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T.G.I. Monday!

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Well that was a weekend from Hell, to be frank. It began on Thursday evening with the realization that I really, really need to quit my current job (work politics is a bitch leaving me mortified) and I (already) find myself heading for an interview this (Monday) afternoon. Troubles with troubled children cast a black cloud across the family skies that Solo: A Star Wars Story could only temporarily banish. Arthur and I managed to get out on a long walk/bike ride to help burn off the blues and then constructed our own version of a Millenium Falcon(-ish) spaceship from his Lego...



...but the ice in the belly won't melt completely. Oh my dears, what a pickle.
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Death of a Gamer - 13

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Death of a Gamer - 12a (Death of a Gamer's Car)

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Today I got a moving letter, a melancholy-inducing epistle that made my bottom lip wobble and the corners of my eyes dampen:


Certificate of DESTRUCTION?!


Having enjoyed a week of low-to-the-ground, regular Estate car comfort (and a couple of forgetting-it’s-an-Automatic moments), the final Fate of my faithful MPV had evaporated from my thoughts until the stark, cold truth of the letter. The Bloody Fine Motor (BFM) saw me through five years and 130,000 miles: Wales (all over), Yorkshire and Europe. Choosing NOT to invest more £££ in finding out what had broken it was, so it seems, a very wise move; it was beyond even palliative care! Arthur and I had solemnly emptied the boot, the glove-box, the door pockets and cubby holes, the coin tray and the secret security chambers before giving it an affectionate pat and leaving it in the Lot at the garage. That was the last time we would see it alive...

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VW Touran - VF57 BFM (2013-2018) R.I.P

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Death of a Gamer - 12

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Here are some auditory pleasures for you to digest via your ear canals; some of it is, because we're all adults here*, 'fruity of language':


First up are a brace of 5 Games 4 Doomsday reviews:

UK Games Expo 2018
http://fivegamesfordoomsday.libsyn.com/ukge-a-5g4d-review

Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
http://fivegamesfordoomsday.libsyn.com/holding-on-a-5g4d-rev...




Next is a voyage in to the puerile with the marvelous
Who Dares Rolls
folks (and a couple of hangers-on):
http://www.whodaresrolls.com/who-dares-rolls-podcast-episode...





And, finally, for all of your Comedy Boardgaming Game Show needs, there's the ever-reliable (and mostly unmissable)
This Game Is Broken
(featuring me!)
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/this-game-is-broken/id12...

*'childish'
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Day Of Rest

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Ah, Sunday; a day of rest...

...once I've dropped Benedict off at his weekend job at 0830HRS
...once I've made the breakfast
...once I've returned the courtesy car to my local garage and picked up my new vehicle (VW Touran R.I.P)
...once Arthur and I have been around the Ledbury car boot sale
...once Ziggy the dog has had a walk
...so it's going to be circa 2.30PM before I get a chance to sit down.

Yesterday, Arthur and I had our first run at Flicky Spaceships and enjoyed it very much indeed:



In summary: Pick up the type of resource appropriate to the hex your ship is currently on THEN flick your ship across the board toward a hex of the colour you need next THEN cash in your collected resources (if poss and wanted) for an Equipment card that provides VP and a sweet little ability. Repeat until all special VP chits OR X number of equipment piles have been deleted and add up your scores!

Simple, dexterity-based fun with solid components - including a set of lovely deep-foam 'edging' bars - and a perfect 20 mins of playing time; it is, of course, the game that won the UK Games Expo Re-Design contest a couple of three years back. The contest involved giving a copy of a (usually-remaindered) game to each participant and asking them to re-purpose its components in to another game; I don't remember what unlucky box of hopelessness led to the inspired Flicky Spaceships but I know it was definitely NOT Scandaroon (because that had been used a couple of years previously...with the winner turning it in to a welcoming hot fire on a cold night).

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Warning: Robust Sense of Humour Required

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Did anyone else pick this up at the UK Games Expo?



(this is some hard satire right here)
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Hip To The Hop

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You gotta fight for your right...

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Hell's Bells?!

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Hello, Cleveland!


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Death of a Gamer - 9

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