Don't fret if you're visiting for the first time and the blog seems out-of-date.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!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

BBGG10 - Toothsome and compact.

When I walked into the pub this time, I thought I'd got the day wrong.  Where were you all?!  We concluded that you were all flipping pancakes.

I hesitated for a moment, slightly thrown.  I was already feeling unwell and had barely made it down myself.  Then Andrew waved merrily at me and I found my tribe!

As the title says, this week's meeting was...compact, shall we say.  But do you know what? It was still really lovely and possibly even more fun as we all got to concentrate on each other.  Moreover, I can actually dedicate a little more detail to what we played as it was less distracting!

I got down about 8pm, having dithered at home deciding if I was too unwell or not and found two games going.

I joined the twosome playing Set - a pattern-spotting game that put me strongly in mind of an IQ test.  You have cards with a variety of features; three colours, three shapes, either 1, 2 or 3 shapes per card and three different fills (empty, lined, block).

To make a set, you have to pick out three that fulfill two criteria.  Each group of features must be either all the same or all different.

So cards with three green squiggles that are all block colour are fine.  But so are three, green squiggles with one empty, one lined and one block.  Three cards with two empty diamonds a piece sounds good but not if one is purple and the other two are red.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Just to make it a bit more challenging, there is a rule that if you impulsively yell 'Set' and the cards aren't a set, you lose a point.  (PS You make points from the sets you find).

I absolutely loved this game because I was really good at it (as one tends to).

Next, we all came together for a bit of Boggle - I totally frocked my first go up by forgetting that the letters had to touch each other to be used.  However, it was a welcome to change to play something wordy - I know we play Scrabble occasionally but so much of what we play is strategy, trivia or territorial.

Again, lots of fun and yours truly came in at a respectable gentleladies' third place.

From here on, things get rather silly.  The adorably Polly and Rich turned up and they always turn the silly up a notch.   We were all a couple of pints in too and the rules went out the window a bit.

We started playing Jenga.

Then we played Stone-Jenge.

Then Diago-Jenga...

Which quickly became Anarcha-Jenga.

Then we made an amazing cantilevered, 5 storey dogleg pattern that stood up by itself mostly.

Then it fell over and we squealed with joy.

Then we moved on to a bit of trivia.  We've been playing Mental Floss on and off of late.  My copy of Articulate is great and all but we're all too familiar with the Q&As (must buy new set of cards....anyone got another set of cards?).

That was delicious fun as memory's a bit ale-hazy at this point so I can't remember who won or anything but I know we had a great time.

We closed things down around 11-ish and all pottered off into the night.

A wonderful meet; put me right back in mind of our early days (did you know we've been going for about 5 months now?)

With game-y love and snuggles

S x

PS See you on the 6th!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Where can we get one of these?!

What a good doggie!  I think we need to find one.  Any BBGG-ers pets' out there that could rise to the occasion? 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

BBGG9 - A relaxed affair.

Hello, my dears!

I come to report on the 8th instance of the Bath Board Games Group - it was a good evening and a quiet but productive one.

The Bell had kindly gotten out their big table again and I arrived to find some familiar faces and some new faces as well! We had our habitual Jenga warm-up and then the evening proper started with a threesome of games; The Three Commandments, Dominion and Domain.

I was playing The Three Commandments on the bigger table.  This is a really wonderful pattern-solving game.  The theme is that of a High Priestess and her minions, setting up and carrying out a mystic ritual with a patterned board and 'artifacts' (small bits of wood you move around).
This isn't actually our board.  I forgot to take photos, boooo!

There are behaviour cards and movement cards that detail all kinds of things from the mundane (the player uses their right hand to move the artifact) to the unlikely (the player strokes the High Priestess with their artifact).  The HP is dealt 4 cards and decides if these actions or behaviours will be good or bad.  Doing something good earns you karma; doing something bad loses you karma.

You are told how many points you scored and the HP places a red counter in front of cards to indicate if it was due to good or bad action or behaviours.  The fun part is dissecting your move with everyone, trying to work out what it was you did to score!

If no-one scores any karma at all, this is a strike out for the HP (something I became painfully familiar with).  4 strikes and the HP is run out of town and everyone but they score a whopping 20 points.

Meanwhile, a smaller group played Dominion, a deck-building card game with elements of trading won by our resident business-woman.  I pottered over at one point and was told it was really hard but still great fun.  They certainly all looked like they were concentrating whenever I looked over!

To my left, 3 of us played Domain, a territory-building game that involved a lot of walls being built and little plastic knights moving around.  Again, much quiet and intense concentration coming from that part of the table; I was assured it enjoyable, however.

After the trauma of thoroughly losing at The Three Commandments due to being a shite High Priestess, I shifted gear and joined a very silly game of Cranium.  To my amusement, I found we had to do things like draw with our eyes shut, work out anagrams, hum tunes and do impressions of famous people.  It was fun although I found the game mechanics a little arduous.  It tries to cram a lot in.

Others played the ever-loved Ticket To Ride, I was involved in a bit of Blokus (and won the second game which assuaged my pride) and there was also a sort of city-management/trading game called Notre Dame at the back.

Folks started to drift off around 11 and the last of us discussed upcoming meets and how Bath Gaming Guild can integrate with us.

If I remember correctly, they will always be joining us for the first Tuesday of every month (until June, when our schedules diverge) due to booking problems  for that day at the St. James' Wine Vaults.

It was another great evening with a diverse and enthusiastic amount of gaming.  As always I look forward to the next.  See you on the 21st!

Monday, 6 February 2012

BBGG8 - I was with you in spirit, honest.

Tragically, I didn't get to join you all for this night - I was not feeling too good.  I hear there was still a good turnout with a great deal of our dear favourites, Carcassonne and Shithead, going down.

I am raring to go for the next meet, however, and I look forward to seeing your happy faces again!