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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Keeping the flame alive!

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
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Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
Welcome...to my Shed!
Spring is springing and our thoughts, naturally, turn again to love upcoming conventions: UK Games Expo, Origins, GenCon and many more. One convention that most of us are unlikely to attend - but is no less significant because of this - is the 3rd Uganda Village Game Convention:

Aside from the usual board game try-outs, art arena, RPG and LARP sessions, the organisers - ie. the children - have planned some spectacular additional events:

A demonstration 7-player event for Twilight Imperium III, "which...will have centre stage in our brick shelter!"

2 vs 2 X-Wing tournament, which will introduce the children to miniatures for the first time

A Burley Games Treasure Island tournament.

A This War of Mine "How long can you last?" competition for older children. Reading will be a pre-qualification to participate in this brilliant game.

"How to make your own Omweso set" plus the Gulu Youth Omweso Championship.

A board game design workshop (for which I, Tony, am a Judge!!!)

How utterly, completely and overwhelmingly fan-bloody-tastic is all of the above? Education, fun, socializing and a healthy dose of ambition too!

As always, I don't feel I'm doing enough by just posting a few blogs about this soul-enriching endeavor so - this time - I made use of my recent Game Design Weekend (with pals Ben 'Boffo' Bateson and Matt Green) to brainstorm a small-but-perfectly-formed game...and it was Boffo who steered us in to the daft valley of 'matchstick railways' OR, as I have now determined: Firebox!

Each matchbox 'set' contains the components for a single player and the range is for 3 to 6 players:

In summary: you all have five minutes to lay out your obstacles (tunnel, mountain) and your six stations and your matches to connect/build through/build over them and those of your opponents. Once connected, you can ship passenger dice to their home (pip count) stations ANYWHERE you can reach...the further and more elaborate the journey, the more points you score!

So how does when get hold of this astounding box of delights? Everyone who donates £30 or more will be able to get copies according to this handy summation:

£30 : Three copies of a Firebox 'box' - enough for 3 players)

£40 : Four copies of a Firebox 'box' - enough for 3 or 4 players!

£50 : Six (a complete set) of Firebox 'boxes' - enough for 3 to 6 players!

£100 : Two complete sets of Firebox 'boxes' - enough for 3 to 6 (or 12!) player PLUS a set of six 'hand-drawn by Tony' landscape sheets (that's a piece of coloured-in A4 to you, my dears)

Now that's got to be a real incentive to show your love and admiration?!

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