Daily Illuminator Archive for March 2024

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March 1, 2024:
Fans of the endless scrolling experience, rejoice! Steve Jackson Games is now actively posting on Bluesky, the latest social media platform to open to the public . . . read article

March 2, 2024:
Saethor's Bane is a conversion to the Dungeon Fantasy RPG of David Pulver's excellent Dark Lord's Doom, available for both TFT and OSE (with greyscale interior) by Gaming Ballistic. It is designed to showcase the capabilities and options of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, taking four martial characters – the spellcasters would be assigned to a different unit – through a full campaign arc . . . read article

March 3, 2024:
At the risk of dating myself like the inner ring of a mighty oak . . . do folks make "mix tapes" for their games? Or playlists, or whatever we call 'em nowadays? . . . read article

March 4, 2024:
Love Munchkin? Love accessorizing? . . . read article

March 5, 2024:
I hope this Daily Illuminator finds you well. Stop . . . read article

March 6, 2024:
Visiting used record stores is a favorite pastime for my dad, my husband, and me. There are plenty of excellent stores near us, but I don't think any of us were ready for what awaited us at Retro Attic Akron . . . read article

March 7, 2024:
Our big February release this year was Tabloids! In case you missed it, Tabloids, designed by Steve Jackson, is a fun, silly party game for three (or more!) people . . . read article

March 8, 2024:
Here's a quick tip: If you're a digital packrat who likes to download memes, comics, etc., chances are whatever you download has a nonsensical file name generated by some humorless computer sitting atop a throne of . . . I don't know, other computers . . . read article

March 9, 2024:
There's one game I play on my iPhone and iPad more than any other: Finished! – Puzzly Solitaire. This is a clever solitaire-type card game where the object is to get all the cards into the played pile . . . read article

March 10, 2024:
Last weekend: the GAMA Trade Show, this year in Louisville, which was a MUCH better venue than smoky, remote-from-East-Coast Reno. It looked very good . . . read article

March 11, 2024:
I make a lot of popcorn in my household. It's a great snack: cheap, healthy, satisfying . . . read article

March 12, 2024:
I just literally realized today (well, as I write this . . . it'll probably be a while before you can read it) that – because we've released a boatload of our back catalog as part of our On Demand program through Amazon – this also means we can get reviews through Amazon as well. The very first book I checked in this fashion was GURPS Adaptations, a somewhat (in my opinion) undervalued-but-awesome supplement that gives insight into adapting their favorite fictional worlds into GURPS . . . read article

March 13, 2024:
Today I realized how stable some file formats have been for quite a long time. In particular, I was marveling at the fact that some of my PDF library is 20 years old, and the files still work fine . . . read article

March 14, 2024:
Or should I say my last popcorn secret for now? (Dun-dun-DUNNNN...) . . . read article

March 15, 2024:
The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Expo took place last week, and the consensus is that it was incredibly successful. Our team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for a week-long con at the famous Galt House and the Kentucky International Convention Center.   Our team hosted Booth 420, and we had the opportunity to meet lots of retailers and other folks across the board game industry . . . read article

March 16, 2024:
Getting in the spirit with GURPS has never been easier, thanks to GURPS Template Toolkit 4: Spirits! This supplement delivers at-your-fingertips GURPS material on the immaterial world, with stackable template packages, over 20 new powers, foundational game traits, and more . . . read article

March 17, 2024:
They said it couldn't be done, but we've done the impossible many times before and haven't gotten caught yet. Behold! . . . read article

March 18, 2024:
It would seem that Gen Con is not the only tabletop convention expecting a boost in attendees. Board Game Wire reports that UK Games Expo is expanding its capacity for this year's show, which will feature over 600 exhibitors and co-exhibitors . . . read article

March 19, 2024:
Frank Herbert's Dune has been a mainstay of science fiction since it was first published in 1965. There have been numerous interpretations of the original novel for both the small and big screens, including the most recent films by Canadian director Denis Villenueve . . . read article

March 20, 2024:
Jim Ward, designer of the groundbreaking Metamorphosis Alpha, passed away yesterday at the age of 72. His career included many works for TSR and several independent publishers, including Fast Forward Entertainment, Margaret Weis Productions, and Troll Lord Games.   Jim was an Original Gangsta in the fledgling roleplaying hobby . . . read article

March 21, 2024:
Back in February, I wrote about the software I use to impose PDFs – that is, turn the PDF pages into properly formatted booklet pages suitable to make a bound volume. Adam Wells wrote to me to point out a cost-effective option that might be at your fingertips . . . read article

March 22, 2024:
One of my favorite science fiction authors, Vernor Vinge, has passed away. His work is not easy to sum up . . . read article

March 23, 2024:
For those who missed the GURPS Print-On-Demand Extravaganza from last year, we're proud to announce that one of the volumes from that initiative has joined the On Demand library. GURPS Tactical Shooting now can be purchased as a physical volume for your GURPS collection. This supplement – from gunplay guru Hans-Christian Vortisch – adds extreme realism and intense firearm considerations to your gaming table, with new rules, details, options, and historical insight . . . read article

March 24, 2024:
A hobby almost completely unconnected to gaming: I love studio glass, and have a small collection. Because it's beautiful . . . read article

March 25, 2024:
We recently announced the expansion of our On Demand offerings with two new additions. Well, three . . . err, nine . . . read article

March 26, 2024:
That's the title of the new Car Warriors anthology from Three Ravens Press. It drops April 19, but you can pre-order it now . . . read article

March 27, 2024:
True Tales of the Illuminati is a full-cast audio drama podcast about conspiracies gone wrong, currently in the final week of a crowdfunding campaign to produce a third season. The show follows a team of hapless Illuminati goons, bouncing through history, snatching defeat from the jaws of other, weirder defeat.    Discerning readers of the Daily Illuminator may well pick up on a hidden influence . . . one that the team was all too happy to confirm when reached for comment by the Secret Masters. "I grew up playing Illuminati: New World Order with my gaming group . . . read article

March 28, 2024:
There are certain things we sell that I'm honestly kind of in awe of. Like Mini Car Wars . . . read article

March 29, 2024:
Our big new release for March is Frag! Introduced more than 20 years ago, this game is a tribute to first-person shooters – but it plays without a computer! . . . read article

March 30, 2024:
Every day, somebody does a crazy thing about the Illuminati. It's not every day that somebody does a COOL one . . . read article

March 31, 2024:
We are undeniably living in the digital age: The age of streaming content, of cell phones, of computers, of video games, and of amazing technology. But how do we stay connected in person with our family in a world where so much of our time is spent looking at screens?   A wonderful way to bond with our family members and lift our eyes above our devices is through tabletop gaming, including board games and TTRPGs . . . read article

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