Every Man Needs A Shed

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

Archive for Tony Boydell

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [273]

Recommend
41 
 Thumb up
0.01
 tip
 Hide

KC Jonesin'

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I am known to dabble on the Kickstarters from time-to-time and, after having played the prototype of Behrooz Shahriari's Kitty Cataclysm on the ferry over to Spiel a couple of years ago (and enjoyed the daft take that!-edness but, more so, the relentless feline puns) I was happily going to pledge my devotion. The other day, the package arrived (finally) after a rather woeful series of unavoidable, impeding turds in the punchbowl...but what a splendid package it is:


Bez likes to honour her favourites with some custom scribbles (actually, she honours EVERYONE!)



Stickers, an apology letter, beer mats (albeit Wibbell++ ones) and two copies of the game!


TWO copies? Why did I pledge for TWO copies? That's the problem when Kickstarter campaigns 'go long' - all memory of reasons and rationale fade to a memorial mist (the same thing happened with Spires and Ace of Spies); maybe KS should slap a 'Notes' field on your pledge history so you can remember the whys and wherefores of that historical cash withdrawal?

Anyway, for a little box there's a LOT going on:




And will you LOOK...



...at Bez's gloriously vibrant pussy art?!




If I have one complaint (just one), then it's the modern day youths' habit of ending a perfectly civil wish for gratification at the first bloody word of the sentence!



"Enjoy"...what?! Would it really drag the last vestiges of air from your lungs and asphyxiate you where you stand by just adding "...the game"? It's happening all the time nowadays: in restaurants, in shops, at the abattoir, at the Theatre, and in your FLGS-es too. Kids today - no manners - don't know they're born - wasn't like this in my day - a good clip around the ear &c
Twitter Facebook
8 Comments
Today 6:18 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
80 
 Thumb up
1.75
 tip
 Hide

Swipe Right

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb



Gamers are lovers too, you know and - sometimes - the lover side is left to fend for itself, but...

NO MORE!

With the dobbr app (available for Android, iOS and OS-neutral), gamers seeking gamer soul mates for healthy grown-up Euro fun - or just a one-night El Grande - can register and then have their profile accessible to over a million like-minded, lonely-but-deeply-strategic souls /horny hobbyists!

The simple-to-use interface requires but a quick finger gesture to register your interest (or not):

Swipe-Left: No thanks.
Swipe-Right: Keyper!
Swipe-Up: No strings (18XX only)
Swipe-Down: Angry Birds cheats.

Looking for a John to keep you Company?
Fancy de-glooming your haven?
Need to up your bid?
Want to be treated like Ameritrash?

Then you need the dobbr app (from Shite Holdings Ltd) available now - only $4.99*


*dobbers can go down as well as up; your game collection is at risk if you decide to share it with another gamer. Always use deck protectors. Shite Holdings Ltd shall not be liable for cheats, inept players or the analysis-paralyzed.
Twitter Facebook
4 Comments
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:13 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
65 
 Thumb up
0.50
 tip
 Hide

We are a cliché

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I am very much enjoying the 'classic scrape' stories of Brit comedian James Acaster; they're simple, potted tales of his growing up and while none of them is Shakespearean in breadth, they're nostalgic and daft and innocent: like the scrapes we've all gotten in to as young 'uns.

Below is the chapter on Board Games and, yes, this is not one that reflects well on our hobby; indeed, it reminds me of my recent (end of 2018) encounter at a Bristol Club.











Do you lot have any 'club debut' horror stories to share? If so, why not comment below and let Polly Styrene serenade you while you do:

Twitter Facebook
10 Comments
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:49 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
77 
 Thumb up
7.00
 tip
 Hide

Climb to the top...then look up!

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
We Brits are famous for our moaning about the weather but, to be honest, we've had nothing to complain about (mostly) over the last 20 years: bright Springs, baking Summers (yes, indeed - though everyone instantly forgets it the moment a drop of rain falls). Of course, we - or, more accurately, our children and grandchildren - shall regret our willful ecological neglect as we're/they're bowling across an arid, dusty plain (that used to be the North Sea) in a cut-and-shut, metallic porcupine but, until then, it's hats and sunbloc out and off to somewhere to soak up those UV beams!

