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Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Father, Grandfather, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer.
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No Expo Please, We're Skittish.

Anthony Boydell
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This year I shall not be going to the UK Games Expo for the first time since it's incarnation in 2007. There was a thought that I might scoot up on the train tomorrow (Saturday) and meet up with a few peeps - Gibsons Games, Geeknson (to talk gaming tables), pals Richard and Jimmy, Alan & Charlie - but I can't shake the memory of recent 'large Freedom events' that have resulted in Covid super spreads.

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One of the local Newent pubs went balls out to hold a Euro 2020 final spectator evening, last month, and their Duty Manager ended up infecting 10s of people ie. most of the customers
It's been 18 months since my last Con attendance - the excellent Bastion in North Wales - and, since then, I've missed two Leiriacons, a Gridcon, (now) two UKGEs and an Essen Spiel: that's the totality of my regular, board game industry interaction right there!

So, today - as the hordes descend upon Birmingham's NEC for Day 1 - when I would've already constructed a Stand, beer-ed it with some Euro pals at the Ibis/Hilton and wandered the aisles for cheery 'Halloo's and early doors promos, I shall be feeling that tremble in the tummy: the churning thoughts that bounce between "great things are happening and I am missing out" and "It's going to make everyone sick!" - anxiety, eh?!

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If anything, it further highlights my unwitting and unwilling separation from the inner circles of board gaming in the UK: a space now almost entirely populated by a few highly-focused publishers and a cacophony of content creators; the role of a designer, alone, seems to be rather an irrelevance. See? That FOMO is seriously messing with my self-esteem!
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