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Sunday rolled around all shiny and new and, having very much enjoyed the escape to the wilds the weekend before, I determined we should repeat some perambulatory exertions this week too. Unfortunately, there was a reduced acceptance response from la famille, so it ended up being just me and Arthur and Ziggy racing the baked tarmac to Malvern - this time to sortie British Camp:

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With my bijou (Snowdon climb last year) holdall - replete with sandwiches crisps, sweets, water, spray-on sun block and dog treats - and my floppy 'Cricketing' hat - we tucked the Volvo in a corner of the car-park (opposite an enormous US-imported Ford) and set off up the steep incline.

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A boy and his dog.


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Far left: where we walked last time.


One day, I have determined that we'll spend the day going back-and-forth across the whole bumpy lot of 'em; however, for today - in the sweaty, dry hotness - British Camp was enough:

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Once at 'the summit', there are a number of winding and branching ridge routes to divert you; we paused for food and then set off on a great 'top of the world' circuit.

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Despite the obviously well-populated hilltop, there was more than enough space - and there were more than enough paths - for us to avoid bumping in to anyone.

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Two hours, 9000 'steps' and a packet of Swizzels' Drumstick Squashies for 'energy boosting' later, we trudged - heavy-footed and panting back to our chariot:

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A slightly over-the-speed-limit-with-all-the-windows-down swoosh home helped with the cooling down somewhat.

Next week: a return to The Skirrid, near Abergavenny (fingers crossed). I've also mooted a couple of days away to North Wales - Welsh Assembly Covid-19 rules & restrictions permitting - and my third ascent of 'the big one' in as many years: fingers crossed!
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This very rare and collectible trinket, from the history of the having trouble with their suppliers, obviously Universal Publications Ltd was a little expensive BUT absolutely worth it:

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Here's fun*!

(i) Roll a d6 four times; each time consult the row that matches
the number for the part you've rolled for. Make up the compound
name of Dávid Turczi/Daniele Tascini's latest
ancient Civ-themed dice-drafting-up-the-wazooh extravaganza from Board&Dice.

(ii) Now, roll the d6 three more times to make the sub-title (the tiny text bit in each cell):


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What did YOU roll? And what's the elevator pitch for the result?

And DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE!!!



*YMMV
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I made the first - tentative - moves towards establishing my Museum of Board Games this week; not in the Estate Agents or a fistful of lottery tickets but, instead, a polite e-mail to the Dean Forest Railway. As a heritage railway, they're suffering with the lockdown and most of the staff have been furloughed; my email was acknowledged by an 'out of office' with the reassurance that when someone gets back in again, they'll take a look. Of course, Heritage railways have (literally) tons of equipment and rolling stock lying around the place: no matter its condition, they'll welcome it with open arms then shunt it in to a siding to rust, gently, in to the next Century. My email wondered if the DFR might have a spare carriage that I could convert in to a (starter) exhibition of railway-themed board games and ephemera. If I could secure such a vehicle, I might be able to mobilise it as some sort of travelling attraction: pulled along by a retired Bus Driver with nicotine-stained whiskers and his sweaty Fireman (ironically both 'Ex-' and 'Volunteer')

Re-panelled, painted and fitted with shelves and cabinets (cheap, from Covid-19 bankrupted businesses), Tony's Pullman of Hobbyist Treasures could keep the punters happy while they waited for the 10.17 to chuff in from Lydney. Aa-and, of course, I could have a little shop selling Ivor The Engines, Snowdonia Deluxe Master Sets and a shiny shelf of upcoming (and Award-nominated) Race The Rails!

The Inbox remains quiet (for now); fingers crossed, eh?

Continuing in this vein: a brace of loco-themed, post-War delicacies - with outstanding art style - found their way to my doorstep this week; I, simply, cannot resist the look of these things.

First: Rail Race

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What a dynamic, bright and captivating cover!


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Cover removed to reveal...surely not?!...a UK Map Board?!?!


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A lean rule set nestles, traditionally, on the underside of the box lid.


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It is!


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It is a UK Map Board! Huzzah!


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There's an entire book on the quality of early game inserts, you know; maybe I should write it?


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Look at this beautiful - and complete - set of lead player markers!


And, second: Go Ahead, Little Loc!

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A curious roll-and-move thrown the wrinkle of the 'switch' tiles; these can moved, or swapped out, to one's advantage / others' disadvantage and there's a 'Sorry'-esque 'bounce you all the way back to the Start' to really help those hours fly by!

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Not as pretty as their metal cousins above, the plastic locos have their own charm nevertheless.


And so it continues...
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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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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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