Daily Illuminator Archive for January 2022

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January 1, 2022:
Since its release in 2017, Munchkin Shakespeare has been one of our more popular Munchkin games, with multiple printings and a host of expansions and accessories. Because it's now such a successful game, it's fun to look back on its origins . . . read article

January 2, 2022:
When we created the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, we made a custom hex-shaped base for the included cardboard standies. This base design proved popular and we offered packs (black and rainbow), but one thing we neglected to do was make it easy for retailers to stock and display them . . . read article

January 3, 2022:
Somehow, it is now 2022. This means it has now been three years since Ben Richards took down Damon Killien and his corrupt televison game show . . . read article

January 4, 2022:
Today is the final day to support our STL miniature Kickstarter campaign for The Fantasy Trip Foes, featuring dozens of fantasy sculpts ranging from skeletons to octopi to orcs – and even the legendary Long Lankin. While these miniatures have been designed for use with The Fantasy Trip, they're timeless designs that work for pretty much any tabletop roleplaying game! . . . read article

January 5, 2022:
Capping off a fantastic year of partnership with Steve Jackson Games, Gaming Ballistic launched its most ambitious Powered by GURPS project to date: The Nordlond Bestiary and Enemies Book for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG.   Thanks to a late surge in pledges in the last few days, the book swelled to 192 pages. With strategic partnerships with fulfillment companies in both the U.S. and U.K., Gaming Ballistic was able to offer worldwide shipping of all items, not just the new books.   And with the participation and encouragement of the team at SJ Games, Gaming Ballistic announced a "module" for the Foundry VTT platform, for drag-and-drop-and-play import of the monsters from the bestiary — including artwork — into the GURPS Game Aid (Unofficial) supported by Nick and Nose.   If you missed the campaign, it's not too late: Pre-orders for the Nordlond Bestiary and Enemies Book are open until the book files go to print, probably in mid-February . . . read article

January 6, 2022:
Ian Livingstone, a founder of Games Workshop and co-author of the Fighting Fantasy series, was knighted on the UK's 2022 New Years Honours List, meaning that henceforth he is Sir Ian Livingstone. Congratulations! . . . read article

January 7, 2022:
Our Foes campaign for TFT miniatures (which ended with 611 backers!) pushed me over the edge into getting a 3D resin printing system at home. This will kill two birds with one stone . . . read article

January 8, 2022:
Although most of our time is spent promoting our PDF titles listed at Warehouse 23, there are days when it helps to remind the world that digital versions of many of our RPG books are also available at DriveThruRPG . . . read article

January 9, 2022:
I have now successfully printed Saint Ick, the Christmas octopus that was the extra gift in the Foes campaign. The road was not completely smooth . . . read article

January 10, 2022:
Well, the skeletons came out! All nine of them . . . read article

January 11, 2022:
FnordCon 5 . . . is Live! The Steve Jackson Games convention returns April 29 - May 1, and this time, it's live here in Austin! . . . read article

January 12, 2022:
Now that we've enjoyed our holidays and completed our yearly inventory, Warehouse 23 is back in action for the new year! We're going to spend a few days working through the holiday order backlog we got in while we were closed, but after that we'll be all caught up and back to full speed . . . read article

January 13, 2022:
Projects, yes. We have two open projects at Indiegogo, both of which have been manufactured, and we're now just waiting for them to arrive so that we can ship the project perks to the supporters . . . read article

January 14, 2022:
Get a grip with the Car Wars Dashboard Mat, available for pre-order now on Warehouse 23! Taking the design of the new dashboard from Car Wars Sixth Edition, this soft neoprene playmat grips the table well, and adds even more functionality to your heads-up display . . . read article

January 15, 2022:
The landscape of tabetop gaming (and comics) has seen a seismic shift with the acquisition of tabletop company Asmodee and comic company Dark Horse by Embracer Group, an investment firm. While it doesn't involve us directly, this is huge for the industry, with the Asmodee acquisition being in the range of $3 billion . . . read article

