Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2018
May 1, 2018:
The latest shipping container to reach our main warehouse in Georgia was overloaded with Munchkin
-reprint goodness! The giant 40-foot box of awesome was packed with:
Munchkin 2 - Unnatural Axe
Munchkin 3 - Clerical Errors
Munchkin 4 - Need for Steed
Munchkin 6 - Demented Dungeons
Munchkin 7 - Cheat With Both Hands
If you've been having a difficult time finding any of the above, please don't pay inflated after-market prices on eBay or somewhere else . . .
May 2, 2018:
When you're a dungeon-delving adventurer, sometimes you just need a place to hang your hat (or wizard cap, great helm . . .). If you're looking for somewhere to call home – or at least an interesting destination on your way to danger – you need to visit Caverntown . . .
May 3, 2018:
Hello and welcome to our new monthly feature, Upcoming Events Near You! This regular Daily Illuminator
feature will let you know what local game-store events to expect in the coming month or two so that you can pencil them in on your calendar . . .
May 4, 2018:
It's time to prepare for another trip to Hong Kong and to visit our factories in China. I'm joining David Blanchard, our GPI rep, for a grand factory tour later this month . . .
May 5, 2018:
We're always looking for fresh voices in Pyramid
and for our GURPS
lines. A very important part of becoming one of our authors is knowing our house style guide . . .
May 6, 2018:
Do you like cryptic advice? No need to bother with the horoscope in the daily paper* – our Fnorder app has been updated for the new Mac OS and is back in the App Store . . .
May 8, 2018:
After many, many months of checking, play, and revision from myself and Drew Metzger, we've finally launched the second edition of the Ogre Miniatures
rulebook. This edition features brand-new miniatures painting and photography by Ben Williams; a cover by Brandon Moore; a set of 24 two-sided Ogre record sheets; and die-cut blast templates for spillover fire. Easy to learn and fast-moving, Ogre Miniatures
is miniatures armor as it should be played . . .
May 9, 2018:
Now that you've had some time to meet Mugsy
, Barbarian the Librarian
, and the rest of the Munchkin Collectible Card Game
core-set crew, it's time for some new faces - in The Desolation of Blarg
The first expansion for the Munchkin CCG
starts hitting stores in late May and early June, so mark your calendar for the weekend of June 8. That Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are The Desolation of Blarg Release Events
at local game stores all around the U.S. and Canada!
Find an event near you to get some brand-new cards - including Blarg
himself, a neutral Monster
. . .
May 10, 2018:
The Ogre Miniatures
Kickstarter is coming along well. We blew past the first stretch goal (so the book will be hardback) and are about halfway to the second goal (a diecut sheet with some miniatures that won't be available in plastic any time soon) . . .
May 11, 2018:
Get ready to see quality accessories for Munchkin
and the Munchkin Collectible Card Game
on shelves in 2018! Steve Jackson Games has given Ultra PRO International exclusive rights to accessorize those lines . . .
May 12, 2018:
Now that Ogre Miniatures Set 1
is in stores, the Ogre Battle Box
is in the final stages of assembly at the factory, and the Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition
rules have met the funding goal on Kickstarter, we have opened preorders for Ogre
fans outside the U.S. who wish to get their hands on the upcoming hardcover rulebook. This 64-page book is the newest edition of the ruleset first published in 1993, and the new book - along with the miniatures packed inside the Ogre Battle Box
- give you all* you need to transport the classic Ogre
wargame from hex maps to attractive, miniatures tabletop battles . . .
May 13, 2018:
Steve's latest card game, Conspiracy Theory
, has shipped to the U.S. Kickstarter-project backers and, best of all, is now available to preorder on Warehouse 23! . . .
May 14, 2018:
When we ask people what they like to do in Munchkin
, we get one answer more than anything else: Cheat.
Since real cheating is discouraged, we've created a new mini-expansion of cards dedicated to the underhanded arts. Munchkin Cheats
gives players even more ways to play additional treasures and get an upper hand on the opponents. But watch out! . . .
May 15, 2018:
The mischeivous Moop is mixing up monsters again, and you can get in on the fun at participating 2nd & Charles stores on May 19!
Munchkin Magical Mess
features a host of new mixed-up monsters and our favorite wizard, Moop, in a brand new deluxe-style game! Our friends at 2nd & Charles are getting in on the fun with a host of events where you can not only learn to play, but get some free loot, too . . .
