May 31, 2001: Duello Gloves . . .
is the title of an article by Franchesca Havas, a SJ Games alumna, in the latest issue of Tournaments Illuminated, the national
magazine of the Society for Creative Anachronism. It's a quarterly magazine, with a half-dozen or few
articles in each issue, chosen from submissions from all over the Knowne World. So we're proud of Franchesca . . . Congratulations,
May 30, 2001: GURPS Goes To War!
Steve Jackson Games announced that it will launch a new roleplaying line covering World War II, beginning with the publication of the
176-page core book, GURPS WWII, in December 2001.
The GURPS WWII line will maintain GURPS' traditional excellence in supporting gaming that crosses genres or
rules systems. The core book will provide a sweeping overview of the 20th century's defining conflict, while the following 128-page and
32-page supplements will contribute additional detail on nations that took part in the fighting, particular battles, etc.
"The second World War may be the most documented event in history," said Gene Seabolt, GURPS WWII line editor. "The
GURPS WWII books will distill all that documentation, framing it in a gamer-friendly manner, and use that as a launching
pad to explore all the dramatic possibilities that the war provides."
The first supplements will include GURPS WWII: Hand of Steel, a 32-page book on special forces, and GURPS WWII: Iron
Cross, 128 pages on Germany and its armed forces.
-- Scott Haring
Effective immediately, the Canadian W23 is closed. Please review the shipping information
page to find out how this will affect your orders.
May 29, 2001: Announcing Cartouche Press
Cartouche Press is a new imprint -- a new brand name, if you will -- that we're starting here at Steve Jackson Games. The first product
to carry the Cartouche name will be Ronin: The Art of Christopher Shy.
The cartouche dates back to ancient Egypt. It is an oval frame containing a person’s name -- usually a pharaoh, queen, or other
high-ranking official -- in hieroglyphics. Cartouches appeared on tomb walls to identify the person buried inside, on scrolls as a sort
of official seal, and in amulets worn around the person’s neck for magical protection. “A cartouche is elegant and beautiful, and of
course it has that whole pyramid tie-in going,” Steve Jackson said. “These books and other art products will live up to the Cartouche
The decision to launch a separate imprint was made to give these products wider exposure. "When something is labeled 'Steve Jackson
Games,' people expect it to be a game," Jackson said. "The 'Cartouche Press' imprint will let these books get the bookstore and
mass-market exposure they deserve." Cartouche Press products will also be available to the hobby market through SJ Games’ normal
Ronin: The Art of Christopher Shy has been announced as an August release. In
September, look for Brom Postcards from Cartouche Press, too. And
in future months, Cartouche Press will be publishing art books and other art products from many of fantasy and science fiction's
-- Scott Haring
Warehouse 23 News: Hack 'n Slash at its Finest!
Atlas Games' newest offering, the Rune RPG, reinvents the
"hack-and-slash" genre with a beautifully produced game that encourages monster slaying, horde looting, and intra-party squabbling.
May 28, 2001: Memorial Day Holiday
Today is Memorial Day, and the SJ Games offices are closed.
We'll be back at it tomorrow.
Warehouse 23 News: Cruisin' the Mississippi
This week's addition to the Rio Grande Games Clearout is The Black
Rose, the expansion for Mississippi Queen.
May 27, 2001: More Origins Awards Plugs
OK, we mentioned the nifty SJ Games products that got nominated for Origins Awards a few
days back. But we forgot to plug our good friend John Kovalic, and now's the time to mention it.
His story, Matt and Gilly's Big Date (from Dork Tower #11) is nominated in the Best Game-Related Short Work of 2000
category. This is the first ever "graphic story" (you know, a comic book) ever nominated in this category.
In case you missed it, John has posted the entire story to the web at www.dorktower.com/comics/comicbooks/bigdate.html. You should
definitely check it out.
And if you haven't voted for the Origins Awards yet, go do it!
-- Scott Haring
Thought dead for several years, The Complete Masks of
Nyarlathotep has been resurrected by dark ceremonies and the reprint is now available.
May 26, 2001: Now Shipping!
Several new things are shipping this week:
Alien Races 4 (for GURPS Traveller)
Enough aliens to fill a cantina! GURPS Traveller Alien Races 4 brings 16 strange species to life, including the winged Ael
Yael, the bureaucratic Bwaps, the nonviolent Virushi, and the newest species to be recognized as sentient, the aquatic Shalli. Compiled
and edited by Loren Wiseman and Steve Jackson, this book features the creations of several favorite Traveller authors, including Phil Masters, David Pulver, and David Thomas.
