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July 1, 2015:
Starting today, you have a chance to get the Cavalry Captain card, created in collaboration with The Decemberists. It's easy! . . . read article

July 2, 2015:
Touring France sounds romantic, and it is so long as you avoid areas riddled with unexploded munitions from the Great War. Even a century later the poisons and artillery unleashed in that terrible conflict have rendered parts of the countryside uninhabitable . . . read article

July 3, 2015:
Go read this article about an as-yet-unnamed species of octopus. Done? . . . read article

July 4, 2015:
I recently listened to the first three episodes of the new Meanwhile in the Future podcast, and can say I will absolutely be following this series. Created and hosted by Rose Eveleth, each episode presents a possible future scenario, and then discusses the idea with experts to determine how plausible that future scenario may or may not be . . . read article

July 5, 2015:
My first email to Sean Punch (a.k.a. "Dr. Kromm" -- or just plain "Kromm," as I refer to him most of the time) was in February of 2000, right after I'd taken over as editor of Pyramid magazine . . . read article

July 6, 2015:
We recently posted a list of Munchkin boosters and expansions that are expected to go out of print this summer. That's valuable information for those of you who would like to avoid after-market prices, but there is a flipside to the entire "out of print" situation: Sometimes, when there's enough demand, we send out-of-print items back to store shelves . . . read article

July 7, 2015:
Many, many years after the release of Star Munchkin 2 we're finally ready to ship Star Munchkin 3 to stores! This new 112-card tuckbox expansion is on a boat and headed toward our primary warehouse, and after reviewing the official announcement we posted in February it turns out that we forgot to share one detail about this new expansion . . . read article

July 8, 2015:
We had a lot of fun creating Mars Attacks: The Dice Game last year. I wrote about the creation of the game last fall, and one of the ideas that Sam, Randy, and I kept discussing throughout the game's development was the need for an expansion. Need may be too strong a word, but as we ran demos throughout the summer convention season we kept coming back to new card and mechanic ideas for an expansion . . . read article

July 9, 2015:
Old-time fans may remember the name Alain H. Dawson . . . read article

July 10, 2015:
Last year we announced that Alderac Entertainment Group was working on a Munchkin version of their Smash Up "shufflebuilding" game, and over the last year Steve, Andrew, and John have been working closely with the AEG staff to assemble the finished game.  Good news, everyone! The Smash Up Munchkin game is at print and if things go right (knock on wood!) . . . read article

July 11, 2015:
Let me tell you about my latest video game obsession: DC Universe Online. I downloaded it on a whim (it's free-to-play) and it languished in my Steam account for about a month before I got around to trying it . . . read article

July 12, 2015:
In a world of magic and heroes, there will always be a hunger for new dangers. In praise of those protagonists and the problems over which they prevail, we proudly present a panoply of perils within the PDF pages of Pyramid #3/80: Fantasy Threats! . . . read article

July 13, 2015:
This is a story about how I got into a game. And I mean INTO it . . . read article

July 14, 2015:
This post is inspired by a tweet from @SenyacGames. Yes, that's right youngsters, Car Wars Classic was once hand packaged . . . read article

July 15, 2015:
Like the title says, you can now preorder Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe! If you want to guarantee your copy, just head on over to your Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS) and ask to preorder it . . . read article

July 16, 2015:
We've got some cool new boosters and other small things coming in November! Munchkin Christmas Lite Kick down the door! Defeat the monster! . . . read article

July 17, 2015:
GURPS Dungeon Fantasy heroes are used to looking danger in the eye. But what if the threat doesn't have eyes? . . . read article

July 18, 2015:
It turns out that, just like their flesh and blood counterparts, Sony's Aibo robot dogs have a lifespan less than 20 years long. And because they were released about 16 years ago, many of these dogs are now dying . . . read article

July 19, 2015:
While the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 bans the establishment of military bases or weapons of mass destruction in space, no one has ever passed a treaty or law banning more modest weapons, or the beloved OMCLs. Until now . . . read article

July 20, 2015:
What is Dopple Spyke, you may ask? This vinyl Funko figure comes in the two-tone color scheme, just like the original printings of Munchkin, as a nod to the game's history . . . read article

July 21, 2015:
We are very pleased to announce that our newest Munchkin game, Munchkin Oz, has started appearing on shelves in Target stores across the United States. Over the next few weeks, we expect to see it roll out to the rest of the country and appear on target.com as well . . . read article

July 22, 2015:
So we did this thing. I mean, you probably haven't heard of it . . . read article

July 23, 2015:
Brick Fiesta is a Lego fan convention. It moves between cities, and for 2015 it will be back in Austin . . . read article

July 24, 2015:
Will you be at Gen Con 2015? We will be, at booth 1401 . . . read article

July 25, 2015:
There are two notable reprints coming up in November: Munchkin Impossible and Munchkin Zombie Deluxe. Munchkin Impossible has been completely out-of-print and is finally back. Munchkin Zombie Deluxe is now arriving in hobby stores. Munchkin Impossible The Munchkins are now spies . . . eliminating the opposition, playing with self-destructing gadgets, and changing loyalties even faster than they change Headgear. Be a Playboy, Tourist, or Assassin . . . read article

July 26, 2015:
Many of us who grew up in the '70s and '80s lived under the shadow of thermonuclear apocalypse. And many of us who were gamers dealt with this tension by playing one of the true classics of tabletop gaming: Flying Buffalo's Nuclear War . . . read article

July 27, 2015:
We're going to have some brand new (and newly reprinted) stuff early release stuff at Gen Con. These will be in limited quantities, so make sure you swing by the booth early to get your copies! Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe Munchkin Dragons Munchkin Dragon's Trike In addition to our offerings, AEG will have advance copies of Smash Up Munchkin at their booth! . . . read article

July 28, 2015:
Fans will definitely know Len Peralta from his illustration work on Munchkin The Guild booster, based on Felicia Day's hit web series The Guild. He is the creator of the Geek-A-Week podcast and has illustrated several children's books and graphic novels. You can see all of his projects (as well as hire him!) on his site . . . read article

July 29, 2015:
For those joining us at Gen Con, here are our details about when Andrew Hackard, John Kovalic, and Len Peralta will be available to sign Munchkin loot. Unless otherwise noted, signings are scheduled for one hour blocks . . . read article

July 30, 2015:
Did you know you could reserve your copy of Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe, BEFORE it comes out? It's slated to be our biggest release of the year and copies will go fast, so the preorder is the best way to ensure you get your hands on a set . . . read article

July 31, 2015:
July was a strong month, with the new edition of Car Wars: The Card Game (now with more cards!), the first tuckbox expansion for Star Munchkin in over a decade, two Munchkin exclusives (including a new core game) . . . and more! Check the below list, and don't forget to keep an eye on our New Releases page for the latest new games and significant reprints. Car Wars: The Card Game Welcome to the sport of the future -- autoduelling! . . . read article

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