Daily Illuminator Archive for November 2007

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November 1, 2007:
Starting today, Thursday, I'm back and busily committing more Munchkin evil. And some other evil as well, but you guys keep making it very clear that you are all munchkins and want to buy the game about YOU. The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin is just barely out, and the distributors pre-ordered a LOT, and already we're hearing "Send us more!" OK, time to see if the printers can accelerate the planned second batch . . . read article

November 2, 2007:
Remember last year's parade of costumes? This year, we had too many cool pictures to fit into a Daily Illuminator . . . read article

November 3, 2007:
We've got a double-sized excerpt release for GURPS fans today -- four, count 'em four, pages of sneaky-peekiness from GURPS High-Tech. What's the occasion? . . . read article

November 4, 2007:
Last Thursday I did a phone interview with Don Dehm and his "Pulp Gamer" podcast team. And BOOM, it's up - he actually notified me within 24 hours that the podcast was posted . . . read article

November 5, 2007:
Munchkin fan Preston put the newest Munchkin freebie to good use, taking advantage of the special Halloweeen-only bonus. In fact, everyone at his table did . . . read article

November 6, 2007:
After a bit of wrangling (and an intervening weekend), I've collected a comprehensive list of what we played on our annual Game Day. Behold! Are You A Werewolf? We fit in two games, with the werewolves winning the first, and the villagers the second. Call of Cthulhu: Arkham Horror The W23 crew drags this one out often, despite, as Fox says, "The board hates us!" Bandu Will brought this stacking game from the back of his closet . . . read article

November 7, 2007:
For those of you within one parsec of Michigan this weekend, I'll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Traveller at U-Con, November 9-11 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I'll need volunteers to attend my panels, applaud when I finish speaking, and buy me lunch . . . read article

November 8, 2007:
The Great Cthulhu Giveaway has ended! Cthulhu has left R'lyeh, and travels forth unto his new home to sow madness among his neighbors . . . read article

November 9, 2007:
Remember I told you that John Nephew, of Atlas Games, was running for his local City Council? He won! . . . read article

November 10, 2007:
What are the odds that you'll die in a car crash, a terrorist attack, a house invasion? Will your identity be stolen? . . . read article

November 11, 2007:
Written by Hans-Christian Vortisch, one of the authors of the new edition of GURPS High-Tech, Fairbairn Close Combat Systems expands on the Fairbairn Close Combat Training information found in GURPS Martial Arts. With new variations, new technique Combinations, and a full write-up of Defendu, GURPS Martial Arts: Fairbairn Close Combat Styles is sure to become your favorite PDF just as soon as it’s released . . . read article

November 12, 2007:
A new mega-game will run its first tick Monday at 10pm CST. The game is still free; just go to www.ultracorps.com to join . . . read article

November 13, 2007:
WikiHow has an interesting collection of "how to" articles that pop up on my Google homepage. Usually they're mundane, like How to Convert Any Toilet to a Low Flush Toilet, with occasional dips into the Weird Pool, like How to Make a Secret Spy Fort . . . read article

November 14, 2007:
Given that Munchkin is our biggest line, we thought you'd like an update on Munchkin Quest's progress. On the design front, the playtests continue . . . read article

November 15, 2007:
GURPS High-Tech has been spotted on store shelves! Quick, run down to your friendly local game store now and get one before they're all gone! . . . read article

November 16, 2007:
You can stop trying to invent time travel. It's been done . . . read article

November 17, 2007:
Warehouse 23 has an immediate job opening - we're looking for a clerk to handle the routine processing, shipping, and customer service for website orders and assist with site maintenance. Ideally, we want someone hardworking and friendly, with a quirky sense of humor and a love of games . . . read article

November 18, 2007:
This is just a reminder to all of our fans that Warehouse 23 will be closed on November 22-23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States. We will resume normal shipping on November 26, but please allow an extra day or two on our response times as we get caught up . . . read article

November 19, 2007:
Munchkin is a popular game. But in Germany, Munchkin is amazingly popular, thanks in no small part to our translator Pegasus Spiele (and MIB of Note Birger Kraemer) . . . read article

November 20, 2007:
As promised, we're giving you a chance to win some unusual Munchkin accessories. But first, you've got to do something for us . . . . . read article

November 21, 2007:
With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, Hanukkah just a couple weeks away, and Christmas a mere month (give or take) away, you're going to need to do some shopping. Books, ordered online, are always a good idea . . . read article

November 22, 2007:
It's Thanksgiving here in the US, with the traditional turkey, casseroles, and stuffing (not to mention football for those who like that sort of thing). We'll be home with various friends and family, and definitely not at the office . . . read article

November 23, 2007:
They say math and music are two sides of the same coin, and never was that more true than when YTMND puts pi to song . . . read article

November 24, 2007:
On a page having nothing to do with gaming, I encountered a link to Three Further Cases for Judge Dee, a scenario by Boudewijn Rempt. If you like GURPS Mysteries and want some adventures to run, look here! . . . read article

November 25, 2007:
No, not The Matrix. Well, I guess it could be The Matrix, considering the wire fu moves (known as chambara to the connoisseur) detailed within GURPS Martial Arts. But in this case, the "digital" refers to the newly released PDF . . . read article

November 26, 2007:
Back when Ral Partha was doing the Ogre miniatures, there was one for the Paneuropean Missile Crawler. It's not currently available, and we never got around to making one for the Combine side at all . . . read article

November 27, 2007:
Remember the steampunk keyboard? Datamancer has topped himself . . . with a steampunk laptop . . . read article

November 28, 2007:
Several folks have noticed our new webcomic forum, and wondered, "what's up with that?" The answer is pretty obvious, really. We're geeks, and we like webcomics, so we made a forum to talk about them -- nothing more sinister than that . . . read article

November 29, 2007:
I frequently find myself wandering the halls of the office asking unusual questions. “Nixon or Kennedy? CIA or KGB? . . . read article

November 30, 2007:
Human history is written in encoded messages . . . at least, that's what our Captain Midnight secret decoder rings reveal to us . . . read article

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