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02-07-2011, 12:12 AM
Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

February 7, 2011: This Week In e23 (http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archives.html?m=February&y=2011&d=7)

http://www.sjgames.com/images/36/3624/sm.jpg (http://www.sjgames.com/transhuman/toxicmemes/) http://www.sjgames.com/images/38/3845/sm.jpg (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-2357) I learned something this week. Specifically, Aaron Allston introduced me to the term "throwing the sops," from his "In This Issue" box in Space Gamer #57 (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG30-2357) (just uploaded this week). I've never heard the term, and can't find a formal definition online, but as he explains it ". . . in other words, 'for Traveler [sic] players, we have . . . for SF boardgamers, we have . . .'"</p>

When writing these weekly announcements of e23 (http://e23.sjgames.com) releases, it's easy to fall into the pattern of "throwing the sops." But, as Aaron notes, it is the "simplest, quickest, and least imaginative" way to do so. On one hand, for a guy who writes a great number of Daily Illuminators, "simple" and "quick" are good things. But "least imaginative"? That's a death sentence!</p>

For the most part, I attempt to avoid the trap of the sops by injecting humor, or finding a common thread for all the uploads. But that's not always easy. This week, for example, I looked for a connection between Space Gamer #57, Transhuman Space: Toxic Memes (http://www.sjgames.com/transhuman/toxicmemes/), and GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 8: Treasure Tables (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/dungeonfantasy/dungeonfantasy8/). There's a SF theme for two-thirds of them, but DF8 is definitively not science fiction. SG is a scan of the physical product, Treasure Tables is an update of an earlier release, and Toxic Memes is technically a GURPS Classic (http://e23.sjgames.com/search.html?gsys=GURPS%203rd%20Ed.) upload (it's a GURPS Third Edition book, but the title is already quite long).</p>

http://www.sjgames.com/images/40/4032/sm.jpg (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/dungeonfantasy/dungeonfantasy8/) You see my dilemma.</p>

This week, as you can see, I took a "behind the scenes" approach, showing you, Gentle Reader, my thought process as I wrote this entry. Hopefully I've mentioned Space Gamer (http://www.sjgames.com/spacegamer/), Toxic Memes, and Dungeon Fantasy (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/dungeonfantasy/) enough to entice you to buy one or more of them; if not, perhaps the pretty covers gracing this entry have caught your eye.</p>

Next week, I'm hoping for a series of releases covering a single topic -- maybe something involving guns.</p>

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