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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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The weather forecast (and quite a few folks around me) had prophesied a wet weekend so when the sun came out and the skies remained mostly-blue, Arthur and I sneaked away for an hour to the Ledbury Car Boot! The clouds stayed away and Arthur was thrilled to locate some quality Lego (an X-Wing and 3-in-1 creator) kits for a total of 35 quid. I managed to snag an ex-library, Fifth printing copy of Diamonds Are Forever complete with slip cover and protective plastic sheath (oo-er, missus!) for a quid. Bargain, indeed.

By mid afternoon, the warmth and the dry were still very much in evidence so I set off for an amble to Oxenhall via the remains of the Daffodil Line:



The under-area of the road bridge - in private hands - has been extensively cleared and it looks a rather spiffing clearing. I wandered to the lane to see the house to which this secret place is attached and began a lengthy daydream about this being the venue for my Museum! I imagined laying a short length of rail running under the bridge and then getting a steam engine to rest upon it; then I would erect a greenhouse around it all and turn it into a an exhibition space. Of course, I would then negotiate with the landowners with a view to securing a walking (cinder) path all the way to the old Newent Station site: puzzles, information boards and ephemera scattered along the route.

I noted a large, fallow field over the lane that would serve marvelously for car parking; the iron 'Gloucester Corporation' gates could be replaced with something GWR-ish and the house would be given over to my (and my pals') burgeoning collection of games and gaming artifacts!

As if to send me a small signal of approval, Fate delivered a new find in the Summer-shallowing stream - a soup pot?







The out-of-town location and the simple-but-mouldable potential had me rapt for a happy, becalmed 90 minutes; not even a handful of grumpy 'watch out!' car horn toots could break my mellow mood.

It rained in the early evening, of course; much too late to spoil yet another tranquil weekend.
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Woohoo! It's that time again! Spring has sprung and the spermatozoa of the publishing community has met the expectant ova of the Jury and given us a trio of embryonic triplets; gestation shall be short but no less emotional than a regular pregnancy...I am tired of this reproductive analogy now.



The debate, rage-tweeting, recrimination and/or lamentation has already begun in earnest so I'll just add my own thoughts to this year's nominees:

Kinderspiel des Jahres 2019
Mein kleiner Hass (NAßA) - the tremendous success of last year's HATE Kickstarter campaign immediately piqued the interest of house designer Lorenzo il Testicoli (The Magician's Big Wand, Hansa und Gretel). This kindergarten-friendly, 'Funny Men On A Picture' minis game - with the infamous slogan "We'll tickle you until you laugh your head off and then we'll put Lego down your neck" - takes all the familiar elements of card play, combat resolution with dice and area control and reforms them as 'Candyland on Tartrazine'. Creepy.

18Choo-Choo (Drei Leichenbestatterspielen) - an 18XX game for the under-8s? Really?! Yes! Lenny Ooglie and Helmet Lila have taken all of the elements of this revered genre (route bulding, share dealing, time-wasting) and produced a wax-crayon rail game for infants. Wipe-clean hex boards and nap-time alarm clocks included. Steamy.

Schmutzige windeln - the hilarious physical party game where the players dress and undress themselves in giant nappies to an app-managed soundtrack of gurgles and splutters; when the music stops (to the roar of an enormous fart), the player with the 'Doodie' in their diaper is knocked out of the round. Sensual.

Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019
The Whacks of Wackelingberg (Shite Games) – Worker placement/deck building with a BDSM theme: gather your resources and equip your dungeons with nipple clamps, chastity sheaths, whips, canes, speculae, play swings and vinyl clothing and wait for the Businessmen to arrive! Short-listed for its pioneering boldness (and inspired by CGE’s classic Dungeon Lords), WoW dares to go where other games have previously feared ie. up your backside. Intriguing.

221A Baker Street (Bigsons Games) – Ever wondered what it would be like living next door to Sherlock Holmes? Well, now you can with Ignoble Travellerczek’s “221A” – an immersive, storytelling Euro! Players go about their daily business – working, shopping, eating and sleeping – while something mysterious and intriguing is happening somewhere else entirely. At the end of the game, the ‘Newspaper Headline’ card is flipped to explain what was going on – the player who is still paying attention is declared the winner. Strange.

Key Aura (Obscure 80s Reference Games) – The alchemists of Cleftown (located in the heart of the Clefwood) are meddling with mystical forces in an attempt to brew the tastiest beverage for the citizens of the City; however, beware the indigenous Corvids – winged thieves that will steal elixirs at the drop of a feather! Luckily, if you manage to gather enough citrus fruits the corvids become suddenly repelled by the sweetness and the victory pennant shall be yours! Niche.

Spiel des Jahres 2019
Jetzt nicht so schlau, was? (Schpidt) - is the third in Wolfgang Whortz's roll-and-write trilogy. Jetzt nicht... (trans: Not so fucking clever now, eh?) has the players roll 8 differently-coloured dice according to the 24 round cards (shuffled for random ordering during the game) and attempt to collect sets, runs and ‘rainbows’ according to this week’s active scoring criteria (updated through an App every Sunday). The comprehensive rulebook is split in to 12 parts and inserted randomly (like in a TCG) in to each copy of the game. Pointless.

