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"We ordered our first copies of Treehouse, shortly after
returning from GAMA.
We have a demo copy of the game on our front table, and customers
from ages 10 and up have been challenging each other... over
and over again. The game is so deceptively simple to learn, but
can escalate into surprisingly strategic competition. Players
love that Treehouse fits easily back into its container, and
can be carried in a pocket!" -- Vicki LK
Schneider of Infinite Quests
||Iceland Icehouse Medallions
week finds us busy as usual. I'm finally into Phase 2 on the
development of 3HOUSE,
but unfortunately it's not going to be ready in time to sell
there's still just too much work I need to do on it. Hopefully,
I will at least have a nearly final draft available for proof-reading
But with this reality check comes another realization: Origins
is getting uncomfortably close! It's now only a month away! Luckily,
our planning is already well underway, but there are a few areas
where it's nose-to-the-grindstone time.
For one thing, there's the issue of new Promo
cards. Every year we create a few special new cards to give
away at the summer trade shows, and if we're going to do so again
this year, now is the time when we need to be finalizing our
plans and sending them off to the printer. Since we don't want
to disappoint our fans, we've got a new set of cards all figured
out, and I just need to hammer out the artwork.
Also of course there's the issue of the Tournament
Prize Medallions. Regulars at Origins know we make these
wonderful Olympic-style award medallion which we give to the
winners of our annual tournaments. At this point, this being
our 7th Big Experiment, most of the medallions feature standardized
artwork, but for the first set of awards, given to the winners
of what will be our 17th annual Icehouse
Tournament, it is traditional to create a new set of medallion
images every year.
tradition is becoming increasingly tiresome, since it's been
several years since anyone has stepped forward and volunteered
to create the artwork for us, leaving it on me to throw something
together at the last minute. Last year I did some quick, colorful
cartoons, and 2
years ago, I did them by taking photos of Icehouse pieces
arranged on interesting looking tabletops in various Amsterdam
Next year, I may just choose a past favorite (I really need to
build a web page that chronicles the history of the Icehouse
medallion artwork) and say "this is it from now on,"
but this year I had an inspiration for something fun I could
do quite easily, so I present to you my plan for this year's
Icehouse Tournament Medallions. As you can see, they feature
the characters from my quirky (and now dormant) web comic, Iceland!
In other news, I invented a cool new game for the Treehouse
set on Sunday! It's too early for me to say anything more specific
about it right now, but I'm so excited about it that I had to
say something! (Those of you who hang out with me in person will
get to playtest it the next time I see you...)
for reading and stuff!
||"People who smoke marijuana may be at less risk of developing
lung cancer than tobacco smokers, according to a study presented
yesterday. The study of 2,200 people in Los Angeles found that
even heavy marijuana smokers were no more likely to develop lung,
head, or neck cancer than nonusers, in contrast with tobacco
users, whose risk increases the more they smoke."
-- Heather Burke, "Marijuana
Cancer Risk Played Down," Boston Globe, May 24, 2006
||"It's easier to rig an electronic voting machine than
a Las Vegas slot machine, says University of Pennsylvania visiting
professor Steve Freeman. That's because Vegas slots are better
monitored and regulated than America's voting machines, Freeman
writes in a book out in July that argues, among other things,
that President Bush may owe his 2004 win to an unfair vote count.
We'll wait to read his book before making a judgment about that.
But Freeman has assembled comparisons that suggest Americans
protect their vices more than they guard their rights, according
to data he presented at an October meeting of the American Statistical
Association in Philadelphia." -- "How
To Steal an Election," The Washington Post, May 16,
||"'The same procedure as last year, Madam?'
'The same procedure as *every* year, James.'" --
a question repeatedly asked and answered in an obscure 11-minute
British film from 1963 called Dinner for One, which has
become Germany's most popular New Year's tradition [and
which I'd like to get a copy of for myself, so as to join in
the traditional yearly viewings...]