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Classic Games (Games)

Interviews: Ask Steve Jackson About Designing Games 111

Since starting his own company in 1980, Steve Jackson, founder and editor-in-chief of Steve Jackson Games, has created a number of hits, starting with Car Wars . . . followed shortly by Illuminati, and later by GURPS, the "Generic Universal Roleplaying System." In 1983, he was elected to the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame - the youngest person ever so honored. He has personally won 11 Origins Awards. In the early 90's, Steve got international press due to the Secret Service's invasion of his office. The EFF helped make it possible for SJ Games to bring suit against the Secret Service and the U.S. government and win more than $50,000 in damages. His Ogre kickstarter a couple of years ago brought in close to a million dollars. His current hits are Munchkin, a very silly card game about killing monsters and taking their stuff, and Zombie Dice, in which you eat brains and try not to get shotgunned. His current projects include a variety of Munchkin follow-ups, and the continuing quest to get his games translated into digital form. Steve has agreed to put down the dice and answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

Comment I'm not surprised at all (Score 1) 201

In some act of Quantum Physics, worthy of a Douglas Adams story, I'm pretty certain that this is why Zoo Station, one of the most amazing U2 Tribute bands will be performing at McTeague's Saloon on St. Patrick's Day from 8pm. (1237 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, 415-776-1237)

Comment Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681

Many of them don't even understand how computers actually work.

Now that's actually depressing. If you get through a CS program without learning how a computer works, then your CS program failed you.

If you got through a CS program without learning how a computer works, then you and the program failed...

Comment Re:Back in the day... (Score 1) 110

Loved the Libretto back in the 90s. Paperback book sized portable workstation. Had a Ricochet Wireless modem hooked up. Road Warrior stuff! I remember running the Windows NT 5 Betas and then 2K on it. I even had it dual boot into BeOS. If memory serves, the trick around the proprietary floppy issue was that we used a PC Card controller hooked up to an external portable CD-ROM drive to install alternate operating systems.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 327

NeXT couldn't keep up with Intel and by the time Jobs caved in and went with his dual-architecture 68K/Intel binary format, it was too late.

Whilst Apple did have hybrid 68k/PPC binaries back in the 90s, and they did have hybrid PPC/Intel applications during the transition to Intel CPUs,.."68K/Intel binary format"?

Comment Re:Speaking for myself (Score 2) 320

In the mid 1990's the government mandated that children's programming be educational.

Did they really? I was under the impression that they mandated a certain amount of Educational/Informative Children's Programming be shown per week. Hence the Sunday morning cartoons in the time slot when the network didn't have any sporting event or important programming to show.

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