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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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The Not-So-Grateful Dead?!

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So, THIS box of retro gorgeousness arrived on my doorstep (from the USA) today!



I have absolutely no idea from whom but, if you happen to see this post, thanks very much indeed!

The actual vinyl LP that comes with it is pretty good too!

#intrigued
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(Photo courtesy of DeanH; song inspired by both him and Toc)

What shall we do with a drunken worker?
What shall we do with a drunken worker?
What shall we do with a drunken worker?
Early in the morning.

Excavate the path to Hebron station.
Excavate the path to Halfway station.
Excavate the path to Clogwyn station.
Early in the morning.

Dynamite the Jungfrau while it’s snowing.
Dynamite the Jungfrau while it’s blowing.
Dynamite the Jungfrau while it’s snowing.
Early in the morning.

Filling in canals and picking flowers.
Filling in canals for hours and hours.
Filling in canals and picking flowers.
Early in the morning.

Slide 'im down The Cog on the Devil’s Shingles.
Slide 'im down The Cog till his buttocks tingle.
Slide 'im down The Cog on the Devil’s Shingles.
Early in the morning.

Bury his Surveyor with a nice, big headstone.
Bury his Surveyor coz he's nice and dead, Tone.
Bury his Surveyor with a nice, big headstone.
Early in the morning.

Tunnel under water till he gets to Sangatte.
Tunnel under water in his sturdy mine hat.
Tunnel under water till he gets to Sangatte.
Early in the morning.

Back to the Pub for a right old skinful.
Can't go t'church coz he's much too sinful.
Back to the Pub for a right old skinful.
Early in the morning.

What shall we do with a drunken worker?
What shall we do with a drunken worker?
What shall we do with a drunken worker?
Early in the morning.

Send him to Darjeeling...
(to be continued)


When you place your 3rd (Pub) worker, place him with a game marker disc underneath.
When you return your 3rd worker to the Pub, leave the disc in the action space for the next round: the space cannot be taken by any player during that round.
Your worker cannot come out during the next round (because he is 'sleeping it off' on that action space!).
At the end of that subsequent round, remove the disc from the space - it is available for the next round (as is your sobered-up 3rd worker)!
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Playing with yourself for fun AND profit!

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It's December, so:

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is running his annual Snowdonia solo challenge ie. who can score the highest given a specific starting condition.

It runs from Today to the 31st and peeps are encouraged to play, post photos and write up their experiences (good and bad). I like to throw in some prizes too, as it's so rewarding seeing such direct love for my little board game!



This year the scenario is...NO TRAIN ie. who can score the highest with just two labourers per Round? If you're interested in taking part then here's the place to go:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/200307/item/5798056#i...

Good luck and happy steaming!
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Old Red Eyes Is Back

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Me and Mrs B don't get to go out much (apart from the weekly dance lessons which don't count coz they're just up the road), so it's always a delight when we finally escape the household for the ENTIRE evening! Mostly it will be to the cinema but, occasionally, we make it to an actual live gig!

On Monday evening, after having driven the 55 miles to Cardiff and work, I drove the 55 miles home again to pick up Mrs B and transport her (almost immediately) back down the same road 44 miles to Newport for Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott at the Leisure Centre/Gymnasium and sometime Concert Hall: The Newport Centre.

Cue vaseline-lensed flashback: I recall when the venue was 'brand new'; the two of us queued for 4 hours in a dusty, rubble-strewn make-do car park to end up not getting Tin Machine tickets; we picked up some Roachford ones instead and - later - we took Karen's cousin to her first Crowded House concert there (1992) where they sang her a special song: "Happy Birthday, Hannah".

On this chilly November evening, we queued around the building and I muttered about how old all the punters looked and then remembered that I was old too and they would've been as fresh-faced, be-trenchcoated as we were when we saw The Beautiful South at the Liverpool Royal Court or The Ramones at the University or Stiff Little Fingers or All About Eve or...

With the calm, unhurriedness of the been here/done this all before, we purchased a couple drinks and a tee-shirt from the Merch stand before ambling in to the Hall and up to the Stage barriers. In the blue glow of 500 smartphones, we chatted and cheered the roadies until the support act came on (Son Little) and rocked us - Black Keys-style - for half an hour. Then, in a flurry of dismantled drum kit and - oddly - a burly bouncer carrying a box labelled "Confetti Re-Fills", the Stage was clear for the main event!

