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This tweet popped up in my view yesterday:



Goodness! That's a rather glib and sweeping statement, does one not think? I posted this to my FLFG (Friendly Local Facebook Group) and got the usual 50% split in opinion; most of it, admittedly, directed at my response (see below) rather than the OP. As a personal preference, I abhor tie-breakers but try and pop one (max) in to my designs; other designs seem as profligate with their tie-breakers as they are with the contents of the rules themselves! I'm sure there's a fine and worthy discussion to be had...but not "opened" in such a manner.

My response (SP-tagged to lend a mild air of mystery) was:
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I believe I was justified, to-the-point and - yes! - restrained. The World spun on, naturally, despite the priggish huffing, the counter-trolling and the back-slapping; best to get it out of your system before the working week starts again, eh?!


One of the FLFG responses: provocative much?

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The designer’s name is ‘Green’ and it’s spelled fine in the rulebook but - hey! - misprinted on the front cover?! Imagine my horror should Ivor the Engine have rolled off the presses with ‘Tiny Boydell’ or ‘Pete Firmin’ or, Lord love us, ‘Mallfilms’ on the box! Useless.

You may remember that time I opened a new copy of Extra! Extra! and the rotten glue stink nearly asphyxiated me? Didn’t anyone notice the stench on the proof copies or did something shit in the ink feeders on ‘run day’? Hopeless.

(Clarification: this next bit is not specific to a particular game) Bland theme? Naff art? Shoddy components? Lazy proofreading? Zero marketing? Defaulting on royalties? We may be entering a Golden Age of gaming but there's still enormous scope for amateur hour, eyes-on-the-profit bigger than their stomach-to-put-the-effort-in (so-called) "publishers" to really fuck up a Designer's dreams. Disgraceful.
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You have been warned...

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Last chance?
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One more for the road

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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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The Wisdom of Wiener 2

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Despite being so prolific for so long, Wiener was forever the Bridesmaid and never the Bride at the prestigious Spiel des Ohres until, finally, in 2008 he managed to reissue the second edition of a reworking of an original idea that he'd cloned from his earlier catalogue and sweep the stage; that game was, of course, Kolitis: The Way Of The Stools, and would see several lucrative spin-offs in subsequent years.

Today, Wiener is deeply-interested in the integration of the latest technology in to his designs: app versions of his classic products, virtual machines on desktops running iOS and Android emulators so you can play the apps on your personal computers - and, naturally, board game adaptations of those apps (emulated and/or not, I'm a bit confused TBH).

Anyway, here are a few more absolute smashers of wisdom from this most singular and valuable industry resource:









Edit: Oh dear. It seems that folks can't take a joke. Some sacred cows are just a bit too sacred.
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The Wisdom of Wiener

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Everyone knows Wiener Kictzartia - with his collection of comedy cufflinks and his bright-green beard - and you've probably got at least one of his games in your collection; the man is a game-designing machine!

You Phat Tigers! (tile-laying in the jungle), Amen, Ray! (also known as Culties (Church-building in the Wild West), The Great Whale Vagina (dexterity), Lost Settees (furniture set collection) and, of course, I Don't Know Much About Art, But I Know What I Like: The Board Game of the Card Game of the Dice Game!

Despite having a name that sounds all foreign and that, Wiener was born in the UK and designed his first game while still a toddler! Apparently, it was a Chess variant utilizing cuddly toys and his grandmother's patchwork quilt: Zebra takes Noddy; Rupert Bear to Big Bird-4 Check! and so on. Recently, one of his nephews told him about the Internet and he's been taking his first (tentative) tweeting steps by offering some bite-size advice to other budding designers; with his kind permission, I shall be replaying some of the invaluable nuggets in this blog:




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(converted from the Facebook Live video)
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YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP!

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AH, DAMN YOU!

GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!


It's finally happened: it's Doomsday!



I've loaded up the car and driven, pell-mell, in to the woods because, apparently, I have a special cabin there!

Want to find out what I took with me?

Then, listen...



http://fivegamesfordoomsday.libsyn.com/tony-boydell
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Out of sight is out of mind

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In one corner of my library room is a comfy chair backed by stuffed shelves and a stack of papers, tin trains and my giant, custom-built Agricola box. Tucked even further, in the depths of the bottom-most shelves, is a rack of books, magazines and scrapbook folders. I happened across this long-forgotten, dusty recess by accident ie. by accidentally kicking over my pint glass of squash and having to shift everything to mop it up!

I pulled one of the scrapbooks out and began flicking through the display folder leaves; wow! I've not seen this lot for almost 10 years! Ideas, drafts and finals for what would eventually become Fzzzt! and, in the 2nd edition, the Fzzzt! Expansion Pack:






Only six Mechanics made it to cardboard but the full eight look pretty cool as a set :-)


Thank goodness for clumsy feet!
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