Timothy Hunt writes: >Looney Labs and Retailers like the current packaging model because it >sells, whereas Icehouse stashed didn't. Who are they selling to, if >not to "end users"? Indeed. More particularly, as an end user (and one who's bought a lot of extras stashes over the years), I like the new packaging -- it makes it more likely that the games and game system and company will stay alive, which is the main thing. >If someone said "Hey, I'm designing a game that uses chess pieces", >and then proceeded to make a game that required the use of 10 queens, >you wouldn't complain at people who made chess pieces, you'd suggest >that the game designer might want to reconsider his design. Yep. There's a reason 3-house exists -- because new packaging = new design philosophy around existing packaging. > I have an (almost) full collection (don't have Pink Treehouse yet), >and I could only just manage the 2 opaque stashes requirement. I'm >likely an exception, and I largely did it for the pretty. My Xeno >pieces rarely see the light of day, and for the vast majority of games >require "5-house" at most. I could handle 3 opaques, and have a -lot- of spare stashes. (And yes, every color). I'm not usual, though. >the table, because even people who are "maxed out" (5-house) on either >rainbow or xeno are unlikely to buy another full 5-house ($60 retail), >just so they can play one more game. True. OTOH, grey is still available, so 5-house+Grey would play this, as mentioned. Also, MegaVolcano (MEGA VOLCANO!) playes with 8 stashes; this is far from the only game with extreme requirements. -- Joshua Kronengold (mneme@(io.com, labcats.org)) |\ _,,,--,,_ ,) --^-- "Did you know, if you increment enough, you /,`.-'`' -, ;-;;' /\\ get an extra digit?" "I knew," weeps Six. |,4- ) )-,_ ) /\ /-\\\ "We knew. But we had forgotten." '---''(_/--' (_/-'