Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2019

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December 1, 2019:
For those who missed the Kickstarter campaign for the new issue of The Fantasy Trip zine, Hexagram #3, we're here to tell you that today is the last day to preorder at the Kickstarter price. (The team will close preorders tomorrow.) . . . read article

December 2, 2019:
You missed out on Uncle Al's Black Friday Kickstarter special? We have good news for you, as Uncle Al is running a special Cyber Monday offer! . . . read article

December 3, 2019:
Sometimes, the full 168-card Munchkin game is just a little too much. We get it . . . read article

December 4, 2019:
One of the ways in which I maintain my sanity is by creating. Books about toys . . . read article

December 5, 2019:
Our HAULiday sale is going full force. And so we thought to ourselves . . . what would make this sale even better? . . . read article

December 6, 2019:
Uncle Al knows that when you're looking for a bargain, the first place you check is his famous Auto Stop and Gunnery Shop. Well, today Uncle Al wants you to turn your attention to the Car Wars Sixth Edition campaign on Kickstarter, where there are deals that you will not find in stores . . . because none of this is in stores yet!  Save 25% on the expected retail price of the upcoming Car Wars Sixth Edition game today by backing the Kickstarter project at the $75 reward level . . . read article

December 7, 2019:
Okay, so it's not quite that refined, but Ian Webster's website DinosaurPictures.Org offers a few amenities for the scale-and-feather crowd, not least this interactive map of the world. (Though if you do have any information regarding what happened to our ancient bio-buddies, any tips will remain anonymous.) . . . read article

December 8, 2019:
But you'd better have a pretty big stocking. Back in the Oughts, J . . . read article

December 9, 2019:
Ogre players, have you picked up Ogrezine? Available in two volumes, both Ogrezine issues were created thanks to the support of our crowdfunding project backers, and you can get these in print or in PDF today! Ogrezine – The first PDF collection of articles from the web, each one created by Steve Jackson Games and paid freelancers. Ogrezine Mark II PDF – A collection of articles from our website. Ogrezine I & II Print Collection – Both books in a single volume . . . read article

December 10, 2019:
Have you not yet joined in to support Car Wars Sixth Edition on Kickstarter? Now is your chance to join in and help improve the Car Wars Sixth Edition game . . . read article

December 11, 2019:
At PAX this last weekend, we taught the Car Wars Sixth Edition game to dozens of players -- both fans of the classic and those who have never before participated in an autoduel -- and we were overjoyed with the response!  Edward Fadigan posted to the Kickstarter campaign: "Got to play this at PAX Unplugged this weekend, and as gorgeous as this looks on the table, it's TWICE as magnificent in your head as you play it. Seeing the hinged relationships between Control and Tires on the Dashboards, with the same link between the Speed and the Power Plant, immediately impressed me as making resolving 8 rules and modifications, as easy as opening a jar of candy. It's LITERALLY child's play, but still manages to translate most of the crunch decisions that made Car Wars 1e such a fun game to play. And the MINIATURES. I got to touch them, and photos do them no justice." And also in the Kickstarter comments, Waldo Jeffers posted: "Having played a round at PAX yesterday, I am more excited for this game than ever! . . . read article

December 12, 2019:
Our last office day for 2019 is next Thursday, December 19, which also (by no coincidence whatsoever) is our final office game day of the year. We'll be closed starting December 20, reopening on January 2 . . . read article

December 13, 2019:
The holiday season is in full swing, the moon was eerily full last night, and now it's Friday the 13th! That can mean just one thing at Steve Jackson Games . . . the zombies are coming! . . . read article

December 14, 2019:
Pope Francis knows demonic possession is a problem on the upswing in this world, so he's encouraging priests to help combat the rising tide. Before anyone goes out to buy crucifixes and Bibles, though, he's not asking the general public to start speaking Latin at distressed persons . . . read article

December 15, 2019:
For those of you who do not yet own the oversized and overloaded Ogre Battlefields expansion, please note that we will be increasing the retail price to $74.95 in 2020. This box is large and heavy, and was pricey to produce . . . read article

