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(and, yes, I know there's only one 'L' in syphalitic but I was on a plane)
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Hot off the announcement of Mayfair/Lookout/Mayout/Lookfair/whatever being acquired by Asmodee comes the announcement that - in a fit of over-exuberance and mis-filed paperwork, Asmodee has accidentally acquired itself:



The impact on the rest of the industry is, as yet, unknown...
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(ie. anything about having to "clear" purchases with 'the missus' in advance,
having to smuggle boxes in to the house secretly so your partner doesn't notice,
obfuscating Bank statement transactions and/or
'hilariously' being told off for having too many games etc)
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(Today's blog is brought to you from Shite Games and their new Party Game for Christmas: Just a Cotton-Pickin Minute! The Game of Half-Baked Arguments! In HBA, players draw subject cards and must speak on the side of that subject for 60 seconds while avoiding stringing together an even slightly-coherent/salient point; those that do can be 'buzzed out' and the subject taken over by the buzzer!)

We Are Murderers!



For a community that professes to be enthusiastic, appreciative, supportive and loyal, we are killing our hobby
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We’re killing games before we play them:

Hype Hypertension: The "I Am Not A Sheep" Excuse
"I'll be damned if I'm gonna jump on the bandwagon with everyone else; I'm a leader not a follower!".
The sheer nose-severing/face-spitedness of this buffoonish position is breath-taking; it's perfectly fine to be part of a wider community of appreciation. Stop being an elitist prick.

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Hype Hypertension: The Irritable Buyer Syndrome
The ubiquity of a game on Social Media/the Internets begins to grind your gears; it's everywhere and all of the time and you shall not stand for it.
Over-saturation can be a turn-off, yes, but – conversely - the howl of indignation is equally loud when great games are under-sold and become hard to get hold of; is there a happy medium? “No” is the quick, easy answer, so stop getting quite so ragged.

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Hype Hypertension: The Upside Down
If so many people are saying it's great then it must be, in fact, the opposite! This is because the rest of the community is on a singular mission to dupe their fellows and me, in particular!
We’ve all got a lot more on, to be honest.

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”I don't like the presentation/artwork/design aesthetic!”.
Liver casserole looks revolting but tastes like Heaven; {Insert Name of Miniature-Heavy Kickstarter GeekPorn Here} looks like a million dollars but is, in fact, a foetid pool of lumpen arse-gravy. And just because Aquasphere looks like a vomit splat doesn’t mean it’s nauseating (not when the mechanisms and processes themselves do that instead).

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*whine* *whinge* "They’re too expensive!" *grumble* *moan*
What you mean to say is “They cost more than I’m willing to pay”, which is a different thing entirely.

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"Wahh! Kickstarter is destroying the industry!"
No. It's. Not.

We’re killing games while we play them:

The rulebook is either too big, too small, too brief, too long-winded or just 'bad' (no further justification is given); the tsunami of 'rules clarification' threads on BGG is further evidence of a general malaise in game literature.
Opinions about rulebooks (and the thread issue) is, in fact, clear evidence of a growing laziness in gamers to read the paperwork in front of them and then blame anyone and everyone else when it all goes ‘tits’. It gets even worse when threads are started to clarify rules that were previously-clarified in other threads that, in turn, pointed to a perfectly clear section of the original rulebook.

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It's explained poorly and/or incompletely by your game teacher; we don’t play the game as designed and/or we just all play it wrong.
We should rely less on ‘teachers’ and do more research/background reading ourselves. Just because ‘Person X’ neglected to explain the Science rules in 7 Wonders doesn’t make 7 Wonders an appalling failure of a game (a purely-hypothetical example). Oh, and it's YOUR fault if you miss/miss-play/mis-read a rule and no-one elses PERIOD.

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I don't grasp the intentions/subtleties/mechanisms immediately (or at all); if I can't grok everything the first time around then, frankly, I must move on...
Not everything is – or should be – immediately apparent. A banquet is more delicious served in courses than in one, huge, table-groaning dump.

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I didn’t win the first play so I don't like it (for extra points add "It must be broken", "It's a game of total luck" and/or "The icons are unclear").
Grow the fuck up and stop sulking, you big baby.

