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Re: [Icehouse] No more tubes

  • From"Ryan McGuire" <ryanmcguire@xxxxxxx>
  • DateSun, 20 Mar 2011 19:02:33 -0400
It's been a week or two since I've had a chance to be pedantic, so here

Buddha Buck wrote:
> Stackable pieces have not always come in tubes.  My first set (of 4
> stashes) of Stackable pieces came in a clear plastic box which I think
> was sold as a "Martian Chess Set", although I'm sure others will
> correctly inform me of a different name.  

ICEHOUSE The Martian Chess Set.

(First shipped in Nov of '99: 
    http://wunderland.com/WhatsOld99/WN.11.11.99.html  )

> It was impossible to get
> individual colors as a stash for a while.  I believe I got a different
> set of 4 stashes as part of the Zendo boxed set (which I only bought
> for the pyramids, already having the rules for Zendo handy).  

Both the "Martian Chess Set" and Zendo came with Green, Red, Yellow and

> I don't know if
> individual tubes were available at that time yet, either. I
> believe the tubes came about as part of a marketing attempt based
> around one of the games which can be played with fewer stashes than
> Zendo or Ice House.

If I read the archive correctly, the first colors available as single
stashes were purple and orange. (Nov of '01): 

Zendo came out June of '03:

IceTowers, the second boxed set with Purple, Cyan, Clear and White. came out
December of '03:

It sounds like the monochrome tubes first came out as a way to sell pyramids
that weren't available as part of ITMCS.  Purple was later available in
IceTowers, but Orange wasn't a part of any boxed set (ITMCS, Z or IT).


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