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The Relentless Follower

Two pirates shuffled down the leafy sidewalk, followed by a tall man wearing a suit. The man waited in the shadows whenever the pirates raided a house, demanding candy, but he was always nearby. "Your dad's starting to give me the creeps," Eric whispered at last. "Wait," said Pete. "I thought he was your dad."


Sitting on a rug at a picnic, various people and babies around me. Anu talks to her daughter (a toddler). "He's calling you. You want to say hello to him?" I'm thinking she's talking about Booda, but then realize it's Billy (another baby).

Cool Words

haruspex (ha-russ'-peks) n. a diviner in ancient Rome basing his predictions on inspection of the entrails of sacrificial animals

Haiku Reviews

Bedazzled (2000) :|
If you can't improve
on a classic, sell your soul
for special effects.

Daddy-O's Reviews

The Trouble With Harry that he's dead. A quaint, darkly humorous, and easily overlooked Alfred Hitchcock gem about a series of shenanigans involving a corpse named Harry in the woods near a small New England town. Features a very young Jerry Mathers as the Beaver.

Tirade's Choice

Yellow Dog Greens for Nader PetitionFruits of Chaos
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Thursday, October 26, 2000
by the Wunderland Toast Society

What's New?

What's Going On? Bulletized List Format

All kinds of stuff has been happening this week, but nothing in particular is emerging to connect it all together, so I'm resorting to the dreaded Bulletized List Format:

  • The official Chrononauts release date is still several days away, but we're already shipping it out and we're getting reports that it has started to appear on store shelves. Orders continue to pour in, and packages keep piling up by the door. And reactions to the new cards have been gratifyingly enthusiastic!
  • On the other hand, it's been a bad week in Kristin's family. On Monday, her 97-year old grandmother finally succumbed to the Alzheimer's disease (which long ago robbed her of her identity); this has Kristin scrambling to prepare for a quick trip to South Carolina, to attend the memorial service. Meanwhile, Kristin also received word that another family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and her cousin's as yet-unborn baby has Down's Syndrome.
  • Having designed a full page ad in Knights of the Dinner Table magazine, we decided to create a couple of others, of similar but different content, to run concurrently in other not-too-expensive gaming magazines. We've created two more: One for Yuri, and one about Bob Fruitbasket that really focuses on his Mission card, Tomorrow's Ancient Wisdom Today. Barring any change in plans, the first of these will appear in Dork Tower, and the second in Game Trade Magazine. I've also created the Chrononauts ad slick Kristin's been nagging me to make...
  • This weekend Alison attended her 10 year high school reunion, and Kristin and I tagged along. We also spent a lot of time hanging out with her friend Becky, and her husband Jack and baby Jamie, who came into town from Denver for the occasion.
  • While mingling at Bedrock Billiards on Friday night, I had a clever new idea for a game, which has since been given the designation Secret Project 44-CC.
  • We've gotten word that Fluxx and Icehouse are both on this year's Games 100. Better still, Chrononauts will be featured in Wired magazine, on Slashdot's list of 25 Gifts for Geeks! Our games are even being featured in the High Times' Counter-Culture Christmas Gift Guide. And several reporter-types have recently approached us about doing articles and interviews and such. Yay! Kristin's hard work is paying off!
  • Cool new variations on our games are being devised faster than we have time to try 'em. But I have tried 'Becca's new Fluxx game, Fluxxentration, and I love it! It's a lot like concentration, played using just the Keepers and Goals. Other new games I became aware of this week are: Martian Tic-Tac-Toe, Chrispy's 2 and 4 Player Martian Chess Variants, a whole bunch of games Evil Liam has described on his pages, and Dale's Black Ice solitaire game, Solace. (Geez, we've really got to find time to implement that system for tracking and rating all these new Icehouse games! Soon... stay tuned.)
  • Tirade got a brand new cardboard automobile after we celebrated Kristin's completion of the Third Quarter books with a meal out at the Silver Diner.
  • Tonight, we're carving pumpkins! (Assuming I manage to go buy some today...)

Well, I guess that's it for this week. Happy Halloween!


Go Green: Vote for Ralph!

Sorry everyone, I've gotten behind on my Iceland work again... since I didn't have time to finish a new panel this week, I've pulled something old out of my files. If you got a Halloween candy bar from us two years ago, this image will be a rerun, but I don't think I've ever used it here on the web until now, so here it is. (Our site has gotten so big that it's hard for me to really be sure about such things anymore...)

the story so far

Thought Residue
It's minor, but Mark Lentczner has discovered the first real mistake in Chrononauts: the Time Index on the 1986' Patch should be D-4, not D-3. This error was made on the earliest of prototypes and was carried forward, undetected, through the Beta edition and into the final product. Lots of people noticed that Avert Disaster had the wrong date for the Lusitania, but no one saw this until now. I guess that means it's not very noticeable...
"And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also." -- One of those humor emails that people circulate around, with the original author's name long ago lost in the deleted layers of header info...
"The average drug trafficking organization, meaning from Medellin [a Colombian drug cartel] to the streets of New York or the streets of wherever, could afford to lose 90% of its product, and still be profitable." -- Robert Stutman, former DEA Special Agent, commenting on a 20 year old internal DEA study, in Frontline's "Drug Wars"

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