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The Gardens of Earthly Delights

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The Railway A-B-C

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The first in an occasional series:

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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:

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

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

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A couple of special trains...

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weather for the back of the Contract Cards.

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The Tea Gardens...

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

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

Comin' along noice, innit?!
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This is a local railway for local people (we'll have no trouble here)

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The noise that a train makes?!

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A couple of weekends ago, in that moment just after waking, I wiped the 'sleep' from my eyes and scanned the bedroom. I stopped at the Steam Railways 2018 wall calendar (which was still on August, of course) and as my gaze passed along the sleek, shiny length* my mind transposed the carriages and the track to a line of cards with carriages upon them and then, immediately - because the brain's algorithms for memory retrieval are astonishingly-indexed and optimized - I whispered one word: "Fzzzt!". Fortunately, my sudden ejaculation failed to arouse a softly-snoring Mrs B** and I slipped out of the tangled duvet and down to the library room to retrieve my prize.

It's a constant source of vexation that Surprised Stare Games doesn't have more of a general retail presence - especially given we have a game about Ivor the Engine that seems to be like pulling teeth to get in to the Heritage Railway circuit! My Dawn inspiration offered me a smaller, lighter and more accessible avenue in the form of a trains version of Fzzzt! and, so, Fweeep! is born:

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Conceptually, the 'conveyor belt' becomes the track; the robots become train carriages; the 'set icons' become 1st Class, Luggage, Dining and Freight; and the 'zaps' become 'guineas'. Easy-peasy, so let's send the files off to the printer tootie-sweetie! But, wait! Belay that impetuous order! There is still much work to be done!

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You see I don't want just a straight re-theme; equally, I don't want to over-complicate things too much either - I just want to give it a vigorous polish. So, I made some tea and had a good think:

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Fweeep! is absolutely-recognizable as a Fzzzt! variant albeit with a couple of minor adjustments e.g. the lower 'bid power' carriages will also come with a helpful 'When bought...' effect and I've adjusted the VP allocations a tad. I also dug out the 12 card expansion that only made it to the Russian language edition to really mix up the auction rounds. So, in a way, it should be 80% "re-issue" and 20% "re-think".

The next step is to try it out with some non-gamers to see if the theme helps engage them with the mechanics - ah, the game is afoot afweep!

Aside: I had a quick search for alternative 'whistle' onomatopoeiae for the title and was simultaneously delighted and horrified with the results:
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Obviously, someone told 'em I was coming.***


*FFS, people!
**Behave!
***Infants!
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Browsing the World Wide Internets, as I do on occasion, I happened upon a Twittering mentioning the Rt Hon General Sir Lord James Wallis - the loveliest and tallest designer in the known World - that snagged my attention glands:

"Georgian and Victorian Board Games: The Liman Collection book review: A beautiful coffee-table celebration of games from a bygone age" accompanied by the following link: https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/reviews/georgia...

I am, naturally, a complete-and-utter stooge for anything gaming that is old (I still rue not pushing ahead to win the original Diplomacy prototypes on eBay a few years back) and have accrued a bijou collection, particularly in book form. Reading James' review and then scouting through the fleshy, $Trillion folds of The Great Beast Online, I located a copy for the princely sum of £34 (cheaper than a base set of Terraforming Mars and only slightly more expensive than Terraforming Mars: Prelude - all 15 cards of it). Let me reveal, to you, some of the delights contained therein:

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Crivens! Surely 'tis an early Fighting Fantasy?!


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Inside Out: Das Brettspiel?!


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That’s one Hell of a Start Player marker!


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Crumbs! That's a bit grim!


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Victoria was a bit of a hottie, eh?


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I live near the bottom-left of the 'E' in 'GLOCESTER'


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Brass: Birmingham can eff right off!


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40 tiny cards used in one of the games...


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...one of which tickled my fancy.


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Scuffed, but beautiful.


Fancy a copy for yourself? I highly recommend it:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1938461436/ref=oh_aui_de...


Er, hang on a moment?!

...let us return, again, to 'the Giant'...

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*Ouch!*


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Pob beth da

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I always joked that working for the Welsh Government was, when escaping the moribund clutches of Merthyr Tydfil or Cardiff, like a holiday: the Vale of Neath, Cardigan Bay, Snowdonia, Anglesey and Colwyn Bay to name but-a-few.

During my time as chief BA, and over-emotional smart-alec, I visited mountains, passes, viaducts, aquaducts, canals, heritage railways, beaches, bridges and castles; even the odd 'curiously-named village' failed to escape my attention. I've eaten supermarket sandwiches overlooking a black lake, gasped at resplendent valleys and sweated my way up to hilltop obelisk. I went to the cinema, the theatre and the end of a couple Victorian piers. I have stayed there in snowy January and sweltering August and every month else and it has had something soul-warming to offer every time.

And, of course, I played so many board games in a golf club, in pubs and restaurants, and in people's homes. Sooooo many with so many excellent people!

Now that that chapter in my working life has ended, so too has that outstanding fringe benefit. How marvellous, then, that this Summer we'd elected to spend our family holiday in this astounding environment - just one last literal and figurative throw of a North Wales' die! We rented a cottage in the middle of the hills and spent the fortnight on beaches, in forests, amongst the rubbled-ruins of castles and - finally - reaching the summit of the most important mountain in my life.

You have followed me on this adventure throughout and - hopefully - enjoyed it vicariously; I'm not sure that the daily commute to Bristol is going to offer anything near as remarkable but - hey - there are plenty of ways of getting up and down there so we'll wait and see!

Diolch, indeed.
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"I saw this and thought of you"

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I only nipped out to pick up an undelivered package from the Post Office - it was a piece of custom original comic art especially commissioned for Arthur (see below) - and I had to (HAD to) stop off in the Charity Shop on the way back. I HAD to. Really.

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And the Customs-chargeable parcel?

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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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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.

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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?!

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Have a good one, people!

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