Daily Illuminator Archive for June 2021

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June 1, 2021:
Today, with your support, we expand The Fantasy Trip with two new micro-adventures: Quick Quest 2: A Moveable Feast - Your party is investigating an orcish outpost and encounters two very unusual pets. Quick Quest 3: The Unself King - The Charnel Maiden, the Mother of Despair, and the Drear Crone are all figures of horror. Now they are together, working to unleash something far worse . . . read article

June 2, 2021:
With vaccinations at a high and many places reopening with safety precautions, we are happy to announce that SJ Games will be attending Gen Con 2021! We'll of course be following any and all safety standards, and will be making sure our own staff is vaccinated . . . read article

June 3, 2021:
Are ya ready, kids? We are! . . . read article

June 4, 2021:
Car Wars continues to be a headache and is our greatest source of stress when it comes to crowdfunding efforts. Many of our recent projects have been much smaller, easier campaigns with items produced in the United States, which has made the process flow smoother and faster . . . read article

June 5, 2021:
I listen to a lot of music, mostly on vinyl over the last year since I've been at home so very, very many hours. The great thing about vinyl, besides the sound, is that it helps get me moving; every 20 minutes or so I have to stand up, walk across the room, and flip or change the record . . . read article

June 6, 2021:
We post to the Daily Illuminator every day, and have for over two decades . . . but we know you can't always make a visit to sjgames.com a part of your routine. Fortunately, in today's world, there are other ways to keep in touch with us and stay up-to-date on our latest projects . . . read article

June 7, 2021:
Our latest Kickstarter campaign for The Fantasy Trip comes to a close today, and your support has unlocked two new micro-adventures: Quick Quest 2: A Moveable Feast - Your party is investigating an orcish outpost and encounters two very unusual pets. Quick Quest 3: The Unself King - The Charnel Maiden, the Mother of Despair, and the Drear Crone are all figures of horror. Now they are together, working to unleash something far worse . . . read article

June 8, 2021:
Thanks to The Guardian for this frightening tutorial. -- Steve Jackson . . . read article

June 9, 2021:
Available as a part of our GURPS On Demand program, GURPS Spaceships was first released as a PDF over a decade ago and is now in softcover form for those of you who prefer physical objects. (Guilty! . . . read article

June 10, 2021:
The world has made no secret of the problems that face publishers who rely on international freight. The pandemic caused a boom in sales of evergreen* games last year, and that combined with manufacturing and shipping delays meant we were out-of-stock on several key titles for the first months of this year . . . read article

June 11, 2021:
According to reliable reports, Steve was seen on a live stream wearing an Ogre shirt, and many of you expressed interest in acquiring one . . . read article

June 12, 2021:
Scott Manley's YouTube channel covers space, astronomy, and rocketry, and has built up a lot of viewers. In one of his recent videos he mentioned that GURPS Space was an important influence toward getting him interested in the science of space travel . . . read article

June 13, 2021:
You may think you're unfamiliar with the works of Gary Numan . . . until Cars blasts on the radio and you find yourself singing along. Now, over four decades after the release of that song and Numan's first solo album, he's back with a modern masterpiece with the new album, Intruder . . . read article

June 14, 2021:
You know how it is: You're managing your own kingdom/city/planet/galactic empire, and you could really use some insight into how to keep things moving smoothly. We've got you covered, with GURPS Realm Management . . . read article

June 15, 2021:
How is 2021 already moving to the 50% completed stage of the calendar? It feels like only yesterday we were celebrating the close of 2020, a year we do not need to repeat . . . read article

June 16, 2021:
Katie Cook's work on Munchkin Kittens perfectly enhanced the cards, making truly groan-inducing jokes even more spectacular than they would have been without her talented artwork. Munchkin Kittens has been one of the strongest of the Munchkin mini-expansions, going through multiple reprints . . . with a new printing expected this summer. Now, you can enjoy Katie's Munchkin Kittens art in a new way: the Munchkin Kittens Dice Bag is available now at your favorite local game store! . . . read article

