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"If you think it's all luck you aren't trying hard enough. I just played for the first time today, and the second and third and I lost count somewhere around ten games. I would still be playing now if everyone hadn't left hours ago. I'm absolutely amazed reading all the reviews here that say it's a mechanical luck-based game. This is about the most cerebral game I've seen in a long time." -- Greg from Canada's 5-star review of Fluxx at FunAgain.com

Thursday, April 15th, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

What's New?

What's Going On? Stoner Fluxx Brochures / Galactus!

Something we heard several times from our retailers at the GAMA Trade Show was that they needed a flyer they could give to their customers if/when someone voices a concern about Stoner Fluxx. We were particularly struck by one store manager who told us she'd printed out some of our webpages on the subject and had used them quite successfully in easing and changing minds in her store.

Never being ones to leave good ideas unused, we have this week sent to the printer a beautiful tri-fold Stoner Fluxx brochure! Here's a picture of Kristin holding up the final prototype... you can peek inside by clicking on the image.

We're really excited that we'll have these great new flyers just in time to be giving away (along with sample Stoner Fluxx decks aplenty) at the NORML conference next week. It's here in DC again this year (after being in San Francisco for the past two) and if you're an anti-prohibition activist, this is a don't miss event. Maybe we'll see you there!

If not, you'll have to wait until we get back to get these spiffy new flyers... but they'll be available (in a few weeks) in packs of 25, so store owners and anyone else who wants to help us get the word out will be able to get a nice big stack of them, either directly from us or from their favorite Looney games distributor.

In other news, I got a giant Galactus this week! It's actually my second Galactus action figure, meaning I now have a collection of them (which is complete, as far as I know). We've had a lot of fun noting the differences between the new Galactus (made by WizKids, for use with their HeroClix miniatures system) and the first one I got (which we call the "Play-With" Galactus because it's more of a toy, being poseable and featuring a "Power Cosmic" sound effect which also makes his eyes light up) and re-counting the exciting story of the time when Galactus came to Earth, intending to consume it entirely (that's what he does, you see, he eats planets... the box he came in was festooned with warning labels that said "CAUTION: EATER OF WORLDS INSIDE!") It happened back in the sixties, so some of you may be too young to remember it, but thanks to the Fantastic Four (and the Ultimate Nullifier) Galactus was forced to leave the Earth in search of another planet to consume. It's such a great story, I hope the Fantastic Four movie I hear they've started making again does well, so that in 2008 or so we can see a big screen adaptation of the Coming of Galactus. Gosh that'd be cool... my brother Rash and my nephew James are big fans of the Herald of Galactus, i.e. the Silver Surfer, but the big man himself is my favorite. I'd go so far as to say he's my favorite character in all of comic-book history. And now my collection of Galactus action figures is indeed impressive: I have two! (By the way, those are 3 point Icehouse pieces these guys are holding up... the WizKids Galactus is 15 inches tall.)

AndyAnyway, See You at Origins!

the story so far

Thought Residue
I'm still searching for the exact date of Woodrow Wilson's 1916 Executive Order that mandated the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at military and naval occasions. After mentioning this quest last week, I got lots of helpful emails, but none which answered the question. Yes, I know the song didn't *officially* become the National Anthem until Congress said so, on March 3, 1931, and yes, I know President Wilson declared Flag Day on May 30, 1916, but unless that Executive Order was the same one which first officially designated the SSB the NA (which seems unlikely to me) then my question remains unanswered. I've even written to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (still no response) for help! I need this answered in 2 weeks!

"I am angry that so many sons of the powerful and well placed and many professional athletes (who were probably healthier than any of us) managed to wrangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units. Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to our country." -- Colin Powell (seen quoted in Ginohn's email .sig)
We were sad to learn of the deaths this week of Weird Al Yankovic's parents, who perished from carbon monoxide poisoning during their sleep. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time, Al. (His request to everyone: get a carbon monoxide detector!)


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