Last weekend I was invited back to London to participate in the very exciting Blogger Board Game Championship with Pork Farm Pork Pies. I took the train from Oxford and arrived at the quaint event location: The Owl & The Pussycat in Northfields. This micropub is absolutely adorable with window seats, books, board games and beer. The perfect place to spend your weekend! Pork Farm Pork Pies have been hosting Board Game Championships in over 70 micropubs across Great Britain over the past few weeks and so this was the chance for bloggers to get their game on.
Keep on reading to find out more about what games we played and the food we ate…
First up was Trivial Pursuit! I’ve always been awful at this game as my general knowledge is sorely lacking. However, this was the latest 2000s version which was surprisingly up to date. One of the cards was about Obama’s presidency between the years of 2008 and 2016, which was only last year! The sports questions include things about Ussain’s Bolt’s latest time records and there are even questions about American Idol winners. There are lots of pop culture questions but the original topics are all still present, just with updated questions. You could be asked which building is taller in London – the Cheese Grater or the Walkie Talkie, how the minimum wage changed and more. There’s a huge range of questions though this updated version is probably aimed at people 35 and under.
Then came Monopoly! Most of us adopted the tactic of buying everything as soon as we landed on it – we only had an hour after all. Turns out this wasn’t the way to go as Lea from Food Steam Ahead had a trick up her sleeve. Buying both Old Ken Road and Whitechapel Road she quickly built houses and hotels that racked up surprising amounts of rent. The points for this round took the number of houses, hotels and money you had into account and obviously Lea was miles ahead of the rest of us who had built big fat nothings. Doh.
By this point we were getting a little peckish, so out came the Pork Farm Pork Pies (yes, we placed them right in the middle of the board for optimal snacking). There were two varieties of pork pie and my favourites were undoubtedly those topped with Branston sauce. I don’t know about you but I was pretty clueless about what exactly Branston sauce was, though I distinctly remember the brand name from those Branston Bean TV adverts from ten years ago (anyone else remember them?!), but in any case, it went deliciously with these pork pies. Although they look mini, they are very dense and incredibly filling. That didn’t stop me from eating about ten of them though! (I even brought some packs home with me and they’re gone already too… It’s been less than 24 hours, oops)
By this point another board gamer had joined us so we had to split into two groups. Lea, Bonnie (Bonnie in Wonderland), Claire (Yet Another Blogging Mommy) and I opted for Boggle whilst the others went onto Jenga. I secretly love playing word-finder games on my phone though I’d never played Boggle before so wasn’t sure how I’d do. You basically have to identify as many words with three letters of more before the timer runs out. The letters can be connected horizontally, vertically or even diagonally but you can only use each letter once. We mostly got three letter words but the occasional five or six letter word did make an appearance. By the end of this round, I was the winner and Claire was a close second.
Then came Jenga! This was probably the most exciting game of the lot and there were lots of squeals as the tower blocks came unexpectedly came crashing down. Lots of filming went on during this game (I mean, obviously, we’re bloggers!) and there were desperate attempts to get a boomerang of the bricks crashing down. (I was too busy squealing to manage this). I remember loving this game as a child but then getting a bit bored of it as I grew up, so it’s amazing how excited everybody gets once you’re an adult and someone whips out a childhood special. Pictured below are Lea from Food Steam Ahead and Bonnie from Bonnie in Wonderland, two of the lovely bloggers I met on the day.
Then, of course, there were even more snacks… Who would’ve thought playing board games could be so tiring! There was just one more game to play after this before the winner would be decided so things were heating up. The last game was Taboo. Not a game I’ve ever heard of before but we quickly got stuck into it and it was probably my favourite out of the lot! We split into two teams and one person had to describe a word, without using it or 5 other synonyms, and their team mates had to guess the word. Alice (Band Tees Leather and Lace), Claire and I made a three-man team for this round and we absolutely killed it. Alice was amazing at thinking outside of the box and we were getting card after card correct.
Finally, the winner was announced! In third place came Lea from Food Steam Ahead then Chynna from The Invisible Child was second, and in first place *drumroll* was me! I was really, really shocked as I was convinced Lea was going to be the winner after her amazing Monopoly run but apparently not. This huge “Winner” pork pie was mine! Not sure how I’m going to get through it all but it sure is a unique prize…
This was undoubtedly one of the funnest blogging events I’ve ever attended as the activities meant that we actually got to know each other a little better than you would at, say, a drinks event. It was so lovely to spend the afternoon battling it out over some childhood classics with the other fantastic bloggers I’ve mentioned above! The final of the Board Game Championships will take place next week on the 13th May, so good luck to all those who participated!
Many thanks to Pork Farm Pork Pies and The Owl & Pussycat for hosting this event for us – I had a blast!