Making Thursday evenings better since 1983
April 11th – Apollo 13th Launch day
On this day in 1970 the ill-fated Apollo 13 was launched. Two days later an oxygen tank exploded and the crew; L. Gordon Cooper Jr., Donn F. Eisele, Thomas J. Hanks and Edgar D. Mitchell battled heroically to save themselves and the spacecraft.
As shown in the definitive 1995 film, ‘Apollo 13’. (Well worth a look).
Nothing like that happened at the FGC (that I’m aware of), I’m glad to say and a good turnout was accompanied by the excellent games listed above.
(There WAS a zombie attack, but it was easily beaten back. Hardly worth mentioning really, but I thought I better had for accuracy. – ED)Posted Thursday 18th April 2019 10:34:11 by Ian Pearson
March 28th 2019 – The day before the Day of Days …
The day before the Day of Days,
That Never really was
I do wonder how history will regard this whole saga. Good or bad, I suspect that it will go down as a milestone for British politics. Perhaps the day that everything changed? Or then again perhaps not.
Whatever happens, no matter your ‘side’, there WILL be fallout. There MUST be consequences. Political, personal and economic, for all of us.
Remember this time people. This is History. There is an old Chinese curse: ‘May you live in interesting times’ and that is most certainly what we are experiencing.
History is quite different when you are in it, than when you read about it in books.
Anyway, in the Sanctuary that is the FGC a good time was had by all and many games were played.
On a personal note, I was in the Traveller game. I don’t get a chance to Role Play often these days and I was looking forward to it. We all got into our characters very quickly, possibly a bit too much for the progress of the story and to the slight chagrin of the DM.
Nevertheless, once we got going, we actually functioned very well as a team. Great fun all round and full marks to the Ref.
Of course, you all know it’s downhill from here on for our intrepid band ….Posted Wednesday 3rd April 2019 11:56:28 by Ian Pearson
21st March – The date of the last invasion of the UK
On this day in 1797 the last invasion of the UK took place.
An invasion force of 1400 French soldiers, in support of the Society of United Irishmen, was beaten off by 500 English reservists at Fishguard. So, Brexit is actually a VERY old concept that has been fought over for centuries. At least, we no-longer use guns!
An interesting list, not least ‘Wingspan’. A well designed visually appealing gentle game, very far in experience from the razors edge games I’ve been used to recently. Does it live up to the hype? No, but I’d play it again if I didn’t fancy a brain burner.Posted Thursday 28th March 2019 10:48:58 by Ian Pearson
14th March – The anniversary of the Treaty of Ulm
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
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.
Wow! Talk about game components and chrome. I didn’t play, but it looked like everyone was having fun. (See the photos on FB.)
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