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09-13-2010, 12:12 AM
Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

September 13, 2010: The Past (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archives.html?m=September&y=2010&d=13)



http://www.sjgames.com/images/38/3810/sm.jpg (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-23308) http://www.sjgames.com/images/34/3407/sm.jpg (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-6608) Nostalgia makes everything better. This is a known phenomenon, since we seem to be programmed to remember the good more clearly than the bad. So sometimes it's useful to get a fresh viewpoint. For instance, some of the "good old days" of gaming, circa 1981, can be remembered as a golden age. Ok, I remember it as a golden age, but mostly because I was 9.</p>

But Space Gamer (http://e23.sjgames.com/search.html?keywords=space+gamer&title_only=1&publisher=&author=&gsys=&genre=&type=&price_lo=0&price_hi=&sortby=alphaAZ) helps cut through the haze of the years, providing a portal to what games were actually considered good at the time, as opposed to "I remember having fun, so I'll spend $350 for a copy on eBay." In addition to the dozens of reviews (including one for the classic adventure "Isle of Dread") in issue #38 (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-2338), SJ has an article on print buying, the designers of The Lords of Underearth talk about their design process, and there's alternate (for the time) rules for buying a used ship in Traveller (http://e23.sjgames.com/search.html?keywords=traveller&publisher=&author=&gsys=&genre=&type=&price_lo=0&price_hi=&sortby=alphaAZ) by William Barton, who would go on to write material for GURPS Bio-Tech (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/bio-tech/), Space (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/space/), and Ultra-Tech (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/ultra-tech/).</p>

And speaking of Traveller, and of fans who started writing articles and ended up contributing big chunks of major books to the GURPS (http://gurps.sjgames.com) line, the second e23 (http://e23.sjgames.com) release this week is GURPS Traveller Alien Races 3 (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-6608), featuring the Hivers, Ancients, and the Droyne. One of the authors is none other than David Pulver, who designed GURPS Spaceships (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/spaceships/) and crunched a bunch of numbers for that little tome we call GURPS Basic Set (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/basic/).</p>


-- Paul Chapman (paul@sjgames.com)</p>