Daily Illuminator Archive for September 2022

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September 1, 2022:
David Pulver brings us a 92-page sourcebook for The Fantasy Trip . . . and it is now funding on Kickstarter! Click here to join the campaign to get the book in PDF or print . . . read article

September 2, 2022:
We've flipped our calendars to September, and I know more than a few people are already planning their Halloween costumes! A good costume can take some thought, so now is an excellent time to start the process . . . read article

September 3, 2022:
Number 10!!! When we first launched Hexagram as a part of the Kickstarter Zine Quest event in 2019, we weren't sure how the world would respond to the concept . . . read article

September 4, 2022:
RPG podcast Wobblies & Wizards interviewed our own Steve Jackson about the history, gameplay, and future of The Fantasy Trip, among other things. Why is Steve so interested in d6 dice? . . . read article

September 5, 2022:
Effectively out of print for a few years, we're happy to report that this game is returning. The games are in the warehouse and shipping to stores this month . . . read article

September 6, 2022:
August was another incredible month for fulfillment and we're down to three open campaigns (two of which are moving into the fulfillment stage this month). As always, we have more projects to take to Kickstarter than hours in the day, so we're balancing a mix of smaller and faster campaigns alongside big projects that will take up to a year to fulfill.   Please follow us on Kickstarter – Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 – to receive notice when we launch new campaigns. Hexagram #10, an Old-School RPG Zine for The Fantasy Trip August 31 to September 12 494 backers and funding This latest expansion for The Fantasy Trip includes an experiment in international shipping . . . read article

September 7, 2022:
You asked. You asked and you asked . . . read article

September 8, 2022:
I'm back from Atlanta. Been back since Monday night, actually . . . but I have been busier than a robotic hive of Busy Things . . . read article

September 9, 2022:
On Kickstarter, right now, we have a campaign entitled Hexagram #10. But there's another release in that Kickstarter, and arguably I shot myself in the foot by dropping them together.    (Why release more than one thing in a Kickstarter? . . . read article

September 10, 2022:
When we received the initial test shots of the upcoming Phases of the Moon d6, we were unhappy with how barren the blister card felt. We try to standardize the packaging for our various dice sets to make it easier for retailers to display the dice together, but this particular pack looked far too vacant once we had the test in our hands . . . read article

September 11, 2022:
When Steve outlined what he wanted for this specialty dice pack, we knew it would make for a fun pair of custom dice. What we didn't know, though, was that it would take so very long to work through the manufacturing process . . . read article

September 12, 2022:
Our 10th Hexagram project is coming to an end today, and we're very excited about the massive support this series continues to receive! Who knew a little zine about The Fantasy Trip would reach 10 issues, with its own vault to store it all? . . . read article

September 13, 2022:
Now that the final stages of the fulfillment of the physical Kickstarter rewards are coming to a close, we're ready to announce the release of Car Wars Sixth Edition to our distributors across the world. Currently, our plan is to make the following titles available to our distributors: October 5 Street Date Car Wars Two-Player Starter Set Red/Yellow Car Wars Two-Player Starter Set Blue/Green October 19 Street Date Car Wars Miniatures Set 1 Car Wars Miniatures Set 2 November 2 Street Date Car Wars Miniatures Set 3 Car Wars Miniatures Set 4 November 16 Street Date Car Wars Core Set That puts all of these items in stores before the Black Friday weekend, making them wonderful holiday gifts for the Car Wars fans on your shopping list . . . read article

September 14, 2022:
We mentioned Steve's 12 Dice of Christmas game last month, and now we can report that the game has completed manufacturing and is in transit to our primary warehouse in Georgia. The game left the factory a few weeks later than we had planned (yet another victim of the global pandemic), but we still hold out hope that it will reach store shelves no later than the first week or two of November . . . read article

September 15, 2022:
After many months at the factory and on the water, we're pleased to report that our new Chibithulhu d6 Dice Set has shipped to distributors and is now in stores. Based on John Kovalic's artwork, these new 19mm dice are ready for use in any game that requires six-sided dice . . . and you can give the dice a home with the Chibithulhu dice bag . . . read article

