Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2010

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April 1, 2010:
As part of the 30th anniversary celebration here at SJ Games, we're combining Steve's very first game design, Ogre, with the hottest new kid on the block, Munchkin. The result is creatively named Munchkin Ogre . . . read article

April 2, 2010:
As previously mentioned, a couple of us were lucky enough to be at PAX East last weekend. As I'm sorting through my notes, here's a couple of high points . . . read article

April 3, 2010:
GURPS Tactical Shooting is a 96-page book bringing your realistic gunfights to the max! It explains how to model double-taps, the Mozambique drill, tactical reloads, house searching, ambushes, mile-long sniper shots, and many other details of believable shooting . . . read article

April 4, 2010:
The Stars Are Right is a fascinating game -- equal parts pattern recognition and strategy, with a theme that hits the sweet spot between cute and sanity-crushing. And I'm not the only one who thinks so: TSAR has received an Origins Award nomination! . . . read article

April 5, 2010:
The new books for this week (or last week, I suppose, since they came out last Thursday) have a common theme! They're both companions to other books . . . read article

April 6, 2010:
Traditionally, at the GAMA Trade Show, we hand out folders full of information to the retailer attendees. This year, we went a bit more 21st century, and put all the information on a thumb drive . . . read article

April 7, 2010:
The Dallas Games Marathon, that is. Phil discovered this group a couple years back, and we've been attending occasionally ever since . . . read article

April 8, 2010:
Munchkin Silver Pieces are, for the most part, silver. Well, except for the red and green coins in the Christmas pack . . . read article

April 9, 2010:
There's a lot to love about Chez Cthulhu. The Chez line in general has great art and jokes layered with quick, fun-to-play mechanics . . . read article

April 10, 2010:
Jesse Schellís great talk at DICE calls out Lee Sheldon, an assistant professor at Indiana University. Specifically, for his Multiplayer Game Design class last year, Lee skipped grades during the course, and gave out experience points . . . read article

April 11, 2010:
Billed as the fourth dimension of flight, Aeroscraft is the next wave in airships. See the world from the observation deck! . . . read article

April 12, 2010:
And if Transhuman Space Classic: Broken Dreams is any indication, I recommend enjoying the world while you can, because soon our little globe will teem with the hungry, sick, and dead as the greedy and the insane tear at the edges of our world while technology-gone-rampant destroys it from the inside. Hmm . . . read article

April 13, 2010:
Starting tomorrow (Wednesday) morning we'll do a major server migration to improve our connectivity and network reliability.  The Warehouse 23 and e23 online stores will be closed all day Wednesday. They should be back Thursday morning . . . read article

April 14, 2010:
Ready to look at your world a little differently? Check out Derek Sivers' presentation at this year's TED (or Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference . . . read article

April 15, 2010:
It was time to rework the Our Games page . . . the old pyramid didn't have enough categories. Now we have room for separate listings for things like (for instance) dice games . . . read article

April 16, 2010:
My mom always did a solid house cleaning once the snow had (mostly) fled the yard. But that was northern Michigan, and here in Austin, "snow" is more commonly attached to "cone" than "in the yard." (Of course, in the digital world, the lack of seasons is even more apparent, but that didn't stop Lifehacker from offering their tips for spring cleaning your life.) . . . read article

April 17, 2010:
Last year, we took the last week of June to stay out of the office, relax, and not think about work for a while. It was very nice, so we're doing it again . . . read article

April 18, 2010:
Can we terraform Mars? Could Venus be made to support life? . . . read article

April 19, 2010:
In a life so black and dreary You needn't feel so tired and weary For there exists, as you'll see, deary A book called GURPS Classic: Blood Types. For the vampires found within Are not those of the sparkly kin, But rather suck blood with a sinister grin . . . read article

April 20, 2010:
I -- along with a couple other staffers -- attended Dallas Games Marathon last weekend. It was my first time, and I must say: that group knows how to put on a good time . . . read article

April 21, 2010:
Energizer has confirmed that their DUO USB battery charger installs Arucer.dll on computers it's connected to. This file is a back door, allowing unauthorized access to the system . . . read article

April 22, 2010:
There are a ton of great games nominated for Origins Awards this year. We're not just saying that because The Stars Are Right is smack-dab in the middle of the list for Best Card Game (although it is, and we'd be remiss if we didn't mention it) . . . read article

April 23, 2010:
A 20' shipping container filled with games pulled up to our warehouse earlier this week. Breaking the seal, we discovered our print runs of Munchkin Fairy Dust and Cthulhu Dice . . . read article

April 24, 2010:
Aliens the Truth gathers quite a bit about our little green (or gray or . . .) friends. Their video collection (the site owners', not the aliens') alone is worth a visit, though a lot of these run to eight minutes or more . . . read article

April 25, 2010:
We mentioned the Warehouse 23 Spring Cleaning Sale, right? Yeah, I thought we had . . . read article

April 26, 2010:
Sorry, no poetry this week. No, what I've got this time is Pyramid #3/18: Space Exploration, and as Jodie Foster proved, you need a professional when it comes to describing space . . . read article

April 27, 2010:
We love Penny Arcade. Between bouts of silliness and obscenities, they are deeply passionate about gaming . . . read article

April 28, 2010:
Head full of Munchkin ideas? Find yourself sketching monsters on napkins? . . . read article

April 29, 2010:
Recently, Sean "Dr. Kromm" Punch -- you know, the GURPS Line Editor -- wrote on our forums: We have a cunning scheme for separate appendices to Low-Tech, which constitute the Low-Tech Companion series . . . read article

April 30, 2010:
Last fall we pulled Munchkin Fairy Dust from the shelves, due to the curling. At the time, we promised to replace the nasty cards with nice ones that would actually let you shuffle them . . . read article

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