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I've only gone and gotten myself 'nom'-ed?!

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https://mojo-nation.com/play-creators-awards-2020-finalists-...

And, apparently, physical copies of Race The Rails are steaming across the Indian Ocean as I type! Huzzah for me!
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Twitter suspends Eric Lang for being righteous, intelligent, coherent, enthusiastic, articulate and polite.

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Surprising and, yet, entirely UN-surprising. A mire of dogshit; the social media 'experiment' was always doomed to failure and corruption because most people are selfish, bigotted and thick as fucking mince.
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This & That

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WRT the recent escalation of spending on eBay: as the famous UK Comedian and versatile Entertainer Jimmy Cricket once said: "There's more...".

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Aside: Jimmy was discovered telling jokes at a Building Works party in 1976; he was a welder and part-time pipe cleaner by Day, comedian and champion of Traditional Irish cookery by Night. Despite dropping the C-bomb on a qualifier episode of Opportunity Knocks (Hughie Green suffered a mild Stroke), Jimmy was picked up by the independent networks (ITV) for a series of Saturday Night family variety shows where he acted as 'regular stooge' to celebrities such as Cilla Black, Michael Barrymore and Wendy O'Williams (of The Plasmatics). Jimmy's edgy take on the Miner's Strike brought him to the attention of the Conservative Party who tried to have his one-man show, "A Riddle For Jimmy", banned under the Obscene Publications Act; given a 'show' is not a 'publication', he was awarded £200,000 in damages and disappeared on a three month 'long weekend' in The Netherlands. Pregnant by a minor league Lacrosse player, Jimmy returned to the UK and concentrated on his 'dim-witted Paddy' Act: a bold move - given it's appalling, offensive stereotyping - but it secured him a popular Game Show through Noel Edmonds' BLOBBY T.V. organisation: Jimmy Cricket's Saturday Night Horse-Buggering Madhouse. Jimmy passed away in 2011 after getting both thumbs stuck in an orange.* Anyway, I seem to have gotten distracted: a couple of nice card games arrived this week...

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A rather comforting 70s vibe to the illustrations; like the pics in many of the kids' storybooks when they were tinies. An amuse bouche for a Thursday, then:

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To add to my Pepys collection, another charmingly-illustrated (and beautifully-conditioned) piece:

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There's not an end to this addictive consumerism in sight; more gems will be arriving soon.

*some or, indeed, all of this may not be true.
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Dr. Faustus (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Der Baum)

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Aleph Null continues to develop a-pace; this time, with most of the main deck cards 'baselined' for a publisher's playtest/scrutiny (yes...someone 'big'), I turn my attention to the remainder of the False Monarchy:

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Tomes such as the Ars Goetia and The Lesser Key of Solomon delight in their descriptions - and attributes - of the Demonic pantheon; like some weird, medieval 'top trumps': their likenesses and forms, their adjectivized Ranks ('Mighty' and 'Great' being favoured), their skills and abilities and - of course - how many Legions of the Damned they have at their disposal. Military strength is really quite a pre-oocupation! Occasionally, depending upon the volume, one is offered the Fallen's counterpart in Heaven: it's always about 'balance' these days, isn't it?!

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Eight groups: eight triggers.


So, with 24 new Demons (and 8 Minor Devils) in Aleph Null - one of them the 'Big Man' Himself - players hit miniature in-game milestones (eight Groups) to trigger strange and unusual rewards: the Fallen certainly want you to succeed in your endeavors (as it hastens Armageddon) but they're unpredictable in their assistance, which makes it dangerous!

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Groups I to III.


Aesthetically, thematically, this is a fascinating (and visually-stunning) seam for game design inspiration:

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Groups IV to VI.


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Groups VII and VIII.


Oh, and I'm designing the promos already:
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Core cards Ossuary and The Weeping Tree get a make-over.



(He advances the Hour)

*for those who might be interested, the fonts I use for prototypes are usually sourced from the Interwebs and FREE. The swirly, occult font is called Xirwena (dafont.com) and the medieval, angular one is deutsche uncialis (also dafont.com). A bit of Copperplate provides a readable BOLD against total black bgs (apologies to Casualist for my tardiness)
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He was a fun guy

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R.I.P
Mushroom the Guinea Pig
2014-2020


Loyal pet to Boydell family.
Chunterer extraordinaire & Olympic-standard Squeaker.
Thrower of the most fantastic tantrums when his bowl was empty (he would launch it across the hutch in contempt).
Licker of noses.
Wont to pee upon one's shirt.
Beetroot fan.
Nibbler.

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A coffin stuffed with hay and bramble fruits; wild flowers and goodbyes.


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There were tears, yes; but happy memories too - the family gathered around the pyre in tribute.

Gods' speed, wiggers; Gods' speed.

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Deal With God

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A woeful lack of regular exercise has done nothing but exacerbate the feelings of entrapment in the Boydell household so, despite a vigorous gust, those of us who were around at 1300HRS packed a drinks bottle and a just-in-case light anorak each and trundled up to the Malvern Hills:

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Not a lampost but, I posit, a ventilation chimney for the railway that tunnels through 'the range' around about 'here'.


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It was VERY gusty on the Wales side, so I stuffed a couple of wads of tissue in to my ears to prevent the inevitable headache; I'd had a low-grade ache since the night before when I'd (foolishly) kept my emotions balled-up inside as we (very much) enjoyed Pixar's Coco - the laughter and the heartbreak of it.

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Mrs B - rather sore of hip - bravely keeps a-steppin' to the summit.


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Daisy didn't want to be in the photo, so you get the rest of us; I think Arthur's demeanour speaks volumes to our exertions!


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An unknown couple enjoying, as was I, the enormous vista across the Midlands.
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Who Wants To Be A Million-leiria?

