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Pyramid Primer #2
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Kristin, forgive me if this topic is premature.At today's Looney Lounge, I took a peek at an early draft of Pyramid Primer #2.  Like its predecessor, this 28-page full size pamphlet contains space…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Artman May 22, 2015.

Beyond the Gore Years
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As we all know, rows on the Chrononauts timeline generally contain eight cards.  if you're suing the Gore Years, there's an extra row that's only five cards long.  This must be an invitation to add…Continue

Tags: fanfic, expansion, variants, ideas, chrononauts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Myers Dec 3, 2014.

UberChrononauts and the end of the universe
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In UberChrononauts, the universe is destroyed if, at any time, there are 13 paradoxes within any four consecutive rows of the timeline. (This is especially important to Crazy Joe, the Lost ID who…Continue

Tags: variants, uberchrononauts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Hackel Dec 4, 2014.

[CN Fluxx] No-Hand Bonus typo
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Are you sure that the No-Hand Bonus in Cartoon Network Fluxx "replaces Keeper Limit"?  I suspect that this is a typo.Continue

Tags: errata

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Goerner Aug 12, 2014.


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Fan, Demo Team
Chrononauts brought me here in 2003. Martian Chess was my portal to the pyramids in 2005. FluxxBuxx contest finalist in 2005. Appointed deputy admin of the IceWiki in 2007. 2010 Ice Awards panelist. First gamed with the Looneys in 2011.
I'm an engineer, explorer, zookeeper, father, librarian, aquanaut, bureaucrat, food alchemist, amateur time traveler, and misplaced antiquarian. I've been designing games since I was ten.


"Ryan, I know a lot of people that make their own games. But you're different.... you make games that other people want to play."
Fluxx, Looney Pyramids, Time Travel Games, Aquarius

Starship Captain List

1) Volcano

2) Martian Coasters

3) Zarcana

4) Zendo

5) IceDice

6) Twin Win

7) Dectana

8) Martian Chess

9) World War 5

10) Crosswalk


(See http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/148795 for all 25 items.)

Latest Activity

Ryan Hackel replied to radagast0419's discussion '2.1 differences?'
"To my knowledge, the only differences are in the packaging.  v2.0 was published by Iron Crown Enterprises.  v2.1 was published directly by Looney Labs after ICE died in 1999.  Logos on the box were changed accordingly.  I am not…"
Nov 22, 2015
Ryan Hackel replied to Shane Tilton's discussion 'Regaining access to icehousegames.org'
"During my last conversation with IceWiki admin Brian Campbell, he told me he was willing to turn the keys over to anyone qualified and attentive enough to fill his shoes."
Oct 1, 2015
Ryan Hackel replied to Glenn Osburn's discussion 'SUPER FLUXX'
"Recommended House Rule: Allow one Goal per set to be in play (or two, with the matching Double Agenda)."
Aug 22, 2015
Ryan Hackel replied to Tom Steele's discussion 'What kind of dye works on pyramids?'
"Eeyore had some good results with Rit dye: http://www.ee0r.com/proj/dyepyramids.html"
Aug 22, 2015
Ryan Hackel replied to Shane Tilton's discussion 'Regaining access to icehousegames.org'
"It takes an admin to personally bestow "regular status" on a user.  I could easily do the task. However, due to a MediaWiki snafu, the IceWiki won't accept any edits at this time, even from admins and regulars.  This has…"
Aug 13, 2015
Ryan Hackel replied to Alfred Gosling's discussion 'Buying stashes in bulk?'
"I don't see another way to get 4 or more monochrome stashes for less than $50.  You plan sounds like the best one."
Jul 30, 2015
Ryan Hackel replied to Fogus's discussion 'Looney Pyramids design principles (?)'
"The front page of the IceWiki has a writeup that closely matches what you describe... but those aren't Andy's words. Here's an article Andy wrote in 2003, but it isn't…"
Jun 2, 2015
David Artman replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid Primer #2'
"It would be hard for me to choose 12 games without a LOT of thought about quality and variety. BUT, I am posting to suggest that many of them (if not all) should be selected based on having Rainbow and Xeno, to help promote sales and to reward those…"
May 22, 2015
Greg Lattanzio replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid Primer #2'
"Alien City (yes it requires a piecepack, but it is a great game that I think about more than I play) Autumn Ash (this tricky strategy game takes a little effort to learn, but it's also a good game to aspire to once you own several sets of xeno…"
May 21, 2015
Fogus replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid Primer #2'
"I think Martian Whist is pretty good, but I would say something like that."
May 19, 2015
Joshua Denmeade replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid Primer #2'
"I do agree that is a great game. I don't know how they would put this in the current IceSheet format considering the ideal state for playing this game is one Xeno stash and one Rainbow. But, in terms of other requirements, it's fairly…"
May 19, 2015
Ryan Hackel replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid Primer #2'
"Games that might already be included: Freeze Tag Lunar Invaders Nothing Beats a Large Petal Battle Petri Dish Pink Hijinks Pyramid Shambo RAMbots Twin Win Zendo My recommendations: Blam Logger Mundialito Penguin…"
May 18, 2015
Russ Williams replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid Primer #2'
"I don't know which games are in it, so I'm not sure which to suggest, but guessing about games probably not in it which I enjoy playing (some pretty regularly), I'll propose: Tic-Tac-Doh (simple classic, needs only 1 stash) Stack…"
May 17, 2015
Jim Dunaway replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid Primer #2'
"I myself am rather partial to TimeLock http://www.icehousegames.org/wiki/index.php?title=Timelock"
May 16, 2015
Ryan Hackel posted a discussion

