Guide to Wunderland
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New this week: Chapter
95, in which Jim takes photos of a long haired lady named
"He's trying to kill us!" I yelled
to my comrade in the other slot. "On the way in, I saw his
controls - set on the lowest level - but we're burning up! The
Toaster's scorching us deliberately! He's disobeying orders!"
Just then we lurched skyward, cool air blowing over our brows.
"Whew! Thank god that's over..."
"In the morning, when my hands are warm
from the shower, I have to put it on my pinkie."
banausic (buh-naw'-sick) adj.
relating to or concerned with earning a living -- used pejoratively.
also: utilitarian, practical
- An Ideal Husband :-)
Old ladies sitting
behind us praised the teeth of
When this early '80s animated adult's comic
book was finally released to video a couple of years ago, a scene
lost to the cutting room floor was restored. The sequence, entitled
"Neverwhere Land" is wondrous... I can't comprehend
why those 3 minutes were axed. I just wish the segment was in
its correct place in the film... it's clumsily tacked on at the
end, but it's clear from the intro and outro where it really
- July 8, 1999
We're back from Origins '99
Once upon a time, about two months ago, we created a new virtual
game store called Contagious
Dreams. Since then, we've been adding to it and giving it
some polish while gearing up for the official grand opening of
the store, which took place this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
We put a huge amount of work into it, and I had to pull a 36
hour shift on the day before departure in order to get everything
done in time, but I'm happy to say, it was a smashing success!
I've created a separate report on the show, in the form of
a photo album,
so go there for all the details. The short form of the story
is that we dazzled the gaming community with our newest ventures,
created a lot of new interest in both our products and our webstore,
made lots of sales, and generally had a great time.
was also host to the 10th International Icehouse Tournament,
and I'm both delighted and surprised to be reporting here that
I was the winner! For complete details, you can read the updated
as well as Eeyore's
report posted at the Unofficial Icehouse site. And while
I'm handing out links to reports on Icehouse Tournaments, be
sure to check out Eric Zuckerman's West
Coast Tourney 1 report.
The one disappointment of the weekend was the Origins Awards.
Both of our main game products, Fluxx
were up for Best Traditional Card Game of 1998. Sadly, we lost
to Guillotine, published by Wizards of the Coast. Personally,
I think it should have gone to Falling,
one of two Cheapass Games that filled out the ballot... but James
Ernest and I both suffered from having the votes for our games
split between two contenders, and together we also divided up
the underdog vote, being as we both are tiny companies huddling
in the shadow of the great WotC. And anyway, by the end of the
day it was clear that this really was just a popularity contest:
WotC games won most of the awards listed in the program book.
But even though we didn't win, it was a thrill all the same
just being in the audience of a major industry awards show and
hearing, not one but two, of my inventions called out on the
nominee list. Losers though we were, it was still really cool.
- On the
way home we spent the night with friends in Pittsburgh. What
a delightful city that is! I've heard for years that it's a great
town, but this was my first real visit. I was impressed.
a show about the internet on the Bravo Network called ".com",
hosted by Luke Skywalker. This week they contacted us about doing
a 3 or 4 minute spot about Contagious
Dreams on a future episode. It sounded great until they told
us we'd have a shell out $33,000 in "pre-production"
fees in order to be included. Yeah, right!
- I had
convinced myself that I'd lost a vital roll of exposed film during
our dinner at the Kahiki, but when I got the rest of my film
back from the developers, the missing photos were there! I had
'em all along.