Daily Illuminator Archive for June 2015

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June 1, 2015:
Some of you may have seen over the weekend that The Decemberists were handing out a special Munchkin promo card at their concert in Quincy, Washington. Here's how that happened . . . read article

June 2, 2015:
Pegasus Spiele, our Munchkin translation partner for Germany and all-around excellent publisher of quality stuff, is doing a Kickstarter to bring one of their hit board games to the United States. The Dwarves: The Saga is based on the tetralogy of the same name by fantasy author Markus Heitz, in which a foundling dwarf raised by humans discovers the nature of his heritage, and in so doing, finds himself embroiled in a struggle that engulfs the world. It's pretty classic high fantasy stuff, and it's also one of the most popular fantasy novel series in Germany . . . read article

June 3, 2015:
Our partners at Boom Studios have been very busy bringing Munchkin to comic book stores, and with every issue things get a bit weirder and sillier. The comic has started venturing outside of the dungeons . . . read article

June 4, 2015:
OK, so I'm catching up on some reading a couple of Friday nights back, and I have on in the background Late Night With Seth Meyers, the NBC after-Fallon talk show. First guest is Thomas Middleditch, an actor who's in that HBO series Silicon Valley about geeky entrepreneurs trying to strike it rich or somesuch . . . read article

June 5, 2015:
Greetings from Columbus! I'm at the Origins Game Fair spending most of my time in meetings and interviews, doing everything I can to keep my head above water as everyone at the office continues pushing through the last of our 2015 releases . . . read article

June 6, 2015:
We all heard an unexpected bit of industry news recently: Greg Stafford and Sandy Petersen have returned to Chaosium! Stafford founded Chaosium in 1975, and Petersen is well known for the design and development of the Call of Cthulhu RPG and its offshoots . . . read article

June 7, 2015:
What's the point of having an awesome spaceship if you don't go somewhere cool with it? The newly released Pyramid #3/79: Space Atlas answers this burning question with new worlds and new options for how to get there . . . read article

June 8, 2015:
We always knew Castellan, designed by Beau Beckett, was a great game, which is why we submitted it to American Mensa for consideration. Well, they got back to us, and good news: Castellan won their Recommended by Mensa designation! . . . read article

June 9, 2015:
We've talked in the past about how we're doing everything we can to keep Munchkin game prices in check (read all about our battle against inflation in this Daily Illuminator post from last year). Unfortunately, the realities of manufacturing and business have led us to increase the MSRP -- that's manufacturer's suggested retail price -- by $1 on the 56-card Munchkin tuckbox expansions . . . read article

June 10, 2015:
Our very own Ross Jepson is out next week to participate in a LARGE -- over 10,000 15mm figures large! -- refight at The Military Museums of Calgary. This is in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, coming up on June 18 . . . read article

June 11, 2015:
Anyone who has ever looked at a list of typefaces (or "fonts") has seen the name Zapf Dingbats or Zapf Chancery. Hermann Zapf, the designer of those typefaces, also designed some of the most well-known typefaces of the 20th century, including Palatino and Optima . . . read article

June 12, 2015:
Arizona-based MIB Jessie Foster brings us some news of the weird: Scotland Yard has apparently been keeping files on fans of various American sci-fi TV shows (like Star Trek or The X-Files) for years. It seems that they don't think that the shows themselves pose any real danger, but they want to keep tabs on the super-fans, just in case . . . read article

June 13, 2015:
I mostly operate behind the scenes at Steve Jackson Games, greasing gears and making sure we color inside the lines . . . but in my nonexistent spare time, one of my creative outlets is writing and recording music under the moniker Omega Wolf. I just released my first LP, and I'm very proud of how it turned out . . . read article

June 14, 2015:
Phil sent me this article, and it got me thinking about why I play tabletop games. There are several reasons, really . . . read article

June 15, 2015:
We've got several new things to talk about that are coming out in October. Let's get started! Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe While Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe releases in many local game stores in August, it'll see a wider release to the hobby in October . . . read article

June 16, 2015:
Don't forget, Saturday, June 20th is Free RPG Day! Check out FreeRPGDay.com to locate a participating Friendly Local Game Store near you . . . read article

June 17, 2015:
THIS WEEKEND! In Schaumberg, IL! . . . read article

June 18, 2015:
Sean Punch and Steven Marsh are hosting #SJGamesLIVE! This event is focused on everything GURPS, including the new edition of the Discworld Roleplaying Game and GURPS Mars Attacks . . . read article

June 19, 2015:
Zombie Dice is out of here! The game was way more popular than we expected . . . yet again . . . read article

June 20, 2015:
The first film I saw Sir Christopher Lee in was what he considered to be his best: The Wicker Man. Then I discovered he was awesome with a sword in his hand, whether in the woods in the dark or on a slippery frozen lake . . . read article

June 21, 2015:
Shortly before his death earlier this year, Leonard Nimoy had begun working with his son, Adam (a screenwriter and director himself) on a documentary about the elder Nimoy's most famous character: Spock, whose history in Star Trek dates back to the very first pilot, before Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and the rest of the familiar crew had been written. Adam Nimoy has decided to complete the film as a tribute to his late father and has started a Kickstarter campaign (ending July 1) to allow fans of Star Trek, and specifically of Leonard Nimoy, to be a part of this documentary . . . read article

June 22, 2015:
A little while ago, we mentioned that some of the Munchkin expansions would be increasing in price by $1 each. In October, reprints for two of those expansions will hit stores, and that new price will be in effect for those copies of the game . . . read article

June 23, 2015:
The Steve Jackson Games office (and Warehouse 23) will be closing down on June 27 and opening back up on July 6. Every year, we close down for the week of Independence Day; it gives us all a chance to spend time with our families, and gives us a much-needed vacation . . . read article

June 24, 2015:
We're perfectionists. Sometimes this gets in our way, sure, but most of the time, having high standards for everything means that you, the customer, get better products . . . read article

June 25, 2015:
Remember when we told you that Zombie Dice had all but sold out? Well, it's back, and it's got brand new packaging . . . read article

June 26, 2015:
In a totally unexpected move, Steve Jackson Games has hired a Nerd Girl for their new Assistant to the Marketing Director position. But not just a nerd girl! . . . read article

June 27, 2015:
One of my hobbies is do-it-myself bookbinding. I love making my own minibooks and supplements – for RPGs, computer games, tabletop games, character sheets, programming guides, you name it . . . read article

June 28, 2015:
Recognize this guy? His name is Vernon Wells, and our buddy Patrick J . . . read article

June 29, 2015:
The Dawn orbiter has spotted a mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres that mission scientists describe as "pyramid-shaped." Here's the Daily Mail story. -- Andrew Hackard . . . read article

June 30, 2015:
Lots of new games come out every month, and it's easy to miss a few. Here are the things we released in June; these are either in your local stores now, or will be very shortly! Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown Destroy the Earthling cities! Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown is a fast-playing dexterity game of Martian aggression and global destruction . . . read article

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