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||Toy Fair was Excellent!
We've just returned
from a week in New York City where we were exhibitors at a huge
industry-only trade show called Toy Fair. While we've been many
times before, this was by far our most successful Toy Fair ever!
In my previous update, I described
our plans going in to the show, and everything worked out great
-- our new booth rocks, our new literature is excellent, and
as you can see, we looked sharp in our new uniform shirts! Check
out Robin's photo
album for more pictures of us in our booth.
Business was excellent. We took lots of actual orders (way
more than we have in any previous year) and we got leads towards
many more, which we'll be following up with like we've never
been able to before, given the upgrades to our sales management
systems that we've made since our last trip to Toy Fair. We also
had a lot of good facetime with various business partners from
around the country. Best of all, we didn't get hit by a blizzard
like we did in '03
We were mainly promoting Fluxx
Python Fluxx, Zombie
Fluxx, and the Treehouse
line, but we were also offering glimpses of things we're planning
to release this year. In particular, we were showing off sketches
of the art we're developing for my new game, set to be released
this June. Since we haven't made an official announcement about
it yet, we're still officially referring to it only by the code
name Secret Project EMR-35, but if you can't wait to hear more
about it, listen to the interview
I gave to the Amorphous Blobcast last November.
Anyway, it was a very successful show but also a very exhausting
one so we're glad to be home and mostly caught up again.
|Thanks for reading and have a great whenever!
||I didn't find much to get excited about in other companies'
booths at Toy Fair this year, but Robin did. For years she's
been on the lookout for these tiny frog aquariums, like the one
her Godmother used to have, and so she was thrilled to discover
the booth of the company that created them, called Wild
Creations. These cool little aquariums require very little
maintenance and the miniature ecosystem inside includes a pair
of tiny African dwarf frogs that are ever so cute! Robin immediately
worked a deal for one, and they're so cool that Alison brought
home a tiny frog Aquarium as well!
||My buddy Keith Baker is planning a
big trip around the world this summer, running D&D games
in exchange for crash space and hospitality. Given his reputation
as a world-famous game designer, he's gotten an impressive list
of offers; he's going to have quite an adventure! What a great
way to see the world! (I'll be watching his story unfold with
particular interest; if it goes well for him, I might try stealing
his idea someday!)
||Recently my brother Rash
and I were discussing The Twilight Zone and debating the
question, "What was the very best episode?" We each
came up with our own list of greatest shows, and when we compared
notes later, exactly one episode appeared on both our lists.
Clearly, we'd found the winner: A World of Difference
(which we usually refer to by quoting its most memorable line: