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The return journey from Spiel 2016 was a long one and began at 0700HRS (Monday 17th October); by the time I was circumnavigating London, 11 hours later, I was bleary-eyed and aching. The grinding drive was cheered up when I got stuck, temporarily, behind this old thing:



I only mention it now because, this morning, I plugged my iPhone in to my laptop and the last three weeks-worth of photographs spewed down the USB. Here are some more miscellaneous snaps for the scrapbook:


Pano (but no 'chocolat')



Me and Jeroen Doumen chew the fat while a queue forms for unclaimed Guilds of London preorders.



An unfortunate punter failed to avoid a falling stack of A Feast for Odins.
The rescue effort, which mainly comprised trying to stop people running off with 'salvage', didn't reach him in time.



Hunter & Cron: Germany's answer to The Dice Tower, apparently. I was 'up next' after the incomparable Mr Daniel Danzer.



(from the splendid musical Half a sixpence
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At work, yesterday, I began to feel the first effects of the Spiel comedown: the urge to sigh heavily a lot, the thousand yard stare across the field of Hot Desks, the pressure in the temples and the prickling moisture of tired eyes. Tuesday's necessary exertions of car-emptying, game-stacking and shed filling have kept the adrenalin levels up but nothing saps the life out of you like hundreds of unread emails and 90-minute conference calls. Tomorrow is my first chance to go for a middle-of-the-day-nap (Ted Alspach swears by them!) then, a first proper chance to play new things at the Ross-on-Wye club? I bloody hope so as I'm not sure that I can cope with any "I don't fancy learning anything new" nonsense; I may have to get assertive and say curse words and stuff.



Top of my list are Key to the City – London, Colony and Lorenzo il Magnifico, though Lorenzo has already prompted some justifiable Forum-hurrumphing for bad print quality (glue splodges, mis-cut tiles etc).

Let the Ritual of the Punchboards commence...

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One of the minor (s)hits of Essen Spiel was the half-rhymingly titled Who Soiled The Toilet? (Toire o Yogoshita nowa Dareda?); quirky presentation (a circular box, components wrapped in toilet paper) and a comedy theme about poo and pooing meant it was a natural draw for any-and-every British man in the Messe. Oddly, this one had slipped under my radar (NOT a euphamism) and I expected it to be well sold out by the time I meandered in to Hall 7 on Day 3 (Saturday, my day off). However, there were still copies, upon my entrance, at the Japon Brand booth for €22 a p(l)op so I succumbed to peer pressure and bought one:



So, what's it all about? Well, it's basically The Resistance with dung: the "Clean Freaks" are trying to ensure a sparkling, "you could eat your food off it" lavvy while the dark faeces forces of the 'Dirty Scoundrels' would rather it be overflowing with sodden tissue and bumnuggets.



The twist for this sweetcorn in the jobbie diamond-in-the-rough game is that those selected to 'go on a mission' do so by walking to a different part of the room/building and 'open the toilet door' (lift the card with a toilet door picture on it) and either leave it clean (it's initial state) or turn it to the solid soiled side. When all those who need to see a man about a dog have done so, the door/toilet cards are returned to the playing area and the condition revealed; discussion ensues and a new queue of sphincter-clenchers is formed. As if this weren't enough, there is an alternate way for a round to resolve which is, basically, tossing poo-chips 'from a distance' (Piddlywinks, anyone?) on to the game box where the 'arse proud' need a requisite number of chips to winnit win it.

When either side - the Glitters or the Shitters - succeed in the toilet being clean/fudge-bound 3 rounds out of 5, they win.


About as subtle as a traffic cone up the jacksy.


It's childish, tacky, rudely-illustrated and crass; it's going to be a lot of fun (for a short while).
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So, how many things can YOU spot?
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Go Home, young man!

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I'm done. It's over. I am very much looking forward to being in the bosom of Chez Boydell.

From a social perspective, this was undoubtedly the best Essen Spiel that I have ever attended: meeting up with old friends and making (lots of) new ones - it's been spectacular! It is a pleasure and a privilege to spend time with all of these excellent and generous people; I can only pinch myself as I remember the intoxicating (literally and figuratively) 'Heavy' Friday, Saturday's lunch and (later) gentle, genial supper. I even had Eric Lang stop and say 'see you soon' as he passed by the booth (WTF?!) yesterday; and CGE's Filip brought me a care package of gorgeousness (and some gossip too!). This isn't me, is it? I must be watching a live-feed from somebody else's eyes!

