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Wish You Were Here

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Today, I am wending my merry way along the railways of The Marches to Manchester and the commencement of my bijou Snowdonia holiday; this is, of course, the holiday funded by three lucky individuals during the Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set Kickstarter a year ago (!). For a generous (but excellent value given the agenda) amount of $, they got to have a North Wales break with yours truly - indeed, had they pledged at the next level up (sayeth Boffo at The Plough Inn) they could've made me stay at home (badomp-tish!).

Anyway, here's what's in store for the six days (the weather forecast is 'stable' BTW):

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I shall be bringing the laptop so expect the usual bloggage.
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The weather forecast (and quite a few folks around me) had prophesied a wet weekend so when the sun came out and the skies remained mostly-blue, Arthur and I sneaked away for an hour to the Ledbury Car Boot! The clouds stayed away and Arthur was thrilled to locate some quality Lego (an X-Wing and 3-in-1 creator) kits for a total of 35 quid. I managed to snag an ex-library, Fifth printing copy of Diamonds Are Forever complete with slip cover and protective plastic sheath (oo-er, missus!) for a quid. Bargain, indeed.

By mid afternoon, the warmth and the dry were still very much in evidence so I set off for an amble to Oxenhall via the remains of the Daffodil Line:

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The under-area of the road bridge - in private hands - has been extensively cleared and it looks a rather spiffing clearing. I wandered to the lane to see the house to which this secret place is attached and began a lengthy daydream about this being the venue for my Museum! I imagined laying a short length of rail running under the bridge and then getting a steam engine to rest upon it; then I would erect a greenhouse around it all and turn it into a an exhibition space. Of course, I would then negotiate with the landowners with a view to securing a walking (cinder) path all the way to the old Newent Station site: puzzles, information boards and ephemera scattered along the route.

I noted a large, fallow field over the lane that would serve marvelously for car parking; the iron 'Gloucester Corporation' gates could be replaced with something GWR-ish and the house would be given over to my (and my pals') burgeoning collection of games and gaming artifacts!

As if to send me a small signal of approval, Fate delivered a new find in the Summer-shallowing stream - a soup pot?

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Edit: It's a Porringer Pot for Provost Oats - thanks to Entwife for spotting the text around the rim!
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The out-of-town location and the simple-but-mouldable potential had me rapt for a happy, becalmed 90 minutes; not even a handful of grumpy 'watch out!' car horn toots could break my mellow mood.

It rained in the early evening, of course; much too late to spoil yet another tranquil weekend.
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Keeping the flame alive!

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Spring is springing and our thoughts, naturally, turn again to love upcoming conventions: UK Games Expo, Origins, GenCon and many more. One convention that most of us are unlikely to attend - but is no less significant because of this - is the 3rd Uganda Village Game Convention:



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Aside from the usual board game try-outs, art arena, RPG and LARP sessions, the organisers - ie. the children - have planned some spectacular additional events:

A demonstration 7-player event for Twilight Imperium III, "which...will have centre stage in our brick shelter!"

2 vs 2 X-Wing tournament, which will introduce the children to miniatures for the first time

A Burley Games Treasure Island tournament.

A This War of Mine "How long can you last?" competition for older children. Reading will be a pre-qualification to participate in this brilliant game.

"How to make your own Omweso set" plus the Gulu Youth Omweso Championship.

A board game design workshop (for which I, Tony, am a Judge!!!)

How utterly, completely and overwhelmingly fan-bloody-tastic is all of the above? Education, fun, socializing and a healthy dose of ambition too!

As always, I don't feel I'm doing enough by just posting a few blogs about this soul-enriching endeavor so - this time - I made use of my recent Game Design Weekend (with pals Ben 'Boffo' Bateson and Matt Green) to brainstorm a small-but-perfectly-formed game...and it was Boffo who steered us in to the daft valley of 'matchstick railways' OR, as I have now determined: Firebox!

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Each matchbox 'set' contains the components for a single player and the range is for 3 to 6 players:

In summary: you all have five minutes to lay out your obstacles (tunnel, mountain) and your six stations and your matches to connect/build through/build over them and those of your opponents. Once connected, you can ship passenger dice to their home (pip count) stations ANYWHERE you can reach...the further and more elaborate the journey, the more points you score!

So how does when get hold of this astounding box of delights? Everyone who donates £30 or more will be able to get copies according to this handy summation:

£30 : Three copies of a Firebox 'box' - enough for 3 players)

£40 : Four copies of a Firebox 'box' - enough for 3 or 4 players!

£50 : Six (a complete set) of Firebox 'boxes' - enough for 3 to 6 players!

£100 : Two complete sets of Firebox 'boxes' - enough for 3 to 6 (or 12!) player PLUS a set of six 'hand-drawn by Tony' landscape sheets (that's a piece of coloured-in A4 to you, my dears)

Now that's got to be a real incentive to show your love and admiration?!

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Yeah, baby; yeah!

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Things My Careers Teacher Never Told Me About pt 142

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My latest acquisition: an 1880s, eighth edition in lovely condition for the princely sum of just £25 - particularly handy in that I recently sold a signed Patti Smith book for about the same so it's quid pro quo, or something:

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*snigger* "Ramsbottom" *chuckle*


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Choo-choo!
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It's all in the wrist

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It's nowhere near April 1st so I must, therefore, assume that an advert I saw yesterday for Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write is a bona fide 'thing'.

