How Harry Potter
Should Have Ended
Most Amazing Halloween Costume Ever
"As we were about to pick up Martian Fluxx, Isaac saw
Star Fluxx next to it, so that game *had* to hit the table right
away. About 20 minutes later, in the midst of an unbelievable
draw-5-play-all card extravaganza, Isaac's eyes suddenly got
wide. 'OH! OH!! First, I'll play Lasers on Stun!
to replace He's Dead Captain. Now, I'll play City of Monsters
to replace Lasers on Stun! And then I win, because I have the
Alien City and the Bug-Eyed Monster and the goal is City of Monsters!
Ha! MOM!! MOM!!! I WON, I WON!!!! I BEAT DAD!!!!' Thank
you both for a hilariously fun evening!" --
John K, via Facebook
||Lots of New Stuff!
Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I've updated
this page, nor how quickly those 3 months seem to have gone by.
Needless to say, there's been a lot going on! And it's all brand
New Releases: First of all, we've recently started
selling a bunch of new products, including Star Fluxx and the
relaunch of Looney Pyramids. Sales have been great, and both
games are getting excellent reviews!
Website: Our awesome
new website is finally online. It's been rebuilt from internal
structure to fancy new header, and it features a lot of revised
and updated content. There are still some out-of-date pages here
and there, and all sorts of pages still need to be moved, but
we're extremely happy with the changes so far. Check it out!
New Pyramid Game Rulesheets: Some of the most exciting
new materials at our new website are these new
rulesheets for pyramid games we've been creating. For many
years now we've been experimenting with different ways of formatting
the rules for our pyramid games, including as miniature booklets,
half-size book pages, and tri-fold pamphlets. The new format
uses letter-size sheets that we can release as PDF files of however
many pages, which the player can easily print on their own and
collect together into a notebook. I was crazy-busy for awhile,
working my way through the list of our best games, converting
the rules to the new format, and there are now 16 games with
rulesheets in the new style available for download at the new
site. I've got a bunch of others in the works, and now the
community of Starship Captains is beginning to use the new
format as a template for their own rulesheets. More will be uploaded
there as they are finished and approved!
Employee: Last month we hired Tom Cadorette for the job of
Executive Assistant / Office Manager (or as he prefers it, Person
of Many Hats) and so far he's been working out great. Welcome
New Fluxxes: In my previous
update, I talked about 3 new Fluxxes (Oz, Wonderland, and
Cthulhu) and we even made a little feedback survey on the subject.
Thanks to everyone who voted! Although Cthulhu actually beat
Oz, we decided to publish Oz Fluxx first, for various reasons,
one of which was artist availability. We really want our go-to
artist Derek Ring to illustrate Cthulhu Fluxx but he just wasn't
available to work on it right now. However, The Stars Will Be
Right for Cthulhu next summer, and Oz Fluxx is now on track for
a release in March. We chose a new artist named Michael
Hays to illustrate Oz Fluxx, and he's doing a marvelous job
of bringing a fresh new look to Baum's classic characters. (As
for Wonderland Fluxx... sorry Alice, maybe in 2013.) We haven't
actually made the formal announcement on Oz Fluxx yet, but here's
a look at the
preview graphic we'll be releasing when we do. Isn't it grand?
I was honored to be asked to contribute a chapter to a book
on game design, and that book has now been published. The
Kobold Guide to Board Game Design features chapters by many
designers much more famous than me, and as a whole it makes for
a powerhouse of information on How
To Design A Game. Given how few books there are on that subject,
this one is a must-own for anyone interested in the job I do.
Also, in support of the book, the authors were asked to write
short essays on the board game they themselves first fell in
love with. I
wrote about Sorry!
New Photographs: I've posted two new galleries of fun
photos: the Pumpkins
of 2011, and Pano
Gallery #10. The latter provides a few random glimpses into
recent events in my life.
for reading, and have a great Whenever!
PS: If you live in the area (or will be in
town that weekend) I'll
be helping the awesome Capital Hill game store called Labyrinth
celebrate their first anniversary on Saturday December 3rd.
Drop in that afternoon and I'll let you play one of my prototype