#6609 ISBN 1-55634-433-3. $24.95
Long ago, beyond the edge of the world, a great empire grew decadent . . . and sank forever beneath the waves. The Lost
Land; the Sunken City; the Ancient Birthplace of Secrets. It has haunted our dreams since the days of ancient Greece. In some of those
dreams, the Lost Land is still out there.
Written by Phil Masters (GURPS Discworld), this is a gamer's guide to the
story, the history, and the
myth. GURPS Atlantis includes rules for underwater operations, stats for a wide range of submarines, and no less than
three campaign backgrounds - one high fantasy, one conspiratorial, and one for steampunk or superhero games.
#6536, ISBN 1-55634-478-3. $22.95.
Planetary Survey 3 - Granicus (for GURPS Traveller)
Granicus, in the Glimmerdrift Reaches sector, is home to over 25 million people. Its corrupt, faction-ridden government and
out-of-the-way location make it the perfect base of operations for pirate cartels, whose criminal enterprises reach into Imperial
space. The cartels are the secret masters of the planet. But in every corner lurk Imperial spies, looking for ways to combat the pirate
#6803 ISBN 1-55634-510-0. $8.95
Floor Plan 2 - The Great Salt Flats
Huge, flat, and completely featureless . . . well, we could have just called this set "Blank Map Sheets." But this is more fun.
This packet contains six sheets, the same size as those in all our other floor plans . . . two-sided, with hexes on one side and squares
on the other . . . but except for that, they're completely blank. Use them to expand or customize any Floor Plan or Deck Plan, or create
Or use them for a parking lot, football field, warehouse . . . Never mind. We'll stop now.
Stock #7302, ISBN 1-55634-503-8. $9.95.
Paneuropean Set 4 - Luftpanzer Company (for Ogre Miniatures)
Here's the first Company Set for the Paneuropean forces. The reusable plastic case contains five 3-vehicle lances . . . there are 9
"Galahad" GEVs and 6 of the new "Cossack" Light GEVs. The Galahad is the original GEV that Ogre players know and love. The Cossack is
its little brother - but it still packs a punch. This set adds 72 points to your Ogre
#10-2204 ISBN 1-55634-489-9. $19.95
-- Keith Johnson
Cow tipping just got a little tougher with the arrival of Battle
Cattle, cyber-enhanced steer with an attitude and a lust for battle.
May 25, 2001: What Is Behind You Is Vitally Important
Whether you're a fan of dangerous cop shows or you're just planning on having friends back home videotape your flight from justice, PursuitWatch offers you quick access to car chases across the nation. Sign up and they'll page
you any time there's a televised pursuit in your area.
Warehouse 23 News: The Earth is dying, but adventure is still alive.
From newcomer Pelgrane Press comes The Dying Earth RPG,
based on the novels by Jack Vance.
May 24, 2001: Live Action Toon At GenCon
The one and only, incredible, unimaginable, Doc Cross will be running a LARP - that's right, we said LARP, of Toon at GenCon this year. There will be four sessions: Thursday at noon, Friday at 10am, Saturday
at 2pm, and Sunday at 8am. Each session costs $3.00 and runs for 4 hours. 8 player limit per session.
Doc tells us that the game themes/genres will be announced at the time of the game. No real cream pies, seltzer or anvils allowed. No
Exploding Robotic Baby Ducks, either. Interested parties who have the wretched Pre-Reg con book can look up all these details on page
Warehouse 23 News: Crazy fun for only a few bucks!
Everyone's favorite budget-minded game company, Cheapass Games, has produced two more wild and crazy games: Unexploded Cow, which is as weird as it sounds, and Devil Bunny Hates the Earth, featuring their infamous, psychotic, clip-art
May 23, 2001: Guardians Of Order, Grey Ghost Playtests Up On Pyramid!
If you subscribe to Pyramid, then you already know about the playtest files. In
exchange for an advance peek at some of our upcoming products and the chance to have your input help shape them, we get a great group of
dedicated, talented playtesters.
Now other companies are getting in on the action. Three upcoming books from Guardians of Order and Grey Ghost Press are also now
available for playtest, with discussions open on the Pyramid
The products up for playtest are:
Hong Kong Action Theatre!, 2nd Edition, from Guardians of Order;
Terra Incognita: The NAGS Society Handbook, from Grey Ghost Press; and
The Deryni Roleplaying Game, also from Grey Ghost.
Check out the Pyramid playtest page for access to the files.
And if you don't subscribe to Pyramid, here's yet another reason to ...
-- Scott Haring
May 22, 2001: Unimaginable Horror: A Lifestyle Choice
If you check out the Call
of Cthulhu listing on Amazon.com, you'll see that one of the categories it's listed under is "Health, Mind & Body" . . .
