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Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.

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Road Trip!


By the time this pops up on to the BGG feed, Arthur and I shall be (hopefully) well on our way around London's M25 'Orbital' motorway headed for the 0800HRS Ferry sailing from Dover. He, like his siblings before him, is performing a particular pilgrimage for which he has been preparing his whole life*.

The weekend drifted by in a pleasing warmth thanks to a late (but welcome) heatwave: we managed a trip to Cirencester to see Daisy's new place of work - Grand Opening by Ben Miller**, no less - and a browse around this affluent and pretty town:



Arthur continues his quest to let famous people meet him.


Sunday was very lazy indeed; lying in until 11AM when it was finally time to load the car up for Spiel and, then, take the dog for an Autumnal walk:


North American Railways? Check! Snowdonia bits 'n bobs? Check! A smattering of Ivors and Bad Grandmas'? Check! Prototypes? Double-check!


With every passing minute, me and the boy are getting closer to The City of Gaming Dreams!


*A bit of hyperbole, perhaps, but not far from the truth!
**Boff from the Johnny English movies, one half of the splendid Armstrong & Miller and more.
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The Temptation of St. Anthony

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That's why Mum's gone to Iceland...

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My very own Reykholt card! Because I was doing so terribly at the Leiriacon playtest, I suggested to Matthias that one would be able to grow a different veggies simultaneously in a greenhouse (not that it would've let ME perform any less ineptly)...and, lo!, did he (and Uwe) make it so!

If you want one then stop by at Spiel (4-F121) or say 'Hi!' as I'm wandering about and get one (per person) while my stocks last!

(unfortunately, I only saw the card AFTER it went to print so the English is a little broken in places )

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What I am looking forward to getting at Essen Spiel 2018

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(for those who complain about Spiel's "Family Day" ie. the Saturday)

This year's essen-tial Spiel accessory!

Are you gonna get yours?!




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The excellent Tabletop Together convention preview tool is already squeaking at the seams with the fecund crop of Spiel 2018 releases; of course, there are no surprises in the top 20s (top games, top expansions) but with 614 (at time of blogging) items already catalogued - with a couple of months still to go - I foresee an unstoppable explosion of product before those magical doors open on Thursday the 25th! Once again, the urgent avarice for well-supplied, shiny, new mainstreamers is algae-ing up the pool for the lesser-publicised diamonds-in-the-rough. When the effervescent corporate arse-trumpets have ceased their honking, it's these bijou treasures that hold their places in our hearts.



Hence: this - my annual foray in to the Essen sleeper releases you should concentrate your attention on:

Yeast for Odin (Oliver Rosenbake, Flourlandspiele) - forget all that raping and pillaging, the Vikings were incredible patissiers; those weren't horns on their helmets, they were forerunners of croissants! Played over 7 rounds, players employ their workers (Brödmenn) to make the most delicious (lucrative) comestibles at the pre-Ragnarok buffet: cobs, breads (leavened and unleavened), pastries (not Danish, obviously) and biscuits fit for the Norse pantheon!

Teohuawucahuaquetzewacahuoquntisopititiwuanq (Conquistador Games) - It is the time of the Aztecs: a time of colossal architecture, chocolate, gold statuary, alien visitation theories and those fantastic hats with lots of feathers on. And baby-eating. Oh, and decapitation.

Does anyone have a Pen? (M'Lame Games) The hilarious party word game that takes all the fun out of Codenames, Taboo and the like and leaves it back in the box. Players are required to write secretly on a dry-wipe sheet that - just to make things difficult - is so smooth that the ink won't even come out of the pen in the first place. Scoring - and the plush felt 'wiper' cloths - are totally redundant.

The Colour of My Piss (Shite Games) "The first game to ever make use of Litmus Paper!", screams the press release for perennial 'challengers of convention' Shite Games; "Urine for a real surprise!". Limited to 1000 litres copies.

Kingdominatrix (Autoasphyxiation Orange Games) Double-sided tile-laying, area scoring and testicle clamps. Demos in a closed booth only.

Defective: A Modern Trading Standards Board Game (I Want To Complain Games) A co-operative, story-telling world-builder where players seek to gain redress for their 'customers' who have been mis-sold products and services. Can you get compensation for a poorly-built conservatory? Can you shut down a takeaway with insanitary working conditions? Uses Smartphone and Internet interaction to supplement the rich narrative; you'll never be the same after you hear Old Mrs Mint's tale of 'seven sausages in the pack instead of eight'!

You'll thank me for these, you know.
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Goodness! This just 'plopped' in to my Inbox!



"New Game Announcement

Castles of Mad King Ludwig is one of my favorite board games. So I was intrigued when the designers of Between Two Cities, which I'm proud to publish, were working on a game that combines a partnership mechanism with a twist on elements from Ludwig. We worked out a licensing deal with Bezier Games (developer/partner), and now Stonemaier Games is publishing Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig!

Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, designed by Ben Rosset and Matthew O'Malley, is a tile-drafting game for 2-7 players (45-60 minutes). You work with the player on your left to design one castle, and with the player on your right on another castle. But there is only one winner...

This game features hundreds of unique tiles with art by Agnieszka Dabrowiecka, Laura Bevon, & Barlomiej Kordowski. It also includes 7 custom wooden castle tokens, a double-sided scorepad, and a 4-piece Game Trayz insert that ensures a super fast setup. Click here to view photos and rulebooks in a number of languages.

The retail release date for this $45 game is October 19, 2018. However, if you pre-order it from us as Champion by September 6, you'll get the game in mid-September
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If it wasn't the end of August, I'd be checking the calendar for this being an April Fools' prank! I fear that Ted (more than Jamey) may actually - as a consequence of this 'cut-and-shut', re-imaginarious and recursive exercise - disappear up his own backside...and emerge with One Night Ultimate Scythe Factions, a custom Age of Steam: Euphoria 'fan' map or some other sommelier (see what I did there?*) nonsense!

Gah!

*sommelier sounds a bit like ''similar'. Ahem.
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Was I deceiv'd, or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?

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Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea is delayed until Summer 2019. There's no need for details because there's no malicious intent (no shenanigans) at work here; just 'reasons'. I am content with this sequence of events because it takes some of the hassle out of the forthcoming show; you see, we already have the launch of the 2nd edition The Cousins' War plus North American Railways and Arthur is coming with me, this year, as well! Actually, I think I'm slightly relieved that I'll get a year's respite before fully committing to a 2019 'Tony Explosion' i.e. the Guilds of London expansion, Snowdonia Deluxe Master Set, Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea, Foothills and (possibly) Lux Aeterna!

Winding my excitement back a little to 2018, Essen Spiel will now see us with more preview time for 'Lubes (as I should be ashamed of calling it) and have been promised some stand decorations from the fine Matagot folks; to whet my appetite - and now yours - I was presented with some samples of the art 'so far'.

I am loving the pastel, traveller's notebook atmosphere:



























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