Looney Labs Icehouse Mailing list Archive

Re: [Icehouse] New Mixed-Colors Set Speculation

  • FromMarc Hartstein <marc.hartstein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 14 Aug 2007 11:32:45 -0400
On Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 08:02:14AM -0700, David Artman wrote:
> I mean a package with Rainbow, Xeno, and Eco/Loco together--each with
> its own game on the tube--and packaged with 3House (the booklet) for a
> total of *6* games in one. Heck, toss in all five Martian Coasters for
> $5 more, why not?
> Of course... that could make it kind of hard to play Homeworlds: having
> to keep three color mappings straight would be hard for even Iceheads,
> let alone a new player. :}

It would do weird things to Black Ice, too.  I guess it would still work
(although having the locks and nodes have colors as well as positions
could be confusing to new players, who might thing the opaque color
mattered), but I don't know that the game would be as good with Secret
Codes being made up of 12 different colors with no repeats rather than 4
colors with any number of repeats.

So, really, you're getting the 3 Treehouse sets, any game which might
appear on the new labels, and a rulebook for three games, of which you
can only easily play one.  You do get a really pretty Martian Chess set
for 2-5 players, though (though only rules for 2 or 4).

> But it would be very pretty on the shelf. I wouldn't even box it; I'd be
> looking for a way to just shrink wrap the tubes together, flat, so that
> folks can see all the colors from the back even if the booklet covers
> (most/all?) of them from the front.

It would be very pretty.  I'm a little skeptical that it would work
well, though, given that two of the games in the set won't have their
intended materials.

How about dropping 3House from the package and adding in a chessboard
bandana and selling it as a Martian Chess "boxed set"?  Probably another
nice-sounding idea which won't fly, given the success of the last one of
those.  It would look really pretty, though...

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