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In July of 2015 I started a group on Meet Up and called it the Hawkes Bay Geeks Guild.

My goal was to get three or four members so we could play board games and go see geeky movies together. It grew rapidly and soon my dream of making a couple of friends was replaced with a dream to create a community. A Facebook group was created which now has over 800 members and see regular posts about all things geeky.

Monday Night Board Games became a popular, well-loved event and was joined by an arsenal of other events like family outings, movie nights, dinner events, an annual quiz night, road trips and scavenger hunts. In 2018 we hosted our first ever BayCon; a weekend long board game convention and soon after that, the guild became an official incorporated society.

With each passing year the guild continues to grow. More friendships are formed, new board games are discovered and more discussions over ‘which superhero would totally kick some other superhero’s butt’ are had. The goal keeps evolving and growing with the community and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.

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5 days ago

Howdy Guildren. Tomorrow is Monday Night Games!
It's also the Fourth of July, so maybe play a game with an American bent, like Railway Tycoon, or Power Grid, or Freedom: The Underground Railroad.
As the first Monday of the month, it's also our N00b friendly event. Medwyn Popplewell will be on hand to help any newbies, and help find a game to play, and people to play it with.
We are entering week 3 of our table pledge, and we have made it to $745 dollars, which gets us to our second set of tables and chairs! Thanks to everyone to has already donated. Our next goal is at $1050, which will get a 3rd full set of table and chairs. As a reminder, while we will be using them for Monday Night Games primarily, they will be available to borrow to any paid up member of the Guild if they want to run an event.
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Howdy Guildren. Tomorrow is Monday Night Games! 
Its also the Fourth of July, so maybe play a game with an American bent, like Railway Tycoon, or Power Grid, or Freedom: The Underground Railroad.
As the first Monday of the month, its also our N00b friendly event. Medwyn Popplewell will be on hand to help any newbies, and help find a game to play, and people to play it with.
We are entering week 3 of our table pledge, and we have made it to $745 dollars, which gets us to our second set of tables and chairs! Thanks to everyone to has already donated. Our next goal is at $1050, which will get a 3rd full set of table and chairs. As a reminder, while we will be using them for Monday Night Games primarily, they will be available to borrow to any paid up member of the Guild if they want to run an event.

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David and I think we’d like to play Railroad Tycoon. Any takers to move cubes around a map?

1 week ago

Great News Guildren!
Another Evening of Boardgames is coming to Hastings!
Friday 1st July 6:30pm at Level 5, 215 Railway Road.
Bring your favourite games and favourite people!
Please RSVP on meetup: meetu.ps/e/LcX79/yLJJX/i
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Great News Guildren!
Another Evening of Boardgames is coming to Hastings!
Friday 1st July 6:30pm at Level 5, 215 Railway Road.
Bring your favourite games and favourite people!
Please RSVP on meetup: https://meetu.ps/e/LcX79/yLJJX/i

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I cannot go this week, but looking forward to a future one

Sorry it’s my legacy game night but can hopefully go next week!

Sounds great I will try to make it

Turns out I might be able to make it!

Sorry night shift next Friday yeesss

I'll be attending, I don't do Meetup RSVPs. That'd require having to sign up.

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2 weeks ago

Hey Guildren!
A few of people have asked about the DnD reward as part of the Table n Chair pledge.
This reward is to get some more DnD happening within the guild and does not actually need to occur at Monday Night Games. A common question we often get is how do I find a game of DnD and I am donating my time to run a one shot dnd game for up to 6 players who donate to helping us acquire some tables and chairs for Guild use. The game I plan on running will be suitable as an introduction to DnD, if you've played a little or if you have more experience than level 20. I will also run another separate if we can raise $500. This might be the same or different one off game. If you have questions please ask and keep an eye out as your committee is working away on bringing more events to our fellow Geeks.
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So is this one shot for complete newbies? Or for those that have only played a game or two too?

