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Every Man Needs A Shed

Life and games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Independent UK games designer, self-confessed Agricola-holic and Carl Chudyk fan-boy. www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk What was that beardy bloke going on about?

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Git orf moy lahnd!

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I can't remember if I've showed you this before, dear thing, so I'll show it to you again just in case.

Back in the mists of the noughties, Agricola was brand new and had a couple of small expansions (probably the Cz and the X decks); as a game designer, bolstered by the incalculable success of Copperwtaddle, Bloody Legacy and Scandaroon, I looked at these small-but-perfectly-formed thematic add-ons and thought:

"I can do that!"

The arrogance is astounding, isn't it? Anyway, this was pre- play-agricola.com pumping out the playtesting of what would subsequently be World Champs, Gamer and Pi decks, the Fr deck et al and also waaaaaay pre-railway-up-a-mountain stuff. I thought it would be tres amusent to put together a GB (Great Britain) deck: lots of in-jokes about Tea, Stephen Fry, Crap Tennis, Doctor Who, Rain and so on.

How I (and only I) laughed.


Sundry mimps.



Miscellaneous Occs.



O! Martin, Martin...


Of course, nowadays, it's probably more appropriate to come up with the following:



*sigh*
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Don't Bring Me Down

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Hey everyone! I played {insert name and picture of new hotness here} last night and it was really enjoyable - an excellent first impression!

(cue: [Reply]s)
i) I've heard it's crap from a mate who read something on a Reddit thread sometime so it doesn't interest me...ergo it's crap.

ii) I've got a copy but not played it yet - should I sell it before I take it out of the shrink?

iii) It's a Kickstarter product...ergo it's crap.

iv) I haven't played it but I don't think it's as a good as {insert name of other game here}...ergo it's crap.

v) The theme is pasted on...ergo it's crap.

vi) It looks like a bunch of the "usual mechanics"...ergo it's crap.

vii) I missed out on the campaign, feel insanely jealous but can't possible let this show...ergo it's crap.

viii) I had a bad experience on the forums with a bloke who once worked for the company that made it...ergo it's crap.

ix) Too many people are saying it's good...ergo it must be really crap.

x) I don't like you (the OP)...ergo it's crap.

xi) It doesn't come with sculpts or minis...you get the idea by now.

Somewhere, amid the resulting 100+ replies, someone will agree/empathize with the warm fuzzy delight/positive vibes of the original post but you'll be hard pressed to find it. Ergo. It's. Crap.

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The Ballad of Jobbers and Yoko

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No Smudge, this week, at the White Lion so the language could be fruitier than normal without being accompanied by a disdainful look. Clutching my newly de-sprewed Yokohama - expecting the Holy triumvirate of Jobbers, me and Boffo (with a dash of Dan for good measure) - I was delighted and disappointed in equal measure at the arrival of Peter (from out-of-town): 'Yokes' (as it is not being affectionately known) only 'does' four...

Boffo slumped-and-slouched over the threshold with his enormous holdall, equally stuffed with nothing for five, but brought rumours of Fownhope Charlie putting in a long-promised appearance too. How the table, and my over-filled orange juice and lemonade, trembled in the anticipation of TWO tables a 'Yokkles' (again, not in use anywhere else) being back in the Plan!

1930HRS (our official start time) came and went - as did 1935HRS and 1940HRS - so it was, with a heavy heart, that I grumbled my assent to a round (possibly an entire evening) of Modern Art.

But, then:



Charlie arrived!


Peter (from Bromsgrove) had been promised a run at Glass Road by The Huffleboff which immediately caused 'sucking a lemon' expressions from both Dan and Jobbers: this was my 'in' - we scurried across the backend of the Pub to a big, rectangular table and set to it:





In summary: ...actually, I'll let someone better qualified give you "the skinny":



Turns proceeded steadily across the 105 minutes-or-so of playing time: seeding out assistants, moving and triggering Presidents, collecting and converting resources, building techs and fulfilling contracts. We tail-gated/slip-streamed each other up the score board. It was neck-and-neck until the last quarter when I lost momentum - failing to keep up with contracts and relying on Shop building bonuses as a short-cut instead. I don't remember a single moment of distraction or inattention; the three of us were fully - and enthusiastically - engaged throughout. The game is smooth, the rules elegantly simple and the playing-of-it deliciously thinky: make sure you have the right assistants in the right numbers in the right places to be able to move efficiently and then maximise your action at the end. The scores separated, like curdled milk, in the game-end calculations - the lack of techs and contracts really killed my set of Country icons bonus - but that's of no import: Yokohama is fan-blinkin'-tastic (and that's proper swearing)! In an odd way, it reminded me of Food Chain Magnate: it looks simple and straightforward but has a lot of brain-stretching things going on under the glossy facade!

