+gt;: Wdnsa morning,. 28, the offices of Steve Jackson Games, inc., +gt;: were raided by F

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>: Wdnsa morning,. 28, the offices of Steve Jackson Games, inc., >: were raided by FBI and Secret Service officials. The establishment was >: shut down, and all computer systems, including the Illuminati BBS, >: were confiscated. According to Fearless Leader (the SJG-BBS sjsop, reporting on another Austin BBS), not all the computers were taken -- just the BBS, a laser printer (Murphy only knows what the Secret Service thought they could get out of that -- reading the typewriter ribbon?), and some disks and papers. >: As of this writing, the Mentor is reportedly out on bail, sans system >: and network connection. The Illuminati BBS is still down, although SJ >: Games is back in operation, and no charges have been filed against any >: of the employees other than The Mentor. The systems owned by SJ Games >: have not been returned as of this writing. Mentor is Loyd Blankenship, recently made the chief editor at SJ Games. I hadn't heard he was involved, though I'd heard an unofficial report that one SJG employee's home was raided and his system taken. The following is what appears if you call SJB-BBS right now (at 1200 baud or less). (Sorry for the caps and weird formatting, the system they're using is an old Apple II, considered expendable if the Feds decide to come back.) GREETINGS, MORTAL! YOU HAVE ENTERED THE SECRET COMPUTER SYSTEM OF /\ / \ / () \ / ____ \ / / \ \ /__________\ THE ILLUMINATI FRONTED BY STEVE JACKSON GAMES INCORPORATED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. FNORD NOTE! AT THE MOMENT ILLUMINATI IS AN READ-ONLY SYSTEM. READ THE INFORMATION BELOW TO FIND OUT WHY. USING THE SPACE BAR WILL LOG YOU OFF. YOU CAN STOP THE SCROLLING AT ANY TIME WITH A CONTROL-S. CONTROL-Q WILL RESUME THE SCROLLING. YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT OUR CORPORATE MASCOT, WHO USUALLY GREETS OUR CALLERS WITH A CHEERFUL SMILE, IS FROWNING TODAY. I THINK YOU'LL AGREE HE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO. BEFORE THE START OF WORK ON MARCH 1, STEVE JACKSON GAMES WAS VISITED BY AGENTS OF THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE. THEY SEARCHED THE BUILDING THOROUGHLY, TORE OPEN SEVERAL BOXES IN THE WAREHOUSE, BROKE A FEW LOCKS AND DAMAGED A COUPLE OF FILING CABINETS (WHICH WE WOULD GLADLY HAVE LET THEM EXAMINE, HAD THEY LET US INTO THE BUILDING), ANSWERED THE PHONE DIS- COURTEOUSLY AT BEST, PROBABLY ATE A FEW OF THE ORANGE SLICES THAT WERE ON FEARLESS LEADER'S DESK (WHICH THEY WERE WELCOME TO, BY THE WAY), AND CONFISCATED SOME COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING THE COMPUTER THAT THE BBS WAS RUNNING ON AT THE TIME. SO FAR WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A CLEAR EXPLANATION OF WHAT THE SECRET SERVICE WAS LOOKING FOR, WHAT THEY EXPECTED TO FIND, OR MUCH OF ANYTHING ELSE. WE ARE FAIRLY CERTAIN THAT STEVE JACKSON GAMES IS NOT THE TARGET OF WHATEVER INVESTI- GATION IS BEING CONDUCTED; IN ANY CASE, WE HAVE DONE NOTHING ILLEGAL AND HAVE NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO HIDE. HOWEVER, THE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS SEIZED IS APPARENTLY CONSIDERED TO BE EVIDENCE IN WHATEVER THEY'RE INVESTIGATING, SO WE AREN'T LIKELY TO GET IT BACK ANY TIME SOON. IT COULD BE A MONTH, IT COULD BE NEVER. IN THE MEANTIME, FEARLESS HAS LOANED STEVE JACKSON GAMES THE APPLE SJSTEM THE BBS RAN ON BACK IN THE OLD DAYS BEFORE JOENET. TO MINIMIZE THE POSSI- BILITY THAT THIS SJSTEM WILL BE CONFIS- CATED AS WELL, WE HAVE SET IT UP TO DISPLAY THIS BULLETIN, AND THAT'S ALL. THERE IS NO MESSAGE BASE AT PRESENT. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE, AND WE WISH WE DARED DO MORE THAN THIS. HOWEVER, WE AGONIZED LONG AND HARD, AND DECIDED IT WAS A COURTESY TO OUR CALLERS TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING. AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THE BBS WILL BE BACK UP FOR REAL. IF YOU HAVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR US, SUCH AS PLAYTEST NOTES, YOU CAN MAIL THEM TO US (YEAH, I KNOW, ECCH) OR IF IT'S SOMETHING TRULY IMPORTANT, YOU CAN REACH US AT OUR VOICE NUMBER (512-447-7866). IN THE MEANTIME, FEARLESS WILL BE CHECKING IN ON A REGULAR BASIS ON SMOF (512-UFO-SMOF) AND RED OCTOBER (512-834-2548). IN PARTICULAR, IF YOU HAVE DOWNLOADED THE GURPS CYBERPUNK PLAYTEST MATERIAL THAT WAS ON THE BOARD, PLEASE LET US KNOW RIGHT AWAY SO WE CAN ARRANGE TO GET A COPY. SOME OF THAT MATERIAL WAS NOT EASILY REPLACABLE, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO GET COPIES - IT WOULD MAKE GETTING GURPS CYBERPUNK OUT MUCH, MUCH EASIER (AND IT WOULD COME OUT THAT MUCH SOONER). PLEASE CALL US AND ASK TO TALK TO CREEDE OR LOYD FOR ARRANGEMENTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING, AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS GIVEN US WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT. WE HOPE WE'LL BE BACK ON LINE, FULL TIME, VERY SOON. -- STEVE JACKSON GAMES AND THE SJSOPS OF THE ILLUMINATI BBS <> <> The comment about GURPS Cyberpunk playtest material is interesting -- that was the project Loyd was working on, and it sounds like the Secret Service made off with all the copies SJG had. Wonder if they're confusing gaming with reality? Incidentally, I am a frequent user of SJG-BBS, and I've never seen anything there that the government could find remotely interesting, and the sjsops of Illuminati BBS have been *very* careful to run a clean system. About the only place they might find anything would be in the private e-mail system, if that.

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