It's been a
crazy month. We've been having some Good Times, and dealing with
some Bad News. First the fun stuff: Kristin & I took a vacation
to Amsterdam, and she & I & Alison just got back from
a great trip to Playa Del Fuego. Check out Pano Galleries #6, #7,
and #8 for lots
of cool photos of those events.
In other Good News, everything is on track for the upcoming
release of Seven
Dragons. We got the first demo copies from our printers in
Michigan, and they are perfect! And check out the incredible
Dragons video Alex Bradley made for us! It's even better
than his IceDice
video! He really outdid himself on this one!
The game hits stores on June 24th in just a few weeks - tell
your local game store
you want a copy, or get
it on order with us online! If you are in our Demo
Team, you can even get an advance demo copy...
Now for the Bad News. First, due to unforeseen circumstances,
the relaunch of Looney
Pyramids has been delayed. We are diligently working out
the details, and hope to announce a revised release date soon.
It will probably be several months, but will hopefully still
be this year.
The other Bad News is about Origins, the annual convention
where we run our "Big
Experiment" every summer. We are currently in high gear,
getting ready for the event, which is now only two weeks away,
and we've just gotten the official word that NEXT year, in 2012,
Origins will be held a full month earlier than ever before.
Unfortunately, this is not a good time for us. First of all,
the new dates are uncomfortably close to the Memorial Day weekend,
a time when there are already at least 4 other major events we
have to choose between attending. What's worse is that the date
change moves the event from summertime to the school year, and
while we don't have children, a huge percentage of our participants
and volunteer staff do. Even if they don't bring their kids to
Origins, they can't go while the kids are in school. And many
are in high school or college and will be studying for or taking
finals on these dates, others are teachers who will still be
teaching or will be giving said finals. A large percentage of
our volunteers will be needing to choose between skipping school
and skipping the event, and school will likely win. It takes
a huge team of volunteers to run this event, we simply can't
hold the Big Experiment during the school year.
Rather than trying to move the Big Experiment to another convention
(like GenCon) we have decided to cancel our event for 2012. Maybe
GAMA will move Origins forward away from the school year in 2013,
and we will be able to come back. Or maybe we'll devise some
other plan. But taking 2012 off will give us a chance to concentrate
our efforts on our new Fan Club and Demo Team and supporting
events for our games at smaller regional conventions.