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I've been noodling about with images for my *fweeep* prototype in the style of the Railway ABC ie. hand-painting (digitally) over the top of an image/images. It reminds me of the classic, screen-printed railway excursion posters and I thought they'd look pretty damn nifty shrunken down to the size of a playing card.

The four images for the 'basic' train types took me about an hour each on a quiet, damp Sunday afternoon; the remaining types PLUS re-working the players' starting hands (after feedback from Spiel testing) will probably take the same time again.

Sample of a 'Before' page:



Sample of an 'After' page:

(Yes, I know the text needs sorting)

It makes all the difference though, doesn't it?
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Reprinting Scandaroon

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The Temptation of St. Anthony

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The Gardens of Earthly Delights

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surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise surprise



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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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Putting the 'T' in to Tuesday!

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More tidbits from the elves working on Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea:


The box with a slight twist (and, yes, it should be 1-5 and 60-90 mins)


More train designs because Alubari has quite a lot 'in the (fire) box'!


A couple of special trains...


weather for the back of the Contract Cards.


The Tea Gardens...


More town 'pop-outs' for the main board!


A sheet of standard icons (and you know how I love icons!)

Comin' along noice, innit?!
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Q-Jumpers

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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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Getting some artistic training

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After the frenzied Kickstarter campaign in July, the NSKN Games peeps have been awfully busy working on the Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set! They've been laying things out, have engaged young up-and-comer Dávid Turczi to do a solo automa AND a new artist to pep up / remove the copyright infringements of my bloggish promos:



They're releasing them in small batches (and I've seen a lot more than these - ha!), so rest assured there'll be a few more updates like this over the next 6 months!
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Can you guess what I'm holding in my hand..?

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...that's right: it's a book*. Not just ANY book, either; no, it's a new entrant in my collection of game-related tomes. In fact, several books have crossed the Boydell transom in the last few days and some are presented below.





Of particular interest, however, is this weighty little beauty from 1876:





Spurred on by a blog comment from West Walesian - and occasional Ross-on-Wye-r - Phil Dennis, I sought the World Interwebs for a copy of The Sports & Pastimes of the English People. Ebay is, simultaneously, a dear friend and a bitter enemy; the whole transaction took less than 10 seconds to complete and now I (tremblingly) hold it in my sweaty palm (still a book).

For the price of JASE, this musty and crackle-paged time machine figuratively drips with charm, earnestness and wit; for the equivalent of a couple of Terraforming Mars expansions, two thousand years of Britannic arsing-about, time-wasting and leisure pleasures have been collected in this joyful package.

















Comprehensively gorgeous, extensively lovely and utterly precious.

*of course, in my other hand is my knob.
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In Logo Parentis

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How about this for a new Surprised Stare Games Ltd logo?

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