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News and Events / A Carcassonne Weekender
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:27:00 AM »
I have been on the forum for a little while now and virtually met some great members. I was invited to the Slackers club and happily join in with the chat and banter on there. I have played a few games online using the IOS version of Carcassonne and enjoy pitting my wit against the brains of the forum.

So I've been thinking about trying to arrange a get together of like minded individuals or couples for a weekend of gaming, tournaments, mega gaming, eating, drinking, being merry and just plain downright fun.

My very loose, open to suggestions, help needed in organising, thinking out loud plan is as follows:

1. A four day three night long weekend break away in a rented accommodation.
2. All attendees pay a percentage of the rental cost, share the cost of food or provide their own (special dietary requirements) Provide fizzy pop or other libations of their choosing.
3. Bring along games that they wish to play and/or various expansions and base sets of Carcassonne to play.
4. Put forward suggestions or other proposals for making the weekend memorable. If you can think of something then suggest or volunteer to arrange it.

I have had a look online and there are some lovely large places that are available to rent for a long weekend offering 20 plus sleeping places. some with pools, hot tubs, games rooms, tennis courts, gym etc etc. These can be rented for a block sum which when divided up could be as little as £100 for the 4 days per person. With the facilities available and the size of property to be used it would make a fantastic break for anyone wanting to get away and enjoy themselves with friends.

An example and I stress it's only an example

I do not know if this might appeal to anyone but if I get any interest I am prepared to make enquiries and go forward in trying to get it off the ground. This will not be a quick thing, it may not happen until next year. But it will give those interested plenty of time to plan, make arrangements, save up a bit to cover the costs and in some cases, learn to play Carcassonne properly so that I oops sorry they may be a foreboding opposition in any competition entered.

Let me have your thoughts.

List for my use and information

Possible interested attendees:

Squiffything and Mrs Squiffs


Travelling Dan is on his way. Next stop Turkey! :)

General / Has anyone had a virtual stroll around Carcassonne?
« on: June 28, 2017, 03:27:32 AM »
Having never been down to the South of France I decided to have a virtual look around the walled city that is the basis of our beloved game. Google maps certainly does it proud and what an amazing place it is. I'm sure many members have travelled to see it in real life and it's now on my bucket list to do but for those that haven't you may find a walk around interesting.,2.3666086,3a,75y,272.71h,93.53t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sRifYNvI5fOt8L8tX1GRjWg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Other Games / My 7 Wonders collection
« on: June 22, 2017, 01:09:41 PM »
Taking this away from the other thread here's my 7 Wonders collection so far. I've still got a number of boards to finish but it will run to somewhere between 80 - 90 in total with the matching selection cards. All of the official expansions and a nice box to store them in. I exaggerated the box is around twice the size of the big box :)

Hope you enjoy.

Other Games / Tak – A Beautiful Game.
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:16:10 AM »
Although I haven’t been on the forum long I have read through a great number of the threads and I visit daily to see what is happening in the Carcassonne world.

One topic that I have enjoyed reading is the review section of other games. As a games club member I get to play various games ranging from small two player card games to large complicated engrossing multiplayer epics. I do like the interaction of the Co-op games, more so when an evil secret task option is thrown in to add a little bit of sinisterness to the proceedings. I also enjoy the battle of wits between yourself and the other players to see who comes out the top dog in a one verses other/s game.

Tak – A Beautiful Game.

One game that I have come across and enjoy playing regularly is Tak from James Earnest of Cheapass Games and the Author Patrick Rothfuss. A very simple abstract game to learn but difficult to master. It’s a little like chess/drafts and it’s a two player game. It can be played on a varying sized board from 3x3 to 8x8. Each player has a set number of player pieces or stones and a single cap stone. The cap stone is not used in the smaller 3x3 or 4x4 boards. The object of the game is to make a continuous run across the board running horizontally or vertically whilst attempting to stop your opponent from making his run. Stones maybe played flat or standing which then works as a blocker. Standing stones may only be flattened by playing the cap stone. The rules are available for viewing on the Cheapass Games website and, should you wish, you can make your own version using their print your own board. You can also give the game a try on the online site.
I have a Tavern set which comes with a cloth board and a small bag. I can pretty much take this in my pocket and get a game going anywhere.

I also made a set using the print and play option for the board. My capstones follow the hare and tortoise theme and are small carved stone figures

Give it a try and hope you enjoy.

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