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We are a small group of board gamers who meet up at the White Horse pub in Castle Street, Hertford at 7PM every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month.
There are currently only 4-6 of us but we are looking to build up a bigger circle of players and run multiple games.
Depending on numbers we play Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Game of Thrones (time permitting!), Imperial Assault, Memoir ’44, Dead of Winter, Cosmic Encounter etc, but would encourage you to bring your own games along if you have any you want to play.
it’s a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere and we don’t take anything too seriously – especially towards the end of the evening after 3 or 4 of the excellent real ales or ciders the pub offers!
There is usually ample local parking and we play in the beautiful and atmospheric upstairs rooms (note there is no disabled access that I'm aware of).
The pub has asked us to enforce an over 21 age limit but there is a little bit of flexibility there if it's just one ot two younger players, or if you wish to bring sons or daughters along - although no under 18's please!
No prior experience necessary. Please contact me for more details if you are interested: paul.clarke(AT)fumair.co.uk (replace the (AT) with @).

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John Harrington
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Hi.

What's the lighting like in the White Horse these days? When we played there a few years back we took along our own lamps as it was a bit on the dingy side.

What time do you typically finish? I have to be up at five in the morning so a 10pm finish would be good, leaving you guys to end the evening with the typical closers.

On the other hand, I don't imagine anyone has ever said "anyone fancy a quick game of Battlestar Galactica" ...

I presume the pub still does not do food?

Cheers,



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Paul Clarke
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Hi John,
Thanks for getting in touch.
Yes, the lighting in the "library" room is pretty poor. We always take our own.
We normally finish around 11 - 11.30 but, as you suggested, we usually end on shorter games such as Coup or Resistance so bailing out early wouldn't be a problem.
The pub will be doing food in the new year - mostly curries as far as I know (and their trail runs on us regulars have been absolutely excellent!!!) but in the meantime, if you ask, they are quite happy for you to pick up a takeaway and bring it along, and will even provide cutlery.
We are playing tomorrow night if you fancy popping in, and we are also hoping to organise an evening on 28th (a Wedndesday). There is no charge for coming along and the festive ales, if you're into them, are well worth the visit.
Give me a call if you wish to discuss further.
Best regards,
Paul
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Paul,

Thanks for the update. I've already arranged a gaming session for the 28th but we might pop down in the evening to introduce ourselves and to roast our chestnuts on the open fire...

I don't know if you ever go on Beerintheevening.com but the White Horse must be on about its 10th landlord this century, so let's hope the current team are given a chance by Fuller's to make a go of it.


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Paul Clarke
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Great. Yeah, just pup upstairs and come in to see us on 28th if you get a chance. Are you on facebook? If you are, look me up: Paul Clarke (in Hertford) - my picture is a round shield with the Game of thrones Stark Wolf sigil - and friend request me and I'll add you to our closed group where we stay in touch regarding dates, preferred games, numbers of players etc.
The new Landlord Stef is a bit gruff but a good guy when you get to know him. Fullers certainly don't make things easy for him, but he's got some good staff, a constant fire on the go and some excellent ales.
have a good Christmas and I hope to see you soon.
Cheers,
Paul
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Well, as you no doubt realise, we did not make it down to the pub. We finished our gaming session at 10.30 (a tense come-from-behind one point win for the Entente Cordiale in "Quartermaster General:1914") so it was not practical to do so.

I shall, however, make it a New Year's Resolution to get down there one Tuesday.

I'm not on Facebook; I already waste enough time on t'Internet without having to sign up for another thief of time, but I've got your email so I will be in touch via that to discuss another attempted rendezvous.

Happy New Year!


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I thought I would update this thread and bump it up the page a bit.

It seems like the group is meeting every Tuesday now and not just the first and third Tuesday of the month.

I've been along two Tuesdays in a row and had a damned fine time, helped somewhat by the four pints of Seafarers I've consumed on each occasion.

As an aside, I notice from the Lion board gamers forum (a regular meeting on Monday in Liverpool) that they have had an issue with players not buying any or enough drinks. Happily, that does not seem a problem with this crowd. The White Horse is a great pub that is milked mercilessly by Fuller's.

We've had seven people both times (out of a pool of nine or ten possibles), which is not a bad number for a gaming group, especially as a number of the group seem happy to play two player games, but an eighth regular would be handy, as it would mean we could get two four-player games on the go, rather than a 4 and a 3.

Having said that, there are a lot more games that play well with three players these days.

The crowd seem pretty amenable to trying new games - Scythe looks like it could be on the table this Tuesday - so if you are in the area, contact Paul (who started this thread) for details.


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So, what have I played so far at this club?

