Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2021

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August 1, 2021:
You want something different? Helloooo? Oh, right; you cannot reciprocate via this one-way communication medium. Misunderstanding and other indignities such as these are part and parcel of the GURPS Goblins experience, which puts you into a Georgian London that is realistic in every way except for the fact that you, your families, and those you interact with are goblins . . . although the fact that your humble author has no direct experience with London of the year 1830 cannot immediately disprove this seeming anachronism, either . . . read article

August 2, 2021:
The workshop is still on . . . BUT it will be canceled if we don't get a few more participants - so if you are interested, sign up now! Along with author and Mayfair Games founder Bill Fawcett, I will be hosting a two-day workshop at this year's Dragon Con . . . read article

August 3, 2021:
The recent Kickstarter success of GURPS PDF Challenge 2021 has now entered BackerKit and preorders are open for one week only! Brought to life by thousands of GURPS fans, all 12 PDFs were unlocked and are available on the BackerKit, as well as loads of other dice and accessories . . . read article

August 4, 2021:
As we work on our 2022 schedule and releases, we find ourselves adding more dice bags to the catalog. In many instances, though, the dice bags are designed as one-shot releases and, where we see a specific item is worth reprinting, we're tweaking colors/designs of the bags and making many of these fairly limited . . . read article

August 5, 2021:
We have published a number of fast-playing dice games over the years. Zombie Dice. Cthulhu Dice . . . read article

August 6, 2021:
We've added a couple of new PDFs to our DriveThruRPG catalog – ready to add to your own library! GURPS Grimoire is a classic supplement featuring more magic than you can shake a staff at. It's the perfect companion for any mage, sorcerer, or wizard, featuring over 400 spells and the ability to manipulate time and space for those desperate enough.  Dungeon Fantasy Career Guide 2020 is the most up-to-date edition of our guide for fledgling adventurers in the Dungeon Fantasy RPG . . . read article

August 7, 2021:
We recently held a small game day in honor of Andrew Hackard thanks to one of his local hangouts, Wonko's Toys & Games, a great local game store. Old friends and new came out to play games, and Andrew's parents came by to share fond memories . . . read article

August 8, 2021:
The popular Risus RPG system, known for its rules that can fit on one page, has been sold to Big Dice Games. Original designer S . . . read article

August 9, 2021:
Today is your last chance to take advantage of the GURPS 2021 PDF Challenge pre-orders. This pre-order campaign follows the successful Kickstarter project that we ran last month, and those of you who missed your chance at a dozen new GURPS PDFs won't want to be late to the party . . . read article

August 10, 2021:
Global shipping is a nightmare. We have already posted a few Daily Illuminator entries about the state of freight (May 23, June 29), and things are not getting better . . . read article

August 11, 2021:
Another month behind us, pushing us closer and closer to the end of 2021 and the start of a new year. As crowdfunding becomes a more important part of the overall hobby games market, we keep mixing up our own Kickstarter efforts a bit, splitting our energy between smaller and larger projects . . . read article

August 12, 2021:
Munchkins have been doing their level best (get it?) to kick open doors, kill monsters, and grab treasure for more than two decades, and in that time we've created a lot of Munchkin promo cards and bookmarks that add unexpected twists to the game. Now, in two different booklets, we've gathered some of our favorite Munchkin promo cards and bookmarks from over the years so that everyone has a chance to use them . . . read article

August 13, 2021:
It has been over one year since the Kickstarter campaign for Ardonirane, David Pulver's "City of the Thorsz" sourcebook for use with The Fantasy Trip, successfully funded. This title, available in PDF as well as print-on-demand, details: Dozens of character and location descriptions Sorcerous intrigues against the Thorsz Desert nomads: friends, foes, and For Hire What can happen when wizards cooperate with mechanicians Adventure seeds inside and outside the city When it comes to books these days, especially B&W softcovers, we're finding that print-on-demand is a fabulous option since it makes it much easier for gamers across the world to get their hands on the work without paying outrageous shipping costs . . . read article

August 14, 2021:
In recent game news, industry stalwart Flying Buffalo Games has been sold to Webbed Sphere, Inc., as announced on August 4 via their press release. Many long-time gamers know of the legendary Rick Loomis, who tragically passed away in 2019 . . . read article

