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"Chrononauts (the game) is amazing fun." -- short quote from a long review at Everything2 which includes a detailed, event by event description of the TimeLine, complete with comments

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

What's New?

What's Going On? Another Big Experiment, Another Big Success!

Well, we're back from Origins and it was the best yet! We ran 130 events, we released our new card game to rave reviews and excellent sales, we took in more cash than ever before, we won our fourth Origins award, our recycling program went great (thanks 'Becca!), we gave away numerous free Really Fast Time Machines, and most of all, we played a lot of games with a lot of fun people and had an absolutely great time doing it. And we couldn't have done it without our wonderful team of dedicated Mad Lab Rabbits, seen here in a group photo taken late Saturday night:

I return with numerous other photos, but I haven't had time to really sort through them yet, so I'll save the rest for later and instead just leave you with this Top Ten list I just threw together:

My 10 Favorite Moments At This Year's Origins:

10.) The initial opening of the booth, when everything was ready and the crowds came bursting into the Exhibit Hall
9.) 4 PM on Sunday, when the announcer declares the show over and a cheer goes up from all the exhausted exhibitors
8.) 6:30 PM on Sunday, when our booth was fully torn down and packed up and we were sharing pizzas with our Rabbits in the remains of the Lab, talking about how it all went
7.) Seeing Eric Zuckerman win the 15th International Icehouse Tournament
6.) Sitting between John Kovalic and Greg Costikyan, pigging out on fried chicken at the Guest of Honor Banquet
5.) Beating Bob at Binary Homeworlds in our rematch game Sunday night, thus kicking the already-extended 3-way-tied tournament into Triple Overtime (me and Bob and Russell will be finishing this battle at Gen-Con)
4.) Describing plans for future projects to a group of my biggest fans at the midnight panel called "Ask Andy Anything"
3.) Hearing the announcer say "Zendo" after listing off the nominees for Best Abstract Board Game of the Year at the Origins Awards
2.) Being greeted by cheers and applause upon returning to the Lab with Zendo designer Kory Heath, after the tedious two hour Origins Awards ceremony was over
1.) Judging the Aquarius Hairdown (OK, I'll go ahead and pull out one more photo):

Anyway, it was an awesome Origins and thanks to everyone who helped make it happen! See you all next year!

AndyEnjoy Life! Have a great week!

PS: Please send get-well vibes towards Colleen (the Nazgul Bunny in the group photo)... she's OK, but she was in a serious car accident on the way home from Origins...

the story so far

Thought Residue
"The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, director of alcohol, tobacco and drug programming for the United Methodists' General Board of Church and Society, said delegates to last month's convention voted 877 to 19 in favor of an amendment to drug-use guidelines that supports the drug's medical use in states that allow it." -- The Washington Post, June 26, 2004 , "Support For Permitting Medical Use Is Growing Among Major Religious Denominations"

"The most telling moment came during Clinton's second big initiative, health-care reform. By any objective measure, the United States had--and still has--a terrible system, which spent far more per capita on health care than any other country while leaving a higher percentage of our population uninsured than in any other advanced industrialized nation. While many Republicans were skeptical of Clinton's preferred solution to the problem, they at first accepted a responsibility to pass some sort of plan. Yet they came to be persuaded by the advice of conservative operative William Kristol, who urged in a series of influential memos that the GOP oppose the Clinton plan "sight unseen," and commit to sinking whatever plan was devised--on the grounds that successful passage of any plan would keep the Democratic Party in power. In keeping with this advice, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole even abandoned his own health-reform proposal, the better to create gridlock." -- Paul Glastris, "Perverse Polarity"
"For the White House, the most devastating segment of Farenheit 9/11 may be the video of a befuddled-looking President Bush staying put for nearly seven minutes at a Florida elementary school on the morning of September 11, continuing to read a copy of My Pet Goat to schoolchildren even after an aide has told him that a second plane has struck the twin towers. <...> Mr. Bush's slow, hesitant reaction to the disastrous news has never been a secret... seeing the actual footage, with the minutes ticking by, may prove more damaging to the White House than all the statistics in the world." -- Philip Shenon, seen quoted by Jack Beatty in "Bush's Monica Moment"


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