Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2014

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July 1, 2014:
Are you a teacher teaching Spanish, Italian, German, or Russian? Do you want to use some of our games to do so? . . . read article

July 2, 2014:
Retailers: if you want some fantastic deals on SJ Games stuff during the month of July, go check out Southern Hobby Supply, especially their 12 Months of Games page! Here's what they have in store: If you buy a copy of Munchkin Zombies and a copy of Munchkin Cthulhu, get a free Board of Health! Castellan is on sale! . . . read article

July 3, 2014:
In addition to being very pretty and looking like a really cool abstract srategy game, Symetra is made by a local Austin designer! So what is Symetra? . . . read article

July 4, 2014:
There's more to life than searching dungeons for adventure and loot . . . like exploring forests, mountains, and plains for adventure and loot! However, information on the great outdoors, and the perils and possibilities thereof, has been scanty -- until now. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 16: Wilderness Adventures is the definitive guide for both crypt-crawling delvers looking to broaden their horizons and rugged heroes who call the wilds their home . . . read article

July 5, 2014:
ACD Distribution has a Games Day every year in Madison, Wisconsin. ACD invites publishers and retailers to come and go to panels and visit the show floor, but the highlight for most people is the open game session in the evening . . . read article

July 6, 2014:
DeepSouthCon, the Southern regional SF convention (51 years old and going strong!), awards the Phoenix Award to science fiction professionals who have resided in the south, who portray the south positively in their work, or who have demonstrated friendship with southern fandom. Because Steve Jackson has done all three of these things, DeepSouthCon awarded him this year's Phoenix Award! . . . read article

July 7, 2014:
Longer ago than it is seemly to admit, Pierre Schwan from Pegasus (the folks who make our German translations) made us this nice piece of stained glass to commemmorate Munchkin's 10th Anniversary. It's beautiful, and the gesture is deeply moving, and we're sorry it has taken us so long to acknowledge it; we had to track down the designer first so we could thank him properly, by name . . . read article

July 8, 2014:
We have winners! We'll be contacting each winner privately to arrange for shipping details, but here they are! Mr P not only submitted some good entries, he submitted many entries . . . read article

July 9, 2014:
Every single one of you needs to rush out now and snag yourself a copy of Ignacy Trzewiczek's new book, Board Games That Tell Stories. This hardcover book collects Ignacy's blog and I have found that the writing is far, far more entertaining and enjoyable than I had first realized . . . read article

July 10, 2014:
Do you know how to run an online store? Do you like Munchkin, Ogre, and all of the other Steve Jackson Games titles? . . . read article

July 11, 2014:
That's right, our very own Ogre won the Dice Tower Award for Best Reprint! Thanks to Tom Vasel and the Dice Tower crew for the honor! . . . read article

July 12, 2014:
This was my first major event since starting at SJ Games and, man, was it a whirlwind of fun, too! Here are some highlights: Oh, my, Glob! . . . read article

July 13, 2014:
Last month, during a visit to the Funko offices to discuss the upcoming Munchkin toys (announced here), I stopped by and visited our friends at Geek Chic. For those two or three of you who have never heard of Geek Chic before, I give you this quick description of thier business: Geek Chic makes awesome furniture for gamers . . . read article

July 14, 2014:
You know how your friend calls you up to come over and play Munchkin, and you go to grab all of your various core sets and expansions, and they just spill every which way and all over the place because you just have so  dang many of them? That's a thing of the past! . . . read article

July 15, 2014:
Have you been looking for the Munchkin Zombies Kill-O-Meter? Do you still need a pack of your very own +6 Bag o' Munchkin Zombies? . . . read article

July 16, 2014:
Do you like Munchkin? Considering that you're reading this blog, chances are good that the answer is "yes." Well, if it is, we've got you covered in November. Munchkin Holidazed The ultimate Munchkin stocking stuffer! . . . read article

