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So, sadly I'm writing this having shut down the cafe for the second time.


As of Thursday, 5th November, all hospitality must close except for Takeaway or Delivery, till December 2nd (at earliest), including Meeple Perk. We have taken the decision to currently shut down the cafe entirely, with the potential we may open for click+collect retail products for any Christmas shoppers. This isn't 100% set in stone currently, as we need more information on how we can operate and what we could offer our community.

This means that the Board Games Rental, is currently on hold, but will return in the future, once it is deemed safe.


So, how are we feeling about all of this?

Well I, Rhi, am relieved to be perfectly honest.

Each week the rules were changing and we didn't know what was happening from one day to the next. Scouring the internet for further information because we'd seen a rumour of closures or further limitations on groups meeting leaked to the papers. Which, let's be honest, is exhausting!

We're not, ecstatic about the closures, as everyone knows it's lost income, it's worries for small and micro businesses and it's wondering will we survive the winter, BUT in our case we know it was the right decision. I won't get into the politics of when it should have happened, if I feel the Tories are doing enough, that's not what this blog is for. I will say that we will be ok. We should see the New Year and your local board games cafe will return, even if slightly changed to adhere to any new restrictions.


We still have a Ko-Fi page, so if you do want to support us during these trying times feel free to drop a donation on: www.ko-fi.com/meepleperk


There is also the potential opportunity for us to re-open once a week and perform Click+Collect retail orders, Board Games Rentals and delicious Coffee. We'll update you when we have a final decision on that though but for now, just know, we are ok and we hope you are as well.


Take care of yourselves, and your loved ones and we'll see you all in four weeks, if not sooner.


Much love,

Rhi

Resident Coffee Addict of Meeple Perk




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Hello Everybody!


So some of you may not know that Drew and I have been using our spare time when we're not at the cafe to start Twitch streaming video games and board games and let me tell you... It's been bloody amazing!


I didn't know what to write a blog about for a little while now because everything became very rinse repeat, and my routine was stagnating mostly because I wasn't needing to leave the house etc, unless we had work. So I felt myself slumping back into that lockdown feeling where I didn't have time for things I enjoyed anymore, like yoga which had been an on-off emotional outlet for me when not working. But now that I know I have a schedule I have to keep with my followers, I have to have a shower and do my make up (by choice! I could stream without if I wanted), it's added that structure my days are missing. Plus it's just an amazing confidence boost, getting to sit there and share a game I love with people online and have them interact with me about the game. Literally an incredible feeling which has really boosted my mental health this past two weeks.


Additionally, both Drew and I have hit Affiliate status on Twitch! Drew has his adorable emotes which I'll show case below, and a fourth emote when he gets over 15 subscribers! This means we can earn money whilst also doing something else we love (even if it's just a few dollars).







Created by the amazing SammWinnard


So what's the plan with Twitch?

Well for the moment it's a great creative outlet for me. I haven't really been able to enjoy playing games with people for a while due to restrictions, and although I do love Social Mondays on the Discord Server I feel very limited in what I can do. I don't expect to get huge on a streaming platform, but I do hope to be somewhat successful with it and keep it up when we return to longer hours in the future.

Right now I'm finding my niche in the online Twitch community, which will probably be point and click adventure games (my not so secret game passion). I've joined a few different Discord communities to learn more about how to get better at interacting with chat, and about creating your own branch for your channel and it's been a lot of fun to have them support me and come to watch me stream. It's like finding another little family to push me through these difficult times when I can't do my actual job to the fullest.

For now though, I'll mostly be having fun streaming games I enjoy with the people I like and chatting rubbish on the internet. No grand plans just enjoying myself.


But how is it really improving your mental health you might ask...

Well for starters as I said above, routine. I have to keep to my schedule or potentially disappoint my followers, so I have to get all my daily jobs done before I stream because afterwards I'm too wiped to do anything else (except Mondays when I host Social Gaming!)


But aside from the obvious of routine, it's a social outlet for me. I've been awful over lockdown at hiding from interacting socially with people and finding ways to avoid it because I was too drained, or mentally didn't feel up to it. Being on camera though and chatting outloud about a game I love and references to different aspects is just so much more enjoyable for me than typing a text, or online message. I feel like I'm in a conversation with people I haven't seen in months while I read their chat messages and answer their questions or get their input on a game. Plus, I've met some awesome people through joining a new community and even had the opportunity to play games with small streamers I follow in the US.


Finally, it's given me a reason to get dressed on my days off. That sounds awful I know but knowing I want to look presentable and do my make up for the streams make me more productive (even if I am wearing PJ bottoms with my geeky t-shirt!)


I think I've rambled long enough about my new found love of streaming. If you have the chance please check out the Official Meeple Perk channel on www.twitch.tv/meepleperk!

We will be streaming board games every Wednesday 6-9PM and Drew will host other streams throughout the week. If you want to check in on me, Rhi, my channel is www.twitch.tv/rhibles and I stream Monday 3-6PM, Wednesday 6-9PM with Drew, and Thursday 6-9PM.


