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Due to the COVID-19 isolation that we are partaking in, Strategy Saturday will not be taking place in April.  Hopefully we can meet again in June.

Take care everyone.

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Moving Forward....
                         

Hi all,

Thought about whether or not to cancel Strategy Saturday all night (while working and listening to CJME). I've decided to go ahead with the evening tonight. The authorities are concerned about large gatherings (250+) and people who have traveled out of province. We will not be a large gathering and as such I feel our risk is no more than going to the store for groceries or supplies.

That said if you've recently returned from being out-of-province I'll ask that you consider skipping tonight. For those that do end up coming, when you come downstairs take a detour to the washroom first and give your hands a good wash. Also we will not have the shared snack counter open. If you want to have a drink or munchie, we'll keep it to personal servings (e.g. a can of pop).

Hope your able to come,

Allan

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Strategy Saturday - still on (at the moment)
                                                                                     

Hi everyone,

With the COVID-19 concerns, I want to confirm that as of now Strategy Saturday is still planning to go ahead tomorrow.

So far Saskatchewan has been virtually untouched with only one confirmed case. This case is located in Saskatoon and the person had recently returned from Egypt. The risk is very low at the moment; but I can understand people's concern - no one knows if it will remain so. Next month, the situation could be completely different. But at the moment it would seem that a night spent playing games with a few friends is no more risky than going to the grocery store to purchase those all incredible rolls of toilet paper (which I did do ;)).

But watch this thread. I will once again confirm tomorrow after lunch whether or not we will go ahead.

Hoping for the best,
Allan

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are all well. Sorry for a bit of a later notice but Strategy Saturday will be this weekend.

Our Feature Game will be Automobiles. Players see build a customized race car and assemble the best race crew. The race car and crew are represented by a collection of cubes garnered from various options that are available. Starting with the same small set of cubes, each player builds their collection as they play the game. Use these cubes to enhance your performance, train your pit crew, and ensure your race car runs as effectively as possible. Be the first to cross the finish line and watch that checkered flag wave! Check out it's listing on BoardGameGeek website:



!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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Hi everyone,

February's games night will be the third Saturday of this month; it's the weekend that works the best for my schedule. We will be the only group at the church on the 15th, so we will be able to meet downstairs.

Cory will be hosting this month's Feature Game called Tapestry. This is the new game from Jamey Stegmaier who is best known for creating Scythe. In Tapestry players seek to advance their civilization from the beginning of humankind to reach forward into the future. The paths chosen will vary greatly from real-world events or people — each civilization is unique! In Tapestry, you start from nothing and advance on any of the four advancement tracks (science, technology, exploration, and military) to earn progressively better benefits. You can focus on a specific track or take a more balanced approach. You will also improve your income, build your capital city, leverage your asymmetric abilities, earn victory points, and gain tapestry cards that will tell the story of your civilization.



!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the New Year. Strategy Saturday in back this weekend for its 17th year. For me that's kinda crazy to realize that this games evening has lasted so long. I want to thank everyone who has chosen to attend over these many years. Strategy Saturday only keeps going because you people keep coming. Thank you so much.

Heads up - we will be upstairs again this Saturday as the downstairs is being used by another group.

Wendy has volunteered to host this year's first Featuring Game. Wingspan was released last year to great success. It is a multiple award winner and many are already considering it a classic game. In this game players are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to their network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in a player's habitat. There are hundreds of unique birds in the game that to be chosen. Be sure not to come late if you hope to get in on this experience.



!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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Hey everyone,

So I can't do Strategy Saturday in December - the dates and other commitments just don't line up for me. However, Henning has been good enough to "pinch-hit" this month by hosting a games night in my stead. This means that there will be a change of venue (see below). The times will remain the same: 7pm until midnight-ish. Henning is up to feature the game Octopus' Garden by Roberta Taylor of Calgary. This is the first winner of the Canadian Game Design awarded in 2010.

Be sure to note the info below!