From a business perspective, I am in awe of the enthusiasm of our customers and fans and find myself coming home with only 30 Snowdonias from the 130 I brought (not bad for a 4 year old game!) and a handful of uncollected Guilds of London pre-orders! The car is packed for the 500 mile drive home tomorrow (today) and the auto-posting function will pop this in to BGG reality at the same time as I pull out of the Ibis budget Nord car park. The windows will be a little bit open, most of the journey, and the heating off (once the windscreen has demisted) to prevent me daydreaming in to a Dutch cornfield. The iPhone has been podcast-synced so I have plenty of hours of yadda-yadda to fill the morning as it stretches ahead of me.

At the Karawane restaurant last night, the Surprised Stare Games end-of-show supper was bloatingly-fleshy and succulently protein-rich. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirrored wall and saw an exhausted, bag-eyed and thousand-yard-staring bloke looking back.

I'm done. It's over. I am very much looking forward to being in the bosom of Chez Boydell.


Pre-Road Trip selfie: gorgeous!
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When you're in Essen doing Spiel-type things, it's fair to say that sleep eludes you; whether deliberately - thanks to foaming, amber Pilsner and new toys - or to being too ill and/or hyped up to settle down. Friday night was beer, shouting to be heard and roaring with laughter and it was very late by the time the buzz had subsided. Saturday dawned grey and rustle-leafed chilly and even though it was my day off, an 0615HRS dual-carriageway-outside-the-window honking match put pay to any ideas I might've had of being woken by the actual alarm.

So, dressed and ready to roll 'early doors', I managed to scrounge a lift with a generous fellow Brit staying at the Ibis budget Nord; shamefully I cannot remember his name but, then again, I spent the day trying to remember where my Passport was so it's definitely a fading memory thing.


It's been four years now and they've still only managed to blow the bloody doors off.


A solitary, drizzle-anointed amble down the length of the Messe to the Hall 1 side entrance afforded me some 'clear the head' time, ably-assisted by half a packet of Trebor Extra Strong Mints: this is not an accepted breakfast, per se, but it cleared the tubes. I prepared a few empty boxes at the Stand for the goodies that I would undoubtedly retrieve this day and kicked off with Cottage Garden and my Taiwanese pre-orders (Round House, The Perfumer and Coffee Roaster). Real coffee, aimless wandering and euros hemorrhaging from the wallet occupied the next couple of hours until it was time for the first of the three 'milestone events'; ladies & Gentlemen, I give you:


The Essen Spiel small-but-perfectly-formed (Late) Breakfast Club

(from left-to-right: Ben (Perfect Info) Maddox in 'sultry' mood; my favourite Frenchman Monsieur Cédrick Chaboussit; the one-and-only Player of Games & blog phenomenon Ms Mina Guberinic; Alexander Pfister; some ligger; Patrick; Andreas Pelikan and Miranda. Photo taken by Peter (Mina's famous but - as yet - unseen partner)


For a couple of hours, while the mental waves of eager gamers washed and eddied around us, we chatted about stuff (games, families, life) and ate things and laughed and had a perfectly delightful interlude. We had to go and get our food in shifts to avoid table-loss, however, which meant Alexander and Andreas grabbed the last two currywurst in the building; I guess the Kennerspiel des Jahres opens MANY other, non-gaming, doors too, eh?

All good things must, unfortunately, come to an end; amidst the cheery waves, handshakes and hugs, Mina presented her arms for signing:


Mina's 2017 tattoo templates: designer sigs!


Aside: Mina would shortly add Matthias Cramer before joining us in Hall 4 to play my 2016 fringe obsession Mondrian: The Dice Game:



Recommended to me the previous night by Ben at the Heavy Cardboard do, Mondrian: The Dice Game is a dexterity card-claiming set collector for 2-4 players. Each player has a palette with five 'actions' on; these actions are methods of propelling the dice around - or on to - the playing area: throw with left, throw with right, throw with eyes closed, flick from the edge OR drop from a height. The aim is to claim cards with various coloured segments and point values on; if your die on a card is >= the card value, you can claim it to your hand. Obviously there are rules for ties and dice on edges/borders.

