Daily Illuminator Archive for March 2021

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March 1, 2021:
Warehouse 23 has added two more GURPS print books to the site . . . and both are classic reprints from the eighties! GURPS Autoduel GURPS Zombietown, U.S.A. How did these crawl out from the grave? They were both a part of our Pocket Box Kickstarter campaign that was delivered to backers last year . . . read article

March 2, 2021:
Y'all may not have noticed (HA! My Munchkin fans always notice!) but we let some of our Munchkin reprints get pretty low for a while, especially last year when getting Munchkin stuff suddenly got harder in a hurry . . . read article

March 3, 2021:
Gaming Ballistic is licensed to produce books for both the Dungeon Fantasy RPG and The Fantasy Trip (he's even got a TFT Kickstarter in mid-campaign). Douglas Cole was recently invited to talk about running Kickstarters and  about the state of the industry with Erik Tenkar and "Bad Mike" on their Talking Crit livestream.   Doug sat down with Erik and Mike for over two hours...and much of that discussion featured his love for both GURPS and The Fantasy Trip . . . read article

March 4, 2021:
Be yourself." Very good advice. Unless, of course, you can be Batman . . . read article

March 5, 2021:
Now that Texas is no longer frozen, we can finally report on how Warehouse 23 did in January! It looks like we started 2021 with a very strong month! . . . read article

March 6, 2021:
Space Marine Archangel Beth, please check in with Illuminati Headquarters . . . read article

March 7, 2021:
Hello everyone!    I have been working with Steve Jackson Games for the last few years, but on December 1, we made it official! I am very excited to work with an amazing team of creators, and I am honored to be welcomed in . . . read article

March 8, 2021:
An art collective mounted a paintball gun on Boston Dynamic's robot dog, Spot. Then they turned it loose in a gallery full of faux art objects and invited the Internet to control it . . . read article

March 9, 2021:
The Kickstarter for Gaming Ballistic's Character Collections books has entered its final day! It is producing ready-to-play support for The Fantasy Trip, with PDFs, Decks of Destiny cards, counters, and more available as add-ons . . . read article

March 10, 2021:
I have never visited an actual escape room, although my sister used to take her law students once or twice a semester. She said it was a great approach to teach people how to break out of their standard thought experiences . . . read article

March 11, 2021:
Long a popular staple of fiction for decades (or, depending on your outlook, way longer than that), the world of anthropomorphic animals is now part of your GURPS gaming table, with GURPS Furries. From the quill of fan-favorite William H . . . read article

March 12, 2021:
If you were watching Babylon 5 back in the 20th century, you'll remember that it was a revolutionary show, starting with what seemed like a slightly unusual science-fiction weekly show that quickly turned into something very, very different -- more like a five-year novel when all was said and done. It's still my favorite, even as other shows have learned from B5, with shows now such as The Expanse and The Mandorion taking their ideas and running with them in very different ways . . . read article

March 13, 2021:
Having plenty of time to read has let me finish the newest book in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. I first got to read his work when he helped complete The Wheel of Time series (another great read) for the incomparable Robert Jordan. The Rhythm of War is a massive tome, but worth the read . . . read article

March 14, 2021:
FnordCon will be held on April 10-11 on our Discord server, and along with Steve Jackson and the rest of our staff, we have some special guests who will be joining in on the fun. Today, we introduce you to David L . . . read article

March 15, 2021:
This weekend, March 19-21, marks Zenkaicon, one of our favorite conventions! This year it will be digital, of course, but Steve will still be making his annual appearance -- in the virtual space . . . read article

March 16, 2021:
Late summer is a bit quiet for us on the release front, but we're still bringing the heat! GURPS 4th Edition Dice Bag The universal dice bag. This GURPS dice bag joins our ever-expanding selection of classic (and classy!) dice bags. It's a 7" x 7" satin-lined drawstring bag, big enough to hold over 100 dice, and it comes with three 16mm black pearlized dice with white ink just to get you started! . . . read article

