Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2011

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December 1, 2011:
During our 2011 convention season, we set up a capsule machine at our booth (read about it in the July 23 Daily Illuminator post). Fans would plunk in a dollar's worth of quarters to receive a variety of goodies . . . read article

December 2, 2011:
Lately I've been taking advantage of just how easily the Internet lets me grab books from small press publishers. Over the past four or five months I've bought and read a number of novellas . . . read article

December 3, 2011:
Pay no attention to the people who say that evolution isn't real or that men once rode dinosaurs: David Wozney explains how the mighty lizards may never have existed at all in Dinosaurs: Science Or Science Fiction. Using everything from poor judgment to plaster casts, have paleontologists constructed in their own minds (and in several museum displays) flights of fancy that do a disservice to real science? . . . read article

December 4, 2011:
It's always neat to see Car Wars in 3-D. At Dexcon in New Jersey this past July, the Tri State Auto Rally (TSAR) ran a Division 30 event at 12 times regular game scale . . . which works out to 1/16 of "real" size . . . read article

December 5, 2011:
This would normally be the point where I give a gentle plug for whatever new e23 release we've got for the week. However, this week's release is GURPS Traveller Classic: Sword Worlds . . . read article

December 6, 2011:
A few months ago I reported on the demise of io.com as an ISP. End of an era, and all that . . . read article

December 7, 2011:
Dear Santa, for Christmas this year I would really love it if you would bring me the Star Wars Clone Trooper life-size bust that Sideshow Collectibles has up for pre-order. Seriously, Santa, just look at the size of it . . . read article

December 8, 2011:
November was a busy month for new releases. At Warehouse 23, we listed ten new exclusives for collectors and Munchkin aficionados. Did you know we recently released a Munchkin Jolly Jumbo d6 (blue)? . . . read article

December 9, 2011:
We love Christmas . . . in our own munchkinly way. Our elves work all year to stuff your stockings with goodies like the new Munchkin Reindeer Games booster pack and the evil fuzzy adorable tentacled Christmas Chibithulhu Plush . . . read article

December 10, 2011:
If you're planning to order holiday gifts from Warehouse 23, act fast. We've been swamped for the last few weeks, and soon Santa will send our evil elves home for the holidays . . . read article

December 11, 2011:
Our last office day this year is Wednesday, December 14. We'll be here Thursday, too, but we'll be playing games, not doing business or reading mail . . . read article

December 12, 2011:
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the release of The Wolf Man, the classic 1941 werewolf movie starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and featuring the cutting edge transformation special effects that still hold up pretty well. (Those old brassy soundtracks made any scene more suspenseful . . .) . . . read article

December 13, 2011:
This month, we've been including random surprises in orders from Warehouse 23 (see the December 1, 2011 Daily Illuminator entry). It's time to unveil the last special treats that we have for you in 2011: one randomly chosen order placed each day from December 13 to December 17 will receive one of the following items (each of which is signed by Steve Jackson): Two different orders will each receive a copy of Munchkin 8 -- Half Horse, Will Travel . . . read article

December 14, 2011:
Munchkin fans, check out two new March 2012 releases that will be available in stores! Both can be used with any Munchkin core set, including classic Munchkin and Munchkin Cthulhu! Munchkin 8 – Half Horse, Will Travel Centaurs and Lizard Guys! . . . read article

December 15, 2011:
Today is our last office day of the year, and it's our holiday party, so don't expect too much actual work from us until next year. We'll be eating too much food, laughing, and diving into a number of different games . . . read article

December 16, 2011:
Thinking about playing Munchkin or Cthulhu Dice with your family and friends over the holidays? Here are some fun new releases for you to check out! Cthulhu Dice (Sparkly Pink with White Ink) Serving Cthulhu is fun . . . except for all those other cultists out to get you . . . read article

December 17, 2011:
The 2012 Munchkin Silver Piece features the newest addition to the Munchkin universe: Axe Cop! Released in November, Munchkin Axe Cop is based on the hit webcomic written by Malachai Nicolle (age 5) and drawn by his brother Ethan (age 29). How can you get your hands on the new Munchkin Silver Piece? . . . read article

December 18, 2011:
I traveled every month. So where did I go?  January - Hong Kong! . . . read article

December 19, 2011:
Today is December 19, which marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy . . . which I understand was also turned into a series of successful novelizations. [I'm just kidding! Stop flooding my inbox! . . . read article

December 20, 2011:
My original headline was "Instant Armor's Gonna Get You!" but I wasn't sure if an oblique reference to a 40-year-old song would earn me any "coolness" points. Even though the office is already closed for the holidays, we've been busy right down to the wire getting nifty new items together for you . . . read article

December 21, 2011:
As the Munchkin series continues to grow, we're forced to let some things go out of print. After reviewing our inventory, sales figures, and the time available to work on reprints in 2012, we have selected the following items to vanish from the shelves . . . read article

December 22, 2011:
Earlier this month, "illuminati" popped into Twitter's "trending topics" and took the world by surprise. After all, the Secret Masters are usually a little better about keeping their secrets . . . read article

December 23, 2011:
At the end of last year I wrote about our 2010 releases, both new and reprinted. That exercise turned out to be very useful for 2011 planning -- I went back to it a few times a month as I worked on scheduling new releases and reprints -- so here's a review of our 2011 new releases . . . read article

December 24, 2011:
Back in October, when I was at New York Comic Con, I did an interview with MTV Geek. We talked about Castellan, my day as an extra on The Guild, and our recent string of Munchkin licenses . . . read article

December 25, 2011:
Here are special Christmas rules in effect for all varieties of Munchkin and Munchkin Quest today, December 25, 2011 -- and only today! If you eat a slice of fruitcake, go up a level . . . read article

December 26, 2011:
As every long-time GURPS fan knows, the next-to-last Thursday of the month marks the release of the new Pyramid. That's why we're happy to announce that we've just uploaded the latest . . . . . read article

December 27, 2011:
No, we aren't up to 2,011 separate GURPS releases (yet) . . . I'm talking about GURPS supplements published in the year 2011 . . . read article

December 28, 2011:
Yesterday, the inimitable GURPS Line Editor Sean "Kromm" Punch filled you in on the overview of what came out for GURPS in 2011. I'm going to "zoom in" a bit and discuss a few releases I found particularly intriguing this year . . . read article

December 29, 2011:
Today's Daily Illuminator is brought to you by game designer extraordinaire Kenneth Hite. If you're running a game about chasing Nazi werewolves through alternate histories, this was a pretty good year for you. Not only did you have all that great Monster Hunters goodness from PK, you also got some mileage out of all three of my releases for GURPS in 2011 . . . read article

December 30, 2011:
I spend my days helping to make sure the wheels run smoothly on e23. Although we have an amazing selection of Steve Jackson Games releases on our dazzling digital domain, we also offer lots of interesting PDFs from other publishers . . . read article

December 31, 2011:
All of you who, like me, grew up in the 80s may want a look at the first book from the Power and Honor Foundation, The Power and the Honor Foundation Catalog Volume One: The Art of the Masters of the Universe Toy Design. That's a long name, but they could have made it a dozen words longer and it would still be my favorite book of the year . . . read article

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