This was supposed to be about the featured game we played, Catan, but sod it, the day as a whole was fun so I'm going to blog about it.
There were a few key elements to make today amazing. Firstly, Sam introduced us to two of his friends. Jake and Matrim. Lovely people and a pleasure to meet them. Welcome to the Guild and I hope you both enjoyed your first Game Day.
Secondly, when I went downstairs of Patriot Games, I wasn't expecting to find Formula D. I picked it up expecting to see a price tag of about £70 because that's all I could find it at online. When I saw £35, I didn't even have the chance to think about it, my mind was made up even before it knew what it was doing. My game! I am now the proud owner of Formula D. I've been wanting that game for ages. Thank you Sam for taking that photo of my shocked look.
Thirdly, Game Day was awesome, and my heart is still recovering from some hectic games of The Resistance and Codenames. Aren't games supposed to be fun? These bastards are going to give me heart failure. I'll die happy I suppose? I think?!
Everyone did really well. The featured game that myself, Jodie and Alison played was Catan. I won that, so I've got 3/3 on winning featured games. I will be making it 4 this Saturday when I beat Diane and Bernard at Carcassonne this Saturday. ;)
Sam hosted his Betrayal at House on the Hill game with Jake and Matrim, which was also a featured game. Jake won that and claimed the prize.
I will be aiming to make a Catan video soon as part of the featured game for this day. I hope the others do a little blog about Betrayal.
At the end of the day, I only just won the vote. Working out the points, I only just beat Jodie for the Guild award as well. I'm very pleased to have won that because this is the 7th Sheffield meet and I've only just won my first Sheffield Guild token. I have the set now, until we get a new location which will probably be Birmingham next year.
A fine day of games which as usual went far too quickly. Too many games, not enough time. I'd like to rent the Winter Gardens in Sheffield and do a 24 hour board game marathon. That'd be mad, but also amazing. Need to look in to doing it. Who's with me?
At some point in your life, you're going to make a mistake on a game. You may make hundreds of mistakes, who's counting? But when two of you make the same mistake in the same game, that's more rare. My mother and I missed something on our game of Carcassonne at Game Day 41 that defined our gameplay.
This was a three player game. I was playing as Black, because I'm the Nightowl and that's what I do. Diane was playing Blue, and Bernard played as Yellow. The game was going fine until we discovered a hole within the tiles, that would benefit myself and Diane. If Bernard got the Monastery, we'd not get our Meeples back and also lose a valuable point.
Half way through Carcassonne, it became a race to get the last Monastery. We had to get it before Bernard did, or else he'd just put it somewhere else and not benefit us at all. The game went on, the tile didn't show.
The last two tiles and Bernard had used his final turn. One of these would be the Monastery tile. Even though it was the end of the game, me and Diane still wanted to get that damn tile. We lifted them, and neither was the final Monastery. We counted the tiles on the table, everything was there. Until...
There it was. The Monastery we were hoping to get so badly, Bernard had already got it and we didn't see it. It was hiding under his disgusting yellow Meeple so well, we missed it completely. Well done Bernard's Meeple, you little git.
The venue is Game Day 40, a small event celebrating Diane's Birthday. The plan was to play a few smaller games with Maverick, and then myself, Diane and Bernard have a crack on Carcassonne. That didn't happen. Maverick wanted to play in the garden all of the time, distracting us all, so he didn't even get to play his Snakes and Ladders game. That wasn't the main drama though.
Why do games suck? They're usually great fun, win or lose. But there are those moments where you want to smash a game to pieces because something goes wrong when it shouldn't have!
We decided to have a little Connect 4 tournament. I'd beaten Bernard, Diane beat Blossom, so the final happened and not in the way I would have liked. It seemed pretty even until I got Diane in the check-mate stage. She could not win, no matter what she did, I had two places of victory. All I had to do was drop my chip to cause the check-mate, Diane would have said she'd lost, and I would have then placed my victory chip to win the tournament. That didn't happen.
I hovered my chip above the grid, it was time to end this game, end the tournament, take the victory, be the champion.... then it happened. My chip slipped into the next column, a pointless place which wouldn't get me anywhere. It was too late, the chip was in there and it was Diane's turn. My strategy was all off key and in my frustration, I lost the game. It was over, Diane bloody won it because of one slip, a simple mistake that still feels like it wasn't my fault. The Earth must have shifted an inch or something and moved the damn grid? Maybe a ghost knocked my hand? What happened???? FFS!
To top it off. At the end of the day, Blossom won the vote for the Game Day Award. Well deserved. The Guild Award, for actual best player, that was extremely close and Blossom ended up winning that too because she's a master of Dominoes. Thing is, if my chip hadn't have fell into a pit of pointlessness, I would have won the Guild Award myself. It was that one game that ruined my life.
I'm not kidding, one little thing like that can change the whole damn destiny, not just on one game, but the whole day. It's the 40th Game Day, and the biggest bitch to date. Screw you Game Day 40, I'm glad you're over, and Connect 4 can bollocks! Especially the travel edition with smaller chips... screw you! Bitches. Nooooooooooooooo!
