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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You gotta fight for your right...

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It's Friday, it's 5 o' clock:



Everybody merrily piled in their chip shop order without pausing to wonder what poor old Dad would have as an alternative; you see, I'm on a health kick at the moment, which means a proper official diet and a slavish devotion to my Fitbit. The process of medicating me against anxiety showed up an increased risk of diabetes so I figured if I was going to have a mid-life crisis then it might as well be one that (statistically) will enable me to live longer! Anyway, while they choffed in to fish and burgers and chipped potatoes, I tucked in to a hearty plate of scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast: delicious.

With my VW Touran in the local garage's Intensive Care Unit (I think it's completely FUBAR, TBH; something to do with the camshaft), I pootled over to The Plough Inn with just two offerings in the bag: Grand Austria Hotel and, of course, the current subject of my game stalking: Nusfjord. With a promised six, we like to start the evening off with something involving everyone and it's been too long since we last shouted our way through an hour of the excellent Chinatown.



Chinatown only just lost out to Beyond Balderdash in my 5 Games 4 Doomsday selection as the 'noisy fun times for everyone' entry; it's certainly a Hall of Fame-r for the club. Anyway, there was much dick-swinging-ing "hard-nosed" deal-making from both Boffo and Jobbers which was roundly ignored for the ridiculous guff that it was. Boffo was denied victory ($20,000, ie. 2 points, in it) by Smudge and Jobbers lagged waaaaay back in fourth despite all his posturing. Pleasingly, my own unwillingness to succumb to Boffo's "Take It Or Leave It!" Gordon Gecko rhetoric - with my single Laundry in the middle of his (4 out of 5 needed for big money) Laundry - proved the point upon which the result turned.

Having made excellent time, we split in to two threes: Jobbers, Gary and Boffo opting for Trains while Wendy, Smudge and I went fishing:



Wendy struggled with keeping the Nusfjord rules in her head but managed a creditable 30 points (to Smudge's 32 and my 34); there was an awful lot of reminding and advice-giving, though, which stretched everything out to 90 minutes. Gary scooted off at 10PM so it seemed a good opportunity to keep Nussy on the table and just reset it for five; given Wendy had now had a good flavour of the game, that should see us through to a comfortable 'closing time' finish. The problem, however, was that all the actions Wendy seemingly wanted to do were either taken before she could get a chance OR the Fish Plates were empty (denying her Elder actions) OR confusingly-worded (to her) on the buildings. While we didn't actually take as long as the three-player, we did struggle a little with time; with us fast approaching 30 minutes after "Time, gentlemen, please" the final tally was more of a Blessed Relief than the back-slapping "Phew! What a game!" that it usually is. Boffo played a blinder (38) - utilising a Reserve-emptying Elder with a series of 'When your reserve is empty...' buildings - but it was my own carefully-does it try and fill the entire board that took me over the magic 40 point milestone. My obsession continues...

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Hello, Cleveland!


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There’s no way to really spice up this kind of post apart from, maybe, liberally littering it with expletives but - because I’m wearing my nipple-teaser Surprised Stare Games Ltd pissyfishing hat today – I’m going to rein myself the fuck in. Some of you, of course, will be cocking well aware that the UK Friggin’ Games Expo (UKFGE) is next weekend (1st – 3rd Shitting June) and I’ll be hip-grinding my way up the M5/M42 with a bollocks car load of North American Railways (with a special show price of £20)



and these promotional (chest)puppies:



In addition, we’ll bastard have Snowdonia: The Siege of Petersburg / The Channel Tunnel 1881 for a titty tenner (£10) and – so I am ASS-ured – a few copies of the Tsavo Lions charity postcard (also for a tenner, all proceeds to the Ugandan Games Club fund!).



Felch.

Apologies, again, for the humbumdrum nature of this jizz.

