Daily Illuminator Archive for March 2022

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March 1, 2022:
Our biggest Kickstarter news is Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman, a new stand-alone Munchkin game featuring the Caped Crusader. The project is scheduled to launch later today and the game is being offered to backers in the U.S., Canada, EU, and UK . . . read article

March 2, 2022:
Steve Jackson Games, in cooperation with Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, is proud to release Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman! . . . read article

March 3, 2022:
Our Kickstarter campaign for The Fantasy Trip Foes, new 3D STL miniatures that you can print at home with a resin 3D printer, closed successfully and was delivered to project backers last month. As our team continues work on new 3D models, we've opened the Foes files to the world, and you can find them today at DriveThruRPG . . . read article

March 4, 2022:
Game Masters are a necessary component to most tabletop roleplaying games, including GURPS and The Fantasy Trip. We appreciate our GMs, and sometimes we need to bribe them to avoid killing the party . . . . . read article

March 5, 2022:
Our Munchkin translator for the Ukrainian language is Igor Gurov. He is in Kyiv . . . read article

March 6, 2022:
Well into the subject and I am apparently still going strong. I have gotten more comments than on most Illuminators, too . . . read article

March 7, 2022:
Although the Kickstarter campaign doesn't come to a close until March 18, the success of the project has already led to the question: What happens after the Kickstarter campaign? Once the project comes to a close, we'll shift work at the factory into the final stages needed to prepare the game — as well as the stretch goals — for your collections . . . read article

March 8, 2022:
Our FnordCon convention is now less than two months away and we look forward to seeing you at the show! In addition to a chance to meet Steve Jackson and John Kovalic, we'll also have both scheduled games and open gaming space where we plan to showcase classics and new releases, as well as give you a sneak peek at a game or two that has not yet been officially announced* . . . read article

March 9, 2022:
Joining our Cthulhu d6 Dice Set this year is the new Chibithulhu d6 Dice Set, a pack of six 19mm six-sided dice featuring the Chibithulhu character first illustrated by John Kovalic. These new dice turned out great, and now we're down to the joys of waiting for the factory to finish production . . . and then the pleasure of waiting as the dice travel across the ocean . . . read article

March 10, 2022:
As we prepare for a crowdfunding campaign to bring Ogre Miniatures Set 4 from our wish list to your table, we've now reviewed — and provided feedback on — the new plastic miniatures included in the set. This project has been in the works for a few years now and is one of those long-delayed tasks that got overrun by the global pandemic as we shifted our attention to keeping the top-selling games in stock and supported . . . read article

March 11, 2022:
Since the Kickstarter campaign (join today!) unlocked all stretch goals on the first day, we were able to provide the factory with the necessary "go!" sign so that they can continue their work. This will help us to better meet the Kickstarter campaign's estimated delivery date; our experience with shipping and manufacturing delays over the last few years contributed to our decision to keep the stretch goals locked and not add stretch goals as the project reaches the closing date . . . read article

March 12, 2022:
Crowdfunding is a powerful tool that gives us the information we need so that we don't overprint new releases. Although it is a smaller segment of our crowdfunding efforts, we find that Indiegogo is a great fit for the small campaigns, and we continue to build on our successes there with new projects . . . read article

March 13, 2022:
Philip duBarry's Revolution! is a fabulous game that we first published in 2009. The game is a social challenge, with no randomizers and every player taking their turn at the same time . . . read article

March 14, 2022:
Still on Kickstarter is the new Munchkin game with the loooooong name: "Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman." (Don't ask. It's a license, and sometimes you just shouldn't ask.) . . . read article

March 15, 2022:
The weekend of March 19-20, we're celebrating the recent release of Munchkin Farkle at a few local game stores! Our MIB volunteers will be running demos of the game with anyone looking to roll some dice . . . read article

March 16, 2022:
The signal is lit and the fans have spoken: Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman has been a rousing success on Kickstarter! We're over the moon about the support that fans of both Munchkin and Batman have given the project – not only funding, but unlocking all the stretch goals in under 24 hours . . . read article

