Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2003
May 1, 2003:
The following products have been scheduled for an August, 2003 release:
Munchkin 3: Clerical Errors
You wanted more Munchkin
, so here it is! Created by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic . . . Munchkin 3: Clerical Errors
has 112 more cards for the best-selling game of killing monsters and taking their stuff . . .
May 2, 2003:
Oh, come on. You knew
we were going to say it . . . . .
May 3, 2003:
So before you begin a career as an Illuminated Seer, start by seeing how everything is related. Go to Lexical FreeNet and use their connected thesaurus to find all manner of disturbing, amusing, or just plain unexpected ties between words, phrases, and their myriad uses . . .
May 4, 2003:
GURPS Character Builder version 3.0 will be released later this year. We will make a free 3.0 upgrade patch available to previous registered owners of GURPS Character Builder
. . .
May 5, 2003:
The latest minions of the office have arrived, escaping the somewhat scenic vistas of Lawrence, Kansas, for Austin, Texas . . . Kim Bernard is an editorial assistant, writing, editing, or screaming at text as Andrew requires . . .
May 6, 2003:
The animation you see to the right (if you're reading this via e-mail, you'll have to go to www.sjgames.com/ill/ to see it) was created by Alex Fernandez, the cover designer for GURPS Shapeshifters
. What relevance does it have, aside from the obvious wolfman theme? . . .
May 7, 2003:
The programmers of the forthcoming GURPS Vehicle Builder
have put together a slide show, using screen shots from the program, to illustrate how the program works. It requires a modern browser capable of showing PNG images and a resolution of 800x600 or larger . . .
May 8, 2003:
An asteroid discovered in 1993 has been renamed for the late Fred "Mr." Rogers. Here's the CNN story . . .
May 9, 2003:
We're not so different, Americans and North Koreans. It's the Russians that spoil all the nuclear disarmament talks . . .
May 10, 2003:
The Grog d'Or
is a Roleplaying Game of the Year award voted on by the staff of the Guide du roliste Galactique
, a large French gaming website. And Transhuman Space
won their 2003 award! . . .
May 11, 2003:
The hit counter on our home page at www.sjgames.com is, as of midnight, only a few hits short of 5 million. And, of course, that vastly understates the traffic we get, because regular visitors usually bypass the home page once they know their way around . . .
May 12, 2003:
Woo hoo! The Munchkin Fu
cards have gone to press! . . .
May 13, 2003:
OK, so it might be right up there with cold fusion and other technological flim-flams . . . but it might not. In this Discover
magazine article, scientists (and more importantly, businessmen) believe they can turn just about anything -- waste from poultry processing plants, manure, plastic bottles, old computers, garbage, you name it -- into fuel oil, and do it cheaply . . .
May 14, 2003:
And if you recognize the source of that misquotation, then you are (probably) ready for Block Death. Probably.
This site is definitely not for the squeamish! . . .
May 15, 2003:
The SJ Games home office will be closing at 3 p.m. Friday . . .
May 16, 2003:
It's a veritable buffet of deities. Don't like the Norse gods? . . .
May 17, 2003:
Thanks to the ingenuity of some MIT students, You're In Control. (Be sure to check the streaming video.) . . .
May 18, 2003:
I just finished reading a book. I hadn't intended to read the whole thing tonight . . . actually, I just wanted to make sure the PDF was good, and see how long it was, so I could decide where "Read Wil's Book" would go on The List . . .
May 19, 2003:
Having recently spent a good deal of time on the Transhuman Space
supplements Transhuman Space: Deep Beyond
(now available!) and Transhuman Space: High Frontier
(coming soon), I've taken a lot of interest in the tiny steps we're taking today to get closer to the plausible, yet fantastic future of the 22nd century. According to this New Scientist
article, the first probe specifically designed to explore an asteroid just launched . . .
May 20, 2003:
Everybody talks about large amounts of monkeys, and large amounts of time, and the complete works of Shakespeare. Very occasionally, someone actually puts a monkey in front of a keyboard . . . but we have not yet gotten so much as "To be or not to QEWRIQER#$%@$%" out of the hairy litttle shirkers . . .
May 21, 2003:
Warehouse 23 has announced an agreement with Dork Storm Press that makes Warehouse 23 their official online sales headquarters.
"I'm thrilled to have all the great Dork Storm comics in Warehouse 23," manager Michelle Barrett said. The current Dork Storm lineup includes Nodwick
and PS 238
by Aaron Williams, Snapdragons
by John Kovalic and Liz Rathke, and the Origins award-winning Dork Tower
by Kovalic . . .
May 22, 2003:
At last . . . finally . . . our giant-scale (1/60) Paneuropean GEV "macrotures" are ready to ship. Check out the Macrotures page for lots of photos . . .
May 23, 2003:
Need a book, take a book. Have a book, leave a book . . .
May 24, 2003:
Is this cool, or what? I've always liked Cosmic Encounter
, and there's a new online version . . .
May 25, 2003:
Astronomers have discovered a new red dwarf a little less than 8 light-years from Earth . . . making it the third-closest star (after the Alpha Centauri system and Barnard's Star) to our own. Why didn't we know about a star that close before now? . . .
May 26, 2003:
Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a national holiday set aside to remember those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. The Steve Jackson Games offices are closed today . . .
May 27, 2003:
If you enjoy the random fnords that appear on our home page and elsewhere . . . they can be yours. The fnorder program exists in several versions . . .
May 28, 2003:
Memorial Day has come and gone, and summer has officially begun in the good ol' US of A. And nothing says "summer fun" like staying inside, away from the sun, bugs, and falling meteorites, and playing these fine products currently on their way to distributors everywhere . . .
May 29, 2003:
Warehouse 23 is very proud to announce that it will now be the official online store for The Painters' Guild
. Painters' Guild
, Atlas Games
, Citizen Games
, and Dork Storm Press
in selecting Warehouse 23 to handle its retail presence on the Web.
The Painters' Guild
is devoted to the wonderful hobby of painting miniatures . . .
May 30, 2003:
June 1, and it's not clear from their site whether that means votes on June 1 count, or whether you have to vote by midnight May 31. If you haven't voted, you can do so online . . .
May 31, 2003:
The current (May 28, 2003) issue of d20 Weekly
will be the last. We're glad we tried it, and we published quite a few articles that we're very proud of, but in the end it just didn't find its audience . . .
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