Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2019

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August 1, 2019:
It has been over 10 years since Munchkin Booty first waded ashore at your friendly local game store. If you haven't tried it out, you have a couple of options to add this game to your Munchkin fleet: The original Munchkin Booty is still just $24.95, including John Kovalic's artwork and more Shark and Davy Jones content than you can wave a wooden leg at! . . . read article

August 2, 2019:
If you're unable to attend Gen Con this year, you can still take advantage of our special lapel-pin offers by shopping at Warehouse 23 this weekend. While supplies last, as detailed on this Warehouse 23 page, we're including bonus pins in orders for different Munchkin sets, The Fantasy Trip, and other games . . . read article

August 3, 2019:
Earlier this year, your generous support led to the successful production of Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 (available now in PDF), a new book of creatures for use with the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game. The crowdfunding campaign also allowed us to reprint the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game – shipping to stores in October – and demonstrated your desire for new support for the game . . . read article

August 4, 2019:
This is the first installment of a new sub-blog that will run here in the Illuminator, at least once a week, to talk about Car Wars as it enters the final phase of development. Most of the entries will be written by me (SJ) – except when they're not . . . read article

August 5, 2019:
Look at all the 3D Munchkiny goodness! We were quite happy with CrazyBricks' first set of accessories, and we are +5 happy that they want to do a second set! . . . read article

August 6, 2019:
In addition to the Decks of Destiny preorder campaign (now open at BackerKit), we also have two new expansions available for preorder at Warehouse 23. Unlike the Decks of Destiny project, which isn't scheduled to ship until next year, the two preorders at Warehouse 23 are very close to release; both are scheduled to mail to preorder supporters next month. Hexagram #2 – The second issue of our TFT zine, this 36-page title includes new combat scenarios, a new adventure, Steve's look at the TFT octopus, and more! Outdoor Encounter Cards – This is an adaptation and reimagining of two decks of cards that I wrote and published last year . . . read article

August 7, 2019:
The Fantasy Trip now has its own free mobile app: TFT Helper! This is an unannounced (till now) bonus for all our generous TFT supporters. Created by Andrew Walters, it's a character builder . . . read article

August 8, 2019:
We are back from Gen Con and several days of successful demo-ing. The games went well and finished as quickly as they were supposed to . . . read article

August 9, 2019:
Earlier this year, during Kickstarter's Zine Quest event (which led to the creation of the TFT Hexagram zine), I ran a personal project to create a fantasy RPG zine titled Delayed Blast Gamemaster. The zine did very well, with 600 backers supporting the 48-page B&W work of random nonsense for use with most fantasy roleplaying games . . . read article

August 10, 2019:
Does your Munchkin game need more brass, oil, and steam? Of course it does! . . . read article

August 11, 2019:
Every now and then, we run across gamers and retailers in search of plastic stands to replace those in games that include cheap, weak bases for holding cardboard and chipboard character standees. The generic base included in so many games is often less durable and less attractive than a lot of us would like . . . read article

August 12, 2019:
The Crazy Bricks campaign for a second set of Munchkin bricks is almost over . . . and as of this writing it has almost made its goal. Don't miss these craaaaazy thingies – compatible with Lego and other brands of toy brick . . . read article

August 13, 2019:
I will have the great privilege of being one of the Guests of Honour at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Dublin, Ireland, from August 15 through 19. The other GoHs are Bill and Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, Ian McDonald, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell . . . read article

August 14, 2019:
The first 10+ Car Wars Sixth Edition miniatures are now through the design stage and at the factory for prototype tooling. That means we are seven or eight weeks from holding test shots of the minis at the 1/64 scale (see this post) . . . read article

August 15, 2019:
Who likes surveys? We do, because they keep us on the right track . . . read article

August 16, 2019:
Deadly Doodles is now in stores! Our top-selling game at both Origins and Gen Con, Deadly Doodles is great for families and kids who want to explore the dungeon, capture monsters, grab loot, and gain the most points!  You've not yet played Deadly Doodles? . . . read article

