Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2020

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May 1, 2020:
If you enjoy wargames that use six-sided dice, our Army Men D6 Dice Set brings you a dozen dice decorated with stars instead of pips on the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 sides. The "1" facing on each die features an image of a plastic toy army man, with a total of six different designs packed into the set . . . one each in two different colors . . . read article

May 2, 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 . . . read article

May 3, 2020:
They were cast by Ral Partha in the mid- to late 70s – one has 1976 on the bottom. They are part of a batch of 15 that I painted up as my go-to bad guys for the early days of The Fantasy Trip. I probably got them at King's Hobbies, a north Austin store that is still in business! . . . read article

May 4, 2020:
The Illuminati is, by design, a large interwoven web of power and influence, hidden in the shadows. Unfortunately during a pandemic, even they need to keep their web at arm's length, so what's a shadow leader to do? . . . read article

May 5, 2020:
Munchkin Dragons, of course! For your hoarding pleasure, we have the Munchkin Dragons and Munchkin Dragon's Trike mini-expansions at Warehouse 23 . . . read article

May 6, 2020:
After you've played through Death Test and Death Test 2 (available in this boxed set), you'll probably want more. Maybe you would like to take a stab at creating a pgorgrammed adventure for The Fantasy Trip or GURPS? . . . read article

May 7, 2020:
We've been wanting to produce sets of dice for a long time, so last year we finally took the plunge and shipped several different dice packs to distributors and retailers. For those who missed out on them, here's a complete list of our 2019 dice that saw a wide release last year . . . read article

May 8, 2020:
These Patreons are as diverse as their creators – typically, they share art, blogs, and what-have-you with their supporters. Usually there are freebies . . . but that's not the big reason to join a Patreon . . . read article

May 9, 2020:
We released the Kitten d6 Dice Set and Dungeon Survival Pack: Kitten Adventurers earlier this year, and both have been strong sellers during these early months of 2020.  But we know that some of you can never have enough kitties, and it is for you cat lovers that we created the Kitten d6 Litter, which comes with 36 dice featuring paw prints and the adorable kitty artwork of Katie Cook! Better still, you'll notice that some of the dice in this large bag are different colors from those found in the Kitten d6 Dice Set and the Dungeon Survival Pack: Kitten Adventurers, meaning that your selection of cat dice grows dramatically as soon as you add this set to your collection . . . read article

May 10, 2020:
Not going to lie to you, it's a sweet gig, but there are a LOT of things you should know before you take the plunge. Luckily, our pals at Kobold Press have compiled many of them into the new edition of their fantastic book, Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design, Second Edition . . . read article

May 11, 2020:
During this period of physical distancing, we've been hosting a plethora of #SJGamesLive events, many featuring Deadly Doodles play-alongs, and people seem to have really enjoyed them. We'll be continuing those streams going forward, and hope to add even more content, like Deadly Doodles 2 (which is now shipping to Kickstarter backers)! . . . read article

May 12, 2020:
The Kickstarter campaign for two new books – The Book of Unlife and Red Crypt – successfully closed last month . . . but if you happened to miss it, the BackerKit pre-order page is open and ready for you.  These books each bring something new to The Fantasy Trip: The Book of Unlife, by Howard Kistler, includes 44 creatures for The Fantasy Trip, a general guide to the unliving, and a detailed adventure setting with maps and characters. Red Crypt, by David Pulver, is a new solitaire adventure for use with the Legacy Edition boxed set. Pre-order these new books today! International Note: If you're outside the United States and would like these books in print, we ask that you be patient . . . read article

May 13, 2020:
As you know, the world has changed. With a dramatic drop in sales of physical games over the months of March and April, we've had to dig deeper into our cash than we would have liked, but we're holding on and our team continues to work daily at keeping the company on track and secure . . . read article

May 14, 2020:
A gamer's wardrobe can be a bit more eclectic than other people's. Many geeks have shirts that present their various fandoms and hobbies; I know my closet is chock full of them . . . read article

May 15, 2020:
As a part of the BackerKit pledge manager for The Book of Unlife and Red Crypt, two new books for The Fantasy Trip that were launched as a Kickstarter campaign last month, we have two more books for the line listed for pre-order.  Labyrinth Planner. This 48-page book is designed for the GM who enjoys constructing dungeons . . . read article

