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...walking.

And walking.

And walking.

And walking!



I haven't been up since 1974.

I brought my Surveyor with me.

I am so excited I could, literally, puke!

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It seems that I am always the last to know.



Trying to find out more, but...if it ain't (print) ready then it ain't (print) ready.

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Now, I may be reading things into it and seeing things that aren't there but watching Gary's intro to the Ragnar Brothers' latest promotional video - titled in the YouTubes as "The Romans - The last roll of the dice for the RBs" - made me feel enormously sad. Especially when he opens the overview with "...to tell you a little bit about what may be our least game..."



Perhaps most famous for the classic History of the World, many people have never realised that it's actually an autobiographical game: they have been around for THAT long - civilizations have risen-and-fallen while they got us all mania-ed about canals and moulded up those amusing 'flashing' monk-eeples in Monastery. It matters not whether your donkey is steam-powered or 'au naturelle', the 'Rags' (as no one calls them ) have been fighting the good gaming fight for almost three millennia and the thought of not having their I.K. Brunel-costumed personages cheerfully halloo-ing one across the Trade Halls fills me with melancholy.

In today's noisy, chrome-obsessed hurricane of puffery and short attention spans, the RB's brand of 80s-style chit-and-die histories-in-a-box / gentlemanly Euros have been receiving short-shrift. So, here's the deal: if you like medium-weight Euros with a classical fight-y edge, why not give them a shout and see if you can scrounge a play-test copy/a demo and give The Romans some of your time and love?

You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone...
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The WTF?-le Brothers

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To me, to you...to WHERE?!


Still no news on Fraser, Gordon and their magnum opus* of Aardmanian proportions and we're fast approaching what will be the third Essen Spiel without the Lamont bros. With the rate the Spiel is expanding - almost in proportion with the Fragor Games' game boxes themselves - they'd be hard pushed to find a space in Duisberg let alone Essen itself...unless that ENORMOUS new Messe frontage is being custom-built for the display copy?

As someone who blog-blurts out any piece of news at the drop of a hat (because I get so excited I just can't help myself**), it feels an oddly self-eviscerating move to go for nigh-on two years without a single peep, press release or micro-update; there's no game entry in the BGG DB and it was 2015 that their website last got a refresh! A loyal following they have, for sure, but are they enough to power a Kickstarter campaign to splendid fruition? Is the (Oscar winning) Wallace & Gromit license strong enough to attract an international crowd in sufficient quantity?

In short, where the Grand Day Out-ing, Wrong Trouser-ed, Closely-Shaved, Matter of Loaf and Death fuck are they?! The silence (like that mountain from A Game of Gnomes) is crushing!

*almost EVERYTHING is 'magnum' from the boys TBH
**in hobbygame circles, this is known as 'Premature e-Circulation'
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We've been playing a lot of The Black Overcoat Game recently and aside from everyone managing to win at least one session...



...Arthur and Benedict have been re-designing the odd bit-and-piece. It's great: already we've sorted the set up (so it encourages more varied exploring) and they're designing new cards to go in to the main deck e.g. 'UFO' ("Move to any location in the house or grounds immediately but discard all of your objects in play at the location you have just left"), 'Carpet of Lego' ("cannot enter/pass thru a location without taking damage")!

#prouddad #wheresmeroyalties? #yourdarlingskillyou!
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Place your workers. Do stuff. Repeat.

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A week ago it was bright and hot and nothing much was occurring in the Boydell hooss until a scheduled evening family BBQ so, alone and with a pocket full of change, I trundled over to the Batesons' for a brunch playtest session. The Malta Railway scenario was birthed in the flustered excitement of the KS campaign and it took me but a P.M (under a shady tree) to blast out a first PPTX prototype:



The main points - if you missed them - are:
Makes use of the deluxe set custom -eeples for Water, Daffodils and Dynamite
Has tunnels and regular track - including a parallel track section
Has 'Bus' events in the contract deck that make the work rates progressively better (it's hot in Malta)

I focused on the new elements - particularly the Museum-station's set collection requirements and stole a fine wine over the other two with their trains and their more traditional Contract approach, which bodes well. Some excellent observations - nothing of any major consequence but all helping to polish the scenario.

Its always obligatory - and in no way a chore - to slip in a game of Agricola when at Lilliput*, so we dealt out the Agricola: Bielefeld Deck (a recent gift from me to them) and some standard cards for a draft:


Bingo! One pig successfully propelled in to it's sty!



Another prize-winning farm from Uncle Tony


We paused for a snack lunch; they scoffing crackers and creamy Isle of Wight Camembert while I tucked in to a generous bowl of bulger and veggies whipped up on the spur of the moment by amateur chef Boffo:


Fresh, textural and delicious - yum!


While we munched and crunched, a quick boat trip around the Norwegian fjords happily closed this impromptu session; no photo of my victorious board (a clean sweep!) as I had somewhere to be and my generous hosts were now sick of the sight of me.

