October 6 , 2004
No new game in Essen...
When I started making things complex - in
2003, that was, when I announced that the 5th game was the 6th and
vice versa - I had promised that the last game was going to be ready
for the yearly games fair in Essen, Germany. Essen? 2004? Hmmm, I
have a problem. The past year has been hectic - even more hectic than
the hectic years before. I've been more than ever fully occupied with
all the trivial, daily things one has to face when trying to run a
business. There was no time at all to work on something new. Days
passed by, weeks passed by - and that way months pass by, etc. Essen?
That is only two weeks away! The game that must complete the GIPF
series will not be ready. There's even no idea for it it yet...
So, the plan needed to be adjusted; the release of the last game of
Project GIPF is postponed. It is now scheduled for October, 2005.
Also GIPF Set 3, containing the YINSH-potentials and the potentials
of the last game, may be expected by then.
to all the Project GIPF fan for this delay. For the time being,
we hope that the restyled GIPF can offer a little comfort. It is
ready and we'll have it with us Essen. And we are very happy with
the result. A certain moment we thought that we had made a mistake
by changing the material of the pieces, though. As you may recall
from the previous update, we pointed out the fact that something
could go wrong with the *tone* of the ivory pieces. Well, something
did go wrong with it! Have a look at the pic below.
The new ivory pieces are the darker pieces. They are even more different
from the existing acrylic pieces than all the samples we had received.
At first we were very disappointed, but after having played a few
games with the new pieces, we just enjoyed more and more the fact
that they were in *bakelite*, indeed. The finish is perfect, the surface
so smooth. The weight, the sound and the feel are just great! OK,
they look a bit yellow-ish. And, true, some will find the difference
a problem when adding potentials to GIPF, but... well... there's nothing
we could have done to avoid it. Nor is there something we can do about
it now. We have already settled for it - and meanwhile we're really
please with the new pieces. All we can do is hope that many of you
will like them, too. For us it is a sure thing now: bakelite has definitively
become the standard material of the components the games of project
GIPF are played with.
For a look at the new box, go to the GIPF section of this site. Cheers!
Scandinavian edition of GIPF
As already mentioned in the page with
we have a distributor for the Nordic (i.e. Scandinavian) countries.
The company is named "Ísöld"
and the man behind it is Björn Birgisson. Björn has ambitious
plans with Project GIPF. He does not just want to distribute the games,
no, he wants to hit the North of Europe with a Scandinavion version
of each game. Meanwhile the Scandinavian version of GIPF is ready.
Distribution will start in the near future. The plan is to release
a Scandinavian version of DVONN in the spring of 2005. Depending on
how well the Scandinavian GIPF and DVONN will do, Björn will
decide which game he will tackle next and by when it must be ready!
We are thrilled with the Scandinavian GIPF. It is the first time that
a game of project GIPF has been completely changed into a special
version for a specific territory. We find it very exotic and - no
doubt! - it is a spectucular *première*! If you live
in a Scandinavian county, start spreading the news. If you would not
live in that part of the world, start spreading the news just as well!
Don't forget: the WC's are coming closer!
First the ZÈRTZ en YINSH World Championships in Essen, Germany,
and one week later the GIPF and DVONN World Championships in Eindhoven.
Quite often we get e-mails from people telling us that it is difficult
to find opponents. Well, these tournaments are perfect occasions to
meet other palyers; here you have the possibility to play against
other people who like Project GIPF. Maybe you'll end up playing with
one or a few of them more often. So: don't miss it! Be there!
For the details: go to the Agenda!