Daily Illuminator Archive for February 2013

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February 1, 2013:
CNET's Amanda Kooser reports on CurbTXT, a service in San Francisco that lets people send text messages to you via your car's license plate. The intent is to let you know if your lights are on, if someone's trying to break in, if your meter's expired, and so on . . . read article

February 2, 2013:
Just yesterday our brave new Ogre Line Editor, Daniel, climbed into his Battlesuit and took a solo sojourn into the dreaded depths of Warehouse 23, emerging not only alive, but with long-hidden treasure for all of you Ogre fans! Check out the recently-uncovered Ogrethulhu Mark V mini and Ogre Reinforcement Pack! . . . read article

February 3, 2013:
Jay Lake is a prolific sci-fi and fantasy fiction writer. He's published ten novels and hundreds of short stories, and he's been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards several times . . . read article

February 4, 2013:
As long as would-be adventurers have had earth beneath their feet, they've wondered, "What lurks below?" The answer to that age-old question is addressed in "depth" in GURPS Underground Adventures. Newly arrived at e23, this sourcebook -- scribed by beloved GURPS spelunker William H . . . read article

February 5, 2013:
The 2013 New York Toy Fair starts on Sunday, February 10, and I'll be at the show with our Munchkin Czar, Andrew Hackard, where we'll sit in on special meetings and discuss late 2013 (and maybe some 2014) game plans. The show is always productive, and in past years we have done well pitching games to new markets, so I'm hoping that 2013 is as successful a show as 2012 was.  I love visiting New York, and as with the last few visits to the Big Apple I'll be staying at the incredible Yotel, my favorite hotel in Manhattan (and no, not just because it has its own robot) . . . read article

February 6, 2013:
If you were watching our Twitter feed on 1/29, you may have noticed this gem. Obviously, when it broke, Twitter exploded into a host of questions, and we did our best to answer them.  Then, other websites did some summary coverage . . . read article

February 7, 2013:
Check out the new game piece pictures in our Ogre Designer's Edition product gallery! . . . read article

February 8, 2013:
Need help getting your story going? Our friends at Atlas Games just sent us something you might like: the Once Upon A Time Writer's Handbook! . . . read article

February 9, 2013:
That long-awaited time off has come around for me, and one of the first things I didn't do was write an "I'm gone for a while" Illuminator. Sorry about that . . . read article

February 10, 2013:
This is the time of year when people normally start saying "Hey, Steve, where's the Stakeholder's Report?" Well – as you read yesterday, if you were reading this yesterday – I'm on vacation. So the report may be a little bit delayed . . . read article

February 11, 2013:
Making your way in the post-apocalyptic world of Car Wars is tough to do; with the the Autoduel America Map, it just got a little easier. Newly released to e23, this supplement details the cities and routes of the world of tomorrow, including information on travel conditions, and whether those roadways are patrolled or lawless . . . read article

February 12, 2013:
According to Science Recorder, a team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany recorded the first-ever temperature below Absolute Zero, a state which was previously thought impossible . . . read article

February 13, 2013:
And I don't just mean the next (fifth) printing of the Zombie Dice game! As we prepare for the summer and conventions we're wrapping up a couple of new Zombie Dice goodies that will make several zombies quite happy . . . read article

February 14, 2013:
In case you forgot something on this particular holiday, we've got you covered with a new download. The reservations for Friedey's are all on you, though . . . read article

February 15, 2013:
In 1987 I tackled and ran with West End Games' Star Wars RPG. Far, far too many hours were spent on weekends and evenings after school running games inspired by the movies, the Marvel comics, and the few novels that existed at the time (remember, this was before Zahn's Heir to the Empire launched the Expanded Universe and changed the face of Star Wars forever) . . . read article

February 16, 2013:
DVICE gathered up a list of eleven extremely impressive starships made entirely from Legos. There's nothing witty to say here . . . read article

February 17, 2013:
If you thought Ogre was the only seventies bit of fun getting upsized these days then you've been missing out on the "Jumbo" Star Wars action figures from Gentle Giant. Described as "Large Scale Retro Figures," these are 12-inch scale Star Wars action figures that are being created by scanning a classic Kenner action figure from the seventies and eighties and then producing a rotocast toy . . . read article

February 18, 2013:
I'm not sure why everyone says that road construction is so difficult; when you need some new road sections, why not just fire up the printer? Maybe all the city governments of the world should just buy copies of Car Wars Expansion Set 1 - Road Sections and Counters . . . read article

February 19, 2013:
We're recently been hinting that the foil packs your Munchkin boosters came in might be useful. Here's another hint . . . read article

February 20, 2013:
We're advised that the home of Ernie Gygax, Gary Gygax's son, caught fire Sunday night, and that he, his roommate, and their dog escaped without injury but all possessions and memorabilia were lost . . . read article

February 21, 2013:
Ever had someone ask you "What is Ogre?" Have you wondered yourself what the Kickstarted game is about? Check out my second BGG blog entry, What is OGRE? . . . read article

February 22, 2013:
A somewhat frequently asked question has been "Steve, where can we meet you?" We do have a general convention info page and a sub-page that that flags the ones we're going to as a company, but that's not the same thing as my own appearances. So: the new Steve's Appearances page . . . read article

February 23, 2013:
The Gameological Society website recently had a feature that asked, "Have you ever played a game that felt like it was made just for you?" One of the games mentioned was Toon: The Cartoon Roleplaying Game. The whole thing is worth a read, but here's the quote that spoke to me: "I continued to pore over the Toon manuals for years . . . read article

February 24, 2013:
Our partly co-op, partly competitive castle-building game, Castellan, has now gone to the printer. We expect the red and blue set to be available in late June, with the yellow and green international set coming in July . . . read article

February 25, 2013:
It's time once again for the latest in what we know of yesterday, with Pyramid #3/52: Low-Tech II, the newest installment of Pyramid on e23. Building off the timeless foundation of GURPS Low-Tech, this issue features information from Low-Tech co-author Matt Riggsby on how to support a manor . . . or how much support a manor will provide you . . . read article

February 26, 2013:
There are days when very important discussions take place that prove to me that I am old. One such discussion recently focused on the Plaid Stallions post about the Kenner Tower of Power toys . . . read article

February 27, 2013:
One of the upsides of the resurgence of Ogre has been a new wave of (Wo)Men In Black, adding to the ranks of our dedicated demo team of volunteers. Ashley is one such new MIB, who brought a ton of beautifully painted Ogres to the UK Dragonmeet convention in December . . . read article

February 28, 2013:
Allan B. Calhamer, designer of Diplomacy, passed away on the morning of February 25th at the age of 81 . . . read article

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