A lorra, lorra Avalon. I seem to specialise in being Merlin.

A bit of Bang, some King of Tokyo and Archer: Once You Go Blackmail as end of evening closers.

Feature games have included Deus, Spaceship Merchants, Thunder Alley, Imperial Assault and Firefly, though I missed out on the last one as the numbers did not stack up.

Still waiting for Scythe to hit the table. Apparently it is "at the painter's", where the figures are being professionally painted.

Makes all the difference to the game, I am sure ...
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Now with added curry ... £8 a time.

Numbers are regularly above 10 these days and we're running out of room, to be honest, when the folk club is in (every other Tuesday) but we can probably squeeze in a couple more regulars, especially once term time resumes.

I could do with a few more Eurogamers turning up; there are way too many dice rolling, co-op and guess the traitor games hitting the table and we need to get some seriously dull simulations of 17th century lice hunting played!

Still waiting for the Nortfolk edition of Textile Merchant to make it to Hertford.
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Looks like we'll be decamping to the Hertford Club now that Fuller's has crushed the spirit and bank balance of yet another landlord of the White Horse.

We don't mind the wonky tables, the poky rooms, the dingy lights and the lack of food at the White Horse - we quite like them, in fact - but we draw the line at attending a pub with no beer.
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If you're going to be that picky I've heard that The Black Horse is an excellent pub, and also quite unsuitable for playing boardgames.
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Ah, the Black Horse. The pub has gone from strength to strength since Greene King unsuccessfully tried to sell it off to housing developers after which it allowed the landlord to buy it and turn it into a free house.

Fuller's: can you take a hint?

The Black Horse has offered to host us in the side room that is the main thoroughfare to the toilets, and it is under consideration, particularly by those club members who regard us as a drinking club where games get played.

We're planning to do some market research on a non-games night - otherwise known as a pub crawl.

For tonight, however, we shall be playing at the Hertford Club, where I shall be joining the tobacco addicts whenever they pop out for a fag break so I can exercise my right to express socialist views (not allowed in the Hellfire Club).
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I would stay inside and advocate those Marxist well known Tory policies of energy price caps, building council houses and not being able to tolerate Boris Johnson.

New games club in Southgate at Oak Hill College. As usual, (is a comma required there) they are releasing information as if they were charged for it, but they do want more players and it is a Friday night, so I guess that makes it alright.
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And of course there's the HHGG which is ~30mins from Hertford.
HHGG=Hemel Hampsted Games Group
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All sorted, now.

The Old Barge will be our new home. It no longer serves Woodford Wherry, by the looks of things, but you can't have everything.
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It's certainly big enough, and although the Kate & Sidney was a bit small it had the best gravy I've had in years. However, if they've stopped serving Wherry despite me buying 3 pints 51 weeks ago then I'm not going.
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I may pop along sometime soon.
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That would be good. We typically get 8-10 players each week and the room could comfortably accommodate half a dozen more.

Next Tuesday is shaping up to be a Halloween special. Our usual room is being taken over next Tuesday by a psychic - but at least we've been given fair warning - so we'll probably be in the upstairs room. I don't actually know where that is (I presume it is ... er ... upstairs) but if you come next Tuesday and can't find us just ask Josh behind the bar where the gaming group is.

Many of the group like co-op/narrative/guess the traitor games and the ones suggested for next week seem to fall in that category but I might try mingling with the psychic crowd and bring along Divinare.

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/118418/divinare

Last night we had Merchants & Marauders going on one table, Galaxy Truckers on the other table, and beer on all tables.

Still no Woodford Wherry, though. One ale from Jennings and another from some Lytham brewery was available so definitely a Fylde Coast theme going on somewhere.

(The group is not called Hertford Beergamers for nothing, but beer consumption is not compulsory).
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Jennings is a Cockermouth brewery, in The Lake District. If only you knew someone familiar with The Fylde Coast
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Bugger. So it is. I was thinking of Thwaites, which you will now tell me is also not a Fylde brewer.

I seem to recall Jennings's beers being fairly widely available in St Anne's-on-Sea, which probably explains my confusion - can't have been the beer, because I am not drinking at the moment.
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Thwaites is from Blackburn, about as close to the Fylde Coast as Liverpool. It's confusing there being so many places in the North.
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<<Thwaites is from Blackburn, about as close to the Fylde Coast as Liverpool.>>

I'll quit while I am behind.

<<It's confusing there being so many places in the North.>>

It all just seems one homogenous lump to me and starts about one foot north of Hertford.





(The above is a joke. Despite appearances to the contrary, I have ventured north of Watford once or twice, but most of my sketchy knowledge comes from this book: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/feb/03/travel.travelb... )
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