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Pydro wrote:

Silverleaf, you mentioned a train game and DIDN'T make a pun?

Where's the challenge in that? ;)


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Pydro wrote:

Silverleaf, you mentioned a train game and DIDN'T make a pun?

Haven't enough threads been derailed?

Ameena - you can try Ticket To Ride on steam nowadays, but I'm with you on theme, I'm kind of an escapist gamer so I like to imagine myself doing interesting stuff. Trains don't do it for me either!

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TTR is essentially an abstract game about collecting coloured cards to link up points on the map with little plastic tokens to get victory points. It's not really a train game, just train-flavoured.

It's really not a game you'd like though Ameena, it can be extremely cut-throat as a big part of the game is cutting off other people by claiming the section of track they need to complete a route (assuming you've guessed where they're trying to get to).


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Train-flavoured - fine in the world of boardgames, appalling in the world of coffee...

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I'd get a buzz out of it.


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...must...resist...pun...

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There's also an excellent version of Ticket to Ride for iPhones and iPads.  Fun game.


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Is Wil Wheaton spamming us now? Or just those of us who live in London? laugh

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The 29th is open for sign-ups

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Cool, done :).


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At the moment, it looks like we're having 8-10 people coming now (!!!!).

Fortunately, we'll have enough cards for 2 games, especially if we include the Cauldron and the bizarre rubbish I've come up with. Please try to make sure you're roughly on time so we can claim two tables (or one large table) without (too much of) a fuss.


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Since you and I (and Ja'Ph') are usually on time (and before pretty much everyone else), we should manage to spread ourselves onto enough space before it runs out,I hope ;). Pubs need to have bigger tables so I don't have to keep squishing my cards up every time ;).


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I'm still on for Sunday! Hurrah!

What time are you folks planning to be there so I can ensure I am there right from the off?

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PWatson, Ja'Ph' and I are generally there on time (I think it starts at noon when we're at the Hatter) so feel free to stop by whenever, really :). Ja'Ph' and I tend to leave at around four-ish or so to go and get food (there's a Nando's just down the road) before heading home :).


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It does start at noon. See you there tomorrow.

 

And don't forget the clocks go forward so it'll feel like 11


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Oh yeah, forgot about that. Normally the first reminder I get that the clocks are changing is when my computer gives me a pop-up to tell me so (as it changes) because I don't tend to specifically make note of which weekend the change is gonna happen, I just know which months it is :D.


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It was cool meeting you guys on the weekend, roll on the next one!

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Yeah, it was fun :D. Almost a pity there were so many of us since it meant I didn't really get to talk to the people in the other group. I wonder how many people we'll manage to amass in future meet-ups. Maybe we'll end up with everyone playing Sentinels and then we will have won! Well, in that group...then we'll have to spread to another one and get them started on it as well... >:)


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And then, WORLD DOMINATION OF BRITAIN.

(And that's why you jump groups halfway through. Talk to all the shiny people! :D)


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As the last one was such a success, time to organise the next. I'd suggest April 26th, just to keep things regular.

This will be at the Railway Tavern, near Liverpool Street, rather than the Mad Hatter. Itwill start at 11 rather than 12, however, and the Meetup RSVP system opens on Sunday the 19th for it.


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26th works for me. I thought the RSVPs opened two weeks before the event or is it different from venue to venue?

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They've changed it owing to lots of people signing up. The weekdays are also at a week's notice, now. Technically it opens at 00:15 on the Sunday but I doubt many people will be booking in then.


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I have to admit that only being able to confirm you've got a place so late is pretty annoying if you're planning to travel to London and thus need to arrange transport and accommodation.

I guess I'm not the target audience though...


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That complaint has been made. This is experimenting to find the balance as a lot of people book very early and then don't show up but don't cancel the RSVP so people who are on the wait list who could have gone can't.

If you find yourself able to attend, let me know and I'll put you down as a +1 or 2 depending.


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pwatson1974 wrote:

That complaint has been made. This is experimenting to find the balance as a lot of people book very early and then don't show up but don't cancel the RSVP so people who are on the wait list who could have gone can't.

 

When demand outstrips supply, charge money or increase supply. What's stopping the organizers from finding a larger space?


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pwatson1974 wrote:

That complaint has been made. This is experimenting to find the balance as a lot of people book very early and then don't show up but don't cancel the RSVP so people who are on the wait list who could have gone can't.If you find yourself able to attend, let me know and I'll put you down as a +1 or 2 depending.

