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Breaks the world record
for the longest indie film
about thumb sucking.
To Catch A Mouse Without A Mousetrap
"The other game I tried recently is Treehouse. I wasn't
too sure what to expect when I started the game, but I like what
I found. Treehouse is quick, fun and (most importantly) let me
and my friend have a conversation while the game is going on.
Sometimes you want a game that takes all of your attention (Icehouse,
anyone?). But sometimes you want a game that lets you just shoot
the breeze with whoever you're playing with, while still being
fun and worth playing. That's the mark of a good party game to
me. Treehouse does it perfectly. Thanks."
-- Email from A.J. Bobo
||Animals Fluxx at NonCon VI
and I went up to Poughkeepsie
to be Guests of Honor at NonCon
VI, a small gaming convention held in the Main Building of
Vassar University, and we had a wonderful time! (Meanwhile, Kristin
opted to stay home and work, in order to prevent her brain from
exploding. (We have a LOT to get done before GTS next week.))
Things got off to a great start when we rolled in at 11 PM
and almost immediately got into a 16-person game of Giant
Circular Fluxx. I had the idea for this wacky Fluxx variation
last summer, and games were successfully held at GenCon and DragonCon,
and yet, I myself had never actually seen it played until now,
since I skipped those cons last year.
NonCon's Tabletop Games Coordinator was Marc
Hartstein, who just happens to be the Rabbit who ran the
Giant Circular Fluxx games for us last summer, and he'd made
these placemats for the different positions in the game, so GCF
went pretty smoothly and it was definitely lots of fun. But it
reminded me again that I really need to write up more complete
instructions and such, particularly now that I've finally actually
play-tested it myself.
Marc of course was one of our primary Rabbits at this event...
the other was Jim
Dunaway, who'd set up an impressive display of our games
and related stuff, and ran a whole schedule of our games during
the weekend. Jim (shown above) is particularly fond of Chrononauts
(he was giving out handouts he'd made, of my Mysteries
of the Timeline articles) and another high point of the weekend
was playing Chrononauts with Jim and discussing other possible
alternate realities. (He also gave us a nifty Chrononauts card-holding
mat he'd created, for playing the game outdoors. Thanks Jim!)
course, we played lots of other games too, but there's one in
particular I want to highlight here: Animals Fluxx. This was
something we came up with during the Stuffed
Animals Party, and it played quite well. You start with an
deck, then you add in a pile of Keepers and Goals from Family
Fluxx: The Cat and the Dog, (they're both Mammals), the Mouse
(counts as Mice), Rain (counts as Water), and the Tree (counts
as Trees). Then add in all the Goals that use those Keepers,
followed by the Keepers those Goals most require, like the Stick
and the House and the Cheese. You'll have to make your own house
rulings on some of the funny cases that will crop up, but here's
one House Rule my little stuffed mouse Hefty wants me to state
officially: Mice Love Cheese should be treated like an EcoFluxx
"Eats" Goal. (For best results, Animals Fluxx should
be played with your Stuffed Animals.)
Our games were being sold for us at NonCon by the staff of
nearby local game store Alterniverse.
This of course made it a very relaxing convention for us, since
our games were available for sale but we didn't have to worry
about tending the cash register. This meant we could just relax
and play our games!
Anyway, thanks so much to Alterniverse, and to Jim and Marc
and all the other Rabbits who helped out, and of course to wonderful
folks at NonCon for inviting us to be their Guests. We had a
for reading, and have a great week!