Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2005

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July 1, 2005:
The winners of the 2005 Origins Awards were announced yesterday at, appropriately, the Origins International Game Expo in Columbus, Ohio. In the Best Nonfiction Publication category, Pyramid Magazine and editor Steven Marsh were recognized . . . read article

July 2, 2005:
Maybe you're a fan of travel. Perhaps you're starting a Special Ops game . . . read article

July 3, 2005:
Yes, GURPS Powers has moved. Doubtless our more eagle-eyed fans have already spotted the move from August to "Farther Out." Remember our cry of angst a few weeks ago about the things that happen with big books? . . . read article

July 4, 2005:
If you're in an urban area, please . . . Lights good, fireworks bad, four-alarm fires REALLY bad . . . read article

July 5, 2005:
This is thoroughly wonderful. I found out about Brooklyn Superhero Supply in Jon Kilgannon's blog, where he gives much more actual data than you can find on the store's official page . . . read article

July 6, 2005:
Yesterday I mentioned a Mad Science webcomic that I may have mentioned a couple of times before. Today I want to point you to a Mad Science webcomic that I have NOT mentioned before . . . not in that context. Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio, has been around for a while as a print comic . . . read article

July 7, 2005:
We're very sorry to report that Scott Haring, our e23 editor, was in a serious traffic accident while returning home after July 4. His youngest boy was killed, and Scott required immediate surgery . . . read article

July 8, 2005:
So . . . the murderous thugs have done it again. I don't think the English will be pushed around, though . . . read article

July 9, 2005:
They don't want your brains, they just want to know what smells like bacon. The Safar Center for Resuscitation Research has revivified our animal companions . . . read article

July 10, 2005:
We have just confirmed that I'll be a guest at Conclave, New Zealand's 27th national SF and fantasy convention, in 2006. Dates are June 2-6; exact venue TBA . . . read article

July 11, 2005:
A brief status report: No further word from Scott; we are hoping that in this case no news is good news. I am up to my neck in GURPS Banestorm indexing . . . read article

July 12, 2005:
While the rest of the world has been playing vampire games, FizerPharm has been doing serious research. We'll all no doubt be much better off - or at least, those in the upper income brackets will - when the Homo sapiens vampiris genotype is resurrected as our savant servants . . . read article

July 13, 2005:
Not only can Alex, the gray parrot, count; he has a concept of "zero." Read the Science Daily story . . . read article

July 14, 2005:
GURPS Banestorm indexing finished . . . read article

July 15, 2005:
Okay, so it's part puppetry and part screed, but it's all natural . . . read article

July 16, 2005:
Steve Jackson Games announces the following releases for November, 2005: Munchkin Christmas Shirt O Munchkin Shirt, O Munchkin Shirt, How lovely are your powers! O Munchkin Shirt, O Munchkin Shirt, How lovely are your powers! . . . read article

July 17, 2005:
Yesterday's announcement of the November release of GURPS Space - for no good reason - mentioned only one of the authors! It has been fixed now, but for those who read it early in the day: the other author of GURPS Space is James L . . . read article

July 18, 2005:
This is our latest release, soon to be on the shelves of a game store near you: GURPS Character Assistant GURPS Fourth Edition lets roleplayers create any character they can imagine, from any time or place. They can be customized with hundreds of advantages, disadvantages, and skills, not to mention magic spells, psionic powers, martial arts moves, superpowers, and equipment from pitchforks to starships . . . read article

July 19, 2005:
Are these things neat, or what? As we hunt for a new office, I'm finding out how useful, as well as fun, this feature can be . . . read article

July 20, 2005:
Websnark is good. I am more and more a fan of Eric Burns' writing . . . read article

July 21, 2005:
This is the latest release from Steve Jackson Games, now on its way to distributors everywhere and soon to be on the shelves of a game store near you: Super Munchkin Fly through the city. Smash the villains . . . read article

July 22, 2005:
Looks like everyone needs a ghost writer these days. Those unafraid to confront the pen names "Moses" and "Jesus" can find William Edward Hunt expounding at length on his view that The Bible is a Hoax . . . read article

July 23, 2005:
Have you seen the new Serenity trailer? Shiny! . . . read article

July 24, 2005:
We've posted another free game aid for GURPS Basic Set Fourth Edition on e23! GURPS Skill Categories is a handy little document that lists the hundreds of skills listed in the GURPS Basic Set Fourth Edition by the various character types that might use them (Animal, Military, Combat, Scholarly, Spy, etc.). The alphabetical skill list in the GURPS Basic Set Fourth Edition is ideal for looking up specific skills by name . . . but not so handy when you're trying to create a character or a template, and want to select a small handful of suitable skills from among the hundreds of options in the Basic Set. This document sorts skills into categories that coincide with likely career paths for adventurers . . . read article

July 25, 2005:
I went last year. I did not go this year, not for lack of interest, but because I am even more desperately busy than usual getting GURPS Banestorm out and working on the next few things looking for a new office scheming about computer game stuff . . . read article

July 26, 2005:
The sale of our current site is scheduled to become final this Thursday. We have visited a number of potential new offices; several have looked pretty good, but none were perfect . . . read article

July 27, 2005:
(cheers, applause, thanks) . . . read article

July 28, 2005:
The building we looked at today DID have a piranha tank! We'd need to cover it . . . an open piranha tank probably drives up your insurance . . . but of course a trap door is easy to add . . . read article

July 29, 2005:
Radiesthesia and Rosicrucian manifestos go hand in hand at Life Technology. Holistic is the only way to live . . . read article

July 30, 2005:
In the words of Dave Barry: We are not making this up. We're just thinking about what they'll do with the info once they have it . . . read article

July 31, 2005:
Mass production of sharks in test tubes. Sounds like something from your favorite mad science webcomic . . . read article

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