Our little town is conveniently founded in the middle of some most-excellent scenery: the land has been agricultured to a grandmother's quilt and the field patterns are liberally punctured by hills and mountains. On Friday we were Wales-bound and pressing against the Brecon Beacons while Saturday saw us just a mere 15 miles up the road from home on the Malvern Hills:





The whole sine-wave of a silhouette covers thirteen kilometres from the British Camp iron-age hill fort at one end and the Worcestershire Beacon at the other. One can get quickly on to the ridge and walk 2/3rds of the length before a roadway cutting forces you down to a car park and then back up the other side to the summit. Today, because we didn't have the full 8 hours to spare, Mrs B and Arthur and Ziggy and Me drove straight to the cutting and took the last third on a boiling Eastertide afternoon.

It was very busy indeed: families, couples, mountain-bikers and a thousand panting dogs were striding, stumbling, picnicking, perspiring and chatting their way along the dry, worn paths...and a handful had found an exhilarating way to jump the rambling lines:








A touch of a tan?



I'm on the - top of the world looking - down on creation
(and the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world





Knackered.



Looking back along the County's spine.



Bluebells on the woodland slopes.


Look - I know this isn't about games or gaming but there's no way I'm gonna let a perfectly gorgeous day go to waste. The feeling of a cool breeze on a hot face; the squinting, brow-handed panoramas; the prickling of the hairs on your bare neck and arms during melanogenesis; the delicious taste of plain water. Talking of 'taste': just before the first false summit - in the shade of several stubby trees - was a camping table arrayed with cupcakes, flapjacks and brownies and a couple of patient sixth-formers raising money for their school trip to Africa; they were still there on our return journey and, thankfully, the table was considerably barer! I should think that a timely injection of sugar helped many of the younger walkers make the last 500 metres to the trig point...they certainly helped me *burp*. Well, it would've been rude to claim "Sorry, but I'm on a diet!" on such a day as this, wouldn't it?
Twitter Facebook
5 Comments
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:20 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
76 
 Thumb up
4.00
 tip
 Hide

Stone by stone

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
We were promised - and, indeed, we have received - a Bank Holiday weekend of blue skies and comfortably-bakey sunshine. Despite flagging energy, and the occasional iffy tummy-rumble, Mrs B and Arthur and Me stuck to our plans and left behind the teen-snoozy household for a day in the countryside.

Mrs B has been to the English Heritage, CADW and National Trust sites looking for new-to-us attractions in the County and she came up with a double whammy: a castle and a Barrow. During my traditional triangulation of possible routes, I noted that the Welsh border town - and haven of bibliophiles - Hay-on-Wye was conveniently betwixt-and-between: that was our day sorted!

Being Good Friday, there was considerably less traffic on the roads so we arrived at Longtown in relaxed humour:



(from the Wikipedias)
Longtown has an early Norman motte and bailey castle, Longtown Castle, and is so named because the settlement today is strung out along the lowland / winter road connecting Hay-on-Wye with the Abergavenny to Hereford road. The town was established as a Norman colony and protected by the castle. Before 1536 Longtown was in the marcher lordship of Ewyas. Until 1866 it was a chapelry in the large ancient parish of Clodock.

The Victorians had built a school in the middle of the Castle Green and butting up against the Inner/Outer Bailey walls; they've now been given over to residential cottages - how cool to live right next door to a castle? We walked the earthworks around the Green - Arthur snagging himself on a particularly-nasty bramble thorn - to the former Well then on to the Outer Bailey with cacophonous birdsong assaulting our ears (it is Spring, after all):





With low ruins, it was but-a-fraction-of-a-second until Arthur was jogging across the wall to the gate/portculis; for myself, I joined him briefly before ambling up to the impressive Keep:


Gotta love the higgledy-piggledy 'hewn' fencework around the Tower!





En-suite.





Wherever there are ruins shall there climbing be...


