GNWC….. The Return!

The rematch is on, the venue set for Thanet, and the participants ready. It was time for titles to be defended and the hope of new winners to be broken……. its time for another Games Night World Championship!

Would Mr S retain the Winners trophy? Would Mrs J retain the Non winners trophy? Would we have new winners? The excitiment is building to 11. Here goes……

For this event Mrs H, Mr P, Mrs J and myself would be playing against Mr S and Mrs S in their home statium in Thanet.

The games commenced after a beautiful dinner of Spaghetti Bolognese followed by Lemon Merengue Pie. The chosen running order was as follows:


A very close game for all, this was Mrs H and Mr P’s second game. By Level 4 we were all in the swing and cursing/back stabbing like mad! After a dramatic ending where all but two players were on Level 9 Both Mrs H and Mr P won (Mr P assisited and was allowed to move up a level too!) Not bad for their second game!

1st: Mrs H and Mr P (10points each)
2nd: Mrs J (8points)
3rd: Me (6points)
4th : Mrs S (4points)
5th: Mr S (2points)

Zombie Dice:

A five minute filler where the first to scoff 13 brains would take 5 bonus points, everyone else would receive ziltch!

1st: Mrs H (5 bonus points)

(A trend was beginning to show at this point!)


Apart from Mrs J and I this was only the second or third time the rest of the part had played this game. I think the more I play this game the more I love how simple it is but how strategic it is!

1st: Mr P (10points)
2nd Mrs H (8points)
3rd: Me (6points)
4th: Mrs S (4points)
5th: Mr S (2points)
6th: Mrs J (1point)

At this point in the championship it looked as though Mrs H and Mr P were flying away with the victors die!

A new game for the GNWC was next, Mrs S’s favourite game…… Pass¬† the Pigs. A ‘pig’ throwing game where the position the pair of pigs land scores you points, unless you ‘pig out’ (both pigs on their sides with one side with a dot and one side without) this will zero your score for that round.

Pass the Pigs:

1st: Mr P (10points)
2nd: Me (8points)
3rd: Mrs S (6points)
4th: Mrs J ( 4points)
5th: Mrs H (2points)
6th: Mr S (1point)

Formula D.

Yes, the game reliant on good dice rolls and a good strategy was next (I should have remembered this!!). This is a game I always look forward to playing, even if it sometimes means I throw caution to the wind!

1st: Mrs H (10points)
2nd: Mr S (8points)
3rd: Mrs J (6points)
4th: Mr P (4points)
5th: Me (2points)
6th: Mrs S (1point)

To finish the evening another game of Zombie Dice was played, this would again offer 5 bonus points to the winner……..

1st to eat 13 brains: Mrs J (5 bonus points)

So the games had been played, the scores total, winners crowned, non winners crowned and commiserations to the , iddle runners. The final table is:

GNWC Thanet Champion: Mrs H, total 35 points
2nd: Mr P, total 34 points
3rd: Mrs J, total 24 points
4th: Me, total 22 points
5th: Mrs S, total 15 points
GNWC Non Winner: Mr S, total 13 points


Congratulations to Mrs H who takes the GNWC Die till the next event.

Congratulations also go to Mr S, who graciously handed the GNWC Die to Mrs H then recieved the non Winners ludo piece form Mrs J.

Well, another event passed with a new throphy recipients, the J house hold is throphy-less. The next GNWC will be at the Bay arena, I will do my best to recieve either one!

Thank you Mrs S and Mr S for a brilliant evening.


Updates, a different Games Night, starting blogging again….,

Well its been an interesting few months, very little blogging, but very interesting.

We have new addition to the geek world joining us in August. I have had an unexpected trip to A&E where my gall bladder was whipped out, and work has been very busy.

Little Geek (arrival in August) has had his furniture build and room cleared for his/our toys! Mrs J and I are in the process of nest building. So far we have rearranged the front room, bedroom and have just completed the garden and man hole (the shed!).  I am so excited and cant wait for LG!

My gall bladder removal came out of the blue, we had the Mums and Dads round for dinner and I experienced heart burn, indigestion,  back pain all in one go. Being a strong brave man I moaned about it to the evening, until it came to bedtime where I couldn’t rest and was moaning in pain.

I vaguely remember saying yes to Mrs J calling the out of hours NHS line, an ambulance arrived, I was taken to the local hospital, moaned in pain and given pain killers, then transferred to another hospital. The next thing I know is a doctor comming round, sending me for a CAT scan, then breaking the news I would lose my gall bladder! All in 24 hours!!! I left hospital the next day and six weks later I have never felt so good!

During my recuperation we had a Games Night held at Mrs H& Mr P’s house. As usual we had a lovely meal of Chicken Supreme and homemade Key Lime Pie (made by Mrs J). Instead of playing tabletop games,  we had an evening of Wii gaming.