September 16, 2022:
As we officially release Car Wars Sixth Edition to stores across the world (see this Daily Illuminator post), we'e also hard at work on new game content and accessories for this fastest-playing edition of the classic game of automotive combat. The Car Wars Companion -- which features new scenarios and rules options -- is in the editing stage and not quite ready, but we are happy to announce that we're running a pre-order campaign for the new Car Wars playmats.  There are a total of three new City Block playmats, each of which can be used alone or combined with other playmats in the series to create a large battlescape . . . read article

September 17, 2022:
After being unavailable for many, many years, we have released the Silicon Valley Tarot as a print-on-demand deck at DrivethruRPG. The rulebook is not included with the print-on-demand cards, but you can download the PDF on our site and then order the printed cards at DrivethruRPG to gain access to the entire deck. What will happen to me? . . . read article

September 18, 2022:
We joined our friends at Turbo Dork for their new paint preview party at Dragon's Lair here in Austin, and Steve got to try out the upcoming additions to their line! New color shifting and metallic paints were offered, and the results were extraordinary . . . read article

September 19, 2022:
GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Adventure 1: Mirror of the Fire Demon – the classic adventure for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy – is now available in print for the first time, as part of our increasingly beefy On Demand program! This adventure pits the heroes against other adventurers in a race to a coveted treasure as they outwit the associated perils and each other . . . read article

September 20, 2022:
Tomorrow at noon Austin time, Steve will join in the YouTube watch party with Dieku Games, and you're all invited!  During the live event, you'll get to watch the interview video and ask Steve questions in the YouTube live chat. This is a rare treat and a chance to participate in what is sure to be a fun time for everyone.  To join the watch party, visit this YouTube page and click the notification icon in the lower left section of the video's thumbnail . . . read article

September 21, 2022:
The upcoming Pick a Card Dice is expected to land at the warehouse next month and is scheduled for release to stores in late October or November. Although the dice are a handy tool on their own, our creative team invested time in designing new games for use with the dice (along with a deck of standard playing cards) . . . read article

September 22, 2022:
With all the kid-ding around we do, you had to know we'd get to goats eventually . . . Munchkin Goats is a new mini-expansion that adds a herd of new Doors and Treasures to your Munchkin decks. Be sure to wear your More Hair Coat while you try hopping over the Goat Moat on your way to take down Baphomet! . . . read article

September 23, 2022:
We've created several new supplements, expansions, and accessories for The Fantasy Trip over the last few years. Playmats, dice, counters, adventures, tile sets . . . there's no shortage of tools a gamemaster may turn to when preparing for their next game session . . . read article

September 24, 2022:
We ship several containers loaded with games and accessories each year, with as many as two or three containers on the water at once during the busy season. Currently, a single container is making its way around the world and is expected to land at our primary warehouse in October . . . read article

September 25, 2022:
I am delighted to announce that a Kickstarter is underway for a new TFT fanzine: Gate, which will be published by our long-time supporter and contributor, Alvin Helms. You can read more, and support it, here . . . read article

September 26, 2022:
Kickstarter sometimes runs site-wide promotions, encouraging creators to construct projects around a common theme. Their Zine Quest events, perhaps the most successful of Kickstarter's theme months, led to the creation of the Hexagram series for The Fantasy Trip (the 10th issue just funded on Kickstarter!) . . . read article

September 27, 2022:
Our new Pick a Card Dice set is scheduled to reach game stores late this year and right now, on Kickstarter, we're funding Roll the Deck! So far, the campaign has unlocked five different stretch goals, upgrading the $18 and higher reward levels with more stuff! Available in PDF and print, Roll the Deck! is an A6-sized booklet of 11 different games, every single one of which you can play with friends and family . . . read article

September 28, 2022:
We have a company Discord now. Technically, we've had it for a while, but it has been closed except during FnordCons . . . read article

September 29, 2022:
In October, three new bestiary volumes launch for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG on Backerkit Crowdfunding! Gaming Ballistic is pleased to announce the Nightmare Fuel crowdfunding campaign! . . . read article

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