2 weeks ago

Merry Sunday Guildren!
Tomorrow, while being Monday Night Games Day, is also Industrial Workers of the World Day. www.daysoftheyear.com/days/industrial-workers-of-the-world-day/
So, it feels like Worker Placement or games themed around a factory are the way to go!
Maybe Pipeline, a game where you refine oil by ramming it through pipes. Or Euphoria, where you need to keep your workers in the dark about their working conditions, or they'll leave. Viticulture is an excellent worker placement game, and no one is more industrious than the Dwarves in Caverna.
Also, side note, tomorrow is also National Ice Cream Cake Day. www.daysoftheyear.com/days/national-ice-cream-cake-day/ It doesn't say which nation, so it COULD be New Zealand. Can't think of any ice cream themed games, but maybe someone will be inspired.
Our pledge drive for tables is still ongoing, details for which can be found on the whiteboard near the games. We've raised enough for 1 complete set, and an extra table, and we're only $170 off getting for more chairs! We are also only $1470 away from forcing me to play Hanabi every week, so there's that.
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Merry Sunday Guildren!
Tomorrow, while being Monday Night Games Day, is also Industrial Workers of the World Day. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/industrial-workers-of-the-world-day/
So, it feels like Worker Placement or games themed around a factory are the way to go!
Maybe Pipeline, a game where you refine oil by ramming it through pipes. Or Euphoria, where you need to keep your workers in the dark about their working conditions, or theyll leave. Viticulture is an excellent worker placement game, and no one is more industrious than the Dwarves in Caverna.
Also, side note, tomorrow is also National Ice Cream Cake Day. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/national-ice-cream-cake-day/ It doesnt say which nation, so it COULD be New Zealand. Cant think of any ice cream themed games, but maybe someone will be inspired.
Our pledge drive for tables is still ongoing, details for which can be found on the whiteboard near the games. Weve raised enough for 1 complete set, and an extra table, and were only $170 off getting for more chairs! We are also only $1470 away from forcing me to play Hanabi every week, so theres that.

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Euphoria anyone?

I'd be keen for viticulture or happy to learn pipeline

I might bail team. Feeling 😴

2 weeks ago

Hey Guildren!
You asked for more events so we have another boardgame evening this week, this time in Hastings!
Starting at 6.30pm on Thursday 23 June we will be hosting boardgames with Zach Attwood at Level 5, 215 Railway Road.
This is near the police station and with a decent view of the CBD.
Don't worry there is a lift available too.
So bring your favourite boardgames and some friends and enjoy!
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This is great idea..we have an office on level 5 as well.

So good to see more events and in Hastings too! Thank you Zach Attwood

We are going to be at civic square for matariki that night but might wander over after! 🥰

This up on Meetup. Meetup with Hawkes Bay Geeks Guild: meetu.ps/e/LbTKz/yLJJX/i Don't forget to RSVP.

I'll also be there to collect any additional pledge / donations for Geeks Guild Tables n Chairs!

I'll be there with a container full of games that may or may not interest anyone! 😀

Almost ready

Thanks to those who came out tonight.

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3 weeks ago

Happy Sunday night guildren!

Tomorrow is, of course, Monday Night Games. Additionally we will be launching our first Pledge Drive. This will last for the next 4 weeks. The folding tables are starting to break down, and the resin chairs we have are not the most comfortable. Details about the pledge drive are attached to this post. Donating is not compulsory, but if you want to support the Geek Guild, and Monday Night Games, please consider it.

But enough about that, what games do y'all wanna play tomorrow night.

Remember to RSVP on meetup if you are planning on coming.
www.meetup.com/geeksguild/events/286518970/?fromSeries=true
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Happy Sunday night guildren!

Tomorrow is, of course, Monday Night Games. Additionally we will be launching our first Pledge Drive. This will last for the next 4 weeks. The folding tables are starting to break down, and the resin chairs we have are not the most comfortable. Details about the pledge drive are attached to this post. Donating is not compulsory, but if you want to support the Geek Guild, and Monday Night Games, please consider it.

But enough about that, what games do yall wanna play tomorrow night.

Remember to RSVP on meetup if you are planning on coming.
https://www.meetup.com/geeksguild/events/286518970/?fromSeries=true

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I love this! Is the DND appropriate for a complete newbie? If so, I’m In for $15! (If not, I’m still donating) 😝

So your saying if we get 2k. David will play hanbi when ever we request?

Shall we try for Architects again Medwyn?

Sorry night shift

Just to clarify. Reward levels don't stack they see individual things. So if you are kind enough to donate $60 you could get either a name on chair OR DnD and Take Colour or other combination but not all. If paying by direct deposit please include reward you want.

1x Chair for me!!!

HANABI?! OH MY

The meetup thing isn't working for me on my phone but I will be there 😅

Geek guild bank account here for easy copy/paste. Please be sure to include your name in the reference.

We're thinking about playing Pret a Porter tonight, with Alanah Schupbach. Does anyone who already knows how to play want to join?

