know his name, but the guy shown here (with my bearded evil twin)
is the first Fluxx Fan ever to request an official Andy Looney
autograph. It happened at that very successful and memorable
Labs booth, at Origins
in 1997. It was a defining moment for me... even though we were
already thrilled with the reactions we were getting to Fluxx,
being asked for an autograph took things right up to the next
level. We really knew we were onto something with this game!
(This guy was also the first person to put his Fluxx cards into
a set of those clear plastic sleeves CCG players use.)
It's hard to tell but the card I'm holding up is the Keeper
Grabbing the Chocolate was my immediate impulse, and for years
thereafter that was always the card I'd sign when people asked
me to autograph their Fluxx deck.
By 2003, I was getting The Request often enough that I decided
to create a special card just for the purpose of being autographed,
and thus was born the Andy
the past 4 years I've been playing this coy game with my fans,
whereby the only way to get one of these cards was to find me
in person and ask for my autograph, at which point I would bring
forth a card, sign it just for you, and give it away for nothing.
I still plan on doing that, but now for the first time, I'm letting
collectors who really want one (and don't anticipate ever getting
to see me in person) buy an un-autographed copy of this card.
While the Andy Looney card is now totally available, getting
an autographed copy will be just as difficult as before. Having
decided to relent, and allow collectors to simply buy this card,
I've also decided to become totally strict about signing autographs
only in person. So don't go thinking you can buy one of these
cards and then mail it to me with a SASE asking me to sign it
and send it back.
In case you can't read the fine print, the card says "Not
valid without Andy's autograph" and "Counts as the
Brain." Up until now, there haven't been any non-valid Andy
Looney cards in circulation, but now that we're making them available
this way, I feel compelled to explicitly note that if this card
is in use without my authentic signature, it does NOT count as
As for the availability of the real Andy Looney, well, being
happily married and a dedicated hermit, I'm actually not very
available. But I do come out of my cave now and then... for example,
if you want to invite me to be the Guest of Honor at your convention,
I'll have a difficult time saying no. If you're planning an event
you want me to attend, check out the recently-revised page about
to Invite The Looneys to be Guests at your Convention.