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The Day The Earth Stood Still :)
A robot, with his
pet human, takes over Earth
-- by just standing still.
as Perceived by Tremble's Racist Aunt
"One mother and children became regulars that day at
the tables. Already owning Fluxx, the mother and two children
were keen to see what else there was to offer. They played Zendo
and Aquarius and when they were ready to leave they asked what
other games we had (just for reference). I mentioned Chrononauts
and they liked the sound of it but to play later, but when I
outlined the premise of Nanofictionary they were dragging mother
back to the table to play! When they finally left the little
boy was begging his mother to buy Nanofictionary (which was on
sale just next to us at the stall near our tables). 'No, we have
to buy Daddy's present,' said the mother. 'Buy him Nanofictionary!'
said the young convert excitedly." -- Rabbit
report submitted by Nimrod
||Play Fluxx & Win Buxx!
so here's the idea I mentioned a couple of weeks ago: we're going
to have a contest!
Here is the big Question for the month of September:
Who can play Fluxx with the largest number
of different people in one month?
To find out the answer to this very important question, we
are giving away cash prizes. Yes, cash! OK, actually it will
be a check. But we're talking actual prize money here!
Not huge amounts... just like $500 or so. But hey, that's
a big enough prize to be worth playing some Fluxx for, right?
Anyway, it's all we can afford right now. Maybe if it works out
and we do more contests, we can offer bigger prize amounts. Plus
there'll be a 2nd place prize ($250) and a 3rd place prize ($100),
AND we'll give away a bunch of brand new EcoFluxx decks, too!
And as if all that weren't enough, we're going to give everyone
who enters 5
Rabbit points just for playing! Of course, to make use of
those, you'll need to be an officially registered Rabbit, but
hey, we think anyone who's serious about going after this prize
should be a registered Rabbit
This of course raises the question of how you enter, what
you must do to qualify, and so on. And before I go on, I should
point out that these plans are still tentative... we need to
do some more checking to make sure we really can do this, and
our official application forms with appropriate legal sounding
stuff in fine print on the bottom) aren't done yet (in fact,
they're still just sketches). For example, I'm sure we'll need
to say Offer Void Where Prohibited By Law.
Anyway, we'll be making forms available for contestants to
track all the games they play during the month of September.
To prevent anyone from getting a head start (and because they
aren't done yet - did I mention Kristin,
Alison, and Marlene are all out
of town on vacation this week and we still haven't finalized
tuckbox?) the official Record Keeping Sheets will not be available
for download until August 31st.
The Record Keeping Sheets will be your method of tracking
who you've played Fluxx with, and when. When you play someone
you haven't played yet this month, you'll add their name to your
log. They'll need to sign it and date it and provide a phone
number so that we can do some fact checking of the top scoring
entries. (We'll be promising in that to-be-written fine print
that we will use this information only for Good, never for Evil,
and really only in the event of the player in question being
a winner, and as soon as the results are tabulated, we will shred
all the forms and burn the shredded bits in a ceremonial blaze
to be held in the campfire circle on the mountainside behind
Marlene's Happy Cabin.)
To be eligible, you will need to mail us your completed forms
with a postmark no later than October 5th 2005. We'll be mailing
out the prizes as soon as we've satisfactorily tabulated and
authenticated the results.
Remember, anyone who competes at all, by sending in a form
showing they've played Fluxx with at least one other person during
the month of September, will be eligible to receive 5 free Rabbit
points. Also, they'll be entered into a random drawing for 10
decks! The top 10 scoring players will also be receiving a free
Whew! Isn't that exciting! Don't answer yet, because I'm not
As long as we're sending our Rabbits out to play Fluxx with
everyone they know, we've thought of another little challenge
-- with similar incentive -- to throw into the mix.
Here is the next big Question:
Who can play Fluxx with the Most Famous Person
How do you define "Most Famous" I hear you asking?
We let the people vote, of course!
To enter this competition, you will need to not only find
someone famous and get them to play a game of Fluxx with you
(and posing with it ain't enough, you have to play one at least
one complete game to qualify) and also, of course, get a photo
of them in the act.
These photos will be vital not only to prove you actually
were playing Fluxx with a V.I.P. but also because we'll be posting
them on our website and allowing our community to decide democratically
who the most famous person in the bunch really is. To be eligible,
you will need to mail us a photo no later than November 5th 2005.
And we'll have another prize! Another $500 will be awarded to
the winner of this contest!
OK, that's enough exciting news for now.
Does anyone know of any reason why we can't or shouldn't do
a great week, and thanks for reading!
||Remember that radio personality, Paul Harvey? The line I
always quote from him is "...and that's the rest of the
story." He recently spewed out a pretty amazing rant,
endorsing racism, genocide, and wartime aggression, all wrapped
up in references to an interesting quote from Winston Churchill
(which was in regard to the strength of the American people in
the aftermath of Pearl Harbor): "We didn't come this far
because we are made of sugar candy." Anyway, I just learned the
rest of Paul Harvey's story: in 1944 he stole an airplane and
was discharged from the Army Air Corps on Section 8 charges! (You know, the crazy way out Klinger was always trying
to get on M*A*S*H!)
||"In June, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute released the results of a yearlong study showing that
driver distractions -- including such low-tech basics as eating,
chatting with passengers, and fiddling with the radio -- account
for nearly 80% of crashes." -- Michelle
Cottle, "My Roving Barcalounger," an essay with the
sub-heading "Our New Minivan Has So Many Extra Gizmos You
Might Forget You're Driving," Time
Magazine, August 1, 2005, page 72
||"Medical marijuana has nothing to do with 'potheads'
wanting a good time. It has to do with people in pain who
need relief. Someone very close to me decided to stop smoking
marijuana, not for medical reasons, but for himself. After
about three weeks, he started to lose vision in his left eye.
The doctor told him it was glaucoma and prescribed marijuana
in pill form, but his condition only got worse. He eventually
started smoking again, and he now has 20/20 vision. So, Stuart
Caesar, you mean to tell me that he just should have gone blind
and moved on with his life? I don't think so. If smoking
marijuana is preventing someone's pain, then more power to them.
The pill form obviously is not strong enough. I feel only
pity for someone who has such a strong opinion on something they
obviously know nothing about." -- Kimberly
Marijuana, This Caesar Has No Clothes"