Usually I am a Xbox360 man, playing all sorts of games. Recently Mr S and I have had a discussion about the merits of tabletop gaming and computer gaming. We both agreed that for an all inclusive, high conversation, high enjoyment evening then tabletop games are they way forward. Recent Games Nights have proven this. The six of us have had a great laugh, discused varying topics, and couldn’t wait to do the whole thing again.

Now Mr S and I can spend all day on the Xbox or PS3 playing against each other, working together to complete missions and generally behaving like the children we are, but we dont talk or catch up. We are very insular.

The Wii evening broke the insular rule. We were all engaged in the sports, laughing along, chatting whilst others were playing. It was a revelation.

Thank you Mrs H and Mr P for a different  yet similar games night!

Games Night part 2

Well its been a month since my last post and a month since the rearranged first Games Night World Championships has been held.

As mentioned in a previous post this evening was a different take on our regular meet ups with friends.  I had decided to take the games playing to a new level and create a friendly championship. I also used the night as an excuse to introduce our favourite games to a wider audience.

Firstly, you cant have a championship without a trophy so I spent a weekend with my FiL and created this:

The trophy was made from a piece of fence post, and constructed in the FiL’s garage over the New Year break!

In the balance fairness FiL also made this for the lowest non winner:


The lowests scoring non winner was to receive a Ludo piece constructed from the same fence post as the die.

The rules for the evening were simple:
1. Each couple was to bring a game.
2. The evening was mainly about fun and not serious.

Mr S and Mrs S brought to the table Formula D.

Mr P and Mrs H supplied What Am I Logo Game.

Mrs J and I supplied Munckins, Qwirkle and for an interlude game, Zombie Dice.

The playing order was decided by working out how much concentration was required for each game and putting the hardest thinking game last.

Games order:

Formula D

Each player would be awarded points dependant on where they finished. First placed would be awarded 10 points, second place 8 points, third 6 points, fourth 4points, fifth place 2 points and finally sixth place was awarded with 1 point.

Mr S also supplied caricatures based on each persons ‘gamer tag’ and favourite films. These were to come in handy for Munchkin!


After all gamed were played Mr S was the deserved winner, he was leading most games, if he was not winning he was certainly up there!

Mrs J played valiantly, eventually walking a way with the lowest scoring non winners trophy.

In the mid field Mr P, Mrs H, Mrs S and myself.


All in all it was a very enjoyable evening where we were able to introduce a different take on tabletop games to our friends.

The best bit about the evening was a text from Mr P who was researching different games.

Till next time!

Who knew backstabbing would lead to this!!

So, its been nearly a month since my last blog and yes it would have been sooner if I hadn’t had bloggers guilt!

Blogger guilt: having a post idea to write but not posting beacuse ‘it’s been too long’

In the last four weeks I have played and enjoyed more games of Formula D with Mr S, and introduced some other friends to the game that accelerated my love of tabletop gaming.

That game is Munchkin.

A bit of history, for a long time now I have been speaking about Munchkin to a friend at work, not going into too much detail. I held back on the detail as you never know how much of a geek the other person is. I can go on about the game for an age but find out the other person  has lost interest when they hear the words dungeon and cards. This didnt happen, Mr A wanted to hear more.

Mr A was asking about the game and the dangerous phase ‘I’d like to try that’ was uttered.

This phase sparked an new geeky friendship, the conversations soon gained another member in the form of Mr D.

These converstaions always revolved around our geek passions, tabletop games for me, model making for Mr A and star gazing/train set building (one off project) for Mr D. We would each describe progress on projects and bounce ideas off each other until we made the decision to get together and have a games night.

This night was to introduce Mr A and Mr D to Munchkin.

Munchkin is a game when you kick in the door, defeat a monster, take its treasure and backstab your friends.

It is essentially a RPG but without the character backstory and long length of storytelling.

The main premise is to get to level 10 first, yup thats all!

You start the game as a level 1 human, you are dealt eight cards (four door and four treasure), these cards will be a mixture of Monsters, weapons, curses, potions, races, classes and special items.

The weapons will give you bonuses, so as a level 1 human with a rat on a stick with a +1 (hey its better than nothing) will mean you have +2 to attack with. This is good if you have to fight a level 1 monster, but you will either need help from another player or run away.

As you defeat monsters you go up a level and get treasure, increasing your attack points, potions and curses as you go.

When you get a few levels ahead of the other players, they will backstab you to stop you from  winning. This can be done in any number of ways, cursing the player to lose bonuses, stealing items, stopping them from defeating a monster or aiding the monster by giving it additional bonuses.

For a more coherent overview I would suggest watching the episode on TableTop.

