T-Shirts arrived, #Airecon this weekend, and we meet on Friday too!

Hi everyone, another quick update, because I’ve spent all my time stickering the few dozen games from the boxes of doom with rock bottom prices for sale at Airecon. We meet this Friday! Fun and games in the Bar Convent from 5pm until 9pm.

T-Shirts have arrived!arrivedtshirts

As you can see they look super-duper. If you’ve ordered a T-Shirt I will be taking them to Airecon on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so please collect off me there. If you’re not going I will take them to BM! next Saturday for you to collect. If neither of these options are good, please get in touch with me to arrange something. Final cost was a shockingly low £8 each. Please either pay me when I give you the T-shirt, or Mike at the club, and we’ll sort out who’s paid and who hasn’t. If you regret not ordering one (and wait until you see them worn), then fear not, we can always order more. Just let me know.


Finally, Airecon is (almost) upon us. A gaming convention just half an hour away in Harrogate. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, get them soon. Some of the details are here, on the BGG thread as opposed to their site: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1662963/airecon-4-10-12-march-2017-harrogate-international/page/3

It should be a fantastic weekend, as well as a superb opportunity to get our name out there as the best local games club (seriously, boardgamers in Harrogate should be coming to BM! to play games at weekends). If you’re going I hope to see you there.

Meet this Saturday

Quick update this week. We have a meet this Saturday, Bar Convent, form 10am until 9pm. Come along and play some darned fun games! On Thursday we have BM! at Travelling Man, and then next week is Airecon! Loads of boardgaming stuff and opportunites to boardgame.

Ocean is setting up a groupspace:


This is for people to organise games to play at BM! and also can be used to organise other gaming sessions with BM regulars. If anyone needs more info – to contact Ocean at OMx369@gmail.com.

T-shirts have been ordered, they will be £8 each, and will hopefully arrive by this Saturday. If not, I’ll let you know when they will arrive, but will definitely get here by Airecon.


Game recommendation of the week is simply Star Wars: Rebellion . This is a new club acquisition- relive the wars of Star Wars. I don’t actually know too much about it, but John and Ocean will be happy to teach anybody who wants to play.

Meet this Friday (but no Travelling Man meet tomorrow)

Hi everyone, I’m sorry the updates a little late, but just to let you know there will be the usual Friday meet on Friday 5pm-9pm at the Bar Convent. There isn’t a Thursday meet at Travelling Man tomorrow though, due to a manger’s meeting in the floor upstairs.


If you haven’t ordered your t-shirt yet, then please check out last weeks update and get your order in soon.Order your T-Shirts here!


Airecon is under a month away now, and whilst I regret to inform the Super-Board tournament is sold out (booo!) there are still loads of things going on, check out the facebook here here.

Game recommendation of the week: Alien Frontiers.


I played Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia  the other day, and whilst I enjoyed it (some balancing issues, admitted even by the designer), it reminded me of two games the club already owns: Scythe and Alien Frontiers. Scythe has already been recommended, so Alien Frontiers it is. Alien Frontiers is a dice placement game. You roll your dice (spacemen) and then place them in places to do different things- harvest resources, steal resources, fly into space, get alien technologies and so forth. It’s a nifty combination of dice rolling, worker placement and area control, without losing any player interaction (there’s more than just blocking here), all set in space. Alien Frontiers plays up to 4 players in about 90 minutes.

[I also played Great Western Trail and really enjoyed it. It felt very much like Terra Mystica, in moving items from a player board to the main board in order to uncover bonuses, with a little hand management in there (more reminiscent of A Study in Emerald than any deck builders, or perhaps Lewis and Clark), either way, a fantastic game, but quite deep and long (maybe 45 minutes per player?). If you get a chance, play it. Not sure if the club ought to get it just yet, lets see what we sell off at Airecon.]


Finally John wants to run a Scythe tournament at BM! on Saturday 01 April, 1030 start. Entry fees as follows (on top of normal BM entry fees): free if you bring along a copy of the game that is used (please indicate any such offer); £2 concessions; £4 all others. The event will go ahead provided a minimum 10 entries are received.  If more than 10 entries are received, subsequent entries will be accepted in blocks of 5.  John’s inclination at this first tournament is to have two rounds of play but indicate if you would prefer three rounds – if a substantial majority request three rounds, then so be it.  With two rounds we should finish around 3-3:30pm, with three around 5:30-6pm.  Entries to John asap please to jjj_mccullough@yahoo.co.uk


Order your T-Shirts here!

Hi everyone, this post is just to give information on how you can get your hand on one of our amazing BM! T-shirts. The more people buy, the bigger the discount, so it makes sense for us to do one big bulk buy. If you’re interested please fill in the details below (note: I’ve changed the manufacturer to Clothes2Order, because on the other site it was about double the price for women’s t-shirts).

Here are the sizing details-





As for colours, they do pretty much every colour under the sun, so no matter which colour you want to play as, we should have a t-shirt to suit-

White White
Black Black
Red Red
Royal Royal Blue
Bottle Green Bottle Green
Sunflower Sunflower
Orange Orange
Purple Purple
Azure Azure
Fuchsia Fuchsia
Light Pink Light Pink
Kelly Green Kelly Green
Light Graphite Light Graphite
Deep Navy Deep Navy
Sky Sky
Heather Heather

The average cost for these is also cheaper, so the price will be under £10 (the exact amount depends upon how many orders we will get).

