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- bruxism (bruks'-iz-um) n.
habitual, purposeless clenching and grinding of the teeth, especially
during sleep. from Greek bryx(is) a gnashing of the teeth.
- Whale Rider %}
and predictable, yet told
"I would have to say that Andy Looney was our most memorable
guest, just for his personality. He was a lot of fun: if you've
ever been to the Looney Labs room at Origins, you can see and
feel the energy there, and he's the dynamo that is the source
of that energy." -- Terry O' Brien of Escape
Artist Productions, in an interview published in the Gaming Herald,
regarding guests on their public access television show, "The
||Back from Gen-Con
just gotten back from Gen-Con (again),
a huge adventure game convention held every summer in (as of
this year) Indianapolis. It was a big success... we ran our usual
trade show booth and did gang-busters business all weekend long.
In fact, for the first time ever at an event like this, we sold
completely out of Fluxx
decks! (But truth be told, I didn't really think we were bringing
I'm sure this report will end up in the dreaded Bulletized
List Mode sooner or later, so I might as well give in now.
arrived at Gen-Con rather late this year... in fact, hey didn't
arrive until it was half over! This is because they went to California
for the Frane Family Reunion (again),
which overlapped Gen-Con by several days. So, it was up to me,
Marlene, and Russell
to get our booth built and operating on our own. But it went
fine, as you can see from the photo. (Kristin said it was weirdly
wonderful arriving at the con to find our booth already fully
functioning.) Photos and details of K&A's trip to CA will
be forthcoming (as will the Origins
Photo Album, the Official Index of Promo Cards, and lots of other
webpages I need to work on...).
- Speaking of promo cards, the rumors are true: We were giving
away free Robots at Gen-Con. (The Robot is a Keeper that counts
as either the Toaster or Television.) We'll be giving away another
cool new promo card at Dragon*Con,
and after that, we'll be making the leftovers of all these promos
available in a packet we'll be selling this fall in the Dollar
Store. Those of you who can't get to these events but crave
the cards, please be patient but don't worry: We've been holding
back some of each kind of card for this purpose.
distinguished herself once again by running her independent Recycling
program. She (with the help of Russell and a few other volunteers)
set up 20 tie-dyed collection bins around the con and reclaimed
about the same number of beverage containers from landfills for
recycling as she
did at Origins. Yay Becca! Thanks again for doing all that
work! We look forward to the day when Convention Centers simply
provide this service...
- The new host city is beautiful and the facilities were great,
and the drive was shorter for us too, but I still missed Milwaukee,
for 3 reasons: Giordano's
Stuffed Pizza, the Safe House, and those miniature
donuts that cart always had cooking, just outside the exhibit
- There was lots of fun and funny stuff to be seen and purchased
at Gen-Con... one of the most popular this year seemed to be
a T-shirt reading "You do not need to look at my chest.
These are not the breasts you're looking for. Move along."
- While we were away, our email really piled up. More accurately,
the spam really piled up. Several of our accounts reached their
quotas, and as a result, some of us may have lost emails that
might have been important. In particular, Kristin lost all her
mail from last Thursday through Tuesday! Anyway, if you sent
us email last week, it might have disappeared...
- I myself had 5760 emails to download when I returned after
being gone a week. Of course, the vast majority of those emails
were spam... the situation has gotten so bad that something drastic
will probably have to happen soon. (Liam is investigating new
forms of spam elimination...)
- I'm going to Essen!
Ever since studying German in high school, I have been anticipating
my first visit to Deutschland, and it's finally about to happen!
EssenSpiele is the biggest gaming convention in all the world,
and while we've talked for years about attending (and even someday
exhibiting), we've never done it before. And costs being what
they are, Looney Labs can't really afford to send more than one
person. But I can't stay away any longer... this is the year
that Amigo will be debuting the German version of Fluxx,
and I just have to be there for that! Kory
was already thinking of attending on his own, and Russell too
has always wanted to attend Essen, so it looks like I'll even
have some traveling companions. Yay!
- Although Fluxx
requires a full translation to be appropriate for the German
has so few words on the cards that a translated set of rules
is all you really need to make it good for another nationality.
So, we're thinking of printing up a German rules insert and shrink-wrapping
them onto the back of the box. Then I can have 2 Germanized versions
of my games available at Essen! All I need now is a good translation
of the rules...
a Great Week!