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The God Who Wasn't There :)
One man's history
(short, bitter, and to the point)
of not finding God.
"I also want to say that I think your ideas for selling
Treehouse are inspired. I've been in many stores that carry Fluxx,
but only one that I remember that carried Icehouse pieces. How
I'd love to see those little pyramids for sale in more stores....
Wonderful day. Anyway, I just need to say thanks for all the
great games you've been providing me with over the years. Keep
it up. You keep making good games, I'll keep playing them." -- Email from A.J. Bobo
||A Tree Grows in Las Vegas
back from the GAMA Trade Show and we had an awesome time there.
To celebrate and promote the release of our new game Treehouse,
we built an actual treehouse!
Instead of the traditional trade show booth, this year we
went all out and rented a SkyBox overlooking the Exhibit Hall.
got busy, designing an incredible faux tree made of huge panels
of tie-dyed cloth. This hung down from the balcony of our SkyBox,
as shown here, thus visually turning our elevated gaming lounge
into a Treehouse!
Up inside, we had a lovely gaming space set up, where we taught
many hundreds of retailers how to play Treehouse and sent 'em
away with sample copies. And the reactions were wonderful! Those
who'd never yet seen the pyramids loved the new game, and those
who'd been trying to sell the pyramids the old way were thrilled
changes we're making to the system.
help coax people up to our admittedly-remote location, we were
handing little invites out to people, urging them to visit us
in the Treehouse. Also, even though we didn't have our own booth
down on the floor, we did have an official information kiosk.
Our friends at Paizo Publishing
(who'll be selling our products for us in their booth at this
year's summer trade shows) gave us some space in their booth
to showcase our games and hand out flyers encouraging buyers
to visit our nearby Treehouse. As you can see from this view
of the Paizo booth as seen from the balcony of our Treehouse,
our booth-within-a-booth was conveniently located at the base
of our tree, from which point we could easily direct retailers
up the Secret Staircase to our special spot.
you see the whole Treehouse team: Alvaro,
This was the first trip to GTS for Alvaro, Josh, and Robin, and
of course the other 3 of us REALLY appreciated having their help.
(Thanks you guys!)
For more photos of our Treehouse, check out Robin's
Attractions Report: As usual, it was hard to take in many
attractions during the trip, since business tasks take up most
of our time, but we did manage to have a lovely meal at Quark's
Official Star Trek Themed restaurant and saw shows at the Wynn
and Circus Circus casinos. At the latter, Alison & Robin
watched assorted short Circus acts (for free!) and at the former,
Kristin & Alison (and Retailer Rabbit Danielle
Brown) went to see Le Reve, a surreal water show created
by some of the Cirque du Soleil people. I myself really enjoyed
walking around inside the Wynn (where the cool ceiling hangings
shown here are located), but I chose to skip the shows in order
to play Poker instead.
Poker Report: I only managed to squeeze in a few hours
of Hold'em in the Riviera's
Poker Room, but it was fun, and I came out ahead. In my first
game, I went on Tilt after I lost a big pot to an older gentlemen
who called my raises all the way down to the river IN THE DARK
(that is, without ever looking at his hidden pair of cards) and
ended up getting a straight! But I did better in my second game,
more than doubling up with a couple of good hands, and cashing
out with enough to cover my earlier losses and still have $25
profit. (Meanwhile, Alvaro's luck wasn't so good; he lost a monster
pot when his Full House beat 2 Straights but lost to 4 of a Kind...)
for reading, and have a great week!
classic card game Nuclear
War now includes a nicely updated version of the Anti-Missile
I created (which we printed ourselves on a promo
card a few years ago). It's pretty cool for me, as someone
who's been a fan of this game since High School (and who was
inspired to become a game
designer partly by this game) seeing something I created
actually get incorporated into their newest edition. Wow!
||"Why Canada: National health insurance, legal
gay marriage, no death penalty, full abortion rights, less crime,
less poverty. Canada didn't support the invasion of Iraq, and
they don't keep a huge military with which to bully the rest
of the world. Religious fanatics do not control the government.
It's not a socialist utopia, but it all adds up to a very different
attitude about government, society and a nation's place in the
world. In short, it's a country with values more similar to my
own. The US has moved so far to the right. It's not just the
W Regime, even though they've made it so much worse. It's been
going this way for almost 25 years. Relative to the norm in this
country, I used to be a liberal. Now I'm a radical leftist -
and I haven't changed at all!" -- Laura
K's blog, WeMoveToCanada
||"Bad week for: Straight-laced jihadists, after
Dutch authorities started requiring all would-be immigrants to
watch footage of a topless woman bathing and two men kissing
as a test of their social tolerance." --
The Week magazine, March 24th, 2006 [I
love the Dutch!]