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Oops; :o wrong section. But do check out the Strategy Saturday section for details.  :)

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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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Hi everyone,

This weekend is Strategy Saturday for June. Take note that for this edition we will be UPSTAIRS. The church has an class taking place downstairs for the Saturdays in June, so we'll just adjust. We've used the upstairs in the past when the basement was unavailable due to a water line break.

The game that is planned to be featured will be Mystery of the Abbey. This is older game that re-imagines the classic game of Clue. However the twist is now the crime has taken place in a medieval abbey. The cast of suspects is large. Which brother was not such a brother after all? Unlike Clue you don't automatically win by making a correct Accusation, but rather your goal is to gain points through contributing the most correct deductions as the evidence presents itself.

!!!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,

This Saturday is the second Saturday of May and that means it's time for another Strategy Saturday. Hope you'll be up for a evening of gaming, even if you've already been at it earlier in the day.  :)

For the May Feature Game Henning has agreed to bring out Between Two Cities. This is a game with a unique cooperative/competitive element at its core. Players play the game by drawing and drafting tiles that they will add to a growing city. The goal is to build the best city possible. The twist is that players are actually building TWO cities (shocker, eh, with that title) cooperatively, one city with the person to their left and one with the person to their right. The lower scoring city will end up being their final score. This is a easy to understand, easy to introduce game that scales up to 7 players. It's good; I like it!


If you've read this far, you'll realize that I've played May's Feature Game. And as such I'm hoping that someone might be interested in a historical game based on the 1st Punic War. I'll be bringing Hands in the Sea this Saturday. It's a two player game that uses and expands on the deck building mechanics that Martin Wallace introduced in his game A Few Acres of Snow. If you're interested, drop me note; I'll make a point of check back during this week to see if you have.



!!!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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Accidentally posted in the wrong section. Please remove.

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Hi everyone,

The dates for the next three Strategy Saturdays have been chosen. I'd been putting off confirming them until I knew what my schedule would be. As I had hoped Strategy Saturday will be back to its normal 2nd Saturday of the month pattern. Hopefully this change back to 'normal' isn't confusing.

For April the Feature Game will be an older game that revises a yet older classic. N.Y. Chase is Scotland Yard set in the streets of the lower Manhattan. Once again Mr. X must seek to elude the detectives and their now improved drag-net techniques. To put it more simply its a grand ol' game of hide-and-seek.


!!!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,

The dates for the next three Strategy Saturdays have been chosen. I'd been putting off confirming them until I knew what my schedule would be. As I had hoped Strategy Saturday will be back to its normal 2nd Saturday of the month pattern. Hopefully this change back to 'normal' isn't confusing.

For April the Feature Game will be an older game that revises a yet older classic. N.Y. Chase is Scotland Yard set in the streets of the lower Manhattan. Once again Mr. X must seek to elude the detectives and their now improved drag-net techniques. To put it more simply its a grand ol' game of hide-and-seek.


!!!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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Hi everyone,

So I felt a nagging that I was forgetting to do something...and last night it came to me. I'd forgotten to post for the March Strategy Saturday. After missing last month's edition, the games night is back on. I apologize for the later notice.

In March the Feature Game picked has often been themed around Mars, either the planet or the god of war (e.g. "Terraforming Mars", "Axis&Allies", etc.). This year I plan to bring back to the table an older game - Serenissima. This is not fundamentally a war game but it does cover the 14th century when 4 great powers sought to be dominant in the Mediterranean Sea. Players will represent Venice, Genoa, Istanbul, or Valencia with the goal to establish a superior sphere of maritime influence. To do so they will pursue all sorts of valuables to make their trading empire the most prosperous. In the course of a game, players must build galleys, hire crew and buy/sell commodities. Conflict can, and likely will, arise as players race to establish and even monopolize trade routes and key ports around the Great Sea.


!!!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 guys,

Sorry for the late notice, but I just found out that the church basement won't be available after all this coming Saturday. After considering my schedule for the rest of the month (and the fact that it is a short month), I've decided to simply cancel this February's edition of Strategy Saturday. Sorry to disappoint; sometimes things go this way. Hopefully I'll see you on March 2nd.

Allan

PS - Please mention this to anyone else that you may know who has or might be thinking of attending.

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Happy New Year everyone,

I hope that 2019 finds you all well. Last year is now done and finished and along with it all the good (and not so good) memories and experiences. The great thing is that with the start of a new year that, in addition to completely new experiences, its all open to restarts, renews, or simply continuing on with what was good from the last 12 months.

So on that note, the feature game for January will be Brass: Birmingham. This is a new game to my collection and a follow-up to the original Brass: Lancashire (one of my favourite games). Brass: Birmingham tells the story of competing entrepreneurs in Birmingham and the surrounding area during England's Industrial Revolution. In the game players will seek to expand their industrial empire by establishing canals and rails, while building and developing various industries such as Cotton Mills, Coal Mines, Iron Works, Manufacturers, Potteries, and Breweries.

If you'd like to watch a review by "Shut Up and Sit Down" here's a link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3efv2HkjDI


!!!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 all,

A reminder to take note of beginning of 2019 dates for Strategy Saturday.  In January, February, March Strategy Saturdays will be on the FIRST Saturdays. Come April I expect we will be able to return to the traditional second Saturday of the month. So I hope you all got that and don't inadvertently miss one of these game nights.

So last month we were going feature Great Western Trail and then Henning got sick at the last moment. Not a big deal, the evening went on just fine without them both. So this month we'll give Henning another crack at introducing Great Western Trail to potentially new players (like myself).  Great Western Trail is a recreation of ranching in the wild west of America in which players are trying to move cattle to market. Of course there are decisions to be made along the way and only the mostly discerning rancher will gain greater profits than his rivals.


!!!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 all,

Take note of this first bit. The winter dates of Strategy Saturday are going to change a bit. In November we'll be meeting on the FIRST Saturday. In December it will be the SECOND Saturday. And then in January, February, March it will be the FIRST Saturdays. Come April I expect we will be able to return to the traditional second Saturday of the month. So I hope you all got that and don't inadvertently miss one of these game nights.

This Saturday the game we will have featured is Great Western Trail. Currently this is one of Henning's favourite games and he has volunteered to teach it. This is a recreation of ranching in the wild west of America in which players are trying to move cattle to market. Of course there are decisions to be made along the way and only the mostly discerning rancher will gain greater profits than his rivals.


!!!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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