March 17, 2021:
How is it already March? Regardless of how time is acting these days (strangely!), we're now almost through the first quarter of the year . . . read article

March 18, 2021:
This week marks GAMA, our annual convention to talk with our valued retail partners from all over. It's also a year mark for this particular pandemic, and while we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the show is, of course, digital . . . read article

March 19, 2021:
As we get closer to our FnordCon extravaganza (April 10 and 11, on our Discord server), we are delighted to have a couple of very special guests to entertain the crowds and let us have food breaks. Today's featured guest is artist extraordinaire Lar deSouza! . . . read article

March 20, 2021:
Len Peralta is back with his annual Geek A Week project, with some fun twists! In addition to being an awesome artist, Len is also the father of some great kids, and his son Maxmillian is carrying on the Peralta artistic tradition with his father this time around . . . read article

March 21, 2021:
I'm not talking direct adaptations only, most of which are SO NOT GOOD it's hard to rank them. Here are some of my favorite in-the-spirit-of-gaming movies:   Crank (2006): This movie is bananas and so fun – and is basically like watching a video game on film . . . read article

March 22, 2021:
Welcome back, gang, to another overview of our active Kickstarter campaigns. We run two accounts -- Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 -- and use each for different types of projects . . . read article

March 23, 2021:
Did you miss out on the recent Kickstarter campagn for the Illuminated Manuscript and 1976 Ogre Playtest Booklet? Now's your chance to take advantage of the BackerKit preorders and get into the campaign as a late backer! . . . read article

March 24, 2021:
With another year behind us, it is time for the annual report to the stakeholders: you! Despite the challenges of the year, we closed 2020 showing a profit and even managed to release several new expansions to existing games over the course of the worst twelve months I can remember . . . read article

March 25, 2021:
It's been a long year, but with COVID vaccinations ramping up, we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! However, we've still got to be vigilant, what with weird strains of the virus and the time it takes to get everyone vaccinated, so wearing a mask is still very important . . . read article

March 26, 2021:
As part of GaryCon, I'll be on an online panel today, 1pm Central, with Ed Greenwood, Andrew Valkauskas, and James Kerr. The subject is game design, which is general enough that it could lead anywhere . . . . . read article

March 27, 2021:
Now at Warehouse 23, these two Munchkin Steampunk titles add more tools so that your game flows a little easier . . . and to maybe give you a slight advantage over your opponents. Munchkin Steampunk Promo Pack - Two bookmarks and five promo cards! Munchkin Steampunk Accessory Pack - A Kill-O-Meter, two level counters, and a Munchkin Steampunk coin featuring artwork by Phil Foglio! We created both of these as part of the Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius Kickstarter campaign a few years ago and have finally managed to list the two expansions for online sale . . . read article

March 28, 2021:
The question has arisen: "Will the current Suez Canal debacle cause further delays to SJ Games shipments?" The answer is "Almost certainly not." Our shipments from Asia are routed straight across the Pacific . . . read article

March 29, 2021:
Bust out the fireworks, we're lighting up the sky with a huge array of game, accessory, and expansion reprints, both new and old! Chez Cthulhu Prepare for an encounter with the most sanity-blasting entities in all the dimensions . . . your roommates. Chez Cthulhu brings the horror of Lovecraft's Mythos right into your apartment . . . as if the leftovers from the Pizza with Absolutely Everything weren't bad enough. Work your job – will you be a Morgue Janitor, a Sanitarium Guard, or a Gravedigger? . . . read article

March 30, 2021:
The GURPS On Demand program expands once again! If you're unfamiliar with GURPS On Demand, then you've been missing out on your chance to grab dozens of different GURPS books in print . . . read article

March 31, 2021:
As we mentioned recently, the Hexagram #6 rewards are scheduled to ship to backers very soon. The Adventures 2 and Old School Monsters hardcovers are the last pieces we need to receive in the warehouse so that we can move into the fulfillment stage, and both of those hardcovers are in the United States and expected at Warehouse 23 very soon . . . read article

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