Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2022

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May 1, 2022:
Last year, we created and released a one-pound Munchkin level die. Yes, a one-pound die . . . read article

May 2, 2022:
On of my earliest convention memories with Steve Jackson Games was the kindness, humor, and generosity of Jerry Corrick. For many years, Jerry and the Adventure Retail team managed the bulk of our convention sales – especially at all of the biggest shows – and conventions were always more fun when Jerry was there exhibiting his love of gaming and gamers . . . read article

May 3, 2022:
After a little over a week of funding, we're happy to report that the new Pirate d6 Dice Set project is scheduled to close successfully on Indiegogo tomorrow. This blister pack of six new dice is on track for release late this year, with the Indiegogo backers the first to receive the new dice . . . and the new Munchkin bookmark that works alongside these custom six-sided dice . . . read article

May 4, 2022:
How has it been a decade since the episode of Tabletop featuring Zombie Dice first went live? Ten years gone in a flash, but at least we can still enjoy those older episodes of Tabletop thanks to the power of YouTube and video streaming . . . read article

May 5, 2022:
FnordCon 5 came and went in a whirlwind and now that we've taken a breath, it's a chance to reflect on the convention and the fun that was had. First off, thanks to all the fans who made the trek to see us! . . . read article

May 6, 2022:
If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you have until May 19, 2022, to pre-order the Kickstarter edition of the game – at the Kickstarter price – at BackerKit. The shipment has left the factory and is slowly crossing the world to the fulfillment warehouse where games will be packed and shipped out to Kickstarter backers and everyone who pre-ordered at BackerKit! . . . read article

May 7, 2022:
Steve Jackson Games is looking for a part-time Accounting Assistant! Applications are through Indeed, so please use the link to apply – don't email us or message on social media . . . read article

May 8, 2022:
Kieran Billings, who is the main sculptor for our new Hexscape and Squarescape dungeon terrain sets, has launched a Kickstarter for a beautiful manor as STL files. The unique part is that you can get up to three different versions: the manor in its prime; the manor in ruins; or the manor crudely patched up to make a stronghold for bandits, possibly non-human . . . read article

May 9, 2022:
Out of our four open campaigns, two are in the fulfillment stage, one is on the ocean, and the fourth is at print. (And a U.S.-based printer, so we should see the material delivered to Warehouse 23 late this month.) . . . read article

May 10, 2022:
The Daily Illuminator is a great source of daily news and happenings, but we know that keeping up with a daily blog may not be on everyone's to-do list. So we wanted to bring your attention to our dedicated newsletters for Steve Jackson Games! . . . read article

May 11, 2022:
The latest printing of Knightmare Chess is here, and in celebration we're compiling existing articles into an A6-sized booklet that will fit in the newest edition of the game. Knightmare Chess Variants and Optional Rules is a 32-page collection of articles you can turn to when you want to warp your chess games even more . . . including rules for playing with three and four players! This new Kickstarter project is intentionally small . . . read article

May 12, 2022:
Pre-orders close on May 19, making this your last week to pre-order the Kickstarter edition of the game  at the Kickstarter price  right now at BackerKit. The game is on the water and expected in our primary warehouse in June, giving us plenty of time to meet – if not exceed! – the September 2022 estimated delivery date for U.S . . . read article

May 13, 2022:
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Worldbuilders charity auction is happening now, and John Kovalic has donated a full run of custom Munchkin postcards along with a hand-drawn Munchkin SWFA card! If you're a collector of Munchkin rarities and swag, or just want to give to a good cause, check out the auction – it runs a few more days . . . read article

May 14, 2022:
When the first Knock Kickstarter campaign closed in late 2020, I was one of the backers, though I really wasn't certain what to expect from the inaugural issue of this new fantasy RPG zine. I figured the Kickstarter page looked good enough that it was worth giving the project a shot . . . and I am glad that I did! . . . read article

May 15, 2022:
Part of the fun at FnordCon was playing with (and showing off) the minis and terrain that I had not just painted, but made, myself!   A few new lessons for the Tome of 3DP Knowledge . . .   The best way I have yet found to purify used alcohol is to put it in a sealed clear plastic bottle (milk jugs work fine; big soda bottles are perfect); leave it in the sun for a day to cure the dissolved resin; leave it in some out-of-the-way place for a couple more days to settle; and then pour the newly-clear alcohol through a filter. The plastic bottle is no longer recyclable; throw it away.   It is sometimes easier, with blocky builds like miniature bases or Hexscape pieces, to remove the supports before curing . . . read article

