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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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Special Meet This Saturday!

Happy Summer folks! This Saturday we have a special meet because it’s the 4th Saturday meet. We’re at the Bar Convent from 10 in the morning until 9 at night. Free for first time folk, so come along and play some wonderful games! All are welcome.

Also, don’t forget gaming at Travelling Man. Thursday during the day. I was gaming there on Saturday (new Time Stories prototype- ask if you would like to borrow it) and the gaming upstairs has loads of space.

I haven’t had a game recommendation for some time, but we do have lots and lots of fantastic games. So I’m going to choose a game I haven’t played for a while:



Lancaster is a worker-placement-esque bidding style game set back in the 15th Century. Each player needs to recruit the noble houses, send troops to France and build their castle. Over the rounds players will improve the quality of their knights, or just send squires to make them look fancier. This will allow them to bump players from spots. As players get bumped, so they will bump others. This continues until every knight is placed. Then it’s activation time and voting time! One of the ingenious things about this game is the laws which change. You get to vote on what will give victory points/coins/knights etc. To get more votes you need to gain the favours of the nobles, and can then wield your electoral influence. Lancaster has a really nice system which meshes together well, relatively straightforward, with a really nice bump mechanic. Lancaster plays up to 5 people in about an hour. Superb game.

Friday Meet this week (yes, a Friday Meet)

Hi folks, just a  quick reminder that this Friday we have our regular meet in the Bar Convent in the evening 5-9pm. It’s not really a regular meet, as this will be two Fridays on the trot, but it’s a funny old month. After this Friday meet we will have 3 Saturday meets in a row! Anyway, this Friday, at the Bar Convent.

Also, before I forget, we are still gaming at Travelling Man on Thursday during the day, so come along!

Meet this Saturday (& some July date changes)

Hi everybody, we have our regular meet at the Bar Convent this Saturday from 10am until 9pm. Now important information about further meets in July. We have the Bar Convent for the following dates:

Sat 1st
Fri  7th 
Fri  14th
Sat 22nd
Sat 29th
It’s an extra funny month- there are 5 Saturdays, but the third is a race day and something is on at the Bar Convent. Hopefully this will be a good assortment of dates for everyone to get their gaming fix.
*small break*
Now Random Encounters want to launch a pop-culture cafe in York, which sure sounds like a swell thing. I believe they have a Kickstarter up and running, so check out their facebook page here:
*back to normal service*
Game Recommendation of the Weeeeek
Can I put Feast for Odin here again? I can’t? Oh. Well in that case it’s

Great Western Trail 

And not just because Flav knows how to play it as well as me. Great Western Trail is a superb deck-builder/ hand-sorter. Travel through Western America buying cattle, hiring folk, building stops, paying to go through hazards, dealing with Indians and moving your train. There’s always a train. I think I wrote about it 2 weeks ago, but it is a really good Euro. Expect to invest a couple of hours into it though. And some advice: whilst you don’t need to get new cows, or even aim high on the train track, to win, it definitely helps.

Meet on Friday

Hi everybody, another quick update for another evening meet this Friday at the Bar Convent, 5-9pm. Just want to say thanks to everybody who tried one of our new games- isn’t Feast For Odin fantastic (yes, yes it is). As is Great Western Trail. I hope to teach these games to as many people as possible, so that I don’t have to be part of a group that plays them. Of course, feel free to read up on the rules or watch a youtube video of the games beforehand if you’re interested. If you do want to learn them, I will endeavour to be playing them when I’m at BM! for the forseeable future, or even just teaching them. Even if you hate learning new games, I promise to be concise but informative- games taught in under twenty minutes or your time back! With less than 3 rules errors. And this includes games I haven’t played myself (such as Nothing Personal). So if you want to play:

Feast For Odin

Great Western Trail

Nothing Personal

Key to the City London

Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport

Just let me know at the club and I’ll see what I can do, or watch a couple of videos and see how you get on with them.

Also, gaming at Travelling Man on Thursday. Mustn’t forget that.

A Feast for Gaming #brandnewgameswhooo!

Hello everybody! Lets get down to it: we will be gaming this Saturday from 10am until 9pm and here are some reasons why you should come:

If you’ve never been before we are all incredibly friendly and play incredibly good games.

It’s the first one I’ll have attended in about a month!

NEW GAMES! (not that we have a games deficit, but still)

So what are our new games…

Key to the City – London

A brilliant worker placement/ bidding game. A streamlined version of Keyflower, with each player building their own borough in London with 3D buildings.

Nothing Personal

Influence gangsters and cause some to sleep with the fishes to gain control of the family in this mafia game (also I got our copy signed).

Great Western Trail

Get cattle and change out cattle as you journey up to sell them, build buildings and recruit people to help you (it’s a genuinely brilliant game, one of the best from last year).

Celestia: A Little Help

I’ll be honest, I have no idea about this, as I haven’t even opened it yet. Expansion for a fantastic little game we’ve got though, so I’m confident it’s a great little addition.

Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport

I know this contravenes my ‘no expansions’ rule, but Waterdeep is one of our most popular games and it’s got to the stage where this expansion is always spoken of highly, plus it was a good price.


get ready…

A Feast for Odin

This one is a beast. A massive box and a hefty weight. 61(!) choices in a worker placement game, it’s super-hyper-Agricola meets Patchwork as you try to fit all the items you claim into spaces for bonuses and points. I will be teaching this game (it plays up to 4 players in about 2 hours or longer for the first time), and if you haven’t played it, trust me, it needs teaching. So please take me up on this offer. Otherwise I’ll end up playing it solo.


See you on Saturday!

Well, how was the weekend for you?

Because I’m knackered. Still. Only been back for a couple of days and straight into work. The UKGames Expo was AMAZING, I don’t use all capitals very often. In fact, probably never. Thankyou to everybody who came to see us at our stall (me and Fi), we had a great time, got some awesome feedback, and even did a bit of Apprentice style salesmanship, by selling Card Game of UKGames Expo 2017 Statecraft (this was down to our amazing ability to learn a game and teach it in the blink of an eye). Also I ought to give a shout out to Sub Terra* as that won best Euro of UKGames Expo 2017, and Peter got us our stand and moved us to the front on the busiest day for games sales when he just had a load of stock in, which shows a hell of a lot of faith. Also I just found out Ominoes won best abstract, which I feel I ought to mention because Andrew from YAY Games is always nice to us whenever we scamper by. There’s other stuff to mention, including some news which I think will impress some people, and I’m not even talking about the amazing bargains and haggling I did (I made better deals then Trump could dream of. Fact).

Anyway, I’ve just realised I’ve turned this into my own personal blog, which I try not to do. I would talk about the new games I’ve got, but I won’t be there this Friday, and I don’t want to spoil them by telling you and making you wait. Nothing personal, but we’ve a feast of games, and I’d be a scoundrel if I left a great trail of clues as a key to the games we bought. We also got the Celestia expansion.

So, gaming this Friday. Bar Convent, 5 until 9pm. Usual drill- if the doors closed ring the bell and you should be given entry. Fantastic games with great people and a pub opposite. What more could a gamer want? Answer nothing.

Still no game recommendation of the week I’m afraid. I’m saving myself.


*Which we’ve kickstarted, so it’ll arrive soon.