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I have other things on my mind so I am not giving it my full attention.
Give it your full attention NEXT TIME...and that means accepting you are at fault (and not the game) and giving it a next time!

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We’re killing games AFTER we play them:

Great reviews of Terrible Games
(cue: the sound of cash tills a-ringin')

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Terrible reviews of Great Games
(see all the reasons above)

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Standalone unboxing videos
(?Why?)

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I Rest (In Peace) My Case.
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18ELC - Train games just got HARD!

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Follow me as I unbox and, then, try to make sense of my newest train game acquisition!

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Part 2:
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(apologies for the orientation; I remain befuddled by modern technology)


"Phew!" is all I can say, frankly; I'm not convinced this 18XX lark is really for me. I'm glad I tried it, though - better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all etc.
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Saturday dawned clear (if not entirely bright) and I blearily shambled to the kitchen to make the wake-up drinks; the plan was for 'us boys' to nip in to Gloucester to visit Comic Con 2017 and then sweep up a quick visit to the Newent Onion Fayre on the return journey.

Stage One:
I parked up and (optimistically, it turned out) paid for the whole day then we walked across a busy late AM city centre to the Stadium venue. The 'Stadium' sounds very grand indeed but, in reality, GCC2017 comprised two thin 400yard conference-room corridors squashed with 100 or so vendors who - in an embarrassing retailer equivalent of turning up wearing the same dress as someone else at a cocktail party - all sold the same selection of TCGs, Alien figurines, Power Ranger/Doctor Who/Star Wars figures and superhero-themed paraphernalia. The occasional Walking Dead 'print' and several tables of artists hawking their wares provided the merest smear of variety but, overall, if you didn't like The Joker or Harley Quinn you were in for a massive disappointment. One might argue that the wide array of oversized pushchairs and people just stopping dead-in-their-tracks to block the thoroughfare lent an air of risk/danger but it's an argument that's gonna get you laughed out of the building. At least we could rely on that Comic Con staple: the Cosplayers! Yes, indeed, it seems that Dramione is all the rage in the region; that and Spiderman who, alarmingly, came in a variety of tall/short/thin/fat/adult/child/infant forms (often exciting multiple combinations from that list). I'll not dignify the squad of Imperial Stormtroopers with a mention: those effers are like rats...you're never more than six feet from a cosplayer dressed up as a bloody stormtrooper. C*nts.


(clockwise from top left) RT-B5 meets R2-D2; crystal clear vision; the obligatory Dalek; he is "Groot", apparently; a few short minutes before nausea, shouting and regret; Seymour has obliged the request for sustenance; a mint condition (and coloured) classic Rover (apropos of nothing, it's just a cool thing)


Arthur had a nice time (that's only because he found himself £25 worth of Transformer for £15) but the rest of it was a crowded, meat-odoured anti-climax. With all the fun of the event now firmly squeezed - and thirty quid out-of-pocket for 4 pasties and 4 drinks - we retrieved the car from it's pissaroma multi-storey and drove home.

Stage Two:
Warm sun on our backs, we wandered in to Newent to browse the streets filled with stalls; yes, it was pretty much an outdoors version of Comic Con but with considerably less 'Batman'. I managed to source some Candyfloss for Mrs B and promised my youngest a go on one of the fairground rides before nipping (smartly) home. Arthur choose 'The Extreme' (see pics) and we were subjected to a long, full five minutes of spinning, harness-straining upside-down suspension and eye-bleeding centripetal pressure before staggering back in to the milieu; as soon as we'd wobbled through the Exit gate, the Heavens opened with a crash and pissed a month's worth of rain on to the crowd in 5 minutes. It was hardly Harvey or Irma but, by the time we'd jogged to Casa Boydella, Arthur and I were both entirely soaked-and-shivering:


Wetter than an otter's pocket!


Thankfully, the day didn't end on that bedraggled note; we saw the evening in with hot chocolate and the breathtaking Kubo and the Two Strings - there was nothing comical about THAT.
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An alternative view of my (almost victorious) game-end tableau from Friday night...



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