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Re: [Icehouse] Xeno vs. Rainbow

  • FromChristopher Van Lenten <cvanlenten@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateWed, 25 Jan 2006 12:27:28 -0500
Either way, the black/white pieces are going to be a bit of a visual
disconnect. Not only are said colors really just the absence/inclusion
of all color, but they're also the only opaque pieces. In a set with
trans[parent/lucent] pieces, these are going to stick out.

I honestly can't picture any consumer saying "Well... I -was- going to
buy this Xeno Treehouse set, but the color white doesn't remind me of
space at all! Forget it! I'm going to go buy a game by some

In addition to the valid points of compatibility with existing games,
I agree with the contention that "xeno" means strange, and white fits
that theme far better than black does.

Some times we fanboys and fangirls like to make a lot of noise about
an things that don't make a lick of difference. Clarifying the rules
while still keeping them on the side of the stash is useful discussion
and in fact very necessary at this stage. Telling Andy that you think
white is a prettier color than black... not so much.

Wow, rereading this email, I come across as much more of a jerk than I
meant to sound. Um, I didn't mean it like that.

All colors are created equal,

On 1/25/06, Ragnardove@xxxxxxx <Ragnardove@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> In a message dated 1/25/2006 4:33:56 A.M. Central Standard Time,
> andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
> But my real reason for pairing them as I did is for expandability. While a
> Rainbow Treehouse set expands Zendo nicely with either black or white
> pieces, a Xeno Treehouse set plays better with an IceTowers set if it has
> white. Moreover, when we eventually get around to releasing it, Volcano
> will probably have black caps, making Rainbow Treehouse as currently
> planned a better fit for that.
> It makes sense!  I hadn't seen the mixes in terms of already existing games,
> but in terms of the names and what they meant to me.
> Which is how the standard consumer will be.  They will be looking at the
> names and colors together first, not knowing about the games of Volcano and
> Zendo.  So, they might see things as I did: white is more rainbow-y and
> black is more xeno-y.
> I don't know... how about asking a bunch of non-icehouse-understanding
> people and seeing what the results are??
> Carol
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