Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2022

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August 1, 2022:
We're creeping close to the go / no go deadline on the Dragon Con game design workshop. Last year it went well . . . read article

August 2, 2022:
After over a decade of experience working on over 100 Kickstarter campaigns and supporting 1,000+ campaigns during that same time, I've watched many project supporters cry: "You're charging too much for the game!" The companion comment -- "Your shipping costs are too high!" -- might be even more common. These same statements are often accompanied by "Project X packed significantly more in the box and costs less." or "Project Y offered free shipping." Throughout it all, we continue to try and set realistic project goals and prices, even when that means it looks as if we're an outlier and our choices don't align perfectly with the rest of the industry . . . read article

August 3, 2022:
While Steve Jackson Games doesn't have a booth at this year's Gen Con, we do have games! Our friends at Atlas Games, Booth 1401, will have a selection of our new releases and hot games available for attendees!    This is a great opportunity to pick up something like Car Wars Sixth Edition, normally only available on Warehouse 23 or through retailers who purchase directly with us . . . read article

August 4, 2022:
The greatest four days in gaming start today at Gen Con, and while we couldn't be at the show in person this year, we're giving everyone a chance to get some sweet games at a discount! (And, of course, some free swag in qualifying orders.) . . . read article

August 5, 2022:
Now in the manufacturing stage, these two games -- each designed by Steve Jackson -- were created for your family's gatherings during the holiday season. Both are inexpensive, fast-playing, and perfect for those of you who enjoy breaking out festive games during a Christmas party . . . read article

August 6, 2022:
An actress. A singer . . . read article

August 7, 2022:
This is not an announcement or even a pre-announcement - it is somewhere between musing and raving about the fun I am having this week. My Triplanetary set is all over the dining room table, and I'm reviewing the various Tripe articles that we've had on the website, plus some new ones . . . read article

August 8, 2022:
We have a campaign in funding (GURPS Pyramid Scheme) and five projects in the fulfillment stage. Of those five projects in fulfillment, we expect to complete shipping four of them before the end of August . . . read article

August 9, 2022:
Featuring the art of John Kovalic, our new Munchkin Dice Bag: Chibithulhu shipped to distributors last month and is now appearing in stores. This bag expands on our line of high-quality dice accessories, with the satin-lined, double-stitched bag capable of carrying over 100 dice of various shapes and sizes . . . read article

August 10, 2022:
Last month, we shared Meeple Mountain's how-to-play and review video of Deadly Doodles, our family-friendly draw-n-draw game for one to four players. That video does an excellent job of introducing the basics of the Deadly Doodles gameplay and is recommended if you've not yet played the game . . . read article

August 11, 2022:
Today is your last chance to join in the 2022 GURPS Pyramid Scheme Kickstarter campaign. This latest GURPS crowdfunding project is bringing three new Pyramid issues to life, and at only $6 for three issues, this is a bargain you do not want to miss! . . . read article

August 12, 2022:
Next Wednesday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m., Dragon's Lair in Austin is hosting our friends Turbo Dork as they preview the new additions to their paint lineup, and we'll be there to help celebrate! We'll have some of our own miniatures there to test the paints on, including previews from our upcoming The Fantasy Trip Foes II set, as well as Car Wars Sixth Edition cars . . . read article

August 13, 2022:
David Blanchard, who has been with our manufacturing partner GPI since we first started working together 15 years ago, is one of my best friends in the world. Over the decade plus that we have worked together, David and I have shared wins, losses, and more road trip miles across Europe and Asia than I've had with anyone else on the planet . . . read article

August 14, 2022:
Phil recently shared his thoughts on RPG printing with the folks over at RPG.net in this illuminating interview. It's rare to get a perspective from someone who is both the CEO of an established game company and produces indie RPGs, but Phil has a unique combination of those experiences . . . read article

