Daily Illuminator Archive for January 2021
January 1, 2021:
For the Ogre
players in the audience, do not miss the Ogrezine
print collection that is available now from Amazon. This print-on-demand book collects the first two Ogrezine
projects between two covers, providing you with fiction, scenarios, and articles for use with the classic game of cybertank combat . . .
January 2, 2021:
As part of our "what is working?" review, the business office sends us reports with data on titles sold by month. Recently, the November sales numbers landed in our laps . . . and here are the top 10 sellers by unit for November of 2020!
Munchkins & Mazes
Munchkin 6 - Double Dungeons
Munchkin 5 - De-Ranged
Munchkin Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Guts and Gory
Illuminati Second Edition
Munchkin 4 - The Need for Steed
Munchkin 7 - Cheat With Both Hands
You may notice that two important titles -- Munchkin 2
and Munchkin 3
-- are missing from the list? . . .
January 3, 2021:
Our team continues to prepare older GURPS
titles for release as print-on-demand books, expanding the GURPS On Demand
part of our catalog. Now, dozens of long out-of-print GURPS
books are once again available in hardcopy! . . .
January 4, 2021:
My friend Dana Lombardy, who designed Streets of Stalingrad
, has returned to the game hobby, with a new company, Lombardy Studios. Visit his website to see what's coming there . . .
January 5, 2021:
In 2020, we successfully closed and funded a total of ten different campaigns through our Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 accounts on Kickstarter. Of those ten different projects, eight are behind us, rewards delivered and each one over and 100% complete.
The eight completed campaigns are:
Dungeon Fantasy Companion 2
, Powered by GURPS
- Delivered ahead of schedule.
#4, an Old-School RPG Zine for The Fantasy Trip
- Delivered one month late . . .
January 6, 2021:
We shared the Fantasy
article listing in a Kickstarter update last month (posted here). Today, while we work behind-the-scenes to finish preparing the GURPS Pyramid
Scheme for launch, we're sharing the list of Modern
articles that are ready to join the upcoming Kickstarter campaign.
Modern/Action – Articles at Launch
El Rancho Fin del Camino — Matt Riggsby [ready-to-use locale, with map]
Derelicts on Ice — Carolyn Ivy Stein and Steve Stein [ships to explore]
Secret Masters — Rory Fansler [character options for an illuminated campaign]
Modern/Action – Stretch Goal Articles
The Phoenix Program — S.A . . .
January 7, 2021:
We are now ready to look at proposals to emulate the classic 1985 computer game, Autoduel
, for modern systems. It should look and play like the original game; it should BE the original game, pixels, casinos, and all . . .
January 8, 2021:
Over the holidays, a few of our favorite Warhammer-f
ocused YouTube channels played Munchkin Warhammer 40,000
on their channels, showcasing one of our most popular new editions of Munchkin.
Tons of chaos (and Chaos Undivided
, and Chaos Knights
. . . ) ensued -- with tons of curses, free levels handed out, and even some Hardy Har Har!
Big thanks to MiniWarGaming and Tabletop Titans for playing . . .
January 9, 2021:
While reviewing inventory levels, two Ogre
titles stood out as running very, very low. At the moment, we're down to the last copies of both of these items and have no plans to reprint either one.
, which is an excellent companion to Ogre Sixth Edition
and is loaded with new units for both sides, all-new scenarios, and more map overlays.
Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition
, the hardcover rulebook for use with the plastic Ogre
miniatures that we've been producing over the last few years . . .
January 10, 2021:
The UK's Royal Mint has memorialized H.G. Wells with a 2-pound coin that shows a Martian tripod with . . . wait for it . . . four legs . . .
January 11, 2021:
The five dice bags performed remarkably well, two of them (Dice Dragon
) so very well that we have new printings* scheduled for release later this year.
Dice Dragon Dice Bag
Dice Bag: Cthulhu
Dice Bag: Skeletons
Dice Bag: Lich
Dice Bag: Illuminati
Supplies are running low on a few of these. If you've not yet grabbed your favorite design, you can find the bags today at your local game store . . .
January 12, 2021:
We have two new titles in the warehouse and scheduled to land in stores on January 27:
Deluxe Dice Bag: Happy Faeries
. Carry your dice in style using this large, satin-lined dice bag! . . .
January 13, 2021:
Over the last few months of 2020, our team expanded the GURPS On Demand
catalog as we push to get as many older titles available in print-on-demand as possible. Joining the dozens of GURPS On Demand
GURPS Warehouse 23
These print-on-demand books are offered through Amazon's services, making it a lot easier for many of you -- regardless of where you may live -- to collect print copies of these GURPS
books . . .
