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Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer, Agricola fanboy and jealous admirer of Carl Chudyk. www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk

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Poor Tom, seventh son, Always knew what's goin' on Ain't a thing that you can hide from Tom There ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom

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‪Say too much and every word is picked apart; say too little and you’re attacked for sloganeering. Say nothing at all and you’re part of the problem.‬ this is the game no-one can possibly win.

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Long time ago - back in the days when I was a Welsh Govt Contractor (that's AT LEAST two years, now!) - you may recall me picking up a weird 4 player drafting/jigsaw-building game (see HERE). Well, from the (relative) comfort of my library armchair I happened upon this:

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A real-time, jigsaw-mechanism-ed area control curiosity from the late 1960s! As if happening upon such a wacko and, yet, strangely modern idea wasn't enough: I also found out, in my research, that it has a sequel (Situation 7)!

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Each team (or player) has a full set (there are two) of identically-cut pieces that form the whole gridded cityscape and they race to construct sections that complete squares in the grid for end-of-game scoring; to help, if you build your Tank compound, you can deploy tanks to stand-off your opponent's approach and an airbase that lets you drop paratroopers in to empty (non-adjacent to your pieces) zone.

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It sounds mental - like Galaxy Trucker or Factory Fun mixed with Patchwork, or something.

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Bridges to cross the river too - and flags to indicate your territory.


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Even the insert is an elaborate, multi-segmented thing of cardboard beauty!


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The sequel - Situation 7 - is rarer than hens' teeth to get ones hands on (in the UK, at least) - unless any of you beautiful people can help feed my continuing questular addiction?!
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So I received my brandly-spankly-new copy of the KS High Rise pack the other day and noticed - almost immediately - several rulebook quirks*:

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If I was 'a mainstream gamer', I'd be back on to the forums demanding a full reprint of the whole thing (to correct errors) AND a short YouTubes vid of Gil Hova apologising profusely AND some free things to en-smoothen my furrowed brow and calm my justifiable anxiety.

But I'm not one of those twats* so I won't; I'll just dress up my disdain and confusion as a jocular blog post seething with passive aggression. Oh, did I type that last bit 'out loud'? Damn!


*Grogan is gonna be ALL. OVER. THIS.
**I am an entirely different kind of twat.
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The splendidly-hirsute Mr Nick Meepleonboard - musician, polymath, writer, gamer and brunt of many a regular ludum cladem at the hands of his partner KT - has been filling five minutes of my day (for a couple of years now) with reviews, session reports, general musings and a whiff of has he got shares in Aquaducts, FFS?!*

Best of all, for me at least, is the ongoing Space Opera that is he and KT's Race for the Galaxy campaign; quite who are the Vl'Hurgs and who the G'Gugvuntts I leave your imaginations. RftG remains a bona fide Titan in the Pantheon of boardgaming and anyone who tells you otherwise is a smelly poo-pants.

Today, Nick attains the giddy heights of 1000 blog posts: more people have set foot on the Moon than have reached this blogular milestone**, so perhaps I might prevail upon you to
a) nip on over and pass on your good cheer; and,
b) subscribe.



Chapeau, monsieur; chapeau.

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*no - it's a free PnP
**um...
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Cards Against History

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I'm a sucker for a yellowed box and the musty aroma of the early 20th century so - naturally - this one fell into the Buy It Now basket and hardly bounced off the sides on the way down:


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Basically, we're looking at a jolly diversion in to the realms of Cards Against Humanity about 80 years before the tiresome, 'Look at me I'm really offensive, aren't I?!' crowd-pleaser was guffed from the printer's arse. In HH, the nominated narrator reads the pre-provided, historically-themed story, pausing - at indicated points - for the active player to drop in one of their (printed-card hand of) (N/n)ouns and stoke the mirth. No-one scores points, no-one 'wins': it's 20 minutes of "silly interrupting".

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Innocent fluff but at least you won't find the story of the signing of the Magna Carta speckled with talk of "Mother Teresa's Hairy Arsehole" or "One thousand gelding offcuts mashed up in to an award-winning sausage". Probably - I've not looked through ALL of the cards.
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Since my good pal Matthias got involved in the play-testing, Aleph Null has taken several significant leaps. Oh yes indeed - watching a Pro-level ex-TCG-er combo-ing out the summoning of a Demon is quite the thing: it was simultaneously-depressing (because, early on, he did it in Hour 3 of 7 with a Grand Master-level score) and exhilarating (because, early on, he did it in Hour 3 of 7 with a Grand Master-level score)!

