Daily Illuminator Archive for February 2009

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February 1, 2009:
We here at Munchkin HQ recognize that much of the fun of the game, for some people, comes from friendly arguments over the rules. We support this! . . . read article

February 2, 2009:
Since I'm in Austin planning things, I thought it might be fun to share what's coming up for GURPS. Obviously, I can't give away secrets or talk about items without contracts, but I can collect all the stuff that I've already leaked on my blog into a couple of convenient lists . . . read article

February 3, 2009:
GURPS Martial Arts Techniques Cheat-Sheet collects all the techniques from GURPS Martial Arts into one handy reference file. And best of all, it's free . . . read article

February 4, 2009:
This post, like my last one, offers a few teasers about upcoming GURPS  titles that I've already leaked in my blog. Nothing here is a promise, but everything is truly in progress – this isn't a "blue sky" list or wishful thinking . . . read article

February 5, 2009:
It's been two and a half months since we announced that our Twitter account was live and running. (A few investigative souls found us a week or so before then, showing the can-do investigative spirit that makes globe-conquering conspiracies proud . . . read article

February 6, 2009:
We finally did it. We turned the iconic Super Munchkin into a 7' tall foam mascot . . . read article

February 7, 2009:
Want to use both sides of every room tile in every Munchkin Quest game? Did your cat eat all the locked doors? . . . read article

February 8, 2009:
Michael Wright, a former curator at the Science Museum in London and now at Imperial College, has built a replica of the Antikythera mechanism. (Remember it? . . . read article

February 9, 2009:
GURPS Ogre, by Jonathan Woodward (GURPS Banestorm). We all know Ogres are giant cybernetic tanks, but how do you play them as a GURPS character? . . . read article

February 10, 2009:
Yes, it's a crummy picture. Under lights, with an iPhone . . . read article

February 11, 2009:
The 2009 Report to the Stakeholders has been posted. A summary: • It was a very good year. • Munchkin rules. • The shaky economy means that we'll enter 2009 with caution . . . read article

February 12, 2009:
The Super Munchkin mascot suit is a very serious marketing tool, worthy of much brow-furrowing on when and where it will appear for maximum effect. For the moment, though, it's just a great big toy to play with . . . read article

February 13, 2009:
Every now and then, during chats with fans, we mention that they should ask their question on the forums to get lots of opinions. Occasionally, they reply, "What forums?" Why, these forums, of course . . . read article

February 14, 2009:
Unless you've been under a rock the last few month, you've heard the wails of economic doom. (And if you have been under the rock, is there room for more? . . . read article

February 15, 2009:
I had the pleasure of visiting Tribe Comics & Games last week. The store opened last November and gives south Austin something it has lacked for quite a while: a decent game store . . . read article

February 16, 2009:
When Batman hunts vampires, what does he pack in his utility belt? S.A . . . read article

February 17, 2009:
Gina and I reached New York on Saturday. After checking into our hotel, we wandered the streets of the city, walking from our hotel -- at 34th and 8th Avenue -- down to various toy stores in the 4th and 2nd Avenue area . . . read article

February 18, 2009:
It's now Tuesday afternoon and I've officially wrapped up all of my scheduled meetings and events. There's no doubt I'll have a few more unscheduled meetings (and there are a couple of booths I want to visit, including one for a company specializing in creating custom floor displays), but for the most part, the heavy lifting for this trip is over . . . read article

February 19, 2009:
When we first got our Munchkin mascot suit, we took it outside and danced around a bit. And I caught it on video . . . read article

February 20, 2009:
Zack Anderson and his team at MIT have created a shock absorber that not only cushions a car ride, it derives power from any bumps and jolts along the way . . . read article

February 21, 2009:
We are looking for playtesters for a new e23 supplement: GURPS Martial Arts: Gladiators, written by Volker Bach and Peter V. Dell'Orto . . . read article

February 22, 2009:
One element of cyberpunk gaming (like Shadowrun) is the availability of high quality drones: little semi-autonomous robots that crawl and fly to do recon for their operators. But that's military hardware -- how does that get to the streets? . . . read article

February 23, 2009:
We've pointed at underground facilities before, but each required the purchaser to do some major renovation. What if you'd prefer to have something built for you, instead of getting your subterranean lair second-hand? . . . read article

February 24, 2009:
For years, we've wanted a way to better utilize the space we've got in the warehouse. One oft-discussed idea was a mezzanine, a free-standing structure covering our work area where we could store shipping supplies and the like . . . read article

February 25, 2009:
So much was going on in our offices last week that I missed our normal Monday announcement of the e23 releases. However, that didn't stop you from finding it all on your own, and buying in record numbers! . . . read article

February 26, 2009:
Science fiction author Philip José Farmer died yesterday morning at his home in Peoria, Illinois. He was 91 . . . read article

February 27, 2009:
What started as a series of articles looks to have become a podcast about conspiracies and skepticism. Karl Mamer, The Conspiracy Skeptic, invites folks from his growing list of skeptics to expound on what the blazes is going on . . . read article

February 28, 2009:
In this case, playtesting with some MIBs who came to Austin on the 21st from around the state. We also got to play with Ross Jepson, in town at the tail end of his New York Toy Fair trip . . . read article

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