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Old 12-05-2018, 02:51 AM
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Wait. I think Darkon forgot to mention if we're using Quintessential or Roger's Classic Rules for the extra events. I need to know, because in the first case. I'm moving to Leytonstone, but in the second, I'm obviously skipping the next two turns.
I'm fairly sure that neither of those apply anymore as a result of Brexit, and as such we've reverted to Lord Throncote's Amendment as regards play taking place when a member of the royal family is with child.

Therefore, I play Tooting Bec, renounce my claim to an extra go if seven or more players are in Nidd, and agree to a light spanking.

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Darkon's dastardly Morden Road put me back in Nib, so I'll just be kibitzing for a few moves. Beware though: My tattered copy of Recreations for Inmates is hard-to-read in places, but the rules on triple Nibbing are very clear: If (when!) I'm sent to Nib a third time I will collect five purple tokens and own the entire Jubilee line.

But I'm not fully sure this game is in conformance with Bethlem rules. For one thing, I can't recall anyone ever going to Morden Road with stirrups reversed before without ordering 'Flying Bacon.' I'd still be in Nib, but at least I might be getting something to Nib-ble on! (Is that why at the Hospital we always called it 'Nib' instead of 'Nidd'?)

There's a scanned bootleg copy of O'Melaghlin's Mornington Midgame Marvels and Mania for sale on the dark web that I've had my eye on for some time. The cost is ⅔ of a Honeycoin and 2½ grams of 80%-pure white powder. Perusing that book may be my last best chance to gain insight into this game, but I won't complete the purchase if players would consider that to be unethical outside assistance.

ETA: Whether in Nidd or Nib, I'm happy for the light spanking as long as you send Mollie around to administer it!
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So many experienced heads cashing in their chips and with Bank already on the baize, convention demands the Silver Street stratagem.
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Old 12-05-2018, 05:35 AM
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Here's how to play (from Wikipedia, but adapted for us):

"The game consists of each [poster] in turn announcing a…tube station on the London Underground system. The aim is to be the first to announce "Mornington Crescent", a station on the Northern line. Interspersed with the turns is humorous discussion amongst the [posters]…regarding the rules and legality of each move, as well as the strategy the [posters] are using.

Despite appearances, however, there are no rules to the game, and both the naming of stations and the specification of "rules" are based on stream-of-consciousness association and improvisation. Thus the game is intentionally incomprehensible."

Though the game is incomprehensible, you should still have a map of the London Underground to get the names right.


I'll start off with "London City Airport" which is handicap accessible and allows me (according to the 2013 Whitman's Rules and Strategies) to jump ahead two stops.

This puts me at "West Silvertown". Your move...
Ummm, the first rule of Mornington Crescent is... don't discuss the rules of Mornington Crescent.

Which I think gives me license to suggest Tottenham Court Road.
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Which I think gives me license to suggest Tottenham Court Road.
You can't. It's Wednesday.
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Well. it's five o'clock somewhere. Also, isn't "Nidd" spelled "knip", not "Nib"?

Regardless, I will carry on to Notting Hill Gate, queening my porn.
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:25 AM
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Stuck here in the Knip (or whatever it's spelled) I've been perusing some radio blitz games. They're played with only a subset of the full rules and may not contain any tricks you old hands don't already know. But any Dopers kibitzing and thinking to get their feet wet might learn something from them and get the confidence to join:

Lord Nesbro's Yorkshire variation. This game demonstrates a snicket, albeit an unsuccessful one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqLIvLCwxLo

MC played with GPS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1W5-RRfQK4

(Original Modern Rules) Another failed snicket, this time at Little Portland:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjOsOB4erZI

Beginner's Luck:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsPeyHq5Mgk

Croissant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wccvUzqbPpU
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Regardless, I will carry on to Notting Hill Gate, queening my porn.
I see you've been studying the events of the 1957 European Cup, you saucy duck you.

