Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2013

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August 1, 2013:
We've got a couple of updates on the Ogre front for you. First, the latest from Phil and Sam's trip to Hong Kong . . . read article

August 2, 2013:
Sam and I visited the plastics factory where we had a chance to see many, many games in production. While walking through the tooling department, we ran across two sprues of tests they ran a few months ago when the Munchkin Pathfinder d6 was being designed . . . read article

August 3, 2013:
We have updated our Flickr account with a bunch of photos we took at San Diego Comic Con this year . . . read article

August 4, 2013:
I ran a Kickstarter project last year and can now happily report that the finished book, an introduction to third party Transformers toys and accessories, turned out wonderfully and that the 80-page hardcover is now available on Amazon. If you're at all a toy collector then you may want to take a look at the finished book . . . and I've started work on a sequel, but that won't find its way to Kickstarter until later this year . . . read article

August 5, 2013:
Have you wanted to visit the Muskogee Fairgrounds and Family Emporium, but haven't yet endangered your household by bringing them down for a day of fun? Then we've got news you can use -- in the form of Car Wars - Muskogee Mayhem! . . . read article

August 6, 2013:
For the last two Gen Cons, our capsule machine has been a staple of the booth, containing all kinds of random goodies. This year, we're not bringing it, because we spent our energies doing an even bigger, more awesome project: the Munchkin Tavern, which you should totally come and visit . . . read article

August 7, 2013:
Here at Ogre HQ, we're excited that Ogre Designer's Edition is being printed and assembled even as you read this. You can be one of the first on the planet to play with an air-couriered set from China! . . . read article

August 8, 2013:
We have some cool Munchkin swag for you at our Munchkin Tavern this year. In addition to what's in the picture, we'll also be selling Munchkin Tricky Treats at the tavern -- it won't be available at our booth! -- for the usual price of $4.95 . . . read article

August 9, 2013:
Steve and I will be signing Munchkin Pathfinder -- and, within reason, whatever else you bring (T-shirts, anyone?) -- at the Paizo booth (203/403) from 5 to 6 on Saturday, August 17 during Gen Con. Paizo and Adventure Retail (booth #1301) will both have a few copies of Munchkin Pathfinder to sell; if you miss them here, you'll have to wait until September! . . . read article

August 10, 2013:
This year our MIBs are proud to present 150 events at Gen Con! These events are run in Hall E -- in addition to our demos at booth #1301 in the trade hall and the munchkinly things at the Munchkin Tavern . . . read article

August 11, 2013:
(Er, wait, that's SINGS, sorry.) I'm one of the winners of the ENnie Awards Karaoke Fundraiser, and thus am singing Take On Me by A-Ha at the beginning of the ceremony on Friday, August 16th . . . read article

August 12, 2013:
I'm happy to announce that at long last, we will have copies of Castellan available for you at Gen Con! Stop by our booth, #1301, if you want to pick up a copy! . . . read article

August 13, 2013:
Here are the appearances and times for special guests at the Munchkin Tavern: Fan Dinners (7pm local time each night - register at our booth, #1301, for a chance to snag one of six open seats at the table) Thursday, 8/15 - yours truly Friday, 8/16 - Steve Jackson Saturday, 8/17 - Andrew Hackard A Very Special Announcement During Steve's dinner on Friday night, we're also going to be revealing some incredibly big news . . . read article

August 14, 2013:
If you're at Gen Con this week then I hope you'll have time to stop by and watch as we rip open the Ogre Designer's Edition. We have two completed copies of the game and you're invited to join us Wednesday, August 14, 5:30pm in the Crowne Plaza lobby where we will open one of the two games . . . read article

August 15, 2013:
It's on! You can find us: At booth #1301 in the dealers hall, right on the end of Adventure Retail's space . . . read article

August 16, 2013:
Tonight at the Munchkin Tavern - Steve Jackson . . . AND surprise guest, surprise host, surprising guy John Kovalic! . . . read article

August 17, 2013:
All of us are enjoying our time here at Gen Con 2013, and we hope you are too. I'm going to be playing some Munchkin in the TableTop area in Hall E on Sunday, August 18, from 10 am until noon . . . read article

August 18, 2013:
In case you missed the live streaming broadcast, the coverage of the 2013 ENnie Awards at Gen Con is now available. -- Leonard Balsera . . . read article

August 19, 2013:
Steve Jackson Games, Cartoon Network, and USAopoly are pleased to announce Munchkin Adventure Time, slated for release next summer . . . read article

August 20, 2013:
We are officially back from Gen Con 2013! Thanks to everyone who came to see us and participated in events with us! . . . read article

August 21, 2013:
We're delighted to announce that the Wave Two reprints of Ogre Miniatures are now on sale at Warehouse 23. This wave's theme is "buildings, lasers, and missiles." Previously rare and highly-sought-after pieces now available: the Combine and Paneuro Hardened CPs, the Paneuro Laser Turret and Tower, the Paneuro "Draco" Missile Crawler, and many more . . . read article

August 22, 2013:
ChupacabraCon is a new gaming convention for fans right here in our home town of Austin, TX. Their plan is to have roleplaying and other tabletop games, panels, special guests, and vendor space . . . read article

August 23, 2013:
While I was visiting some family in Germany our MIB Control, Birger, told me about Ulisses Spiele: a game publisher and distributor that happens to have their office in the same township as my folks. Ulisses is the largest roleplaying game publisher in Germany, led by their hit game Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye); they also publish the German version of Pathfinder, and as a distributor they carry Steve Jackson Games products among many others . . . read article

August 24, 2013:
I love reminding myself that I'm living in a science-fiction future -- especially as I carry a gargantuan GURPS library in a notebook-shaped device that can also access an infinite amount of knowledge, real-time interaction, and cat pictures. However, I'm especially reminded of the possibilities of the future when it doesn't work out quite as I'd planned . . . read article

August 25, 2013:
Wil Wheaton, host of Geek & Sundry's hit series TableTop, has created a Tumblr called "As Seen On TableTop." It has pictures sent in by parents, friends, and gamers of all ages. It also has some heartbreakingly lovely stories about how gaming has changed people's lives . . . read article

August 26, 2013:
Cities are pretty fantastic if you stop to think about them. We take that association one step further with Pyramid #3/58: Urban Fantasy II, the latest issue of Pyramid . . . read article

August 27, 2013:
Recent weeks have seen two classic Car Wars re-releases, new to e23! First, we note that over 70% of the world's surface is covered in water . . . read article

August 28, 2013:
We're going to be at a lot of conventions this weekend! Here are your chances to catch us: PAX Prime (Seattle, WA): A whole gaggle of us are going and will have a space under the escalators at the Corral on Level 2 . . . read article

August 29, 2013:
Of Dice and Men is a comedic play by Cameron McNary about a group of 30-something D&D players, and what happens when one of them enlists to go to Iraq. It's based loosely on Of Mice and Men (which you may have guessed), and it ran at PAX Prime and PAX East in 2011 . . . read article

August 30, 2013:
Did you miss Gen Con? Heck, even if you were at Gen Con you might want to see what we did at the convention this year! . . . read article

August 31, 2013:
Just like the old gaming cliché, droves of adventurers met at our Munchkin Tavern (Indy's own Tavern on South) at Gen Con this year. Some lucky folks got to have dinner with Steve Jackson, John Kovalic, Andrew Hackard, and Lenny Balsera . . . read article

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