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Previously: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/133292/tube-or-not-tube and https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/134480/silent-witness

My time-travelling journey with Patrick Mahony continued last weekend as I unfurled more long-stored rolls of paper and deciphered the gaming prototypes - and the rules - lurking within!

Football Chart Game:
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The Game
(1) A game for any number of players – preferably two (one each side)
(2) If so desired - and there are a sufficient number of players - a “Knock Out” competition can be arranged on lines of Football Association Cup Rounds
(3) Again, if so desired, entrance fees can be charge to competitors and a prize can be awarded to winner of cup final
(4) The game comprises every rule in Football
(5) Time Limit – Five minutes each way gives ample scope for an exciting and decisive match
(6) Required – one dice to decide players’ movements – one disc to indicate the position of ball throughout the game

Rules of Play
The position of every individual player is indicated on the game by small circles – red or blue (a code explaining these circles is shown in table form at the end of these rules)
• The Kick Off: the side of player winning the Toss shall kick-off
• The ball is now placed inside the centre circle on the Centre Forward position of the Team winning the Toss
• The player kicking off now throws the dice and moves the disc (or token) along the line towards the opponents goal according to number indicated on dice (the small circles are used count number indicated on dice).
• Should token alight on player’s own coloured circle, he (!) continues to throw dice + move forwards until he is intercepted by token falling on opponents colour circle OR on one of the coloured circles marked (B) – Bounced Up.
• Should token alight on one of opponent’s circles, then opponent takes turn to throw dice + in counting moves in opposite direction towards the other goal
• If token should alight on circle marked (B – Bounced Up – the players each throw dice and player throwing greater number shall continue the play.

Half Time
This simply means change of ends – and game proceeds as before.

Throws-In
When a player alights on a circle marked (T) – Throw-in – his opponent takes over the throw of dice. Should the player taking a Throw-in throw an odd number, he moves the token one count along line towards opponent’s goal. Should he throw an even number, he moves two counts along line.

Starred Positions
When a player alights on one of the starred circles this indicates he is about to take a direct shot at goal. In this case, the count for this throw is started from No.1 position in Goal Area. NB. The number 6 is omitted in counting for the circles inside the goal area.

The Penalty
To score a Penalty players must throw any number except 3. If 3 be thrown, the token is placed on the (T.O.B) position + next throw is counted in opposite direction to show ball has come back into play. (This last procedure is also adopted should token alight on (H.O) or (H.P) positions.

Free Kicks, Offsides, Goal Kicks
Dice is thrown + number indicated is counted from inside the centre circle on position marked (C.7) of defending team.
Fleet Street:
A roll-and-move where you add up the boosts to your circulation - based on the nature of the story spaces you land on - to have the largest circulation when you have reached the end:
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Football Transactions/The Merry Company Football Pools:
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Rules pt 1 (found on the back of the board)

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Rules pt 2 (found on the back of the board)

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Name: Football Pools Transactions OR The Merry Company Football Pools

Game:
A game for 2 to 7 players. Ideal number of players is 7.

Object:
To be first to win six pools OR to win most pools ?when? 7 Pools Transactions.

Required:
(a) 36 Forecast cards number 1 to 6 (six times)
(b) 126 half tokens (cards or discs) for money. 7 Company cards (including Transactor’s). 6 Transactor cards numbered 1 – 6.

Rules:
(1) Players draw from Company cards to decide names of their company + who shall be Transactor.

(2) Players pay ½ token Membership fee to Transactor.

(3) No. 1 Pool company Member starts game. He throws dice + counts number thrown down the left hand numbers of his Company coupons.

He then reads along the line indicated by the number to find the stakes named in the right hand column.

He now places his stake token in the Common Pool marked with his company name and number.

The player now throws dice to make a forecast as to which Member of the Merry Company will win the total stakes in the Common Pool. The number he throws he now places in his forecast circle.

(4) The other members – no.s 2, 3, 4, 5 and repeat this procedure.

(5) When all members have entered their stake tokens + made their forecasts, the Transactor then joins in the play.

He throws dice and the number he throws he covers with his number disc. This shows the number of the company whose member has won the Total Pool (minus 6 half tokens which goes to the Transactor as Commission). The Transactor now takes total pool stakes left and hands them to winning member. This concludes one transaction.

(6) The play is then continued until seven transactions have taken place OR (if the members wish to prolong the game) until one or more of the members can no longer cover his stake token OR until six pools have been won by one member.
A lot of dice rolling and no player agency whatsoever; it only serves to show how prevalent the d6 was in the minds of players - happy to let things play out, like a movie, in front of them.
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While the cats' are away, the mice will play...Agricola. Actually, we can play 'Gric at the Knights' any time we like - and will probably introduce Sandra and Joe to it as soon as they're back - but with a quiet and curious four, it seemed churlish not to bring out the big gun.

