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2nd Cousins’

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We can now confirm that The Cousins’ War 2nd edition will be released at Essen Spiel 2018, 25-28 October 2018. Retail price at Essen Spiel: €20.

The 2nd edition is a new version of The Cousins' War with larger components and with the Times of Change variant built in (was Events expansion). There are English, German and Spanish versions separately published –

English: Surprised Stare Games (UK), Flying Lemur Game Studio (USA)
German: Frosted Games
Spanish: 2Tomatoes

2nd Edition contains an optional variant, Times of Change. This variant adds in the cards originally published as the Events expansion to the 1st edition. There is 1 extra card, Jura Belli, in the Times of Change variant over and above the Events expansion.




We’re selling North American Railways, too, for just €20!

Come and see us on Stand 4-F121.
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That's why Mum's gone to Iceland...

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My very own Reykholt card! Because I was doing so terribly at the Leiriacon playtest, I suggested to Matthias that one would be able to grow a different veggies simultaneously in a greenhouse (not that it would've let ME perform any less ineptly)...and, lo!, did he (and Uwe) make it so!

If you want one then stop by at Spiel (4-F121) or say 'Hi!' as I'm wandering about and get one (per person) while my stocks last!

(unfortunately, I only saw the card AFTER it went to print so the English is a little broken in places )

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Mrs B and I can do things a little more spontaneously now. With Arthur in double-figures and a couple of elder siblings generally-available to 'sit', the pair of us can nip off for a meal or to the cinema or to the theatre without having had to run the whole thing through a CRAY-powered, logistical simulation first. I was scraping the last of the giant cous-cous from my takeout pot on Thursday lunchtime when a text popped up: "Rich Herring is in Cheltenham tonight I wondered if you were interested?"

It's the tail-end of the Cheltenham Literary Festival with many famous folk sticking their noses in to the Cotswoldian cogniscenti; last year it was Hilary Clinton taking the place by storm...this year it's Richard Curtis (apparently). Anyway, I've been a long-time fan of Mr Herring's work over the years - Lee & Herring, Collings & Herrin, AIOTM (AIOTM), the Leicester Square Theatre (RHLSTP) podcasts and his live shows (Lord of the Dance Settee et al) - so, for just a tenner each, this seemed like a lovely spur-of-the-mo distraction.

He was in conversation re: his new book (1001 Emergency Questions, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0751574392/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x...) so we rocked up to windy Chelters early enough for some cheesy chips, a browse in the pop-up bookshop and a coffee & crepe.



Funny, interesting and relaxed.

Also this week, I booked a couple of seats for December's Soho Theatre appearance by the excellent Mr Greg Proops who will be recording his Smartest Man In The World podcast there on the 17th; to say that I am excited about this is a gross understatement.

Mrs B and I used to do this kind of thing all the time when we were newly-married.
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"You're through to the Noggin Helpline - How can I be of assistance?"

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Even to the very last of Thursday, the West-of-England weather held out as fine, dry and warm as any other day in balmy 2018; wandering over to the superstore for a salad bar lunch needed neither coat nor hat nay the rolling-down of sleeves nonely. Cue: Friday AM and the gusty, sodden coat-tails of Storm Agamemnon/{whatever} darkening the skies and sluicing the kerbsides - not that I'm moaning because the upside of global warming and escalating eco-catastrophe is a better British Summer, so that's all good then.

Staring mournfully across from the sofa, Ziggy the Dog's gaze flitted from me to the patio doors and back again; despite the bending trees and a whooshing of air-bricks, the pup wanted 'out':



Thankfully the rain had stopped but, as you can see above, the boughs and branches were forty-five-degreeing; the occasional blown, brown leaf slapping me on the bridge of the nose. With my best Wellingtons, I had determined to forge further along the canal, than ever previously, in search of the mythical 'tunnel'; however, beyond the road bridge, the path disappeared in to a long, bog-pooling straight of water and our journey was halted prematurely.



There was only one item on my agenda for the evening and that was Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog, for which I had prepared meticulously (ie. read the rule book more than once). Nick Case, knowing of my noble intentions, had offered to be on-call should anything arise - a service I believe he is offering world-wide post-Spiel. With a pleasingly-splittable 'six', it was Jobbers and Smudge and myself that took ourselves to the edge of the Arctic Circle for some worker placement, roundel-managing, recipe-fulfilling, semi-cooperative, gorgeously-illustrated and heavy goodness:


The foolish Mine; How I single-handedly completed a Saga; and a pensive Plough Inn.


The teach took about 30 mins - not bad at all - and we set off, albeit a little tentatively. Not being familiar with the source material (a crime!!!), Smudge was - initially - rather disturbed by the illustration of Arup the King of the Walruses who, seemingly, was being stroked by a group of reverential Nogs. Latching on to this potential euphemism, Boffo's ears briefly-pricked at the phrase 'tickling the Walrus' but he soon settled in to his Thurn & Taxis once more.

One particular scenario arose (see above) whereby both of our mine explorations yielded inaccessible sections of the mountain - this was our own fault as we explored away from the starting 'exits all around the edge' tile': the upshot was a distinct lack of stone in the economy which meant 2:1 exchanges were prized muchly. Additionally, limiting the stone led to us being unable to get Noggin to the Throne before his evil Uncle (we just didn't have the time to finish the remaining, requisite sagas); we were exiled to our Granny's in disgrace...but I won in the final reckoning of points!

Situations like the one described are the very reason Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog is a gamers' game: it's not all cosy and nice and there are plenty of opportunities to screw over the points and plans of the other players! Locking out stone, hogging partly-built inventions, refusing to complete sagas, restocking at inopportune moments and many more devious stratagems can be employed to stick the knife in: glorious and grown-up gaming!

We finished just after 10PM (so that's just over two hours of actual play) whereupon Gary - on the other table - departed and left us with five for Wildlife Safari:



Smudge was unapologetic with a double-Lion opening - which is currently under The Society's scrutiny - and, sure enough, this put her in a healthy lead for the first few rounds; total reliance upon the "Bi-Feline Bomb" is, of course, a dangerous tack and (indeed) Smudge's complacency was almost her undoing. Fortunately (for her) Jobbers was unable to rein-in Zebra enough in the last card of the game to prevent her winning by a single point: 61 (her), 60 (me), 59 (Jobbers*), Boffo then Gerv. It is this seeming imperviousness in the face of subsequent tomfoolery that makes the double Lion what it is today: a poisonous blight upon the game.

We closed with some 'hot potato' Dobble: a therapeutic come-down from the tense, thinky heights of 'the Northlands' - what a session!

*At one point, he exclaimed "Grab him by the trunk - he loves it" which nearly choked an ale-sipping Boffo.
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The Railway A-B-C 2

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Oh, and I have some Alubari news:

(from Frédérick at Matagot)
"I’ve talked...about the prototypes for Essen. We will do 3 prototypes. The boards and cards are on the way."

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The first in an occasional series:





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Putting the 'T' in to Tuesday!

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More tidbits from the elves working on Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea:


The box with a slight twist (and, yes, it should be 1-5 and 60-90 mins)


More train designs because Alubari has quite a lot 'in the (fire) box'!


A couple of special trains...


weather for the back of the Contract Cards.


The Tea Gardens...


More town 'pop-outs' for the main board!


A sheet of standard icons (and you know how I love icons!)

Comin' along noice, innit?!
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