Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2017
December 1, 2017:
It has been quite a busy November for our Ogre
fans, with new Ogrezine
articles, the Ogre Miniatures Set 1
delivery and release, and, of course, the Ogre Miniatures Set 2
Kickstarter! The campaign closed Monday, raising $87,366, which brings our Many Minis
box to a whopping 375 miniatures . . .
December 2, 2017:
Abort launch! Abort launch!
Well, that is embarassing. Fans who visited our booth at PAX Unplugged or checked out our unboxing on #SJGamesLive were waiting with bated breath for the Triplanetary
Kickstarter . . .
December 3, 2017:
Run, the clowns are here! Well, you should
run to your nearest game store and preorder Munchkin Clowns
! . . .
December 4, 2017:
The perfect trifecta of gift-giving glee is hitting stores now: the Munchkin Gift Pack
! Complete your holiday shopping in one fell swoop with three different Munchkin
games, perfectly wrapped in a variety of Munchkin
-themed wrapping paper, including gift tags, all in one box . . .
December 5, 2017:
Ever wanted to get a piece of SJ Games merchandise signed by the legend himself, Steve Jackson? Are you in the Austin area December 16? . . .
December 6, 2017:
We released the Munchkin Holiday Grab Box
and Munchkin Santa-Sized Holiday Grab Box
to supporters of the Kickstarter project a few months ago, and watching as Munchkin
fans ripped open their packages and dug through the goodies inside was a bit of a blast for all of the elves here at the office. We wanted every box to be a surprise, so imagine our shock when one of you naughty Munchkin
players, Lance Kirkman, shot and posted videos as you unboxed the two different packages . . .
December 7, 2017:
Now that the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
is in shops, you might want to learn more about it before you spend your hard-earned . . . or, if you already have a copy, you may be seeking inspiration from the thinking behind the design. A great place to start would be the five "designer's notes" articles we published on Medium . . .
December 8, 2017:
Just when we thought the holiday sales had ended, the Great Clausthulhu showed up and demanded we run another
sale! (And we can't say no; he can give us the gift of insanity!) . . .
December 9, 2017:
If you attended PAX Unplugged (and you really should, next year), you may have seen our new Zombie Dice
and Spyke pins featured in the PAX Pinny Arcade Pin Quest pamphlet. A few came home with us, and now we're releasing them on Warehouse 23! . . .
December 10, 2017:
I'm a huge fan of holidays, especially Christmas, and as such, I spend a lot of time reading about the history of these days we hold dear. One of my favorite tales is that of the Krampus, which varies from culture to culture but is generally some kind of half-demon that punishes wicked children . . .
December 11, 2017:
Feel like giving your noggin some exercise? Try Castellan
on for size! . . .
December 12, 2017:
It's the holidays, gang, and that means it is time to find gifts for your favorite person . . . yourself! Wait . . .
December 13, 2017:
The day is almost here! Steve Jackson will be signing at Go! . . .
December 14, 2017:
With Christmas right around the corner and holiday shopping in full swing, we're feeling the giving spirit. Eight days of it, even! . . .
December 15, 2017:
Did you miss out on the recent Munchkin Starfinder
project on Kickstarter? Do you still want to get your hands on that big "I Want It All" Munchkin Starfinder
box that's loaded with everything unlocked during the Kickstarter project . . . at the Kickstarter price? . . .
December 16, 2017:
Those of you who came to John Kovalic's work through Munchkin
or Chez Geek
may have noticed a little bug on some of the boxes that says "Dork Tower" and wondered what the heck that is.
actually predates both of those games. Back in 1998, John started drawing a funny little strip about a game group and their hijinks . . .
December 17, 2017:
It's that most wonderful time of the year: Toy-industry research time! I'm headed out to New York for a visit to the Strong Museum, prepping for another deep dive into the museum's archive of Playthings
magazine . . .
December 18, 2017:
It's officially the last shopping week before Christmas. Why wade through walls of terrible gifts at department stores when you can find the perfect one at your friendly local game store? . . .
December 19, 2017:
Looking to order holiday gifts from Warehouse 23? You may want to place your order right now
, because the clock is ticking! . . .
December 20, 2017:
Our pointers on designing dungeons for the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
recommended that monsters be a good match to the adventure and the adventurers. That means you'll eventually want to create your own to fit your
scenarios and challenge your
players (especially experienced ones!). Monster Traits
and Creating Monsters
p. 9 and p. 61) are a good start, but here's further advice . . .
December 21, 2017:
Jake from Auroch Digital here, and wow do we have a Christmas treat for you! You may be aware that we've been running Ogre Video Game
Multiplayer Fridays recently as a way to get as many people involved in multiplayer games as possible . . .
December 22, 2017:
As Santa's elves load down the sleigh, our own shipping elves have escaped into the wilds of Texas and are no longer packing orders. We'll deal with them later, but for now, we want to point out that even though we cannot get gifts into your hands before Christmas morning, your friendly local game store is most likely open and ready to help you make a selection or two . . .
December 23, 2017:
Another completed month and another peek behind the curtain, as we review sales numbers for the month of November. As always, our top sellers are Munchkin
, with a handful of other titles mixed in . . .
December 24, 2017:
This Christmas Eve, with the year winding down, it's nice to reflect on the journey Ogre
has taken in 2017. We've released an expansion to Ogre Sixth Edition
, Ogre Miniatures Set 1
is out now, Set 2
is funding successfully on Kickstarter, even more minis landed with our Armory Box
funded, and we even saw the release of the long-anticipated Ogre Video Game
! . . .
December 25, 2017:
From all of us here at Steve Jackson Games, we hope you have a great holiday, and spend time with friends and family. And maybe play some games with them, too!
I've added a few of the promos from the Munchkin Gift Pack
to my holiday Munchkin
set, so I'm hoping to inflict The Great Clausthulhu
on some unsuspecting target . . .
December 26, 2017:
At the beginning of my career, long before GURPS
, I created a roleplaying game called The Fantasy Trip
. For decades, the rights have been held by Metagaming, a publisher which is no longer in operation . . .
December 27, 2017:
Wow, 2017 has been a year. Kickstarter-ing Down the Door
Probably the biggest story, from a Munchkin
perspective, has been the success of our two major Munchkin
Kickstarter projects, Munchkin Shakespeare
and Munchkin Starfinder
. . .
December 28, 2017:
Maybe you want to try out the Munchkin Collectible Card Game
when it comes out next year, but you know you'll need other players. Or maybe you're behind it already and just want to make sure you can find plenty of other folks to throw down with . . .
December 29, 2017:
RPG means getting comfortable with its combat system. We designed the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
to be straightforward, but you may find its many options overwhelming at first . . .
December 30, 2017:
As the release of the Munchkin Collectible Card Game
grows nearer (February 2018, so preorder at your local game store!), our team has been busy cranking out articles on our official site, covering everything from deck-building to Hero strategies, and even organized play.
If you haven't been keeping up, here are a few articles to get you up to speed, so you're ready to take on any opponent when the game releases!
Building a Constructed Deck: What are the next steps after you've played with a Munchkin CCG Starter Set
? Check out this article to find tips and tricks about building your own constructed deck, using the Elf Thief as an example!
Munchkin Collectible Card Game
- Planned Tournament Schedule: Take your game to the next level at your local game store and at conventions! . . .
December 31, 2017:
Perhaps you've bought the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
and would like to learn about its parent game, GURPS
. Or maybe you've just always wondered what the heck this "GURPS
" thing is (we admit it: the name's a little strange!) . . .
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