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 Heaven's Sake, Gary; why don't you just drop your trousers and pop your balls on the table?!"

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'Twas an early start at The Plough Inn for the benefit of Gary and we were foaming at the mouth for a full six-player sesh of Peloponnes promised, as we were, by Wendy's company too. Unfortunately, I elected to nominate Boffo to bring his copy - a recently-replenished replacement for his stolen goods - but it only had enough bits for five: dammit!

Wendy was still in transit, so we plumped for a couple of quick rounds of I Spy (my ruse of 'spying' G for Gary was fooling no-one), the Shopping List Game (Boffo became confused and reeled of his actual shopping list) and The Minister's Cat; during the latter, Boffo splendidly cocked up announcing 'Barberous' and ended up accidentally stuttering the first few bars of The Beach Boys' Barbara Ann!


Not much table clutter with our openers!


Thankfully Wendy arrived to save us from a reluctant Boffo's grumbling ("I vote we play some proper games" etc) and we split in to the traditional "two threes". Wendy, an occasional Euro gamer (mainly with us), has a whole vista of wonderful games before her and was being introduced to the delights of Puerto Rico by the Merry Batesons. For my own pleasure - and spurred by Gary's internet enquiry about the TMG Kickstarter campaign - I'd brought just a solitary item for the evening: the splendid Gentes.



With a few games of this under my belt, I began rocking on with card acquisition-and-playing which gave me some cheeking personal actions and bonuses (seven cards had a * icon, which is 28 placement-triggered points alone!) ; Jobbers used the first Era to accumulate space-hogging double hourglasses BUT seeded the Mediterranean for a healthy Decline phase income. Gary struggled throughout and was, unfortunately, lapped before the final reckoning. Our first game of this - back at the end of Summer - collapsed in the final era with rules confusion and bickering; last night it ended with exhalations of brain-exercised pleasure. I have no interest in pimping my Gentes (gosh, that sounds saucy!) via the crowdfunding campaign but if you don't have a copy already I'd strongly suggest you go take a look: it's a corker!

Puerto Rico ended almost simultaneously to us (we were the tardy ones), so it seemed appropriate to come together and build some Wonders:



7W is seeing a minor resurgence in the club recently and Boffo took our final round ruminations as an opportunity to explain the rules to Wendy. We had a couple of hours ahead of us, so this was going to be a multiple plays session; this has become a pseudo house rule for the Ross-on-Wye gamers because we usually cock-up the Age deck construction. The usual drafting and complaining ensued with Gary, in particular, bemoaning his constant adjacency to Boffo; he reacted to this positional injustice by building outrageously huge armies...at one point Boffo loudly-exclaimed "For Heaven's Sake, Gary; why don't you just drop your trousers and pop your balls on the table?!"

Jobbers took the first, Gary the second and the third was all about Boffo's HUGE 53 point Science tableau! Wow! Gadzooks! It seems Boffo had heeded his own advice and popped his big bollocks out! He only had an additional four points and pipped my 53 (for everything) for the victory, until...


Can you see it?


Oh, the howls of derision! Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth! Oh, the great tide of gloating from Yours Truly! Build two of the same card? I don't bloody think so! I waved a cheery-bye and took my smug self in to the frosty Herefordshire night...
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Browsing the interwebs between retests (gotta love fast-approaching, if unreasonable, deadlines), I happened upon this BBC News story:



We got Arthur some of this intriguing stuff for Christmas and had a lot of fun watching it creep and extend in an Abyss-like tentacle way. It's been resting in a corner of his Lego workdesk, so I trotted up the stairs to remove it to a place of safety...only I found he'd already been considerate enough to take (unwitting) precautions:



How we laughed! And how much we sighed in relief...
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R.I.P Mark E. Smith



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We shall defend our island...

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You may already have seen this post from Aldie but, if you haven't, please give it a quick read:



Our sanctum, our safe place, is under attack?! Wow! But fear not, dear folk, because we always had a backup plan ie. our very hobby is the backup plan! Return to your living rooms, your pubs, clubs and village halls and do what you do best: game!

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(you know the drill by now: we're in an FLGS and everything that entails)

Door bell: (weakly) *Dink*

Customer: (cheerfully) A very good fucking morning to you!

Cashier: (looks up, confused) Eh?

Customer: I said ‘Good Morning’!

Cashier: (relieved) Oh, yeah. Right. And a good morning to you!

Customer: Bonus!

Cashier: Can I help?

Customer: Yes, well, it’s all gone to shit in my regular weekly meet-up and I’d like something to inject a little excitement back in to the proceedings.

Cashier: (worried) Gone to shit?

Customer: Indeed. I’m surrounded by arseholes.

Cashier: Arseholes?

Customer: Absolutely; they keep getting up and leaving – one bastard after another –

Cashier: (shocked) Quite!

Customer: - and losing a man is a fucking problem –

Cashier: - or woman, obviously.

Customer: What?

Cashier: Losing a woman is a problem too?

Customer: Pardon?

Cashier: (pausing) Losing a woman is a fucking problem too?

Customer: (nodding) Yes, of course! It’s a big fucking problem.

Cashier: Well, have you tried something co-operative instead? Something like Pandemic: Legacy, say, or Time Stories to bring the group together?