Hehe, someone will read this and think I'm a poor loser. Made for a good blog though. The chip was weird though, I am going to be more careful in future but it was still weird. Fun day, Blossom deserved the awards, she's done the double twice now.
Game Day is awesome. It's a day full of games with friends and/or family, and it's not just the taking part, but introducing new games to people has a great feel to it. New experiences and having fun are key points in life. I would love to take everyone to Ludorati Cafe in Nottingham.
Talking of key points. The voting system at the end of Game Day works, and no matter the vote, it stands. The person who wins gets the award to keep forever. I enjoy making them, I enjoy the fact that someone can win an award for achievements noticed by the rest of the group. There's always those moments in time though where things go a bit tits up and you try and figure out what the hell is going on, or if the system works or not.
Game Day 39, a day for Maverick to play with the family and enjoy some simple games. Snakes and Ladders, Yoshi Bingo, you can't ask for anything easier. I just realised as I was typing this that we forgot to play Black Jack, another easy one for Maverick because he doesn't really do anything. Bit disappointed in myself for forgetting the traditional game of Black Jack, maybe it's getting too old now?
The day was ok, and I think Bernard enjoyed it most. I didn't take part of course to give Maverick the limelight of the day. He only won a game of Yoshi Bingo, but trust me, there's no skill involved in that game whatsoever. It was at the end when it all failed in my opinion, when it came to the vote.
Bernard gave the vote to Blossom, which was justified. Blossom and Diane voted for Maverick because, well... it's Maverick. Not exactly the point of the vote as when I ask players to put in their vote for the player of the day, it's usually on gaming merit, how well the person voting thought someone deserves it for a valid reason. It's not a biased vote where someone votes for another person just because they're 2 years old.
I did ask Blossom who she'd vote for other than Maverick, she wouldn't answer me because she's as stubborn as I am. Diane said she'd have voted Blossom. So really when you look at the votes, if Diane had voted Blossom, she'd have another award, and Blossom, well she'll probably biased again next time.
The vote stands and Maverick is the winner of Game Day 39, and I'm not going to be changing the system anytime soon because it does work.
Game Day 40 is happening next week, another Game Day for Maverick before the madness of Sheffield on Game Day 42. Errrrm, yeah, I missed the 41st because that's when the big Dominoes Tournament begins between myself, Bernard, Blossom and Diane. We will discover who's the best at one of the most rigged and dodgy pub games in history. Just like with Guild Quest, the Guild Tourny will shine.
Well done Maverick. I think?!
Today was the 38th Game Day. Blossom did the double and is the 7th person to join the elite group of people to have won both a Game Day and a Guild award. In fact, she's doing so well, she earned her 4th Game Day award today, winning the vote unanimously. She's the Goddess of Dominoes.
It was a fun day with family. My grand parents have been playing Dominoes again since I got them in to Game Day, so this gives them a chance to play more games, and try and win an award. Which Blossom did. She wasn't playing well at first, by the end she was dominating and earned the three votes. After that, I worked out how well we all did and discovered she'd won the Guild award as well. Not bad for someone at 86 years of age.
I'm going to be skipping the next two Game Days and give Maverick a chance to lead the way. Seeing as I lost both championships today, I am going to just guide Mave on the sidelines. I'll be back on Game Day 41 and starting a brand new challenge with the family called Game Day Tourny: Dominoes. Myself, Diane, Blossom and Bernard will be having a big Dominoes tournament which will cover two or three Game Days. Should be interesting.
Let's face it folks, Dominoes is one of the worst games in the world. It's a high percentage of luck, and is mostly played by old people. Who cares though, it can be a fun game and it keeps my family thinking about something else rather than their aches and pains, that's what matters.
It's the 37th Game Day, and this is the first time I'm making a blog about one. I'm going to have to look back at the other 36 and make Game Day blogs about those too if I can remember what happened.
The 37th Game Day was quite special as it was the 25th Game Day in Worksop I've organised. Some have been with friends, some have been with family, and we've had a couple with a bit of both. All been great, although I still can't believe I managed to keep these going this long.
Alison and Jodie came round to have some good times, and of course continue our Guild Quest that we started after the London MCM Comic Con. We have only a couple of games left and that challenge has covered 3 Games Days so far, and we'll finish it when we get the chance now. Long challenge.
To explain Guild Quest. Myself, Caroline, Alison and Jodie all picked 4 games each in secret, we organise the order of what games we'll play when we reveal them, and then we play all of them, building up wins and points. By the end, we should have two champions for both wins and points. It's been fun, we only have Catan and Sushi Go left to play. I only need to stop Caroline winning one game, and I only need to get one more point to secure both titles in this first ever Guild Quest.
For this 37th Game Day, we played a range of games. Monopoly Empire, Carcassonne, Sheriff of Nottingham (which I dominated because I'm a prick), Cluedo, Qwirkle Cubes, Camel Up, and the game I finally beat Caroline at, Ticket To Ride.
