Mornington Crescent - Return Ticket

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  • alienfromzogalienfromzog Shipmate
    KarlLB wrote: »
    All that is true, but the Ashcott-under-Wychwood (Wartime Emergency Regulations) Amendment of 1917 have never been formally rescinded as Lloyd George was on holiday at the time. There is therefore a debate to be had as to whether any stations between Dover Street and St. Mary's can be admissible after 8pm (weekdays only).

    *koff koff* Brooke-Taylor Commentary on Thelkeld 2016, sect 476 para 3254gamma

    Some people only seem to skim these foundational documents. It's like people who think the Free Parking house rule in Monopoly is in the official rules.

    Pah! Amateurs!

  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    KarlLB wrote: »

    We're naturally playing 47th Ed. I'd assumed we were using the Codicils and proceedings from:

    *Biddenham, Bromham and Stevington 2018
    *Mortehoe and District 2017
    *Threlkeld, Keswick and Skiddaw Forest 2016

    These codified earlier Summary Rulesets so should form a complete ruleset and that's what's currently being used in the national Internet MC finals and will be used in the Tabletop Championships in Cholsey in August, so it makes sense to use them

    I see. 'MC for Dummies', with the bright yellow covers*. That could explain a lot.

    In which case, even you will understand Penge.

    *I must introduce this argument into the Tolley's/CCH wars at work. Unfortunately I am in the Tolley's camp.

  • Curiosity killedCuriosity killed Shipmate
    edited May 8
    And which set of rules included the use of the d100 dice?
    KarlLB wrote: »
    You've done it now. East London Vortex is now invoked; rolling a 97 on d100 and checking the table I find myself at Milan

    I hope you're proud. [stomps off in search of cheap red wine]

    changed post as crosspost

    Norwood Junction
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    Hmm. I seem to have posted simultaneously with @Curiosity killed . So naturally I defer in her favour, and now take my move.

    Penge.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    edited May 8
    Oh, we are in a mess. For those of you following on catch-up, I gave way to CK, reposting. CK simultaneously gave way to me, editing her post.

    I cannot possibly benefit from this - it wouldn't be sporting conduct. So (metaphorically at least) I ask all my players to stand still, remember Leeds United, and offer

    Arnos Grove

    (and I really am in a mess - mobile signal keeps coming and going on the train)
  • alienfromzogalienfromzog Shipmate
    edited May 8
    No, that's easily sorted.

    You are both in Nidd.

    Can someone please confirm which codicil this comes from? I can't remember if it was the High Holborn Catastrophe Modification (1981) or the High Holborn Catastrophe Modification Update (1983)?

    AFZ
  • EnochEnoch Shipmate
    Verney Junction.
  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    edited May 8
    And which set of rules included the use of the d100 dice?
    KarlLB wrote: »
    You've done it now. East London Vortex is now invoked; rolling a 97 on d100 and checking the table I find myself at Milan

    I hope you're proud. [stomps off in search of cheap red wine]

    changed post as crosspost

    Norwood Junction

    Mortehoe and District 2017. It was a referee ruling (you remember Ursula "U." Stonsquare?) in the 2016 South-West and Lundy finals in Welcombe Village Hall. Of course, various randomisation rules had been introduced at various times over the years, but it was M&D which elevated Ursula's ruling in the above into an official rule in recognition of its genius. In cases where an Indeterminate Vortex is created, if a destination Station Block isn't declared by the Vortex creator, a table is consulted. Dice aren't mandated; you can throw a die onto a Snakes and Ladders board if you like and see where it lands, but you have to get a number between 1-100 somehow.

    Willesden Junction

    I'm sure that the organisers of the official championships would be intrigued to hear their comprehensive but simple ruleset described as "MC for Dummies". However, Fawkes Cat's mention of Tolley makes me realise what the underlying issue is here. I'm not sure what more the Convention can do to put Leamington Spa to bed; bury it at midnight with a stake through its heart I reckon. At a crossroads. Under a very heavy rock. With its head removed. And even then I'll only sleep soundly wreathed in garlic.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    KarlLB wrote: »

    I'm sure that the organisers of the official championships would be intrigued to hear their comprehensive but simple ruleset described as "MC for Dummies".