January 14, 2021:
Our first Kickstarter campaign of 2021 is set to be a blast as, with your support, we launch the first three issues in a new volume of Pyramid
! So far we have shared the article lists for two of the issues (Fantasy/Magic I
and Modern/Action I
), and now it is time to announce the articles for the third issue: Sci-Fi/Tech I
Sci-Fi/Tech - Articles at Launch
Reign of Action — Roger Burton West [how to use GURPS Action
with GURPS Reign of Steel
Space Zombies! — J . . .
January 15, 2021:
Last summer, we ran a GURPS
Kickstarter campaign that brought a dozen different GURPS
titles into the world. Those who missed out on the campaign continue to ask: "When will these PDFs be available at Warehouse 23?"
While we're not yet ready to answer that question, we can say that the $24 reward level in the upcoming GURPS Pyramid
Scheme project on Kickstarter will include all twelve of the challenge PDFs and the three new Pyramid
issues . . .
January 16, 2021:
Our Indiegogo campaign for the new Candy Heart d6 Dice Set
closed successfully in October, and now we're in the manufacturing stage. These new dice are planned to ship to supporters in February, and so far we've seen the first test shots for the new dice and everything is on schedule . . .
January 17, 2021:
Texas. We even experienced a sizeable (for us) layer of frosty stuff in Austin . . .
January 18, 2021:
This is it, gang! Later today, the GURPS Pyramid
Scheme campaign goes live on Kickstarter and, with your support, we launch three new issues of Pyramid
in PDF and bring more GURPS
support to the world! . . .
January 19, 2021:
Deadly Doodles 2 was a big release for us in 2020, and it continues to get awesome reviews into the new year as well! That's fantastic to see, but not surprising: Deadly Doodles 2
is loaded with content to expand the base game . . .
January 20, 2021:
First: This weekend, at 12pm Eastern time on Sunday the 24th, I'll be making a Discord appearance at virtual Chattacon. The whole con is free, so come visit! . . .
January 21, 2021:
April showers bring May. . . dice and accessories! Check out the new releases coming in May and prepare for some awesome new gaming accessories for your tabletop games.
Dice Bag: Munchkin Unicorns
Only a munchkin would bring more than a couple sets of dice to a game day . . .
January 22, 2021:
For those of you who are looking to scoop up 122 issues of Pyramid
Volume 3 in PDF all at once, we present this bundle at Warehouse 23. Over 500 articles, each one ready to expand your GURPS
campaign in new ways . . .
January 23, 2021:
With a roster of nearly 20 languages under its belt, Munchkin
is our most translated game currently in print, and gamers around the world are able to enjoy Munchkin
(and in some places more versions and expansions as well). Now we add a new language to the family with the Korean edition of Munchkin
! . . .
January 24, 2021:
Our Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
box set is overloaded with everything you need to explore the nearest dungeon . . . just as soon as you add players to your table. For as packed as the box is, though, we know that many of you are always looking for more to expand your fantasy campaigns . . .
January 25, 2021:
We're back on BackerKit with a new dice pre-order store! Loaded with new dice, dice bags, and accessories -- as well as some of our existing items -- this pre-order store is perfect for those of you who want to get your hands on the Munchkin Dice Tray of Desperate Terror
, the Random Fun Generator
book, or any of the new dice like the Radiation d6 Dice Set
! . . .
January 26, 2021:
We're down to the final hours of the GURPS Pyramid
Scheme campaign on Kickstarter, and closing in on that final stretch goal. Will we unlock that final stretch goal before the campaign closes? . . .
January 27, 2021:
Our Bullet Dice
were first released in early 2019, selling through the first printing much faster than we expected. These custom-shaped, double-injection molded barrel dice look like bullets and are suitable for almost any wargame or modern tactical combat RPG that uses six-sided dice . . .
January 28, 2021:
May you have some reprints in May? May-be . . .
January 29, 2021:
December's top sellers list looks a bit different than usual for one reason: Random Fun Generator
! Decembers are usually a slow month for sales (because so many distributors and retailers stock up before December), which gave the Random Fun Generator
Kickstarter campaign a chance to have a significant impact on our sales data for the month . . .
January 30, 2021:
I got my first COVID-19 jab Tuesday night. The injection itself was painless . . .
January 31, 2021:
I mentioned the synthwave band Zombie Hyperdrive back in September (posted here), but now it is time to share a snapshot of one of their albums released recently on vinyl. Both the Hyperion and Imperium albums are fabulous works of art that belong in your rotation if you're a fan of synthwave instrumentals . . .
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