I spent the weekend with my sister , my brother-in-law and Bluebird in Bristol. Well most of the weekend.
I have the quarterly Unlock Democracy Council meeting on Saturday in London, so I got up early, went to London for the day.
A useful and interesting conversation about our strategy immediately after the election and for the coming year. I may have used the words capability and resource about a dozen times. Even when not being an accountant I’m such an accountant.
In between Unlock duties I managed to eat some food, chat with my family, drink some beer and play some board games
On Friday we played Forbidden Island which is a co-operative game based on treasure hunting on a sinking island. You have to work as a team to pick up four MacGuffins and escape the island before it sinks beneath the sea. Quite a simple game but good fun.
On Saturday night we played the Village. This is a competitive game where you try and steer a mediaeval family through three generations of toil. It’s very complicated. Complicated to the point where I was struggling to keep a track of what was going on. Very enjoyable.
We also managed a few rounds of Kingdom Builder, which was fine, enjoyable, but not as exciting as the others.
Finally on Sunday we played Pandemic. Another co-operative game, you have to work together to contain and cure four diseases that threaten to run out of control. This was definitely the pick of the bunch.
It’s made me think about developing a board game of my own and on the trip back from Bristol I made really good progress turning some vague ideas I’ve had into the mechanics for a game. More anon.
Listened to Rumours, whilst trying to explain why Lindsey Bellingham is a bell-end then ear-wormed myself with the Corrs entire back catalogue.
On the journey back I finished Battle Cry of Freedom. Thoughts anon.