Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
"I don't know about these
motorcycle things," I yell to Khaled, as we pull out of
the gas station on his motorcycle.
nugatory (noo'-guh-tor-ee) adj.
1. trifling, worthless; futile 2. inoperative, ineffective, not
- Corky Romano :|
Some very funny
moments - if you like Kattan -
and don't expect much.
The Endless Summer
image of The Dudes With Surfboards (from the movie poster) has
been etched in my brain since childhood... but having never actually
seen the film until now, I hadn't really understood the title
before. Two surfers (and their cameraman) spend 1966 following
the summer around the globe, looking for places to surf. [You
might say it's like the Amazing Race
except that the only type of Challenge is surfing, there's only
one team, and they're not in any hurry. (And no, we still haven't
heard anything about back from CBS.)] Part surfing documentary,
part international travelogue, this time capsule is thoroughly
entertaining, even if you don't dig surfing.
Stupid Movie Physics
with Pyramids is by far one of the most impressive gaming
documents I have ever read. Even if you have seen the rules on-line, the book
provides updated and rewritten text as well as strategy tips.
If you have little interest in abstract strategy games, this
book is still an excellent example of organization, clarity,
and flavor that can help anyone interested in writing rules for
their own games." --Brad Weier, reviewing
PwP for Pyramid
||When In Doubt, Make It Purple
got the proofs from our card printers for the backs to Nanofictionary
this week, and we weren't happy with them. The yellowed parchment
look we were shooting for had taken on a very slight greenish
tint which made Alison very displeased. When we asked Carta Mundi
about it, they said "Yeah, beiges are difficult..."
Apparently, the paper itself (the grey-core that makes it impossible
to see through playing cards) interacts with the ink in a way
that causes certain yellows to become slightly green. Weird,
Anyway, this left us with a choice: either go with it and
hope the greenishness isn't too noticeable (in truth it was very
minor); or quickly shift the parchment into a different part
of the spectrum. As you've undoubtedly guessed by now, we decided
to change it to purple.
We're actually very pleased with this last-minute change...
a purple envelope is much more fitting for this wacky game than
that stodgy brown envelope we were using before! (If you don't
know what the old color scheme looked like, check out the entry
Besides that, everything we've been getting from our
printers has been great. Finished goods have been arriving...
postcards, promo cards, wooden nickels... and as more and more
of the stuff we're making for Origins
is finalized, the more excited we're getting about it. It's going
If you're going too, we'll see you there!
||I'll bet a well-funded, privately-run space program
could eventually become profitable by sending robots to the moon
to scoop up small rocks and send them back. When they come from
the moon, ordinary pebbles become more precious than gemstones...
cut them into tiny pieces, embed them in rings and necklaces,
and auction them off! Moonstone Jewelry: The fashion craze of
||"And for some reason, Cole adds, these extra-thrifty
customers always steal chicken. Strangely, it's the same at HomeTown
Buffet. Arlene Potter says she notices elderly women lining their
purses with large, zip-loc bags to stash chicken for later. Cookies,
Potter says, are also popular." -- from
an article about buffet restaurants and the people who dine in
them, entitled "All
You Can Eat", by Tim Sullivan
||"Trashing Fluxx for not having any strategy
or its element of randomness is a bit like reviewing Hamlet and
saying 'I didn't laugh once! What's the deal!'"
-- D. Lopez from NM, reviewing Fluxx at FunAgain.com