Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2020

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December 1, 2020:
Another big campaign for The Fantasy Trip is coming to an end today, with Hexagram 6 being well-funded! Humongous thanks to all the backers, and to everyone on the production team putting this together, not to mention all the content contributors for the zine and add-on materials. Hexagram is a continuing passion project for us, and the fact that so many people like our little zine for The Fantasy Trip is always heartwarming.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you still have some time! Hexagram 6 features 13 articles containing a variety of content -- from monsters and treasures to spells and talents There's also a great little piece of fiction . . . read article

December 2, 2020:
Our GURPS On Demand service exists for one reason: to bring as many out-of-print books back as we can manage! Rather than spend extra bucks chasing down those out-of-print gems -- not to mention a fortune in postage costs -- please take a look at the 90+ books that are available now through GURPS On Demand . . . read article

December 3, 2020:
With the holidays coming up, shipping services are getting backed up even more than they have been. That means the last day to try to be sure that orders will arrive before Christmas from Warehouse 23 in the continental US is December 8! . . . read article

December 4, 2020:
Did you know that our Deadly Doodles game can be played through video chat? So long as one player owns the game, and the other players download and print a map, then everyone can play along through video chat! . . . read article

December 5, 2020:
Among all the things that the Illuminati don't want you to know, and all the things we want you to believe even though they are horrible lies, there are a few true things that we would love for you to know. So brace yourselves: • The INWO Book is back in print, in PDF form . . . read article

December 6, 2020:
I first played this game with my husband over a coffee and sandwich at the local deli, and immediately fell in love with it. If you're looking for a simple push-your-luck card game – try Port Royal today! Port Royal is a quick game set in the age of piracy where you're trying to build the best port . . . read article

December 7, 2020:
With the frost on my windows this morning, I'm drawn to memories of last year's Friendly Local Game Store RV tour. This is right about the time we headed out to California to share some fun with our West Coast FLGSs and fans . . . read article

December 8, 2020:
Don't get stressed out by waiting till the last minute; get your orders in now from Warehouse 23, our online store, to help ensure they get there by Christmas*! We've got a wide selection of games, from the family pleasing Munchkin line to our retro classics like The Fantasy Trip and Illuminati Second Edition . . . read article

December 9, 2020:
Earlier this year, we released the Dungeon Survival Pack: Kitten Adventurers roleplaying game accessory. Designed for use with any RPG, the pack includes a dice bag, dice, and three journals, all illustrated by Katie Cook! . . . read article

December 10, 2020:
This might be your last chance to grab the Munchkin Shakespeare: Globe Theatre Playmat before the show closes forever. Or we run out . . .  Experience Munchkin in the round! . . . read article

December 11, 2020:
As a young lad in high school, my afternoons were made richer by a pile of paper chits and cards in a little minibox that explored a shadowy world of conspiracies, control, and cutthroat conflict . . . the world of Illuminati. Now, nearly 40 years on, I personally remain on edition one (although my packaging has expanded significantly and become a bit dog-eared around the edges), but Illuminati is now available in a brand-new second edition with updated art, a new expansion (Alternative Truths), and an exciting new batch of cards and rule effects with Illuminati 2020 . . . read article

December 12, 2020:
Not long ago I had the pleasure of appearing on Deep Cuts, a "deep-dive explainer show on weird but true pop culture stories." My fellow guest was Derek Pearcy, and the interview, of course, was about INWO and the nutcase (ahem) creative mythology that has grown up around its uncanny ability to predict the future. (NARRATOR VOICE: It does not predict the future.) Our hosts, Dave Baker and Andrew Price, showed some of the most-talked-about cards, and we debunked – to the extent that the Secret Masters will permit – the idea that the game represented some sort of foreknowledge of 9-11, COVID, and every disaster in between. Like good hosts, they pretended to believe every word that we pretended to say . . . read article

December 13, 2020:
As a strange year comes to a close, we find ourselves with fewer open Kickstarter campaigns than we had in the first months of 2020. As detailed in this February report, we had seven active projects at the start of the year . . . read article