A pleasing bijou gardenette is being maintained for our visiting pleasure so we repaired to the benches and soaked in the purity of the silence, the heat and the clean air. Arthur extended some wisdom: "Sit here for 10 minutes and apparently animals will come and visit you!":



So that's what we did and, true to the youngster's prophecy, I was soon assailed by bees and twittering Finches and Tits. Humming something Hawley-ish (sweet and softly-romantic), there was no urgency to be about our business so we just sat, the immense elongated form of Black Mountain (Twyn Llech) stretched across the entirety of our Westward horizon: bronzed and scrub-strewn, its ridge marks the border between England and Wales:



With a deep sigh, it was time to move on and we drove North, parallel to the big fella, to the place that provided the realisation of a million quests before the Internet (and eBay and Alibris and Amazon) killed the process: Hay-on-Wye. A town so full of books that it was once regarded as the single largest secondhand bookshop in the World! Now the traders seem to make a passing living (and there are still aggressively anti-Bezos signs in several windows!) while the big draw is now the annual Literary Festival. We're about four weeks away from that, thankfully, so it was easy to get a table at our favourite café for a snack.


Arthur's favourite car EVER was parked next to mine. Mrs B refused to drive the Volvo home should Arty and I decide to hotwire this beauty.


Replete, and post-lunch sleepy, we returned to the car and away to the North-East for the last stop on our Herefordian circle: Arthur's Stone.



(from the English Heritage website)
Arthur's Stone is an atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber made of great stone slabs, set in the hills above Herefordshire's Golden Valley. Like many prehistoric monuments in western England and Wales, this tomb has been linked to King Arthur since before the 13th century. According to legend, it was here that Arthur slew a giant who left the impression of his elbows on one of the stones as he fell.



Elbow or not, this neatly-enclosed un-earthed Barrow was hot to the touch in the PM sunshine so we crawled, climbed and clambered about and over and through before laying back on the main slab for a good bask.







Home in time for a cup of tea on the patio; Arthur shows off his Acquisition of the Hay Day. Mine (not pictured) was a copy of Equinoxe by JMJ and a marvellous hippy over-shirt.



For six all-too-brief hours, the noise of 'normal life' was cancelled by a deafening, blissful peace.
Twitter Facebook
10 Comments
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:40 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
62 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Time for an upgrade?

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb

Spotted in this month's Viz Comic:



(Today some of us are off traveling - in a wobbly ellipse - around Herefordshire;
the plan is for a lesser known castle, book-browsing in Hay-on-Wye and something "Lithic" to finish...hence, the filler)

Twitter Facebook
11 Comments
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:30 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
107 
 Thumb up
1.25
 tip
 Hide

You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb


Vloggers and bloggers (and reviewers in general) need to get their shit together and start splitting their attention between the shiny new stuff and evaluating older games. I respectfully suggest that anything coming out now that might owe a debt/be reminiscent of/pay homage to anything before 2015 is being treated as if it were a pioneering new direction. No historical context is applied (unless we're talking about a rip-off of last year's Essen/Gencon hotness) and the steamroller just keeps rolling forward without any reference to the road that's been laid behind it!

The plaintive wail of the money-juggling gamer that "there are too many games coming out!" is fluffed to priapism by ubiquitous and constant looks forward, Kickstarter monitoring and pre-release prototype 'early plays'; no matter that the eBays and BGG Marketplace is an impacted, swollen colon of affordable, quality items just begging to be enjoyed. Don't fret - or let some barking YouTuber cause you FOMO-sweat - about where you're gonna find that $50 for the new Feld when there's three bona fide classics for the same total money waving at you from the Internet.

I'm no different to anyone else: lured to Paypal debiting by a shiny picture of a train or an expansion that the completionist in me screams-and-screams-and-screams for. Of course, as so-called grown ups, we're not so easily manipulated - so putty-like - as to see a thumbs up from our favourite content provider as an irrefutable purchasing instruction?! Of course not. But...we do, don't we? Go on; be honest with yourself.

