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Ryan Hackel's Discussions

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.

Loonacy desconstructed
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As a stats geek, game designer and engineer, I took Loonacy apart the moment I got it.Not all images appear the same number of times in the deck.  Fifteen images appear six times each, and ten images…Continue

Tags: stats, Loonacy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Autzen Apr 4, 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 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
Ryan Hackel updated an event

Starship Captain Training Session at TItan Games and Hobbies

March 5, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Pyramid veteran Ryan Hackel will teach pyramid games from the Pyramid Primer, along with other pyramid classics and fan favorites.Come earn your Starship Captain wings!See More
Feb 12
Ryan Hackel replied to Tom Bosco's discussion 'Icehouse Wiki Talk Page'
"I am the admin for the IceWiki.  Please send me your user name and I can add your account to the regulars whitelist. However, you still won't be able to make edits.  We are having some trouble with MediaWiki and the fix is above my…"
Feb 12
Ryan Hackel replied to Lisa Jepson's discussion 'Fluxx Promo cards'
"The BoardGameGeek entry for Fluxx Promo Cards is fairly complete: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/44489/fluxx-promo-cards"
Jan 27
Ryan Hackel posted an event

Starship Captain Training Session at To Be Determined

March 5, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Pyramid veteran Ryan Hackel will teach pyramid games from the Pyramid Primer, along with other pyramid classics and fan favorites.Come earn your Starship Captain wings!See More
Jan 9
Ryan Hackel commented on Ryan Hackel's event report 'Starship Captain Training Sessions @ Labyrinth [DC]'
"8 January 2015: Michael was in a rolland-move mood, so we played several dice-based pyramid games.  First up was two or three plays of Pink Hijinks, which I taught to Michael.  Then we revisited Treehouse and IceDice.  Then, breaking…"
Jan 9
Ryan Hackel commented on Ryan Hackel's event report 'Starship Captain Training Sessions @ Labyrinth [DC]'
"4 December 2014: We played our traditional Zark City, then learned two games that were new to us: Logger and Synapse Ice.  Synapse Ice was a big hit, and I'm sure we'll get it on the table again!"
Jan 9
Ryan Hackel replied to Evan Varga's discussion 'Best tarot deck to use for Gnostica or Zarcana'
"If you want the best gaming experience for Zarcana, then use this deck explicitly made for Zarcana (by me): http://ceruleansgames.tripod.com/zarcanadeck.htm All rules on every card... no stickers needed."
Dec 7, 2014
Ryan Hackel replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'UberChrononauts and the end of the universe'
"The first Google result for "UberChrononauts rules" is this page: http://www.wunderland.com/LooneyLabs/EAC/UberChrono.html It still links to the (dead) RabbitWiki Chrononauts FAQ and to the (dormant) Chrononauts mailing list.  Nowhere…"
Dec 4, 2014
Ryan Hackel replied to Fogus's discussion 'Icehousegames.org -- It's dead Jim'
"I confirm that edits are blocked somehow. Error: "Warning: Parameter 1 to ReCaptcha::confirmEdit() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/rabbits/icehousegames.org/wiki/includes/Hooks.php on line 113" Internal Error: "Set…"
Dec 4, 2014
Scott Myers replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Beyond the Gore Years'
"Wow, good question. I'll need to think about it. Can't wait to hear what others suggest."
Dec 3, 2014
Scott Myers replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'UberChrononauts and the end of the universe'
"Good work! I have played a modified game, as you describe, and thought fFleetingly about the problem. I decided I had no idea what they math would do, so didn't bother modifying the matter. Thank you fFor this!!!"
Dec 3, 2014
Ryan Hackel posted discussions
Dec 2, 2014
Ryan Hackel commented on James Mitchell's photo

My Looney Labs collection so far...

"+1 for the Fluxx v3.0, EcoFluxx v1.0, and Cosmic Coasters. I recommend you branch out with Chrononauts or Aquarius."
Nov 30, 2014
Ryan Hackel replied to Marie Hogg's discussion 'Monty Python Fluxx - Keeper card - when do you play one?'
"All Keepers used to say "To play this card, place it face up on the table in front of you" until 2013.  Looney Labs decided to move all boilerplate text to the rulesheet instead."
Nov 17, 2014
Ryan Hackel replied to Fogus's discussion 'Icehousegames.org -- It's dead Jim'
"Disregard.  The wiki seems to be back up, at least me me. (I'm using Win7 and Firefox 33.1)"
Nov 13, 2014

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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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