Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2023

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August 1, 2023:
Does anyone else have too many tabs open at any one time in their browser(s)? I remember how excited I was when tabbed browsing finally became possible, all those years ago . . . read article

August 2, 2023:
The Best Four Days in Gaming™ are almost here! Gen Con 2023 runs from Thursday, August 3, to Sunday, August 6, and the SJ Games crew will be out in full force . . . read article

August 3, 2023:
It's convention season, which means a lot of folks will be having fun and enjoying the latest and greatest gaming goodness (such as Wiz-War)! But in addition to having all the fun ever, it's important to take care of yourself . . . read article

August 4, 2023:
We're having fun at Gen Con, but we know that not everyone can make it to The Best Four Days in Gaming™️. That's why we're bringing Gen Con home to you! Come by our "Virtual Booth #1401" and pick up a copy of Wiz-War and Tribes, our new releases for Gen Con . . . read article

August 5, 2023:
When I'm attending a convention, more often than not, I can be found wearing a tie. Now, this isn't just for aesthetics (although I do enjoy a good tie) – there's actually a practical reason . . . read article

August 6, 2023:
Loose con badges are indeed a tool of the Devil. Especially since they spend most of their time backwards, signifying nothing . . . read article

August 7, 2023:
A while ago, I stumbled across this short article, about how – on April 18, 1930 – the BBC news service announced that there was no news, and then proceeded to play music for the rest of the segment. As a gamer, my mind immediately pivoted to the possibilities of this preternaturally quiet, seemingly invisible day . . . read article

August 8, 2023:
Under this proposal by David Brin, noted science fiction author (and game designer! Tribes!) the answer would be . . . all the AIs will watch each other, all the time, and they'll get rewarded for fingering others of their kind who misbehave . . . read article

August 9, 2023:
Hear ye, hear ye, Caesar commands you to back this project! Well, maybe command is a strong word, but Caesar certainly recommends it . . . read article

August 10, 2023:
Also, you have only a few hours to support the debauched intellectualism that is Caligula! Long live the Emperor! . . . read article

August 11, 2023:
Sometimes, on the GURPS side of the global empire, we devote our focus exclusively to one book. And sometimes we focus on doing lots of things all at once . . . read article

August 12, 2023:
Hi! I'm Allison Page, the new Managing Editor at Steve Jackson Games . . . read article

August 13, 2023:
Battle jackets (or cutoffs, depending on your community and region) have long stood as a sartorial staple of a slew of subcultures. And as the TTRPG zine community has seen more aesthetic and community overlap with punk/metal/DIY music scenes (in large part thanks to the influence of Mörk Borg and others in the OSR), battle jackets have been cropping up at conventions with increasing frequency.   The Stockholm Kartell team model their iconic matching battle vests.   The DIY elements of this style especially work for gamer geeks, as we tend to have multitudinous hobby skills just waiting for unique applications . . . such as unique appliqués! . . . read article

August 14, 2023:
While most of us here are gearing up for Gen Con, a group out of the UK is hoping to use games as a gateway to science education. Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network is a Birmingham-based charity that aims to help children and young adults in Africa . . . read article

August 15, 2023:
If you've ever wanted to collect the souls of the damned but don't want to reward the crime of greed by paying usurious prices to online sellers, you're in luck! The early 2000s hit Burn in Hell is back again, thanks to the wizardry of DriveThruCards . . . read article

August 16, 2023:
About a month before I got hired at Steve Jackson Games, my husband and I took a vacation to Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio. We had seen ads for the inn on Facebook and were intrigued by its location and offerings – not only is Ravenwood located a short drive from Hocking Hills, the Moonville Tunnel trail, and Ohio University, but it is also a unique inn that caters to gamers of all ages . . . read article

August 17, 2023:
Will Schoonover, game developer extraordinaire and Munchkin Line Editor, took an interview at our Gen Con booth for Homebrewed Tabletop on YouTube. They had a great conversation about getting into gaming geekdom, including how licensed tie-ins can make great gateway games . . . read article

August 18, 2023:
Need a random encounter for The Fantasy Trip? Then adventure is in the cards . . . Outdoor Encounter Cards, that is! . . . read article

August 19, 2023:
This one goes to 11! Bike rides, that is. Munchkin artist, Dork Tower creator, and all-around-awesome human John Kovalic is participating in his 11th Bike the Barns Charity Bike Ride . . . read article

August 20, 2023:
It was the first thing you heard when you came out of the clone tank. It'll probably be the last thing you hear when you're lasered down like the Commie mutant traitor that you are . . . read article

August 21, 2023:
You've spent time getting to know the ways of the forest with GURPS Fantasy Folk: Elves, and now you want something a little less . . . haughty? GURPS Fantasy Folk: Goblins and Hobgoblins provides essential information about two closely related fantasy folk. This volume – from the quill of Phil Masters – includes details on gobliny origins, GURPS templates and professions, new combat possibilities and equipment, and more . . . read article

August 22, 2023:
I know I have already humblebragged about being included in the amazing Tremendous Tome of Epic Dungeons. For those who missed it: this is a lovely coffee-table book featuring miniature dungeons and figures, marvelously painted and photographed . . . read article

August 23, 2023:
You've learned the secrets of goblins and hobgoblins recently. But what other fantastic secrets await your discovery? . . . read article

August 24, 2023:
We know, we know. Another social media platform. But we have to stay in the loop, and a lot of our fans are trying to find new places to congregate on the web, so we've started an account over on Threads . . . read article

August 25, 2023:
Hi! I'm Cat, and I'm the new Amazon Marketing Manager for Steve Jackson Games . . . read article

August 26, 2023:
You may recall the recently released Burning Roads: Dead Man's Run, the first book in The Autoduel Chronicles published by Three Ravens Publishing. (If you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out!) . . . read article

August 27, 2023:
One mind-blowing experience with West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game last millenium, if I remember correctly, was a sample script between a GM and players in which the eager heroes exclaim, "We attack the Star Destroyer!" The GM attempts to make sure they understand what they're undertaking and draws a large triangle taking up most of a sheet of paper. "This is the Star Destroyer," the GM says, "and this . . ." – adding a tiny dot next to the giant triangle – ". . . is your ship." The players immediately respond along the lines of, "Evasive maneuvers! Let's get out of here!" As a GM or player in an RPG, I'm often acutely aware of my own artistic failures . . . read article

August 28, 2023:
Yesterday I gave everyone permission to sketch poorly in service of their characters and games. (If anyone gives guff in regard to your efforts, send 'em to me!) . . . read article

August 29, 2023:
East meets Southwest at San-Japan in San Antonio, and SJ Games is going to be there! Join us Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, for some game demos at this growing convention . . . read article

August 30, 2023:
Once again, the team boldly goes to Dragon Con, braving the scorching Atlanta heat. You can see Steve, Irene, and Jean on panels, in the game room, or in line for the elevators . . . read article

August 31, 2023:
The world of the fantastic just branched in a new direction, literally, with GURPS Fantasy Folk: Winged Folk. This supplement continues the expansion of the Fantastic Folk line seen in recent months with Goblins and Hobgoblins and Kobolds (along with the appropriately longer-lived Elves). Winged Folk takes you under its wing to give you the complete rundown on the world of these elusive people . . . read article

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