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March 4th, 2004
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The penultimate geek moneymaking scheme --
-- that can ever possibly be invented is:

Mandala, the collectible sand game

Three months later, they will reveal the only thing that can ever top it:

Metallic sand booster packs.

(From a conversation with kaijima and feedle.)

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From:kistaro
Date:March 4th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
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It can fall victm, though, to the same thing that claims a very small fraction of Wizards Of The Coast's sales at Washington University: seriously customized versions, in which people obtain their own sand (or blank index cards), create their own game pieces, and then choose them up in standard draft manner (so if you write a card too unbalanced, it can go to your opponent as your first three picks must be from a card- or sand-grain- written by one of the other people involved in the game).

A much better racket is making a collectible dice game that takes 15 dice per player, the 30-dollar starter set comes with seven dice, and a five-dollar booster pack nets you one. It's harder to make-your-own of that, too.

Any more questions as to why I am not a big fan of Yu-Gi-Oh the card game, or the business practices of the company around the same? (Prices come from looking it up, not from buying one. The only version of that I intend to buy is the Game Boy version, which I had the opportunity to play last week and is actually fun.)
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From:wanderdragon
Date:March 4th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
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Takes me back to high school, when I wrote my Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy M:tG expansion set. *sigh*

That set would've ruled.

"The Supernova Bomb: Artifact. 20 colorless mana. Goes into effect immediately. Game is over. No one wins."
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From:frameacloud
Date:March 4th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC)

I'd buy it. Some, at least.

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I'd call it more of a New Age Geek thing.

Sounds like it could get messy.

Would it a solitaire or duel? Or either? Would obsessive players of it be referred to by monikers like "Mandaloons"? What's the penalty for getting mad and using the sand-spoon as a catapult to hit the other player instead of forming intricate designs? How do mothers and schoolteachers feel about finding their kids sitting around pouring sand on the floor?

Metallic sand booster packs.

Otherwise known as glitter. Hmm...
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From:frameacloud
Date:March 4th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)

Woop!

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Er... wait, it doesn't use spoons to pour the sand. Sorry. That's what the Mystics made their mandalas with in Dark Crystal, I guess that's what I was thinking of.

Along that thread, though, what if every art form was made into a collectible game?

Battle origami, where you buy packets of Official Battle Origami Paper without knowing what patterns were inside, and you only get to fold certain figures from certain patterns? How much damage does a frog base do?

Combat Sock Puppets? Assemble your own Foot Soldier, it would say on the carton. Green button eyes were discontinued, and so the trade price for them has skyrocketed to several hundred dollars, despite how they only loan a few points to the sock puppet they're bestowed upon.

Polish easter egg duel kits, which are banned after numerous children manage to injure themselves with hot wax, candleflame, and raw egg?

Jackson Pollock Style?
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