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Pyramid Arcade
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Greetings Starship Captains!Did y'all see the thing I posted last month about the boxed set we're working on?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan McGuire 19 hours ago.


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I'm the Creative Director at Looney Labs.


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Ryan McGuire replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Not that you need approval, but... Including that type of information would indeed soften the blow, but it doesn't actually change my mind.  You could say it takes the situation from a -5 to merely a -1. I think saying that this game is…"
19 hours ago
Andrew Looney replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"I would counter that Volcano and Caldera (and Fiesta Caldera) are all so similar as to really be the same game. Perhaps my planned historical notes for this one will sway your opinion as well:  Historical Notes: Technically, this game is Fiesta…"
20 hours ago
Ryan McGuire replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Ahh... I see.  Since "Fiesta" wasn't part of the hyperlink to Caldera, I thought it was just some random adjective. Black and white caps together: Makes perfect sense. Using the Volcano name: As you might remember from the…"
21 hours ago
Ryan McGuire replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"For me, that intro paragraph makes all the difference.  Ok, I'm on the Looney Ludo band wagon."
22 hours ago
Jeff Wolfe replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"How frequent are the two endings? Is it usually one or the other, or are they pretty evenly split?"
22 hours ago
Andrew Looney replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"I'm feeling pretty solid on Looney Ludo. I like the way it sounds and I don't really mind that Ludo is obscure. If you don't know what it is, it's just a wacky sounding word until you get to the historical note which…"
Andrew Looney replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Hi Ryan! Actually, it's not Caldera, it's Fiesta Caldera, and we're probably just going to call it Volcano in the book. And what is Fiesta Caldera? It's like Caldera but with 3 Rainbow and 3 Xeno stashes, and these two rules. 1)…"
Ryan McGuire replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
Ryan McGuire replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Martian Coaster Rename: I like the "Tectonics" idea to capture the possibility of shifting land masses.  Yes, I know what (regular) Ludo is, but I'm not convinced that enough other people do to make that a good name to just add…"
Ryan McGuire replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Caldera?  Doesn't that require six stashes of 4 colors?  I'm afraid that if you use three stashes of eight colors it will be considerably more difficult to make monochrome trees to win the game.  A couple options: 1. Caldera…"
Chris "Topher" Hickman replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Hmm, someone's going to need to categorize all the games playable with the new release..."
David Artman replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"I see Martian Coasters as a sort of race game, on an ever-changing course. Makes me think of another game, in fact: Robo Rally. So... Looney Rally? Pyramid Rally? Fluxx Rally? Or there's a strong "get safe to home" sense to the…"
Nov 13
P.D. Magnus replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"After you suggested, "Looney Ludo" seems obvious. It also at least has a chance of approximately conveying the game play (to someone who knows what Ludo is) whereas Home Run and Get Back don't. For what it's worth: Home Run…"
Nov 12
Mikko Laine replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"If you're planning to go with Looney related name,  I think you should go all the way and play with your company name as well: Looney Laps. "
Nov 8
Scott Myers replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Looney Ludo has a nice ring to it"
Nov 6
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Looney Ludo sounds like a plausible candidate!"
Nov 6

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Andrew Looney's Event Reports

Playtest Workshop at Labyrinth, August 7, 2012

On Tuesday night, August 7, we did a playtest session at the Labyrinth game store on Capitol Hill. Awesome game store owner Kathleen had tweeted a lot about our impending arrival, so a bunch of fans of our games showed up to try out a few of the newest things I'm testing. We also drew in gamers from the DC chapter…


Posted on August 11, 2012 at 7:51pm

Otakon: July 28-29, 2012

Kristin and I just got back from Otakon, an enormous Anime convention held every summer at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we had an excellent time.

