Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2010

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May 1, 2010:
You've heard the phrase "American royalty," but do you know who they're talking about? Presidents, of course (and anyone Barbara Walters chooses to interview, but that's another enigma) . . . read article

May 2, 2010:
Conventions in Germany are not like those in the States. Sure, there are games being played, and geekery all over the place, but the scale seems to be just . . . larger . . . read article

May 3, 2010:
What could provoke a bunch of unlikely heroes from the Old West to strap on shootin' irons and ride out after outlaws, and then track them through dinosaur infested swamps? True Love, of course! . . . read article

May 4, 2010:
Most unboxing videos consist of one person, a camera, and whatever they're unboxing. We've been taking it a step further, with a person behind the camera as well as in front of it, just to create a better video . . . read article

May 5, 2010:
It's summer! Ok, the official first day of summer isn't for another month, but here in Austin, we're enjoying the window of weather that's neither too chilly nor too hot for outdoor activities. (Some of us call this season "Pollen" and hate it with the heat of a thousand suns. -ed) And by "outdoor activities," we mean "out-of-the-office demos!" Today, Wednesday May 5, Randy and Ryan will be showing off The Palace, the first expansion to Revolution! This week, the demo will take place at Wonko's Toys and Games . . . read article

May 6, 2010:
The following games are currently in the hands of distributors, and should be on the shelves of your friendly local game store in a few days. Cthulhu Dice Serving Cthulhu is fun . . . except for all those other cultists out to get you . . . read article

May 7, 2010:
Peanut butter and chocolate. Rock and roll . . . read article

May 8, 2010:
On May 8, 2000, I was hired as a shipping clerk here at Steve Jackson Games. In the intervening ten years, I've cast miniatures, moved the warehouse, moved the office, run booths at trade shows and conventions, shipped boxes, and written lots and lots of Daily Illuminators (and other blurbs) . . . read article

May 9, 2010:
Last week, Warehouse 23 released both Fairy Dust and Waiting for Santa, the two Munchkin boosters that were pulled from shelves last fall due to card curling issues. If you waited this long to get a refund from your local retailer, you'd better hope for a very liberal exchange policy . . . read article

May 10, 2010:
You know somebody is. After all, what's the point of Them having psis if They aren't delving into your thoughts constantly? . . . read article

May 11, 2010:
So the Post Office wants to do away with Saturday mail. Hmm . . . read article

May 12, 2010:
Google Maps has updated their satellite imagery, and now you can see our gazebo! You can also just make out the lamp post next to the gazebo . . . read article

May 13, 2010:
The final step of the design process is usually easy to see, because it's called "the finished product." The earlier steps aren't as transparent, unless the designer releases his notes . . . Which is exactly what SJ did for Cthulhu Dice . . . read article

May 14, 2010:
Steve Jackson Games is happy and proud! to announce that, beginning with the 19th printing of Munchkin, the fantasy sets will have John Kovalic's classic cartoons in full color. Color reprints of Unnatural Axe and Clerical Errors are coming in June, and the other fantasy expansions will be colored as their reprints come up over the rest of the year . . . read article

May 15, 2010:
Since its release in 2001, the Munchkin line has become a mega-hit. We couldn't be happier . . . read article

May 16, 2010:
The answer to this question, were we to meet face-to-face, is simple: "Got two minutes? I'll show you . . ." Sadly, you're on that side of the screen, and I'm over here . . . read article

May 17, 2010:
Vikings were more than just guys with beards and axes. They were peaceful traders with a highly developed system of law . . . read article

May 18, 2010:
What's on the schedule for August 2010? Good question! . . . read article

May 19, 2010:
We've got two highly anticipated items shipping right now from our warehouse to distributors. They should both be available from your FLGS in a few weeks. Zombie Dice Eat brains . . . read article

May 20, 2010:
With the new rules of the 19th printing, the question likely on your mind is "Where is the dessert cart?" Er . . . I mean, "When will my favorite Munchkin set and/or expansion get a reprint?" (Sometimes the Orbital Mind Control satellites pick up stray thoughts from the Bermuda Triangle cruises.) . . . read article

May 21, 2010:
I guess that title is confusing. It could be read as "the newest Munchkin games is the coolest ever, and therefore rules over all other games." And while that would be (subjectively) true, that's not what I was going for . . . read article

May 22, 2010:
The term "yarn bombing" brings images of blue-haired grannies flinging balls of yarn with fuses. But Phil assures me that it's actually a form of street art, and New Guy Alex claims it's been around for years . . . read article

May 23, 2010:
Today is 5/23, a special day for all Illuminated and semi-Illuminated beings (also for Mundanes, but they call it "Sunday"). In celebration, I suggest you do something either conspiratorial or discordian . . . read article

May 24, 2010:
Clerics are one of the four classic archetypes of fantasy RPGs. In the old days, they were the envy of the other classes . . . read article

May 25, 2010:
To say the 19th printing of Munchkin was "a team effort" would be to qualify for at least the semifinals of the World Understatement Olympics. However, in the forefront of the charge was Andrew Hackard, the Munchkin Czar . . . read article

May 26, 2010:
Are you a game designer in the central Texas area? Do you have a prototype you'd like to playtest with a group of gamers other than your friends and family? . . . read article

May 27, 2010:
Once upon a time, Munchkin needed an expansion to help those crazy folks blend their sets together. You know, the sort of players who throw all their cards together, and shout "Woot!" loudly when the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment is wielded by a Ninja against Great Cthulhu . . . read article

May 28, 2010:
Retailers -- we love 'em! They're the ones that help your parents out when they want to buy "a book about dragons, or maybe dungeons" for your birthday . . . read article

May 29, 2010:
Munchkin's 19th printing has arrived from the remote mountain temple where it spent months training, refining its kung fu skills . . . No, wait, Munchkin Fu is the one with the kung fu skills . . . read article

May 30, 2010:
Much has been made of the 19th printing of Munchkin, and there are copies sitting on shelves for you to see right now. But what does the creative team (aka John Kovalic and Steve Jackson) think? . . . read article

May 31, 2010:
Here in the States it's Memorial Day, the day dedicated to the memory of the men and women who have fallen defending this country. We're not in the office . . . read article

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