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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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Anthony Boydell
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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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