Quarterly Newsletter – Winter 2014

Winter is approaching and while the last sunshine light is cutting through the cold weather it’s once again time for our quarterly and last Meetup newsletter of the year. It’s a long one, so grab your tea or coffee and read on !
We have behind us very busy weekends filled with various gaming fairs, from the Spiel 2014 where many of you could spent some hard earned money on the latest trendy games to the local fairs in Belgium (just last weekend was Spel 2014 in Antwerpen and this weekend is the Jeu T’aime festival in Brussels).

Also, you noticed that the design of the Meetup page has slightly changed. I’ve created some new graphics to announce our events with matching Meetup header and newsletter banners. Hope you like it ! More fuzzy, more dynamic – that’s the trend we’re going for.


 

Organize & Play

Some of you asked me why we did not have this quarter the regular “monthly open event” and the “Brunch Sessions” as we used to have previously. Let me share a few words of explanation.

You (might) know that I’m wearing another “hat” with Mushroom Games which I’m managing with Nicholas Bodart. We launched this year in June the game Time Masters (a card deck building game) first in French (1600+ boxes out of our 2000 first print run sold) and then in English (300+ boxes out of our 500 first print run sold).

We have both been very busy in various fairs selling the game, with a focus for Spiel 2014 in October of course. While many of my weekends were dedicated to Time Masters, I couldn’t spend additional time organizing sessions during the week, that’s also a reason why monthly events did not take place.
event_431904867Additionally, I’ve got married to my beautiful wife in September. With the preparation and honeymoon, which basically took me off a whole month there was not much time left for boardgames.

For the Brunch Sessions, I am dependent on the owners of La Table to plan and organize the Sundays. As they had on their side quite a lot of catering to do for weddings (September/October being the “full” season) and some birthdays. They are also working with the Motel ONE, down the street, who is having regularly conventions for which they provide services.

All in all, this explains that the 2014 winter time had less sessions than you expect organized by myself … but … but … but … since a while now we have very active Event Organizers in the group, who hosted not less than 31 tables (22 different dates) in the last 3 months !
Let’s also cheer up for the guys organizing those sessions for you to join & have fun !!  Big thank you to Cindy, David, Mathijs, Oliver, Wouter to make this Meetup a success.

The Meetup is now at maturity (in my eyes) because it is running by passionate boardgamers who have the spirit to explain and share their games with the group. This will enable us to move to the next level in coming 2015 !


 

The New Stuff

I have activated my network to look for new places to play boardgames.

  • Are we not happy with La Table Food & Games ? Yes we are !
  • Are we going to leave La Table ? No we are not !

Then what are you talking about ! Well, I heard a few times people who told me they would love to come over and play with us, but are not able to show up because it’s on Thursdays/Fridays and it clashes with other activities. Knowing that La Table is only open on those days for boardgames, I am looking at alternatives in Brussels to find nice spots to play games.

We could just play at Outpost that is right in front – of course they know our group already – but the place is not exactly what I’m looking for thinking about a nice boardgaming experience (not speaking about the fact that Tuesday’s is already booked for the “Sajou players” – French Speaking, they have chess events, netrunner events, etc.. basically their calendar is already running quite full). So here’s the plan (options are not mutually exclusive) :

  • Option 1: Let’s Play Together is having party-games sessions called “Apero Jeux”  with a dedicated staff at Flamingo, Belga Café, Bar Du Matin and Potemkine. I’m in talks with them to see if we could expand this to “heavier games” or have some “monthly joint sessions” with them.
  • Option 2: The Hyperion E-Sports bar is looking to expand their activities and one of the ideas is to have boardgames sessions. I’m checking out with them what we could organize probably over the weekend (Sundays ?).
  • Option 3: FarmParck is a park nearby my house (behind Tour & Taxi) that was renovated this year. They have in the middle of this park a place to meet & greet and would be interested to host some boardgames or roleplay sessions. I’m currently talking with them to see what are the options.
  • Option 4: MuntPunt is another place hosting boardgames events. It’s downtown Place de la Monnaie and Wouter is already in contact with them. We might end up going there on their Wednesday monthly sessions. This could also be an opening to Flemish clubs/associations. I need to follow-up with Wouter …

Legendary (Marvel’s Deck Building Game):
I’ll be running some cooperative campaigns to crush Villains, defeat the Mastermind and triumph as true Heroes as of early next year. The card decks will be every time different (different heroes, villains, schemes & masterminds). The idea is to follow the story in some comics series (more details to come through the meetup Events). Schedule: January 2015.

The “New to Boardgames” – Session:
If you are new or never came to any of our events, this one will be for you ! I will personally take you through the various types of boardgames that exists, explain you basic game mechanics and objectives. Think of this as a fun education session on boardgames. Schedule: February-March 2015.

2 Players Gaming Session:
A special gaming night where we’ll rotate from table to table with exclusively 2 players games. That will allow you to try out multiple games in one night and connect more closely with other members in a “tête à tête”. Yes, I’ll ask La Table for candle lights if you really insist 🙂 . Schedule: February 2015.

Time Masters Tournament:
We will have a friendly tournament (new players welcome) with some prices for the winners and extra discounts for those who want to buy the game that night after playing with it. Schedule: February 2015.

Pandemic Survival Campaign:
Another cooperative game – if not the “best one” for many boardgamers. We will try to run several tables in parallel, with the same scenario’s. The winners ? the last table alive who contained the contamination. Schedule: March 2015.

Pathfinder ACG adventure:
The ACG stands for Adventure Card Games; at this moment, I’m trying it out only with a core group of players, just to get hold on the mechanics. I know more people are interested in running some adventures. Schedule: April 2015.

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