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Daily Illuminator

January 24th, 2017: SJ Games At PAX This Weekend!

We're off to the Alamo City! That's right, we are at PAX South this weekend, in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Stop by the booth to say "hi" to Andreas, Ariel, Guy, Hunter, Jimmy, Veronica, and me, check out our latest games, and pick up some to take home!

PAX South

Munchkin fans will be able to grab Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition and Munchkin Pathfinder: Truly Gobnoxious! You'll also be able to get our new Munchkin Valentines, so you can show the munchkins in your life how you really feel. There will even be sneak peeks of upcoming Munchkin goodness, like Munchkin Apocalypse: Judge Dredd, Munchkin Curses, and Munchkin: X-Men Edition from USAopoly (and, of course, sweet promos)!

If you're feeling villainous, then Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game is for you! Play as Gotham City's greatest supervillains, get lots of loot, but watch out for the Caped Crusader! Then try a demo of our most excellent, giant-sized copy of Bill & Ted's Excellent Boardgame! Can you collect enough figures of historical significance to ace your oral history-exam, or will you go to Oates Military Academy? Cat lovers should try Simon's Cat Card Game. Have fun, but don't get blamed for the messes!

Do you like candy? Well, Ghosts Love Candy, too. You're a ghost trying to haunt kids and take their candy. Watch out, though – if you scare them, they'll run away, and you'll lose points! In that vein, save humanity by playing I Hate Zombies. Be careful: if you fail, the zombies will eat your BRAAAAAIIIINNNSSS!

Ogre Sixth Edition, the classic game of armored combat, will be rumbling in, crushing everything in its path. In fact, there will be an Ogre tournament, where you can win marvelous, limited-edition swag.

Our MIB Demo Team will be running demos in the gaming area, and the wonderful PAX crew will be running some cool events, like the Munchcathlon – a huge, multi-round Munchkin tournament with awesome prizes. The crew will also run a Zombie Dice tournament. Check the online schedule or event book for details. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and come by our booth (TT104) to show us your post with the hashtag #PAXSuperMunchkin to receive extra-special swag: a hard-to-find promo for Art Baltazar's Super Munchkin Guest Artist Edition!

It's going to be an awesome event! We'll see you there this weekend. 

-- Al Griego

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Munchkin News

January 23rd, 2017: Reprints, Reprints, Reprints

Toward the end of last year, I posted about how pleased I was to have most of 2017 already at print.

I should not have underestimated you, our loyal Munchkin fans. Turns out, we need to send 10 games and expansions for reprints so we don't run out just in time for Origins and Gen Con and all your summer gaming needs. Selling more than we expected is an opportunity, not a problem, and we thank you for that opportunity . . . but it does mean we're having to work hard for the next couple of weeks to get it all done.

Shout out to our production team who pushed these through in a hurry!

-- Andrew Hackard

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Munchkin Silver Piece

January 1st, 2015: Munchkin Silver Piece Rule Archive

We have decided not to release a 2015 Munchkin Silver Piece. The Silver Pieces you already have are still usable, however; each coin can use the rule matching the current month and the year of the coin. You can find all the previous rules on the Silver Piece rule archive.

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Ogre News

January 12th, 2017: State Of The Ogre-Verse 2017 [Updated!]

2016 was a year of transition for the Ogre line. We started the year with Steve Jackson shouldering the mantle of Line Editor and ended it with an amazingly successful Kickstarter for Ogre Miniatures Set 1. But did anything happen in between? Oh boy, did it ever!

When 2015 drew to a close, Steve resumed the title of Ogre Line Editor, becoming the third to hold that title since the position was re-established after the overwhelmingly successful 2012 Kickstarter for Ogre Designer's Edition. As 2016 dawned, he released the results of the survey for what the promised expansion for ODE should include: first and foremost, maps G3 and/or S3 will be produced. Also, another 3-D Ogre and additional units are all likely to appear in this set, as determined from the survey results.

Acknowledging that some fans missed out on the Ogre Designer's Edition Kickstarter, what was to become Ogre Sixth Edition moved forward, beginning as a mere concept at the start of the year and shipping by Christmas. This set promises to help bring the next generation of Ogre fans into the fold, while offering current fans a more portable option when transporting the game.

Fulfilling the promises of the Ogre Designer's Edition Kickstarter campaign proved to be an ongoing theme for the year. Steve Jackson Games and Auroch Digital entered an agreement to produce an Ogre-based computer game, which in turn should fulfill the $300k stretch goal, even if we are a few years late from our initial projection. The hope and expectation is that we can announce a release at some point this year.

The Fan Scenario Contest entries, published on the website in 2015, moved towards a definitive endpoint as a published pdf. During this time I was invited to take over as the Ogre Line Editor, freeing Steve to do the myriad other tasks for which he was responsible. By the end of the year, we had published and distributed Ogre Scenario Book 2, a collection of 14 fan-created scenarios for public consumption.

