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11-01-2010, 12:32 AM
Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

November 1, 2010: The Power Of Pinecones And PCs (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archives.html?m=November&y=2010&d=1)



It's an age-old question. What's more magical: nature or technology?</p>

http://www.sjgames.com/images/35/3559/sm.jpg (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG37-0136)</p>

On the one hand, some could argue that nature is more magical -- especially the world of plants. After all, if they weren't more magical, then how could we possibly have a book like the newly released GURPS Magic: Plant Spells (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/magic/plantspells/)? See, this supplement contains over three dozen new spells that grow from the seeds sown in GURPS Magic (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/magic/). It also has insight into making mages who've devoted their lives to the greener things (complete with new perks), plus full GURPS (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/) botanical info needed to make the most of all these new goodies. It's a garden of greenery gaming goodness, and it's about as magical as it comes.</p>

http://www.sjgames.com/images/38/3833/sm.jpg (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-2345)</p>

On the other hand, technology has a magic its own. Zippers, foosball, and "chocolate-dipped" -- all magical achievements that have been overlooked by the larger animal kingdom. Modern magic, in particular, can be traced back to the home computer -- and the home computer can be traced back to the early 1980s. For evidence of this, check out Space Gamer #45 (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-2345), released in November 1981. This "Special Computer Issue" has a number of interesting articles from the early days of the computer era, including an early report on a play-by-modem system plus reviews of early computer games. It's hard to read these pages and not see the spark of power, waiting to explode to our modern information-based world. (We'll overlook the articles not related to computers: the Car Wars (http://www.sjgames.com/car-wars/) designer's notes, the funny game-industry "definitions," and more.)</p>

So whether you're looking for the seeds of plant-based power or the seeds of the computer revolution, check out this week's e23 (http://e23.sjgames.com) releases. They're both magical, in their own way.</p>

-- Steven Marsh (smarsh@sjgames.com)</p>