In Round 1, you use two of your five dice (choose your preferred two methods); in Round 2, you use three of your five dice...then four...and, finally, five. At game end, the player with the fewest cards rounds down to the nearest EVEN number and then everyone else must discard cards to that minimum too (in secret). Remaining cards are then revealed - making a nice psuedo-Mondrian piece - and points are awarded to the player with the most Yellow segments, the most Red, the most Blue and the most Grey (ties = no points awarded); card values are also added and the player with the biggest total wins.


Another parting of the ways saw me returning to the swelter of Hall 2 whilst Mina and Peter were last seen heading for Vital Lacerda's stand and a preview (hopefully) of his next heavyweight masterpiece Lisboa!

Having failed to find Ted Alspach and finalise our Guilds-for-Colony exchange (for the third day in a row), I realised my lackadaisical meandering left me but scant moments to get a cold drink and nip to the Hunter & Cron booth for another promotional appearance:


A couple of down-on-their-luck chancers...


H&C are vloggers and, I suppose, analogous to The Dice Tower (or should that be 'The Deutsche Tower'?*) or the Eurogame equivalent of DanTDM (or should that be 'DanBMW'?**); the booth was rammed full of tech and an audience of 'real people' behind a demarcating ribbon (for their protection or ours?).

It was all downhill from there and, come 7PM and the parping indiscernible tannoy telling us all to auf-enzee fuch (I _think_ that's what it said), we - Doug & Shelley Garrett (Garrett's Games & Geekiness), Surya, Myriam and me were traipsing to the Atlantic hotel for supper and our first ever game together (in 4 years of meetups!):


The evening closes with a gentle hour of Fabled Fruit


Aside: I briefly bumped in to the Tyrland brothers who had just come back from eating NINE pig's knees at a famous steakhaus; Olle, in particular, seemed to be having a massive protein rush!

Weary, wobbly and emotional, I butchered what little German I know to get me taxi-ed back to the suburbs for blog-write-uppage and bed. Tomorrow (today) is the final day of Spiel 2016, dear friends and - right now - I think I'm quite glad; it's been intense, overwhelming, wonderful and exhausting.

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**no...and, also, racist.
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Yadda yadda Spiel blah blah Messe rhubarb rhubarb Games!

To be frank, it was just another day at Spiel 2016: friends - old and new - and running the Stand as the Senior SSG-er for most of it with the invaluable aid of honorary, red-shirted lackey assistant Jerry. There was a short, if late (delayed by shitty Essen traffic) meeting with Tasty Minstrel Games (Seth and Andy) about my ideas for a Guilds of London expansion (historical awesomeness ahoy!) and the usual demo-demo-demo! Pre-order pickups were sloooooooow but increased towards the end of the day.

More pals from the UK flash-mobbed the stand around 3PM and got in everyone elses way for 15 mins: exchanging recommendations, high-fiving and poaching extra copies of our promo cards/solo GoL rules:


If you're not going to buy anything, could you please fuck off?


Rahdo popped by for a fist bump and a short, earnest discussion about controversial themes in gaming (cue: Five Tribes and Mombasa) but the main event of Friday 14th October was the Heavy Cardboard podcast meetup at the Fritzpatrick's Irish Bar from 7PM onwards; it was a simple AWESOME gathering of gamers, designers and publishers that included Ulrich Blennemann (Spielworxx), Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games), Andreas "ode." Odendahl, Stefan Risthaus, Joris Wiersinga, Jeroen Doumen, Vital Lacerda (on my table!), Paul Incao, Paulo Soledade, the guys from What's Your Game?, Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and so many more! Also, Ben from PiP joined our table along with Morten (tigrillo of this Parish), Tudor (like the Monarchy!), Paulo Renato, Stu C, Gil Hova, Efka & Elaine (No Pun Included), old pal Richard and the exhuberant Mr Lucian Pleianu!


