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Minnellium 2000!

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It hardly seems like three years since I crossed the magic 1000 posts line only, now, to find myself - chest thrust out against the shiny tape - pressing home the 2000! Only one other BGG blog has been this way before me and that's Eric's BGG News which had a head start, to be fair (but I'm catching him albeit very slowly).

Qn. Is there anyone who's been with me since the beginning*

I've laughed, cried, ranted, travelogued, designed (and designer diary-ed), japed, "session reported", surreal-ed, rumoured and generally muscled my way in to your mornings (or your last thing at nights) since 2011 and yet I still can't get any love from The Geek Weekly! I get (much) love from you folks, though, and that's the (second) best kind of Love of all.

Qn. Why don't people thumb humorous posts with Polls/Quizzes in?



Just like when its one's birthday on a work day, it is I who have brought along some treats!

First up, for those of you who are still having - or who just got the game and are about to have - problems with Guilds of London's iconography, I've done a couple of helpful markup sheets. Simply print on to A4 sized labels, cut out and then affix to the bottom of each card before sheathing in the branded sleeve of your choice:




(If my GoL expansion ever sees the light of day, I'll be sure and get these done on transparent, sticky plastic)




Qn. What is your favourite post evva?

Secondly, I have been awfully selfish in my persistent banging on about "having a shed" (and the need thereof/therein/wheretofore), so I've made some up for Snowdonia and they come in a variety of first-come first-served flavours:


Costs are varying (there is no defined order, just choose the one you want). Your 3rd worker costs 1 coal, but if you pay an extra coal you get your 3rd worker AND you may take a contract card from the selection - if you do take a card, replace it immediately from the top of the deck. During train maintenance you must discard a contract card you possess or lose the train Shed.




Finally, here's a special edition from Boydell's FLGS:

Quote:

(we are in a FLGS; you can tell because it smells of stale farts and pizza dough even though you’re just reading a description of it on-screen. There are a variety of new releases in the display window along with a sign that says: “Don’t ask because we don’t have: Gloomhaven, any 7 Wonders Dual promos, that game with the ‘tits’ in).”. The cashier is stood behind the counter trying to release his hand from the counter-top, to which it has been stapled)

Doorbell: Ding-dong-dong-ding. Dong-ding-ding-dong.

Customer: (brushing dry leaves from his shoulders) Good afternoon.

Cashier: (looking up; covers stuck hand with a tea-towel) Ah, yes. Good afternoon, Sir! Can I help at all?

Customer: (chuckling, he takes a piece of folded paper from his breast pocket and opens it) Yes, indeed; I very much hope so! Do you have...Whorer Et Labora?

Cashier: Do you mean Ora Et Labora...by Uwe Rosenberg?

Customer: No, I mean Whorer Et Labora by Duvet Rosenbonk. It's about building and running a place of ill-repute.

Cashier: We haven't got any games by Duvet Rosenbonk

Customer: It's about placing your workers in to empty action slots...mostly.

Cashier: That's as may be, sir, but we don't have it.

Customer: You must have heard of Fields of Arse?

Cashier: No, sir.

Customer: A Fist for Odin? (the cashier glares at the customer) - I see. How about games by Richard Breese?

Cashier: Why, yes, we DO have games by him.

Customer: Deflower?

Cashier: Key-flower, sir.

Customer: No, Deflower. Or Inhabit My Berth?

Cashier: (confused) How are you spelling "Breese", sir?

Customer: B - R - I - E - F - S. The 'F' is silent.

Cashier: (annoyed) Of course it is.

Customer: (looks at list again) I'll try another des-

Cashier: (catching on) Before you ask, "sir", we don't have any games by "Stiff 'un" Feld or Anal R. Moon or Ign-arse-y Trevijerk or Reiner Ker-tits-ia or Alexander Fister or Phil Wanker-Harding or -

Customer: (interrupting) Eric Wang?

Cashier: (fed up) No, sir; and now I am going to have to ask you to leave -

(the cashier tries to walk around the counter but his hand his still stuck to the countertop; he tugs extra hard and the hand is freed - the staple pings off and hits the doorbell)

Doorbell: ting!

