Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2020

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April 1, 2020:
We've released a collection of the Car Wars fiction of Autoduel Quarterly in both print and PDF, making it easier to read all of the Car Wars short stories that were published in the official magazine that was first released back in the eighties. This 270-page book includes 30 stories and can be yours today! . . . read article

April 2, 2020:
Forge your own destiny in The Fantasy Trip with Decks of Destiny! It contains an assortment of TFT supplements and is available in PDF form now -- hundreds of pages of content to add to your campaign, all available digitally. Nothing can stop your adventure! Decks of Destiny features multitudes of cards used in a variety of ways: The Player's Pack is a quick way to start a campaign, offering multiple customizable wizard and fighter cards, as well as journals to record your information. Rumors & Treasures contains more than 150 cards representing, you guessed it, rumors and treasures, perfect for a GM to customize the rewards their players will receive. Adversaries turns up the heat with more baddies, from orc fighters to octopi, plus an assortment of other creatures . . . read article

April 3, 2020:
Steve's first roleplaying game, The Fantasy Trip, was relaunched with a Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2018, and the line has continued to expand . . . all thanks to your support! Since the release of the Legacy Edition, we've also created and published: The Fantasy Trip Adventures The Fantasy Trip Companion Decks of Destiny Hexagram (four issues so far!) Outdoor Encounter Cards As you can see, we're serious about supporting the game with new books and expansions for as long as demand allows . . . read article

April 4, 2020:
Beware: there are Ogre sightings in the archives! From 1980 through 1985, Steve Jackson Games published The Space Gamer, a general-purpose gaming magazine with features on roleplaying games, board and wargames, miniatures, game design, early computer games, and more . . . read article

April 5, 2020:
It is awesome to see more freebies we can download and enjoy while so many of us are at home during these challenging times. Here's another: two new Nine Inch Nails albums that would both be fabulous background music for a GURPS Horror session! . . . read article

April 6, 2020:
In Texas, we're all familiar with the H-E-B grocerial store company and the work they do in our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, and H-E-B prepared for it in exactly the way that a lot of other companies – and governments – did not . . . read article

April 7, 2020:
Dungeon Fantasy can be a dangerous place, so you should always bring a companion – or two. That's why we created Dungeon Fantasy Companion 2 . . . read article

April 8, 2020:
Following on the release of the free solitaire rules for Gelatinous, we have another free dice game PDF for you to enjoy while you're at home with the family. This time around, we're presenting Army Men Dice War, a game for two that can be played with a dozen standard six-sided dice (six per player) . . . or with our Army Men d6 Dice Set!  If you're using standard dice, the 'one' side of each die is the soldier . . . read article

April 9, 2020:
Ogre fans, we've got two print-on-demand books to expand your Ogre library with more scenarios, game articles, and fiction! . . . read article

April 10, 2020:
We'll hold FnordCon online on the weekend of April 17-19. Join us in Discord chat for the panels and "ask me anything" sessions that we couldn't do physically . . . read article

April 11, 2020:
In March, one of the most innovative cartoons of this century finished its six-season run. On its surface, Steven Universe is a story about a boy trying to balance two influences: his daily life with his human father and friends, and a developing purpose he inherited from his mother, one of the mysterious Crystal Gems who act to protect the world . . . read article

April 12, 2020:
Last month, Steve posted a Daily Illuminator outlining our recent actions. At that time, most of our team was working from home, with a handful of staff staying in the building . . . read article

April 13, 2020:
It's Halloween in . . . April? . . . read article

April 14, 2020:
Doodle around in the dungeons with #SJGamesLive! We've been using our time in quarantine to play Deadly Doodles with the community via Facebook Live, and we're going to keep hosting streams for the coming weeks . . . read article

April 15, 2020:
It's been quite a month, huh? The Good Work on Munchkin continues: I've been busy on a couple of small expansions (technically in playtesting, although right now that's not happening) and a new core set for next year . . . read article

April 16, 2020:
Che Webster had some good questions. Hear it here. -- Steve Jackson   Also, The Online FnordCon Starts Tomorrow! . . . and here's the schedule . . . read article

April 17, 2020:
This is our online convention, with livestreamed panel discussions, a virtual dealer room, and even live games of Deadly Doodles. We're holding it on our new Discord channel . . . read article

April 18, 2020:
Our online convention continues, with a full day of panels and Ask Me Anything sessions. Come join us! . . . read article

April 19, 2020:
But there's still time to join us for a day of panels and talk! Use the invitation link and log in, and you'll be in the Welcome channel . . . read article

April 20, 2020:
FnordCon over the weekend. We had three days of livestreaming panels, with two online games of Deadly Doodles . . . read article

April 21, 2020:
Our GURPS team has been hard at work preparing older titles for release under the GURPS On Demand program, so we have two more books now ready to add to your collection! GURPS Fantasy Bestiary  GURPS Time Travel They join dozens of other GURPS 3rd- and 4th-edition releases under the GURPS On Demand umbrella, making it possible to get clean, fresh reprints of classic GURPS books (which allows you to replace those tattered books that have seen better days) . . . read article

April 22, 2020:
Join The Folding Trip, a Folding@Home team organized by Jean/Worldwalker of Wintertree Software, on the TFT Discord server. Look for the # dungeon room under the Main heading to discuss . . . read article

April 23, 2020:
GURPS is one of our hobby's most successful roleplaying games, and like all greats, it had a beginning – Man to Man. Highlighting the combat system specifically, Man to Man was a prelude to the GURPS system, heralding decades of supplements and gaming material.  To celebrate this notable anniversary, Phil dug up Steve's original designer's notes from Space Gamer #76, and we reposted it with some vintage images . . . read article

April 24, 2020:
When you keep waking at midnight or 1 a.m., and cannot get back to sleep, you have to do something with your time, right? And when writer's block is preventing you from completing your current tasks, is there anything as usefully therapeutic as to break through the mental wall on a completely new project? . . . read article

April 25, 2020:
Every gamer has dice. Lots of dice . . . read article

April 26, 2020:
One of the hidden treasures of the Steve Jackson Games universe is getting a lot of renewed interest during the global pandemic "shelter at home" days. UltraCorps (www.ultracorps.com) is a turn-driven strategy game set in deep space . . . read article

April 27, 2020:
As the team works hard to add more titles to the GURPS On Demand program, we realized that the webpage could use some attention. So, after some back-and-forth discussions, we're happy to report that this page on our site has been reorganized, with the books broken into categories: New Releases. The titles most recently released as print-on-demand books. 4th Edition. Exactly what it sounds like! GURPS Fourth Edition books available as POD titles. Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game . . . read article

April 28, 2020:
During our FnordCon 2 virtual panels, fans of The Fantasy Trip were given a tutorial of a fan project, approved by Steve himself, that really blew us away. Jim Eisert has created a Melee mod for Tabletop Simulator on Steam that is functional and looks great . . . read article

April 29, 2020:
Many, many local game stores are closed and struggling. Some of those retailers are offering curbside pickup, delivery, or online orders . . . read article

April 30, 2020:
Munchkin Legends takes the classic game of dungeon-looting and monster-bashing into the original source of many of those monsters, the myths and legends of the world. From ancient foes such as Grendel and Baba Yaga to more modern monsters such as Slender Man and the Sewer Gator, you'll have fights the bards will sing of for generations! . . . read article

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