Friday, April 13, 2012

Tiger Eye & Little Boxes of MagPo



Tonight Passionfruit Games e-mailed me a heads-up on the release of Tiger Eye ~ the Sacrifice, a computer game based on Marjorie Liu's romance novel of the same name. If you remember how much fun I had with the first game, Tiger Eye ~ the Curse of the Riddle Box, then you know how tickled I am to have the next one (I just started playing it tonight and I'm already having a blast.) If you already own the first game, want the second game or would like to find out more about them, Passionfruit Games has all the info you'll need on their web site here. Meanwhile, I'm going to play through the new game and then write up another post with more on the gaming experience.

Helpful things often come in small packages, as I discovered when I made a trip to BAM yesterday and found Magnetic Poetry's latest delight, little boxes of words.

The palm-sized tins, which contain 72 words to play with, each have a specific theme. I picked up one of each that BAM had in stock: happiness, hope, love, peace, and (my personal favorite) whoop ass. Later that day -- when I definitely felt like whooping some ass -- I got the tins out of the bag. What I really needed an inoculation of hope, though, so that was the one I cracked open.

72 words aren't a lot to work with, but in a few minutes I put together a quick poem about something I believe in that always gives me hope (me and my guy). While it didn't transform me into Julie Andrews singing the hills are alive, and my impromptu verse won't be winning a Pulitzer, once I had arranged the poem on my board I actually felt a little better. At $5.99 per tin MagPo's little boxes are a bit pricey, but they're certainly cheaper than a therapist.

As always you don't have to take my word for it. In comments to this post, name something you'd like MagPo to use as a theme for one of their little boxes (or if you can't think of anything, just toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST tonight, April 13, 2012. I will draw four names at random from everyone who participates and send the winners one of MagPo's little boxes along with a signed copy of Nightborn, my latest release. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something at PBW in the past.

26 comments:

  1. A MagPo theme I'd like to see is a high fantasy/sword & sorcery one. OR a witch craft/spell theme.... or... or... too many ideas so I better get writing. :)

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  2. I think they should use the theme of Dreams for one of their little boxes. I think it would be really cute! :)

    The poem you made out of the Hope tin is cute :) I think I would love to see what's inside the Whoop Ass tin :D

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  3. Dare I say it... Sexy. Haha. Or perhaps Woman.

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  4. Nicole7:26 AM

    I just love the idea you can now say "Don't make me open up a can of Whoop-Ass" and mean it literally...

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  5. Oh wow, I love the idea of a portable tin of words to play with! How about a tin of words specifically focused on boosting your ego? I think we could all use a little box of words to lift us up when we are feeling down on ourselves.

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  6. Shizuka8:40 AM

    I'd love a box of Journey or Mystery words.

    Sometimes I want Simmering Anger words, but playing with those might not be so healthy.

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  7. Anonymous8:41 AM

    Lynn,
    Well, REVENGE would be a great one. It would be better to use the words on a board than really do something to someone! It could be marketed as a creative stress reliever!
    Tami
    Jacksonville

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  8. I could use motivational job type words. Every staff meeting the leader assigns us an acronym and we have to make up meanings for it and share with the team (ah teambuilding). I could use some help finding words that don't lead my acronym straight to the gutter.

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  9. I think a color theme has lots of possibilities, although I really like TanjaG's spell theme too.

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  10. bluebamboo9:30 AM

    I'd love a Growth theme. Could refer to nature, growing up, emotional growth...

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  11. clairecherven10:30 AM

    WISDOM - that's a concept that can be put in 72 words. or not!

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  12. I'd say alternative swear words...like my favorite SHITake mushrooms :)

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  13. What a unique and special box. One that has motivation for education and learning.

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  14. The concept of travel and broadening our horizons. Wonderful ideas.

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  15. Humor. There isn't enough laughter in the world anymore.

    Also, can't wait to hear how you liked the new game...

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  16. Anger. Despair.


    *Sorry if you get multiple posts. The computer keeps telling me I don't exist...

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  17. Okay, I'm intrigued by the Whoop Ass box.

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  18. I think the ideas that have been suggested are terrific. What about a Kids or Teens version? These are portable and would be great for entertaining kids on the go. Another idea is a Spiritual themed one. :)

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  19. Wouldn't mind a tin of sanity :D

    i LOVED the first tiger eye game, will have to chek out the second one.

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  20. I think determination would be a good theme, something to inspire ambition and to get you through the hard times. It's nice to think something so small and simple can really help.

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  21. Anonymous2:16 PM

    DARKYN

    Mystery
    Romance
    Naughty or nice?

    I'm Sandy. I'll check back to see if I won :). I should have a Blogger Id by then. I think. How do these things work? I'm joking. Well, except for getting an email address to you.

    Thank you.

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  22. A box containing foreign language phrases commonly used by English speakers; what would you name this box?

    Phrases like "c'est la vie" and "carpe diem".

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  23. I really, really want to see what's in the tin of Whoop Ass. I think a fantasy or sci-fi themed tin would be fun.

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  24. I'm thinking patience. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. I just Tiger Eye, Dirk & Steele book 1. If you are mentioning it, it must be good. I will give it a try!

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  26. I'd enjoy a superhero themed tin, something with a variety of heroes and loaded with words like Bam, Pow, Shazam, but also containing with place names (Krypton, Gotham, Hell's Kitchen).

    Of course, mayhem might be fun to play with too!

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