Finchley Games Club

Making Thursday evenings better since 1983

5th December – The day the Mary Celeste is discovered

Games Played:

On this day in 1872 the Mary Celeste is discovered mysteriously abandoned by her crew in the Atlantic Ocean and in 1955 the bus boycott inspired by Rosa Parks begins in Montgomery Alabama, USA.

A real mix this week. Some short, some long, some heavy, some light and everything in between. Just as a healthy general games club should be.

Lot of games, lots of people of many flavours and lots of space. Long may it last.


The next meeting is on 12 December, the day of the General Election and I urge you all TO VOTE. I don’t care who you vote for, but you MUST exercise your democratic duty – even if all you do is spoil your ballot paper.

If you don’t do this then you must keep quiet for the next 5(?) years.

As a wag once said, ‘VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN!’


Silly games night on 19th December.

FGC in 2020

The FGC will return on January 2nd 2020.

Posted Wednesday 11th December 2019 18:00:55 by Ian Pearson

28 th November – The day “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” premieres

Games played.

On this day in 2012 “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” premieres in New Zealand. In my opinion it should have stayed there! A novella converted into 3 films. Good grief! It should have been called “The Hobbit: An unexpected padding”.

Anyway, forgetting about that monstrosity, I think I’m missing a few ‘pink slips. I certainly remember more games being played. At least there is a welcome return for ‘Brass: Birmingham’ and it’s good to see an old (excellent) favourite return ‘Battlestar Galactica’ even if the humans did get minced by Cylon ‘Fish’.

We are having another go on the 5th Dec. REVENGE!

Bitter? Moi?

Oh Yes!


Silly games night on 19th December.

FGC in 2020
The FGC will return on January 2nd 2020.

Posted Wednesday 4th December 2019 12:43:37 by Ian Pearson

21st November – The day British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" is a hoax

Games Played:

In 1953 on November 21st, the authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax.

Previously in time, in 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes make the 1st manned free balloon flight in a Montgolfier balloon.

Hmm. Coincidence? This author thinks not!

As to the games, a good crop. The number seems to be increasing each week, as do the numbers of members turning up. Keep up the good work guys.

A noticeable absence this week. No ‘Brass: Birmingham’ this week. Replaced by ‘Crystal Palace’ perhaps.


Silly games night on 19th December.

FGC in 2020

The FGC will return on January 2nd 2020.

(Yes, I know! The dates this time are just awkward.)

Posted Wednesday 27th November 2019 10:46:42 by Ian Pearson

7th November

Games Played:

On this day in 1805 Lewis and Clarke first sight the mouth of the Columbia River and thus the Pacific Ocean.

Also, in 1800 it becomes illegal for women in Paris to wear trousers without a Police permit. (This was only repealed in 2013! Way to go France! NOT!)

Back to the FGC. An excellent turnout with a good number of games played. Quite a few new titles (blame Essen) of which some are extremely good.


Who is going?

Posted Wednesday 13th November 2019 11:21:21 by Ian Pearson

31st November - All Hallows' Eve

Games Played:

On this day in history two events should be noted.

In 1648, King Charles I was captured by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War.

More importantly, in 1487, the first ‘Beer Purity Law’ was instigated in Munich stating beer should be brewed from only three ingredients – water, malt and hops.

At the FGC in London, nothing spooky happened at all, not even the games were ‘spooky’,‘Arkham Horror’ is WAY beyond ‘spooky’, so that does not count.

Needless to say, but everyone seemed to be having fun and I must give a call out the new people: ‘I hope you all had a great time and that we will see you again’

After all, after 28 years of being at the same venue, we aren’t going anywhere.

SILLY GAMES NIGHT – 19th December

I can confirm that the FGC SGN will be on the 19th December, 1 week after we know who our new Masters will be. [Shouldn’t that be ‘Employees’? – ED]

Despite that, there will be the usual fun and games: a member raffle, Air Hockey and Quack Shot tournaments with the usual Leisure Games Vouchers.

However, we need ideas for the third tournament. Currently it’s going to be ‘Klask’ if no-one has an alternative.

Members usually bring cakes and chocolate in quantity and people are encouraged (but not forced) to bring ‘Silly’ games to play. What constitutes ‘Silly’ is up to you.

I’m assuming the 3’ snow drifts predicted by the Express and Sun newspapers will not materialise. Even if they do, I expect you all to make the effort travelling. 😉

Attendance is free to all members as this evening will be designated an ‘Emergency General Meeting’. (‘Emergency’ as by this point in the Christmas shopping cycle, everyone needs a good dose of festive jollity.)

Posted Sunday 3rd November 2019 16:27:54 by Ian Pearson