June 17, 2021:
One of our most popular shirt designs is available again, on-demand! The OGRE Silhouette Shirt is available now via Amazon or RedBubble in up to 16 colors! . . . read article

June 18, 2021:
Did you know that GURPS has an exclusive monthly news post? Whether your answer is, "No, tell me about it" or "Yes, but remind me," you can point your browser over to the main GURPS page, at sjgames.com/gurps . . . read article

June 19, 2021:
Andrew Hackard, our Munchkin Czar, also known as the Red Pen of Doom, died June 17 of a brain tumor. He knew more than six months ago that it was terminal, but he stayed at his desk as long as he could, making more games for us all . . . read article

June 20, 2021:
I have a lot of top-notch gaming equipment. But there's a value in having less-great stuff, too, especially if you travel, do conventions, etc . . . read article

June 21, 2021:
The recently successful campaign for The Fantasy Trip Quick Quests 2 & 3 is now available on Backerkit for everyone who missed out on the campaign! This is a fun, low priced project for fans of TFT that lets us release some quests that you can run as one-shots – or throw into your existing campaigns . . . read article

June 22, 2021:
Thank you to Steph at Settler of the Boards for a very kind review of our many dice bags! The bags we've released so far have been selling well, with a couple of the designs already out-of-print at our primary warehouse and slowly becoming a little scarce in the larger world . . . read article

June 23, 2021:
The international smash success Choose Cthulhu book series is coming to the United States, via Steve Jackson Games! We're proud to announce our partnership with Edward Riker and his team to bring this series to a wider audience . . . read article

June 24, 2021:
In the course of a random conversation with my friendly local game shop, I discovered that they were gently clearing their throats in the hopes that folks would come in and pick up their special orders and standing gaming subscriptions sooner than later. Apparently all those items that got stuck for the longest time due to Covid, that sideways boat (that was, like, two years ago, right?), and other production delays finally got unstuck at the same time, so the store was looking at a bunch of inventory coming in all at once . . . read article

June 25, 2021:
A wise man once said, "Time is a flat circle."    So, it isn't much of a surprise that I find myself back at the beginning again. Just over 15 years ago I started my career in the tabletop games industry by accepting a job at Steve Jackson Games, and after being away for almost exactly a decade, I've done it again.   If you don't know me, you may have seen some of my work at your friendly local game store . . . read article

June 26, 2021:
Great news for those fans of Over the Edge who have missed out on the Sounds from the Edge trilogy! Each of the three releases in this Over the Edge soundtrack series are now available at Warehouse 23! . . . read article

June 27, 2021:
Just when your GURPS Dungeon Fantasy heroes think they've seen it all, the forces of chaos stand ready to prove them wrong! GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 5: Demons presents not just preconstucted demons (although it has those, too), but an entire system to create them quickly and easily, using either the chaotic nature of dice or the maelstrom of your own imagination to unleash an endless variety of infernal servitors. Any adventure is more memorable with Demons! . . . read article

June 28, 2021:
Have you not yet added the Old School Monsters hardcover, counters, and cards to your collection of expansions for The Fantasy Trip? Created under the Open Game License, this 64-page hardcover brings classic old-school fantasy RPG monsters to The Fantasy Trip, giving you the chance to completely devastate the PCs with some of the weirdest monsters yet introduced to the game! . . . read article

June 29, 2021:
Some of you may have heard about the shipping container shortage and other logistical issues affecting shipping, but if not, there is a highly informative article making the rounds sharing details and even featuring the board game industry. These are the new realities facing shipping in all industries, and board games are feeling it as well, but they've created a domino-like effect with inflation . . . read article

June 30, 2021:
We're beating the heat with some sales and freebies on Warehouse 23! The discounts are fire, and hitting different purchase levels unlocks even MORE free items . . . read article

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