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Re: [Icehouse] Wherefore 3HOUSE?

  • FromS Myers <iamthecheeze@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSun, 2 May 2010 16:24:13 -0400
I don't know if there is any room in the packaging concept, but I
would like to second a vote fFor small greys in 3-house.  (not that we
are taking a vote, nor is this *really* a democracy...)  Obviously I'm
not involved in marketing pyramids -- except, well, I sort of am, a
little bit, because when I demo volcano, the question comes up: "how
do i get this, and how much does it cost?" at which point I explain
the system model.  Having small greys pre-packed in the set would be
awfully helpful to new players, I think.

(although, at least once, I have gone on to say that you don't really
need any other color caps, and could just as easily use styrofoam bits
or cheetos or something which will puncture nicely and sit on top of
your pyramids as volcano caps.  they're just indicators, eh)

On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 11:38 AM, Ryan McGuire <ryanmcguire@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> I don't know any of the details of the production of 3House, but I do have
> one minor brainstorming idea:
> Include three small grey pyramids (i.e. Volcano) in each 3House set.
> 1. When someone buys two 3House sets, they'll have all the 'mids they need
> for Volcano.  (...and then some)
> 2. Maybe the rules for Black Ice could be modified to include small greys as
> some sort of "wild card" code.
> 3. Having tried both, I think I prefer a small cap instead of a large base
> to designate my home system in Binary Homeworlds.  Of course, no such
> designator is REALLY needed in a two-player game since by convention your
> home system is the only one in the row closest to you.  Once you move up to
> 3- or 4-player Homeworlds with Large blacks as a base, you could also use a
> small grey/black under the large black as a good/evil marker.  Lastly, you
> could use a grey piece as a "current player" marker.  The fact that it's a
> color not already used in the game will make it stand out more.  (If you use
> the small greys as home system markers, then use a black piece as a turn
> marker.
> Granted, 2 and 3 are each a bit of a stretch.  I think giving folks ALL the
> pieces they need to play Volcano once they buy two 3House sets is reason
> enough to consider it.
> There is still the problem of how to provide a Volcano board.  But hey, I
> said this was just a brainstorm idea, not a fully fleshed-out strategy.
> Ryan
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:icehouse-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kristin Looney
> Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 8:16 AM
> To: Icehouse Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [Icehouse] Wherefore 3HOUSE?
>> I'm thinking that at least two or three of my family members need
>> 3HOUSE sets for Christmas this year. Is it still coming, or been
>> dropped? Yes, I do realize I can make my own.
> A boxed 3HOUSE set is on our official production schedule!
> However, it will not come out until Oct 2011 - so for the holiday
> this year you are still going to have to build it yourself. Sorry.
> 2011 will be the year for the pyramids... all sorts of exciting
> plans in the works - more details as we get closer...  if you want
> to hear all about it, come play games with me at Origins this summer!
> -Kristin
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