Everyone Needs A Shed

Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Father, Grandfather, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer.
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Le Havre is in the air (everywhere I look around)

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
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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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