Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2023

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April 1, 2023:
To this day, I stand by my opinion that Aaron Allston's work on Autoduel Champions led to the creation of one of the best summaries of the Car Wars universe. Within that book, Allston wrote: "North America, A.D. 2033 . . . read article

April 2, 2023:
We mentioned Steve's We Love Cats game last month, and today we have factory snapshots of the dice included in the game. (Although four are shown in the images, the game only includes two dice and not four.) We Love Cats is on our schedule for release the second half of this year, and so far everything looks to be on schedule . . . read article

April 3, 2023:
After almost a decade at the helm, steering us through choppy waters and growing the company dramatically, Phil Reed is taking a well-deserved rest from the CEO position. He will continue to lead our crowdfunding effort, act as Art Director, and serve as a member of our Senior Staff and Board of Directors . . . read article

April 4, 2023:
Our stockpile of projects waiting for their turn at Kickstarter continues to grow, with the exact schedule in a state of flux as we focus on different games and ideas. Some larger projects – Groo, new Pocket Box games, Pathfinder Revolution! – keep sliding as we wait for the bigger open campaigns (such as Wiz-War and Munchkin Witches) to come to a close . . . read article

April 5, 2023:
Klaus Teuber, esteemed designer of Catan, has passed away at the age of 70. Whether "gamer" or not, a great many people have played Catan (formerly Settlers of Catan) . . . read article

April 6, 2023:
Choose Cthulhu has taken Kickstarter by storm, and today is your last chance to back it! Be the main character in a first-person horror solitaire game based on the classic works of H.P . . . read article

April 7, 2023:
Dice! It's hard to get enough of them, and that's one reason we've been designing tons of new dice over the past few years . . . read article

April 8, 2023:
I've mentioned Kid Koala before (way back in 2015), and now I'm excited to direct your attention to the latest Kid Koala album: Creatures of the Late Afternoon! This vinyl record (now up for pre-orders) is a fun entry in the world of games as the packaging itself doubles as a boardgame.  I enjoy supporting indie artists of all sorts, and the fact that two of my favorite things – music and games – have been melded into one item makes this new record a must for my collection . . . read article

April 9, 2023:
Hope the Easter Bunny left some treats in your basket. But just in case, you can fill your basket on Warehouse 23 with $50 or more of physical items and get a free set of Easter d6 Dice! . . . read article

April 10, 2023:
Our CARnage Kickstarter launched at the end of last year and was a runaway success; backers unlocked over two dozen stretch goals! We ended up with a huge variety of 3-D printable STL files for cars, weapons, and accessories to customize your Car Wars Sixth Edition games . . . read article

April 11, 2023:
We're down to the last handful of our Ogre Pocket Box Bundle on the web store, and we're making some space for even more Pocket Boxes coming later this year. To that end, Steve has decided to do something special! . . . read article

April 12, 2023:
We're looking for some part-time contractual help here at SJ Games! Do you have experience with Amazon advertising and A+ pages and pay-per-click marketing? . . . read article

April 13, 2023:
Recently, Phil sent me a link to a fantastic RPG.Net thread where forum-user Hunter had compiled a lit of GURPS setting books and asked users to suggest alternate systems to use them with: "Maybe there was a GURPS setting book you fell in love with, but you had a bunch of players who were severely allergic to the system. ("Too much math!"). Or maybe you liked the setting or the book, but wanted something a little or a lot less crunchy . . . read article

April 14, 2023:
After a few years of work (trust us, you don't wanna know how the pandemic has disrupted some projects), we can now report that the Kitten Polyhedral Dice Set has shipped to distributors and is now in stores! Avalable in four different colors, these packs include seven polyhedral dice: 1d4, 1d6, 1d8, 1d10, 1d%, 1d12, and 1d20 . . . read article

April 15, 2023:
If you've been here in Gamer World for a while, you know the trains run on time. And, back in the day, Darwin Bromley of Mayfair Games was the man who kept track of them . . . read article

April 16, 2023:
One Roll Quest was a surprising hit in a tiny box, so much so that it is returning in a slightly larger box for a second edition! The revised One Roll Quest still comes with the quirky all-in-one die featuring multiple mini-dice inside (one for each party member!) . . . read article

