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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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
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27th - Manicured Lawn
28th - Marquetry
29th - Spandex
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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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"But somehow the vital connection is made"

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Okay, folks; you wanna get the DEEP skinny on Guilds of London?

Well, Rahdo saw it a couple of years ago and we video-ed the run through TWICE but David Minken (ConnectMore) has print-n-played his own copy in the last 6 weeks and has put together the most comprehensive look at GoL that I have ever seen; it's even more comprehensive than my demo chit-chat at UK Games Expo!

Here's the YouTube linky:



...but be sure to thumb the Hell out of him here: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/74261/guilds-london/avoi...

Maybe even ram up some Geekgold with that thumbin' too?

Awesome, simply awesome!

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I'm quite tired now; it's all been very busy, hasn't it? This week, work has been immensely-frustrating due to an I.T issue that's been grinding performance down to almost zero; try and open an Excel spreadsheet and you literally need to go and get a coffee...it MIGHT be editable when you get back!

Fancy checking that email that just popped up in the notification window? Better pull out that book you've been saving for lunchtime and get another chapter in!

In some of the darker, screen-frozen moments I have been imagining kicking the monitor in and throwing the base unit through the plate glass window to it's splattering doom four floors below...I might even get to take out a Traffic Warden at the same time!



I'm surprised at how tense it's been making me, how TRAPPED I feel - technology is supposed to set us free, isn't it? So I skulk to the Restaurant and run a few Daily Missions on Subway Surfer (in Rio this month) or play Monument Valley all over again...then trudge back to see if Internet Explorer can be bloody arsed to process my F5 Refresh.

It's been a while, so while I'm waiting for the clock in the bottom-right to sync, how about a few rounds of A Day At The Office board game puns? That should kill time until Word completes the Find/Replace*

- 18ExExcel / One Night Ultimate Wordwolf / Fire & Access / Powerpoint Grid
- Rat Hot Desk / Rubik's Cubicle
- Flexi-con / Annual Le Havre / Off Sick Sack Huhnerkacke
- GANTTics / Spiralbound
- Risk (Register)
- Dominion: In-Tray / Kingdom Builder
- Lever Archipelago

*the word 'requirement' for 'shitburger' - try it, it's a lot of fun come the Change Control meeting!
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...is the current number of posts for both this and the iOS Board Games blog, putting me joint 2nd in the BGG-wide blog spam frequency charts!

BGG News is, frankly, uncatchable out in the 1700s...but I'll stick with second!

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Kill Your Darlings!

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So soon?

Really?

It turns out that I lied yesterday, sorry; I mentioned 'tweak' and
'this is it' but that was all so much carbon di-backside in the
broken-down lift of Life. I didn't plan it that way, it's just that after
posting this...




...I got a fulsome geekmail from a gaming pal expressing, honestly, his
concerns about the box: my tummy did a big, nervous flip.


gulp soblue

I looked at the box again, trying to detach myself from my own biased
i-love-it view, and sent an exploratory email to the magnificent Mr Franz
to see if - while not taking everything Rob said as Gospel (I didn't agree
with some of it) - he could "re-arrange" things just a little. Within 20
minutes, Klemens had sent THIS back:



Wow!

Yes it's a raw layout re-work but, seriously, can you believe this guy?
And I thought that I was a fast worker! We need a Grafiker des Jahres, yeah?



Eh?

I'd not intended the original post to be a work-in-progress affair but -
hey - sometimes you gotta go with the (critical) flow!
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A few tiny tweaks to come but, basically, this is it!

(Agricola size)
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God Rummy

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Right up until 1845HRS (Friday), we were on for an exceptional-for-the-time-of-the-year FIVE at The White Lion ONLY to have a last minute food-poisoned by a dodgy Kiwi email from Suzanna. We have yet determine, however, whether she was referring to the bollock-like, hairy fruit OR an antipodean Citizen as the perpetrator. No matter! I managed to nose the car right up to the wall in the 'back car park' and saunter, jauntily, in to the overspill room where Dan had forgotten Agricola and Jobbers, rather bafflingly, had only brought 6 Nimmt!! Lucky, then, that Uncle Tony had had the foresight to bring both Roll for the Galaxy AND Elysium, as well as a couple of tastebud-ticklers in Harbour and Innovation.

First up, with Jobbers already salivating in to the Pork Scratchings, was Roll for the Galaxy; currently my go-to 'opener' du jour, this isn't really a Filler because one invariably ends up playing two or three games and that's 90-120 minutes out of the session already sown up! Dan was new to it so, naturally, only just missed out on beating me in game one - Dan is rather good at picking up games - and then clobbered Jobbers and me in the next two; clobbered as in at least 15 points ahead 'clobbered'.



Having crested the summit of the evening, the closer was to be Elysium: designed by a couple of friends, nominated for the KSdJ and a glorious-looking package to boot. It's taken me this long, what with not attending any Surprised Stare Designer Days OR the Cambridge Playtest Meets in the last two years, to get round to actually playing it really for real!

In Summary: It's card drafting then card triggering then set collection - "God Rummy" according to Dan - for the meat of your veeps; five rounds of fearful chin-stroking later, the one with the most points is the winner.

This is, of course, the most ridiculous para of paraphrasings but Elysium is really that straight-forward! The proper evil comes with the acquisition of a card (or Quest) in the first place: the cost must be met by having particular coloured columns still in your pool and then paying ANY one column to take it. There are penalties for not being able to match a cost in your turn - on anything - but with a little careful planning you can usually avoid sticky moments; don't lose focus because the other players are on the lookout for 'screw you over' opportunities!

Dan seemed to be the most comfortable and 'flowing' with proceedings but Jobbers, dangerously close to being paralyzed in the analysis, hit some kind of rhythm halfway thru and never seemed to be troubled. I thought the final victory was between 'them two' but a four card LEVEL LEGEND and two complete Zeus FAMILY LEGENDS (plus their accompanying chits) put me within just 3 points of a triumphant Jobbers, tallying up on the stroke of 2300HRS: 58, 55 and 45.

Three chaps, two excellent titles and one cosy evening of gaming.
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Let The Gwryd Times Roll

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