Pyramid Primer #2

Kristin, forgive me if this topic is premature.At today's Looney Lounge, I took a peek at an early draft of Pyramid Primer #2.  Like its predecessor, this 28-page full size pamphlet contains space for the rules of approx. 12 popular pyramid games.I noticed that there were a couple blank spaces on the cover, suggesting that there was more space left in the draft for a few more games.  Perhaps us Starship Captains could help you select some worthwhile fan designs?See More
May 16, 2015
Ryan Hackel commented on Ryan Hackel's event report 'Starship Captain Training Sessions @ Labyrinth [DC]'
"10 March 2015: Michael O'Connor and I met on location at Titan Games in Timonium, MD.  Titan is almost exclusively dedicated to Magic&Minis, but it's close to home.  For a combination of personal reasons, we decided to take a…"
Mar 12, 2015

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Ryan Hackel's Event Reports

Looney Lounge at the Board & Brew, 26 OCT 2014

[I'm reposting this here, at Luke Hanson's request.]

When I go to a Looney Lounge, I always come prepared for the mental quest to play as much of the Looney catalog as possible.  This time I did well in that pursuit.  With my wife and daughter in accompaniment, we filled some seats at a game of Monster Fluxx that was just starting up.  Monster Fluxx happens to be my daughter's favorite game, which she can play well enough even though she can't read.  She…


Posted on October 26, 2014 at 10:30pm

Starship Captain Training Sessions @ Labyrinth [DC]

I host monthly pyramid gatherings at Labyrinth Puzzles & Games in downtown DC on the first Thursday of each month. 6-8pm.  It's usually just two or three pyramid fans, plus whatever bystanders from the GCOM crowd that we can press-gang into action.

In the past, I have written nightly recaps as comments on the Event listing, but LL has requested that I write them as Event Reports instead.  One Report per month would be too much, so I'm going to combine them into this one thread.

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

IceDice with my niece and nephew

I played IceDice with my niece and nephew, who are 4 and 6 years old, respectively.  They had no trouble at all learning the game, though my niece did have some difficulty matching the size die with the pyramid sizes.  Both kids had a roller coaster ride of fun with IceDice.  Their eyes glowed with the thrill of victory (getting to steal someone else's pyramid) and the agony of defeat (going bust when pushing for the Rainbow bonus).  My nephew even won the game (which I had to point out to…


Posted on February 23, 2011 at 4:44pm — 3 Comments

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At 11:36pm on May 15, 2014, Joseph Carter said…

Thanks Ryan, it'll be a day or two before I can really start doing anything and I'll have to find the errors I intended to correct again by then.  Up to my eyeballs at the moment.  My boss can be a real slave-driver.  And since I'm my boss and I just saw what I wrote, I'd better get back to work.  ;)

At 5:09am on May 15, 2014, Joseph Carter said…

Hi Ryan, could you please add me (iKarith) to editors on the icehousegames.org wiki?  Don't intend any major edits until I get the hang of things, but I can fix a few stale links and typos I've stumbled across for now.  As noted in my profile, I'm actually very new to pyramid gaming—but I learned eight games in like a week.  Am I an instant addict, or is albinism a genetic trait of Martian ancestry?  Ooooh…


At 2:04pm on October 24, 2013, Alison Frane said…

Hi Ryan,

Are you still doing the Starship Captain Training sessions at Labyrinth?  Someone went to attend one recently, and was told by Labyrinth that they were not holding them anymore, due to other events they wanted that time slot for.  If you are no longer running them, could you adjust the repeating event so it no longer shows on the fan club calendar?  I think someone else just signed up to possibly attend, and we wouldn't want them taking the trouble to show up just to find out it's not happening.

Thanks for demoing our games!

Alison Looney

At 7:32pm on July 12, 2011, Antoine Richard said…
I was not aware of that aluminium pyramid. What is the idea of it? Like i told you before, i choose a map showing the states where slavery was permited. It is apparent that the distribution of the slaves was not equaly distributed in the states. On your old map we can see that there was plenty of slaves in the valley of the missisipi, in and around the state of Virginia. Anyway, my firts idea when i showed part of your starship captains map was to make a mirror between the number of captains in the north and in the south, and the johnny rebs are still outnumbered like during the civil war. Now i think we better lay it down  before the Looneys told us that we are out of the main subject here.
At 6:48pm on June 17, 2011, Slawomir Krupa said…
Hi! I changed my SSCL. Thanks for all your contribution here!
At 8:49am on April 3, 2011, Robert R Quick II said…
Ryan, GRYB is a game board. see: http://www.jdbgames.com/gryb/index.htm - the game board is representative pryamid. 
At 12:05am on April 2, 2011, Mike Peterson said…
My application just got approved for SSC status. My list is ordered and on my wall. The Stereotypical SSCL is awesome. Thanks!
At 11:22pm on March 3, 2011, Greg Lattanzio said…

Per your request, I'm letting you know that I changed my SSCL on 3/4/11. Please note the changes in your tally.

At 5:45pm on January 28, 2011, Brian Campbell said…
Hi Ryan! I joined the Ning site after you compiled you SSCL v2. You asked for anyone who's interested in an update to ping your wall, so I thought I'd let you know. Also, there are 61 captains now, so there may be a few other new lists as well.
At 1:44pm on January 24, 2011, Dennis D Duquette said…

Hello Ryan.


I changed my SSCL on or just after 2011-01-19, following the games played at Arisia SF Con in Boston.


Thank you for the Stereotypical SSCL!

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