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It's Party Time!

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The latest Magic set - Zendikar Rising - is all about adventuring and as any fule kno, you need a proper variety of adventurers in your party. Many of the creatures and effects trigger more efficiently, the wider the variety: this Tony deck is about picking the best of each adventuring type and trying to find synergy.

4 x Nimble Trapfinder - handy little bugger who a) contributes to the (Rogue) body of the Party and b) lets you draw extra cards when the group is complete.

4 x Archpriest of Iona - turn 1 Cleric drop that gets out of control very quickly as she grows in confidence (and damage-dealing) when attendance picks up: she's a real Party animal!

4 x Luminarch Aspirant - another cleric that likes to get a-pumpin' on the Party dancefloor (as in [i]giving out free +1/+1 counters)

4 x Emeria Captain - Flyer who loves a good Party
1 x Thieving Skydiver - just the one (because that's all I've managed to collect so far) BUT she pinches artifacts.

2 x Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate - legendary owl/swan/wizard creature that flies and can protect everyone from board-sweeping disaster

4 x Watcher of the Spheres - cheap flyer with a Wizard tag

3 x Seasoned Hallowblade - (very) hard to kill Warrior damage-dealer that really gets on your opponent's tits. He just won't LEAVE the party!

2 x Brazen Borrower - ubiquitous blue creature that everyone uses because it's stupendous. And a rogue for the Party mix.

3 x Opt - card-drawing to dig for the Party crew
2 x Spoils of Adventure - life gain but is often a ridiculously-cheap three-card draw!

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4 x Kabira Takedown - it's a Land or a kill spell: essential!
1 x Glasspool Mimic - copies any creature in play on your side: preferrable the Party-inflated OR card-drawing ones
1 x Temple of Enlightenment - only got the one in my collection
10 x Island
11 x Plains

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Given I don't read up on the latest stratagems, this Blue/White Party build might be close to something everyone is banging on about BUT I took a card I seemed to keep picking up as a Free Booster Rare (Nimble Trapfinder) and decided to build a deck around it. Blue and White seem to be my favoured colours at the moment - an old man's patient mix of Control and Aggro rather than the heady days of phat creatures and burn of Yore.

It's a bit bitty in early trials - it's winning more than it's losing - and it's rather a hoot to play.
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It's here! It's Spiel, 2020!

Normally, aroundabout this time (late afternoon), I'd normally be trundling in to Essen city centre to unload the car at the Messe and then make my way to the Hotel. It would've been a very early start, a drive to Dover, the ferry to Dunkerque and a further drive across France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Of course, this year I'm at home...but the wonders of modern technology mean I can be all in your face and 'ting from the comfort of my Library room easy chair!

To this end, here is the schedule of pre-booked streams and the like for the coming long weekend:

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(Warning: we may talk about Scandaroon during this one)


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Do stop by, won't you?!
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Hunting tigers can be ripping fun

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Chad Valley Co Ltd. first came to my attention in the 1990s as the seeming 'in-house' chunky plastic toy brand for the Woolworths retail chain. Of course, C.V's C.V goes back a heck of a lot further than that and - thankfully - involves far less non-biodegradable polymer.

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Everyone loves HATS: the box is (snug) within another box.


Another unknown-to-this-Parish item (I'll get on with the submission later), Safari "Running Tiger" Shooting Game is - I suppose - more strictly a toy BUT it seems not particularly different to more mainstream dexterity affairs like Flick 'em Up, Catacombs or Sticky Stickz.

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Dusty, rusty and a little bit broken (with proud, iron pins to test out one's Tetanus jab), this copy of Safari seems to come with two functioning 'elastic band' pistols...

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...two sets of the scenery (ie. two copies merged in to one)...

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...but rather an ironic paucity of fauna to murder:

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A bear and a tiger?! It's not even enough to make a recognisable Life of Fucking Pi!


Those guns don't half pack a twanging-distance punch, mind; they'd have the beak off a budgerigar from 20ft! Thus, with so little to actually go on safari for - so few Pantherae to do the running - all one's left with is the guilt of a murderous generation and a Paddington Hard Stare from St. David of Attenborough.
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The blog has a sore throat today...

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...which is why it's a little horse:

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(from the latest edition of Viz Comic)
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Old King Cole

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Cole Wehrle has done it again and I'll brook no dissent on the matter:


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While everyone in the mainstream is going crazy - over the lighter, mass market fayre - there's a revolution going on at the heavier end: these games can be for everyone, you know?!

Pax Pamir (Second Edition) is not a complicated game by any means - you could argue that the teach for Agricola or Scythe would take longer - but it is a tremendously rich and deep game: a proper test of politics and resource-juggling, tension and subterfuge, hand management and tableau building. Like everything Mr W designs, it takes a couple of plays to settle in your mind and then it's just breathtaking.

