Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2018

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December 1, 2018:
Podcasting has been a "thing" for over a decade now, but for much of that time podcasts were primarily the domain of the geeky and the uberfan. The idea of periodic, often subscription-based content shouldn't have surprised people who grew up with magazines and episodic TV, but even now I talk to people who don't even know what podcasts are, much less how they have become mainstream in many corners . . . read article

December 2, 2018:
I'm actually not reading as much as I'd like. Working on that . . . read article

December 3, 2018:
For the holidays, we've pulled some of the special Munchkin mystery boxes from the dark corners and are again offering them for sale at Warehouse 23, the Steve Jackson Games online shop. At the moment, we have four different mystery boxes ready to bring joy to your festive game sessions.  Munchkin Shelf Improvement – Includes two special Munchkin rules! Munchkin Christmas in July – Random games and expansions, promos, this box offers a lot of fun! Munchkin Holiday Grab Box – Lots of Munchkin in one box! . . . read article

December 4, 2018:
Starting this month, we will be following our fearless Munchkin Heroes Spyke and Flower on their many epic adventures!! We know many of you have a Funko Vinyl Spyke figure that keeps the orcs at bay during your weekly Munchkin games, travels with you to gaming conventions, or even lives in your car for road-trip fun . . . read article

December 5, 2018:
For many of us, the end of the year is a time to gather friends and family together, reflect on the good times and bad in the year just past, and make plans for the year to come. In that spirit, we would like to suggest that you and your loved ones kill monsters, stab each other, and take each other's stuff . . . read article

December 6, 2018:
The new Kickstarter campaign is up, right here. The centerpiece of Battlefields is two big maps; they are tried and tested from back in the Dark Ages but have never before been available in this scale . . . read article

December 7, 2018:
Planning on ordering some great Christmas loot from Warehouse 23? Whether you're in need of Munchkin accessories and expansions, more GURPS adventures, or the brand-new edition of Illuminati, here are some things you'll be glad you know: Our Haul-iday Sale is in full swing and runs through Wednesday, December 19 . . . read article

December 8, 2018:
PAX Unplugged is only two years old, but it has quickly become one of the larger shows that we attend each year. This year, Randy, Jimmie, Julie, Alex, and Annie – a brand new member of the MIB demo team – were on hand to demo the latest in Munchkin technology – Warhammer 40,000, Starfinder, and Steampunk: Girl Genius . . . read article

December 9, 2018:
Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic and powerhouse franchise, worked with IDW on their new Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game . . . and now Kevin is selling the artwork on his website! . . . read article

December 10, 2018:
This is incredible, gang! If you're not yet supporting the Ogre Battlefields campaign on Kickstarter, then now's your chance to dive in and help the push to make this the largest Ogre expansion ever!!! . . . read article

December 11, 2018:
We're pleased to announce that the first expansion for Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, Faith and Firepower, has gone to print! It features the Adepta Sororitas (the fierce "Sisters of Battle") and the truly alien T'au, who are sometimes mortal enemies, sometimes loyal allies . . . read article

December 12, 2018:
Any list of games that includes Fluxx, Exploding Kittens, Happy Salmon, and Munchkin is one that we can happily get behind, and Margaret Clegg's "10 Card Games Families Love" includes those and more, making it a wonderful holiday shopping list for parents and grandparents alike. We're obviously excited to see Munchkin make the list, but we also want to be sure that you give the other games on the list a try if you've not played them before. Happy Salmon is an especially silly game and perfect for your holiday party . . . at work or at home! . . . read article

December 13, 2018:
The holidays are fast approaching, and we don't want you to miss out on anything! Be sure to visit your friendly local game store to score some old favorites and see what's new on the shelves . . . read article

December 14, 2018:
Our friends at USAopoly have released Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe, a new stand-alone Munchkin game that . . . well, you get the idea, right? I mean, was anyone confused when they saw that there's a Harry Potter edition of Munchkin? . . . read article

December 15, 2018:
We now have a rapper in the family. SJ Games alumnus Andy Hartsock, in his persona as D20, will tell you all about his paladin . . . read article

