Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2014

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May 1, 2014:
Just a reminder that you have until the 3rd to get Steve Jackson Games and Atlas Games merchandise at 23% off on Warehouse 23 . . . read article

May 2, 2014:
If you're a retailer or a distributor and you want to talk to us in person, here are the best places to do that in the month of May: Alliance Southwest Game Gathering -- Randy Scheunemann (Retail Liaison) and Andreas Stein (MIB Control) will be at this show in Austin on May 8th. Randy will be at the Diamond Retailer Summit in Las Vegas from May 17th to 19th. ACD Open House in Madison, Wisconsin is where you'll find Andreas and Ross Jepson (Director of Sales) from May 21st to 23rd . . . read article

May 3, 2014:
Comics, comics everywhere, but not a page to read! Ready to be inundated with mountains of comics? . . . read article

May 4, 2014:
Do you want the Munchkin Triple Play 1, Munchkin Triple Play 2, or Munchkin Journal Pack 1? Well, our primary warehouse in Georgia is out of them, so if you want these you'd better get them quickly from your local store! . . . read article

May 5, 2014:
AUSTIN, Texas (April 28, 2014) -- Steve Jackson Games Marketing Assistant Brian Engard recently underwent a paradigm shift in his workplace deliverables, becoming Line Editor for the bleeding edge entertainment maximizer Hipster Dice. In addition to his duties increasing engagement with the company's core brands, Engard will be taking point on shaping the Hipster Dice intellectual property, ensuring that future products in the Hipster Dice line exemplify the sort of 360-degree thinking they always have. "Well, obviously, I'm thrilled," said Brian, when queried about his transition. "Being both Marketing Assistant and Hipster Dice Line Editor puts me in the ideal position to leverage the IP and promote synergy between our brands . . . read article

May 6, 2014:
Last year, Andrew and I spent a few days in Nashville for secret meetings. We're not yet ready to share the details, but things went so very well that I'm scheduled to go back to Nashville . . . and this time I'm taking Kali and Miranda along to assist in the closed door talks. Munchkin, Zombie Dice, and Hipster Dice are the primary focus of the meetings, but there will also be some time spent reviewing processes which should greatly assist us with selling even more games to the world . . . read article

May 7, 2014:
Recently we posted updates about a couple of Kickstarters, and they're closing soon, so we wanted to send out some updates. Storium Since our first post about Storium, the Kickstarter has exploded, garnering over $150,000 in sales. What's more, we decided to throw our support behind them with an official world adapted from In Nomine, and it funded, so we're making it! . . . read article

May 8, 2014:
The folks over at Mighty Fine have started making shirts for us, and they're great! . . . read article

May 9, 2014:
Since its first show in 2007, the Role Play Convention has continuously grown, and is now, after a move from Muenster to the Cologne Fair in 2009, Europe's biggest fantasy gaming-related event, with more than 50,000 visitors. You will find us in Hall 5.2 at #B-027, where we will share a booth with our German partners from Pegasus . . . read article

May 10, 2014:
The GURPS Power-Ups installments have been among the most popular GURPS offerings, thanks to their enticing bite-sized morsels of game-improving goodness. Now, our biggest Power-Ups yet looks at something small but significant: quirks! GURPS Power-Ups 6: Quirks offers a look at those little things that help define a hero . . . and give them extra character points as well! . . . read article

May 11, 2014:
David N. Scott over at Topless Robot did a nice, thorough writeup of all the things he learned doing game demos at WonderCon . . . read article

May 12, 2014:
At the GAMA Trade Show last month, during one of our retailer presentations, a simple question was asked that immediately had my brain turning over. (I would share the question with you, but that would kinda kill the "secret" part of the secret Munchkin project.) . . . read article

May 13, 2014:
UPDATE: Wow, that was fast. This is now sold out . . . read article

May 14, 2014:
Retailers, do you want some Munchkin Legends playmats to give to your best customers? These playmats are big, beautiful, and work perfectly as a level tracker for a Munchkin Legends game . . . read article

