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macarize (mack'-uh-rize) v.t. to pronounce happy or blessed. from Greek makar happy, blessed [see also macarism n. joy in another's happiness]

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"First off, I'm sure you've heard it a thousand times, but you rock. I'm in the University of Oregon Gaming Club, where Chrononauts and Fluxx are played to the point of obsession. It's a game that easy to learn, highly addictive, and in parts completely hilarious. Thank you so much for all the hours and hours of fun! </singingofyourpraises>" -- email from Cory of the University of Oregon

Thursday, August 2, 2001
by the Wunderland Toast Society

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What's Going On? We're at Gen-Con!
Well, I'm not sure when this page will actually push... I've been having some trouble with Kristin's laptop, and I know I lost some email messages on Wednesday night due to my quotas being exceeded by the latest email-propagated virus. But nonetheless, as I write this it is Thursday morning, just before booth-opening time on the first day of Gen-Con, and although we've been working way too hard for way too long and still just barely made our deadlines, we are here, everything's set up and ready, and we're expecting to have a spectacular show. To help you imagine our booth, here are some pre-departure photos of the new backdrop and oversized Chrononauts box that Landru built for us.
The giant Chrononauts box is totally cool... we've got it mounted on top of a rotating xmas tree stand (thanks again, Leah & Frank -- that thing is so useful!) so that the box spins slowly in the air above our sales counter. You can see it from across the exhibit hall as soon as you enter the room. It's great!
AndyAnyway, Kristin and Alison are already down at the booth, getting ready to open for business, so I've got to get down there to help them. Bye!

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Marlene's father was on his way home from Korea when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was found unconscious. He passed away today at a hospital in California. As some of her closest friends, we wish we could be home to help comfort her in these difficult times.
Writing a set of game rules is really very much like writing a software module. In both cases you are creating a set of instructions that must be clear and concise, as short and efficient as possible while also addressing all cases and possibilities. I find that streamlining a set of rules draws on the same skills as debugging a piece of code. (So if you want to be a game designer when you grow up, be sure you study computer programming.)
Among gamers one often hears the term "rules lawyer", which makes me wonder: do lawyers make good game designers, or at least, good rulesmiths? How does writing a set of game rules compare to writing a contract?


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