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A Pudding Cat?!

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My copy of The Sorcerer's Cave doesn't have the 'Extension Kit'* but it does have a mini expansion from its original owner - courtesy of the 'blank' cards folks were enamored of including 'back then':
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Let us take a closer look at what perils await the unwary adventurer:
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Wisky (sic) Bottle - If used as Bribe adds 2 to dice score when testing strangers but deducts 1 from its fighting strength for 5(?) turns.
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Slobbering Goblin nicks up to 100kg of Gold, Silver +/or Gems from Party and buggers off - for ever
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A Pudding Cat appears demanding yeast tablets. You don't have any so she gets mad and runs away. Lose 1 turn looking for her.
It's a shame they only used three of the half dozen or so blanks as I'm very much enjoying the cynical edge to these effects; what the Hell else would they have come up with if given a bit more time, eh?! Bloody marvellous!

*hens' teeth etc
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The Marvellous Universe

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magischer Einhornkopf

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This is Porcini: the latest addition to the Boydell household:
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Part cat, part parrot: a carrot?!

Mrs B and I found her on one of our countryside walks as we were wandering down toward the canal and heard a very loud mewing; she emerged from the hedge, tiny and very hungry. We took her to the vet and were told that she was also very dehydrated - dangerously so, in fact - so, we took her home and tended to her. Not usually a cat person, I've quite taken to the little monster: I especially like her pouncing. Also, she discovered some spare Titanic Plum Porter bottle tops and has taken to designing her own game:
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Think Shove Ha'penny meets Tiddlywinks: we're naming this game Tops Cat.

And in the best tradition of our family pet naming, there is a David Bowie aspect too: Ziggy is, of course, 'Ziggy Stardog' and Porcini is 'The Cheen-cheenie'.

Here's fun: what other Bowie-esque pets could we have? A gerbil called 'Gerbil Gerbil', perhaps?
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Fruity!

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Board game design is about being precise; it's about the attention to detail and - fundamentally - it's about playtesting. Here am I play-testing my Museum Race Mania* Race-to-Find game on the biggest table I can find in the house:
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Fruit items will not be provided as part of the First Edition (though who knows what the Kickstarter Edition will bring?!): they simply serve as a tracking mechanism to make sure that everything is in its place and that there's a place for everything.

And, naturally, lunch - when I was done - was good and healthy.

*(see here for more details: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/123347/thrill-chase )
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The Thrill of the Chase!

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The life of the Museum of Board Games tickles along at a calm pace as the nights draw in and the weather cools. Ever wary that the gift shop needs a good supply of unique-to-the-Mu items to catch a visitor's eye, I've taken a (welcome, TBH) breather from things to do with matchboxes and tiny dice and finally put together a board game themed version of my favourite parlour game: Railway Riot...
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Museum Race is the first of my Race to Find games* and every game featured (there are 144) is present in the Museum...somewhere!
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On the flip-side of each the 12 list cards will be a picture of one its games - it's a souvenir AND a game in one, postcard-sized package!
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Now, in order to get the cards made, I've been looking at online printers and economies of scale naturally apply; thus, while I'm quantifying what I'll need for the Gift Shop, I figured that I should open up pre-orders for Museum Race to you lot too (and your friends, family, workmates etc)!

I've done some quick finger-in-the-air postage enquiries for those of you lucky enough to be nowhere near The Dogshit Republic of New Englandia (and those of you, like me, who are neck-deep within it):
Within the UK: £8 + £2 P&P = £10
the EU: £8 + £3 P&P = £11
America/the RoW: £8 + £5 P&P = £13

If you'd like to reserve a copy (at this stage) then email me at themuseumofboardgames@gmail.com - add the subject 'Race you to...' and append your location (see emboldened, red words above).

I'll have a good idea of the first print run, delivery times etc and be able to contact you all for monies and postal addresses when it's a proper, physical thing!

How does that sound?

*next year I hope to have a Forest of Dean-spanning version that takes in the beauty spots, architecture and tourism of this stunning region
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The Lost Legacy

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The story of my daft, take-that card game Bloody Legacy (2004) begins with the cartoon strip of The Black Overcoat (late 1980s) then The Black Overcoat Game (mid-1990s) and, finally, our early married life willingness to hand-craft Christmas pressies for our friends and family (mid-1990s onward). Until the weekend just gone, I'd remembered the first Bloody Legacy incarnation being "Hesketh's Legacy" (1999) - a full-colour, hand-laminated and cut-out mini deck served in a Black Overcoat cartoon-decorated Christmas Cracker and posted to BGG for wider (ha!) distribution. What I had entirely forgotten was that, a year or so before, I'd put together some B&W versions as presents for our closest pals.

During the early-AM chatter that followed a drunken evening of charitable feasting and dance (Mrs B & I put on our best rags for a 'Ball'), bestest friends Malc & Angie produced a nondescript blue box that contain one of these lost-and-forgotten copies:
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I (still) have no recollection of putting these versions together but was absolutely delighted to see my cartoon art, card names and card effects that never made it to the final Bloody Legacy edition; this is early-prototype stuff!
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I assume that the original files for all of this were on the Home Computer that was burgled in the mid-2000s because there is not the slightest trace of any of this in my physical or digital archives!

Having taken pics for posterity, the (probably one-of-a kind) edition was returned to its container for re-storage in the musty dusts of a tanked attic. What a find!
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Merch 3!

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My recent obsession with designing simple-but-fun Games in a matchbox is certainly bearing riches*; with metaphorical pickaxe in hand, variations on Formula OviNE's bidding/racing - with appropriate thematic twists - are being chipped from the seam with immense gusto!

Here are a couple of recent prototypes to be exercised** as part of the Museum's come and have a go philosophy:
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Racing...but with Seed Power-ups!

and:
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Racing...but with Events AND Weather!


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*I use this word with some trepidation
**Or should that be exorcised?!
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Elder Sign

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For those wondering about the Nussy tourist expansion, there ARE some playtest-able Elders too:
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Usual 'extra' Elder rule applies ie. when one 'board space' is empty, place one of these at random into the space.

Finally, the dropbox link (below) contains the latest (4) sheets of cards:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3987xyysh0yfaew/AACa5OpLqpYwVf4f1...


Edit: Tour Guide Notes
Punctuation is important here; first thing is
+1 Gold - so take a gold into your supply, then...
Put 1 Gold on an elder without a Gold on it. Just one...
The result is that ANY Elder with a GOLD on them counts as a Tourist ie. for building cost pre-requisites, for 0.5 pt scoring at the end of the game, for other scoring things and/or can be 'spent' as 3F / 2W!
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Lo! The second, official piece of Museum of Board Games merchandise:
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Real-time railway building for 2-5 players!

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Some cutting required.

This one takes a little longer to assemble (by hand) so I've just got the one copy at the moment: time to engage a production line!

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