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Every Man Needs A Shed

Life and games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Independent UK games designer, self-confessed Agricola-holic and Carl Chudyk fan-boy. www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk

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The World Wide Shed!

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A Slightly-Surreal Sunday Site-Surf


This is a REAL thing! Lordy!



"A man’s shed has, for generations, been a place for him to escape the stress and strains of life; a safe haven to gain much needed sanity; to be surrounded by his own useful things; a place to think; to make things; to mend things; to invent...and men the world over have done this largely on their own.

Men’s Sheds is a new way for men to pursue their interests, develop new ones, belong to a unique group, feel useful, fulfilled and have a sense of belonging...the Men’s Shed movement has arrived in Wales.
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I don't think my Shed is big enough but...what could we do, people? What should we get up to in my Shed?
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Can I get an Hallelujah?

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I know this is just ONE gaming website but I
think the sentiment applies to any-and-all of them!


(especially when it persists for > a couple o' days!)
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(K)noblesse oblige?

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For the last few weeks Mr Stuart Burnham, the most excellent and genial host of a rival daily blog 'It Beats Watching TV' (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blog/4563/it-beats-watching-tv), has been posting rather fine-and-interesting fayre and has - QUITE RIGHTLY - been getting more thumbs than a Maths teacher with a lithp.

However, in almost ALL cases he has NOT been getting as many thumbs as YOURS TRULY, regardless of the poppycock I've been spitting in to your Subscription feeds! So today, in a noble gesture of brotherhood and devotion to 'the cause', I'm just going to post this short message. That way he'll get ahead of me (if only for the one day).

Enjoy it, Stuart; you deserve it!

I'll just go over here (points) and wig out to some Primus if that's okay with y'all?

Yours, ever-so-sincerely folks,

'Uncle' Tony

P.S. This doesn't sound too smug or patronizing, does it? Only I'm aware that I cast a rather large Blog shadow.

P.P.S Oh dear. That 'large Blog shadow' bit DEFINITELY sounds smug. I'm so sorry.
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Writer of Wrongs

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Is it a berk?

Is it a pain? No, it's...

ShedMan!

Writer of Wrongs!

The Meeples' Champignon!

ShedMan!

I'll just leave these here. Feel free to use them when replying in the Forums!


Angry Mode:
Initiated by low ratings
of his games, low blood
sugar and people who use
the word 'there' when they
mean 'their' (and vice versa).



Sad Mode:
Initiated by low ratings
of his games, no more
biscuits left in the tin
and that bit at the end of
The Railway Children*



I am weeping as I type this caption. Every. Bloody. Time.



Surprised (in a good way) Mode:
Initiated by not-low ratings
of his games, Keyflower expansion
announcements and Lasagne for
supper.



Sleep Mode:
Initiated byzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
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Elles vivent!

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One of the most pleasant surprises of last year was a company approaching me - completely out-of-the-blue - to ask about publishing Bad Grandmas. My anarchic little 2-player / 18 card microgame made it on to Brett J. Gilbert's splendid Good Little Games site (www.goodlittlegames.co.uk) a while back - and is still there in it's raw form for PnP - and I'd pretty much abandoned these raddled old hags to their fate!

Enter Robin Red Games and the awesome artwork of Mr Pascal Boucher; they could see something appealing in the family-friendly rules combined with the offensive presentation of vicious old crones beating the living, lilac-scented shit out of each other! It's a sort of spiritual successor to Bloody Legacy, I suppose.

It's taken a while but, now, the Gang de Mémés is cackling over the horizon with their hairbuns, knitting needles and foetid breath! Oh, and I just LOVE the French puns in their names!


Une montage de FLIP 2015..."don't let these old skins have yours!"



For more info why not visit (and Like) https://www.facebook.com/GangDeMemesBadGrandmas
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It is the manner in which I relate them via the medium of verbal communication!

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Q. What's the difference between Origins and most Kickstarter campaigns?
A. One's an expensive Con and the other is an annual gaming event!

*baddomp-tish*

1. Knock knock
2. Who's there?
1. Carl Chudyk
2. Carl Chudyk who?
1. Well, it depends if I'm standing up, sitting, lying down or stood behind someone else!

*baddomp-tish*

Q. Why did the Fields of Arle fan cross the road?
A. To get the the Uwe side

*baddomp-tish*

1. My Doge has got no nose?
2. How does he smell?
1. (Canal) Grande!

*baddomp-tish*

Q. How many Gamers does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Ideally 1-5 in around 60 minutes.

*baddomp-tish*

A gamer walks into a Pub. Behind the Bar is a white mist of minute water droplets in the air as a result of heating water. The gamer says: "I know a Boardgame by Martin Wallace with the same name as you". The mist replies: "What? Dennis?!"

*baddomp-tish*

Q. What do you get if you cross Blow Football with Odd Jobs?
A. Odd Football
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Gencon Con

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Essen is not ‘where it’s at’ anymore, apparently; no longer 'Numero Uno' in the gamer charts, it’s been superseded by a reinvigorated (CLEAR! *ker-thump-sizzle*) Gencon.

