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Island Life

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I can already hear Boffo's grumbling from here but it doesn't stop me mulling design stuff over in my head; after all, I do a LOT of driving to-and-from work, so it's either that or singing along to Radio 1 and nobody wants to hear my Nicki Minaj. No-one.

So taken have I been with our progress on 2019's Foothills, that I'd begun jotting down ideas for a sequel: Island Rails. At the time - we're talking Spring - it was just a fuzzy jumble of tidbits but, over the course of the year, it has been coming in to sharp focus. This week I finally took myself off to a corner of the Library room to gather my notes and PnP the first fruits:


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Island Rails introduces a fourth resource - Minerals (which are slightly-scarcer than Passengers) - and Ships (watery trains!). I've also been a little more ambitious with the Surveyor action spaces and the station space costs ie. to suit players who are now familiar with the way the game works.

An expansion should enhance and develop the ideas of the Base and 'Island Rails' does that while remaining anchored (pun intended) to the core mechanisms. Ideally, I'd like a second set of the A-E action cards but that will come in time; for now, there's plenty to be going on with in play-testing!
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Mrs B: (exasperated) Just _STOP_ buying stuff!!!

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At the weekend...yadda

...walk to town...blah

...charity shops...rhubarb

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(lovely 1970s edition)

...the 'private owner' books are just sketches of wagons...

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...page after page after page...

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...after page after page...

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...except for one photograph:

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Later, these little beauties arrived courtesy of the postman who wanders in and leaves parcels on the stairs without asking:

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How can you possibly contain your excitement?

And then these turned up...all the way from Taiwan (and my good artist & gaming acquaintance Hacko!):

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I think I may need more than a finger to plug this particular dike*



*ah-ah-ah! Don't say it!
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I was walking the dog and I saw it poking out...

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(that last pic is something Mrs B picked up for me)


...so I dug it up and gave it a wash!

What is it, you might ask? Well, thanks to some bright sparks on Facebook it seems I'd discovered an inkwell:

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Imagine the missives from the Newent Stationmaster to (Regional) Head Office, the updating of the daily log books, the on-and-off staffing, accident reports and everyday events on the Daffodil Line. I've been browsing the site of the old station for years in the hope of unearthing something antique and, this time, I struck figurative gold!

I'll be back there on Friday...with a shovel.
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The Temptation of St. Anthony

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The Gardens of Earthly Delights

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The Railway A-B-C

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The first in an occasional series:

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Putting the 'T' in to Tuesday!

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More tidbits from the elves working on Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea:

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The box with a slight twist (and, yes, it should be 1-5 and 60-90 mins)

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More train designs because Alubari has quite a lot 'in the (fire) box'!

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A couple of special trains...

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weather for the back of the Contract Cards.

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The Tea Gardens...

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More town 'pop-outs' for the main board!

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A sheet of standard icons (and you know how I love icons!)

Comin' along noice, innit?!
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This is a local railway for local people (we'll have no trouble here)

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The noise that a train makes?!

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A couple of weekends ago, in that moment just after waking, I wiped the 'sleep' from my eyes and scanned the bedroom. I stopped at the Steam Railways 2018 wall calendar (which was still on August, of course) and as my gaze passed along the sleek, shiny length* my mind transposed the carriages and the track to a line of cards with carriages upon them and then, immediately - because the brain's algorithms for memory retrieval are astonishingly-indexed and optimized - I whispered one word: "Fzzzt!". Fortunately, my sudden ejaculation failed to arouse a softly-snoring Mrs B** and I slipped out of the tangled duvet and down to the library room to retrieve my prize.

It's a constant source of vexation that Surprised Stare Games doesn't have more of a general retail presence - especially given we have a game about Ivor the Engine that seems to be like pulling teeth to get in to the Heritage Railway circuit! My Dawn inspiration offered me a smaller, lighter and more accessible avenue in the form of a trains version of Fzzzt! and, so, Fweeep! is born:

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Conceptually, the 'conveyor belt' becomes the track; the robots become train carriages; the 'set icons' become 1st Class, Luggage, Dining and Freight; and the 'zaps' become 'guineas'. Easy-peasy, so let's send the files off to the printer tootie-sweetie! But, wait! Belay that impetuous order! There is still much work to be done!

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You see I don't want just a straight re-theme; equally, I don't want to over-complicate things too much either - I just want to give it a vigorous polish. So, I made some tea and had a good think:

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Fweeep! is absolutely-recognizable as a Fzzzt! variant albeit with a couple of minor adjustments e.g. the lower 'bid power' carriages will also come with a helpful 'When bought...' effect and I've adjusted the VP allocations a tad. I also dug out the 12 card expansion that only made it to the Russian language edition to really mix up the auction rounds. So, in a way, it should be 80% "re-issue" and 20% "re-think".

The next step is to try it out with some non-gamers to see if the theme helps engage them with the mechanics - ah, the game is afoot afweep!

Aside: I had a quick search for alternative 'whistle' onomatopoeiae for the title and was simultaneously delighted and horrified with the results:
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Obviously, someone told 'em I was coming.***


*FFS, people!
**Behave!
***Infants!
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Tome; Toyou

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Browsing the World Wide Internets, as I do on occasion, I happened upon a Twittering mentioning the Rt Hon General Sir Lord James Wallis - the loveliest and tallest designer in the known World - that snagged my attention glands:

"Georgian and Victorian Board Games: The Liman Collection book review: A beautiful coffee-table celebration of games from a bygone age" accompanied by the following link: https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/reviews/georgia...

I am, naturally, a complete-and-utter stooge for anything gaming that is old (I still rue not pushing ahead to win the original Diplomacy prototypes on eBay a few years back) and have accrued a bijou collection, particularly in book form. Reading James' review and then scouting through the fleshy, $Trillion folds of The Great Beast Online, I located a copy for the princely sum of £34 (cheaper than a base set of Terraforming Mars and only slightly more expensive than Terraforming Mars: Prelude - all 15 cards of it). Let me reveal, to you, some of the delights contained therein:

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Crivens! Surely 'tis an early Fighting Fantasy?!


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Inside Out: Das Brettspiel?!


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That’s one Hell of a Start Player marker!


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Crumbs! That's a bit grim!


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Victoria was a bit of a hottie, eh?


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I live near the bottom-left of the 'E' in 'GLOCESTER'


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Brass: Birmingham can eff right off!


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40 tiny cards used in one of the games...


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...one of which tickled my fancy.


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Scuffed, but beautiful.


Fancy a copy for yourself? I highly recommend it:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1938461436/ref=oh_aui_de...


Er, hang on a moment?!

...let us return, again, to 'the Giant'...

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*Ouch!*


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