Mid Sussex Meeples Mid Sussex Meeples
Mid Sussex Meeples
Mid Sussex Meeples
Mid Sussex Meeples
Mid Sussex Meeples
Mid Sussex Meeples
Mid Sussex Meeples

WHO AND WHAT ARE THE MID SUSSEX MEEPLES...

ABOUT ME...

My name is Paul Lamprey, a bus driver by trade and I run Mid Sussex Meeples with help from my wife and the many, many new loyal friends I've made since starting the group. I was also diagnosed in 2016 with Depression and Anxiety. Personally, I love board games, even more so recently, delving into another time, world, place, even for just a few minutes or hours. Over the last few years, I have had my eyes opened to the world of board games, way beyond your Monopoly, Chess, Scrabble etc. into a new world of Carcassonne, Catan, Qwirkle, Ticket to Ride and so many more. Introducing myself to many new game mechanics including co-op games, deck building, resource management and worker placement among many more.

The board game world began to show me it's wonders a couple of years ago when I found 'Wil Wheaton's TableTop' series on YouTube and after watching pretty much everything he'd done sought out more. Who knew the variety of games that were available, 'Co-Op' games, where you and your co-players work together to beat the game itself, or even '1 vs All' games, 1 person plays the big bad in an attempt to thwart the other players actions. It was truly a 'Willy Wonka/Chocolate Factory moment'. I proceeded to buy the odd game that really appealed to me from watching the show, together with watching additional YouTube videos from the ongoing 'Watch It Played' series.

Watching videos and buying games were fine but not having too many friends meant an issue with actually playing them all. A couple I did buy had 'Solitaire' modes, 'Marvel Legendary', so I could play them on my own, my wife would join in with a game she fell in love with, 'Qwirkle', as did the mother-in-law and my great friend and nephews would play various games, Boss Monster, Marvel Legendary, Exploding Kittens, Catan Junior, et al. My niece's particularly love Sandwich Masters and Kodama. So there we go, my hunt for a gaming group began but with an issue with confidence and depression, making new friends was an obstacle.

Once my depression was under control, I forced myself to go to 'The Horsham Gaming Group', that had been on my radar for a while and believe me when I say it was one of the best moves I have ever made. Nervously turning up with a couple bags full of my games, the group was opening and welcome to me and within minutes I was sat down learning and playing a new game. That 7 hours went by in a flash, I must have played at least 5 different games in that time, including a couple of my own I had taken. I walked out, thoroughly enthusiastic about what had just taken place and begging for more.

It was only a few weeks until the next gaming day but this time the event was in Crawley under the tutelage of my now, great friend Alan, who runs 'Dungeon Crawl'ey', so I set about watching more 'How To Play' videos in preparation, just to get a little head start on anything we may play. I arrived in Crawley all set, the time flew by, new games learned and played, new friends were made and I left more invigorated than the last time and again, eager for more.

Mid Sussex Meeples

WHAT, THERE ARE MORE THAN 6 BOARD GAMES...?

There are thousands of board games... if your thoughts or experience with board games only extends to the realms of Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Game of Life, Scrabble etc, then we can certainly open your eyes and lead you down the rabbit hole. Those games, just mentioned, are the literal of literals, the tip of very large iceberg. It still shocks me today as I find more and more games that appeal to me, from a wide range of themes, mechanics and complexity. Some games lasting multiple hours to those lasting mere minutes. Just take a look at the list below of a few games that are in my collection, those I've played and those on my radar that I'm particularly hopeful of playing at some point, all linked to their corresponding pages on 'Board Game Geek'.

Mid Sussex Meeples

WHY BOARD/TABLETOP/CARD GAMING...?

Recent studies have shown that it can help with numerous social and anxiety issues, I personally have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety and please believe me when I say that is so far from my thoughts when I am gaming. Gaming has also be shown to be fantastic for keeping your brain fully fit and active, even pro longing the onset of any cognitive decline associated with Dementia and Alzheimer. The world of board gaming has so much to offer every one of us, we ask you to come and experience it for yourselves.

