Starship Captains

  • Are you a fan of Looney Pyramids?
  • Do you know how to play 10 or more different pyramid games?
  • Can you make a list of your favorite pyramid games, ranked in order of how much you'd like to play each one?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you are qualified to call yourself a Starship Captain, and can join the Icehouse Academy of Starship Captains!  To become an officially registered Starship Captain, you need to add your list of at least 10 pyramid games to your fan club profile page and then request a free Membership Card! 

To add your list...

  1. Go to "My Page"  (after creating a fan club account)
  2. Click the "+ Add Apps" link in the left sidebar (under your photo),
  3. Click "+ Add by URL" (at the bottom of the left column, under Categories),
  4. Add "http://api.looneylabs.com/starshipcaptain.xml"
  5. Select OK and return to your profile page, find the new box and enter your list
  6. Also, please move your list to be second on your page, just after your profile!

Join the conversation with other Starship Captains in the Pyramid Games Forum


Background

The idea comes from the nickname we've been using previously for fans of the advanced-level pyramid game called Homeworlds. We've had so much fun using this outlandish term to describe ourselves that we've decided to extend the privilege to a broader group of fans, for whom we've been looking to find a cool name.

Why Starship Captains?

Because it's fun. It sounds cool and exciting, it's got primo geek appeal, and best of all, no real Starship Captains are about to show up saying we can't call ourselves that. All we need is a little backstory to hold it all together, so...

A thousand years from now, when starship captains actually exist, there'll also be a thousand other Icehouse games, and they'll have taken root in the culture just as playing cards have today. So, a good Starship Captain will know lots of different Icehouse games to pass away those long hours in space. And while everyone has their favorites, a good Starship Captain can play whatever the competition at hand requires.

The Throwdown and the List of Games

Starship Captains should always be able to produce on demand a list of their preferred games, ranked by preference. This way, when two Captains meet for a "Throwdown" they can compare their lists to quickly determine which game will best accommodate their joint preferences.

You must have at least 10 games on your list in order to officially call yourself a Starship Captain. However, all tests of game knowledge are open-rulebook exams.

The Multi-Battle

When two Starship Captains meet for a single game (say, at a coffeeshop), it's called a Throwdown. When a bunch of Starship Captains meet for a series of Throwdowns (say, at a convention), it's called an Multi-Battle. (Unless we think of something better to call it.) This is a multi-stage tournament consisting of a series of Throwdowns, each against a random sampling of other Captains, with the winner being determined by overall performance.

The Hyper-Multi-Battle

When a group of Starship Captains gather for an extended Multi-Battle that takes places in a series of different locations scattered around a small region, it's called a Hyper-Multi-Battle. (Again, unless a better name comes along.) While still entirely theoretical, this will be the ultimate contest, adding the excitement of a scavenger hunt to the fun of the multi-game tournament. In a Hyper-Multi-Battle, each Throwdown is held in a randomly-determined location around the campus, town, or city, and part of the challenge includes finding your way from one venue to the next. Players will need to meet up with their opponents at venues that are potentially difficult-to- locate, and of course, failure to arrive in time for the match results in forfeit. Winner of the Hyper-Multi-Battle is called Hero of the Galaxy!

 

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