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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

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Baby It's Cold Outside

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Crivens! By the intimate piercings of Mother Theresa it was cold in the leafy, frosted Forest of Dean on Friday! Despite the palpable flowing of thick, chilling air I had to take the poor mutt out for his weekly bounce:



Even after midday, the shaded grass was still shimmering white but a thick scarf and a woolly hat was all I needed to keep the core temperature comfortably-stable. Ziggy, as you would expect, absolutely delighted in his temporary field-based freedom: scampering, snuffling, stretching and (steamily) shitting.

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The Ross-on-Wye board gamers achieved another splendid turn-out, despite the ice, with far-afield venturers Dan and Gerv making us up to the magic 'six'. It was a close call, however; Becky was reportedly reluctant to attend and only agreed on the promise of a Terraforming Mars. Luckily, Jobbers was bringing my copy back after leaving it behind on Wednesday so there were two copies at the club's disposal...how could we NOT?



A couple of chancers (who shall remain nameless) wondered if the building of a City on one tableau should legitimately trigger the effects of cards in the other. In other news, Dan established quite the mob infrastructure with a huge ME of 30+ and having robbed me of two steel, three titanium and three heat production at various points!



A lot of good it did him, mind: a couple of milestones, nine points off the achievements, a floater-flooded HQ and plenty o' stuff on the board took me to a satisfying victory.

The first table had finished their terraforming early so had racked up another couple of plays of For Sale! for Boffo's H-Index 40 target. When we were once-again synchronous, a minor swap (Dan for Becky) left them to Too Many Cooks (and soup) while we plumped for the fish course and Nusfjord:





Jobbers was taking it all very seriously and taking his time, Becky was attempting a boat-building strategy while I went for a lucrative 'Farm' and filling the fewer remaining spaces with fat VP buildings wherever possible. As it turned out, my opportunistic fish-serving to get to the 10 gold cost of the Folly (top-right) trampled all over Becky's plans...as did me stealing the Model Harbour when there were no spare Sloops left and half-inching the Harbour Master as well! Sorry, Becky.

We closed with another H40 candidate: Braggart. The smile returned to Jobbers' face, after an evening of expecting to have done great...but not!, as he comprehensively ran away with the boasting; while some of us failed to reach even the 20s, he was blustering his way to a miles-ahead 42.

Next week 'tis our Xmas Party so nothing serious will be allowed on to the schedule: expect Balderdash and Taboo! (at least), maybe some Tumblin' Dice and (hopefully) the welcome return of Becky's appalling Codenames spy-mastering! I'm all of a tingle already!
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For Just The Price of One Game A Month...

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I've mentioned it before and I will, undoubtedly, mention it again but the Gamechangers project in Uganda really thrills me. Back in the noughties, Mrs B and I hosted the visit of a South African family to the Forest of Dean; both parents are teachers and, with their five children in tow (and their flights paid for by a local benefactor), they spent three weeks in our leafy, rural company and we were all the better for it. For our own children, it was a real adventure to interact with children of similar ages who have had vastly-different experiences growing up...the look of joy on our visitors' faces when presented with a room full of Lego is something I shall never forget (nor shall I ever take our own privileged circumstances for granted)!



My friend Ben Parkinson is, once again, asking for help to fund the training of a new 'year' of budding entrepreneurs and it couldn't be easier or - let me be utterly frank - cheaper - for about £30 per month to fund a child through their education. That's equivalent to less than a 'regular' (non-hotness) board game*...and you are actually changing the World by doing it. Indeed, Ben is making it even easier by asking that maybe a couple of people could contribute the funding to each child, thereby spreading the (minuscule) financial burden even more!

I know that I have called upon your generosity a lot in the Past but I am unashamed in calling for it once again; please read the article Ben posted (below) and if you feel that you can help out then - again - you will have my - and the childrens' - undying gratitude:



Bless you for reading.

*The average KS hotness could keep a child in education for 6 months!!!
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In a rare treat, a few of us gathered at Casa Jobbers in the wilds of Herefordshire for some mid-week Winter Gaming! It's been a couple of years (at least!) since we have found ourselves so-situated and the reason was..? To play a couple of games with 'the lads' that are unlikely get an outing in Ross-on-Wye again.

First on the 'beat 'em up' list was AuZtralia which continues to delight and please me. You may remember that last week saw the slight possibility of a Plough Inn war against The Old Ones nix-ed by time and Boffo's early start? Well, this time it was a cert with Dave from Ledbury (Daffers) and Jobbers and me joined by very-long-time-no-see Xander:







It's all fun and laughs until someone gets hurt and - this time - it was Jobbers who found himself on the sharp (and wrigglingly-tentacled, Apocalyptic) end of a mobile and highly-punishing Cthulhu (see above); the Great One emerged from a carelessly-ignored (by the very same Jobbers) temple courtesy of a 'Revelation' and proceeded to stomp across his carefully-nurtured agrarian empire. Daffers breathed a sigh of relief as the 'tie break' movement rules on the revealed cards guided the squid-faced twat up-and-away. In the end, it was Xander and my early insistence on tooling up with Infantry that pushed us ahead as we killed everything else that dared rear it's foul, stinking cephalus!

