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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(for those who complain about Spiel's "Family Day" ie. the Saturday)

This year's essen-tial Spiel accessory!

Are you gonna get yours?!




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Cheeky!
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A Quiet Place..?

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It's quieter than the grave around here...



...was it something I said?
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...which reminds me of a proper blast from my (distant) past!


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Carlos Ezquerra 1947-2018

F.F.S.

Designed the Judge Dredd look and drew some of it's most iconic series'.
Created Strontium Dog;
brought The Stainless Steel Rat to life and, generally,
filled the pages of 2000AD with highest quality art.


A true talent.

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I thought so...
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Every couple of years myself, Mrs B and whichever children are so-inclined (a dwindling parameter on each occasion, sadly) take ourselves off to enjoy a performance from the marvelous, independently-run Giffords Circus*. With its excellent candy floss and pizza (and the Acts are quite good too), we've never failed to have anything less than a simply wonderful time. And so it was yesterday when, in a frantic dash from school pick-up to Stroud, we took Arthur and his pal Jonathan for some colourful shenanigans:









Finishing around 7PM, there had been some hope that I might make it back across the county in time for Ross-on-Wye gaming; however, this goal was severely jeopardized by a jam exiting the Circus field, roadworks and road closures and the need to drop Jonathan off along the way. It's a cold day in Hell that keeps me from my weekly maintainer of sanity: a session of cerebral gymnastics and twattish banter. Guest appearances this week made our numbers to a magnificent 'seven': Phil from Aberystwyth way (bearing a generous gift of more historical gaming books for me), Gloucester's Gerv (fast becoming a regular) and Mrs Boffo's Mother.

Just beating the clock's tick to 8.30PM, I parked myself in a comfy chair in a ready-made space at this evening's Terraforming Mars table - Phil, Jobbers and Smudge had been waiting patiently for my pre-texted arrival:



Seeing as no-one needed any teaching, we were straight in to the thick of it: my own company's enjoyment of playing Events saw me dropping seven shades of kack on to Mars and utilizing steel/titanium to build a "security fleet". This strategy, along with an oxygen-spewing action and drawing every 'play an ocean tile' card, accelerated the finish quite markedly thus preventing all of us from getting a reasonable hold on the planet's surface. Having slightly more forests and an early-drop of Pets (again) won the day for Smudge.

Swapping tables, Boffo had eagerly picked up my messaged 'Glass Road?' and so he and his missus and me tucked ourselves by the exit:



It was another thumping win for Smudge (24.5 to 18 to 17), but I missed out on 6 additional points in the fourth round due to the lack of just one brick. To be honest, Smudge was getting WELL settled in with buildings from the first round so it wasn't that much of a surprise that she ended up kicking us around the room!

We, three, closed with a playtest of *fweeep* (I've added abilities to ALL the cards now); this was a raging disaster for Smudge who admits to just not getting it. With her making numerous bad decisions, that left me and Boffo to fight over the juicy remnants in the manner of a 2 player game: my extensive experience won out. Boffo mumbled that it seemed to have a runaway leader issue but that's an old argument from the Fzzzt! days that's rooted in groupthink/inexperience...and, besides, I only won by 10 points - hardly as crushing a margin as Smudge's Glass Road-inflicted humiliation!

So, even arriving late, we packed in quite the itinerary; we don't mess about at The Plough Inn**!

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**except when we're messing about
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Getting some artistic training

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After the frenzied Kickstarter campaign in July, the NSKN Games peeps have been awfully busy working on the Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set! They've been laying things out, have engaged young up-and-comer Dávid Turczi to do a solo automa AND a new artist to pep up / remove the copyright infringements of my bloggish promos:



They're releasing them in small batches (and I've seen a lot more than these - ha!), so rest assured there'll be a few more updates like this over the next 6 months!
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