The utterly-splendid Lucian P (note the glistening brow of a 'refreshed' Uncle Tony)



(from the top, left-to-right) The venue; Edward and Jeroen; the misheard booking name; Edward speechifies most emotionally and respectfully; Paulo and Nuno collect their Golden Elephant for Madeira; Stefan R collects his Golden Elephant for Arkwright; Ode (La Granja); Vital (second left) orders burgers and ale; Edward: he's not the Messiah...but he's pretty close!


A fantastic night of Guiness (natch), food and most excellent company! Events like this are what makes Essen Spiel so bloody BRILLIANT, people; this could be the start of a very beautiful friendship indeed!
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It all started so well on this chilly and bright Autumnal Germanic morn: we decided to bring the car in as I needed to get the RUT (really useful trolley) off the stand (it was all getting a bit 'Hannibal Lecter' TBH), and we pulled up to Gate 3 in plenty of time for my 0915 meeting with Matagot...only then did we realise that something had gone monumentally pear-shaped with the Messe Car Parks. There's a new system that seems to have lumped Exhibitors by default in with the general populace, so the usual convenient-for-the-Halls P6a/b/c were now completey rammed with punters. Everyone of us 'back-stagers' found ourselves being sent to the 'over the road' P5 in the middle of rush hour, so my 0915 meeting found me trekking up to the Stand around five to 10! As the tortuous queue of honking cars snailed up the side-streets, the Boydell motor was so liberally filled with angry and frustrated C-bombs that a passer-by may have thought I was chanting my love for the German under-21 soccer squad's manager Stefan! Luckily, Fabien had been patient enough to wait (I'd hoofed Mr Alan Paull out of the car to keep him company for a bit) and the TOP SECRET chitty-chat went ahead as planned! *phew*

Then the halls opened.

Hall 2 is in the middle of the Spiel layout, so the mental scrummage of deliriously-excited geeks didn't reach us for the first 60 minutes; those 60 minutes were enough time, however, for those who had failed to pre-order Guilds of London to blag one of the few available copies - we were sold out by 12PM (only pre-orders left)!

(c)2016 Brett J. Gilbert Can I help you at all?


I was about to embark on an emergency 'tidy up and get some bloody storage space back' mission - because the stand seemed to have been infested, tribble-like, by coats and shoulder bags - when who should pop by but Edward from the Heavy Cardboard podcast!



We nipped in to the relative sanity of The Galleria (again) to have a recorded chat about stuff-and-things then it was back to the noseygrindstone business of demoing and selling - mainly explaining GoL to people who wouldn't now be able to buy a copy and/or introducing a new gamer generation to the delights of Snowdonia. Snod has been getting a LOT of love this Summer and the pallet of German language 1st Eds has been flying off our virtual - and ACTUAL Essen - shelves with hot cake regularity! There was also a super-keen rush on the Seasons promos (we had 200) and it was lovely (if not a little scary) to meet up with some proper uberfans. And talking of uberfans, there was also a brief visit from the winner of last year's Jack Vasel auction 'I design you a Snowdonia card' Lot:


'The Battlepuppy' (and his handler, Andrew - not pictured)


Those grand old gentlemen of the Cambridge scene (and jolly good eggs) Messrs Aforementioned Gilbert and Matthew Dunstan stopped by to hurl abuse - and their coats - at my person before sodding off for a day of meetings; I believe they must have a Time-turner to allow 40+ appointments to be squeezed in to just four days; a Time-turner (Harry Potter) as opposed to a Tina-turner, which is something else entirely. In high heels. Screeching. And dancing badly.

The Tyrland boys loitered for a bit and confirmed our dining arrangements for the evening (see later); I was also joined by Leon, a poor unsuspecting punter who had been collared by an effervescent, genderfluid Behrooz Shahriari who was convinced he was me:


Separated at birth, or does Bez need her eyes seeing to?


Perhaps my most trepidatious encounter of Spiel 2016 came mid-PM with the arrival of Mr & Mrs D Larkin...the latter being the subject of my salacious Snowdonia super-promo Mrs Larkin's Washing Machine - quite the strangest 'train' in the Snowdonia canon! Thankfully, mercifully, she didn't beat me to death with a copy of my own wares and gracefully acquiesced to a number of requests for photos: a star is born!