By way of retribution, Jobbers combo-ed out horrific fungal and viral races in the evening's finisher: Cosmic Encounter. I came ever-so-close to the magic fifth planet but ended up being the target of at least a third of all the bloody Destiny deck cards!



Jobbers' soured, post-Oz, mood was raised considerably by this trouncing and we closed the evening by sipping coffee and chit-chatting all things game-related. We even 'made a date' for a five player Eclipse when school work has broken up for Christmas: how delightful for old pals to get together and spend some time beating the shit out of eachother - verily, it warms my cockles!
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This story wins the Internet today:


It must be a hard habit to break.

Covet not thy neighbours 'Ace' (2, 3, 4 and 5).

They're taking the epistle.

Three Hail Marys...Jackpot!

The Sacrament of Holy Free Drink Orders.

Filthy Luchre-ist.

Etc.
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Why Don't You Switch Off The Kickstarter App and Play Something That Physically Exists Instead?

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My soil pipe from the Internet is quickly blocking up with the Fatberg(TM) that is The Cult of Not Here Yet:

(a) People who have just committed to spending huge amounts of money on a 1-4 player co-operative Ameritrash/Euro hybrid with fantastic sculpts and 100+ "expansions" (already?!) and must simply tell everyone about it;

(b) People who have debilitating FOMO re:committing to spending huge amounts of money on a 1-4 player co-operative Ameritrash/Euro hybrid with fantastic sculpts and 100+ "expansions" (already?!) and are desperate for others to talk them out of it 'in time';

(c) People who have seen a forum thread on {insert social media source of choice} relating to a game that is not released yet and not even on Kickstarter (!) but (b) applies;

Now I am aware that peeps are independent, free-thinking adults who can make up their own minds but
a) they're obviously not, and
b) they obviously can't.

As a balanced, discerning and intelligent gamer I think you'll find the view of my 2018 'plays' can serve as an excellent model to those suffering from - what I call - 'Tantric Gaming'.

tantric gaming - a prolonged period of game purchasing without ever actually playing the purchases; a deliberate deferment of gaming pleasure.


Here's that exemplary breakdown:

Games released in 2018:
The Mind
The 7th Continent (was KS)
Welcome to Centerville
Airship city
AuZtralia
Eco-Links
Empires
Flicky Spaceships (was KS)
Reykholt
Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog
18Lilliput (was KS)
Bunny Kingdom
Ceylon
Futuropia
Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
Lowlands
Miremarsh (played prototype, coming from KS)
NEOM
Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
Teotihuacan: City of Gods
18%

Games released in 2017:
John Company
Nusfjord
Bärenpark
Calimala
Charterstone
Kingdomino
Capital Lux
The Fox in the Forest
Pioneer Days
Altiplano
Caverna: Cave vs Cave
Dragonflame
Gentes
Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road
Little Town Builders
Mini Rails
Mint Works
Q.E.
Spires
Startups
Thief's Market
20%

Games released in 2016:
North American Railways
Scythe
Terraforming Mars
Abracada...What?
Imhotep
Kodama: The Tree Spirits
Nations: The Dice Game
New Bedford
Pi Mal Pflaumen
8%

Older Games:
Hansa Teutonica
Glass Road
Peloponnes
Bloody Legacy
Braggart
Familienbande
Roll for the Galaxy
Suburbia
Bruges
Buyword
Cubiko
Cubist
Divinare
Elevenses
Endeavor
Furstenfeld
Fzzzt!
Glen More
Harbour
Indigo
Isaribi
Jaipur
JamSumo
Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice
Metropolys
Nacht der Magier
No Thanks!
Ora et Labora
The Palaces of Carrara
Paperclip Railways
Port Royal
Seasons
Tajemnicze Domostwo
Too Many Cooks
The Voyages of Marco Polo
Warsaw: City of Ruins
33%

Bona Fide Classics...that are also Old:
7 Wonders
Agricola
Glory to Rome
Snowdonia
Citadels
Codenames
For Sale
Modern Art
Spot it!
Wildlife Safari
Chinatown
Keyflower
Kingdom Builder
Libertalia
The Princes of Florence
Ra
Dixit
El Grande
Hare & Tortoise
Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
Ivor the Engine
Lancaster
Troyes
Winner's Circle
21%

As you can see, this is an incredibly-balanced, wholly-sensible record and one that everyone needs to follow to ensure good gaming mental health. I am sure that you shall all agree.
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Every December, the local Auction House has a 'Toys & Games'-themed sale; while it's possible to find the odd treat in the other eleven ('Ceramics', 'Art', 'Furniture' etc), it's the pre-Christmas event that yields the juiciest morsels. To make things worse easier, the whole thing can be interacted-with online so I can click on a [Bid Now] button in the comfort of my work-at-home chair; this is, of course, both a "Good Thing"(TM) and a "Bad Thing"(TM):


To you? Sixty quid for the Lot, Sir.



