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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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Where would we be without the Golden Geeks, dear pals? Yes, once again March brings us multiple lists over which to bicker, complain and wax un-lyrical; prepare your COMMENTS bingo cards in plenty of time for the forthcoming short-lists - with 12 values, and seeding a bingo card of 8 items, that's 495 unique combinations (!): almost enough for two to each reader of this blog?!

Well-deserved
Over-hyped
Splendor
"Not a proper game"
Asmodee
"popularity contest"
(comments related to sub-par quality of Kickstarter product)
"rip-off"
"I shall never vote again" (other petulant flounces also allowed)
A derisory analysis of the algorithm
Tom Vasel
They don't mean anything / They're not real awards

FWIW, here are MY nominations; I am, of course, utterly correct, but feel free to wander off-piste with your own wrong-brained wasted votes:

Boardgame of the Year:
AuZtralia (also Symphony No.9 and Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog)

Artwork & Presentation:
Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog (also Reykholt and Airship City)

Co-operative Game:
Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr

Expansion:
Terraforming Mars: Prelude

Family Game:
Gingerbread House (also Eco-Links and Piepmatz)

Innovative:
Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr

Strategy Game:
AuZtralia (also Endeavor: Age of Sail, Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog and Symphony No.9)

Thematic Game:
Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr (also Symphony No.9 and Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog)

Best Podcast
Five Games For Doomsday (also Garretts' Games & Geekiness and Heavy Cardboard)

Not that it matters but what do YOU lot think?
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Good therapy uses music and - apart from the reliable cast of Miles Davis', Talk Talks' and Vaughan-Williams' - two new-to-my-collection albums have been massaging my lobes in to a near-trance. For the longest time, it has been awkward - frowned upon, even - to listen to music while in the office; this is because I've almost exclusively been in the office with the customer these last umpteen years and it's 'unprofessional', apparently. My latest role has the project team co-located in their own 'supplier bunker' 300m from the customers' building so it's not unusual to see row-upon-row of contractors plugged in to bulky headphones like Borg drones plugged in to the collective!

Anyway, moving on from Star Trek allusions (the new series IS rather splendid, isn't it?), the first of the brace of audio treasures is:

#1 Record by Big Star

Quite how a bona fide, long-term, card-carrying 'Q Magazine', 'Mojo' and 'The Word' reader could've completely let Alex Chilton’s rocky pop pass him by shall forever remain a mystery. It matters not because I've caught up at last: addictively-melodic and hippy-esque - what you'd get by crossing Dirty Harry with The Monkees?!

Secondly, the follow-up to 'Out of Season' (with Portishead's Beth Gibbons) - one of my top 20 albums of all time:

Drift Code by Rustin' Man

David Bowie meets Robert Wyatt meets that bloke who sings Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet for 40 minutes of lush, intricate musical poetry; with the iPhone on {REPEAT}, this swelling and grinding soundscape fluffs up my brain like it was a big eiderdown-stuffed pillow - gorgeous and exhausting.

Supplementary recommendations include Eno's Music for Airports, Dazzleships from OMD, Fluid Rustle by Eberhard Weber and any quality version of Verdi's Requiem.

You owe it to yourself to get some aural stimulation.
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You're toxic (I'm slippin' under)

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Since November, my relationship with the online world – and social media in particular – has become fractious, frustrating and toxic. While I’ve not been any kind of victim, the infinitely-scrolling litany of complaining and woe and insecurity and depressing political news has been poisonous. My family, initially amused at my occasional suspensions from Twitter have (rightly) become royally displeased with the anxious ranting prompted (in particular) by the twin barrels of Trump and Brexit; it’s all very well being passionate, but one must draw the line before the piss boils dry and you catch fire. Attempting to keep up-to-date is a fruitless endeavour: the echo chamber vibrates to the cacophony of others’ shared exasperation and there are no solutions, just the endless spaghetti-fication of the problems!

The nadir of this entrapment came last week in the middle of a change in medication synchronous with children falling loudly-and-violently out with each other (we have a number of severe crosses to bear in the Boydell household) and another UK Parliamentary kerfuffle: the red mist descended.

Surly, hair-triggered and physically trembling, I was shocked in to action: I contacted my Doctor to restart my prescription, I deleted all the Social Media apps from my phone and I deactivated my Facebook account. This past week I have been listening to classical music, watching light-hearted television programs and throwing myself with enormous gusto in to game design! I've also been on a number of long walks in all weathers.

Distraction techniques? Yes, of course; but very effective distraction techniques...and very fruitful too!

Last week's playtest of Attention All Shipping was wonderful because a) it held it's own and b) I came away with some delicious tweaks. Playing a solo mode last night (trying to get it to be challenging and meaningful 'for one') also crystalized a couple of thematic (and cute) mechanisms. I am dead-excited about this.



My chance discovery of the fascinating Liverpool Overhead Railway sent me to eBay and Amazon, to £40 worth of books and ephemera, and the doodled workings of yet another design:


The ideas are just falling out of my head on to the page!


Some may pooh-pooh these little extravagances but - hey - these are objects of beauty as well as information sources!

I also spent some hours reformatting (ie. formatting properly for the first time) Ben Bateson's prototype files for his Happy Guinea Pigs game:


(aside: I also suggested some rules modifications; I just can't help myself)


Finally, in just the last 7 days, I blasted my way through the composition and underlying alogrithms of a mid-20th Century artifact:



It's a 'madcap' party game that has folks running around a house or a garden but, with a little modification, I think this could make a rather splendid real-time, all-elbows, table-top card race game.

None of the above will 'cure' my proclivity to agitation but it surely removes a significant number of exacerbating factors; for the foreseeable, B.G.G is the only place that you'll find me 'online' and that, I think, is a bloody mercy for all of us!

