Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2020
April 1, 2020:
We've released a collection of the Car Wars
fiction of Autoduel Quarterly
in both print and PDF, making it easier to read all of the Car Wars
short stories that were published in the official magazine that was first released back in the eighties. This 270-page book includes 30 stories and can be yours today! . . .
April 2, 2020:
Forge your own destiny in The Fantasy Trip
with Decks of Destiny!
It contains an assortment of TFT
supplements and is available in PDF form now -- hundreds of pages of content to add to your campaign, all available digitally. Nothing can stop your adventure!
Decks of Destiny
features multitudes of cards used in a variety of ways:
The Player's Pack
is a quick way to start a campaign, offering multiple customizable wizard and fighter cards, as well as journals to record your information.
Rumors & Treasures
contains more than 150 cards representing, you guessed it, rumors and treasures, perfect for a GM to customize the rewards their players will receive.
turns up the heat with more baddies, from orc fighters to octopi, plus an assortment of other creatures . . .
April 3, 2020:
Steve's first roleplaying game, The Fantasy Trip
, was relaunched with a Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2018, and the line has continued to expand . . . all thanks to your support! Since the release of the Legacy Edition
, we've also created and published:
The Fantasy Trip Adventures
The Fantasy Trip Companion
Decks of Destiny
(four issues so far!)
Outdoor Encounter Cards
As you can see, we're serious about supporting the game with new books and expansions for as long as demand allows . . .
April 4, 2020:
Beware: there are Ogre sightings in the archives! From 1980 through 1985, Steve Jackson Games published The Space Gamer, a general-purpose gaming magazine with features on roleplaying games, board and wargames, miniatures, game design, early computer games, and more . . .
April 5, 2020:
It is awesome to see more freebies we can download and enjoy while so many of us are at home during these challenging times. Here's another: two new Nine Inch Nails albums that would both be fabulous background music for a GURPS Horror
session! . . .
April 6, 2020:
In Texas, we're all familiar with the H-E-B grocerial store company and the work they do in our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, and H-E-B prepared for it in exactly the way that a lot of other companies – and governments – did not . . .
April 7, 2020:
Dungeon Fantasy can be a dangerous place, so you should always bring a companion – or two. That's why we created Dungeon Fantasy Companion 2
. . .
April 8, 2020:
Following on the release of the free solitaire rules for Gelatinous
, we have another free dice game PDF for you to enjoy while you're at home with the family. This time around, we're presenting Army Men Dice War
, a game for two that can be played with a dozen standard six-sided dice (six per player) . . . or with our Army Men d6 Dice Set
If you're using standard dice, the 'one' side of each die is the soldier . . .
April 9, 2020:
Ogre fans, we've got two print-on-demand books to expand your Ogre
library with more scenarios, game articles, and fiction! . . .
April 10, 2020:
We'll hold FnordCon online on the weekend of April 17-19. Join us in Discord chat for the panels and "ask me anything" sessions that we couldn't do physically . . .
April 11, 2020:
In March, one of the most innovative cartoons of this century finished its six-season run. On its surface, Steven Universe
is a story about a boy trying to balance two influences: his daily life with his human father and friends, and a developing purpose he inherited from his mother, one of the mysterious Crystal Gems who act to protect the world . . .
April 12, 2020:
Last month, Steve posted a Daily Illuminator
outlining our recent actions. At that time, most of our team was working from home, with a handful of staff staying in the building . . .
April 14, 2020:
Doodle around in the dungeons with #SJGamesLive! We've been using our time in quarantine to play Deadly Doodles
with the community via Facebook Live, and we're going to keep hosting streams for the coming weeks . . .
April 15, 2020:
It's been quite a month, huh? The Good
Work on Munchkin
continues: I've been busy on a couple of small expansions (technically in playtesting, although right now that's not happening) and a new core set for next year . . .
April 16, 2020:
Che Webster had some good questions. Hear it here.
-- Steve Jackson
Also, The Online FnordCon Starts Tomorrow!
. . . and here's the schedule . . .
April 17, 2020:
This is our online convention, with livestreamed panel discussions, a virtual dealer room, and even live games of Deadly Doodles
. We're holding it on our new Discord channel . . .
April 18, 2020:
Our online convention continues, with a full day of panels and Ask Me Anything sessions. Come join us! . . .
April 19, 2020:
But there's still time to join us for a day of panels and talk! Use the invitation link and log in, and you'll be in the Welcome channel . . .
April 20, 2020:
FnordCon over the weekend. We had three days of livestreaming panels, with two online games of Deadly Doodles
. . .
April 21, 2020:
team has been hard at work preparing older titles for release under the GURPS On Demand
program, so we have two more books now ready to add to your collection!
GURPS Fantasy Bestiary
GURPS Time Travel
They join dozens of other GURPS
3rd- and 4th-edition releases under the GURPS On Demand
umbrella, making it possible to get clean, fresh reprints of classic GURPS
books (which allows you to replace those tattered books that have seen better days) . . .
April 22, 2020:
Join The Folding Trip, a Folding@Home team organized by Jean/Worldwalker of Wintertree Software, on the TFT Discord server. Look for the # dungeon room under the Main heading to discuss . . .
April 23, 2020:
GURPS is one of our hobby's most successful roleplaying games, and like all greats, it had a beginning – Man to Man
. Highlighting the combat system specifically, Man to Man
was a prelude to the GURPS
system, heralding decades of supplements and gaming material.
To celebrate this notable anniversary, Phil dug up Steve's original designer's notes from Space Gamer
#76, and we reposted it with some vintage images . . .
April 24, 2020:
When you keep waking at midnight or 1 a.m., and cannot get back to sleep, you have to do something with your time, right? And when writer's block is preventing you from completing your current tasks, is there anything as usefully therapeutic as to break through the mental wall on a completely new project? . . .
April 26, 2020:
One of the hidden treasures of the Steve Jackson Games universe is getting a lot of renewed interest during the global pandemic "shelter at home" days. UltraCorps (www.ultracorps.com) is a turn-driven strategy game set in deep space . . .
April 27, 2020:
As the team works hard to add more titles to the GURPS On Demand
program, we realized that the webpage could use some attention. So, after some back-and-forth discussions, we're happy to report that this page on our site has been reorganized, with the books broken into categories:
The titles most recently released as print-on-demand books.
Exactly what it sounds like! GURPS Fourth Edition
books available as POD titles.
Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
. . .
April 28, 2020:
During our FnordCon 2 virtual panels, fans of The Fantasy Trip
were given a tutorial of a fan project, approved by Steve himself, that really blew us away. Jim Eisert has created a Melee
mod for Tabletop Simulator on Steam that is functional and looks great . . .
April 29, 2020:
Many, many local game stores are closed and struggling. Some of those retailers are offering curbside pickup, delivery, or online orders . . .
April 30, 2020:
Munchkin Legends takes the classic game of dungeon-looting and monster-bashing into the original source of many of those monsters, the myths and legends of the world. From ancient foes such as Grendel
and Baba Yaga
to more modern monsters such as Slender Man
and the Sewer Gator
, you'll have fights the bards will sing of for generations! . . .
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