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2Nov/140

October Meetups and Memberships

Posted by Chris Aylott

Last month wasn't so great for blog posts, but it was a winner for October meetups and memberships!

7Sep/130

Extreme Danger is on the way!

Posted by Chris Aylott

I just got an exciting update from Indie Boards and Cards: the "Extreme Danger" expansion for Flash Point: Fire Rescue is coming out soon! Soon isn't quite soon enough -- the expansion won't be here for a few more weeks -- but I should have it on my doorstep in time for our October library meetup.

Extreme Danger role cards

Flash Point goes to the dogs in its new expansion.

Flash Point was a big hit at our last meetup, and it might be my favorite game of the last five years. It's fast-paced, easy to learn, and full of theme. It's one of those games you understand instantly: you're a firefighter, you have to rescue the people in the building, get in there! Seven-year-olds can play it, and the game can beat the crap out of a table full of adults.

The basic game is so rich that I haven't been in a hurry to add expansions, but it looks like there's some good stuff in Extreme Danger. There are new maps (of course!), and new ways for the building to fall apart. There's even a Rescue Dog role, which is going to be a big hit with my daughter.

I know I'll be haunting my mailbox looking for this in October, and I can't wait to get it on the table at the meetup. Look for more opportunities to run into a burning building soon!

8Jul/130

Welcome!

Posted by Chris Aylott

Welcome to the San Marcos Board Gamers! We're an organization of ordinary folks with one simple goal: get together on a regular basis and play board games.

We're setting up monthly meetings on Sunday afternoons at the San Marcos Public Library. Our first meeting will be Sunday, July 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We hope you'll join us!

So Who's Invited?

Everyone! This is an open group with no formal membership requirement. Just show up and play!

In general, we expect this to be a family-oriented group with a broad age range of players. If you're between the ages of eight and eighty-eight, there will probably be at least one game running that you will enjoy playing.

What Does the Group Play?

That's up to you. Bring a game you like and there's a good chance you'll find someone who's eager to play it.

In general, we expect the group to lean towards light strategy games and party games that can be played in about an hour. Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Carcassonne, and Wits and Wagers are good examples of games that are quick to play and easy for new players to learn.

Traditional family games like Sorry or Clue are good too, and it's not hard to find players who are interested in more complex strategy games. The only thing to keep in mind is that the library meetings are only about three hours long. That 12-hour game of Diplomacy might not be such a great idea, unless you're willing to save your positions and continue the game at the next meeting.

Who's in Charge Here?

That would be me, at least for now. My name is Chris Aylott, and I'm a writer and game designer who loves board games. I've wanted to see a group like this around town for a while, so I figured I'd start one. I'm doing the basics of securing a space and putting out the word, but where this goes from here is ultimately up to you.