"Our National Security is
Threatened by Zeppelins!"
Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
The military usefulness of their Zeppelins was widely regarded
as a key to the early German victories of WWII. But what if something
had happened, before the war, that crippled the airship industry?
The sabotage of the Hindenburg was intended to shorten one war,
but to the Time Traveler's dismay, it instead triggered another:
'My suggestion is Gnostica. Any
better ideas?' - me, in an email
Zaftig (zoff'-tig) adj. (of
a woman) having a full rounded figure; pleasingly plump (from Yiddish zaftik juicy, succulent)
- Happy Texas :|
- Two convicts escape
to a small town and decide
to stay there. Yeah, yeah.
Dial H for Hitchcock
documentary about Alfred Hitchcock and his films is great, but
in good conscience I can only recommend it to those who've already
seen the lion's share of Hitch's masterpieces. If you have, this
retrospective of his work if fabulous - you get to see all the
best scenes from all the best movies in a two hour thrill ride
of cinematic nostalgia, with a lot of fascinating biographical
information along the way; but if not, it's a giant spoiler-fest.
Avoid it until you've done your homework.
slashdot - news for nerds
||In the Grips of Final Production
As I explained last week, we
are in the midst of the countdown to our Chrononauts
production deadline, the day by which we must submit all the
final artwork and printable elements to our card printer in order
to have the game in stores this fall. The deadline is now just
a week away. But while the pressure is making our heads feel
like they're gonna explode, things are moving right along and
we hope to be mostly on time.
The playtest was of enormous benefit to the project, and a
variety of additional tweaks and changes, including a couple
of new cards and characters, are being made, making what has
already been proven to be a great game that much better. You
can read all about the newest changes in Playtest
card sheets themselves are now well underway, and all of the
really complex cards (i.e. the TimeLine) have been re-implemented
in color. The main work still to be done here is on the Artifacts...
as you can see from this trio of great looking colorized dinosaurs,
Alison been doing a wonderful
job of colorizing the black and white sketches, but it's a big
job... as of this writing, she's only got about half of them
And then there are the rules. I was hoping to have the final
draft of the text ready to post here today, but just didn't manage
it. Nevertheless, this is my next big priority... just as Alison
is working feverishly to finish up what I need, namely the final
artifact images, so that I can do the final card sheet layout,
I too am working feverishly to finish up what she needs, namely
the final text for the rulebook, so she can do the final layout
on that. Hopefully, I'll get that done in the next day or two;
I'll send a message to the Chrononauts
mailing list when the final rules text is available for proofreading
And then, we'll have to quickly design some packaging!
Anyway, things are going great but the pressure is really
on right now. Since our deadline is next Thursday, be advised
right now that next week's edition may be late.
has invented another Icehouse
game, and I like it even more than Volcano! She's calling it
Blockade, and it's kind of a cross between Backgammon, Volcano,
Resistance. It's only for 2 players and you need Black
Ice and dice. We'll try to get the rules up soon!
|"Gene Roddenberry told me that while he
was creating Star Trek, the network and the production
company put enormous pressure on him to include cigarettes on
the starship Enterprise. They tried to get Roddenberry
enthused about how cigarettes might look in the twenty-third
centry. Maybe they would be square instead of round; perhaps
they would come in colors; perhaps cigarettes would light
themselves!" -- Peter McWilliams, Ain't
Nobody's Business If You Do, page 592
(Geez, can you imagine it? Sulu and Chekov looking like the flight
controllers in Apollo 13, smoking like chimneys as they
operate their consoles?)
|"If the personal freedoms guaranteed by
the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the
people, we should look to limit those guarantees." -- President Bill Clinton (seen quoted on mapinc.org)