Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2012

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April 1, 2012:
Our current Ogre Sixth Edition prototype, as you see, is larger than previous editions. But is it everything that you expected? . . . read article

April 2, 2012:
In GURPS Fourth Edition, advantages are how you model many amazing abilities. However, what if you want to tweak an ability to something that's even cooler? . . . read article

April 3, 2012:
Ogre has been priority one, and pretty much priority ONLY, for several of us for the last few days. Phil and Sam have both lost some sleep over it, so if you see them at PAX East this weekend, tell them thanks . . . read article

April 4, 2012:
Felicia Day, co-creator of The Guild and the new YouTube channel Geek & Sundry, will be coming by our PAX East booth around 11:00 Friday morning (April 6). There's a slim chance we may have a Felicia Day-related announcement at that time, but even if not, she's lovely and funny and REALLY geeky and we'll be glad to see her . . . read article

April 5, 2012:
Loren will be a guest at ConPulsion 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Easter weekend, Friday the 6th to Sunday the 8th of April. Quoth Loren: "The site reminds me a lot of Hogwarts, because there are a lot of little rooms of random sizes jumbled together, a bar in the library (or a library in the bar), doors that seem to lead nowhere, and staircases that I swear move around (none of the paintings on the walls move around, but I'm not completely convinced that they don't when I'm not watching) . . . read article

April 6, 2012:
Phil Reed was interviewed by Slashdot during SXSW, Austin’s annual music, film, and interactive conference. In this three-minute video, Phil shows off several new and upcoming releases, including Dino Hunt Dice, Castellan, Munchkin 8 – Half Horse, Will Travel, Zombie Dice 2 – Double Feature, and The Good, The Bad, and The Munchkin 2 – Beating a Dead Horse . . . read article

April 7, 2012:
Shadowrun is returning, as a digital game, and the project is on Kickstarter. The really fantastic thing here is that Jordan Weisman, who created the Shadowrun world so many years ago, has regained the rights and is back at the helm . . . read article

April 8, 2012:
Happy Easter! We'd like to give you a special Munchkin rule effective all day, Sunday April 8, 2012 . . . read article

April 9, 2012:
If I wanted to come up with a really awesome Traveller supplement, I'd probably start with a cool premise. Say, "a prison planet." I'd make sure to get one of the best writers in the biz . . . like David L . . . read article

April 10, 2012:
Can't figure out what kind of GURPS adventure you want to run? Want to listen to a good old-fashioned mystery? Relicradio.com is a site that has collected a ton of old radio shows and offers them digitally for free . . . read article

April 11, 2012:
Matt Morgan recently added Zombie Dice 2 – Double Feature to his Zombie Dice game. In his review, he tells how he was worried the expansion would overcomplicate the game, but he found out Zombie Dice 2 was a lot of fun and revived the original . . . read article

April 12, 2012:
Everything we told you April 1 was true. We have now launched the gigantic 6th Edition of Ogre as a Kickstarter project . . . read article

April 13, 2012:
The Kickstarter project for Ogre is surpassing all expectations. We blew past Stretch Goals 1 and 2 in the first 24 hours, hit #3 only a little later, and passed #4 in the evening, forcing me to edit this posting after it was in the queue (awwwww! poor baby!) . . . read article

April 14, 2012:
Defying the definition of "carbon-based life form," British scientist Lee Cronin claims he has created self-replicating cells out of metal. The applications of artificial intelligence that can evolve from a single cell, or what he refers to as iCHELLS, are mind-blowing if not a bit scary . . . read article

April 15, 2012:
Last week, we mentioned in a Daily Illuminator that The Good, The Bad, and The Munchkin 2 - Beating a Dead Horse is galloping toward your FLGS. To celebrate the release of this long-awaited expansion, I previewed a couple of cards online . . . read article

April 16, 2012:
In today's volatile economy, it's always a good idea to diversify your holdings. So while it might seem to be an unusual choice, perhaps you might consider buying magic items . . . such as those found in GURPS Classic: Magic Items 2 . . . read article

April 17, 2012:
The Kickstarter reaction continues to amaze us . . . and the new edition of Ogre, and your reactions to it, have really captured everyone's imagination here at Illuminati HQ. You will recall that more than once in the past few years I've said "Munchkin ran that project off the road?" Well, at the moment, Ogre is running right over the top of other projects . . . read article

April 18, 2012:
What is best in Munchkin? A brand new core set and a booster pack! . . . read article

April 19, 2012:
Friend-to-geeks-everywhere Wil Wheaton recently appeared on episode 100 of the Jennisodes podcast. He talked about working with the fine folks at Geek & Sundry (and specifically about his new show, TableTop) and leaked some spoiler information about the upcoming episode dedicated to Munchkin . . . read article

April 20, 2012:
Every now and then some of us at the office go to a convention where we don't have any work at all planned. I know -- that's hard to believe, but that's exactly what's happening later this month when I go to Dallas for BotCon, the official Transformers convention that runs April 26-29 . . . read article

April 21, 2012:
Do you remember the scene in Harry Potter when the bones in Harry's arm disappeared? To regrow them, the school nurse gives the young wizard a dose of Skele-Gro . . . read article

April 22, 2012:
I recently, after many months of resisting, bought myself an iPad. I blame, in no particular order, the following: Fantasy Flight Games' Elder Sign: Omens, which adapts their Elder Sign dice game to the iPad (and plays wonderfully) . . . read article

April 23, 2012:
You've got a rain-soaked trench coat, a crumpled fedora, and second-hand shoes with the soles so thin you can barely walk the razor's edge of your own morality. What else do you need? . . . read article

April 24, 2012:
Yesterday my mailbox was full of catalogs and other junk mail. No real mail at all . . . read article

April 25, 2012:
Ogre Miniatures Lite provided the inspiration for this post. The all-knowing AI at e23 noticed an upsurge in April of downloads of that supplement . . . read article

April 26, 2012:
The Shadowrun Returns project on Kickstarter is coming down to the last few days. It's doing brilliantly: more than 30,000 supporters, more than $1.5 million raised! . . . read article

April 27, 2012:
Thanks again to everyone who has supported Ogre on Kickstarter. It's broken 2,100 supporters and most of the special rewards are sold out (which means we might have to figure out how to add some more). And we have, at last, been able to announce support levels at which we will ship games to Canada, Australia, and the UK. Five custom counter sheets have been sponsored, and we even have a supporter for the super-powered custom-counter-sheet-that-you-get-to-sell-yourself level, too . . . read article

April 28, 2012:
I'll be away from the office between May 4 and May 14 as I join David, our rep from Grand Prix International, for a trip to Hong Kong. What will I be doing in Hong Kong this time? . . . read article

April 29, 2012:
From the moment we started hinting at our Ogre project on Kickstarter we've had encouragement and support from Fred Hicks of Evil Hat Productions. At PAX East, he asked Andrew and me to join him and Chris Hanrahan on That's How We Roll, and last week he invited Steve and me to be on the podcast for a follow up chat . . . read article

April 30, 2012:
Location is everything" is a universal truism . . . even in the War between Heaven and Hell! In Nomine: You Are Here -- newly arrived at e23 -- drives the point home with a plethora of places suitable for any In Nomine campaign. Learn about the Archangels' areas of interest, the private projects of Demon Princes, the strange Ethereal Domains that all minds might reach, and even mortal areas the War hasn't touched yet . . . read article

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