Matthias is well-versed in the playtesting process, what with being an immensely-experienced Industry guru (he's the head honcho at Frosted Games, for example); and is also quite the nicest man in the biz.

So, where have we gotten to in the last few weeks?

devil The night has been reduced - you now have six hours instead of seven

devil damage has been amplified - you can take permanent damage to help keep things on track too; you may not make it to the Dawn...

devil the three keys to summoning all have unique summoning requirements now: basic magical power (Book), the sacrifice of three Tanists (Wand) and a two-step, 10 power process (Circle)

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I went on to 'win' this one with 3 points (not a great score TBH)


devil One of your Tanists is an encumbrance (Akhtoi the Cat Familiar)

devil Effects have been tweaked

devil There is a VERY expensive costume (Chasuble) that might be of use but is another emcumberance.

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Horrible detail.


I've also sent family member, Mr Alex Lee, an email and a Dropbox link to see if he would be interested in lending his pen to the project...
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Edit: It's Mah Jong Un (only ONE tile of any importance)
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There Can Be Only One!

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In light of MrShep's recent blog post (HERE) revolving about this statement in the Repos manual for Just One -

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- I, humbly*, present a free alternative in the spirit of 'Fuck you!' to the Great Legal Minds(TM)** who request this sort of unenforceable shite spoil everyone's day:

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Setup:
a. Give each player a sheet of paper and a writing implement; encourage players to write small enough to make the sheet last for the whole game in an attempt to be more environment-friendly.

b. Throw your copy/copies of Concept and Just One (and any other tiresome, derivative tat that Repos have spunked out in order to avoid taxation) in to the recycling (separate the cardboard from the plastic components according to the rules of your local authority).

c. Nominate a player as the GUESSER; the player seated to the left of the GUESSER is the NOMINATOR. All players should decide, at this point, how many 'lives' are allowed (I recommend three with six players, adding one for each two players beyond that) - you are ready to play!

Playing the game:

1. The NOMINATOR announces a Subject Category and then writes down an example of something in that category; it can be any category you like but it should be general enough to provide good choices eg. films, vegetable, books and so on.

2. The GUESSER closes their eyes and/or performs some other operation of obscuring (dependent upon visual/aural impairment etc). The NOMINATOR shows, in silence and ensuring the GUESSER is not privvy, their selected example.

3. All players - except the GUESSER 'excluded' - must write down a single word clue to the 'example'.

4. When all players have written their word, the NOMINATOR removes any duplicates from play ie. if there is more than one instance of a word, ALL instances of that word are removed. Plural and singular forms together count as duplicated.

5. The GUESSER returns to play and is shown the remaining, valid clue words and must guess the example of the selected category. If they are correct, the team scores one point; if they are incorrect, the round counts as the loss of one life - if there are no lives left, the game is over and proceed to checking for victory OTHERWISE repeat the round structure from step 1, with the NOMINATOR now becoming the GUESSER and the player to the left of the new GUESSER becoming the new NOMINATOR.

Checking for Victory:
If your final score, as a group, after all lives lost is greater than the number of players then you have WON! Huzzah! Record your winning margin ie. the score minus the number of players on a league table, if you like.

If your final score, as a group, is less than or equal to the number of players then you have LOST and should be thoroughly-ashamed of yourselves.

(c) 2020 Tony Boydell
Important note: do what the fuck you like with these rules.

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With no need to spend my hard-earned on Oyster card top-ups and Amersham Station car-parking, I find myself applying more creative means of emptying the wallet. This week I have been mostly obsessing about the works and art of Léon Saussine and, consequently, the recent arrival of the first pieces of my collection: four panels from LOTO DES 5 PARTIES DU MONDE (c.1900).

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Stunning, aren't they?

Each sheet is about the size of a Foothills box and are printed but not affixed to a backing board; a subtle gloss finish makes them positively glow in my hands.

There's not too much hard info available on the World Wide Webs about Léon, but there are lots of pictures of his astounding work; indeed, auction sites abound with precis' such as this:

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Paris: Saussine Editeurs, Ca. 1905. Lavishly color illustrated French children's geography and natural history board game, with two of the twelve boards having to do with "Oceanie", and with the recessed images hidden by the tiles printed in color. The boards consist of illustrated maps of each region of the world with illustrations of animals and plants scattered across the maps and along the bottom of each board. The boards each contain 8 numbered tiles, which when lifted, reveal recessed color images of local inhabitants, or flora & fauna printed on the board below.
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Just.

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Wow, eh?!
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