Daily Illuminator Archive for July 2017

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July 1, 2017:
We recently noted the passing of White Wolf co-founder Stewart Wieck and promised more details when we had more time. It turns out that everything we wanted to say was already written by Shannon Appelcline, so rather than reinvent the wheel, we'll just point you at his excellent memorial . . . read article

July 2, 2017:
So you won't be flipping it to determine heads or tails; it's still a fascinating bit of history. What do you do when money is barely worth the metal it's stamped on? . . . read article

July 3, 2017:
Another glorious Munchkin battle in the name of charity occurred at Brickworld 2017 in Chicago! Fighting it out on the newly revealed Munchkin: Marvel Edition brick-built game board, four brave souls battled it out on the rooftops of the city versus our Events Director, Guy Himber, in a head-to-head contest to see who could be the most munchkin-y.   After an extended adventure, Guy took a strong lead due to his skillful ripping of the infamous Deadpool's Taco Truck card, which gave him two levels and led to selling off ALL of his active cards to buy even more levels . . . leaving himself with almost nothing on the game table . . . read article

July 4, 2017:
Is it halfway through the year already? Time flies when you're having fun . . . and we're having a lot of fun with all of the new releases and reprints for June . . . read article

July 5, 2017:
Gen Con 2017 is right around the corner, and there are a few tickets left for our events and tournaments! Think you're the best? . . . read article

July 6, 2017:
We're rolling into the Austin Convention Center for RTX 2017 on July 7-9, for a celebration of gaming and gamers! You can find our home base at booth 713.  We've got tons of new and upcoming releases to demo, as well as stacks of swag to hand out . . . read article

July 7, 2017:
What is a wizard without a wand? In trouble . . . read article

July 8, 2017:
Our business office has reported on our sales for May, showing us once again just how important Munchkin is to our operations. How many of our Top Ten sellers in May were Munchkin titles? . . . read article

July 9, 2017:
We're having a blast at RTX in Austin, playing games and giving away swag at booth 713! Rooster Teeth always puts on a heck of a show, and 2017 is bigger and better than ever! . . . read article

July 10, 2017:
Howard Tayler, the creator of Schlock Mercenary, is now shipping the Planet Mercenary RPG. This was successfully Kickstarted in mid-2015, but if you missed the Kickstarter, you can buy a hardback here or get the PDF here . . . read article

July 11, 2017:
Drew Metzger and I, ably helped by Sam and Randy, have been assiduously working on various Ogre projects. Here's an overview. In General: Kickstarter FTW The Kickstarter Ogre projects have been comparatively more successful than the non-Kickstarter ones . . . read article

July 12, 2017:
Want to learn to fly or use a utility belt? Perhaps you already know how but you can't tell anyone about it, so it's really lonely? . . . read article

July 13, 2017:
We've had a blast celebrating the 15th anniversary of Munchkin, and a huge part of that has been our Guest Artist Edition games. These new versions give a fresh look to our classic games, with all-new art for the cards, board, and standies . . . read article

July 14, 2017:
In case y'all missed the announcement, we're doing a "lightning" Kickstarter for another run of Munchkin Special Delivery. This campaign began yesterday and will end on Monday at noon, Austin time . . . read article

July 15, 2017:
On the outside, it looks like your everyday private-detective agency. On the inside, though, they advertise any number of things to help you with those most pernicious bugs: the ones the government implants in your body and doesn't have the decency to tell you about . . . read article

July 16, 2017:
Chattanooga is a great city, and I always have a good time at LibertyCon. This one, number XXX, was no exception . . . read article

July 17, 2017:
Short entry because I'm writing this on July 4 (Happy Independence Day!) while I'm waiting for a load of laundry to finish so I can pack for a trip. We have now seen physical samples of almost everything from the Munchkin Shakespeare Kickstarter, and it looks very much like we'll be shipping the rewards to backers on time, with almost everything appearing in stores throughout the last few months of this year . . . read article

July 18, 2017:
November is a time to give thanks, and we're thankful for awesome games! Lots of new Ogre and Munchkin hitting your local game store, as well as reprints of classic originals! Ogre Miniatures Set 1 Why should the Ogres have all the fun? Now defend the Command Post with 3-D units as well! That's right – Ogre Sixth Edition and Ogre Designer's Edition can officially become miniatures games . . . read article

July 19, 2017:
Yes, today is the 35th anniversary of the release of Illuminati. What a long, strange trip it's been! . . . read article

July 20, 2017:
Like a prophecy of old coming to fruition, the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game will soon be in the hands of fans eager for hack 'n' slash fantasy thrills. But what if the mere thought of that big box brimming with gaming goodness isn't enough? . . . read article

July 21, 2017:
Your training is complete - time to become a full-fledged hero! Best place to do that? . . . read article

July 22, 2017:
A few of us here at SJ Games have talked – gushed, really – about our custom furniture from Geek Chic. It is a very sad duty, therefore, to report that Geek Chic recently had to close operations . . . read article

July 23, 2017:
In fact, the Library of Congress includes webcomics among the items they are permanently archiving in their digital collection. Among the selections (so far) are Girl Genius by Studio Foglio and Gronk by Katie Cook (both artists we're proud to have represented in our own games), along with two of my own favorites, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner and xkcd by Randall Monroe . . . read article

July 24, 2017:
More than three decades after the first Ogre computer game, we are rapidly moving toward the launch of a brand new and definitive one. This is one of the most anticipated releases during this 40th Anniversary of Ogre . . . read article

July 25, 2017:
Since the launch of our GURPS On Demand service, we have been gotten a ton of feedback from fans looking for other classic GURPS titles in this print-on-demand form. Well, we listened: Four more books are now available via GURPS On Demand, including some of the most highly requested titles. GURPS Martial Arts features specialized fighting styles of history, including swashbuckling, Asian bare-handed techniques, and anything in between. GURPS Powers lets you craft your ideal superhero, or any super-powered character you can imagine. GURPS Rogues includes 29 templates to get you started on a scoundrel to team up with . . . or fight against . . . read article

July 26, 2017:
Space: 1985. Orbiting earth, you are left with little entertainment . . . read article

July 27, 2017:
You may remember that, not too long ago, we ran a special bundle of GURPS books as a pre-order at Warehouse 23. (Ten books with just one buy button? . . . read article

July 28, 2017:
It can be tough being a lone zombie, trying to find brains and avoid getting shotgunned. That's why it's good to join a horde! . . . read article

July 29, 2017:
When you've had an online presence as long as we have, the older web pages can get a bit moldy, and that definitely includes the Frequently Asked Questions file. But we try to revisit it every year or two . . . read article

July 30, 2017:
According to this report from edgylabs.com, Kalashnikov is building a gun mount with a neural network. It's designed to be at least partially autonomous . . . read article

July 31, 2017:
Gen Con is almost upon us - our grandest show of the year! It's always a huge convention, but this year is Gen Con's 50th anniversary, so it's bigger than ever, and selling out fast . . . read article

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