Daily Illuminator Archive for November 2007
November 1, 2007:
Starting today, Thursday, I'm back and busily committing more Munchkin
evil. And some other evil as well, but you guys keep making it very clear that you are all munchkins and want to buy the game about YOU. The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin
is just barely out, and the distributors pre-ordered a LOT, and already we're hearing "Send us more!" OK, time to see if the printers can accelerate the planned second batch . . .
November 2, 2007:
Remember last year's parade of costumes? This year, we had too many cool pictures to fit into a Daily Illuminator . . .
November 3, 2007:
We've got a double-sized excerpt release for GURPS
fans today -- four, count 'em four,
pages of sneaky-peekiness from GURPS High-Tech
. What's the occasion? . . .
November 4, 2007:
Last Thursday I did a phone interview with Don Dehm and his "Pulp Gamer" podcast team. And BOOM, it's up - he actually notified me within 24 hours that the podcast was posted . . .
November 5, 2007:
Munchkin fan Preston put the newest Munchkin
freebie to good use, taking advantage of the special Halloweeen-only bonus. In fact, everyone at his table did . . .
November 6, 2007:
After a bit of wrangling (and an intervening weekend), I've collected a comprehensive list of what we played on our annual Game Day. Behold!
Are You A Werewolf?
We fit in two games, with the werewolves winning the first, and the villagers the second.
Call of Cthulhu: Arkham Horror
The W23 crew drags this one out often, despite, as Fox says, "The board hates us!"
Will brought this stacking game from the back of his closet . . .
November 7, 2007:
For those of you within one parsec of Michigan this weekend, I'll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Traveller
at U-Con, November 9-11 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I'll need volunteers to attend my panels, applaud when I finish speaking, and buy me lunch . . .
November 8, 2007:
The Great Cthulhu Giveaway has ended! Cthulhu has left R'lyeh, and travels forth unto his new home to sow madness among his neighbors . . .
November 9, 2007:
Remember I told you that John Nephew, of Atlas Games, was running for his local City Council? He won! . . .
November 10, 2007:
What are the odds that you'll die in a car crash, a terrorist attack, a house invasion? Will your identity be stolen? . . .
November 11, 2007:
Written by Hans-Christian Vortisch, one of the authors of the new edition of GURPS High-Tech
, Fairbairn Close Combat Systems
expands on the Fairbairn Close Combat Training information found in GURPS Martial Arts
. With new variations, new technique Combinations, and a full write-up of Defendu, GURPS Martial Arts: Fairbairn Close Combat Styles
is sure to become your
favorite PDF just as soon as it’s released . . .
November 12, 2007:
A new mega-game will run its first tick Monday at 10pm CST. The game is still free; just go to www.ultracorps.com to join . . .
November 13, 2007:
WikiHow has an interesting collection of "how to" articles that pop up on my Google homepage. Usually they're mundane, like How to Convert Any Toilet to a Low Flush Toilet, with occasional dips into the Weird Pool, like How to Make a Secret Spy Fort . . .
November 14, 2007:
Given that Munchkin
is our biggest line, we thought you'd like an update on Munchkin Quest's
progress. On the design front, the playtests continue . . .
November 15, 2007:
GURPS High-Tech has been spotted on store shelves! Quick, run down to your friendly local game store now and get one before they're all gone! . . .
November 16, 2007:
You can stop trying to invent time travel. It's been done . . .
November 17, 2007:
Warehouse 23 has an immediate job opening - we're looking for a clerk to handle the routine processing, shipping, and customer service for website orders and assist with site maintenance. Ideally, we want someone hardworking and friendly, with a quirky sense of humor and a love of games . . .
November 18, 2007:
This is just a reminder to all of our fans that Warehouse 23 will be closed on November 22-23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States. We will resume normal shipping on November 26, but please allow an extra day or two on our response times as we get caught up . . .
November 19, 2007:
Munchkin is a popular game. But in Germany, Munchkin
popular, thanks in no small part to our translator Pegasus Spiele (and MIB of Note Birger Kraemer) . . .
November 20, 2007:
As promised, we're giving you a chance to win some unusual Munchkin
accessories. But first, you've got to do something for us . . . . .
November 21, 2007:
With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, Hanukkah just a couple weeks away, and Christmas a mere month (give or take) away, you're going to need to do some shopping. Books, ordered online, are always a good idea . . .
November 22, 2007:
It's Thanksgiving here in the US, with the traditional turkey, casseroles, and stuffing (not to mention football for those who like that sort of thing). We'll be home with various friends and family, and definitely not at the office . . .
November 23, 2007:
They say math and music are two sides of the same coin, and never was that more true than when YTMND puts pi to song . . .
November 24, 2007:
On a page having nothing to do with gaming, I encountered a link to Three Further Cases for Judge Dee, a scenario by Boudewijn Rempt. If you like GURPS Mysteries
and want some adventures to run, look here! . . .
November 25, 2007:
No, not The Matrix.
Well, I guess it could
be The Matrix,
considering the wire fu moves (known as chambara to the connoisseur) detailed within GURPS Martial Arts
. But in this case, the "digital" refers to the newly released PDF . . .
November 26, 2007:
Back when Ral Partha was doing the Ogre
miniatures, there was one for the Paneuropean Missile Crawler. It's not currently available, and we never got around to making one for the Combine side at all . . .
November 27, 2007:
Remember the steampunk keyboard? Datamancer has topped himself . . . with a steampunk laptop . . .
November 28, 2007:
Several folks have noticed our new webcomic forum, and wondered, "what's up with that?"
The answer is pretty obvious, really. We're geeks, and we like webcomics, so we made a forum to talk about them -- nothing more sinister than that . . .
November 29, 2007:
I frequently find myself wandering the halls of the office asking unusual questions. “Nixon or Kennedy? CIA or KGB? . . .
November 30, 2007:
Human history is written in encoded messages . . . at least, that's what our Captain Midnight secret decoder rings reveal to us . . .
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