Daily Illuminator Archive for June 2020

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June 1, 2020:
Now that it's June, it's really starting to feel like summer, and there's no better way to beat the heat than with some breathable t-shirts in your closet. Our Kickstarter campaign is closing this afternoon, and features many classic game-related designs to rep your favorites throughout the summer and beyond . . . read article

June 2, 2020:
I have been occupying myself recently in editing David Pulver's excellent Ardonirane, a 72-page guide to the city of the Thorsz (if you don't remember the Thorsz, he's the ruler who created the Death Test). It's a great collection of People, Places, and the occasional Thing . . . read article

June 3, 2020:
This is a set of four large identical megahex tiles, each 3 MH long by 2 MH tall. There are also some useful small tiles, since we had space in the corners! . . . read article

June 4, 2020:
Munchkin heads back to the classroom with a game about fledgling wizards and warlocks learning their craft while avoiding danger at a shockingly violent magical academy. In Munchkin Spell Skool, three or four people explore the grounds, fight monsters of all shapes and sizes, and collect magical trinkets on their way to graduation (or at least survival) . . . read article

June 5, 2020:
We are appalled by the murder of George Floyd and the countless other atrocities that have led to the current protests. We have donated - cash, not games - to charities in Austin: Austin Area Urban League Austin Justice Coalition Project ROAR 400+1 Bail Fund If you can, please help your local organizations standing against injustice and racism . . . read article

June 6, 2020:
We were just informed that Gary Washington, who was one of our Car Wars illustrators in a previous millennium, passed away last year of natural causes. Lee Graham, who roomed with him for a while, let us know . . . read article

June 7, 2020:
You know how angry you are right now? Be sure you're still that angry in the runup to November 3 . . . read article

June 8, 2020:
The time has arrived; the long awaited arena is opening: Car Wars Sixth Edition preorders are now available on BackerKit! One of our largest, most comprehensive projects to date is being prepared to go to the printer, and we're giving those that missed out a chance to get in on the action . . . read article

June 9, 2020:
Many of the Secret Masters who attended Virtual FnordCon in April have already heard, but now is the time for all to  know: Illuminati, Steve Jackson's classic card game of secret conspiracies trying to take over the world, has achieved transcendence and entered the fully digital world.   Illuminati Confirmed is planned as a strategic, card-collecting video game, produced by SJ Games alumnus Derek Pearcy, of Pyramid Magazine, the In Nomine RPG – and Illuminati: New World Order, on which the new game has been based.   The specifics of this ambitious adaptation are still largely under wraps, and the Illuminati really do prize their secrets, though years of research into the modern conspiratorial underbelly of our world has developed far enough that the news is now worth sharing.    There's a short teaser trailer aimed at old fans and new players alike, as well as a longer Fan Announcement, revealing the first details of what you can expect from the new game.     Shown above: Since the original Illuminati came out in 1982, the Soviet KGB has rebranded itself as the FSB, so Illuminati Confirmed will have The Former Soviet Bros, shown here depicted by one of the original INWO artists, Dan Smith.   There will be a Kickstarter for Illuminati Confirmed later this summer. Before the end of the year, you should have multiplayer, conspiratorial back-stabbing available on Windows and Macs, with other devices still being planned.   Be the first to hear when the Kickstarter will launch, with special rewards for those who get Illuminated early, by entering your email address at www.IlluminatiConfirmed.net . . . read article

June 10, 2020:
I recently grabbed stock artwork from Fat Goblin Games (Patreon link), Rick Hershey's publishing operation, as well as a map by Dyson Logos, and ran a one-unit test of a puzzle. For a first try at a puzzle, this turned out quite nicely and, as you can tell by the pics, all of the pieces fit together just fine . . . read article

June 11, 2020:
On May 19, Gaming Ballistic launched the More Perilous Journeys Kickstarter campaign. The campaign funds publication of five new adventures for The Fantasy Trip . . . read article

June 12, 2020:
We have opened the BackerKit pre-order campaign for Car Wars Sixth Edition, and now is your chance to grab the new game, expansions, and accessories at the introductory prices! Additionally, not everything listed on the pre-order page will be offered to distributors in 2021 . . . read article

June 13, 2020:
As a part of the Kickstarter Zine Quest event in 2019, we created Hexagram, a 36-page zine for use with The Fantasy Trip roleplaying game. Since #1 shipped to backers last year, we've since gone on to create a total of four different Hexagram issues . . . and you can find all four in PDF at Warehouse 23 right now! . . . read article