Warehouse 23 News: Decor by Steve Jackson Games
Are your walls boring? Help has arrived: Warehouse 23 has a whole slew of new posters, perfect for brightening up any room. The line-up
includes: Illuminati Brainwash Poster, Ogre Combine Poster, Ogre Paneuropean Poster, Chez Geek/Slack Attack Poster, Frag Poster, Munchkin Poster, and Horror Poster.
May 21, 2001: Frag and Munchkin Preview Coming!
Game Trade Magazine is featuring our two big July releases, Frag and
Munchkin, in Issue #16, which should be in a game store near you in
Game Trade is published by Alliance Distributors, and while it has a lot of product listings for game retailers, it is trying
hard to include game content to interest the gamers. In addition to our big cover story, this issue also has stuff for the DC
Roleplaying Game and Shadowrun, and a preview of -- I'm not kidding about this -- the D&D Clue
game. ("Raistlin, in the Tomb of Horrors, with the Fireball...")
-- Scott Haring
Warehouse 23 News: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
This week's addition to the Rio Grande Gams clearout is the English set of El Grande Cards, for those who purchased the German version of El
May 20, 2001: Looking for INWO Starter Decks . . .
We have been out of stock on the INWO Starter Sets for some time . . . and as far as we know, no
distributor has extra. However, the CCG business being what it is, there's probably a retailer or ex-distributor someplace with CASES
stacked up. If you know that person, have him contact our Sales Manager, Ross Jepson, at firstname.lastname@example.org . . . and we'll do a
deal and get those cards to the people who want to play with them.
Warehouse 23 News: Who needs a computer?
The New Breed, based on the Heavy Gear computer
game, allows for both Northern and Southern campaigns aboard a landship.
May 19, 2001: Origins Award Voting Now Open!
The Origins Awards are presented every year at the Origins game convention (duh ...). This
year's awards, to be presented July 6 in Columbus, OH, will be the 27th annual.
While paper ballots will be available in a number of gaming magazines, the vast majority of votes last year were cast online. Opening up
voting on the net resulted in a huge turnout last year, several times greater than any previous year.
This year's voting is also online, with a spiffy new interface that's better than last
year's. Of course, we want you to vote your conscience, and pick the most deserving entry in each category you are familiar with. But we
would be remiss if we didn't note that several Steve Jackson Games products are nominated, including:
Pyramid Magazine for Best Professional Game Periodical of 2000;
GURPS Steampunk for Best Roleplaying Supplement of 2000;
And both Cardboard Heroes Dungeon Floors and The Munchkin's Guide to Power Gaming for Best Game Aid or Accessory of
So go vote already!
-- Scott Haring
Warehouse 23 News: Saga of the Fallen, Part 2
Participate in the ongoing struggles of the Eighth Tribe in Word From the
North, for Tribe 8.
May 18, 2001: You Must be This Tall to Hunt Bigfoot
Feeling the South was getting short shrift, the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization was formed
to point the Bigfoot-hunting spotlight at the southern states.
The GCBRO has databases of sightings for the 50 states, Australia, and the rest of the world. They also have a site dedicated to weird
-- Suggested by Josh Marquart
May 17, 2001: See How They Fly!
Here's another SF staple becoming reality: flying cars! Read the Yahoo story. And while you're there, admire
the total lack of proofreading and copy editing that the Web makes possible for an international news organization :-\
-- Steve Jackson
Warehouse 23 News: Oh, the horror of it!
Horrors of the Z'bri, that is. This Tribe 8
sourcebook gives you the inside scoop on the villians of Vimary.
May 16, 2001: I Chose The Road Less Bumpy
|At long last, the men and their big
orange machines are here to repair our driveway. It made for a slow Friday, with most staff electing to stay away from the rumbling and
occasional ominous crunch. Kudos to William Toporek, Traffic Manager Extraordinaire, for finding us a contractor that couldn't run
-- Ben Kimball
Warehouse 23 News: Lots of Good Soldiers . . .
The Southern Republic may be an intrigue ridden, supremacist viper pit, but it has a great army, as detailed in the first Southern Army List.
May 15, 2001: A Rare View Of Imperial Russia
The Library of Congress has posted The Empire That Was Russia, a
photographic record of Imperial Russia originally created by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii in 1909-1912. What's the big deal? The
photographs are in color. Check it out before your next GURPS Russia campaign.
-- Ben Kimball
Warehouse 23 News: The Living Dead Fight Back . . .
Are your zombies not quite scary enough? Get the help you need with the Zombie Master Screen for All Flesh Must Be Eaten.