How I wish I had packaged all of the Snowdonia expansion in boxes like this! (there's also, not shown, a turntable AND a girder bridge AND a twin-bladed tin helicopter with its original box)



A pack of cards with the 'Duty' seal still intact? Wow!



A closer look...



One day this shall be a reality...


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I'm Dreaming of a W.C.

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Everything gets dressed up for Christmas in the Boydell household, including the littlest room (naturally):



You'll have to wait until Boxing Day for the 'Yule Log', though.
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I just got back from the windy city...

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...the windy city is mighty pretty etc

Poor Boffo: once a year, the company for whom he works requires a stocktaking exercise and the diddums lambkin has to get up 'early' on the weekend and go in. Fearful lest he be tardy, Boffo remarked that he'd have to leave the Club early so - in an Act of immense kindness - I insisted we start the meet half-an-hour early to give him some quality time. Indeed, as you read this post (if you're reading it on the day it was posted: see bottom-right), the noble Benjamin is up-to-his-elbow in ballbearings/weighing barrels of Mercury/losing count of small boxes in a warehouse/whatever the f*ck it is he does in Hereford while you and I sip our warm beverages and scratch our figurative perinea as part of a long lie-in.

We were six again courtesy of a rare - but always enjoyed - visit by Dave from Ledbury whose career choice keeps him away from us almost as severely as Secret Byll's! Boffo, arriving last, languished upon the plush leather armchair (that has mysteriously found its way in to the back room), sighed a world-weary sigh and without a word began glugging his red wine. My personal goals for the evening were to a) play a game with Dave, b) play a game with Gerv and c) try not to let the apocalyptic wind brewing in my gut physically and figuratively spoil the atmosphere.

First on our end of the table (myself, Jobbers and Dave) was Airship city while the others - gloatingly, it must be said - whistled through a palette-cleansing Nusfjord:


Jobbers accelerated to the full four workers and won by a comfortable, gusty margin.


This delightful worker-moving, resource-collecting, tableau-shuffling affair was a pleasure for everyone but I now realise that it's pretty essential to get at least a third worker in the game if not the whole set of four (and I was two gold shy of this before backtracking to a different strategy). In the time our sky-soaring took, the others also fitted in a Cyprus-board Concordia. Continuing the city-building theme, we opted for a six player Citadels; this also had the advantage of keeping the Batesons from going home a bit too early as our other option - Auztralia - would've taken two-thirds of us off for the remainder.


It's all larks until someone destroys Smudge's 6 point building!


It was a fairly-sedate game with 'those who have played before' steering pretty clear of Assassin and Thief victimhood but in the final round, Jobbers nuked one of Smudge's 'big' cards - which she had used to trigger the end game - and stole the then-inevitable victory from her...and handed it to Dave, who had quietly built up an impressive 27 points!

Boffo and Smudge stayed just long enough to teach us Warsaw: City of Ruins which has ably-replaced Between Two Cities in the tile-drafting Bateson catalogue (Becky HATED BTC).



Gerv had played before so kept the rest of us on-track; he and I leap-frogged each other on the score track for five of the six 'Ages' but I really swept away in the final Age. Warsaw: City of Ruins is a smart, fun, thinky spacial filler that fits in with the Club's morphic preferences pretty snugly.

And then we were done; the evening departed as quickly as it had arrived and it was safe for me to (finally) expel the trapped hurricane in my trousers in the warmth of one's Volvo. Oh, the relief!
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Punk/New Wave is my jam; it's something that winds the rest of the household up and sets the eyes a-rollin'. Too young to have been a true part of it, I watched it receding in the rear-view mirror of the 1980s as the 1970s faded to brown. The closest I ever came to participating was while in Polytechnic in Liverpool when I managed to see The Ramones and Stiff Little Fingers 'live'. I might've seen a back-to-the-circuit Buzzcocks too - it's all a little fuzzy now - but I certainly remember them on Top of the Pops: Pete Shelley's sarcastic sneer and buzzing, whining adolescent laments. Everyone remembers The Smiths being the band of the isolated teenage boy but while Morrissey sighed about unrequited love and poets to a jangling guitar, Peter sang about wanking and how unfair everything is...and he did it all with an acid wit in about two minutes thirty.


R.I.P Peter Campbell McNeish, 1955-2018.

As was coined on DJ John Peel's passing, we shouldn't have a moment's silence for Peter McNeish but - instead - a moment's noise:






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