Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2012

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May 1, 2012:
The Ogre Designer's Edition Kickstarter project has been going amazingly well. Last week we announced the retailer support options (April 27 Daily Illuminator) . . . read article

May 2, 2012:
GURPS High-Tech: Adventure Guns is a 48-page supplement describing the firearms and some other "high-tech" (TL5-6) weapons used from the second half of the 19th century until WWI, the period of the great adventurers and explorers in the Wild West, In Darkest Africa, in Transylvania, along the Indian Northwest Frontier, or 20,000 Miles under the Sea. However, it also details which guns were used at home -- by the police in New York, Berlin, or London; by the Texas Rangers; by the armies in the American Civil War, the Franco-Prussian War, the Spanish-American War, the Boer Wars, and the Boxer Rise; and by ordinary gentlemen, outlaws, or hunters all over the world . . . read article

May 3, 2012:
Zombie Dice, the brain-eating dice game produced by Steve Jackson Games, will appear in the third episode of TableTop on Friday, May 4, 2012. Narrated by actor and author Wil Wheaton, TableTop features guests playing dice, card, board, and pen-and-paper games . . . read article

May 4, 2012:
Ogre! Ogre! Ogre!! Here at Steve Jackson Games, it's been all Ogre, all the time for a while . . . read article

May 5, 2012:
If you have met me anywhere but at a convention, the chances are very good that I've been wearing something from shirt.woot. (Approaching 100%, to be honest.) . . . read article

May 6, 2012:
Fans of GURPS Discworld will no doubt remember Sean Murray's beautiful artwork for us in GURPS Discworld Also. What has Sean been doing in the years since he spent months working on illustrating GURPS Discworld Also? . . . read article

May 7, 2012:
Long story short: If the Ogre Kickstarter project hits $700,000, we will schedule Car Wars for 2013. With forums and surveys starting in 2012 to determine exactly what you want . . . read article

May 8, 2012:
After over a solid day of travel I reached my hotel in Hong Kong. Unlike earlier trips I am staying on the Kowloon side of the harbor this time around . . . and it's dramatically different from staying on Hong Kong island itself . . . read article

May 9, 2012:
Always in search of adventure, the mighty Conan boldly journeys to Snow Devil Pass -- the final resting place of many who dared its dangers and failed. Will he triumph against the cold, the beastmen, and the other unspeakable horrors that lie beyond? . . . read article

May 10, 2012:
If you have been on the fence about our Kickstarter project, you've got one day left. That box is soooo big and sooo full . . . read article

May 11, 2012:
Where We're Going is our company newsletter. We hand these out at conventions and trade shows, but we also publish them to read online . . . read article

May 12, 2012:
The Kickstarter project closed at a staggering $923,680. Thank you, everyone . . . read article

May 13, 2012:
Recently, we released a major update to Epic Munchkin, adding the Epic rules for the classes from Munchkin Axe Cop and Beating a Dead Horse, and for the races and class and race enhancers from Munchkin 8 - Half Horse, Will Travel. Epic Munchkin is a free download from e23, and if you register before you download it, you'll be notified the next time we post an update . . . probably more or less when Munchkin Conan hits stores this summer. -- Andrew Hackard . . . read article

May 14, 2012:
The bloodthirsty Picts and their powerful shaman leader Zogar Sag are marching west. Their goal: Conquest . . . read article

May 15, 2012:
Randy Scheunemann is familiar to many of you who play our games or visit us at conventions. When he was last here, Randy contributed to everything from Revolution! to Cthulhu Dice, and he has spent more hours teaching our games in stores than many of us in the office . . . read article

May 16, 2012:
FOX TV is launching a Saturday late-night block of animation early next year, and they have chosen their first partner wisely: Axe Cop! Read all about the new "Animation Domination" here . . . and then you'll be able to tell your friends, "Oh, Axe Cop! . . . read article

May 17, 2012:
We are now accepting applications for the job of Ogre Line Editor. I'm working away . . . read article

May 18, 2012:
Are you going to be in California this weekend? Munchkin artist John Kovalic will be attending Maker Faire with Ken Denmead, the publisher and editor of GeekDad and GeekMom for Wired Magazine online. GeekDad is a sponsor for this year's event in San Mateo. According to the convention website, Maker Faire is a two-day convention that celebrates "invention, creativity, and resourcefulness."  When I asked John about the show, he said, "Maker Faire is a blast -- literally, sometimes . . . read article

May 19, 2012:
I'm a fan of steampunk (and, judging by the number of folks who picked up Pyramid #3/39: Steampunk from a few months ago, so are many of you). I especially love that genre's technology . . . read article

May 20, 2012:
I've seen people dress up as cultists, zombies, and evil conjurers before, but Cthulhu? Enter the site Propnomicon to satisfy your Elder God craving . . . read article

May 21, 2012:
Newfangled methods have their place . . . but for awesome adventure, never underestimate the power of magic and steam! Newly revealed to e23 (at great personal peril to our diplomats), GURPS Classic: Castle Falkenstein delivers what you need to visit the classic Castle Falkenstein setting . . . read article

May 22, 2012:
This month we have two fun Munchkin releases. The new Munchkin booster is based on a hit series starring Felicia Day . . . read article

May 23, 2012:
What do you get when you combine Munchkin with one of the most popular geeky webcomics ever created? Munchkin Penny Arcade! This 15-card booster is designed to be combined with the original, fantasy-based Munchkin core set and will be available through your Friendly Local Game Store in September . . . read article

May 24, 2012:
Ogre may be consuming most of our energy, but that doesn't mean that we've stopped completely working on other projects. Not only has Munchkin Apocalypse (and the first Munchkin Apocalypse accessory) gone to print, but we've also made a few steps forward with Castellan . . . including getting the text of the rules to the point where we think we're finished . . . read article

May 25, 2012:
Two new August releases will ship just in time for GenCon. Steal your rival's sanity with Cthulhu Dice Metäl . . . read article

May 26, 2012:
We just sent Munchkin Apocalypse, a second printing of Munchkin Deluxe, and a secret 4Q 2012 Munchkin item off to print. Huzzah! . . . read article

May 27, 2012:
Recently, our small, but efficient, but SMALL staff has been getting a bit fried. Randy Scheunemann has rejoined us (Welcome back, Randy!) and is taking on vital convention and Revolution!-brainstorming tasks . . . read article

May 28, 2012:
Our business is making games, which many people use to relax after a hard day's work. But many soldiers face the possibility of killing or being killed every day, and it's not a game at all . . . read article

May 29, 2012:
In incalculable corners of the cosmos, magic makes the world go round. From little tweaks to major overhauls, putting a different spin on all matters arcane is a surefire way to add a spark to the gaming table . . . read article

May 30, 2012:
Curious about Munchkin but haven't played? In an upcoming episode of TableTop, the hit Geek and Sundry show hosted by Wil Wheaton, you'll be able to watch players learn how to steal treasure, kill monsters, and stab their buddies . . . read article

May 31, 2012:
Because nothing goes with the gentle breezes of Spring like a sanity-blasting Elder God, here are six new Cthulhu Dice colors for Spring. Since we first started producing this quick and easy dice game, we have sold almost 50,000 copies! . . . read article

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