Match Report - 21st December 2012

A festive meeting with lots of Saboteurs!

With Christmas just around the corner there was a festive feel to the evening and a welcome visitation from one of the regulars at the pub.
Claire and Brian had just scooped a copy of Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers at a local charity shop for £2.50 (a steal) so it didn’t take much convincing to interest Crispin in a variant on one of his favourite games.

At the other end of the table Daniella, Gwen, Robin and I embarked on the group’s first game of this year’s Spiel des Jahres  winner Kingdom Builder. This proved popular with everyone, the feeling was that it offered an interesting game in a nice package that could be played pretty quickly.
With the first games out of the way and a lovely coffee and walnut cake consumed it was time for yet another foray into the subterranean world of Saboteur, a world where it is difficult to tell friend from foe and one in which as ever there was much doubt, suspicion and false accusation as well as fun and laughter!.

More photo's of the evening can be seen here.

If you would like to try some of the games talked about on this blog come along to our next evening at the Crow and Gate, Crowborough is on Sunday 20th January starting at 7.00pm - £1 per head. More details can be seen on our Facebook Page Social Gamers - Crowborough


  1. I've played with a couple of the expansions for Carcassonne - Princess and Dragon, Traders and Builders, The Tower - but haven't tried the Hunters and Gathers expansion. Is it any good? I've never seen any games of this sort in my local charity shops - I wouldn't have thought that people got rid of them!

    I usually get my packs from a local independent retailer who's just launched - Henchman's - as I'd rather give them encouragement to grow on the high street than give my money to a large corporation. Where do you normally purchase your games from?

    1. Hunters & Gatherers is not an expansion but a standalone game. It is to my mind slightly more complex or at least offers players more choices for tile placement, so for players that suffer from AP (analysis paralysis) me included it feels slower. That said it’s an interesting game and depending on how much you like Carcassonne, and how many players you have may be worth taking a closer look at. This review will shed more light on the game

      Charity shops are always worth checking out, it is a very random way of getting a game but worth the visit. We have other friends who picked up their copy of Carcassonne from another charity shop. With Christmas just past and Watersones and WH Smith carrying more board games than ever before, there are likely to be some amazing bargains for some lucky charity shoppers. It absolutely does not replace your FLGS (Friendly Local Games Store) but costs you and them nothing.

      My game purchases come mostly from the Essen Spiel, but in the UK I use GamesLore and BoardGameGuru both of whom I would highly recommend, although neither have a high street presence.