*The eggs used with this game are made of fossiliferous limesone from the Las Belas area of Balochistan that is turned on lathes in Karachi, Pakistan. These marine fossils, 30 million years old, lived in the Tethys Sea between the colliding Sub-Continent of Pakistan-India and Asia. The matrix that cements the fossils together is fragments of other fossils broken up in the surf prior to its lithification into limestone. The circular fossils with internal radiating dividers are coral. The chambered fossils are snails. The arcuate fossils are cross-sections of clams.
information via Larry McMaster MS, geologist Bowling Green State University, Ohio USA
I do my own packing and shipping, in fact, I do pretty much everything @ egggame.com . Cardboard is ‘more than’ available, as you may know if you’ve ever been down to your local recycler. Here in Polson, MT we have what’s called a Folkshop. It is a place where you can leave stuff or buy stuff with profit going to support a local group home, they also re-cycle cardboard. When orders come in, I zip down there, pick out some choice sheets of the stuff, and bring it home to butcher and cover your games with. Let me also tell you that egggame policy is to foster a minimal impact on the environment. This is what we are here to do with our manufacturing programs as well. Packing and shipping is a big part of the process. It is also my responsibility to make sure that my product makes a solid first impression. I feel there is no better way to do that then to re-use and re-cycle cardboard. The trees thank us when we make any effort on their behalf.
The Micro Cosmic Eggsperience…
Andy Looney onced refered to the OEG as a micro-cosmic experience. This has gotten my mind spinning and here are some thoughts on the subject … The Earth is a spinning partially stone egg shaped object. We are not directly in charge of its spin, or at least we hope not. A higher powered way of looking at this is to visualize tens, hundreds, and thousands. This is not hard to do if you see ‘our world’ as the hundreds. The cellular and atomic world within us as the tenth power. And the astral plane: stars, planets galaxies, as the third power thousands. Now then if this were the case, wouldn’t we, while playing the egg game, be sort of higher powered our-selves? Thinking about this is quite interesting…
Truly the Original Egg Game is a micro cosmic experience.
Andy Looney’s work is on line at www.wunderland.com
Please visit his site and enjoy his work, I sure do.
Many people have suggested to me that we make the boards more colorful. I figure that’s a good idea. Here is a solution … Using the logo side of the board, paint any colors, or any picture you feel good about. Bob Jaffe suggests you try dipping your eggs in paint and spinning them on the back side of the board to create great effects. I think he’s on to something there … Remember, if you get paint on the smooth side of your board it will dry and create micro mountain ranges. Try very fine sand paper to tune your playing surface as necessary. Art is infinite! Classrooms have tried making mandalas on their boards giving each student a circular band of space to pen their work. That’s a great way to get your whole class to create a beautiful work.
Over the course of several years I have noticed that certain words are easy to say replacing the first few letters with egg. For example:
eggsample* eggsactly* eggcellent* eggzuberant* eggcetera*….
If you’re truly an egg head, and you are reading this, chances are you’ve heard me use one of these at a demonstration. In fact people like to add them often times so please feel free to add to the list…