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Thursday, January 1st, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

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What's Going On? Happy New Year!

Well, we had a great time during National Play Week... in fact, we've been having so much fun that we really don't feel like getting back to work! I'm sure you feel the same way. It's also hard to believe that it's 2004, ain't it?

"What did you get for Christmas? Anything cool?" We got a nice spike in orders when someone on NPR was asked that question and then raved all about Fluxx on the air. As for ourselves, we got lots of cool stuff as gifts, but if I could point to just one thing as the coolest, I'd say it was a comic book called A Drug War Carol. It's a re-telling of the Dickens classic which successfully portrays the Drug Czar (whoever that might currently be) as a far more wicked villain than Scrooge ever was. It turns out you can read the whole thing online, but in the spirit of our recent radio coverage, I'd encourage you to buy the print edition if you can.

We also got a bunch of other excellent books, toys, and lots of other cool stuff, including a trio of custom-made throw pillows and more chocolates (and other tasty treats) than you could eat in a week without getting sick. Now that's what I call a holiday!

For New Year's Eve, since we're non-drinkers, we decided to just stay home and gorge ourselves on cheese fondue and other treats with a few close friends. It was a pleasant end to an excellent year.

Our holidays were so nice this year that I can only think of one bad thing to report: The WotC chain of shopping mall game stores (also known as the GameKeeper) is shutting down. Kristin is relieved to say that they owe us no money, since they'd recently been buying our games through one of our distributors, but it's still a big bummer to lose such a major account... almost an eighth of our 2003 sales came in through those WotC stores.

Anyway, here's wishing you all the best for 2004!
Happy New Year!

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Thought Residue
"Don't talk about clothes. Al Gore's endorsement of Howard Dean was a momentous event: the man who won the popular vote in 2000 threw his support to a candidate who accuses the president of wrongfully taking the nation to war. So what did some prominent commentators write about? Why, the fact that both men wore blue suits." -- Paul Krugman's proposed rules for next year's election reporting

"By abandoning the impossible goal of becoming a 'drug-free' society, we can begin to focus our drug education programs on keeping people, especially young people, safe.  Instead of programs being evaluated solely on whether they increase or decrease non-problematic, occasional drug use, we can look at how our policies affect rates of death, disease, crime, suffering and their cost to the hard-working taxpayer. We all live with drugs all around us, whether it's cigarettes or Prozac or pot. We know we can't get rid of them, so let's try instead to reduce the risks associated with them." -- Glenn Backes, "Abandoning the 'Drug-Free America' Myth"
"Ebenezer never lead a savage federal army of fascistic uniformed pirates who operate under color of law, prey mercilessly on harmless Americans, and seem to be accountable to no one. Ebenezer never dishonored his country; America's Drug Czar dishonors everything that was ever good, decent, or honorable about the USA on a daily basis. Those who enforce America's drug prohibition must be one of three things: evil, stupid, or insane. Dickens' Scrooge was none of those things." -- Susan W. Wells, in the Afterword of A Drug War Carol


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