January 16, 2022:
The ever-expanding, always evolving indie RPG scene has produced more works of art than I can ever hope to get to the table, but there's one game system that has latched onto my mind, and I won't be free of its clutches until I get the game onto the table for at least a single session. Ben Milton's Knave, published in 2018, has everything I want from an old-school, rules-light, crawl through the dungeon and slaughter monsters sorta roleplaying game . . . read article

January 17, 2022:
As we've mentioned a few times now, we have a new Pocket Box campaign planned as a Kickstarter project for . . . well, we're working on that. Date to be announced . . . read article

January 18, 2022:
The latest volume of GURPS Hot Spots is also its biggest yet! GURPS Hot Spots: Sriwijaya is your guide to the Malay Archipelago at the height of its power and influence. Like all entries in the Hot Spots library, this one includes a guide to history, geography, and cultural details designed to make the setting come alive for gamers . . . read article

January 19, 2022:
We're about ready to run the BackerKit for the Foes campaign (it may have started by the time you see this.) I am pleased to have helped detect issues along the way . . . read article

January 20, 2022:
As Events Coordinator, sometimes I get to announce some really fun stuff. Today is one of those days . . . read article

January 21, 2022:
Sometimes beating your friends in Munchkin feels like stealing candy from a baby. Unfortunately for you, Munchkin Babies puts the kids in charge, and they're taking their candy back by force . . . read article

January 22, 2022:
The forest comes alive with GURPS Fantasy Folk: Elves. This is a meaty (vegetarian?) GURPS guide to the foremost fantasy forest dwellers . . . read article

January 23, 2022:
Adventures! Monsters! . . . read article

January 24, 2022:
The second printing of the Hack & Slash game is currently on a container ship and expected to reach our primary warehouse next month. As previously announced, several games and expansions are seeing a price increase this year, and Hack & Slash is one of the affected titles . . . read article

January 25, 2022:
One of the things you can do with a STL file is scale it . . . either up or down. Today I experimented with scaling the scorpion from the Scorpion Handler set . . . read article

January 26, 2022:
After a timeless time out of print, Chez Cthulhu has made its long-awaited return to store shelves! Taking the slacker theme of the original Chez Geek and giving it a Lovecraftian twist, Chez Cthulhu throws the apartment dwellers into morbid occupations like Morgue Janitor and Gravedigger to pay rent and get Nookie . . . read article

January 27, 2022:
Hexagram 9, the newest issue of The Fantasy Trip dedicated zine, is now available (and funded!) on Kickstarter, along with a host of new items to add to your campaign! If you're new to Hexagram, you'll find it features a wide range of things you can add to your TFT game, like scenarios, new monsters, articles, and even FAQs from the community . . . read article

January 28, 2022:
Circuit Dice have delivered to backers of the crowdfunding project, and are now available to purchase on Warehouse 23! These custom d6 dice feature circuit board-inspired designs in a very apt gold and green color scheme . . . read article

January 29, 2022:
On Wednesday, January 27, freelance writer Warren "Mook" Wilson passed away after an illness. Author of How to Be a GURPS GM and Pyramid contributor, Mook was a beloved member of and force for good in the GURPS community . . . read article

January 30, 2022:
For those of you who missed out on our reprint of the Car Wars Classic game in 2014, the warehouse crew found a small number of copies and we've listed them for sale at Warehouse 23. This is effectively a reprint of the 1990 edition of Car Wars 4th edition, and is a great addition to your collection if you're looking for something that fits between the Pocket Box and Car Wars Sixth Edition in the evolution of the game . . . read article

January 31, 2022:
Out of print for a few years, we're happy to report that the combined edition of Knightmare Chess (both of the 1990s sets in a single box) has reached our primary warehouse and the game is now available to pre-order at Warehouse 23. Skip the after-market prices — which have gotten out of control recently — and add a new, factory-fresh copy of the game to your collection! . . . read article

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