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Vol. 2, Issue 1
November 12, 1999

Down the Pipe

Introductory Ramblings

by Russell "RadPipe" Lauzon


t seems strange to sit across the river and view things from the other side, yet here I sit, Features Editor for loonygames, my favorite magazine on the planet. It wasn't long ago that I was merely a fan sending loonyboi the "loonygames is on hiatus? Noooo!" e-mail and not longer after that he sent me the "my first 10 picks declined, you want a job?" e-mail. I couldn't be happier.

As Features Editor it is my job to pull a Cover Story out of my ass every week and thrill the masses with some literary wonderment and chat with the industry Gods. No small feat indeed! How will I do it? No clue. Check back with me in a couple months.

This week's interview with American McGee was a delight to do, and I'm not just saying that. Alice is such a cool concept for a game and I love the Nightmare Before Christmas influence in the concept art. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. In fact, I think I can sing every song on the soundtrack by heart. But also, the game is being co-produced by one of my favorite game companies, Rogue Entertainment. I can't say enough about Jim Molinets, Barrett Alexander and their crew. Plus the Under Cover story about Christopher Greenhaw (who did that awesome cover pic), is just too amazing to forget. That boy is going places, you watch. Look for more on the Rogue crew to grace the pages of loonygames in the next couple of weeks.

On to bigger and bolder, and I'm not talking silicon. I won't spoil all the great upcoming features we have planned for loonygames, but I will say we're going to CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE IN THIS UNIVERSE THINK, BABY! Well, ok, Kodos and his sister Kang are pretty much set in their ways, and if anyone can get Paul Steed to consider anything new then let me know, but everyone else better hold on to your hats and your pants! (Hats will blow off on windy days, and loonyboi will steal your pants if you let him).

If you dropped by for our IRC Launch Party the other day, then you witnessed chaotic mayhem at its finest. At one point I counted 150 people in the #loonygames channel, no less than 3 servers were buckling under the load, and our chief loonyboi couldn't get on to give his speech and get things going. And, to top things off, I found I am absolutely terrible at stalling. It was cool. We had a lot of VIPs attend, which I was delighted to see, in fact I think I'll list them here:

Dave Kirsch, Paul Steed, and John Cash of id Software
John Romero, Stevie Case, and Chris Cummings of Ion Storm
Chris Greenhaw, Rob Selitto, and Bobby Pavlock of Rogue Entertainment
Jake Simpson, and John Scott of Raven Software
Jim Downs of All Games Network
Jenne "Mynx" Bailey of Dear Mynx
Cliff Bleszinski and Brandon Reinhart of Epic Megagames
Illiad of User Friendly

There were others (like two excellent dudes from Looking Glass) but I was too drunk to write their names down. Sorry. I suggested the idea of doing weekly IRC parties but people kept threatening to run me up the flag pole so I dropped it.

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Credits: Illustration © 1999 Dan Zalkus. Down the Pipe is © 1999 Russell Lauzon. All other content is © 1999 loonyboi productions. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited, biznitch.