Guide to Wunderland
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I look away from my computer screen
to Georgi Georgiev as he enters my office, carrying a small glass
pot of water. He speaks with a heavy Bulgarian accent: "How
did you spend your weekend?"
adj. having six eyes
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into the mental disease
known as "marketing."
The Return of the King
A few years after their success with the
Hobbit, and after a different studio had interpreted the
first part of the Lord of the Rings, Rankin/Bass adapted the
final book of Tolkein's trilogy for network TV. Unfortunately,
picking up in the middle of such a complicated story and attempting
to reduce it down as they did was a disaster. And instead of
just using Tolkein's lyrics for their songs, they put in completely
new songs (including the infamous "Where There's a Whip,
There's a Way").
Our Lady of
Toast, Mother of Toasters
There Was Fred
- "Thanks for the speedy service! My family (daughter
Christine - 15 and son Marcus - 13) and I love to play Fluxx,
and your other games look great too, so we are eagerly awaiting
the new ones. With so much television watching going on these
days, it's so good to be different and actually talk to each
other and have fun as a family through great games like yours.
Thanks for all your creativity!" -- email
from David of Huntington, NY
||Fulfillment Hand-off Now Underway
This week finds us in the midst of turning over our warehousing
and shipping operations to another company, namely ACMS
down in Northern Virginia. Yesterday, they picked up most of
our inventory, and today our first batch of orders was shipped
out from the new facility! Kristin and Alison just got back from
overseeing and assisting with this first shipment by their team,
and Kristin says "I'm extremely pleased with the way things
There's still a whole lot to do though; they are still just
getting set up for us down there, and until we switch over to
their shopping cart system, we still have to process the orders
here and send the printed invoices to them for filling. And soon
we have to go to Gen-Con. So this means that:
There will be no shipments from our online
stores (and that includes Rush orders) until August 7th.
Speaking of Gen-Con, check out this scenic vista Alison put
This is what we'll be standing in front of at Gen-Con, assuming
Landru is successful in turning this art into one of those big
trade show standup units for us. Gen-Con is also our deadline
for sending out the Nanofictionary
Betas... Dave has been helping out here by finally writing the
rules down for me and figuring out who we'll be sending these
playtest decks to.
other new release news, I've started making up my mind about
which of the fabulous Lost
Identities contest entries will make it into the finished
product. Fortunately, the survey has been very insightful...
it helps to know when you think a story is a winner that lots
of people agree with you. At this point, I'm pretty sure I know
what 11 of the 13 stories will be. In particular, I still have
to decide between two fine stories submitted by the same author
Since there was no limit on how many stories you could submit,
some authors sent in several, with Liam Bryan leading the pack
by single-handedly writing about a third of the stories we received.
Liam turned in so many great stories (he wrote 5 on my initial
list of 20 or so favorites) that it looks like he's going to
pull a double win, even though I was planning only to include
one story by any given author. [I'm very fond of Turtle
("The Unusual Artifact") but Alison's favorite in the
whole contest is Angela
("Arrested Development") and I have to say, it's a
mighty fine story.] So congrats Liam, you're definitely getting
Another author who submitted more than one great story is
Scotto Starkey. Guess what Scotto you're a winner too! The question
is, which of your entries will win: Rufus
("All Good Dogs Come Home") or Kvar
El Kvin ("Stranded Since the Beginning of Time")?
I think if it were totally up to me, I'd pick Kvar. I'm not
much of a dog-lover, and I prefer how well Kvar's story fits
with his Timeline requirements. (This isn't mandatory of course,
but it is a consideration; one of the reasons I like Turtle's
story so much is because of his Timeline fit.) Kvar's story also
reminds me of The Sirens of Titan, and of course I dig
well executed references as well.
But many of my key advisors (including Kristin, Dave, and
Scotto himself) are voting for Rufus, and I have to say he has
a lot of appeal too. His story reads like an old Twilight Zone
episode, and I think people would get into being the time-traveling
dog. Such a character also reminds me of the dog in that Joe
Frank monologue, who learned to slip aboard cargo planes to travel
around between the Virgin Islands. I like him.
So, they're both great stories, but I have to pick one. Any
Did you hear I won 2
Origins Awards? I'm so happy!
||I'm really getting into having a pet snake! I'd
never spent any quality time with a snake before Alison got this
one, and was slightly worried I'd feel about them as I do about
insects (i.e. "Ick! Get it off me!"). But instead,
it's the exact opposite: I dig having Benji curled around my
neck as I putter about the house...
||"Dude, you have to, like, pay attention
to cards other people are playing, and actually remember things,
and stuff. Pffffffffff. Just thinking about it makes me feel
frustrated. Give me a Time Vortex any day! Here lies the ruins
of your delicate, five-turn look-ahead strategy! See the smoking
embers of your carefully figured hand probability ratios!" - Jason McIntosh on the Chrononauts mailing list,
describing why he likes my style in game design
- Keep your fingers crossed for us... we're trying to get a
couple of banks to loan us a heap big pile of money so we can
reprint the hit games we're running out of AND publish new things
Identities and Nanofictionary.