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This sounds like I'm going to talk about games again today doesn't it?

Well you'll be shocked to hear I some times talk about coffee and drinks! Or maybe you won't.


So today's blog is talk about recreating some of your favourite drinks at home, to enjoy with a nice board game or watching a movie. I'll be writing a short recipe and recommending some different ways you could make the drinks if you don't have a coffee machine at home!


London Fog


A delicious sweet hot milk tea drink, made with Earl Grey tea.


Ingredients:

1 Earl Grey Teabag (We use Puro Fairtrade Earl Grey)

Milk (Any, even non-dairy!)

30ml Vanilla Syrup (Alter this to your desired taste, if you like it less sweet or your cup is smaller use less)

Recipe:

Boil the kettle and steep your Earl Grey teabag for 1-2 minutes (depending on the strength of the Earl Grey taste you prefer) in about 60ml water.

Heat milk, preferrably in a pan on the hob, to between 65C and 70C or if you're lucky enough to have a coffee machine follow these steps instead:

Fill your jug with about 2/3 the amount of milk required to fill your cup. Then airated the milk for 3 - 4 seconds and heat to between 65C and 70C.

Or use a microwave and heat in 15 second intervals, stirring each interval till the milk is heated. This method will avoid scolding your milk. I would also recommend allowing your milk to reach near room temperature before heating (if you can).

Add Vanilla syrup and top with milk, then enjoy!



Copenhagen Fog


A delicious drink created by one of our wonderful community members, this drink is the same as the delicious London Fog but made with Breakfast Tea and topped with Cinnamon.


Ingredients:

1 Breakfast Tea Teabag (We use Puro Fairtrade Breakfast Tea)

Milk (Any, even non-dairy!)

30ml Vanilla Syrup (Alter this to your desired taste, if you like it less sweet or your cup is smaller use less)

Cinnamon powder, to top

Recipe:

Boil the kettle and steep your Breakfast Tea teabag for 1-2 minutes (depending on the strength of the Breakfast Tea taste you prefer) in about 60ml water.

Heat milk, preferrably in a pan on the hob, to between 65C and 70C or if you're lucky enough to have a coffee machine follow these steps instead:

Fill your jug with about 2/3 the amount of milk required to fill your cup. Then airated the milk for 3 - 4 seconds and heat to between 65C and 70C.

Or use a microwave and heat in 15 second intervals, stirring each interval till the milk is heated. This method will avoid scolding your milk. I would also recommend allowing your milk to reach near room temperature before heating (if you can).

Add Vanilla syrup, pour in your hot steamy milk and top with Cinnamon powder.



Chai Latte


A delicious sweet and spicy hot milk drink which can be made a variety of ways but here's what we recommend!


Ingredients:

1 Chai Teabag (We use 30 ml Chai Syrup at the cafe but that can be hard to find)

Milk (Any, even non-dairy!)

30ml Vanilla Syrup (Alter this to your desired taste, if you like it less sweet or your cup is smaller use less)

Cinnamon powder, to top

Recipe:

Boil the kettle and steep your Breakfast Tea teabag for 3-5 minutes (depending on the strength of the Chai Tea taste you prefer, we recommend at least 3 minutes) in about 60ml water.

Heat milk, preferrably in a pan on the hob, to between 65C and 70C or if you're lucky enough to have a coffee machine follow these steps instead:

Fill your jug with about 2/3 the amount of milk required to fill your cup. Then airated the milk for 3 - 4 seconds and heat to between 65C and 70C.

Or use a microwave and heat in 15 second intervals, stirring each interval till the milk is heated. This method will avoid scolding your milk. I would also recommend allowing your milk to reach near room temperature before heating (if you can).

Add Vanilla syrup, pour in your hot steamy milk and top with Cinnamon powder.



NOW! If you want to "dirty" or "smog" up some of these delicious drinks all you need do is add espresso, 1 shot/25ml in a smaller cup and 2 shots/50ml in a large mug.

