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- Sorry, no Animeld this week... our scanner is broken!
- tyro (tie'-roh) n. a
beginner in learning, a novice. [from Latin tiro "young
Touching the Void :)
An exhausting film
with beautiful scenery
and horrible pain.
"Each time I've played Zendo
it stayed on the table until everybody decided to go home. It's
quite addictive. I've played a few other Icehouse
games, but until recently I had not played Homeworlds.
Since the time before I even bought my pieces, I had read the
rules to many of the games, and this is the Icehouse game in
which I've been most interested to play. Even after buying the
pieces, I still hadn't gotten around to trying it until last
Friday when I tried it with three other folks that I play games
with regularly. All I have to say is wow! This is a really great
game... We all agreed that this game is good enough that if it
was a regular packaged game, we would consider it worth purchasing." -- Joss Ives, Gamefest
||A Package From Amy's Class
got a really cool package in the mail this week. It was sent
to us by Amy
LoCurto, a wonderful rabbit we got to know at Origins
and Dragon*Con this year, who
is also a schoolteacher. She used Nanofictionary
as the basis for a creative project with teams of 2nd and 8th
graders, who made up little stories using Nanofictionary cards,
then creating illustrations for their stories. And since Amy
knows us and knew we'd get a kick of out of this, she gathering
up all these stories, bound them together into a booklet which
all the kids signed for us, and popped it into the mail! What
a treat! Thanks Amy! Please pass our thanks along to the kids!
We all really enjoyed reading the stories and looking at the
pictures, and I wish I could post more of them here (maybe someday
we will) but for now, I'll share with you our unanimous favorite,
written by Megan, Alessandra, and Lauren:
The mischievous children had a little black
cat! They lived on a remote tropical island. There was a terrible
storm. When the storm ended they started to hear strange noises.
They couldn't figure out what the strange noises were, so they
went on with their humdrum lives. They found out after the island
burned to the ground that the sounds were from a UFO. THE END
Isn't that great?
I love the way the mischievous children are hiding
behind the palm tree!
Anyway, here's hoping you're having a great National
Games Week, and a Happy Thanks-Indians
Weekend. As for what I'm thankful for this year, I'm still
feeling pretty glad that the 3
us didn't die
in that recent car crash...
As for what I myself have been playing during this first official
National Games Week, it's mostly been Binary
Hold 'em with Pyramids, and Secret
Project JD-59. So far, I've only played 1
of the 6 games under review in the 2nd
Ice Games Competition, but I have printouts of the rules
for all of the others and I plan to try out the rest of them
this weekend. What games will you be playing?
||I hate secrets. Secrets are basically lies. When
you're keeping a secret, you are being dishonest about your knowledge.
If asked about the subject, you must deny what you know, which
is bearing false witness, i.e. lying. I particularly hate it
when the government keeps secrets. If the government knows something,
I think we all have the right to know it. Governments should
not be dishonest, which is what keeping secrets forces you to
||I also hate surprises. I'm very much an "ordered-thinker,"
so I hate disruptions in my plans, however trivial or mundane
those plans might seem. Surprises are usually interruptions,
and I hate interruptions. Even if suprises are enjoyable, I can
be irked by them. About the only times I can think of when I
actually enjoy surprises are during movies and when opening a
gift, i.e. at times when I'm expecting a surprise. I certainly
would never want a surprise party... I'd try to be a good sport
about it, of course, but I really prefer knowing about upcoming
events, so that I can be fully prepared to enjoy them, rather
than being surprised.
||I got email this week from a guy I used to work
with at NASA who, like me, married a girl he met there, and he
says Diet Coke is fizzier (so much so he can tell just by looking
at it!) which probably accounts (somehow) for the faster melting
phenomena I observed a couple of weeks ago.