a Board Game Can Make You Cry
"Just won 2 hands of fluxx in a row!
Next to my child being born, the greatest moment in my life!"
Rash wrote a new
page about his favorite -- and least favorite -- holiday
music. Also, his regular round-up of links and commentary
includes the Definitive Top 20 Worst Christmas Songs Ever, Twenty
Pieces of Music That Changed the World, the Auschwitz sign, Why
the Phantom Menace sucks, why the second and third films of His
Dark Materials were scrapped, Surprisingly Colorful Jellyfish,
"Up in the Air," the Most Unfairly Overlooked Movies
Of The Decade, Ten Brands That Will Disappear In 2010, the inside
story of Northwest 188, the RashPod, Dubai's Improbable Tale,
A Short History of Shaving, Wataru Itou's Castle On the Ocean,
the Power of Consumption, the 'Herbivore' Boys of Japan, the
Turkey Drop, the National Day of Listening, Villareal's Multiverse,
Ten states that face looming budget disasters, the Ten Happiest
States, and the Ten Saddest states.
||Happy Holidays / Back from
Greetings from snowbound Looney
Labs! We're still digging out from the biggest snowstorm
our city has seen in many years... we got almost two feet of
snow! The timing was rather unfortunate, since it caused lots
of party cancellations and interfered with shopping and holiday
prep, but big snows like this are uncommon for us and are therefore
always exciting. Alison made the biggest snow
particularly unusual for us to get a big snowstorm before the
official start of winter... a white Christmas is a real rarity
in the Washington DC area. That's why it's rather marvelous that
our holiday gift mailing this year was an oversized postcard
featuring this beautiful winterized version of the Aquarius landscape
we've long been using in Looney Labs marketing. (Curiously enough,
the image was both suggested and created by our old friend Skip
Soneson... did he somehow know the blizzard would happen?) Anyway,
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Jolly Solstice, Rockin' Kwanzaa,
and Fabulous Festivus! Here's hoping your holiday season is filled
with joy, snowy or not!
this year, announced on the postcard (along with a valuable coupon
code for purchases from LooneyLabs.com)
is my newest Treehouse game, Nothing
Beats a Large. (If you've been following this site for awhile,
you'll recognize this as the final form of something I've been
working on for over a year, known by the codename Secret
Project RPP.) All it takes to play Nothing Beats a Large
is a Treehouse set and set of easily-scrounged goal cards, so
we're releasing this game in a downloadable PDF. I hope you enjoy
has happened in the last Whenever. Most notably, for me anyway,
is that I've recently returned from an exciting trip to Europe.
I spent a week in Amsterdam in between weekends in Rotterdam
and London, and obviously, I had a great time! (Mostly I just
hung out in coffeeshops, talking to people and playing games,
but that's what I consider to be a great time.) I've written
about my experiences in the
coffeeshops of Rotterdam and Amsterdam on another page, which
I've posted over at Fully-Baked-Ideas.
London, it rained the whole time I was there, but I had a jolly
good time in spite of it. I timed my visit to London around a
gaming convention called DragonMeet. Since this was my vacation,
I wasn't interested in working the show in any official capacity...
I was just there because I knew it would be a good opportunity
to find fans who'd be keen to play my games with me.
In particular, I was there at the request of Jennifer Waddington,
arguably the most dedicated Looney Labs fan in all of Great Britain.
Jennifer has been running Looney Labs gaming events at cons all
over England for as long as I can remember, and I know we've
got many fans who learned from Jennifer at her demos. So when
she pointed out that DragonMeet was happening at the perfect
time for me to incorporate into my itinerary, I decided to drop
in. And I had a splendid time, playing and in particularly playtesting
my games with Jennifer and her "warren" of British
fans of our games.
Unfortunately, I forgot to get a good photo of the scene at
DragonMeet. But afterwards I tagged along with some of the gamers
I'd just met to a local pub, where we played Aquarius and a few
rounds of Treehouse, and here's a photo of that. On the left
is a lovely young lady named Alice-Amanda who provided me with
crash space in her group house's spare room. (Thanks again Alice-Amanda!)
I spent my final day in London hanging out with Petra (who
just happened to also be vacationing in London that day) and
Liza (who's now been living in London longer than the time she
lived here, growing up in the DC area). We had a fine time dining
and shopping and looking at things in London, and I'm told the
unrelenting rain just made the experience more authentic.
Anyway, it was a great trip, but like all such adventures,
it's great to get home again, particularly when there's some
much going on back here. Since returning I've been busily trying
to get caught up, finish up work like the new card layouts for
the new version of EcoFluxx, and
prepare for Xmas.
Yikes, that's soon! Well, that's all for now.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for reading, Happy Holidays, and have a great Whenever!
enjoy sampling the different types of candy you find in faraway
lands, and I really enjoyed the new treat I discovered on this trip: Mars Planets. This mixture of multi-sized
milk chocolate spheres features 3 types of inner cores: Soft,
Crispy, and Chewy. I'm really hoping Mars decides to bring their
Planets to America, but unfortunately, all the reviews
online are from candy snobs who didn't relish them as much as
I did, so who knows.
change I noticed since my last visit to Amsterdam
is that a lot of new "wok-style" take-out restaurants
have opened around the city. I can see why these wok
places have become so popular: you choose your basis (noodles
or rice), your favorite mix-ins (meats and veggies), and your
choice of sauce, and they cook it up before your eyes. Yum! Just
another thing about Amsterdam I'd like to see take root back
||"Here is the sort of thing that a portion of my brain
ponders, as I work - Is a reanimated corpse of a man that had
Alzheimer's less intelligent than a regular zombie? Is Reagan
really the dead ex-POTUS that we would want in charge? Does it
matter which conceptual framework of zombies we use as a benchmark?
Would Gerald Ford be more clumsy than other zombies? Would FDR
be able to walk again?" -- Amy Lindsey,
on her Facebook page, responding to the Onion's story, "Zombie
Reagan Raised From Grave To Lead GOP"