Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2007

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December 1, 2007:
Some people are saving themselves for marriage. Other people are saving themselves for unicorns . . . read article

December 2, 2007:
Last weekend, a couple of us sneaked into the office to use the huge conference table to set up a game of Heroscape. A couple of us played, you may remember, during our last Game Day, and wanted to see a larger game. The setup this time included Phil, Gina, and Randy versus Will, Fox, and me . . . read article

December 3, 2007:
One of my new favorite sites is the Insect Picture of the Day. The photographs are neat, but it's the commentary that hooked me . . . read article

December 4, 2007:
Everyone likes getting holiday cards (especially if they contain cash!), and we've got a new one from Warehouse 23, featuring everyone's favorite Munchkin. And yes, it does have a rule . . . read article

December 5, 2007:
Our ISP has informed us that they will be performing network maintenance on Thursday morning. This means that you may be unable to reach our websites or send us email intermittently between the hours of 12:00 am and 6:00 am (CST / GMT -6) on Thursday, December 6th . . . read article

December 6, 2007:
It's proof time! Here's Will, checking the proofs of Munchkin Cthulhu 3, received just moments before . . . read article

December 7, 2007:
There's a lot yet to uncover in this fascinating world. The computer game Second Life is a mask for the Illuminati . . . read article

December 8, 2007:
The Transhuman Space setting sees extensive use of a wide variety of cybershells, artificial constructs that can function as scouts, guides, armor, weapons, tools . . . well, you get the idea. There's a lot of them, and they're put to lots of uses . . . read article

December 9, 2007:
Looking for a Munchkin Bobblehead? The first place to check is Barnes and Noble stores around the country. The Bobblehead Edition is exclusive to B&N, and includes a complete Munchkin game as well as the Bobblehead. It makes a great gift for the gamer who hasn't taken the Munchkin plunge yet, or for collectors . . . read article

December 10, 2007:
Have you noticed that David Pulver's GURPS Spaceships has risen to the #4 slot on e23's all-time best-seller list? Good thing we planned on this being an eight-part series! . . . read article

December 11, 2007:
You knew the Ogre was coming someday. But did you expect it to come from Carnegie Mellon University? . . . read article

December 12, 2007:
We are going to be doing some server maintenance on Thursday night, Dec. 13 from 8pm - 10pm CST (GMT -6). We don't expect any noticeable issues, but the possibility for some intermittent outages during that time period exists . . . read article

December 13, 2007:
I discovered Ensemble's Age of Mythology several years ago, when I was a guest at a convention that got blizzarded in. Very few fans showed up, but the staff and guests were already there when the snow hit . . . read article

December 14, 2007:
We're doing a bit of catching up, so we're announcing what's coming out for March 2008 today, and April 2008 tomorrow. Munchkin 6 - Demented Dungeons Now It's Really A Dungeon Crawl! Munchkin is about kicking down doors, killing nonsters, and stealing their treasure. But where are the dank walls of the subterranean labyrinth where our heroes engage in their murderous exploits? Demented Dungeons introduces a new twist on Munchkin . . . read article

December 15, 2007:
And now, here's what's coming in April 2008. Munchkin Cthulhu Cursed Demo Remember last year's Munchkin Rigged Demo? It went over so well that we're doing another one, in a prettier format! . . . read article

December 16, 2007:
As you may have noticed, we recently announced the third edition of Lord of the Fries. But instead of being published by Cheapass Games, it's coming from us . . . read article

December 17, 2007:
As in years past, we're technically closing the office for about a week during the stretch between Christmas and New Year's Day. I say "technically" because the Warehouse 23 crew still needs to do inventory, and will be shipping during that time . . . read article

December 18, 2007:
Christmas cards, actually. Lots of 'em . . . read article

December 19, 2007:
Munchkin Quest is seeing a bit of activity this week, as we're adding extra in-house playtests to hammer out the last few kinks before the full-scale blindtest stage. What's a blindtest? . . . read article

December 20, 2007:
We've just released GURPS High-Tech on e23. Yes, this is early . . . read article

December 21, 2007:
It's the Last Official Office Day of 2007, so we're blowing off actual "work," and playing some games. Which games, exactly, I'm not sure . . . read article

December 22, 2007:
Looking for an unusual gamer gift, but don't have a lot of time? Given that many of you will be exchanging gifts with friends in advance and spending the actual "day of" with family, I'll take this opportunity to point out that your local Barnes & Nobles store has copies of the Munchkin Bobblehead Edition. It has everything you need to play, so it's perfect for the gamer who hasn't caught the Munchkin bug yet, or for the non-gamer who loves funny card games . . . read article

December 23, 2007:
According to a tribute site set up by Kevin Siembieda, Erick was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Erick is the creator of the Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game and the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles and Other Strangeness RPG, and contributed to many, many other game systems, most recently Paranoia XP . . . read article

December 24, 2007:
One of the nice things about having a large lobby is decorating it for the season. We've got a nice table display, a nifty wireframe tree, and lights hung around the front doors . . . read article

December 25, 2007:
We're definitely not in the office today. Some of us are traveling to see family, others are staying toasty warm indoors . . . read article

December 26, 2007:
Munchkin Cthulhu 3 is at the printer, and just before the break we got a look at the press sheets -- actual sheets direct from the printer. We look them over, and make sure all the corrections we made on the proof sheets are in place . . . read article

December 27, 2007:
Terry Pratchett, whimsical mastermind behind Discworld, has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He's doing quite well, and is continuing to write . . . read article

December 28, 2007:
In the beginning, an adventure consisted of meeting an old wizard in a tavern, and following the dusty map he gave you and your friends. Inevitably, you were lead to a complex series of rooms, usually underground, filled with monsters and their treasure . . . read article

December 29, 2007:
It's just as well that Yule is over; even as a last-minute gift, the Innsmouth Look leaves a lot to be desired. That's not to say it isn't a source of Christmas spirit, though . . . read article

December 30, 2007:
And the winners of the Munchkin Common Card Survey are: Matt Burr Paul Lenoue Tarmo Mamers Martijn Waegemakers Markus Zimmermann These lucky folks are getting a grab bag of German Munchkin promo materials . . . read article

December 31, 2007:
It's New Year's Eve, and I'm sure there are a megaton of "designate a driver" and "don't drink and drive" messages bombarding your personal bandwidth. But if it saves a life, I think we can afford to be boring one day . . . read article

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