Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2020
July 1, 2020:
Later today, we will launch the GURPS
2020 PDF Challenge campaign on Kickstarter, where you support may unlock a total of 12 new 10-page GURPS
PDFs. Last week, we revealed half of the twelve titles, and now it is time that we share the names of the second half of the PDFs that are ready to go.
GURPS Template Toolkit 3: Starship Crew
GURPS Horror: Beyond the Pale
GURPS Monster Hunters Encounters 1
GURPS Reign of Steel: Read the Sky
GURPS Boardroom and Curia: Tomorrow Rides
GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Adventure 3: Deep Night and the Star
We can already hear: How will this work? . . .
July 2, 2020:
Our series of satin-lined, drawstringed dice bags has performed very well, and we're happy to report that two new bags are set for release in stores later this year. Each is 7" x 7" in size, satin-lined, packaged on a blister card, and ready to carry your dice to your next gaming session!
Deluxe Dice Bag: Happy Faeries
- August 2020, $11.95 MSRP
Deluxe Dice Bag: Cyberskull
- September 2020, $11.95 MSRP
You can find our list of available dice bags here, and please watch the Daily Illuminator
for announcements of new bags! . . .
July 3, 2020:
One of my favorite miniatures designs in the new Car Wars Sixth Edition
game is the Avalanche, a beast that is included in Car Wars Miniatures Set 3
(which is inside the Double Ace
box that you can pre-order today). This heavily armed and armored autoduel machine looks like it would slaughter almost anything you may encounter on the road . . . but there's always a chance that even the toughest of combat cars will be defeated and destroyed . . .
. . . which is where the Car Wars Wrecks
expansion comes into play! . . .
July 4, 2020:
You're on the hunt for new tunes for your next GURPS Cyberpunk
campaign? You've gotta check out the Hostile Takeover soundtrack by Megan McDuffee . . .
July 5, 2020:
2020 PDF Challenge on Kickstarter is off to a strong launch, with a total of nine stretch goals already unlocked! Project supporters will receive ten different PDFs for a pledge of as little as $3, and those backers at the higher reward levels are getting an even better deal! . . .
July 6, 2020:
We're expanding our line of custom dice! The Dragon d6 Dice Set
, scheduled for release in August, includes eight 16mm pearlized dice, two each of four different colors . . .
July 7, 2020:
As the GURPS
2020 PDF Challenge moves closer to the deadline, we continue to share the project with the world in the hopes that we alert as many GURPS
players as possible to this incredible bargain before it is too late. Yesterday, at ENWorld, Sean and I were interviewed by Egg Embry . . .
July 8, 2020:
As the facilities manager of Steve Jackson Games, I have a lot of diverse responsibilities. Some are more fun than others, like working with vendors to install great big solar arrays or flying my drone over the property to check the roofs and the many trees on the property . . .
July 9, 2020:
With dozens of classic and Fourth Edition
books now available, our GURPS On Demand
program has become one of the best resources for GURPS
players looking to replace ragged and battered copies of print books. Rather than pay after-market prices for what may be a less-than-stellar copy of an out-of-print book, you can visit our GURPS On Demand
page and place an order for a print-on-demand reprint.
Better still, the Amazon print-on-demand system makes it much easier for many of you outside of the United States to order these print-on-demand reprints without paying the ever-increasing cost of shipping . . .
July 10, 2020:
Did you think you were done? That you mastered the mazes? . . .
July 11, 2020:
Featuring the classic Illuminati
cover artwork by Dave Martin, this 1,000-piece puzzle is scheduled for release in October, making it a great holiday gift for the conspiracy theorists in your life! The 18" x 24" puzzle shows, in symbolic form, the different ways the Illuminati scheme to take over the world . . . stealth and violence, threats and bribes . . .
July 12, 2020:
Our old friend Guy Himber, our former event coordinator and a lifetime LEGO maniac, has funded another project from his company Crazy Bricks. This time he's fusing dinosaurs and humans with the Dino Dudes Kickstarter – dinosaur costumes that are compatible with LEGO minifigures! . . .
July 13, 2020:
This is your chance, gang, to take advantage of the GURPS
2020 PDF Challenge on Kickstarter and secure a dozen new 10-page GURPS
PDFs for a pledge of as little as $3. That's only $0.25/PDF, a bargain that you will not want to miss! . . .
