Looney Labs & Icehouse Academy at NonCon 13

For the 13th year, I, along with Nene and David Joslyn have hosted Looney Labs events at NonCon, held every year at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

This year we did something different.While Nene demoed various Fluxx games, with Cthulhu Fluxx becoming an instant hit, David demoed pyramid games.

The most anticipated event every year is, and most likely will be for the foreseeable future, Are You A Werewolf? was, as usual, a huge smash hit!

While this was going on, I conducted the first annual Icehouse Academy of Starship Captains. While the participation was not as I had hoped, those that did became hooked and spent the rest of the convention playing pyramid games (Volcano was the favorite, followed closely by IceDice).

As we were leaving when the con ended, the staff told us how much they were looking forward to us coming back for NonCon 14.

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Comment by Jim Dunaway on March 30, 2013 at 6:00pm

I agree, which is why I subbed the games. I'm happy that whoever approves membership in the Starship Captains accepted the games and allowed Neal to become a Starship Captain.

Comment by Andrew Lupp on March 22, 2013 at 1:33pm

Hmm I would have to imagine that Zark City was included by Andy and Kristin for a specific reason.  But the most important aspect of all this is that the players have fun! If a Game Tech needs to tweak any part of an event  or kit to create a positive play experience hen do so. absolutely. There is no point in sticking to a program if a player doesn't come away feeling inspired or rewarded.  Always a good motto. 

Great job!

Comment by Jim Dunaway on March 21, 2013 at 6:15pm

I had one go all the way through it, and one onlooker who became immediately hooked.

The kit was very effective with one exception. My cadet was not at all interested in learning Zark City, so I taught him Volcano instead, which immediately became his favorite pyramid game.  I think it might be more effective if the syllabus was a guide, and the Academy instructors were able to substitute other games from the Primer. I did, and when the cadet applied for this Starship Captain membership with the substituted games, he was granted membership and is now waiting for his ID and coin to arrive.

Comment by Andrew Lupp on March 20, 2013 at 9:22pm

That's great Jim! How many cadets did you have? Was the Kit effective?   Sounds like you did a great job! Thanks for your dedication!

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