Sixty Second session - Settling and Seafaring
6th September 2023
A slightly quieter night to start September with just three tables on the go. A classic game had been requested beforehand that we were able to accommodate as well as a dungeon crawler and a trading game.
Sixty First session - London Underground
23rd August 2023
Another big session with 18 gamers including 2 more newcomers, word of the club does seem to be spreading, so it was another four table night filling the room with many different types of games.
Sixtieth session - Ancient History
9th August 2023
A new record for attendees with 23 gamers playing 10 different games over the course of the evening. The majority of the games had a historical flavour ranging from farming, through egyptian architecture to roman games and trading.
Fifty ninth session - Trees, Tribes and a touch of magic
26th July 2023
A bumper session with 20 attendees and a new record for most different games (twelve) played on the night, we even had to spread onto a fifth table!
Fifty eighth session - Life, Lucre and Liquor
12th July 2023
We had 15 attendees, including 3 first timers, and played a mix of new and old games mostly with themes about life, money and spirit making.
Fifty seventh session - Rat Race
28th June 2023
After last session with no new games out, this week we had many new games to try, partly because some members were recently back from a games exposition eager to try out their new loot. The games covered trains (of course), building zoos, abstract pattern building, rats making rockets to the moon, growing a forest and horse racing.
Fifty sixth session - Reef, forest, moon and mars
14th June 2023
The 11 players chose games set in a wide variety of locations this week. From the tableau building Ecosystem: Coral Reef, and the competitive forest replanting of Renature, to the filling of a rocket set for the Moon or terraforming the surface of Mars, with a side helping of gods and railways. Also possibly for the first time every game played this session had been played at a previous session, no new games!
Fifty fifth session - Lost Islands
31st May 2023
Another week where the blog title wrote itself with all three long games featuring islands but very different game mechanics. There were 12 gamers exploring and researching, cooperatively placing workers or shipping goods around and influencing market prices in this session.
Fifty fourth session - Planes, trains and automobiles
17th May 2023
There were 11 attendees this session and the longer games selected had a transportation theme this week.
Fifty Third Session - Tunnelling Below
3rd May 2023
There were 15 attendees this session trying more short games than usual, a classic medium-length game, and 2 longer games. A theme for the session was again tunnels (this time for trains), or digging and exploring below the ground.
Fifty Second Session - Trading, Tunnels, and Treasures
19th April 2023
There were 13 attendees this session who enjoyed 3 long games, 2 with a historical far eastern trading theme, and 1 just racing for treasure.
Fifty First Session - Ghosts and the Galapagos
5th April 2023
There were 15 attendees this session making for a 4 table long game split, with 2 new games tested and 2 previously played requests. Everyone was keen to get stuck in to the long games so the shorter filler games came out at the end this time.
Fiftieth Session - Heal the World
22nd March 2023
Little did we know on Wednesday 11th September 2019 that 4 years later, despite a pandemic, the club would be hitting its fiftieth session with a sizeable group of regular attendees and frequent newcomers. In that time 169 different board games have been played with at least 335 individual plays and also 4 different RPGs.
Forty Ninth Session - Bags of Birds
8th March 2023
This was an 19 person session despite the horrible cold and snowy weather, and we had 3 board game tables active playing 7 different games between them, and the D&D story also continued.
Forty Eighth Session - Adventuring Parties
22nd February 2023
This was an 18 person session, including 4 newcomers, and saw the return of role playing with a Dungeons & Dragons one-shot. Also many of the board games had an exploring, mapping, or treasure-seeking theme.
Forty Seventh Session - Tunnelling Terrors and Historical High Jinks
8th February 2023
This was a busy session with 4 lively tables hosting 19 gamers and 10 different games (some multiple times). Many of the games chosen involved exploring tunnels or caves or had some historical inspiration.
Forty Sixth Session - Industrial Deliveries
11th January 2023
This was a slightly quieter session as 9 intrepid souls braved the cold and rain to attend. We had only 1 starter game and then went straight into 2 long games with both tables choosing games with a theme in common, delivering goods by railway.
Forty Fifth Session - Factories and Containers vs Nature
11th January 2023
It was our first session back since an extended holiday season break, but it was well attended with 15 returning players and 4 tables active. There were a few club favourites out, but also some new Christmas present games on the tables.
