Daily Illuminator Archive for November 2004
November 1, 2004:
Yesterday I did something that I've only done a few times in the past 20+ years . . . I attended an SCA event . . .
November 2, 2004:
Well, in the United States, anyway . . . so if you're one of our faithful readers residing in another country, you can take today's Daily Illuminator off and move on to some more relevant part of our website. But for you Americans, please take the time to exercise your right to vote today . . .
November 3, 2004:
Seen on the net:
"Teach a man to play Settlers of Catan
and he'll complain for an hour . . .
November 4, 2004:
Just last week, Pyramid
ran this article about using the GURPS
rules to easily create animal companion characters, animals with special abilities and talents. But when it comes to special abilities and talents, any animal in a roleplaying game would have a way to go to match what Faith, a 4-year-old Rottweiler in Richland, WA, did . . .
November 5, 2004:
In the market for a new deity? Godchecker has them by the chariot-load . . .
November 6, 2004:
I'm in Houston this weekend, for college class reunion stuff and to scheme e23 things with the evil, evil Kira. In totally trivial local news, it quite suddenly got chilly here . . .
November 7, 2004:
Rat brains fly planes! Okay, not quite yet, but they're working on it . . .
November 8, 2004:
Flash game I've seen in quite some time. It's cute, slightly complex, slightly challenging, and cute . . .
November 9, 2004:
The good folks over at Games Quarterly came up with an excellent idea, a way for the gaming industry to help gamers spread their love of gaming to their friends and family. NGW™ is a coordinated nationwide promotional campaign to raise awareness of games as positive, social entertainment . . .
November 10, 2004:
Whenever one of the Austin Steve Jackson Games crew talks about "FLGS," chances are we're talking about David Wheeler's Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy. David first opened his store 1986, and has been growing steadily ever since . . .
November 11, 2004:
Good news for Jeff Johannigman was bad news for us: he was here half-time while searching for a full-time position, and an amazingly good one came amazingly fast. He's now at Dell . . .
November 12, 2004:
Ever have one of those college professors who regaled you with tales of a misspent youth, involving the throwing of a chunk of sodium into a large body of water? In this day and age of rampant Homeland Security crackdowns, it's good to see someone still thinks enough of the scientific process not to wuss out when doing something incredibly dangerous . . .
November 13, 2004:
We've got more coming this month, but because it's ready now and we know you just can't wait, these products are on their way to distributors and will be on the shelves of your favorite local game stores in a matter of days, as modified by the phase of the moon, the mana level in your particular area, and how many points you put into the Luck advantage during character creation:
Burn in Hell
Cleopatra. Blackbeard . . .
November 14, 2004:
GURPS Fantasy is coming to a game store near you this month. But
you want to know what this compendium of the fantastic covers now! . . .
November 15, 2004:
Games Magazine has an annual "Games 100" list, in which they highlight the best in board and card games. You may note a couple of familiar faces on this year's list . . .
November 16, 2004:
Author Robert Sarmast has announced that he has discovered the lost continent of Atlantis, lurking just 80km southeast of Cyprus in the Levantine region of the Mediterranean. He says he has sonar pictures to prove it, with more proof to come . . .
November 17, 2004:
Steve Jackson Games will release the following products in March, 2005:
SPANC Them All! Life is good when you're a Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirl
. . .
November 18, 2004:
As a test of our new FNORD codes, we added GURPS Character Assistant
to our "March Releases" announcement yesterday. Most of you didn't see it, but will feel the undeniable urge to want it in about a month . . .
November 19, 2004:
The cat ban in many homes may be coming to an end. Allerca claims by 2007 they'll be able to start putting hypoallergenic cats into households everywhere . . .
November 20, 2004:
The following products are now shipping from our warehouse and will be in stores in the very near future, depending on shipping times and the luck of the Thanksgiving holiday:
Create a world that could never be! GURPS Fantasy
is the complete toolkit to let you build a campaign of heroic deeds and wondrous magic. It discusses the genre in depth -- with all its subgenres and inspirations (myth, novels, movies, etc.) -- allowing you to handle any
kind of fantasy.
gives detailed, concrete advice for assembling fantasy settings -- from the basics of the landscape itself, through its inhabitants and cultures, to the details of believable histories and politics . . .
November 21, 2004:
GURPS Powers is the guide to creating characters with superhuman gifts using the GURPS Basic Set, Fourth Edition.
It deals with using modifiers to customize existing advantages into abilities,
and then grouping related abilities under overarching powers
similar to the psi powers in the Basic Set.
It also provides variants for existing advantages, several new advantages, and rules for using
abilities and powers. This rules material, written by Sean Punch, is now ready for playtesting . . .
November 22, 2004:
Space advocates in Congress have been trying to lighten the regulatory load on the fledgling passenger-carrying space industry. As of last week, it looked as though the bills would die in committee, due to the vagaries of a "lame duck" Congress . . .
November 23, 2004:
Penny Arcade launched this drive last year and raised over $250,000 worth of toys and games for the Seattle Children's Hospital. This year they're repeating the campaign for five
children's hospitals across the country . . .
November 24, 2004:
A bit of good news, or what passes for good news these days: Washington's negotiators at the UN have reportedly backed away from their previous attempts to get an international treaty against all research on cloning human cells . . .
November 25, 2004:
I see terrible writing all the time. I see it in unsolicited manuscripts from people who hope to become writers . . .
November 26, 2004:
Stop complaining about dinner around the table with your in-laws and consider the plight of Wayne Manzo. When he goes to the shelter for the holiday, the psycho aliens cut into his feet or take him down . . .
November 27, 2004:
Before too long we're going to announce a supplement to Ninja Burger
- illustrated, once again, by Greg Hyland. What I don't have, at the moment, is a funny title for the supplement . . .
November 28, 2004:
Dianna Tong has created a number of Munchkin
icons, suitable for LJ or other use, from John Kovalic's card art. Is this cool, or what? . . .
November 30, 2004:
We can, at the very least, choose the labels. Swarthmore College's
Natural Science department has a wonderful set of labels you can print
for yourself to supplement or cover the content labels required by some school boards in
this country . . .
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