December 16, 2018:
Thank you to Mike Futter for including three different Steve Jackson Games titles – Super Kitty Bug Slap, Blob Lobber, and Simon's Cat – in the SuperParent's Holiday Tabletop Guide. If you're still in search of stocking stuffers for those younger gamers on your list, these three games are fantastic choices; each is inexpensive, compact, and lots of fun for the kids!  Check out the complete SuperParent's Holiday Tabletop Guide here, and then visit your friendly local game store to find these and several other fabulous games.  If you're traveling for the holidays, the Steve Jackson Games store finder can help you find the game stores closest to you . . . read article

December 17, 2018:
Thank you to the Watch MoJo team for including Munchkin in their Top 10 Card Games to Play with Friends YouTube video. Spotting Munchkin alongside games like What Do You Meme?Cards Against Humanity, and Spoons shows that we're in very good company . . . read article

December 18, 2018:
It's time for the holidays, and that means it is time that we direct you to these free Munchkin gift tags and greeting cards. You may use these when preparing gifts for the Munchkin players in your life; all you have to do is download the PDFs and print each one on your home printer . . . read article

December 19, 2018:
Here we are, at the end of another solar orbit, ready to look back over a year of Munchkin news. (You can go back to read the reports from 2016 and 2017 if you want to see how good a prophet I am.) . . . read article

December 20, 2018:
As we close in on the final days of 2018, part of our efforts include examining inventory and discussions of which items to immediately reprint . . . and which ones we will let go out-of-print for an unspecified number of months (or years). These are the Munchkin titles that we're allowing to go out-of-print for the immediate future . . . read article

December 21, 2018:
And with the end of our holiday game day yesterday, our 2018 office hours have come to a close. Many of the team are taking next week off – as well as the first few days of January – and we're officially closed until January 2, 2019. 2018 has been a mix of successes, frustrations, and difficult decisions, and we want to thank all of you for sticking with us over the year as we adjusted our processes and schedules to better fit the new market conditions . . . read article

December 22, 2018:
Christmas is only tthree days away, so now is your last chance to visit your friendly local game store to grab new games, expansions, and accessories as gifts for your friends and family. And if you're traveling for the holidays, our handy store finder will help guide you to a game store near you; please be sure to let the store's staff know that you learned about them from the Steve Jackson Games store finder!  And if you're really pressed for time, the Munchkin Gift Pack includes three different pre-wrapped games as well as tags and promo cards . . . read article

December 23, 2018:
Need last-minute gifts for your friends and family this holiday season? Then check out our suggested stocking stuffers, all of which you can find today at your friendly local game store! . . . read article

December 24, 2018:
Look at these amazing TFT octopi! These will be showing up now in adventures that I run . . . read article

December 25, 2018:
To those of you who celebrate Christmas, we wish you a very merry day. To everyone else, have a lovely Tuesday . . . read article

December 26, 2018:
It's been an exciting time for fans of The Fantasy Trip! Following a successful Kickstarter earlier this year (and a couple issues of Pyramid with TFT adventures and support), we're now proud to present the first full TFT adventure supplement in decades: The Chaos Triads . . . read article

December 27, 2018:
Tomorrow, the Ogre Battlefields project comes to a close, and we start to finalize the files for publication. The majority of the work is already completed; next week, we will make our final checks/corrections and then send the files to our partners at GPI (possibly as soon as the second week of January) . . . read article

December 28, 2018:
We've been offering a few different playmat designs over the last few years (the latest Ogre playmats are now on Kickstarter, with the project closing today), and we're far from the only game publisher selling playmats to support gameplay. Over the holidays, I got lucky enough to add several of Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars: Imperial Assault playmats to my collection . . . read article

December 29, 2018:
As mentioned last month, we're working to bring the Pocket Box games of the '80s back to the world. Part of the Kickstarter campaign for The Fantasy Trip included the creation of a new plastic Pocket Box, and we're happy to report that the design is complete and now being produced for the retro-style, combined Melee & Wizard game that will be released next year.  To guarantee that you don't miss out on the upcoming Pocket Box project on Kickstarter, please be sure to follow Steve Jackson Games on Facebook, Twitter, and Kickstarter . . . read article

December 30, 2018:
Today I set out on the long journey to Hong Kong, where I'll meet with our GPI rep, David, for a series of factory visits in China. Why are David and I starting 2019 at the factory? . . . read article

December 31, 2018:
Our own convention in Austin - April 6-7, 2019! This will be a small event, maybe as small as 200 people, so save the dates and stay tuned . . . read article

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