So, I say again to the talking heads (the bantering personalities), take your eyes off the stars and, instead, an admiring look in the opposite direction. We stand on the shoulders of giants: tip your chin downwards and gasp at the altitude we've reached.
Twitter Facebook
28 Comments
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:40 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
51 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Sound Organized In Time

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
After coming away from working in London, the flow of music to my ear canal had dried up to a dribble; years of prowling branches of HMV for bulk CD deals and subscriptions to Q magazine, The Word and Mojo were subsumed by long car journeys of the spoken word. Audio books, radio serials and podcasts squatted in the iPhone and kept the free storage perilously close to zero. The new 2018+ me has shed the chatty downloads and I find myself immersed in song once more: fuelled by peoples’ propensity to buy, scan and then discard their shiny digital circles to charity shops, I’m picking LPs up for a song. Last weekend, I chanced my aural arm (and £1.99) on a lesser-known Richard Hawley album - Truelove’s Gutter – and am now awash in sublime melody, melancholy, bitterness, affection and regret (his, not mine). As a background to work, travel and/or game design I find it deeply relaxing and enabling: chimes, strums, surging orchestral sweeps and a smoky, forlorn vocal. God in his Heaven but you should give this some of your time!



Equally, The Boydell Period of Contented Introspection has also been served by a brace of crystalline, poetic Joni Mitchell’s and the chugging, acoustic groove of Gomez; get gone, content providers, coz this brain is lost-and-awash with timbre, pitch, rhythm, texture and harmony. I don’t want to be rescued; let me drift on for a while…
Twitter Facebook
4 Comments
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:12 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
85 
 Thumb up
8.00
 tip
 Hide

Crossing (to) the RubyCon

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Hot off a Friday night of gaming, Arthur and I were representing the Boydells at Mr and Mrs Alan Paull's 40th (Ruby) Wedding Anniversary celebrations over Huntingdon way (not far from Cambridge). This necessitated a 150 minute drive across country - via the works-strewn motorways of the Midlands - to a soundtrack of Life on Egg (BBC Radio 4 sitcom) and Radio 1 'bangers'.

The venue had a huge room set aside, upstairs, and after ordering ourselves some lunch - Arthur can not subsist on dairy toffees alone - I coralled a full compliment for the excellent (and mean) Northern Pacific:



With SSG having been 'in the biz' for 20 years now, we've managed to acquaint ourselves with pretty much everyone who's anyone in the UK hobby; thus, the 'put a cube or a train' nastifest featured David Brain (Key Market), Alan Paull (Confucius and much more), David Mortimer (Cousins' War, Flock) and David Turczi (Anachrony, lots else).

Having enjoyed David T's excessive over-analysis, he made the mistake of asking me to teach Libertalia next! His decision tree exploded in to a veritable rainforest of 'what-ifs' (much to the amusement of the rest of us!):



Shamelessly, I pulled in a monstrous 42 point 'Week One' which kept me comfortably ahead for the remainder; Arthur saw his potential 30+ den butchered by the Davids and was rather fed-up for the remainder of the game. The great thing about Libertalia is that the 'weeks' speed up as the game goes on (all necessary grokking having been achieved) so the young lad only had 15 mins-or-so to suffer the run-out.

By way of compensation, he and I played his current favourite VOLT (at which he pummeled me):



Next, with the sun blinding us through the tall windows and boiling us in the function room, Alan and a couple of long-standing pals acquiesced to a play of Attention All Shipping. It would've been an act of folly to expect a game-based celebration attended by game designers to NOT feature prototypes and, apart from AAS, there were new things from the aforementioned Davids (a collaboration) and others:







Everyone declared their pleasure at the friendliness of the proceedings, the challenge of the weather and the evocativeness of the Tales. Alan snuck in to win on the back of tied 'Most Tales' bonus, with myself, but it was pretty close all the way; the next hurdle is to see how UK Games Expo treats it.

Arthur had returned from enviously-eying the mid-flow Sycthe on an adjacent table to suggest The Climbers:





I'm sure we're playing this far too nicely but, despite a moody hiccup half-way through, Arthur proved triumphant at the top of the mountain (he is currently 3 for 3); to lift his tired-and-flagging mood a little more, we managed to rope in Brett Gilbert and Dave Mortimer for a couple of goes at Arthur's other favourite: VOLT (again!)



With four, this has all the wonderful randomness of Roborally with a little extra punch from the special equipment cards. With Brett and Dave up to speed after game one, we grabbed food from the buffet and set to a second (revenge) game. It was much more chaotic and, therefore, much more fun with four: a keeper.

