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It will come as no surprise to you to learn that I collect comics in addition to games.

And 1st Editions.

And Lego.

And Art.

And vinyl LPs.

Yes, indeed; comics from 2000AD and classic DC to Clowes and ACME publications. On the more esoteric fringes of the storage bins are rarities from the second half of the 20th century from smaller publishers; here are some of my favourites:

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Good vibes and positive energy EVERY issue from this little-known 70s independent.


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The continuing irate adventures of a rage-driven, diminuative maniac.


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No larks, japes or shenanigans whatsoever.


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I've managed to get hold of the special Free Gift issue STILL WITH THE FREE GIFT: an E.T. of your very own!


Marvellous.
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The last 3 minutes are quite the tirade:

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He that will make good use of any part of his life must allow a large part of it to recreation.

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(quote by John Locke)

I'm a soft touch for an old book: the smell, the weight of years, the delicacy required for the handling and so on - sensual pleasures all. Thus, given the opportunity, friends and relations often acquire antique items with which to (easily) appease me; this Christmas, along with a copy of Plus & Minus from the In-Laws, came a small windfall with which to "get yoursel' summat noice, tweacle".

Back during my Liverpool Polytechnic BA(Hons) Computer Studies (sandwich year), sprinkled amid the Sunday roleplaying and Wednesday boardgaming sessions with Mark and Mike and Rob and Hadyn, would be side helpings of 500 if numbers permitted: a variant of Euchre, that rather gripped us. What better way to a) connect with those dim memories of youth and b) scratch my bibliophilic urge than treat myself - courtesy of someone else's generosity - to a palm-sized curio from the late 1880s?

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Slapdash lettering?! Half-arsed graphics?!
Typesetting and general layout all over the bleedin' shop?!
It's gorgeous, innit?!


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Naturally, my eye was drawn immediately to the title "Railroad Euchre"


John Keller's prose is formal yet straightforward, clear and concise and - see below - has a sparkle of mischievousness about it too:

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No dry read, then; just lots of yummy information served under a delicate-but-robust conversational crust: delicious!
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"Are you ever coming to play games with us and Dave again?"

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Another week, another forty or so hours in the company of Microsoft Teams and Office 365. Huddled in the same corner of the Library room has been the Tony Boydell default position since mid-March and, to some extent, it's become a refuge of sorts:
door shut, I am shielded from the many day-to-day obligations of the running of the household (washing, ironing, cleaning, cooking); though I do have the most interaction with the dishwasher and the bins (filling them up, putting them out);
when things get exasperating with work, I can simply close the electronic window and decompress in some M:TG, in-advance blog writing, cartooning and/or mocking up the next prototype. Had I continued to be in central London attendance, these moments of respite would be fewer (and the attendant anxiety stronger);
all my 'best' books and board games are in there too; as is a reliable bluetooth speaker through which my iPhone spews its melange of slam, orchestral classics, pop, punk, folk, dance, jazz, electro, esoterica, rock and balladry.

The unnerving (re-)disappearance my deep, facial dimples has alerted me to the physical effects of pandemic-induced indolence (cheese, biscuits and - through the Summer - beer) so I have been resolved to 'get out' at least once a day: currently, this involves dragging the Zigmeister through muddy fields for 90 minutes BUT also includes just spending long periods in other - non-Library - rooms. The family supper now involves laptop-scoffage in front of an episode of Taskmaster and, perhaps, something Star Trek-flavoured when everyone else has drifted away. Mrs B will return, presently, for Staged or a comedy panel show or streamed box-set - just her and me with occasional offers of 'a tea beverage' from one or other of the daughters.

Banished, then, from the routine is a seat in front of Skype for Friday night gaming with the Ross-on-Wye gamers who - according to the most recent roll-call - seem to comprise just Ben, Becky and Dave. I can't settle to the idea of three hours more in front of the screen getting a numb arse in the same chair looking at the same shelves; and I certainly can't settle on the woefully-small selection of game implementations in which I am interested. Great as they are, there is only so much El Grande, Macao, Race for the Galaxy, Troyes, Innovation, Concordia and Snowdonia that I am able to stomach and my stomach is now achingly-bloated. There is also the (not so) small matter of the new acquisitions that remain un-consumated; I'm not referring to the Museum pieces but Across The United States, Grand Trunk Journey, Paris, Freedom: The Underground Railroad, High Rise, Ride the Rails and so many more - rules browsed, unpunched and bagged and ready for an 'off' that seems pretty 'way' at the moment.

