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Having just finished a 'serious' book, I thought I might cleanse the brain's palate with something science fiction-y:
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James Blish has long been a favourite of mine, so this Faber & Faber Children's Book Club copy of an Edgar Rice Burroughs-esque space adventure seemed perfect. Of course, what makes this edition special is neither that it's a 'First' in excellent condition nor a proper science-infused romp by a renowned author but that its original owner put their address into the frontispiece:
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'...British Isles, World, Universe'.

Entirely brilliant.
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From the country that is currently allowing its privatised water corporations to pump raw sewage into our rivers and the sea (just in time to wash back onto our beaches/contaminate our coastal shellfish stocks), I bring you a message from a more innocent time:
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Of course, things were even WORSE in the 1970s but, at least, someone somewhere was making the effort to educate our children as to the dangers of littering/pollution. Sadly, all the many toddlers that enjoyed Bernard Cribbins' hypnotic narration/Filmfair & Ivor Wood splendid stop-motion animation have grown up to despise the well-being of our natural resources and are literally shitting all over the rest of us.
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Anyway. Back to old board games: The Wombles Game is a colourful and tactile re-working of the old 'Beetle' game: instead of passively rolling dice to match the rolled number to a body part needed, each player has a jigsaw that is disassembled and the pieces randomly distributed about the gameboard.
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Cutting costs on dice - because we already have jigsaws, a full board, thick standees AND four delightful, printed bags - there is 'spinner' to determine movement/access to the discard pile ('the litter bin').
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Unsurprisingly, the first player to complete their jigsaw is the winner.

Not a taxing affair but, by the gods, this is almost 50 years old and in impeccable condition! Ripe for the Museum and fitting in with my small Whitman collection (What's Up, Doc? The Bugs Bunny Game, The Pink Panther Chase Game, Rev. W. Awdry's "All Change").

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Being the half-term holiday meant that the Wednesday gamers were the only folks milling around The Shambles Retail Village on a blustery, cold October evening: no rumbling 4x4s across the potholed car park, no pleas to unlock the gates and/or curious heads popping around the now-shut-to-keep-the-warmth-in door. No, indeed; just four gamers playing at railways and we wouldn't have had it any other way:
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Railways of the World gloriously hogged the whole of the table and the simple rules had us stood up (apart from Dave) for much of the evening: chin-stroking, hex counting, link building, cash exchanging, share issuing, goal fulfilling, card reviewing and cube delivering to within an inch of our Tycoon lives!
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There is much that is familiar in RT:TBG - it's core mechanisms will be familiar across a large family of pick-up-and-deliver gamer:
An auction determines Start player for the round, then
Players take three actions, one at a time around the table, then
Income is earned and dividends paid for fund-raising shares issued.

A player's action can be to lay track (costed accorded to terrain), upgrade your train to give it better delivery range, take one of the special bonus cards, 'urbanize' a colourless city so that cubes can be delivered to it, deliver a goods cube OR complete a 'Western Link' (expensive, mid-game action of which there can be only two instances).
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Round and round you go, briskly and with a definite air of tension and excitement, watching the trains and lines stretch across the landscape: classic network-building fayre that had Dave and Gerv and Paul purring with delight for much of the two-and-a-half hours playing time. Dave was left to the North-East (something the rulebook warns specifically against and I mentioned during the 'teach') but couldn't quite shake the Tony/Gerv team - in the middle - shipping in and out of Chicago like bastards (Gerv also leapt forward courtesy of a Kansas City Western Link) and boosting eachothers income accordingly while Paul spread across the South with a highly-efficient two issued shares only portfolio. In the end, as we all clustered near the top of the score track, it was my access to bigger trains ahead of the others that kept me in the running (big deliveries = big leaps to catch up with Dave) and my Tycoon gave me the two points to sneak ahead of Dave at the last!