I managed to have a bit of a wander and check off some of the entries from my own shopping list: Lorenzo il Magnifico, Days of Ire: Budapest 1956, Key to the City – London & Keyflower: Keymelequin, Vanuatu (second edition), Concordia: Gallia / Corsica/Concordia: 8 Forum Cards mini-expansion and Cyclades: Monuments...as well as my complimentary copies of Deutscher Spielepreis 2016 Goodie Box and the Brettspiel Adventskalender 2016. It's a good job the trolley needed to go back to the car because I used it to take this heavy lot over too!

Unfortunately, the chaos of the morning was now mirrored by the disruption of the evening by the need to take a poorly Mrs Charlie Paull to hospital for an X-ray: a piece of chair-removing ineptitude last weekend has rendered Mrs P painfully bruised-of-coccyx (or, as it is more commonly known in the UK: "broken arsed"). Thankfully she is fine but it lobbed several heavyweight spanners in to our Chinese Restaurant meet-up works. After returning to the hotel then walking to the U-bahn then taking the train to the Zentrum, I arrived at the Yellow River - 50 minutes late - to find the guys already beers-ahoy but also delayed in receiving their food: though awfully slow-to-prepare and inattentively-waitered, the meal was tasty enough and the company the tastiest of all:


Clockwise (from top-left): Magnus, Måns, Anders, pal Richard C, myself and Olle - gotta love these guys!


We talked about games, Brexit, British colonial history, Brexit, sci-fi novels, Brexit and how slow the service was...and Brexit. It was a lot more fun than it might sound, honest!


Warm and quickly-home.


I eschewed late night public transport in favour of a €10 taxi back to the Hotel: no more fart-arsing about and delays for Uncle Tony TODAY, fuck you very much indeed!
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Now that we managed to find the hotel and settle in, we - the Paulls and I - find ourselves at the top end of Essen and just an U-bahn ride from 'the happening centre of town' and the Messe further south. There was a minor kerfuffle when, upon arrival, the entire fee for our stay was demanded up front which, given the quantity of Euros that would be entering our pockets over the next few days, was not a little frustrating (we usually settle up at the end, you see). In a mad piece of compromise, we whipped up all of our spare traveling cash to cover the one night on the understanding we would repeat this kangeroo process until a sufficiently busy day could clear the balance outright...which it did, to-(yester)-day, on the back of a healthy trickle of pre-order collections! Huzzah! I have a bed to sleep in to-(last)-night!


All revved up and ready to go! Er, hang on...


As indicated previously, my happy blue trolley proved invaluable in helping shift 50 boxes of Guilds of London the 50m-or-so across Hall 2 and only then could we get down to the serious business of decorating the stand. It was interesting to note that the 300 GoLs are, in fact, part of the SECOND print run of about 5000 copies, it seems! Combine that with the upcoming German, French, Italian, Spanish and Polish editions...



...and this is now, officially, the BIGGEST game that I and Surprised Stare Games Ltd have ever been involved in; that's quite the turnabout from last year's Spiel-ish despair! Anyway, there was much box-cutting and stacking for the next couple of hours - remembering to leave some space for yet-to-arrive 2-E119 co-habitee Gavin Birnbaum:



With everything in hand - and after a catch-up "Halloo!" and gossip-y chinny-wag with the marvellous Mr Martin Wallace - I decided to scout a few landmarks about the place. First stop, as always (and a harkening back to my young Essen days as gamer fanboy), was Lookout Games! No sooner had I stepped upon the hallowed carpets than Doris and Hanno and Klemens were thrusting precious (but free) things upon me: an Agricola bag, bottles of Agri-cola and Isle of Spryte (!) and several sheets of that Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King promo what I did. We chatted, of course, and I admired the shelves of reborn 'Gric things INCLUDING the excellent 5-6 player expansion that I'd been late play-testing earlier in the year! I reciprocated with some sets of very rare Snowdonia cards to keep their personal collections up-to-date (including the 'saucy' Mrs Larkin's Washing Machine) - the balance was very much in MY favour, I know. I also spotted minty-fresh copies of The Colonists (English rulebooks proof-read in the Summer) and this bloke:


This is Tim Puls. Tim has designed a board game - do you like board games? I do. Tim is very pleased with himself. You should be pleased for Tim too. Do you like being pleased? I do.