June 14, 2020:
With the title closing in on the two-decade mark, it's a sign of Robin Law's creativity and skill as a GM that his book of game master guidance, Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering, is still available in both print and PDF. The book has found its way to the list of many GMs' "must read" lists, and it is a title that all GMs -- whether new to the art of running RPG sessions or those with decades of experience -- turn to for advice and inspiration . . . read article

June 15, 2020:
We post to the Daily Illuminator every day, and have for over two decades . . . but we know you can't always make a visit to sjgames.com a part of your routine. Fortunately, in today's world, there are other ways to keep in touch with us and stay up-to-date on our latest projects . . . read article

June 16, 2020:
Some of you have asked how the Car Wars Sixth Edition playmats (preorder today!) can be combined to create arenas and playscapes for the new game. Fortunately, we have this handy graphic that Ben created last year after he and Steve made edits to the game's three different playmats . . . read article

June 17, 2020:
Our friends at Drive Thru RPG are hosting a bundle sale, with multiple bundles supporting an assortment of charities. We're taking part in the Black Lives Matter 1 bundle, featuring a humongous amount of RPG supplements; over 50 titles in all . . . read article

June 18, 2020:
If, like me, you're a fan of this game . . . here's a new version with Lots Of Stuff . . . read article

June 19, 2020:
Monica Stephens, who was my companion for more than 30 years and an employee of SJ Games for nearly as long, died early Thursday morning of congestive heart failure as a side effect of chemotherapy. She was 59 . . . read article

June 20, 2020:
Right now, we would be in the thick of our summer convention season, but 2020 has been anything but cooperative. For those of you hoping to see us in person at Gen Con, Pax West, the Alliance Trade Show, or Essen, those have all cancelled (with a portion of their programming to be available online.) . . . read article

June 21, 2020:
Would you like to receive information on new games, special events, and important news? Subscribe to our newsletter and you will start receiving a few emails every month where we highlight the latest games and expansions, and (at times) direct you to our crowdfunding campaigns. The newsletter is just one way to stay in touch with us . . . read article

June 22, 2020:
Those of you playing games that use hexes, like The Fantasy Trip and GURPS, won't want to miss the special pre-order pricing on the new Megahex Erasable Tiles that are now on Warehouse 23. Available in three different versions -- grass, parchment, and stone -- these tiles can be used to create playscapes for use with counters and/or miniatures, and you could even use them for your Ogre games if you wanted to create a completely new battlefield! . . . read article

June 23, 2020:
Sean and the GURPS team have spent months preparing a dozen different GURPS PDFs . . . and next month we're taking them to Kickstarter as Steve Jackson Games' GURPS 2020 PDF Challenge. The challenge: How many stretch goals can you unlock before the campaign comes to a close? . . . read article

June 24, 2020:
Car Wars Miniatures Set 1 is one of four different packs of minis that are now up for pre-order at BackerKit, all of which are a part of the Car Wars Sixth Edition campaign. Each pack includes five plastic miniatures (pre-assembled, unpainted), four plastic bases, and over 100 game cards to expand your design options when playing the new edition of Car Wars.  Shown below are the five minis that are included in the first set: Hades, Hydra, Joseph Special, Pillbug, and Scimitar . . . read article

June 25, 2020:
We aren't claiming that Munchkin Cthulhu hides secrets that weird otherworldly creatures would kill to protect . . . but we aren't NOT claiming that. You may want to pick up a collection of these games and expansions for research purposes at your Friendly Local Game Store or on Warehouse 23 . . . read article

June 26, 2020:
As we mentioned a few days ago, we have a new GURPS campaign set to launch on Kickstarter next month. The project starts with a single PDF and, as stretch goals are unlocked, we add more titles to your reward . . . read article

June 27, 2020:
Conan the Cimmerian: The Tower of the Elephant is a towering tabletop combat adventure in which you fight to steal The Elephant's Heart. There are two ways to play . . . read article

June 28, 2020:
You're at the carnival. Eat lots of sugary, salty, greasy goodies . . . read article

June 29, 2020:
Our recent T-shirt Kickstarter campaign closed successfully earlier this month, and today is the last day for those of you who missed the project to join in and pre-order the shirts. Car Wars, GURPS, and The Fantasy Trip are all represented, so please visit the BackerKit page today and select your shirts before it is too late! Later this year, after we have shipped out all of the Kickstarter rewards and pre-orders, some of the shirts may be listed on Warehouse 23 . . . read article

June 30, 2020:
Tomorrow is the highly anticipated launch of our newest project, the GURPS PDF Challenge, an all new type of Kickstarter for us (you should click Notify Me so you don't miss the launch). Since we're trying a new format for a Kickstarter, intended to be a high value with lots of content, we wanted to launch with a live Q&A featuring writers and editors Sean Punch and Steven Marsh, with myself and Jimmie moderating . . . read article

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