Martyn Smith
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Subject to various contracts (home and work!) my wife and I are hoping to be moving up to Bourne in South Lincolnshire in December...

We are very new to gaming, but are all the more enthusiastic for it!

So, does anyone know if there are any gaming groups we could get involved in? Are there any specialist gaming shops we could have a look at?

All advice/help will be gratefully received...

Thank you...
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I know there's a boardgame group in Lincoln itself.. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/123
http://www.lincolnboardgames.org.uk/
I know Paul and Ben who game there, and they are both great guys.
 
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As Grimwold said we do indeed meet weekly in Lincoln. That's about an hour's drive from Bourne. There is also Poshgames in Peterborough http://www.poshgames.org.uk which would be about 30 minutes from Bourne.

Gary
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Cheers for the mention of Posh Games Gary.

Bourne is about 20 minutes drive away from Peterborough. If you visit the website you can see the last 30 or so games we have played. Even if you can't make every session we would welcome you with open arms (well open game boxes) so sign up.

I think the nearest specialist shop is in St Neots (which is about 45 minutes away by car if you are lucky with the traffic).


(Sorry Chris for stealing all your thunder, but if you will go off playing TI3)
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Hi, I can recommend "Comic Culture" for games. (1 The Mall Shopping Centre, High Street,Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 1HX). Audrey and Karl also run "The Games Store" http://www.thegamesstore.com/ so obviously always have a good selection of games in.
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I guess the downside to seeing how much is going on is that as an absolute beginner (and I can't stress this strongly enough) I feel a bit daunted when I look at your interesting web-sites and see the mountains of games that you're all playing cry

I own Powergrid, Carcassonne, Alhambra and Downfall of Pompeii - that's it blush

I do want to learn, really I do and yet it does feel rather daunting going to a club where everyone knows so much while I don't even know the rules to the most basic games...

What are these clubs like? Will people help me or will I actually be a bit of a nuisance (oh, theres that idiot with his stupid, easy games again...)

Goodness, I didn't realise just how paranoid I am about all this...

All help/advice gratefully received...

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Everyone will be pleased to welcome you. It's very rare that we play a game where everyone knows the rules, and so we almost always teach the game to one or more first timers every time we play.

Some people have no games of their own and just play what others bring (the enthusiasts with bigger collections usually bring three or four games each and we put them out on a table and choose) so having just a few games at the moment isn't an issue.

We have a mixed group of enthusiasts through to very casual gamers. You don't have to be a die hard gamer to fit in and have fun. I suppose I count as an enthusiast but I rarely do well at a game the first time I play it, and there are some that I will always be terrible at. Comically bad. I don't care so long as I enjoy it. I really like Alhambra but I don't think I have ever won it, and we actually played it recently at the group.

I'm sure that goes for Posh Games too. What's to lose? If you don't like it you don't have to come back!

Gary
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Yep that is exactly the same situation with us. We have people who like lighter games, people who like long heavy ones, and everything in between (although we do try and limit the longer and heavier games to special sessions). We are also a very small club (between 6 and 10 people usually) and basically people bring along games they would like to play (or none at all). People can always request games beforehand and if one of us has them we will usually bring them along. We don't mind playing nearly anything as long as we have a variety of games. Quite often we play a game which is completely new to everyone so don't worry about not knowing the rules. If you haven't played a game before (and everyone else knows the rules) just mention it and someone will try and explain it. We usually do a refresher on the rules for all but the most commonly played games.

It is usually the person explaining the game (especially if it is new) who loses - because they are watching out for illegal plays or reiterating the rules and not concentrating on their games.

Oh and we have some big fans of Power Grid and they will nearly always be up to play it (and indeed have some of the other country boards). The other games you mentioned get the odd game as well.

I think like most groups it is all about having fun and not taking everything terribly seriously so don't worry. Incidentally I have played with a number of different people at "The Cast Are Dice" and nearly everyone has had the same attitude.
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I always say to people that I have almost never played a game without it being explained to at least one person at the table - and besides, about half the games I play on game night are new to me, so it is not like you will be alone in requiring explanations.

In my experience, gaming groups love new players
- The collectors will love you because you wont be arriving with all the brand new games and outshining their collection.
- The people who are desperate to play the games they brought will be glad to see a willing player who isn't carrying a boxful themselves.
- The competitive types will want you for their table so they stand a better chance of the win (everyone knows that is why I am so welcoming to new players). arrrh

Believe me, you will be all the more welcome for being a relative newbie.

Now if you were a champion T&E player who owned every game in the BGG top 500 and you walked in with a bag full of Uwe Rosenberg and Martin Wallace prototypes to play, that would be different...
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Hi, Glad I spotted this thread which is still fairly recent.

I too am a keen gamer - I have quite a few Euro games, and am moving back to Lincoln after a 7 year absense in the wilderness of South Cheshire.

Glad to hear that there are gaming groups active in the area. When do you guys meet up? [EDIT:] Oops - just clicked on the links, so that question is now answered ;-)

It's still some time off yet before I move back to Lincoln (early 2009), but is there anyone in the Lincoln area who might want to play occasionally on the weekends (when I'm there ofc)?

Cheers

ColD
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coldark wrote:
Hi, Glad I spotted this thread which is still fairly recent.

I too am a keen gamer - I have quite a few Euro games, and am moving back to Lincoln after a 7 year absense in the wilderness of South Cheshire.
Well you still have a month or two to get along to play with us in Bolton: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/184

We have a couple of regulars from Warrington.
 
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Thanks for the offer - but although I am living in South Cheshire - I work in Edinburgh atm

 
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Culverboy wrote:

What are these clubs like? Will people help me or will I actually be a bit of a nuisance (oh, theres that idiot with his stupid, easy games again...)
Yes, they'll probably groan, mutter under their breaths, give you the evil eye & perhaps tell you to get the f*ck out!

Not really ! I would say chill out about this; I was in the same position as you about 2 years ago & thought I'd get laughed out of the local club quick. To my surprise, it was very pleasant though daunting to come across lots of new games - and every other club I've visited has been like that; welcoming, happy to explain rules to new games & laid back.

Since Posh Games has been specifically mentioned since you'll live quite close, I can vouch for them as a group. I went up there once or twice (and also met Chris M another time) for a session, especially as it looked as though I was going to be moving to the Cambridge/Peterborough area, before things changed. Very nice group & they love their Power Grid

Andy L - am hoping to make the 29th Dec session, though need to see what happens definitely on that day once Xmas plans are finalised & all that hoo-ha!

Good luck Martyn - and relax about going to a group!

Matt...
 
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