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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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Silence Is Golden

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Don't Wake Daddy for just £1?


Okay, so this isn't going to burst any brain cells but having bumped in to my old Head of Sixth Form (Mr Hughes) in a Ross-on-Wye charity shop, I was feeling particularly stuffed with the Milk of Human Kindness and happily handed over a quid. I seem to remember Mr Hughes despairing of me back in the mid 1980s (Jesu Cristos but that sounds like a lifetime ago!) for I was an idler, a work-shy fop, a lazy ne'er-do-well: a waster of my own time and potential. Doing nothing to alter this perception, we once filled his office entirely with balloons. And stole a Christmas Tree from the Forest of Dean. And threw darts through the Common Room window. And played Led Zeppelin III every day for 18 months. Still, he seemed to have (thankfully) forgotten all that and we chatted for a short while and I introduced him to Arthur (who was sporting a fab new haircut).

The game? Well, while we were killing time before our mandatory trip to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Arty and I gave this 3D tremulous nonsense a giggling go:



Daft.
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Achievement unlocked?!

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Well, it's something that others can't seem to achieve despite their constant tweeting flow of horribleness and yet I managed it for calling a nasty cook a rude name: I got banned from Twitter...albeit for 12 hours only!

I'd post a screen grab but I'm also on a BGG warning for getting too het up the other day; no sense in poking that wasps' nest twice, eh?

Oh, and when I told of my Twitter experience in my favourite Facebook group, a mini-mob appeared calling for my censure because it wasn't 'game related'.

Lawks and crumbs! Is there a BGG microbadge for this (almost) Holy Trinity?!

Let's talk about something else please: what's the Christmas pressie you're most looking forward to?
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A Full Box (At Last!)

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Today I received a huge armful of post from our postman, only just catching up after the Arctic deluge (translation: a couple of days with some snow) of the weekend. Among the Supermarket promo fliers, the 2018 Council Tax invoice (boooooo!) and the latest edition of Spielbox (woo-hoo!) was a Christmas card hot from the European mainland*:


The utterly splendid Matthias (of Frosted Games) and his long-suffering family!
And the boys will have their revenge one day (oh, yes they will).


I have great friends in the gaming industry, for sure! I particularly appreciate their understanding of my perpetual need for 'shiny things' and, if possible, the 'shinier' (ie. rarer) the better (I can't find reference to the Istanbul Dice Game postcard anywhere)!

Now, if you will excuse me I have a new gaming magazine to read work to do...

*How we're going to miss International comms once the corrupt, racist, cock-brained Brexiteers close the gates in 2019, eh?
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And the winner of the Internet today is...

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Punk Beetle!
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a shoulder to cry on

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One of the constant (and undeniably valid) gamer complaints about this time of year on BGG / Social Media is that while the Internets makes us fully aware of all the good new games to get our hands on, there are never any copies of those good new games available!

As a growing community, it is essential that we - the fortunate few - maintain a dignified and supportive stance to comfort our fellow enthusiasts in their time of need. For example, there has been a bit of a run of 'want to buy's on the UK trading groups for the excellent Azul; doing my (albeit small) bit for partners-in-gaming-crime, I recently posted this reassuring message:

Spoiler (click to reveal)


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Sitting up straight on the back of a bus

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It's been barely a month since my own semi-centurious celebrations but, of course, its that time for many of my pals too; thus, Saturday night saw a Beer Bus tour of the Stourbridge area (!) in honour of my goodest pal Malcolm.

Firstly, as I have remarked before, I pretty much owe ending up as a game designer/player to this short, ginger dwarf from Dudley; he introduced me to my first D&D session (Rocky Lane, Liverpool - 1987) which led to roleplaying during my sandwich year which led to board gaming in my sandwich year (a lot of Ikusa and Diplomacy) and thence, ultimately, the progression to Magic: The Gathering, Coppertwaddle and so on and so forth.

Secondly, by 'Beer Bus Tour' I mean a motorised pub crawl around the industrial West Midlands: doesn't sound very salubrious BUT every damn Pub we ended up in had a wonderful, wide-ranging selection of real ales and craft beers.


(clockwise from the top) The naughty kids (including Mrs B) at the back of the bus;
the birthday boy (that's NOT his real moustache); and,
our (bloody freezing!) carriage on this snowy evening.


Friday and Saturday had seen a healthy dump of snow in the region and we were warned of more for early Sunday AM; thus - with a nervous tum - we dispatched Arthur to his grandparents, Benedict to a friends and Fred was going to enjoy the entire house to himself...albeit for less than 24 hours. I feared less for the well-being of the contents of the Boydell Drinks Fridge than I did for me and Mrs B getting stranded in the midst of a Brummie blizzard! Thankfully, we were vigorously-refreshed and full of pie and mash by midnight and sat in front of a blazing fire in Malcolm's 'local' and cared not a single jot!


(clockwise from the top left) Plum porter at the Severn Valley Railway terminus;
Too Many Santas;
safely home at the end of a long journey home; and,
a lunchtime (teaching game) of Codenames: Pictures


Beer of the night was, for me, 'Enville' - a delicious, light and honey-tanged gluggable amber - whilst the biggest thumbs-down was a rank 'Coffee & Vanilla Ale' that made everyone who sipped it gag and retch!

We greeted a snow-silenced Sunday with paracetamol, hot drinks, bacon and black pudding and - after a session to teach the Halls how to play Codenames: Pictures - slow-drove the slushy roads back to Newent. We picked up Benedict (travelling a worrisome, hardly-thawed lane) but had to leave Arthur with his Gee-Peeps on account of them all being snowed in amongst the hills of Lydbrook. He'll be absolutely fine, of course: snow, no school on Monday and able to drink his own weight in Hot Chocolate.

Me? Well I'll be working from home today (see the drift-blown Touran above) and maybe get a couple of runs at December's Snowdonia Solo Challenge (see last week's post) - I can hardly let all of that proceed without having a pop myself, can I?
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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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What shall we do..?

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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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