Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2012

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August 1, 2012:
You might have heard that I'm writing GURPS Zombies. Indeed I am! . . . read article

August 2, 2012:
With many people enjoying summer vacations this month (or winter vacations for our southern-hemisphere friends), we thought it might be useful to help people get more out their free time by pointing out some freebies at e23. For folks wanting to learn the basics of the GURPS rules (or who could use a quick-and-easy version of the beloved game), check out the ever-popular GURPS Lite . . . read article

August 3, 2012:
Board Game Bash is a weekend of board game fun right in our backyard. The convention starts later this evening at 7:00 p.m. and runs through Sunday, August 5th at 8 p.m . . . read article

August 4, 2012:
Just a quick update to let you know that supplies of Munchkin Fu 2 and Munchkinomicon are running out. If you've been interested in these sets, grab them from Warehouse 23 or your friendly local game store before we run out! (Munchkinomicon will be gone for good; Munchkin Fu 2 doesn't currently have a reprint scheduled, but will probably come back someday.) . . . read article

August 5, 2012:
Icky Ichor! Sometimes we humans experiment with forces that are better left alone; sometimes these experiments fail, and we are left with gobs of green goo from the Nether Dimension on the walls of the lab . . . read article

August 6, 2012:
The last of the Division 10 quick-start kits for Car Wars is newly arrived at e23! Car Wars Division 10 Set 3 - Eradicator vs. Blitz gives details on the spike-dropping, cannon-shooting Eradicator, and the rocket-launching, made-for-ramming Blitz . . . read article

August 7, 2012:
What is best at GenCon: Indy? Munchkin Conan, Munchkin Skullkickers, and more Munchkin Zombies! Our GenCon release for Munchkin is Munchkin Zombies 3 - Hideous Hideouts . . . read article

August 8, 2012:
People in the Midwest who are fans of pulp fiction -- the magazine stories of the past, not the movie of the same name -- may want to visit PulpFest this weekend. I know that if I lived within driving distance of Columbus, Ohio, I'd be planning a day trip to see the convention and maybe grab a few dozen books and classic magazines . . . read article

August 9, 2012:
I'll be running Ogre demos, and a casual drop-in competition, at Congenial. Demo and competition times: Saturday, Aug 11 (10am-6pm), and Sunday, Aug 12 (1-6pm) . . . read article

August 10, 2012:
Wil Wheaton's YouTube show, TableTop, is now most of the way through its first season, and continues to be Big Fun. Since it's on that Interweb thing, it's free to watch . . . read article

August 11, 2012:
What GenCon would be complete without role-playing games like GURPS Fourth Edition? Okay, I admit that was a trick question . . . read article

August 12, 2012:
Many of the henchmen in GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 15: Henchmen can be thought of as "stripped-down delvers" -- lesser versions of the mighty 250-point templates that Dungeon Fantasy otherwise assumes. But then there are some that obviously don't equate to anything that was ever intended to be a PC . . . read article

August 13, 2012:
One of the greatest cities of all time is waiting for you. Book passage now, with GURPS Hot Spots: Constantinople, 527-1204 A.D. This supplement provides complete gamer-geared information on this magnificent metropolis, including GURPS City Stats details on three iconic eras.   Written by Matt Riggsby -- coauthor of GURPS Low-Tech and virtuoso behind GURPS Hot Spots: Renaissance Florence -- it offers the history, geography (including map), religious views, and military details of this realm . . . read article

August 14, 2012:
Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard was recently interviewed for the Gaming Chronicles podcast. Here's the first part of their conversation, covering Munchkin Conan, Munchkin Skullkickers, and some discussion about Geek & Sundry and Tabletop . . . read article

August 15, 2012:
Ogre Pocket Edition is now at print! Not to be confused with the Ogre Designer's Edition -- which is close to leaving our office and heading to the factory for manufacturing -- Ogre Pocket Edition is a re-creation of the first edition of Ogre . . . read article

August 16, 2012:
We're pleased to announce Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks, a new 15-card booster slated for next year! It's based on the original Mars Attacks trading card set from The Topps Company, which chronicles the invasion of Earth by hostile Martian invaders. If you don't know much about the original cards, go here -- they're awesome and over-the-top, something we tend to appreciate in the World of Munchkin . . . read article

