Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2022

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April 1, 2022:
Steve Jackson Games has a long history and a large catalog of games, especially in the digital realm. We thought this realm was infinite, but it turns out that each individual PDF is taking up valuable bytes on something called the Information Superhighway and thus causing traffic jams . . . read article

April 2, 2022:
Our light family fantasy adventure game, Hack & Slash, is now in its second printing, and we're assembling its first expansion – including new quest cards and a new type of card: treasures! Although the expansion won't be ready for release until late this year, those of you who attend our FnordCon convention the end of April will get the chance to play the expansion early . . . read article

April 3, 2022:
We're getting close to the 30-year anniversary of the decision in Steve Jackson Games Incorporated vs. U.S . . . read article

April 4, 2022:
Now that the Kickstarter rewards have made it through the warehouse and the Warehouse 23 preorders have shipped, we've opened preorders for a new 24" x 24" Car Wars Sixth Edition playmat at BackerKit. This City Block 1 playmat is the first in what may be a series of playmats, usable either for smaller battles or as part of a larger playscape.  We've run the playmat through the print test and now it is time to determine how many to print . . . read article

April 5, 2022:
The great SF songwriter/singer/filker Leslie Fish has dropped a "new" album. The reason for the quotes around "new" is that this album is made up of newly remastered music first recorded in concert back in 1998 . . . read article

April 6, 2022:
We've been asked over the last few years "When will the classic Ogre map be released as a playmat?" We finally have an answer: The playmat is open for pre-orders right now! Steve and the crew invested time into making this more than simply the map printed as a neoprene playmat . . . read article

April 7, 2022:
The next two releases in the Quick Quest series of micro-adventures for The Fantasy Trip are headed to Kickstarter! These compact, tri-fold brochure adventures continue the series. Project stretch goals, if unlocked, will add another Quick Quest as well as the Quick Quest-sized Talent Reference to the project rewards . . . read article

April 8, 2022:
Now that we're entering second (and sometimes third!) printings on a handful of our dice and dice bag designs, it's time to point out the "colors may vary" language we've used with several of the dice and dice bags we've released over the last few years. When working on a reprint, we sometimes tweak the colors – and, at times, actual artwork designs – of the dice and dice bags so that the newer printings bring something fresh to the table . . . read article

April 9, 2022:
Steve Jackson Games made its first appearance at the Mecca of Miniatures, Adepticon! This was the first show that Car Wars Sixth Edition was publicly available, and it drew a lot of attention . . . read article

April 10, 2022:
GURPS Character Assistant – the popular Windows software that makes creating GURPS characters quick and easy – has been updated to Version 5, in its most ambitious update yet. If you've purchased GCA previously, the new version is in your Download Library . . . read article

April 11, 2022:
Our series of mini-adventures for use with The Fantasy Trip roleplaying game has made the leap to PDF! Each adventure is designed as a 16.5" x 8.5" tri-fold brochure that folds down to 5.5" x 8.5" in size . . . read article

April 12, 2022:
Before the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game existed in the hands of fans, it had articles and support in the pages of Pyramid magazine. Now just about all the gaming material from that PDF publication – over two dozen articles – has been compiled, lightly updated as needed, and reformatted as a collection: the Dungeon Fantasy Companion 3! . . . read article

April 13, 2022:
If you've missed out on the Mat of Mayhem, our wild 24-inch square playmat that completely disrupts and changes your Munchkin games, then now is your chance to get this tough-to-find expansion to the classic Munchkin game. Described as "a level tracker with a twist," this playmat replaces your usual method of tracking everyone's levels with choices that impact your progress from level one to level ten . . . as well as bonuses as you change levels! . . . read article

April 14, 2022:
As a part of the current Quick Quests campaign on Kickstarter, we're offering bundles that include the game's core mechanics and the new adventures at remarkable prices. This is your chance to grab a copy of this classic fantasy RPG, either for the first time or as a gift for a friend you want to introduce to the game . . . read article

