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Life and games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Independent UK games designer, self-confessed Agricola-holic and Carl Chudyk fan-boy. www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk What was that beardy bloke going on about?

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The Little Train That...

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This is an actual, fondly-remembered, misty-eyed childhood nostalgic thing:


So, naturally, someone 'meme'-ed it thusly:


And, consequently, I felt it my duty to extrapolate further:
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Happy Sunday!
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A (final) Campaign in the Arse

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(with apologies to Paul Noth)



Vote Guilds of London!


BOARDGAMEGEEK HAS HAD ENOUGH OF EXPERTS!

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(Still) on the campaign trail...

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10 Things That WILL Happen If You DON'T vote For Guilds of London:


1. The Third World War will break out!
2. Three million copies of Monopoly will be imported in to the US and Europe EVERY WEEK.
3. Asmodee will own everything.
4. Martin Wallace will get stuck in more litigation through no fault of his own.
5. You will lose your Human Rights.
6. Planes will fall out of the sky; Trains will not get any more Maps.
7. Did you not hear me? Asmodee will own EVERYTHING!
8. Eric Lang will be completely shaved.
9. Cards Against Humanity shall become a mandatory Sunday afternoon activity for all Adults.
10. All Cat videos will be removed from the Internet!


You can prevent all of these by voting Guilds of London!


Go here to TAKE BACK AREA CONTROL!

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On the Campaign Trail...

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It all started with the Nomination; the REAL work begins NOW!






Vote Guilds of London!


Go here to MAKE A MERE ICON great again!

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Warning: this post has got proper swearing in it. Do not enter if you find this kind of thing upsetting, offensive or just pla(i)n crass.

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"I saw this and thought of you" they said:

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Can I Get A Witness?

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(with apologies to Gilbert Shelton)



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I know nothing of this:



And, finally, a song:


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Well THAT escalated quickly...

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So this happened this morning; tagged on to a long thread about Scythe first plays and peoples' impressions thereof:



Well it was fun but I had to get eldest son out of bed to catch his bus; as of writing, these bits of the thread have now been deleted and I am still a member of the group (as far as I can tell).



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FLGS 30 (Leave)

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(we are in the open gaming area of an FLGS and there are many tables ‘on the go’: see four two people playing Hanabi while the other two sit, bemused, watching them argue about the best way to give clues; see Game of Thrones, full to capacity - but stalled – because someone mentioned, in passing, that “the books are better than the TV series”; see a five player game of Agricola where three of the players have stood up and pushed their chairs back...things are getting heated)

Player 1: I think we should be allowed to leave this game.

Player 2: (confused) Why?

Player 3: Because I’m deeply concerned about the number of Occupations that are coming in to this game that aren’t ours (points to the others who are standing)

Player 2: So why don’t you take the Start Player and go on ‘Lessons’ yourself?

Player 1: Why should we have to? It’s my game…

Player 3: (supportively) Yeah; it’s his game!

Player 1: (continuing) We should carry on playing the family game rules; it will be less unfair...

Player 2: What about the occupations we’ve already played?

Player 4: Put ‘em back to the game box.

Player 2: But...

Player 3: Yeah! Though we get to keep the resources we’ve already collected, right?

Player 1: Of course we should; it took me ages to accumulate all this wood and stone...

Player 2: If you want to restart the game from scratch then that’s fine but you can’t just change things half way through!

Player 1: Why not?

Player 2: Because it’s a different game with different rules!

Player 1: (clicks fingers and points because he’s just been reminded of something) Oh yeah! About that...

Player 2: About what?

Player 1: The rules: I fundamentally object to being told what to do on my own farm board by a German!

Player 2: (speechless) Er...

Player 3: Yeah! Where does (looks at the rulebook and reads aloud) Uh-wee...Ross...enn...berg get off telling me what I can and can’t do?

Player 2: He designed the bloody game!

Player 1: (outraged) So? Just because his name’s on the box doesn’t mean we have to cow-tow to his every demand! And talking of cows, why can I only have ONE baby even if I’ve got more than one pair of parents? That’s imposing quotas, that is!

Player 2: Those are the rules, mate.

Player 3: (pointing around the table) Doesn’t matter! The three of us think that we should change so you’re out-voted!

Player 2: But you’ll break the game!

Player 1: We don’t know that for sure...

Player 3: ...No-one knows that for sure...

Player 1: ...and, anyway, we could spend the extra food we get from the extra animals on more family members!

Player 3: (under his breath) We could, yes; but I won’t...

Player 2: (exasperated) This is madness!

Player 3: You’re just a sore loser!

Player 1: Yeah – call yourself a democrat! You should accept the majority decision and move on!

(the three standing players move to another table, taking their farm boards and resources with them)

Player 2: (turning to the other, remaining, player) Fancy a game of Isle of Skye? I hear Scotland’s lovely this time of the year...

(there is a shout from the other table)

Player 1: Why won’t you let me put my worker on the ‘Plow 1 Field’ space?

Player 3: Coz that worker was ‘born’ when we were over there (points back the original table); here it’s "new table actions for new table family members", mate!

Player 1: You bigoted bastard! (tips the table and storms out of the shop)

Cashier: (feigning surprise) Well! I never saw THAT coming!
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