Guide to Wunderland
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Gina is on the phone with me, saying, "I
mean 'cause it really stretched out when he pushed on it."
I'm trying to picture Booda fitting under Atticus's gate, and
the imagery is compounded with humorous thoughts of Gina hiding
in the bedroom, spying on Booda through the window as he attempts
peculate (peck'-yuh-late) vt.
- Chocolat :)
- A child's fairy tale
designed for chocoholics
rarely watch regular broadcast TV, so I never saw this show until
Kristin started watching the twice-daily reruns on A&E (it
comes on after Northern Exposure, itself a remarkably good TV
series). But gradually I've gotten drawn into it, and at this
point, I've become completely hooked. It's partly just a good
courtroom drama show, but the romantic soap operas going on in
the law offices of the firm the show focuses on can become rather
addictive. Which reminds me - it's 2:57, I have to stop writing
now and go watch today's rerun. [Postscript:
It was a good one!]
- "I have not tried Cosmic Coasters yet, but my assistant
manager has, and he seemed keen on it. Now, I did finally get
to try Chrononauts myself. The game has sold well, but now that
I have played it, I think we will be moving a few more copies!
This game ROCKS!!!" -- Rob Placer, owner
of The Gamer's Realm,
on the Game Industry Forum at Delphi
||Ramping Up For Toy Fair
Now that the
Future has begun, we're mapping out our plans for the year, and
Toy Fair, the first big trade show of the new season (and the
biggest overall) is already nearly upon us. So, this week finds
us meeting the production deadlines required for whatever materials
we'll be giving out at the show. And there are two new things:
a new catalog and a new T-shirt. (Actually, the new shirt comes
in two flavors, so I guess that's really three things.)
First, the shirts. In order to help stimulate at-the-show
sales, and just because we want to, we've decided to create the
first two Chrononauts
t-shirts. These will feature blow-ups of 2 linchpins from
the game, with the front side of the card being on the front
of the shirt and the back, naturally, being on the back. Two
cards stood out from the rest as being shirt-worthy: 1912: Titanic
Sinks and 1980: John Lennon Murdered.
Two new shirts = 8 new products if you track individual sizes,
and we're not up for that right now, so as with the Fluxx
Keeper shirts, we're only making these available in XL. Moreover,
although we will probably make these available as a regular product
later, the reason we're making them is as promotional items to
give to new retailers who place an order with us at Toy Fair,
and if we give them all away there, they might not become available
again for awhile.
However: we're going to let you, our loyal regular readers,
in on a special deal: Pre-order one (or both) of these shirts
now, and not only will you be sure of getting one (we'll set
it aside and hopefully even ship it before leaving for Toy Fair)
but you'll also get your choice of sizes! And we'll even knock
$2 off the usual price we charge for T-shirts! What more could
you ask? But you must act fast - we need all the pre-orders
in by Monday morning at noon.
The other new thing is our new catalog.
year for Toy Fair we created a modular catalog with a standalone
page about each product; but this year, we wanted something smaller
and more general. So we've created a single-page double-sized
full-bleed color catalog, featuring life-size images of elements
of our games, which will look like this:
The Bulletized List of Other News:
- Hal Haag has created an excellent resource for Fluxx: The New
Card Suggestion Page. Here he's gathering all those great
new ideas for cards that people have had, so if you've got one,
make sure he hears about it. Sometime this year I hope to begin
designing Fluxx++, and as I said when Kristin told me about Hal's
page, "He's doing my homework for me!" Thanks Hal!
- Thanks also to all the Rabbits
who talked to their local game stores and thus helped get our
of stores more and more up to date. Remember, the official release
date for Cosmic Coasters is Feb
15th, and we're asking our fans to pick up a copy from their
friendly neighborhood hobby game store when it goes on sale there.
- We've decided to attended the local no-frills gaming convention
JohnCon again this year.
In fact, I think we'll be making it a Pop-Tart
Cafe! If you are within range of Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore, mark March 3 on your calendar.
|"Any possession of cannabis for personal
consumption will no longer provoke a reaction from the justice
system unless its use is considered to be problematic or creates
a social nuisance." -- Magda Aelvoet, Belgium's
Health Minister, on that nation's recent decision to legalise
the personal use of pot for anyone over the age of 18
||We've just heard that a new course at Rice University,
called World History Through Games, will be featuring Chrononauts
on their syllabus! In fact, they're starting the class with it!
They apparently bought every copy they could find in the local
game stores and then came to us to get more, since the class
was heavily oversubscribed. Assignments will reportedly include
creating other TimeLines.
|"The rules for Cheapass Games often include
witty or ridiculous remarks, and I was wondering if y'all have
favorites. Here's mine: 'You can use the pieces from a regular
chess set to play Tishai, or you can carve your own pieces out
of horn or bone.' That quote alone made me want to play the game." -- Clark D Rodeffer, on the Cheapass Games mailing
list (The thread went on to conclude that the best line of all
is from The Great Brain Robbery: "What do we want? Brains!
When do we want 'em? Brains!")