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Jenny says, "What time is--"
Gina says, "Le'me see his watch. It's uh it's uh..."
n. an artificial language invented about 1879 by J. M.
Schleyer of Baden, Germany for proposed international use as
an auxiliary language. from German vol world; universe + pük
- The Pianist %}
painful, and poigniant story
that kicks Schindler's List.
In The Coil's "Anthem"
"This game is, in six words... Very Very Very Very Very
Fun! This is probably the best card game I have ever played.
I first played it at camp, and we played it for hours! Up to
about midnight. Constantly changing, never boring. Sometimes,
if the goal is to have 10 cards in your hand, but you can only
have five cards in your hand, it's HILARIOUS! BUY THIS GAME!"
star review of Fluxx posted at FunAgain.com by a gamer from
||Wimping Out with Pyramids
been playing a lot of Cosmic
Wimpout this week. Our recent pilgrimage
to the Cosmic Clubhouse automatically put us in the mood
for Wimping Out again... but the game became even more fun for
us when we've discovered how well suited it is for Scoring
Here's how it works: Small pyramids are worth 5 points, mediums
are 25, and larges are 100. When you score, you are awarded the
appropriate number of pyramids (in your color) from the bank.
The standard endpoint for a game of Cosmic Wimpout is 500, so
the goal is to get 5 larges (which leaves a nice comfortable
margin for higher scores (during Last Licks) in the supply of
mediums and smalls). It works out really nicely, and using crystalline
pyramids with the mystical cubes is just way cooler than using
paper and pencil to keep score. Of course, the classic felt scoring
mat is still a nice way to go, and I'll treasure my memories
of playing the game that way, but I'll be wimping out with pyramids
from now on!
Anyway, go dig out your dice and give it a try! (And if you
don't have a set of Cosmic Wimpout dice, get
some! It's a classic!)
I first got into Cosmic Wimpout over 20 years ago, in my Hawaiian-shirt
& chain-mail days (i.e. high school) and I remember finding
it so addictive that it got me into trouble. Our senior class
play was "South Pacific" and I was playing Luther Billis
(a fairly important character). After finishing one scene, I
was so eager to get backstage to reclaim my spot in a permanent-floating
Cosmic Wimpout game we had going, that I completely forgot I
was supposed to go right back out on stage for the very next
scene. There I was, rolling the dice, when I hear "Andy,
what are you doing here? You're supposed to be onstage!"
Because of Cosmic Wimpout, the show was failing to go on!
Despite this humiliating gaff, I've been a loyal fan ever
since. Although we never really knew who they were, the friendly
folks at Cosmic Wimpout have always stood out (in my mind, anyway)
as a shining example of non-conformists doing really cool stuff
(making games!) and being successful, while doing it on their
terms. We had many inspirations during our own formative years
as a small game company, but one of the biggest was provided
by Cosmic Wimpout. This is why it was such a thrill for us to
finally meet them, and to gush at them about their game in the
way others now gush at us about ours.
Anyway, in between rounds of Cosmic Wimpout, we've mainly
just been working hard as usual all week. With Toy Fair now looming,
we've been working around the clock on a beautiful new version
of our catalog, which will be a full-color, 12-page booklet!
Meanwhile, Kristin has been getting the books caught up from
last year, and she was very happy indeed to finally get everything
turned over to Mayo,
our accountant (who comes very highly recommended, by the way,
if you happen to be looking for a CPA). Along the way, Alison
has been taking turns helping us both out as needed,
Unfortunately, the house is a mess! I have to go tidy up now...
Have a great week!
||Hey! Almond Snickers aren't new...
they're just renamed Mars bars! Now I feel duped. I guess the
renaming makes sense though... in England, what we call a Milky
Way is called Mars bar, a fact which I've seen cause much confusion.
But no matter what you call it, that candy bar has nougat, which
means the Russell Stover Almond Delight is still the king of
the almonds-caramel-milk chocolate candy bar niche.
|Entheogenic (adj): God-evoking; a form
of drug (most commonly a psychedelic) which engenders in the
user a feeling of deep spirituality and connectedness to the
Almighty (e.g. "When I dropped acid, I saw God.");
something which provokes "transcendent and beatific states
of communication with the deity." [Coined by Professor Carl
Ruck of Boston University]
||"Criminalizing peaceful people
who use psychoactive drugs to deepen their spiritual experience
or widen their cognitive horizons is criminal itself, these groups
argue. Their arguments are catching on." --
Salim Muwakkil, "A
New Opposition Front In The Drug War", The Chicago Tribune,
Mon, 20 Jan 2003