Forty Fourth Session - Ra, Romans, and a Raffle
30th November 2022
This session was our annual charity night raising money for two local charities, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and St Ives Food Bank with donations, a bake sale and a raffle. Eighteen gamers turned up to support us and there was the usual varied selection of games running across 3 tables with the long games featuring either Ancient Rome or Egypt.
Forty Third Session - Space for Growth
16th November 2022
This was a 4 table and 15 player session with all the long games played involving space or growing plants or both. There was a nice range of new games to the club, including a quirky new starter game, and some returning favourites too.
Forty Second Session - Werewolves, Zombies, and a Kidnapping
2nd November 2022
This session was shortly after Halloween and so we played a few thematic games. It was also the first time since COVID for an in person role playing game (RPG). Plus there was time for a back-stabbing train game.
Forty First Session - Thrones and Bones
19th October 2022
This was another session with 2 pre-booked long games and another long game chosen on the night. In the end there were 4 tables active with 17 participants (including 1 new), which had either an area expansion or deck building mechanic.
Fortieth Session - Flora and Fauna
5th October 2022
All of the long games played by the 16 participants (including 2 new joiners) had a nature theme this session; from growing plants, creating food webs and dioramas, or building a zoo, to a battle of forest denizens.
Thirty Ninth Session - Peace, Perennials, and Precipitation
21st September 2022
It was a 3 table session this week with 13 gamers trying 7 games over the evening with themes covering biblical events, Roman entertainments, firework festivals, colonial diplomacy in Afghanistan, and competitive gardening.
Thirty Eighth Session - Imperial Entertainments
7th September 2022
It was a slightly smaller session this week with 11 gamers split over 2 tables. The first table went with a quick warm up and then into a long game, while the other table tried a range of short to medium games.
Thirty Seventh Session - Constructions and Crime Capers
24th August 2022
It was another warm summer day when we were grateful for a little air conditioning at the Corn Exchange, with 4 tables on the go serving 18 gamers (4 new) and 10 different games.
Thirty Sixth Session - Fumbling in the Darkness
10th August 2022
The stars aligned… and most of the committee were busy. Thankfully, several people stepped in to teach or run games. We had 16 gamers attending, including 1 new face, and playing 8 games (6 new to the club) over 4 tables.
Thirty Fifth Session - Kings and Creatures
27th July 2022
This was our most popular session since our debut back after lockdown session 13 with 20 gamers attending, including 2 new faces. We had 9 games out over 5 tables, 3 of which were new to the club.
The games this session had 2 definite themes: temples and volcanoes, or stocks and trading. It was a lively session with 12 returning gamers enjoying the aircon at the Corn Exchange on a hot summer day and playing 8 different games.
Thirty Third Session - Mystical Meadows
29th June 2022
We had lots of new games out this session - 3 new quick options for the start or end of the night, and 2 new long games with a development theme. This week we had 13 returning gamers playing 7 games over 3 tables.
Thirty Second Session - Rooting, Rolling, and Railing
15th June 2022
It was a big session with 17 gamers and 4 tables active playing a variety of animal, fantasy, train, trading, and space themed games. The blog title highlights the 3 games newly out on the tables this time, but there were a total of 10 different games played, some with a few plays each.
Thirty First Session - Pre Jubilee Pandamonium
1st June 2022
This was a good session on the eve of the Jubilee holiday with 12 gamers across 3 tables playing 7 different games.
Thirtieth Session - Big Fish and Brass Dragons
18th May 2022
This was a packed session with 17 gamers (1 new), which meant 5 separate tables on the go - we had to reshuffle the room and put a fifth table out partway through the evening. There were 10 different games played, a new club record, 6 of which were new to the club.
Twenty Ninth Session - May the Fourth be with You
4th May 2022
It was a slightly smaller session this week with 9 gamers, 4 taking on the topical challenge of the date with Star Wars: Outer Rim, while the other table messed with trains and Roman diplomacy.
Twenty Eighth Session - Animals, Boats, and Windows
20th April 2022
We had 15 gamers this session, including 3 new joiners! We had 3 long, 2 medium, and 2 shorter games on the tables.
