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Expo-sure - Friday, I'm In Love

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As was entirely expected, I didn’t get much sleep on Thursday night; what I did get was deep and dreamless but, once the first lights of the Birmingham morn doth syrup-seep through the drapes around 5.30AM, I woke up and couldn't drop off again.

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Showering and adorning myself with troos and a new Surprised Stare Games tee-shirt , I found the breakfast area relatively-empty – ie. buzzing loudly rather than roaring with bacon-breathed blabber-jabber – and was able to scoff a hearty fry-up in the genial company of Mr Rob Harris, Playtest UK plate-spinner and sometime Modiphius lacky.

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Keen to get my Bring & Buy offerings safely shelved, it was a brisk walk back through the long hotel to a back door and through the woods to Hall 1. Even though it was still rather light-of-stock, I managed to grab a minty copy of Thunder Road (Mad Max: The Boardgame, basically, from 1987) and then cashed in some Magic: The Gathering rarities for an armful of games:

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Woo! And, indeed, Hoo!


I couldn't avoid it forever, though, and before the doors opened I managed to enjoy the true Convention luxury of a being able to find a toilet cubicle without queuing for an hour OR finding it erupting like a poo volcano! There was some dithering, and a restorative coffee, back at the Stand before the Tsunami of Dobbershovery overwhelmed us...and I mean overwhelmed:

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For the first time in our humble Games Company history...WE HAD A BLOODY QUEUE!!!


Continuing the severe weather phenomenon analogy, the next two hours were a whirlwind; chatting, signing and hurriedly unpacking more stock as GoLs - and, to my delight, Snowdonias - whistled off the booth! I managed to escape, mid PM, for a 20 minute perambulation with good buddy Neil and his kids, helping him select some choice goodies for the taking home of. We, SSG, also provided seated sanctuary to a weary Stu Burnham (of this Blog Parish) and son William; Stu returned the favour by doing the occasional 'demo':

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Dazzling!*


In the end, at the close of play, there were 40 rather forlorn-looking Mayors (with their attendant guards) staring back at me...and today (Saturday) is supposed to be the BUSY day!

Supper was from Becky's Bhajis, a most excellent and spicy repast, before seeking out Russ & Alex Martin for some recreational distraction; as I took my seat, I noticed Russ had popped his 'plums' out and I suggested with all play with immediately. Thus, as is no surprise dear reader, did the sous entendu continue for the next 20 minutes before coming to a satisfying pi-filled climax:

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We _had_ intended to play Imhotep next but, with the arrival of Ben & Steph & Matt Dunstan, it turned in to a me watching the others playing Snowdonia: A Nice Cup Of Tea:

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It was a fascinating mix of players and, after the breezy 10 minute description of what is different?, these seasoned Snowdonians polished the whole thing off in 80 minutes...and there was just 5 points between Matt in 1st and Alex in 2nd! I had tried a couple of tiny tweak-ettes (one more space on the BUILD action for 5 players and tea being worth 2 points each rather than 3) which proved spot-on; I am now happy that this scenario is now ready!

Retiring to the Bar for much-needed hydration, Matt D and I chatted about gamey things then met up with his younger brother for even more chatter; we parted ways an hour later - they have a T.I.M.E Stories session to continue - and I meandered back in to the main room to see if anyone was still about:

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Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!


Evidently they were so I drove deeper in to the hubbub in search of pals and something to join in with; fortunately, I happened upon an old (young) pal from the London working days teaching Guilds to Gil Hova and others and, keen that this should go well, I plonked my arse down and heckled for the first 6 rounds. The long, exciting day had finally caught up with me and I took myself off to bed around 11PM; Saturday's itinerary starts with an early meeting comprised of myself, Sheik Allegmatey and his business associates Messrs Ash Brown and Ben Zonntoast so, if you'll excuse me, it's time to take forty winkzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

*the bonce, not the performance!
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Expo-sure - The Man Who Was Thursday

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I managed to duck out of the usual weekly meeting just after 12PM to trundle home for lunch; everything was content in the Boydell household with work going on in the garden, Arthur happily Minecrafting and Benedict on his paper round. I felt less urgency than usual to 'get going' because, well, it was a sunny day and the van was already packed and I'd promised to read some more of Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkhaban to Arthur (we've just gotten to the bit with the Dementor on the Hogwarts Express!) and, most importantly, Mrs B hadn't finished washing my socks and pants yet! As keen as I am to 'Expo the Shit out of the Weekend', I refuse to do so 'commando'.

Anyway, after a cheese sandwich and a mug of strong coffee, I was on the heat-hazy road for 3PM. The van, borrowed from our good friend Julian, is a VW Transporter with a long wheel base...and it rattles like a bastard, so I had to put Definitely Maybe on full volume as a distraction. I remained unphased by the motorway snarl-ups and road-works as these have been a regular feature of my Expo journeys since - ooooh - forever? I arrived, calm and seemingly knowing what I was doing, to find a nice parking spot in Hall 1 (behind the partitions) to unload; Alan and Charlie and Vicki Paull wandered in to view, almost blinding me with their synchronised hi-vis vests, to commence the decanting and trolleying to Stand A8, Hex Street:

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Functional, Serviceable...and all ours.


I bumped in to a few old pals, including some of those credited in the Guilds of London rulebook, and handed out playtester copies in a magnanimous and beneficent manner then let three hours sail by - unnoticed - pulling everything in to shape. The stand is quite rudimentary by Exhibition standards but it's a form we're all acquainted, and pleased, with; as far as I'm concerned, if people have a place to sit down and play AND/OR something visible to buy then I'm content.

