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meed (meed) n. a fitting
return or recompense. [from Old English med.]
Corpse Bride :|
The Daydream After
The Nightmare Before Christmas
(that's the subtitle)
||A Weekend at Howard's Cabin
is a picture of my nephew Eric, with his dog, Toby. We spent
last weekend hanging out with them, and Leslie and Howard, at
their cabin in the mountains.
Howard's cabin is literally on the edge of Shenandoah National
Park; he managed to buy a lot that actually borders on one of
the park's boundaries. (There are NPS signs and markings on the
trees right behind his cabin.) This is obviously a primo spot
to have, and Howard is always encouraging us to join him during
his retreats there. Usually we're too busy, for this weekend
we took the time out to relax a bit, and it was a nice break.
Unfortunately, it was raining on Saturday, so we just hung
out at the cabin, talking (and playing EcoFluxx).
But the weather was beautiful on Sunday, and we went hiking up
and around the mountainside behind Howard's Cabin.
One nice thing about the previous day's rain was the fact
that the often-dry miniature waterfall, seen in the photos below,
was gurgling delightfully along.
other news, the card files for the 3rd Printing of Chrononauts
have finally been sent to the printer! Yay! Thanks as always
to Mar, who did
most of the file processing work, and special thanks to Bill
Martinson, who provided us with some timely editorial feedback.
Bill volunteered to help us out by doing the File Separation
task mentioned on my list of Things
to do for Chrononauts 3rd Printing, which it turned out didn't
need doing at all, since Mar had done it last year during the
production of EAC and we'd all just forgotten about it. But Bill,
who used to work for Decipher doing card production work like
this, was still able to be helpful, by providing us with a long
list of minor tweaks and corrections, most of which we decided
What were all those little changes? Too numerous to list here,
they were mostly little grammatical things that only perfectionists
would notice or care about. But his suggestions did lead to a
couple of noteworthy changes, most significantly relating to
the Jade Statue of Tirade.
Firstly, with Tirade
now being included in the game, I've decided I liked his idea
of adding the Jade Statue to the list of items you can win with
when your mission is "Stuff From the Future." Also,
he pointed out that the re-written, more generic operational
text for Tirade now leaves room for a few words about the statue
itself, raising the question: What is this statue, anyway?
So, after some deliberation on the history of the Jade Statue
and the future world which places value on it, I came up with
this statement: "After it was destroyed, this sculpture
became widely regarded as the greatest artwork of the 5000th
for reading, have a great week, and Don't Forget to Play!
||"If your only exposure to Looney Labs has
been through Fluxx, you are doing yourself a disservice by not
exploring the world of Icehouse. It is a world full of analytical,
calculating games and Martian Chess is one of the best. It is
a game that will change the way you look at abstract strategy
games, chess boards and pyramids." -- Lowell
Game of Changing Pieces and Shifting Ground"