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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:






*snigger* "Ramsbottom" *chuckle*












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'.



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:





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


(lovely 1970s edition)

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



...page after page after page...



...after page after page...



...except for one photograph:



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





How can you possibly contain your excitement?

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



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:


http://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects/co8406772/gre...

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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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:


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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This is a local railway for local people (we'll have no trouble here)

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