And there you have it, a wonderful piece of Meeple Perk at home!


The sales bit...

If you're wanting to treat someone this Christmas to a small stocking filler of our products so they could make these drinks at home just get in touch!

We are offering the follow small bundles:


London Fog & Copenhagen Fog: 1 Vanilla Syrup Bottle & Pack of Puro Fairtrade Tea plus Recipe card £7.00


We're also looking into selling our Puro Fuerte Fairtrade Coffee ground for you to enjoy at home, so stay tuned!


Much Love

Rhi

Resident Coffee Addict of Meeple Perk

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For this week's blog (sorry there was a little break while we worked out what was happening in the world!) we are focusing on board games you can play via Zoom, Discord or any kind of video call app this Christmas. For many of us we won't be joining our families around the table so this will be a good way to have fun with them, without sitting through another quiz written by your uncle (though one of my suggestions may be a quiz game...)


Codenames (Any version)

Codenames is a great game to play via video call.

How do you play?

Split into two teams (red and blue), and one person from each team becomes the Spymaster. The Spymaster will have a code sheet which indicates what all their words are from a grid of word cards and they must give one word clues that relate to one, or more of the words in their code. Find all your words for your team to win, easy as that!

How do you adapt it for a video call?

Easy! Simply have the people who own the game point the camera at the board of words, and have those people be the Spymasters. You lose a little bit of the fun because you can't share the role of Spymaster BUT if you have multiple copies of the game across several households you could take turns doing this set up. Then play as you normally would and enjoy a great evening of arguing "well how was I meant to know atmosphere was a board game?!"




Pandemic (Any version)

Another classic we've seen played by video call time and time again on different forums!

How do you play?

Pandemic is a cooperative board game where you all take on one role to eradicate the 4 diseases plaguing the world. You do this by collecting cards matching the disease colours, and researching cures. BUT! There could be an epidemic that means the diseases spread, and begin to get out of control, how will you contain them before it's too late?

How do you adapt it for video call?

This one is a bit of a stickler for adapting because it's easiest played if everyone has a copy of the board so they can mimic the disease tokens on the board, also so they can have access to the city cards everyone has to suggest actions. You would then also set up a camera pointed at the main game, this would be the game from which you are actually playing and copying from for your board. Then tell the people with the main deck how and where you would like to move and continue as though you're playing normally. It's a little more expensive, if you didn't already own Pandemic, but a great way to spend the day as you try again and again to beat this amazing game of strategy. It is possible to play with only one board but may prove a little more difficult as you try to read the city names and plan actions.


Obviously, you can adapt many games with this method but Pandemic is one we know plays well in this style over video call.



Weird Things Humans Search For

Quiz territory time, but a silly one where general knowledge doesn't always win!

How do you play?

One person is the quizmaster and they have a deck of questions, the teams will then give two answers to the questions to score points. You can score 4 points if the first answer is the top answer, or 2 points if the answer is anywhere else on the list, and 2 points if your second answer is on the list.

But what are the questions? Well they're a culmination of the top 10 google completes when you type into a google search bar and you're trying to complete the sentence! Very good fun, and often you don't expect the answers.

How do you adapt it for video call?

Well, like any other quiz you get on video call, pick your teams and assign your quizmaster. It's as easy as that!



Welcome To

Rolls & Writes are an amazing category of games to play over the festive period, mostly because as long as one person owns the game you can access the sheets to print for everyone else free online, and we'll suggest a couple we love!

How do you play?

So not so much a roll and write but a flip and write. In this game you are building your perfect neighbourhood, each flipped cards will have a number and type of card, for example a pool leading to tough decisions as you pick where to play that number on your neighbourhood sheet. Each, pool for example, you cross off could lead to more points at the end of the game and score you the best neighbourhood but it could also mean you can't complete the street as you put the number in the wrong space. With tough decisions to be made can you plan the best neighbourhood?

How do you adapt it for video call?