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My initial reaction was to cough up a nugget of my cheesy pasta bake, sauced in stomach acid and cheap red wine and - as I was wiping the unfortunate, 'in trajectory' guinea pig down with a stinky dishcloth - it got me to thinkin': do I have a roll-and-write game in me? And if I do, would they believe that I just sat on one accidentally when I report to Accident & Emergency?

The key requisites of a good* roll & write are
a) a number of dice (preferably 'custom', to appeal to the shallow spendhappy who feels that regular polyhedra are a lazy production-scrimping cut-back);
b) a generous pad of pre-printed papers OR a wipe-clean board;
c) a mechanism for applying ink/graphite to (b) for the purposes of game tracking and final scoring; and,
d) a decision as to whether the dice are 'shared' or 'personal'.

Aside: If you can possibly bot fly larva an existing Property then all the better; if you can 'kill' a similar R&W in the process too then that counts as a double win!

Locking myself in the library room with 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Soundtrack LP by John Williams & The London Philharmonic Orchestra' on permanent loop**, I stared out of the window at my neighbour's Sunburst Porch Light(TM) and mulled. The closest contenders in my cogitatory pensivication were Snowdonia (naturally, inevitably) and Guilds of London; my notebook sang to the frenetic scribble of my bulk-bought gel rollerball.

For Snowdonia, the tableau would represent a specific railway configuration - thus lending itself to a series of expansion pads in the future - with the die affording the usual Snoddish actions: Excavate, Resources, Track and Building. I'd quite like weather and events to play a part, still, so they could be GLOBAL-affecting dice (a different colour?) while the rest would be personal to the active player. I might throw in the option for all the other players to use one of the dice too, just to stop them from looking at their phones / complaining that "It's all at the whim of bones"/"Why didn't I roll a double Navvy, FFS!". Every notable game needs a tag line to remember, so how about: "Righting the Rails on the Rolling hills" or "Snow-dice-ia" or "Bandwagon-jumping cash-grab...in the Mountains of Wales"?

For Guilds of London, how about having the Guild tiles but a third of the size and with a wipe-clean surface; select a square of 9 at random. Players roll Meeple dice and Action dice and allocate the latter to the former, inking the appropriate squares and claiming the appropriate elements on their deluxe score pads. With their deluxe marker pens. There is, of course, a beautiful consequence of R&W-ing Guilds in that the dice absolutely HAVE to have iconography all over them: revenge at last, my pretties - the haters will suck it happily without even noticing! Finally, how about "London: City of Bones", "Cubes - not Dudes - on this Map" or "Party-crashing, market-saturating lucre-pump"?

I'd gotten this far when Mrs B and the older kids called me in to the Sitting Room for Saturday Night Film Club; this evening it was to be The Silence of the Lambs and it was about half-way through before I realised the movie was an elaborate metaphor for the genre: gross cannibalism and/or making a horrifying product out of the best bits of others. And bones.

*I use the word 'good' in the context of an industry-accepted metric of a games worth and NOT as an expression of my own delight in this woe-begotten genre of play.
**the side ends; I get up and flip the vinyl over; repeat
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Island Life

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I can already hear Boffo's grumbling from here but it doesn't stop me mulling design stuff over in my head; after all, I do a LOT of driving to-and-from work, so it's either that or singing along to Radio 1 and nobody wants to hear my Nicki Minaj. No-one.

So taken have I been with our progress on 2019's Foothills, that I'd begun jotting down ideas for a sequel: Island Rails. At the time - we're talking Spring - it was just a fuzzy jumble of tidbits but, over the course of the year, it has been coming in to sharp focus. This week I finally took myself off to a corner of the Library room to gather my notes and PnP the first fruits:


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Island Rails introduces a fourth resource - Minerals (which are slightly-scarcer than Passengers) - and Ships (watery trains!). I've also been a little more ambitious with the Surveyor action spaces and the station space costs ie. to suit players who are now familiar with the way the game works.

An expansion should enhance and develop the ideas of the Base and 'Island Rails' does that while remaining anchored (pun intended) to the core mechanisms. Ideally, I'd like a second set of the A-E action cards but that will come in time; for now, there's plenty to be going on with in play-testing!
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Mrs B: (exasperated) Just _STOP_ buying stuff!!!

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At the weekend...yadda

...walk to town...blah

...charity shops...rhubarb

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(lovely 1970s edition)

...the 'private owner' books are just sketches of wagons...

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...page after page after page...

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...after page after page...

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...except for one photograph:

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Later, these little beauties arrived courtesy of the postman who wanders in and leaves parcels on the stairs without asking:

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How can you possibly contain your excitement?

And then these turned up...all the way from Taiwan (and my good artist & gaming acquaintance Hacko!):

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I think I may need more than a finger to plug this particular dike*



*ah-ah-ah! Don't say it!
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I was walking the dog and I saw it poking out...

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(that last pic is something Mrs B picked up for me)


...so I dug it up and gave it a wash!

What is it, you might ask? Well, thanks to some bright sparks on Facebook it seems I'd discovered an inkwell:

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Imagine the missives from the Newent Stationmaster to (Regional) Head Office, the updating of the daily log books, the on-and-off staffing, accident reports and everyday events on the Daffodil Line. I've been browsing the site of the old station for years in the hope of unearthing something antique and, this time, I struck figurative gold!

I'll be back there on Friday...with a shovel.
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The Temptation of St. Anthony

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