Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2023

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July 1, 2023:
Which secret society will control the world this week? What battles rage beyond our solar system? What if everything you know is wrong? . . . read article

July 2, 2023:
For long enough that it counts as a tradition, Matt Forbeck and his sons have run a Munchkin game at Gen Con. The game continues in Andrew Hackard's honor . . . read article

July 3, 2023:
Poking around various old items as we prep them for Warehouse 23, I'm always amused when I can see the ghosts of past communication methods. There was a certain delight in the late '80s and early '90s to see how cutting edge Steve Jackson Games was – they had their own computer system you could dial into with your modem! Times change, and digital-discussion methods come and go . . . read article

July 4, 2023:
The Steve Jackson Games offices are closed in honor of Independence Day. Enjoy your day off if you have it, stay cool if you're in the heat like us, and if you're taking advantage of our current sale, please be patient as Warehouse 23 takes a day off as well . . . read article

July 5, 2023:
Chess and dice collide in the classic two-player abstract Proteus, returning in our Pocket Box format! Proteus combines the strategy of classic chess with dice representing your pieces, all starting as the lowly pawn. But fear not! . . . read article

July 6, 2023:
I always have a good time at LibertyCon. Chattanooga is a wonderful little city and, for me, Liberty is the crown jewel . . . read article

July 7, 2023:
Summer is here, and Geek Tropical has the shirts to make your drip a little more Munchkin-y. Geek Tropical's new Munchkin Hawaiian shirt line features 18 designs based on the iconic characters, classes, monsters, and loot from the game . . . read article

July 8, 2023:
I need to brag about some very talented friends of mine . . . This year, for my birthday, I received hands-down the most beautiful die I've ever seen . . . read article

July 9, 2023:
Steve's report on Liberty Con 35 was packed with highlights and yet barely scratched the surface of my own first Liberty. So here's a supplemental report! . . . read article

July 10, 2023:
Sliding across a marble floor as shards of tile explode around you, finding your aim and taking two-handed shots. Welcome to the excitement of GURPS Gun Fu! . . . read article

July 11, 2023:
I've been a GURPS fan for a looooong time. Not quite the beginning, but certainly my entire adult life and then some . . . read article

July 12, 2023:
Evil Stevie's Pirate Game, a hybrid roleplaying/skirmish game designed to be played with (many) LEGO® or similar toy pirate ships, has charmed convention-goers for a quarter of a century, but it had been some ten years since Steve had run the game . . . Until Brick Rodeo 2023 . . . read article

July 13, 2023:
I'm always looking for interesting innovations to enhance my gaming experience. One such nut that I've often tried to crack is easily getting music to the table . . . read article

July 14, 2023:
Unless you've been squashed under a Granite Cube since January, you probably saw we're bringing back Wiz-War – our 9th Edition funded on Kickstarter earlier this year and shipped to backers in June. If you're like me, you've admired the cool Phil Foglio art in the game, from the box cover to the eight colorful wizard standies . . . read article

July 15, 2023:
Gaming Ballistic is in the last day for the Infinite Archipelago: The Isle of Sedra. The campaign funded (yay!) and we're in the home stretch . . . read article

July 16, 2023:
If you're like me, then 1) keep being awesome, and 2) you're always looking for cool ways to make your games snazzier. One simple craft project I've used often is making my own tuckboxes for sets of cards . . . read article

July 17, 2023:
We have Bored Panda to thank for this article. Perhaps more than we needed to know, but never more than we want to know . . . read article

July 18, 2023:
I've been a fan of roleplaying games for decades. However, I suffer from a curse that I suspect afflicts many gamers: I'm a GM who loves the rich tapestry of in-depth campaigns and detailed developments, but I'm also really lazy when it comes to taking notes . . . read article

July 19, 2023:
The ENNIE Awards are an annual award ceremony held at Gen Con to recognize designers, writers, and artists for their work in tabletop RPGs. They're a people's choice award, and voting is currently open for the 2023 nominees! . . . read article

July 20, 2023:
This weekend, July 20-23, SJ is making his first trip to ConnectiCon as a special guest! He'll be joining a stacked roster of personalities at Connecticut's longest running pop-culture convention . . . read article

July 21, 2023:
Our Wiz-War Miniatures Kickstarter campaign is ending today, and we have unlocked every stretch goal! This project features 3-D printable STL files for the eight wizards from Wiz-War, based on art by the illustrious Phil Foglio, as well as bases for each wizard . . . read article

July 22, 2023:
The massive YouTube channel Smosh Games recently celebrated producer Spencer's birthday by playing his favorite game: Munchkin! The result was a really fun playthrough, where, in the truest spirit of boardgaming, rules were ignored, minor (major?) accidental cheating occurred, and cards may not have been fully read . . . read article

July 23, 2023:
It's been just over six and a half years since the On Demand program started making out-of-print and hard-to-find GURPS books more easily and affordably available. The world of print-on-demand technology is constantly evolving, and options that were impossible or prohibitably expensive a half-decade ago are worth considering now . . . read article

July 24, 2023:
Hello! I'm Katie Duffy, the new(ish) Marketing Manager at Steve Jackson Games . . . read article

July 25, 2023:
Dead Horse is a unfiltered dreamscape of dread, an unsettling melange of macabre, a unified pastiche of peril. Do I have your attention? Good . . . read article

July 26, 2023:
As July turns to August, you know that means Gen Con is right around the corner! From August 3-6, Steve Jackson Games will be at booth #1401 at Gen Con, as well as running events every day in our event section . . . read article

July 27, 2023:
This was my first visit to this Hartford, Connecticut event. It was clear that a great time was being had by all . . . read article

July 28, 2023:
Because I am an idiot and like conventions – and like guesting at same – I accepted an invitation from the Dallas AnimeFest and GameFest to appear at their show. The only catch . . . it is now . . . read article

July 29, 2023:
Nunc est bibendum!* That may have originally come from a Roman ode, but we think it's fitting for our latest Kickstarter. Caligula is an adult party game inspired by Nomic and Quarters that involves making laws and tricking other players into breaking them. If a player violates a law, they have to pay a penalty with coins . . . or by taking a drink . . . read article

July 30, 2023:
Venice – the richest city in Europe! Well, once upon a time, at least . . . read article

July 31, 2023:
The future is back! Transhuman Space: The Pyramid Personnel presents to you a collection of NPCs, ready to use with your Transhuman Space campaigns. This assortment of NPCs – with GURPS stats, backgrounds, adventure ideas, and more – is teeming with transhuman potential . . . read article

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