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It's a wonder our Posties don't have hernias!

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A parcel arrived from Northern Ireland - much delayed by either the new bureaucracy of Brexit's Border in the Irish Sea / everyone at Hermes running around with their thumbs up their arses (delete according to preference):
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In this parcel - part of a purge by my long time gaming pal idlemichael - were the following delicious items:
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This is quite RARE, isn't it?

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Old school...

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Whut?!

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A proper gem - I came to this late and think it's pretty fab.

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Classy.

Nominally for the Museum's stock of modern exemplars, these will be perfect with the Wednesday group too.

Thanks, Michael!
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As you may well know, I am a HUGE fan of the Five Games for Doomsday "content creation media channel" (see note 1, below) and am proud to spaff some cash on some highly-desirable, tie-in, branded merchandise...though I draw the line at fucking 'flip-flops':

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Fancy watching something pretty cool? Well, this weekend (it started early this AM) is a World Record attempt for the playing of Dune:
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You can watch it streamed - LIVE! - here:

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Unsurprisingly - because it's dripping with theme and really well designed - Obsession has become a bit of an obsession (I am now fully "expansion-ed up") and I need much more space in the box; unfortunately, I can't remember which supplier of box inserts is/are the one(s) to avoid so I've plumped for sorting it all out from home. But, first, best get the long trudge around the town out of the way:
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Bare wheat fields with a spear of trees through the middle leading
to flooded orchards, cabbaged fallows and gurgling brooks.

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Preparation is everything!

Right! Now I can settle down to crafting:
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Oh, FFS.

Ok, so with the lid not closing enough to stop 'shelf retrieval spillage', first point of order is to address the box itself - cue: rummaging around in the Shed for something unlikely to be used for its original purpose:
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Pal Nick sent me a whole bunch of KS-sourced miniatures mayhem for me and Arthur to get stuck into; sadly, we never finished 7th Continent's first Curse and failed to even open the lid of Gloomhaven before Arthur reached puberty, bought his own Xbox from saved pocket money and we've not really seen much of him since! Still: "waste not, want not" and a new use for a massive box:
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Combined with some 1950s wallpaper - that I'd used to wrap Mrs B's main Christmas present - I have a sufficiently-capacious AND attractive receptacle for all of my Downton-esque gubbins!
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As gloomy as the New Year has been, the weekend chilled and brightened; after a Saturday spent reading in bed (Foundation's Edge*) followed by watching the new series of Toast** followed by taking the boys to the Cinderford indie cinema to see Spiderman: No Way Home*** followed by catching up with some of the recorded holiday TV programmes, I really needed to supplement a pathetic Step count; thus, Sunday was earmarked for a good trog through the woods.
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The slippery steps of my wellington boots got me puffing in short order...
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...but the dog didn't need any encouragement and was quickly off into the pine needles, leafy drifts and the stinky water...
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...the squidgy paths...
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...the orange clay and the black puddles...
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...the squish and squelch...
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...the slop and splash...
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...and back to the car park, smug and sweating, two hours later.
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Someone is going to need a bath!


*Remarkable; I'm motoring through my re-read of the Series
**Strange, silly and Matt Berry's voice is remarkable
***Good fun but, ultimately, unremarkable
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Very pleasing news this morning (surfing the Internets) as I happened upon a Gibsons announcement that Race The Rails - along with Andrew Harman's Connecting London - has been shortlisted for the 2022 Gift of the Year - Branded Gift award!
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Gibsons have further expanded their partnership with Transport for London, the government body responsible for London's rail networks, to produce a raft of new branded products.

Race the Rails is a speedy, simultaneous and sometimes silly family game that celebrates the iconic London Underground and is perfect for ages 8 and up. Hop aboard the London Underground and race across the city as you attempt to be the first passenger to arrive home! Follow the routes of the famous lines, make the connections on time and try not to get held up by obstacles along the way. Keep your eyes peeled, mind the gap and stand clear of the doors.

Connecting London is the most recent game in the Gibsons Transport For London collection. A strategic, tile-laying game, where players build the iconic Zone 1 London Underground Map, scoring by connecting famous mainline stations and London landmarks. The first player to make 5 connections and complete their Underground sign wins. The two new games have been developed in collaboration with talented game designers. They give fans the opportunity to competitively build Zone 1 of the tube map or race across London visiting famous stations while completing tasks along the way.

Both games have completely plastic free packaging, and have the iconic TFL branding turned into a striking box. The perfect Christmas or birthday gift for adults, kidults, train enthusiasts, friends, and tourists to the capital
https://www.giftoftheyear.co.uk/2022-category/branded-gift/t...
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I snuck out in the late AM of New Year's Eve for a wander and, to be honest, an escape from the enclosing walls of Chez Boydell: our Covid caution has kept us under House Newent Town Arrest.

Properly-masked, I scouted the charity shops of Tewkesbury - an excellent little Gloucestershire town - and popped into a favourite secondhand bookseller on the off-chance. I chatted with the proprietress about board games - as they had a tiny corner with related books in (see above) - and she mentioned how they like modern fayre such as Wingspan and Ticket to Ride; she even used the term "Euro Games" in the conversation!

