Daily Illuminator Archive for March 2019

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March 1, 2019:
Here it is, gang, the final hours of our Pocket Box project that has stunned everyone in the office, guaranteeing the return of several games and expansions from the '80s – and it's all thanks to you! With more than 1,700 backers pledging over $225,000, we're bringing back 20+ Car Wars, Ogre, and Illuminati games and expansions, as well as long out-of-print games: Kung Fu 2100, Necromancer, One-Page Bulge, and Undead.  For the Car Wars fans in the audience, that $200 reward level is your best value . . . read article

March 2, 2019:
On Monday, March 4, we're launching Monsters 2, a new collection of beasties for the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, on Kickstarter. Written by Sean Punch, this book of 22 monsters may expand to include 30 monsters . . . if all of the project's stretch goals are met . . . read article

March 3, 2019:
Look at this! Dario Corallo has made some pretty things for you . . . read article

March 4, 2019:
A special "thank you" to Bebo of Be Bold Games (Twitter, YouTube) for taking the time to share her unboxing video of the new Legacy Editon of The Fantasy Trip . . . read article

March 5, 2019:
Now on Kickstarter, we have a new GURPS campaign to produce a reprint of the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game as well as the Dungeon Fantasy Monster 2 book. If successful, the reprint of the box set will include updated errata while the new book of monsters will give GMs everywhere more options to throw at the player characters . . . gotta keep the wave of beasties going, so there's always something new to kill! . . . read article

March 6, 2019:
It's the day! Today, at your friendly local game store, you can find the newest Munchkin game, Munchkin Warhammer 40,000! . . . read article

March 7, 2019:
Next month, on April 6 and 7, we're hosting FnordCon in Austin. At the convention, we'll be running The Fantasy Trip, new Munchkin games, teaching Deadly Doodles, and even giving attendees a chance to play the upcoming Car Wars Sixth Edition game using playtest components (our factory-crafted parts are not yet ready) . . . read article

March 8, 2019:
FYI, gang! Our supply of GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns is running low, and we're now officially out-of-stock at our primary warehouse . . . read article

March 9, 2019:
Will the first Ogre be named ATLAS? Maaaaaaybe . . . read article

March 10, 2019:
When Sean wrote the new Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 book (now funding on Kickstarter), one of his additions to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game monster format was adventure seeds, ideas that a GM may draw from when planning an adventure. Those new adventure seeds were so much fun, and so very valuable to the GM, that we went back and created adventure seeds for some of the creatures that appear in the Monsters book that's packed inside the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game . . . read article

March 11, 2019:
Over the last 18 months or so, we've seen an increase in demand for solitaire games. I have a theory on why this is: As more and more gamers post "shelfies" and start to realize how little they get to enjoy playing the games they have bought, several are looking for games that can be played solo . . . read article

March 12, 2019:
Did you miss out on our new zine for The Fantasy Trip, Hexagram, when it was on Kickstarter last month? Good news! . . . read article

March 13, 2019:
Mighty Battles for the Mortal Realms . . . The Perfect Chance to Kill the Monster, Steal the Treasure, and Stab Your Buddy! Austin, Texas [March 12, 2019]: Steve Jackson Games and Games Workshop brought Munchkin and Warhammer 40,000 together to create a perfect fusion of the two games with Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 . . . but there's a lot more to Warhammer than just one universe! . . . read article

March 14, 2019:
Now that we have two separate Kickstarter accounts active – Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 – it's even more important that we clearly communicate the status of all active campaigns. Since our last report (February 5), we've successfully closed two projects and launched a third . . . read article

March 15, 2019:
No, we aren't opening an exotic pet shop. (Although that would be fun!) . . . read article

March 16, 2019:
First published in 2002 and out-of-print for over a decade, we're happy to announce that Robin Laws' incredible work of GM advice for use with any roleplaying game, Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering, is in final checks as we prepare to reprint the book. This books sells for far, far too much on auction sites and resellers, so we're bringing it back in a new printing so that the book is affordable for everyone who may not already own the original printing . . . read article

March 17, 2019:
Over a decade ago, I created a tiny little roleplaying game called vs. Monsters . . . in a 24-hour contest . . . read article

March 18, 2019:
Spring is almost here! (Although, as I write this, Austin is bracing for another Arctic front and a hard freeze . . . a week after it was shorts-and-T-shirt weather . . . read article

March 19, 2019:
Have you not yet joined in to support Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 and the reprint of the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game (now on Kickstarter)? The campaign closes this Friday, and forum user tbone has written "31 reasons why you want to pick up Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game (and fast!)" at his blog, and this is a spectacular showing of support for the project that we just had to share with you . . . read article

March 20, 2019:
In case you've missed all our other announcements, we're holding a convention! Many of you have already registered – thank you! – but some of you are still on the fence . . . read article

March 21, 2019:
We'll be hanging out at PAX East March 28-31 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). Demos of Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, Simon's Cat, Illuminati, and more will be available, and we might even pull out prototypes of Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius or Deadly Doodles, if you're curious . . . read article

March 22, 2019:
This is it, everyone! Later today, the Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 campaign on Kickstarter comes to a close, so this is your last chance to help us produce this new book of monsters and a reprint of the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game box set . . . read article

March 23, 2019:
It was four years ago today that the first design drawings for the Bullet Dice project were completed and set us on the path to creating these new six-sided dice. We released the dice last month, and we're happy to report that they turned out better than we had expected! . . . read article

March 24, 2019:
A classic! If you're unfamiliar with Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes, you're in for a real treat! . . . read article

March 25, 2019:
We had the privilege recently of supporting an unusual event – a boardgame tournament held internally at a large GE Digital office in Ohio. They drew more than 50 players for Zombie Dice and created these really classy 3D-printed trophies . . . read article

March 26, 2019:
THREE new Munchkin mini-expansions! That's what you get in our newest Kickstarter, which has already passed the first few stretch goals and is well on its way to another huge success! . . . read article

March 27, 2019:
Earlier this month, our Pocket Box campaign on Kickstarter closed with over 1,900 backers pledging more than $268,000 in support of the return of several classic games and expansions. A total of 16 plastic Pocket Box titles (Car Wars, Illuminati, Ogre, Raid on Iran, and many more!), 11 ziplock-bag expansions, 11 book expansions, 12 pocket folders, and 12 journals are being produced because of the overwhelming success of the Kickstarter project . . . read article

March 28, 2019:
Our Pocket Box campaign last month (preorders coming soon at BackerKit) closed with more support than we had anticipated, surprising all of us at the office. Thank you, everyone, for making that such a remarkable Kickstarter event for Steve Jackson Games; the factory is now preparing all of the games and expansions that you made possible and we're on schedule to deliver everything by the estimated date . . . read article

March 29, 2019:
We've been working behind the scenes for months on Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar, including a series of private playtests where some lucky fans got to bash on the game and tell me how to make it better. This week, I finished my final edits on the cards and rules and passed them over to Alex Fernandez so he can drop in John Kovalic's art . . . read article

March 30, 2019:
We couldn't be happier at the fast start our newest Munchkin Kickstarter got off to: we blew through EIGHT stretch goals on the first day, making all three expansions 50% larger than originally planned . . . and we still have two weeks to go! How much bigger can these sets get? . . . read article

March 31, 2019:
It's always a great time to gather and socialize . . . and dragons would love to have you over for dinner! Life as a GURPS Dungeon Fantasy hero just became more dangerous, with the release of GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 4: Dragons. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy architect Sean Punch reveals the horrifying truth behind these scaly, scary slayers . . . read article

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