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Me and one of my favourite ever Germans, Mr Ulrich Blennemann, chew the fat:


(Uli is very quiet - uncharacteristically - in this one)

Here's fun: how many times do I side-eye my live 'room next door' stream from Dominic Cummings?

I do miss my European friends so very much.
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So this board game walked in to a Pub...

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(I was inspired by this)

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So I received my brandly-spankly-new copy of the KS High Rise pack the other day and noticed - almost immediately - several rulebook quirks*:

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If I was 'a mainstream gamer', I'd be back on to the forums demanding a full reprint of the whole thing (to correct errors) AND a short YouTubes vid of Gil Hova apologising profusely AND some free things to en-smoothen my furrowed brow and calm my justifiable anxiety.

But I'm not one of those twats* so I won't; I'll just dress up my disdain and confusion as a jocular blog post seething with passive aggression. Oh, did I type that last bit 'out loud'? Damn!


*Grogan is gonna be ALL. OVER. THIS.
**I am an entirely different kind of twat.
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INT. BOARD ROOM.

A VARIETY OF BUSINESS TYPES ARE SAT AROUND A LARGE, OVAL TABLE; THEY EACH HAVE BULGING PORTFOLIOS. ONE OF THEM, THE CEO, WITH HIS BACK TO THE WINDOW IS STOOD UP.

CEO: (TETCHILY) RIGHT. NEXT ON THE AGENDA - ITEM 5 FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN BE FUCKED TO FOLLOW ALONG - IS Ankh: Gods of Egypt -

BIZTYPE 1: (UNDER THEIR BREATH) JESUS!

CEO: WHO SAID THAT?!

(THERE IS NO RESPONSE; MANY PORTFOLIO COVERS ARE BEING STARED AT HARD)

CEO: C'MON - WHO SAID THAT?!

(SOMEONE SNIGGERS)

CEO: BILLSON! WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WHAT IS SO FUCKING FUNNY WITH EVERYONE?!

BILLSON: (LOOKING AT HIS HANDS) YOU SAID "C'MON", SIR; WHICH IS THE NAME OF OUR CORPORATION, SIR...ONLY WITH AN EXTRA APOSTROPHE IN THE MIDDLE.

BIZTYPE 2: (SURPRISED) OH YEAH! IT IS, THOUGH - RIGHT?

KISSASS: THAT'S A REALLY GREAT PUN, SIR!

BIZTYPE 3: WHAT'S AN 'APOSTROPHE'?

BILLSON: - WHICH I SPOTTED FIRST, OBVIOUSLY; AND DESERVE A PROMOTION FOR - EVIDENTLY.

CEO: (TRYING TO BRING THINGS TO ORDER) OKAY - ENOUGH, ALREADY.

(CEO EXTENDS HIS ARM AND POINTS IN A SLOW CIRCLE AROUND THE TABLE)

CEO: I'M WATCHING YOU LOT. NOW, BACK TO THE KEY TOPIC: WHY THE FUCKING HELL IS THE KICKSTARTER FOR ANKH PERFORMING SO BADLY?

KISSASS: - BUT IT'S REACHED ALMOST TWO MILLION DOLLARS, SIR!

BIZTYPE 2: THAT'S AN AWFUL LOT OF MONEY, SIR!

BIZTYPE 3: IS AN APOSTROPHE A MEASURE OF SIZE?

BILLSON: WHY DO YOU THINK TWO MILLION IS A BAD THING, SIR?

CEO: I'M VERY GLAD YOU ASKED, BILLSON; IT'S BECAUSE Exploding Kittens REGULARLY HITS THE FIVE MILL MARK AND ALL OF OUR PREVIOUS 'STARTERS DID WAAAAAY BETTER THAN THIS AT THE SAME POINT AND - UNLESS YOU LIVE UNDER A ROCK - YOU WILL HAVE NOTICED Frosthaven JUST HIT THE BIG TEN MILLION.

BIZTYPE 1: (UNDER THEIR BREATH) JESUS!

BIZTYPE 2: WE COULD ADD SOME COOL MINIS?

BILLSON: - OR NOT?! - HA! (CHUCKLES TO HIMSELF)

CEO: WE ALREADY HAVE MINIS COMING OUT OF THE WAZOO ON THIS ONE -

BIZTYPE 3: WE COULD STRETCH GOAL A SPOT-UV WAZOO, SIR?

BIZTYPE 1: WHICH OF THE GODS THEMATICALLY GIVES BIRTH THRU ITS ASS?

BIZTYPE 3: APOSTROPHE IS ONE OF THE DEITIES, YES?

CEO: (SIGHING) NO - WE'VE GOT ENOUGH MINIS.

(ERIC LANG IS SAT IN THE CORNER SUCKING THE MARROW OUT OF AN OX'S FEMUR)

ERIC: I COULD DESIGN ANOTHER COUPLE OF RACES?

CEO: NO, ERIC; THAT'S FINE - YOU DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING. PLEASE - SIT BACK DOWN. (TO THE INTERCOM) MAISIE? COULD YOU FETCH ANOTHER BONE FOR ERIC?

MAISIE: YES, SIR *CLICK*

BILLSON: WHAT ABOUT A NEOPRINE PLAY MAT?