We exchanged social media details as well as 'items' for 'money'; more lovely pieces for the Museum's library:
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I even treated myself to a film-wrapped, 1954 second impression of Under Milk Wood: I'm a proper grown-up, you know.
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Much later - on the (Tues)day I returned to work, in the mid-PM hole between Teams meetings, a sunny sky beckoned me out into the wide, Newent yonder for ninety minutes thumping across the acres with the dog:
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The bliss of it.
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Happy New Year!

Goals for the upcoming emergence from Hell year:
See Aleph Null in its final, published form!
Find a home for Attention All Shipping
Have an excellent first, full year - with a proper tourist season - in the Museum of Board Games!
Meet up more regularly with fellow designers (like we all used to do)
Go to Leiriacon and Essen Spiel
Get two tables running every Wednesday at The Newent Knights
Feel less sad/frustrated about the state of the World
Go on more walks

Seems like a straightforward enough list to check back 'in' on at the end of 2022...

What about you lot of scruffy Herberts/Herbertas?!
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Just about 19 years ago, I registered an account on a little known, up-and-coming website that covered board games; this seemed like an awesome and beneficial idea given I had just published my first and had high hopes of publishing more. Though my level of interaction was, initially, very low - adding product pages for Coppertwaddle and Hesketh's Legacy (which would become Bloody Legacy) / asking the occasional rules question - it has, of course, become a fixed point in my daily living: blogging, research, news, discussion and/or feedback.

Naturally, the environment provided by Aldie and the team has developed over the years: it's much hotter on ill-mannered/disruptive behaviours*, it's more inclusive and - in many areas - far more professional: all essential and laudable qualities if you're going to ask folks for financial support:
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You might already pay a weekly subscription to your local games group and/or patronize a favourite content provider; you will all, certainly, spend more on games and the hobby than the general populace - so, I urge you to consider one further donation:


BoardGameGeek is the biggest and best at what it does and I am proud to be able to participate in some, small measure.

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I was minded to check on my Kickstarter account after a positive tsunam-ette of receipts through November and December that seemed catch-up with a growing, Covid-induced Backlog of Expectancy: in through the 'In' door came A game about WEE WHIMSICAL CREATURES and trying to identify them after someone makes noises., すべてがちょっとずつ優しい世界 (A World Where Everything Is a Little Kinder), The Split, Tea, Scones, and ARSENIC, CoraQuest, Tharos, Metro: City Edition – Deluxe Big Box, Tinners' Trail, Mantis Falls and Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall. Equally, due the strange time-altering way that KS fulfilment works on the brain and emotions, I found myself staring at some of these boxes in confusion with but one word on my lips: "Why?". No matter; they're here now and have found appropriate resting places in the nooks and crannies of the Library room. Rest assured they're on "the list" of things to take to game nights as a priority and will probably not end up at the UK Games Expo Bring 'n Buy come May.

My other sink for funds - more regular but less substantial overall - is my Patreon account: the one where I'm a pledger rather than a creator. For an average of about £50 a month, the following worthy (in my eyes) enterprises receive a small measure of support:
Tim Molloy (https://www.patreon.com/timmolloy) - fantasy artist and writer in the style of Moebius (see also HERE)
Heavy Cardboard (https://www.patreon.com/HCHQ) - the podcast/stream for those with more challenging tastes, Edward and Jess continue to engage us with play-throughs, reviews, teaches and chit-chat of-and-about the heavier side of the hobby. They're also wonderful, generous and warm people.
Gaming Rules! (https://www.patreon.com/GamingRules) - Paul Grogan is the hardest working man in Ludo-business ie. the James Brown of the boardgaming world!
5 Games 4 Doomsday (https://www.patreon.com/5g4d) - I supported Ben when he was Perfect Information, I support him now with 5G4D and I will support Ben in anything he puts his hand to in the future: he is a unique and valuable resource in the hobby and, yet, remains criminally unappreciated.
Pappy's (https://www.patreon.com/pappysflatshare) - a trio of Brit comedians who, since 2011, have been podcasting, writing and performing their wonderfully daft brand of silliness. I was lucky enough to see them record live just weeks before the first pandemic lockdown (see HERE)
Garrett's Games & Geekiness (https://www.patreon.com/garrettsgames) - surely, the grand-daddy of all gamer podcasts, Doug and Shelley G have been reviewing and chatting for 15 years or so and I am proud to count myself as one of their pals (albeit long-distance most of the time). Friendly, positive and inclusive.
Athletico Mince (https://www.patreon.com/athleticomince) - more comedy but, this time, from a well loved and far better known comedic institution: Bob Mortimer. Surreal, silly and hilarious.

Of course, I do find myself on the other side of the crowdfunding divide with The Museum of Board Games and, as the first year in which it is a real thing comes to a close, the opportunity for a small development has arisen!
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Who'd ever have imagined that a Board Game Museum would get an expansion, eh?!
Well, a small office and 'back room' immediately next door is coming available from January and would need me to 'knock through' a partition wall to join up: more exhibition space, more storage space and - equally useful - more window and exterior wall space for signage etc; it's a small increment on the overall rent but seemed too good a chance to let slip! You shall, of course, be able to bear witness to developments via this blog.

If you would like to support the museum then why not consider becoming a Patron and follow this link to sign up? You can get gifts and everything! https://www.patreon.com/themuseumofboardgames
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