May 14, 2001: RPG News Likes Frag
Check out the great review in RPG News . . . and yes, we gave them an advance look at Alex
Fernandez' card art too, so the graphics you see with the review are real!
Frag is coming in July . . .
May 13, 2001: So Long And Thanks For All The Fun
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels, is dead of heart failure at 49. Here's the Reuters story on Yahoo.
May 12, 2001: Now Shipping!
The following products left our warehouse this week, headed for your local game store:
Combine Set 2 - Ogre Mk. III (for Ogre
The little brother of the fearsome Mark V, the Mark III was still
big enough to stand in the line of battle . . . and like the Mark V, it
fought on both sides, built by the Paneuropeans from captured templates. It
adds 100 points to your army - on whichever side you choose!
This set contains a complete Ogre Mark III; a full "repair kit" (an
extra tower and a full extra set of guns) in case of battle damage; a
"swimming tower" to represent the Ogre when it's underwater; and a record
Miniatures in a box with a slip cover, #10-2102, ISBN: 1-55634-466-X, $16.95
Combine Set 7 - Howitzer Battery and Reinforced Infantry Battalion (for Ogre
Build a solid defense against the worst that the Paneuropeans can
throw at you. Start with a hard-hitting battery of two "Minotaur"
howitzers, with its security section of two "Yankee" light tanks. Screen
these assets with a whole infantry battalion - 3 companies of 4 platoons
each, plus a reinforcing heavy-weapons company of 4 more platoons. (That's
a total of 48 infantry figures, plus 12 heavy-weapon models.) Total value
of these units is 150 points.
Miniatures in a box with a slip cover, #10-2107, ISBN: 1-55634-471-6, $19.95
-- Keith Johnson
May 11, 2001: For the Junior Harper's Set
Recalling the finer publications of yesteryear, Timothy McSweeney's reminds us of a time when
bands played in gazebos and kids rolled hoops down the streets. It then delves into advertising for the Great Old Ones and regales us
with tales from Traig & McGrath, shut-in detectives.
-- Suggested by Richard Guy
Warehouse 23 News: Game of the Living Dead
Can you survive the horrors of a zombie invasion? All Flesh Must Be
Eaten is the zombie horror survival rpg; find out if you have what it takes.
May 10, 2001: Transhumanity, Here We Come
Take a look at what the chief of NASA says in this Yahoo/Reuters story. Then dive back into the Transhuman Space playtest, grinning . . .
Warehouse 23 News: Fifty, and only fifty . . .
Warehouse 23 is very proud to carry an exclusive, limited edition of signed and numbered Christopher Shy Art Print Sets. Christopher is a high demand artist in the
roleplaying (White Wolf, Eden Studios, Steve Jackson Games) and computer gaming (Freedom) industries
and we expect these sets to go fast.
May 9, 2001: GURPS Traveller: Humaniti Now In Playtest
GURPS Traveller: Humaniti is now in playtest. This book addresses the biology,
home worlds, culture, and society of 17 Human minor races for GURPS Traveller. Pyramid subscribers can access the playtest files. And if
you're not already a subscriber, subscribe today!
-- Ben Kimball
Warehouse 23 News: War! What's it good for?
Making a profit, if you're a merchant prince of the Mekong
Dominion. This Heavy Gear leaguebook details the greedy Mekong corporations and how low they'll stoop to make
May 8, 2001: Insanely Cute
Now in the auction . . . a single pre-production Pokéthulhu Miniatures Set. Plus a copy of the game book. Not our typical
three identical lots on things like this . . . one lone set.
I expect to see the Cthulhu fans, the Kovalic fans, and the unclassifiable loonies all slugging it out for this one. Don't disappoint
-- Steve Jackson
Warehouse 23 News: Claim the home field advantage
The Tribe 8 RPG centers around the city of Vimary
and this sourcebook from Dream Pod 9 gives you all the information you need to survive, and thrive, in its environs.
May 7, 2001: Playing With Technology
Here's a taste of things to come. A SMALL taste. See the space.com story.
Warehouse 23 News: Watson, can you hear me?
This week's special is the teamwork building Edison & Co. Each
member of the two person teams controls half the team's movement around the board, while trying to get the highest score for their
May 6, 2001: Hope For The Hopeless
Got relatives who just can't seem to hack it with computers? Are they still unable to read attached files? Do they have AOL
accounts? Time to give up and send them to Silicon Pines.
And when you're done, check out the other features on SatireWire.
Warehouse 23 News: Hey Buddy, need an adventure?
Now available at Warehouse 23, In Your Face Again is a collection
of Feng Shui scenarios, ranging from beginner to veteran and perfect for an ongoing campaign or a one session adventure.
