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Hello and welcome to Beyond Monopoly! We are a boardgames club in York who meet regularly for fun boardgaming times. We play all modern boardgames- Euros, Social deducation, co-op, American; and if that means nothing to you, then come along and discover the exciting (genuinely) world of modern boardgames. We meet in the Bar Convent on the first and third Saturday of the month, from 10am until 9pm, and on the second and fourth Friday evening of the month, from 5pm until 9pm. If you can’t remember that then please sign up for regular reminders and updates! Absolutely everyone is welcome, and with our numbers attending you’re usually never waiting long for a game. First visit is free (wow!). Given we’re in the Bar Convent we do ask that people don’t bring in outside food and drink- instead drinks are provided, and the cafe does fantastic food (and we get 10% off).

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Friday meet, and only 10 places left in the TTR tournament

Hello everybody, and to begin with Ticket to Ride update: we have only 10 places left (gasp!) so if anybody is at all interested then get your names down pronto. Send an email to John at jjj_mccullough@yahoo.co.uk and ask for a space. In addition, we may need some more copies of Ticket to Ride Europe, so if anybody has got a copy they could bring on Saturday 3rd December then please let John know (email above).

Meet this Friday- Bar Convent from 5pm until 9pm. All are welcome, fun games with good folk, so come along.

Next, we had a good meeting on Tuesday, when the minutes are done I’ll upload them. Suffice to say there’s a lot to discuss, and I think our AGM in January/February (actual date TBD) will be a busy one, so if you’re interested in the future of the club, and I hope you are if you’ve read this far, then please keep an eye open for this.

Finally, remember we still have our meets at Travelling Man on Thursday, I hear we’re getting a decent set of regulars turning up, so keep going and spreading the joy of boardgames.

That’s all from me folks!

We’ve got a #TicketToRide, oh we’ve got a Ticket to Ride (tournament), and we don’t care

Actually we do care- our Ticket to Ride tournament still has spaces open to competitors. If you fancy yourselves as a bit of a Ticket to Ride champ, or even if you’re just a fan of the game and want to play get your name down for our Tournament on Saturday the 2nd of December. We need a minimum of 8 players to run the tournament, with 2 qualifying rounds and a final ranking round. There’s no additional fee to enter the tournament, and there are wonderful prizes to be won! If you’re at all interested send John an email at jjj_mccullough@yahoo.co.uk. More reasons to play in the game recommendation of the week.

Games to be kept/ sold! Check out this list:

Dixit
Expedition
Hab & Gut
Hansa Teutonica
La Citta
League of Six
Legends of Andor
Mercurius
Midgard
Montego Bay
Mousquetaires du Roy
Notre Dame
Qin
Vasco de Gama
Winners Circle
Obviously Dixit’s off the list, but everything else might be (I forgot to check the list before I left last week, my bad folks!). If there’s anything there you want to keep, let us know! Or if you have your eye on it, let it fall off the list and buy it for a song (value of song tbd).
There’s a meet this Saturday! Probably should have made this the first item, given Friday’s was cancelled. Hopefully everyone has read this far. 10 until 9 in the Bar Convent, same as it ever was, great games and greater people.
Also Thurdsays in Travelling Man, don’t forget those if you’re free.
We have a meeting! Tuesday 21st at 8pm in the Bar Convent- all welcome. Seriously, please do come along to give your thoughts and suggestions on the club,especially if you want to help run it, we are always looking for volunteers.
4 months until
Game Recommendation of the week:

Ticket to Ride

I’m going to let BGG  do some of the talking here:

With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes, while providing players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.

And 15 minutes is an easy overestimate. TTR is one of the best known and loved gateway games around. And it’s easy to see why after just one play. Simple with lacking in strategy, you can play gently, brutally or somewhere in between. All the expansions add something new, not just different maps, and each is worth playing. A fantastic game, and easily deserving of its place in the boardgaming pantheon (as the gateway game). If you haven’t played it (!?), do yourself a favour and play it this saturday, and then enter the tournament. If you have played it beofer, you know how good it is- enter that tournament: jjj_mccullough@yahoo.co.uk.

Ticket to Ride plays up to 5 players in 45 joyous minutes.

 

Emerging from the Essen depths with games #SubTerra

Hi everybody, and thanks for Jim for last week’s update. There’s some news and new games, but first our regular message: we have our normal meet this Saturday from 10am until 9pm in the Bar Convent. All board gamers welcome, or people who want to try out boardgaming for that matter. Remember: your first visit is FREE!

Essen Essen! I have got a load of games with me from Essen, inclusing Magic Maze (plus expansion), Fabled Fruits (plus expansion) and Keyper (no expansion 😦 ). In addition, I have the Artifex Deck for ‘Gric (this means I have a deck Michael doesn’t have now!), as well as the Feast For Odin Maps for the club! Amazing times. We also have another game, but I’ll post that in the game recommendation of the week bit.