One person would need a copy of the game, so they have access to the decks of cards. You would then set up a video call pointed at the decks of cards for everyone to see, it would also be handy to have a PDF of the rules for everyone, so they remember what actions can be taken with different cards. Finally, print out the print and play sheets so everyone can join in and get on call. A light, fun game that keeps conversation flowing while you let your Christmas pud settle.

We'll even include the print and play friendly sheet for you:

https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/198562/welcome-score-sheet-white-background


Other examples of roll and writes which would be played in the same style are:

Welcome to Dino World https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uIQFEgbOqF-IkeUdlnM-y9cO7EQ-djtR

Patchwork Doodle https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/179637/low-ink-version-gamesheet

We've included the print and play sheets above for you as well.



Mysterium

A little more fiddly but worth it for the fun!

How do you play?

One of you has been murdered, and it is up to the rest of you, the paranormal dectectives, to unravel the ghostly clues left behind in the form of cryptic dreams. Each round you will receive visions (dream cards) from the ghosts and you must decipher the clues that point to the murder weapon, location and the murderer. Work together to help each player decipher their clues and put your ghostly friend to rest.

How do you adapt it for video call?

This would be a little more fiddly but as with all these games, one person must own the actual board game and that person would need to be the ghost so they can draw their hands of dream cards. A camera will need to be pointed at a table where the locations, weapons and murderers are laid out for everyone to see. For handing out the dreams you can either use a good camera and show the cards to each player or use the scans of the cards which can be found in the link below to send to each player via Discord (for example) to treat as their clues. Obviously this becomes much easier if each group playing owns a copy of the game but this is the best workaround we've found. Once you've got through the fiddly set up you can have fun while the ghost proceeds to mute and unmute themselves as they think their clues are foolproof!


https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1875703/image-gallery-and-other-resources-mysterium-pbf#



Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

If you're a group who love mysteries why not check out one of the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective games and see if you can best Sherlock and uncover the culprits!

How do you play?

Using newspaper clippings, the London Directory, a map and a case book you'll travel around interviewing suspects, checking crime scenes and finding evidence that will help you answer questions at the end of the case. Once you feel ready to answer the questions you compare your score to Sherlock and see if you managed to beat him in unravelling the clues! It's as simple as that (though the cases aren't, trust me!)

How do you adapt it for video call?

The best way to play this game via video call is have one person read the case book, maybe get into character and treat this as a roleplaying experience where one person takes on the role of GM (games master), except they also don't know what lies ahead. You would then sit on video call with copies of the newspaper clippings, London Directory and map on a tablet or device which can be read from easily as one person reads from the case book. It's nice and easy and the print and play files are available at the link below: (so no need to strain and zoom into a map on a video call!)


https://print-and-play.asmodee.fun/sherlock-holmes/



There you have it, that's our round up of games we have adapted to play via video call at Christmas! Send us your snaps of your set ups this year and make sure you're all having fun!


Much love!

Rhi

Resident Coffee Addict of Meeple Perk



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So the holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about that special someone(s) in your life. But what’s this? You don’t know what to get them? Well don’t worry, Drew is here to help!


For the person who is new to the hobby...

Ticket to Ride and Pandemic are two classics that everyone will love and want to play again and again. These are two of the best gateway games into the hobby and both now have smaller box versions. Ticket to Ride London (RRP £19.99) and Pandemic: Hot Zone (RRP £19.99) are great purchases for anyone new to modern board games with slightly simpler rules, and playing just that bit faster than their big-box versions. Both play very well at two player+ and could be a nice way to entice people into this great hobby!


For the person who wants to play games with their children...


Need something that all the family can enjoy? Not a problem, Rhino Hero: Super Battle is one of our favourites at the cafe. It’s easy to put in front of anyone and for them to enjoy it. Even if you are playing with younger children, you can have just as much fun creating the tower and knocking it down again! At the very low price of £20.99 (RRP) this game will offer hours of fun.

