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"Last year I got the pyramids, and I was worried about the price... but they were worth every penny!" -- Tim Koppang, Gen-Con attendee, 8/19/4

Thursday, August 26th, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

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What's Going On? Gen-Con was Awesome!

We had a great time in Indianapolis. We've exhibited at Gen-Con many times before, but this was the first year that we also had our own demo space, akin to our Big Experiment room at Origins. Since we do all our annual tournaments at the Big Experiment and this was just about playing for fun, we called this a Little Experiment, as we did at UBCon and as we will next week at DragonCon.

It makes a big difference having a gaming room of our own at Gen-Con, and we kept it busy all weekend long. The only problem with it was the long walk between the demo room and the exhibit hall, which meant we who worked in the booth never had time to get down there until the evenings.

Of course, having our own demo space meant needing more help from our Rabbits in running it and keeping everyone having fun. Fortunately, we had a few of our best Rabbits on hand to get us started, and we got dozens more (literally!) signing up at the show to help us, often getting started as soon as they'd filled out our Rabbit Recruitment Form. So here's a big thanks to everyone who helped out, in particularly our starter core: Carol, Josh, Fred, Michael, and of course, Russell, our wonderful Rabbit Coordinator. You guys rock!

The new promo card we made for this event was for Chrononauts, and it's called the Teeny Tiny Time Machine. If you weren't lucky enough to get one free at Gen-Con, don't worry... as soon as we get back from Dragon*Con, where we'll start giving out the last of this year's series of new promo cards, and we'll be making the set of 4 new Chrono-promos available through our webstore.

The 2004 Promo Card Pack will not, however, contain The Star, a special Fluxx card which we've been awarding to those who complete the tasks in our Little Experiment. Since it's a prize card, the Star can only be earned, but don't worry, we're planning to create other opportunities to earn the Star in the future.

Other random things:

  • I met a dude named Rogue who has created a fully-realized prototype of a Star Trek edition of Chrononauts. I even played it, and I'm very impressed with his Timeline. I've often thought that the Star Trek universe would make great grist for such a project, but it's wild to suddenly see it brought to life. He says he's also done a Star Wars version of Fluxx... I wonder what it would take to work out the licensing issues needed to publish such things. (Secret Message to Rogue: can you send me your email address? I never got your contact info at the con.)
  • Werewolf games as usual lasted all night every night. I was surprised and delighted to learn that one of the most active and skillful players is a woman who's completely blind!
  • Over and over again, people came to the booth to compliment us on Stoner Fluxx and the brochure about it we've been giving out which talks about why we published it. People are telling us that we're changing their opinions!

Anyway, it was a great Gen-Con but all we have time for now is to catch our breath as we prepare to head back out to the next big convention on our schedule, i.e. DragonCon. I hope to see you in Atlanta!

AndyHave a Great Week, and Don't Forget to Play!

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Thought Residue
"What better way to win the war on drugs than to eradicate the war itself? As a child I was always told that walking away from a fight made me a bigger person than actually fighting it. Right now we are pummeling the low-income residents who smoke pot, but you and I, Mr. Ehrlich, have a chance to help them back to their feet with education rather than punishment. I think that our current war on drugs is comparable to the unsuccessful prohibition of alcohol in the early 20th century. Alcohol was out of control before it was legalized again and I think that marijuana will follow a similar path." -- Jennifer Stavish's letter to Governor Ehrlich, urging him to legalize marijuana in Maryland

"With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to." -- Vice President Dick Cheney, August 24, 2004
"Now, 35 years after the fact, some Republican-financed Swift Boat Veterans for Bush are suddenly lying about John Kerry's service in Vietnam; they are calling him a traitor because he spoke out against the Nixon administration's failed policies in Vietnam. Some of these Republican-sponsored veterans are the same ones who spoke out against John at the behest of the Nixon administration in 1971. But this time their attacks are more vicious, their lies cut deep and are directed not just at John Kerry, but at me and each of his crewmates as well. This hate-filled ad asserts that I was not under fire; it questions my words and Navy records. This smear campaign has been launched by people without decency, people who don't understand the bond of those who serve in combat. As John McCain noted, the television ad aired by these veterans is 'dishonest and dishonorable.' Sen. McCain called on President Bush to condemn the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush ad. Regrettably, the president has ignored Sen. McCain's advice." -- Jim Rassmann, "Shame on the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush"


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