March 17, 2022:
Our GURPS On Demand program expands once again as GURPS Social Engineering by William Stoddard joins the catalog. This title has been popular as a PDF item, and we're happy to announce that the book is now available in print for the very first time at two different sites: DriveThruRPG Amazon.com If you're unfamiliar with our GURPS On Demand program, this is a print-on-demand option where the printer manufactures the book as close to your home as possible . . . read article

March 18, 2022:
Today is your last chance to join the Kickstarter campaign for Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman, a new stand-alone Munchkin game designed by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic! The game is already at the factory and moving through the process; we're on schedule to ship the game as estimated on the Kickstarter page! . . . read article

March 19, 2022:
All the cool kids are doing it, so I used the list of recommended devices we posted to thefantasytrip.game (with one minor tweak; I bought the Mars 3 instead of the Mars 2) and ordered everything I need to start 3D printing. It's going to take a few weeks to get the machine up and running properly (mostly because of limited time and not how tough it is to use the equipment), but now it is only a matter of time until miniatures start magically appearing in the house . . . read article

March 20, 2022:
The Red Dragon Inn is the watering hole of choice for parties of legendary dungeon delvers, and sometimes those dungeon delvers turn out to be munchkins. In particular, our own favorite Munchkin characters, Spyke and Flower, have checked into the inn to kick back after a long day of kicking down doors . . . read article

March 21, 2022:
Did you miss the Kickstarter campaign? Great news, gang, because you can preorder the Kickstarter edition of the game -- at the Kickstarter price -- right now at BackerKit . . . read article

March 22, 2022:
We have listed a new shirt on RedBubble, the Munchkin Ukraine Charity Shirt, with all proceeds going to the World Central Kitchen – the same charity our friend John Kovalic is donating toward with his Very Hard Stare print. We wanted to do something to support Ukraine, so we asked John if we could re-color some of his Spyke art to show our support . . . read article

March 23, 2022:
As mentioned in this Daily Illuminator post, we have a new edition of Philip DuBarry's Revolution! in the works. Recently, at the GAMA Trade Show in Reno, we gave several retailers their first chance to try the new edition of this area-control, blind-bidding boardgame . . . read article

March 24, 2022:
Are you going to be at Adepticon this weekend? Well, from Thursday, March 24 - Sunday, March 27, we are, too! . . . read article

March 25, 2022:
Our small Austin warehouse is overflowing with games; this is your chance to benefit from our woes! The 2022 Mystery Box is a 13" x 13" x 10" custom-printed mailer box that we're ready to pack with over $200 worth of gaming goodies . . . read article

March 26, 2022:
The issue of Tékumel and M.A.R. Barker, given what is known, doesn't really seem complicated . . . read article

March 27, 2022:
See the link right below this Illuminator? It's there every day . . . read article

March 28, 2022:
We've all been there. Sometimes you poke around the Colonial America of an alternate 18th-century timeline and unwittingly become exposed to an expanding darkness that threatens to devour the cosmos . . . read article

March 29, 2022:
Late today, the Steve Jackson Games 2022 Mystery Box project on Indiegogo comes to a close . . . and tomorrow we calculate how many mailer boxes we need and place our order with the box maker. Project supporters have unlocked several* stretch goals, packing the boxes to the brim with a random selection of games, expansions, and accessories pulled from our Austin warehouse . . . read article

March 30, 2022:
Since both John K. and I will be at FnordCon, it will be a great place to get shirts of all kinds signed. That definitely includes the newest one, our Ukraine shirt . . . read article

March 31, 2022:
February was "Bizarro World" for our sales, with two of the consistent top sellers overtaken by a few surprises. We knew that a few of our dice sets were performing well, but seeing reprints of the Kitten d6 Dice Set and Puppy d6 Dice Set overtake Munchkin and Zombie Dice drives home just how much some of you like dice . . . as well as kittens and puppies . . . read article

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