August 17, 2019:
At Gen Con earlier this month, we revealed new Illuminati, Cthulhu, and Munchkin metal dice sets that look phenomenal. We produced these with our friends at Norse Foundry, and if you've ever seen their dice sets then you know that these are beautiful, hefty dice that make great gifts . . . read article

August 18, 2019:
We're growing closer to the launch of Car Wars Sixth Edition on Kickstarter, with our schedule calling for the campaign start before the end of this year. We know this is easily our most anticipated game launch of the year, and we know you don't always have time to check the Daily Illuminator every day . . . so here's one simple way to guarantee that you get notified when the project goes live: Follow our two Kickstarter accounts – Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 – so that, regardless of which one we use to launch the crowdfunding campaign, Kickstarter will send you an email notification when the project is active and ready for you to join in . . . read article

August 19, 2019:
Be Bold Games (website, Twitter) has created this handy how-to-play video for our new Deadly Doodles game, giving the world a better look at the game and how it plays. If you've been curious about Deadly Doodles, this is a great way to get a closer look at the game . . . read article

August 20, 2019:
We've launched a Kickstarter for Munchkin Pathfinder 3 – Odd Ventures, the new Dungeon expansion for our Munchkin Pathfinder game. We're already over 300% funded (as of the time I'm writing this) and it looks like we'll reach our one and only stretch goal (GOBLIN DICE!!) today, if we didn't get there yesterday after I went to bed, so that's nice . . . read article

August 21, 2019:
An important part of the new edition of Car Wars is the underlying game mechanics that are driven by custom six-sided dice. Unlike earlier editions, the upcoming Car Wars Sixth Edition game does not use standard six-sided dice . . . read article

August 22, 2019:
Four different campaigns – The Fantasy Trip Adventures, Bag of Bags, Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2, and Three Munchkin Mini-Expansions – landed in Detroit earlier this week. We are making arrangements to move the container to a fulfillment warehouse in Austin, where everything will be broken down and some of the games shipped to Warehouse 23 in Austin . . . read article

August 23, 2019:
Earlier this week, on Monday, we launched Munchkin Pathfinder 3 on Kickstarter. This short campaign, known as a "Quickstarter," is all set to close later today and we've already unlocked the only stretch goal: Munchkin Pathfinder Goblin Dice! . . . read article

August 24, 2019:
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo. You can read about it here . . . read article

August 25, 2019:
We have an update to yesterday's Illuminator and it's not one we wanted to write. Rick Loomis died yesterday morning . . . read article

August 26, 2019:
My friend Rick Loomis has died. He will be mourned even more for his personality than for his many achievements . . . read article

August 27, 2019:
FnordCon 2 is officially on, bigger and better! • It will be a full 3-day event this time – April 3-5, 2020. • It will be in a real hotel this time – the Omni, a very fine place with good guest rooms, a nice restaurant, and lots of gaming space. • There will be ludicrous amounts of Swag, with a special extra package for those who stay in the Omni. • And our Guest of Honor will be none other than . . . John Kovalic! . . . read article

August 28, 2019:
Last month, we received a container of out-of-stock products and started shipping several Munchkin titles that had been unavailable at our primary warehouse. We hate to run out of our top-selling titles and apologize for so many being out of stock for the last three or four months. A sales spike in January and February swallowed inventory faster than expected, and it took a little time to get everything back under control . . . read article

August 29, 2019:
As we mentioned earlier this month, Sean Punch has finished a new expansion to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game . . . and it is going to Kickstarter next week! This "Quickstarter" campaign is scheduled to launch on Monday and will run until Friday, September 6, at which point we will move forward with printing the new book . . . read article

August 30, 2019:
The pre-crowdfunding stage of the Car Wars Sixth Edition project continues to race toward the finish line. With the first batch of CAD files at the factory, we've turned our attention to the art and graphics required both to take the game to Kickstarter and to prepare everything for print . . . read article

August 31, 2019:
Warehouse 23 does a lot more than just online sales. We are the landing spot for everything Customer Service, we prep and ship everything for all the conventions we attend, and we even ship out some of our smaller Kickstarters (see Illuminati Coins and Hexagram #1) . . . read article

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