Customer: Wait! Wait, I want to buy -

Cashier: (hustling the customer toward the door) Out!

Customer: Tony Boydell?

Cashier: What? (he pauses his pushing)

Customer: Tony Boydell - do you have any games by Tony Boydell?

Cashier: Not "Boney Toydell"? Not "Tony Bordello"?

Customer: No.

Cashier: (dusts himself off; notices there is a huge hole in the middle of his staple-less hand) Er...well I've got a copy of (reaches down to pick something up and shows it to the customer) this?


PAUSE

Question: What game did he show the customer?**





So, there you have it: two bloody thousand posts***.

-phew-

Can I stop yet?

*excluding anyone who has died or been imprisoned, naturally.
**there shall be a prize for the best answer
***Of course, I'm expecting peeps to thumb the 'flip' out of this post!
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Boffo was out at a Work's "team building" day somewhere in Herefordshire - probably trying to get an egg from one end of a cow to the other using nothing but paperclips and reflective listening - which meant an original playtesting sesh of Snowdonia: Foothills betwixt himself and his good lady wife Smudge (watched by me) was postponed for yet another week. However, never one to miss an opportunity to fight over a placement spot, Smudge and I decided to get stuck in while the hubby was off doing his 'bonding' or whatever the fuck 'facilitators' call it nowadays.



I have been making various tweaks in recent months, most notable of which was trying to unblock what had become a rather turgid tit-for-tat over space 1 of the BUILD action; it all felt too restrictive and a little claustrophobic, so I added a Agricola-style "Do X then, if you want, Y" to the track-laying action (Lay 1 Track and then build 1 space in that Station) plus adapting the next action (BUILD) so it offered a discount of 1 iron/stone. Landscaping some of the 'paired' stations so that one track opens up a couple of building sites also - in theory - releases the too-tightness of that aspect.


Above, right: My surveyor made it to the top of Snowdon at the end of the game!


Play was brisk and we achieved a LOT of stuff - which was satisfying in itself - and a modified EVENTS track didn't gobble up as many stations whole, which also felt it was between us two humans (mostly). I thought I'd romped it, to be honest, with four of my six contracts guaranteed and the others almost a shoo-in until Smudge blasted out ALL THREE of the bridges at Devil's Bridge (not viz above, sorry) to deny me ELEVEN (11) full points!!! Not even my replacement bus service-load of passengers (also 11) could save me from an outrageously-hairs-breadth defeat: 23 to 22.5!



I shall sleep on it and see how I feel in the morning (er...this morning now); for the moment, though, I feel like another barrier has been broken down! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
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By way of some calming therapy - after the stark horror of my recently-acquired railway crashes book (!) - here's my take on a 'Parly' for my beloved (relaxing) Snowdonia:



As part of the Foundry action (C), you can convert 1 Iron Ore to a Penny as a mini-action (in addition to the other usual Foundry mini-actions) - use rubble from supply to represent pennies and store them on this train; your third worker comes out of the Pub for the price of a Penny. Pennies are worth a point each at the end of the game.
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Love on a Branch Line

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Are you a fan of Snowdonia?

Would you like an online resource that brings all of the information about scenarios, promos, spin-offs and other sundry snippets together?

Would you, as a voracious completist, like to take a reality punch to your figurative tits and see exactly how many goodies you will never be able to get your hands on?

Then why not visit Snowdonia Central:




https://www.snowdoniacentral.co.uk/

A comprehensive (and, I won't deny it, hypnotic) home for all of the above, and more, from Giles Bennett.

Pop on over and have a browse!


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We have a first batch of 500 of these beauties arriving on Friday!
(I'll have to wait by the door to load them safely in to the Shed)

The Cousins' War by David J. Mortimer

The Cousins' War by David J. Mortimer

They will be available at the UK Games Expo (next weekend!!!) for the bargain, convention-special, price of just:

£12!!!!

