October 26, 2009
Volume 2, Issue 5
The Time Machine is caught in a time loop! Chrononauts release is delayed as a result!
Due to a fatal printing error, Chrononauts and The Gore Years expansion pack releases will be delayed until December 4, 2009. Our printer is sorry for the delay and they are working hard to make sure you get your games as soon as possible.
If you pre-ordered Chrononauts and/or The Gore Years from your Friendly Local Game Store, please let them know you still want your copy when the game comes out. For those of you who pre-ordered Chrononauts and/or The Gore Years from Looney Labs directly, you should already have received email from us explaining your options. Please get back to us if you have not heard from us. We will resume taking pre-orders again on November 18. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Gearing up for the Holiday Gift!
We are busy gearing up to send our loyal fans the annual Looney Labs Holiday Gift. If you have moved in the past year, please take a moment to update your Looney Labs account with your new address. Login here if you already have an account and/or if you are creating an account with us for the first time. If you had an account but have never logged in since our new webstore went live in Oct 2008, please see these instructions - if you end up making a duplicate account, drop us an email and we can merge your accounts.
Looney Labs launches a new imprint - Fully Baked Ideas!
Just as Disney launched Touchstone Pictures in 1984 as a way to release movies featuring "more mature themes than those that are released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner," Fully Baked Ideas will allow us to publish games appropriate for adults but not well suited to inclusion in the regular Looney Labs catalog. This imprint was created to make sure children are not accidentally exposed to adult themes on our family games web site.
Fully Baked Ideas will be releasing its first game in November, and has already leaked news of the follow-up game releasing in 2010. If you are over the age of 18, and want to find out about these games, please sign up for our new Fully Baked Ideas email list here.
Prior to the current recall of the new Chrononauts print run, what was the worst printing snafu Looney Labs has had to cope with?
Scroll down to see the answer.
Q: Why did you start Fully Baked Ideas?
Andy's answer: "Although most of our games are great for people of all ages, there are a few things we like to publish that are intended for adults only. One is a special version of Fluxx we did a few years ago but have since been leaving out of print, and another is on a popular topic which people have frequently suggested we turn into a version of Fluxx. Obviously, there's a lot of money to be made by publishing these specialty editions, and with the economy what it's been lately, we've been motivated to figure out the best way to tap into the adult games market.
So, we started Fully Baked Ideas as a way to release games featuring more mature themes than those that are released under the Looney Labs banner. This new imprint will allow us to publish games appropriate for Spencer's but not well suited to inclusion in the regular Looney Labs catalog.
If you are over 18, please visit the Fully-Baked-Ideas.com website, to find out more about this new company's plans and products."
Survey of the Month
What's Your Favorite Time Travel Movie?
Take the Survey! We'll post the results in our next newsletter.
Results of Last Issue's Survey
Our question last time was: What's Your Favorite Alien Invasion Movie?
The winner was: Men in Black - 22.5%
Here are the results of the 120 votes cast:
- Men in Black - 22.5%
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai - 15.0%
- Independence Day - 11.7%
- War of The Worlds (1953 version) - 10.8%
- Mars Attacks! - 10.0%
- The Thing - 8.3%
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 version) - 6.7%
- Plan 9 From Outer Space - 5.0%
- They Live - 3.3%
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 2.5%
- The Blob - 1.7%
- This Island Earth - 0.8%
- The Puppet Masters - 0.8%
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 version) - 0.8%
- War of The Worlds (2005 version) - 0.0%
- Earth vs. The Flying Saucers - 0.0%
- Invaders from Mars - 0.0%
Trivia Question Answer
The biggest headaches we've had with a previous printing snafu occurred when the Fluxx 10th Anniversary Party Packs were printed on cards slightly too big. But the most entertaining mistakes were with the Tree and Forest promo cards from the summer of 2006. First the color stripes were flipped, so that the Goals had Keeper-colored stripes and the Keepers had Goal-colored stripes. We noticed this problem instantly and fortunately we had time to get them redone before heading to Origins (unlike what happened with the Party Packs). But on a subsequent reprinting, the artwork on the Forest Goal became inverted, creating a strange "night-time" version of the card. We ended up making this misprinted card available to collectors, since it makes for the interesting House-Rule driven situation called the Night Forest. You win with any two Trees as usual, but the Moon also has to be somewhere on the table. Read the whole story here.