To order one, please fill in the form below (if you’re ordering multiple copies you can let me know the details in the comments box rather than fill in loads of forms if you wish):


I’m going to put the order in this week, in order to get them all by next Saturday, so if you want one please do it ASAP. If there are any issues regarding price etc I’ll let people know, otherwise all orders will be fulfilled. Happy buying!womans-blue


Post-AGM stuff

Hello everyone, here’s part 2 of this week’s blog, all about the stuff post AGM. But first a correction- John is only asking for £15 for his copy of TIME Stories, not £20, so get in there quick.

Right, first of all the minutes can be accessed here: beyond-monopoly-committee-meeting-minutes-2017-02-09

Read them? Good. If you haven’t, then here are some of the key parts (but this is abridged, read the whole thing, it’s shorter than this post after all):

Paul is no longer our Events representative. He’s been fantastic, and we’ll miss him,  but is unfortunately leaving us 😦 In his place steps John McCullough. And in his first act as Events Officer he’s interested in running a Scythe Tournament. John’s thinking a 2-game tournament, with a possibility of 3-games if people want it, running most of the day. If you’re interested in this email him ASAP jjj_mccullough@yahoo.co.uk

Now, as mentioned in the minutes (you have read them, haven’t you?), it would be nice to have somewhere we could discuss the club and organise games (long ones, although you can organise short ones too if you want). Whilst I’m happy to post requests on the blog, that’s not the best solution for a number of reasons, and not everybody has a facebook account (although please continue to post on facebook about us, and reply to our posts).

So our solution? Our Boardgamegeek forum thread! Here: https://boardgamegeek.com/article/25077682#25077682

You can talk anything you want about BM! in that thread including arranging games. If you don’t have a Boardgamegeek account, they’re the website when it comes to boardgames. All rules disputes are solved there, variants are born there and strategies are discovered there. Getting an account is easy and free.


Thankyou for the T-Shirt designs- we decided upon the classic club logo. As is known by now, I’m in favour of a club t-shirt, and the two above are our choices. The Red one with the snazzy lines can also be in any other colour:

Yellow! and so on- got a colour you like to play in, get that colour! The white one on the right is just white. However, the white one is about half the price (just over a fiver), whereas the colour t-shirts will be around a tenner (just over if it’s only a few, just under if it’s more than that).

Please let me know if you’d like one, and if so which one should we get (cheaper to get them all from one place). If we get enough takers, we’ll get them. Here’s a form:

I think these would really help our presence at events, as well as making you a snappy dresser.

Well, until I realise what I’ve forgotten, that’s it from the AGM updates. There is more in the minutes, so give them a read if you haven’t already. Bye!

Play Codenames pictures, buy a cheap copy of TIME Stories, and something else!

There’s so, so much to post about this week (thankyou to everyone who came to the AGM) that to save it just being a random stream of conciousness I’m going to post multiple times. I’d apologise for clogging up your social media/ email, but you might like reading this (I hope so anyway).

This update:

We have a meeting this Saturday! 10am until 9pm. Bar Convent. If you’ve never been before it’s a fantastic building and lovely room. Meet us all, and play some great boardgames, with a probability of pub after (although never a guarantee). My game recommendation will be Codename Pictures, because I finally bought it for the club (got a great deal on it).


John wants to sell his copy of TIME Stories, if you’re interested in purchasing it for well below RRP (I think he said £20, which is a steal), then ask him, or send me an email bmyork at gmail.com, and I’ll forward it on. If you want to play it to see if you’ll like it, you can play my copy which is currently parked at the club. Although seeing as how it’s a play once kinda deal, you may just want to chance it. Great game btw.


Thursdays at Travelling Man have been added to the calendar. Check it out if you’re free, or just check out the calendar now. It’s over here ——-> somewhere. If you go, remember to tell people about our weekend meetings.


Airecon! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you probably still can, but I know the Bradford ones sold out last time. They’ve got loads of tournaments going on now, not just the 4-player team one, check it out here: https://airecon.uk/

Now the recommendation.

Codenames: Pictures


You played Codenames? If so then CodenamesL Pictures will feel very familiar to you. The breakaway hit of 2015 is back with pictures. ‘I bet it plays exactly the same’ you probably think, well, yes and no. The rules have only changed in that the number of pictures is different to the number of words, but the feel is different. Often whilst words could have two distinct meanings, they were still distinct and be tenuously tied to one word clues. The pictures have all sorts going on, and whilst there are still different interpretations, it’s actually more difficult to break out from those interpretations, meaning unless you end up with a lucky row of pictures, large numbered clues will be rarer. At least, that’s how I feel having played it a few times. I’m sure a few more times and I’ll feel differently still, or until some wise kid decides to combine the sets for Codenames: Everything. Codenames plays two teams of 2-4 players (so 4-8 players in total), in about 20 minutes say?

Right, that’s it until the next update, today or tomorrow sometime. Bye!

Watch the Skies!

Quick update, we’ve had a request from an RPG group to advertise a massive mega-game at the University on Sat 25th February, and seeing as how that’s not a BM day, then I thought ‘why not?’. Take it away Paul:

Watch the Skies! 2 is a ‘mega-game’ – a political and tactical experience for around 60 people, where players will take the part of world leaders, leading scientists, military personnel and international diplomats during the a period of crisis in which SUDDENLY ALIENS!
The game will be taking place in Derwent Bar at the University of York, between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 25th February. There is a cost: £2/player – this is just to cover printing costs.

People who want to sign up should email wtsyorkuni@gmail.com, and we’re also on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/363185437394727/

When signing up, people can ask to be on teams with other players, register their interest in particular roles, or on any of the teams – Brazil, the US, the UK, France, Russia, China, Japan, India, World Media or the Aliens – just let us know when you email in!
So there you have it. If you’re interested and do go along, then why not push BM whilst you’re there?