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Subject: Epsom Games Day #74 - Saturday 17 December 2016 rss

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Jim Sutherland
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'Twas the week before Christmas Eve, and the last EGC Games Day of the Year. All those times you said "I must go along" but somehow something else took precedence, but left you with an ache in your gaming fulfilment? Well, come and make merry....

[Who knows, the dross (if their was any) from Essen Fair will have been filtered away and good new games may well abound. But older favourites will also be in abundance, I am sure.]


Saturday 17 December 2016
from 10:00 until

We will be using our normal Games Days venue of:

St Mary's Church Hall, London Road, EWELL, KT17 2AY.

It is opposite the church - hopefully you can't miss that - and the hall looks like this:



To help pay for the cost of the hire of the hall and the use of its catering facilities, there is a charge;

£5 for the day - £3 for half (or less) of the day

ADMISSION IS FREE FOR THE UNWAGED and also for anyone's first visit.

Please post below any questions about attending or letting us know you will be coming along on the day.

And please use the Geeklist on this link to suggest and discuss games you would like to play on the day.

Look forward to seeing you there.


We use an open gaming format although more recently there has been an ever increasing playing of games where the theme is important/stronger, including ancient Rome, science fiction, fantasy, and horror (not necessarily all at the same time shake ).

We also play "Euro style" games, from those at the lighter end of the gaming spectrum through to those that will melt your ear-wax if not your brain!

Some attendees use the day to organise and play some of the longer (time wise) games in their collections, especially some of the war games or 18xx games.

So all in all, a mixed bag and probably something for everyone.

Most people tend to bring several quite a few of their games along with them to offer a wide choice of options of games to play (choosing a game to play is often the hardest part of the day!), but please feel free to bring along any of your games you would like to play. Or use the link above to measure support for a particular game that you would like to play.

Details about who played what games on the last Games Day can be found here.


This event is open to anyone of any age who appreciates playing board and card games but we do ask that all children are accompanied by an adult who has beaten them in at least one game recently! laugh

We typically get somewhere between a dozen to twenty people attending but can comfortably fit some more into the space available. Attendees vary in age from pre-teen to 60+ years young, and we are fortunate enough to have had a few women players from time to time, so we are not all "middle aged, bearded geeks"! shake)

If this sounds like fun, but you think you may not know the games that will be on offer to play do not worry; people are always prepared to teach games - in fact, many of us are more than happy to be told the rules rather than read them anyway! whistle

And we are very friendly and welcoming, so don't worry about being "new" and "not knowing anybody". Most of the now regular attendees did not know each other before the club started!


There is no parking on site but there is usually plenty of on-street parking opposite the hall or in the nearby streets.

It's about fifteen minutes walk from Ewell West railway station and a little further from Ewell East.

The nearest bus stop (a few minutes walk) is the one called "the Spring" on London Road; buses 293, 406 and 467 stop there.

There is wheelchair access at the venue and you will also get to see what passes for the garden!


Good lighting, plenty of tables, ample kitchen including use of all the facilities - a microwave, cooker, refrigerator, dishwasher, lots of crockery, cutlery and glassware. Tea, coffee and squash are all available at a very nominal charge.

There is a new "Village Pizza" shop opened on Ewell Bypass (Russell's wife says it's the best pizza she's ever had) and a nearby fish and chip shop (assuming it has been refurbished after a recent fire!) open all day that gets a great deal of custom from us (fish is good, chips not bad, pies fair, sausages best avoided!)

There's also a Sainsburys local about 10 minutes walk away and some sandwich shops between the hall and Sainsburys.

And there is a nearby pub - the Spring - a couple of doors down for people who would like a lunchtime pint (and they do nice food but they can be busy and therefore slow if you want to eat there).

And recently (end of 2016), some of us having been going a touch £exotic" sampling delights of things like Shish Kebabs (with chips, of course) while the chippy is being refurbished after the recent fire.

Or you can just bring some food and drink with you which is what many people do! shake


Epsom Games Club was formed just over five-and-a-half years ago and has a well attended Thursday evenings club in Epsom. We are fortunate enough to have a few people who like to buy/collect games so there is a slight "cult of the new" (means we often get to try games before we buy them ourselves whistle).

And because many of us think that four hours an evening once a week is insufficient for our game playing needs, that we hold a Games Day (typically) on the third Saturday of each month.

Our Games Day was relocated due to our previous free-to-use venue in Epsom suddenly closing and the Ewell hall was best in terms of free parking, hire cost and local amenities.

This will be our seventy-fourth Games Day.

Check out our BGG Guild page: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/929


Because we want to be "responsible customers", we do our best to leave venue on time as well as cleaner and tidier than we arrived, so if you can tidy away your rubbish, collapse your table and stack it away along with the chairs as you leave, that would be much appreciated, as would finishing before rather than just after 18:00. shake
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