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adj. designed especially to appeal to the ignorant or
unwary through sensationalism or cheapness.
Dirty Pretty Things :)
A grim, tense story
of illegal immigrants
searching for their hearts.
"Especially when you factor in the game's dramatically
low price point, it's obvious that the Style of Aquarius is top
notch. Card games that cost twice this much and pay thousands
of dollars for their artwork don't look this good. Aquarius deserves
a full "5" out of "5" rating in Style....
I actually picked this game up years ago, based on how much fun
Looney's first card game, Fluxx, was. However the randomness
of the game bugged me and so I put it aside for almost five years,
before picking it up again recently. It's won me over now, once
I saw that the game could be enjoyable if you just downplayed
the importance of actually winning, but I can see other players
having the same issues." -- Shannon Appelcline's
of Aquarius at RPG.net
||We're Publishing Stoner Fluxx!
a long time (i.e. about a year and a half) we've been sitting
on a ready-to-publish design for a marijuana-themed version of
Fluxx. Now at last, we've decided to go ahead and release it.
At first, we were calling
it NORML Fluxx, thinking to co-publish it with the National Organization
for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. But they let the idea get lost
on one of their lawyer's desks, and we kept ourselves busy with
less controversial projects, so the project lingered on the
Eventually we decided that we'd rather just publish it ourselves
under the name Stoner Fluxx, but even so we've been reluctant
to actual take that big bold step. So, it's just been one of
the many ideas we've been putting off. "Maybe next year,"
we'd say, whenever the subject came up.
But we've been thinking about it more and more, and over the
weekend, we decided that the time for this is now. We've been
so busy worrying about the risks and downsides, that we've lost
sight of a couple of important points: first, Stoner Fluxx could
sell like hotcakes, and quite frankly, we need those sales right
now. And secondly, if Stoner Fluxx could help, even just a little
bit, in bringing about the end of prohibition, then we need to
put it out there and try. The taboo on this topic is finally
lifting, and having established ourselves as "That Hippie
Game Company" we think we can get away with it.
By publishing this game, we hope to accomplish two things.
First of course, we're hoping to make money; it will obviously
help our bottom line if Stoner Fluxx does indeed sell like hotcakes.
[Someday, I'm gonna make a game called Hotcakes... I think it
would sell like hotcakes!] But the real point is, we're just
fed up with the stupidity
of the Drug War. Our real goal is to help make a difference,
to publish something that will get people thinking -- and talking
-- about all the problems associated with the Drug War. Now,
you can make all the "what were they smoking?" jokes
you want, but we're still idealistic enough to believe that a
handful of people can make a difference and that, with Truth
and Freedom on their side, anyone can change the world.
The great thing is, even if Stoner Fluxx doesn't do much to
advance the public dialogue, we will still be helping the movement
with one of the things it needs most: cash donations. It's been
years since we've had enough disposable income to make sizable
donations to the execellent organizations working to end the
drug war; but now, we are pledging to give almost 25% of our
profits on Stoner Fluxx ($1 for every deck we sell) to organizations
like NORML, the Drug
Policy Alliance, MPP, and
MAPinc.org. The more we
sell, the more we donate!
But the final factor that really clinched it for us was the
advice we got from our new Sales Guru, Ali
Summers. Ali was just here
for a working weekend, helping us start to build up our Sales
department, and after playing Stoner
Fluxx, she said "This is a marketer's dream!" With
an endorsement like that, coming from our sales and marketing
expert, well... how could we put it off any longer?
Anyway, Hurricane Isabel is knocking at our door, so I need
to finish up this site and get it posted soon, in case the power
goes out. (Maybe I'll get that promo card index finished next
week!) To those of you riding out the storm with us, good luck!
||"Those who came before us risked
their property, their reputations, their freedom, and their lives
to push the boundaries of democracy for us. Inhale a bit of our
country's pungent, brawling, inspiring history, from the suffragists
to the civil rights movement, then tell me that battling the
bastards today is too hard, too uphill, or takes too long. What
else are you doing that is more worthy of your efforts than trying
to establish the moral principles of fairness, justice, and equality
for all?" -- Jim Hightower, from his book
Thieves in High Places, as quoted in the October 2003
issue of Utne Reader
||"Ricaurte called the mistake 'a simple human
error.' He said, 'We're scientists, not politicians,' and later:
'We're not chemists. We get hundreds of chemicals here. It is
not customary to check them.' OK, slow down. Read that again.
We get hundreds of chemicals in here, in this scientific laboratory
where we analyze the effect of chemicals on primate subjects,
and we do not bother to check the chemicals. Nope, we just read
the labels, get out the syringes, and hello monkey want some
whatever-this-is? It may be that drugs like ecstasy and marijuana
have some medical uses. There is already some evidence that this
is true, but there's been no follow- up because the government
will not allow it. The government is afraid of the answers, so
it refuses to ask the questions. Meantime, lapdogs like this
Ricaurte dude get gazillions of dollars to injure monkeys in
various ways to prove that the people who think they are having
a good time aren't. This is medieval science, intellectually
bankrupt and breathtakingly stupid." --
Jon Carroll, "It'll
kill you -- wait, no it won't"
||"Next time, please try to control
your excitement long enough to include the comments of those
of us who oppose these ridiculous drug laws. ...please stop reporting
on the drug war as if it were the most normal thing in the world
to jail people for what they choose to ingest into their own
bodies. Please wake up and begin reporting on drug prohibition
as the Hitler-like horror it is." -- Alan
Randell, to the Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Re: "Police
Bust Huge Pot Farm," September 3