August 15, 2021:
It's hot outside, so you know it's time for John Kovalic to take a bike ride for charity! For years, John has been biking for charity while wearing various Steve Jackson Games plushies (if he hits various pledge goals) . . . read article

August 16, 2021:
Are ya ready kids?! AYE, AYE CAPTAIN! Munchkin dives under the sea to Bikini Bottom in The Op's newest release, Munchkin: SpongeBob SquarePants! . . . read article

August 17, 2021:
Munchkin and promos, two words that go together like peanut butter and jelly. We've been known to produce quite a few promotional cards and bookmarks for Munchkin over the years, and while many collectors have tracked them down, some have become harder to find . . . read article

August 18, 2021:
Thanks to the magic of the 21st century and the internet, we're now better able to keep the GURPS catalog available in print with the GURPS On Demand program. With over 100 books now available through the program, many of you who have been trying to fill those holes in your GURPS library have an easier time than ever to pick up a book or two . . . read article

August 19, 2021:
When we launched the new Munchkin campaign on Kickstarter earlier this week, we never imagined that the giant d10 would be so popular. The two promo booklets (one for promo cards and one for bookmarks) are being printed in the United States, allowing us to receive the booklets quickly, and we thought the die might make a fun companion to the project . . . read article

August 20, 2021:
Steve Jackson Games: the birth of Munchkin! From a parody card game to an entire line of games, expansions, accessories, promos, and more, Munchkin has become one of the largest hits in the history of the company, and 20 years is a long time to hold that crown . . . read article

August 21, 2021:
This was a fun artifact of the 80's that was suggested to me on YouTube, surely due to my habit of binge watching Games Workshop-related material during my hobby time. It's a local UK news feature on Games Workshop and "Fantasy Gaming" (their emphasis, not mine) at the time . . . read article

August 22, 2021:
In addition to freight troubles (see this Daily Illuminator post), game publishers are also facing manufacturing delays related to the global pandemic. By way of example, we have an upcoming new game that Steve designed that has been in manufacturing since the start of this year . . . read article

August 23, 2021:
No mad scientist worth their salt knocks on the door of the impossible – they just barge right in! In this spirit, we proudly present the Prerelease Edition of the long-awaited Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game . . . now available from Warehouse 23 . . . read article

August 24, 2021:
Out of Print. This is one of the most frustrating phrases a board gamer can hear! . . . read article

August 25, 2021:
For a time, it looked like we were almost completely out of the Ogre Battlefields expansion. This heavy box -- loaded with two double-sided gameboards, several counters, and scenarios for use with the maps and counters -- isn't on our reprint list, so we had thought it was going to be unavailable for quite some time . . . read article

August 26, 2021:
We've made it to the end of the Munchkin Promo and Bookmark Booklet Kickstarter, and it has funded beyond our wildest expectations! Thank you all so much for the incredible support throughout the campaign . . . read article

August 27, 2021:
Would you like to receive information on new games, special events, and important news? Subscribe to our newsletter and you will start receiving a few emails every month where we highlight the latest games and expansions, and (at times) direct you to our crowdfunding campaigns. The newsletter is just one way to stay in touch with us . . . read article

August 28, 2021:
Thank you to Gareth Branwyn for including our Hack & Slash game in the recent article, Getting little kids into tabletop gaming, at the Boing Boing site. Hack & Slash was created as a light, fast-playing filler game for everyone, so seeing the game make its way onto Gareth's list was a surprise and treat: target audience acquired! Gareth writes: "This is a great gateway game for fantasy roleplaying or more involved fantasy wargaming . . . read article

August 29, 2021:
Earlier this month, I spent a little time in Oregon visiting with friends. The global pandemic taught me that I can work remotely for a large part of the time, so I'm getting out when possible, working days from hotels and enjoying life during the off-hours . . . read article

August 30, 2021:
Munchkin has never been quite so . . . lifelike! We've teamed up with the folks at Gargoyle Studios to create a giant foam version of the iconic Unnatural Axe from the original Munchkin game . . . read article

August 31, 2021:
I saved The Mother Road, Route 66, on Kickstarter earlier this month, promising myself that I would take a closer look at the campaign when I received the 48-hour notice. It turns out I should have looked closer when the project first landed in front of me, because this looks to be a great variant of one of my favorite press-your-luck dice games, Can't Stop (mentioned in the Daily Illuminator way back in 2013, in this post) . . . read article

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