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Can you complete enough stunts to become a Totally Bad Dude?
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Hardly a 'thing of beauty' and certainly NOT 'a joy forever', this elaborate variation of Forfeits manages to annoy on so many levels:
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a chip-tossing dexterity element to decide who does 'the stunt' (imagine being the player who never gets nearest 'the gold tooth' - an afternoon tossing frantically but not in a good way);
horrible, ugly art
rules filled with 'jokes'*
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lame stunts (one suggests you turn on the TV which, I fear, might prove far more interesting than finishing the game itself)
terrible art
shitty card stock and plastic pawns
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"So why, then, did you buy it, Tony?" you might very well ask...well, it:
a) was cheap;
b) is in excellent condition;
c) is, like a great many progressive rock LPs from the late 1960s/early 1970s, gods-awful but as rare as hen's teeth a-and 'rare' means would be interesting in The Museum.

Not everything can be a Victorian or Georgian treasure, you know.

*never a good idea
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There was a promise of The Princes of Florence this Wednesday but there was uncertainty about a possible sixth player (Martin) making the journey up from Swindon(!). For those of you outside of the UK and pretty-much unaware of the distance between Swindon (Wiltshire) and Newent (Forest of Dean), it's about 45 miles door-to-door; I know this because I worked for BT/Ministry of Defence at their Swindon office for four years and made the journey to-and-fro on motorbike and in hatchback. Now that may seem a long way to come for board gaming but I used to make the journey from Reading to Hemel Hempstead/Aldershot/Swindon (the same distance, pretty much) - when working away during the week - just to draft Magic: The Gathering: if you're Jonesing for games then you'll be happy make the trip!

As it turned out, Martin wasn't coming this week but, instead, we were joined by a rather nervous young lad called Angus and delayed PoF (which, of course, only stretches to five) in favour of one of my all-time favourites Peloponnes (no pic taken as we were too involved). Several mistakes were made by various players and we ended up missing the drawing of two disaster chits meaning we were two whole catastrophes un-resolved at the end BUT it didn't matter because everyone was suitably pleased with the game. Indeed, Gerv was fizzing with joy that he'd managed to score a non-zero final score having - in the Past - fallen victim to Total Population Collapse in the final feeding phase.

Angus, who acquitted himself well in 'Noppers, nipped out to get some supper - an enormous, sauce-dripping and deliciously-aromatic donner kebab; while he chowed down on this monumental meal - himself being a slim slip of a lad - we remaining five powered through The Princes of Florence:
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Angus is not pictured as he nipped out for an enormous kebab!

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Everyone picked up the processes very quickly and, for The Newent Knights*, we adhered to the rulebook's counting of both professions in-hand and on the table (NOT the Ross-on-Wye 'table only' count). As we rounded off our brisk Works, Gerv and I tied on 48 points and were slapping each-other heartily on the back in congratulation before I remembered - via a polite cough from young Tom - that some players had yet to include their Prestige Cards in the final tally...

From joint first to joint third in but a moment; shame-faced, we turned to congratulate Tom on a magnificent 59 points total (13 points from his cards)!

We closed the last 45 minutes - Angus having degreased his chilli-ed fingers in The Shambles' shopkeepers bathroom - with alternating runs at Dobble (hot potato mode) and Coloretto; again, much to the satisfaction of all present.
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Before we all bimbled into the damp night, there was talk of getting something Scythe-like out for the group (again) - Angus included (as it might be just his sort of thing). That, and other big presence games like Eclipse, the Wallace railway oeuvre and/or Power Grid could very much suit those dark, cold evenings in the warmth of gaming pals.

*my freshly-coined name for the Club
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"You're supposed to put the animals in front of you, Shaun; not shove them up your arse!"

A small snippet, there, of the table bants at the Tuffley Community Centre last night (Tuesday) as I introduced four players - the only boardgamers for the evening, as it would transpire - to the joy that is A Wildlife Safari. This is a game that comes with a lot of (animal-hide) baggage and Tom, Dale, Shaun and Jeric were naturally trepidatious about taking on a true classic; indeed, that the levels of tension (from the very start) should induce glandular spasming is testament to the enduring power of this gaming behemoth: simple rules that take a moment to learn / stratagems that take a lifetime to master and so on. It should be of no surprise that the forthcoming Netflix mini-series "The African Queen's Gambit" is going to do for the popularity of A Wildlife Safari what 2020's "Tiger King" did for cat food!
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Round One: The penny has yet to drop but the discomfort is already evident.

In between Shaun's complaints about pelvic muscle stress, each took to the challenge in their own way: Dale imitating someone who knew what the Hell they were doing, Jeric employing his Poker skills to great hand-deducing effect, Shaun shifting uncomfortably in his chair and Tom - all "elephants" - cursing my disruptive drafting. For my part, I opted for Green*'s 2019 strategy of 'No Leopard Shall Go Unpunished' which kept me a single point ahead of Jeric after the fifth round's savannah dust had settled:
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Round Two: Brutal, I know; this round ended in carnage.