August 15, 2022:
Munchkin fans, suit up! If you missed our recent Munchkin Monthly newsletter (you should sign up for that), here's the information on our cosplay contest! . . . read article

August 16, 2022:
Lo and behold, here are some hex crawl tools. Nothing complex, just an instant map with some cool features . . . read article

August 17, 2022:
(What a long title! But that's what it took to get everything in it . . . read article

August 18, 2022:
It's a shark-eat-shark world out there, so why not take a break with a couple of dice games using our Ocean Dice on Indiegogo! Aquarium and Eat Thy Neighbor join our Nanogames series of mini-posters featuring fast, fun games for use with a variety of the dice we've designed (or any d6 dice).    For only $4, you'll get the PDF of both games, or grab a physical copy for just $7. All you need to do is supply the dice! . . . read article

August 19, 2022:
Warehouse 23 is undergoing a change, and we're in the final stages of testing. If you visit sjg-warehouse-23.myshopify.com, then you can get a look at the new site . . . and it works! . . . read article

August 20, 2022:
Eat Thy Neighbor. It's a little bitty game – a Nanogame – and we are running an Indiegogo for it right now . . . read article

August 21, 2022:
We've struggled repeatedly with the international shipping of crowdfunding rewards. Shipping from the United States to other nations, even Canada, is expensive and frustrating these days, with costs and complexities rising every year . . . read article

August 22, 2022:
First published almost 50 years ago, Triplanetary is one of those boardgame classics that was out-of-print for many, many years. A few years ago, we ran a Kickstarter campaign to bring the game back . . . read article

August 23, 2022:
Gotham residents, lend me your ears (and eyes). We've reopened pre-orders on Steve Jackson's Munchkin Presents Batman, and to celebrate we were joined by the man himself, Steve Jackson, on #SJGamesLive over on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube . . . read article

August 24, 2022:
With the success of our FnordCon Virtual events over the last couple of years, we've decided to make a permanent home for Steve Jackson Games on Discord! If you're looking for a new hub to talk about your favorite games, ask rules questions, or just hang out with fellow fans, this is a great place . . . read article

August 25, 2022:
While we do not yet have an exact release date, and have not yet officially announced it, our new Bad Luck Die is in production at the factory and is a beast. This photo shows the die alongside some of the new 16mm Ocean dice (see our current Indiegogo campaign or your local game store!) to give you some sense of scale . . . read article

August 26, 2022:
John Kovalic's annual Bike the Barns bike ride for FairShare CSA Coalition fundraiser is back, and it's aiming to break the 2021 record! With still a few days left, John has already raised over the $18,000 mark and is working toward unlocking even more stretch goals.    Stretch goals are a mix of fun bonuses for folks that are donating and nefarious challenges to add to the bike ride, like wearing plush tentacles and Ducks of Doom! . . . read article

August 27, 2022:
If you've enjoyed the artistry of the Octopus Lair, Melee, and Wizard playmats, then you're already familiar with the beautiful cartography work of Dyson Logos. Dyson is an expert cartographer, specializing in maps for use with many fantasy roleplaying games that use square grids in combat . . . read article

August 28, 2022:
A lot of my time for the past few weeks has gone into the upcoming-sometime Squarescape release. You might remember we did an introductory release a few months ago . . . read article

August 29, 2022:
We're in the final stages of testing our new online store and could use your help. If you visit sjg-warehouse-23.myshopify.com, you can see the new site and order games right now! . . . read article

August 30, 2022:
A legendary Labor Day tradition is back this year, with DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, September 1-5! Steve Jackson will be at the show to host events on game design and show off some of our new and upcoming releases . . . read article

August 31, 2022:
With the Kickstarter campaign successfully behind us, we've released the Knightmare Chess Variants and Optional Rules booklet at our online store, Warehouse 23. This A6-sized booklet collects Knightmare Chess articles from the 1990s into a physical format that fits right inside the newest Knightmare Chess box . . . read article

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