Of course, when were all done and the scores finalised, there was an essential pause for us all to take pictures of the final layout; the whole, magnificent experience needed to be captured for posterity (and for boring friends and partners with later):
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Not quite ready to set off into the wild night, I'd packed Salvage again with the hope we could close with its trick-taking horrors:
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Paul was having a bit of a 'Tony Evening' (see last Wednesday and the Wednesday before it) and came a massive, flaming cropper in the first Hand to send him right down the score track. A judiciously-timed, deliberate detonation from myself (drafting the last of the barrels to penalise everyone and reset the round) kept me the necessary few points ahead until we could offload all of the pain onto Paul...again!

We should be at least five next week so, in the true spirit of a good board games club (modelled after the high watermark that is The Ross-on-Wye Board Gamers), we've mooted The Princes of Florence: something previously unknown to Paul and his son, Tom:
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A lo-ong afternoon curating items on both JIRA and Azure Devops backlogs saw me (finally) shutting the lid on the laptop at 1730HRS; this left me barely 15 mins to get some supper together and choose games to take to the Tuffley meetup. Flakes of delicious pastry scattered the library room carpet as I multi-tasked: into the bag went Terraforming Mars, Obsession, Island Racing and Salvage.

Barely a week since our own (Museum-based) alternative 1920s History-on-the-tabletop, Tom and a few others were on a promise of Scythe while - on the second table - three occasional attendees had walked in, sat down, unpacked and started playing Call to Adventure without reference to anyone else in the room. That left Cheltenham regulars Jerick and Nick, as well as a Twilight Struggle-wielding Mark, to join me for the last table and whatever I could convince them to play:
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After an extended discussion about 3D printing - during which Mark proudly showed off his wonky Dice Tower ("It's supposed to look like that!"*) - I was able to explain the Obsession rules; thankfully, I was unencumbered by red top cider/a distracted brain and managed to get through it all relatively unscathed. We started playing...

Nick was immediately horrified that - in the base game - there would only be 16 rounds, so I flipped the board to the 'Long' side and we got stuck in. There was much complaining during the first third - mainly because
a) the others kept having their 'Rep' stolen by my early-acquisition Service room, and
b) money was a little tight until a few more Gentry found their way to our Stately Piles.

Despite an early attempt to instill a little role-playing to the Downtown Abbey/Gosford Park shenanigans - basically, correcting Nick's use of 'Dollars' instead of 'Pinds' and tutting at Mark's sniggering whenever I mentioned 'Providing Service' - we were a table of heads-down Euro gamers: for shame, as I would've hoped for a little more repressed emotion, snobbery, gout and casual racism TBH. Still, the momentum was quickly "picked up" and there seemed to be a profusion of sporting events in particular: rather too much Tennis to be healthy - "Looks like we're playing Tennis AGAIN!!!" being the plaintive cry. I was rather running away with it, though, with my massive hand of benevolence-spewing Prestige Guests and a quickly-ascended-maximum-reputation (mainly from a couple of monuments and my leeching Butlers). Revenge, in a small form - though not enough to change the end result - came from Jerick, who stole my Underbutler in the penultimate round thus preventing me putting on the Mother of all English Garden receptions...
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Both Nick and Marc maxed out their Rep too but Jerick took the 'Fair Play' award for the night by being the only player not to have taken a 'backsie' in a turn: stout fellow - a good sort, I say, from good stock etc.

We closed with a run of the new La Mame Games release - Salvage - which I had pleadingly-acquired from Rikki Tahta prior to him taking them all to Essen Spiel (and, naturally, selling out in a very short time when he got there):
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This is a classic poison trick-taker in the flavour of Hearts with a delicious pre-hand round of oil barrel drafting; oil barrels can be claimed (in any number on your turn in the draft) to provide mitigation for any poison (flame) cards obtained during actual play BUT if players get too greedy - or deliberately dry up the supply in the drafting round - the barrels 'explode' and players lose points. The aim, having started with 20 points, is to the player with the most points when one (or more) players 'go negative': a devious twist on a classic - something we are getting used to, and very much enjoying, with La Mame's products.