Oh, BTW; yesterday's cartoon was taken by some on Facebook as a veiled announcement of the passing of my own parental and was followed by some very kind wishes. Ho-hum.
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Death of a Gamer - 9

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Another hot, sweltering Sunday and what better way to spend it than to be outdoors as much as possible! Arthur and I took a post-breakfast stroll around Ledbury's huge Car Boot Sale field in search of the usual curiosities and ephemera. Arthur kicked off 'the finds' with a mint-condition Optimus Prime for £2 and there was plenty more on offer including a couple of 1950s boardgames that were, unfortunately, in terrible condition and over-priced. No matter, after the 90 mins it took to zig-zag the many aisles, we returned to the car fully-laden and in dire need of an ice-cream:


Three wooden vehicles (including the stealthy Stealth Plane) for £5 total;
2000AD playing cards £1.50; Yellow Beetle + E Type Jaguar 50p each;
Ox Blocks £1 and Dial Away for a £1 also.


Lead ships x 48 for a tenner!



Dial Away is a promotional item (apparently) created by Waddingtons for British Telecom. A copy resides in the Science Museum as part of the Communication exhibit. As a physical product, it's complete - right down to the punch-out segments in each player board - and in very tidy condition. As a game, it looks bloody awful (!) with players having to consult ridiculously-intricate 'manuals' to work out the prices of international telephone calls.









Still, for a quid who could possibly turn it down?
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Smudge was unavailable this week so, with just the prospect of an Unholy Trinity, Boffo and I commenced pre-session negotiations via the medium of Social:


(screenshot-ed after the fact)






All was quiet in the Refectory as Brother Anthony mixed up the pancakes; the Prior always assigned him the 'by hand' jobs as he was especially good with his batter (Brother Jobbers had a habit of whisking it up the walls and painting the stove like a builder's radio). Brother Benjamin struggled in from the garden, wheezing and dragging a large bag of vegetables.

"A successful harvest, Benjamin?" asked Br Anthony.

"I should *gasp* bloody well hope so *cough*, Brother; I've been tugging at my brassicas for most of the afternoon! By the way, what are you cooking? It smells like crepe." he replied.

"It's pancakes, Brother; and I'm trying my best!" Anthony said, hurt.

Jobbers kicked the door open and marched in resolutely; he was carrying something long, flat and awkward. He started talking immediately, unaware that there was a conversation (of sorts) already in progress.

"I've been in the workshop!" he barked, proudly; "And I've made a table!"

Brothers Anthony and Benjamin looked from the enormous Refectory trestle to Jobbers' effort and back again.

"But we already have a table, Brother Jobbers?!" they exclaimed, in unison.

Brother Jobbers stopped, looked around the room and began to seethe: "Bloody fucking fuck it bastard bollocks!" he shouted, and shoved his table through the open door to the garden. It clattered on the York flagstones and split up the middle with an ominous CRACK!

Brother Benjamin ejaculated: "I think he took that rather well, don't you?!"



Boffo sharked us a bit and was comfortably 40+ points ahead at the end but I was pleased with 178 for second. I've been seeing mention of Ora et Labora in various blogs, on vlogs and such and it was a pleasure to get in to it after such a long break. Indeed, Uwe is having quite the effect on our little group at the moment; perhaps we should change our name to "The Rosenberg-on-Wye Board Gamers"?!





A sozzled barfly peered around the doorway at our shenanigans and started singing "The Games People Play" by way of a 'joke'. Hilarious. Less hilarious was my risible die-rolling SKILLZ in Roll for the Galaxy; singularly unable to get a DEVELOP icon across eight dice for most of the game, I barely managed to get the first of my three 6-ers in to play before Boffo slammed down his 12th tile. He'd pushed it a couple of turns too many, which let Jobbers overtake him with a last minute TRADE for veeps.



Subtly stroking my Nusfjord, Jobbers ignored my subliminal suggestion and tore Glass Road from the sanctity of Boffo's coffin trolley: "Sod it! Let's give this a go!" he chirruped. I keep thinking that Jobbers hates it but that's Dan; Jobbers is ambivalent on account of not quite getting it yet.



Once again, Boffo's heavy experience drew ripe dividends and was easily victorious in the mid 20s; I regarded my own 18.5 as a personal success but 5+ points is quite the margin in GR. Jobbers tailed behind on 16 which, I think, is one of his best scores ever - so not a complete disaster.



in nomine patri et fili et spiritus sancti, Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Board.
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Best Homily Ev-errrrrrr!


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