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Friday, October 29th, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

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What's Going On? Pumpkins, Postcards, and the UberExperiment

The buzz around here this week, besides holding our breath until the election, is all about Mini-Experiments. Whereas the Big Experiment is our once-a-year annual marathon of official Looney Labs Tournaments, and Little Experiments are other gatherings of smaller groups of our fans, a Mini-Experiment is something a single Mad Lab Rabbit can do by themselves at any random gathering of people. (To see exactly how these Experiments work, check out the newly-expanded official pages.) As our Rabbits make plans to run their own Little and Mini Experiments, we here at the Lab have been rushing to develop the package of Experiment materials each Rabbit will need to be provided with in order to begin their own experimentation.

Why the rush? We have signed on as a sponsor of National Games Week (NGW), which is now less than a month away, and our plan for NGW is to run an UberExperiment: we're going to find out how many Experiments our Rabbits can run in a single week. We're also going to see how many different people our Rabbits, as a collective, can play games with in one week. Some of these Experiments will be specifically planned Little Experiments; others will simply be a test of how many of our games a lone Rabbit can play with people during the course of the week, wherever they happen to be. Either way, a Rabbit who wants in on all this fun needs to get an official Experiment Kit.

To help get the word out about National Games Week and our UberExperiment, we've decided to send a postcard to everyone* in our database. That's like 9000 names! Of course, there's some duplication in there, so if you get more than one postcard, please let us know, since one of the goals of the mailing is to refine and calibrate the mailing list. (*OK, it's actually not everyone... only consumers, not stores, and only those in the USA. Sorry, it was a time/$ choice.)

The design of the postcard is shown above... it highlights our 3 most recent releases (IceTowers, Early American Chrononauts, and Flowers & Fluxx) with info on the NGW thing on the back. Doesn't the design look great? I gave Marlene the crudest of pencil sketches (shown here) and she turned the ideas into the thing of beauty seen above. By this time next week, you might just find one of these cards in your mailbox.

Lastly, we're sorry about being late with this update... we had to stop to carve pumpkins, plus we didn't want to launch this site until we had the new Experiment Kits fully figured out. But the good news is, I used the extra time to build this year's Pumpkin Gallery! Enjoy!

AndyHappy Halloween!

Thought Residue
Think of the country as a huge corporation at which we all have jobs. We're on the Board of Directors, and CEO Bush is up for review. A well-run company would fire the CEO without hesitation after a term as unsuccessful and misguided as Bush's has been. Their obligation to the stockholders would compel the Board of Directors to remove a bad CEO, regardless of how beloved he might be... even the company's founder can and should be removed from the helm if it becomes clear he's leading the company into bankruptcy. This election is not about the new guy's resume, and it shouldn't be about loyalty to the team you usually root for. This is our one and only chance to fire an incompetent CEO before he sinks the whole company. If you can't bring yourself to vote for John Kerry, but agree that Bush doesn't deserve to keep his job, please just stay home on November 2nd. Pretend you forgot to vote. Better yet, vote Libertarian or Green!

"George W. Bush has used the name of God for his own selfish gain, to appeal to conservative voters under the façade of being one of us, but by his fruit we know him. Jesus said, 'Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.' .... Let us not find ourselves like the people Jesus talks about in Matthew 7:21-23, at the Judgment Seat of Christ saying, 'Lord, Lord, did we not vote Republican in Your name, and in Your name cast out homosexuals, and in Your name oppose many abortions?' just to hear Jesus say, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.' George W. Bush's character and policies directly oppose the commands of Jesus Christ. We cannot support him, his policies, or his candidacy. Christians must vote George W. Bush out of office." -- Why Evangelical Christians Must Vote Against Bush
"The Supreme Court can legalize marijuana by fiat. Think of it ­ no negotiations and tortured lobbying, but genuine experts expounding on the facts, constrained by rules of evidence. Pick one: Bush or Kerry. Which candidate is most likely to name judges who will interpret the Constitution of the United States according to facts in evidence rather than DEA propaganda?" -- Jules Siegel, "The Doper Vote"


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