    If it comes to that (and I appreciate that I'm arguing against myself here) who uses paper rules or commentaries any more? It used to be such a problem getting hold of them in that you wouldn't find them in general bookshops. Instead you had to go to (ahem) 'specialist' outlets in some of the obscurer parts of town, and you wouldn't find anything in the front of the shop - you'd have to go through the curtain into the inner area, passing the (double ahem) shelves of illustrated material in cellophane wraps and (ahem yet again - do we actually have a red-faced emoji?) the interesting 'apparatus' then through the little door - and you'd still have to ask the man behind the counter if he had anything he could sell you.

    The internet has changed all that. All you need is a VPN and a dark web browser, and the world's your lobster - in Mornington Crescent terms anyhow.

    In the circumstances, Tottenham Court Road is the only possible call.

  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    And the 2019 compendium changed all that - at least in theory; I notice that once again the MC Rules Portal is down - the Convention really needs to invest in some servers running something more recent than Sinclair ZX80 Basic... so I can't provide a link as it may have changed URL once more. Unfortunately it does tend to be the subject of DDOS attacks by the militant Leamington Spa Mob.

    However, my cached copy is still valid.

    And therefore - Green Park
  • Baptist TrainfanBaptist Trainfan Shipmate
    edited May 8
    No, no, no! How many times do I have to remind you of the Finchley Road Remission which sucks all Zone 1 stations in a Black Hole if you play any station with a "k" in its name? Play it safe and go to Blake Hall.
  • Have you seen Blake Hall recently? Definite black hole that one, neither does the steam train stop there.

    Snaresbrook
  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    It's so close you can feel it - of course, the moment you think you've got it some bugger goes and shifts the diagonals or puts the final interchange in Spoon or just changes the points.

    K-Stations would have been the dream ticket without mention of steam. That really is the cat wandering into the room and sweeping the playing places off the board with its tail.

    So it's back to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3
  • Baptist TrainfanBaptist Trainfan Shipmate
    edited May 8
    South Kensington (Deep Level Platforms).
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host
    Ooh. Very nice. The 1937 Warren Street trap…

    Goodge Street
  • Baptist TrainfanBaptist Trainfan Shipmate
    edited May 8
    You've done it. There's no escape. We were so far away ... but it had to come to this.

    MORNINGTON CRESCENT!
  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    Hold on a moment - When did you place the third Golden Ticket down? I missed that somehow!
  • That's because I sat on it.
  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    You'd best set off the next round - should we include the Airport Links supplement this time?
  • Could be dangerous - you'll be asking for the Emirates Air Line next! I mean, really ...!

    Let's play it very gently ... Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line).
  • Fortunately for me it's a public holiday in my location, which means reverse triangulation is permissible: Trafalgar Square .
  • Heeding the advice to be gentle...Tooting Bec
  • Whimper - no such tube station as Trafalgar Square.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Congratulations, BT - that was beautifully played, and completely within the rules I had in mind in the OP - MCP 1549. :smiley:

    @Curiosity killed - sadly not, so I'll have to make do with Piccadilly Circus, but that's used up nearly all my yellow chips.
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    I say we all go back to King’s Cross, nip over to the British Library, have a coffee and croissant and a contemplate of the vastness of human knowledge, then return to the fray.
  • Nerd alert:// There used to be a station called Trafalgar Square, on the Bakerloo Line. It was conflated with the Northern Line's Strand to become today's Charing Cross. There's a long walk underground from the Bakerloo Line to actually get to Charing Cross mainline station. Just to confuse things more, Aldwych station (now closed) was once called Strand, while Embankment was called Charing Cross. So that's all clear now. //:Ends.