Taking pause to adjust the seating after my win, the others press-ganged me into teaching them Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set which I had just happened to bring out of the back of Ian's car:
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In the best tradition of teaching, I outlined the Snod processes fully-and-completely then proceeded to wipe the floor with all of them: utterly, totally, entirely and comprehensively. I fear that the physical stresses of our opening game had bled - like Shaun's back passage? - into this gentle tale of Welsh Mountains and Railways. However, despite Tom's utter disbelief at my unchallenged hoovering up of resources and points, he pulled in a very creditable second place. Jeric, seemily haunted by his loss of train to the maintenance event exactly one round after a) I suggested he NOT build it and wait for the event to pass first and b) he bought it anyway - half-suggested they play it again BUT WITHOUT ME. Dale remained silent while Shaun, a pained expression on his face, seemed happy to have scored over 50, regardless.

Tom would inflict cold-hearted and swift revenge upon my Botswana-/ Snowdonia-n hustling - and end the evening with the last laugh - by introducing me to the point salad horrors of Coloma: a Wild West-themed gumbo of everything and the kitchen horse-trough:
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In true Feldian style (but it's not a Feld), an 'unusual' action selection mechanism (secret, simultaneous setting of a dial) was surrounded by 101 different things to do: all giving stuff and points and figurative paths to victory. If you love this sort of thing - and I don't, really - then I'm sure that navigating its rich world of wagon moving, gunfighting, building/bridge construction, river fording, card drawing, tent erecting, dude and horse recruiting, cash-earning and avoiding being in the same action as someone else will give you an enormous rush of endorphins. I found it confusing and directionless and, just like Shaun three hours earlier, bemoaning that I might as well shove the whole thing up my backside for all the good it would do me.

A fabulous evening, however; and an excellent pre-cursor to the Gathering of Chums, which commences on Thursday!

*Mattwell Sesamestreet Green (1971- ) European Champion (3 times), Polish Champion (once, he got on the wrong train in Koln) and World's 2021 Top 16 ("Double Lion, rampant").
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The Small Faces

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When browsing the online world for those harder-to-find exhibits, a number of titles keep popping up in the 'Premium' division. By Premium, I don't mean expensive because it's old - which seems to be the laughably-default status of many online Charity Shop sellers - but very expensive because they're very rare and/or unusual (even if they're relatively modern e.g. those 70s/80s, plastic-heavy/elaborately three-dimensional diversions such as Ghost Castle, Dark Tower, Escape from Atlantis, The Sinking of the Titanic and so on).

In the field of 'old' things that are also 'premium', Physogs - from Waddy Production - was on my Acquisition Wish List should a copy become available for a non-idiotic price and, dear pals, after 18 months of waiting I found one!
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For slightly-less than the copy of Horseless Carriage I recently pre-ordered*, it is complete and in marvellous condition:
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It's Rummy with identikit parts.
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Lovingly-packaged in that pre-War style of separately-assembled trays and inserts (80 years ahead of the 'Folded Space'/{the company we no longer mention}' fad); embossed gold lettering; crocodile skin-textured cardboard combine to make a luxuriant presentation that would've graced the shelves of the finest F.L.D.S.**
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Thematically, this is delightfully high-brow (pun intended): assemble eyes, nose and mouth to match a given (sensible) facial expression': a rather over-engineered Parlour Game, then.
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Once again, the myth that we're currently living through some hitherto unexperienced explosion of gaming is skewered: until we all got televisions (and stopped fighting World Wars), board games were far, far more popular and diverse than they are today.

*Why, after my recent Root-related Customs/Brexit complaint would I then commit to a £120 of Splotter Spellen goodness - especially when 40 quid of it is customs and postage?! Well, I'm not going to be able to avoid 3rd party taxes and scalping, so I'm taking to curating my commitments a little more carefully - remember that almost ALL of my current KS pledges were made prior to 2021 when Brexit/single market suicide uncertainty was still a thing what with a raging Pandemic and all.
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Wow! Sometimes you can come across the most marvellous items when questing through the history of board games! This week, I happened upon a brief eBay Lot for a late Victorian parlour game called "A Wildlife Safari" (not in the BGG database) and was stunned to find that it's the ancestor of a bona fide modern day gaming classic:
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I wonder if the original Patentor Doctor is any relation?!

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This would've been available in the Zoo Gift Shop, I imagine?!

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Look at those marvellous, hand-carved wooden animals!

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A sample of some of the fragile - but in excellent condition - cards!