Take care everyone and make sure to find joy in the small things!


Rhi

Resident Coffee Addict of Meeple Perk

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Oh hey hello there! Sorry, you just startled me, I didn’t see you approach. Well… My name is Drew and I’m the other half of Meeple Perk. I plan occasionally coming on to the blog to talk about well… Games! Because well, Rhi is the Coffee Addict, and I’m the Game Addict… So makes sense that’s what I’ll talk about. So? What game shall I talk about first?

How about the Roll & Write game of Super-Skill Pinball 4cade? Or at least, the completely free print and play version, that along with a couple of dice, some tokens, and 1-4 players is a great game. Personally, for the purpose of this review, I played it solo as at the moment, playing with others is a little difficult, so I’ve been looking for more games to play solo.


WHAT IS SUPER-SKILL PINBALL 4CADE? It’s a Roll & Write game as I previously mentioned. Basically means you use dice, in this case, 2 6-sided dice, rolled each turn and the player/s will have to determine which dice to use to cross something off. As it’s pinball, the objective is to score the most points. Which at a basic gaming level pleases me, it’s rolling dice and scoring points. Who doesn’t love that? The print and play version includes 1 of the 4 tables that will be included in the full release of the game, presented in such a way that it’s fairly printer-friendly. I would suggest laminating it if you can, I got one printed and laminated and it makes playing the game much easier, but isn’t really needed unless you want to play it a bunch and keep costs down.


HOW DOES IT PLAY?

The Pinball table is split into four sections. After the dice are rolled, your ball has to move down one section, and then you use one of the two dice to determine where you go in that section. You can drop more sections if you like.

In the first section, you have the START ZONE that leads into the FERRIS WHEEL ZONE. In this zone, you cross off the three different boxes by using the correct results and earn yourself a SKILL SHOT, which you pick a number, and then whenever you need to, switch out the dice result with the SKILL SHOT number.



In the second section, you have the BUMPER ZONE. Bouncing on a bumper allows you to score one point, and you can clear the boxes when all 12 are filled in. You also can avoiding moving around and bounce on multiple bumpers if you can follow the purple arrow round (for example the 1/2 bumper to the 3/4 bumper) keeping the ball up longer and scoring more points. It also contains the FEAT OF STRENGTH, which you can only hit from the flippers, in order, to score the shown points for hitting that high up the target, and clearing once you've filled each box.

The third section contains the TARGET ZONE. Hit the targets, complete the colour set (three on the yellow side, four on the yellow), and gain a bonus. Bonuses are pretty self-explanatory and I'll let you discover them for yourself. Except. MULTIBALL has to get a special mention... soon.

Lastly, in the fourth section, we have the FLIPPER ZONE. The flippers allow the ball to go back to the top of the table, a limited amount of times. Notice, however, that there are two different colour flippers? And how most of the zones feature red and yellow? Yeah... in a really nice touch, the red flipper can only hit Red Targets, THE BUMPERS, THE FEAT OF STRENGTH, and the red targets in the TARGET ZONE. Yellow can hit THE FERRIS WHEEL ZONE, THE BUMPERS, and the yellow targets in the TARGET ZONES.


Continue playing for three balls, keep track of points as you go, whoever scores the most points wins. If you play solo, just play to beat your high score.


Pretty simple and lovely, takes about 20-30 minutes and is just a well-designed game that just works. Not convinced, then let me talk about the most genius part of the game. MULTIBALL. When you activate MULTIBALL which you can do twice per game (one from each side of the targets) you add a second ball to the table. Each turn each ball must move down a zone, and now, each dice result must be used, one by each of the balls. Roll a 2 and a 6? You have to use the 2 with one ball, and 6 with the other. You also score double points on anything while you have multiball. This leaves you with a lot of tough choices on your way to beat your high score... Can you set up the FEAT OF STRENGTH so you can score 40 points for fulfilling it? Or can you go round a few times in the BUMPER ZONE?

WHAT DOES DREW THINK THEN, OVERALL? All in all, this is a game I am having a ton of fun with. It's a very simple, well designed, enjoyable game that I've been a little addicted to, trying to beat my high score. It's a great game to play solo and as a great introduction to Roll & Write games in general with the simple premise.


The other thing though that I have to mention is that at the time of writing this blog, it shouldn't be that long until the full release version of this game is out as well! It will have 3 more pinball tables as mentioned, each with a different theme and style of play, improved artwork, and I am for sure going to be picking it up for more pinball fun. I am a sucker for Roll & Writes, but this one is quickly becoming a favourite of mine.


You can check out the designer, Geoffrey Engelstein explaining the rules in a little bit more detail here and grab a copy of the print & play here.


Anyway! I hope you've enjoyed this! I'm not sure how often I will be writing these but I look forward to doing them as and when I have games to properly discuss.


Board Game Addict

Drew!

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