May 16, 2022:
We keep adding titles to our GURPS On Demand program, making it easier than ever to grab print copies of GURPS books you may have originally missed. This page on our site lists all of the available titles, which now include: GURPS Discworld GURPS Discworld Also GURPS Social Engineering GURPS Template Toolkit 1 GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Companion 3 And much more! . . . read article

May 17, 2022:
Our latest Kickstarter project, Knightmare Chess Variants and Optional Rules, has successfully funded and today is your last day to join in the project. This A6-sized collection of variants and optional rules for use with the newest edition of Knightmare Chess is being printed in the US – and we've already seen the test prints! – and we're on track to deliver the campaign rewards on schedule . . . read article

May 18, 2022:
Later this summer, we're take the new edition of Revolution! -- which has been unavailable for too many years -- to crowdfunding as Pathfinder Revolution! This newest edition starts with the core Revolution! game as the base and then picks our favorite bits from the expansions to create the ultimate version of the game. We're crowdfunding this new edition and have a single stretch goal that, if unlocked, prints the bid boards and gameboards double-sided . . . read article

May 19, 2022:
Today is your last chance to pre-order the Kickstarter edition of the game  at the Kickstarter price  at BackerKit. The game is on the water and expected in our primary warehouse next month . . . read article

May 20, 2022:
Our partners at Auroch Digital have posted the details, but the big picture comes down to: "Ogre is available to buy on Xbox and PlayStation now, plus a big update for Steam players!" Check out their new trailer and then visit their website to learn more about the Ogre video game which, as they say in their post, is also coming to the Nintendo Switch later this month. -- Phil Reed . . . read article

May 21, 2022:
We're not yet ready to announce our distribution plans and schedule for the Car Wars Sixth Edition game, so for now the best we can suggest is to visit Warehouse 23 to find the available games, expansions, and accessories. Whether you're a gamer or a retailer, you may now order Car Wars Sixth Edition and get it onto the table this summer for constant automotive combat . . . read article

May 22, 2022:
The two newest playmats for The Fantasy Trip roleplaying game -- Graveyard and Wilderness Road -- are now available at our online store, Warehouse 23. These playmats may be used on their own, or you may combine them to create a massive 2' x 4' battlescape . . . read article

May 23, 2022:
Many a new gamer has approached a game of Munchkin with a quizzical look on their face, and while we have over 20 years of resources, we now have another great utility: a Watch It Played video! Rodney is a pro at teaching games in video format, and we know not everyone learns the same way . . . read article

May 24, 2022:
We've launched a new dice store, offering new dice as well as over 40 different bundles and special offers on our dice, dice bags, dice games, and game accessories. This BackerKit pre-order campaign is scheduled to ship to supporters in September of this year and is your chance to stock up on some of our newest dice! . . . read article

May 25, 2022:
Steve Jackson Games has made the decision to stay home from Gen Con and Origins this year. While we love to see you all, after a PAX enforcer's death after PAX East, as well as our own staff catching COVID after multiple shows this year already, and the count of cases rising again nationwide, we just couldn't justify it this year.  Plans are already in motion to return next year, and we're hoping to continue to produce show content digitally as well . . . read article

May 26, 2022:
There's only so much time, money, and space in the world, so there come times when we have to leave some titles out of print for longer than we would like. One example is Munchkin Game Changers, a collection of four long out-of-print Munchkin mini-expansions and game accessories . . . read article

May 27, 2022:
The Ogre never dies . . . Ogre has taken many different forms since its creation in 1977: board games, minis, books, pocket boxes, and video games, to name a few. The first Ogre video game, released in 1986, was made for the Apple II, Amiga, Atari 8-bit family, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, and Macintosh . . . read article

May 28, 2022:
Zombie Dice (and Zombie Dice Deluxe) recently received a great tutorial video from our friend Rodney over at Watch It Played! It's awesome to have a well-produced tutorial for one of our all-time bestsellers . . . read article

May 29, 2022:
Knightmare Chess is back in stock and now shipping! The classic game of chaos on the chessboard has been reprinted in a combined edition that includes the two original Knightmare Chess sets in a single box . . . read article

May 30, 2022:
Previously only offered in a few of our crowdfunding campaigns, One Roll Quest is now available at our online store, Warehouse 23. This small boxed game was designed as a fast-playing diversion to keep the storytellers in the audience entertained as they wait for the slower players to arrive for game night . . . read article

May 31, 2022:
Katie Cook is an artistic genius! Her adorable creature designs and illustrations bring a level of squee to the game that always makes us grin when we watch someone discover Katie's work . . . read article

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