Thanks, that'll work. No London plans right now, but who knows?

It's a shame that inconsiderate behaviour has lead to making things difficult for non-London types.


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That complaint has been made. This is experimenting to find the balance as a lot of people book very early and then don't show up but don't cancel the RSVP so people who are on the wait list who could have gone can't.

 

 When demand outstrips supply, charge money or increase supply. What's stopping the organizers from finding a larger space?

The fact that we're free and the pubs that are letting us use their facilities for free (well, for us buying food and beer) are pretty large. Finding pubs with room for more than 50 gamers on a regular basis, in central London, ain't easy or cheap. And as this is an all-volunteer affair, no one can spend all their time finding them, or certainly paying the likely large cost to rent one properly.

Also LoB has been going for years. Hell, i've been going to them for more than 7 years. Charging would be a massive change in the way we work and one that is likely to be resisted by the organisers as much as the members.


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Hmmm ... I suppose another solution might be to meet more often.

 

Perhaps the solution is to take attendance and temporarily ban people who sign up, don't attend, and don't cancel their RSVP. You can be nice about this -- perhaps only banning after X misses or something like that.


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That is on track, the banning of persisent offenders at least. We're going with stern warnigns first, but sanctions are being considered.

However, meeting more often would be tricky. LoB meets practically every day of the week now. I just arange these thigns once a month. I'm at LoB once a week more or less.


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I let Ja'Ph' know about the suggested date last night and he said he'd check to confirm that he's free. He's had a bit of a busy couple of days so hopefully he'll remember. If he has then I expect I'll be right back posting here at some point within the next hour or so to let you know ;).


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Okay, yup, looks like we're good for the 26th :).


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London On Board should probably start thinking about multiple venues on key meetup dates, although that could lead to splintering the club. It might be the best way to go though as it continues to grow. It was only a few years ago that they could barely fill the Red Herring once a week with every other Sunday held at that place in St. James, and now it's pretty much daily meets and poeple being turned away due to overcrowding.

In other news, I'm not going to be around for the next Sentinels day but it sure was great to finally make it to one again!

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*psssst* Sign ups are live, don't spread it around or there wont be enough fo all us Sentinels fans.


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I remembered to check it about an hour ago so I'm signed up :).


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Signed in too. May have a plus one, but need to speak to them first!

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By the way - does anyone know if the marathon route is going to disrupt journeys here?

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Without knowing more about your journey I can only point you to the page tfl has on it

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/campaign/london-marathon?intcmp=26222


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Oh is it the Marathon this weekend? Hrmm, on looking on that site it looks like some of the Tube stations on the C 'n' D line are gonna be a bit busy but hopefully we can get away with it and not get stuck in masses of people :D.


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Ok, time for the sorting out of dates. 24th would be the bank holiday weekend or the 31st. Both at the Railway Tavern, so what say the attendees? which day would work out best for people?


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I'm working on the 25th (the Bank Holiday)...unless I've got a new job by then (waiting to hear about it, should do before the end of the month) in which case I'll have that day off and will be working early-morning every other Monday, lol. So for now I'd prefer the 31st but I haven't asked Ja'Ph' yet. Trains are normally arsey on Bank Holidays so might be best to avoid it anyway, though.


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I'd lean towards the 31st personally, though I can make both dates. Not sure if it has any impact, but the 24th will be the last day of the Premier league season so the pubs may have a few more people in than normal (or maybe not since it looks like everything is going to be decided before then)

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I did ask Ja'Ph' about this a few days ago and he said that he thinks he might be working on the Sundays but isn't sure so we're gonna need to find that out. It's possible that we may actually not be able to make it this month but we'll have to see...


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Planning a little in advance, my wife and I will be in town the weekend of June 20. If one of these is happening then, we'd love to join you all.

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In which case, June's Sentinels day is now Sunday June 21st, at the Railway Tavern by Liverpool Street.

grysqrl, if you want, I can talk to the organisers. We can usually put aside spaces for overseas vistiors in the booking list.


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That would be excellent. I'm not sure how many we will be yet (somewhere in the 1-3 range). When would you need a number?

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As early as possible, but as the reservtion list doesn't open until a week before, before then would be best.


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Ok. I hope to have an answer well before then.

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