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Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer, Agricola fanboy and jealous admirer of Carl Chudyk. www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk

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Please note: all of the above artwork is courtesy of the astonishing Italian illustrator Walter Molino; if you want to see more of this kinetic work then have a quick scan of this Pinterest thing: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/josephrwebb/walter-molino-illust...
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It's YOUR fault, you know; time to dig a bit deeper in to those pockets, you misers!

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Maybe they're getting lazy and, just maybe, we're finally seeing through their pretty plastic/naff actual game bullshit?
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a lick of paint

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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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The Temptation of St. Anthony

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The Gardens of Earthly Delights

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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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(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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