- [Guide] [Games] [E-Books]
Poignant and bizarre--
a loosely woven pastiche
of urban legends.
"The copy of Treehouse that we received at GTS was a
huge hit. My wife demo'd it to me the day after she got back
and we had three people IN LINE to try a demo before we finished
our first game. I love the game, it's colorful, eye-catching,
easy to play and demo and inexpensive. We sold through our initial
order within days of getting it on the counter."
-- Steve and Janenne, Rules of Engagement Games
Townsend. Many of my readers will already recognize her,
as one of our most enthusiastic rabbits, or even as that crafty
teacher lady from Origins.
She's been helping us out for years, on a fan-level basis...
but as of this week she'll be doing it officially, as the newest
employee in our Sales Department. Welcome aboard, Carol!
We're all very excited that Carol is joining our team, for
two reasons. First, we need more help with sales, but more importantly,
Carol is awesome!
At this point in our
company's history, what we need the most is aggressive sales
efforts. We've got a line of excellent, award-winning products,
we've got a distribution network in place, and we have fans everywhere
teaching newcomers how to play. And yet, we still have a long
way to go. Our sales volume is still a fraction of what we believe
it can become, and our games are still unknown to most of the
We've gotten where we are almost entirely on the Better Mousetrap Theory... we're doing well
because our games (Fluxx in particular) are so good, people go
out of their way to find us. We do very little print advertising,
and our games have long had a reputation for being hard to find.
Historically speaking, we've been really bad at getting on the
phone and pestering stores to carry our games.
We've been getting increasingly better about this, particularly
in the past year, what with Alvaro's part-time input and with
Alison putting the artwork aside to help make sales calls...
but with Carol on our team, our sales department will be much
more fully staffed!
Carol is perfect for us in at least 5 ways. First, she's got
the kind of energy and enthusiasm one simply has to have in order
to join our group. Secondly, since she's a total fan of our games,
she already knows the line and is quite skilled at explaining
everything we sell. Thirdly, she's already has experience in
telemarketing, and actually enjoys talking on the phone. Fourthly,
since she's currently working as a substitute teacher, she can
easily adapt her schedule to also include making calls for us.
Fifthly, her experience as a teacher gives our team some much
needed educational background... now we have someone who can
talk Teacher-Speak to help us promote the educational uses of
And on top of all that, Carol has awesomely long hair!
Carol lives in the Chicago area with her husband Lar, but
she's been visiting us all week, learning the ropes and so forth.
(Obviously, since our company is all about telecommuting, it
doesn't matter that she lives far from our current corporate
So anyway, here's a big welcome to Carol. If you're a retailer
of some sort, get ready to start receiving calls from our new
for reading, and have a great week! (And if you'll be at either
we'll see you there!)
||"Hi Andy, just wanted to thank you again for the car,
and to let you know that it is running great again (I replaced
a few vacuum lines and a solenoid on the carb, and the smell
you said it had was fixed with a valve cover gasket). When we
got home, Rhoda washed and waxed it, she loves it! It is being
tagged tomorrow and she will be driving it every day so thanks
again for a great little car. It will get a second life like
you hoped. Thank you" -- Grumpy, the guy
who bought my
old purple car
||Consider Galaxy Quest. It was just like Star Trek, except
for the numerous minor ways in which it was deliberately different.
Now consider Star Trek itself. In the history books of the characters
who live in the Star Trek Universe, no TV show called "Star
Trek" can actually exist as such, since the events depicted
are supposed to be real events, not the fictional plots of a
TV show. So here's what I'd like to see: a Star Trek episode
that makes reference to (and even features a clip from) an influential
TV sci-fi show from the 20th century, which would turn out to
be Galaxy Quest.
||"By this time, the suitcase was getting very heavy,
so, I rested on a grassy knoll, and took a peek inside. As I
opened it, out burst a fountain of many-colored butterflies,
rainbow game counters, chess pieces, laughing cutlery, tiny chairs
and tables, and flying plates covered with exotic fruit." -- one of several surreal spoken word bits which
appear between songs on an album by the band XTC (performing
under the name The Dukes of Stratosphear) called "Chips
From The Chocolate Fireball" [Another of these bits goes
like this: "I took the strangely-glowing ticket from the
giant crane-fly, and turned to get onto the train. 'Hurry,' he
hissed, and then before my eyes, changed into a splendid cream