Daily Illuminator Archive for October 2003

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October 1, 2003:
As of today, David Pulver has left the employ of Steve Jackson Games to work full-time for Guardians of Order. Fortunately, his agreement with GOO allows him to do freelance writing for us, so he isn't leaving the SJ Games family, just moving out of the house . . . read article

October 2, 2003:
Those of you who aren't Pyramid subscribers, or who haven't checked your subscription lately, may not realize that Greg Hyland has taken over Murphy's Rules. Greg is the creator of Lethargic Lad and the artist for our own Munchkin Fu, and we're very glad to have him on board! . . . read article

October 3, 2003:
If you're a big fan of mullet hairdos - and who is? - get your fix at Mullet Junky . . . read article

October 4, 2003:
The authors' guidelines have been updated and reorganized. Anyone who is writing or editing for SJ Games, or who might in the future, please review the changes that have been made . . . read article

October 5, 2003:
Recently, we've noticed that our spam blocker has been nailing a number of messages sent from yahoo.com, even ones from our friends. There doesn't seem to be any sort of pattern to what does and doesn't get flagged . . . read article

October 6, 2003:
Andrew Lipson has created LEGO versions of several M.C. Escher paintings (and plenty of other stuff besides -- check out the "Mathematical Models" link) . . . read article

October 7, 2003:
Our October releases are en route to distributors everywhere, and should be on the shelves of your scary local game store in the very near future: Spooks You don't have to outrun the monsters . . . if you can outrun your friends. In this fast-moving game, you play your cards by matching numbers and suits. The first player to empty his hand wins . . . and the spooks get everybody else! . . . read article

October 8, 2003:
Researchers have developed a next generation e-paper, a video screen as light and flexible as paper with the resolution and contrast to display moving images. Reuters has the story . . . read article

October 9, 2003:
Remember when we decided to put the misprint Clerical Errors decks up for sale? We set aside 1,200 decks, and figured we'd have the vast majority of them sitting around for a good long time . . . read article

October 10, 2003:
The Cutting Edge is a Christian resource that manages to marry technology and belief without making it clear on which side of certain issues they fall. Maybe they're just kidding . . . read article

October 11, 2003:
Scientists in England have answered the age-old question. Doing something about it is another problem . . . . . read article

October 12, 2003:
The Milky Way is consuming a dwarf galaxy, called Sagittarius after the constellation containing its nucleus. Update: Argh . . . read article

October 13, 2003:
By Land, Sea, or Air . . . World War II raged from the deserts of North Africa to the jungles of the South Pacific, the mountaintops of the Alps to the beaches of Normandy, to the high seas, the undersea depths, and the skies above it all. And everywhere were the machines of war -- the bombers, fighters, tanks, jeeps, ships, submarines, landing craft, and more, thousands of designs built by dozens of different countries. GURPS WWII: Motor Pool is the definitive sourcebook for it all . . . read article

October 14, 2003:
Woo hoo! I'm going to be a guest at the second Penguicon . . . which is a combined Linux/SF convention . . . read article

October 15, 2003:
Is this a cool sign, or what? We printed several thousand of those for retailers . . . read article

October 16, 2003:
Haiku! Pardon me . . . read article

October 17, 2003:
The next time you throw your hands up in frustration and lament, "What kind of baboons do they have programming this stuff?" know that your wailing may be more on-target than you think . . . read article

October 18, 2003:
Our January 2004 releases will be: Illuminati: Crime Lords Rival mobs battle for control of the city. Take over the rackets, rake in the dough, and rub out the opposition . . . read article

October 19, 2003:
As of the beginning of 2004, Steve Jackson will be storing inventory, assembling games, and shipping product from a new warehouse in Las Vegas. Business office functions will be centered there . . . read article

October 20, 2003:
This weekend I'll be a guest at Necronomicon in Tampa, Florida. I plan to have fun, yes indeed . . . read article

October 21, 2003:
Early this morning and tomorrow morning, skywatchers will have a chance to spot Jupiter, Saturn, and a meteor shower of dust particles shaken off Halley's Comet, all in one convenient sector of the pre-dawn sky. Science@NASA has the details . . . read article

October 22, 2003:
Look for these latest releases any day now at your local game store: Illuminati Y2K (Reprint) Back in print at last! This is the set that brought Illuminati into the new millennium. Illuminati Y2K adds 109 more gorgeous full-color cards, bringing the global conspiracies in synch with the times . . . read article

October 23, 2003:
Today is 10-23. A very interesting day, because tomorrow is the 10th anniversary issue of Pyramid, and SJ Games is in its 23rd year . . . read article

October 24, 2003:
If you're a super-genius or just hungry for road-runner meat, you're going to need help pursuing your dreams. Look through The Original Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products - something is bound to strike your fancy . . . read article

October 25, 2003:
We ran our Munchkin RPG page through the Gematriculator, which uses infallible numerical methods to determine the relative good and evil inherent in a website or text sample. See, we told you . . . it's good to be a munchkin . . . read article

October 26, 2003:
I've been happily using the Apple Music Store since it opened. Not only does it have all that music, but the way it's organized makes it easy to browse . . . read article

October 27, 2003:
If you don't see anything wrong with the above line, there is no hope for you, and you don't need this poster, and you should probably be sterilized for the good of further generati . . . Whoops, inner voice . . . read article

October 28, 2003:
Electronic Gaming Monthly rounded up nine kids, 10 to 13, and set them in front of classic arcade games (Pong, Space Invaders, etc.) to get their reactions. The article is hysterical . . . read article

October 29, 2003:
One of the most powerful solar flares ever recorded erupted yesterday morning near giant sunspot 486. The explosion hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) directly toward Earth . . . read article

October 30, 2003:
Well-organized, well-attended, and with an experienced staff that made me feel very welcome even at a couple of moments when I felt a bit like the Guest from Hell. (Problems happen . . . read article

October 31, 2003:
Every now and then, we like to stop and remind ourselves that we have really cool jobs. The Steve Jackson Games offices are closed today so the staff (including some special visitors from out of town!) can dress up, eat unhealthy food, and play games . . . read article

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