Daily Illuminator Archive for December 2023

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December 1, 2023:
I have never had an RPG campaign that wasn't improved by the addition of pets for the PCs. These critters don't have to be magical, or special, or important . . . read article

December 2, 2023:
Our current big Kickstarter is a special one to me personally -- not just the Foes 2 STLs but the Bestiary itself. The Bestiary has been a project longer than I've been an SJ Games employee . . . read article

December 3, 2023:
If you weren't able to make it to PAX Unplugged this weekend, you missed a not-so-little presentation we gave to unveil our 2024 lineup! Fear not! . . . read article

December 4, 2023:
Here's another RPG idea for GMs: anagrams. Take any interesting name the players would recognize (hero, villain, locale, etc.), and plug it into an anagram generator . . . read article

December 5, 2023:
Last year about this time, give or take, we released the first Foes collection of STL files. One of the monster types was "octopus." And a special model was good old St . . . read article

December 6, 2023:
Here's a music recommendation I've used and enjoyed at the gaming table: Security Project. This is a band devoted to the music of Peter Gabriel and Gabriel-era Genesis . . . read article

December 7, 2023:
Aconyte, an imprint of Asmodee. I have an essay in the collection, and I'm in very good company . . . read article

December 8, 2023:
Board games aren't just all about fun.  Over the years, many scientific studies have found that board games can improve all sorts of mental skills (like creativity and logic), have emotional benefits (like increasing patience and lowering anxiety), and social benefits (like improving sportsmanship and creating a sense of community).   There is one Austin-based nonprofit called UnboxEd that aims to help kids in low-income settings close achievement gaps by playing games (all at no cost to the students).  One of their core offerings, Entrepre-Newbies, uses role-playing games to teach 3rd and 4th graders entrepreneurship, economics, and financial literacy – many things that I never learned until college. Right now they are running a charity drive and board game auction to help fund their program . . . read article

December 9, 2023:
We're celebrating the 2023 holiday season by bundling together some of your favorite Steve Jackson games and accessories in an epic sale only – on Warehouse 23!   Car Wars enthusiasts can score big savings with a Car Wars Mega Bundle, which includes a copy of the Red / Yellow or Blue / Green Two-Player Starter Set, as well as five additional accessory packs. Cat lovers will enjoy a purr-fect bundle that includes the newly-released (and PAX Unplugged favorite) We Love Cats! . . . read article

December 10, 2023:
Ahh, it's that time of year again. Holiday parties, jingly bells, and . . . really, really slow shipping! . . . read article

December 11, 2023:
Christmas is right around the corner, and we know you're likely looking for ways to stuff your holiday stockings. We have a fantastic assortment of seasonally-themed small box games and accessories that would be perfect for the game lovers in your life, and lots of them are even on sale through Thursday!   Check out Bad Christmas, a family game of awful presents . . . read article

December 12, 2023:
Whoa. I seem to have gotten the whole story into the headline except for the URL . . . read article

December 13, 2023:
This is the last full day for The Fantasy Trip Bestiary and Foes 2 STL Miniatures Kickstarter! If you haven't made your pledge yet, this is your last chance . . . read article

December 14, 2023:
As I was pondering ways to craft interesting posts that let us talk about our stuff, I realized that the Hidden Masters have been around, hidden-mastering, for a loooooong time. So I devised a challenge: Can I count backwards starting from 10, and write 10 Daily Illuminator posts about Steve Jackson Games products that each incorporate that day's number in its name? . . . read article

December 15, 2023:
We at Steve Jackson Games are proud to support fantastic organizations that are making an impact on their local communities. Today we would like to feature one of our very favorites – the Central Texas Food Bank.    The Central Texas Food Bank, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with over 30 years of service, is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Central Texas region . . . read article

December 16, 2023:
It's a busy holiday season, but you might still consider carving out a little "me" time for yourself . . . like gathering some friends for merriment and camaraderie to fight the forces of darkness in dusty dungeons for unfathomable profit and power. That's more possible than ever with the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game Bundle of Holding . . . read article

December 17, 2023:
We're in the second installment of our "curious countdown," which means today is devoted to number 9. (For those who missed the premise, here's the backstory.) I first discovered the Cardboard Heroes line years before I started with Steve Jackson Games . . . read article

December 18, 2023:
A hot new item has just dropped from the incomparably brilliant Tim Hutchings, and it's . . . well, I'd better just show you.    If you're confused, yes, this is a page-for-page ink wash drawing of the entire AD&D Player's Handbook, in a foiled hardcover with endpapers that match the original. It's the finest coffee table book ever printed, if the goal of a coffee table book is to baffle and/or distress your houseguests . . . read article

December 19, 2023:
Welcome to the third installment of our "curious countdown"! Today is devoted to number 8. (The premise is explained here.) . . . read article

December 20, 2023:
Behold! The fourth installment of our "curious countdown." Today we turn our eye to number 7. (Check out the first post if you want more info.) . . . read article

December 21, 2023:
As can be intimated from our 2024 Schedule Announcement from a few weeks ago, we're still hard at work on new GURPS goodness. To that end, we've got two projects coming up we're looking to playtest! • GURPS Meta-Tech – The "laws of physics" are really more . . . guidelines . . . read article

December 22, 2023:
Welcome back, now with the fifth installment of our "curious countdown." We've had four previous posts, so today we're looking at number 6. (The first post of this series contains the details of what we're doing here.) As I was researching this number, I realized that we had two fantastic six-related possibilities . . . read article

December 23, 2023:
I'm pretty sure I've never gotten to do a riff on "What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?" in a Daily Illuminator . . . Anyway, the day is late, the hour is nigh, the stores are closed, shipping is impossible, and you need a gift – now . . . read article

December 24, 2023:
Back in my college days, I ran a lengthy GURPS Supers campaign for many years. The joys of the GURPS library – even then – was having a plethora of sourcebooks on hand . . . read article

December 25, 2023:
We're here, once again, with the curious countdown; we're in installment #6, which means that we're looking at number 5, and it's at this point that I'm realizing that having two number streams counting in opposite directions might have been a mistake. Oh, well! . . . read article

December 26, 2023:
A friend talked me into trying the "Locked Tomb" series by Tamsyn Muir. I was a bit reluctant . . . "Lesbian Necromancers in Spaaaaace!" sounded more like sensationalism than literature . . . read article

December 27, 2023:
Several days ago, we mentioned that there's a limited-time Bundle of Holding for the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, the GURPS-powered stand-alone RPG of crypt-crawling camaraderie. It's an amazing deal, and it's resulted in a big influx of new fans . . . many of whom might be asking, "What else is there?" Well, Gaming Ballistic has an excellent answer to that question: more Dungeon Fantasy RPG goodness! . . . read article

December 28, 2023:
Eeeek! It's time for another installment of the curious countdown! . . . read article

December 29, 2023:
The real world is messy and complicated; that's one of the things that makes it so amazing. Case in point: tactical encounters . . . read article

December 30, 2023:
Hello, friends! We're deep in our curious countdown, as we begin the "final three" – this time looking at number 3 itself . . . read article

December 31, 2023:
It's been . . .  A. Year . . . read article

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