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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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It’s Christmas! (nearly) last meet of 2017 this Saturday.

Hello everybody, and a big thanks to everyone who helped out on Friday! This Saturday is our last BM of the year (awwww!), so if you want to get some gaming goodness in before 2018 make sure you do this weekend. We meet at the Bar Convent on Saturday from 10am until 9pm, and everyone is welcome.

I forgot to say last week, but it was fantastic to say a lot of people at the Ticket to Ride Tournament, especially those of you who hadn’t been able to make it along for a while. I hope you all enjoyed it, and to see you again soon.

Don’t forget- we will be at Travelling Man upstairs during the day on Thursday. If you go please check that we still have our poster up on the board!

As it’s Christmas it’s time for the Christmas recommendation of 2017:

6 nimmt! (1994)

6 Nimmt! Is one of my highlights from this years Essen. I had it on my list (buy for cheap immediately) after playing it repeatedly at the club and knowing how well it would go down at work. And how well did it go down, it’s been played approx 40 times since I bought it, and 2 other colleagues have bought their own personal copies. Whilst that’s recommendation enough, let’s see what the game is about:

Each player is dealt 10 cards. 4 cards are laid out. Each player chooses a card and reveals them simultaneously. They then place them in order of size, placing them next to the card below them. If you place the 6th card in a row, you take the row. Which you don’t want to do, as the most points loses.

Simple, straightforward and quick to play. A true classic. 6 Nimmt! plays up to 10 players in about 10 minutes.

We’re on this Friday (thankyou!) and TTR results

Thankyou to everybody who kindly volunteered to help open and close this Friday, I’ll reply to you all soon, once I’ve sorted the key drop off, but that means we’ll be open this Friday! Like I said in yesterday’s post, because none of us will be there to take money this will be FREE! So come along- Bar Convent, this Friday, from 5pm until 9pm.

Now, for the Ticket to Ride results, over to John:


Hi everyone

First of all thanks to:

– all participants for making the tournament possible and enjoyable;
– everyone who helped set up, clear away etc
– Mark for donating one of the prizes;
– the Club for allocating some money in these straightened times, to help fund the other 2 prizes;
– anyone deserving I’ve forgotten!

Final results were:

1st John McCullough

2nd Ocean Melchizedeh

3rd Keith Redshaw

Congratulations to:

– Ocean & Keith (Redshaw) for coming 2nd & 3rd and running me close in the final;
– Kevin for winning the most completed tickets (in one game) prize;
– Scott for pushing Kevin so close, despite only joining the tournament in Round 2;
– Andy for winning the longest route prize with an amazing 44 out of a possible 45 trains laid in a single route;
– Stephen (Brodrick) for coming top in qualification and then bearing with such good grace the cutthroat action in the final than saw him fail to complete key tickets;
– all individual game winners;
– Kirsty (Brunton) for playing so well despite a cold/fever (which caused her to pull out after two rounds due to exhaustion) and for her sharp eye which kept us on the proper rules/scoring track when our concentrations lapsed.

We’ll probably revert to 7 Wonders next Xmas but I hope we can do a re-run in 2019.

Volunteers needed to open this Friday!

Hi everybody, I’m sure you’re expecting the Ticket to Ride tournament results (and they’re coming in a future update), but we’ve got something of an emergency- none of the committee members are free to open up the club this Friday! We need a volunteer to open up this Friday- nothing major, just open the cupboard, take games out and put games in. You won’t even need to take any money- we’ll make the evening free for everybody. If you can do this then please let us know by Wednesday 7pm- if not we’ll have to cancel this Friday’s meet, and nobody wants that. So if you can be there on Friday send us an email: and we’ll work out a way to make sure you can pick up a key. We’ll let you know tomorrow if we’re open this Friday!

Ticket to Ride Tournament THIS weekend!

Hi everybody, we have our amazing Ticket to Ride tournament this weekend! Great prizes and some great games of Ticket to Ride to be played. If you haven’t signed up yet send an email to John at  and make sure you’re there by 10:30 for the first game!

If you don’t turn up for the tournament, then make sure you’re there for more gaming! A full day of gaming in the Bar Convent from 10am until 9pm. Everyone is welcome, even if for some reason you don’t like Ticket to Ride, and especially people who haven’t been before, or people who haven’t played modern boardgames. We have all sorts of games suitable for all.

In other news, we have the minutes of the BM meeting here: Beyond Monopoly Committee Meeting Minutes 2017 11 21

Finally the game of the week..

Ticket to Ride: Europe

Remember everything I posted the other week about Ticket to Ride? Well Ticket to Ride Europe is even better! The map has a better layout, but more importantly there is a way for players to mitigate losing a track. Stations, an excellent addition. But don’t worry, they don’t make the game a walk in the park by any means. A superb game, and an improvement upon the original.

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 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 More reasons to play in the game recommendation of the week.

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

Hab & Gut
Hansa Teutonica
La Citta
League of Six
Legends of Andor
Montego Bay
Mousquetaires du Roy
Notre Dame
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:

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