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"Well, just to let you know, I am a fan of your games... We enjoyed them so much that we gave our copy of Nanofictionary to our son's school gifted teacher for his enjoyment. He came home from class today, where they played it, and they all loved it there! Look forward to seeing more on the classroom ideas section, though I don't really know how much more "classroom friendly" they could be. They are well designed, and pretty obvious for their subject areas. I'm just spreading the word in my small corner of the world." -- Mary C. of Kansas City, in an email

Thursday, April 17, 2003
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What's Going On? ICE-7 Promo Card Packs

This week finds me hard at work on making promo cards. As part of last year's run of promo cards, I created a little IceTowers reference card, with the Capping -> Mining -> Splitting diagram on one side, and an overview of the rules on the other. We handed these out at the summer trade shows, and this card proved so popular and useful (particularly during giant IceTowers games) that I immediately began thinking about reference cards for other Icehouse games. But it wasn't until now, when we are getting ready to print promo cards again for the summer trade shows, that I would have an opportunity to print any more such cards, so this project has been evolving slowly.

This week, however, it suddenly sped up. Having made now a total of 7 reference cards for Icehouse games, we had a vision for how to make use of them: package them Fluxx Blanxx-style and make them available, FREE, with the purchase of a stash of Icehouse pyramids.

Yes, that's right, free. The idea here is to regard these cards not as a product, but as an advertisement, and therefore to distribute them as widely as possible. And with Tic Tac Doh! in the set, the package will include a game you can play with just 1 stash, meaning you can buy a single-stash and go home with a complete game.

The other games I've made reference cards for are: Zendo, Homeworlds, Martian Chess, Volcano, and the original game of Icehouse (this last task being an update of the now-ancient handy Icehouse rules reference). Along with front and back cover cards (which provide basic info on the pyramids and a plug for our website), the package will also include a 10th card, featuring info on Scoring with Pyramids and a chart describing another 13 games you can play with pyramids.

Needless to say, we're excited about this project and hope to send it to the printers soon. And once we have them, we'll be tossing them around like crazy.

What do you think of the name ICE-7, by the way? It's what we're using right now, but there's still time to change to something else if we can come up with something better. Anybody got any suggestions?


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Nanofictionary got a Parent's Choice Silver Honor award! (On the other hand, it was passed over by the Mensa reviewers...)

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