Daily Illuminator Archive for February 2022

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February 1, 2022:
At the moment, the majority of our open Kickstarter campaigns are either in the fulfillment process or about to move into the fulfillment process, with only one project (Hexagram #9, now funding) still in the pre-printing stage. We're finding that even the "easy" projects that we print in the U.S. — Random Fun Generator 2, I see you! — aren't exactly all that simple . . . read article

February 2, 2022:
I made a mistake that left me awfully embarrassed. I've been told that everybody does it once in a while, but it's clear that if YOU can NOT do it, it will improve the average IQ of the human race . . . read article

February 3, 2022:
For several years now, we've included specific dice color combinations (plastic and ink) in the different Munchkin games, sometimes running through five or six different color tests before settling on a new title's exact dice colors. That was fun while it lasted, but now we're simplifying the process and making a change in the dice we pack inside our new (and reprint) Munchkin games . . . read article

February 4, 2022:
This month we wanted to show you all how much we love our fans with a special sale on Warehouse 23! But not just a sale; we're going to throw in some freebies with orders of $20 or more, and the swag stacks the more you spend . . . read article

February 5, 2022:
Now on Kickstarter is The Undying Sands and Bottled Sea, two roleplaying game settings presented in what is described as "hex-n-screen" format. I originally ordered The Undying Sands from the Games Omnivorous website when the supplement was first released, and it was so imaginative that I had no choice but to back Bottled Sea as fast as I could.  So just what is the "hex-n-screen" format? . . . read article

February 6, 2022:
It's at www.sjgames.com/fnordcon/schedule.html. Seemed like a logical place for it . . . read article

February 7, 2022:
The amazing Iain Lovecraft has launched another minis Kickstarter, and this one is pirate-themed. Huge support already, because this one combines a great sculptor, a classic theme, and a 5e adventure . . . read article

February 8, 2022:
Steve Jackson and John Kovalic are at it again, teaming up to bring the Caped Crusader to Munchkin tables everywhere in this new stand-alone game! Coming soon to Kickstarter, this new game features over 250 cards, and the Kickstarter edition only gets heavier as project stretch goals are unlocked . . . read article

February 9, 2022:
We've opened FnordCon pre-registration, but we understand that not everyone can make it to Austin the end of April to join us for the in-person convention. For those of you who won't be at the show, or maybe you'll be there and just want extra STUFF, we have an Indiegogo project running right now to have the swag shipped to your door . . . read article

February 10, 2022:
How did we do in 2021? Well, it was an awful year, but you knew that . . . read article

February 11, 2022:
The big question this week was: what would "crunch" production look like? I tried Monday and Tuesday to run the printer as many times as I could . . . read article

February 12, 2022:
If you missed out on the giant Munchkin d10 we released last fall, now's your chance to add one of these almost one-pound dice to your collection! At Indiegogo, as a part of our FnordCon Swag campaign, we're offering three colors of these giant dice . . . and these new colors include game cards!  We have a limited number of the new Munchkin dice available at the moment, so please act fast if you want to be one of the first in your game group to receive this giant level die . . . read article

February 13, 2022:
Thanks to the great response to the "I can't come to FnordCon but I want the swag!" campaign on IndieGoGo, now with over 400 supporters, we've added a great new goodie. This is not a stretch goal - we just dropped it in . . . read article

February 14, 2022:
FnordCon, our in-person game convention held in Austin, is coming! The pre-registration page went live earlier this year, and now you can get a look at the preliminary schedule of events . . . read article

February 15, 2022:
Steve Jackson Games has endeavored to go greener over the years; we've installed solar panels at our office and changed our plastic mini-expansion packaging to cardboard tuckboxes. It's not superhero-level stuff, but we try to make green changes when and where we can, and our shipping team will soon* begin reusing our incoming shipping cartons to ship games to you! . . . read article

February 16, 2022:
One of our most requested reprints is finally back in stock with the return of Knightmare Chess! We really took a gambit on this one and thought it was the right time to bring back a classic take on the game of chess . . . read article

February 17, 2022:
We're not quite ready to launch the Kickstarter campaign to bring the Dark Knight into the world of Munchkin, but everything is progressing nicely and we're now ready to share the Kickstarter video with all of you . . . read article

February 18, 2022:
We've released several STL miniatures at our online store, Warehouse 23, including this set of a dozen skeletons. Designed for 3D printing at home, these new minis are from the Foes Kickstarter campaign that came to a close last month . . . read article

February 19, 2022:
The city is ringing with action; answer the call! GURPS Action 9: The City – from the creative cranium of GURPS Line Editor Sean Punch – reveals how to bring the power of GURPS City Stats to the fast-paced realm of GURPS Action. This supplement features rules and guidelines to make it easier than ever to sort out interesting things to do in a backwoods burg or a mighty metropolis . . . read article

February 20, 2022:
Dungeons are an important part of many fantasy roleplaying games, and for those of you who use miniatures in your campaigns, there is little as awesome and fun as a great dungeon layout. Constructing a dungeon can be challenging, so I'm always looking for tips, tricks, and suggestions on how to build a better dungeon layout . . . read article

February 21, 2022:
The newest exhibit is open at the zoo, and it may bite the hand that pets it. Munchkin Petting Zoo brings 30 wild Door and Treasure cards to add to any version of Munchkin, focusing on furry and feathered friends . . . and enemies. Some classic mechanics make a return as well . . . read article

February 22, 2022:
Na na na na na na na na . . . Munchkin! I mean Batman! . . . read article

February 23, 2022:
Even if you're not attending our FnordCon convention in Austin this year (pre-registration details here), you can get your hands on one of the new shirt designs we created for the event. Rather than suffer through the stress of manufacturing shirts, taking pre-orders, and then hoping that we produced the right quantity of the correct sizes, we're trying something new this year and have turned to Redbubble to produce the convention shirts . . . read article

February 24, 2022:
One benefit of being headquartered in a city like Austin is our many gaming neighbors, and new ones arrive all the time. Some of our most recent acquaintances are Turbo Dork, who relocated to the Austin/Buda area, and we were fortunate enough to get a chance to check out the office . . . read article

February 25, 2022:
We've all heard the stories or, worse still, lived the tale: "My mom threw it all out when I left home." There's no end to the number of times this woeful anecdote has echoed in our lives, and usually all we can do is offer a word of support and hope that the long-lost treasure will somehow resurface in the future. For fans of the classic Car Wars game of the eighties, those sad stories now have a happy ending as we have released all four retro-reprint bundles at Warehouse 23. Car Wars Pocket Box Bundle 1 - This core bundle includes the basic game, Truck Stop, Convoy, and four other supplements. Car Wars Pocket Box Bundle 2 - Crash City and five expansions fill out this package. Car Wars Pocket Box Bundle 3 - Five Car Wars supplements, including the spectacular Autoduel Champions . . . read article

February 26, 2022:
I have figured out how the game would work. Therefore, there's no need to write it down . . . read article

February 27, 2022:
I posted last year about creating a vinyl record (April 4, 2021 Daily Illuminator entry), one of the pandemic activities I tackled during the long months locked away at home in 2020. Creating music was on my list of goals for many years, and it took a combination of learning a new DAW (Soundtrap) and the sleepless nights of 2020 to push me in the direction of actually producing music . . . read article

February 28, 2022:
If you're looking to expand your selection of t-shirts, please remember to check our Redbubble shop where we've listed several designs. First created as part of a 2020 Kickstarter campaign, these shirts feature classic Steve Jackson Games artwork and, depending on interest and demand, we may create another wave of t-shirts showcasing some of our other games . . . read article

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