Guide to Wunderland
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Standing up and pedaling my bicycle
through an intersection, I glance ahead and to the right -- there
is a person sitting on the grass in a yard. He or she has long
wavy blond hair, and is wearing sunglasses.
(miss-uh-jen-nay'-shun) n. the interbreeding of different
races or of persons of different racial backgrounds 2.cohabitation,
sexual relations, or marriage involving persons of different
races 3. a mixture or hybridization
- Horsey :(
All the characters
pronounced sorry as sorey,
over and over.
Escape from New York
A terrorist on a suicide mission hijacks an airplane and bolts
the cockpit door. Below, an armed soldier watches in shock as
the huge jet plane, flying low, heads for a deliberate crash
landing, pointed straight at the World Trade Center. After that
crash, another criminal in another plane flies directly towards
the WTC towers, onto which he crash-lands. No, I'm not talking
about 9/11, I'm describing some of the most surreal scenes in
this now painfully-dated sci-fi classic in which Manhattan was
turned into a giant Alcatraz. Made in 1982 and set in 1997, this
movie is yet another great thing that was ruined for us by the
terrorists of 2001.
The Real Mach 5
- "An inside look at a group of people that, in my opinion,
are living the ideal life. To me, Wunderland is a weekly reminder
that it is possible to do what you love and still make a living." -- one of the descriptions of this website we received
in response to a recent survey
||From Shifty to MicroFluxx
Monday, I got really angry. We got email from an alert fan informing
us of a new game for the Palm that had just been made available
as a freeware download. "It seems very much like Fluxx
from the description," we were told. Curious, I pulled up
the webpage and was shocked to see that "Fluxx-like"
was an understatement... this game WAS Fluxx, implemented almost
completely, using tiny little graphical cards. The only difference
was that this game was called "Shifty"
and was apparently created by a company called No Sleep software.
It was my game, with a different name, and I was being given
absolutely no credit.
Needless to say, I was livid. I fired off the first of several
angry emails to NoSleep, who quickly apologized and explained
their confused notions of intellectual property. Being from a
world where programmers constantly re-implement classic games
under different names, they seemed to believe that trademark
law was all that really mattered. By changing the name "to
avoid trademark issues" they apparently believed they were
doing nothing wrong.
After freaking and shrieking for a bit, we calmed down and
decided that as long as they gave us credit and changed the name
to something that indicated this was based on Fluxx, we didn't
really object to letting Palm users have a free downloadable
version of Fluxx. After all, it might help sell more decks. So,
after some hasty consideration, we settled on MicroFluxx
as the new name for "Shifty". And I have to say, having
now played it more than a few times, it is pretty cool. (Hey,
does anyone have an old Palm we could adopt or buy real cheap?)
The whole incident reminded us that we really need to set
forth our policy on this sort of thing. So, we quickly crafted
and drafted an Official
Policy on Electronic Versions of Looney Labs Games, which
we posted on our new Arcade page, where links to Electronic Versions
of our games will accumulate. Check it out if you want to know
you read last week's update, you'll
remember that we chose Alex Bradley to do the art for the Zendo
gamebox; here we see his latest work-in-progress, which has come
a long way from the sketch we put up last week. Cool, huh?
Have you played any games today?
||Fluxx has been picked up by Borders! Kristin
(and more recently, Alvaro)
has been trying to get this account for a really long time, so
even though they're initially only going to stock it in 50 of
their 400 stores, we're psyched. In fact, soon we'll be announcing
a special promo we're planning for the occassion!
||"Your enthusiasm inspires
people." -- fortune cookie message I just got and
||"Federal drug policy now lies in the hands
of those who might best be described as the John Birchers of
the drug war. Today's drug war politicians are out of step with
the public, but they don't care. They're on their own crusade,
one in which marijuana is as sinful as miscegenation was to the
Southern racists." -- Ethan