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15 April 2013

Telford Mini-Con 2013

Filed under: — Garry @ 9:59 pm

Coming up on Saturday 20th April 2013 is the annual Telford mini-con in Shifnal. The event starts at 10.00am and finishes at around 10.00pm. The location is Shifnal Village Hall, Aston Street, Shifnal, Telford TF11 8DW. There is ample free parking next to the hall and the railway station is just a short walk away. More details can be found here.

13 June 2011

New Shropshire Gaming Session

Filed under: — Garry @ 8:43 am

Steve Perkins has arranged a Monday night games session for 20th June 2011. The venue is:

Brewery Inn
High Street
Coalport
Telford
TF8 7HZ

The phone number is 01952 581225

The website is http://www.breweryinn.co.uk/

It will start at 7.30pm in the main bar area. There is no cost and no obligation to buy any food or drinks. Tea and Coffee are available at one pound together with of course alcoholic refreshment. Food is available for those who want to get there slightly earlier and have their tea from only three pounds.

9 April 2011

Telford Mini-Con has come and gone

Filed under: — Garry @ 11:27 pm

I had a good time at this year’s Telford Mini-Con. The venue was excellent with plenty of space and just a few yards from Shifnal High Street. Although I wimped out after nearly 8 hours gaming, I enjoyed some good company with Mark K, John Roach and another guy who I’m embarrassed to have already forgotten the name of. Sorry! That said, I was also struggling to remember one of the games we played.. maybe dementia is setting in.

So, what did we play? We started off with a game of 51st State, an engine building game that I’d passed on at Essen last year. I quite enjoyed it although it did go on a little too long for my taste (2 player may turn out better). We all expected John, who was the only one of us to have played before, to romp this and he seemed to surge out to a hefty lead. However, Mark K had a couple of very good turns at the end and caught him to win on the tie-break.

We then tried Texas Roll ‘Em, a Liar’s Dice variant that Mark K has been bringing to the Shrewsbury club for a few weeks to try, unsuccessfully. I think we all liked the way it played but there was a big issue in that, if one of the last two players managed to win a sizeable pot, it didn’t matter if they then played to lose their remaining dice as the winner is the one with the most chips rather than the last dice. My Liverpudlian / Wirral Tottenham Fan won this one after scooping a nice pot just towards the end.

Mark K and I then went and grabbed something to eat while the other two played Jambo. To fill in time, I then taught Mark Mijnlieff, a really clever Noughts-and-Crosses type game, where the piece you play dictates where your opponent can play their next piece. Over in 5 -10 minutes, I scraped a win here.

Next, the four of us tried London, a Martin Wallace design that I’ve tried once two-player and really enjoyed. Mark K hadn’t played before but the other two were obviously veterans. This ended up extremely close and I’d expected to lose out as I’d kept my city very tight (just five cards) whereas the vets were both up to about nine cards in theirs. However, even though I was unable to repay one loan, I’d got enough VP’s through running my city which, when added to my boroughs and card VPs, gave me a single point victory.

My final game, and my one purchase of the day, was Junta: Viva El Presidente, a dice version of the backstabbing original boardgame. Verdict, it’s not as good as the original but it is a lot shorter and, now knowing what the spread of action cards is, it could be an interesting 45 minute filler. I was never in this, having lost my first turn battle against the President (because the git only offered me a paltry 1 million pesos bribe) and then having been attacked on my next turn. After one change of President, Mark K remained in charge for the rest of the game but the other two both amassed the game-ending 5 VPs on the same turn and John had the most money left to break the tie.

And that was when I decided to leave. The others went on to a three player game of At The Gates of Loyang. None of us won anything on the raffle but it was still a great day. Many thanks to Paul and Co. at Gameslore for organising the day - it was a big success from my point of view and the venue was great. Let’s make sure there’s another one in 2012.

2 April 2011

Telford Mini-Con 9th April 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 10:36 am

Just a reminder that next Saturday is the date of the next Telford Mini-Con. It is being held at Shifnal Village Hall, Aston Street, Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire TF11 8DW. Start time is 10.00am and it will run until 10.00pm

Shifnal Village Hall will accommodate up to 120 people, and you should contact telfordminicon to reserve a space. Cost of entry will be £5 which also gets you a free ticket for a prize draw to win a Collector’s Edition of Warhammer 40k Deathwatch roleplaying game core rule book (which is not available to buy in shops).

Further information can be found here.

14 January 2011

Telford Mini-Con 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 12:37 pm

Steve Perkins emailed me with details of the next Telford Mini-Con. It will be held on Saturday 9th April 2011 at Shifnal Village Hall, Aston Street, Shifnal, Telford, Shropshire TF11 8DW. Start time is 10.00am and it will run until 10.00pm

Shifnal Village Hall will accommodate up to 120 people, and you should contact telfordminicon to reserve a space. Cost of entry will be £5 which also gets you a free ticket for a prize draw, included will be a unique prize that money can’t buy.

Further information can be found here.

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