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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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

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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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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