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n. a station for lubricating motor vehicles.
Baby Hellboy looks
like that monkey I saw in
Lost In Space. Too bad.
Town: Biking Through Chernobyl
This week's donation goes to:
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
"I just wanted to take some time to thank you for developing
some of the most entertaining, well thought out, and different
games out there. I purchased (and played) my first Looney Labs
games at DragonCon 2003 and Fluxx, Aquarius, Are You A Werewolf,
and Cosmic Coasters have since turned many a gathering into some
of the best parties ever. I've been able to get people who used
to leave as soon as any game was mentioned to stay and actually
request that we play your games at group gatherings. Thanks for
all of your hard work developing and producing the best games
around." -- email from Donan of Starkville,
||UBCON was Cool! (and Cold!)
we just got back from Buffalo, where we were Guests of Honor
a gaming convention held on the campus of the University at Buffalo
in upstate New York. It was a small convention, but sales were
good and our expenses were paid and everybody loved us there...
so it was definitely a trip worth taking!
On the downside though, it was a long drive and even though
it was spring when we left home, it was still winter up there:
in fact, on Sunday a snowstorm blew into town, and it was so
bad that Russell
was stranded at a hotel near the airport, waiting for his flight
home to be rescheduled! And I just about froze on the drive home,
since I hadn't really brought enough warm clothing and our van's
heat doesn't really work.
But enough whining. At UBCON we ran our first Little Experiment,
this being something we've had in the works for a long time.
Having established the Big Experiment at Origins
as our annual festival of official tournaments, we've long been
needing a way of running something similar, yet smaller, at other
conventions we go to. And thus was born the Little Experiment.
how it works: When you join the Little Experiment, you get a
special badge, with spaces to put lots of little round (and star-shaped)
stickers. My own badge from this weekend is shown here. As you
can see, there were 9 games to be played in this particular Little
Experiment, and I played all but one of them. (I also won twice!)
For everyone who successfully completed the challenge of playing
all 9 games, there was a special reward: a new Fluxx promo
card, called The Star! This new promo card will ONLY be available
to those who complete the required set of challenges in an official
Looney Labs-endorsed Experiment. That means you'll be able to
get The Star at the Big Experiment at Origins, or at the Little
Experiments we'll be running at Gen-Con and Dragon*Con... but
after that, who knows? We have ideas for letting Demo Rabbits
host Little Experiments of their own at conventions we can't
get to or even at their Friendly Local Game Store; more on that
project as it develops.
The design and production of all this cool Little Experiment
stuff was done by Kristin and Marlene and Alison with almost
no involvement from me... of course I was always "in the
loop" as they say, but the only actual work I did on this
was drawing a Star for the Star promo. Great work, ladies!
Here are some more photos from UBCON... as I mentioned, Russell
flew in from Florida to join Kristin and Alison and me, plus
we got help from the local warren including of course Steve
Hoffman (who was the driving force behind our GoH invitation)
and Liana and Liam
who are part of our local crowd but came up for UBCON because
Liana's a UB graduate who once helped run UBCON.
Plus we made new friends like Beth (in the amazing Bird Maiden
costume), Patrick and Julia (who read last
week's article and drove in from Canada or somewhere just
to see us) and Dave and that guy with a little cat on his shoulder
and others too whom I should be mentioning here I'm sure but
can't recall just now. Thanks everyone! We all had fun because
you all had fun! Thanks for inviting us!
For more info on this event, don't miss Russell's
Meanwhile, back at work, EAC
is nearing completion. We met several big milestones this week:
I gave my playtesters Beta version 2.0, which is virtually complete
(the only gap I still have unfilled is the month and day in 1916
of the Executive Order which first declared that the Star Spangled
Banner was our National Anthem... I find page after page with
historical factoids that say it was "in 1916" but never
get more specific...)
Also, the Origins on-site program book ad deadline is on Saturday,
and we've almost got that ready (the pre-reg books have been
arriving this week and although we haven't personally received
our copies, we've heard that our ads look good), and with the
design itself completed but my deadline also ticking away, I've
started turning my attention to the instructions and packaging.
Yesterday I built the cover flowchart:
See You at Origins!
||"He needed a diversion, something to direct
people away from the corporate cronyism being exposed in his
own government, questions of his possibly illegitimate rise to
power, and the oft-voiced concerns of civil libertarians about
the people being held in detention without due process or access
to attorneys or family. With his number two man - a master at
manipulating the media - he began a campaign to convince the
people of the nation that a small, limited war was necessary.
Another nation was harboring many of the suspicious Middle Eastern
people, and even though its connection with the terrorist who
had set afire the nation's most important building was tenuous
at best, it held resources their nation badly needed if they
were to have room to live and maintain their prosperity. He called
a press conference and publicly delivered an ultimatum to the
leader of the other nation, provoking an international uproar.
He claimed the right to strike preemptively in self-defense,
and nations across Europe - at first - denounced him for it,
pointing out that it was a doctrine only claimed in the past
by nations seeking worldwide empire, like Caesar's Rome or Alexander's
Greece. It took a few months, and intense international debate
and lobbying with European nations, but, after he personally
met with the leader of the United Kingdom, finally a deal was
struck. After the military action began, Prime Minister Neville
Chamberlain told the nervous British people that giving in to
this leader's new first-strike doctrine would bring 'peace for
our time.' Thus Hitler annexed Austria in a lightning move, riding
a wave of popular support as leaders so often do in times of
war." -- Thom Hartmann, "When
Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History"
||"Any praise for the metric system hits a raw nerve with
me. The metric system is a symbol to me of the division of the
ruling class and the people doing all the work. The ruling class
(no pun intended) makes all these rules that are completely impractical,
and everyone else has to sort of make do, find their way around
it. The metric system also symbolizes to me this blind faith
we have in science, that science is some kind of ultimate truth,
instead of a tool we use to make life easier for ourselves. And
because of this blind faith we have, 'science' ends up making
life harder, less practical for ourselves."
-- Joan Pontius, "METRIC
LAND (or What I Think of the Metric System)"
||After living without it for almost a year, while
saving up money for repairs, I'm finally driving my purple car
again! It may be old and clunky but it's still a joy to drive...and
it has a crystal gear shift knob!