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I'm wearing a bandana on my face,
and looking for the backscratcher in our bedroom. I pick up a
short dowel. (If I tape a little hook to it, maybe it'll do the
palliate (pal'-ee-ate) .v.tr.
1. to make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate
2. to make less severe or intense; mitigate 3. to relieve the
symptoms of a disease or disorder (but not cure it). from Latin
- 8.5 Women :|
After dozing off,
I woke and found the movie
weirder than my dreams.
Peggy Sue Got Married
Peggy Sue passes out at a high school reunion in the eighties,
and wakes up back in high school in the sixties, with all her
memories intact. It reminds me of the excellent book by Ken Grimwood
called Replay (now there's an adaptation I'd like to see)
except that, instead of getting to live her whole life over again,
Peggy Sue's trip to the past covers only a few days. Conveniently
enough, the wacky-hat wearing lodge her grandfather belonged
to was founded 600 years earlier by a time traveler, and they
just happened to have a ready-to-use ritual for sending someone
back in time to the place where they belonged...
- "My plastic Icehouse pieces are the
single most valuable gaming components I own." -- Kevan Davis, one of the authors of the Dvorak
||Gaming with Youngsters at
the New Deal Cafe
Tuesday afternoon, we held a little gaming session at a local
coffeeshop called the New Deal Cafe. We'd been asked/invited
to come teach our games to some neighborhood kids (notably a
loose network of homeschooled children), but even so we were
surprised by the ages of the kids who showed up, since by and
large they were 5-7 year olds, not the junior high-aged kids
we'd been told to expect.
Since we have no children ourselves and design our games to
be enjoyable first and foremost by our own gaming groups, a lot
of our games aren't really very well suited to the under-8 crowd.
Still, we were there to play games, so we started with our easiest
which we know kids of that age do well with. Then we tried Q-Turn, which worked
fine (particularly with me doing all the disk rotations for them)
and which they seemed to like a lot (particularly that one kid
who was so into "creating chaos"). By using a turn-based
variation, I was even able to play a round of IceTowers
with these kids (though by then it was becoming obvious even
to me that they needed to stop for food).
some older kids arrived, and we were able to start playing other
games, like Chrononauts,
and of course, Fluxx.
The younger kids wandered on home, but we continued to play games
with whoever was around until that evening, when we were driven
from the place by a live reading of Beowulf. It was fun!
Other than that, we've mainly just been getting ready for
the GAMA Trade Show (GTS), which is taking place very soon in
Las Vegas. Among other things, we've been assembling lots of
copies of our new game Are
You A Werewolf?, redesigning the countertop display we've
been designing for in-store use, and (finally!) getting around
to restocking those little buttons we used to sell, and packaging
them as sets of three, so that we can offer them for sale through
stores! More on those stories later...
Have a Great Week!
||We got a call this week from a company wanting
to buy our mailing list, offering us a significant amount of
money for it. You will be happy to know that Kristin turned them
down and told them never to bother asking again.
||"The only time you will hear me use terms
such as 'War On Drugs' and 'Just Say No' is to denigrate them." -- Dr. Richard Simpson, Scotland's drugs minister,
who declared last weekend that the 30-year war on drugs is now
officially over in that country
||"Dude, you're harshing my mellow." -- an old expression I picked up recently