Looney Labs Icehouse Mailing list Archive

Re: [Icehouse] New Treehouse Colors - Ideas

  • From"Timothy Hunt" <games@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 9 Aug 2007 20:09:38 -0500
I have two comments to make...

Firstly, I quite like the grey pieces, and would be very happy to see
them as the Opaque piece (and we do need an opaque piece, for Black

I'd also like to ensure that the new colours were distinguishable to
colourblind people, both in the set themselves, and against the Xeno
set. (Rainbow is already beyond hope, so no need to worry about that).

Running http://www.looneylabs.com/whybuy/treehouse.html
through this colourblindness simulator
is very interesting.

As you can see, Rainbow colours have issues, Xeno colours seem to be
OK.  I think it would be very desirable if the new set were at least
internally distinguishable, and a bonus if it were distinguishable in
conjunction with the Xeno colours, so that any games requiring two
sets would be OK.

No, I'm not colourblind myself, but I have several people in my gaming
group who are.


On 8/9/07, Bart Janssens <bartjanssens@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Well, Andy has posted his 'Death of the Monochrome Stash' essay, and he
> mentions at the bottom that he's thinking of coming out with a 3rd
> Treehouse set, with new colors.  I figured I'd start tossing out ideas.
> The first problem is that we've already got 8 translucent and 3 opaque
> colors, and making new ones that aren't easily mistaken with existing
> ones may be a challenge.
> - Brown.  This might be a good one for the obligatory opaque color,
> although people would have to remember that they are not real chocolate
> and should not be eaten.
> - Dark Green.  I was looking at the existing colors, and I noticed that
> the green is light enough to make a darker shade be recognizably
> different.  I'm thinking of what's usually called Forest Green - after
> all, we do make trees out of them.
> - Tan.  I'm not sure we can slip this between the existing orange and
> yellow and still be distinct, but it'd look cool.
> - Smoke (translucent gray).
> - Pink.
> The first three (brown, forest green, tan) got me wondering if an
> 'Eco-Treehouse', in all earthy colors, would be feasible, but I'm
> stumped for two more
> new colors that would fit the theme.  (I don't think the gray or the
> pink would work for that concept).
> Of course, we would also need a new color for the Treehouse die.
> Bart Janssens
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