August 17, 2012:
Steve Jackson Games and Knights of Good Productions are proud to announce Chez Guild, a 112-card game based on SJ Games' award-winning Chez Geek and the hit Web series The Guild, now airing on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. "My only problem with this concept," says Steve Jackson, "is that we probably shouldn't actually let the characters choke each other to death. But you know they want to . . . read article

August 18, 2012:
I have yet another rocking announcement for you! As you know, Munchkin is a parody of a very popular fantasy roleplaying game . . . read article

August 19, 2012:
As we announced on July 18, GURPS Horror, Fourth Edition and GURPS Social Engineering were nominated for Gen Con EN World RPG Awards, a.k.a. ENnies . . . read article

August 20, 2012:
In this corner we have the Lightstrike -- an armored compact car that's so cool it has a freakin' laser beam attached to it. In this corner we have the Banshee, a mid-size car with a sound system so superior it'll shatter the opposition with its sonic cannon! . . . read article

August 21, 2012:
I had a huge blast running Ogre events at Continuum in Leicester, UK in late July. It was my first time demoing, as well as my first visit to a UK con in several years, so I was quite nervous before arriving! I had stayed up the night before putting the final coat of varnish on my demo set of Ogre miniatures . . . read article

August 22, 2012:
The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego has scheduled a steampunk tea for Saturday, August 25, starting at 2:00 P.M. GURPS Steampunk author William H. Stoddard will be in attendance, along with Anastasia Hunter, director of programming for San Diego's annual Gaslight Gathering, who will speak on steampunk literature from the nineteenth century to the present day . . . read article

August 23, 2012:
Our summer convention season doesn't end with GenCon. To finish out a busy summer, we'll be at PAX Prime in Seattle from August 31 through September 2. If you have been to PAX Prime before then you know where to find us: we're in the corral on the second floor again! . . . read article

August 24, 2012:
How do you make a random selection of dice better? By adding even more randomness! . . . read article

August 25, 2012:
Ever wonder how we come up with funny Munchkin cards and rules? If you're at PAX Prime this year, you'll find out . . . read article

August 26, 2012:
More than most supplements, GURPS Social Engineering drives home the importance of proper behavior; a PC who can't mind his tongue when talking to the king is likely to lose it to a torturer's knife! This is one of the challenges of roleplaying, and the reason why GURPS rewards players for choosing disadvantages . . . read article

August 27, 2012:
If it involves Jacob's ladders, Tesla coils, a canister of aether, and at least one Klein bottle labeled "Keep Upright," it's gone beyond the domain of science and well into the realm of Science! We celebrate all scientists who go off the beaten path -- from those who make the world a better place to those intent on showing those fools it is they who are mad -- with Pyramid #3/46: Weird Science, the latest installment of Pyramid. In addition to showcasing a fair number of weird-tech devices -- including offerings from GURPS Fourth Edition co-architect David L . . . read article

August 28, 2012:
It's been entirely too long since I took the Chaos Machine to a convention. That string is about to be snapped . . . read article

August 29, 2012:
Our August releases include two new additions to Munchkin! Drop by your FLGS or Warehouse 23 to add Munchkin Zombies 3 - Hideous Hideouts and Munchkin Skullkickers to your Munchkin game. Munchkin Zombies 3 - Hideous Hideouts Nowhere Is Safe . . . . . read article

August 30, 2012:
The capsule machine was so popular at GenCon last year that we brought it back this year and stuffed it with even more awesome things. But the warehouse staff got a little carried away and filled so many capsules that we couldn't get rid of all of them at the con . . . read article

August 31, 2012:
The wait is over! Munchkin Apocalypse, our second new core set for 2012, will be unleashed in November along with the +6 Bag of Radioactive d6! For those of you who've been waiting to get your hands on a copy of Munchkin Deluxe or Munchkin Zombies, both games are now back in print. Don't forget you can watch Steve Jackson, Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and Sandeep Parikh play Munchkin Deluxe on Geek and Sundry's TableTop show! Munchkin Apocalypse It's the end of the world! . . . read article

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