Daily Illuminator Archive for October 2023

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October 1, 2023:
For fans of Halloween, noting that this holiday's arrival is (from a temporal standpoint) just around the corner is probably the most obvious statement in the cosmos. But if you're like me, it's too easy to get distracted, only to look at the calendar and realize, "Oh, right . . . that's coming up soon." It's good to have a firm understanding of how much time you have to plan if you want to do anything unusual or special for an upcoming event . . . read article

October 2, 2023:
The print-on-demand revolution is amazing and allows for long unavailable material to join the physical realm again. Case in point: Game Design Vol. 1: Theory and Practice . . . read article

October 3, 2023:
Does the lack of a price increase warrant an exclamation point?" you might ask. It seems like we're constantly not raising prices; what makes this noteworthy? . . . read article

October 4, 2023:
This advice might be a decade or two out of date, but you all are clever souls, so this suggestion may still be of use to someone out there. The simultaneously goofiest and most practical storage solution we have in our house is this unassuming wooden unit . . . read article

October 5, 2023:
The world of roleplaying games is no stranger to legal issues; pretty much any company in the space has dealt with its fair share (including us!). However, this may be one of the highest-profile lawsuits in recent memory, with Evil Genius Games laying down the law to Netflix, so to speak . . . read article

October 6, 2023:
I still remember my best gaming haul. I was an early teenager, visiting my dad as part of the child-of-divorce visitation package . . . read article

October 7, 2023:
Here's a quick DIY recommendation: book tape. Libraries and other bibliophiles rely on this sort of tape to make repairs and keep spines happy. (Book spines, that is . . . . . read article

October 8, 2023:
This is a post where I recommend walking. This is no doubt old advice, perhaps existing since the moment walking was invented (circa 1987), but I don't recall ever plugging it myself . . . read article

October 9, 2023:
We're very fortunate in Austin to have a number of awesome game stores, so I know it comes off as spoiled to say the following: I wish there was one that was within WALKING distance of me! Well, now there is . . . with Bat City Games & Comics, a new friendly local game store in my own neighborhood . . . read article

October 10, 2023:
I have some photo albums in my closet. They're under several boxed games (of course), and they'd frankly be a pain to get at . . . read article

October 11, 2023:
XXX STARLET SEES UNDERGROUND DINOSAUR WORLD I started working on this game at least 20 years ago. I set it aside because it wasn't quite right, for itself or for the market, even though it playtested well . . . read article

October 12, 2023:
When most people picture a swordfighting show, they probably imagine two people swinging swords on a stage during a Renaissance festival, or maybe two lightsaber-wielding characters duking it out at Galaxy's Edge in the Disney theme parks. But in the League of Swords, mastery of the blade is just the beginning . . . read article

October 13, 2023:
Gamehole is probably the best-run small con that I have ever attended. It just ticks like a clock, if clocks were full of fun and games, games, games . . . read article

October 14, 2023:
Through Halloween, take 13% off our creepy curated collection, which includes: Cthulhu coins, dice bags, and plushies Munchkin Apocalypse, Munchkin Cthulhu, and Munchkin Zombies Zombie Dice games and accessories Spine-chilling digital GURPS adventures and supplements Want to give out something less sticky and cavity-inducing for Halloween this year? Try a bowl of our spooky dice! . . . read article

October 15, 2023:
A while back, I mused a bit about what it means to be "old school" as far as gaming. Those thoughts resurfaced for me as I saw a trailer for Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord . . . read article

October 16, 2023:
Are you into indie roleplaying games? How about pizza? . . . read article

October 17, 2023:
True crime podcasts are as popular as ever, but I've never had much interest in learning about ghastly murders or other illegal acts. But when it comes to supernatural weirdness, I just can't seem to get enough . . . read article

October 18, 2023:
If you missed our Tabloids Kickstarter, don't worry! You still have time to get your own copy of this hilarious headline-building game . . . read article

October 19, 2023:
As I've noted in the past, I dabble in many areas of geekery: tabletop games, video games, LEGO, Doctor Who, theater, etc. As a result, I also go to a nontrivial number of cons as my mood is stricken . . . read article

October 20, 2023:
Only one day in and we're already having a great time! I'm at Gamehole Con in Madison, along with Amy and Irene . . . read article

October 21, 2023:
One hears some pretty odd things around the Steve Jackson Games offices. And technically on conference calls as well, as most of us are still working from home . . . read article

October 22, 2023:
Ryan Omega has been many things over the years – his past roles include director, producer, writer, and host – but his latest venture might be his most intriguing. Inspired by the panel discussions at various conventions, Ryan decided to launch a new project called Geek Public on YouTube . . . read article

October 23, 2023:
The Car Wars Companion Kickstarter is off to a great start! We blew past our initial funding goal of $2,000 in under 10 minutes, and it currently (when I wrote this!) looks like we're headed north of $50,000 . . . read article

October 24, 2023:
For those who didn't partake of the hit Kickstarter and are bemoaning having missed the multi-pathed methods of madness, we have tentacular news: the Choose Cthulhu books are now available on Warehouse 23! These books reimagine Lovecraft's original tales as choosable-path stories, with surprising secrets to expose and dangerous deviations to discover . . . read article

October 25, 2023:
There are two notable Kickstarter campaigns that started on Monday, 10/16. But one of them ends Friday, so read this fast! . . . read article

October 26, 2023:
Munchkin Scooby-Doo hits stores today! That's right – now you can join Mystery Incorporated as they Kick Down The Door, fight the monster, grab the Treasure, and compete to reach Level 10 . . . read article

October 27, 2023:
Shed blood, shed tears, follow your flag and your heart wherever they lead in the Golden Age of Piracy . . . Now on Kickstarter is the first published game by our Car Wars line editor, Irene Zielinski . . . read article

October 28, 2023:
The second entry in Three Ravens Publishing's high-octane Dead Man's Run series came out yesterday, and is now available wherever ebooks are sold! 72 Hours to Graceland is an exciting and deceptively heartfelt story about an unlikely duo with everything to lose. I'll let the back cover blurb speak for itself: Bobby Hank is one of yesteryear's living legends, an autoduellist once known as the Pale Rider.   These days he's scraping out a living in the Hampton Roads Dead Zone, chased by old age, regret, and a cannibal horde . . . read article

October 29, 2023:
You probably read about the "einstein" (one stone) tile a few months ago. Mathematician David Smith discovered a single shape – complex but strangely appealing – that could be repeated indefinitely to tile a surface without ever falling into a pattern . . . read article

October 30, 2023:
Back in the original Kickstarter campaign for Car Wars Sixth Edition, supporters unlocked nine free scenarios for use with the game. And this promise has now been fulfilled! . . . read article

October 31, 2023:
Hey there, I'm Meredith Placko, the CEO of Steve Jackson Games, and I guess it's about time to write a DI post! Three of our production staff and I took an unforgettable journey to Adobe Max 2023, and it was nothing short of amazing! . . . read article

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