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Thursday, September 18th, 2003
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

What's New?

What's Going On? We're Publishing Stoner Fluxx!

For 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 back burner.

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! Andy

Happy September!

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Thought Residue
"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


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