Board Games (Modern)
|This group started in Sept 2012
Denmead Community Centre
First & Third Monday
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Quiz Winners May 2015
We are a friendly group who meet twice a month to play a range of non-traditional (Modern) Board Games, which require a mix of tactics and strategy. Some are fairly straightforward - and then reveal hidden depths! - while others are more challenging from the start - and then we develop strategies and tactics!
In some games, the players compete against each other, in others they are a team competing against the game itself. Some have a board, some have no board (card-based games), and some build the board as the game is played (tile-laying games). One or two modify the board as the game progresses.
We have Table Leaders, more experienced members who guide the players in playing the games, so everyone can enjoy the range of games.
The aim of the Group is to have fun with friends.
Jan 2022 Update
We ended 2021 on 6th December with a games meeting and Afternoon Tea at Denmead. Eight members were present, each of whom brought a plate of food, and we played Flamme Rouge, a cycle racing game, and Kingdomino, after which we enjoyed our Afternoon Tea and a chance to chat and socialise, and also to look at some of the games we might play in the coming year.
We met again on the 3rd of January (although a Bank Holiday, we had access to the Denmead Community Centre), when five of us played Tokaido, a game with a board based loosely on the Japanese Tokaido Road between Kyoto and Edo (Modern Tokyo). On 17th January, six of us met and played the tile-laying game Alhambra, in which we build our own versions of the famous gardens in Spain.
Oct 2021 Update
We met twice in September and welcomed two new members, Pauline and Nigel. In two groups, six of us played Kingdomino which is based on the old favourite, Dominoes, but the tiles have cute pictures depicting a variety of different landscapes (the artwork itself is often a feature of these games!) instead of spots, and the aim is for each player to build a mini-kingdom on a 5x5 grid. Points are scored at the end.
Again, we held two meetings in October, and welcomed another two new members, Paula and David. We played Carcassonne and Alhambra - both tile-laying games, in which players make our own versions of those well-known sites; Dominion, a card-based game in which players compete to build the best (and richest) mediæval kingdom; and Puerto Rico, a game with individual boards on which we develop the town and plantations, and process crops which we then trade and export earning victory points as we go.
During the Lockdowns, several of us formed a sub-group to play online on a Board Games platform, and took the opportunity to learn some new games.
From the beginning of August, we started to meet again in person at Denmead Community Centre, taking care to do as much as possible to minimise the chance of infection.
At our first meeting on August 2nd, six members played two games.
KINGDOMINO is based on the old favourite, Dominoes, but the tiles have cute pictures depicting a variety of different landscapes (the artwork itself is often a feature of these games!) instead of spots, and the aim is for each player to build a mini-kingdom on a 5x5 grid. Points are scored at the end.
CARCASSONNE This is a tile-laying game, in which the players build the board as the game progresses. Each tile depicts a feature - part of a city, road, or church. Points are scored for each completed feature.
Both these games look simple, but are not as easy as they look!