*I can imagine Mrs Mark looking at the "intentionally-deformed" plastic glob and exclaiming "You paid £500 for a machine that made this? It looks like the output of a Primary School pottery class!"
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(logs into Magic: The Gathering Arena online; checks new Blue/Black Syphoning Zombies deck is set - this is a progression from the original Blue/Back What's Yours Is Mine Deck)

Tony: Right - picking 'Standard: Best of One' and 'Play'...

(waiting, then starting, screens load; the game commences)

Tony: Great! I'm going first...play a Swamp and done.

(opponent plays a Mountain)

Tony: Right. I'll play an Island and cast a Champion of the Forsaken. Done.

(opponent plays an Island then casts Expressive Iteration)

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Tony: O - kay: Prismari Dragons with Alrund's Epiphany it is...

(time passes; some of Tony's stuff is countered or burned. The opponent's extra Epiphany turns kick in and the Goldspan Dragon swings in repeatedly for the kill. It's all over.)

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Tony: Goodness me; that wasn't really very close...never mind: let's go again! And 'Play'...

(waiting, then starting, screens load; the game commences)

Tony: 'On the draw' this time...

(opponent plays an Red/Blue dual land)

Tony: Um...

(time passes; some of Tony's stuff is countered or burned. The opponent's extra Epiphany turns kick in and the Goldspan Dragon swings in repeatedly for the kill. It's all over.)

Tony: Never mind: let's go again! And 'Play'...

(waiting, then starting, screens load; the game commences)

Tony: 'On the draw' again...*tchoh!*

(opponent plays an Island)

Tony: Er...

(time passes; some of Tony's stuff is countered or burned. The opponent's extra Epiphany turns kick in and the Goldspan Dragon swings in repeatedly for the kill. It's all over.)

Tony: Surely this can't be the ONLY deck people are playing?!

(forty five minutes later)

Tony: Okay - that's 10 matches and 10 losses to players playing Red/Blue Prismari Dragons with Extra Turns. I guess "Standard", online at least, isn't very interesting at all. How long is Standard format rotation again?

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Tony's Inner Voice: About two years, mate.

Tony: Fuck.

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The deck is very effective at keeping many quicker decks at bay until it finishes the opponent off in a sweep of extra turns immediately after each other. It seems - according to the Magic Meta - that this is the only deck worth playing. If you're NOT playing it, then best find another Format - drafting, historic, midweek Magic - because this is the only shit you're going to be seeing for the foreseeable. I give you the herd mentality and creative void that is the Magic: The Gathering community*.
*Unless you're playing Wrenn & Seven (mono-green); a choice of two Tier 1 decks? Yawn.
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The Museum of Board Games isn't all about board games, you know; I have handful of delicious RPGs from the 80s that would catch the eye of many a gamer too!

There's something wonderful about the effort that went into designing these systems, most of which are variations on the same, core mechanisms but twisted to fit the story and detail of their subject matter. The player guides, the referee guides, the 'monster' lists and maps - oh, good Lord: the maps! The opportunity to live, breathe and actually participate in a favourite fictional world is splendid thing; movies are fun, but it's passive consumption only.
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When this packaged Lot appeared on my eBay feed, there was no way in Hell that I was going to let this pass me by. As I have remarked, previously, I grew up a HUGE James Bond fan - the films and the novels. Since The Spy Who Loved Me, I've made certain to see each film in the cinema first to fully appreciate the daft, exotic nonsense on the biggest screen with the loudest sound. Our first - and only - post-lockdown cinema trip was, of course, to see No Time To Die and I felt 9 years old again: wide-eyed and excited.
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I've sneaked a few of my acquired-as-an-adult Fleming First Editions 'just because'

NPC lists, vehicle controls, shooting skills, a catalogue of villains, investigations and a huge book of scenario snippets (a la Fighting Fantasy) liberally-spiced with illustrations of fighting men, fast cars and beautiful women.
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The solitaire box, especially, piques my interest; I wonder if I might occupy a quiet Winter Museum afternoon with some action adventure - all laid out on the display table for visitors to observe/scrutinize?!
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