CEO: JESUS!

BIZTYPE 1: THAT'S MY LINE?!

BIZTYPE 2: - OR A PRINTED CLOTH BAG?

CEO: (FRUSTRATED) BUT THERE'S NOTHING TO GO IN THE CLOTH BAG!

KISSASS: WE COULD PACKAGE ALL THE MINIATURES IN THEIR OWN CLOTH BAGS?

BILLSON: (EXCITED) - AND PROVIDE A BIGGER CLOTH BAG TO PUT ALL THE CLOTH BAGS IN WHEN YOU'RE USING THE MINIATURES!

BIZTYPE 3: WOULD ANYONE MIND IF I HAD A PEE?

CEO: LOOK: WE HAVE PLENTY ENOUGH STRETCH GOALS -

BILLSON: - BUT WHAT ABOUT ADD-ONS?

BIZTYPE 2: IT'S A GREAT WAY TO GET RID OF THOSE LEFT-OVERS FROM OUR BACK CATALOGUE!

KISSASS: THE BLOOD RAGE VIKINGS GOES ON HOLIDAY?!

BIZTYPE 1: FEUDAL JAPAN MEETS CAMELS?!

CEO: (WARMING TO THE IDEAS) OKAY. OKAY, NOW WE'RE GETTING SOMEWHERE!

BILLSON: WE COULD HAVE TIME-TRAVELLING VICTORIANS?!

ERIC: (WAVING A RACK OF LAMB EXCITEDLY) WHAT ABOUT EDWARDIANS?! YES! WHAT IF HOWARD CARTER DISCOVERED A TEMPORAL PORTAL IN TUTENKAMUN'S TOMB AND IT TRANSPORTED HIM...

CEO: ...BACK TO THE TIME OF ANKH? THAT'S PERFECT! BUT, ALL THIS IS STILL MISSING THAT SPECIAL SOMETHING

BIZ TYPE 3: IS IT THE APOSTROPHE?

BILLSON: (INSPIRED) THE ADD-ONS NEED TO BE MORE COMPLICATED!

CEO: (INTERESTED) GO ON -

BILLSON: STICK WITH ME ON THIS - WE MAKE SOME OF THE STRETCH GOALS OPTIONAL ADD-ONS BUT ONLY UNTIL A THRESHOLD IS REACHED WHEN WE MAKE THEM STRETCH GOALS INSTEAD. SOME OF THE MINIS WILL BE IN BAGS AND SOME NOT BUT THE PLEDGE MANAGER WILL OFFER EXTRA BAGS -

BIZTYPE 2: - AT A PREMIUM PRICE, OF COURSE -

BILLSON: - OF COURSE - AND IF WE SLAP A PICTURE OF A PYRAMID IN A POP-OUT, WE CAN OFF-LOAD OUR REMAINDERED SHITE -

BIZTYPE 1: - "BACKWARDLY-COMPATIBLE LEGACY EXPANSIONS"

BILLSON: - SORRY..."OUR BACKWARDLY-COMPATIBLE LEGACY EXPANSIONS" AS KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVES!

KISSASS: THAT SOUNDS AWFUL.

CEO: IT'S GENIUS!

KISSASS: THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I JUST SAID, SIR!

BILLSON: AND HERE'S THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE -

(EVERYONE IS ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEAT NOW)

BILLSON: - WE AGGREGATE THE WHOLE LOT IN TO A MASSIVE, CONFUSING TABLE OF TICKS, CROSSES AND DOLLAR VALUES TWO DAYS BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN CLOSES TO REALLY FUCK WITH THE PUBLIC'S F.O.M.O!

(BILLSON LEANS BACK IN HIS CHAIR, EXHAUSTED)

CEO: THAT IS AMAZING, BILLSON! CONSIDER YOURSELF PROMOTED!

KISSASS: (UNDER THEIR BREATH) JESUS!

BIZTYPE 1: HEY!

CEO: GOOD WORK EVERYBODY! NOW LET'S BACK TO OUR MACS AND MAKE THIS FUCKING HAPPEN!

(THERE IS AN IMPROMPTU ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOLLOWED BY COPIOUS BACK-SLAPPAGE AS THEY DEPART)

CEO: NOT YOU, ERIC; CAN I HAVE A QUICK WORD?

ERIC: (STAYING BEHIND) WHAT IS IT, CHIEF?

CEO: IT'S ABOUT YOUR NEXT PROJECT, ERIC; HOW'S IT GOING?

ERIC: PRETTY SWEET, ACTUALLY; IT'S A FIGHTY, CARD-DRIVEN MINIATURES GAME ABOUT THE MYSTICISM OF THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES MEETING THE LOVECRAFTIAN UNIVERSE - I'M CALLING IT "CTHULU ULURU: NIGHTMARES IN THE DREAMTIME".

CEO: YOU'RE A FUCKING GENIUS, LANG; A FUCKING GENIUS.
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It's Monday morning and I will be well on my way to Day 1 of working on a project for The Rail Development Group; thus, by way of a placeholder, I gift you another appalling pun.

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Forgive me, dear reader, but I am right in the thick of things at the mo! I still love you.
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