Knit-Were (Bozo Games / Todd Allspark) - think Matt Cocklea's party word game Knitpickers crossed with any Werewolf-style game ever for the best family-friendly, copyright-infringing knock-off of 2019! Expansions are already under development: "One Night Absolute Ultimate Knit-Were", "Loomhaven" and "Lycanthropy: The Troubled Nights of Woolly Kerr". I prefer a box set on Netflix.

Flaccid! (F-squared Games) - the cyan-tonsured gaming legend Fledermaus Fleische finally achieves a well-deserved nomination for the latest entry in his 'Fist Upward!' line of pre-built deck games: "Flaccid!". "Snap!" meets "Dominion&on&on&on" as players battle for, and collect, hilariously-shaped vegetable cards from the central tableau - be careful not to be blinded by a 'knobbly parsnip'! Funny but smells a bit earthy.

What do YOU reckon will win?
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Fancy losing an entire morning in a web site? I did:

https://www.wopc.co.uk/






There's rather a lot going on...


...and, damn!, you can buy delicious stuff too!

My favourite article so far is this one:
Prisoners of War
https://www.wopc.co.uk/uk/prisoners-of-war

See you (much) later.

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Consider poor Jobbers. With new-bladed Stanley Knife in hand, the ever-effervescent Much Marcle-ian (and elder states-person of the Ross-on-Wye board gamers) set upon a sturdy length of flex that very afternoon and sliced 'a good un' (straight and deep) down the middle of his thumb pad!*



Ever faithful to the Friday night cause, this pollical laceration neither prevented him from driving in to town nor lugging his fold-out 'pasting table' to The Plough Inn. "Huzzah!", indeed, for such devotion to duty; "Huzzooo", additionally, for the relentless micturative larceny that ensued for the remainder of the evening. However - putting Jobbers' hilarious attempts to pick up cards and/or counters with his cartoonish, bandaged hand aside - we gathered five tucked in to Endeavor: Age of Sail:



Boffo admitted, at the start, to being quite keen to play and - after the usual minor struggle in remembering the rules - we proceeded at a thoughtful pace: a pace rather unsatisfactory in Boffo's expectations. He huffed, puffed, sighed and glugged red wine through the next 90 minutes as if he were suffering Inquisitional tortures! The fact that Gerv had only played once before (and Dave never) contributed to the delay but there's a lot to think about in E:AoS as one scans the board for the right tokens, the right buildings and the right cards: 90 mins is a steal for a full-capacity game!

I announced my 49 points sure that it was too low to be a winner (mid-50s is thereabouts) to be gleefully heckled by Boffo on 50 (oh, that delicious single point!) who, himself, was triumphantly gestured at by a Jobbers 51. There was a split second where I considered 'high five'-ing J on his dressed hand but pulled back at the last: in my dreams I can hear the scream.

Dave is an enthusiastic devourer of games of all stripe and it took no coaxing to introduce The Princes of Florence.

Jobbers and I went 100% 'Professions' (he playing 5, me playing 6) but he pipped me thanks to a last action adjacent building courtesy of his two builders - no matter, as I'm always happy to score over 50. Boffo did the sum total of diddly-squat for the first three rounds and picked up three Prestige cards in the auctions (he did real stuff later, but the momentum was lost). Dave managed three Jesters and a trio of healthy works to score a creditable 34 in his debut:



Every game of PoF is an opportunity to marvel at the elegant, straightforward framework upon which hangs so many important decisions; a tiny overspend here, the wrong selection of an auction item there, the reckless attempts to push others where they don't want to be pushed all-around and you have a bona fide 'great game': truly magnificent!

To end: a double-play of vintage Knizian preciousness in High Society:


Michelangelo's "The Flossing Maiden"


If you're a follower of 5 Games 4 Doomsday, you may already have heard Ben Maddox's thoughts on this compact treasure; if not, subscribe immediately and take 5 minutes out of your busy day!

A manual gesture of approval from all in attendance; yet another splendid evening of distraction:



*Please note that if you winced / sucked in air through pursed lips at this brief description then you must immediately comment with 'Ouch!'.
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I recently sold my misprinted KeyForge: Call of the Archons deck to an American collector for a very generous amount; this, of course, has provided funds in the 'ole Paypal account' that beg spending. The first two Living Colour albums dibs-ed a tenner, a Pepys train card game is 'in the post' and I'm currently biting my nails on a rather splendid 1950s 'Sterling Moss' motor racing game. And I'll still have twenty quid left over - not bad for a £9 sealed deck with a printing error, no?

The first gaming fruits of this 'lucky strike' arrived on Friday:


Nile - Scrabble meets Metro?





It's as old as I am!





What became of these folks?



