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Rounder tipped pyramids
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Pyramid fans have been asking for more details about the next generation of Looney Pyramids, which will have slightly rounder tips than the two previous manufacturing runs, which were themselves very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Bond Jan 29.

22 Other Games to Mention
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Ok, I know y’all are dying to know exactly which 22 games we’ve chosen to include in Pyramid Arcade. So, here’s the list:IceDiceHijinksTreehousePharaohTwin WinPyramid ShamboLooney Ludo (aka Martian…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Lattanzio Jan 31.

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 Jeff Wolfe Dec 6, 2015.


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I'm the Creative Director at Looney Labs.


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Feb 1
Greg Lattanzio replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
".... "Late for the game," meaning that read more of the above posts and see that things have been kind of selected through at this juncture. I'd still recommend any of the games from my short list that didn't make it into the…"
Jan 31
Greg Lattanzio replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"I'm late to the game, but here are some additions that I think should be included. Pylon Autumn Ash: My game that has only been out for a few years (a 2Xeno 2Rainbow stash), so it probably hasn’t circulated much. It has been playtested…"
Jan 30
Bruno Curfs replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"Please, check the discussion on the fairness of Branches and Twigs and Thorns. Thanks."
Jan 30
Andy Bond replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Rounder tipped pyramids'
"They look good, and looks like they fit nicely with older generations. Am really looking forward to seeing pyramids available in Europe again!"
Jan 29
Andrew Looney replied to Dave Autzen's discussion 'Eleven Little Black Squares'
"Hi Dave, Yes, you have to peel off the paper on either side. It's a little tricky but after you've done a few you get the hang of it."
Jan 28
Jeff Wolfe replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"Oh right. I forgot about Verticality."
Dec 19, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"RP is unabashedly inspired by RR, but does not work the same. In RR, robot movement is blocked by robots and walls. In RP there are no walls (other than the outside of the board), and robot movement is blocked by robots and non-current-goal towers.…"
Dec 18, 2015
P.D. Magnus replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"OK, I'm really looking forward to Verticality. As I said, CrackeD Ice is probably my second most-played pyramid game (behind Zendo)."
Dec 18, 2015
Andrew Looney replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"Re: CrackeD Ice: I agree that this game is interesting and possibly worthy of being listed because it's a dexterity game and there aren't many of those in the library. However, one of the unpublished six will be Verticality, which IMO…"
Dec 18, 2015
Scott Myers replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"I agree with this list.  Looks like a really good "Best Of" selection.  I'm sure there is something that no-one has suggested at all and in some months we will realize we missed something great.  But this list seems to…"
Dec 17, 2015
Jeff Wolfe replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"I don't quite have time for a full evaluation now, but here are a few comments: I agree that the list should have as big a variety as possible of different game types. That shouldn't be an excuse to keep a weak game on the list, but it…"
Dec 17, 2015
Daniel Sellers replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"Thanks for clarifying! Admittedly, I haven't played Ricochet Pyramids myself, so forgive me for providing an invalid reason. Just from my perusal of the rules it felt similar to me, so I was trying to help cull the list. I'm all for it…"
Dec 17, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"FWIW: Ricochet Pyramids is not really like RAMbots (unless one thinks Ricochet Robots is like RoboRally - sometimes people say they are similar, but to me and many other people, they are quite different genres and experiences: The Ricochet games are…"
Dec 17, 2015
Andrew Looney replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"Great feedback, thanks!! I’ve sorted this into 3 lists now: Yes, No, and Maybe. The Yes + Maybe list totals 22, so nothing new can be added unless something else comes off the Maybe list. Further thoughts?
 Yes (17)
 * Icehouse /\ 
* Zendo /\
Dec 17, 2015
Daniel Sellers replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"Here are my suggestions: Remove: Crosswalk (I have not played this yet, but the rules do appear a bit too simple and luck-based for me. It seems like Freeze tag captures a similar feel while being more fleshed out. Virus Fight (The…"
Dec 17, 2015

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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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