Guide to Wunderland
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We're on the stage at the community center. Jenny's
watching Kory as he crawls across a very large multi-color quilt,
checking knots. She says, "That was in the disputed land."
"Yep, that's what happens, that's what happens," he
says, while Jenny continues: "The border zone."
n. 1) a flurry or sound of activity; commotion 2) a water
- Duck Soup %}
- A fine collection
of skits destined to inspire
the great Bugs Bunny.
Stand By Me
- It's 1959
and a group of four adolescent boys are hiking along the railroad
tracks, on a coming-of-age quest to go see a dead body. Well,
it's better than it sounds. My favorite line in this film is
"Come on guys, let's get moving! By the time we get there,
the kid won't even be dead anymore!"
Ko Fight Club
- "Well, Lewis, I'd have to say that it's a beautiful
idea, just like everything the Looneys do. I've been FLUXX-minded
since before I entered the industry, and thoroughly in love with
every game they've done. Great People, Great Games." -- Rolfe Blythdon Bergstrom of Wargames West, commenting
on the forthcoming product Fluxx
Blanxx, at the Game
Babe's Retreat forum on Delphi
||Hidden Eggs and a New Secret
We're all tingling with excitement here at the lab because
I have this week invented my fourth card game! It's fun and easy
and zany and we're just thrilled about its potential. But of
course, since it's brand new, we're not ready to officially announce
it yet, which means for now I'll be referring to it only as Secret
Project 45-NF. But since this game practically invented itself,
I don't expect to keep the name secret for too long...
Like Fluxx (and unlike
Chrononauts) the core ideas of this game came to me all at once.
It happened very late Monday night, shortly after 4 o'clock in
the morning. I'd just curled up in the forest with my
writing computer, and was working on a new Nanofic
when I had a flash of insight. I saw how my story could instead
be adapted into a game, and within a week I was into my third
major revision of the first complete prototype, feeling like
the rules are already complete. Alison has already started drawing
art for the cards, and Kristin has started talking about making
this our big fall release...
was Easter, and as usual we had two heavy holiday dinners, first
with my family, then with Kristin's.
(Alison's family doesn't
make a big deal about Easter.) At both family gatherings we chattered
about life and ate way too much food, just like always... but
this year, when it came time for the traditional easter egg hunt
at the house of my childhood, we found ourselves with an unusual
situation: a complete absence of children. Although my siblings
and I are long since fully grown, grandchildren have been hunting
chocolate eggs in our footsteps for nearly two decades. But Sarah's
off at college now, the twins came down with colds, and Eric's
visiting a friend in Connecticut.
However, a technical lack of juvenile participation wasn't
going to keep us from going on a quest for chocolate.
In fact, for years my brothers and I have been continuing to
hunt eggs alongside the kids, though under heavy handicapping.
Not only do the kids always get a head start, but since my brothers
and I all have terrible eyesight, we also have to hunt sans eyeglasses,
which does indeed make the event quite challenging for us.
Anyway, with no kids to offer Howard and I any competition,
and with a lust of chocolate in his similarly short-sighted eyes,
doffed his glasses along with us and we all had a grand time
bumbling about in the living room. First of course we had to
wait on the steps outside, enjoying the fine spring air as Alison
helped Mom hide the eggs (with Kristin taking up her usual position
on the comfy green chair, becoming one of the many places for
eggs to be hidden). Then, in we came, rushing about the room
in search of brightly colored bits of foil, acting like kids
and having a jolly time of it. Towards the end, even Kathi jumped
in, adding eggs she found to Dad's haul and thus insuring his
victory. (Like anyone who goes home with a bag of chocolate eggs
is a loser...) It was a great time.
||We're now sold out of several products, and we're
just gonna be out of stock for awhile. We've run out of blank
Fluxx cards, but Fluxx Blanxx is still on the Stove;
we've finally sold out of the original printing of The
Empty City, but the new Icehouse book series we'll be re-issuing
it under is also still on the Stove;
we've started rationing Nuclear War (the leftover
Fluxx promo we have the fewest of); and we're so low on Aquarius
decks now that we're turning away store requests, reserving the
last few dozen for our direct customers, and I fear we'll run
out completely before the next
printing is completed. I wonder how long those Icehouse sets
we built last weekend will last...
||Question for any Californian Rabbits
in the San Francisco area: What's going on between June 8-18th?
That's right, Looney Labs will be in town, and we're looking
for parties and gaming events to drop in on. We're starting to
hammer out a tour schedule, and we need to know who's interested
in hosting what when...
||"Holy Cow! Once again I have to remember
that you are a "Bolt From the Heavens" game designer,
while I am an 'Old Guy Tinkering in the Back of a German Shoe
Shop' game designer..." -- Kory's
response when he heard I already had a prototype for the new
game I'd just thought of