December 14, 2020:
Earlier this year, we ran a Kickstarter campaign to create two new sets of coasters, one for Munchkin and one featuring some of our classic games from the eighties. Now, with the Kickstarter fulfillment behind us, we are happy to report that both sets of coasters are available at Warehouse 23, just in time for gift-giving and stocking-stuffing! Munchkin Coasters Steve Jackson Games Coasters The Kickstarter campaign was a bit of an oddity for us, but we had so much fun creating these designs that we'll have to explore some other tiny projects . . . read article

December 15, 2020:
April is closer than you think, no fooling. We've got a new release to make your spring a little springier! Dice Bag: Munchkin Kittens Store your litter of kitten dice!   Katie Cook's Munchkin Kittens make a special curtain call for this very munchkin-y dice bag! . . . read article

December 16, 2020:
For many of you (especially outside of the U.S.), today is your last day to order from the GURPS On Demand library if you want to receive printed books in time for Christmas.* You have a few extra days in the United States, but delaying now could mean your dreams of a GURPS Christmas go unrealized. What is GURPS On Demand? . . . read article

December 17, 2020:
And now for some 2020 news that isn't bad. I am very pleased to report that, effective immediately, we are raising the rates that we offer for GURPS and TFT writing . . . read article

December 18, 2020:
Back towards the end of summer, our Accounting Manager, Lisa, and I had a conversation about how we might better protect our staff against the spread of COVID, as well as various seasonal bugs or allergens. Were there any better filters, schedules for our NEST thermostats that could increase air circulation, or other active devices we could implement at a reasonable cost? . . . read article

December 19, 2020:
The October numbers are in, and the top titles are the evergreens that continue to dominate our sales charts. Two completely new Munchkin titles made it into the Top 10 in October, and the 10th spot was claimed by a surprising entry: Hexagram #5! . . . read article

December 20, 2020:
The fans at Gaelcon are always super generous. We are delighted to report that our modest contributions to the auction returned a total of 1,325 euros for charity! . . . read article

December 21, 2020:
Go on an adventure next April with a GURPS reprint, as well as a special second printing for a dice set that you can use with your favorite RPG campaign, even GURPS. How convenient!  GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns The universe is yours to create!   GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns combines information from the Third Edition GURPS Basic Set and GURPS Compendium II – plus our new core setting, with infinite possibilities for timeline-hopping adventure! . . . read article

December 22, 2020:
As we count down to Christmas, there is always that one person who is notoriously hard to shop for. Maybe they buy everything they want immediately, perhaps they refuse to tell anyone what they want, or they might just have tastes that are hard to pin down . . . read article

December 23, 2020:
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 24, 2020:
It's Christmas Eve – Santa's sleigh is stocked, the reindeer are ready to go, and all the elves are getting a well-needed rest. Well, almost all the elves . . . read article

December 25, 2020:
It's been a long, weird year, but we hope that you're all having a safe and happy holiday. Whether we're together or apart, we're looking forward to a more normal 2021 for us all . . . read article

December 26, 2020:
In January, we start 2021 with a new GURPS Kickstarter campaign with Steve Jackson Games' GURPS Pyramid Scheme! For the moment, we ask that you follow the campaign by clicking the green "notify me" button on this Kickstarter page . . . read article

December 27, 2020:
You already know that we offer GURPS, The Fantasy Trip, In Nomine, and much more in PDF at Warehouse 23, but did you know that our PDFs are also available at DrivethruRPG? With over 700 titles listed at the DrivethruRPG site, there are a lot of choices to make when you start digging through our catalog . . . read article

December 28, 2020:
Castle Archon brings us a video review of Raid on Iran. Spoiler: They liked it . . . read article

December 29, 2020:
As fresh as they were decades ago, our reprints of the four Uncle Al's catalogs for use with Car Wars are available now at Warehouse 23! These four different books were created as a part of our 2019 Kickstarter campaign that produced near-exact replicas of several classic games and expansions . . . read article

December 30, 2020:
To go with the recent release of Zombie Dice Deluxe (available now), we have reprinted the two Zombie Dice expansions for everyone who missed out last time. Both Zombie Dice 2 and Zombie Dice 3 are available now at your local game store . . . read article

December 31, 2020:
It's time to say goodbye (and good riddance) to the year that was 2020. And the best way to do that is by playing Illuminati . . . 2020! . . . read article

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