Ryan Hackel
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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.

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Lately I've been thinking about multi-discipline sports... triathlons, pentathlons, decathlons.  The idea is to combine contests in a way that challenges the whole person, to find the most…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Hackel Mar 28.

Conquest of Mars >> totally overhauled!
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I replaced the v1.0 rules on the wiki with v2.0:http://icehousegames.org/wiki/index.php?title=Conquest_of_MarsMajor…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Autzen Feb 15.

Nanofiction: In Memoriam... 11/22/63 + 50
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Half a century has passed since Kennedy's near assassination.  Our nation's wounded leader dodged several bullets from a Dallas sniper on this day in 1963.  Kennedy fulfilled the hope of a…Continue

Tags: creative, nanofiction

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Myers Nov 22, 2013.


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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 posted a status
"I liberated Star Fluxx from a thrift store for $2. It's a sure testament to Looney Labs' growing influence."
Apr 15
Dave Autzen replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Loonacy desconstructed'
"Loonacy promo? How do I get one, if there's no local Tabletop event hat I can attend?"
Apr 4
Ryan Hackel posted a discussion

Loonacy desconstructed

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 appear seven times each.  Five images appear eight times (Lady Freedom, Ship, House, The Looneys, and Chocolate).As we all know, the art comes from different Fluxx editions:Fluxx (Chocolate, Clock, Cookie, Eye, Love, Moon, Pizza, Sun, Toaster, and the Looneys themselves)Stoner Fluxx (Lady…See More
Apr 4
Ryan Hackel posted a status
"had a good Pyramid Session at Labyrinth last night. Played Zark City, Mundialito, Treehouse, Martian Coasters, and Conquest of Mars."
Apr 4
Ryan Hackel posted an event

Starship Captain Training Session at Labyrinth Puzzles & Games

June 5, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
Veteran pyramid fan Ryan Hackel will teach pyramid games.  Look for the guy in the back wearing a white lab coat.Metered on-street parking is generally available, and the store is one mere block away from the Eastern Market station on the Blue/Orange Metro line.Come and join us for some pyramid fun, and maybe you'll earn your Captain's wings before you're done!See More
Apr 4
Ryan Hackel commented on Ryan Hackel's event 'Starship Captain Training Session'
"Mike O'Connor joined me for: 4x Zark City 2x Mundialito (new for Mike) 3x Treehouse 1x Conquest of Mars (playtest) 2x Martian Coasters We also taught Loonacy to two other newcomers.  Fluxx v4 also hit the table elsewhere during the…"
Apr 4
Ryan Hackel posted a status
"Just a reminder... I'll be running pyramid demos at Labyrinth in DC on Thursday night 6-8pm."
Apr 2
Ryan Hackel replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"Hmmm.... I didn't approach this from the "how to run a tournament" perspective, but you guys make a good point. I see two obvious approaches. One solution is to have all the games in the pyramid-athlon be 2-player games, so you can…"
Mar 28
Russ Williams replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"I don't see the problem. Many 2-player games (e.g. Go, Chess, Pentago, etc) have tournaments with the simple system of giving 1 tournament point for each win and 0 for a loss. Or using my "devil points" system (linked earlier), +1 for…"
Mar 27
Joshua Denmeade replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"See the only problem with this, for me personally, is that some games, being only 2 player, might pose a difficulty in actually scoring that way. For example, while Homeworlds can be played with multiple players, most players will agree that the…"
Mar 27
Fogus replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"So... a Sharp Point Olympiad?  (groans) Anyway, I would love to see (and participate) in an event around this topic.  It would be fun to see it organized along various levels of participation and pyramidal experience, each corresponding…"
Mar 27
Scott Myers replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"True, good point."
Mar 27
Russ Williams replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"Well, I wouldn't expect "new or easily confused players" to be a "Master of The Pyramids" in any case. :)"
Mar 27
Scott Myers replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"Here is a more precise answer to what I think you are asking:  What are the 3 games that we can measure a person by, and decide conclusively that they are The Master of The Pyramids? The three I have chosen each display properties which are…"
Mar 27
Scott Myers replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"I would probably build the Triathlon with an eye towards getting each of the various main styles of game.  This is more fFlexible, allowing you to pick the games based on length and available time.  I'll give a more concise answer…"
Mar 27
Russ Williams replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"I'd just score rank results from each game and combine them, ignoring specific scores. I.e. who was 1st place, who was 2nd place, etc. (E.g. see http://russcon.org/RussCon/devilpoints.html ) For a good hardcore triathalon :) I'd probably…"
Mar 25

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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 2:04pm on October 24, 2013, Alison Looney 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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