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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
haruspex (ha-russ'-peks) n.
a diviner in ancient Rome basing his predictions on inspection
of the entrails of sacrificial animals
- Bedazzled (2000) :|
- If you can't improve
on a classic, sell your soul
for special effects.
The Trouble With Harry
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.
Dog Greens for Nader Petition
||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
- 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
- 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
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...
- 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!
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
|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