Finchley Games Club

Making Thursday evenings better since 1983

14th March

14th March – The anniversary of the Treaty of Ulm

Games played:

In 1647, the Thirty Years war is still raging and Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden sign the Truce of Ulm on this day.

A bit longer than our exile from the Old Finchleians, but sometimes it didn't feel like it.

Great games and great people.

p.s. Maximilian I of Bavaria broke the true a year later ….

FGC Annual General Meeting 2019, May 9th

The FGC AGM will take place on May 9th, the second week of the month as usual.

It will thus be free to attend the FGC on that night, provided you take part in the meeting. While we are not going to twist any arms (we can’t afford the ‘security’ staff) you really should be present. If you don’t turn up to have you say, then how can you say anything for the rest of the year.

It’s your main chance to talk about anything affecting the club. Given the ‘fun and games’ we have had this year, I suspect it may prove lively.

As usual, officers will be elected after (brief statements). Please note, there is currently a vacancy for an ordinary member. For those who are new to the FGC, there are 3 executive officers and 4 ordinary, so that the Executive can always be outvoted at committee meetings.

The meeting should be conducted in a spirit of consideration and fairness. If someone is speaking, then let them speak. If you wish to add to the conversation, raise your arm and the Chair of the meeting will point to you.

If you don’t do this, not only is it rude to over speak someone, it also increases the length of the meeting, which of course, decreases the amount of time to play games. Something no-one wants.

If you have something you feel should be put to the FGC membership, please give the topic to a committee member (with your name) and it will be added to the agenda. Please note, you will be given the privilege of opening the debate on the topic when it is called.

Finally, at the end of the meeting, membership fees become due. Currently £10, with a £5 concessionary rate.

Posted Tuesday 19th March 2019 12:53:37 by Ian Pearson

7th March

Games Played:

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for the ‘telephone’.

With less ringing in our ears (the noise level was considerably lower this week as we spread out across the sports club), many excellent games were played. Both old and new.

Two of them stand out, not counting another one in the ‘OM’ series making an appearance.

‘U Boat’

Wow! Talk about game components and chrome. I didn’t play, but it looked like everyone was having fun. (See the photos on FB.)

‘Vodoran Gardens’

A nice little end of evening filler card game. NOT! Oh, my goodness. What a fantastically evil little game. An absolute brain burner, that’s serious fun to play.

Posted Sunday 10th March 2019 12:29:43 by Ian Pearson

STACKING LIMITS EXCEEDED !!! and Sunday April 28th – FGC Sunday event cancelled.


Please look at the photo of the table against the wall on the FaceBook site.

Is this reasonable? Is this safe? Does this display any understanding of the concept of ‘sensible’?

I’m not going to name names as I feel that this MUST be an aberration. On the whole members of the FGC are just not that daft. Or am I wrong?

OK, I know the storage area is far from ideal and there is often a rush at the end of the evening, but please be patient if the room is full of people. DON’T just dump and run.

The table as positioned could easily have fallen on someone and injured them.

Not only that, it might well have taken a shower head with it. How do you think the Old Finchleians would have taken to having to deal with another flood? It would hardly help our cause as we negotiate with them during the period of adjustment to the new facilities.

Next time, please use your loaf.

Or any other toastable ‘bready’ products. I’m sure no-one would like me to rebuild and bring ‘Talkie Toaster’ to the club and tape it to their head as punishment.

Sunday April 28th – FGC Sunday event cancelled.

There has been a mix up and the FGC is no-longer booked to hold a ten-hour Sunday meet on the 28th April.

We do however have first refusal on any Sundays that become free. Unfortunately, as the Old Finchleians are a Summer Sports club, a date cannot be guaranteed until The Autumn at the earliest.

If anyone has details of an alternative venue, with similar facilities for around £125 quid then please let the committee know. (BTW, I know this is a tall order for North London, but you never know. The Old Finchleians is a fantastic venue and we get spoilt.)

Posted Friday 8th March 2019 13:41:18 by Ian Pearson

28th February

The day Nylon was invented - 28th Feb

Games Played:

On the day Nylon was invented in 1935, many other objects of plastic were placed against similar plastic objects and arrayed on cardboard, whilst attacking said cardboard with polyhedral plastic forms. (There would also probably have been wood and metal involved as well.)

What an interesting hobby we have.

Hmm, there are a number of good-looking games here that I don’t know. I’m clearly playing too much Brass. (Yes, you are – [ED])

Maybe I’m just ‘Brassed Off’!

Posted Thursday 7th March 2019 11:41:18 by Ian Pearson

21st Feb

Games played.

On the date the unmanned Soviet spaceship Luna 20 landed on the Moon (in 1972) a great number of games were manned at the FGC. Also, for the first time in many months, ‘Brass: Birmingham’ did not make the list. (Shame! - [ED])

We had a c. 60% turnout and as everyone knows, the sign of a healthy hobby club is the percentage that turn up to meetings. Well done to you all, but where are the other 40%? You are missing out on all the fun!

So many people, that we almost ran out of tables. We may need to buy some more!

The echo of happy laughter was again a problem. Far too many of you seemed to be having such a good time the level of noise exceeded the capacity of the room to absorb it. A ‘nice’ problem to have, but for the next meeting, we are going to spread out a bit more and one member is going to get hold of some sound baffling partitions.

While this will no doubt help, discussions have again taken place with the Old Finchleians towards finding a more permanent solution.

As they said, “it’s early days and we are learning as we go along”.

One final thought, is that if anyone wants a quiet space to play, we do have access to the changing rooms.

Posted Wednesday 27th February 2019 16:45:55 by Ian Pearson