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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I knew I'd seen it somewhere before!

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You know, it's always a joy when your manufacturer - with seven weeks to go until Spiel 2019 - comes out with a facepalm-ing issue AND that joy is further enhanced by having had peeps work like bloody Trojans to get everything print-ready in time in the first place.

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I’m really sorry to bring some bad news but the card supplier we had lined up for this project has, despite pressure our side, indicated that he can in no way supply in time for Essen. I already went to other suppliers and found one that can ensure delivery in time and against the desired quality but if they were to produce the cards on the same size (105x75mm) it would be app. 1,- per game more expensive. And as that is too big a price gap for us to cover I need to discuss this with you to see how best to proceed.

What I don't understand is why there is a 'card supplier'; I always thought they'd print decks on large sheets of casino board and then cut, stack and pack 'em?! Mother Theresa on a Dogshit Bicycle but this is a fucking pantomime, ain't it?! Who knows if we'll get it sorted in time now.

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I was searching the filesystem for some old Bloody Legacy art files but came up with zilch. The nearest thing was a first .PPT attempt at a version 2 - ie. more cards, more powers - and in one of the 'Archive' directories, buried in the ruins of a hundred failed-to-get-even-a-paper-version ideas, was this:



I've been mulling over doing a Snowdonia: Das Kartenspiel for a while but (obviously) I'd been thinking about it 10 years ago. Naturally, I neither remember doing this nor do I recall how any of it might get played out! It does look like a shared deck, ladder-climbing affair - which would make those who draw the trains or stations seem to have a big advantage? Maybe?

Anyway, I've printed the slides out and set them aside for a drizzly afternoon; I still have to find a way of bleeding those heritage railways for the filthy Gift Shop lucre!
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Just be sure that the copies of Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set get to their (late to the party) recipients in good order, I went online and got some packing boxes made-to-measure. This is dead easy nowadays: just enter the dimensions, pick the thickness and the surface finish and you're off! A week later, a hundred of the buggers landed on the Boydell doorstep so I lugged everything in to the Shed apart from the first package (of 4) and decided to get dispatchin':


Hard at work! Each copy comes with a little kiss from Uncle Tony.


Now...to see the face on our local MyHermes agent when he sees this little lot waiting on the porch!

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(we are in a FLGS. The hideously-patterned carpet is invisibly-strewn with chits, cubes and ‘chads’ (from ‘punching’); the gaming tables are liberally provided with smartphone charging points – for when the ‘Torch’ app is used to locate a dropped component – and the cashier is sticking a laminated “We Buy Any Kickstarter Pledge” sign on the PoS wall. A young customer approaches, hesitates momentarily, and then enters)

Door bell: *dink*

Cashier: (looking up from blutac-ing a “Please Do Not Ask For a Refund As A Refusal Often Offends” sign) Morning, Chief.

Customer: (nervously) Um -

Cashier: (tersely) Spit it out, Scout; I haven’t got all day, you know.

Customer: Well, er, I recently bought a copy of Ticket To Ride from you and –

Cashier: Tee-tee-are, eh? Lovely game – what’s wrong with it, Champ?

Customer: Nothing, actually, I just have some rules questions.

Cashier: (puts the sign down; places lump of blutac behind ear) Yes?

Customer: Well, um, can I take tickets and then build a line in the same turn?

Cashier: (pauses for a brief moment) Did you read the rules, Buck?

Customer: Er, “the rules”?

Cashier: Yes. The rules.

Customer: What do they look like?

Cashier: Well, they’re a bit like a thin book and they usually come in the box, Friend. Did you get the rules in your box?

Customer: The square, papery thing with writing all over it? I threw it out.

Cashier: That’s the one; threw it out? Why?

Customer: I paid over £40 for the game; I shouldn’t have to ‘read the rules’ as well, surely?!

Cashier: You’re not a millennial, are you, Buddy?

Customer: (affronted) What’s that got to do with anything?

Cashier: Did you check ‘on line’, Mucker?

Customer: Well, I went to the publisher’s web site.

Cashier: And?

Customer: Something was available to download…but it looked exactly the same as the papery thing.

Cashier: (sighs) Have you tried looking on the Boardgamegeek forums?

Customer: Not really, but –

Cashier: But what, Pal?

Customer: I created a post asking the questions.

Cashier: Did you get any replies, Mate?

Customer: I have no idea; I’ve not checked back since. I assumed someone would Geekmail me in due course.

Cashier: How many questions have you actually got, Skipper?

Customer: (pulls a sheaf of A4 papers and a pen from his pocket) Er, about seventy –

Cashier: (incredulous) Seventy?!

Customer: Give or take.

Cashier: (sighs again) Go on then…

(a not-insignificant amount of time passes)

Cashier: - yes, but you have to keep at least one of them. Now, is that all, Amigo?

Customer: (pleased) Wow! Yes, indeed! Many thanks for all your help!

Cashier: I noticed that you didn’t write any of that down

Customer: Why would I do that?

Cashier: So that you can remember all of the answers the next time you play?!

Customer: Oh, I’m not going to play it! Now that you’ve answered all of my questions, I don’t really think it’s the kind of game for me. Shall I give the person who buys it off of me your number?

Cashier: (agog)

Customer: (spies something out of the corner of his eye) Ooh! Gloomhaven! I’ve heard some great things about that! I think I’ll take a copy!

(the cashier collapses underneath the counter; there is the sound of a quacking trumpet)

Customer: Was it something I said?
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I wouldn't give a 4X for anything else.

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With both Boffo and Smudge away, there could only be one thing on the Friday schedule: Eclipse. Despite Jobbers abandoning at the very last minute, three eager inductees joined me for some spacely-operatic fun and frolics.

The final round saw an utterly-splendid escalation of tensions with SEVEN battles to be resolved as a final reckoning -



- before 'the final reckoning':



Add three more fans of this wonderful experience.
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A cartoon without a caption is a sad and mournful thing; perhaps, dear hearts, you might assist?


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