Andrew Looney The Empty City

ISBN 13: 9781929780006

The Empty City

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The Empty City was written by game designer Andrew Looney between 1987 and 1991. Subtitled a novel about Love, Games, and the planet Mars, the book is a series of a loosely connected stories which all take place in an unusual city where a board game called Icehouse is extremely popular. This mysterious game, played with small, colorful pyramids, was imaginary when the first part of the book was written, but the authors friends became so inspired by his game ideas that they created a real-world version of the game before the novel was even completed. The game later inspired other games that could be played with the same pyramids, and in 2016, a boxed set called Pyramid Arcade was released which features 22 unique pyramid games. All of these games have their roots in The Empty City. Description from the back of the book: Enter a secret city where dreams blur with reality, eccentric characters populate the diners and donut shops, and instead of chess, everyone plays an exotic game with pyramids. Enter a city where Martian artists lurk among us, time travel has been patented, and that gift-wrapped object someone left behind on the subway might just be an atomic bomb. Enter the Empty City. Enjoy your visit. 152 pages. This edition features 18 illustrations by Alison Frane. The cover was painted by Dawn Robyn Petrlik. Size: 8.5 x 5.5 Softcover only

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Andrew Looney is best known as the inventor of Fluxx, the card game with ever-changing rules, and the many themed versions thereof. He is also the designer of most of the games published by Looney Labs, which he co-founded in 1996 with his wife, Kristin. His other card games include Chrononauts, Aquarius, Just Desserts, Loonacy, Nanofictionary, and Get the MacGuffin. Andy considers his greatest invention to be Pyramid Arcade, a complete game library in one box, featuring the multi-purpose, pyramid-shaped gaming pieces he created in 1987. Pyramid Arcade includes 22 unique board games, most of which Andy designed himself. But he never intended to become a game designer... originally, he dreamt of becoming a writer. The pyramids have their origins in a short story called Icehouse, which Andy incorporated into his 1991 novel, The Empty City. Andys description of an imaginary board game and the people who obsessively play it was so inspiring to his friends that they helped him create a real-life version of the game he had envisioned. Since then, the pyramids have taken on a life of their own, inspiring many others to create games for the system. The rules for hundreds of pyramid games can now be found online, with more being invented all the time. The Pyramid Arcade instruction book includes recommendations for other games to look for, and challenges for those interested in creating their own. One of the most popular games for Looney Pyramids is the inductive logic game Zendo, which is now available in a standalone edition. Another is the epic interstellar war game Homeworlds, which is so challenging that Andy will award a medal to anyone who can beat him. Andy is an avid traveler who frequently attends sci-fi & gaming conventions, nerd cruises, and Burning Man. But his favorite destination is Amsterdam. Andy has been an outspoken advocate of cannabis legalization since 1997, when he first went to Amsterdam to experience the coffeeshop scene. He was so impressed by the Dutch approach that he decided to write a book about it, to convey what its like for those who cant make the journey themselves. After many years and repeat visits, he finally completed Amsterdam Coffeeshops in 2017. He dreams of opening an Amsterdam-style coffeeshop in Maryland as soon as the laws allow it. Andy was born in Washington, DC, in November 1963. He became an Eagle Scout in 1981. In 1986, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Computer Science. After college, he spent 8 years working for NASA, where he met his future wife and wrote software that flew in space during the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. In the mid-nineties, Andy worked for Magnet Interactive Studios, where he created and programmed a videogame for the 3DO system called Icebreaker. Andy has been occasionally blogging at Wunderland.com since 1997 and has been doing a weekly podcast with fellow game designer Keith Baker, called The Download, since 2015. Unbeknownst to most folks on Earth, Andy is the Emperor of the Universe and has been quietly running its Supreme Imperial Government since 1982. Andy loves cake.

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refreshingly offbeat. a lot of wacky ideas, with a taste of human wisdom thrown in. the strong characters and settings could have supported an even longer book. peopled by artsy, intellectual singles, it seems to describe a lifestyle the author lived and/or wanted to live. would be interesting to read a follow-on that incorporates children and more stable relationship. --goodreads.com/review/show/9895282

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