May 16, 2020:
What's a fantasy game without art? Pretty much nothing . . . read article

May 17, 2020:
It's Munchkin Zombies, the game that proves how much fun it is being a shambling corpse only interested in people for their braaaaaiiiins. In addition to the base game, we have several expansions available at your local game store or right here on Warehouse 23: Armed and Dangerous – also comes in a large-box version that includes zombie pawns Hideous Hideouts – the survivors think they've found a safe haven; they are wrong Spare Parts – what more needs to be said? . . . read article

May 18, 2020:
If you missed out on the April Kickstarter campaign for The Book of Unlife and Red Crypt, two new books for The Fantasy Trip, then today's your chance to take advantage of the BackerKit pre-order prices! Later today, we will close the pre-order page and the warehouse team will start the work necessary to fulfill the campaign later this summer.  There's a lot more than just the two books offered in the BackerKit pre-order! . . . read article

May 19, 2020:
Everybody wants clothes that show off their unique styles and interests. With that in mind, our Summer T-Shirt Kickstarter campaign has expanded the offerings available to fans! . . . read article

May 20, 2020:
Here I am in my isolation haircut and my Back the Comeback T-shirt. You ask what I'm going to do with the giant Cthulhu Die . . . read article

May 21, 2020:
An abbreviated edition this month because I'm swamped with things I can't talk about yet. I can tell you that the third Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar expansion has gone to print and we expect it to hit stores (or whatever we are using for stores by then) before the end of the year . . . read article

May 22, 2020:
I ran a personal Kickstarter campaign for Fantasy City Sites and Scenes, a 48-page book of city locations and city encounters for use with almost any fantasy roleplaying game. The systemless work did very well -- 1,701 project backers! -- and the print rewards are already mailing out to the backers of that project . . . read article

May 23, 2020:
Warehouse 23, our online store where you can find both physical games as well as PDF roleplaying games and expansions, is open and we're once again shipping physical orders. We're going slow and cautious, sending no more than one of the Warehouse 23 team into the building on any day . . . read article

May 24, 2020:
I've known Ed Bourelle of SkeletonKey Games for several years now. Back in the dark ages of the mid-2000s, Ed and I worked together on several projects, and I am happy to report that his cartography and game tiles are attractive, functional, and a great buy for gamemasters who need square-grid maps . . . read article

May 25, 2020:
With only one week left in our Summer 2020 T-Shirt Collection Kickstarter, we've already unlocked a ton of new designs, plus several additional add-ons of some brand new releases! Even if you backed day 1, you probably want to check back in so you don't miss out on this new swag, like the GURPS Basic Set shirt, One Crit Wonder shirt, and even Uncle Albert's Catalog From Hell (back in print for the first time in over two decades)! . . . read article

May 26, 2020:
Take your Munchkin game forward to the 18th century with Munchkin Steampunk, punkly written by Yr. Humble Servant and steamily illustrated by the estimable Phil Foglio . . . read article

May 27, 2020:
The realms of The Fantasy Trip are vast, spanning from blood-soaked arenas to bewitched lairs of monsters. Now we've captured those regions in playmat form! . . . read article

May 28, 2020:
One of the new releases affected by the closing of Warehouse 23 back in March was Gelatinous, a new dice game that was created as an exclusive item for sale through Warehouse 23 and at conventions. The games landed in our warehouse just days before Austin was put under a shelter-in-place order, so we could only accept pre-orders for the last few weeks . . . read article

May 29, 2020:
The Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game line has expanded again, this time with a new 48-page book that was designed for those GMs who enjoy designing dungeons. The Dungeon Planner includes page after page of blank hex pages and forms where the GM can sketch out dungeon rooms and encounters to create new challenges to throw at the adventurers . . . read article

May 30, 2020:
Get together with some pals, explore the world, and cause mayhem wherever you go. That's the premise of Munchkin Skullkickers, based on (and with illustrations from) the hit Image comic book by Jim Zub and Edwin Huang . . . read article

May 31, 2020:
The team has been hard at work on the GURPS On Demand program the last few months, adding more and more books so that the print-on-demand selection now includes dozens of 3rd edition and 4th edition GURPS books. They have also re-organized the page, making it easier for you to quickly scroll through the available books and decide which ones are must-haves for your personal gaming library . . . read article

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