Mid Sussex Meeples

ABOUT US...

Our group is based in Burgess Hill for beginners and more experienced players, from the young right through to the young at heart, to gather, play, teach, learn some of the wondrous games that can be played on a table top. We have many a seasoned, patient pro in gaming, always welcome to teach a new game to people, we understand reading rules isn't the best start so learning as you play with a verbal rulebook at hand is certainly easier and helpful. The main reason we play, to have fun, laughter can be heard throughout the days as plans go awry and dice rolls just don't come up trumps. Winning is always nice but it's the social interaction, comradary and the enjoyment in playing that will have you leaving wanting more.

After we began our group back in late 2017 we have seen an ever growing number of people come through the door at our events. From 3 events in 2018 to 7 dates throughout 2019, to now, just confirming 9 dates for 2020.

Since 2017 we have built solid relationships with many groups in the surrounding area even as a result have had groups emerge from members attending ours in the last 2 years. In Crawley we have Dungeon Crawley Board Game Club Game Days throughout the year with Crawley Gaming Community (Mondays) and Pound Hill Gamers (Fridays) offering weekly evening sessions too. Reigate has seen the emergence of the Surrey Board Game Group - Reigate who also hosts days through the year. Horsham is home to the Horsham Gamers who host various events each month from casual get-togethers and game nights to a fully functional festival once a year. Along with them is BattleQuest Legacy formed from the now closed down BattleQuest games in Horsham that host gaming evenings on Thursdays. Mid Sussex War Gamers host an afternoon of gaming once a fortnight in East Grinstead. Other groups like Worthing Boardgamers and Uckfield Tabletop Gamers too, but even if you don't live locally then I'm sure just by a little investigating online, maybe via MeetUp, GameFor or TableTop Magazine, then you'll find a group near you.

Mid Sussex Meeples

OUR GAME DAYS...

We hold our game days at Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 8DX. Cyprus Road Car Park, at the rear of the hall hosts free parking on Sundays.

Entrance is just 5 per person for the day, inclusive of Tea/Coffee/Squash and Biscuits and your welcome to come and go throughout the day, pop out for some lunch or bring some back to carry on gaming.

We have no age restriction and welcome any well behaved children in with an accompanied adult right through to those young at heart pensioners looking for some extra activities to partake in and of course every one in between.

We are on the level with disabled parking at the door and have fully accessible W/C facilities. It is truly a hobby that brings everyone together and a fantastic sight seeing multiple generations sat down interacting over some card paper and plastic.

All money taken is put back into the club, securing the venue for further events, to promote the club within the local area and to add games to the ever growing library available for you to use at the events.

Our library, currently, consists of 75+ titles, many of which are brought to our events for people to play. Other members also bring their own games with them to also play, meaning that your always spoilt for choice.

We will also have a 'For Sale' table in case any gamers are looking to raise funds for new games. So if you are looking to lighten your shelves then reluctantly bring down your unwanted board games and put them on the table, together with a post it note with your name and asking price. Buyers can then find you at the group.

In essence this is what I want from our gaming day, a great social occasion, where we can put our phones away for a few hours, interact with other people over a common subject. I've dated the first meeting to slot in with the others groups I attend, so we are close to 2 game days per month, at least for the foreseeable future.

Mid Sussex Meeples

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ANYTHING ELSE...

The best place to keep up to date with the group will be our 'Facebook Page' or if you fancy looking into some of the games that may be at the gaming day head on over to the 'Links Page' and check out some How To Play YouTube videos.

We hope you like what you've read and can make it to our next event, where we look forward to seeing you.

CURRENT GAMES IN OUR LIBRARY

CURRENTLY BACKED GAMES ON KICKSTARTER

(KS) 'Kickstarter Games'