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July 1, 2018:
Recently on Twitter, this fantastic custom Zombie Dice caught our attention. Created by @pmgillespie68, these are 4-inch dice designed so that he and his family can enjoy Zombie Dice as a lawn game . . . read article

July 2, 2018:
Two more GURPS Third Edition classics have joined our On Demand program, available in print once again! GURPS Cops is a look at those who protect the streets, including the history of police forces, an examination of different police roles, and a guide to investigations. GURPS Covert Ops offers insight into those who do their dirty works in the shadows . . . and those who work to stop them. Add assassins, saboteurs, and terrorists to your campaign, whether it's modern, historical, science fiction, or fantasy . . . read article

July 3, 2018:
This week we're celebrating Independence Day with our Fantastic Fourth of July Giveaway! Qualifying orders of physical items will get free loot, while supplies last . . . read article

July 4, 2018:
On this day celebrating American independence, we want to share something special sent to us from soldiers defending us overseas. We're honored to receive this combat-flown flag . . . read article

July 5, 2018:
Whether you're looking to test your skills wielding your cards from The Desolation of Blarg or to pick up some more Blarg cards, we've got an upcoming event you don't want to miss. The third weekend in July is The Desolation of Blarg Day of Wreckoning, where players can win premium prizes and revel in the first expansion for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game . . . read article

July 6, 2018:
After months of behind-the-scenes work, we're happy to announce that Munchkin Unicorns and Friends is now on Kickstarter! We've taken this new mini-expansion, illustrated by Katie Cook (Munchkin Love Shark Baby, Munchkin Kittens), Ian McGinty (Munchkin Knights, the Munchkin comic), and Len Peralta (Munchkin Clowns, Super Kitty Bug Slap), to Kickstarter for one reason: To give you the chance to increase the number of cards in the box! . . . read article

July 7, 2018:
Guy McLimore is one of the Original Gangstas of tabletop roleplaying, with his first professional credit being an article in Dragon Magazine #6 in 1977. He bought hot dogs from a kid named Ernie Gygax at Gen Con IX, and once lost the only 20-sided die in southern Indiana irretrievably down the unfinished wall in a friend's attic game room and had to draw chits from a cup to keep playing for two weeks until a replacement set came from the Dungeon Hobby Shop in Lake Geneva . . . read article

July 8, 2018:
The Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game has jump-started the adventuring careers of countless heroes at gaming tables around the world. But what they can really use is something incredible to do! . . . read article

July 9, 2018:
Greetings from the world of Munchkin! FIRST: have you backed our Kickstarter for Munchkin Unicorns and Friends? . . . read article

July 10, 2018:
Naturally, I can't reveal the WHOLE evil plan. That would be foolish of me, especially since we are still evilly planning . . . read article

July 11, 2018:
There I was, minding my own business, when I thought of a cow joke.* Before I could even write it down, I thought of two more. By the time I got those three written down, another was banging at the rickety doors of my attention span . . . read article

July 11, 2018:
From the gamer's standpoint, we are in a Golden Age. The combination of crowdfunding and low minimum order requirements at factories means that more and more new creators are releasing their own games . . . read article

July 12, 2018:
With the Kickstarter launch of The Fantasy Trip fast approaching, development is in full swing, and Steve is leading the charge. In addition to writing and rewriting rules, he's been personally reviewing all of the components, from the box art all the way to the counters.  I caught Steve while he was proofing some of the counter art, right before our recent #SJGamesLive featuring Melee character construction . . . read article

July 13, 2018:
Sometimes, I get to work on silly, fun little Munchkin expansions. Sometimes, I get to work on three of them . . . read article

July 14, 2018:
For a few years now, since I'm a regular LibertyCon attendee, we have been supporting the LC charity by donating a Munchkin card. The winner(s) get to work with me to create a card on the theme they like . . . read article

July 15, 2018:
Pyramid magazine has long been a prime spot for amazing places to visit, and that's been especially true the past couple of months. Pyramid #3/115: Technomancer revisits the world of GURPS Technomancer. The fan-favorite setting – with its combination of magic and modern-day mayhem – has always played well to the cross-genre strengths of GURPS . . . read article

July 16, 2018:
Gen Con is right around the corner (August 2-5), and SJ Games will be there in full force, playing games with all the fans! You can always stop by booth 1413 for a demo of any of our games, but if you're looking for something a bit more scheduled, then our official event listings are what you want! . . . read article

