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Some secondhand lines
with a few first rate actors
makes a great kid's film.
"Treehouse is mind-bogglingly easy to both learn and
play, and easy to expand upon. To start with, the publisher makes
rules for another three little games available on its website
that can be played with the one Treehouse tube. With three Treehouse
sets of one type, and the 3HOUSE rules booklet, it is possible
to play what are considered to be the best classic games of the
Icehouse system -- IceTowers, Martian Chess, and Binary Homeworlds.
Five Treehouse sets are enough to play every Icehouse game! Another
beer 'n' pretzels game, Treehouse is very pocket friendly, both
in terms of packaging and pricing, making it the perfect entry
into the Icehouse system." --Matthew Pook's
of Treehouse in this week's issue of Pyramid magazine
||Congrats to Steve & Amy!
we're back from Origins
and it was the best one yet! There are many stories to tell,
but I'm going to save most of them for the Full Report which
I plan to post next week. For now, I'd like to focus on one special
event that took place at our 7th Big Experiment: The Wedding
of Steve & Amy!
Hoffman has been one of our most splendid Rabbits for many
years now, and has been participating in our annual Origins spectacular
since 2002. Anyway, he sent us an email a couple of months ago,
and... well, let me just quote from that message here, since
he tells the story best in his own words:
"Me and my girlfriend wanted to ask you a question, feel
free to say no. We met at a game store, and the only games we
both played were games from your company... We knew we were both
going to Origins, and we were wondering if we could have about
five to ten minutes in-between game slots to be married at the
lab? We'd of course get a bunch of cake and cookies to give to
the perplexed gamers to make up for the interruption, and we
would want to buy a bunch of Happy flowers to throw as a bouquet.
This is in no way the only way to accomplish our goals, but I
know I'd love to share our special day with a lot of people who
have in general just made us smile over the years and gave us
something that we can both agree is fun."
Of course, we couldn't say no to such a romantic
and modest request, so in between our tournaments and games,
we also hosted a surprise wedding! Yay!!!
Things went off pretty much as Steve originally envisioned,
complete with the tossing out of Happy
Flowers at the end. Liam officiated the ceremony, which was
particularly charming since they'd written their own vows, in
a classic Suessian style. After they were pronounced husband
and wife, everyone shared in cake and cookies and candies, plus
there was one more surprise: a special set of Promo Cards!
That's right, Steve & Amy created their very own Fluxx
mini-expansion for their wedding! They found a printer near them
capable of making short runs of special Fluxx
cards and produce their own set, as shown above. They were giving
away little envelopes containing a complete set of these cards
to everyone at the wedding, and while they did run out of the
supply they brought, Steve asked me to mention that he's got
leftovers at home, so while supplies last he'll be happy to send
a set to anyone who mails them a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.
Steve will be posting his mailing address for this offer on his
Page, so please look there for details on where to send your
hoping Steve & Amy have a wonderful life together!
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
||This week I finally got around to trying out the computerized
adaptations of several of our games which Zarf
& the others at Volity.com
have been implementing... and they rock! Nice job, guys! Zarf
mentioned at Origins that he's thinking about doing a version
soon... wow, I'd sure love to see that! Particularly if they
can create a "Starship Captain" Bot to play against!
A couple of random memorable quotes overhead by Robin
- "There's 3 of us?!?" --
a werewolf's last words,
after someone in the village asserted [incorrectly] that there
were 3 werewolves hiding among them
- "It's like meeting Willy Wonka!!!"
-- words of fan after getting an autographed Andy
Looney Keeper card
||"Before the 29th, I had read about this and I knew many,
many things about eclipses. And yet it turned out that I was
completely unprepared... Words cannot describe the force of this
stare. I had planned to spend totality roaming the helipad, observing
the reactions of the other eclipse watchers, but the instant
this stare was upon me I was powerless to move. I was powerless
to think. I seemed to be standing waist-deep
in honey, holding my brain in a jar." -- Jake Silverstein,
describing the experience of seeing a Total Solar Eclipse in
the company of the "Eclipse Addicts," hardcore enthusiasts
who try to be wherever they need to be every 18 months, so that
they never to miss a TSE (a event which most people never experience)
in an article in the current issue of Seed