We agreed that we would go to Mr A’s house one Saturday and the introduction would begin. Due to having the deluxe version (comes with a board and figures) of the game we set up on the coffee table and started.

The next thing we knew SIX HOURS HAD GONE BY!!

We played quite a few games, laughed through out, and without knowing started something which has grown.

We left Mr A’s and the next time we saw each other we discussed meeting up again, we now have regular chats as a three via Whatsapp discussing each of our geeky passions, spurring each other on, offering advice and continuing to laugh!

The geek circle grows! (I won’t leave it so long next time!)

That New Game Experience

More often than not, when there is some quite time I will be watching Tabletop or The Dice Tower on YouTube. If something catches my eye I will text a friend, Mr S, will something like ‘this is worth a watch’ and wait for the response before giving my opinion.

My geekyness about tabletop games has rubbed off onto Mr S after introducing he and Mrs S to Munchkin, Mr S asked where I found the game and when I started explaining, alot of the references were to Tabletop. Since then we have regular conversations on the videos or what looks interesting to play.

The games I have got and use to introduce friends and familiy to other tabletop games have all come from me getting over excited watching Tabletop.

One evening whilst texting about Tabletop I suggested that Mr S should watch the Forumla D video. 20 minutes later a text came through:

‘Sweet! Formula D looks awesome, like it!!’

‘Hahaha, its different isn’t it!!’ Was my reply.

We then moved on to discussing our staple topics.

Last night Mrs J, myself and Mrs and Mrs S had an impromptu games session. After dinner we had the usual favourites ready, Munchkin, Zombie Dice, Qwirkle but Mr S added to the mix, Formula D was revealed.

Mr S and I explained the premise of the game and it received a good response from Mrs’ J and S. The game was set up and we settled down to play………….

In short Formula D is a risk taking strategy game, each player has a car, a gearbox counter with scorecard. The aim of the game is to finish the race first, simple.

There is a catch though, speed depends on which gear you are in and the gear signifies the dice which you roll. Heres a brief explination:

1st gear – yellow die – 1-2spaces
2nd gear – orange die – 2-4spaces
3rd gear – red die – 4-8spaces
4th gear – green die -7-12spaces
5th gear – purple die – 11-20spaces
6th gear – blue die – 21-30spaces

Add to the mix each for corner on the track there is a requirement to stop the designated times (1,2 or 3 times dependant on how difficult the corner is).

If you end up stopping on your die roll too close to another racer, you and the player who you stopped close to have to roll the Danger dice. This d20 will let you if your car has taken damage.

The game comes with two courses, Monaco and a street track. There are also different types of car, a F1 type car and a street car.

We raced using the begineers rule of each player gets 18wp (wreck points). These come in to play if you take damage by getting too close to another racer, or if you do not stop in the red zones of the corners the stated number of times you take as much damage as the number of spaces over shot.

The better you roll, the faster you go, changing gears to take corners. If you change down too quickly you put strain on your gear box and loose WP. Go from 5th to 3rd you loose 1WP, 5th to 2nd you loose 2WP.

In the end we completed three races, two using the Monaco track and one on the street track, with which ever cars took our fancy. Each time the races were varied and so much fun.

I can say this is only the second game that has given me the ‘WOW, that was amazing! Lets play again!’ Feeling straight away.

When I initially watched the Tabletop episode featuring Formula D I thought the game looked good but Mrs J wouldn’t be a fan because of the racing element. I was really wrong! Both Mrs J and Mrs S really enjoyed the game and were looking forward to racing again.

This is why I really enjoy Tabletop gaming, finding the game that connects with everyone is amazing. When the races had finished we were all talking and disscussing the game, what we would have done differently and looking forward to playing again. Formula D is definatley a game I look forward to playing again and most probably again, and again.

Thank you Mr S for sharing this game!


Heres a shot of us racing f1 cars on the street track, the yellow two signifies the amount of time you need to stop in the red/white corner area.


Games Night Part 1

On a regular basis, Mrs J and I with a few friends, get together for a games night, its a chance for us all to catch up, eat good food and play table top games.

One couple hosts and feeds, one couple supplies pud, one couple brings the beverages.

Tonight its our turn to host, and I’ve gone slightly off piste.

A few months ago I had a bright idea, a ‘why not for a change create a fun competition for games night’ kind of idea.

I ran the idea past Mrs J who was on board then drafted an invitation email to send to all parties, the response was positive so being the geeky kind of chap I am I then made a trophy and various other ‘bits’.

All is a suprise for now!

I will post an update of the night, im just finishing the last bits now! 5 hours to go!


Update:Unfortunately one of our friends was not able to attend so we have postponed the GNWC evening till we can all participate and enjoy together.