Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2007

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May 1, 2007:
Munchkin Cthulhu supplement . . . It's raining . . . read article

May 2, 2007:
Read the fine print. No, finer than that. #2: Spell- and number-check your addresses . . . read article

May 3, 2007:
The eighth Fnordcast has arrived! This one is jam-packed with gamer goodness . . . read article

May 4, 2007:
The DeLorean Motor Company has take a lot of kidding over the years, and there's nothing better than a site that can laugh at itself. In fact, there are in-jokes within the in-jokes if you're in the market for vehicular upgrades . . . read article

May 5, 2007:
This year, Steve Jackson Games got three nominations for Origins Awards, in two different categories. In the Non-Collectable Card Game or Expansion of the Year category: Cowpoker, designed by James Ernest and Mike Selinker, illustrated by Greg Hyland. Munchkin Impossible, designed by Steve Jackson, illustrated by John Kovalic . . . read article

May 6, 2007:
So it appears that DARPA is working on binoculars that will, basically, read the mind of the troop using them, so it "knows" what he's seeing before his conscious mind does. Here's the good part: this might be only three years out . . . read article

May 7, 2007:
There are now 11 different implementations of the Fnorder, including two new ones in Ruby - our thanks to their demented creators! . . . read article

May 8, 2007:
He handed me some disks at Penguicon. I listened . . . read article

May 9, 2007:
For GTS, the nice folks at Chessex created several engraved dice boots for those exhibitors doing demos. As you can see, ours has the famous Eye-In-The-Pyramid . . . read article

May 10, 2007:
Yeeeeees! (And yes, it's another Penguicon post, and I'm not done with 'em quite yet.) . . . read article

May 11, 2007:
The Museum of Jurassic Technology may be somewhat inaptly named. If you're looking for a source on the big lizards, you may be disappointed . . . read article

May 12, 2007:
Yes, that title is in quotes. Those aren't my words -- I'm much more likely to be the one groaning in pun-offs . . . read article

May 13, 2007:
At Penguicon (and no, this still isn't the last "Wow, Penguicon stuff!" post), I saw a presentation by RepRap, which is short for Replicating Rapid Prototyper. The gimmick here - and I don't mean 'gimmick' disparagingly, but with delighted respect - is that the goal is to build a fabricator that can create the key parts for . . . itself . . . read article

May 14, 2007:
Warehouse 23 has contracted with FedEx, and we are now offering FedEx shipping in place of UPS. We're very excited about this change in carriers . . . read article

May 15, 2007:
Munchkin Cthulhu 2 Call of Cowthulhu Aw, shucks! Y'all loved Munchkin Cthulhu so much, we jes' had ta bring ya more of that down-home Munchkin craziness! Munchkin Cthulhu 2 Call of Cowthulhu puts the Great Old Ones out to pasture, Munchkin-style! . . . read article

May 16, 2007:
It was an idea that fell into the "Of course! How clever!" category . . . read article

May 17, 2007:
The Miniatures Page reports that Angus McBride is dead at 76 of a heart attack. McBride was best known to gamers for his detailed and accurate illustrations in the Osprey Men-At-Arms series . . . read article

May 18, 2007:
Did Swamp Thing rip off Man-Thing or was it the other way around? Did someone's letter of resignation really end up in a comic panel? . . . read article

May 19, 2007:
The creatures encountered in an adventure set the tone for the game. They should be appropriate to the genre, but still a surprise for players. GURPS Creatures of the Night, Vol. 1 provides the GM with an assortment of monsters, animals, and unnatural beings that are both versatile and specific, designed to create unforgettable conflicts and unexpected alliances with the characters . . . read article

May 20, 2007:
The third GURPS book scheduled for release this year has just hit an important milestone -- the transition from "editing" to "production." Sean Punch, the GURPS Line Editor himself, personally took the editing responsibilities for High-Tech. This was a big job, because Hans-Christian Vortisch, Shawn Fisher, and Michael Hurst all know their stuff . . . and there's a lot of stuff to know. Last week, Sean polished off the last few details, and handed it over to Managing Editor Phil Reed . . . read article

May 21, 2007:
Lloyd Alexander, author of the Chronicles of Prydain, died last week. I encounted Prydain in my high school library, reading The Black Cauldron first . . . read article

May 22, 2007:
We've been trying to fill this position for some time. It wasn't easy . . . read article

May 23, 2007:
From our own David Morgan-Mar creator of the Irregular Webcomic, co-author of GURPS Bio-Tech, author of GURPS Casey & Andy and other amazing game material, bon vivant and man about town comes the Intelligent Design Sort . . . read article

May 24, 2007:
The long-rumored Munchkin boardgame, Munchkin Quest, is in production. This is no ordinary release -- we haven't done a full-sized board game for years, and times have changed . . . read article

May 25, 2007:
The Zetas are coming, or maybe they're already here. Hard to tell when they send a representative named Nancy to deal with humanity and all we can find out is that there was supposed to be a twelfth planet ripping away our crusts back in 2003 . . . read article

May 26, 2007:
After months of meticulous research, thousands of hours of writing, innumerable playtest posts, more thousands of hours of editing, weeks of layout, and a light dusting of art direction, GURPS Martial Arts is now at the printer. This is a big one, folks . . . read article

May 27, 2007:
This . . . is fun. Sort of like a cross between checkers and Strange Synergy, only not very . . . read article

May 28, 2007:
We are seeking playtesters for GURPS Spaceships (a series of 32-50 page e23 GURPS Space supplements), the first of which will focus on spaceship design and combat. Playtesters must be willing to use the system's rules -- for the first book in the series, that means building ships or playing out combats, not just reading the manuscript! . . . read article

May 29, 2007:
GURPS Ultra-Tech is now available in PDF via e23 . . . read article

May 30, 2007:
Yes, we're in yet another language. You can now download the Simplified Chinese version of GURPS Lite from e23 . . . read article

May 31, 2007:
Ohio State University's School of Communication, working with GAMA and The Wargamer, have a new survey, looking at "patterns of motivation and usage" by gamers. Whew! . . . read article

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