There was a moment of mild panic as I couldn't remember if Jobbers was mooting attendance and I heard a car pull up as we'd started Round 2: Jobbers' detests 'Gric - at least with us Ross-on-Wye peeps - and I'd visions of either having to pack it all away in favour of something else OR attempting to convince him to try again as a five (most of whom haven't lived and breathed the game for the last 15 years!):
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Both Gary and Tom were new to full-fat farming and while the former struggled to focus - entirely overwhelmed by both his card and action options - the latter made an excellent fist of the game.
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Despite me worrying that my #goodteacher advice and game curation was letting Paul and Tom pull away, it turned out that a timely plough (filling up my board) and Braggart (seven points bonus) carried me to the win. I did test the water for an immediate re-racking but Gary was still seeing figurative after-images on his gaming retinas and needed a change of pace:
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Takenoko was an fabulous, light reposte to the worker placement adventures of the previous 90 minutes. No less engaging, Takenoko colourfully guided us through half-an-hour of bamboo growing, panda feeding, card-scoring fun. Regularly punctuated by gasps of frustration as bamboo was either too tall, too short or too evenly-distributed for one or other of us, this was a delightful distraction:
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Tom managed to edge ahead for the win with Gary and myself tucked right behind in his the Ailuropodaean slipstream.

Sparked by the stacking bamboo, I suggested Totemo to close; this time, Gary set off at pace and stayed ahead for the whole of the game: gleefully able to play out multiple blocks each turn.

With the clanging of The Shambles' gates rattling my eardrums, it was home for a snack, an engrossing documentary about the Edinburgh Fringe and another few pages of The Player of Games: quite the Culture-d evening, all-in-all.
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Shedlife is, like your life and everyone elses', a mixed bag of ups and downs. This year a combination of frustration with work, anxieties about family wellbeing and the ever-grinding decline of Society leaves me a light sleeper with a permanent background radiation of nerves. Sitting in the sunny, early morning garden with a good book or a long, pumping march through the produce fields of Newent go some way to dismissing the stress - albeit temporarily - and so I found myself in a shady arbor immersed in The Player of Games:
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Later, Arthur emerged from his hibernation for a dip in our giant pool and - on a rare whim - I joined him: no 'acclimatization', just a leap off the ladder and into the warm water. Lovely.

It's been quite the long while since I visited the Tuffley crew and, to be honest, pal Ian's incessant shift-working has given me a reasonable excuse not to go...but I can't pretend that it's getting any easier to pull myself out of the door and drive away from Home. Even The Drop Inn, the new life of the RoW gamers, is taking a stern effort; and Spiel '22 still looms on the horizon like a rumbling storm cloud*

Hiding in the car with a packet of crisps and some fizzy pop until absolutely the last second, I wandered into the Community Centre to find it awash with gamers: four, proud and bustling tables' worth. Plenty of medium-weight fare was on offer but it was an overheard "Le Havre" that piqued my interest; so I positively bounded across the room and joined a mooted two - Tom and Nick - to make it the perfect three:
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A tricky script: I managed to nab both Wharfs, the Shipping Line and Bridge Over The Seine but Tom beat me in the race for steel and secured a Steel Ship and a Luxury Liner, earning himself a 16 Franc winning margin (196-180-144). The flow of the game, and the utter engagement it demands, is quite simply remarkable: it's a bloody good job it got a proper reprint, as this is an item every board game club needs to have ready access to.

I stayed for a couple of tentative rounds of SCOUT while Transcontinental Railway finished and, when those players joined, I was released for an early departure. Grabbing my Ikea bag of unplayeds, I beetled back listening to a favourite podcast.

*How will I get there? What will I do when I am there? Not ever before, in all the 20 years of my time with Surprised Stare Games Ltd, had I viewed Essen with anything other than unfettered excitement: now the logistics of everything - done so many times before - fills me with cold, stomach-churning dread.
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On Friday, I took a longer-than-usual lunch break to hang around the Museum and wait for a visiting car from Manchester: Kathy and friends were taking a long weekend to camp at Hay-on-Wye and diverted, intentionally, to come and see us in slightly-out-of-the-way-for-their-journey Newent! They had heard about us on the BBC 6 Music segment I'd done back in June - "The 6 Museum" - and were very much excited to see my Sea Winks IRL! Traffic on the motorways was a cow, so they arrived somewhat later than expected BUT I had the perfect leg-stretcher welcome for them after being cooped up in a hot vehicle for four hours: Railway Riot - thus, I had them chasing around the place looking for stations and departure times. They stayed and browsed and chatted for an hour or so before setting off to the Welsh borders for what would be - given the weather that was coming - a bloody marvellous weekend in the Wilds!

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Saturday in The Shambles saw two public events that we hoped would bring a few more folks a-browsin': first was the prize-giving ceremony for the Newent Art competition - run by Hannah at The Secret Gallery - with live music and a bar...the second the Museum's "Family Game Day", where I litter the tables in the courtyard with colourful, easy-to-grok fayre:
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Tiddly-Golf: A Good Walk, Squidged!

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Come in and choose something...

