrived and had a lovely chat with the manager of the Bell who thinks we are just delightful.  We regrouped with half of us forming teams of two for a Trivial Pursuit, and the other half cracking open a deck of cards. The Ticket To Ride afficianados took their game outside to the bigger tables, TTR being a rather large board.  Luckily, one Trivial Pursuit team just managed to get a full set of cheeses before the lights started flashing and it was time to leave once again, having played our hearts out to closing time.  Fun was had by all, as always.


Having had a nice chat with the manager, next week we are going to try out getting in a long trestle table so those of us with big boards can play more easily.  I know several people have wanted to play Carcassone but this has been stumped by small tables.  So, next time, let's bring our bigger games along and see how it plays out.  Could be fun sitting in rows, might be a fun-stifler; let's see.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

BBGG3 - Now with special guests!

Tuesday the 7th saw another splendid turnout with many new faces as well as our trusty stalwarts - those of you who couldn't make were missed.

This week, we had the tremendously exciting special guest, Paul, who brought with him his business endeavour; Namely, the UK distribution of King's Cribbage.  This is a nifty Cribbage variant that takes the layout of Scrabble and combines it with tiles that allow you to make Cribbage hands.  For those of you who love numbers and strategy, it's a winner. Players reported it to be challenging and complicated ( in a good way) with plenty of forms of hands to be played.

Prior to this, we started off with the classic warm-up of Jenga which conveniently toppled just as Paul and his daughter Corrina joined us.  Players got into two groups and got games underway.  Meanwhile, I and the later attendees set up a hand of warm-up Shithead at the other end of the tables.  I lost - how sad!  Too much chattering, of course.

After King's Cribbage ended, we came together for a mass game of Trivial Pursuit.  This too was a variant; a new version where you bet on how likely it is that someone will answer rightly or wrongly.

In teams of 3, we bet on the answering of things like the Science and Nature of Poison, the History of the Olympics and the Art and Literature of Butterflies (did you know Madame Butterfly is set in Nagasaki?  I didn't, much to my team's detriment).  We also learnt the valuable lesson that I can't call a bet to save my life - Never trust me.  Always do the opposite.

We didn't get to finish this as once more, we were cut short by the pub closing.  Another fruitful meet, in terms of new faces and new games; my love to you all for coming xx

See y'all 22nd November at 7.30pm at the Bell on Walcot Street for more chancey risk and skill-making!