Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2009

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April 1, 2009:
No, not a new building, but a new office within our building (which still could be considered "new," given the length of time we were at the Metcalfe location . . . ok, I'll stop now). Our break room was much too large -- large enough, in fact, for a break room and an office . . . read article

April 2, 2009:
Fantasy stories are filled with great cities: Baum's Emerald City, Leiber's Lankhmar, Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork, and many others. A city can be an adventuring party's base of operations, the destination of their quest, the place they have to defend in a war or a ruin that someone else failed to defend . . . read article

April 3, 2009:
Warehouse 23 is endless, or so rumor has it. So what is The SCP Foundation? . . . read article

April 4, 2009:
As sharp eyed consumers have noted, Frag Gold Edition and the reprint of Burn in Hell have moved from warehouse (the one in Atlanta) to warehouse (Warehouse 23 that is). This is usually a good indicator that cases of our goodies have, or are about to, hit the shelves of your local game seller . . . read article

April 5, 2009:
It's that time of year again -- the GAMA Trade Show is once again in Las Vegas, the week after Easter. The major players of the hobby game industry will gather with retailers from around the world and do our "What's New for You?" song and dance . . . read article

April 6, 2009:
Bruce Sterling and his wife, Jasmina Tesanovic, have a deeply annoying and all too believable problem with our federal government. Apparently, when you move your affairs to the Internet, there comes a point when the bureaucrats don't believe you're real . . . read article

April 7, 2009:
The thing about traveling is that there's a (not unreasonable) assumption that eventually you're going to end up somewhere. Maybe you're going to run out of supplies, maybe you've got passengers or cargo to drop off, maybe you've just been listening to Bart talk about his kids non-stop for the last four days and you don't really want this working relationship to end with a gunshot . . . read article

April 8, 2009:
Over the weekend, the blogosphere spread the word that both Aaron Allston and Dave Arneson have recently been hospitalized -- Aaron for a quadruple bypass following a heart attack, and Dave for complications arising from cancer. Dave, of course, is a founder of our hobby, as co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons . . . read article

April 9, 2009:
You've heard us gush about this abstract game, and if you've been to any conventions with us over the past year, you've seen us doing demos with a maniac glee. And now it's at the printer . . . read article

April 10, 2009:
Dave Arneson, co-creator of the original Dungeons & Dragons, died on April 7. Dave never did get as much attention as the other guy whose name was on the box, and he never will . . . read article

April 11, 2009:
Burt Goldman has discovered the means to self-discovery and personal improvement: He asks himself what he would do. No, not in the sense of introverted examination . . . he actually goes to one of the universes next door and talks to his alternate-world selves . . . read article

April 12, 2009:
Sure, hobbyists recently got the gear they needed to build a unmanned aerial vehicle, but what if your solder tends to start fires instead of affixing wires? The solution: Throw money at the problem . . . read article

April 13, 2009:
These are the Spaceships books written by David Pulver. Their mission: to expand on rules presented GURPS Space . . . read article

April 14, 2009:
By the time most of you read this, the crew will be headed off to the GAMA Trade Show, in sunny (and dry) Las Vegas. Today is travel, quickly followed by booth setup . . . read article

April 15, 2009:
We always do a new Where We're Going (WWG) for the GAMA Trade Show. This year, we decided to change the format . . . read article

April 16, 2009:
Holy cats, this show is moving fast. Attendance seems to be somewhere between the extremes I'd heard predicted; I'd guesstimate 150-200 stores to be represented here . . . read article

April 17, 2009:
Someone's been leaving pyramids lying around all over the world like discarded lottery tickets. The planet's lousy with them, in fact, and Professor Robert Schoch thinks he knows who's at fault . . . read article

April 18, 2009:
Warner Brothers has released 150 titles from its archives in DVD. This in itself is not unheard of; what's new (or at least unusual) is their method of manufacturing and distribution . . . read article

April 19, 2009:
The recent reprint of Burn in Hell reminds me of an oddly frequent question we get: "When are you going to reprint SPANC?" The answer is, of course, "last November!" If you missed the announcement, get thee to a friendly local game store and pick up this fun little romp of capers and catgirls . . . read article

April 20, 2009:
Which might explain why They are always trying to steal our women . . . Hey-hey, check it out, we released another GURPS Classic on e23! . . . read article

April 21, 2009:
Last week's GAMA Trade Show has wrapped up, and the crew is all home. Overall it wasn't a bad show . . . read article

April 22, 2009:
Fox News has come in for a lot of criticism in some circles because of a perceived slant to their reportage. Give them credit, however: when they discovered one of their long-time reporters wrote a movie review based on an illegally downloaded early cut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they sacked him . . . read article

April 23, 2009:
As we've mentioned (a few times), we're doing some renovation on the warehouse. Communication between what we want, and what the contractors assume we want, has occasionally been an issue . . . until we fell back on our old-school gamer habits . . . read article

April 24, 2009:
Some games spring forth from the designer's brow whole and prefect -- not often, but it happens. Most games evolve over time, absorbing playtest comments and number crunching to grow from a rough but fun idea into the product you see on the shelf . . . read article

April 25, 2009:
Assuming it's not another movie publicity stunt, it looks like the real Cyberdyne in Japan is going to mass produce a mechanical exoskeleton that multiplies the user's strength. This device, affectionately called Robot Suit HAL, should allow compensation for physical ailments; extreme mountain climbing; and bit-parts in upcoming comic-book films . . . read article

April 26, 2009:
In a recent talk posted online at TED.com, Pattie Maes at the MIT Media Lab demonstrated wearable tech that lets you get instant information about the people, places, and things in your environment. It's still in the very early stages, but it looks like it has a great deal of promise . . . read article

April 27, 2009:
Is what we would say if we hated our fans and (more importantly) their money. But we don't, so we won't, and thus I didn't! . . . read article

April 28, 2009:
In one corner, we had GURPS, the local favorite. In the other, the 800 pound gorilla, D&D . . . read article

April 29, 2009:
Pandemic is one of the many games that my co-workers rave about, that I haven't had a chance to play yet. Now, what could have made me think of that particular game . . . . . read article

April 30, 2009:
The Stars Are Right is the little Cthulhu-themed puzzle game Phil and SJ picked up at Essen last year. One batch of translations, a few graphical tweaks, and an approval later, the game's almost ready to go to the printer . . . read article

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