Fortunately, this gambit allows me to cash in fivepence of Maundy Money (as per the annotations to the Queen's 1973 Christmas message) and order an express train to Mudchute, with a stopover at Emirates Greenwich Peninsula to pay my respects.
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Hell, well that's torn it.

With a blatant duplicate being played the whole board goes into baulk.
That just introduces unnecessary complications in a game of such high powered intrigue that's scaring the horses and newbies alike.

Some traditional manoeuvre is probably what is required here, and just for giggles I'll activate the Vegan Limitation Clause which prevents any station with Green in it's names being played for 3 turns and farnarkle my warble over to Barbican from where I can watch the unfolding carnage in safety.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:23 AM
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If I may kibbitz, I believe in this situation, revision six, only in the event of an unplayed innuendo card, would still have allowed travel on the DLR as far as Mudchute.
I read this purely as a kibbitzer's comment. I came very close to reprimanding Mr. Ludovic for his bolding the name of an unvisited station, but wanted to keep the game congenial. (Certainly I didn't want a repeat of the utter mayhem that resulted at the 1986 Vienna Invitational when Sir Arthur Snitterton-Pottendorf accused a spectator of blowing cigar smoke in his face. What was the final casualty count in that incident?)

As the game continued, more and more the game made less and less sense. I know Bethelehem Rules aren't standard here so just attributed it all to my own ignorance. I should finally have said something when Dead Cat connected 20 nuggets at Bank, but was too bashful to rock the boat.

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Hell, well that's torn it.

With a blatant duplicate being played the whole board goes into baulk.
And now the mystery is solved! penultima thule, and presumably several others, treated the #20 mention of Mudchute as an actual play. Lesser players might just abandon this fiasco now, but the Opening was unsually exciting and I think we can restore order.

By my reckoning, the move in #24 to "Sadbury" Town was the last legal move, so let's back up to there. Note that Dead Cat's invalidation of the unbolded Sadbury is thereby itself invalidated.

Everyone should get their pink tokens back, but since I spent them all getting out of Knidpfd you'll have to collect them from the Knidpfd-queepker. I'll return $50 of the $200 I collected in #30 passing Go; I'm afraid I already spent the rest on white powder.

Cardigan gets his red and yellow tokens back. Biotop's yellow token? I'm afraid you'll have to ask baby to return her new pair of shoes.

If we can persuade Dead Cat to return her 20 nuggets for three purple tokens, we should be back in business, or nearly so. Smapti and I must return our light spankings to Mollie. Mollie willing of course; let's not turn this into another #MeToo thread.

Is this all OK with everyone?

Charing Cross. Stirrups are still reversed obviously.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:33 AM
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The 20 nuggets was a donation, not a connection. Nevertheless, according to the Chomondley-Warner exception (see Gainsborough's treatise on the subject in the 4 March, 1953 edition of The London Gazette if you need further clarification), the rest of your analysis still stands. I will claim the purple meeple and play Wimbledon.
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The 20 nuggets was a donation, not a connection. Nevertheless, according to the Chomondley-Warner exception (see Gainsborough's treatise on the subject in the 4 March, 1953 edition of The London Gazette if you need further clarification), the rest of your analysis still stands. I will claim the purple meeple and play Wimbledon.
Wimbledon is, as we all know, a sister station to Southwark, meaning that you owe me an ace of spades unless it was a left-handed throw.
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I doth protest most vociferously.

The game went into baulk Sir, the cue ball wasn't trousered. Blood hasn't been spilled, the fatted calf continues to frollick.

There was goodwill and the situation was redeemable. A civilisation which has given us Brexit would know how the restoration could be achieved expediently. Surely the coup de gras was premature?

On the face of it, the offer of restitution via return of a sizeable portion of tokens played has an undoubted, commendable even, Benthamite Utilitarian ring to it but not all those played tokens have been returned, and not all those who haven't played tokens have tokens to play. The disadvantage imposed is manifest. Strategies have been unmasked, painstaking inner workings of subterfuge exposed.