I love you all!

Your friend,
Tony
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Psychosomatic, addict, insane.
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The Cult of the Old

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Another week, another slight wobble in the numbers at the Ross-on-Wye gamers; we were expecting four-ish with Gerv being a "possibly cancelled at the last minute" and Lydia (aka 'Lydia Gamebox') also a "perhaps, depending...".

(they both made it in the end)

Come 7.30PM and a previously-confirmed Jobbers was nowhere to be seen BUT we were joined by two middle-aged gentlemen carrying pints of ale and a scrumpled plastic bag with a colourful box inside: John and Mark.

The two gents (non-identical twins) were keen as mustard to join in 'the gaming' and, both being extremely local to The Plough, it was pleasing that they finally ventured out to see us; they are, however, old school gamers and know nothing of the explosion in the hobby over the last 40 years. They brought - as an example of what they're 'in to', this colourful piece from 1967:


Exploration is as old as me!


It's a typical roll-and-roll-and-roll-and-roll festival of die rolling with random equipment and personnel draws and random dice rolling; the first third of the game is roll-and-move to collect stuff and the remaining two thirds rolling-and-not-moving-because-you-don't-have-the-right-icons-on-your-equipment-cards. There is no skill at all; indeed, during the first phase I collected a bunch of equipment thinking I could 'sell it back' to the others when they set off mountaineering (or whatever) at a profit - most money = the winner - but, as soon as I actually got going on my quest ('diving a sunken galleon') - I had to discard all the irrelevant equipment for no return! To be fair, some cards had biro on them and there were 'our house rules' pointed out from time-to-time so I'm not convinced we were playing the ACTUAL rules or just their lifelong customization. It's a terrible game but it is lovely to look at and sort-of fun for the hour it took for John to roll better numbers than us other two. They were very brotherly in their treatment of each other during play (much to my amused delight): bickering and chivvying the other on, John calling Mark a 'bastard' whenever the latter rolled a useful face - it was like they were both 10 again! Having treated me to their beloved gaming treasure, we split tables and I treated John (with Gerv's help) to a couple of mine:


'Birds' followed by a couple o'For Sales


John picked this up - tentatively - and needed some coaching throughout; I should think it's quite a leap of the imagination to cross over the threshold; we take so many ideas for granted in gaming nowadays. It was good to see Lydia back again too; she was treated to Wingspan (which she has already played) and Cuba and we all closed (the new fellows catching an early lift) with Too Many Cooks. For once, I managed to get through a NO SOUP round without catastrophe and was pipped in to a close second by a loudly-complaining Boffo; he's very good at this kind of trick-takey game and I don't believe a word of it when he grumbles.

Hopefully John and his brother will return; I may just start packing a few oldies from my own collection to keep their evident comfort zone close-by. And because, sometimes, it's rather fun (if masochistic) to time-travel.
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This is why Wingspan is in the hotness.


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Windy Pigs

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At the generous invitation of the Batesons, I joined them for tea and playtesting at Lilliput (their domicile) after the (Wednes)day's work was done. Now that the Severn Bridges have removed their tolls, its a free ride across the river and up the Wye Valley - especially with a relaxed stop at Stella Books in Tintern, purveyors of many precious bibliotic treasures. With the bookshop behind me, I gazed out at the dreaming Wye and the Abbey and the sunset-over-the-cliffs:



A cup of tea and an all-hands-to-the-pumps lamination and cutting session followed my first proper multi-player (with separate, real players) game of Attention All Shipping:



Becky struggled a little with the movement mechanic - the most complex (and, yet, hopefully intuitive) part of the game - but managed a close second to my lighthouse-servicing, self-harming (happy to take a bit o'damage to the old 'tug' if I can get an extra halibut out of it!); we were playing in 'Easy' mode ie. four hold spaces for fish (and damage protection should things get blowy).



We played it all the way through in about 90 mins and it was very smooth indeed - that'll be the three weeks of relentless solo-ing paying off! The weather conditions escalated in all the right (ie. inconvenient) places as be bobbed, bounced and chugged our way around the British Isles. Boffo, when asked if he'd had fun, replied "I'm not sure" which - for him - may be a bit of a win for such an early prototype! Some tweaks were duly noted and some trims stored in the 'to be considered' tray (ie. for in the car on the journey home). I was very pleased indeed because I now feel I can take it Leiriacon for a more serious evaluation.

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In the interest of balance - and because it sounded like a proper treat - our last-minute manufacturing had set us up for a three player 'Happy Guinea Pigs': Boffo's 'the more, the merrier' simulation of G.P. life: huddling, squeaking, chasing, eating, mating, squeaking and sleeping!



Each player has a deck of cards for their Boar and their Sow and a hand for each drawn from them. Players are attempting to get up the pecking order (males), interfere with the other pigs' actions (chase) and general eat as much food from the Feeder as possible. Simultaneous-squeaking makes the humans refill the pot when it gets bare. And if you're lucky, you might get yourself a Baby Pig or two!



It was very raw - and the laminated components were a bit irritating - but the thing is not far off being a very respectable party filler at all! Between Foothills, this and Country Gents (qv), Boffo is turning in to the Herefordian Wolfgang Warsch. Or something.

It seemed churlish to leave without ticking another item off Boffo's H-40th Birthday list, so we played Citadels for three...and doesn't it work well (and is a lot of quick fun) with that number?



Despite being assassinated OR thieved OR both for the first four rounds, I managed to hog the Architect and build my way to a comfortable victory: all in under 30 minutes! I can see us flopping this one over the magic line in plenty of time if Wednesday night's speedy hoot was anything to go by.
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The Mark, Over-Stepped? (3/3)

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(last one I promise)

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