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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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Meet this Saturday!

Hi everyone, we have a meet this Saturday at the Bar Convent 10am until 9pm. Loads of games for everybody, if you’ve been before you’ll know what we’re about. If you haven’t then come along and see for yourself! We’re a very friendly group, and welcoming to all new gamers.

We will be having our AGM very soon, looking at dates in the first week in February. Please come along, we need as many people as are willing to help out with the club, and we have lots of things to discuss (such as games purchases and membership fees).

New game coming along on kickstarter soon…

Airecon! Yorkshire’s gaming convention runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March. It’s a really fun small convention, and a lot of people enjoyed it last year. Transport from York to Harrogate is really simple, with regular trains or a simple 30 minute drive. Tickets are available now.


Game of the week…

Libertalia (2012)
Players manage a team of pirates and send them onto a pirate ship. Each pirate has different abilities, activated at different times, and by choosing the most appropriate pirates you have to collect the most treasure. The pirates are randomised from the start, but all players get to select from the same group. Libertalia plays for up to 6 players in about an hour.

Meet this Friday (also we need your help with things!)

Hi everybody, hope you all had a great days gaming on Saturday, and that you got your BM card stamped for this year! If you didn’t, or you don’t have a BM Card, just a reminder club members get 10% off games at travelling Man and Waterstones when presenting a stamped up to date card, so come along and get one if you don’t! We will be gaming this Friday from 5pm at the Bar Convent, and everybody, whether a member or not, is welcome.

Now, a few things are coming up which we’ll need your help with:

BM AGM- our AGM will be in early February. I’ll post the exact date, time and location when I know more, but there will be lots to discuss at the AGM and we need your input. We will also need some new comittee members, so if you’re interested in helping run the club please come along!

Saturday 28th April we will be at York Library! This is a fantastic opportunity to get boardgaming, and especially boardgaming at BM! out there and hopefully make a lot more people interested in modern boardgaming. We’ll need about 8 people to help out, explain rules, manage tables etc, so please let us know if you can do it. The times are 13:00-16:30.


Friday 9th- Sunday 11th March is Airecon, Yorkshire’s biggest gaming convention. Last year, amongst other great things (such as winning the boardgaming pub quiz championship) we were able to play Codenames: Duet before anywhere else. This year promises even more delights (and Mark has advertised our club on his page) so save a space in your diary for this weekend.

Happy New Year! First meet of 2018 this Saturday!

Hi everybody, just a quick update to hope you all had a great Christmas, now’s the time to come and play those boardgames you got (or didn’t get) at the club this Saturday. As always, everyone is welcome, and if you got a game but don’t know the rules bring it along- chances are somebody at the club knows how to play it.

I also want to say a big thankyou to Osprey Games for providing the club with a free copy of Martin Wallace’s London (second edition) . So if you think that might be up your street you can come along and give it a play.

So that’s this Saturday, 10am- 9pm in the Bar Convent. Hope to see you all there!

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.