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For the first time in 10 months, we're a whole family again! With a 'tiny house' parked in the garden for Alice, everyone has their own space and there is space for everyone. And there's nothing quite like that one meal-time in the day when you all get to sit together (a life-long constant for the Boydell babies) and chew the fat with the food:



Being the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, a glass of warming wine helped keep the October chills away as we played The Black Overcoat Game watched, utterly-bewildered, by Benedict's girlfriend 'Tig':



Alice has not seen the re-versioned copy (bigger cards, templated effect wording etc) and lamented the missing collaborative art of the original so - with a fist full of drawing pens - we set forth to rectify the problem.

I had to duck out a round before the end (Daisy won by possessing my entire turn and winning as me) to cast my benevolent gaze over the Gaming Rules! play-through of Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea BUT they carried on scribbling:


About 25 - only 10% of the cards - done


The coming Winter nights may be long and dark but we've got plenty to be getting on with!
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The Gaming Proctologist - VI (End Game)

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Absolutely
The End
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This would GREAT on a tee-shirt!

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In fact, I'm getting TWO XL tees made up: one for me and one for...someone else! I feel a competition coming on!



Simply comment below by telling me who would win this fight and why (the funnier/cleverer, the better) - no SLANDER, though!

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The Gaming Proctologist - V

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Tea Trailer

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Tomorrow (Friday) night:



(I'll be lurking in the chat)
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My eldest, Alice, is coming home today; she has been in Australia since February and I shall never get used to her - or any of the children - being away: especially for such a long period! While they're independently making their memories, Mrs B and I have plenty of our own memories already: when they were new-born, when they crawled or walked or talked for the first time - as fresh in our minds as if it were only a year ago (rather than quarter of a century). There seems to be an acceleration when they start at 'big school' (as Arthur has just done); one moment they're plodding to classes laden like pack horses (the ubiquitous lot of a 'Year 7') and the next they're having driving lessons FFS.

Of course, with Alice 'adventures' having never been far away: when she was 9, she went on a school trip to France and was delayed at Charles de Gaulle (Terminal 2E) the day before the building collapsed (!). When she visited her Spanish pen-pal in 2010, she flew out of Madrid airport the day before they closed it for a week thanks to the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Now - the day before she flies home - she gets herself on to a Protest March for Extinction Rebellion...and ends up on the Aussie news!



Mrs B sent her the simple message: "Please don't get arrested and miss your flight!".
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une bonne tasse de thé

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On Friday, I tuned in to watch a live explanation and play of Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea in Twitch. Now, while I am NOT a French speaker, I _do_ have a rudimentary understanding and, if course, I know the context of their conversations:


(keep an eye out for me jumping in on the chat*)




After a while, you sort-of tune in and it's pretty clear what's going on! Oh, for a Babelfish!

*as in 'the comments' NOT 'the cat'
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He only went and done it!

Browsing the Gaming World
https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/6104

Go and congratulate this fascinating and thoughtful (and persistent!) blogger with some proper Geek affection:
Alexandre - here's to the next 1000!


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it's the end of the week as we know it (but I feel fine)

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You will notice that I've been having some fun this week?! Yes, indeed, there's nothing like sucking out the poison with a few hearty satirical slurps. I have been doing serious stuff too, of course; while the pre-schduled cartoon publishing took care of itself, I have been noodling with something extra for Attention All Shipping.

"What, more?!" you cry.
"Yes: more!" I reply.

Well, yes, I am letting my imagination and enthusiasm run away with me but - hey - it's a tried-and-tested rule that you throw it all in at the start and then prune as the development process continues. Mind you, AAS is feeling a little bit like Snowdonia did circa 2009 (when the second overhauled version - the one that would be the final version - took hold); it's got a little bit of a "system" going on with the action points, the Tales and the Weather; so, in addition to the recent 'campaign' reorganisation...



...I have been exploring a flip-side-of-the-board alternative scenario: the Blaenau Ffestiniog to the Snowdon Mountain Railway, if you will:


The Isles of Scilly


Most of the markets / catch tables are simply placeholders at the moment; I've been trawling (pun intended) the Internets for fish stock surveys of the 20th century to try and help distribute the species. Oceanographic scans show that the Isles of Scilly have quite the land area submerged just below the surface (5 metres or so) with quick drop-offs to some serious trenches! There are 700+ identified wrecks and it's famously visited by seals, whales, basking sharks and even tuna (!). The most obvious parallel for AAS: IoS is Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium, I suppose: a new board(s) and decks of cards.

This is how we designers do stuff, of course; it should be no surprise (by now) that many expansions were part of the original, 'everything including the kitchen sink' concept - and there's no better way to ensure something is wholly-integrated (and non-game breaking) than testing it in the entirety!

Edit: Given that 'Scilly' is a sub-set of the original map board, I will NOT be accepting suggestions that this should be renamed Attention Some Shipping. Thank you for your interest.



In other news, the Surprised Stare Games Ltd Spiel preparations are almost complete:







Only two weeks to go.
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The Gaming Proctologist - III

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