Daily Illuminator Archive for January 2006
January 1, 2006:
As 2005 entered its closing hours, we hit a big milestone for UltraCorps
. The first big, open alpha-test with the new codebase is starting now . . .
January 2, 2006:
As has become our custom, the Table of Contents for GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars
is our first sneak peek. Of course, we've also tossed in the Index and a sweet image of the Indomitable
for extra holiday goodness . . .
January 3, 2006:
Last night, at 10pm, the UltraCorps
playtest ticked for the first time. Some of us were on the edges of our seats . . . this is by FAR the biggest game we've tried with the new codebase . . .
January 4, 2006:
How would you like it if you had a controllable mental condition . . . and the drug that let you control it was taken off the market with no substitute? It can happen . . .
January 5, 2006:
We are finally, completely, thoroughly moved out of the old building. They'll probably knock it down in a week or so . . .
January 7, 2006:
Even those of us who lack the skills to replicate these constructions can marvel at them . . .
January 8, 2006:
Stephen King thought the original big-screen version of his novel The Shining
was too over-the-top for its own good, and the folks at P.S. 260 agree with him. They've edited the film's trailer and made it what it was always meant to be: a romantic comedy . . .
January 9, 2006:
At the end of this month I'll be a guest at Warpcon in Cork, Ireland. For many of my readers that's not an easy trip . . . on the other hand, for the folks in Europe, it might be doable . . .
January 10, 2006:
The University of Texas campus is dominated by a large tower, which is normally lit in white. On special occasions, though, the top is lit orange . . .
January 11, 2006:
Backups, as they say, are not mission critical. RESTORES are mission critical . . .
January 12, 2006:
GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars has shaped up to be a very good-looking book. We've just added the splash from Chapter 11: Campaigns to the Interstellar Wars
page . . .
January 13, 2006:
Got a childhood memory of going to the library and reading a book about UFOs or werewolves? Do you wonder what became of those beloved volumes of high weirdness? . . .
January 14, 2006:
When I visited Japan late last year I was invited to add a bit to the "Huge Dungeon" map that was being created. This one might give the "World's Largest Dungeon" some competition . . . there was an awful lot of it . . .
January 15, 2006:
We trust that everyone has read about the green pigs from Taiwan. If this makes you wist for the original Dr . . .
January 16, 2006:
I haven't been to a Worldcon for too long. Looks like I'll be going to the next one - which is in Los Angeles, and the L.A. group knows how to DO this stuff, so it'll be a good one even by the elevated standards of Worldcons . . . and I'll be taking the Chaos Machine with me . . .
January 17, 2006:
The work of German physicist Burkhard Heim is incomprehensible even to most of his fellow researchers, but some take it seriously . . . and if his theories are correct, they could lead to faster-than-light travel. Cross your fingers . . .
January 18, 2006:
This little exercise in self-referentiality left me helpless with laughter the first time I read it, and it's still good for a grin. So I share . . .
January 19, 2006:
We're pleased, on the whole, with the way the forums are going. While there are problem users from time to time, the level of discourse is on the whole quite civilized and informative, compared to many online communities . . .
January 20, 2006:
If you think all the really interesting space battles happened in the 1950s, , go retro - literally - with Atomic Rockets . . .
January 21, 2006:
Got somebody you want rubbed out? Suspense novelist Lisa Gardner can help, and all you have to do is fill out a web form! . . .
January 22, 2006:
test game India ended at 10pm Saturday night. It was a huge success; at no time was play interrupted by a crash or major bug . . .
January 23, 2006:
On Saturday, February 11, I will be at OwlCon, a game convention at my alma mater, Rice University in Houston. If you're in the neighborhood, come see me! . . .
January 24, 2006:
Do not apply if you are allergy prone . . . Austin's full of pollen, and that's what's taking Wil away from us . . .
January 25, 2006:
This is a call for playtesters for In Nomine Superiors: Asmodeus
, the latest in the successful e23 series. Those who desire to be in on the playtest must send email to In Nomine Line Editor Beth McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org with [ASMODEUS] in the subject line and the following information in the text:
Pyramid username (see e23 to subscribe to Pyramid)
e23 username (if it's different from the Pyramid one)
The email address you want to use for the playtest
The name you want to use for playtest credit, if any
And finally, a brief explanation of why you should be on the list . . .
January 26, 2006:
A set of awards being voted on at Game Wyrd lists SJ as one of four nominees for "The Writer or Artist Most Likely to be in Communion with the Great Old Ones."
We're honored, we think. Oh, and GURPS Banestorm
is also nominated, for "The RPG or Supplement Most Likely to Improve Your Campaign." And that is definitely
an honor . . .
January 27, 2006:
Changing Times is a GM guide, campaign book, and GURPS Fourth Edition
conversion for Transhuman Space
, written by Phil Masters, scheduled to appear soon as a PDF at e23. The Changing Times
playtest will be a closed mailing list playtest . . .
January 28, 2006:
No man can know the exact hour and manner of his death . . . you're kind of limited to the manner. The Death Psychic will tell you just how you'll meet your maker based on your name and age . . .
January 29, 2006:
Two more excerpts from GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars
have been added to the book's site. This week, we look at two alien races significant to the Terrans: the Vegans, and the Nugiiri . . .
January 30, 2006:
Scott was a busy, busy editor last week, and the result is that we've got a pile of early GURPS
books back "in print" on e23. Now you too can thrill to these thrilling tales of yesteryear . . . . .
January 31, 2006:
This is the short version; there will be more later. I left my computer in the States when I flew last week - it went to Apple for warranty service - so I have pretty much NO IDEA what has happened in the office or the world since last week . . .
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