Quantum of Solace :)
A quantum of trust,
and a quantum of tech...
Hey! A real spy film!
Models and Tropic
Transit of ISS and Atlantis
"Just wanted to let you know how much I am adoring World War 5! Continuing
the theme of gameboards that utilize treehouse pieces in this
manner is awesome and I think it adds a lot to the greater 'system'." -- Message from Sam Zitin written on Andy's Facebook
Bento Boxes from Michiyo
Introducing World War 5 and New Cats 3
Last time I mentioned in passing
that we'd sent out our Holiday
Gift mailing, but didn't really talk about it, since I didn't
want to spoil the surprise too much for those waiting to receive
their copies in the mail. But enough time has gone by now that
I think I can finally talk freely about World
First of all, WW5 is obviously inspired by those classic world
conquest board games of the past, in particular Risk and Diplomacy.
But unlike those lumbering dinosaurs, WW5 is quick little world
conquest board game, played using Treehouse
pyramids on a miniature world map gameboard. Instead of a game
that takes all day to play, WW5 is easy to start and plays in
well under an hour. For more about how it works and how it was
developed, check out the complete
rules online and an article I wrote about the
But WW5 also represents another breakthrough in designing
of games for the pyramids. (Well, it's sort of new.) The idea
of creating new Icehouse games by first creating a new gameboard
for the pyramids has gotten me thinking of yet more new games
I could invent in this way. (In fact, I've already got another
new 3HOUSE game
in the works, which uses yet another cool little custom-designed
gameboard. And it's testing really well, too, but I'm not ready
to release anything else about that one yet, hence the code name
Secret Project PD-09.) But like I said, this gameboard-first
approach isn't really new; in fact, the second game ever created
for the pyramids, called Trice,
came about in this same way. So it's more of a forgotten technique.
Anyway, WW5 is another fast-playing light strategy game similar
in various ways to Zark
City. I hope you enjoy playing it!
Another thing I mentioned in my
previous update is that the Looney
Labs office had been invaded by cats. I hate thinking about
the horrible circumstances by which we came to adopt this trio
of felines, but it's been decided that they will stay with us
from now on, and that's a wonderful thing. They're great cats
and it's an honor to be the people giving them a new home.
Here are some photos Robin took of our new feline masters:
That's Princess on the colorful rug, with her brothers perched
on boxes in the second photo. The black and white one is named
Toto, and the mostly gray cat is known as Smokey. And they are
all are very sweet. They're also getting along pretty well with
the frequently visiting dog,
but have yet to encounter the two cats who still live over at
our old house.
Thanks for reading, have a great whenever, and
don't forget to shop!