Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2014

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August 1, 2014:
As you already know, we like to give out a lot of free stuff when people buy things from Warehouse 23. It's our way of thanking you for liking our games so much! . . . read article

August 2, 2014:
We're getting everything ready for Gen Con this year, and one of the steps on the road to Gen Con is working with the factory to make sure we have new games at the show. Be at booth 1401 when the doors open on Thursday, August 14, where we will have limited numbers of: Munchkin Legends 3 -- Myth Prints Munchkin Halloween Pack Mars Attacks -- The Dice Game Hipster Dice Knightmare Chess Revolution! . . . read article

August 3, 2014:
Tribe Comics & Games is the closest thing SJ Games has to a neighborhood game store. There are lots of game stores in Austin, but Tribe is the closest. They're working on expansion plans, and are asking for community support to help get to where they need to be . . . read article

August 4, 2014:
I was lucky enough to be chosen as an Industry Insider Guest of Honor for Gen Con this year, which means that I get caviar and champagne every morning, am carried to the convention on a litter by burly manservants, and . . . Oh, wait, no . . . read article

August 5, 2014:
If you're looking for a funny party game to break out at your next big get-together, you should go check out Love 2 Hate! It's being made by our friends over at Green Ronin, and they're running a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Love 2 Hate revolves around completing sentences about why you love or hate a particular thing (toy soldiers, hippies, or whatever), often with hilarious results . . . read article

August 6, 2014:
Are you going to Dragon Con? So are we! . . . read article

August 7, 2014:
Zombie Dice kinda took us by surprise. Yeah, we thought we were making something pretty cool, but we had no idea that it was going to explode the way it did . . . read article

August 8, 2014:
PAX Prime is coming fast, striking at the end of this month, and once again the Steve Jackson Games crew will be out in force and ready to teach you games. You can again find us on the second floor in the "corral," over by the juice bar and Rock Band stage (unless they've moved it again this year), and we're going to be there with games to play and stacks of Munchkin promos to hand out to you all . . . read article

August 9, 2014:
We are extremely sad to report that Dominic Postligione passed away yesterday. Those of you fortunate enough to see the Adventure Retail team in action at San Diego Comic-Con, Gen Con, or DragonCon, or who were able to visit The Source Comics and Games in Minnesota, don't need to be told what a kind, helpful man Nick was . . . read article

August 10, 2014:
Worldcon is approaching fast . . . it starts August 14 . . . and this year it's in London. I have not visited London nearly enough times . . . read article

August 11, 2014:
It's time! Our staff is packed and on the way to Indianapolis for Gen Con where we'll be teaching games, entertaining many of you at the Munchkin Tavern, and (please, please, please) scoring a copy of Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars: Empire vs Rebellion . . . read article

August 12, 2014:
If you aren't following the official @SJGames Twitter account, there's a very good chance you're missing out on the latest news from the office. Several of us -- especially Rhea, Andrew, and Steve -- post to the account on a regular basis, and every now and then we like to share stuff that isn't 100% ready for the world . . . read article

August 13, 2014:
Sure, everybody likes going down into the dungeon and killing monsters for their stuff; that's a given. But what if that stuff had all sorts of clockwork gadgetry and steam-powered awesomeness attached to it? . . . read article

August 14, 2014:
What's the future of paleontology? Maybe 3D virtual fossils -- all the research, none of the digging . . . read article

August 15, 2014:
We're giving you two announcements in one Illuminator, because we've got so much news we can't wait to share it! Announcing Munchkin Gloom! Gloom, by Atlas Games, is a fantastic game . . . read article

August 16, 2014:
Love is a many-splendored thing. So is loot . . . read article

August 17, 2014:
At the end of this year our special Munchkin Booster Promotion ends and the exclusive card forever vanishes and will not return. What? You say you haven't already participated in the booster promotion? Hurry, guys, because it would be terrible for you to miss out on this silly card that gives the monsters in your Munchkin game one adorable boost in power . . . read article

August 18, 2014:
If you're a fan of classic GURPS Third Edition supplements -- or just love to mine those volumes for new ideas -- then two must-haves are now available digitally on Warehouse 23. GURPS Classic: High-Tech is your guide to modern-day equipment and weapons, while GURPS Classic: Ultra-Tech goes through the possibilities and permutations of more far-flung fare. Both guides are essential for their genres, packed with gear and options for Third Edition players . . . read article

August 19, 2014:
I've been doing this for a long time – by which I mean "working on GURPS." I'll have been at it for 20 years come August 2015 (or November 2014, if you count my first freelance project). But August 19, 2014 marks another anniversary: the 10th birthday of GURPS Fourth Edition . . . read article

August 20, 2014:
We uncovered a very small stash of the original 2008 Munchkin Silver Piece and a somewhat larger stash of the 2011 Munchkin Silver Piece. They aren't doing us any good languishing in the back of the warehouse under the Potted Plant, so we're making them available to you! . . . read article

August 21, 2014:
I got to play Eight-Minute Empire, by Ryan Laukat, at the game room here at Worldcon. I got back to my computer and turned to the Internet to learn more, and found out that not only is there a second version called Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, but a supplement for Legends is on Kickstarter now . . . read article

August 22, 2014:
As mentioned earlier this week, August 19, 2014 marked the 10th birthday of GURPS Fourth Edition. In honor of this achievement, Warehouse 23 is offering a whopping 23% off the price of all -- yes, all! -- GURPS products published by SJ Games until noon CDT on August 27, 2014 . . . read article

August 23, 2014:
I am the law! Want to move your apocalypse to Mega-City? . . . read article

August 24, 2014:
What you think you've known about history is a lie. There's a war going on over control of reality itself . . . read article

August 25, 2014:
Having never designed a bag before, I thought you might like to see some of the iterative process I went through to take the Munchkin Messenger Bag from "cool idea" (see "Where Did The Munchkin Messenger Bag Come From?" for that story) to "actual product." My first sketches helped determine the size of the bag and how much Munchkin goodness we could stuff inside it: Once I settled on the components that the bag needed to hold, I made a new sketch and mockup image to send to our manufacturer: I also came up with two designs for the zipper pulls, and we decided on the rubberized version for the final bag: After seeing the first tooling sample of the bag, I added a few more design tweaks, including the screen-printed logo, collapsible dividers (in case you wanted to use the bag for other purposes), and the hidden zipper pouch in the top flap. I sent the manufacturer one more Photoshop mockup: I'm incredibly proud of the final product, and I know Munchkin fans will enjoy it! . . . read article

August 26, 2014:
Our various sites have been hit by a lot of traffic of late, so we're upgrading our servers to accommodate the load it's under. The bad news is that our websites will be down for a few hours on Wednesday the 27th . . . read article

August 27, 2014:
Giving GURPS a new edition implied many different requirements. Sean and David handled the fundamental duty of writing the core rulebooks, but a whole bunch of us were involved in other tasks . . . read article

August 28, 2014:
It should come as no surprise that we're going to PAX this weekend, and here's what you can expect from us while we're there! We'll be in the Corral on level 2, under the escalators, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day (August 29 to September 1), though we may go longer if people are having a lot of fun . . . read article

August 29, 2014:
We always love going to Gen Con and seeing all of you awesome fans, and we're happy to report that this year was amazing for us! Our friends at Adventure Retail brought advance copies of a bunch of our upcoming releases to sell at the booth: Mars Attacks! . . . read article

August 30, 2014:
This is a project to turn a James Ernest game into a digital app. It's called Fish Cook, and (duh) it's about cooking fish . . . read article

August 31, 2014:
It certainly took me long enough. Here's the 2013 Stakeholders' Report . . . read article

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