Every Man Needs A Shed

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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Death of a Gamer - 12a (Death of a Gamer's Car)

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Today I got a moving letter, a melancholy-inducing epistle that made my bottom lip wobble and the corners of my eyes dampen:


Certificate of DESTRUCTION?!


Having enjoyed a week of low-to-the-ground, regular Estate car comfort (and a couple of forgetting-it’s-an-Automatic moments), the final Fate of my faithful MPV had evaporated from my thoughts until the stark, cold truth of the letter. The Bloody Fine Motor (BFM) saw me through five years and 130,000 miles: Wales (all over), Yorkshire and Europe. Choosing NOT to invest more £££ in finding out what had broken it was, so it seems, a very wise move; it was beyond even palliative care! Arthur and I had solemnly emptied the boot, the glove-box, the door pockets and cubby holes, the coin tray and the secret security chambers before giving it an affectionate pat and leaving it in the Lot at the garage. That was the last time we would see it alive...

*sniff*


VW Touran - VF57 BFM (2013-2018) R.I.P

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Here are some auditory pleasures for you to digest via your ear canals; some of it is, because we're all adults here*, 'fruity of language':


First up are a brace of 5 Games 4 Doomsday reviews:

UK Games Expo 2018
http://fivegamesfordoomsday.libsyn.com/ukge-a-5g4d-review

Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
http://fivegamesfordoomsday.libsyn.com/holding-on-a-5g4d-rev...




Next is a voyage in to the puerile with the marvelous
Who Dares Rolls
folks (and a couple of hangers-on):
http://www.whodaresrolls.com/who-dares-rolls-podcast-episode...





And, finally, for all of your Comedy Boardgaming Game Show needs, there's the ever-reliable (and mostly unmissable)
This Game Is Broken
(featuring me!)
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/this-game-is-broken/id12...

*'childish'
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Ah, dearest pals, you find me (once again) communicating from the smallest room of the Welsh Government buildings in Merthyr Tydfil. The weather is beautiful and I may have to go wandering the charity shops at lunchtime OR I could go and sit in my new car in the staff car park and listen to podcasts with the windows down? In my continuing (subconscious) efforts to act my age, I have replaced the MPV Touran with my first ‘normal’ car in 20 years: a Volvo V50 estate (black) - it’s an automatic and has faux-leather seats. The registration plate is, pleasingly, an almost-anagram of my name: BD08 YOL if you imagine the 8 is an E and change the 0 to an L. *plop* Saved myself fahzans on a customers plate there! It does, of course, mean that my stock-ferrying days for SSG have been curtailed and we’ll have to get used to renting vans for shows instead. In other news, the world watches in horrified fascination as a self-obsessed maniac who oppresses his people by both intent and inaction meets with Kim Jong-Un. *plop* I took my boys to see the new Jurassic World movie last weekend: dumb as fuck but, hey! It’s got dinosaurs in: LOTS of them! For my cultural fix, pal Dave from Ledbury and I counterbalanced this popcorn fayre with a trip to see the 50th anniversary release of 2001: A Space Odyssey - and how utterly wonderful that *plop plap* that was! Superb! Incredible! Timeless! Astonishing! And so on.

As for gaming? Well, tomorrow sees the release of This Game Is Broken Ep.21 wherein I join the fun (and it WAS a lot of fun) and you can already find the record of our Who Dares Roles Ep.50 UKGE exploits on iTunes: lots of sweary, silly Tony to be found there.

Now, if you will excuse me, they’ve run out of paper so I’m going to have to get rather creative with the soap dispenser and the ‘now wash your hands’ poster.

*flusssssshhhhhhh*
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The Birds

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This tweet popped up in my view yesterday:



Goodness! That's a rather glib and sweeping statement, does one not think? I posted this to my FLFG (Friendly Local Facebook Group) and got the usual 50% split in opinion; most of it, admittedly, directed at my response (see below) rather than the OP. As a personal preference, I abhor tie-breakers but try and pop one (max) in to my designs; other designs seem as profligate with their tie-breakers as they are with the contents of the rules themselves! I'm sure there's a fine and worthy discussion to be had...but not "opened" in such a manner.

My response (SP-tagged to lend a mild air of mystery) was:
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I believe I was justified, to-the-point and - yes! - restrained. The World spun on, naturally, despite the priggish huffing, the counter-trolling and the back-slapping; best to get it out of your system before the working week starts again, eh?!


One of the FLFG responses: provocative much?

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Day Of Rest

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Ah, Sunday; a day of rest...

