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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Things My Careers Teacher Never Told Me About pt 142

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My latest acquisition: an 1880s, eighth edition in lovely condition for the princely sum of just £25 - particularly handy in that I recently sold a signed Patti Smith book for about the same so it's quid pro quo, or something:






*snigger* "Ramsbottom" *chuckle*












Choo-choo!
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The canal is a favourite walking place and, for the first day since the Autumn, the weather conspired to offer a dazzling invitation to get your boots on and come outside! With tiny dog in-tow (newly-clipped and looking rather skinny), the old faithful wellies squelched and squudged through the thickslip as we strode keenly along the waterway bank.





The Cold Harbour Bridge, cleanly-restored, normally forms the buffer / termination point for a ramble as much swamp-like bogginess lies beyond it and, so I am assured, does a canal tunnel! Previous escapades have met with fallen trunks and a little too much fluid to allow further progress -





On this occasion, having already sunken knee-deep in an ill-advised 'fording' expedition, I had no grace to lose and ventured out to the far bank which provided relatively-solid ground what with being covered in a thick herb-like growth and ample fallen boughs:





This took me passed the usual point of return and onward; Ziggy's little white legs looked like he was wearing black trousers while my own green trousers were a wet, clay-caked reddish-brown:


A cosy nook; replete with evidence of restoration and a long-solidified bag of plaster.






And fifty yards further on - what's this?!





I was ill-equipped to go on in to the darkness but must return - perhaps in the flow-reduced Summertime? While the dog rooted for rabbits back in the brightness, I stood in the drip-dripping pseudo-silence and breathed in the cool air.







I believe some folks refer to this time of a late Winter day (around 4PM) as The Golden Hour, for obvious reasons:





Both dog and I required a bath; shoo-ed through the corridors by an anxious Mrs B - lest we slime and spatter our canal juice on the nice floor and wallpaper.
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(Arthur and I will be off shopping for Lego early-doors on account of him having just turned 11; so, as a tying-over, here's another DOAG)


Bad Ways To Determine Start Player #14
Russian Roulette


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(I think, maybe, @AsojiKeith will be tweeting on my behalf in future)
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...has a hernia thanks to Amazon, eBay and the exponential growth of parcel transactions:


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(spotted yesterday)

When you have to make a sign and you...JUST...DON'T...HAVE...THE...TIME:




Let us, then, imagine if board games had unfortunate typos too:

- Wangspan (oo-er, missus; never mind the quality, feel the girth!)
- Fwar of the Ring / The NHobbit (sexy halflings)
- Blood Rags (the PMS expansion for Fog Of Love?)
- Lookin' Louis (the board game for voyeurs?!)
- Terraforming Maps (Ordnance Survey gift-shop tie-in)
- Great Western Trait (Have you got what it takes to be a Cowboy? Here's a long list of what you'd need...)
- Gloophaven / Cash & Gunge / Slimes
- ...and then we held wands... (Harry Potter spin-off?)
- Vandemic (a game of too much traffic?)
- Cords Against Humanity (comfortable trousers vs Mankind)
- Raising Bun (baking in feudal Japan)
- die Dacher (a tile-laying game*)
- Sid Sackson's Acquit (running hotels and getting away with crimes**)
- T.I.M Stories (like Billy Kerr, but with someone called Tim)

*this is a superb joke.
**so is this
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Bloody delicious - straight from the dog's arse!

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Saturday, after the usual ritual of awakening was performed, kicked off in gaming style with a PM visit from Ben Bateson; the idea was to present several brewing protoypes and try and get them pointed in the right direction. If we could rope one or more of the household in to some 'published fayre' a bit later then all-well-and-good.

First up was a roll-and-write from Ben and Becky which has a delightful English theme: a show is being organised for the same day in neighbouring (player) villages, and each 'village' competes to put the most exciting and enticing roll-call of stalls and exhibitions.

In summary: It's a Bingo-esque affair in that a number of dice are rolled (4) and made available to everyone: three are summed for the 'event' and the fourth restricting where it can be 'placed' (four quadrants, an 'anywhere' and an 'In The Main Ring'). The events are tetris-like and are drawn on a 'field' sheet; at the low and high ends of the 3d6 (3-18 range) bell-curve, they can be lucrative by rarity, while the middling rolls are off-set with placement penalties (do NOT put the tractors next to the Young Farmers and/or the Cider tent otherwise points shall be lost!). You must ensure that, by the end of the 15th round, you have also installed toilets, food and drink AND that all exhibits are accessible (ie. un-drawn spaces on your sheet).

Country Gents (the working name, tho' something more pastoral is needed shortly eg. A Fête Worse Than Death? The Village Show? Etc) takes about 20 mins once you've gotten used to isolating the die totals (like you would in Can't Stop) and results in pleasingly-obtuse 'final layouts'! A number of tweaks were suggested by my good self (never one to keep an opinion to myself) but these are really sanding off the rough edges of a corking little filler. I have been (self-)tasked with mocking up a better prototype in time for the next Ross-on-Wye gamers session on Friday...

Ben was short-and-to-the-point re: Bazelgette/The Sewers of London - "It sounds exactly like Tinners' Trail," he said; "so best try playing THAT before you take it any further."

Finally, while still maintaining a steady input of hot tea, I pitched my VERY early concepts for Attention All Shipping: a fishing-themed pick-up-and-deliver-er built around the UK's famous 'shipping forecast' ie. the weather in the North Atlantic, the North Sea and around the rest of the UK affects the efficiency (and safety) of your little trawler - and, most importantly, the progression of the weather is laid out exactly as in that shipping forecast ie. REGION - WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED - VISIBILITY

"Hebrides, Fair Isle, Cromarty - North, 3 or 4. Good."


A couple of days brainstorming has already resulted in a solid trawler-movement mechanism that takes the conditions in to account PLUS the chat with Ben focused the fishing bit a lot more too. The enthusiasm for this one is burning rather bright at the moment:


Attention All Shipping!


Arthur had exhausted his Lego mech-building inspiration and began bothering us to play something in the Kitchen; Mrs B was also amenable to something diverting (she was procrastinating the Moussakan aubergine-slicing):


Gingerbread House - Ben enjoyed his first play but Mrs B thumped the lot of us!


The Eggplant could be avoided no more so Ben and I retired to the library (again) for my first go at the vintage Vikings; this is a game I have managed to avoid at the club (not for any negative reason) but am extremely-glad I've finally gotten to see what all the Batesons' fuss is about:


Vikings is a nice, mildy-thinky filler; an OLD one too.


Ben left as the evening drew-in but Arthur wanted ONE more game while the mood persisted; he picked one of his favourites:



Youngest elder Bro, Benedict, made us three for 45 mins of blood-spattering carnage (mainly against MY person); Arthur was rather too excited when taking Benedict or myself 'out' with his Chainsaw but my tractor beam prevailed: why spend one's movement points when one can bring one's quarry straight to one?!

The moussaka was utterly-delicious.
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The Word Made Flesh

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A quiet, restful Sunday; a hot coffee (The Big Issue's Tom's Blend - delicious), a biscuit and - naturally - a sneaky preview of Klemens' breathtaking Foothills work-in-progress.


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"Bloody marvellous (legitimately the most excited I have ever got about this game)!" (Benjamin Corkscrew Diddleesquat Bateson, February 2019)
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