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Vilnis - local designer - shows off Vexagon

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We had a few takers but, to be honest, despite the sunshine the whole Town was rather quiet. When the entrants gathered for the Art awards, things picked up a little - assorted Dobbles and Tops Trumps - and the Museum itself piqued the curiosity of Pimms-clutching visitors: none of whom, it seems, play(ed) board games - either as children or adults - but were happy to browse anyway.
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My prototype Treasure Hunt to be (eventually) set up around The Shambles village (left) and a rather fun "countdown" memory game: Baby Monkey Astronaut

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Totemo in the shade!


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Sunday, still hot and blue-skied like the rest of the weekend, tempted me out onto the roads and over to Woolaston (near Chepstow) and a relatively-decent Car Boot sale:
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Pal Gerv had been there an hour-or-so earlier, so I was expecting it to be pretty empty of gaming goodness TBH: Gerv has one Hell of knack in seeking out secondhand stuff...and you've got to get up VERY early in the morning to beat him to it!
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As the pond fountain (solar powered) burbles in the clear blue of this Sunday morning, I find myself seated in the garden with a fresh cup of coffee and a few quiet moments in which to recount Friday's second session of Ludophilic activity at The Drop Inn.

Not quite the dizzy, double-figured delights of last week's debut, but still pulling in five in the middle of August's hollibobs silly season: the Batesons, Jobbers, myself and occasional Wendy*

Amongst the offerings of Ben's mobile storage unit, we espied Isle of Skye as the perfect welcome for W:
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Though off to a bit of a point-hoovering flyer, Wendy was quickly caught up by our Scots Laird Peloton - Becky and I jointly occupying the same spaces for four out of the five rounds - but it would be Ben who exploited a trio of scroll scoring for a comfortable victory.

Because the player count was five, the next game - Power Grid - would also prove to be our last of the evening:
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Before we started, Ben grumbled his indifference while John was cautious seemingly having had a rather bad experience with it - away from the RoW-ers - many years back. Wendy and Becky were happy to give it a go, so I pushed ahead with the Germany map and the rules overview. I always get a little stuck with the Power Station admin: the deck setup and the in-play admin (lowest out at the end of the auction, highest out at the end of the round etc); we were playing with the 'min.1' marker from the Recycled edition which, pleasingly, kicks the game along a little more briskly (better stuff available more cheaply = a good thing).

It was the usual tight tussle for turn order with consequent resource juggling and city building. John and I spent much of the latter half stood up and scanning the board: it was rolling into an exciting couple of final rounds! Despite much maneuvering to build our 16 cities and keep enough money back to win on the tie-break, it turned out Ben had a copy of Monopoly under his side of the table and produced a fat wad of cash with which to complete - and successfully power - seventeen.
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I fine sprint over the finishing line though the good-natured compliments from the rest of us fell upon deaf, stubborn ears: I fear Ben will never admit to having had a good time with Power Grid lest it break the cynical veneer.

Though we mooted some Dobble, the noisy visiting Skittles team and the increasingly humid room, sent us all scurrying into the balmy Ross night.

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Aside: the bar has now stocked Jobbers' favourite low-alcohol cider on draught, which means we'll have the Devil's own job pulling him away from the venue for the foreseeable! This is no bad thing, as 'upstairs' at The Drop Inn is a perfect new home for our happy band!
*Wendy has been in and out of Ross-on-Wye sessions for over 10 years now; tonight was her 'first return' in four.
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Another table-busting turnout for the Newent Knights though - over the next couple of weeks - holidays will deplete us to a just quorate four(-ish) - a chance, then, to bring out Agricola or Ark Nova?! For now though, as we enjoyed a cooling breeze in The Shambles' Courtyard with the subtle aromas of drying hay and the Henly's massive Chinese Takeout, it was a split across two tables:
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The word 'fiddly' was used several times.

Gary span a long-awaited Shakespeare with Joe, Paul and Tom (above) while Dave, Sandra, Richard and myself got knee-deep in Parisan rats with the entirely brilliant Notre Dame:
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It was a close, tense game with VPs being hoovered up steadily though, by the third Period, it had very much boiled down to a race between Dave and me. A whopping 26VPs for Dave in that period - assisted by a lone presence in Notre Dam - allowed him to offset previous Rat Apocalypse penalties and sneak ahead by just three points! Sandra's Musophobia gifted her a bustling and pioneering hospital but at the cost of points: ah, the delicious dilemma of the game!

Happy burbles of appreciation accompanied ND's packing away and the setting up of a journey to the top, left-hand corner of Wales:
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It was a cautious gathering of sheep then ended with an explosion of completed 'jobs'; Richard took us over the 25 sheep trigger and was kept just one point at bay after our Event card scores were applied - 34 on your first game is a splendid performance...just not quite good enough to beat Uncle Tony!

A selection of fillers closed off the evening as people departed in stages: Qwixx, Abandon All Artichokes and - of course - some 'hot potato' Dobble:
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The goodest of good times, for sure.
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