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
And, second: Go Ahead, Little Loc!
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!
And so it continues...
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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