To close, because I was on pick-up duty again, we quickly Coloretto-ed and then Jobbers told us a joke:

Two men walking in the woods; they come to a clearing with a large hole in the middle. They sidle up to the edge and peer inside: it is dark and seems very deep. "Blimey!" says the first man, "I wonder how far down it goes?". "Let's drop something down it and count," says the other; "every second is 10 metres, right?". They look around the clearing and can only see a large, circular rock; they drag it to the edge of the hole and push it off: "1..2..3..4..."; the rock seems to be falling forever and they can't hear anything. Suddenly, they hear a loud bleating and a goat comes running in to the clearing - head down and horns forward - straight towards the men; they leap out of the way just in time as the goat launches itself in to the hole and disappears...it's bleating fading in the dark chasm. "Fucking hell!" says the first man and then leave the clearing in a state of shock and fear. Shortly, they come across a farmer driving a tractor; the farmer waves them over and, switching the engine off, says "'Av you blokes sin me goat abowt? Only eyes lost 'im". "Well, we nearly got charged down by a goat in the woods; it belted through the trees and threw itself down a massive hole!". "Oh, that can't be moy goat, then," says the farmer, "coz moy goat was toyed up to a big piece o' rock."
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Dirty Laundry

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Spotted on Twitter (@londonlass666) - sheer genius!



Now...

(calls, off)

Mrs B? Mrs B, where did I put the pegs?

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The Box of Delights

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Arthur 'unboxes' our minty new copy of Yokohama:


(and Dad gets a nasty burn!)
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The Barnsley Nightingale

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Ever since I earned my first wages working on Saturdays in a Monmouth butchers, I have been a voracious consumer of all manner of music. With crisp pound notes in hand, I would scurry up the high street to Woolworths to get something round and made of vinyl in the last 20 mins before closing; from The Eagles to Motorhead to the Eurythmics to, well, anything-and-everything! When me and the current Mrs Boydell started courting, we would spend long afternoons delicately handling my stylus and sheathing my 12 inches; I regarded myself as a guru of eclectic tastes, an expert guide in to the world of aural treasures BUT it’s Mrs B that has had the highest hit rate in getting the other one hooked: most notably her pre-“Us” love of Neil Finn, Split Enz and Crowded House but, also, the angelic, crystalline folky beauty of Ms Kate Rusby:



Last night, in an unprecedented two-weeks-in-a-row ‘date night’ scenario (last week it was, if you recall, the comedy of Richard Herring), the two of us left the boys to themselves and nipped out the Cheltenham to see Ms Rusby in concert. We arrived, with about an hour to spare, intending to find a bite of something to eat and ended up in the Pizza Express opposite the Town Hall venue; a large glass of Merlot for her and a fizzy water for me, we scoffed down two very delicious discs of cheese and ‘ting before taking our seats in the palatial performance space:


So bright!


Gloriously warm, heart-tingling, life-affirming and soul-lifting; witty ballads, jaunty jigs, oodles of banter with the audience and a surprisingly young but virtuoso band (mandolin, acoustic guitars, double Bass, accordion and Moog organ(!)) made for two wonderful hours.

Very highly recommended; go here for more Tour (and background) info:

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Better with Beef!

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Board Game boxes made better with beef?





Now you..?

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He's unitary perfect and highly composite

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Today 'Congratulations' are in order to Mr Alan Paull because his corporeal self is
60 (sixty)
years old!



Well done, that man!

It's been 20 years since we first met up at the Pub in Cheltenham to play Magic: The Gathering and I found out that you were a bona fide "game designer" (Siege, Thunderin' Guns, Starship Tycoons, City of Sorcerers, Tara, Seat of Kings and Confucius)!
How time has flown and how much we've all achieved with Surprised Stare Games Ltd; chapeau, monsieur!

Love from Tony.
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Number Twos!

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Today 'Congratulations' are in order to Mr Stuart Burnham because his blog

It Beats Watching The TV



(https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blog/4563/it-beats-watching-tv)

is 2 (two) years old!

Well done, that man!

You've nurtured your fragile blogsprog through the delicate stages of it's new life; you've kept it nourished with your insight, stimulated with your session reports and kept safe by your vigilant routine!

Of course, you now enter those trickier blogging waters and we should expect more screaming, temper tantrums, kicking and biting, fighting with other blogs, total meltdowns and the subjugation of the Earth through the final triumph of Hell!



Just keep telling yourself that "its just a phase" and you'll probably get through it all okay.

Love from Tony.
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Monday morning blues :-(

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Today I am a-travellin' on a surreptitious mission: a bit hush-hush / mums-the-word etc. Nothing sinister just, well, something different.

You could wish me luck? I'm not sure if I really want any luck TBH.

You could wish me a safe journey? That's always appreciated, thanks.

You could tell me that it's all going to turn out right in the end? I might even believe you.

*sigh*

To lighten my mood a bit, here's a picture of my guinea pig - Gengulphus - telling a joke:

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