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This time in English!


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Lux Aeterna has arrived
...in German, at least!





Just 20 euros for this work of Art!



Actually, Matthias - Absolute Hero of a Man - has taken delivery of the English copies too. Sweet trembling tummy-buckets it's only a week away!

P.S. Available from our website (www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk) after Essen.
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Tea Trailer

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Tomorrow (Friday) night:



(I'll be lurking in the chat)
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The Lure Of The Sea

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By way of elicitation of your anticipation and, hopefully, delectation, I give this presentation of a Project I'm hoping will come to fruition in 2020:

Dicelantis


From Matt Green and Sam Mercer (Flicky Spaceships, Miremarsh, Present Drop!, Beyond the Gates of Antares: The Dice Game), I find myself in the unusual (for me) position of 'Chief Developer' on a design I was first introduced to six years ago. I was working away in Haywards Heath and desperate for some evening board-gaming, so nipped over to see Matt - long time gaming pal - for Caylus and a cuppa. Matt, with design partner Sam, have had some little success with their work in the Past and have a delightfully-quirky talent for 'accessible, twisted fun'.

I adored Dicelantis when I saw it then and adore it still - especially now the boys have given it a Doug McClure-esque, 1970s B-movie thematic treatment.

Elevator pitch: it's a King of Tokyo-esque dice chucker but without the extended playing time.


The plan is for the box art to wrap right around the front and back like a classic movie poster: a technique we're coining as 'Circumfero-Vision'



Cards, custom dice and the Levels of Dicelantis (gateways from one half of the game to the other)



Custom dice: treachery (red), survivors (yellow) and Fate (blue)



The dice cup (planned) and some bubble-gum for the start player (naturally)



Which character will YOU be?



The Plot cards - use them or keep them as treasure?


This copy is all ready for Essen Spiel when I'd be happy to show it to any-and-everyone: it's an absolute (volcanic) blast!
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By my bulbous lobes but Essen Spiel is just around the bally corner and I've only just shaken the Con-Crud I contracted at the UK Games Expo!

After 2018's wonderful 'Dad 'n Arthur Roadshow', I shall be returning as a lone rep for the Boydell clan...with much more room in the back of the car for games too!

With this shameful hoarding, this vulgar consumerism, in mind I've been poring over the Top Table Togetherness preview list and checked off some of the more eclectic products I plan to bring back - not for me the Maracaiboes or the Islands (Cooper)! No, instead, one must look beyond the incandescent phosphorus of the mainstream and seek the sputtering, meditative candles that are the hidden gems.

Pandemic: The Cure 2 (Zzzzzzz-Man Games) - no viruses, no outbreaks, no affected cities: nothing. A substitute deck with new art and absolutely nowt on the other side. There are no deadly diseases to overcome so the players must work together to just drift through eight rounds of card-drawing making best use of the new powers: 'Barista', 'Hobo', 'Fox TV Presenter', 'Incel' and 'Corporate Pharmaceutical Research Bitch'.

Witches With Pixelated Phallic Familars: The Card Game / Shouting, Wide-Eyed Anthropomorphic Forest Animals Shogi / Manga Kids With Unsettlingly-large Tits (Deluxe Edition) (Family Hentai Publishing) - tragically misjudging the global market's appetite for sexualised fauna, F.H.P's first Essen will be accompanied by mass demonstrations...so it's best to get someone to pick up your pre-orders during the Wednesday Setup TBH.

The Dot (Dave's Games Ltd) - Affix the adhesive disc about your person and see which of the other players can find it first (basic game); in the advanced version, you can stick 'the Dot' on to anyone in the same train carriage and let the London Underground fun commence!

Chris Wristy will be putting in his regular Spiel appearance (Messe Sud entrance, he's the one with the red hat and the suitcase of product) with his 2019 catalogue of single-deck card games: "Monkey See, Monkey Poo" (dexterity/party), "Parsifal & Minge" (trick-taking), "Don't Touch It, F.F.S!" (set collection), "When Snoods Attack" (trad.) and "Whut?!".

Full Frontal (Frederman Flee├če) - the new suite of pocket-money fillers from the mauve-haired mentalist that are "Playable right out of your Box". Specifics are scarce but the titles include Flaccid, Flaps, Frenulum and Fingered!.