Wyatt is sopping wet and ready for selfies!

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4 weeks ago

Happy Sunday afternoon Guildren. Having now recovered from Wellycon, we are raring to go for Monday Night Games again.

Anyone planning to come should RSVP to the meetup here, so we know how many tables to set up. www.meetup.com/geeksguild/events/hrjnvsydcjbrb/

I am hoping to take some pictures this week to update our "How to Monday Night Games" post on Facebook. Don't worry, I'll warn you if you want to scurry away first.

Ask Colin about playing Upkeep. It's his new favourite game.
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Happy Sunday afternoon Guildren. Having now recovered from Wellycon, we are raring to go for Monday Night Games again.

Anyone planning to come should RSVP to the meetup here, so we know how many tables to set up. https://www.meetup.com/geeksguild/events/hrjnvsydcjbrb/

I am hoping to take some pictures this week to update our How to Monday Night Games post on Facebook. Dont worry, Ill warn you if you want to scurry away first.

Ask Colin about playing Upkeep. Its his new favourite game.

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You have to buy the game from me to play it.

Provided I am not sick, Medwyn is gonna teach me the IRL 7 Wonders Architects!

I'll bring the new Libertalia as well

1 month ago

Hey Guildren!
We are putting out the call for ANYONE who wants to join the planning committee for Baycon, our own local boardgame and other geeky things gathering.
If you or someone you know wants to help out in some way or have any questions please get in touch with me or any of the other wonderful committee members.
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BayCon! BayCon! BayCon!

Do I even need to comment?

Happy to help,

Happy to assist, depending on dates

I am not at all in the Bay but we've been to Hawkes Bay Con once & we are big fans (and will be back for HBC again whenever it is on). In my working life I am a funding and health and safety pro for community/arts orgs so wanted to offer help from afar with processes for these if you needed. We are based in Ōtautahi Chch so hopefully you will have local knowledge on these closer and I am too redundant to be needed but just in case thought I would chime in :).

I wanna help!

Matthew? 🤔

I'm in (y)

When is it this year?!

What will be the "Other geeky things" be?

Something D&D 5e related?

I think the weekend you were looking at I’m off to Rotorua that Sunday but I can help on Saturday. Happy to help in the prep work where I can too.

Happy to help where I can

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2 months ago

Kia ora Guildren.

Tomorrow’s Monday Night Games falls on Lucky Penny Day! I’ve come up with a few ways to commentate this.

1) pick a resource you start the game with. This is your ”Lucky Penny”. Do not spend it. Keep if for the rest of the game. If you spend it you will be cursed forever.

2) play a game that relies heavily on luck. Almost any game where you roll dice qualifies, Although I suggest the following: Space Base, Catan, Quacks of Quedlingburg, or No Thanks.

3) maybe a game with wishing. I dunno, I’m reaching here. Dominion has a card called Wishing We’ll, and Five Tribes has Djini, which are kinda like genies.

In any event, if you want to plan a game to play, this is the post to do it. I’m leaning towards something mid-weight, but have not yet decided.
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Kia ora Guildren. 

Tomorrow’s Monday Night Games falls on Lucky Penny Day! I’ve come up with a few ways to commentate this. 

1) pick a resource you start the game with. This is your ”Lucky Penny”. Do not spend it. Keep if for the rest of the game. If you spend it you will be cursed forever. 

2) play a game that relies heavily on luck. Almost any game where you roll dice qualifies, Although I suggest the following: Space Base, Catan, Quacks of Quedlingburg, or No Thanks. 

3) maybe a game with wishing. I dunno, I’m reaching here. Dominion has a card called Wishing We’ll, and Five Tribes has Djini, which are kinda like genies. 

In any event, if you want to plan a game to play, this is the post to do it. I’m leaning towards something mid-weight, but have not yet decided.

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In the latter part of the night (or maybe earlier, who knows?!?!), there'll be some good ol' "Telestrations" for those who enjoy something on the silly side 😀

I would be very keen for quacks if it's on the go. And Telestrations for that matter 🙂

I suggest any munchkin game. Kicking in the door and looting the room is all about luck

I can bring Quacks with me this evening if it's not already there (+ expansions). And I'll have Telestrations with me, too 😀

I’m moving to NZ and that’s why I had joined this group just first off. But y’all don’t have pennies. So why celebrate a lucky pennies day if y’all don’t have lucky pennies to find and pick up?

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