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"That Bug's Just Waitin' To Be Squished."

They met at the Cockroach Discotheque... their antennae locked at first sight. They boogied until dawn... shaking their carapaces in a jitterbug contest sponsored by Bug Lite. In the morning, he looked at the spot on his tarsal segment where he'd written her number and... it was smudged! Now he's got nothing to live for...


Whistling Counting Crows's song "Hangin' Around" and watching for the screen to come into view as I sit down, one hand on the mouse circling to turn off the screensaver, the other hand holding an OCR software package for installation.

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The Flim-Flam Man

George C. Scott plays an aging con-man who partners up with a young protégé for a series of swindles and car chases through rural North Carolina. Back in the seventies, this film was on TV every year or so, and my family always tuned in, if for no other reason than to see that amazing chase scene with the red convertible again; but my favorite part is a few scenes later, after they've stolen Doodle's truck, when they escape along the railroad tracks at the end of a dead-end road. Great stuff! Great music, too.

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Fruits of Chaos

Thursday, October 5, 2000
by the Wunderland Toast Society

What's New?

What's Going On? The Alliance Open House

This week we went to the Alliance Open House, a small and narrowly focused industry trade show held in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The event, sponsored by Alliance Game Distributors, is intended to provide game store owners with a chance to see and learn more about what's being released by the game companies whose products are distributed by Alliance. The one-day trade show therefore consisted entirely of booths staffed by representatives of game companies, with the rest of the attendees being game store owners and buyers. So while it was a very small show, it was the kind of show where you really want to meet everybody there.

Having just returned from Carta Mundi with freshly printed Chrononauts card sheets, we were of course eagerly showing off our new release, and reactions were great. "Must have Chrononauts!" chanted one retailer, wishing we could give him one of our sample decks. However, since the cards are still being cut up and packaged by Carta Mundi, our supply consisted of exactly two decks, each hand cut with scissors. But while we wished we could be giving out samples just as much as they did, at least our square-cornered samples made it clear that the product is on the absolute verge of release, while not yet actually available.

It was a good show, but it was also a bit different from what we're used to, and therefore rather odd. Like Toy Fair and GAMA, it's more about selling the product line than making individual sales, but this time, we weren't even attempting to take orders. The actual buying all happened the next day, during the true "Open House" portion of the Alliance Open House.

The trade show was held at the Hilton downtown, but one of Alliance's warehouses is located elsewhere in Ft. Wayne and on Sunday, the retailers were all invited to invade the warehouse for cash-and-carry purchasing of whatever they needed to stock up on - and on whatever new stuff they wanted to try out. At this point our job was done, but we dropped in at the warehouse on the way out of town anyway, and it was quite a scene. Imagine being in a grocery store on a busy Saturday, except instead of food in the shopping baskets, everyone was loading up on games. We found our way back to the shelves where our stuff was stocked, and got to watch as their supply of Icehouse sets sold out before our eyes... it was pretty cool.

In other news, my old High School is currently being torn down (here's a photo I just took) and Alison has acquired a Nintendo 64 (having recently come down with a serious case of Farming Game fever). Meanwhile, we got the first copies of the Chrononauts rulebook back from the printer, and they look fine, so the release is still on schedule. And it's getting so close, we've decided to begin accepting pre-orders. Get yours in now and we'll send a copy out to you just as soon as we receive them ourselves!

AndyRemember Peter McWilliams!


PS: Sign the petition to get Nader into the debates!

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Thought Residue
I got email from Mike Richberg regarding my article Creating Chrononauts, recommending a cool time travel board game I'd missed out on, called Time War, published in 1979. As I result, I've finally entered my first eBay auction, and I won! I can't wait to try it... it features a system of concentric rings, which looks quite intriguing.
As expected, without Nader the first presidential debate was dull, and ignored the real issues. But maybe there's still hope for the remaining debates... if you live in the DC area, join the protest at the Debate Commission at 5pm on Friday the 13th!
"There's as much chance of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment [which enacted alcohol Prohibition] as there is for a hummingbird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail." -- Prohibitionist "visionary" Senator Morris Shepard of Texas, 1930

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