The sun was setting, so only time for one more game before me and the lad needed to wend our weary way (two and a half hours) home; I rounded up eight other players for my Off The Rails prototype (a radical overhaul of vintage piece Railway Riot). I added the requirement to log one's train connection times and 10 mins of elbows-and-complaining hilariously ensued! Gavin Birnbaum (Cubiko, QE) won rather easily (the rest of us were only 2/3rds through our schedules) but the table was buzzing with happy tiredness - still some work to do but the fruits of my late Winter/early-Spring anxieties have been rich indeed!

Finally, congratulations to Alan & Charlie!

Twitter Facebook
15 Comments
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:10 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
59 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

caveat emptor

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
badge
Welcome...to my Shed!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb


From a recent KS update (thankfully I did not pledge); while one is ever wary of situations like this, one must remember it is an aberration in a Universe of 'good things'. Of course, the 'CEO' has fucked his life for a paltry 100K, which will run out quick enough: stupid bastard.

Quote:

Games Factory: Project and company status
Posted by Games Factory (Creator)
6 Comments

Dear Backers,

We regret to inform you that Games Factory ceases to exist. The company has been bankrupted by it’s CEO.

Before we explain to you everything, we are forced to announce that the BGCK and Solar City campaigns, despite our best efforts, will not come to fruition.

We are very sorry that everything ends like this. We know that you entrusted us and apologies are not enough to make you feel how sorry we are, but that's all we can do in this situation.

In the first week of February the president of our company (and also the person who was responsible for all the finances, production and logistics) resigned and fled the country.

As a result, the remaining director began to learn about the monstrous mass of shortcomings, debts, inaccuracies and lies that were hidden.

Until the beginning of February, we were running normal, everyday activities in the company, not knowing about it’s real situation and about the financial issues that are going back to the beginning of 2018.

We had a budget for the coming year, a plan for the premieres and production of new games and projects, and also a plan for refunds for the BGCK campaign, made for the whole year.

All the plans are gone now. We know that at this point it will be difficult for you to believe anything we wrote, but the surprise was for us the same – the person we have known for almost a decade, which we considered our friend, not just a partner, cheated us all, leaving the company without means to continue functioning and with a mass of huge debts that will cost us not only our careers but also make our personal life very difficult.

In the case of BGCK - we have seen the basic products manufactured with our own eyes, but they have been stolen - although we are not sure at this point, because the case was carried out by the president himself. There was 400 copies of the basic product already produced and it vanished. Some – as you know – appeared in Finland. Some… we don’t know where they are. The shop in Finland refused to share any details and we suspect the copies were stolen during transport to our warehouse. The CEO was in charge of logistics and he “offered” to handle the case and try to uncover what happened. We never got a clear answer from him. The company has no means to complete the campaign or refund – it’s bankrupt.

In the Solar City case - all the production information that the president handed to us, as a person who was in charge of this project, turned out to be untrue.

At the beginning of February everyone in GF - other member of the board and employees - even received the deadline for picking up the game: mid-March. It turns out to be untrue - the production was not paid and was withdrawn from printing house’s schedule. The company has no means to complete production or refund. The work of many people lasting over a year and your commitment has been wasted.

It is a very difficult situation for us - every day we discover new lies, manipulations and debts. Our employees remain penniless and with unpaid invoices for their work. We apologize to you very much.

We apologize especially to Marcin Ropka and Viola Kijowska - authors of Solar City. We were all deceived. The rights for Solar City went back to the authors in order for them to save the game.

For us, this is not the end - we have long and detailed investigations waiting for us, as well as perhaps lawsuits and, of course, endless debts. For the last 1,5 months we are in discussions with lawyers, debt collectors and companies that demand their invoices to be paid.

However, all of this will not affect the company's situation - this is definitely finished and with no chance of saving. We never thought that as gamers and game enthusiasts we will find ourselves in this situation - we just wanted to make games and ensure you will have fun with them. We are devastated. We are sorry.


If you want to see the worst of humanity, then a quick trawl through some of the comments reveals a wish for 'Cancer'; a bit strong, I feel, as it's only money in the end (on a pledger-by-pledger basis it's not even that much money).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1689336268/solar-city-a...

Finally, this and the 'Glory To Rome Black Box' debacle certainly should flag one to any company with 'Game Factory' in it's name; seems like that's an instant draw for arseholes.
Twitter Facebook
12 Comments
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:45 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [273]

Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.