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Brass Monkeys

Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
Newent. Glos
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Every homo sapiens needs an outbuilding within the curtelage of their property
Welcome...to my Shed!
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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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