I was mildly surprised to see a Slashdot entry on the new Steve Jackson Games releases shown at SXSW. Can’t say I recall that site focusing on SJG in the past – but then again, even this “old fashioned” tabletop gaming company is going to have a lot of cred with the tech-focused Slashdot readership. As the blurb notes, the company’s infamous run-in with The Law over its GURPS Cyberpunk book helped lead to the creation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And, as the comments clearly show, there’s a lot of recognition of and love for SJG among the techies. There’s a ton of wistful praise for Car Wars (and calls for a modern computer version; hear, hear!), as well as kind words for GURPS and other products.
Oh, there’s also one fellow who wants us all to know that Steve is overly litigious, “irrational and greedy”, and “not a nice guy”, and we should all quit buying his games. That devolves into a long thread, without much to back the charges. The poster doesn’t help his credibility with the statement “Growing up I was a big fan of his games, including Car Wars, Ogre, and Traveler“. (You’ll see a quick Anonymous Coward post pointing out the problem there; that’s me.)