Every Man Needs A Shed

Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer, Agricola fanboy and jealous admirer of Carl Chudyk. www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk
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Anthony Boydell
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Yesterday, everyone seemed to have found a reason either not to be in the Bristol office or to have left by 2PM. All my own meetings were done by lunch and - after writing up various minutes and arranging some upcoming workshops - I'd completely crossed-off my 'To Do List' and was eying the maple syrup biscuits hungrily. Despite the overall size of the team reducing, there still seem to be ample occasions for the decanting of cakes, sweet treats and pastries which - for someone like me under a (voluntary) nutritional regime - is a constant temptation: for example, this week a CRM release went in successfully and that resulted in enough Mr Kipling battenberg to sink the flippin' Bismarck. Anyway, the long and the short(bread) of it was that I left early.

Dursley is a market town in the hills between Bristol and Stroud and Gloucester and one I have not previously scoured for charity shop goodness; a quick clicketty-click on Google Streetmaps highlighted a couple of potential goldmines in the form of an Oxfam and a generic local hospice property. The latter was the first I stopped at and, lawks a-mercy, 'twas a veritable Tutankamun's tomb of delicious (and cheap!) treasures. In particular (ignoring the usual armful of railway tomes), my eclectic eye happened upon this 1946 First Edition oddity for just six of our earthly pounds:



I'm not sure that there is anything particularly useful for game designing purposes beyond, maybe, coming up with some games presented in a matchbox (which could be a lot of fun, of course: think Chris Handy's Pack O'Games line); no, indeed, it stands purely as a colourful and curious diversion. And I learned a new word too:

Phillumenism
the hobby of collecting different match-related items: matchboxes, matchbox labels, matchbooks, matchcovers, matchsafes, etc.

Oh and, if you want to turn your stomach a little, try looking up "Phossy Jaw" gulp
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