May 15, 2014:
We'll be at UK Games Expo, visiting with all of our British and European friends and fans! If you're going to be in the Birmingham area from May 30th to June 1st, stop on by and say hi to Andreas Stein, Birger Kraemer, Ross Jepson, Kali Dugan, or one of our intrepid MIBs . . . read article

May 16, 2014:
Want to know what Steve Jackson Games stuff is coming out in September? Buckle up! Knightmare Chess Knightmare Chess is chess played with cards! . . . read article

May 17, 2014:
The atlantamagazine.com site posted a listing of Atlanta restaurants earlier this month under the title of "Where gamers go to dine" . . . and now I need an excuse to rush back to the Atlanta area for "business." And I'll need to plan my "business trip" so that I can visit the Diesel Filling Station on Wednesday night so that I can play games, including Munchkin! Adding in the vintage console games, Nerd-Core Tuesdays, and the burgers listed on the site's menu I think I may need a multi-day "business trip" to Atlanta . . . read article

May 18, 2014:
Each year, thousands of artists across the world gather in hobby shops on 24-Hour Comics Day, currently administered by Comics Pro. The object is to create an original 24-page comic within 24 hours . . . read article

May 19, 2014:
We've got some special stuff planned for Origins this year. Not only will we be in attendance, running demos and selling games and hanging out with our fans, but we're also going to be bringing the Munchkin Tavern to Origins this year! . . . read article

May 20, 2014:
I know, that sounds like fnorder output, but it's not. I've had my Tesla Model S for a year now, and I'm still just delighted with it, rooting for Tesla to succeed, and recommending the car to anyone who will stand still and listen to me . . . read article

May 21, 2014:
The Swiss surrealist and Oscar® winning Alien-designer H.R. Giger, who died on May 12 at the age of 74, was one of the most influential artists of pop culture as a whole, and of our own geek culture in particular . . . read article

May 22, 2014:
The International Cometary Explorer probe was the first spacecraft to fly through a comet's tail. It has been out of commission for a while because NASA ended its funding . . . read article

May 23, 2014:
This one is very near and dear to our hearts. You may or may not be aware of this, but Steve is an avid collector and fan of LEGO® products . . . read article

May 24, 2014:
Our nonstop digital biker gangs have been digitizing more classic AADA guides and uploading them onto Warehouse 23. Fans of Car Wars and GURPS Classic: Autoduel should direct their PDF-perusing apparatus to the following guides: • AADA Road Atlas V4: AustraliaAADA Road Atlas V5: The MidwestAADA Road Atlas V6: The Free Oil States Each guide includes a history of the region, a look at locales of interest, a trove of campaign advice, and even mini-scenario ideas and a full-fledge adventure . . . read article

May 25, 2014:
Way back on September 7, 2002, I told y'all how we'd finally reached 1000 in our system of assigning a sequential number to almost every single thing we print (and sometimes things we end up NOT printing; that's life). Why bring this up 11 and a half years later? . . . read article

May 26, 2014:
We're closed today in honor of all who have given their lives in the service of our country . . . read article

May 27, 2014:
Mini Car Wars, the quick-to-learn, easy-to-play version of the car combat classic, is back in print and available at Warehouse 23! . . . read article

May 28, 2014:
We really wanted Munchkin Legends 2 to come out earlier, but things happen. Legends 2 will release in August of 2014 . . . read article

May 29, 2014:
As announced back in March, our friends at Fireside Games have created Munchkin Panic, a new game that combines the Castle Panic excitement with the world of Munchkin. I've played the game a few times now and can happily report that Anne-Marie and Justin at Fireside created a wonderful blend of the two games . . . and even better is that the game is now at the printer! . . . read article

May 30, 2014:
Occasionally, we uncover treasures while plumbing the depths of Warehouse 23. Recently, we found some copies of our Munchkin Cthulhu Cursed Demo . . . read article

May 31, 2014:
Saturday, June 21st, is Free RPG Day, which has been going on since 2007. Many publishers provide quickstart versions of their game rules and distribute them through local stores on that day, so if you're looking for new stuff to play, that's a great way to sample a bunch of different systems and settings . . . read article

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