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The Pillow Book :)
I think I've become
Help me, someone, please.
"We've played Chrononauts every night since and that
was over a week ago! What an outstanding game! My friends and
I are in awe of how well thought out this game is.the myriad
of inside jokes and homages to famous sci fi/time travel works,
the outstanding quality of gameplay, and the depth of creative
freedom while playing leave us in awe, good sir! You can rest
assured we are permanent Loonies now, and I'm going to be submitting
a Rabbit application tomorrow morning. We've even made plans
to go back to the game store in a few weeks. They're having a
LooneyLabs game night, and we're going to test our mettle against
hardened Fluxxers and Chrononauts!" -- email
from Christian B
been kind of a quiet week around here. Last week, Kristin
went out to Las Vegas for the GAMA Trade Show, after which she
continued traveling west to spend a week visiting friends and
family in and around Los Angeles. She returned early this morning
on a red-eye flight, and since she's just starting to get caught
up after being gone, more details on her trip will have to wait.
But it sounds like she had a wonderful trip, getting in some
much needed R&R after what she described as being "hands-down"
the most productive trade show she's ever been to.
Meanwhile, back at Wunderland.Earth, I took advantage of the
quiet time around the house to dig in and get some work done,
and I'm happy to report that I'm finally really moving forward
again on the booklet we'll be calling 3HOUSE.
I've been shaking out the bugs in the new game I cooked up for
it (which I'm still referring to for now as Secret
Project 3H-1) and I'm really pleased with how it plays now.
Also, with spring finally here and beautiful weather beckoning,
I did a little traveling of my own, to a cool little town in
West Virginia called Shepherdstown. Kristin
had gone out there a few months ago and said it seemed quite
promising as a Candidate
City (even though it's really a very small town), and since
was interested in checking it out too, she and I decided to make
a day of going out there for lunch.
We had a lovely day. Shepherdstown is very small, definitely
not as big an urban center as we've been imagining, but it's
really nice and wins in almost every other category. It's a college
town (home of the also very small Shepherd University) and its
location on the inner edge of the "donut" is just about
ideal, being a 90 minute drive from the east side of DC, far
enough away to be in West Virginia yet just barely across the
border. And it's a beautiful town nestled in the rolling hills
on the edge of the Potomac river, right by the
C&O Canal. It's got a charming downtown area with interesting
shops and cafes where the gaming
coffeehouse we want to build someday would fit in perfectly.
of which, we checked out several of Shepherdstown's existing
hang-out spots, including the Blue Moon Cafe, the Lost Dog Coffeeshop,
and Stone Soup Bistro, which is where the photos shown here were
taken. (Yes, the game we're seen playing in these photos is Secret Project 3H-1, so there's a
tiny hint in how it's played to be seen in these images.)
While we were at the Lost Dog, I ran into an old acquaintance,
who moved out to Harper's Ferry from our area in 1999, and he
said they're loving it out there. He described Shepherdstown
as a "hippie oasis," and of course I loved the sound
of that. Apparently, this is an area which hippies have been
migrating into for quite a while, and since one of my goals in
moving is to find a place where we think we'll fit in, I really
like what I'm hearing about this place. And there were plenty
of visible indications of this too; little things, like the Amsterdam-style
Coffeeshop sign on the Lost Dog's door and numerous sightings
of t-shirts, products, signs, and graffiti with slogans like
"Impeach Bush" and "No War." In short, I
think we could be very happy if we decided to move
To see more of Robin's photos of Shepherdstown, check out
her FLICKR album.
for reading, and have a great week!
||While visiting Shepherdstown we also checked out nearby Charles
Town, home of Charles Town Races & Slots. It looks and seems
just like a Casino, but they don't call themselves that because
they aren't permitted to run "table games" and literally
have nothing other than Races and Slots. But man, they sure have
a LOT of slot machines! It's huge! They're clearly poised to
become a full-blown casino, and they may soon get to: on June
9th, there'll be a vote to decide on this very issue. It'll be
interesting to see what happens if it passes...
||My Zombie advisors keep loaning me Zombie
movies to watch, so I saw my 4th one this week: Shock Waves.
It's a campy classic from 1976, featuring Peter Cushing and,
of all things, Nazi Zombies. The packaging features a quote describing
it as "the best of the Nazi Zombie movies," which makes
the mind reel: how many Nazi Zombie movies ARE there?
||I'm riding on several bummers right now: 1) The hard drive
where I keep all my video
files stopped working (and I may have lost forever the high rez
versions of a few of my recent movies). 2) I've been anticipating
a free trip to Ireland for months, since I'd been invited to
be a guest speaker at game design conference in Dublin called
Ani-mates, but it's been canceled. 3.) One of our Mad
Lab Rabbits, Josh Reed, has died after being struck by lightning
(our deepest condolences to his next of kin).