There is no requirement to be 'good' at Cole's games either: whether you come first or last, it's never a wasted journey. Complemented by a sumptuous presentational style, Pax Pamir (Second Edition) catches the eye of every passer-by and - as a player - is a constant reminder that you're experiencing true gaming Art. How such familiar mechanisms have been combined to make something truly original is wholly deserving of Honour and Praise. That it should win this year's Heavy Cardboard Golden Elephant Award is no surprise at all - not even given the esteemed company of its fellow nominees.

Board Game: Pax Pamir (Second Edition)


If you're a gaming group that likes medium-weight games but is usually intimidated by this sort of thing then please - I beg of you! - take a look at Pax Pamir (Second Edition) - it's really not as scary as it seems and, Gods Know, it'll open your horizons in only good ways.

Many congratulations to Cole Wehrle for continuing to be challenging and, yet, so damn accessible!
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Boffo and I were recently spanked to within an inch of our lives:

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Thrashed, I tell you; until our farming botties were red-raw!

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Today is going to be stupid 'at work', so let's keep the stupid alive here too:
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I was in the area so I thought I'd drop in...

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Wot?! It's the middle of the week already?! Time certainly flies by when you're the driver of a train and when you're ensconced in a cosy work nest 20 steps away from the coffee machine and 30 steps away from your bed!

The Game of Commando (Chad Valley Co Ltd.) is another recent quality-condition acquisition that is starting to make me wonder if I now have one of the foremost collections of rare and vintage games and gamerobelia in the UK*?! Certainly this blog has seen more pics of rare items than are currently available of the same items in the GARD database (if they have any pics at all!)!

Behold, then, the simple illustrative pleasures of Fox & Geese reinvented as The Paras vs The Hun:

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Oh dear; the chap at the top of the diamond looks to be in a bit of trouble...


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*the indomitable Mr Dennis (Phil) excepted.
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Your dog just took his last dump on my lawn! I find one more - just one - I'm going to catch him and staple his ass shut!

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It was my shout for the Tuffley club drive so I rocked up at the Warner's in plenty of time to accommodate a KFC stop-off (for myself, a vegan mexicana pastie and packet of ready salted crisps served as sufficient repast). I'm settled in to a two-weekly attendance as 'going out' in these times - albeit abiding by the covering/closing rules - feels weird; I'm wondering whether we'll be obliged to order chips with our diet colas soon. The official Covid-19 messaging is, now, so confused that I'm not sure I'm even allowed to be in a room alone with myself anymore.

Unless I'm a key worker. And put a mask on my food after 10PM. Or something.

Quite how such a (formerly) major, respected player on the International Field has fallen prey - so catastrophically and so completely - to this nuclear grade laziness, ignorance, corruption and contempt in such a short period of time (4 years) is breathtaking; it feels like we've been invaded. Yesterday, I also finally caved and cancelled November's Gathering Of Chums - four weeks to go and it's only going to get worse from hereon. Gods help us. Anyway: mask up I did and we tickled the entry bell at the Tuffley Community Centre in time to half-inch the better sets of tables.

While waiting for Siona, Marc and Dave and I pretended to Zen our way through Tsuro which, not having played it in a LONG while, turned out to be more rubbish than I'd remembered:

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Dogshit.


The first half plays out in a flurry of stay away from everyone else (if you draw the right tiles) followed by a denouement of hoping you draw the right tiles to fuck up a close-by opponent or two. I recall be rather pleased with this 'back in the day' but, then, I was putting the finishing touches to Scandaroon, so WTAF did I know?!

Siona was still delayed, so I grabbed someone else's copy of Suburbia, set it up and got ready for the teach; we proxied one turn on Siona's behalf before she arrived and then - after a refresher - were off-and-running proper:

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Stupid phone takes screen shot of selfie camera app rather than the camera app taking the selfie: twat Apple.


A number of the different $2 per tiles came out (two for Green, one for Blue and one for Yellow), which gave some of us a helpful early money boost. Dave quickly found himself with Fewest Greens for a guaranteed $20 goal; I left the Lake-rs to it (despite my Waterfront Realty) and concentrated on Trump-ing up my City borders. In the final Act, I was reputation-ed up in the teens, so leapt ahead of Dave's goal buffer to ensure the win.

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Siona had wanted to play this in a long while, apparently, so it was good to get it to the table and give a really good picture of how this splendid diversion plays out: money droughts and floods, opportunistic goal-grabs, paying VERY close attention to who wants what and so on.

Approaching 9PM, there was time enough to have a go at a prototype (and so it begins): Iron Almanac from myself and the ubiquitous Matthew Dunstan:

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Our action selection, resource juggling, route-building dice drafter has been through a Summer of rigorous Tabletopia testing but has rarely seen the physical light of day. It's a bit clumsy to explain - I've yet to fully develop the Demo Patois - and the scoring is still a little un-generous given the amount of heavy thinking one has to do.

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IA is deceptively lightweight but can get very, VERY thinky indeed once the cross-card and train bonuses kick in; this is exactly to my taste but it still feels a little 'disconnected' - which is iron-ic for a railway-themed game.
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