Amy Austin | October 14, 2005
"You cursed brat. Look what you've done. I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought that a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness."

Congratulations, good game.

Mike Eberhart | October 14, 2005
The "Machine" has been knocked down a peg. But for how long...????

Scott Horowitz | October 15, 2005
woohoo, no more of Amy's bragging... there is a g0d

Scott Hardie | October 15, 2005
Longer than you thought, I bet. :-) I need a break, as evinced by the high number of errors I've been making lately, so here's to it. I'll use what little free time I have in the next two-and-a-half months to improve the site as much as I can.

Congratulations, Russ. Amy's a tough player to beat; you both played damn hard, and you weren't the only ones. Against my intentions, I think this turned out to be one of the most difficult rounds to date. As always, I'll try to turn back to easier goos when the game starts back up in January.

Amy Austin | October 15, 2005
Actually, I was kind of looking forward to a break as well... had no idea it would be that long, but it sounds perfect to me! (After all, the "Return" is always so much better when we have to wait a few seasons... or years... in mad anticipation!)

Also, I tend to think of myself as a rather good sport, not so much a braggard -- am I mistaken?

Scott Horowitz | October 15, 2005
when you relaunch can it be "Goo game - Uncancelled" ??? Like Family Guy

Scott Hardie | October 15, 2005
Good idea, Scott. I should have done it for TC this past winter.

I ran a fantasy RPG on this site for almost five years, and what finally killed it was when I took a three-month break; in that time, I lost the heart to keep writing it. When I considered taking a break from GOO, the fate of that fantasy game weighed on my mind, but honestly, I doubt that history will repeat itself.

More than anything, I want to take a break to clear my mind of any association with the top players. When I create goos, I cannot help but think of Amy, Russ, Mike, Denise, and other experts at the game; I wind up pitching goos at their level. Even when I do an easy one, I do it thinking about how easy it will be for them. I want to go back to thinking of the newbies and occasional players, and not start thinking of the expert players until the final weeks of the round. I hope that taking a break can do that.

Plus, I just plain want a damn break. :-) To my recollection, the longest break I've ever had from the game was six weeks back in the summer of 1998.

Megan Baxter | October 18, 2005
Have a good break, Scott!

I wish I could have played more the last few months - funnily enough, now that I'm not employed at a boring job and am back at grad school, I haven't had nearly the time online that I used to! :)


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