A novice error has been made a major calamity. I fear international consequences.

But then I reflect on the clarion call from old Harry’s Newbolt’s opus "Vitaï Lampada" "Play up! play up! and play the game!" and my umbrage dissipates.

I shall be chivalrous.
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The intersection of Northern and Jubilee lines is now a legal play both in this game and in that of the alternate universe. I'm afraid the causality rift in the space-time continuum can never be fully healed now, but London Bridge should reduce the damage.
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Muggins! septimus failed to collect the top card from the deck at the end of his play as he was entitled to following the opening of the Jubilee line.....and I've drawn a spade!! There is no better time than now to press this positional advantage. I call Old Street and will invoke a sanctioned Hold (per Heath's Addendum) for the next round.
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Well, the next round may be knackered, but I see no impediment to invoking Earl Montagu's exception, being as the Moon is currently a waning crescent and it's exactly 114 years to the day that fuel trials began between the Spiteful and the Peterel (which, of course, confirmed that Shepherd's Bush is off-limits in any game where ladies are present.)

I therefore play Chalk Farm, transferring my coat to the lower peg in the process and declaring next Thursday to be Beer Day for all ships at sea 45 days or more.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:16 AM
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I have sat out my Edgware penalty and now may move to Burnt Oak. Caller & Poole award me there with neo-traditional pastries that may be traded or consumed for extra energy and speed. What you want for for them? Offer to highest bidder certified by McLaughton at al. Best raisins around.
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I'm back in Knipdb again since Cardigan called Muggins on me. But I an in negotiations with the Queeper to try and get our pink tokens back.

I'm reluctant to comment on the game — last time a station was named in a kibbitz we had an unpleasant bifurcation — but I can't help but mention that the latest moves remind me of the famous Liverpool vs Liverpool match where Lord Sandwich winkled from _______ to _______, forcing a snicket to __________; and then after an especially clever forcing double-jivvell at _______ and ________, Lord Sandwich was able to announce _______. If I weren't in the Nibbil I'd play to ______ and try to do something similar myself.
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Excellent analysis as ever, friend septimus.

Unencumbered as I am, I'll risk a jaunt to Upminster, claiming a terminal bonus.
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now may move to Burnt Oak.
Well bugger me with a hat pin, we're back in baulk again. Incontrovertibly and so soon after the latest unpleasantness to boot. It was a hanging offence back in my day. Now it seems to be the only way to get a decent seat at the Opera.

None-the-less for the sake of standards I think this game now need's matron's firm touch, and I remember it well. Indelibly so.

But no matter, there are standard options still to play, Marble Arch furinstance and fursure.

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... forcing a snicket to __________; and then ...
Obviously I was referring to station ______ _ __________. Sorry for any confusion.
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Marble Arch was a rather dark horse play. I truly didn't see that coming and seems to have cost me the positional advantage that I'd sacrificed so much to obtain. Well, it is Pearl Harbor Day and since I'm the first American player this round, I will execute my one and only transverse diagonal option and play Green Park.
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Can I trebuchet plays in this version?
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Only when the Crossrail Tab has been checked by all players. Otherwise, it would be simple to invoke the Boris Gambit and trebuchet to victory from the Alderham Street bus stop.

But since I only have one Crossrail token left, I'll speed up the game a bit and use it to play Wood Green. The visibility from Ally Pally for those who have bicycle clips left to spare should give them the advantage in the following rounds.
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I will make the simple step to Colindale. I am disappointed that no one took up my offer on the Caller & Poole pastries. I did highlight the raisins. The raisins! Wow. Now I partake of the benefits from dipping my feet in the Silk Stream alone. Yes your help would have doubled the gravy for me, but did no one else need the single Silk Stream buoyancy?
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Damn, I was going to play Colindale. Thwarted at every turn. Hold on a second - how about Victoria, with stirrups reversed? I'll risk it for a biscuit.
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Yippee!! Playing to London's busiest station, and a triple line junction to boot. I happen to have a dozen green tokens(*), so that triple junction will get me out of the Knibb whether stirrups are reversed or not.
South Kensington. Thank you, Dead Cat.

