We've finally caught up with everyone else, in that we are
now completely sold out of the Second Edition of Fluxx.
We saw the drought coming and stocked up, and lately we've been
the only place we've known of that still had decks available,
but now we too are all out. Luckily, the third printing is finally
underway and should ship in the next week or two, so it won't
be out of print much longer.
In the meantime, we've gone up to the attic to check, and
yes, we've still got a few of the original black & white
decks left, so we'll be offering those for sale until they run
out (or the third printing ships, whichever comes first). The
is sure to be a collector's item someday, so if you don't have
one, you might want to pick one up now, while supplies last.
report: This week we've been preparing a packet of materials,
to be sent to small game manufacturers, describing our project
and requesting review copies of their games. These
materials are also available on-line; if you know of a candidate
dreamer who isn't on our list, please point them to these pages
or call them to our attention so that we can mail them a copy
of the packet. Meanwhile, a dozen Toasters
have signed up to review products, and already people are working
at trying out games and writing up reviews. (If you'd like a
sneak peek, you can read the first review, written by by Gina and Alison,
of the Original
put up his rules for an elaborate Monopoly variation called Ultra-Monopoly.
This week we tried it out, and it was way more fun than the original.
Kristin and I were bankrupted fairly early on (but hey, at least
we got a chance to wear the stylish Monopoly shirts and vests
my mom and brother conspired to gift us with last Xmas), and
although everyone was expecting Jake to win, it was actually
his friend Peter Hammond who emerged as the winner. But in any
event, it's a great twist on standard Monopoly, so if you've
got two unmatched copies of the game, I'd urge you to try it
A couple of things happened to me this week that I've seen
happen to other people I've known over the years, but which have
never happened to me until now. First, I've been contacted by
a lad in Illinois with my exact same name: Andrew James Looney!
I've been corresponding with him via email, and he seems like
a cool guy; so watch out, world: there are 2 of us!
Meanwhile, someone in Brooklyn has been trying to hijack one
of my credit cards. He called my banking institution, first claiming
that I'd moved to New York, and then requesting a replacement
card on my behalf, to be sent, of course, to my "new"
address in Brooklyn. Luckily it was flagged and prevented, but
we canceled that account anyway, just to be sure.
And finally, although the major news media are not reporting
it, something significant is happening in Philadelphia. A class
action suit is moving forward, in which 165 seriously ill patients
are suing the government for the right to use marijuana to alleviate
their medical conditions. The key question in the current deliberations
is this: Why are eight people being routinely provided with free
marijuana, by the government, when that same government seeks
to arrest everyone else who uses it? (This really is true; I've
met one of the eight, a woman named Elvy.) The government has
been trying to have the case dismissed, but the judge has over-ruled
this, allowing the case to proceed on the basis of the plaintiffs'
14th Amendment rights to "Equal Protection of the laws."
Despite the media blackout, insiders believe this will be a landmark
case; read all about it at marijuananews.com.