Looney Labs Icehouse Mailing list Archive

Re: [Icehouse] Opinions solicited concerning the paradigm shift.

  • FromDavid Artman <david.artman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateWed, 4 Mar 2009 16:08:07 -0500
On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM, Chris Goodwin <cgoodwin@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

How well does Pink Treehouse sell compared to the old monochrome stashes?  Would "Red Treehouse", "Blue Treehouse", etc., packaged in boxes as monochrome Treehouse sets, sell better than monochrome stashes?  

I don't have the numbers, obviously, but I suspect they do OK for two reasons:
1) Folks can get a fifth transparent stash, if they've already done 5HOUSE. Not many games need that--most that are 5-stash on What Can I Play need 5 stashes because they're actually 1HOUSE games.
2) The "Good Cause" Effect. It made me buy my only copy of Fluxx (Stoner Fluxx).

On the other hand, I do not, however, think that should usher in a rebirth of mono stashes. Frankly, the only folks who really *need* mono stashes are folks who've been into it for years (more than two, at the minimum), and yet didn't complete their spectrum before the monos ran out. That's a vanishingly small number of folks, I bet.

On the gripping hand, it would be cool if more "specialty" mono stashes came about (not blems, like watermelon). If the full-stash-per-player games gained a lot of traction (i.e. a lot of demoing; tournaments; etc) then folks might get into buying "signature" stashes much as they do for dice for RPGs or card protectors for CCGs. This shift would, of course, mean a LOT of warehousing and overhead, to have a greater variety. Consider: Chessex has, if I counted right, 144 different dice colors (never mind sizes and packaging options). 144. Now, imagine trying to hold all that in stock. Chessex can do it because they're VERY big (and, I suspect, they outsource or concolidate manufacture and distribution).

That said.... *drool*. I'd love to have a Clear Borealis Icehouse pyramid stash.