Is this the oldest 'Proof of Purchase' chit ever?




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Awards are a funny thing; they mean the world to those who win them and (purportedly) absolutely nothing to those who don't. I recall someone remarking that one should "enjoy the day" and then forget about it thereafter (not that I've had much cause to take this advice). Just being nominated is a lovely feeling - especially when a public vote is involved - and that should be the end of it. But...

In terms of major conventions running their own awards, I find myself staring at a half-empty glass; in recent years there seems to have been an increasingly obvious (or maybe it's just me?) correlation between the nominees and a Con's major sponsors. I'm sure that those who are already fully paid-up members of Club Cynical would cry "Really? What took you so long to notice, Tony?". It seems almost blatant, shameless even. But awards are just fluff, aren't they? One shouldn't take them so seriously?

A few years back, a UK Distributor took a raft of awards at a major Con for the task of simply importing someone else's product and trumpeting them as 'sort-of their own' while UK independents (with original items) in the same categories were ignored. Seems a little 'wrong' to win with a game you've simply arranged carriage and customs for as opposed to - ooh, I don't know - design, develop, manufacture THEN arrange carriage and customs for.

From this year's awards lists for an upcoming UK-located Convention, the 'Best New Strategy Game' category has been narrowed down to Victorian Masterminds, Warhammer: Blackstone Fortress and Root. Really? In the year that has seen Wingspan, Tiny Towns and Teotihuacan, this is the 'shortlist' that pops out: fucking Warhammer and Victorian Master-minis?!*

When you need to fill multiple Halls of a major European exhibition venue with paying booths then some 'pragmatic decisions' need to be made. Yes, I know that this is the way the world works but, as a peddler of product myself, I don't need to like it. Of course, I may be wildly-wrong and am just blinded by the juice of sour grapes.

Thus, I trumpet that the only awards of any virtue (IMHO) are those from one's industry peers and everything else is tribal howling and/or corporate greasing. I hate grease; it gets in to everything.



*CMON and Games Workshop are major sponsors of the Event
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I think that I may have struck gold with this one. There are several copies of La Bataille de Ligny in the Geekmarket for between 50 and 450 euros (!) and this battered box/pristine interior artifact set me back just a tenner (£10). However, given my determinedness to set up a boardgaming museum within five years (yep), this sort of thing is too much of a treasure to part with:


Behold! Scuffed and scumbled on the outside it may be, but...



All neatly-folded; as good as new.



Jesus! We complain about the odd typo here-and-there but this has a WHOLE errata sheet in a 4 point font! Stick that in your (clay) pipe and smoke it, punters!



The sheets for chit sorting? - cup of chai tea added for 'scale'(!)



Mmmmmmm, 'look-up' tables.



Two fat rulebooks - one is the Standard rules, the other the scenarios for Ligny and the appropriate modifications to those standard rules?!



Oh my: sheet after unpunched sheet of tiny chittage; it's a total chit shower.


And, so, to the maps themselves (again with tea for scale):


They have a parchment-y crisp and crinkle feel to them and they crunch and crackle as you fold/unfold 'em. The seams are strengthened with white tape on the back:



And the vast swathes of yellowing-white hexes are broken up by the most delightful terrain sketches:



By the rigid bone of St Simeon, this is (for me) utterly unplayable, deeply incomprehensible, mechanically confusing and as fiddly as fettling fuck...but it's beautiful; so very, very beautiful. Now, please excuse me while I go and unfold/refold those scrumptious maps a bit more: I have a bataille of my own going on in my trousers...
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Are you a US game house that makes full use of printing in China? If so, I hope you're not sailing too close to the wind, cashflow-wise. Are you a backer of any campaigns - from such a game house - that are due to arrive in the next few months? If so, are you willing to pay an extra 25% to get your backed product or will you demand that you still get it at the expense of killing the publisher?

Will you bleat like a sheep stuck on a wire fence if you end up getting neither the product or a refund AND will you use phrases like 'you knew the risks' or 'the customer deserves better'? If so, then I say 'Booo!' to you; 'Booooooooooooo!'.

This site has long held the belief that it should be protected from politics and all that stuff because games are a safe place to retreat from all of that. Indeed, this is true - as my beloved Friday evenings in Ross-on-Wye atest; but what's do be done when politics risks harming our industry, our community? It's not just gamers here, you know; it's designers and publishers and developers and artists and...everyone.

I think there needs to be a little more allowed discussion on the Trump Chinese Tariffs issue because many folks - Kickstarter backers particularly - are going to get very nervous, very quickly: perhaps a pinned, formal and moderated (to keep the twats out) news thread?
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...to be loved by you!


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Happy Birthday to the amazing H. P. Gibson & Sons!

https://gibsonsgames.co.uk/



Of vital importance in the history of British gaming and puzzles, they also provided - in Roger Heyworth - my first introduction to the game publishing business and set me on the path I now travel.

Indeed, it gives me great pleasure to see them going from strength-to-strength!
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