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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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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 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.


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.


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


1st Saturday Meet in October- this Saturday 7th

Hi everyone, sorry for the late update, but as Autumn descends, bringing with it a five Saturday month, it’s easy to forget that that means two BM Saturdays in a row. We have our first October meet this Saturday in the Bar Convent, all welcome, from 10am until 9pm. As the days get colder and the warmth of the Bar Convent beckons I hope to see people enjoying some classic long games like Agricola. Or short games like Dobble. Or any games really. So come along this Saturday to play some fun boardgames.

Also, Thursday’s in Travelling Man, during the day we’ll have some people playing games upstairs in there, so come along there too.

BATMAN! Flav has only had a few sign ups for Batman the Boardgame, so if you are interested put your name down. This is a great opportunity to try before you pledge of a very hot property.  I know I want a game, which will be next Saturday, so try and sign up before then if you can.

Game of the week…

Le Havre

Le Havre is a steel shipping game masquerading as a resource gathering/ economy building game. Each round you get between 1 and 3 actions, depending on the number of people and where you little ship is in the pecking order. On a turn you can either visit a building and do the action, or take resources. In addition, you can sell and buy as many buildings as you want/ can afford. After a round is over you have to eat, an ever increasing amount as you get more gluttonous as the game proceeds. To help you with this you can buy or build boats, which automatically feed your people, but come at a high cost. With an impressive amount of resources, loads of buildings, ways to score points and strategies this is a really fun Uwe classic. But, be warned, it is actually a game about shipping steel. So ship steel.

Le Havre plays loads of people but don’t play with more than 4, and probably 3, in a couple of hours. It’s a classic Rosenburger. And if you don’t know if you enjoy the taste, give it a go.


Fifth Saturday meet this Saturday!

Hi everyone, just a quick update today to remind/ inform you we have a fifth Saturday meet this Saturday. All welcome for board gaming- Bar Convent, 10am until 9pm. We also have gaming tomorrow in Travelling Man. Secondly (and finally) a small thankyou to Osprey Games for sending us a free copy of their latest co-op:

The Lost Expedition

If you fancy a game it’ll be there on Saturday. See you then!

Nahnahnahnahanhanhhanha #BATMAN! #BatmantheBoardgame play it at BMYork

I think my ‘nah-nah’s went a bit wrong there, but you get the picture.

First, we have our regular meet this Friday- 5pm until 9pm. Come have fun.

Secondly, with many many thanks to our regular Flav, we will soon (21st October) temporarily have a copy of the upcoming Batman boardgame for people to play. It’s based on the incredibly popular and successful Conan boardgame, Batman has a team of players (Batmen, presumably?) facing off against one player playing the evil mastermind.

We are incredibly fortunate to have Flav offering this to us (and that includes people who have never come before, come along if you’re at all interested in it). The game itself won’t appear on Kickstarter until the end of this year (or the beginning of next), and then the actual game won’t arrive anywhere until even later.Considering the success of Conan, and the even bigger appeal of the Batman licence, this is bound to be one of the biggest releases of 2018.

If you are interested Flav will be there on the 21st October from 12:30 until close at 9pm. Each game takes about 90 minutes and can take 3-4 players. If you are interested please let me know (on conatact BM) and what time you will be there, just in case we have a lot of people wanting to play.


#Friedrich Tournament details (update 1)

Hi everyone, exciting news about the Friedrich tournament John and Andrew regularly take part in, well next year… it’s here! Semi official release from John’s very own writing desk:

Next Year the Bar Convent will be hosting an international Friedrich tournament from 8-10 June.  Entries have already been received from Germany, Holland, Spain and Sweden.  Entry Fee £20, 4 games guaranteed (one in each role).  Entries to John McCullough (  Talk to John or Andrew Brown if you are interested or want more information.  John would also like to hear from club members who would be prepared to act as reserves (play 1 or 2 games to fill a place if entries are not exactly 16, 20 etc..).  John and Andrew will be happy to introduce you to the game and/or provide coaching in the new year.

I’ve played Friedrich, it’s a very clever game, and if anybody is interested I urge you to take up John and Andrew on the offer of being taught how to play (and possibly competing in (and winning) the tournament!).

This has been the official Friedrich Tournament update. Regular Batman update to follow.

I’m exhausted (too many games)

I wish that were the reason. No, it’s just the traditional tiring start to the year (Hi some of our regulars who are teachers!). Hello everybody, and welcome to the mid-september update. What an update. There’s a meet this Saturday, from 10 until 9 in the Bar Convent. Beat the miserable weather and join us for some fantastic games in a room with or without heating, depending upon the temperature. What games? Well loads of games. Seriously, too many to list. Think of a game and we’ve got it for playing. So instead I’ll pick one:

Heimlich & Co.

Aka Top Secret Spies. Not traditionally the game you would open with to entice people, but this really is a brilliantly daft game of seeing who’s playing like orange. Roll and move, but you’ve got to deceive people into thinking you’re not who you actually are. A classic. But you absolutely must play with the ‘guess players’ colours’ rule.


Oh, we also continue to be at Travelling Man on Thursdays if you want to pop along and say hello. Any more information people want me to post let me know. Especially Flav.