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I'm standing in the kitchen, pointing back and
forth between Jenny and Gina, who are sitting at the kitchen
table laughing. "That's worse! Because I know the difference
between you two, I just accidentally say Gina or John -- I mean
Gina or Jenny!"
hebdomad (heb'-duh-mad) n.
1: a group of seven 2: a period of seven days; a week
- Billy Elliot :)
- Hmmm - ballet dancer
or death from black lung disease?
That is a tough choice.
The Florida Recount
would-be presidents battle to the political death in a real-life
drama that is the only thing I've been watching all this week.
I'm reminded of the words of the great Willy Wonka (as depicted
in the film): "The suspense is killing me! I hope it'll
Seuss Went To War
||Just Another Exciting Week
This certainly is an exciting week on the national scale,
but as usual, there's lots of cool stuff going on at our local
level as well. First, we've been busting our humps on an upgrade
of our online shopping
center; second, we've been playing a lot of my very newest
game; and thirdly, we're getting ready to host our third Pop-Tart Cafe.
Behold, the new horizontal signpost header for the Looney
Labs trio of storefronts, the Factory
Showroom, the Short
Run Depot, and Contagious
Alert readers will also notice that the distinction between
the Factory Showroom and the Short Run Depot is something new.
This is our solution to a problem we've been struggling with
ever since our games started getting picked up by retailers and
the distributors they buy from. For 10 years, Kristin and I have
been manufacturing experimental products on a short run scale
and selling them direct to consumer; but as we seek to transition
from that era to the retail store model, we are finding our older
stuff something of a burden. Now as always, we can't afford to
sell our short run products to retailers, since we can't get
them produced cheaply enough to fund the middlemen. What's changed
is that now we've got retailers selling our main line of games
who are also starting to find out about our short run stuff,
and wishing they could carry that as well. So we've been needing
to more explicitly draw the distinction between the products
we offer to retailers, and the ones which we unfortunately cannot.
Hence the new separation of goods. Also, be sure to notice too
that the pages at LooneyLabs.com
now sport a new footer.
Sometimes a game takes a long
time to develop, and sometimes it comes together quickly.
A couple of weeks ago
I mentioned having had a game idea (codenamed Secret Project
44-CC), and it's proving to be one of those games that practically
invents itself. This week I built the first complete prototypes,
and it's testing so well that we're strongly considering putting
it on the extremely fast track towards being our Annual
Holiday Gift -- it's just that good. (What we're otherwise
planning to do is an older idea that can easily wait until another
year.) The only problem is, the holidays are fast approaching,
and we'd have to deliver the final production art for this game
to the printers in just 11 days, if we're going to meet our own
local holiday delivery schedule. (As it often seems to for me,
inspiration has struck as the last possible second.) So, we've
been playtesting this thing like crazy these last couple of days
and plan to step up that campaign during the next few, including
at this weekend's Pop-Tart Cafe at PhilCon,
so if you'll be there, maybe you can get in on some of the playtesting.
We shall see how it goes.
Also this week, the missing pallet of Chrononauts
finally arrived, we sent out hundreds of free demo copies of
the game to retailers (for use in doing in-store demos), and
we held another Icehouse
set assembly party. (Thanks again Margit, Ed, Carol, Kory, Dale,
and Lynne for all your help!)
for the upcoming Pop-Tart Cafe, well, we really need to start
getting ready for that...
|Lemme get this straight: 19,000 ballots in Florida
were thrown out because they were double-punched for Gore and
Buchanan, a direct result of letting a bad graphic designer create
the ballot. And now Bush is winning, by a mere 300 votes. Why
not divide the dual vote ballots between the candidates affected,
in percentages according to the national average? Oh yeah, because
the national average doesn't count.
|Research has shown there's a link between laughing
and reduced risk of heart disease! Finally, proof for all the
humor-impaired people in the world that comedy is important.
|"When they talk to the manager, tell him
to fire himself and leave me in charge."
-- overheard waiter at the International House Of Pancakes