It wouldn't be Spiel without Shite Games and, this year, these appalling yobs continue to expand their 'Modern Times' range with Ostomy! (quote) "A bag-builder with a putty-textured difference" and "Pick-Up Shitz" (think 'Pick-up sticks' but with thin, jelly-like turds). Rumours that they will also have a prototype of their TV I.P tie-in The Best Gilead Ever are, as yet, unconfirmed.

Go and update your list(s) immediately!
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Here I Stand

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For the first time since the launch of Snowdonia in 2012, we at Surprised Stare Games Ltd are looking at a stand comprised exclusively of pallets and boxes; not for us the elaborate shelving, tableaus and dioramae, the spongey matting or the draped tablecloths of previous years.



With it being our 20th birthday AND the year where we'll have the most new things available, the best use of our usual "5m x 2m" plot will be as a storeroom that's missing a couple of walls:



First of all comes Lux Aeterna: 1500 copies in 150 boxes; small and cheap (20 euros), we'll probably free up enough cartons in the first 1/2 day to construct a plinth of some kind (either as a point-of-sale 'table' or a lecturn for my daily Brexit rants).



Still space-hogging, the significantly lower quantity of English-language Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea (we'll have 100 only, 50 euros each) need to be at the front and easily accessible - this one should be gone pretty damn quick I hope!



Our friends at NSKN part-delivered our 'royalty payment' copies of Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set to the warehouse of our good friends at Frosted Games; these 400 behemoths (a snip at 90 euros each) will need to reside at the opposite side of the stand as I'm not expecting all of them to go...but you never know with Essen! At 13Kg per carton (of 3), I don't want to have to keep rearranging them around the Stand!



Finally, some odds 'n sods from previous years will be available for the new SSG fans: Ivor the Engine, The Cousins' War and North American Railroads.

Once all of the stacking has been completed, we'll have a magnificent Surprised Stare Fort! BTW If you hear 'pew! pew!' noises from behind the packaging, it's probably me having a pretend gunfight with the folks opposite.





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The Will Of The People!

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You wanted it...

...so I'm giving it to you...

Take it!


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I've never seen anything like it in my life!

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patience is a virtue

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It must be because the World's biggest gaming show is just around the corner that the Gamer Panic RADAR is pinging like a laptop keyboard that's been sat on by a rhinoceros!

For example, I have received several requests for play-through videos of Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea - which is among some of the more anticipated releases (see Tabletop Together) - that display an astonished bewilderment as to why there is nothing concrete 'out there' already for them to digest. I suppose, in my case, Alubari is following the more usual 'last minute panic' hype path in that at least TWO videos will be coming out imminently and will hopefully gently prod further pre-Essen anticipation.

"Have patience!", I say.



This kind of starvation - albeit pretty unintentional with Alubari as there is just so much to organize - wasn't unusual once-upon-a-time; any gamers might remember the traditional Fragor Games September launch routine of
1. post a grainy picture of a ceramic Start Player marker you could bring a Blue Whale to orgasm with and
2. See your 1000-slot pre-order spreadsheet fill up in minutes.

Aside: Actually, it's been a while so I'll just quickly bring up my worry about what Gordon and Fraser are up to: it's nigh-on four years since we saw them, be-kilted and jolly, in the Messe Halls - I miss them!

I have no problem at all with people getting excited - Heaven knows that a little bit of wee pops out whenever I think of October 22nd's Ferry trip to Dunkirque - but this is the time we publishers are most like swans: all calm on the surface but peddling like Speed-fired Tour de France-rs under the water.

In the meantime, the Alubari print partners upload this absolute beauty to the Image vaults:



Be. Still. My. Beating. Heart!
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While I've been busy with life, new ideas and wasp stings*, the rest of the World spins on and - over the channel - my friends at Studio H have been busy promoting Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea.

Indeed, they've even taken it for a trip to the Opera!



You gotta love those promo boxes of Darjeeling tea, though; a dinky and delicious promo!

*clearing out a messy corner of the garden, I unearthed a wasp nest in a rotting sofa and now have an (aching) swollen ear, jaw, fore-arm and kneecap for my trouble:
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