Daily Illuminator Archive for October 2010

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October 1, 2010:
Like peanut butter and chocolate, some things just go together . . . like Halloween and Cthulhu. This month, we'll start shipping the Cthulhu Dice Bag . . . read article

October 2, 2010:
Look in the direction of the constellation Libra. Go out about 20 light years . . . see that red dwarf? . . . read article

October 3, 2010:
We don't usually discuss sales information, but this is a special case. We have already shipped all of the Munchkin Boxes of Holding and +6 Bag O' Munchkin d6 from our Atlanta warehouse to distributors . . . read article

October 4, 2010:
Read about it at rpggeek.com. Now look at his toy blog at Battlegrip.com . . . read article

October 5, 2010:
In the 1950s everyone "knew" massive exposure to atomic radiation would mutate you. It would also mutate the praying mantis in your garden, the corpses under the ground, and the slimy clog in your sink, turning them all into flesh-craving monsters . . . read article

October 6, 2010:
We have learned that the Polish company Q-Workshop, which produced the "Wicked Munchkin Die" and the "Munchkin Cthulhu Dice of Doom" under license, has shipped at least four other dice sets with the Munchkin trademark and images, and with rules advertised as for use with Munchkin. None of these four sets went through our approvals process, let alone GOT approval . . . read article

October 7, 2010:
This weekend is one of Arizona's biggest gaming conventions: RinCon. Our traveling minstrel Randy will be there, as will a small army of our MIBs . . . read article

October 8, 2010:
Remember earlier in the year, when we had the Munchkin Party Night Contest, and Tribe, a local game store, won? Remember two years ago, when Tribe opened? . . . read article

October 9, 2010:
I'm at the Alliance Open House in Fort Wayne. On Friday night, I had the privilege of auctioning off an appearance in Munchkin . . . read article

October 10, 2010:
As followers of our Twitter feed have heard, we're out of Zombie Dice. Well, our warehouse is out (the actual warehouse, that is . . . read article

October 11, 2010:
I've actually been asked "What's Suppressed Transmission about?" My answer is "It's Kenneth Hite writing about weird stuff." For many gamers, that's a perfectly complete answer, and one that usually compels a purchase. If you're not familiar with Mr . . . read article

October 12, 2010:
It's the Hallowe'en season once again, and we'll be closing on the Friday before (October 29) for games and frivolity. The office will be closed, as will Warehouse 23 and e23 . . . read article

October 13, 2010:
We've been experimenting with non-collectible, non-random boosters for Munchkin (and now Illuminati) for a year now. While we can guess by looking at sales figures that y'all like them (really, really like them), we can't know just from the raw numbers what you liked, and -- more important! -- what you want to see more of . . . read article

October 14, 2010:
His latest avatar is our new Cthulhu Dice Bag . . . now in the warehouse, and shipping soon. Like so many of our projects, this one started with random chatter, but the design and development process followed a drastically different path from what we take with games . . . read article

October 15, 2010:
Oh the weather outside is frightful . . . well, it isn't now, but it might be in December, when these two lovely items will hit store shelves. Munchkin Reloaded! When Munchkin Dice went out of print, some really great cards became unavailable. Now they're back as a new booster pack: Munchkin Reloaded! All your favorite cards have returned: the Race modifiers Dark and High, the class modifier Master, and of course the Reloaded Die (and we threw in an extra one, too!) . . . read article

October 16, 2010:
Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard will be the gaming guest of honor -- sorry, "honour" -- at Pure Speculation Festival 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta, October 22-24. He's planning to talk about what's new with Steve Jackson Games, to try to explain his own convoluted path from the high school faculty lounge to Munchkin World HQ, and of course to show off some unreleased games (including hosting a special charity game of Munchkin Zombies!) . . . read article

October 17, 2010:
Zombie Dice is, for me, a game of extremes. Either I'm getting five, six, or even seven brains in a row, or I'm busting out with three shotguns in the first roll . . . read article

October 18, 2010:
Look, I've tried a dozen different ways to be clever about this, but it's all rubbish. The fact of the matter is: GURPS Low-Tech is available on e23! . . . read article

October 19, 2010:
Loren Wiseman announced: "The online Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society will resume bi-weekly publication today, Tuesday, October 19th, 2010. I have recovered enough from my bypass surgery that I can take on the yoke of editorial duties once again, but I want to go slow, so there will only be two articles per issue until I feel up to undertaking more . . . read article

October 20, 2010:
Today, I and my crack team of demo monkeys land in Germany, for Essen Spiel. This is the largest hobby game event we attend each year, and it's a mind-blower . . . read article

October 21, 2010:
On Sunday, October 31, Tribe and Steve Jackson Games will be throwing a party! Since it's Hallowe'en, we'll have a costume contest . . . read article

October 22, 2010:
Look out! In the first month of the new year, a new release will hit store shelves . . . read article

October 23, 2010:
One of the best things about October is the pumpkin carving. Some amazing artists use gourds as their medium, and some not-so-amazing artists produce hiliarious creations despite their lack of skill . . . read article

October 24, 2010:
I'm not talking about haunted houses, or anything supernatural. Ghost buildings are structures that have been abandoned in various stages of construction . . . read article

October 25, 2010:
Do you remember a week ago, when you were sitting around and muttering to yourself, "You know what's missing in my life? GURPS information, templates, and suggestions for biomecha -- preferably written by one of the GURPS big names, like David Pulver. Oh, and more game-ready pharmaceuticals, building off of (and compatible with) the drugs from GURPS Bio-Tech . . . read article

October 26, 2010:
Don't forget that this Sunday, October 31, we'll be partying at Tribe in south Austin, celebrating Hallowe'en, their anniversary, our anniversary, and all things Munchkin! Whew! . . . read article

October 27, 2010:
Phil Reed is not a monkey. He is a talented designer and artist, as well as a major nerd . . . read article

October 28, 2010:
Certainly you've heard of the big Munchkin / Steve Jackson Games Anniversary / Tribe Anniversary Party we've got coming up on Sunday. But, you may be asking, what will this "party" be, exactly? . . . read article

October 29, 2010:
Today is our Hallowe'en Game Day, one of those wonderful occasions when we put aside the work and just play games all day (and eat too much candy). And since it is the biggest dress-up day of the year, I'm sure Alex will be wearing something spooky . . . read article

October 30, 2010:
Do you love Cthulhu Dice, but are having difficulty getting the idea of "Cthulhu cultist" across to the five-year-olds in the group? Or perhaps your wife would rather your toddler didn't tell his teacher that the Yellow Sign ate his sanity . . . read article

October 31, 2010:
Today's a great day. First off, it's Hallowe'en, one of our favorite holidays . . . read article

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