Thus, do I muse upon Smudge Bateson's plaintive Messenger query from last night (see title); until IRL becomes properly safe (and, indeed, 'legal'), the RoW gamers' 11th birthday is going to come and go with barely a nod.

PS. I was noodling with the idea of doing a RoW cartoon strip but I can't get a clear picture of what Jobbers looks like, it's been that long!
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Bringer of Sucky and Non-Sucky Things

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Gosh, but 1000 posts milestone come round quicker each time - don't they?! Today it's the turn of Christian Heckmann (aka Harbinger) with the marvellously 'metal' Everything Sucks! blog.

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I say 'metal' because there's the glorious, grinding, industrial cacophony of his preferred aural genre (bands like "Crevice!", "DiamondGlans" and "Gutteral Screams From The Voids Of Asgard") BUT there's also a very barbarian bent to his gaming tastes too: eschewing the simple pleasures of Nordic Fishing for dudes, more dudes and room-for-a-few-more-dudes-on-that map on the map fayre. He also seems to have a direct pipe into the German warehouse network, receiving great gouts - pulsing gobbets - of new product almost daily!

During the 'first millenium', we've seen him tell us we're wrong about obviously right things, written and released his own album, earned a significant qualification and taken to calling Nusfjord "Nussy" - which makes me very happy indeed. He also does funny takes on the idiosyncrasies of his first language. And he wanks on, incessantly, about Cave Evil which I really want to get a copy of now but it's impossible - gah!

Anyway: many congratulations, Mr Aitch! Don't stop now, you've come too far!
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Walking across the sitting-room, I turn the television off
Sitting beside you, I look up to the shelves
At the rows of hobby-games laid in a straight line
I say we should play Targi, or maybe Fields of Arle?
And it's "Hello, babe", with your gamer eyes so blue
"Hey, my baby", don't you love these games for two?!
Coming closer with our eyes, a distance falls around our bodies
Out in the garden, the moon seems very bright
Six scruffy, bearded men move across the lawn slowly
The seventh walks in front with his hold-all high in hand
And it's "Hey, babe, there's players waiting for you.
Hey, my baby, we can play with more than two!"
I've been so far from here
Far from Glory To Rome
It's good to feel Root again
It's been a long long time
Hasn't it?

I know a gamer who has lots of games
With Kallax' huge, he has no shelves of shame
I know designers, who make up their designs
You, can't you see he's lulled you all
Yes, he's here again
Can't you see he's lulled you all?
Take a swipe: prototype
He's a Spiel des Jahres nominee
He's the guaranteed eternal point salad man
"Look, look into my box" he cries
And all the players lost down many paths
I bet my life you'll peep inside
Peepin' people
Meep in Meeple
With a rondel and mancala
He's the guaranteed eternal point salad -

We will shake you: give your dice a shake.
We will keep you safe and warm
Wearing feelings on our faces while our faces took a rest
We sailed to Puerto Rico to see who trades their cubes the best
But we saw a host of dark-skinned "colonists" standing still below the ground
Waiting for actions
The turn's begun, they've been released
Tilling 'Blue' and Wheats: bang, bang, bang
Clang, clang, clang!
And we commit some verbal knavery
'Cause we dare not call it 'slavery'
And even though I'm feeling good
Something tells me I'd better activate my Spam Filter.

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Today's a day to celebrate, I've got Food Chain Magnate,
The order for (re-)training and cooking has come from our prelate.
Wandering in the chaos the burgers have left
We climb up a mountain of flame-grilled flesh
To a plateau of olives, and pizzas full of cheese:
A young figure sits still by his stock
Been gazumped of his punters by some devious cock
He is you.
Gurus and waitresses took care of this lad
We watch in reverence, as Narcissus opens Agricola...

Agricola?!

