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porch; veranda. [from Hawaiian.]
The Manchurian Candidate  :)
is the real title.
The Museum of Bad
This week's donation goes to:
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
"I enjoy your game Chrononauts. I go to my favorite comic
book/gaming store and start playing the game solonauts and sooner
or later someone either asks 'What's that?' or they know what
it is and want to play. Either way I end up playing the game
with a group of people. It's a great icebreaker."
-- A really big fan of Chrononauts from Georgia named Jason
||Coming Soon: Flowers &
year ago at Origins, we started selling these really cute
plush bendy flowers with happy faces that Kristin
found at Toy
Fair a few months earlier. She bought a huge box of them
(the minimum was 576) because they so beautifully matched the
flowers on our Booklet
Catalog. They've been hugely popular... so much so that we
usually have to put a limit on how many you can buy, so as to
avoid running out before the end of the weekend. People like
buying them 6 or 12 at a time, so as to make bouquets or give
them away to all their friends.
We started adding a Happy
Flower (as we call them) to the top of each of our store
displays, and selling them in our Short Run Depot. Although
we have been selling these flowers ourselves at shows for $1
each, a number of retailers
who sell our games have been buying them from us and selling
them in their stores for $2 each - and our
distributors have started calling asking if they can carry
them. In order to put them into distribution, we are going to
be raising the retail price to $2 - so if you want a few at the
$1 price order them quick - Alison
will be updating the price in the Short
Run Depot any day now.
For years Kristin has been looking for a way to package our
hit card game Fluxx
in a bigger box for the gift market, but I am always opposed
to any idea that is basically just packaging air. She recently
hit on the idea of packaging these Happy Flowers with a Fluxx
deck, and after a month of brainstorming and prototyping, Flowers
& Fluxx is nearly ready to go to the printers.
the idea: We take 3 of our most popular items (the Flowers, Fluxx,
and special promo
cards) and bundle them together in a colorful package that
might well be sold in a wide range of gift venues and retail
markets that have been hesitant to pick up standalone card games.
The Flowers & Fluxx package will include 6 Happy Flowers
(one of each color), a Fluxx deck, and a special new promo card
not available any other way, called Flowers (a Keeper which counts
as either Love or Death).
To make this scheme even more clever, we plan to offer a special
deal to everyone who shops at our
online store. Whenever you buy a gift copy of Flowers &
Fluxx from our webstore and have it shipped to a friend, we will
mail you an extra copy of the Flowers promo card (with your invoice)
for your own Fluxx deck.
The only way to get the promo card will be to purchase Flowers
& Fluxx, either for yourself or as a gift to send to someone
Please note that Flowers & Fluxx won't go on sale until
October or November. The suggested retail price will be $24.
been doing a great job on the package design... (click on it
to see a larger version):
What do you think of this list?
GREAT FOR... Birthdays * Anniversaries * Travel * House warmings
* Holiday gift giving * Graduations * Get well soon * Mother's
Day * Weddings * Teachers * Family game night * Parties * Bridal
showers * Confirmations * Bar/Batmitzvahs * Young and old alike!
Are any of these not good choices? What are we missing? Please
a Great Week, and Don't Forget to Play!
||"If elected, Kerry will take the helm of
a federal government that denies the medical value of marijuana,
in defiance of DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young's 1988
ruling that, 'Marijuana ... is one of the safest therapeutically
active substances known. ... It would be unreasonable, arbitrary
and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers
and the benefits of this substance.' With the new research, 34
states endorsing medical marijuana, and a federal bill working
its way up, the genie will be hard to put back into the bottle.
The Supreme Court has just agreed to hear a case challenging
federal authority over medical marijuana, and unless the Court
wants to overrule its own conservative majority's series of states'
rights rulings, it will have to acknowledge the federal government's
limitations. 'Direct control of medical practice in the states
is beyond the power of the Federal Government,' the Court ruled
in 1925." -- Ellen Komp, "Kerry:
Get an Herbal, not a Fetal Position"
||"What if we have a president
who believes in science?" -- John Kerry,
while accepting the nomination at the Democratic National Convention,
||"The Bushites have served notice that their
economic plan is to drive America towards bankruptcy as quickly
as possible by blowing the budget on needless wars and gigantic
handouts to people who need them the least at the cost of racking
up enormous debts and starving all the government services that
ordinary Americans rely on. It's economic suicide, and the financial
markets of the world are starting to take that into account by
backing, slowly but surely, away from the American dollar and
the shakey, no-longer-guaranteed-to-be-solvent American economy
the dollar represents. I guess it's ironic that, for all their
obsession about security, the Bushites' policies expose and weaken
America's most vulnerable flank. America's military supremacy
is unchallenged and currently unchallengeable, but it has gaping
weaknesses in its economy. The Bushies are running America just
as Bush ran all his previous companies: at a loss, crumbling
into debt and eventual bailout. Who the hell is going to bail
out America once Bush is gone?" -- also
from Bob the Angry Flower's "Bush
on Mars" essay