Daily Illuminator Archive for April 2021

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April 1, 2021:
For years Steve Jackson Games has been known for – well, for games. From cards to boards, dice to books, we've created a lasting legacy . . . read article

April 2, 2021:
What it says. Thanks to a translation effort by Sebastian Schirmer, GURPS Ultra-Lite is now available free on Warehouse 23 . . . read article

April 3, 2021:
We released the Dragon d6 Dice Set and Skull d6 Dice Set earlier this year, and both packs of six-sided dice have been strong sellers for us (through distribution and direct at Warehouse 23). These dice designs were first released (in a different color) as a part of the Dice Dragon Dice Bag that we shipped last year, but now we're hard at work creating the dice in completely new colors . . . read article

April 4, 2021:
Scratch another one off of the bucket list! As part of my year working from home, I took time to learn the SoundTrap DAW (digital audio workstation) and take a stab at creating music using MIDI loops, special effects and samples, and the tiniest (and cutest!) . . . read article

April 5, 2021:
The future is incredible in many ways. For example, print-on-demand technology is dramatically better than it was two decades ago . . . read article

April 6, 2021:
The Warehouse 23 team took time to open up several games and expansions from our 2019 Pocket Box Kickstarter campaign, including Steve's Undead boardgame/RPG hybrid. This is a near-exact replica of the Pocket Box edition of the game that was released in the early eighties and is a perfect addition to any collection of classic games.  You're unfamiliar with Undead? . . . read article

April 7, 2021:
The Op brings the hugely successful Mighty Nein campaign to the tabletop in the first officially licensed Critical Role card game, Munchkin: Critical Role, available now at a game store near you! This latest Munchkin mash-up features cards based on the characters and events from the world of Critical Role, the award-winning livestream RPG show created by Matthew Mercer and the Critical Role cast.     You play as one of the main PCs: Beauregard Lionett, Caduceus Clay, Fjord Stone, Jester Lavorre, Nott the Brave, Yasha Nydoorin, Veth Brenatto, or Caleb Widogast . . . read article

April 8, 2021:
Welcome to the monthly status report on our active Kickstarter campaigns. If a project doesn't appear in this report, then it is completed and behind us . . . read article

April 9, 2021:
With the opening of this weekend's FnordCon 3 Virtual festivities (come join us on Discord!), we're celebrating on Warehouse 23 with a blowout sale! Tons of free swag, discounts, and bundles are available today through Monday, April 12 . . . read article

April 10, 2021:
Today is the day, gamers: FnordCon 3 Virtual is officially open, and we're ready to play! Our annual (and even bi-annual) convention devoted to Steve Jackson Games fans, full of fun, game demos, and panels with artists, authors, and Steve himself, is happening all weekend . . . read article

April 11, 2021:
Saturday was stacked, and the FnordCon 3 fun continues into Sunday with more events! Join us in Discord for a full day of games, including demos all day on Tabletopia and classics like Tribes and UltraCorps. ALL DAY: Tabletopia will be hosting games of Zombie Dice and Hack & Slash (our newest title), taught by our staff and our Men in Black volunteers, between 11am and 6pm . . . read article

April 12, 2021:
We had a blast this weekend at our online convention, FnordCon 3 Virtual! So many games played, plus lots of new sneak peeks and fun panels with our special guests . . . read article

April 13, 2021:
Our latest issue of Hexagram is now funding on Kickstarter! Hexagram, as you probably know, is a retro-style collection of articles for and about Steve Jackson's The Fantasy Trip. This old-school fantasy roleplaying game was first released as the Melee and Wizard games in 1977 and 1978, and now that Steve has the rights to his first RPG design back, we're doing everything we can to keep the game supported with new content . . . read article

April 14, 2021:
Now that the madness is past, I can reflect on what was funny, what was convincing for a moment, and what was both. The Lego "smart bricks" that get out of your way, so you don't step on them, were funny, even if I didn't believe them . . . read article

April 15, 2021:
Hexagram #7, the latest release for The Fantasy Trip roleplaying game, is now funding on Kickstarter and has already unlocked four stretch goals. Project backers have added dice, coasters, and a new bookmark to many of the print reward levels, and now it's time to direct our attention to the next stretch goal: new yellow dice featuring the designs from the Dragon d6 Dice Set and the Skull d6 Dice Set! . . . read article

April 16, 2021:
GURPS On Demand features dozens of GURPS books available right now as print-on-demand titles, making it easier than ever to fill those holes in your GURPS library. Working through Amazon's print-on-demand services, these books are printed as close to you as possible which cuts down on shipping costs . . . read article

April 17, 2021:
We don't often add to the editorial staff, but we just did. Hurray! . . . read article

April 18, 2021:
We've got some new retail releases to beat the heat of late summer this August. Get your dice ready, you're going to need them for The Fantasy Trip and our book of dice games! Hex Bases Hex marks the spot! . . . read article

April 19, 2021:
Our zine for The Fantasy Trip has successfully launched its next issue with the funding of Hexagram 7 on Kickstarter! These projects have been amazingly well-received, and we have TFT fans to thank for that . . . read article

April 20, 2021:
For reasons too boring to go into, I did a search of card titles in the Munchkin database and found 151 with Cheat in the title. That doesn't just include regular Cheat! cards, of course - there are a lot of Cheat With Both Hands and so on . . . read article

April 21, 2021:
We recently held FnordCon 3, and while we certainly thought it was a success, we'd love your feedback to help us shape the future of the show! We've got a quick survey that will help us gather data on what works, what doesn't, and how we can do this even better in 2022 (and, of course, for our mini-con this fall!) . . . read article

April 22, 2021:
What is the number one thing that slows down game night? (Aside from late pizza delivery.) . . . read article

April 23, 2021:
August brings some long-awaited reprints of our most popular games and expansions. Close out the summer with some hot games! Illuminati Second Edition They are all around us . . . read article

April 24, 2021:
Coming soon to Kickstarter! Have you always wanted to play Illuminati as a video game? . . . read article

April 25, 2021:
If you're looking to confuse everyone at the table the next time you need to roll handfuls of six-sided dice at once, we have two large packs of dice that should do the trick. Puppy d6 Litter Dice - This bag is loaded with 36 dice featuring puppies and bones, illustrated by Katie Cook.  Kitten d6 Litter - If kitties are more your style, this set of 36 dice will work perfectly the next time your dice pool calls for over 30 different dice. Or for those days when you want to add a decorative jar of dice to your home . . . read article

April 26, 2021:
Recently, acclaimed comic author Gail Simone (Secret Six, Birds of Prey, Deadpool) has expanded her boardgame horizons with a variety of games from around our industry. She's been sharing her exploits and new acquisitions over on Twitter, and one of the things she's mentioned is being a longtime fan of Steve Jackson Games . . . read article

April 27, 2021:
It happens - these days, it happens more and more. A company finds that its sales of its big hit are dropping . . . and they are getting complaints about reduced quality, maybe even mistakes on the box or missing parts . . . read article

April 28, 2021:
We're launching a Kickstarter campaign today for something a little out of our usual field: buttons! . . . read article

April 29, 2021:
Just launched on Kickstarter is the second incarnation of Illuminati Confirmed, the licensed digital version of Illuminati/INWO. (The first incarnation launched last year but was withdrawn in order to respond to some really excellent user feedback.)          This game is the product of RadioFree.Net, Derek Pearcy's new game studio. Illuminati fans will remember Derek as a big part of the energy behind INWO when we released it last century . . . read article

April 30, 2021:
You're a fan of dice, right? After all, what gamer isn't on the hunt for new dice to add to their collection? . . . read article

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