July 17, 2018:
Ignore the fact that it's warm now – here are some upcoming titles to keep you warm this fall: our November releases! Munchkin Collectible Card Game: Grave Danger Booster Laugh in the face of danger – Grave Danger! This expansion for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game helps you build a deck that's more fun than a barrel of mummies! Each booster pack contains 12 randomized cards, at least one of which is rare or better . . . read article

July 18, 2018:
As we continue to evaluate our sales across all our game lines, we have to make hard decisions about what to keep in print and what to let go. Munchkin is a 17-year-old line with many dozens of titles, and unfortunately, we are past the point where supporting all of them is prudent or even possible. From time to time, we'll post an update about titles that are running low at our main warehouse (or are already out of stock) that you may want to pick up at your friendly local game store or order directly from Warehouse 23 (while supplies last), so you aren't stuck paying exorbitant aftermarket prices to complete your collection . . . read article

July 19, 2018:
With the launch of The Fantasy Trip on Monday, July 23, our whole crew is in Glorious Revolutionary Prep Mode. In this file footage, we see Steve inspecting a mockup of one of the new boxes . . . read article

July 20, 2018:
Who knew that unicorns had so many friends? Today is the day, gang! . . . read article

July 21, 2018:
Astute readers of this site – and fans of GURPS – may remember that we added GURPS to DriveThruRPG late last year. Since we talked about what was hot on Warehouse 23 in April last month, we thought we'd poke into what's selling in the world of GURPS on DriveThruRPG. Transhuman Space Classic GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns GURPS Basic Set: Characters GURPS Classic: Space Atlas 2 GURPS Powers GURPS City Stats GURPS Classic: Russia GURPS Low-Tech GURPS Martial Arts GURPS Classic: Space Atlas Since GURPS books are still relatively new on DriveThruRPG – and we're still working to bring over the existing library – it's not too surprising that core books are among the best sellers . . . read article

July 22, 2018:
Rarely does a game ask you to kill someone outright, but Killing Lee Garvin does just that. Ironically, this project is all about helping . . . read article

July 23, 2018:
The Munchkin Starfinder Kickstarter project had almost 1,300 backers who helped us make the game bigger and better. We ended up creating several expansions and a convenient I Want It All! pledge for the folks who wanted everything . . . read article

July 24, 2018:
With 29 supplements and counting (30 if you include GURPS Magical Styles: Dungeon Magic) and the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, it's safe to say that GURPS Dungeon Fantasy is the longest-running and most successful GURPS series. Yet dungeon-crawling adventure for GURPS didn't start with the release of GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 1: Adventurers in December 2007 . . . read article

July 25, 2018:
After more than 35 years, the dungeon is open: The Fantasy Trip has returned, in a new Kickstarter campaign! We've been anticipating this release since Steve first got the rights back late last year, and apparently so have TFT fans; we funded in less than an hour, and continue to blow past stretch goals! . . . read article

July 26, 2018:
What a great week! Now that we've launched The Fantasy Trip on Kickstarter, we can sit back and enjoy the summer . . . . . read article

July 27, 2018:
The Fantasy Trip launched on Kickstarter earlier this week, and already you have: Guaranteed that both the Death Test and Death Test 2 solo adventures are included in the game. Added two sheets (UPDATE: added three sheets) of die-cut megahexes to the Legacy Edition box, expanding your dungeon-crawl options . . . read article

July 28, 2018:
If you're not yet following @sjgames on Twitter, then there's a good chance that you've missed some of the awesome work of Stephan G. Beal, an Ogre fan who is sharing pics of his painted minis with the world . . . read article

July 29, 2018:
I'm going to set the scene by quoting Ken St. Andre's introduction to his RPG, Monsters! . . . read article

July 30, 2018:
Get ready for some Munchkin, some magic, and probably also a mess: The weekend of August 24 will bring with it #PlayMunchkin Magical Mess events around the U.S. and Canada! These events feature Munchkin Magical Mess, a core Munchkin game that's in the same vein as Moop's Monster Mashup. Magical Mess includes lots of animal puns – you can wield the Flamingun to fight the Panda Ray or Amoeba Earhart, for example!   Each store signed up for the events will have tons of promo cards, including Mistakenly Modified Moop – which is the promo card featuring the mischievous magician Moop, who you'll see on some cards in this set . . . read article

July 31, 2018:
The Fantasy Trip is knocking down stretch goals left and right on Kickstarter, and you can see what it's all about at Gen Con, August 2-5! Swing by booth 1413 (that's us) to play Melee and Wizard with our demo team, and find out just how fast and fun the game can be . . . read article

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