This one will go in pride of place in one of the prestige cabinets, I think: what a glorious find!!!
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The clocks went back an hour last weekend and - as if the weather were coming out in sympathy - there was a definite frosty nip in the damp air as I clacked on The Shambles' cobbles in my big boots. Pitch black at 6pm, the Museum's generous lighting flooded the courtyard with a white glow and exposed the water vapour clouding out of central heating vents/the breath of arriving yoga delegates. The meagre heater did its level best to warm Paul, Dave, Gerv and myself but it was a losing battle - especially since the Landlord still needs to sort out a hole in one of the window sills. Psychologically, the industrial palette and sweaty, laborious theme of Brass: Birmingham helped distract us from the cloak of cold that wrapped itself around us BUT only for a bit; by the time we'd moved on to the filler/closer, the be-jumpered quartet were teeth-chattering like a Looney Tunes cartoon!

Dave had to run through the rules for the benefit of Gerv and Paul though, to be frank, I'd completely forgotten some of the finer points (eg. where you're allowed to build canals, how many 'sells' can you do in one action) and, certainly, the "What am I trying to do?!" slithered through my brain's figurative hands like a greased-up eel. We got there in the end, though, and up went the canal networks and the mills and mines and the foundries...
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For myself, I normally favour getting my Coal and Iron tiles on the board though the raison d'etre of this variant - the breweries - took a front seat this evening; I even popped a Pottery out!
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The last time we played Brass - in Jobbers' Summer house while it was still light at 10PM - I'd noted how effectively Dave flipped his factories hence, I think, my brewing fetish this time around: piggy-backing my own tile flips off of his. This increased barrel consumption led to a dearth of sale opportunities and led to frantic track-laying (for those juicy between Town VPs) in the final rounds. In a curious mirror of my Tuesday evening Le Havre experience, I was entirely unencumbered by the usual loan-taking: just a couple in the first third of the game then supported by a rising, lucrative income for the rest of it (at the end, my income was 24). I was certain, prior to the final factory totalling - having secured an enormous pile from railway links - that I'd finally beaten Dave into second place but - boooo! - he snuck passed me by a single, Manufactured Goods margin!

Revenge would (sort-of) be mine as we closed with Plums:
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Dave just couldn't get his head around the bid-for-order/set collecting vibe and languished in last place when the delicious fruits were totalled; once again, I was certain that my impressive tally (49, which is well-good for 'Plums') would be more than enough to gift me the lap of honour but - again - I was pipped to the tape; this time by Gerv who, with 52, well deserved the congratulations.

There was a palpable glee as everyone bade their farewells and cosied into the warming blast of car heaters; the Museum definitely needs more bodies OR better radiators, lest we be discovered - in the Spring - frozen into an enormous cartoon block of ice whilst halfway through Terraforming Mars or somesuch!
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Le Havre is in the air (everywhere I look around)

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There was some confusion around pick-up for this week's journey to the Gloucester environs which meant Fred and I had to scoot off under our own steam, 15 minutes later than scheduled, for games in Tuffley. Our 'ride' turned up literally a minute after we'd already disappeared around the corner and joined the long line of cars heading into Town. Indeed, it was busy every-which-way you turned as we entered the metropolis: closure of a nearby motorway section was routing anyone and everyone into a wholly inadequate ring road/bypass system. We landed awfully close to the 7PM start to find the place empty apart from the Bar Staff - it seems we'd all gotten delayed in the new, Greenwich Mean Time darkness.

Three tables-worth, again, with the club's recently-acquired Nemesis (Tom, Dale and Nick), something X of the North Y for (other) Nick, Miguel and Shaun leaving Le Havre for Marc, Sarah and myself:
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The last time I endured the exquisite pain of this genius work was - like many of the best games I enjoy, it seems - at Bastion 2020, when I made a complete bugger's muddle of it: ill-advised loan after clumsily-encumbered loan. This time, I sailed through the first, trepidatious rounds with just enough food so avoid debt and - from then on - remained entirely loan-free for the duration! I think this might be the ONLY time I've ever managed to steer such a path!
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Anyway, there was much quiet and effective accumulation going on for all of us: Mark building up an impressive Piscine-based economy, Sarah shipbuilding and me snagging personal favourites Colliery, Wharf, Shipping Line and Brickworks (amongst many) for a steady injection of Fees and export-powering Energy.
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A last round purchase of Bridge Over The Seine let me get Francs for goods that would otherwise have gone uncounted; combined with a beefy Luxury Liner and shipping as the Final Action, this took me to a (rare) 216-199-178 victory. This was the first time that Mark had played the 'long' version and I think he enjoyed it; Sarah certainly seemed to and acquitted herself very well indeed (199 francs) for a debut.

Synchronizing our finish with the X of table, Shaun and Miguel joined us for the gloriously-tetchy Senators:
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Despite an horrific over-bidding for a reward Senator during the first Event - War - Shaun managed to stay ahead with me for the short duration of the game; with four War cards in the first nine Events, there was no time to really see the game's wickedness shine - I feel some preparatory Event deck-stacking coming on for the future.
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