Daily Illuminator Archive for June 2017

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June 1, 2017:
Summer means it's time for parties, pools, grilling, capes, ghosts, and cybernetic tanks . . . regular summer stuff. Start off the hottest months of the year with these even hotter new releases! Super Munchkin Guest Artist Edition Fly through the city . . . read article

June 2, 2017:
Munchkin Tavern at Gen Con is one of our most highly anticipated events every year. A Munchkin-themed party in a pub with exclusive swag? . . . read article

June 3, 2017:
Hi! I am Drew Metzger, the (not-so-much-anymore) "new" Ogre Line Editor . . . read article

June 4, 2017:
Three years ago, I pointed you at the Acid Rain World toyline and suggested that the setting would make an incredible GURPS worldbook. Transforming mecha and military action all wrapped up in one world, the Acid Rain series has continued, and the company still produces toys that eat at my bank account . . . read article

June 5, 2017:
Trick-or-treat any day of the year with Ghosts Love Candy, available now! This cute card game is in stores now, full of specters, sweets, and kids who want candy! . . . read article

June 6, 2017:
Convention season is in full swing, and SJ Games is heading to one of the biggest shows in the nation: Origins! I should say, I (Hunter) am . . . read article

June 7, 2017:
As mentioned last week, my June started in Hong Kong for a series of project checks and factory tours. I arrived late on Friday and collapsed, hoping for a long night of sleep and the chance to reset my internal clock . . . read article

June 8, 2017:
The stage hands have been hard at work, so we've got new tooling samples for Munchkin Shakespeare to show off! This past week, we received samples for Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe, Munchkin Shakespeare: Limited Engagement, and the various accessories . . . read article

June 9, 2017:
Since Simon's Cat Card Game came out last summer, we've gone back to the printer over and over and . . . Anyway, we've got a new reprint loading on the boat in Hong Kong, on its way to our primary warehouse . . . read article

June 10, 2017:
Hi, there! I guess this is where I introduce myself . . . read article

June 11, 2017:
Greetings, builders and brick-heads! Brickworld Chicago happens June 17-18, and the new-and-improved brick-built Munchkin board will be there! . . . read article

June 12, 2017:
Hello, Munchkin mob! It's the monthly peek into what we're working on here in Munchkin land . . . read article

June 14, 2017:
Boo! It might be summer, the season of blue skies and beach bodies, but you know what's way more fun? . . . read article

June 15, 2017:
This October, we've got some highly anticipated heavy hitters coming your way! Munchkin gets a new entry point, as well as some Shakespearean accessories, and Dungeon Fantasy RPG gives players everything they need to get started, all in one box! Munchkin Lite All the monster-killing fun in an easy-to-learn set! Go down in the dungeon. Fight every monster you meet . . . read article

June 16, 2017:
The tradition of excellence that is the GURPS Hot Spots series continues with the latest release - The Silk Road. Written by Matt Riggsby (the scribe responsible for GURPS Hot Spots: Renaissance Florence and GURPS Fantasy-Tech 1: The Edge of Reality), The Silk Road serves as a guide to the region and era when East met West for trade and travel along a transcontinental highway . . . read article

June 17, 2017:
We recently had the chance to sit down with David Ladyman, designer of Star Traders. A new edition of that classic game was recently funded on Kickstarter, so we wanted to get the skinny on this space-hopping adventure!  1. Star Traders still has a strong niche popularity . . . read article

June 18, 2017:
What if there were no such place as Finland? More to the point, is there such a place as Finland? . . . read article

June 19, 2017:
Stores across North America will fire up their demo copies of Ogre Sixth Edition this weekend. Attend, and you might get a set of premium Ogre dice for free.   What better time than the present to play the game of future tank warfare? . . . read article

June 20, 2017:
While SJ Games didn't have an official booth at Origins Game Fair this past weekend, we did send one intrepid explorer out to meet the press, get the lay of the land, and enjoy scenic Columbus, OH. That individual was myself! . . . read article

June 21, 2017:
We kept it under our magic hat for a while, but now the secret is out: Munchkin Spell Skool is coming to a Walgreens near you! This new Munchkin game features the adorable art of Katie Cook, who's drawn everything from Munchkin Kittens and Puppies to Munchkin Cthulhu Guest Artist Edition, so you know it's got charm! . . . read article

June 22, 2017:
Chattanooga's a great city, LibertyCon is fun - I'm going back next weekend. I hope to ride a train or two whilst there . . . read article

June 23, 2017:
To celebrate the release of Munchkin Spell Skool, exclusively at Walgreens (hitting stores in the next week or so, so swing by your local Walgreens to pick up a copy, before they disappear), we sat down with Katie Cook and asked her a few questions about the game, her thoughts on magic, and her favorites from the set!   You've done a lot of work on Munchkin sets now – Munchkin Love Shark Baby, Munchkin Puppies, Munchkin Cthulhu Guest Artist Edition, Munchkin Oz Guest Artist Edition. Did you approach Munchkin Spell Skool any differently?       I try to approach everything I do with a sense of humor and enthusiasm . . . the Munchkin stuff especially so. These sets are such a blast to work on.    As you know, players in this Munchkin game are young students at a magic school . . . read article

June 24, 2017:
We received news late tonight, as I write this, that Stewart Wieck has passed away at the age of 49. His brother Steve wrote a brief note on the Tenkar's Tavern forum with a few details . . . read article

June 25, 2017:
After several different trips for the office, it is time for a micro-vacation. I'm set to fly out next week for a visit to New York and the Strong Museum. This short trip is both a chance to unwind and an opportunity to explore the Strong's archive of Playthings magazine, over 100 years of toy-industry news in a single location . . . read article

June 26, 2017:
I'm back from Hong Kong, after touring seven different factories in China, and happy to report that several projects are moving forward nicely. We reviewed Munchkin Shakespeare, the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, and Ogre Miniatures Set 1, and also got a look at new games like Port Royal and Muertoons flowing through the manufacturing process . . . read article

June 27, 2017:
SJ Games is representing on the home court at RTX in Austin, TX, July 7-9 ! We'll be hanging with our friends from Rooster Teeth, demoing games, selling loot, and giving out swag! . . . read article

June 28, 2017:
Munchkin Spell Skool is riding a broom into Walgreens! It's available and selling fast, so make sure to check your local store soon, if you haven't.  In the meantime, we've got some previews and behind-the-scenes intel! Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard shared his designer's notes, explaining the process of turning his wizarding ideas into a full-fledged set . . . read article

June 29, 2017:
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Sorry, I'm panicking because Fireside Games' Panic Day event is happening this weekend, June 29 - July 2! . . . read article

June 30, 2017:
In 2014, we installed solar cells on our office and warehouse roofs, as well as on a new parking cover. Here's the original Illuminator . . . read article

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