Hope you can make it and have a good time,
Allan

Prairie Spruce Cohousing
1625 Badham Blvd. (Off broad by the CBC building)
At the enterphone, dial 3022* and Henning will let you in.
Dec 7 7:00pm until close



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Hey everyone,

This month we will be meeting on the 3rd Saturday. A heads up for December - Strategy Saturday will most likely be cancelled. The only day that may work is December 14. However, as of now the church won't be available.

For this month, Cory will be featuring A Feast for Odin. In this game players have to hunt, gather basic materials, refine those materials, develop their production-buildings, build/buy ships, and raid settlements. The resulting earnings are placed on the players' board in the best possible pattern to produce income and (later) victory points. This game has a strong rating and plays up to four.



!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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***more will be posted about a week prior to the games night***

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***more will be posted about a week prior to the games night***

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Hey all,

Strategy Saturday is going to be a week earlier in October. The second weekend is Thanksgiving so we'll avoid having a games night during a time when families are looking to spend time together. As well, note that we will be upstairs as the basement has another group meeting there.

The Feature Game will be Brass: Birmingham. This is a sequel to Martin Wallace's fantastic game Brass: Lancashire (one of my favourites). Brass: Birmingham continues the story of competing entrepreneurs in Birmingham during the industrial revolution, between the years of 1770-1870. Like its predecessor, players will seek to develop, build, and establish industries and networks, in an effort to exploit low or high market demands. Familiar ventures such as cotton mills, coal mines, iron works, canals, and railroads make their return in addition to potteries, factories, and breweries. All this is played out on a gorgeous new map which ensures the game will be fresh to both new and old players alike.




!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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Hi all,

The second weekend of September is coming right up and that means Strategy Saturday. Most of you know I aim for the 2nd weekend of the month, however a heads up - the games night may move around a bit in the next few months. For example next month in October we'll avoid the holiday weekend and meet on the 5th.

Cory has volunteered to feature the game Trickerion: Legends of Illusion. Players take on the roles of rival stage illusionists, each with their own strengths and characteristics. They are striving for fortune and fame in a competition hosted by a legendary magician, looking for a successor worthy of the mighty Trickerion Stone, which is rumored to grant supernatural power to its owner.



!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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***more will be posted about a week prior to the games night***

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Hi all,

August is here and so is the heat. We will be in the basement of ARBC where it will be cool and comfortable. There also is an elevator for anyone who needs assistance with navigating the stairs.

I'll be featuring the game Raiders of the North Sea. In this game players are seeking to impress the Viking Chieftain by raiding unsuspecting settlements. Players will need to assemble a crew, collect provisions and journey north to plunder gold, iron and livestock. There is glory to be found in battle, even at the hands of the Valkyrie. This is NOT a war game. At its core it is worker placement/set collection game that has receive very good reviews. Check it out:



!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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Hi everyone,

I know that most are aware of this but I want to point out again that I welcome people to take on the Feature Game slot at Strategy Saturday. The advantage of volunteering is that you'll be sure to play a game that you want to experience. The upcoming months are still open. If there is a game you'd like to play, please let me know.

For July, Mark has volunteered to feature Agra. The birthday of the Indian ruler Akbar is quickly approaching. This is your opportunity to gain his favour. On your land in Agra, you cultivate and harvest cotton and turmeric. You possess a forest from which you produce wood, as well as a small, but very profitable sandstone quarry. By trading and processing your wares, you can obtain more luxurious goods, which you will then use to woo notables as they make their way into the capital. Of course, your rivals have the same plan; you must use your wits to outsmart them as Akbar's birthday draws near...



!!!If you have a game you'd like to play and draw some attention to, feel free to volunteer for future Feature Game slots. Just drop me a note and I'll see if we can't get your game in the spotlight.

Strategy Saturday will be at Argyle Road Baptist Church (3510 Argyle Rd) from 7pm to midnight.  As usual we'll have our snack counter open so feel free to contribute a drink or something to munch on.  And feel free to bring along friends (and to forward this invite).

Hope you'll be there,

Allan

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