This was the 3rd event we've done now with our friends at Foam Brain Games (the previous…


Posted on August 3, 2012 at 3:00pm

Oz-Stravaganza: June 1-3, 2012

Kristin and I took a road trip to Chittenango, NY (just outside Syracuse) for an event called Oz-Stravaganza, and we had a wonderful time.

This was a very different event from the game and media conventions we're used to attending. Those are held at convention centers in big cities, whereas Oz-Stravaganza…


Posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:00pm

MidSouthCon, March 23-25, 2012

Kristin and I were the Gaming Guests of Honor at MidSouthCon, a sci-fi convention held in Memphis, Tennessee, and we had a splendid time.

We were featured in a bunch of panel discussions, parties, and meet-and-greets. I was featured on 2 panels, one about the perfect villain, and the other about the…


Posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

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At 1:12am on September 25, 2012, Karin Randall said…
Hi. I've conversed with Kristin on numerous occasions.... I'm Canadian and kinda set out (by pestering Drew first) to see how many Canadians you have on you're fan page. First off I feel like a stalker (no worry just a math and stats nut). Did you know the majority of your fans don't appear to be American but rather a mishmash of the UK, Canada, Netherlands, France, Italy, 2 from Germany and several other countries?!? Let me know if you ever want a statistical analysis- could help to show where your strengths are and where more attention is needed. I started this just because of curiosity. Drew mentioned forums.... I decided to invite my fellow Canadians to join... After 65 pages of people a trend showed easily. I've a lot of extra time and love numbers and population analysis. Better I'm on disability and would do the work for fun (or treats if offered- got my eye on those pyramids ;) ). Anyway, contact me if you're curious.
At 10:14pm on July 20, 2012, Amy Lindsey said…
Hah! Of course not! Besides, I leave for Pennsic in a week and I know I can hook people there.
At 2:53pm on February 2, 2012, NIcholas Asman said…

Do you know which day you are speaking at the MidSouthCon?

At 9:13pm on January 19, 2012, Gina Teh said…

Whoops! All done now :)

At 7:29am on October 24, 2011, Kevin D Lintz said…

Whoops! My mistake...all better now :)

My Starship Captain list now has pyramid games only.

At 8:32am on October 17, 2011, Adam Kopczenski said…

...I really did that, didn't I. /facepalm


Well, Caldera is certainly a nice Volcano tweak. I only started playing it recently, but I'm in love with the throw-a-piece-back turn option.

At 7:06am on September 24, 2011, Jim Purbrick said…
At 6:33am on April 16, 2011, Scott Myers said…

I was wondering, what is the "Playtest Workshop" mentioned on the Origins Schedule?  Somewhat more importantly, will that be in the lab?

I'm interested in participating, but if it's somewhere else I may be hard pressed to come away fFrom the lab.  I do enjoy being in the lab; it's always such a cool place.  =)

But, maybe the playtest workshop is super secret stuff and needs to be somewhere private.  I dunno!

At 9:22am on April 3, 2011, Robert R Quick II said…
Tippy/Tilt are home rule versions of the game Cracked Ice that are a little more forgiving. I generally teach it to younger children ages 5 and up. Tippy is the solo version. Tilt is for 2 to 4 players. Cracked Ice is fun but a little frustrating at times, so I play tilt instead.
At 10:42pm on March 25, 2011, Brian Winkelmann said…

Ah sorry :) I thought I read somewhere else to list all Looney products that have caught my fancy.


I may have the names wrong - but no, not my inventions, we found them somewhere.  Blammo is played on a 8x8 grid, and when you place a pyramid it "blams" and moves all adjacent pyramids away.  Perhaps it was just called Blam, come to think of it.  Mammoth we found to be roundly disappointing but we tried it - it's unbalanced.  One player is five large pyramids, the other plays 5 of each of the other two sizes.  The setting is mammoth hunting season, and the pawns and drones are "hunters", the queens are "mammoths".  We played it all of twice, I think, because it was just far too easy to win as the hunters.


Frankly I wanted to list zendo about five times - it is by far my favorite!

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