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"IceTowers is purely abstract and very minimalist; going in, I expected it to be on the dull and simple side, but I was quite mistaken. Like Chess, Chinese Checkers, or Go, there is genuine elegance and complexity hidden beneath its surface simplicity." -- David Crippin's review of IceTowers in Issue 9 of Undefeated magazine

Thursday, November 18th, 2004
by the Writer's Guild of Wunderland

What's New?

What's Going On? Say Hello to Bro

This week we hired Alex. We call him Bro because he's Alison's brother and because we've got too many other people around here named Alex. Bro's been working with us for a couple of months now, and he's fitting in really well with our team. His official title is Sales Dude, which means he's the guy who spends his time just calling up game store buyers and asking them to try our products. Bro is perfect for this, being positive and friendly on the phone (even when being told no thanks). So, if your favorite game store isn't on our roster yet, and you think they should carry our games, send us their phone number and we'll have Bro give them a call! And if you are a Retailer Rabbit (a fan of our games who works in the games retailing biz) then here's what that guy who's been calling you looks like!

Bro is also just a fun guy to have around, so we're really enjoying having him here. But there are sometimes brief moments of sibling rivalry. Alison is reminded of the way she felt when Bro moved into her room when she went away to college, particularly when he settles in too comfortably at her desk.

Other than that, I don't really have much to report on this week. We finally figured out what to create for this year's holiday gift, but of course, I can't tell you anything about that at this time. Also, we've been spending a lot of time playtesting my newest card game, but again, I think it's still too early to say very much about it, even though we're all pretty excited about it right now. Although I've been developing the concepts for this game for over two years now, it's only congealed into a playable game during the past few weeks. But even though the design is feeling almost done, the enormous task of creating all the artwork this game will require is as yet unbegun, so it's still gonna be a long time coming. But I think it's safe to say that we now know what my next card game release will be. For the time being, we shall refer to it officially only as Secret Project JD-59.

Are you planning an Experiment for National Games Week?
AndyHave Fun!

Thought Residue
I'll admit that those Priceline.com ads with Captain Kirk & Mr. Spock are amusing, but I find it very sad hearing Captain Picard's voice extolling the glories of a cholesterol-lowering drug, particularly given the dreadfulness of their tacky, rhyming ad copy. Can't he find any better jobs than this? It's sad how far a Starship Captain can fall to earth when his mission in space is over...

"Canada suddenly has utopian appeal for many left-leaning Americans. Its universal health care, gay rights, abortion rights, gun-control laws, drug laws, opposition to the Iraq war, ban on capital punishment and ethnic diversity mirror many values of the American left. Immigrants, including an estimated 1 million Americans, make up nearly 20 percent of Canada's population. The United Nations named Toronto the world's most multicultural city." -- a CNN article called "Canadians Open Arms to Americans," which also points out that the United Nations has ranked Canada as the best country to live in for eight consecutive years
"It's time for the Democrats to face reality: They are the party of urban America. If the cities elected our president, if urban voters determined the outcome, John F. Kerry would have won by a landslide. Urban voters are the Democratic base. It's time to state something that we've felt for a long time but have been too polite to say out loud: Liberals, progressives, and Democrats do not live in a country that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. We live on a chain of islands. We are citizens of the Urban Archipelago, the United Cities of America." -- "The Urban Archipelago" by The Editors of The Stranger



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