July 17, 2014:
We announced at the Origins 2014 Munchkin Tavern that we'd partnered with Funko to make Munchkin toys; well, they've announced that their Spyke figure is coming in November! We've now got a picture of it, and we're super excited about how cool it looks . . . read article

July 18, 2014:
Can you believe that it's already July? It feels like only yesterday we were announcing Munchkin Adventure Time at the Munchkin Tavern, and now Andrew and I are off to visit the USAopoly team to work on the 2015 Munchkin plans . . . read article

July 19, 2014:
I first played The Battle For Hill 218 at BGGCon way back in 2007. A two-player card game representing a WWII battle, Hill 218 really grabbed me, so much that I just had to buy a copy right there at the con . . . read article

July 20, 2014:
While our offices were closed over the 4th of July week I visited Washington, D.C. with my wife, Gina, where we stopped at Ford's Theatre, spent time exploring the American History Museum, located some fantastic Oz books at Second Story Books (I still want a Munchkin Oz game), and even got a chance to attend the elaborate fireworks display right on the National Mall. Overall it was a great week in the nation's capital, but there was one treat that I'm sure many gamers would have loved: Gina and I visited the Looney Labs offices and then attended Kristin and Andy Looney's game night at their home . . . read article

July 21, 2014:
Back in May we posted a photo to Twitter showing off a new Munchkin foil box.  A few weeks ago we posted another pic to Twitter showing the back of the new box. Responses both times were favorable, but the most popular response was a question: "Where can I get this shiny new box?" This new Munchkin foil box is an alternate version of the core Munchkin game, specifically intended for mass market sales . . . read article

July 22, 2014:
Did you know that writing something down helps you remember it? It's true . . . read article

July 23, 2014:
Hello to all my precious convention fans!  My name is Kali Dugan and I recently transplanted to Austin from the Great Northwest to manage conventions for SJ Games. You may see me showing off our latest games and super-secret exclusives at booths, or lifting large, awkwardly-sized boxes into my mid-size . . . read article

July 24, 2014:
Our Munchkin Messenger Bag is available now (order from Amazon) and turned out beautifully. I say this as a bit of a bag snob; I own roughly a dozen messenger bags and backpacks (including one beautiful leather bag I bought from Sterling & Burke while I was in Washington, D.C. earlier this month) . . . read article

July 25, 2014:
A few days ago, on a beautiful San Diego day, the doors to San Diego Comic-Con opened and tens of thousands of fans raced as fast as they could . . . to stand in line. Preview Night at SDCC is a madhouse rush of excitement as everyone tries to grab the exclusives, running from booth to booth in an attempt to score every single one of the amazing -- and very limited! -- doodads, trinkets, and awesomes that contribute to the fun of the convention . . . read article

July 26, 2014:
Our famed Munchkin Czar, the inestimable Andrew Hackard, has compiled some notes and thoughts from the process he went through developing Munchkin Pathfinder. I was the Munchkin Baron at the time, and my task on the project was to compile raw data for card ideas from the broad swath of Paizo's Pathfinder RPG catalog . . . read article

July 27, 2014:
We're now officially out of Munchkin Dragons. What does this mean? . . . read article

July 28, 2014:
We've got some great stuff you should be seeing in stores any day now! First up, we've got the Munchkin Board of Health, which you can see in our picture to the right . . . read article

July 29, 2014:
It's going to be a busy weekend for Steve Jackson Games, with two conventions where you can find us teaching the upcoming Mars Attacks dice game; playing Zombie Dice (including the new School Bus expansion!), Cthulhu Dice, Chupacabra and Castellan; and showing off other games. If you're in the area, make sure to stop by one of the two shows and play games with us! . . . read article

July 30, 2014:
Working with Paizo to make Munchkin Pathfinder has been one of our favorite partnerships . . . and now there's a deluxe edition coming out! It's the same great game! . . . read article

July 31, 2014:
If there's one thing everybody loves, it's free Munchkin stuff. If there's two things, it's free Munchkin stuff and free soft drinks . . . read article

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