May 5, 2001: Beam Me Up, Tiny
Okay, this is about tractor beams, not transporters. But it's still amazingly Trekish. At the University of St. Andrews in Scotland,
they're pushing molecules around with paired laser beams. Read the Yahoo story.
We're getting into the warm part of the year, when staying comfortable means short sleeves and light fabrics. To aid in adding these
elements to your wardrobe, we have two new t-shirts available: a reprint of the classic IOU T-Shirt and the all-new Powered by GURPS T-Shirt.
May 4, 2001: There's a Sucker Sold Every Minute
Modern medicine is all about speed: the faster you act, the better the patient's chances are. It should come as no small relief, then,
that Leeches U.S.A. Ltd. can FedEx leeches to you. Housing is available, should your long-term
needs demand a leech mobile home. Be aware: Users should be professionals, and
the leeches are non-returnable.
-- Suggested by Steve Jackson
Warehouse 23 News: No Need for Tenchi!
Another great anime series joins the Big Eyes, Small Mouth
lineup. The Tenchi Muyo RPG and Resource Book covers
everything gamers and/or otaku need to know about Tenchi and his gang of gal pals.
May 3, 2001: Just Shipped
The following products left our warehouse last week, headed for your local game store:
GURPS Lensman (Second
Based on the Classic Novels by E.E. "Doc" Smith
The Galactic Patrol is the army and police force of the Civilization that fills two galaxies. Its prime agents are the Lensmen
. . . incorruptible, powerfully psionic, ready for anything. They stand between Civilization and the ancient evil of Eddore. The
Eddorians infiltrate with drugs, crime and corruption. The Lensmen fight back with everything from blasters to space fleets.
Players take the part of Lensmen, ultra-tech warriors for good from many alien races. Major characters, important planets, weapons,
and the Lens itself are described for player and GM use. The "Space Opera Combat System" lets referees quickly moderate space battles to
determine who won and what happened to the major characters.
Stock number 6067, ISBN 1-55634-283-7. $22.95.
Planetary Survey 2 - Denuli (for GURPS Traveller)
The second of this new GURPS Traveller series, each of which has complete stats and
adventure information for a new planet. Planetary Survey 2 presents the homeworld of a recently discovered intelligent
race . . . the Shriekers. Unfortunately, all that most of Humaniti cares about the Shriekers is that their eggs are precious
jewels. Will you help the Shriekers, or help wipe them out for profit?
Stock number 6802, ISBN 1-55634-496-1. $8.95.
Floor Plan 1 - Haunted House
The mice play in the empty rooms, and the bats flit through the broken windows. The stairs squeak. . . even when no one is on
them. and something is watching. . .
Lights in the upstairs windows. . . strange sounds. . . rumors of madness and death. Every horror game needs a haunted house.
Here is the first in a series of game aids suitable for use with GURPS and any other roleplaying game. This set includes
eight sheets depicting a huge old house perfect for your next chilling scenario. One side has hexes, the other squares. . . so it will
work for any system!
Also included: horror adventure seeds, and a sheet of all-new Cardboard Heroes miniatures
created specifically for this terrifying set. Intrepid adventurers, chanting occultists, and brain-eating zombies. . . everyone you
need for the perfect night of screams.
Stock number 7301, ISBN 1-55634-502-X. $16.95.
-- Ben Kimball
Warehouse 23 News: Big Eyes, Small Mouth Lite
The BESM Fast Play Rules are the perfect way to get a taste of
this award winning rpg without having to commit a lot of cash.
May 2, 2001: GURPS Transhuman Space: In The Well Now In Playtest
The first expansion book for our upcoming Transhuman Space line, In The
Well, is now in playtest. Pyramid subscribers can access the playtest files. And if you're not already a subscriber, subscribe today!
-- Ben Kimball
The Warehouse 23 Top 10 List for April is up. Come take a look at what all
your friends are buying.
May 1, 2001: You Will Submit – Again (and Again)!
We are presently seeking submissions for two more GURPS books:
GURPS Historical Folks will be a collection of templates for generating characters who have mundane as opposed to
"adventuring" occupations in low-tech (TL0 to TL3) settings. Interested parties should see the submission guidelines.
GURPS Magic Items 3 will be a
collection of magic items from every time period and setting. The submission guidelines for this book are here.
We hope to be hearing from you!
Warehouse 23 News: It's the End of the World As We Know It . . .
The stars are in alignment, the Elder Gods are coming, and Humanity isn't handling it well. The Nocturnum Master Collection collects all three volumes of this modern day
Call of Cthulhu campaign and adds a reference screen.
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