Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2022

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July 1, 2022:
Parents everywhere are buckling down and strapping in for the challenge of summer and a house – or maybe a campsite! – full of kids. Regardless of where they'll be, anyone with children will tell you that they need constant supervision and entertainment . . . read article

July 2, 2022:
Our office is packed with brick-building fans – we have many LEGO Maniacs in our midst, from SJ on down. So when we see our games cross paths with the notched bricks, we can't help but smile! . . . read article

July 3, 2022:
As mentioned last month (Daily Illuminator post here), we've created an expansion for Steve's One Roll Quest roleplaying game. One Roll Quest is an extremely light roleplaying game, with the core system centered around the roll of the single die included with the game. A lot of the action comes from the interaction of the players and their storytelling skills. One Roll Chronicles greatly expands on the storytelling possibilities by including several prompts that the players may turn to when playing the game . . . read article

July 4, 2022:
Our office is closed today, and we hope you are off, too, and get to do something fun! Try not to blow yourself up, and pay attention to burn notices (unlike the Joker) . . . read article

July 5, 2022:
The heat this year has been brutal, so we've been using that to our advantage with the Warehouse 23 HOT Summer Sale, ending today! This is your last day to take advantage of some awesome deals and get some cool swag for free with qualifying physical orders . . . read article

July 6, 2022:
Penny Arcade recently invited us to join their Twitch stream to play Car Wars Sixth Edition, and we sent Will with some of our studio-painted material to show it off! Jerry and the gang took to the destruction quickly, and you can catch the replay on their Twitch channel . . . read article

July 7, 2022:
Douglas Cole, da Gaming Ballistic, está com uma campanha de financiamento coletivo para uma tradução em português brasileiro do seu livro de Combate Épico. Recebi informações de que algumas pessoas estavam questionando se este projeto é algo "de verdade" . . . read article

July 8, 2022:
I know I was not alone in my anger when the Supreme Court ignored precedent, decency, and the majority voice, and overturned Roe v. Wade . . . read article

July 9, 2022:
Over the last few years, we've been developing our Kickstarter survey policy and continuing to refine the process as we gain crowdfunding experience. We set a deadline date – a day on which surveys must be completed – and issue refunds to accounts with incomplete surveys after that date . . . read article

July 10, 2022:
Technically, you can grab One Roll Quest right now from our online store, Warehouse 23. We know many of you prefer to get as much in one shipment as possible these days (understandable, with the way postage rates keep climbing), so your best deal on this game at the moment is the $15 reward on the One Roll Chronicles Kickstarter campaign that comes to a close tomorrow . . . read article

July 11, 2022:
And every so often, something happens that gives me hope for the world – like the prospective winner of the "I Voted" sticker contest in Ulster County, NY. -- Steve Jackson . . . read article

July 12, 2022:
Next Monday, with your support, we're bringing the Revolution! boardgame, designed by Philip duBarry, back in a new edition. Unavailable for a few years now, Revolution! plays unlike anything else we have published . . . read article

July 13, 2022:
The GURPS 4E Essentials at Bundle of Holding offer comes to a close next Monday, leaving you very little time to take advantage of this incredible bundle of core GURPS titles. As if that isn't enough, though, there are also Fantasy and Space bundles that provide even more PDFs for your roleplaying library . . . read article

July 14, 2022:
I'm not saying buy all the GURPS books ever . . . but I'm not not saying that. Let me explain . . . read article

July 15, 2022:
Long story short: we are working with The Last Gameboard (lastgameboard.com). They have an amazing game device, and already have Ogre on it, via sublicense through Auroch . . . read article

July 16, 2022:
If you're a military wargamer in need of more six-sided dice, we have two sets that are great for games based on 20th-century conflicts.  Army Men d6 Dice Set - A dozen dice, six each of two different colors, styled after the classic plastic toy army men that are still found today. (For those of you who need even more dice, this bagged set should cover your dice desires . . . for the moment.) Bullet Dice - This pack of six double-injection six-sided dice is unlike most of the dice you're likely to see at your next wargame session . . . read article

