Daily Illuminator Archive for October 2021

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October 1, 2021:
Effective January 1, 2022, Steve Jackson Games will raise the MSRP of several of our titles, including the best-selling Munchkin (SJG1408) and Munchkin Deluxe (SJG1483) boxed games. These price increases are necessary as we – and other game publishers worldwide - face ever-increasing overhead, manufacturing, and shipping costs . . . read article

October 2, 2021:
Time flies when you're having fun at conventions! Steve Jackson Games is back on the road this week at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, October 1 - 3 . . . read article

October 3, 2021:
We knew there was a demand for the reprints of Munchkin Kittens and Munchkin Puppies, but we had no idea there was so much demand! Not only did both reprints make it into our top ten sellers for August, but both sold so fast that we've already placed reprint orders with the factory . . . read article

October 4, 2021:
Santa has awoken from his annual slumber, and he's kicked open the door to our Holiday Vault on Warehouse 23! All the cheery Munchkin goodness dedicated to the holiday season is available to order now on Warehouse 23, until Santa goes back to sleep . . . read article

October 5, 2021:
Countless travelers who venture through Snow Devil Pass don't speak ill of their journey . . . but only because they never reach their destination. Who is up to the challenge of this frigid excursion? . . . read article

October 6, 2021:
It's a Match Three game where you grab gold, level up, and win on your phone, tablet, or computer! Munchkin Mayhem, produced under license by Bill Fawcett & Associates, is the newest Munchkin campaign on Kickstarter, and this time it delivers Munchkin style and humor to your phone. This project, if successful, gives you a new way to experience the classic dungeon-smashing and looting of the Munchkin world . . . read article

October 7, 2021:
We've opened pre-orders for the Car Wars Sixth Edition game on Warehouse 23, and there's a lot more to the game than just the basic rules. Thanks to the success of the Kickstarter campaign, we've produced the game and several expansions and accessories . . . read article

October 8, 2021:
Like most of you, I have a healthy collection of board games. That said, there's only so much shelf space . . . read article

October 9, 2021:
One of the greatest benefits of the GURPS On Demand program has to be the ease with which GURPS players in many locations outside of the United States can now get their hands on our many books. Partnering with Amazon for our print-on-demand program means that books are printed as close to the final destination as possible . . . and that now includes Australia as one of the program's printing sites! . . . read article

October 10, 2021:
One issue with Kickstarter campaigns comes down to missing out on a cool game. Many times, there have been campaigns that I only encountered months after they closed, leaving me to search eBay and other online marketplaces for a chance at Kickstarter exclusives and limited editions . . . read article

October 11, 2021:
The future isn't just spaceships, robots, and terraforming. It's big ideas . . . read article

October 12, 2021:
While we utilize Discord for our FnordCon events (FnordCon 4 Virtual is back, November 5-7!), we wanted to highlight some of the game-specific servers that fans have set up and which now host thriving communities of similarly-minded gamers. These are great places to find players for online games of The Fantasy Trip or GURPS, or talk cars for Car Wars . . . read article

October 13, 2021:
For years now, the free GURPS Combat Cards PDF has helped gamemasters and GURPS fans introduce the game to new players. Thousands of downloads after we first released the PDF, GURPS Line Editor Sean Punch worked with our team to create the print edition of GURPS Combat Cards, and the first printing is now starting to reach the end of the stack and will be out of stock for an undetermined amount of time . . . read article

October 14, 2021:
This is our monthly report on the status of active Kickstarter campaigns. As crowdfunding has become a more significant part of our operations, it is important that we communicate the status of all open projects to the world . . . read article

October 15, 2021:
Our online convention, FnordCon, returns next month on November 5-7 and we're hoping you will join us for the celebration of all things Steve Jackson Games!  Attendance is free, requiring only access to Discord as well as the ability to watch livestream videos on Twitch, Facebook, and/or YouTube, and we're lining up events and seminars to entertain you throughout the FnordCon weekend. Visit the FnordCon page on our site to learn more . . . read article

October 16, 2021:
As we continue to ship the Car Wars Sixth Edition Kickstarter rewards, it has been wonderfully satisfying to watch as the game starts to hit tables across the United States. We're keeping a close eye on the Kickstarter campaign's comments, but Kickstarter isn't the best place to connect with other players to discuss the game (and to show off your paint jobs) . . . read article

