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The Prime Minister is Dead

One thousand centuries ago, in the crystal city of Lyralla, the Emperor of Mars declared that whoever beat him at Icehouse would become the new Prime Minister. After 3 weeks of tournaments, the 3 best challengers each played a game with the Emperor. All 3 won. So they became a Tribunal, and the Emperor retired.


Gina holds open her backpack and says "Put everything in here that's little. The gallon of water first maybe."

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cater-cousin (kay'-ter kuz'-in) n. an intimate friend

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Space Cowboys :|
They have another
meaning for "hard sci fi", but
need more Viagra.

Daddy-O's Reviews

Space Cowboys

Four aging movie stars play a team of aging test pilots who finally get their chance at a space mission, thanks to blackmail (and a very contrived script). As fictional space program stories go, it's pretty good, but I don't think that's saying much. Sure, there were some parts I enjoyed, but there were also a lot of things that bugged me, particularly the ending.

Tirade's Choice

Retro Future

Thursday, September 7, 2000
by the Wunderland Toast Society

What's New?

What's Going On? Politics, Buttons, and the Cosmic Drama

I've been writing my brain off this week, since I've finally gotten around to writing about the current political scene, so all you're getting up here is a disjointed list of bullet points:

  • As noted, I've written the first two of six planned essays about the Y2K presidential race.
  • I've also written a game design memo about a breakthrough I had this week (with a little help from my game design pal cooperjon) in finding a use for Morgan's Tarot, a really weird tarot deck that features B&W cards with no suits or numbers whatsoever (which makes it pretty hard to play games with).
  • We spent a lot of time moving computer stuff around, both in the house and in cyberspace. You hopefully can't tell, but (and our online store) have been moved to a different machine, at a new ISP, Lexiconn. (Kristin is very pleased with their service so far.)
  • After a couple of false starts, and with our official deadline already passed, we've decided not to make a display carton at all for the first printing of Chrononauts. (We finally got yet another prototype from Carta Mundi, and there were two problems with it: first, they didn't make it like we wanted it, and second, we decided that we don't like what we first requested anyway. Plus it's expensive, and cashflow is still tight. So we're just going to put it off until the second printing.) Meanwhile, color proofs of the card sheets arrived, and they look awesome!
  • Games Unplugged magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2000 GAMY Awards, and they've got some great award categories, including Sexiest Cover, Heaviest Game, Nicest Game Designer, and Best Gaming Snack. (Hopefully someone will nominate Chrononauts for Coolest Theme and Coolest Game Mechanic...)
  • Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of the day Kristin and I got married, and I love her more now than ever before. (That also means we've been hosting a weekly game night for a full decade, since we started doing that right after we got back from our honeymoon...)
  • At long last, we're making our Go Green buttons available for sale, along with 4 other new designs:

AndyRemember Peter McWilliams!


PS: Sign the petition to get Nader into the debates!

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Thought Residue
"The Constitution Party will uphold the right of states and localities to restrict access to drugs and to enforce such restrictions in appropriate cases with application of the death penalty." -- The Drug Abuse plank of the Constitution Party's Year 2000 Platform
"Someday, the world will recognize the obvious -- the counterculture is a persecuted minority group. There's no difference between creating a gulag prison system for marijuana offenders and the Holocaust. The Drug War is an attempt to exterminate our culture. It's happening on a much more subtle level, but morally, it is the same." -- Steven Hager, High Times Editor-in-Chief
"Prohibitionism is an ideology very similar to Communism and Nazism. It dehumanizes its opponents, suppresses the truth, justifies the use of deadly force against peaceful citizens, and in the process destroys the lives and freedom of those who are supposed to be its beneficiaries." -- Richard Cowan, of

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