Twenty Seventh Session - All the Z’s
6th April 2022
We had 14 gamers this session, including 1 new joiner, which let us play 2 long games with a Z theme (Zombies and Zimbabwe) and the final table giving Everdell its fifth outing.
Twenty Sixth Session - Pulsars and Theology
23rd March 2022
We had 12 returning gamers attending the session, giving another evening with 3 long games active with 4 players each. Everdell was out again for the fourth session in a row, joined by Pulsar 2849 and Nicaea providing an extensive range of gaming styles and themes.
Twenty Fifth Session - Space Race
9th March 2022
We had 12 gamers attending this session, 11 returners and 1 new member. The big game of the evening was Gaia Project, with a table of enthusiastic players that had been lined up in advance on Discord. Everdell was out for a third session in a row, and The Quest for El Dorado was a new game for club night, rounding off the longer games with the 3 tables nicely split with 4 gamers each.
Twenty Fourth Session - Building Crew
23rd February 2022
We had 16 returning gamers at this session, meaning we needed to build a 4-table 4-player crew for each long game.
Twenty Third Session - Wet Woodland Deliveries
9th February 2022
Twelve returning gamers attended the session on a typically chilly February evening. We started with a warm up game of Welcome to the Moon for the first 6 to arrive, with 2 players who had experienced the game in session 21 and 4 learners. People picked up the concepts pretty quickly and soon there were rocket sections filling up, system errors triggered, and finally blast off. There was also a quick game of Three of a Crime, a light deduction game, to divert a couple more members until we reached critical mass and could split up for the evenings long games.
Twenty Second Session - Fire! Fire!
26th January 2022
With fewer committee attending we asked for attendees to run more games and basically make this session work. Our youngest committee member was there at the start, but she seemed more interested in climbing the stairs and had to go home for her bedtime. Thankfully our amazing members made a brilliant session. So let’s kick the tires and light the fires¹ on this session report.
Twenty First Session - Diversity
12th January 2022
It was a quiet first session for 2022, but not surprising with high levels of that virus still circulating. However, the 9 gamers attending had a fun evening. The only commonality I could come up with about the games played was their diversity; in topic (space, nature, history) and play mechanics (flip and write, pick, pass and play, or area control, and conspiracy).
This was a milestone twentieth session in person and a new format with the inaugural charity night.
Nineteenth Session - Engines, Elections, and Ecology
17th November 2021
Some of the regulars were ill and so this session we had 10 players, 9 returners and 1 new joiner, trying some new longer games and a few favourite quick games.
Eighteenth Session - Post-Apocalyptic Martian Magic on Rails
3rd November 2021
We had 13 players this session (11 returners and 2 new joiners) trying 3 new games and 4 repeat performances.
Seventeenth Session - A Very Mixed Bag of Games
20th October 2021
We had 18 players this session, 15 returners and 3 new. With some of the committee adhering to the contain the contagion (cold not corona) advice, a few tables were hosted by normal members demonstrating games they had brought, which we encourage all weeks but was particularly helpful this session. Such a variety of themes for games were played this week that I can’t come up with a clever title for the session, if anyone can link wine growing, Machiavellian city building, peaceful Roman economic development, and power supply please post on Discord!
Sixteenth Session - Multiple Cities and Mysteries
6th October 2021
This was another bumper session with 17 attendees, 12 returners and 5 new members, over 4 tables and playing 9 board games. It is great that word of the club is spreading and people are coming along to see what is on offer.
Fifteenth Session - Trading Trains, Lost Civilisations, and Dystopian Worlds
22nd September 2021
This was another 3 table session with 11 attendees (all returners) playing a varied selection of game themes and mechanisms.
Fourteenth Session - Clans and Cities
8th September 2021
Thirteen people turned out for the second session back post-pandemic, including 5 new members and 8 returners. Only a few different games were played this session, all about building civilisations from clans to cities.
Thirteenth Session - Back from Lockdown
25th August 2021
Live sessions were able to resume on 25th August with a bumper turnout of old faces, new but previously virtual members, and some completely new joiners who had heard about the club and came along to try. The Corn Exchange has changed a little over the last year causing some initial issues with the hot beverage provision, but we managed to get the tea flowing and have some ideas to improve for next session.