Steve also promised to develop, release, and eventually publish, eight scenarios of his own. Seven have been posted with two more going up very soon. [Edit - the eighth is posted! Check out RTS.] Yes, that is a total of nine. Steve is having fun! These will also be published as a digital file, tentatively Ogre Scenario Book 3.

The much-awaited release by Tom Smith finally reached our backers. Titled "Ogre Suite", there is over 45 minutes of music on this album in a wide variety of styles. There is even a radio spot for Uncle Al! Tom's album was also released on Bandcamp for those who were not backers of the Ogre Designer's Edition Kickstarter.

Ogre Reinforcements is following close on Sixth Edition's treads, bringing both the 'other' units such as LGEVs, Mobile Howitzers, etc., as well as Town overlays and their associated rules, to Ogre Sixth Edition. This is at print now with an anticipated release in March.

Yet another stretch goal from the Ogre Designer's Edition Kickstarter involved the review and release of rules for a variety of "new" units. These had only preliminary rules in past editions and were eagerly anticipated by players. Vulcans, Combat Engineers, Heavy Weapon Teams, Light Artillery Drones and the Ninja all received scrutiny and eventual publishing on the site. While still under review by forum members, most are close to being locked down as "official" units.

Finally, circling back to where it all started, we ran another Kickstarter in support of Ogre, this time debuting Ogre Miniatures Set 1. Even with steady support throughout the campaign, we almost doubled our totals in the last 72 hours. This unlocked numerous stretch goals including glow-in-the-dark Ogres and units! The response was so impressive we are already planning Ogre Miniatures Set 2.

Not everything worked out the way we wanted this past year. Although the revised rules for most of the new units such as LADs, HWTs, etc. were positively received, the revamped Ninja was met with mixed reviews at best. So back to the drawing board for everyone's favorite stealth Ogre. The heavily anticipated expansion for Ogre Designer's Edition is simply taking much longer than expected (but is most assuredly not forgotten). And Ogre Miniatures, 2nd Edition has barely left the garage (slowed in part by the delay in developing a viable set of Ninja rules). But I can't complain; Steve never said this would be easy!

So what should we expect from the coming year? Well, first and foremost 2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of Ogre. Don't think that is going unnoticed! One of the exciting things being rolled out at Steve Jackson Games is our Organized Play program, and Ogre is the first game line to get the full treatment. There will be competitions (with prizes!) based primarily in your FLGSs. We have a surprise or two up our sleeves as well! This should be a fun and exciting way to expand the community of Ogre players.

Many of the products mentioned above as developed in 2016 will reach store shelves and W23 in 2017. Ogre Reinforcements, Ogre Miniatures Set 1, Ogre Scenario Book 3 and the Ogre computer game from Auroch all should be released this year.

We hope to have much more. Nightfall is still very much on my plate, and progressing steadily. I've already mentioned plans for an Ogre Miniatures Set 2. We will have a digital "look back" at some old products that still have relevance today. Plus there are a number of other ideas that I hope to move forward this year. Finally, we hope to answer a question of interest to both Ogre Designer's Edition and Ogre Sixth Edition owners alike: Do Ogres like to get their treads wet?

So our 40th Anniversary celebration looks to be a good one. This all is due to the wonderful support and enthusiastic community made up of you, the Ogre fans. Thank you for being the greatest audience we could hope for! Now strap on your battlesuit, because 2017 is just getting started!

-- Drew Metzger

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Texas Brick Railroad

August 26th, 2016: Tony Sava at Bricks Cascade

Tony Sava has been invited to be the keynote spaaker at Bricks Cascade, March 11-12 in Portland, OR.

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Traveller News Service

February 16th, 2013: Capital/Core 047-1130

The Imperial Navy announced today that the private cruiser Sargon, formerly the private transport of the deceased Archduke Dulinor, will be returned to Archduchess Isis, his daughter and heir. Dulinor was killed in 1116 while shuttling to the surface of Capital in one of Sargon's small craft, which exploded while entering far orbit. The cruiser has been in Imperial custody since the day of the assassination, under guard at an undisclosed Imperial Naval facility, but was recently released back to the Archduke's family, as the Naval investigators feels no further evidence in the crime will be forthcoming. Archduchess Isis is not in system at the present, but her office issued a press release announcing that a crew will be provided to return the vessel to Illelish, but gave no further details.

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Warehouse 23 News

January 24th, 2017: A Ninja You Shall Be

Become ninja and compete to deliver fast food, on time, whatever the obstacles, ANYWHERE AT ALL, in Ninja Burger Secret Ninja Death Touch Edition. Will you bring honor to your franchise? Join the elite Ninja Burger delivery team to see if you have what it takes! Failure is not an option! Get your copy from Warehouse 23 today.   

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