Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2020

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August 1, 2020:
The latest expansion for the Illuminati game, Alternative Truths, started shipping to distributors late last month and is now available at your favorite local game store!  Between Illuminati cards that didn't make it into the new edition, INWO cards that deserved translation, and new ideas, we had enough for a 125-card supplement. So here we are with another helping of disinformation . . . Alternative Truths . . . read article

August 2, 2020:
We had fun with the online version of FnordCon a few months ago, and your reactions were good, so we're going to do it again. Like the first virtual FnordCon, and like the virtual events we did for this year's Gen Con, this will be held on our Discord server . . . read article

August 3, 2020:
Today I'm covering Brimstone in the first of a series of Car Wars painting articles we're going to be posting over the month of August. Follow the steps and try to recreate them, or just get inspiration for your own autos! . . . read article

August 4, 2020:
As the Kickstarter campaign for Hexagram #5 and Ardonirane races along (back the project today!), our team continues to work on new books and accessories for The Fantasy Trip. During the Legacy Edition Kickstarter campaign, we created The Fantasy Trip Companion, a collection of articles from various magazines of the late '70s and early '80s . . . read article

August 5, 2020:
John Zinser, president of AEG, had emergency surgery over the weekend. At present, it does not sound life threatening, but no surgery is fun and surgery in 2020 is a steaming pile of anti-fun . . . read article

August 6, 2020:
In addition to our online store, Warehouse 23, we also offer our catalog of GURPS PDFs at the DriveThruRPG website for those of you who do not already have a Warehouse 23 account. We get to keep more of the revenue when you buy a PDF at Warehouse 23, but we know that many of you already have a DriveThruRPG account, so we list the PDFs there to make your lives easier (we understand how handy it can be to keep your PDF library in effectively one place) . . . read article

August 7, 2020:
Thanks to your support, The Fantasy Trip is expanding! On Monday, the campaign for Ardonirane -- a city book written by David Pulver -- and the fifth issue of our Hexagram series comes to a close and we'll push the big "print" button for both so that we can move forward and fulfill the campaign before the end of this year . . . read article

August 8, 2020:
Our GURPS On Demand program continues to expand, with two more books added to the dozens that are already available as print-on-demand titles: GURPS Mars GURPS Fantasy Folk Check out the complete list, and keep your eyes open as our team adds new books to the program over the coming months. -- Phil Reed . . . read article

August 9, 2020:
A little while ago, I posted a link to a YouTube channel I found with some great music mixes to run in the background while you're doing other things. But I know a lot of folks prefer work music that's something more like wallpaper, less like industrial equipment, and I hunted down a channel for you as well . . . read article

August 10, 2020:
I'm back for another Car Wars painting article. Today we're featuring Jackal! . . . read article

August 11, 2020:
Munchkin fans, now's your chance to grab the Munchkin Mini Expansion Promo Pack and add twelve cards to your collection! This pack of cards was created in 2019 during our Munchkin Mini-Expansions Kickstarter campaign, and now we are offering it to the world for all of you who may have missed out . . . read article

August 12, 2020:
The recently-released Labyrinth Planner is now available in print-on-demand at Amazon as well as in PDF at Warehouse 23.  When it comes to keeping your labyrinths logical, your monsters managed, and your traps and treasures tracked, you need a plan. You need the Labyrinth Planner! . . . read article

August 13, 2020:
For those of you asking about Car Wars Sixth Edition Kickstarter surveys (or, if you missed out and want to pre-order), here's what you need to know: To determine whether or not you have completed your survey, or just to get a look at the choices that you made in your survey, please see this page at BackerKit. Follow the instructions on that page to find the status of your survey. If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign and would like to pre-order Car Wars Sixth Edition, you may pre-order at BackerKit until the end of the month . . . read article

August 14, 2020:
How was YOUR Gen Con Online experience last weekend? Here were our wins: The 40 Years of Steve Jackson Games talk was informative, funny and reflective, and Steve and Phil even snuck in a product reveal or two.  We got to practice our online gaming skills, and Z-Shot, Ogre, Deadly Doodles, and even Tribes were well-represented . . . read article

August 15, 2020:
While the majority of our new releases flow through the traditional distribution channels that we have used for decades, a growing number of special projects -- often small, slightly different, or sometimes very large -- are launched using Kickstarter's crowdfunding platform. We have found that Kickstarter is a great resource to bring some lines (Ogre, The Fantasy Trip) to life . . . read article