Gencon Indy now wets more pants than its teutonic pork-and-beerfest cousin; I can hardly move in my Facebook and Twitter feeds for the smug "See you there!" and "Road trip!" posts. Still, you know that I keep my eyes to the ground and my ears on the horizon for those all-important news-nuggets and rumour-pimples:

[1] With trouser-tents already twitching in anticipation, Friedemann Friese has unveiled the first expansion for 504! In keeping with the 504 philosophy, the expansion can be played as if it were the original base game and the base game an expansion; it can also simultaneously function as a re-worked sequel of itself (a la Witches Brew/Broom Service), as a prequel and the 20th Anniversary edition with deluxe components. He’s also hinted that the rulebook will be different on each of the days of Spiel 2015. A pre-show appointment sheet will also be available online for game designers to book a five minute slot in order to slap the clever-clever git.

[2] Shite Games, making their first appearance at a US convention, are hoping to preview their latest dexterity frippery Airport Security. Advertised as ‘Buckaroo! meets a prostate exam’, players take it in turns to hide items - such as bottles of clear liquid, pen-knives and Glock pistols - about their ‘person’ before attempting to get through the Security gate at a busy mid-Western US airport. The cover shows a charmingly-rendered Dixit-style graphic of a hapless, overweight tourist undergoing a physical up to the elbow from a cheerful Customs Official. It’s unclear whether their CEO will make it into the country with the production-ready prototype – fingers crossed, eh?

[3] THE DREAM TEAM ARE TOGETHER AT LAST!!! – Yes, it finally happened: Uwe Rosenberg and Stefan Feld teamed up to produce what many are regarding as ‘the ultimate Euro’...

...or so they thought! While out on a Stag Party in Koln, the dynamic Deutsche duo were photographed mulling over what seemed-to-be a complex prototype combining Rosenberg’s preoccupation with agriculture (ie. vegetables) and Feld’s with thousands of colourful components! Nicknamed All Over The Gates of Loyang, it turns out that Uwe had had one too many wheat beers and was sick in the doorway of a Church! “I thought they were playing an impromptu Aquasphere” said a fictitious passer-by, yesterday.

[4] Ubiquitous though the ‘Legacy’ concept might be, crowd-funding obsessives Two-Fingered Salute will be promoting their latest KS project Life: Legacy. Following on from its Risk and Pandemic forebears, ‘Life: Legacy’ offers pledgers the chance to have decisions they make permanently affect the course of their time on Earth: from the loss of a trivial sum of money (say $1) right up to mortgaging their Estate to buy in at the $50,000 level! Stretch goals are unconfirmed but could include the Family Expansion (a modular mechanism to incorporate extra players after the game has started) and ‘Tragically-early Death’ (for those who like a shorter game).
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Easy like Thumbday morning...

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Well, wow!

Phew!

Cripes! And lawks a-mercy!

It's been quite a week for interaction with 'the Shed'; I've had to take a mop to the floor to clear up the muddy footprints! Of course a few exciteables couldn't help but leave little graffitos: a 'Boz woz ere' here and a playful marker pen cock-and-balls there...however I feel nothing but a tranquil gratitude towards you all.

Thanks for stopping by and you're always welcome.

Suggested donation etc*

*you can tell I've been visiting historic sites all weekend, can't you?
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'Til Death!

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Today is my (and my wife's) 23rd Wedding anniversary: "Silver Plate", apparently, though it seems that they're struggling after the 10th:

(some examples)
11th - Patterned Linoleum
12th - Pesto
13th - Winning Lottery Ticket (Minor)
14th - Artisan Bakery Products
:
27th - Manicured Lawn
28th - Marquetry
29th - Spandex
:
33rd - Fully-loaded MTGO Account
34th - Rare 1960s Vinyl E.P
35th - Granite Kitchen Counter-top


Ah, I remember the sunny July day as if it were yesterday...

(ripple-ripple-ripple-ripple)

Staying at my Best Man's place, I had a massive foamy bath and was cooked an ENORMOUS fried breakfast. I tied up my ponytail, put on my too-big purple suit and then we picked up the buttonholes on the way to the Church. The Church was an ornate and cavernous room in a Salesian priest-run Boys School - almost a Stately Home - but, thankfully, Term was over so we weren't encroaching on woodwork or lunchtime football. The officiating Priest gave his usual Homily - the one he gave every week at Mass - and before I can blink my mind's eye, we're all milling about the grounds for the photo calls. Transferring to (the now) Mrs B's grandparent's house a couple of miles away, we played cricket on the front lawn then in to the Marquee for grub and speeches! There was barn dancing and chatter and a splendid time had by all until midnight when us newly-weds departed with the party still in vigorous full-swing!

(ripple-ripple-ripple-ripple)

Twenty three years, five children, three houses and ten games later: here we are! Still very much in love - relishing the good times and battling the dark times.

Go Team Boydell!


Er...



And now something for my soul mate:

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She Blinded Me With Seance

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Ah! The family that plays together stays together!
Sunday night and it's time to close off the weekend
with some 'spooky Dixit' in the form of the splendid
Tajemnicze Domostwo.


Is there anybody there? Why yes: Poppa, Momma, Alice and Beebs from the Spirit's POV.

Games 1 and 3 were subject to running out of time
and Game 2 was down to selecting the villain on Day 7!
Daisy, a rather good Spirit actually, plopped out a
mostly green card and something with a chicken on...

"It's green like the Housewife and there's a chicken
which means eggs: like on her shopping list, probably!"

I shouted. The family don't like it when I 'take over',
so vociferously argued away from the Housewife to make
anything else fit. 10 minutes later we settled on the
Tailor instead. Daisy threw up her arms in despair:
"Dad was exactly right first time!" she exclaimed.

I had no time to gloat, however, as nobody likes a
smart-arse #itdoesntalwayspaytoberight
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