Daily Illuminator Archive for February 2014

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February 1, 2014:
At the Ogre Launch Party back in October, enterprising fan Natalya Labbe had a conversation with Phil about how much she liked Castellan, and about the possibility of translating it into Russian. The conversation went well, and Natalya proceeded to do just that . . . read article

February 2, 2014:
We're a little late in marking the occasion, but we can't possibly let the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons go unmarked. Others have said plenty (here's an example), but here's what people at Steve Jackson Games have to say about it! Alex Kosarek  One of my most memorable moments was playing a cleric named Tom . . . read article

February 3, 2014:
Uncle Albert: a name that for years cunning car warriors and aspiring autoduellists have entrusted with their lives. He's back, with a newly released classic digital reprint of a future-retro catalog . . . read article

February 4, 2014:
On February 10th, we're going to launch a brand new version of Warehouse 23! The new Warehouse 23 is bigger, better, and more able to serve your needs, and we can't wait to show it to you! . . . read article

February 5, 2014:
Just a reminder: we'll be at New Orleans Comic Con this weekend, running and selling games! . . . read article

February 6, 2014:
Both Warehouse 23 and e23 are going down today (Thursday) so that we can put up the new version of Warehouse 23. Be patient, it'll be back up on the 10th! . . . read article

February 7, 2014:
Gamers in the Houston, TX area rejoice! Our own Steve Jackson is going to be making an appearance at OwlCon, which takes place February 21-23 at Rice University in Houston . . . read article

February 8, 2014:
When I celebrated my birthday not long ago, Anne Schweizer asked what I what like to have as a present. I replied, "Something geeky is always welcome," and I added what everyone else at SJ Games most likely does: "But please note: I already have most of the mainstream geek stuff." So she created the Great Cthulhu Cake, and she was so right . . . read article

February 9, 2014:
We have an official Twitter account, which you might already be following. Whether you are or aren't, there's something you should know: we all use it. it's not one particular person who interfaces with the fans; a number of people at Steve Jackson Games use it throughout the day . . . read article

February 10, 2014:
The 2014 New York Toy Fair starts on February 16th, and this year I'll be at the show with our friends from PSI, running through the gauntlet of sales meetings and trying to avoid eating from every single amazing restaurant in the city. Joining me in the sales meetings this year is our new Events Director, Kali Dugan, while Ross Jepson, our Director of Sales, mans the booth and does his best to entertain everyone who stops by and asks the ever-popular: "What is Munchkin?" Toy Fair is always an intense week of fun and productive talks, but it's the actual visit to the city that most excites me . . . read article

February 11, 2014:
It's up! We've launched the new version of Warehouse 23 . . . read article

February 12, 2014:
You're a hero in an organization that expects you to get things done; wouldn't it be nice to call on them when you need help? Now you can . . . read article

February 13, 2014:
Max is the mandatory Japan-fangirl at the office. She enjoys pretty much every geeky activity on the map, but tries very, very hard to limit herself to one online game obsession at a time . . . read article

February 14, 2014:
May is fast approaching, and there's some great stuff coming up in that month! Want some more Munchkin Apocalypse? . . . read article

February 15, 2014:
Steve Cichon at TrendingBuffalo.com (great site name!) has posted a full-page newspaper ad for Radio Shack from 1991 and points out that almost everything on it is now handled by a smartphone that fits in your pocket. (Including one thing he doesn't mention: the newspaper itself.) . . . read article

February 16, 2014:
Some of you know this; many of you do not: in addition to being the Marketing Assistant here at Steve Jackson Games, I'm also a game designer. I've done a lot of work for other companies, and I've even self-published . . . read article

February 17, 2014:
Just a reminder that Steve will be at OwlCon this weekend. Come say hi! . . . read article

February 18, 2014:
I don't know if you're aware (I mean, we have mentioned it), but e23 and Warehouse 23 have merged into a bigger and better store, like some sort of web-based Voltron. The new Warehouse 23 has all of your physical games and PDFs in one place . . . read article

February 19, 2014:
You know how there's that ONE box deep in a closet somewhere that's you're afraid to open because you don't remember actually packing it in the first place, and it looks like it might have contained something organic at some point in the not-distant-enough past? Yeah, that one . . . read article

February 20, 2014:
At the Dallas Fall Toy Preview last year, Andrew Hackard and I had the chance to sit down with Kristin and Amber from Looney Labs to play several rounds of a new game design by Andrew Looney. At the time, the game was unnamed, but as this ICv2 post tells us all now, Loonacy: The Maniacal Matching Card Game is coming in March . . . read article

February 21, 2014:
Last year, we announced minor manufacturing changes to the rules and packaging for our Munchkin core games. These changes helped us reduce costs on all of the Munchkin core games -- including the latest one, Munchkin Pathfinder, and several reprints -- but we are continuing to fight against the terrible pain of rising shipping invoices, raw materials increases, and all the other "costs of doing business" that are part of the daily work of a game company . . . read article

February 22, 2014:
There was a time when we didn't. Between the Tabletop episode and all the other nice things people were saying on the Internet about the game, we couldn't keep Zombie Dice in stock . . . read article

February 23, 2014:
It's been theorized for a while, but scientists have recently used the Keck Telescope in Hawaii to actually see the web of gas that connects galaxies and stars, using the light of a quasar. UM-287, the quasar in question, was giving off so much light that the gas was actually visible . . . read article

February 24, 2014:
BGG has announced the finalists for the Golden Geek Awards, and there's some great stuff in the list! BattleLore is a personal favorite of mine, and I've also had a lot of fun with XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Torchlight II, and Shadowrun Returns. Another interesting thing to note is that the video game category has a few board games on it . . . read article

February 25, 2014:
April 5th, 2014 is International TableTop Day, and we are a sponsor for the event! We love the attention that ITTD brings to the hobby -- not to mention the attention that it brings to local game stores, libraries, community centers, and other locations . . . read article

February 26, 2014:
My favorite hotel in the world, NYC's Yotel, launched an amazing New York Toy Fair trip for me when, on the first day of the visit, their staff sent me a tweet asking me to email them. It seems that the Yotel staff were aware of my love for their hotel and they wanted to meet me in person, so that evening I met Cari and Maysoon of the Yotel . . . and was instantly blown away by their friendliness, generosity, and knowledge of just what a toy geek I am . . . read article

February 27, 2014:
Here in Austin we have a little show full of music, technology, and other fun stuff: South By Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it . . . read article

February 28, 2014:
Aaron Allston died of massive heart failure yesterday, while Guest of Honor at VisionCon. Aaron was a good man: a creator of things fantastic, yet personally straightforward, cheerful, and wry . . . read article

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