Daily Illuminator Archive for January 2018

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January 1, 2018:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We've made it through another year of awesome games, with so many more to come in 2018! . . . read article

January 2, 2018:
When one adventure leads to another, you have a Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game campaign. That requires a setting, starting with the town heroes visit between dungeons. As GM, you'll find that planning this from Day One makes answering players' questions easier. Scenic view. Start with geography consistent with the delvers' skills . . . read article

January 3, 2018:
If you're going to PAX South, you'll have a chance earlier than just about anyone to play the Munchkin Collectible Card Game! Join us to get a jump on our upcoming two-player experience, designed by award-winning game creators Eric M . . . read article

January 4, 2018:
Cats. Bugs . . . read article

January 5, 2018:
PAX South is coming up fast, and SJ Games is getting ready for it! We'll be at the fourth annual PAX South, happening January 12-14 in San Antonio, TX.  At booth 104, we'll have a host of new and upcoming releases to demo, like Munchkin Shakespeare, Super Kitty Bug Slap, and the Munchkin Collectible Card Game! . . . read article

January 6, 2018:
We are so excited about the return of the inimitable space game, Marc Miller's Triplanetary! On Kickstarter January 15, we'll deliver on Steve Jackson's promise to release a new edition of this long-awaited classic, and to prepare, we have video for you . . . Triplanetary, first released in 1973, depicts ship-to-ship space combat using a vector movement system. You can race across the solar system, patrol to stop the pirate menace, defend humanity from alien invaders, and more! . . . read article

January 7, 2018:
Mysterious Universe details all sorts of high weirdness from around the world (hmm . . . there might be something to that). Veterans of foreign wars bring home stories of things seen out of the corner of one's eye on the battlefield . . . read article

January 8, 2018:
The Munchkin Collectible Card Game hits stores in late February – but we know some of you don't want to wait that long! So we've worked with select stores around North America to plan Munchkin Collectible Card Game Prerelease Events for late January!  In the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, players go head-to-head as fantasy-style heroes using cards chock full of Munchkin-style jokes, in a game designed by award-winning creators Eric M . . . read article

January 9, 2018:
Munchkin Starfinder preorders close on Friday, January 12, and with them, your last chance to reserve the game until it comes out later this year. Preordering ensures your copy will be shipped when we ship Kickstarter backer rewards, in summer 2018, well before it releases to the general public! . . . read article

January 10, 2018:
The wait is over – Triplanetary is now on Kickstarter! It's been more than 25 years since we announced the return of your favorite game of interplanetary warfare, so we are delighted to finally make this a reality . . . read article

January 11, 2018:
Help us start 2018 off right at PAX South, happening January 12-14! We're going to be at booth 104, demoing our new releases and our upcoming games, as well as handing out free swag . . . read article

January 12, 2018:
The Munchkin Collectible Card Game is releasing in February, and you can reserve your own starter sets and boosters right now at your local game store or on Warehouse 23! A starter set is the perfect introduction to the game for new players, and has enough in the box for two to play right off the bat . . . read article

January 13, 2018:
The GameBoard, one of the retailers participating in the Munchkin Collectible Card Game prerelease events later this month (find the complete list of participating stores here), recently received early samples of the new game and shared an unboxing on the store's Facebook page . . . read article

January 14, 2018:
It's almost that time of year again, when I head out to NYC to freeze . . . and for the annual New York Toy Fair! This is the first big trade show of the year, the first show in 2018 where we take our new games into the wild to share with retailers, distributors, and press . . . read article

January 15, 2018:
Welcome back, Munchkin fans! Hope everyone had a good break for the holidays and a fun, safe New Year celebration . . . read article

January 16, 2018:
Incredible. It's the one word that keeps coming to mind when thinking about this past weekend at PAX South in San Antonio . . . read article

January 17, 2018:
If you've been following our Fantasy Trip discussions, you'll be glad to hear that the threads have been collected into their own forum area. That's already making it easier to follow the discussions of what should change and what should never, ever, how-can-you-even-think-of it (not) change . . . read article

January 18, 2018:
Over on the official Munchkin Collectible Card Game Facebook page, Hunter has been slowly opening a complete display of booster packs on live video. At four packs a week and 24 packs to a box, Hunter will be opening and sharing his discoveries for another four weeks (he has opened two so far, with the videos posted here and here) . . . read article

January 19, 2018:
Whew! What a year 2017 was for Ogre! . . . read article

January 20, 2018:
Our Munchkin Starfinder preorders have officially closed, meaning that we're now well into the manufacturing of the game . . . and all of those fantastic accessories and expansions that were unlocked as part of the Kickstarter project. To streamline delivery of the game and keep our catalog manageable, many of the Munchkin Starfinder accessories will not be released individually into distribution . . . read article

January 21, 2018:
Can you escape the book? That's the premise of The Conjurer's Almanaq, currently funding on Kickstarter . . . read article

January 22, 2018:
I suspect the container services get a little unhappy when we refer to their giant ships as "boats," but I always think of it as "on the boat!" when a game leaves the factory to make the long journey to our primary warehouse in Georgia. The upcoming Munchkin Collectible Card Game set sail late last month, so everything is on schedule to arrive at our warehouse late this month . . . read article

January 23, 2018:
The team here at SJ Games is ready to head across the country, helping some awesome game stores host Munchkin Collectible Card Game prerelease events! These learn-to-play events will take place this weekend, January 25-28, and will give gamers the first opportunity to play the game outside of our convention demos . . . read article

January 24, 2018:
Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the world's most influential authors of science fiction and fantasy, died Jan. 22 at the age of 88 . . . read article

January 25, 2018:
As the owner of a car, I know that vehicle ownership incurs heavy costs and responsibility. And nobody likes spending big money and having extra responsibilities.  So instead of that, why not check out the new Car Wars Bundle of Holding! . . . read article

January 26, 2018:
We're now roughly one month from the official release of the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, and as we build to the in-store launch of the game, our marketing team has been shipping advance copies and booster packs to our industry friends who are excited to see the finished items. The best part of these early peeks has been the infectious response; seeing our friends giggle and laugh at the silly cards and art is a rewarding experience that makes the years of work we sunk into the game worth it . . . read article

January 27, 2018:
London may as well be made of quantum Swiss cheese for all the underlying relativistic structural integrity it has. Seems Terry Gilliam was onto something with his movie Time Bandits – the city wears thin in certain areas and produces holes in time and space throughout . . . read article

January 28, 2018:
Mikey Neumann, formerly the chief creative at Gearbox Entertainment and one of the lead writers on the Borderlands video games, has struck out on his own to create YouTube essays talking about movies (and occasionally TV) that also illuminate our lives. They're really good, and he has set up a Patreon for people who want to help him continue to produce these videos . . . read article

January 29, 2018:
We're back from our first round of Munchkin Collectible Card Game prereleases, where we had a blast! Lots of gamers had the chance to try out the game for the first time and take a deck home with them as well . . . read article

January 30, 2018:
I'm back from Wisconsin, the land of cold temperatures, after spending five days visiting five different game stores where I was fortunate enough to teach the Munchkin Collectible Card Game to dozens of gamers. The overarching response to the experience is summed up best as: Phenomenal! . . . read article

January 31, 2018:
Before our primary warehouse closed for the holidays last year, the team shipped out the last copies of Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe. Thousands of games sold and shipped in the last few months of 2017, and that would have been the end of the title for a year or so . . . if there hadn't been a slight error at the factory . . . read article

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