(* - I won't detail the sordid negotiations I had with the Queepker about our missing tokens, though I learned he's got hundreds of thousands of pink and green tokens stashed away. (I thought he was supposed to return them to the Warden at the end of every Game? ) He refused to return any pink tokens, but did give me a basketful of greens in return for a service which was only slightly speakable.)
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We are getting to the nub of the matter now. Excellent. Hold your nerves trendsetters.
It's not a game for the gallinaceous and cuniculars now. Hopefully there won't be unseemly repercussions for any struthionines found out in the race for the chocolates.

My initial thought was that Gospel Oak might sort the ovines from the caprines but I seem to have donned the coat of Waldorf for this game so Hyde Park Corner will serve much the same purpose while keeping it contiguous.
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Hendon Central and the Passingham Central Circus medallion, if you please. I can still pull this out!
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OTG, I was wondering how I was ever going to get back into the game, but Perished Pussy's claiming a purple meeple reminded that the Carcassonne Codex allowed me to exchange all my lemmings for a bag of magic beans. I sold these at the Horse Tunnel Market for enough to bribe the WC attendant at White's for several of Prince Charles' hairs. The Charlie clone (yes, cloning is allowed under the Poldark Provisions) I created from these gave me access to Buckingham Palace where I stole the Queen's platinum snitch. This means I can now play Goodge Street. Give it up, Lifepeak!
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That last play is making me very dizzy. I'm getting on at Goodge, closing my eyes, and taking the long relaxing ride to Morden.
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In that case...


Mornington Crescent.
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Ouch! I apologize to one and all. I can't remember when I last played so badly; by the end I was just sleep-walking.
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Ouch! I apologize to one and all. I can't remember when I last played so badly; by the end I was just sleep-walking.
Don't feel bad, old sauce. Viscount Mumphred's Errata can boggle even the sharpest of players.
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Well played Smapti. Bravo!

Can somebody be secretary and write that narrative up for the next International Convention?
A couple of rough edges but that's too be expected with such inventive play. The Greater Covenant should be made aware.
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Well done, Smapti.

Sigh.
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Sorry, Itpams, but you can not play Mornington Crescent if you cross the Mordock Meridian before 0417 and are now in Niff. Check your Humboldt's Revised and Annotated Rules for Beginners if you don't believe me. Your faux pas allows me to arrive at Piccadilly, no, Oxford Circus just in time for the elephant parade.
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Omigosh. Another bifurcation. I tore up all my green tokens when I thought the game was over so am now back in the Knibf. That's my fourth trip already this game (if we count all three branches). At Bedlam we play that when a player is sent to Nidd for the seventh time in a game he can advance directly to the M.C. instead. Are we playing that rule here?
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Unfortunately, I've already absconded with the Mace of the House of Commons, so the matter is settled, and no further appeals may be heard until I've politely agreed to put it back where it goes.

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One thing that was clear from the controversy at the Istanbul World Tourney of 1978, humorously referred to as the Inauspicious Incident, is that once all the players have turned in their jaywalking cards and toted their zocktallies, the final results cannot be reversed, even though a careful analysis of the cards after the fact revealed that the second-place player could have used the King's Cross Strike to block the winner.
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Okay, I just heard back from the Romulan High Council and Smapti did indeed win (grumble, grumble). I guess you get to keep the damned Mace.

Anywho, I promise to not be such a bad sport this game—Bermondsey.
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I think this game should have a moderator to decide the issues that arise as there seems to be much controversy over which are the rules that apply.
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I think this game should have a moderator to decide the issues that arise as there seems to be much controversy over which are the rules that apply.
Having a presiding 'moderator' sounds like it could be quite fun.
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The NYT on Boris Johnson, Brexit and Mornington Crescent: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/o...%20B.%20Edsall
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