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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Anthony Boydell
United Kingdom
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Welcome...to my Shed!
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At the end of 2019, which ended on an extraordinary high, I had proudly seen the delivery of Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea, Lux Aeterna, Foothills, Guilds of London: Wards of London, Games from the Deep, Dark Wood and Snowdonia: Deluxe Master Set as well as solid interest in Attention All Shipping and other prototypes. Two years later (and a year since I left Surprised Stare Games Ltd), I have to admit to feeling rather detached from the gaming world I so relish. And while I'm very much looking forward to getting out and about to Bastion in 6 weeks time - and Leiriacon at the end of March - the Omicron wave is already throwing both into jeopardy; is there no end to this Limbo?
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Of course, I have the Museum to keep me occupied (eyes peeled for a Designer Diary about the Gift Shop Games range I've been noodling with) and Aleph Null is on-track for a UK Games Expo launch (sample artwork coming VERY soon); everything else, though, feels very much in stasis.
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Since I took that (Spring) break from blogging, I think I've settled into a calmer writing mode; I have been consciously avoiding Hobbyist kerfuffles - though the occasional Politics-based jibe creeps in from time-to-time; after all, there's only so much corruption, ineptitude and gaslighting I can put up with before the steam valve needs releasing. Sadness, too, and a consistent level of general anxiety mean I'm more watchful of what I express and how I express it.
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There's been some good games playing, of course; however, I've completely given up logging what and where and when as a pointless exercise. Consequently, several requests I've received for 'What's The Best Thing You Played This Year?' have fallen on stony ground as my Old Man Brain can't remember anything outside the past 3 months. The Gathering of Chums was undeniably ace, though, and the nearest thing to normality I've experienced in 24 months.

Ah, "normality"; how we yearn for thee.
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