Dropping my couple o'boxes off at the still-being-assembled Bring & Buy zone, I took the van to the Exhibitors Car Park and checked in to the Hilton around 8PM. As I feared, my room was at one of the far extremities of the Hotel, so my aching soles flapped-and-shiny-floor-clapped my tired body to its Sanctuary...

...for a quick splash, a change of clothes and back down to the Bar for food, drink and games!

After a chat with Kara (The Bespoke Geek) and a delicious burger, I wandered in to one of the large rooms - last year a Trade Hall - to see what was occuring; at one end I found Efka (No Pun Included), Hemel's Paul, Sam Healey, Tom Vasel and A.N.Other (Tom/Sam's host for the weekend) running through the pre-game rules for Scythe:

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That's Mr Vasel's hand on the right.


Leaving them to their beautifully-themed, elegantly-engineered and fascinating shenanigans (my copy arrives in a couple of months), I joined Mr Paul Grogan (Gaming Rules!) for a couple of hearty rounds of Codenames: Pictures:

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It's Codenames! But with Pictures! And it's Awesome!


Come midnight, I drifted in to the foyer leaving the still-heaving, still-buzzing games room behind me, to find THIS being finished off in the Bar:

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The first 'Guilds' of the show?


I couldn't tarry as I have an early appointment with Mr Wakethehellup on the 'morrow and, hopefully, with his best friend Mr Fred English-Breakfast; if you'll excuse me, it's time to take forty winkzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Tastes Like Checkin'

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I've got to go in to work this morning though, really, I'd rather spend the time with the Half-Term holidays family before driving to Birmingham. When I get to the NEC there'll be the merry dance of getting as close as I can to the Stand to unload all of the stuff - I say 'dance', it's more of a crowded, sweaty push-and-shove TBH. Eventually, we'll wander over to the Hotel and - again - the argy-bargy of checking in will ensue, followed by the humming-and-hurring of where/what shall we eat and IF I'M LUCKY I might get a game of something in. I make it sound so darned glamourous, don't I?



Check list:

In to the Van with:
216 x Guilds of London
70 x Snowdonia with EN pack & Trans-Oz
90 x Bad Grandmas
30 x Ivor the Engine
18 x Easter basket
1 x Trolley!
1 x Bring & Buy Stuff
1 x Nice Cup of Tea prototype
1 x Suitcase (incl. laptop, chargers etc)

Make sure the others have:
- Snowdonia: Seasons
- Paperclip Railways upgrade deck (for peeps with 1st Ed)

All ready!
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P.S. There'll be more on Guilds later today, about lunchtime, so keep an eye out on the BGG News bit
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Cartographers get embarrassed about big empty spaces...

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Popping in to the UK Games Expo this year? It's the biggest and brightest yet and they've just published a map of the Hall (singular) - mighty oaks from little acorns grow:
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Unboxing Guilds of London

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Top o' the Box, to ye.


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Right Back (of the Box) atcha.


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Rules rule.


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Tiles! And, yes, they punch out beautifully (and on the marks!)


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A couple of excellent References.


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Board yet?


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It's a game about card-managed area control, you know?


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The Sprues of London.


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Ready. To. Play!
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Good things come to those who wait...

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Coffin up some cash!

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They've arrived amid half a ton of polystyrene nuggets and that cloying resin stench: the coffins for Snowdonia: The Necropolis Railway & Neuhauser Bockerlbahn:

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Fact Sheet:
Fifty (50) sets of 5 coffins.
£4 (Pound Sterling) per set.
Forty (40) sets available now for National & International delivery (+£2 GBP for the UK, +£4 Europe & RoW - note: these are prices for one set being dispatched)

Thus, for absolute clarity, my next door neighbour needs to pay £4 because s/he can collect by hand; my cousin Angela in Swindon* needs to pay £6 and my dear friend David in Canada has to stump up £8. Pounds Sterling.

Please email tony@surprisedstaregames.co.uk with your order and the Subject 'I love coffins but I'm not a necrophiliac' (or similar); I'll reply with remuneratory instructions.

Now, if you don't mind, I think I'd better go and put some clothes on.

*she also deserves my deepest sympathies
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Pre-ee-ee-pare Ye the Way of the Board...(game)

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Snowdonia: SeasonsI know that the UK Games Expo is still about eight weeks away BUT time flies and we've been scurrying about trying to get everything ready ASAP; if I've learned one thing over the years is that leaving it to the last minute is a TERRIBLE idea. So, I've commissioned 50 sets of Coffins for The Necropolis Railway and have a Shed full of NOT Guilds of London product (yet); all I need now is the latter...and a biiiiiig van.

Oh, and I've got these too:

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Snowdonia: Seasons - 6 card set (the first wave, NO pre-orders - sorry; am planning to get bulk quantities to US/RoW - probably around Essen Spiel time!)


and

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Specials: Shunter & Engine Shed coming to BGG/FB SSG competitions near you.


(I'll be posting up our UK Games Expo 'advert' and prices soon)
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Irksome, interfering, rotten-mouthed, incontinent, curtain-twitching coffin-dodgers...for sale!

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Would you like a copy of Gang de Mémés (aka Bad Grandmas) but cannot wait until / get to the UK Games Expo?

Bad Grandmas is £10 plus postage, as follows:

thumbsup UK: £10 + 2.80 = £12.80

thumbsup Europe: £10 + 4.00 = £14.00

thumbsup US/RoW: £10 + 5.00 = £15.00

Contact us if you're interested:
feedback@surprisedstaregames.co.uk
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