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July 1, 2013:
Drive yourself crazy with the latest Car Wars classic to appear on e23: Dueltrack! With this supplement you'll get info on gas-powered engines, high-speed racing, metal armor, and more . . . read article

July 2, 2013:
Scientists at IBM have created the World's Smallest Movie using a 2-ton tunneling electron microscope and one of the most advanced labs on the planet. The stop-motion film, A Boy and His Atom, uses animated still photographs of actual atoms to create a short cartoon . . . read article

July 3, 2013:
I will be attending PaizoCon this weekend, running demo games (including Munchkin Pathfinder!) and maybe even dropping a playtest or two on the table while I'm there . . . read article

July 4, 2013:
Yes it's that special day here in the United States when we like to celebrate our independence. Don't be shy about doing that the traditional way: hanging out with friends and family, eating lots of barbecue, playing games, and setting off fireworks (assuming that's legal in your neck of the woods) . . . read article

July 5, 2013:
We know you've met before, but a proper introduction is long past due. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Flower . . . read article

July 6, 2013:
Nearly four thousand years ago, sensing his end was near, a mighty Pharaoh issued cryptic edicts to his throng of assembled priests. "Call on the powers of the gods . . ." he told them. "Entreat them to protect my final resting place." Those words were the last to pass between his lips, leaving his loyal servants to puzzle over just what sort of protection he was asking for. No one knows what sign or portent informed their decision to curse a single statue that they entombed with the Pharaoh . . . read article

July 7, 2013:
Simon Parkes, a UK City Councillor, isn't afraid to tell his constituents the honest unvarnished truth. He's even willingly gone on record about an ongoing extramarital affair . . . read article

July 8, 2013:
This announcement is WAY overdue, but as usual, things around here have moved too fast for us to keep up. Leonard Balsera has leveled up in Fnorditude once again, and has taken on the dual responsibilities of Marketing Director and Chez Geek Line Editor . . . read article

July 9, 2013:
Have you ever wanted to be the first one to communicate with an alien life form? Lone Signal is offering the opportunity to do just that . . . read article

July 10, 2013:
If you're going to GenCon, we've got a fun surprise for you - a Munchkin-themed restaurant! We'll be taking over the top floor of Tavern on South from August 15-17, and several of us will be making guest appearances there and hanging out . . . read article

July 11, 2013:
That's right, one of the world's largest celebrations of geek culture is almost upon us. And we wouldn't miss it for the world! . . . read article

July 12, 2013:
When Sam Mitschke isn't forehead deep in all the various projects he has to oversee as our indispensable and talented Production Manager, he makes music. Aural Films put out a compilation album of robot-themed music on July 5th . . . read article

July 13, 2013:
Sure that silk shirt you're wearing feels nice and looks stylish, but wouldn't it be great if it also glowed under fluorescent light? In the highly unlikely event that you've ever asked yourself that question, scientists in Japan have got you covered . . . read article

July 14, 2013:
Randy and I have been making the rounds contacting stores in the SJ Games Store Finder. We'd like to say thank you to all of you who have made suggestions and shared your concerns with us so far . . . read article

July 15, 2013:
Having trouble finding a parking space? You need a tank! . . . read article

July 16, 2013:
Watch this space for a special Ogre Miniatures availability announcement, coming later today! -- Daniel   . . . read article

July 16, 2013:
One of the Ogre Kickstarter stretch goals was to reprint the minis from Ogre Miniatures. We're pleased to announce that the first wave of reprints is now available from Warehouse 23 . . . read article

July 17, 2013:
It's that time again! Here's all the awesome stuff coming your way in September! Munchkin Pathfinder The award-winning game of killing monsters and taking their stuff meets the award-winning universe of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game in Munchkin Pathfinder! . . . read article

July 18, 2013:
We have a ton of stuff on its way to the FLGS near you! The long-awaited Castellan is here, and we have a smattering of new Munchkin goodies: Dragons, Zombies Decay d6, and Level Playing Field . . . read article

July 19, 2013:
Scientists at the Technical University of Denmark have made a breakthrough in nanoscale writing. Using a beam of electrons to displace carbon atoms on a sheet of graphene they have written with fonts as small as 2-3 nanometers . . . read article

July 20, 2013:
If you're planning on going to the Munchkin Tavern at GenCon, we have a special surprise for you . . . we'll have copies of Tricky Treats, our Halloween booster designed by yours truly, for sale there! We won't even have these at the booth, so please stop by the Tavern if you want to grab one at the con . . . read article

July 21, 2013:
Have you heard of the "Sailing Stones" of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa? Have you found yourself baffled by the seemingly impossible way these massive rocks glide across the cracked earth? . . . read article

July 22, 2013:
In modern gaming, most heroes use guns to keep the peace -- and when it comes to weapons and gear, more info and intel is always better. It's in that spirit that we present Pyramid #3/57: Gunplay, the latest issue of Pyramid . . . read article

July 23, 2013:
As their name suggests, naked mole rats are strange creatures. And it goes beyond just the fact that they're . . . well . . . naked mole rats . . . read article

July 24, 2013:
A study by the World Wildlife Fund has identified the most dangerous oceans for shipping . . . read article

July 25, 2013:
Several of us are going to be at New York Comic Con this year, October 10-13! We'll be having our usual fun: demoing games and showing off cool new things! Munchkin Apocalypse: Mars Attacks and Chupacabra will be there ahead of their retail release, and our beloved Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard will be hanging around deflecting attempts to get him to talk about secret things . . . read article

July 26, 2013:
The T.A.B.L.E. Kickstarter project has hit its $10K goal, so there will definitely be a game convention near Dallas on March 29 and 30 of next year . . . a convention that aims to draw in non-gamers! . . . read article

July 27, 2013:
I'm leaving early Saturday morning for Hong Kong, landing there nearly 24 hours later (it's a brutal trip!). I've been working on Ogre since Steve hired me, and I can't wait to be one of the first people to see the final game as it's being printed and assembled . . . read article

July 28, 2013:
Joseph Bloch, known to the Secret Masters as Man in Black #[REDACTED], has reported in about his experiences at DexCon. He ran an Ogre game using "macrotures" and got to hang out with Steve (the original Secret Master) in a marathon event where Steve played twelve simultaneous games of Ogre . . . read article

July 29, 2013:
The plastic-protected vehicles of the world of Car Wars have something new to fear: the big guns of the military. With the Car Wars Military Vehicle Guide -- newly arrived at e23 -- you'll get over six dozen vehicles for keeping (or disrupting) order in the tumultuous world of tomorrow . . . read article

July 30, 2013:
Sam and I are in Hong Kong for, as I write this, three more hours . . . and then we head into China for a look at the Ogre Designer's Edition in assembly. Yesterday we spent time in the Hong Kong office reviewing the first production copy of the game and everything is looking fantastic; find pics and details in this Kickstarter update . . . read article

July 31, 2013:
It's the height (and heat) of summer, and that means it's heavy convention season. In fact, there are TWO great conventions this weekend -- both in the Lone Star State! . . . read article

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