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n. a flat ornament of floral form (as in relief sculpture
or painting). [from Greek diminutive of anthos "flower".]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World :)
Simple plot -- two ships;
big battles; finding new life --
like The Wrath of Khan.
"Just got my >giant< package of Looney Labs games
the other day, and my daughters and I have been having a great
time with the contents. The by-far-favorite has been Martian
Chess (played with the bandana chessboard, of course.) Interesting
how much easier it is for children to grok the rules than adults.
Most adults have a lot more experience with 'my color, my piece'
I guess." -- email from Mark
||IceTowers, Tiny Tirades, and
Suddenly it's December! Seems like Origins
was only last week, and already it's time to start planning for
the next one. (Be sure you talk to Russell,
our Rabbit Coordinator, if you will be at Origins 2004 and want
to get involved with the planning efforts!) Plus of course, National
Play Week and the big holidays that surround it are all looming
now (as I'm sure you are all well aware).
This year, we're trying to beat the crowds and traffic by
doing as much of our holiday shopping online as we can. (So far,
it's going pretty well...) And judging from the delightful spike
in sales we've been observing this week at our webstore,
a lot of people have the same idea.
But what about you? How's your shopping going? And have you
considered giving a few games as gifts this month?
some extra fresh gift ideas, check out this week's newest releases.
Ready to ship early next week is IceTowers,
the 2nd release in our series of boxed Icehouse games. IceTowers
features another beautiful cover painting by Alex
Bradley and includes a special edition pyramid color: cyan.
The boxed set also includes a copy of The
Empty City, the novel that inspired the game system,
realizing at last (after well over a decade!) the vision Kristin
and I had for an Icehouse game set that featured a copy of the
original novel in the box with the rulebook and game pieces.
Collectors who just want the new cyan pieces will find them
available soon in the Dangling
Carrot. (Also coming soon, for those who are interested in
getting just the parts, will be the new 12-page IceTowers rule
booklet, and the packet of 16 rule cards we made for Zendo.)
new this week are these really cool little Tirade
pendants and lapel pins. The design was created by a fan named
Tim Gray (known among miniature-makers as Flak Magnet), who sculpted
the original while hanging out in our Lab during the last Big Experiment.
The pins and pendants were then made for us by a miniatures company
called Monday Knight Productions, and finally hand-painted and
finished by Chort,
a friend I've been getting to paint miniatures for me since long
before I even imagined games with pyramids. (And as long as I'm
still on that subject, Chort is also famous in our community
for having made the first 4 player Icehouse set, and the Scepter
that is passed along from winner to winner each year at our Icehouse Tournaments.)
Doing all that painting was a big job... here's a photo of him
working on the 100 little sentient broccolis that were living
in his basement for a while. Anyway, supplies on these are quite
limited; later, we'll probably be offering these only in the
unpainted plain light green resin they are molded in.
we've got some new stickers available! Years ago, in the Xyloid
Icehouse era, we made these really cool round Icehouse stickers.
We had to make so many of them that we still have a bunch available.
More recently, we made two more stickers, again for promotional
use, i.e. in bulk. One is for Fluxx,
the other for Stoner
Fluxx. You can them in sets of 10 (at the Dollar
Store) or in rolls of 100 (at the Bulk
Anyway, I've got a new Geronimo
Inquirer to write, more online shopping to do, and several
Secret Projects to get done, so that's all for now.
Thanks for reading!