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Amethyst looks over at me while
she's sitting down at the drum circle, and says, "What time
is it John?" My watch beeps as she's finishing her question.
I say, "What time is it? It's four eleven!"
gunda (goo*n'-da (*oo like in
good)) n. (in India) a ruffian or hoodlum
- No Such Thing :)
All style, some substance,
but we learned there's no such thing
as a conclusion.
Brave New World
It's been quite a long while since I read the book, but I
thought this 1998 adaptation (featuring Leonard Nimoy) was really
pretty good. One little change I found distracting though: they
assigned a last name to John the Savage: Cooper. And the guy
even kinda looked like John Cooper!
No War on Iraq
- "I found out about you guys when I was trying to find
a place to buy an Aquarius deck (which I was obsessed with after
Seventeen had a contest in which they were giving them away.)
I LOVE LOONEY LABS! You've brought out the super game geek in
me.:)" -- Krystal F., Chesapeake, VA
Thursday, September 5, 2002
- by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland
- Alison's next Animeld:
- Don't miss this week's GinohnNews: The
Labor of Dreams
- (And don't forget last week's: Swimming, Climbing, Rip Van
- Ember says she's just Too
was a Blast!
weekend we attended DragonCon, a really really big sci-fi/gaming
convention in Atlanta, Georgia, and we had a really great time.
Since we'd never exhibited there before, we started out feeling
like no one really knew who we were... but by the end of the
weekend, we were surrounded by friends! For each of 4 days, we
ran a little storefront in the Exhibition Hall all day, then
each night we hosted an informal game of Giant IceTowers which
attracted bigger and bigger crowds. We got a new batch of really
cool promo cards (delivered to our hotel at the absolute last
minute) and we attracted a huge amount of attention for our little
company by giving thousands of people a slice of German
Cake, and/or a card explaining what the big pyramids were
all about. We left with the feeling that this would become a
new tradition for us. DragonCon is my new favorite sci-fi con!
A couple of things that make DragonCon special are its sheer
overwhelming size and the high caliber of the costumes being
worn throughout by its attendees. I've been to quite a few conventions
in my day, and never have I seen so many really impressive costumes
being shown off at the same time. It was so big, they even held
a six-block parade on Saturday morning, with police closing off
the streets for it and everything. There were so very many great
costumes being worn (and in many cases, just barely worn) that
I couldn't even begin trying to photograph them all, and didn't
even try. I left that to the crowds of other photographers (including
who stalked the costumed beings, requesting photos.
Of course the thing we really dig about DragonCon is its strong
emphasis on gaming, and we were happy to see that the crowd really
liked the pyramids, particularly the big ones. (In fact, sometimes
it was hard to make people understand that the big pyramids are
just an oversized novelty version of the tabletop sized product
they were meant to advertise.) Each night we had only to show
up with the pyramids, and people would begin playing IceTowers
continuously with them until we put them away again late at night.
Folks just couldn't get enough of it!
Above we see Carol Townsend, a blur of activity as she explains
the game to onlookers, and below are a couple of views of our
booth, with Alison at the cash register and Kristin teaching
Aquarius at the demo table.
Alison began the first public playtesting of a new Icehouse
game she's currently calling Crystal Gluttony... here you see
it being played with both small pieces and large. Since real-time
games have that sports-like quality when played with giant pieces,
she's intending that this game be played without turns, and these
first tests of the mechanic were quite promising. But these photos
are just here to tantalize and intrigue you... Alison won't be
ready to put up the rules until it's undergone further playtesting
had a grand time passing out the DragonCon promo card, a new
Chrononauts Artifact called German Cake. She spent a lot of time
just wandering the convention, approaching little groups of gamers
or aliens or whoever they were, and offering them a slice of
As always, while our official staff was just us 3, we got
a lot of help from fans and friends without whom the weekend
would have been a lot more difficult. Thanks again to everyone,
especially Russell, Carol, Nikki, Meg, our own toK
and Todd, Pam (a total stranger who helped us sort promo cards),
Russell's friend John, and of course Cynthia, who kept teaching
new recruits how to play IceTowers long after the rest of us
were all worn out. Thanks so very much! We'll see ya'll next
A Note Regarding
Chrononauts: Since announcing
that a few minor changes and corrections are being made for the
second printing of Chrononauts, we've gotten several queries
as to the availability of an upgrade kit of some sort. Unfortunately,
we have no plans to do this, as it would be outrageously expensive
and hardly justifiable. Most of the changes are entirely cosmetic,
so you'll just need to mark or memorize the changes to 1962,
for which we've changed the "and" to an "or"
and vice versa. Or, you can just play it as printed... we've
been doing that for 2 years now and having plenty of fun, despite
our decision to tweak it. Whatever you decide, just make sure
all players know how you are handling the Cuban Missile Crisis
before you begin.
I was saying a year ago,
Rest in Peace, WTC victims...
no cartoon this week...
I've already used up all the bandwidth (both creative and digital)
for this page with photos from Dragon-Con. But as a consolation,
here's one more: that beautiful blond hair belonged to a girl
whose badge identified her as "Random Hottie".
||Visiting DragonCon is
rather like visiting an intergalactic spaceport, where all fictional
universes intersect. Everywhere you look you see Storm-Troopers
and Klingons and aliens of every sort, all milling about in a
luxurious futuristic city.
||"It's sad when literature
becomes litter." -- Alison
||"As a retired police officer, I know that
every hour spent looking for an ounce under someone's front seat
means another drunken driver smashing into some innocent person.
Public safety is seriously diminished as we in law enforcement
spend millions of hours nationwide chasing a drug that, though
not harmless, has never, to my knowledge, killed anyone using
it." -- Howard J. Wooldridge of Fort Worth,
Letters page of USA Today, 9/3/2