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.

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.

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 Joshua Lewis Miles Jul 22.

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 Joshua Lewis Miles Jul 24.

 

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FAN CLUB MEMBER TYPE:
Fan, Demo Team, Educator
STORE NAME / TRADE AFFILIATION:
Preparedness guy with Not A Kit
ABOUT MY HISTORY WITH LOONEY LABS...
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. :)
ABOUT ME...
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.
LOONEY LABS GAMES I PLAY/PROMOTE:
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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Joshua Lewis Miles replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
"I was thinking about it and getting a set of Martian coasters printed up on a small 4" mousepad would give you the ability to roll them up and stuff them into a small container as well. Then you would just need to find something sturdy to sit…"
Jul 24
Joshua Lewis Miles replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'The chessboard bandanna…'
"I like the extra space on these. Makes it great for people in super windy areas to be able to put the board in the center of something and tie-down or strap the rest of the towel down so the board doesn't fly away on you. and most likely way…"
Jul 22
Joshua Lewis Miles replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Pyramid storage'
""The second is kind of a games survival kit" this is exactly what got me back into tabletop style games. I have all this junk for suyrviviing a disaster and realized that if its something major that shuts down utilities for weeks or even…"
Jul 22
Joseph Carter replied to Fogus's discussion 'Glitter!'
"Oh there's online versions of just about everything needed to play somewhere or other. You may have to find some of it though as there are a few dead links that get in the way. But as I noted on the game techs FB group, I'm an archivist…"
Jun 17
Joseph Carter replied to Fogus's discussion 'Glitter!'
"Has anyone by chance scanned those original booklets?  I know that *most* (but not all) issues of Hypothermia have been scanned (with some OCR errors I should probably email ee0r about when I'm thinking about it and have some time). Being…"
Jun 16
Joseph Carter and Alex Pawson are now friends
Jun 16
Joseph Carter replied to Fogus's discussion 'Martian Moleskine'
"Oh that's clever.  :D  And as it's my favorite game… Although, today, I fought the game to a 9yo.  And he promptly kicked my butt.  :)  Made TWO mistakes that round, and now he's hooked and I want a…"
Jun 16
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'The chessboard bandanna…'
"Oh cool, if I had found those sooner I probably wouldnt have bothered to try doing my owm. But then, mine will have canals."
Jun 13
Dr. Leila Zucker replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'The chessboard bandanna…'
"I've seen 'em at craft fairs. I have a bandana chinese checker board I got 20 years ago. A quick google search turned up several, but I kinda like these http://chesspas.com/ "
Jun 13
Joseph Carter replied to Fogus's discussion 'Pink Poppycock'
"This sounds like fun, and Pink Hijinks as a packaged monochrome set of three trios definitely needs some more love."
Jun 10
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Lunar Chess/Martian Chess for iOS'
"I got that far, but lunarchess.com appears defunct, as does lunarchess.com.  The two domains are related, despite having different registrants.  The registrar of neonsurge.com uses a Yahoo email address which IMO just screams "send…"
Jun 9
Jeff Wolfe replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Lunar Chess/Martian Chess for iOS'
"A quick search turned up a person, Andrew Farley, and a company, Neon Surge.  It does have a VideoGameGeek entry, but information is sketchy."
Jun 8
Joseph Carter posted a discussion

Lunar Chess/Martian Chess for iOS

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 domain that served up the adds, provided network play, etc, is now dead.If the developer has no interest in updating this, I'd be willing to have a look. Obj-C is something I've never actually gotten into, but I'm proficient in C and half a dozen OO languages. Obj-C is just a matter of an API I never…See More
Jun 8
Scott Myers replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'The chessboard bandanna…'
"Hey, that is pretty cool. :)"
Jun 8
Joseph Carter replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'The chessboard bandanna…'
"A little more crossover from the day job: McNett, the people responsible for Aquamira water purification tablets and Frontier filter straws widely known to backpackers and emergency preparedness folks also have a brand for pack towels and whatnot,…"
Jun 7
Joseph Carter replied to Fogus's discussion 'Glitter!'
"Ooh, shiny! That causes me to like the idea of glittery pyramids in a kick starter project even more! *drool*"
Jun 5

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…

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