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Can I use a Surprise's "Out of turn" action if I play it during my turn?
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In BGG threads I've seen some mentions that supposedly I can play a Surprise during my turn but use the "Out of turn" action. Is this actually true?The language on the card says:This card can be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tamfang Feb 20, 2014.

New game: Stawvs
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Hi, here's another "new pyramid game" announcement.Stawvs is a game I made over a year ago and kept procrastinating writing up, and I have recently been nudged into adding it to the wiki. :)It has…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Williams Jan 8, 2012.

Gnostica: Judgment too powerful?

Every time we play lately, whoever has the good fortune of drawing Judgment ends up winning, by using Judgment often to get Judgment and 2 other powerful cards from the discard. Basically, every…Continue

Started May 8, 2011

 

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ABOUT MY HISTORY WITH LOONEY LABS...
I've been actively interested in Icehouse pyramids since learning Homeworlds at a game con in 2009. I like many different strategic pyramid games. I joined the Icehouse mailing list in 2010.
ABOUT ME...
I am originally from the US and now live in Poland. Besides English I also speak Esperanto and a bit of Polish.

A geeklist of Icehouse pyramid games I've explored:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/55228/

Pyramid games I designed:
Stawvs
Ricochet Pyramids

I play online at:
http://superdupergames.org
http://boardspace.net
(user = goulo).
LOONEY LABS GAMES I PLAY/PROMOTE:
Fluxx, Looney Pyramids, Aquarius

TEXT BOX (Starship Captain info)

This is my old Starship Captain list, before some special box was made for it. (Which appears below but seems to not work anyway...) :)

I will happily play (among others):

Homeworlds
Gnostica
Volcano
RAMbots
Blam!
Zendo
Alien City
Pikemen
Branches and Twigs and Thorns
Martian Chess
Tic Tac Doh!
Stack Control
Gleebs and Grues
Synapse-Ice
Ice-sickle
Ice Towers
Gygès (not originally for pyramids, but playable with 1 stash!)

Stawvs
Ricochet Pyramids
(Those are my own designs, which a fair number of people have played and enjoyed)

Starship Captain List

Latest Activity

Russ Williams replied to Doug Ford's discussion 'Seven Dragons - Questions on rules and situations'
"It's been a while since I've played, but I'd say: 1: I don't know. Is there something in the rules that makes it sound like you should discard instead of simply doing nothing if you have no legal move? In practice it seems…"
Monday
Russ Williams replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'Fairness in Branches and Twigs and Thorns'
"Clearly, player C is doing worse than the other two players, because he uses twice a 3-pip to branch off an opponent's 1-pip, while players A and B use a 1-pip and a 2-pip respectively. I've not studied the argument in great detail, so I…"
Jan 30
Russ Williams replied to Wayne Humfleet's discussion 'Fluxx on the high seas'
"I sometimes take some pyramid stashes and a chessboard bandana on a trip; that permits a variety of games. (At a recent  weeklong New Year's event, I played Volcano and a bunch of Zendo with various people, for…"
Jan 26
Russ Williams replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'New Multiplayer Boards'
"Neat idea!"
Jan 25
Russ Williams replied to Kristin Looney's discussion 'new FaceBook discussion group for Starship Captains!'
"I hope any important news continues to be posted here. (Not everyone uses Facebook.) :)"
Jan 24
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
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
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"I'd remove: Armada: As noted in some earlier discussion, my friend and I found Armada to be disappointingly seriously unbalanced with its rules as written (fleet of bigger ships is easily beaten by fleet of smaller ships). With some…"
Dec 17, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"My friend & I also thought that starting each side with the same set of ships would be the obvious fix, but alas we never got around to trying it out."
Dec 10, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"FWIW: A few years back, I tried Armada a few times with interest (since I liked the idea of it), but we found that (like the GEV problem in original Ogre), a fleet of small ships was just too powerfully maneuverable and fast, and they easily beat…"
Dec 9, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Rounder tipped pyramids'
"Thanks for this info and the photos! So it seems that (to my eye anyway) the differences are visible if I look for them, but quite negligible and shouldn't affect play of anything I play. :)"
Dec 9, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion '22 Other Games to Mention'
"Certainly I will second your mentioned candidates: Gnostica Zendo Blam RAMbots Pikemen Branches and Twigs and Thorns Alien City (even though it needs Piecepack tiles) I'd add: Greebs and Grues Stack Control Tic Tac Doh and I'll…"
Dec 9, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Austin Muhlestein's discussion 'Homeworlds question about yellow/move'
"The rules http://www.ginohn.com/wunder201005/games/Homeworlds/HomeworldsRules.html say: To sacrifice a ship, simply return it to the global stash. You may then perform the number of actions determined by the size of your sacrifice ship So yes you…"
Nov 16, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Looney Ludo sounds like a plausible candidate!"
Nov 6, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Ah, I thought you meant the name of the objects, not the name of the game. :) (Analogous to how the objects "Icehouse pyramids" became "Looney pyramids".)"
Oct 30, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Andrew Looney's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade'
"Is "Looney Coasters" too obvious? ;)"
Oct 29, 2015

Russ Williams's Event Reports

Brzeg (Poland) Games Festival

I spent last weekend at a game festival in Brzeg (Poland). After a couple eurogames in a 6-person group, 3 of the players went for lunch, so I pulled out my pyramids and taught the remaining 2 Branches and Twigs and Thorns as a quick filler, and they enjoyed it enough that we played 3 times. I then taught them Icetowers, and again we played 3 times.

 

Later in the day, I had a request from 2 other guys for Zendo (one had played…

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Posted on February 17, 2011 at 5:00am

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