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Rich's Birthday

He asked that people not bring gifts, preferring only their kind wishes. Instead, the invite urged guests to write poetry. The next year, everyone brought an index card, bedecked with an artistic creation. They hung the eclectic assortment of tiny artworks on the wall at the party and wondered collectively: what to do next year?

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Independence Day

The big budget footage of 18 mile-wide flying saucers blasting our major cities was very impressive, but the storyline was as bad as any of the low-budget Cold War-era space invasion movies which inspired it. My advice is to turn off the tape after the first 3 cities are destroyed, and pretend it ended like such a story really would have: with humanity utterly obliterated.

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You Damn Kid

Thursday, February 24, 2000
by the Wunderland Toast Society

What's New?

What's Going On? A Tale of 3 Pyramids

With Toy Fair over, the next big thing on our minds is version 2.1 of Fluxx. ICE is sending us the last of their supply of Second Edition decks, and the way things have been going, they won't last long. This has left us scrambling to get the next print run under way, and earlier this week, Kristin placed an order with Carta Mundi for the largest Fluxx print run ever: 12,000 copies.

Ever since deciding to reclaim the publishing rights to the game, we've been struggling with the question of how much (or how little) we should revise the game for this next edition. At first we thought we might add a whole bunch of new cards, you know, to really update the product... but pretty quickly we changed our minds about that, instead deciding to plan for a future expansion, now code-named Fluxx++. For awhile after that, we still thought we'd change the packaging, using the double-wide box style we envisioned back when we were calling it the Third Edition... but we soon discarded that idea, too, since it would have been very expensive and nobody liked it much anyway. And finally, because time is short and we're making changes to existing plates, we've even scrapped the idea of making a few minor changes to the wording on certain cards. So, the way things are turning out, Fluxx Version 2.1 will hardly be different at all.

But for the benefit of those who dig minor details, here's what's changing: first, while the size of the tuckbox will not change, its appearance (in particular, its backside) will be revised; second, the instructions insert will be re-written; and third, artwork on several cards will be changed. While we're still in the midst of the redesign of the box and the instructions, we've finalized the changes to the card set, and having sent the new files off to Carta Mundi, I can now tell you what they are.

Having decided to be as conservative as possible about changing the cards, we've decided to fix only those few things about the current edition that really bother me. Interestingly, all of these changes are follow-ups to changes made for the Second Edition. In all, these 5 cards will change: The Pyramid, The Great Seal, Bread, Toast, and the back of the Basic Rules card.

When we changed the Keeper named Toast to Bread, I had intended that the cross-hatching on the slice of toast be removed, so that it would look like bread rather than toast, but this somehow fell through the cracks. It's being corrected.

The back of the Basic Rules is another incomplete change; in the First Edition, it had the same back as every other card, which made it hard to find when it was accidentally shuffled into the deck (as inevitably happens). So for the Second Edition, the back of the Basic Rules card was inverted, as per my request; but unfortunately, my intent was unclear, and an inverted version of the border was included on the card as well. While this admittedly looks pretty neat, the border undermines the purpose of inverting the image, so that it's still difficult to locate the card after a shuffle-in. This border, therefore, will be eliminated.

As for The Pyramid, I redrew the art for this Keeper at the request of the Iron Crown Art Director, as I also did with Peace and Love; but while I'm pleased with the new versions of the Hippyism Keepers, I was never happy with the new Pyramid. I was asked to make it a more "traditional" pyramid, meaning of course Egyptian, and since ICE was planning (at that time) to release numerous foreign language editions of the game, we went along with it. But this decision never sat well with me, and now, with version 2.1, we're returning to a pyramid of more Martian proportions. Rather than dredge up the old art, I decided to draw a third version of the pyramid. I hope you like it!

In other news, Kristin's parents won a Grammy! They are members of the Washington Chorus, whose rendition of Britten's War Requiem was the winner this year in Category 89, "Choral Performance". If you watched the Grammys live you probably didn't catch this news, since (not surprisingly) this is one of those more obscure awards that they give out prior to the main ceremonies. But that hasn't diminished Marv and Elaine's pride one bit. And now they can join the Grammy Club and vote each year for their favorite singers!

AndyDon't Forget to Play!

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Thought Residue
"Since the Office of National Drug Control Policy was created in 1989, it has been headed by a moralist (William Bennett), an ex-governor of Florida (Bob Martinez), a police chief (Lee Brown) and a four-star general (Barry McCaffrey). Certainly it's time we had a drug czar who has a background in drug addiction, psychopharmacology or, at the very least, medicine." - Michael Massing, in an article at
"Ideas float freely in the air, waiting to be picked like fruit." - Stephen Peek's Irish Friend, in Game Plan, on the question of why everyone in the game inventing business is so paranoid
When I was a kid, any form you had to write the date onto helped out by providing the first 2 digits of the year, i.e. "19__". As Y2K approached, this analog version of the computer bug was gradually phased out, but now, we can use "20__" on forms, and it'll last *forever*!

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