August 16, 2020:
Last summer, Deadly Doodles was our big hit at Origins and Gen Con, with the family-friendly draw-n-draw game attracting several players at our demo sessions. The game has performed well enough over the last year that we've already run a second printing, and now the game expands with new maps and two packs of dice. Deadly Doodles 2 - Escalate the danger with six new maps and new game mechanics, including the addition of a six-sided die for some of the maps in the game. Deadly Doodles d6 Dice Set - Three six-sided dice featuring artwork by Katie Cook . . . read article

August 17, 2020:
I'm back with another Car Wars painting article! This time I'm featuring Apollo from Car Wars Miniatures Set 2 . . . read article

August 18, 2020:
Despite our best efforts, the COVID-19 situation is playing havoc with some of our upcoming releases, and we have been forced to adjust our plans for the remainder of 2020. Our New Releases page has been updated to reflect our current manufacturing and shipping reality, and the result is a reduced release schedule for the final months of the year . . . read article

August 19, 2020:
Greetings from Austin, where we're all pushing our air conditioning to the limit as we continue working from home. We hope all of you Munchkin fans out there are staying safe and comfortable, and we are jealous of those of you who are finding ways to keep playing games in this, the year that "hindsight" went from a punch line to a punch in the gut . . . read article

August 20, 2020:
We've taken something new to Kickstarter for Munchkin players in need of a new in-game bonus: coasters! Now you can protect your table and gain a slight bonus in your next game of Munchkin by joining Steve Jackson Games' Coasters for the Party on Kickstarter today! . . . read article

August 21, 2020:
Available now as the $90 reward level in Steve Jackson Games' Coasters for the Party, the Ogre Pocket Box Bundle includes near-exact replicas of several Ogre games and expansions from the eighties. This big box of Ogre was created thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers in 2019, and now we're offering a limited number of the bundles in our latest Kickstarter campaign . . . read article

August 22, 2020:
If you're a fan of the original Illuminati game, today is your chance to secure one of the limited Illuminati Pocket Box Bundles for yourself and add the original game -- and the expansions! -- to your collection. Offered as a special reward level in the current coasters Kickstarter campaign, this large box was created during our 2019 Pocket Box project and our supply of the boxes is running very low . . . read article

August 23, 2020:
Our Kickstarter campaign to create new Steve Jackson Games and Munchkin coasters comes to a close tomorrow, so you're almost out of time to join in the fun! Today, for those of you who are wondering what we're offering in the project in addition to the new coasters, we have a short list of some of the project's add-ons. GURPS Combat Cards . . . read article

August 24, 2020:
Our short (very short!) Kickstarter campaign to create coasters for your next game session comes to a close today, and there is very little time remaining for you to join in the fun . . . read article

August 25, 2020:
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Wait, no, it's 104 degrees outside . . . read article

August 26, 2020:
The universe of Warhammer 40,000 is full of warfaring armies, and we've got another expansion for Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 featuring two of them. Cults and Cogs adds the xenos-hybrid Genestealer Cults as well as the mechanized Adeptus Mechanicus to the roster. Each features a full complement of new relics and artifacts in the Treasure deck to wield, as well as even more iconic Warhammer troopers and characters featured as enemies . . . read article

August 27, 2020:
I'm back with another Car Wars painting article! This time I'm featuring Butcher from the Car Wars Two Player Starter Set Blue/Green . . . read article

August 28, 2020:
Liz Danforth, fantasy artist extraordinare, has confirmed as our Guest of Honor for the online FnordCon to be held on our Discord server Saturday, October 10. (We'll open the server Friday for pre-event socializing and to give new Discord users a chance to experiment.) . . . read article

August 29, 2020:
If you're playing The Fantasy Trip or GURPS (or, for that matter, any game that uses hexes) and you're looking for more mapping tools, we're happy to report that our Megahex Erasable Tiles have left the factory and are expected to land in September. At the moment, pre-orders for the new tiles (available in three different colors) are on track to ship in October . . . read article

August 30, 2020:
If anything, 2020 has been a productive year. Gaining one or two hours each day by not driving into the office has given me more time for myself that, when combined with sleeping an hour or two less each night, I've turned into the opportunity to create more stuff . . . read article

August 31, 2020:
The summer of Car Wars has been amazing, but all good things must come to an end. The BackerKit preorders for Car Wars Sixth Edition are closing tonight, so this is your last chance to guarantee you can get the Kickstarter items . . . read article

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