July 17, 2022:
We recently announced that we were eliminating the option for international shipping in our crowdfunding campaigns. We've tried several things over the years, but nothing has worked well in balancing costs, times, and frustration . . . read article

July 18, 2022:
We are currently working through five active Kickstarter campaigns, two of which are in the fulfillment stage, two that are printing, and one that is waiting for the warehouse team to pack and ship rewards. Those two that are at print are smaller jobs and expected to reach our warehouse before the close of the month . . . read article

July 19, 2022:
The long-awaited return is here: Pathfinder Revolution! is now live on Kickstarter! This collaboration with Paizo brings the world of Pathfinder RPG to our classic Revolution! boardgame in a beautiful new package that combines the best of both worlds . . . read article

July 20, 2022:
We are very sorry to report that Eric Flint, creator (among many other things) of the Ring of Fire series, died July 17 from complications of pneumonia. He was 75 . . . read article

July 21, 2022:
We're often asked: "Do you have t-shirts?" Yes. We do! . . . read article

July 22, 2022:
Steve alluded in a previous post about Roe v. Wade about a shirt for charity being in the works, and that shirt is now available! . . . read article

July 23, 2022:
Have you ever had a favorite fictional setting and wished that there was a GURPS version? We can't get every license, but we can do the next best thing, and give you the tools to do it yourself . . . read article

July 24, 2022:
We're big gamers in our house. But the physical requirements of corporeal bodies – which we've stubbornly refused to evolve beyond – means we need fuel to keep our meat-mechs moving while we're trying to game . . . read article

July 25, 2022:
Sometimes, the stresses and frustrations of the world lead to missing the little things. Whether you forget where you placed your keys, can't remember whether or not you locked the door, or completely missed game night, all of us run into problems on occasion . . . read article

July 26, 2022:
Deadly Doodles is one of our lighter game offerings, a fabulous addition to any family game library if you want a fast-playing dungeoncrawl game for kids ages 8 and up. The game is one we should invest more energy in promoting to the world -- especially to families! -- but there's only so many moments in the day and we're often overwhelmed with more urgent tasks . . . read article

July 27, 2022:
As a flexible system for the recreation of a variety of man-to-man combat situations, MELEE is just about in a class by itself." - David James Ritchie, The Space Gamer #16 (1978) Melee, the core combat system for The Fantasy Trip roleplaying game, was Steve's second published game design . . . and you can download the PDF at no charge at Warehouse 23 and DrivethruRPG. The basic game brings enough to the table to give you years of enjoyment, which we know because the game has been out there for over four decades and many game groups have played it since it was first released . . . read article

July 28, 2022:
Our household plays a lot of games. One thing we often need to do is to keep track of various points, ideally in an attractive, fast, and easy-to-use fashion . . . read article

July 29, 2022:
The gates to Korvosa have closed a bit early, as we've chosen to cancel our Kickstarter for Pathfinder Revolution! with plans to relaunch this fall.This wasn't an easy decision, but we felt it was the right move to make this game as successful as possible. We wrote an update that details some of the reasoning, but in short, we felt that we needed to bring costs down to provide something a bit more affordable for backers, and perhaps include the 5- and 6-player content from the start . . . read article

July 30, 2022:
The first adventure for Steve's One Roll Quest micro-RPG closed successfully on Kickstarter earlier this month, and now's your last chance to pre-order the new adventure at BackerKit. If you're unfamiliar with One Roll Quest, we've described it as "a great game to play BEFORE the game you play before you start the real game." No kidding, gang! One Roll Quest's core rules require one roll of the game's custom die . . . read article

July 31, 2022:
Part of my "you're trapped at home and have time" experience during the 2020 pandemic included learning the Soundtrap DAW (digital audio workstation, a tool for music production and composition). I was introduced to Soundtrap by David Blanchard, our rep at GPI, who knew I had been interested in tackling music . . . read article

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