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March 2, 2024: Saethor's Bane On Backerkit

Saethor's Bane is a conversion to the Dungeon Fantasy RPG of David Pulver's excellent Dark Lord's Doom, available for both TFT and OSE (with greyscale interior) by Gaming Ballistic.

It is designed to showcase the capabilities and options of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, taking four martial characters – the spellcasters would be assigned to a different unit – through a full campaign arc. It presents a fantastic opportunity to – by obtaining the core rules and the solo adventure – to try out the Dungeon Fantasy RPG and experience how much fun it can be once you get to the table.

The characters start at 125-150 points (Journeymen level from Delvers to Grow) and rapidly advance as the adventure progresses. Very rapidly. Artificially rapidly. Showcasing how the capability of characters grows, what options that affords, enabling players and GMs to see what it takes to challenge characters at different . . . [more]

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March 1, 2024: Steve Jackson Games Is On Bluesky

Fans of the endless scrolling experience, rejoice! Steve Jackson Games is now actively posting on Bluesky, the latest social media platform to open to the public. You can find us at stevejacksongames.bsky.social, where we'll be posting about games, interacting with fans, reblogging important gaming news, and hopefully providing a bit of amusement in the process.

Feel free to give us a follow if you wish. Maybe you could invite two of your friends to follow, and encourage them to each invite two more, who could in turn invite two more. It's a decidedly geometric plan to ensure a healthy follower count. A sort of ziggurat plot, if you will . . . 

-- Katie Duffy

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February 29, 2024: The Future's Pretty Awesome When It Comes To Learning Games

Just the other day I realized how downright amazing it is nowadays, as far as learning a new game goes. Like, take a random game such as . . . ohhh, how about Car Wars Sixth Edition.

• Do you learn better by reading? Then the rulebook is available online, in its full-color glory as a searchable PDF.

• Are you a visual learner? There's a "How to Play" video with Chris Steele on Tabletop Game Talk.

• Do you learn better by asking questions or searching for answers? Then we've got forums and a Discord server to talk about our games.

• And, of course, the Internet makes it easier than ever for like-minded folks to form groups and figure things out.

As someone who had to muddle through (say) the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons using just the hardcovers, the plethora of preparatory possibilities available nowadays is nothing less than amazing to me. And, of course, it means that . . . [more]

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February 28, 2024: GAMA EXPO Starts Next Week!

The Game Manufacturers Association annual Expo will take place next week, March 3-7 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky International Convention Center and the Galt House will host this year's convention – and Steve Jackson Games will be there!
 
The GAMA Expo is a yearly B2B trade show and includes panels, seminars, an exhibit hall (with over 250 exhibitors!), and game nights. This is an exciting opportunity for game creators and industry professionals to gather and network with each other. 
 
If you've always wanted to meet Steve Jackson himself, we have great news! He will be in attendance and looks forward to meeting other industry friends and fans.
 
Steve Jackson Games is booked at Booth 420, and we will also be demoing new releases at the game nights, held Monday through Thursday.
 
Are you attending this year's Expo? If so, stop by Booth 420. We hope to see . . .

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February 27, 2024: The One Where I Talk About A Stapler

I recently regaled you all with my recommendation of software to make booklets. Those of you who sprinted out to buy the app may have quickly realized that you've ended up with a pile of loose pages that – although folded into a correctly numbered booklet – do not actually form a booklet. That's because you need a stapler. A very special stapler.

A saddle stapler (also sometimes known as a "saddle stitcher") differs from its other staplery counterparts by having room to tuck the rest of the booklet while you staple it, like a saddle . . . hence the name (the "saddle" part, that is).

I've had my saddle stapler for decades, and it's been a workhorse. Barring an unexpected incident, the only reason I can foresee my saddle stitcher not being passed on to my next of kin when I shuffle off this mortal coil is that I intend to request that it be buried with me, pharaoh-like amid the . . . [more]

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