Every Man Needs A Shed

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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No; Calimala is _not_ deep-fried squid.

Anthony Boydell
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(today, it's a quick write up of yesterday's events)


Opening anecdote: when I went to pick up the second batch of the birthday bottles of beer, I happened to meet up with my old 'A'-level Biology teacher; he was buying a tray of 12 bottles and he chortled to himself when he saw me loading 144 of my own. We waxed-lyrical about 'the old days' (we're talking the 1980s here) and how I was the ONLY student studying 'A'-level Biology and had the Lab to myself: breeding ten generations of Drosophila to see how genetics and mutations work, freezing live locusts to the point of coma so I can vivisect them, pretending I'm on the Nostromo by using the bunsen burner as a flamethrower etc. We supped a light, lunchtime ale as we chatted and I began to feel the first pangs of excitement...


The first beer of the weekend...opened with a little help from 'Bruce the Bottle Opener'!


Anyway, after a fish-and-chip supper, me and Ben and Richard and Craig popped over to Ross-on-Wye for games:


The excellent Calimala in progress. BTW Today's blog title makes reference to young Phillip D's witty rejoinder when I called for players #nowTHATScomedy



#badteacher Tony romps home by a country mile



Becky, quietly-smug, spanks the botties of everyone else at the Lancaster table. Again.



Never have so many..! From West Wales, Belgium, Berlin, Bristol, Berkshire and Bucks.


Intermediate anecdote: a Plough Inn regular wandered in to see what all the noise was, gave the room a confused and disdainful look and drifted straight back out again. Was that pity in his mournful eyes? Or was it the first flickers of rage, for we - this room of weirdos - had just emptied the barrel of the guest ale between us!


Mini Rails: it's a beautiful bastard! My developing beer goggles meant I kept tanking my own share interests (my excuse: the disc was hidden under another disc, m'lud!)



With Surya and Myriam in attendance, it would be rude to NOT play the wonderfully tricky trick-taker Sticheln. It always takes me the first Round to get settled...but that usually means I start Round 2 on minus 30 points!
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