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What are the Literary
References among the Artifacts?
Using my fingernails to pick some
vegetable fibers out from between my teeth. Gina's sitting beside
me on the couch eating the remains of a salad out of a big white
plastic bowl. She's talking on the phone to her brother. She
- mistigris (miss'-tigg-riss,
miss'-tigg-ree) n. 1: in the game of poker, the extra
card, or joker, which may have any value the holder wishes. 2:
a variation of poker (usually draw-poker) where the blank card
or joker is played as a wild card in this manner. [from French
mistigri the knave of clubs, presumably played as a wild
card in certain games] (also apparently a popular name for cats
in France, or even a nickname for people).
- Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns %}
in the giant steps
of Spinal Tap, Hard Day's Night,
and Stop Making Sense.
The Official Shotgun
"Since ordering your initial
display at GAMA , all I can say is WOW !!! Your display paid
for itself in the first month. One of the best turnover game
displays in our store!" -- Rich Deibel,
of the Game Shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan
||Zarcana Stickers / Alliance's
this a wonderful photo? I was taking pictures of a Zarcana game
Kristin and I were playing when I captured Marlene
in the background, having a great laugh. (And speaking of great
pictures taken this weekend, don't miss the photos
Mar took of Alison climbing a tree!)
It's a little hard to tell from the angle on this shot, but the
deck we're using is the Aquarian
Tarot, as adorned with a new set of Zarcana
Stickers I've created. These new stickers work particularly
well with the Aquarian, but they'll turn any deck of 78 cards
into an easy-to-learn Zarcana deck. The stickers are now available
as a free download, and the Aquarian Tarot is now for sale in
our gift shop.
I've been pushing to get these new stickers finished because
I'm planning to use them on the decks we play with at the Zarcana
tournament I'll be running at Origins. Even if you've never played
the game before, I hope you'll consider competing... Zarcana
is a game that even a beginner can win, and with these new stickers,
it has become an easy game to learn as well.
Speaking of Origins,
here's an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We're preparing a special bag
of goodies for everyone who pre-registers for the Big Experiment
by buying their ribbon in advance, and the deadline for pre-registration
is midnight tonight. So, if you're planning to attend, don't
delay signing up any longer! (And if you're squeamish about using
your credit card on the internet, or for some other reason you
can't get your ribbon purchased by tonight, then just let us
know directly that you plan to attend, so we can set a rabbit
bag aside with your name on it.) Also, you can't sign up for
overlapping events, so if you want to attend both a tutorial
and a tournament, choose the tourney and just show up for the
Friday, Kristin and I drove up to the Alliance East warehouse
for an afternoon of demo gaming they called a "Game Day."
Here's a photo from that... it was a nice opportunity to show
off our line to a fairly small group of mostly local retailers
with only a few other manufacturers competing for their attention.
And they even fed us pizza! It was a fine afternoon...
Have a Great Week!
Rosenthal could have gotten 6-20 years or more in jail, but
instead the judge sentenced him to one day! (Unfortunately, that
still leaves hundreds of thousands of other marijuana-law offenders
wasting away in our prisons, all at the expense of you, the taxpayer...)
||"Maryland has more citizens in prison and
jail (an estimated 35,200) than all of Canada (31,600), though
Canada's population is six times greater. [...] It took a century
and a half, until 1980, to reach 500,000 inmates [nationally].
Then, in slightly more than 20 years, the prison and jail population
grew by 1.5 million. A major cause of the increase is the war
on drugs." -- Robert Field, "Locked
Up In Land Of The Free"
||"I prefer our system in the
UK of having a Prime Minister who theoretically can be thrown
out of office on a vote of no confidence at any moment. If you
get a good one you don't want a rule which states you have to
have a new one after four years and if you get a bad one (or
a good one fades) you want to change sooner than four years." -- Michael
Orton's comments on my one-term limit idea from last week,
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