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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.
HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT LOONEY LABS?
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 Michael Ciarlillo's discussion 'Washing Martian Coasters?'
"I don't know, but FWIW it seems barely noticeable to me in the photo! Also, the photo isn't showing an actual coaster board side that would be used in play, but just a "title page" so to speak. So if it was me, I don't think…"
May 26
Russ Williams replied to Draw5PlayAll's discussion 'Homeworlds cloaked ship variant?'
"Having the stars hidden and doing random choice among more than one candidate star indeed seems to introduce confusing problems. (And the randomness might arguably be "not in the spirit" of Homeworlds.) What if the stars were publicly…"
Mar 11
Russ Williams replied to Adam Boudreaux's discussion 'Pyramid Racing'
"odt is a standard file format. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument FWIW the free open source program LibreOffice reads it. That said, the attached file seems to simply have some corruption in it, unfortunately, e.g. in the table at the start…"
Feb 27
Russ Williams replied to Draw5PlayAll's discussion 'Have you played against random-move opponents before?'
"I've not tried it with Fluxx, but a few weeks ago I tried a similar experiment vs 2 random players in donaldx's Greed. (I won easily.) FWIW I've also played solitaire against the Robots in Power Grid a few times. :)"
Jul 31, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature'
"FWIW I have never had these kinds of problems arise in play, and have successfully enjoyably played it with many diverse experienced and new players alike. We don't consider exact physical position to be relevant, because that seems to…"
Jun 1, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature'
"Interesting; I'd interpret these examples differently. E.g. "All pyramids are ungrounded" and "The koan contains no pyramids" ARE logically equivalent to me, given the basic playing conditions (that pyramids sit on the…"
May 30, 2016
Russ Williams replied to M. Weberg's discussion 'Draft of a clean and easy template for community game rules'
"Nifty. Now I'm imagining some plain text LaTeX source files... :)"
May 5, 2016
Russ Williams replied to MeVz's discussion 'Cat Rat Flea'
"Looks interesting. Question: "the player who owns the bottom piece must quickly move that piece to an adjacent and preferably empty space." Does that mean the adjacent space MUST be empty? Or that you must go to an empty space if…"
May 3, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Brett Taylor's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade and community resources?'
"I just realized that I already have an old wikia.com account I'd forgotten about; I am goulo there. I think a single account maps across whatever wikis have given it access there (right?) so you can give me editing access, thanks!"
Apr 23, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Brett Taylor's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade and community resources?'
"BTW I just noticed/remembered that Decktet has a nice looking wiki http://decktet.wikidot.com/ so perhaps wikidot is a good alternative. Looks less "commercial/spammy" than wikia. And perhaps there might even be some cross-pollination…"
Apr 22, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Brett Taylor's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade and community resources?'
"Basing it on mediawiki still means you or some successor will need to periodically maintain/upgrade the underlying mediawiki software, right? Especially if you're wanting to customize the mediawiki installation (that seems kind of a possible…"
Apr 21, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Brett Taylor's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade and community resources?'
"Excellent! Thanks for getting the ball rolling on this."
Apr 10, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Brett Taylor's discussion 'Pyramid Arcade and community resources?'
"Unfortunately the wiki has been in a sort of semi-orphan state for a couple years. E.g. I have an account there, and after logging in, I see error messages across the top of the screen: Warning: preg_match(): Compilation failed: group name must…"
Apr 10, 2016
Russ Williams replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'Draw in Martian Chess?'
"FWIW I started a discussion about this a while back at BGG: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/530254/do-2-queens-1-drone-lead-draw I play sometimes at SDG and this sort of endgame with few pieces comes up somewhat often indeed. But to my…"
Mar 5, 2016
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…"
Feb 1, 2016
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, 2016

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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