December 16, 2019:
We've designed Car Wars Sixth Edition (now on Kickstarter!) for two to four players. That's the sweet spot, where games flow smoothly and hit our rough goal of 30 minutes per player, and everything packed inside the set is tailored for two to four players . . . read article

December 17, 2019:
Every fall, we open up the festive vault door in the hidden wall at the back of Warehouse 23 to let our holiday-themed games out for another shopping season. And after the holidays are over, our intrepid and heavily insured staff corral those games back into the vault for another nine months or so . . . read article

December 18, 2019:
I know, right? We're all counting the days until . . . FnordCon 2! You'll want to save the dates – April 3, 4, and 5 – and reserve your badges and hotel rooms now . . . read article

December 19, 2019:
The odds are good – not 100%, but good – that you like Munchkin, or you wouldn't be here reading this. The odds are also good that you are thinking about buying some presents, because it's that time of year . . . read article

December 20, 2019:
One more weekend before Christmas, gang, making this the perfect time to check our store finder and then visit your friendly local game store! Whether you're looking for the latest Munchkin games and accessories, our new dice packs, or classics like Ogre and Zombie Dice, your FLGS is the place to be this weekend . . . read article

December 21, 2019:
That's right, gang! For those of you who missed the crowdfunding campaign for Ogre Miniatures Set 3 earlier this year, we've made the pack available as an add-on item in the Car Wars Sixth Edition Kickstarter campaign . . . read article

December 22, 2019:
As requested by the project backers, we've revealed three different shirts as a part of the Car Wars Sixth Edition campaign on Kickstarter. Choose from two different t-shirts, or select the official American Autoduel Association polo for your business casual days, and show the world that you play Car Wars! . . . read article

December 23, 2019:
Did you wait too long to buy a gift for that special gamer in your life? Perhaps you're not sure whether or not they have the latest release? . . . read article

December 24, 2019:
Welcome to Christmas Eve! Today is the last day to find those special gifts for your friends and family, and many friendly local game stores across the United States are open today and ready to help you find the perfect game for tomorrow's festivities . . . read article

December 25, 2019:
As of this writing, the Car Wars Sixth Edition campaign on Kickstarter is over $540,000 and has less than two weeks to go. So far, over 3,500 backers have unlocked several stretch goals and packed more and more into the game, making the $140 reward level an amazing deal that you will not want to miss! . . . read article

December 26, 2019:
Available now at Warehouse 23, The Fantasy Trip Adventures hardcover includes: One 64-page hardcover book packed with five adventures: The Chaos Triads, by Steven Marsh; The Curse of Katiki-Mu, by Robert Saint John; Fire in the Temple, by David L. Pulver; The Clockwork Tower, by Greg Poehlein; Tomb of the Wizard-King, by Christopher R . . . read article

December 27, 2019:
It's the end of another very eventful year! Let's look back at some of the highlights . . . . . read article

December 28, 2019:
We're expanding the Deadly Doodles draw-n-draw game with six new maps, and now's your chance to preorder the upcoming expansion! Now open at BackerKit, the Deadly Doodles 2 preorder campaign includes the expansion, the core game, and even a few items that are not scheduled for distribution sales in 2020.  Fans liked Deadly Doodles and bought a lot of copies (the reprint is now on the boat!) and we look forward to seeing your comments once you get a chance to play the six new dungeons that are packed inside the expansion . . . read article

December 29, 2019:
Earlier this year, CMoN did a big Kickstarter for a licensed Munchkin dungeon-crawling boardgame . . . with minis. Very cool minis . . . read article

December 30, 2019:
We're down to the final week of the Car Wars Sixth Edition campaign on Kickstarter, with the project closing one week from today (comes to an end on Monday, January 6th.) So far, project supporters have unlocked dozens of stretch goals and made the game's launch far larger than it would have been without their help funding this newest edition of the classic game of autoduelling . . . read article

December 31, 2019:
Coming to Kickstarter in 2020, the Dungeon Fantasy Companion 2 expands our GURPS-driven Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game with new magic items, new monsters, and new villains . . . all written by Sean Punch!  This 64-page book will be offered in print (U.S. only during the Kickstarter stage) as well as PDF. Why only U.S. for print? . . . read article

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