April 15, 2022:
Gen Con is working to make the convention more accessible to underprivileged groups through the Gen Con Participation Grant program! This program is meant to bring a career, community, or simply individual impact on people who would not have had the opportunity to attend the show otherwise, and that's awesome . . . read article

April 16, 2022:
Eventually the FEP release film – the clear sheet at the bottom of your resin vat – will go bad. Some people can get a year of regular use out of one sheet of FEP . . . read article

April 17, 2022:
I will be there, and once again, along with Bill Fawcett, I'll be running a workshop for new game writers and designers. We're looking for published authors in the game field who are interested in "passing it forward" by commenting on the work that the students bring . . . read article

April 18, 2022:
Our Munchkin Ukraine Charity T-Shirt sale is ongoing and ends in May, so you still have time to get a shirt on RedBubble, with all proceeds going to World Central Kitchen. However, we did want to bring to everyone's attention that there have been some reported knock-off shirts and merchandise using our art . . . read article

April 19, 2022:
Ten-HUT. Fall in, we've got some reinforcements on the lines from the newest expansion, Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Rank & Vile! . . . read article

April 20, 2022:
If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, there is still time to pre-order the Kickstarter edition of the game – at the Kickstarter price – right now at BackerKit. The game is starting the long journey from the factory to our primary warehouse in Georgia, and we're keeping pre-orders open until May 19, 2022! . . . read article

April 21, 2022:
FnordCon 5 Live is right around the corner, April 29 - May 1, at the Austin Southpark Hotel! Everything is ramping up with planning, and we're buzzing with anticipation to see everyone . . . read article

April 22, 2022:
Last month's campaign, Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman, did quite well and the factory is now hard at work on their part of the project. Additionally, we took big steps on fulfillment of previous projects; overall, March was a great month for our Kickstarter efforts . . . read article

April 23, 2022:
I suppose it's technically possible to get into 3D printing without also painting the models. But I couldn't resist . . . read article

April 24, 2022:
Over the last few years, we've expanded our selection of dice bags with spooky designs, cute designs, and even a few Munchkin designs. Now we return to the creepy dungeons and wilderness of fantasy worlds with the Skeletal Warrior dice bag, a 7" x 7" satin-lined, double-stitched bag that holds over 100 dice of all different sizes and shapes . . . read article

April 25, 2022:
At 1:00 Austin time today, the latest Kickstarter campaign for The Fantasy Trip comes to a close. This project brings two new entries in the Quick Quest series to print and, based on your requests, we're even offering the series in PDF for those of you who prefer to store your roleplaying game titles on a tablet or laptop . . . read article

April 26, 2022:
This Friday, April 29, our in-person convention, FnordCon, opens for business . . . and we hope to see you there! Many members of our Austin team will be at the show, where we'll be joined by both Steve Jackson and John Kovalic . . . read article

April 27, 2022:
Although international freight prices and times have stabilized a bit, the world is not yet through the pandemic and the complications brought on over the last few years continue to plague game publishers of all sizes. And it's not just international shipping that is problematic; our own GURPS Girl Genius hardcover books took roughly a month to travel from New York to Georgia, a lengthy and aggravating time that would have been unheard of pre-pandemic . . . read article

April 28, 2022:
Since last month's Indiegogo report, we've delivered the two campaigns that were open at that time, launched and closed the Mystery Box project, and have a new dice set – Pirate d6 Dice Set – now in funding. We're finding that Indiegogo works great for smaller crowdfunding projects, which is especially useful for backers who often ask, "May I back multiple times?" With Indigogo, the answer is yes! . . . read article

April 29, 2022:
Today marks the opening of FnordCon 5, our first in-person FnordCon in over 2 years! While we're enjoying the convention, we know a lot of folks can't be here in person, but we wanted to give you the feeling of the convention floor deals with a Warehouse 23 sale . . . read article

April 30, 2022:
FnordCon 5 is in full swing, and we're packed with events and games from morning till midnight! And we're not just playing games; we're hosting secret playtests, making announcements, teasing upcoming releases, and more . . . read article

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