April 17, 2023:
Are you playing GURPS Swashbucklers, Munchkin Booty, or perhaps another pirate-themed game and want to impress the others at the table? Grab our Pirate d6 Dice Set and you'll crush your foes with six jumbo-sized dice, each featuring the classic cross 'n bones of the notorious Jolly Roger . . . read article

April 18, 2023:
First published in 1996, this fast-playing card game featuring the art and characters of Sergio Aragonés has been tough to find for – not mere years – but a few decades. Now, with your support, we'll launch an updated edition that includes both the basic game and the original expansion . . . all in one box!  Steve loves this game and never gave up during the lengthy process of securing the rights . . . and we all enjoyed the playtests. Groo: The Game is as you remember it; most of our work was just aimed at making the cards easier to read and then clarifying the rules . . . read article

April 19, 2023:
With three printings since 2019, the Bullet Dice set continues to surprise us as demand remains relatively stable. These double-injection molded barrel dice are shaped like bullets and continue to sell through slightly faster than we expect . . . read article

April 20, 2023:
As we've previously mentioned (Daily Illuminator post), Steve's We Love Cats dice game is now at the factory and set for release in stores later this year. We've reviewed and approved the dice, and now the custom dice bag has landed and is also good to go! . . . read article

April 21, 2023:
Our friends, the Griegos, shared pictures from their combined birthday party for mom, Jessica, and kid, Robin. As you can see, they chose to have a Munchkin-themed party! . . . read article

April 22, 2023:
Though the exact date has never been confirmed, William Shakespeare's birthday has traditionally been observed on April 23. So we decided it was a good a time to celebrate with some deals and promos for Munchkin Shakespeare! . . . read article

April 22, 2023:
The monster seeds we mentioned recently in the Daily Illuminator (posted here) are being collected into a small booklet and we're almost ready to offer this work as our next Kickstarter campaign. This small booklet is being prepared as both a PDF and printed item, with the Kickstarter prices for the two kept as low as we can manage . . . read article

April 23, 2023:
Eric Dow, a valued member of our staff for many years, died yesterday of cancer. He was 54 . . . read article

April 24, 2023:
While most of our Daily Illuminator readership may not own a game store, we know that some of you are selling games, and you may be attending the GAMA Expo this week in Reno. Well, so are we! . . . read article

April 25, 2023:
Grow your own monster with Monster Seeds, a new Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game supplement! This booklet contains inspirational starting points for a multitude of monsters, previously seeded all over the Dungeon Fantasy RPG supplements and now collected in one place for the first time . . . read article

April 26, 2023:
Quite a bit of our GURPS library has moved into PDF and print-on-demand, but we still have a few physical supplements in the warehouse, and we're giving a few of these books a heavy discount. While supplies last, get 50% off on GURPS Low-Tech, GURPS Zombies, and GURPS Horror hardcover books! . . . read article

April 27, 2023:
Our tiny, tiny "Quickstarter" project is coming down to the final hours, and now's your last chance to join in the campaign before it ends! If you're unsure of what this current Kickstarter campaign offers, then we recommend clicking here to see the project page and place your pledge before the timer runs out . . . read article

April 28, 2023:
If you missed the Choose Cthulhu project, then now's your chance to pre-order all six of the solitaire adventure gamebooks that were successfully funded on Kickstarter earlier this month. The creative work needed for these books is 100% complete and we're now preparing to print the titles necessary to fulfill the Kickstarter backers' rewards . . . read article

April 29, 2023:
The December 1990 issue of Where We're Going, the old Steve Jackson Games retailer newsletter, has a tiny tidbit of text that's a blast to read so many years after it was first published. When I ran across this recently, I thought it would be fun to share with all of you . . . read article

April 30, 2023:
Would you like to receive information on new games, special events, and important news? Subscribe to our newsletter and you will start receiving a few emails every month where we highlight the latest games and expansions, and (at times) direct you to our crowdfunding campaigns. The newsletter is just one way to stay in touch with us . . . read article

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