Daily Illuminator Archive for January 2017

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January 1, 2017:
We're starting off 2017 with a bang! We will be at PAX South January 27-29, at the newly renovated Henry B . . . read article

January 2, 2017:
Some people say "Out with the old, in with the new" when it comes to the New Year, but I say: "Why not both?" 2016 gave us the Munchkin Guest Artist Edition line to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of Munchkin, and 2017 is bringing us even more. An anniversary that last two years? Munchkin doesn't play by anyone's rules!  We're starting off with Munchkin Guest Artist Edition from Edwin Huang, shipping in March . . . read article

January 3, 2017:
We know that, come February, most of you munchkins will be in need of some valentines. So, being who we are, we could only think of one thing to do . . . read article

January 4, 2017:
Have you adopted one of our copies of Simon's Cat Card Game over the holidays? If not, you may want to soon . . . read article

January 5, 2017:
It's easy to paint apps and traditional boardgames as "rivals," even though so many games now offer both a physical version and a self-contained digital one. But the past few years have seen a growing trend of treating apps as components – just another part of the traditional game, packaged along with its dice, cards, board, and so on . . . read article

January 6, 2017:
Tis the season, or 'twas the season, that is! If you're like me, you may have a bit of post-holiday blues . . . read article

January 7, 2017:
Each week, your favorite local game store brings in the newest games and supplements offered through the distribution channels. For many of you, this may feel like a magical event, when the game fairy delivers the latest and greatest new entertainment . . . read article

January 8, 2017:
It's 50,000 B.C. Where are your children? . . . read article

January 9, 2017:
This spring marks the release of Munchkin Guest Artist Edition by Edwin Huang. Edwin is known for his work on Skullkickers, Munchkin Skullkickers, and Street Fighter . . . read article

January 10, 2017:
We're already a week into the new year, so it's pretty much Valentine's Day . . . at least, that's my excuse for buying candy hearts in bulk at the supermarket. So with love in the air, we wanted to offer up our own valentine to retailers! . . . read article

January 11, 2017:
Happy New Year! I think we can all agree that 2016 clearly picked up a few ducks in the dungeon . . . let's hope 2017 is a better year for most people . . . read article

January 12, 2017:
We're so organized here at SJ Games, you may be surprised to hear that we sometimes come upon items we think were sold out, but in fact were not. (Come on, be surprised!) . . . read article

January 13, 2017:
Less than two weeks into 2017 and it's already Friday the 13th! That's an auspicious start to the new year, if I do say so myself . . . read article

January 14, 2017:
December was a big month for Warehouse 23, as you would expect from the holiday rush. This year, we brought back the Grab Box bundles just for the holiday season, and they sold like crazy . . . read article

January 15, 2017:
SJ Games has been in the limelight a bit recently, so I thought I'd collect a few of our favorite mentions all in one place – overviews, reviews, and some surprises that even we didn't expect.  To start, Sam Healey from The Dice Tower named Bill & Ted's Excellent Boardgame one of his Biggest Surprises of 2016. Sam wasn't sure he'd like it, but being a fan of the movie, he gave it a chance . . . now it's taken up residence in his collection . . . read article

January 16, 2017:
The holiday season saw the release of Shane White's take on fantasy, with Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition. With new art, this limited-run edition gives a fresh view of one of our most popular versions of Munchkin . . . read article

January 17, 2017:
April showers bring May . . . super-heroes?! Our May releases are getting powered up, with a long-awaited version of Munchkin hitting store shelves . . . read article

January 18, 2017:
As a professional dragon-slayer, (you are, right?) you probably know about Munchkin Dragons and Munchkin Dragon's Trike. Well, you may think you have tackled all the scaly beasts that Munchkin has to offer, but you're wrong . . . read article

January 19, 2017:
Here at Steve Jackson Games, we are both excited and sad to be coming to the end of our first series of monthly Munchkin comics. BOOM! . . . read article

January 20, 2017:
Late last year, we released three out-of-print GURPS books as print-on-demand titles using Amazon's Createspace service. These three books served as canaries in the virtual coal mine, flying ahead to test whether demand for out-of-print books would be high enough to make preparing more books a worthy distraction from other tasks . . . read article

January 21, 2017:
In December, the biggest hardcover we've ever released hit the shelves of your friendly local game shop: the Discworld Roleplaying Game, your comprehensive guide to gaming on the Disc. Although it's based on (and fully compatible with) GURPS Fourth Edition, the Discworld Roleplaying Game has been designed as a completely stand-alone sourcebook . . . read article

January 22, 2017:
If you follow the Daily Illuminator, you might have caught on that we here at SJ Games love LEGO bricks. Steve leads the charge, and our Events Director, Guy Himber, is the proprietor of CrazyBricks, makers of Munchkin Bricks, among other things . . . other things like the brick-built Munchkin board, which we've featured here and at conventions in the past . . . read article

January 23, 2017:
Nothing says "I love you" like cute things and Munchkin. Sure, the game is about stabbing other people in the back, but when it includes Katie Cook's art, you've got a cute-astrophe on your hands . . . read article

January 24, 2017:
We're off to the Alamo City! That's right, we are at PAX South this weekend, in the Henry B . . . read article

January 25, 2017:
We started shipping the new Munchkin Valentines set to distributors on January 9 . . . and already, our primary warehouse is out of stock! We've had good luck with similar Munchkin sets in the past (the Munchkin Halloween Pack was a big hit), and it is fabulous to see that you guys heart Munchkin so very much to make this new pack sell through this fast . . . read article

January 26, 2017:
This Saturday, SJ Games will be at PAX South in San Antonio, TX, and we're bringing the Command Post with us! That's right, Ogre Sixth Edition will be in the house, and we've got some fun stuff planned for it . . . read article

January 27, 2017:
We're two-excited for this month's double-sized, double-covered finale of Munchkin comics, with two all-star stories!  Munchkin #25 celebrates the end of our BOOM! Studios comic run with a huge sendoff. Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard writes two tales, containing more classic characters than you can shake a stick at . . . read article

January 28, 2017:
Over the last few years, the Nuremberg Toy Fair has become more important to our plans as we sit down with translation partners and discuss upcoming projects. We review the stages of various games, discuss translation opportunities, and spend three to four days at the convention trying to guarantee that our European licensees have everything they need to continue translating Steve Jackson Games' titles for languages including German, French, Spanish, Russian, and many others . . . read article

January 29, 2017:
Wyrmwood Gaming has been a friend of SJ Games for a while. They're known for some pretty stellar wooden gaming equipment (like our Zombie Dice convention tray) . . . read article

January 30, 2017:
Last year, before the holidays, we shipped the last copies of Munchkin Grimm Tidings to the Walgreens distribution centers. At this moment, we have no plans to reprint Grimm Tidings, so what is now on shelves is all that's available . . . read article

January 31, 2017:
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely munchkins! SJ Games is proud to announce our next Kickstarter project: Munchkin Shakespeare!  Set in the plays and poems of the world's most famous bard, Munchkin Shakespeare lets slip the dogs of foolishness, with all the classic looting, backstabbing, and leveling up of the original Munchkin game, combined with Shakespearian jokes that the groundlings would love . . . read article

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