Interim Online Sessions - Going virtual
17th July 2021
The club had to suspend in person gaming due to the persistent pandemic, and started online sessions fortnightly instead. Some of our regulars have continued joining in this way, and word has spread with quite a few new members also joining us. Sessions start at 7:30pm using voice comms over Discord and we have largely settled on Board Game Arena as the platform for games, although Tabletop Simulator and Boiteajeux have also been used. We tend to first play a few short, simple games while we see who is joining the session, followed by a longer game, and finally, for those with the stamina, another 1 or 2 shorter games. Some are games that club members own and have had outings at the in person sessions (see other blogs/reviews) and some are new games discovered through the online platforms.
Twelfth Session - Birds, Skye, and Villagers
11th March 2020
We had 14 attendees this session despite the spring chill, with two games from last session making a reappearance and some new players learning them. There were a lot of games involving villagers, crafting, building, or topically fighting epidemics.
Eleventh Session - Athletic Ninja Escapes
26th February 2020
We had 19 people this session, making it the new record breaker for both total number of attendees and biggest RPG game! It included competitive birding, civilisation building, ninja training, and a first trial of an escape room in a box.
Tenth Session - Mars, Mordor, and Menageries
12th February 2020
Nine people turned out despite the cold for this session, including one new member, which included settling on Mars, battling evil to defeat Sauron, and building the best zoo.
Ninth Session - Heroes, Horrors, and Homage
29th January 2020
This was a great session, even though only two committee members could attend, with heroes smiting evil, haunted houses and wonderous civilizations. This is a very quick summary of what was played - we’ll be back with a full blog as usual for the next session.
Eighth Session - Spirits, Ghosts, and Things that Go Bump in the Dungeon
15th January 2020
It was a good start to the New Year despite a few members falling victim to the seasonal bugs. We had 11 gamers, all returning members, with games involving an island of spirits, clanking in the dungeon trying to steal a dragons treasure, and a city surrounded by ghosts.
Seventh Session - An Abundance of Islands
4th December 2019
This week was the seventh St. Ives Tabletop session, with 10 attendees in total including 1 new gamer and 3 games tables. The theme of the gaming took us to 3 different islands: 1 cursed, 1 inhabited by spirits, and 1 Scottish.
Sixth Session - Shipwrecks, Survival and Scuba diving
20th November 2019
It was the sixth St. Ives Tabletop session, with 11 attendees in total and 2 new gamers. Some of our avid RPG crew were unable to come so instead 3 board game tables were set up, one with the infamous game Robinson Crusoe as requested.
Fifth Session - Mars, Wind and Fire
6th November 2019
It was the fifth St. Ives Tabletop session and we had another good turnout, despite missing 2 of the committee members, with 11 attendees in total and 1 new gamer. Due to the shortage of committee members, we decided to focus the session on board gaming and not to run a RPG table. That gave us 2 tables over the course of the evening with firefighting, fortune telling, kingdom building and terraforming!
Fourth Session - Garden Planet
23rd October 2019
A record breaking session with the most attendees so far (15), the most different board games played (7), and the most game plays in a night (9 - 2 games played twice). Not forgetting an RPG table trying to bring some modern infrastructure to a fantasy setting!
Third Session - Excitement and Evolution
9th October 2019
Another good turnout with 8 returners and 3 new gamers meaning 3 tables ran over the course of the evening involving investigations, prison breaks, boasting, climate change and evolution!
Second Session - Time and Wonder
25th September 2019
Our second session had good attendance with 9 returning players and 5 new gamers joining, which let the session start with 4 active tables. In fact it was so active that we rearranged the RPG table so they could better interact, while the board gamers explained rules for new players and in one case rolled lots of dice. The RPG table was where John led a lively Cthulhu Dark one-shot session, with 4 adventurers going on a journey through time in the village of Dunwich and resulting in some of the crew descending into insanity.
First Session - Architecture Great and Small
11th September 2019
It was the first session of the St. Ives Tabletop gaming club on the of 11th September and we weren’t sure what to expect. So it was great to be joined by some new keen gamers and after a little deliberation we worked out how to split up based on peoples games preferences and had 3 tables running.