Daily Illuminator Archive for January 2008

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January 1, 2008:
It's 2008, at least here in the Central Time Zone -- your specific location may experience delays of up to six hours. If it isn't 2008 yet for you, let me tell you: the future is great! . . . read article

January 2, 2008:
If we had a Quote of the Day, this comment, from errata coordinator Fade Manley, would be it: "I have learned to hate shotguns and the damage they do, whatever the hell that damage might be." . . . read article

January 3, 2008:
When we released GURPS Dungeon Fantasy: Adventurers over the holiday break, we knew it was good, but we didn't know it was this good. The response has been staggering; less than a week after release, it has broken into the Top 20 Downloads of All Time . . . read article

January 4, 2008:
You may be done with the Bible Code, but it's not done with you. Revelation13.net offers pages (and pages and pages . . . ) of material about the secrets the Good Book conceals, from sacred prophecy to Scott Peterson, from Ebola to cold fusion . . . read article

January 5, 2008:
Are you a hard-core Munchkin? Have you memorized the rules to each set? . . . read article

January 6, 2008:
Remember back in October when Thomas mentioned he wanted to hit 2,000 available products in e23 before the end of the year? Well, we made it, by the skin of our teeth . . . read article

January 7, 2008:
Yeah, that's a lame attempt to sneakily avoid saying "tattoo." But Munchkin Temporary Tattoos aren't lame or sneaky. You can pick some up from Warehouse 23 in a pack of 10 for just $4.00! . . . read article

January 8, 2008:
Those New Zealanders really know how to pamper a mutt. The Auckland SPCA is offering a CD for your canine pal, a series of songs at such a high pitch only he can hear it . . . read article

January 9, 2008:
If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to be more organized, here's something that just might help: PocketMod. Part customizable calendar, part notepad, this may be the tool you need to keep your grocery list up to date, your deadlines juggled, and your phone list handy . . . read article

January 10, 2008:
Killer for the post-Me Generation? Assassinations with positivity? . . . read article

January 11, 2008:
If you didn't know, the world is going to end in 2012 (according to the Mayan calendar, anyway), so plan your vacation accordingly. If you were aware of this but just wanted more information about humanity's big finish, you couldn't ask for a more comprehensive page than Beyond 2012 . . . read article

January 12, 2008:
And you thought history had given up all its secrets. Witness the marvel of a bygone age in Boilerplate . . . read article

January 13, 2008:
It seems like changing jobs is a hobby for some folks around here . . . This past November, Thomas' 133t coding skillz had advanced to the point where he was darned useful on a number of rather urgent projects we've been working on with our server . . . read article

January 14, 2008:
During our quality checks for the recent run of Munchkin Dice, we came across some interesting rejects. What happened to this blue die is easy to see -- an air bubble was trapped in the mold when the plastic was injected, and when it popped, one of the faces collapsed . . . read article

January 15, 2008:
The World Wide Web is a big, big place. And the weirdness is growing . . . read article

January 16, 2008:
Tada! The Munchkin Silver Piece has arrived! . . . read article

January 17, 2008:
Improv Everywhere is a group in New York City dedicated to causing "scenes of chaos and joy in public places." Since 2002, every January they've gathered people together to . . . take off their pants on the subway. Nothing lewd (everyone wears undergarments, and besides -- it's January in NYC!), and with a police escort (since 8 partici-no-pants were arrested in 2006), No Pants 2k8 expanded to over 900 New Yorkers and a half dozen other US cities . . . read article

January 18, 2008:
We've got a new cover for Munchkin Quest. You didn't think we were going to use that teaser image forever, did you? . . . read article

January 19, 2008:
The behavior of engineers in Australia is nothing short of shocking. Tesla Down Under shows off a lot of experiments with liquid oxygen and lasers and what have you, but most of the site is given over to electricity . . . read article

January 20, 2008:
When we announced the new edition of Lord of the Fries last month, there were questions. Will this be another tuckbox game? . . . read article

January 21, 2008:
The first new, original GURPS PDF of 2008 is GURPS Martial Arts: Fairbairn Close Combat Systems. We actually uploaded back on the 10th, so sharp-eyed fans are already reading the GURPS write-ups of W.E. Fairbairn's armed and unarmed combat systems, plus templates for commando, cops, and special ops of World War II . . . read article

January 22, 2008:
Doesn't look like much at first glance, but this photo shows the components for the newest edition of Tribes, due out this summer. (The copy of Munchkin 2 - Unnatural Axe is included for purposes of illustrating scale, and won't be part of the final assembly.) . . . read article

January 23, 2008:
We just finished a Munchkin Quest playtest session. We broke it! . . . read article

January 24, 2008:
An excerpt: >> The following items have been SHIPPED: >> ------------------------------------------------------------ >> Qty Description Ship Date >> ------ --------------------------------------- ------------ >> 200 GURPS Spaceships 22-JAN-2008 There really isn't anything more to be said, other than "Yah!"-- Paul Chapman . . . read article

January 25, 2008:
What, you're still reading? Oh, you need the link . . . read article

January 26, 2008:
The ET Corn Gods Game is based on the claim of a meeting between an alien and an engineer. The visitor told of hidden messages throughout the English language, and the Code involves alphanumeric values, the periodic table, and the Bible (so anyone wanting to play has some serious homework ahead of him) . . . read article

January 27, 2008:
Sure, it's a plastic figure. But who made it? . . . read article

January 28, 2008:
Last year we had an inquiry from a maker of really nice foam weapons - the kind LARPers use - about doing official Munchkin weapons like the Unnatural Axe. We liked that idea and said "Send us a proposal!" But those guys haven't even answered mail in months . . . read article

January 29, 2008:
Remember the Daily Illuminator from the 27th? You'll note, if you follow that link, that the images are gone . . . read article

January 30, 2008:
(Warning! Modifying your Wii, tablet PC, bluetooth equipment, or any other device may void your warranty, attract the attention of the MIBs, or just break your stuff . . . read article

January 31, 2008:
If you're ready to work in the office as a Production Assistant, that is. As we ramp up production on new GURPS PDFs, we find ourselves in need of a layout monkey capable of dropping text into an existing page design . . . read article

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