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Told my girl I'll have to forget her; rather buy me a new carburetor

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Sometimes - even though it's a 'toy' rather than a 'game' - I simply find myself unable to resist. Add in to the mix the day being the last of the month (ie. pay day) and my journey to the Dark Side is complete.

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I've seen plenty of this kind of thing over the years and, usually, they're in pretty poor shape: snapped plastic, missing pieces, torn-up boxes, lost mechanisms and so on.

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This piece is immaculate for 70 years old - a little 'dusty & musty' but everything is present-and-correct.

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Two happy-go-lucky children are shown, transfixed with excitement. Young Norman (perhaps) tackles Park Avenue using the remote control lever, while his sister Beryl (maybe) watches on, waiting for her turn at the controls. The aim of the game is to negotiate the streets, while avoiding various obstacles, ... moving the magnet moves the car, which has a metal base.

(from https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/driving-test.htm)
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Grab my joystick.


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That clever bit of analogue engineering 'under the streets'!


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Of course, Arthur needed to have a go...when he finally shoved his Father off it.
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Bunny Book?!

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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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Ferroequinological Funnies #1

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More Tea In The Pot

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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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Oh, I say!

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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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