May 16, 2018:
One of the joys of having the oldest blog in the world is that you can reflect on your history in new and interesting ways. For example, 20 years ago today, we wrote about the newly released GURPS Lite
. . .
May 17, 2018:
Columbus, we're coming for you! Origins Game Fair is June 13-17 and we're doing it big . . .
May 18, 2018:
One of the strengths of the Munchkin
line has been the variety of promo cards and bookmarks we've offered over the years. A couple of years back, we started selling some of them on Warehouse 23 . . .
May 19, 2018:
Thursday morning, in my middle-school classroom, a student shouted gleefully, "My spell just put the whole town to sleep!" At another table, a boy examined his character sheet and asked, "If I get Signature Gear for my backpack, does that mean all my stuff is invulnerable?" Nearby, a girl confided, "Instead of being a Cat-Folk, I've decided that I'm a human who can turn into a leopard!"
This is not some experiment in gamifying social studies. It's part of a weekly program at my school where teachers sponsor a variety of activities intended to appeal to student interests beyond core academics . . .
May 20, 2018:
Are gaming clubs still a thing? Are you a member of a club? . . .
May 21, 2018:
No fooling! April was an exciting time to be a fan of GURPS
, with the re-release (thanks to our On Demand program) of three of the best-known, classic GURPS
• GURPS Reign of Steel
– a desperate post-apocalyptic fight against robot overlords.
• GURPS Technomancer
– a modern-era world where technology and
magic reign supreme.
• GURPS Voodoo
– a shadow war against the forces of darkness . . .
May 22, 2018:
When you're a munchkin, every
day can be Christmas, with all that loot out there in the world, just ripe for the plundering. The rest of the world hasn't quite caught up to this enlightened philosophy, however, and so it's up to us to start the ball rolling . . .
May 23, 2018:
Are you excited about The Desolation of Blarg
expansion – and you just can't wait to get your hands on Blarg
himself (and other great new cards)? Or maybe you just need a learn-to-play event for you or your friends? . . .
May 24, 2018:
SJ Games is crossing the pond for a trip to UK Games Expo from June 1-3! We've sent a small expeditionary contingent of Retail and Press Liaison Ariel, and myself, to help teach the Munchkin Collectible Card Game
at booth E5 (or the booth island thereabouts).
We'll also be running drafts featuring the new expansion, The Desolation of Blarg
! . . .
May 25, 2018:
September is going to be chock-full of big releases, including a spin on a classic, a new edition of a veteran in our lineup, a classic reprint, and a brand-new dexterity game. Let's get into it!
Munchkin Side Quests
Take the scenic route with a new way to play any Munchkin game!
When you need a short detour from the business of killing monsters and betraying your friends, try Munchkin Side Quests
! . . .
May 26, 2018:
When we launched the Munchkin Collectible Card Game
earlier this year, we were painfully short on the game's three Starter Sets
, leaving some of our larger distributors without any games for retailers. While the game's starters never quite reached "impossible to find" status over the last quarter, there were more friendly local game stores without access to the starters than we were expecting . . .
May 27, 2018:
After a long run of helping gamers find other gamers on the internet, the Gamer Finder is in retirement. Due to changes in European privacy laws and a low usage of the service, we've decided to sunset Gamer Finder rather than modify it . . .
May 27, 2018:
Popular opinion has it when he died, Nicola Tesla was sitting on plans for a death ray. These were subsequently picked up when his hotel room was raided by secret government forces . . .
May 28, 2018:
May we have a moment of your time? First, a bit of housekeeping . . .
May 29, 2018:
After a hard day of killing monsters and taking their stuff, Spyke and Flower like to retire to their new favorite pub, The Red Dragon Inn . . . where they kill monsters and take their drinks
. In partnership with SlugFest Games, we're pleased to announce Munchkin: The Red Dragon Inn
, a 29-card* expansion for classic Munchkin
or any other set with fantasy backs . . .
May 30, 2018:
When mental matters meet magical might, the unimaginable becomes within your grasp. Pyramid #3/114: Mind Over Magic
focuses on arcane abilities that are subtle or strange. This issue features new options for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 19: Incantation Magic
, new magic that focuses on names, a new secret society that devotes its energies to magic based on glass and espionage, sinister magical artifacts for heroes to overcome, and more . . .
May 31, 2018:
UK Games Expo is happening this weekend, June 1-3, and SJ Games is back in the empire to show off the Munchkin Collectible Card Game
and enjoy the English summer! (One hopes it's slightly cooler than the 98 degrees here in Austin.) . . .
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