July 14, 2020:
We released the Kitten d6 Dice Set
– featuring designs by Katie Cook – earlier this year, and the sales were so phenomenal that we have a second run of the dice (in new colors!) scheduled for release later this year. We're not here to talk about those new kitten colors, though, so we'll have to return to that later . . .
July 15, 2020:
This doesn't really feel like we're already halfway through this year, does it? Or maybe it just feels like this year is more like a decade . . .
July 16, 2020:
Posted in the Facebook group, this amazing table by Becker Scott stands out as a work of art that would be a blast to use in a game session. What gamemaster wouldn't enjoy having access to a hex-shaped table with a built-in TV that can be used to display battle maps? . . .
July 17, 2020:
Our first printing of Munchkin Mighty Monsters
sold out more quickly than we expected. (There's a market for quick, fun games right now . . .
July 18, 2020:
My good reader: If thou art a medievalist, or even medievalist-adjacent, thou wilt enjoy this cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene." It is in bardcore
style – that is, one takes a piece of more-or-less modern music, and performs it as a medieval or Renaissance musician might have done. The artist is Hildegard von Blingin' . . .
July 19, 2020:
This is the size of an actual megahex – in the picture, we see it on the edge of the Spiral Arena
playmat (available at Warehouse 23). It serves both as an actual compass rose and as a scatter diagram for when thrown molotails, etc., go awry . . .
July 20, 2020:
Our supply of The Fantasy Trip: Melee/Wizard Pocket Box
is running low and, once they're gone, they're probably gone. We've no plans to reprint this set at this time; that doesn't mean we will never reprint it, just that it's not in our current plans . . .
July 21, 2020:
Munchkin fans, keep your eyes on your favorite local game store this September and October for three new expansions! Steve, Andrew, and the team have been hard at work creating new cards for your enjoyment, and we've managed to arrange our schedule to drop three drastically different sets in just over one month!
Munchkin Something Fishy
- Either the dungeon has flooded or you took a very wrong turn somewhere, because you don't remember The Flaming Hellscape being this damp . . .
July 22, 2020:
Unfortunately, we've had to delay Munchkins & Mazes
until October (previously planned for August). We hate doing it, but it turns out we took a right instead of a left and it's going to take us some time to get away from all the kobolds and back onto the adventure map . . .
July 23, 2020:
Two years ago today, the Kickstarter campaign for The Fantasy Trip: Legacy Edition
went live and was almost instantly funded. Ultimately, that project closed with over 3,000 backers and turned the game into a massive, overloaded box filled with more goodies than anyone had expected . . .
July 24, 2020:
We're going to be very busy during Gen Con Online July 30 - August 2. For starters, we'll be firing up our Discord server (vFnordCon) on Wednesday evening (July 29), and running games, seminars and general merriment throughout the weekend . . .
July 25, 2020:
If you're looking for an incredible sight, you'll want to take about eight minutes and watch Pursuit, a short film created by Mike Olbinski. Featuring over 90,000 time-lapse frames of storms, this film is a masterful work of art that is made even more incredible thanks to the score by Peter Nanasi . . .
July 26, 2020:
I love listening to music when I'm working at home. Unfortunately, a lot of my music includes words, and I can't be effective writing Munchkin
cards or editing rulesheets when I've got vocals distracting me from what I'm trying to create (or recreate) . . .
July 27, 2020:
After 20 years of never missing a daily update
, Howard Tayler has brought Schlock Mercenary,
a contender for my favorite webcomic ever
, to a close. But the story's still there to read . . .
July 28, 2020:
Our business office recently completed reports for June, which means that we now have an exact listing of our top print sellers for the first half of the year. The pandemic has had a major impact on our business – and not in a good way – but our team presses on and we continue to survive to make more games . . .
July 29, 2020:
If you're attending any of our events for Gen Con Online this weekend, or if you're a fan of our games, or if you collect Discord servers on your profile like merit badges, you should swing by ours . . . VFnordCon! . . .
July 30, 2020:
The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a new copyright registration rule that lets authors pay a single flat fee to register up to 50 short textual works published online . . .
July 31, 2020:
In-person conventions may be canceled, but Gen Con 2020 is a go, in digital format! We're taking part in the event with our own events, including a booth sale on Warehouse 23 . . .
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