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I saw it, I bought it and - sat in the cool breeze of a Summer PM - I read it:

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Well, actually I read the bits I was proper interested in (auction games, Cluedo in-depth strategy, role-playing and the war games bits for Risk, Diplomacy and Kingmaker) and ignored the rest (the huge treatise on 'Noppers - orange is best, yes (I already knew that) - the backgammon/parcheesi rant etc).

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Kicks off with a bold statement...


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It's rather befuddling that
a) this does quite a commendable job of deep-diving in to the side of games we'd normally have assumed were ignored this many years ago, and
b) it's actually a reprint but with the Playboy marque - pour quoi?! I suppose it's the image of the successful gambler...

I should really scan the WHOLE Kingmaker section and post it to Mr Alan Paull, seeing as he is doing a 21st century makeover of all things KM for our mutual pals Gibsons.

See? I don't just spend my time buying tatty old board games..!
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It was only a matter of time.

Having pronounced that Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea probably wouldn't have an expansion, I was tempted - last week - to see what I could come up with.

Borrowing quite heavily from my Makaibari prototype - the additional Towns and a consequent variable setup, tea breaks for the workers - plus noodling with more Equipment (one of the complaints is that there aren't enough equipment cards - usually from Snowdonia veterans!), I've mocked up a 'pitch' slideshow:

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Oh, and I'd quite like to have that extra large start player piece double as a wandering elephant too. And I'd quite like some more Event cubes. And add a history book (as requested by rahdo).
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Another online find and it's in incredible condition:

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Is it just me or is this Lady very fanciable?!


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Disappointingly, it all gets cartoony/cariacature-ish from there on:

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A trick taker where you're trying to avoid getting any of the Artiste cards in your tricks, apparently. TBH, that's rather contrary to my feelings at the mo...I might have just binge-read a bunch o' Sin City graphic novels.
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Mediterranean Homesick Blues

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Mediterranean (recently reprinted as Rome & Carthage) is that classic board game beast: the head-to-header ie. it's an abstract, territory conquest-y game with cute pieces and a standard deck of cards as the battle resolution / standard action-modifying mechanism.

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Notable because ALL of the player pieces are a) present and b) intact!


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As is the pre-packed, tracing paper board-protection sheet! Not sure this has been played beyond a couple of 'the-Christmas-when-it-was-received' exploratory sessions.


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All-in-all, a very nice, clean item with appealing graphics - and a an actual game thought good enough to re-publish in recent years.
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Endless Plagiarism

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So Endless Games (I) think it's aces to fumblingly, bumblingly plagiarize the work of another designer with their latest project Dropsy.

Dropsy is defined, dictionary-wise, as:

"a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body"

As unpleasant as that sounds, it's preferable to being associated with the knock-off practices of a company of oily turds who decided it would be easy and fun to leech off someone else's hard work.

Buy, instead, Yogi or Yogi Guru by the excellent Behrooz Shahriari; she's an amazing designer and an amazing person worthy of your love and respect. As for the Endless Arseholes, I suggest you react to their wanton chicanery as you might see fit.

I, for my part, am just warning you of this subterfuge.

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Cunts.
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My design notebook has become a core tool in surviving the average day; a very tactile Tome-ette, it sits easily in the palm and is a great accompaniment to one's first big movement of the Day. From shitgamerpuns and new game ideas to philosophical musings and stress-relieving conference doodles, I started this particular volume in April and am almost 80% of the way through. Fortunately, I bought a couple from Amazon at a good price, so I'm good for the rest of the year at least.

Anyway, with a lack of anything specific to yak about today, here are some miscellaneous pics:

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Crippled by a terrible headache, I retired - pre-suppertime - for a short lie-down; without any paracetamol available, a nap seemed the sensible way to get rid of the pain. I recall waking around 2AM - for a pee and the chance to change in to my PJs - then back to La Terre de Nod until the Dawn Chorus tweeted out their avian lungs circa 0530HRS.

I'm an old man so 9-10 hours is verging on a coma (compared to my average of about 6); there was no reason to remain in bed, so I put together some breakfast and sat in the Library room letting the sunrise breeze cool my face through the open window. I am reminded of my days working at the M50 24H Service Station in Ross-on-Wye (1991) when I did the 10PM to 7AM shift: Summer was glorious as I stepped out on to the deserted forecourt at 4AM to watch the sun rise, skin tingling with the evaporating dew.

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This is the view that has greeted/treated me for the last four months; pretty much seven days a week - unless I'm taking a break, abluting or watching a movie/box set in the Living Room. Or sleeping.

Monday dawns optimistic as the week starts a-new and a weekend's worth of break from work has energised me somewhat; it is a day of taking stock and planning. Tuesday wakes with the actions related to everything requiring urgent resolution on Monday being initiated / drafted / followed-through and so on. Wednesday is (purportedly) reserved as 'No Meetings' to give us all breathing space (especially after whatever panicked the horses on Monday) but, because we're SO close to go live, there is invariably something that needs discussing (this week, however, I was the guy doing all the end-to-end testing - on account of knowing everything about everything in the new system - and was watched, silently, by three other people for three hours)! Thursday is 'Where are we after all that?!' progress meetings in all the areas (tech/architecture, software, training, rollout, data migration etc). Friday is user groups and the tying up loose ends.

Endlessly cycling through this routine is exhausting and with no face-to-face gaming (to speak of), the allure of working from home is fading a little.

I've downloaded MTG Arena - now that it's compatible with Macs (at last!) - and have been breaking away for a couple of hours - here and there - throughout the day: it's a lot more fun now I've passed through the Tutorial bits and can now participate in drafts and constructed events! Highlight, so far, is signing up for a JUMPSTART draft (two random, pre-constructed mini-decks combined to make one) and snaffling a PHYREXIAN and TEFERI pairing: two of the most sought-after packs in the whole release! Indeed, they're a LOT of fun to play and follow the typical controllish arc of 'setup-control-KILL!': and the Teferi planeswalker is a fucking broken beast!

Oh, I perked up a bit there...my MS Teams is pinging as various associates wake, sign-in and perform the ritualistic 'GM All!' messaging; for me, three hours in to the day already, it's time for a second coffee.

Up and at 'em.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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