Joseph Carter
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Lunar Chess/Martian Chess for iOS
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Does anybody happen to know who developed "Lunar Chess" for iOS? It's Free(*) in the App Store (modest fee to remove the ads that theoretically support the dev's $99/yr signing cert fee—though the…Continue

Tags: iOS, LunarChess, MartianChess, LooneyPyramids

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Carter Jun 9, 2014.

Zark City and Rook
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Rook, if you've been living under a rock, is an odd bird.  (See what I did there?)  It's a deck of 57 cards, made because a lot of American Bible Belt Christians see poker/bridge cards as second only…Continue

Tags: Rook, ZarkCity, Pyramids

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Carter May 30, 2014.

The chessboard bandanna…
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Okay, so we all know you can't get them anymore.  And we all know that they're really kind of nifty, especially version two with canals for Martian Chess and other games.I have the beginnings of a…Continue

Tags: MartianChess, DIY, bandana, bandanna, chessboard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan McGuire Sep 13, 2014.

Pyramid storage
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Hi everyone, I'm looking for a way to store my pyramids and assorted other stuff.  Actually, two ways–one for an Icehouse set, and one for full set of (currently 11) colors.  I've noticed pink…Continue

Tags: travel, storage, pyramids

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Isaac Apr 11, 2016.


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Fan, Demo Team, Educator
Preparedness guy with Not A Kit
My first Looney Labs game was Chrononauts, purchased at a FLGS by my casual gamer GF. It looked fun and not too complicated to her. Then Family Fluxx because I wanted to play Fluxx in a version she'd agree to try. We now play Fluxx variants often. I've recently started playing Aquarius because it seemed interesting. Oh, and I just discovered Pyramids, the most underrated gaming system I think I've ever seen! This must be rectified with everyone I know. :)
I teach emergency preparedness in my day job. Realistically, not like on TV. That creates a fun intersection with my gaming hobby because in real emergencies, people need stuff to DO that doesn't involve a cell phone, wifi, a TV, or a game console. Games—or rather game systems—that pack small and carry easily are a perfect solution. Pyramids are a recent discovery for me as of this writing, but they've rapidly become an addiction! Do you know how many games you can play with some pyramids, dice, and a couple decks of cards? Literally thousands.
Fluxx, Looney Pyramids, Time Travel Games, Aquarius

Starship Captain List

Cadet training transcripts

I got my first IceDice set just 2014-May-6 and was immediately addicted. (Maybe Albinism is a genetic marker of some Martian ancestry?)

Before I had completed my Starship Captain training, I'd already run an informal pyramids demo.  These were the games I learned, in order:

  • IceDice
  • LaunchPad 23
  • Treehouse
  • Pharaoh
  • Pink Hijinks
  • Martian Chess
  • Black ICE
  • Volcano(*)
  • Martian Coasters
  • Ice Towers
  • Zark City
  • Caldera
  • Homeworlds
  • Lunar Invaders

* It was actually after I learned Ice Towers that I was first able to actually PLAY Volcano because I didn't have the pyramids to do it until I got a second Pink Hijinks set.  (My xenos come from two different sources and I am still waiting for some to arrive this week.)

2014-May-19 is graduation day!  I can now rank my top 10 games!  :)


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Dan Isaac replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Tip-saver/rattle resistors for Metal Tins: So, as Andy indicated back in October, these metal tins (Starship Captain’s Metal Tin) could be a neat way to store your pyramids.A few years ago, I had made a similar (cardboard) container, but with…"
Apr 11, 2016
theyear199X replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"I'm a somewhat newcomer to the whole pyramid scene but I've got a case I find works pretty well so far. It comes in a few different arrangements but here's the manufacturer's website: …"
Apr 11, 2016
Greg Weston replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"I've just started getting into the pyramids games after becoming a Fluxx fanatic over the last few years. A couple of days ago I decided to make my own box after looking around at both suggestions and pre-built products online. It's still…"
May 24, 2015
Alyssa Nguyen replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"The square ones I found (not from Uline, which doesn't seem to carry square plastic tubes) were both more expensive and too short. I figured it'd be possible to trim down the 8.75" tubes to 6.5" with a miter box from an arts and…"
Apr 27, 2015
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"(I have been soooo neglecting LL stuff lately.  Life has seriously interfered with my free time!) I think if we could get tubes for pyramid storage, a group buy would certainly be in order so that you didn't have to buy more than you…"
Apr 27, 2015
Alyssa Nguyen replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
" I think these would work, but I'm not too keen on having to trim them down to 6.5" and buy 25 at a time. =P"
Apr 24, 2015
Ryan McGuire replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'The chessboard bandanna…'
"While I'm all for do-it-yourself crafts, I also recognize the limits of what I'm capable of with squeeze-on fabric paints.  I'm guessing I would get results I'm much happier with by going with a higher resolution…"
Sep 13, 2014
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Alas, the Treehouse tube is no more.  It would be so obvious to use any number of small bit carriers if we still had a source for treehouse tubes.  I've got one now, but I paid a premium for the set.  Unless anyone has found a…"
Sep 3, 2014
Scott Myers replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Wow, that is surprisingly tidy.  And somehow completely obvious.  So obvious, I never thought of doing it before.  Like, of course a plastic case designed fFor carrying small, sharp pieces of slightly fFragile plastic would be the…"
Sep 3, 2014
Antoine Richard replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"I use a Lego Storage Box."
Sep 3, 2014
Joshua Lewis Miles replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Definitely. I had a few of these to lug around different things during my Army time. They did quite well keeping the sensitive equipment dry even under the worst of conditions."
Sep 2, 2014
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Those things are quite effective, yeah.  I stuff my phone (Survivor case and all) into something very similar when I'm going to be out where there's more than just rain to worry about and it's always stayed dry, even when I got…"
Sep 2, 2014
Joshua Lewis Miles replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
" the best method of storage for the pyramids, but could be nice a water tight storage option to put your smaller storage…"
Sep 2, 2014
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Y'know, when I see your pictures, I think of stuff like packing cubes.  The smaller sizes.  The Eagle Creek ones are very nicely made and high-end, but the Red Cross kits could easily use something a little more basic.  Should be…"
Sep 1, 2014
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Sorry to be more space cadet than starship captain for awhile there—much has happened personally and medically which has interfered with regular life for awhile.  The “terminal” cancer isn't going to kill me, but…"
Sep 1, 2014
Joshua Lewis Miles replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"Last 2 images. The inside looks a little cramped, but there is plenty of room, I couldnt find a good way to hold the camera and move the baggies inside and hold the bag open and snap the picture to show how much room there is, but as I said I…"
Aug 27, 2014

Joseph Carter's Event Reports

Pyramids at a private event

This was kind of a dry run for me as I've never hosted a games event before and I didn't have any formal materials with me—just IceDice, three Treehouse sets, and the board and rules card from Pink Hijinks.  (I deliberately didn't bring the pink nests I'm now lobbying to call a "short stash".)  Academy stuff was mentioned, but again this was done without formal materials.  :)

We started with IceDice because I consider it to be the modern "base set" for pyramid gaming.  Since there…


Posted on May 14, 2014 at 6:30am

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