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July 20, 2024: Part 1: A Passion For Games And A Full Circle Journey

My love for boardgames and tabletop RPGs began when I was a child, huddled around a table with my friends, lost in worlds of imagination and strategy. Those nights of laughter, challenge, and camaraderie instilled in me a deep appreciation for the art of game design and the magic it can bring into people's lives. Little did I know that this passion would one day lead me to the helm of one of the most iconic game companies in the industry: Steve Jackson Games!
 
Before stepping into the role of CEO here, I had the incredible opportunity to lead Turbo Dork, a company known for its innovative and vibrant paint products. This experience honed my leadership skills and taught me the importance of creativity, quality, and community. It was a colorful journey, quite literally, and it set the stage for my next big adventure.
 
My career path has been anything but conventional. Before diving . . .

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July 19, 2024: Con In The Castle

Last weekend I made my way to Ravenwood Castle in Ohio's Hocking Hills region to attend Con in the Castle, an annual event where gamers get together to play tabletop games while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas of the state. My husband and I represented Steve Jackson Games as Guests of Honor – a first for me – and ran several events. We had a fantastic time, and it's safe to say that our players did too!
 
Con in the Castle is a small-scale convention by nature of the venue and the location, but this doesn't mean the event is sedate. The attendees ran the gamut from families to FLGS owners, with some people coming from multiple states away to attend and run games. Steve Jackson Games ran two playtest sessions for an upcoming project, as well as Pathfinder Revolution, a Paint-and-Take event in partnership with Turbo Dork, and a Learn-to-Play session featuring Car Wars Orange/Purpl . . .

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July 18, 2024: Dungeons & Dragons Stamps Available For Pre-Order

Do you want your tax return to depict a hero lost in a maze? Or perhaps your holiday cards could do with the festive colors of the five-headed dragon Tiamat? Good news! Dungeons & Dragons stamps are now available for pre-order from the US Postal Service!

Depending on the geek-type collector you've leveled up to, there is a treasure chest brimming with different options suitable for framing, collecting, or giving as potential loot to would-be adventurers. And they're "Forever" stamps, so you can send letters bearing an archlich with an undead army for decades to come.

According to the Nerdist website, if you'll be at Gen Con this August, there may be opportunities to get them at Lucas Oil Stadium – the location of different gatherings of gaming enthusiasts.

-- Steven Marsh

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July 17, 2024: Egads, Victoria! Which Of Us Pierced Reality Again?

I'm a huge fan of games that suddenly start playing differently. And I'm an armchair game tinkerer. And I have a bookshelf full of decades of awesome Munchkin stuff. So, putting it together . . .

The premise: Start with Munchkin Steampunk. You all are steampunk munchkins, doing steampunk munchkinly things! Play as normal. Then, once a player hits a predefined level (I suggest 5, 6, or 7), things get weird.

How weird? Well, it turns out that one of those "steampunk munchkinly things" maaayyyyy have accidentally breached the time barrier, in a way that makes H.G. Wells rub his forehead. Shuffle Munchkin 10 – Time Warp into the draw pile.

From here, either play continues as normal (the "well, that just happened!" option), or – if your group wants a bit of extra spice and a longer game – the game only ends if the winning level is a Time Warp monster (that is, you need to beat up some . . . [more]

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July 16, 2024: Random Idea: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Today's random idea: a text-based RPG campaign (maybe via Discord?), where all players communicate via emojis. Why? Who can say . . . maybe it's like A Quiet Place, only instead of "aliens can detect any noise," it's "aliens or an online intelligence can detect human text." Hey, I'm an ideas guy, giving you something to start with . . .

If anyone tries this (or has done something similar), feel free to post on the forums; if it's cool, I'll almost certainly respond with an "exploded head" emoji.

-- Steven Marsh

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