Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2003

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May 1, 2003:
The following products have been scheduled for an August, 2003 release: Munchkin 3: Clerical Errors You wanted more Munchkin, so here it is! Created by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic . . . Munchkin 3: Clerical Errors has 112 more cards for the best-selling game of killing monsters and taking their stuff . . . read article

May 2, 2003:
Oh, come on. You knew we were going to say it . . . . . read article

May 3, 2003:
So before you begin a career as an Illuminated Seer, start by seeing how everything is related. Go to Lexical FreeNet and use their connected thesaurus to find all manner of disturbing, amusing, or just plain unexpected ties between words, phrases, and their myriad uses . . . read article

May 4, 2003:
GURPS Character Builder version 3.0 will be released later this year. We will make a free 3.0 upgrade patch available to previous registered owners of GURPS Character Builder . . . read article

May 5, 2003:
The latest minions of the office have arrived, escaping the somewhat scenic vistas of Lawrence, Kansas, for Austin, Texas . . . Kim Bernard is an editorial assistant, writing, editing, or screaming at text as Andrew requires . . . read article

May 6, 2003:
The animation you see to the right (if you're reading this via e-mail, you'll have to go to www.sjgames.com/ill/ to see it) was created by Alex Fernandez, the cover designer for GURPS Shapeshifters. What relevance does it have, aside from the obvious wolfman theme? . . . read article

May 7, 2003:
The programmers of the forthcoming GURPS Vehicle Builder have put together a slide show, using screen shots from the program, to illustrate how the program works. It requires a modern browser capable of showing PNG images and a resolution of 800x600 or larger . . . read article

May 8, 2003:
An asteroid discovered in 1993 has been renamed for the late Fred "Mr." Rogers. Here's the CNN story . . . read article

May 9, 2003:
We're not so different, Americans and North Koreans. It's the Russians that spoil all the nuclear disarmament talks . . . read article

May 10, 2003:
The Grog d'Or is a Roleplaying Game of the Year award voted on by the staff of the Guide du roliste Galactique, a large French gaming website. And Transhuman Space won their 2003 award! . . . read article

May 11, 2003:
The hit counter on our home page at www.sjgames.com is, as of midnight, only a few hits short of 5 million. And, of course, that vastly understates the traffic we get, because regular visitors usually bypass the home page once they know their way around . . . read article

May 12, 2003:
Woo hoo! The Munchkin Fu cards have gone to press! . . . read article

May 13, 2003:
OK, so it might be right up there with cold fusion and other technological flim-flams . . . but it might not. In this Discover magazine article, scientists (and more importantly, businessmen) believe they can turn just about anything -- waste from poultry processing plants, manure, plastic bottles, old computers, garbage, you name it -- into fuel oil, and do it cheaply . . . read article

May 14, 2003:
And if you recognize the source of that misquotation, then you are (probably) ready for Block Death. Probably. WARNING: This site is definitely not for the squeamish! . . . read article

May 15, 2003:
The SJ Games home office will be closing at 3 p.m. Friday . . . read article

May 16, 2003:
It's a veritable buffet of deities. Don't like the Norse gods? . . . read article

May 17, 2003:
Thanks to the ingenuity of some MIT students, You're In Control. (Be sure to check the streaming video.) . . . read article

May 18, 2003:
I just finished reading a book. I hadn't intended to read the whole thing tonight . . . actually, I just wanted to make sure the PDF was good, and see how long it was, so I could decide where "Read Wil's Book" would go on The List . . . read article

May 19, 2003:
Having recently spent a good deal of time on the Transhuman Space supplements Transhuman Space: Deep Beyond (now available!) and Transhuman Space: High Frontier (coming soon), I've taken a lot of interest in the tiny steps we're taking today to get closer to the plausible, yet fantastic future of the 22nd century. According to this New Scientist article, the first probe specifically designed to explore an asteroid just launched . . . read article

May 20, 2003:
Everybody talks about large amounts of monkeys, and large amounts of time, and the complete works of Shakespeare. Very occasionally, someone actually puts a monkey in front of a keyboard . . . but we have not yet gotten so much as "To be or not to QEWRIQER#$%@$%" out of the hairy litttle shirkers . . . read article

May 21, 2003:
Warehouse 23 has announced an agreement with Dork Storm Press that makes Warehouse 23 their official online sales headquarters. "I'm thrilled to have all the great Dork Storm comics in Warehouse 23," manager Michelle Barrett said. The current Dork Storm lineup includes Nodwick and PS 238 by Aaron Williams, Snapdragons by John Kovalic and Liz Rathke, and the Origins award-winning Dork Tower by Kovalic . . . read article

May 22, 2003:
At last . . . finally . . . our giant-scale (1/60) Paneuropean GEV "macrotures" are ready to ship. Check out the Macrotures page for lots of photos . . . read article

May 23, 2003:
Need a book, take a book. Have a book, leave a book . . . read article

May 24, 2003:
Is this cool, or what? I've always liked Cosmic Encounter, and there's a new online version . . . read article

May 25, 2003:
Astronomers have discovered a new red dwarf a little less than 8 light-years from Earth . . . making it the third-closest star (after the Alpha Centauri system and Barnard's Star) to our own. Why didn't we know about a star that close before now? . . . read article

May 26, 2003:
Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a national holiday set aside to remember those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. The Steve Jackson Games offices are closed today . . . read article

May 27, 2003:
If you enjoy the random fnords that appear on our home page and elsewhere . . . they can be yours. The fnorder program exists in several versions . . . read article

May 28, 2003:
Memorial Day has come and gone, and summer has officially begun in the good ol' US of A. And nothing says "summer fun" like staying inside, away from the sun, bugs, and falling meteorites, and playing these fine products currently on their way to distributors everywhere . . . read article

May 29, 2003:
Warehouse 23 is very proud to announce that it will now be the official online store for The Painters' Guild. Painters' Guild joins Issaries, Atlas Games, Citizen Games, and Dork Storm Press in selecting Warehouse 23 to handle its retail presence on the Web. The Painters' Guild is devoted to the wonderful hobby of painting miniatures . . . read article

May 30, 2003:
June 1, and it's not clear from their site whether that means votes on June 1 count, or whether you have to vote by midnight May 31. If you haven't voted, you can do so online . . . read article

May 31, 2003:
The current (May 28, 2003) issue of d20 Weekly will be the last. We're glad we tried it, and we published quite a few articles that we're very proud of, but in the end it just didn't find its audience . . . read article

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