Another great suggestion is the delightfully silly Who Did It? (RRP £10.99) As a small box game it’s easy to take anywhere, and is a solid little memory game of trying to lay the blame on whose pet animal pooped on the floor. Though the idea may sound ridiculous, when playing with your kids you'll realise just how much fun you can have blaming some else's turtle.



For the person who plays Roleplaying games... Well, for those who play the world’s most popular game, that's right D&D! Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything is releasing just in time for Christmas. This is the latest sourcebook to be released for 5e and will add a TON of new content for player characters such as expanded subclasses, new rules, more puzzles just more everything. Anyone who plays or runs DnD would love this book, and it comes with a beautiful cover art variant! (RRP £41.99)


Another great suggestion for the DnD fan in your life is The Heroes' Feast, a cookbook for 80 recipes based on the magical world of DnD. An excellent way to prep for the snacks for the next game session!


Or maybe they've got enough D&D books. So, why not try Cyberpunk Red?

The PDF was recently released and at the time of writing this blog, I am currently reading through it and I have to say, I’m really digging the book! An excellent layout, great artwork and well written. Now, again, the physical books are on the way but with the current world situation, there isn’t a 100% guarantee that over in the UK we will have them before Christmas… But there is a good chance that you will see it time for Christmas, if not it will be shortly after. We've recently signed up for the Bits & Mortar program which means if you pre-order the book with us you'll get access to a copy of of the PDF once pre-orders are confirmed.

(RRP £49.99)


For the person who likes rolling dice...

Sometimes people just like to roll dice and there’s nothing wrong with that because there's an entire genre of game they'll love the roll & write. And our top recommendation for a roll & write is, Welcome to Dino World. The premise of which is nice and simple, you’re looking to create a dinosaur park with limited space and the roll of the dice. There are two modes of play, in the simple mode you just have to build the park with no worries at all, and danger mode in which dinosaurs could breakout and wreck havoc on the park… and your points! (RRP £24.99)


Maybe you are into the fast high octane type of board game in which you roll and move because writing doesn’t do it for you. No worries, you need to try out the push your luck game, Deep Sea Adventure. You play as divers, heading to the bottom of the ocean in search of the treasures deep below and as always, you all share one oxygen tank. Each turn you roll 2 dice to determine how you move, and in which direction, towards the boat back to safety? Or out to gather more treasure? For every treasure you have on you at the start of your turn, you’ll drop the shared oxygen tracker down. How far are you willing to go? How far is everyone else? Will you make it back with all your treasure? (RRP £20.99)


For the person who might want something different (but still tabletop related)...


Okay, so there was just another couple of games I wanted to mention so I’m sticking them here. It’s my blog and I’ll do as I want! The first game is the brilliant Escape the Dark Sector, the sci-fi sequel to Escape the Dark Castle. In Escape the Dark Sector you find yourself trapped on a dark space station where you will have to overcome a variety of dangers, traps, and terrors. From cyborg guards and faulty replicators to killer alien organisms, each challenge is beautifully represented on large, well-illustrated cards. The goal? Overcome these challenges and escape. Like Dark Castle, Dark Sector is an enjoyable choose your own adventure story game with a good level of difficulty and luck that will keep you coming back. (RRP £34.99)


The other is a simply lovely game that I would be happy to put in front of almost any group, Bargain Quest. Monsters threaten the town, and heroes will rise to face these monsters and slay them for glory! To do so they will need equipment… Armour, weapons and magic. Luckily, you and up to 6 players run the only shops in town for such merchandise. Players will have to draft items and choose one to go in the shop window to entice the heroes into your store and use the rest of your hand as items in stock to sell to them. They will then go fight the monsters… If they win, you earn glory for being the shop that sold them the items… If they die… well at least they can’t leave a bad review? At the end of the game, whoever has the most gold and glory will win the game! It’s good fun, simple, light, and just ever so charming. (RRP £39.99)


All these games, at time of writing, are either available at all your local FLGs (or at least the distributors) or are available to pre-order. Support local this Christmas and enjoy sharing the hobby with your loved ones this year!


Board Game Addict

Drew!


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