Finchley Games Club

Making Thursday evenings better since 1983



I’m sure you all picked this up last week (pun intended – sorry ;0) ), but given that the Old Finchleians have just spent a fortune laying a brand-new floor in the main hall, they want to preserve it for as long as possible.

So, when moving tables and chairs please CARRY THEM. Do not drag. If you can’t lift anything, ask for help and given the good vibes I’m getting from the FGC at the moment, assistance will be quickly forthcoming.

To quote Lewis Carroll:


Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”


The ‘Jabberwock’, the ‘Jubjub bird‘ and the ‘Bandersnatch’ will be nothing compared to enraged committee members if we catch anyone doing it. Remember, we know where the Vorpal sword is kept.

Give that we eventually want access to the new lounge area, leaving marks on the floor in the hall would not exactly help our cause.


Please note that the use of the kitchen is a courtesy provided by the Old Finchleians and I don’t need to tell you that the kitchen MUST be in a neat and tidy condition at the end of a Thursday night.

If you use it, clean it.

Secondly, this consideration will be in place until the fabled, long awaited tea and coffee machine arrives behind the bar. I know you have all been used to cheap (free?) hot drinks recently, but at that point, tea and coffee will be treated in the same way as soft drinks and alcohol, as it would in any other organisation providing refreshments. (I have been reassured that tea and coffee prices will be reasonable.)

This is only fair.

Mind you, it had better be a spectacular machine!


I did manage to get a look at the storage cupboard last Thursday and I’m glad to report that it has not been affected by the flooding, so is now accessible if anyone has anything stored there.

I will point out, that you how have had more than enough time to label everything, so anything left without an ownership mark, will be grabbed by the FGC.

Posted Thursday 31st January 2019 11:03:26 by Ian Pearson

14th Feb 2019

On the anniversary of the torture and death of St. Valentine in AD 269 - 14th Feb 2019

Games Played:

Give the low turnout, quite a few relationships clearly survived being martyred.

How playing games at the FGC can compare to potential lifelong happiness with a partner I just don’t know ;0)

Having said that, we did get a reasonable number of games in. (I did try to play something OTHER than Brass this week, but they won’t let me play anything else [ED])

(p.s. Did you know, in the Eastern Orthodox Church the celebration is on 6th July.)

Posted Sunday 17th February 2019 16:55:15 by Ian Pearson



Games Played:

The promised curtains have arrived, in a deep red claret velvet. Perfect for the RPG members of the club. Who does not need deep red claret curtains at some point in a game! Anyway, they do their job and significantly reduce the echo of the new hall space.

Full marks to the Old Finchleians.

It's also nice to see that 'Return to OM' has a new instance. A welcome release as I’m sure you will all agree.

Posted Wednesday 13th February 2019 11:48:20 by Ian Pearson

Jan 31st 2019


Games Played:

Despite the predicted snow, quite a goodly number of you braved the cold to play some excellent games.

I do like the look of ‘Wingspan’, but the ‘Look at Me!’ prize has to go to the display for the ‘The Goblin Wars of Karamikos’ game – a full scale figure battle with some fantastic city walls.

If you haven’t seen it, then you should check out the photos on the FaceBook page.

BTW, I had to leave early, so I don’t know who won!

Posted Monday 4th February 2019 16:57:46 by Ian Pearson



Finally, the FGC is back at the Old Finchleians. It’s been a long hard road (well slightly hard anyway), but we have now abandoned Leisure Games to its (highly successful) fate.

Thanks again, Mike!

To celebrate, we will be holding the postponed FGC Silly Games Night members raffle at 21:00, during the next meeting, Thursday the 24th Jan 2019.

Be there or be square! – or at least poorer. To win you must collect in person as the tickets are drawn.

Current prizes are Leisure Games vouchers of £50, £30 and £20, though we may throw in the three £20 vouchers that would have gone to the winners of the Silly Games Night tournaments.

The upgrades to the sports club are significant and welcome. Apparently, we were the first ‘adult’ group to use the hall and there have been a few teething problems. I have received some member feedback that I have passed on to the Old Finchleians.

Specific issues are addressed below, but I’d like to reassure you all that the Old Finchleians attitude is:

‘It’s early stages for the renovation, so let’s see how it goes. We can review after the first quarter.’

and I don’t think they can be fairer than that.


The echo in the main hall seems to be a problem. The Old Finchleans are aware of this. Curtains have been ordered and will arrive in early Feb. If this is insufficient, wall mounted sound dampening boards have been discussed.


The current storage location of the tables is clearly unsatisfactory. For the FGC as well as the Old Finchleians.

The situation is temporary and further building works are planned to create new custom facilities. (NB: This WON’T be substantial enough to kick us out again).


A little more contentious this one.

Currently the area to the side of the bar is not supposed to be used by the FGC and never was.

Officially, we rent the main hall, which gives us access to the bar and the changing rooms, but NOT the lounge area.

In recent times, we have crept beyond our paid for borders, but with the alterations, the Old Finchleians plans are to divide the hall/bar area and the new lounge space with a partition.

Representations have been made to extend the dimensions of our rented space and I’m sure it will be well received, but with no guarantee of success. Again, their attitude is, ‘Let’s see what happens’.

If we play nice with them, they will play nice with us.

Please continue to keep the committee updated with any issues or concerns that you have and we will endeavour to deal with them as quickly as possible.

Posted Monday 21st January 2019 20:23:51 by Ian Pearson