...once I've dropped Benedict off at his weekend job at 0830HRS
...once I've made the breakfast
...once I've returned the courtesy car to my local garage and picked up my new vehicle (VW Touran R.I.P)
...once Arthur and I have been around the Ledbury car boot sale
...once Ziggy the dog has had a walk
...so it's going to be circa 2.30PM before I get a chance to sit down.

Yesterday, Arthur and I had our first run at Flicky Spaceships and enjoyed it very much indeed:



In summary: Pick up the type of resource appropriate to the hex your ship is currently on THEN flick your ship across the board toward a hex of the colour you need next THEN cash in your collected resources (if poss and wanted) for an Equipment card that provides VP and a sweet little ability. Repeat until all special VP chits OR X number of equipment piles have been deleted and add up your scores!

Simple, dexterity-based fun with solid components - including a set of lovely deep-foam 'edging' bars - and a perfect 20 mins of playing time; it is, of course, the game that won the UK Games Expo Re-Design contest a couple of three years back. The contest involved giving a copy of a (usually-remaindered) game to each participant and asking them to re-purpose its components in to another game; I don't remember what unlucky box of hopelessness led to the inspired Flicky Spaceships but I know it was definitely NOT Scandaroon (because that had been used a couple of years previously...with the winner turning it in to a welcoming hot fire on a cold night).

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As I was chain-choffing black, seedless grapes on the way the Ross-on-Wye this sunny Friday e'en, I was struck by how - just a week earlier - I was choffing Pasta Carbonara with Heavy Cardboard and others in the Bar of the NEC Hilton. Such an enjoyable weekend is now Doppler-ing in to the Past so thank goodness I keep a record of everything! On the down-side, yesterday's (Friday's) post got a little side-tracked thanks so some ropey Tony context/phraseology (the last para was supposed to be a generalization but seems to have been picked up as a specific); that's the written page for you.

Peter from Bromyardsgrove joined the Batesons (and therefore, by extension, us) for the evening with a driving need to play (for the first time) The Princes of Florence; I'm not sure how much of this was his need vs how much Boffo wanted to show off a Club super-favourite at the perfect player count (despite me flashing my Nusfjord from the bag):



Peter proceeded commendably to a 30+ score - rather excellent for a 'noob' - with Smudge pipping me by a building's bonus of 3 points for a couple of scores above the magic 50! I was worried I'd thrown the whole plan: I got lured in to bidding for a Recruitment card with Boffo when I'd been musing for a third Builder- thinking to make him pay a little more, I ended up with it myself!



Thankfully, I needed it later to borrow a Profession from Smudge which - as it turned out - is what kept me so closely in contention! Quite superb.

Pausing to tilt my Nusfjord and run it along the edge of the table to the strains of the JAWS theme, we continued with something "lighter" in the form of North American Railways. Boffo pronounced that he didn't know whether he liked it or not, after an all-elbows waste-cash-on-poor-routes shenaniganfest, and Smudge looked horribly-confused throughout. I think it was a success; Peter committed to buying his own copy then-and-there after sneaking the win ahead of a tied Jobbers and myself.

To see us in to the second half of the evening, we taught Peter the singular joy of being a pirate (rather than a Norwegian fisherman - dang!) in Paolo Mori's marvelous Libertalia:



Peter got an absolute flyer in the first week and was 15+ points ahead of everyone else BUT some wise, considered play from Boffo and myself brought us back within range (week 2) and just a little ahead in the final week to overtake him. It was Boffo, this time, that edged me in to second place!

Glory for Tony, however, would eventually arrive in the second of two Dobble hot potatoes to close off a fine session. Peter despises Dobble but even he had cracked a smile by the end...
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The designer’s name is ‘Green’ and it’s spelled fine in the rulebook but - hey! - misprinted on the front cover?! Imagine my horror should Ivor the Engine have rolled off the presses with ‘Tiny Boydell’ or ‘Pete Firmin’ or, Lord love us, ‘Mallfilms’ on the box! Useless.

You may remember that time I opened a new copy of Extra! Extra! and the rotten glue stink nearly asphyxiated me? Didn’t anyone notice the stench on the proof copies or did something shit in the ink feeders on ‘run day’? Hopeless.

(Clarification: this next bit is not specific to a particular game) Bland theme? Naff art? Shoddy components? Lazy proofreading? Zero marketing? Defaulting on royalties? We may be entering a Golden Age of gaming but there's still enormous scope for amateur hour, eyes-on-the-profit bigger than their stomach-to-put-the-effort-in (so-called) "publishers" to really fuck up a Designer's dreams. Disgraceful.
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You have been warned...

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Last chance?
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