If you go down to Uwe's Farm
To breed your (o-)ovines, (po-)porcines, (bo-)bovines
Open your eyes, it's full of surprise
Everyone smiles like the bloke on the box
(Look! The shaped wooden blocks!)
Oh, there's Mum and Dad, and Reed and rocks
And everyone's happy to be here.
There's Harvests where you feed your kin,
Or else you get some begging in: spreading thin, punishing!
The game makes you wince
You wince and you weep, you weep like a chick, the chick is a bird
(Fly away you sweet little thing, Wingspan's coming next!)
Hadn't you heard? (they're going to change you into a human being!)
Yes, we'll feed 'em some fish and play out some geese
And wonderfully clean in the morning.
We've got everything, we're playing everything
We've got some Terns, we've got some Kite
We've got some wild things floating a-bite.
Everyone, we're changing everyone
You name them all, we've had them here
And the real stars are still to appear

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(All change!)

Feel your body melt
Mum to Dum to Doom to Gloom
Gloom-diddley-haven, Gloom-diddley-haven
It's all full of Tale.
Gloom to glam to Plan to Pan
Pan-diddley-demic, Pan-diddley-demic,
It's all full of fail.
Let me hear your cries, we're living this up to the eyes
Ooh, aah, na-na-na
F.O.M.O I want you now!

And as you're searching for the clues
To look for hidden doors, tidy floors, graphic flaws,
You've been here all the time
Like it or not, like what you got
You need to escape (escape, escape)
Yes, need to escape (escape, escape, escape)
So we'll end with an answer and end within time
And none of the hint sheets were opened!

With the guards of Colditz, swarming around
The brave captain takes his comrades underground.
Dragons coming out of the sea
Shimmering, silver 7 Wonders looking at me
We bring fire under falling skies
You can tell I'm scoring well by the glint in my eyes
Better not compromise, it won't be easy,
6, 6, 6 is a marvellous sight.
We're getting out our struggles in the twilight.
And content creators blowing sweet roll and writes
Gonna blow right down inside your tights.
Pythagoras with his looking glass reflects the whole view
In blood, he's writing the rules for the cult of the new.

And it's "Hey, babe", with your gamer eyes so blue
"Hey, my baby", don't you love some games for two?!
I've been so far from here
Far from Res Arcana
Now I'm back again
And babe, it's gonna work out fine
Can't you feel our spells ignite?
Spending ever-changing tokens
In the darkness of the fading night
Like the river joins the ocean
As the germ in a seed grows
We have finally been freed to play at home
There's an angel standing in the sun
And he's crying with a loud voice
"This is our supper, this is nutrition!"
King of Nerds, Queen of Geeks
We've returned to lead our children home
To take them to the new Jerusalem (without passing Go).

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I'm almost at the end of the Moleskine sketch/notebook I started in September, so I thought I'd share some of the doodles therein. I have been finding that abstract squiggles during an MS Teams call OR when settling down at the end of the evening can lead to very relaxing sessions of hatching, block-filling and drawing teeth.

It's also led to an increase in my order of gel pens and markers from Euroffice; the rapid black wash of the latter is especially satisfying! However, the quantity of ink deposited tends to leech through to the next couple of (thin) pages, so I've taken to keeping these 'bleeds' and repurposing them in subsequent doodles (as you may notice below).

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Keep a pen and some paper by you at all times: this is therapy!
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So, Sandrian - God Bless them! - has finished coding Snowdonia: The Daffodil Line for Snowdonia on Yucata.de and I gave it a test, solo run:

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It looks rather lovely and the 'fill in the canals' works very nicely indeed; as one of my favourite scenarios, I am very pleased to see this come to fruition!

When is it going to be available? Well, I'm not sure but it can't be very much longer...then there's only another twenty-or-so scenarios left to cover!

...and while we're on the subject of Snowdonia:
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Explanation for the wilfully-befuddled:
Score 1/3/6/10/15/21/28/36/45/55/66/78/91 points for 1/2/3/4/5/6//7/8/9/10/11/12/13 different legal Snowdonia resource(s) paid when you build this train.
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Songs In The Key Of Life

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Delayed from its original Summer 2020 release, Soul is the latest full-length release from Pixar Studios and, while it bears some relationship with predecessors Coco and Inside Out, it is entirely its own glorious thing. I shall not spoil it for any of you not yet fortunate enough to see, hear* and absorb this (yet again) remarkable piece of work; I knew nothing at all about it and was happy to be emotionally bounced about the Evening from giggling to rapt attention to tears a-swelling.

Nobody does it like Pixar; they're not even close.

*I bought the soundtrack album immediately.
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