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Who is Andrew Looney?
Andy to his
friends, he's an eccentric game designer
who's best known for creating a card game called Fluxx.
His other card games include BttF,
Are You the Traitor?,
and most of the special versions of Fluxx (including Pirate,
Python , Stoner,
and Family). Andy
is the creator of the Icehouse
game system, and is the designer of more than 20 games you
can play with the pyramids, including Treehouse,
World War 5, Zark
ICE, Martian Chess,
Coasters, and Nothing
Beats a Large. His other favorite ways to play
with pyramids are Binary
and Martian Hold'em.
His other creations include a novel called The
Empty City, a bar game called Cosmic
Coasters, and the obscure videogame Icebreaker.
Andy was born in Washington DC on November
As a youth, he became an Eagle
Scout and went
on to become a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
from the University of Maryland in 1986. Between 1983 and 1997,
he played in, created, or otherwise helped out with 56 LARP
games. Before starting Looney
Labs with his wife Kristin,
they both worked for NASA, where in 1993 some of Andy's software
was launched into orbit (as part of the repairs to the Hubble
Space Telescope). Now he gets to create cool stuff for a living
as the Creative
Director for Looney Labs. To date, he's been given 3 US Patents
Origins Awards. His personality type is INTJ, and his Kolbe
assessment index is 7464.
Andy lives on the outskirts of Washington DC, near the Greenbelt
subway station, in a pair of houses called Wunderland and Pepperland.
Andy lives with two beautiful long-haired
women (named Kristin
and Alison), along with a
a snake (Benji), and three cats (Milkshake, Shiro,
and Toto). Andy is a photographer,
a writer of tiny
stories, a cartoonist, and
an outspoken marijuana-legalization
advocate. His favorite color is purple,
his favorite foods are steak
and cake, and his favorite
city is Amsterdam. He loves
Tiki Culture, World's
Fairs, and Roller
Coasters. He's a hippie,
a non-conformist, and an infrequent video-blogger.
Although he's a raging introvert, he often Twitters
and publishes random details about his life every whenever
at Wunderland.com. He's a hermit
who hates the telephone
(but loves his iPhone)
and who often ignores his email.
He's a night person with odd
sleeping habits, and his alter-ego
is the Emperor of the Universe. He
watch on a chain around his neck and he habitually carries
in his pocket. Andy has a big collection of board games and a
small collection of vintage arcade machines, including a Twilight
Zone Pinball. He's been known to sell things on eBay.
He loves to travel, he's
still really glad
to be alive, and yes, he likes to drink hot chocolate
using laboratory glassware.