With barely five minutes to spare before my appointment at the BGG booth, I choffed a couple of filled rolls and jogged in to Hall 6; running 15 mins behind schedule (already? on Day Zero?!), I was able to have a catch-up cuddle and chat with Shelley Garrett and Chaddyboy before hawking my wares 'on camera': I think it went well but I haven't got strong enough internet to replay it yet. I hassled Gil Hova on his Hall 4 stand for a bit and also said hi to Alvaro from 2Tomatoes, who are doing the Sp/Fr/It GoLs; Gil was sporting a Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again look, but this didn't distract from his showing me the Wordsy prototype - *drool* (the game and Gil, obviously).

Various walk-and-talk greetings happened: Paulo Renato (of this blog Parish), Mathias of Frosted Games, Daniel and Doris Danzer, a passing nod to a busy Mr Richard Breese and the honey-tongued podmeister Ben Maddox (Perfect Information Podcast). With the latter, I finally located a functioning coffee vendor and we took ourselves in to the echoing relative-silence of The Galleria for a bijou podchat:


Oi, Ben! THIS is the fucking "elephant in the room"!


As the afternoon darkened, I accompanied The Little Metal Dog Show's Michael Fox (II) to the Japon Brand booth to pick up my pre-ordered goodies; oddly, though, I seem to be the only Brit on the list NOT getting Toire o Yogoshita nowa Dareda?! But then again, as Michael charitably pointed out, I'll always have Scandaroon.

There was a minor drama, while covering the Stand for the night (after shaking the hand of the monumental Mr Ignacy Trzewiczek as he left for the day), when a couple of Messe browncoats wandered over to inspect our neighbour YAY Games's (and our) elevated stand signage: apparently something resting on something else cannot exceed a height of three metres...see, I got bored just TYPING that! Luckily, they let us off with a caution seeing as everything had been gaffa-taped down like a bastard.


I'm not sure whether my endorsement of the lovely Sandcastles is a good or bad thing for YAY Games TBH.


There was no more to be done, so a tootle in the Paull's petite Kia down the road to Martinstraße facilitated some flesh-and-carbs carnage at the Istra Steakhaus before returning to our rural digs for one last chance to sleep before this whole circus kicks off:



Here we go, people; here we fucking go!!!
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It's the last day of work before Essen Spiel and I'll be safely tucked up - mid-way between home and the Dunkerque ferry - tonight.
Take a deep breath because it'll all be done-and-dusted before you know it!

The anticipation is everything...



Today:
Work then drive to High Wycombe, play some games at pal Richard's. It has ever been thus since 2006. Apparently we shall be tackling Arkwright *gulp*

Tuesday:
Get up at 0500HRS and drive to Dover (coffee at Maidstone Services is mandatory); check-in early enough to jump on the 0800HRS ferry.




If I manage it, I'll meet up with the Paulls (who always stay nearby the night before); if I don't, then it'll be a solitary sailing.
France -> Belgium -> Netherlands -> Germany and in to Essen for around 5PM.

Wednesday:
Set up the stand: the dance of the one hour unload, the what-shall-we-put-where?, the mooching and the halloo-ing and the collection of goodies.
I'm doing the BGG 'live feed' thing around 2Pm.
Supper will be at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet just over from the Messe.

Thursday


The show begins! With all bar 20 copies of Guilds of London pre-ordered, we should be busy!
The Heavy Cardboard peeps (Edward and Amanda) are stopping by for a recorded chat in the morning and we should be having our traditional supper with Sweden's finest - the Tyrland brothers - later.

Friday:
A quick meeting with TMG and the rest of the day is 'clear'. The evening will be at Essen's Irish bar for an uber Podcasters/Designers meetup!

Saturday:
Planning on this being my day off! Lunch with some gaming pals, supper with pals and maybe some actual gaming! There's an interview in there somewhere too.

Sunday:
Over so soon? Another interview and then the winding down process begins. Supper will be a large Surprised Stare Games & friends blow-out at the new Mongolian restaurant (see last year's blog) where the old Mexican used to be.

Expect much exhaustion and surreality.

Monday:
The drive home.
Stock up on sweets and cakes from Dutch and Belgian service stations, get stuck in the peak traffic on the M25 motorway and crunch on to Home's driveway around 9PM.

Tuesday:
Work from home. Be exhausted.
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