Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2006

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July 1, 2006:
São Paulo, that is. Which is where I am for XIV Encontro Internacional de RPG on July 1-2, courtesy of Devir Livraria . . . read article

July 2, 2006:
GURPS Infinite Worlds was named Best Roleplaying Supplement of 2005 at this year's Origins Award ceremony. Congratulations to Kenneth Hite, Mike Ford, and SJ, and to editor Andrew Hackard and illustrator Bob Stevlic, for a great piece of work! . . . read article

July 3, 2006:
Tara Moscovitch sent us this photo. Is this great, or what? . . . read article

July 4, 2006:
Our office will be closed today for Independence Day. Some or all of us will be doing some or all of: getting together with families, setting off fireworks, working on the NEXT Munchkin game (the one whose title we haven't announced), mowing the lawn, and being grateful that we live in America . . . read article

July 5, 2006:
So . . . if you think you can create a mean spaceship, check out the UltraCorps news page . . . read article

July 6, 2006:
Several more out-of-print GURPS books are now scanned and available on e23, including: GURPS Horror: GURPS The Old Stone Fort GURPS Horror: GURPS Zombietown, U.S.A. GURPS Robin Hood GURPS Space: GURPS Stardemon GURPS Supers: GURPS Supertemps GURPS Supers: GURPS School of Hard Knocks . . . read article

July 7, 2006:
You thought they were kidding when they said you would need this information someday. You ignored your parents and your teachers, and where are you now? . . . read article

July 8, 2006:
Back and mostly recovered, even! The long-standing tradition of suffering some sort of aliment continues, as my "raspy voice from yelling" mutated into "head cold." Origins itself was great fun . . . read article

July 9, 2006:
Two of the most popular questions which Websurfers asked to be posed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in hopes he would answer them on a live webcast, included . . . whether he will use giant humanoid robots to defend Russia, and what he thinks about the rising of Cthulhu. Or so we were assured earlier this week by a Reuters story . . . read article

July 10, 2006:
After a long hiatus, the Omniscient Eye is returning to Pyramid. The Omniscient Eye brings you answers to real-world questions to use in your gaming . . . read article

July 11, 2006:
One of the very best webcomics in the history of the universe, Narbonic, is now readable for free. Yes, all the way from the beginning to the current strip . . . read article

July 12, 2006:
GURPS High-Tech is the GURPS Fourth Edition guide to TL5-8 equipment, by Shawn Fisher and Hans-Christian Vortisch. It contains entire chapters on survival equipment, body armor, medicine, and firearms (and how to use them), plus a short selection of vehicles for adventurers . . . read article

July 13, 2006:
Fnordcast! Yes, Steve Jackson Games has joined the millions of people talking about games, gaming, and geek culture in the mp3 format . . . read article

July 14, 2006:
The documentation is all here. What was Kennedy's schedule on his last day in office? . . . read article

July 15, 2006:
We are now caught up with the fan-created translations of GURPS Lite . . . except for two. And the Spanish one is out of our hands at the moment, but will soon be in your hands; layout is done and the translator is putting some final tweaks on it . . . read article

July 16, 2006:
Our server upgrades continue . . . the new UltraCorps server has actually been set up for a while, moving toward code-readiness, and today it started serving up game turns . . . read article

July 17, 2006:
Sealand, the self-proclaimed independent nation on an old antiaircraft platform off the English coast, recently suffered a devastating fire. Originally, Sealand appears to have been merely an exercise in cheek - "Hey, let's occupy that deserted platform before it falls down, and declare ourselves independent!" It has its own royal family, currency, and coinage, as described on its official website . . . read article

July 18, 2006:
Where do you find them? In science fiction, of course . . . read article

July 19, 2006:
Austin, in its first year, but with a great program and speaker lineup. Including me . . . . . read article

July 20, 2006:
Expeditious Retreat Press released the final volume in their Monster Geographica series a while back, and I've been waiting impatiently (I've been a fan since A Magical Society) for Fiery Dragon Productions to complete the Counter Collection supplement for it. The fifth and final collection (Perilous Heights) is out as of last night, so those of us at SJ Games who also run D&D campaigns (shhh!) can now better visualize tearing our players' characters apart . . . no matter what part of the world they run to . . . read article

July 21, 2006:
Got your life in order? Time for the pendulum to swing the other way . . . read article

July 22, 2006:
We just hit our 1,000th product on e23, and the product is GURPS Space! Er, no, we didn't plan it that way . . . read article

July 23, 2006:
Steve Jackson Games announces for release in October, 2006: Evil Ted Horror has come to the happy town of Cotton Falls! The peaceful teddy bears have become . . . zombears! A few lucky survivors have barricaded themselves in the remaining buildings . . . read article

July 24, 2006:
Texas Independent Game Conference on Sunday. I enjoyed putting together the presentation, and it drew some interesting comments and questions, so I was happy . . . read article

July 25, 2006:
That most shameless of munchkins, Igor, in his Star Munchkin gear, is now in space! Read John Kovalic's blog for the terrifying details! . . . read article

July 26, 2006:
At last, I'm getting around to showing you some of the best pictures from my Down Under trip. This is a pizza box from Hell Pizza, a chain in New Zealand . . . read article

July 27, 2006:
Fans of Mike Mignola, take note. Not only is Hellboy Animated moving forward, but SciFi Channel is showing The Amazing Screw-On Head tonight (check your local listings for times) . . . read article

July 28, 2006:
If you'll recall (and why shouldn't you . . . you've had your consciousness raised, yes?), the International Trepanation Advocacy Group plumped for holes in the head, that we might better see the world around us. But what if we were the world around us? . . . read article

July 29, 2006:
Photos from our dolphin-watching trip. This was on the Dolphin Explorer, out of Auckland . . . read article

July 30, 2006:
And no, that has nothing to do with his age. The time has come to pass the torch of Control, who coordinates all our MIB activities . . . read article

July 31, 2006:
This is Brighid Hurtubise. We met her at Conclave in New Zealand, along with her father, Josef . . . read article

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