October 17, 2021:
Halloween is coming, gang, and now is the time to grab the Halloween d6 Dice Set and prepare for your Halloween game night! These oversized, 19mm dice feature jack-o-lantern designs on all six sides, and with six dice in the pack, there's plenty for many of your favorite games . . . read article

October 18, 2021:
After over a decade of work, the Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game is ready for the next stage of its life: your support . . . and then, if the project meets the goal, off to the printer!  Thank you to all of you who purchased the pre-release edition of the PDF and helped us to chase down those last few pesky typos. We're now officially ready to launch the Kickstarter campaign on October 20 and hope to see many of you join us . . . read article

October 19, 2021:
Salut! My name is Rachel, and I'm a new Staff Editor for SJ Games. I mostly do copyediting and proofreading; that is, I correct texts for spelling, grammar, and punctuation, as well as consistency, clarity, coherence, and conscientiousness . . . read article

October 20, 2021:
The Steam Digital Tabletop Fest is happening online from October 21-26, celebrating tabletop gaming in the digital space. This annual event has been gaining a lot of momentum and is a great spotlight for the many digital implementations of analog games on the platform, including our own Ogre from Auroch Games . . . read article

October 21, 2021:
They're getting closer and closer . . . see the article on Nextgov. And note in particular the bit about keeping and refining an operating kernel . . . read article

October 22, 2021:
It's time for a FnordCon 4 update! We've confirmed our artist for FnordCon 4, and I think y'all are in for some fun . . . read article

October 23, 2021:
When I was a kid (which, if we're being honest, is mentally every single day of my life), gross-out humor was a joy that we inflicted on our parents, teachers, and the unsuspecting normal children on the playground. Jokes, toys, trading cards, and wild conversations inevitably led to attempts to disgust and gross each other out, and it is with great pleasure that I announce that even these days – decades later – kids still love gross-out humor . . . read article

October 24, 2021:
Another month, another list of top sellers! Our evergreen games and expansions – those items that are consistent sellers every month – are a vital part of our operations, and we do our best to keep the top ten or so titles in-stock at all times . . . read article

October 25, 2021:
So that we can manage inventory and not overwhelm the Warehouse 23 team, we're closing Car Wars Sixth Edition pre-orders on Monday, November 8, 2021. We'll reopen for orders in the future, but for now we have some other Car Wars Sixth Edition plans in the works and want to make sure that we're not burying the warehouse crew with too many fulfillment tasks all at once . . . read article

October 26, 2021:
The Our Games page has been a stalwart stopping point on our site for years, and has finally received an update. Fear not, it's still the unique pyramid that it was in the past, just with a few updates to the categories to make it more in line with our current offerings . . . read article

October 27, 2021:
Offered as a part of our Random Fun Generator 2 pre-order campaign on BackerKit, One Roll Quest is Steve's new single die roll fantasy RPG that is intended to be played as you wait for the stragglers to arrive for game night. This extremely fast-playing dice game –- One Roll Quest uses a large clear six-sided die with five tiny six-sided dice inside –- is great for the storytellers at the table . . . read article

October 28, 2021:
August was a big month for Munchkin reprints, with several out-of-print titles landing as our partners at PSI received two containers loaded with games and expansions. As we've mentioned before, the expense and delays related to international freight have disrupted our usual processes, so seeing so many titles back in stock brings a tear to our eyes and makes our hearts grow like the Grinch's at Christmas . . . read article

October 29, 2021:
Wil Wheaton has developed a habit of saying wise and helpful things, and he's done it again. That is all you need to hear from me . . . read article

October 30, 2021:
Get in the spooky spirit with this special map for Deadly Doodles! The Halloween map features a jack-o'-lantern face and some brutal corridors . . . read article

October 31, 2021:
Our warehouse overflows with Car Wars Sixth Edition and new Munchkin games and expansions, forcing us to look around and say: "Where will we put this stuff?" Fortunately, our warehouse woes are your opportunity to add some classic Pocket Box games to your library . . . and at a great price! Between now and the end of the year (or as supplies last), we've put four specific games on sale at 25% off . . . read article

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