Daily Illuminator Archive for June 2024

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June 1, 2024:
Like many folks about my age, I never much cared for Scrappy-Doo. I always found the character to be lackluster and annoying compared to the rest of the Scooby Gang . . . read article

June 2, 2024:
You know who Steve Jackson is; if you don't, the fact that the very web page you're reading this from has some variation of "Steve Jackson Games" plastered prominently in at least one place should provide a vital clue. Hey, Steve! Do you mind if I borrow the "Questions Three" format from Hexagram for Daily Illuminator posts? . . . read article

June 3, 2024:
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has announced that the 2024 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is being presented posthumously to Jennell Jaquays. The ceremony will take place at the 59th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards ceremony on June 8.    The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given to individuals who have made "significant contributions to the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres community." Ms . . . read article

June 4, 2024:
I recently became aware of an aesthetic style that's become known as Frutiger Aero, roughly popular from 2004 to 2013. Its name comes from the combination of Windows Aero and the Frutiger font (which was ubiquitous in the corporate world during that era) . . . read article

June 5, 2024:
I recently talked about gaming advancements that didn't exist when I started but now seem to be everywhere. This one is kind of the opposite: Whatever happened to laser pointers? . . . read article

June 6, 2024:
Beginning this Friday, June 7th, Steve Jackson Games will be showcasing some of our fun and totally FREE products from Warehouse 23 on our social media accounts. We're calling it Freebie Fridays!   On select Fridays, we will share our favorite downloadable files that you can score for just $0.    This week we'll be telling you about the Crabman STL . . . read article

June 7, 2024:
World Ocean Day is observed yearly on June 8th. To coincide with this celebration of the seas, we're highlighting some of our ocean-themed titles during a special sale.   The Ocean d6 sets come in six varieties . . . read article

June 8, 2024:
Exciting character options and adventure ideas for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy! New spells for GURPS Ritual Path Magic! . . . read article

June 9, 2024:
Like many on the Internet, I was recently enthralled by Jenny Nicholson's YouTube video about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser live-action roleplaying hotel experience set in (obviously) the Star Wars Universe. It's a four-hour video, so it's not for the faint of heart, but I found it worthwhile . . . read article

June 10, 2024:
As noted in a previous Daily Illuminator, we've been asking some folks around here interesting questions in an abbreviated version of the Questions Three format, as found in Hexagram. I recently sought out GURPS Line Editor Sean Punch, who has written, edited, contributed to, and guided countless supplements for more than 20 years. You've been with GURPS since last millennium . . . read article

June 11, 2024:
If you're interested in the history of tabletop gaming, then you're probably familiar with the work of Jordan Sorcery. Jordan is a YouTuber whose videos cover a wide range of tabletop gaming topics, including gaming history, reviews, interviews with creators, and more . . . read article

June 12, 2024:
I remember scouring the retail landscape of the early 2000s (whatever that looked like) for an affordable copy of Green and Pleasant Land – a Call of Cthulhu supplement that detailed the British Isles of the 1920s and 1930s. It was a book that was long out of print when I was searching for it . . . read article

June 13, 2024:
During the height of COVID, my husband and I decided to sign up for the Lord of the Rings Virtual Challenge, one of many virtual challenges hosted by The Conqueror. We opted for the long distance version, which meant it took us until last year to walk from The Shire to Mordor . . . read article

June 14, 2024:
Here in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, we have tons of ways to acquire previously-owned items at a low cost or even for free.   I recently attended The Clothing Exchange in Fort Worth. This 1:1 trade allows you to bring adult, teen, children, and baby clothes, shoes, and accessories to trade for items brought by other attendees . . . read article

June 15, 2024:
In late May, I attended my first-ever Las Vegas Licensing Expo as the Managing Editor at Steve Jackson Games. As such, I am now officially an Expo Expert, a title I have entirely bestowed upon myself . . . read article

June 16, 2024:
We're just a few months away from autumn (already!), and we'd like to share October's new releases with you. Some exciting things are coming for Munchkin and Car Wars!   With 56 brand-new cards, Munchkin: Taken for Granite is the newest expansion for the classic game . . . read article

June 17, 2024:
Another brave soul has graciously agreed to answer our Questions Three! Today's participant is Sabrina Gonzalez . . . read article

June 18, 2024:
Walking in nature is its own reward, but it's nice to find a way of putting all those miles to good use. Many years ago, a friend who learned about my love of trails recommended that I check out Charity Miles, an app that allows you to raise money for various causes while you walk, run, or bike . . . read article

June 19, 2024:
Every so often I'll forget to back a crowdfunding campaign and don't remember until it's over. Then I'll go, "Oh, no!" and race to my browser to find the tab . . . read article

June 20, 2024:
I've been madly in love with roleplaying games since my high school boyfriend introduced me to the Dragonlance novels, Dungeons & Dragons, and Final Fantasy VII. That's why I'm excited about Free RPG Day, which is coming up Saturday, June 22 . . . read article

June 21, 2024:
Convention season is approaching! Or, depending on your world view, it's always here, because there's usually something cool happening someplace . . . read article

June 22, 2024:
Here's a better-late-than-never plug: Arcadian Chain. I bought this dice bag from their booth at Who's Yer Con way back in 2018 . . . read article

June 23, 2024:
I know we've all grown kind of inured to the general advancement of technology, but isn't it weird how you can store, like, a terabyte of data on a tiny memory card about the size of a fingernail? That fact still amazes me (as someone who grew up in the era of floppy disks trying to figure out how to cram one more 12-kilobyte document on a medium that was the size of a piece of toast)! . . . read article

June 24, 2024:
Warlock Knight is a programmed solo adventure for starting characters in The Fantasy Trip. Battle strange monsters in the wild, explore labyrinths, face danger on the high seas, and meet brave companion in the always-dangerous Warlock Kingdoms of Sedra. The campaign for David Pulver's sixth solo adventure for The Fantasy Trip with Gaming Ballistic, Warlock Knight, launched on Backerkit Crowdfunding on Tuesday, June 18 . . . read article

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