Right, now over to John:

“Thank’s Mark, great update by the way! Hello everybody, we’re currently having something of a clear out of the BM! cupboard. The following games, which we understand haven’t been played for sometime, have been removed from the shelves and put in 2 boxes on the rhs of the floor in the games cupboard:
Dixit
Expedition
Hab & Gut
Hansa Teutonica
La Citta
League of Six
Legends of Andor
Mercurius
Midgard
Montego Bay
Mousquetaires du Roy
Notre Dame
Qin
Vasco de Gama
Winners Circle
This has been done to create shelf space for new games and make it easier to find the games that are being played.  Feel free to extract any of these games to play and/or replace on the shelves, if you want to play it again in the future.  Any of these games still in the boxes after Xmas will be auctioned/sold.”
Now, obviously John’s joking about Dixit, but what about the rest? Now is the chance for you to save your favourite game, or at least get it for cheap. Also John has more:
“Provided a minimum 8 entries are received, BM will be running a Ticket to Ride Christmas Tournament at BM on Saturday 02 December.  No extra entry fee over and above usual club fees (£4, £2 concessions) – friends/new members welcome.  Several prizes to be won!  Entries asap (we may have to limit to 25 depending on how many copies we can borrow) to John McCullough at the club or to jjj_mccullough@yahoo.co.uk.  Format will be two qualifying rounds at 1030 & 1300 and final ranking round circa 1515.”
So if you want to be part of a BM! Ticket To Ride tournament, hurry up and put your name down, or email John at the above address. If we don’t get the names it won’t go ahead- so make sure you put yours down!
Right, now it’s finally time for the Game Recommendation of the Week:

Sub Terra

This was voted best Euro Style boardgame at the UK Games Expo this week, and lest any sights of me in an ITB t-shirt lead to accusations of bias, we now have the game so you can decide for yourselves. Sub Terra is a co-operative game of emerging from an underground caving system filled with cave-ins, floods, and something much worse… If you played it at Airecon last year, you’ll know I died horribly whilst everyone else survived, which is the kind of self sacrifice you want to be able to make in a co-op. Sub Terra is very straightforward to play, and will take 1-6 players about 45 minutes to get lost in the caves.
Also, don’t forget, we will be in Travelling Man during the day on Thursday. Happy gaming!

Meet this Friday

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that Beyond Monopoly! will be on this Friday from  5 until 9, as well as Travelling Man during the day tomorrow.

 

Also, let’s give a big thank-you to Flav for demonstrating the upcoming Batman game four (yes, four!) times last Saturday. I didn’t play it myself, but it seemed to go down well. Hopefully we’ll see the published game in the new year!

Play the new Batman game at BM! York

Hello everybody, welcome to Beyond Monopoly, York’s friendliest boardgaming club. This weekend we have a special meet on Saturday 21st October, special because Flav is bringing a copy of the as-yet-unreleased Batman game to the club. Although, never mind unreleased, it’s not even on Kickstarter yet. Given the incredible success of their previous game. Conan, and the amount of praise for it’s mechanics from critics, when it’s combined with the Batman IP the resulting game is sure to be a behemoth. But you can play it NOW*! If you’re interested, and all should be, you can email battouruk@monolithedition.com to secure a place, or just come along on Saturday and see if there are spots available. We are at the Bar Convent, Blossom Street, York, and open from 10am until 9pm. A short 1 minute walk from the train station, near the centre of town, send me a message if your driving for free parking instructions. Your first visit is absolutely free.

batman

Of course, in addition to that we have hundreds of other boardgames to play, everything from 5 minute party games, through the gamut of social deduction, dexterity, oodles of strategy with every mechanic under the sun, recent Spiel winners, and those from years gone by, and games which will take you the entire day to play (shout out the the brave Here I stand players, who actually sat for all of last week). So if you’re coming just for Batman, be prepared to spend even longer when you see what we have. And if you don’t like Batman, come along anyway for everything else.

Obviously the game recommendation of the week is Batman!, but seeing as that’s only with us for one day, here’s another:

Imperial 2030

Imperial 2030 is not a war game. It looks like one, and some people might play it like one, and lose it like one, but it’s not one. It’s an economic game, more akin to Chicago Express than Risk. Each player invests in countries, then builds up the countries military and expands, in order to tax the country and skim off the top. The wealthiest player wins. The hook comes from the fact that only the player who has invested the most in a country can control it, but as soon as another player invests more, control of that country siwtches to them. You’ve just built a large Russian army? Great, I’ll just take control of Russia and use it to conquer your Chinese regions. It’s even fun when you don’t own a majority share in any country, and can sit back, watching other players battle it out, whilst you sit happily as the swiss bank investing in every winner. It’s a genius game, very fun, and it’s great to see it played so much at the club.

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Please note, a number of rules regarding the game have been played incorrectly:

Taxation- you work out the power bonus for countries and bonus for the player BEFORE paying out for army units. Also, the player who gets the bonus takes it from the country, not the bank.

Manoeuvre- you cannot manoeuvre into a countries last factory. Every country should have at least one factory working at all times.

I think that’s it.

 

See you on Saturday!

*in a weeks time