Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2006
July 1, 2006:
São Paulo, that is. Which is where I am for XIV Encontro Internacional de RPG on July 1-2, courtesy of Devir Livraria . . .
July 2, 2006:
GURPS Infinite Worlds was named Best Roleplaying Supplement of 2005 at this year's Origins Award ceremony. Congratulations to Kenneth Hite, Mike Ford, and SJ, and to editor Andrew Hackard and illustrator Bob Stevlic, for a great piece of work! . . .
July 3, 2006:
Tara Moscovitch sent us this photo. Is this great
, or what? . . .
July 4, 2006:
Our office will be closed today for Independence Day. Some or all of us will be doing some or all of: getting together with families, setting off fireworks, working on the NEXT Munchkin
game (the one whose title we haven't announced), mowing the lawn, and being grateful that we live in America . . .
July 5, 2006:
So . . . if you think you can create a mean spaceship, check out the UltraCorps
news page . . .
July 6, 2006:
Several more out-of-print GURPS
books are now scanned and available on e23, including:
GURPS Horror: GURPS The Old Stone Fort
GURPS Horror: GURPS Zombietown, U.S.A.
GURPS Robin Hood
GURPS Space: GURPS Stardemon
GURPS Supers: GURPS Supertemps
GURPS Supers: GURPS School of Hard Knocks
. . .
July 7, 2006:
You thought they were kidding when they said you would need this information someday. You ignored your parents and your teachers, and where are you now? . . .
July 8, 2006:
Back and mostly recovered, even! The long-standing tradition of suffering some sort of aliment continues, as my "raspy voice from yelling" mutated into "head cold."
Origins itself was great fun . . .
July 9, 2006:
Two of the most popular questions which Websurfers asked to be posed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in hopes he would answer them on a live webcast, included . . .
whether he will use giant humanoid robots to defend Russia, and
what he thinks about the rising of Cthulhu. Or so we were assured earlier this week by a Reuters story . . .
July 10, 2006:
After a long hiatus, the Omniscient Eye is returning to Pyramid
. The Omniscient Eye brings you answers to real-world questions to use in your gaming . . .
July 11, 2006:
One of the very best webcomics in the history of the universe, Narbonic, is now readable for free. Yes, all the way from the beginning to the current strip . . .
July 12, 2006:
GURPS High-Tech is the GURPS Fourth Edition
guide to TL5-8 equipment, by Shawn Fisher and Hans-Christian Vortisch. It contains entire chapters on survival equipment, body armor, medicine, and firearms (and how to use them), plus a short selection of vehicles for adventurers . . .
July 13, 2006:
Fnordcast! Yes, Steve Jackson Games has joined the millions of people talking about games, gaming, and geek culture in the mp3 format . . .
July 14, 2006:
The documentation is all here. What was Kennedy's schedule on his last day in office? . . .
July 15, 2006:
We are now caught up with the fan-created translations of GURPS Lite
. . . except for two. And the Spanish one is out of our hands at the moment, but will soon
be in your
hands; layout is done and the translator is putting some final tweaks on it . . .
July 16, 2006:
Our server upgrades continue . . . the new UltraCorps
server has actually been set up for a while, moving toward code-readiness, and today it started serving up game turns . . .
July 17, 2006:
Sealand, the self-proclaimed independent nation on an old antiaircraft platform off the English coast, recently suffered a devastating fire. Originally, Sealand appears to have been merely an exercise in cheek - "Hey, let's occupy that deserted platform before it falls down, and declare ourselves independent!
" It has its own royal family, currency, and coinage, as described on its official website . . .
July 18, 2006:
Where do you find them? In science fiction, of course . . .
July 19, 2006:
Austin, in its first year, but with a great program and speaker lineup. Including me . . . . .
July 20, 2006:
Expeditious Retreat Press released the final volume in their Monster Geographica
series a while back, and I've been waiting impatiently (I've been a fan since A Magical Society
) for Fiery Dragon Productions to complete the Counter Collection
supplement for it. The fifth and final collection (Perilous Heights) is out as of last night, so those of us at SJ Games who also
campaigns (shhh!) can now better visualize tearing our players' characters apart . . . no matter what part of the world they run to . . .
July 21, 2006:
Got your life in order? Time for the pendulum to swing the other way . . .
July 22, 2006:
We just hit our 1,000th product on e23, and the product is GURPS Space
! Er, no, we didn't plan it that way . . .
July 23, 2006:
Steve Jackson Games announces for release in October, 2006:
Horror has come to the happy town of Cotton Falls! The peaceful teddy bears have become . . . zombears!
A few lucky survivors have barricaded themselves in the remaining buildings . . .
July 24, 2006:
Texas Independent Game Conference on Sunday. I enjoyed putting together the presentation, and it drew some interesting comments and questions, so I was happy . . .
July 25, 2006:
That most shameless of munchkins, Igor, in his Star Munchkin
gear, is now in space! Read John Kovalic's blog for the terrifying details! . . .
July 26, 2006:
At last, I'm getting around to showing you some of the best pictures from my Down Under trip. This is a pizza box from Hell Pizza, a chain in New Zealand . . .
July 27, 2006:
Fans of Mike Mignola, take note. Not only is Hellboy Animated
moving forward, but SciFi Channel is showing The Amazing Screw-On Head
tonight (check your local listings for times) . . .
July 28, 2006:
If you'll recall (and why shouldn't you . . . you've had your consciousness raised, yes?), the International Trepanation Advocacy Group plumped for holes in the head, that we might better see the world around us. But what if we were the world around us? . . .
July 29, 2006:
Photos from our dolphin-watching trip. This was on the Dolphin Explorer
, out of Auckland . . .
July 30, 2006:
And no, that has nothing to do with his age. The time has come to pass the torch of Control, who coordinates all our MIB activities . . .
July 31, 2006:
This is Brighid Hurtubise. We met her at Conclave in New Zealand, along with her father, Josef . . .
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