Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
Having unraveled the conspiracy, and with strong public support,
the NTTA (National Time Travel Administration) undertook the
first major historical rewrite: preventing the Kennedy Assassination.
But although the second term JFK did avert the Vietnam War, without
the martyrdom factor there came a third major change: The first
man on the moon was a cosmonaut.
"She was almost complaining
that they were there after she left."
n. sexual desire; lust
- Foxfire :-|
a feminist twist:
spaghetti western story
mixed with highschool angst.
This surreal tale of a hapless word processor who
staggers from one bizarre mishap to the next through the course
a single night in New York City was an inspiration for me during
my early writing efforts. Later, I found out that parts of the
storyline were stolen from a radio show entitled "Work In
Progress," by another of my major influences, Joe Frank.
Oddly enough, the material in question came from "Lies",
the same episode that ends with the bit about the Nightwatchman
that first piqued my interest in Joe's work.
| Artwork for Icehouse and News About
Icehouse production work
continues to dominate our lives this week, with the main focus
of our attention being the rulebooks that we'll be including
with the set. There's still a huge amount of page layout work
to do, and our beta release deadline is now less than 2 weeks
away. But at least I've got the cover art for the 3 little books
finished up. And speaking of artwork, a
couple of weeks ago I posted a small image of the new Martian
landscape that Dawn had
painted for us; well, after listening to the feedback we'd been
getting (and the quiet voices in our own minds), everyone agreed
that the couple playing Icehouse in the foreground had ended
up being too deeply obscured by the encroaching twilight. So,
this weekend Dawn came down to see us and reworked that corner
of the painting. Her changes really did the trick!
But although we still have a lot of work to do before Icehouse
will be ready to ship, we are this week beginning to accept pre-orders for the
new game sets. So, if you've been waiting for years to place
an order for Icehouse, the day has arrived! Get your order in
by Sept 20 for maximum savings.
As regards Fluxx,
there is good news, bad news, and other news. The good news is
that Fluxx will soon be available in more than a hundred Barnes
and Noble stores around the country. The bad news is that blank
Fluxx cards have once again been delayed. And in other news,
Enterprises has filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection!
The Barnes and Noble deal is really exciting. They'll be featuring
Fluxx along with the other 4 winners of this year's Mensa
Select award, in a special endcap display at many of their
larger stores. It's something of an experiment for them, but
if it goes well, they'll probably expand their retailing of mainstream
parlor games. (They're also considering selling Aquarius,
as part of an unrelated pilot program, in half a dozen of their
Of course, with so many outlets to stock, this order was the
biggest we've ever seen - so big that an entire print run was
necessary to fill the order. The new decks were printed this
week, and should be showing up on B&N shelves sometime soon.
Another print run meant another chance to get new blank Fluxx
cards printed, but unfortunately, Carta Mundi has once again
screwed up this simple task. Each time Fluxx has been printed,
we've requested that they run some extras with nothing on the
fronts, so that we can offer blanks in bulk like we did with
the First Edition decks. Well, during the first printing, they
forgot; during the second printing, they supposedly made the
blanks but then somehow lost them; and now, during this most
recent printing, they say they printed the blanks but then neglected
to get them cut into cards before the machine that does this
was reconfigured for another job. So now the blank Fluxx sheets
are being stored, until such time as they're doing another print
job that uses the same size cards, which reportedly will be in
about two weeks, when they do an UNO run. (Of course, with our
luck, the sheets will probably be mistakenly put in the garbage
during the interim.)
And then there's that other news. Pete Fenlon, the president
of ICE, seems to be in excellent spirits, considering this very
difficult step in the life of his company. He assures us that
this is a temporary setback only, and reminds us that ICE has
bounced back from far more difficult challenges in the past.
Chapter 11 protection is a court-sanctioned plan for reorganizing
and revitalizing a company in deep financial trouble, and it
should not be viewed as a step towards dissolution. In fact,
the entire adventure gaming industry is going through upheavals
and re-organizations right now; in other industry news, three
of the biggest game distributors are being bought out/consolidated,
one of which is itself an infant company formed through the merger
of two large firms last summer. So although ICE is currently
in financial trouble, we're all still hoping for a great future...
ICE is still very much in the game.
One consequence of ICE's Chapter 11 filing is that our Fluxx
license agreement with them has unexpectedly terminated - and
we've already been contacted by another game company interested
in acquiring the rights. So things have gotten interesting. We
haven't had a chance yet to talk over the options with Pete,
but we expect that ICE will continue to keep Fluxx in print,
on an "at leave" basis, at least for a while. We're
not going to make any decisions hastily.... the situation is
complex, and our own agendas have changed considerably in the
two years since we
signed that agreement. We need some time to think and talk and
plot and scheme, to decide what is best for Fluxx. We'll let
you know what's ahead once we figure it out ourselves.
you next Thursday...
- Ron Toomer,
the undisputed king of roller coaster design, doesn't care for
such rides himself and hasn't ridden one in years.
- I love
this new product from Smuckers: Soft Bread Pockets. They're frozen,
crustless peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, like little white
bread pitas, with the edges crimped all the way around. Yum!
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