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||Cheesecake Reclassified &
Wild Toaster Tarts
week I quietly released another new iteration
of the rules
Desserts. I'm really pleased with these latest few changes
and I'm delighted with how great this game has become.
However, with the rules for the game now (finally!!!) feeling
complete, I'm turning my attention back to the specifics of the
exact collection of desserts to be included in the set.
By and large, I'm very pleased with the list, but there are
a few areas where I want to make changes. In particular, having
granted a special power to Aces (desserts with just one icon),
I now feel driven to feature exactly one Ace for each dessert
type (up to a point -- see below).
In the Beta edition, there are 2 categories (Cookies and Pastry)
for which there are 2 Ace desserts, while in 3 categories (Pie,
Ice Cream, and Veggies), there's no Ace at all.
With these issues in mind, I've been making some changes to
my current test version. Here's what's different in the deck
I'm playing with now:
- Cheesecake: Reclassified, from Cake to Pie. (Cake
icon changed to Pie icon.) In these times when Pluto is being
declared a non-planet, we've decided to take the bold position
that, despite the name, Cheesecake is not a cake but is actually
a pie, and should be classified as such. This is useful, since
it also provides an answer to the question we've long been pondering:
What is plain pie? We thought it might be Vanilla Cream Pie,
which I think is how that got into the game, even though we decided
it wasn't a plain Pie, since we also gave it the Pudding icon.
Alison was suggesting Shoe-Fly Pie (or the even more obscure
Transparent Pie) as the Ace, but I like better just making Cheesecake
be a Pie.
- Pumpkin Ice Cream: Changed to Vanilla Ice Cream.
(Removed Veggie icon.) We originally included Pumpkin Ice Cream
because we felt the need to have something else with veggies,
but having since decided to include Candied Yams, I think we
can take the pumpkin out of this Ice Cream. It's not like pumpkin
ice cream is really a classic, canonical dessert of the sort
I want the game to include, and on that point, putting in some
standard basic Vanilla Ice Cream seems to me now like a no-brainer.
I don't know why I shunned it before.
- Vanilla Cream Pie: Changed to Yellow Cake.
(Icons replaced with Cake icon.) I've come to realize that Yellow
Cake, like Vanilla Ice Cream, is a fundamental that really should
have been included in the set to begin with. (As for Vanilla
Cream Pie, it doesn't seem to be anyone's favorite...)
- Glazed Doughnut: Changed to Cake Doughnut.
(Added Cake icon.)
- Fortune Cookies: Changed to Fortune Cookies served
with Orange Wedges. (Added Fruit icon.) This is how's it's
done at all the nicer Chinese Food places around here. Is this
one other change I'm currently playing with: instead of only
being Chocolate, the Toaster Tarts have become Toaster Tarts
in the Flavor of Your Choice. This means you can declare
when you play them that Chocolate Toaster Tarts are just that,
or are instead Blueberry Toaster Tarts or Cinnamon Toaster Tarts.
As shown above, the Wild Toaster Tart card counts as Pastry plus
either Chocolate, Fruit, or Spice, depending on what flavor you
say it is. (But don't go thinking you must remember what it was
for the rest of the game... if the Tarts come up again, whoever
serves them decides what flavor they are at that moment.)
These are the changes to the dessert list I'm currently planning
on... but what are we forgetting? What other majorly classic
desserts have we forgotten about that we really should find a
way to squeeze in? What else on the list is lame and worthy of
removal? Send us your thoughts or join the discussion on the
One of these days, we'll need to make our final choices on
these matters... towards that end, we're planning to have a big
company meeting to discuss and brainstorm these and other Just
Desserts questions. If you do have thoughts to share, send
them in right away, because we're planning on having this "Dessert
Summit" before the end of the month.
And speaking of getting things sent in soon, here's an important
message to all Artists
who are interested in participating in the Just Desserts
project but haven't' yet sent in a sample: Please finish it up
and send it in! As of this writing, 26 people have signed up
but haven't yet sent us artwork (plus an unknown number of other
artists out there are still thinking about applying but haven't
said so yet). At the Dessert Summit, we plan to review all the
artwork submissions and decide which artist(s) we will ask to
create additional pieces. We're hoping to publish this game early
next year, and that means it's time to start making some decisions
and moving things along. So if you're working on something, get
busy and send it in! Thanks!
By the way, you may have noticed
that my plan for changing the dessert lineup doesn't include
an Ace of Veggies. That's because there can be no such thing.
The idea of vegetables being included in a dessert at all is
personally repugnant to me, but I decided to include the category
anyway because of undeniable classics like Pumpkin Pie and Carrot
Cake. However, I have yet to hear of a popular dessert which
features a vegetable without also including something (other
than just sugar) to yummy it up, like Cake batter or Pie crust
or Marshmallows or Nuts. Thus, there can be no Ace of Vegetables!
for reading, and have a great week!
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