Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2018

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April 1, 2018:
The keys to the lost hall have been found . . .  Deep in the glacial peaks northwest of Isfjall, past the northwest border of the realm, a band of adventurers is deceived and nearly destroyed by a powerful Alfar sorceress as they pursue raiding hobgoblins. Through bravery and sacrifice, they deny her possession of a lost holy relic . . . read article

April 2, 2018:
There's a reckoning coming for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game . . . the Day of Wreckoning, happening at game stores around North America this coming weekend, April 6-8! Participating friendly local game stores will have tons of awesome prizes, like oversized, alternate art Hero cards, and a coveted poker chip Run Away marker! . . . read article

April 3, 2018:
It's finally here! In a few short days (April 5-8), we'll be at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for PAX East . . . read article

April 4, 2018:
Tom Vasel, of the Dice Tower podcast and website empire, posted a video talking about his top 10 game franchises. Munchkin came in at number two on the list, and given what was number one (no spoilers!), I am very pleased with that.  Thanks, Tom, for the very kind words! -- Andrew Hackard . . . read article

April 5, 2018:
If you haven't been to Warehouse 23 in a while, you may not realize that in addition to a lot of game expansions and accessories that were always exclusive to our online store, we also have some games that are out of stock in our distribution chain (or very, very close to it). Most of these won't be coming back when they're gone, so do some last-chance shopping now! . . . read article

April 6, 2018:
We launched the new Munchkin Collectible Card Game in February, and the response has been phenomenal! During the launch month, the game accounted for over 50% of our sales, and since that time, we've only run into one significant issue: We're out of starters! . . . read article

April 7, 2018:
I am a Lego nut. It is known . . . read article

April 8, 2018:
We're about two months out from the Origins Game Fair . . . which means that it's too late to panic, right? Fortunately, Guy and the crew have already been investing a lot of energy into Origins prep, which is making things significantly easier for those of us who are tasked to "show up and work" while the "make the carnival run smoothly" team takes the brunt of the hard labor . . . read article

April 9, 2018:
Are you the best at hiring Monsters, making Mischief, and deploying a well-timed bluff? It's time to find out . . . read article

April 10, 2018:
Spring has hit Austin in a big way, which means pretty wildflowers next to our highways, random storms on clear blue days, and all the pollen you could ever ask for (and a whole lot more that you did NOT). It also means it's time for another installment of news from the world of Munchkin! . . . read article

April 11, 2018:
The next Munchkin Collectible Card Game set, The Desolation of Blarg, is set to darken our doorsteps in late May! This first expansion to the Munchkin CCG adds all-new cards for even more depth and strategy.  However, as Munchkin is a game of fun and chaos, we couldn't just make a new set without an unexpected twist . . . read article

April 12, 2018:
PAX East has come and gone, and the SJ Games team is back home . . . exhausted, but overwhelmingly happy about how awesome the con was. The convention was a huge success, with a metric ton of Munchkin Collectible Card Game demos, lots of brand new players, packed events, and our first Munchkin CCG constructed tournament! . . . read article

April 13, 2018:
Spring has sprung, and everything is bright and cheery . . . but that changes today! The doorsteps are darkened by the infamous Friday the 13th! . . . read article

April 14, 2018:
After more than three-quarters of a century spent defending our liberty, our backyards, and our living-room coffee tables, green army men have earned some weekend liberty. Artist Dan Abramson has been bringing unique yoga products to market for some time now, and he's found a whimsical take on the plastic soldiers of childhood . . . read article

April 15, 2018:
For those who missed it, Mayfair Games, as of early February, has essentially been sold to Asmodee. One good discussion is on Boardgamegeek . . . read article

April 16, 2018:
Hello, SJ Games fans! As the newest member of the SJ Games team and the new MIB Program Coordinator, I've been asked to take a moment to introduce myself . . . read article

April 17, 2018:
Take a journey through time and space, to when roleplaying games weren't giant tomes of information. Take a trip: The Fantasy Trip! The Fantasy Trip makes its long-awaited return with the two titles that started it all: Melee and Wizard . . . read article

April 18, 2018:
The latest tooling sample of Triplanetary arrived, now with a new-and-improved dry-erase board! So we recorded a new unboxing, showing not only the slick new board, but the vibrant tokens and the generally massive size of the game . . . read article

April 19, 2018:
Beat the heat of summer with these cool releases coming this August! Munchkin Collectible Card Game: Fashion Furious If you got it, flaunt it! These new cards are the perfect accessory for the Hero on the go – in Fashion Furious, the second expansion for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, there's loot for every occasion! Each randomized pack contains 12 cards, one of which will be rare . . . or better. Munchkin Collectible Card Game Phat Pack Get packs and promos! Customize your deck and complete your collection with the Munchkin Collectible Card Game Phat Pack! . . . read article

April 20, 2018:
What do Munchkin Cthulhu and Munchkin Apocalypse have in common? Well, they're some of our best-selling games! . . . read article

April 21, 2018:
If you're old enough to remember the TV show Liar's Club, you may recall they wheeled out weird objects, provenance unknown, for celebrities to tout and contestants to determine the purpose of. Carrying on this proud, obscure tradition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) periodically produces such an item and asks if anyone knows what in the world it is . . . read article

April 22, 2018:
Bears care. Bears are gummi . . . read article

April 23, 2018:
Today, April 23, is the 402nd anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. To celebrate, we're encouraging everyone to play a game of Munchkin Shakespeare with their friends, and we're issuing the following special rule that's valid today only: Once per game, you may Run Away automatically from all monsters in a single combat by demonstrating your best theatrical death scene to the other players at your table (and anyone else who may be around). Happy dying! . . . read article

April 24, 2018:
Every year from 2010 through 2014, we released a Warehouse 23-exclusive pack of Munchkin cards. In 2015, we collected all those cards into a boxed set, Hidden Treasures, because the first couple of expansions were out of print and people were asking how they could find the cards . . . read article

April 25, 2018:
The first Munchkin Collectible Card Game expansion, The Desolation of Blarg, is set for release next month. The expansion is now out of the factory and on a ship, sailing across the Pacific Ocean, so it is just down to the logistics of freight receiving, distributor sales and fulfillment, and individual friendly local game stores ordering the new boosters and setting them out for you to find and enjoy . . . read article

April 26, 2018:
We're bringing back some deluxe-ified editions of our classic games this August! Munchkin Deluxe Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet . . . read article

April 27, 2018:
International Tabletop Day has come a long way since its inception, growing to one of the biggest geek holidays around! Tomorrow, Saturday April 28, is the sixth annual Tabletop Day, and you can feel the cardboard-laced excitement in the air.  What started out as a dream for some of our friends at Geek & Sundry has evolved into a spectacular event, bringing people from all backgrounds out to their local game stores to do something that brings us all together: play more games! . . . read article

April 28, 2018:
Soldiers need to be able to get in and out of any number of tight spots to do their job, so what happens when they're once again confronted by a slit or hole too narrow or small for a human to fit through? You send in a squid, of course . . . read article

April 29, 2018:
The Internet, like Warehouse 23, has some strange and dusty boxes in its back corridors. Seen any really odd ones recently? . . . read article

April 30, 2018:
Long, long missing (though not forgotten), Where We're Going launched as our stand-alone trade publication way back in 1987. We've shared archived PDFs of some of the later Where We're Going issues on our site (check them out!), but those earliest issues only exist in print . . . and as an offline collection of PDFs that we sometimes refer to when we need to check on release dates of older games and expansions . . . read article

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