    City Thameslink. (Or should I say Holborn Viaduct (Low Level) ... or Snow Hill?)
  • So we're time travelling as well? (Blake Hall is quite something to see now, nothing there at all)
  • Net SpinsterNet Spinster Shipmate
    Hmm, I'll trainspose to Kingscote. Are the bluebells still out?
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    While we'rs over on that side of the country*,

    Bristol Temple Meads

    * assuming you meant Kingscote, England and not Kingscote, Australia, which was the first thing to come up when I consulted Mr. Google on the matter
  • Net SpinsterNet Spinster Shipmate
    I actually meant Kingscote station in Sussex on the Bluebell line but the rules (1996 Gaiman amendment) do not permit me to correct a subsequent player's interpretation of where as long as the place has the same station name. Unfortunately this means I'm forked so I'll pass Piglet all my yellow chips.
  • SpikeSpike Admin
    You’re new to this aren’t you? You’ve left the board wide open for me to invoke the Kennington Loop and play

    Arnos Grove

    Get out of that!
  • MMMMMM Shipmate
    I’ve admitted before that I’m a newbie at this, and I’m finding it difficult to keep up with the game play. But still, it is now the second Thursday in May...but (in March, July, October, May, the Ides are on the fifteenth day) I suppose that’s OK until next week? But not between then and the Kalends of June?

    Or are we playing New Calendar style and I’m hopelessly out of date?

    MMM
  • That's for us to know but not reveal - you just have to take the consequences I'm afraid. Pope Gregory might have a useful comment, though.

    Stockwell.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I'm going to huff
    To Waterloo


    Or am I on the wrong thread?
  • Earl’s Court.

    I could tell you why but then I’d give my strategy away.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    Edgware Road (Bakerloo Line) closes down almost everything from Earl's Court.
  • Marylebone then - and you can use that to flip out on those mainline lines too.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    edited May 9
    Warwick Avenue to start the obvious riff with Adele
  • Wet KipperWet Kipper Shipmate
    I've got a leftover blue token from the previous round, but it's upside down.
    Thanks to the Recalcitrant Wombat variations of 2004, this allows me to play Melbourne's South Yarra
  • alienfromzogalienfromzog Shipmate
    Waterloo East

    Ha!
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    And so we end the riff with Baker Street
  • Perhaps not the best choice in the light of today's news: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48212693

    Clearly we must go to Regent's Park (for the Zoo).
  • not the best tube stop to get to the zoo, it's the other side of Regent's Park. If you want to go to the zoo you need Camden Town
  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    Erm - can you do that? If the Edgware Road Huff is active, then that would need a Declaration, and I don't think you've got the red chips for that.

    Pending an Umpire's Decision (do we have an Umpire? Is anyone here called Humphrey?) I'll tentatively reverse shunt across the points to Euston, but if the Umpire rules Advantage then I reserve the right to hop to Paddington.
  • Not a good idea, you'll get your feet stuck in his Aunt Lucy's marmalade. Try Kensington (High Street) and go to Barkridge's - mind you, it's imperative to use the Circle Line rather than by doubling back on the District at Earl's Court as Mr. Brunel would never allow it.
  • Fawkes CatFawkes Cat Shipmate
    Not a good idea, you'll get your feet stuck in his Aunt Lucy's marmalade. Try Kensington (High Street) and go to Barkridge's - mind you, it's imperative to use the Circle Line rather than by doubling back on the District at Earl's Court as Mr. Brunel would never allow it.

    <rant deleted before submission after considering the existence of the Northern and Victoria Lines>

    Shepherd's Bush Market.

  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    edited May 9
    I know you were joking about the marmalade, but we're really going to end in a jam at this rate.

    I mean, you'd think after - well, you know - we'd not have these problems. It's the MC equivalent of leaves on the line isn't it?

    Rickmansworth

    Because, well, reasons.
  • Northwood - because my grandparents lived next to Michael Bond's literary agent in Northwood, who introduced us to Paddington when we were small. And it's on the Rickmansworth line.
  • Bringing relatives into play is always a risky move, and at a station with no 'e' as well. If old Barty Clacksworth was still around, he'd be all over that like the wrong kind of snow. But although Barty's exploits are legendary, they are perhaps not in the most modern style.

    The jeune école would favour Turnham Green here. Get out of that outside rush hour!
  • KarlLBKarlLB Shipmate
    Bringing relatives into play is always a risky move, and at a station with no 'e' as well. If old Barty Clacksworth was still around, he'd be all over that like the wrong kind of snow. But although Barty's exploits are legendary, they are perhaps not in the most modern style.

    The jeune école would favour Turnham Green here. Get out of that outside rush hour!

    I think I'm slipping in quick enough for Speed Rule jump to Embankment
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