They were wonderful; they were rich and funny. All killer and no filler, the Heaton songbook from the 1980s until now in all it's gorgeously sing-along, darkly-witty glory! A particular treat was "Good as Gold" with it's chirpy "carry on regardless" refrain that our youngest daughter misheard - and repeated endlessly - as "carry on with the gardeners"!



Here are some more snaps from a fantastic, soul-lifting, ear-engulfing, glitter-filled and smokey-bubbled tune-tastic odyssey:





It's good to get out for a bit.
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(whispers) It's awfully quiet around here...

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...did I miss a memo?

...is everyone at Church?

...did the World end already?

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Bloody typical! Here, in the Forest of Dean, you wait all year for a camel then three come along at once! As part of a growing rural trend of 'live action' Christmases, Newent decided to get itself a donkey - and the aforementioned trio of Bactrians - as part of it's "switching on the lights" parade. Arthur's school had it's place in the middle - between the Mayor and the "Jesus Is The Best Gift Of All" tractor - and were charged with swinging LED-assisted crepe-paper lanterns while singing Jingle Bells on a permanent loop.

The centre of town was rammed with residents festively stabbing each other in the back of the knees with Pushchairs, dew-eyed toddlers frantic with delight that Santa was fat-bellying his way around the Market Place and the usual solitary agent, with half a bag of shopping, elbowing his way through crowd muttering about how "...getting in moi bluddy fuckin' way..." the celebrations were and how "Oi never fuckin' loiked fuckin' Krissmuss anyways"*



As the parade fizzled to a halt in the supermarket car park, we all made our way back to the Market House for the official turning on of the Christmas lights - cue: an eye-stinging cloud of artifical snow, a 5 second countdown (in which everyone managed to be out-of-sync with everyone else!) and a rowdy cheer as the whole place glowed red, green, blue, white and yellow. Huzzah!

It's odd to have been doing all this with a week of November still to run; indeed, Festive celebrations will formally begin at Casa Boydella on Friday the 1st when, fresh from the attic, the DVDs and Carol CDs will find themselves in regular rotation for the month.

Arthur was keen to say a few words to Father Christmas and seemed crestfallen that we might miss out, so I shoved a few OAPs out of the way and tapped the jolly home invader on the shoulder:

"Hello, young lad!" said St Nick.

"Wha' gwan, Bruv!" replied Arthur.

*facepalm*

Trolled by my own son; kids today, eh?

*this is true; he was not content with being gifted 364 other days in the year where he wasn't mildly-delayed by a joyful community.
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22:58HRS last night.

The Dragonfire had gone out!
The Clans of Caledonia were scot-free!
Gloomhaven't, more like!
Root had gone underground!
Azul was hiding it's bakelite under a bushel!
The 7th InContinent?!
Great Western Trail had ridden off in to the sunset!
Photosynthesis failed to catch light!
Heaven & Ale needed the barrel changing!

What the jiggins happened?
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nee-NAR nee-NAR nee-NAR

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I am delighted to announce that
Surprised Stare Games Ltd
(ie. me, Mrs B, Alan Paull and Charlie Paull)
will be co-publishing the second edition of
North American Railways
(by Peer Sylvester)
with Flying Lemur Game Studio in 2018!



As some of you may recall, I'm a bit of a fan of trains (and train games) so the opportunity to get involved just couldn't pass me by!

We're expecting to have our
300 (three hundred)
'exclusive for the whole of the UK'

copies in time for the UK Games Expo (in June).

The price will be £25 at the Expo
or £25 plus £2.90 P&P (UK only), if you can't make it
(or find a willing mule!)
and it will include a special
Snowdonia 'Shares'-themed promo set
if you pre-order!

Aaaaaaand, how does one pre-order?

Simply send an email to:
feedback@surprisedstaregames.co.uk
with the subject "Gimme some of that NAR goodness!" (or similar) and we'll put your name on 'the list'!

Thank you for your kind attention, as always.

Important Note: This offer is only open to UK folks as Flying Lemur Game Studio are talking with other publishers in other countries as well.

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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!

Part 1:
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Part 3:
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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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