I made a Katsu Chicken Curry while everyone else played Pokemon Yahtzee, and to boost my levels, I did the washing up afterwards too. ;) The only problem was the weather, it didn't rain, it wasn't cold, in fact I wish it were both those things. It was bloody boiling.
Looking forward to more Games Days with the Guild. I'm also letting Maverick get some games in and I'm going to give a couple of Days this month a miss so he can play with the family. Good times.
Board games intrigued me from an early age. It was probably something to do with all of the parts. Hundreds of tiny coloured pieces, and a grand board to lay them all out on. When it came time actually play, I was occasionally a little lost. It’s not that I didn’t want learn, it was more that I didn’t really have anyone to help me. Aside from the likes of Monopoly and Cluedo, quality board games weren’t particularly easy to access, but two decades on it’s quite the opposite. There are large, successful gaming stores in most towns and cities, and more games than ever being produced. We’re now at a point where unless your sole hobby is traditional gaming (as opposed to video games) - you’ll likely struggle to find time to play all of the games you want, let alone afford them all.
This is where gaming cafes step in. They provide a vibrant, cosmopolitan environment in which you can eat, drink, socialise and game, all under one convenient roof. Whilst they’re not quite as common as full on gaming shops, with the rise of cat cafes and similar, we’re seeing more of these businesses open. Ludorati is one such cafe, located in the heart of Nottingham city centre. Situated below the castle, it offers fantastic, modern facilities for most any of your gaming needs.
Before we talk about the actual gaming, it’s worth taking a quick look at the cafe itself. Ludorati is a genuinely nice place to unwind and eat. Whilst the menu is far from extensive, they do offer a selection of cakes, drinks and sandwiches, and even have a license to serve alcohol. The cafe itself is very clean, including the toilet facilities, and offers a number of classic games like Chess and Scrabble that you can play for free. To the side of the cafe you’ll find the shop, stocking a number of popular and recently released board games for purchase. If you can’t find what you’re after Ludorati can order stock in from their warehouse, in which they have a far larger selection. It’s certainly worth picking up a free membership card whilst you’re there, as not only does it get you a small discount on food and drink, but also a flat 25% discount on all board games.
As you might expect, Ludorati does charge for access to their gaming area. It’s not massively cheap, either. Sessions come charged at an hourly rate of £1.99, or a four-hour block for £6.50. However, when you consider that a single ticket to the cinema could be three times that amount for a film lasting half as long, it doesn’t seem quite as bad. What exactly are you paying for though? Access to your choice of over 750 games and a space to play them in. It’s unlikely that they won’t have the game you want to play, but keep in mind that at peak times, other patrons may be using the game you’re after.
Unfortunately, the popularity of the gaming cafe comes at a price, that being the condition of the board games. Whilst you’ll not often find pieces missing, they are handled by a lot of people, and you can expect to be playing with some relatively well-loved parts. When we played Sheriff Of Nottingham (arguably a must, with the cafe located where the game is set), we found that the little bags were grotty and falling apart. Not a great look. Some games also come with an additional fee. Some of their biggest, and most popular games cost an extra £2.50 to rent on top of the normal entry fees. I’m not a business expert, so I couldn’t tell you if this is a necessary charge or not, but to the standard customer, I can’t help but feel it looks a little cheeky.
Ludorati also offers an “escape room”. There’s no actual theming, simply the clear glass walls of what they refer to as ‘The Cube’. Prices start at £4.99 a person, for a choice between a number of scenarios. I’ve not experienced any of these myself, but it seems fairly popular.
Should you make a visit to Ludorati gaming cafe then? I’d argue that it’s certainly worth trying at least once, but make sure to visit with friends. Know the prices and try your best to visit during an off-peak time, as you’ll have easier access to the games that you want to play. It’ll give you the opportunity to try some new board games, if nothing else.
Welcome to the newest idea that popped out of my brain. This is Game Day Bloggers, a place for tabletop players to talk about their favourite games, or even just chat about a Game Day experience. To be honest I don't know why I didn't do this sooner.
If someone wants to write a blog for Game Day, all they have to do is send it to me, it'll appear on the Bloggers page, and if it's about a certain game, it'll also appear on the game's dedicated page too. The blogs will be also linked on the Guild page of the person who wrote it. Plenty of coverage.
Like anything else Game Day, writing blogs gets people an award. Seeing as I've only just started this idea and this is the very first blog, I've only created one award so far. Anyone doing one blog will get this. So that one in the photo, well that's mine. I'll also make awards for the 10th, 25th and 100th blogs, and after that, we'll see how far this can go.
For the record, this isn't exactly a collaboration. I've done those in the past like Team Times, and eventually they crash and burn. This is for anyone who wants to write a blog when they like, no pressure. The idea is to share information and experiences, and the folk writing them will be rewarded for their hard work.
So let's get this show on the road.