Daily Illuminator Archive for October 2008

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October 1, 2008:
This is playtest night, and from all the way down the hall I can hear the ringing cries: "Doom!" "You're all doomed!" "DOOOOOM!!" We haven't announced this game yet, and all I'm going to tell you about the title is that it's not Doom. But it's definitely a bit of a departure from anything we've done before . . . read article

October 2, 2008:
Maker Faire -- that collection of battlin' robots, flinging homemade catapults, and dancing soda sprays -- is coming to Austin in about two and a half weeks. At least a couple of folks from the office will be in attendance, but what to see? . . . read article

October 3, 2008:
Munchkin Quest, as you know, is the project that has eaten our brains (and time) for several months. Once you hold the box in your hands, and look at the amount of stuff inside, I'm confident you'll understand why this has been such a massive project for us . . . read article

October 4, 2008:
We've posted the rules (in PDF) for Munchkin Quest. If you want to start learning the game before it hits stores, and we know that you do, then this is the tool you have been waiting for . . . read article

October 5, 2008:
Yes, it's that time again. Time for the production department to dive into craft projects as we prepare for another convention trip . . . read article

October 6, 2008:
Once a week -- sometimes more -- the dev team sits down to discuss our current projects and upcoming games. Many of these discussions involve new Munchkin supplements, which shouldn't surprise anyone, but we also spend quite a bit of time on completely new games . . . read article

October 7, 2008:
Every now and then a game comes along with very creative game mechanics. Climb!, by Le Scorpion Masqué, appears to be one of those games with extremely creative game mechanics. According to W . . . read article

October 8, 2008:
The competition to create outrageously huge pumpkins is turning into an arms race, with advanced cultivation techniques and careful genetic selection. Why stop here? . . . read article

October 9, 2008:
A few days ago I mentioned a new game, Climb!, and pointed to the publisher's website. In that DI entry, I commented that the site is only in French . . . read article

October 10, 2008:
At this year's World SF convention, in Denver, I was interviewed by Howard Tayler, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Bacon for their podcast, Writing Excuses. Yep, it was three on one . . . read article

October 11, 2008:
Munchkin Quest -- the Munchkin boardgame. Child's Play -- Penny Arcade's charity, providing geek toys and video game consoles to kids in hospitals. eBay -- wait, you probably know this one already . . . read article

October 12, 2008:
VixenTor Games is offering custom dice towers for only $150 -- that's 50% off. Sure, it's expensive, but take a look at some of the designs (I like the Haunted Tower) . . . read article

October 13, 2008:
After far too long, the PDF edition of Ogre Miniatures is available on e23. This project has been under way for years, but after I'd finished compiling my errata and change list, the whole thing got pushed to the back burner because redoing the photos would have been a huge project . . . read article

October 14, 2008:
Richard Garriott, also known as Lord British, is in space now, headed for the International Space Station. This is something he's wanted to do all his life . . . read article

October 15, 2008:
There's a copy of Munchkin Quest for auction on eBay! And now, you have less than a day left to bid . . . read article

October 16, 2008:
Actually, these items have already arrived in the hands of our distributors, and many of you have already seen them on the shelves of your favorite local retailer. To the rest of you: Look at this! Munchkin Booty Kill the monsters . . . read article

October 17, 2008:
As much as we love talking about Munchkin here on our site, the place where the covers and blurbs do the most good is on the shelves of your friendly local game store. But boring racks don't excite anyone . . . . . read article

October 18, 2008:
Nothing good explodes out from under the polar ice caps, and make no mistake, when the members of the International Polar Year program go in search of knowledge, it will explode. Have they never read Don A . . . read article

October 19, 2008:
In 2019, the Global Extinction Awareness System (GEAS) releases a report, predicting the likely extinction of humankind in 2042. No single factor will spell our doom; instead, GEAS has identifed five "super-threats." Individually, they're a danger . . . read article

October 20, 2008:
Every so often, we get an email that goes something like this: "I'm running a Munchkin tournament at an upcoming event. Do you have any rules for this?" Now, the answer is "Yes." And thanks to the wonder that is e23, now you can have them too -- for free! . . . read article

October 21, 2008:
As of Tuesday noonish, Phil and I are on our way to Spiel Essen. This huge game fair runs Thursday through Sunday . . . read article

October 22, 2008:
If you're looking for SJ in Essen, here's his official signing schedule: Thursday: 3pm to 5pm, Pegasus booth, Hall 6. Friday: 1pm to 3pm, Pegasus booth, Hall 12 . . . read article

October 23, 2008:
All the news that's fit to munchkin out to . . . Munchkin now has its own news queue: www.sjgames.com/munchkin/news/  While some posts will duplicate the Daily Illuminator -- especially announcements of new Munchkin products -- it will feature more hard-hitting journalism focusing on Munchkin, Munchkin Quest, and anything Munchkin-related. Or just more bad jokes and card previews, who knows? . . . read article

October 24, 2008:
What's in Munchkin Quest 2 -- Looking for Trouble? Lots of stuff! . . . read article

October 25, 2008:
During a signing session, a very happy fan gave SJ a cake, shaped like a pirate ship. This pushes the envelope of "awesome in cake form." In other news, Phil spotted the newest Pitch Car expansion . . . read article

October 26, 2008:
Back in July, we released the PDF version of GURPS Thaumatology. A few weeks later, we sent the file to the printer . . . read article

October 27, 2008:
Sean Punch's second installment in his Action series has hit the electronic shelves of e23. These fifty pages cover what to do to with your characters, once they've been created using Action 1: Heroes. For players, Action 2: Exploits has hundreds of ways to show off  their heroes' skills on adventures . . . read article

October 28, 2008:
As we write this, it's Monday morning in Germany. The SJ Games crew lived through Essen Spiel and got a night's sleep . . . read article

October 29, 2008:
Don't care what your "key issue" is, nor whom you agree or disagree with. All that's important is that you go out and cast that ballot . . . read article

October 30, 2008:
Why not go as the iconic Super Munchkin this Halloween? All you need is the Munckin Mask. . . well, some oversized shoes and weapons might help complete the picture as well . . . read article

October 31, 2008:
Today's Halloween! Due to a minor plague running through the office, and the massive cases of jetlag Phil and SJ will be sporting, our regularly scheduled Game Day has been postponed one week . . . read article

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