Customer: (thinking to himself) Would we have to fucking kill everyone?

Cashier: (nervous) Not as such.

Customer: Does it come with lots of shit to help the players?

Cashier: Oh, yes; there’s a lot of components in the box.

Customer: (gleefully) Well it certainly sounds like the thing I’ve been fucking waiting for!

Cashier: (picks up a copy of Pandemic: Legacy and starts wrapping it) That will be £49.95 then, please.

Customer: (pulling the money out of his wallet) I can’t fucking wait! (the customer departs, excitedly)

Cashier: Well, that outburst certainly kick-started my day.
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Getting the Band back together

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Finally, they guys have set aside their differences;
Polish 'George' joins 'John', 'Paul' and 'Ringo':










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Auctions Speak Louder Than 'Burbs

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A cool and tranquil Winter's evening in the Forest of Dean as I returned from my foraging - woolly hat pulled firmly over my ears - with a bag of hot burgers and chips. The pic doesn't do justice to the clarity of the Moon - the dark circle and the silver sliver - or the blue-blackness of the dusk, but it's evocative (at least to me). The dog padded around the kitchen in hope of a dropped morsel while just me, Mrs B and Arthur scoffed in silence; the world felt oddly-empty as we were filling up. No such worries at The Plough Inn who, this (Friday) evening, were hosting a Skittles League match; the tables were liberally strewn with sausage rolls and egg sandwiches, the Bar with strangers. Jobbers performed a delicate dance through the crowd with this folding table and managed to avoid sparking an incident eg. knee-capping the Away Team's Star 'thrower' or thwacking a pint-retaining elbow. Heaven knows how Boffo managed with his 'Body Bag'; he must've parted the Sea of Punters like a wailing ambulance on a peak hour motorway! Byll wandered in shortly after and quipped as to whether Becky was "in the bag too?": how we laughed.

With Becky NOT secreted about the hold-all but, instead, swinging her Fresnel for a room full of amateurs, this was the perfect opportunity to play something she unfathomably doesn't like:



Normally a low-functioning amoeba at Suburbia, Jobbers managed to go 'Border Crazy!' and kept himself on a steady climb to victory with me tailing comfortably behind with a healthy income and no troubles. Boffo dipped in-and-out of bits-and-pieces and built the most aesthetically-pleasing (if only the third most-valuable) City - a ring of tourism-themed tiles around a lake and proximal to some airports with a dedicated quadrant for houses and parks and schools. Byll seemed to be settling a Mad Max: Fury Road-esque post-apocalyptic slum next to a ribbon of a lake - not a lot of points but he seemed to have been enjoying himself. Bless. Actually, NOT Bless because - in an act of outrageous Kingmaking - he gifted Jobbers $2 via a triggered tile that allowed the latter to afford a Blue building, tie with me for the Blue Building Goal and deny me 15 points as a consequence!

There was time for a quick round of Beyond the Gates of Antares: The Dice Game - Boffo's brand-new copy that has now been christened "Bugger The Dog" in reference to it's clumsy title's even clumsier abbreviation - before Becky returned from her lighting booth and we - now five - took the only possible gaming path:



Expecting the usual catalogue of auction sniping and figurative elbow-barging, it was rather exciting to see Becky plump for a little-seen strategy having been gifted access to three builders in the first three rounds ie. build everywhere and drop in the occasional Work and grab the occasional Prestige card - this worked a bloody treat and she was only foiled at the very last by a Boffonian double-Works whammy in the final round! I feel a little guilty, however, as I had brought great shame and ignominy upon myself by handing back some change and inadvertently-spraying everyone's score markers across the table (!). Did everyone go back in the right place? Did I give Boffo one more point than he rightfully-had? We shall never know but - by way of some sort of justice - I came in dead last.



Modern Art to finish, then, though we did have to retrieve it from quite the most horrifying mash of game components (see above-left) - how can Boffo live with himself? He blamed the capaciousness of his new carry-all (everything rolls around inside it) before we got on with the serious business of racist accents with the occasional Art auction thrown in for good measure.

We may be a small club but, by crikey, we're a perfectly-formed one!
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One of the advantages of getting older is an improved capability at growing facial hair. As a child, I suffered disproportionately from a chilled chin and so the onset of puberty proved a monumental (and mentumnal!) relief: at last I could discard the improvised, inverted balaclavae and go forth, be-furred and naturally-insulated, in to God’s Great Earth. Gradually, I began to discover the joy of digitally-manipulating the results of my pogonotrophy, be it twiddling my mouser with wicked glee or a vigorous pull-down stroke of the goatee to aid contemplation.

Sporting a beard is not, as those pasty, gloss-cheeked, testosterone-lite naysayers* would have you believe, a 'symbol of hiding something'; au contraire, it's a sign of burgeoning fecundity ie. your face is so fertile that it's literally pushing material out of itself! Every single moment of the day!

If God hadn't meant us to grow beards, he wouldn't have invented soup.

Here, then, are a few examples of how beards make our gaming experiences better:





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*Ladies
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Czech Games Edition unveil their new information marketing strategy:



A free, miniature Paul Grogan in every box!
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