Edinburgh Unplugged Games Day 2010
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When? Sunday 28th November 2010, 10am - 10pm (12 hours of gaming!)

Where? Sandeman House, Trunk's Close, 55 High Street (Royal Mile), Edinburgh EH1 1SR.

How much? Suggested Donation of £5

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1. Board Game: Convention [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Who is it for? Both hard-core gamers and newbies.

Our focus will be primarily on 'Strategy' and 'Family' games, by BGG categorisation, with a handful of 'Abstracts' and 'Thematics'. There will be very few 'Customizable' or 'War' games, and probably no RPGs or CCGs. So age-wise, we're looking at 8 and up, although there will be a small number of games suitable for younger than that.

We'd obviously like to provide plenty of space for those who know what a 'Wallace' is, what the 'Harvest Trilogy' comprises, who don't immediately think of currency when a 'Euro' is mentioned - those of us who will happily play pretty much non-stop for the whole 12 hours if we have the time.

But we'd also like it to be a day where people who've never heard of a Euro can come and learn about them, can start their journey through a Gateway or two, and become as obsessed with little wooden cubes / meeples / victory points as we are.

So there will be game demos - some by us, some by FLGS staff and/or online retailers, some just by well-meaning fellow gamers. If there's anything in particular you'd like a demo of, please add it to the list, and we'll see what we can do. Alternatively, just ask one of us on the day. We're also hoping to have some brand new games, fresh from Essen, but we still can't promise what...

Please feel free to bring your own games too - to play, introduce to others, show off, whatever - and please add them to the list if you intend to do so...

If you have any questions about the event, please pm me.

Become a fan on Facebook, if that's your thing: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edinburgh-Unplugged-Games-Day-...
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Sandeman House, Trunk's Close, 55 High Street (Royal Mile), Edinburgh EH1 1SR.

Otherwise known as the Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House is down a wee close at 55 High Street, called Trunk's Close, immediately to the right of 'Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmaker'

It's here on Google Maps: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?cid=8184210848322765124&...

Or here on Streetmap: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=326111&Y=673718&A=Y&Z=1...

Public Transport: It's less than half a mile from Waverley Train Station and Edinburgh Bus Station.

Car Parking: The nearest public car parking spaces are on Jeffery Street, a one-minute walk away.

Wheelchairs? Unfortunately, Sandeman House is not wheelchair-accessible, but we will do our utmost to accommodate anyone with mobility impairments.
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3. Board Game: Piece o' Cake [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1648]
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What if I get hungry or thirsty? Don't worry! There will be teas, coffees, soft drinks, snacks, and delicious home-made cakes available!

Our venue is slap-bang in the middle of Edinburgh, so there are numerous places within a half-mile radius where you can get anything from Space Raiders to super-creamy fudge to a full meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant:

Cafés: The Edinburgh Larder (a minute's walk away on Blackfriars St, arguably the best food in Edinburgh); The Storytelling Café (two doors down the hill from venue)

Pubs: Whiski; The Mitre; Black Bo's (evening)

Fancy Restaurants: Wedgwood; David Bann (Veggie); Number One (Balmoral - the Michelin one)
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4. Board Game: Collection particulière [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
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Less than 2,000 BGG users in the whole wide world own these games so, amongst many others, I'm going to bring them for anyone who may like a shot:

Web of Power w/ expansion
Carson City
Princes of the Renaissance
Age of Industry
Jaipur
Power $truggle
Witch's Brew w/ expansions
Ra: The Dice Game
Tempus
Sushizock im Gockelwok
Samurai: The Card Game
Skirrid
Kensington
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5. Board Game: Antics! [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2628]
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Watch Scotland's own Gordon and Fraser Lamont of Fragor Games demo Antics! at Essen Spiel 2010: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10310723
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Unplugged Games Day is lucky to have the support of one of the best UK online games stores - Shire Games. Nick and Sue from Shire Games will be coming along to join in as many games as they can, but they are also running an exclusive deal for Unplugged attendees...

If you order anything from Shire Games in the run-up to the Games Day, and use the discount code EDINBURGHUNPLUGGED, you'll get a few quid off your purchase, and the order will be delivered to you personally at the venue, on the day, for free. How's that for a deal?! You can rip open the shrink and get it on a table right then and there. (Unless it's a Christmas gift... That would be rude.)

Whichever, it's well worth checking out www.shiregames.com and browsing the wide range of games they have, including plenty of brand new Essen goodies.
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Essen Games:

I will be bringing Caravelas and Grimoire and looking forward to playing them for the first time.

Looking forward to Sunday.



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I will also be bringing Race for the Galaxy plus expansions - Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm; Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium & Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War - and would be more than happy to explain the rules for anyone who wants to play.



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9. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:674]
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It's you versus the elements. Have you got the stamina to make it to the end, to the goal, to the finish line? Racing through the snow.

Will you make it? Can you get there? Or will the weather beat you...?

Hopefully, a little bitty snow isn't going to hold back the hordes from descending on the Royal Mile for 12 hours of gaming tomorrow. There's going to be a library of 100+ games for you to enjoy.

If you're concerned about snow/ice, just get yourself some Yaktrax Walkers - http://www.yaktrax.co.uk/yaktrax-walker-pro - everyone should own a pair! They're currently still in stock at Tiso, and no doubt at other outdoors shops.

We're looking forward to meeting you all / seeing you again, at Edinburgh's first "Unplugged Games Day".
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As they say in Dublin, "Thanks a Million!" to everybody who made it along on Sunday, especially given the arctic weather. It was great to meet new enthusiastic gamers, and to see smiles on the faces of the familiar. We had a great time too, but we literally couldn't have done it without you.

A big thanks especially go to: Liam and Shaz at Black Lion (visit them on Buccleuch Street - those two copies of 7 Wonders won't be there for long); to Nick and Sue from Shire Games (visit them online for even more goodies); to the Scottish Book Trust; and to FAQ for allowing us to borrow your members for a day!

Thanks also to everyone's donations on the door, and to your honesty at the drinks/snacks table. Thanks to you, we can promise to have at least some of the latest hot games next time around!

P.S. Check out the photos on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=38759&id=1620032804912...
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Found on the floor under one of the tables: one little component that looks like this:



Let me know if you're missing one of these, or even if you just know what it is! That might help us to return it to its owner.

Also found - one item of winter clothing. Let me know if you're missing one of these.

And finally, we found a '2-deck card box' game at the end of the night, which didn't belong to any of us, or to Black Lion. So again, if you're missing one of these, GM me.
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Actually only TEN QUESTIONS...

We'd really like to know what you thought of the day.

So, if you'd like to be part of moulding the next one, please answer these TEN multiple-choice questions:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FKB2S95
 
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