Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2010

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December 1, 2010:
Earlier this year, Barnes & Noble rolled out a newly expanded section: games! Some stores carried a small shelf of games in the past, but the new racks expanded the selection to dice games, traditional games, and something called "Strategy Games." That's the shelf pictured to the left . . . read article

December 2, 2010:
Learning to play a game always goes smoother if you have a teacher. And short of putting a MIB in your living room . . . oh, I did that joke with the Revolution! . . . read article

December 3, 2010:
The trouble with giving Munchkin gifts to the hardcore fans -- you know who I mean, the ones who wear three signed shirts to a tournament and carry the bobblehead with them everywhere -- is that they already have every card that's ever been printed. What if we told you where to get not just one brand-new card, but ten? . . . read article

December 4, 2010:
We have an immediate opening for a Retail Manager. This is a full-time position, working 9-5, Monday-Friday in Austin, TX . . . read article

December 5, 2010:
I seem to be the go-to guy when it comes to iPad know-how around these parts. I was one of the nutters who waited in line on the first day to pick one up, and I've been tinkering with it ever since . . . read article

December 6, 2010:
Usually when you click the What's New link on the front page, you'll get an issue of Space Gamer and either a GURPS Classic or a new GURPS supplement. Today, you're able to pick up Space Gamer #50, GURPS Classic: Undead, and GURPS Supporting Cast: Age of Sail Pirate Crew . . . read article

December 7, 2010:
Our weekly after-hours playtest sessions give us a lot of good feedback, and we love seeing our friends come in to play games. But they aren't always convenient for everyone -- some can't make it because of the date or time, and some can't make it because we're way on the south side of Austin and driving through downtown is a torture from Dante's worst nightmares . . . read article

December 8, 2010:
One of the monsters in Munchkin Zombies 2 is the Zombie Gamer. We're looking for the best art model to use for the card . . . read article

December 9, 2010:
(I just realized that a depressingly large number of you have no idea what I'm quoting there. I'll be in my rocking chair muttering about the darn kids today if you need me.) . . . read article

December 10, 2010:
With the holidays coming up, you'd expect us to take some time off. And you'd be correct! . . . read article

December 11, 2010:
Star Munchkin: Space Ships Munchkin Booty introduced Ships to the world of Munchkin. You guys immediately asked why we didn't have Ships for Star Munchkin as well . . . read article

December 12, 2010:
This week, e23 hit us with the triple-barreled shotgun of releases . . . let's see what's new! First up, we have GURPS Low-Tech Companion 2: Weapons and Warriors . . . read article

December 13, 2010:
Figured y'all might want a Munchkin Zombies update. The core Munchkin Zombies set has gone to print . . . read article

December 14, 2010:
We've gotten some kind words lately about the near-daily "#hook" feature of our Twitter feed. Thanks for the feedback! . . . read article

December 15, 2010:
Next Sunday (that's December 19, 2010, for everyone reading this in the future), Phil will be in Houston. More specifically, he'll be at Asgard Games from 4pm until 6pm . . . read article

December 16, 2010:
Remember last month, when I announced that Munchkinomincon was coming in March? Yeah, I'm going to say I was distracted by planning Thanksgiving -- the good news is Munchkinomicon will be arriving in February . . . read article

December 17, 2010:
Technically, he'll be in San Francisco on the 28th, gaming and chatting at Just Awesome! from 6pm to 8pm. On the 29th, he'll be in Oakland, doing the same at Endgame from 6:30pm until 8:30pm . . . read article

December 18, 2010:
If your gift-giving budget calls for something in the $20 range -- say, for an office gift exchange -- I suggest the combination of Cthulhu Dice and Zombie Dice. Together, they cost just $18.12 -- even with tax, you'll spend less than one Andrew Jackson . . . read article

December 19, 2010:
Just to be safe, let me clarify those as the stockings "hung by the chimney with care," not the stockings you wear as Elf #7 in your local production of "The Night Before Christmas." Stuffing any Munchkin game in wearable stockings isn't going to be good for the stocking, the cards, or the foot. Now, where was I? . . . read article

December 20, 2010:
The brains behind e23 releases will be busy with sugarplums and candy canes the last two weeks of the year, so Thursday was the last upload of the year . . . and they made up for the time they'll be missing with seven books! First up, it's time for a new Pyramid! 3/26 is subtitled Underwater Adventures. It features two aquatic adventures, two submerged locations, one race of undersea creatures, and a collection of new rules for underwater combat . . . read article

December 21, 2010:
Today is December 21, 2010. It is also the last day Warehouse 23 will be taking orders that we can reasonably guarantee will be processed before Christmas -- and even then, we highly recommend some sort of expedited shipping to insure it arrives before the special day . . . read article

December 22, 2010:
When ye be thinkin' about divvyin' up yer plunder for the holidays, don't forget that ye have THREE Munchkin Booty treasures to drop into yer mates' stockings of swag! Munchkin Booty be the original game of killin' sea monsters and takin' their loot! Munchkin Booty 2 Jump the Shark gives ye more cards, includin' the Explorer class! Munchkin Booty: Fish & Ships be the first booster for yer Booty games, with deadly new Sharks and swank new Ships! Pirate Santa sez "Yo ho ho ho, a pirate's life for me . . . in Munchkin Booty! . . . read article

December 23, 2010:
Andrew's going on JoCo Cruise Crazy the first week of January. We wanted to be sure to say that, in case any of our fans are also going . . . because we want to be sure you ask him LOTS of questions about Munchkin . . . read article

December 24, 2010:
On December 13 we started shipping our last physical releases of 2010 -- Deluxe Illuminati, Illuminati Y2K, and Munchkin Boxes of Holding -- to distributors. With those three games on trucks and working their way through the distribution system (there's an excellent chance U.S. stores will have Deluxe Illuminati back in stock before Christmas), it was time to sit down and look back at 2010 . . . read article

December 25, 2010:
Last year we released The Vorkosigan Saga Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game (aka "GURPS Vorkosigan") in both PDF and hardcover. We took entirely too long to finish the project (my fault; read the foreword of the book, in which I take the bullet) . . . read article

December 26, 2010:
We always have fun on Game Days here in the office. Yes, the business of making games is often as far from "fun" as can be, but we're all gamers, and we had new games to try out . . . read article

December 27, 2010:
We thought you'd like a quick update on the status of Give Me The Brain. And that status is . . . (drum roll) . . . At The Printer! . . . read article

December 28, 2010:
Earlier this month, the X-37B landed after orbiting the Earth for 220 days. Haven't heard of this remarkable test flight? . . . read article

December 29, 2010:
There's a GURPS book for everything, right, so why not one for a year? Oh, okay, I'll be serious . . . . . read article

December 30, 2010:
A while back, Munchkin uberfan Cindy Harper heard someone talking about a Munchkin core set and, well, that's not what she thought they were saying. She was gracious enough to post a few pictures and her thoughts about what ensued, and now we're sharing them with you . . . read article

December 31, 2010:
The various media streams have filled the last few days with the traditional warnings of the season. Drinking and driving is a very real concern, but driving home with too little sleep on top of a sugar crash can be equally dangerous . . . read article

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