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 - 20

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There's a killer on the loose...STILL!

And s/he's continuing to murder gamers in the manner of board games!

But which board games inspired these awful deathInflictions?




(don't forget spoilers!)
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Can you guess what I'm holding in my hand..?

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...that's right: it's a book*. Not just ANY book, either; no, it's a new entrant in my collection of game-related tomes. In fact, several books have crossed the Boydell transom in the last few days and some are presented below.





Of particular interest, however, is this weighty little beauty from 1876:





Spurred on by a blog comment from West Walesian - and occasional Ross-on-Wye-r - Phil Dennis, I sought the World Interwebs for a copy of The Sports & Pastimes of the English People. Ebay is, simultaneously, a dear friend and a bitter enemy; the whole transaction took less than 10 seconds to complete and now I (tremblingly) hold it in my sweaty palm (still a book).

For the price of JASE, this musty and crackle-paged time machine figuratively drips with charm, earnestness and wit; for the equivalent of a couple of Terraforming Mars expansions, two thousand years of Britannic arsing-about, time-wasting and leisure pleasures have been collected in this joyful package.

















Comprehensively gorgeous, extensively lovely and utterly precious.

*of course, in my other hand is my knob.
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God, it's amazing how efficient things are when you're a dick to people.

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We want ANSWERS, dammit!

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Remember this befuddlement?




Door bell: Ding
Lady: Hello!
Cashier: Hello! Are you *okay sign*
Lady: !!!*ok sign* as in 'Health' or *okay sign* as in 'white power?!
Cashier: *ok sign* as in 'Health' naturally (looks angry)
Lady: (blushes) I'm only checkin'...
Cashier: Can I help?
Lady: Is Keyflower ace?
Cashier: Shit.
Lady: (shocked) Ay?! Why?
Cashier: Read it on BGG
Lady: Oh. Pandemic?
Cashier: Horseshit. I hate co-ops.
Lady: Oh. What about Dead of Winter?
Cashier: Total balls!
Lady: Jesus! You okay, honey? Any ideas?
Cashier: Cash 'n Guns?
Lady: Scary.
Cashier: Rising Sun?
Lady: Boring.
Cashier: Keyflower?
Lady: Ay? You say it's shit!
Cashier: No. I read its shit.
Lady: ...
Cashier: And I have no more to say.
Lady: Why?
Cashier: Run out of pictures.
Lady: Cock!
Cashier: Fair enough.

Fin.
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A Matter Of

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It has been a matter of a handful of weeks ago since it was
bright at 0600HRS,
balmy;
the fan would be blowing the air around the room
and my raincoat remains draped over the newel post.

Now it is murky,
chilly,
but the bed is deliciously-warm
and I need to dress by the light of the iPhone.

I'm finding it a small struggle - just a bijou one - adjusting to my new work environment.
In the calm, pleasing and interesting role,
I am prone to occasional flashbacks:
the stressful momentum of the last five years.
I don't think I had ever realized before,
so starkly,
how damaging such situations can become.

In a matter of a handful of weeks, though, it will be
pitch black at 0600HRS,
frosty;
the car will be packed with games
and a friend
and, this time, a son too.

My Autumnal Essen oasis shimmers on the horizon and, this year, I am certain that it will be sweeter than ever before!

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Boffo's disdain for all things 'Kickstarter' is well known and, in many respects, entirely correct (I can't really pitch in with him 100% because I've (historically) backed 80 projects and have 17 items 'outstanding'). This Friday - finally! - saw the delivery of my deluxe copy of Endeavor: Age of Sail: a luxuriant, and remarkably cheap, re-issue of one of my all-time faves. Boffo's response to this eager Message-d news is today's blogtitle. The RoW Star Chamber were last-minute-joined by Gloucester-based Gerv for what would be - for him - an all-new-games session but (spoiler alert) a very high quality one.



Five is the magic number for Endeavor and it wasn't a difficult job getting the rules explained. Aside from Gerv occasionally forgetting that one cannot 'draw' (crate) a card OR 'occupy' (flag) outside of Europe until the region is 'open', it was smooth sailing. Jobbers had a fine line in SHIP+OCCUPY thanks to Smudge leaving him at least three 'last places' in the shipping lines; Gerv did a little bit of this and that, as did Smudge, without troubling the card stacks; I took cards and replaced them, further, with better cards and was pipped by Boffo - by a single point - after he'd cannon-ed his way across Europe and snaffled a huge 5VP card and a cluster of link scoring cities!


"Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!...Boom! Boom! Boom!..."


It was every bit as good as the last time we played my 'first edition' copy back in 2013 (!). Aside from some paint-stuck smears and the flimsy player trays, this reprint is a pleasure to fiddle about with...and I've not even opened the rulebook for the extensive 'exploits' expansion.

Satisfied that my desire for the evening had been fulfilled, there was a brief moment when it looked like Lancaster was going to get a rare 'so soon' outing...but Jobbers grumbled and pulled one of my Doomsday games from the bag instead: The Princes of Florence.



Gerv bore himself nobly throughout and scored an impressive 41 points but it was Jobbers and Smudge, with their spot-on Prestige Cards, that accelerated toward the mid-50s (very fine scores indeed).



For some reason, the jukebox at The Plough Inn seemed suddenly eager to play a series of show-offy orchestral covers eg. Thunderstruck on double Cello, Enter Sandman on oboe, Smack My Bitch Up on Recorder and Triangle etc. Barely a tolerable soundtrack to groupthink closer Citadels, the joke wore exceeding thin after the first verse & chorus.



In a rare instance of groove-settling, I found myself untroubled by fear of OR actual thievery / assassination and Architect/Bishop-ed my way to a thumping win over everyone apart from Jobbers whom I pipped by a glorious point. When this game works - as it does most of the time - it is a fabulous, figurative walk on eggshells and a firm club favourite.

In other news, I used four copies of Scandaroon to shore up an old shelf over some Library room strip-lighting: thus, fashioning further - much needed - space for proper games:



In a much-appreciated break from the last few surly huff-athons, Friday night was a delight and a pleasure and a joy. I blame the change in the weather...
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This is blog post 2500 (already?!) and I'd love to do something special to celebrate it but...

...I can't do any more Snowdonia promos as this would mess up the Deluxe Edition's "You get EVERYTHING!" claim;

...I can't do a Guilds of London promo because the expansion will be coming out soon;

...I can't do an Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea promo because it's not out yet; and,

...no-one wants a Scandaroon promo.

So, why don't I throw it over to you lot? Yes, there's a fun idea: what can you do for me by way of a mini-celebration in the comments below? Go on: surprise me, please!*








*and saying "Boo!" doesn't count.
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Death of a Gamer - 19

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There's a killer on the loose!

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But which board games inspired these brutal homicides?




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