Daily Illuminator Archive for October 2007

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October 1, 2007:
We're fast approaching Warehouse 23's very favorite holiday - the ever-creepy, ever-entertaining Halloween. One day each year, Steve Jackson Games pays its staff to play games - any games! . . . read article

October 2, 2007:
My copy of Hobby Games: The 100 Best arrived yesterday which automatically meant that last night was devoted to reading. If you're unfamiliar with the book, it's a recent release from Green Ronin Publishing, edited by James Lowder, in which 100 game designers talk about 100 different games . . . read article

October 3, 2007:
From now until October 31st, Warehouse 23 will be accepting entries into the Great Cthulhu Giveaway. Having grown tired of R'lyeh, everyone's favorite Elder God is seeking a new home . . . and it just might be yours . . . read article

October 4, 2007:
GURPS High-Tech covers equipment from the 18th century through the modern age. But everyone knows that the most popular piece of adventuring gear is a weapon . . . read article

October 5, 2007:
Want kids to join you in your love of all things geek? Get the tykes started with their own magnetic gauss gun . . . read article

October 6, 2007:
I've gone a long time with an average of one real vacation a decade. I love conventions, but they don't exactly count as relaxation . . . read article

October 7, 2007:
Some said it would never happen, but we have, indeed, released Bavarian Fire Drill upon the world! We have actual copies of it in the office, and your local game store should very soon as well (if they don't already) . . . read article

October 8, 2007:
If so, these are the most random dice around . . . read article

October 9, 2007:
We had a minor smoke-related incident last Friday. A ballast in one of the lights burned out, smoldering some nearby plastic . . . read article

October 10, 2007:
He grins, he nods, he watches your back. He's the Super Munchkin Bobblehead! This cute little guy will be available as part of an special "Bobblehead Edition" of Munchkin, available only through Barnes & Noble beginning in November . . . read article

October 11, 2007:
Just a few more weeks and it will be that magical day of the year. The day when everyone in the office stops working and we play games all day long! . . . read article

October 12, 2007:
Dungeons & Dragons and The Lord of the Rings: They just go together. Actually, when you look at Shamus Young's Twenty Sided, you realize nothing could be further from the truth . . . read article

October 13, 2007:
Steve Jackson Games announces for release in February, 2008: Munchkin Bobblehead Munchkin has sold hundreds of thousands of copies, with more than a dozen different Munchkin sequels and supplements, covering fantasy, sci-fi, chop-socky, horror, and more. With each set, the monsters get bigger, the curses stronger, and your party members no more trustworthy . . . read article

October 14, 2007:
GURPS High-Tech has left the printer, and is on the boat. We're now just weeks away from pallets arriving at our warehouse, which means we're "weeks, plus another week" from the book being on the shelves of your local game store . . . read article

October 15, 2007:
GURPS Creatures of the Night is a new PDF series by Scott Maykrantz and Jason Levine for e23. We released Volume 1 back in May . . . and Volume 2 just last week! . . . read article

October 16, 2007:
While The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin is still a few weeks away from the shelves of your favorite game store, we've got a couple copies here in the office, and we're unusually geeked about this Munchkin release. Yes, we love cowboys as much as the next guy, but The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin has the rare distinction of meeting virtually every deadline we set for it . . . read article

October 17, 2007:
It snuck up on us, but the truth came out eventually: GURPS Mysteries hit 1,000 sales last week! Written by Lisa Steele (author of GURPS Cops), Mysteries has been one of our best-sellers for over a year now, and is now the first PDF to hit 1,000 copies (and it is also available in print now) . . . read article

October 18, 2007:
For your Halloween candy-gathering pleasure, we present: The Mask of the Munchkin! It's free, it's fun, and it includes a rule for Munchkin. -- Paul Chapman . . . read article

October 19, 2007:
If you're one of those sorts who, confronted with the darling kitty memes of Lolcats, thinks cat fanciers need to get a life, Lolthulhu is the outlet for your geek superiority complex. Risk your sanity and you may find some amusement in their growing library of photoshopped freak exhibits . . . read article

October 20, 2007:
We love milestones around here (okay, I love them), and there have been some good ones recently: We have 1,900 products by a variety of publishers on sale now, and we're hoping to hit the big 2,000 by the end of this year! Two weeks ago, we hit 50 out-of-print GURPS books, and we are completing the (much smaller) remainder. GURPS Mysteries hit 1,000 sales. GURPS Spaceships made it into the top ten . . . top five in the first two months of sales. Creatures of the Night, Volume 1 is about to make . . . made it onto the Top 20 Downloads, All Time list (by completely failing to slow down in sales over the last six months) . . . read article

October 21, 2007:
Radiohead, the band behind "Creep" and "Karma Police," have recorded a new album, titled In Rainbows. And they're doing something quite groundbreaking for the music industry. For the first time, a major recording artist is offering its work for a price set directly by the consumer . . . read article

October 22, 2007:
As previously noted, John Nephew of Atlas Games is running for Maplewood City Council. Someone opposing his bid for election has circulated fliers claiming John is an unworthy candidate because he publishes Let's Kill and Corruption . . . read article

October 23, 2007:
I've never liked Illuminati Y2K's packaging -- the blister-on-card works perfectly for miniatures, but for a card game, it left much to be desired. This year's reprint, however, got an upgrade . . . read article

October 24, 2007:
For Sale: One slightly used missile silo . . . About 3 hours east of Seattle, there's a little Titan missile base, with a cozy 57 acres and over 45,000 square feet underground. It could be yours for a couple million bucks, and the realtor has some creative ideas on living spaces . . . read article

October 25, 2007:
Edge Entertainment in Spain has been our translation partner for several years . . . read article

October 26, 2007:
It's somehow poetic to see a cross-pollination of ideas when you're constructing mechanical insects. If you remember Berkeley's robofly, you'll be pleased to know their colleagues - like Professor Robert Wood - at Harvard have managed to develop their own fabrication process to solve some of the trickier problems involved . . . read article

October 27, 2007:
Wanted: Playtesters for Transhuman Space: Shell-Tech! Cybershells are everywhere in the world of Transhuman Space; Shell-Tech lets you fill your games with these robotic marvels and monstrosities . . . read article

October 28, 2007:
With a week, more or less, left in my Sanity Break, I'm pleased to report some progress. I haven't been able to get away completely; I'm spending about as much time in e-mail and chat as on a normal weekday . . . read article

October 29, 2007:
After getting five previews and reading the table of contents, you know that GURPS High-Tech is more than just a list of weapons. But today, we'll shine the Sneak Peek Spotlight on two favorites of the action genre: the Kalashnikov and the Sawed-Off Shotgun . . . read article

October 30, 2007:
Extreme Pumpkins is always good for a chuckle this time of the year, but this one struck an "old-skool gamer" chord. If your pumpkin happens to be Munchkin related (or piratey, or Kovalic-ish, or just darned cool), we'd love to see it! . . . read article

October 31, 2007:
Well, if you're looking to finish off your holiday shopping early, and you're giving a gift to a fan of GURPS Atlantis, GURPS CthulhuPunk, GURPS Alternate Earths, GURPS Japan, or GURPS Castle Falkenstein, your search just got a little easier. We've added the bibliographies for each of those books to our Bibliographies Page . . . read article

October 31, 2007:
Halloween snuck up on us, but we're doing our traditional Game Day. We'll be playing games, eating way too much sugar, and trying to navigate the office with costumes on . . . read article

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