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Spotted on the Leiriacon feed:
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A lovely little media surprise, to be sure!
God, I miss those guys!


For the third Friday in a row, I hauled my sizzled retinas in front of Skype for some Ross-on-Wye boardgaming; thankfully, we had a fourth in the form of young David, to help enrich the gaming gene-pool. David lamented the 'online' platform after the rest of sus had mutteringly-discussed the UK's impending re-opening of Pubs (part of the Tory government's grand plan to blame a second Covid wave on the rank stupidity of 'the great British public'): will we be getting back to The Plough soon? Smudge coughed up a (sensible, welcome) suggestion that we nix the politics talk and play some games.

Dave has been noodling with Troyes, solo, and so how could we not whisk him off to BGA for a full-house of dice-drafting goodness? A reluctance to see off the Event cards meant there were (I think) 10 out at the end (!) and low scores (for Troyes) all round. I did markedly worse than last week but, then, I _was_ rolling LOW red dice and struggled to keep my Influence above zero: next time...

As a palette-cleanser, we followed with a Dave's learning game of Port Royal on Yucata.de:

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This took rather longer than it ought to have, for a push-your-luck filler, mainly due to Dave struggling with
a) the interface (the odd button-clicking frenzy of 'Stop' and 'Select' and 'End Turn' etc), and
b) lapsing into a mild dose of A.P.

Still, 'Two Crosses' lurched me over the 12 point threshold and a 13th from an easy purchase kept Boffo one step behind.

Dave called it an evening and - even though it was almost 2130HRS, I held back to participate in our now Traditional Ben/Becky/Tony trio of Innovations. As in prior weeks, the script followed the same worn path: two wins for Tony and one - in the middle - for a Bateson. 'Novvers is a breath-taking, endorphin rush of a game; one day I may actually get to shake Carl Chudyk's hand for the monumental impact he's had on my gaming life.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Mrs B and Daisy and Arthur occupied a TV-free parallel evening with some Rebound, Eco-Links and Dawn Under - not at all bad.
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Next up - having fallen out of a Jiffy and on to my lap via the medium of 'the eBays' - is LOBO.

While I can't find any reference as to the origin of the name - perhaps a concatenation of LOndon BO...erm no, I have nothing) - it's thrown around the rulebook like it was a 'thing' in the 1930s. Seeing as it's a rummy variant, with the 'sets' dictated by Junction cards (the ones with the circular name of a station), they needed something to call out at the climax.

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The pic is a bit faded, but this is a sturdy little box with a silk 'lifter' ribbon too: luxury!

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I should thing the Ross-on-Wye gamers would prefer it if I kept my LOBO 'unexposed'.


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https://www.davros.org/rail/lobo/ has a little more info.


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Obligatory, artistic close-up.


The best bit about it are the references to stations that no longer exist on the Tube; lost, but not entirely forgotten.
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I'm noticing it more and more, recently: folks commenting - in person and online - about how, out of the blue and unawares, they have suddenly felt overwhelmed; ranging from a wobbly tum or a sad reflection to fully-formed anxiety attacks and deep grief - nought to sixty - in a fraction of a second...and then it's gone again.

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I am trying to remember - with no little difficulty - if the Past felt any different - any less chaotic - than the years since the 2016; I think that they did, but not because the news wasn't always so depressing or concerning or important (it was - this is the natural state of a planet of 7 billion people). No, I believe the one thing that cements the horror and the panic is that we're dealing with the same Actors in this long-playing drama: whatever the catastrophe, whatever the tragedy or travesty, it's the same damn people grinning down the lens.

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A black woman gets shot while asleep in her home, or a black man's windpipe is crushed in full view and you're just a couple of lily-pad hops to the gurning, lurching Cheetoh-in-Chief. Fancy spaffing £100 million on carbon-lock tech while every theatre in the country spirals down the business toilet? Pull back the curtain and - Presto! - the Charlie Corolli of posh-boy politicking bluffles and bloviates his ignorance/full support/gape-mouthed confusion (delete as applicable). Sailing, serenely and lizard-lipped, through the whole dumpster fire is Vlad the Man's Man: bare-chested and riding in to fabulous SuperMachiavellivision shot like Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia...

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...on a funting bear!


Off-shore tax havens; children in cages; "Stay Alert"; paedophile Princes; "do as I say, not as I do!"; xenophobia; "the Will of the People"; "...many people say..."; food banks in the 21st century; currency-shorting; Nazi salutes in front of Churchill statues; a fully-formed, actually-happening-to-us-right-now-and-not-just-in-a-movie Pandemic.

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For my own part, I was searching the drawers for a tee-shirt this morning and found my passport - purple and emblazoned with 'European Union', in gold, across the top*. In March, I was sat at my 'hot desk' in the Aldersgate 200 building gazing over at The Museum Of London and planning my Leiriacon itinerary - a little over a week-and-a-half away at the time; by the end of the same week, my daughter - Daisy - was self-isolating (after showing flu-like symptoms) and I've not been in the Capital (or out of the County) since. I recall speaking to my dear pal Rob on his birthday weekend (almost 10 years ago now) and being told, by his parents, two weeks later, that he had passed away - the fucking SPEED of it!..news that has been all-too-similar for 60,000+ families and friends in just the last three months.

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Is it any wonder, then, given the Abyssal fecundity of the Spring of 2020, that we find ourselves ambushed by reality checks? It's more important than ever that we keep our eyes open to these lightning strikes in others, as well as ourselves; your mileage may vary, of course, but we're all - undoubtedly, indisputably - functioning at a heightened level of stress.

It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back and, at the moment, it's raining fucking straw.

*this is not a euphemism for my knob
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