*the name of their house.
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Aaaaaaaaaaaand rest!

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Me and Mrs B were watching a BBC iPlayer episode of Who Do You Think You Are with gender-bending, 1980s pop sensation and renowned heroin addict Boy George. Well, she was watching it while I was relentlessly-refreshing the Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set Kickstarter page to see if we'd break the $450,000 milestone. We didn't quite make it - or the 1000% of funding target goal - but we came DAMN CLOSE and (I hope) we'll edge closer/over it when the Pledge Manager goes live in September. My audible sigh of relief, when the status changed, made Mrs B miss a spoken comment and we had to send iPlayer back 15 seconds to catch it properly.

Naturally, my emotions are a bit all over the place at the moment; it's been quite the ride over the last 3 weeks. The campaign - planned and executed by the biggest, most bear-like individuals (NSKN) I have ever had the pleasure to meet - has been exemplary: quite the best KS campaign I've had the pleasure to follow. The wit and quality of the promotional videos, the delightful thematic side-arms of translated-to-the-Welsh phrases and Wales-themed recipes and that wonderfully-breadcrumbed trail of brilliant stretch goals...

just WOW!

Let me try a summarise exactly what one would get for one's $100 (£75) incl. P&P:
the game
ALL of the published scenarios
Five NEW scenarios
Custom meeples with double-sided printing on
Custom -eeples for Daffodils, Water, Dynamite, Oxygen, Goats and an Abominable Snowman
A double-sided board big enough to lay the cards on too
A new Automa solo variant
EVERY promo card I ever designed/donated for the game - EVERY SINGLE ONE!
NEW promos from TWELVE designers!
NEW promos from TWELVE players!!
Custom wooden markers for the Excavation (shovel and axe) and Track work rates
Custom insert in a double-sized box
New box art

And over four-and-a-half thousand pledgers have come aboard according to the campaign, but it's actually more because of the hundreds and hundreds of group buy participants.

We even made the Welsh news:


What the actual strawberry-flavoured, gluten free, low-calorie FUCK?!

The adrenalin is slowly ebbing but the work goes ever onward: I've already had a design conversation with Dávid Turczi about the automa, the Malta Railway is being play-tested and the competition winners (12 of them) are finalising their designs with me on the Geeklist (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/243738/snowdonia-desi...).

I've never been so happy to be so busy in my life: bring it on, my friends!
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The results are in:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/243738/snowdonia-desi...

Man, it was a real struggle picking the winners from all the great entries!
So much, in fact, that we'll be printing TWELVE of them instead of SIX!!!
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Another day, another video - eh?

Last night, the Heavy Cardboard peeps paid their own bijou tribute to the British artistic legend Mr Peter Firmin by playing a copy of my Ivor the Engine game. First introduced to the craft, beauty and wonder of Smallfilms through Nick Case's forthcoming magnificent octopus Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog, Edward Uhler has been exposed to both of our enthusiastic remembrances and decided - in this humble way - to pay tribute himself. Of course, I would be expected to join the Peanut Gallery and be on hand to offer on-the-spot rules clarifications and/or berate their appalling Welsh pronunciation (both of which I ended up doing!) BUT - and this is the big 'but' - broadcast time was 0200HRS UK time! Two o' the clock of the morning, mes petits chiens: it was dark outside and everything!

I had fastidiously set an alarm and was roused to confusion; I was halfway to getting my trousers on before remembering that I was up for play-thru and NOT to get off to work. I slunk to the Library Room with the laptop and heavy lids for some serious trans-Atlantic heckling:



I would suggest that 'the teach' may have taken slightly-longer than the actual game itself but, then, I never said ItE was heavy - no, it's just got a lot of sentimental Mass; a surfeit of emotional density. There ain't much space between the electron shells of this nostalgia! Watch and, hopefully, enjoy; catch some of my good-natured 'chat' ribbing and raise an imaginary chapeau to Messrs Postgate and Firmin: reunited, at last, to cobble together a joyous interlude in a shed just inside (and to the right of) The Pearly Gates.
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Things are free-wheeling a bit in the Boydell household at the moment; two of the three boys have 'finished school' for the Summer already and are getting under Mrs B's feet. Arthur has but a couple more days before that great, long-stretching holiday gap betwixt years 5 and 6 (his last at 'Primary School' *gulp*).

For myself, bits and pieces are beginning to acrete about the Library room in awkward places because I have run out of shelf space again (again!) plus all of this Kickstarter excitement has me poring through my collection of railway books for quirky/eclectic inspiration. To be honest, as long as the carpet is kept clean I'm pretty happy in the room regardless of the detritus.



My "proper" diet continues a-pace - four months now - and I have succeeded in losing over two stones (neither of them 'gall' nor 'kidney', thank you); indeed, my new Access-All-Areas work Pass shows a tanned and jovial Tony not seen since - ooh - the late 1990s?!



Have a good one, people!

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