(and, don't forget, you get Snowdonia and Guilds of London promos in the box for FREE)

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Last Night an SdJ Saved My Life

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Many profuse and effervescent and heartfelt congratulations to this year's nominees for the Spiel des Jahres:

Kingdom In O
The Maze one
Something from Knizia that no-one's heard of before*!

Well-deserved, I'm sure of it! Yes, indeed: marvelous stuff!

Though I've not played any of them; in fact, I don't think I've even SEEN any of them played in my company OR on any shelves in shops I have visited OR mentioned in any social media circles in which I harass frequent but I am certain that they're absolutely top-hole, ticketty-boo and stonkingly-tonking!

Now, while these shining stars in the Germanian firmament belch forth their atmosphere-stripping ion clouds** of family-friendly fun, of lightweight ludological laffs and kinfolk-komforting keine-komplexity, it's easy to overlook the other fine (FINE!) products hovering (daintily, coyly) on the Recommended list:

Pass The Bum: Shite Games have finally made the big time! PtB is a simple little pick-up-and-deliver-er where a city map layout is randomly seeded, during set up, with bums (pink-as-a-cock cubes), hobos (corpse grey cubes), tramps (piss-yellow cubes) and mendicants (vomit green cubes); each is given a 'need' indicated by their location: ethanol, 'some smokes', Donkey Porn, a cardboard box and/or "a good shoeing". Players score veeps for supplying the need with the appropriate resource(s) and wild card "Why don't you just fuck off and die?!" chits are also available. A bold choice in the list, for sure, but one that chimes with modern times.

Wooooooh: Shake the Table and Rattle the Lamps!: Hilarious Psychic-themed dexterity game - I suppose you could call it "Medium Weight" (!) - where players compete to be the first to accidentally summon Beelzebub and his Hellish Lieutenants (pronounced 'left-enants') before being covered in Ectoplasm***!

Herr Blockade und seine magischen Anus von Worten: (translation: "Mr Block's Magical Word Box") Token word game for the grandmothers; a bit like Scrabble but with suppositories.

What a wonderful time to be a gamer and no mistake!





*well, at least not with this name and art work.
**Er...probably NOT the allusion I intended...
***not to be confused with "The Big Bukkake of Madness", also from Shite Games
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Git orf moy lahnd!

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I can't remember if I've showed you this before, dear thing, so I'll show it to you again just in case.

Back in the mists of the noughties, Agricola was brand new and had a couple of small expansions (probably the Cz and the X decks); as a game designer, bolstered by the incalculable success of Copperwtaddle, Bloody Legacy and Scandaroon, I looked at these small-but-perfectly-formed thematic add-ons and thought:

"I can do that!"

The arrogance is astounding, isn't it? Anyway, this was pre- play-agricola.com pumping out the playtesting of what would subsequently be World Champs, Gamer and Pi decks, the Fr deck et al and also waaaaaay pre-railway-up-a-mountain stuff. I thought it would be tres amusent to put together a GB (Great Britain) deck: lots of in-jokes about Tea, Stephen Fry, Crap Tennis, Doctor Who, Rain and so on.

How I (and only I) laughed.


Sundry mimps.



Miscellaneous Occs.



O! Martin, Martin...


Of course, nowadays, it's probably more appropriate to come up with the following:



*sigh*
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Better with Beef!

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Board Game boxes made better with beef?





Now you..?

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He's unitary perfect and highly composite

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Today 'Congratulations' are in order to Mr Alan Paull because his corporeal self is
60 (sixty)
years old!



Well done, that man!

It's been 20 years since we first met up at the Pub in Cheltenham to play Magic: The Gathering and I found out that you were a bona fide "game designer" (Siege, Thunderin' Guns, Starship Tycoons, City of Sorcerers, Tara, Seat of Kings and Confucius)!
How time has flown and how much we've all achieved with Surprised Stare Games Ltd; chapeau, monsieur!

Love from Tony.
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You know that thing about Terraforming Snowdonia I did a few days ago..?

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Well, here ya go:



Cost = 1 Steel (!).
Whenever you excavate, you excavate like Events do ie. one space per point of Work Rate rather than one cube.
However, you cannot further affect the number of cubes you take with Contract Card effects.
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