Daily Illuminator Archive for March 2012

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March 1, 2012:
Those of you who have driven older cars may remember the excitement at seeing the odometer dials turning as a big round number approached. Families were even known to go for drives so everyone could watch 099999.9 turn into 100000.0 . . . read article

March 2, 2012:
As we noted in the Daily Illuminator on February 29th, GM's Day is coming up soon (March 4 -- mark your calendars!). Those of us who cut our teeth on tabletop gaming recognize the importance of GMs and all those who keep the game running . . . read article

March 3, 2012:
One great thing about the steady growth of the company is that Steve has been generous with the bonuses (see Steve's Report to the Stakeholders). I recently took advantage of Steve's generosity and transformed my bonus into a cruise . . . read article

March 4, 2012:
As we mentioned a few days ago, today is GM's Day. Over at e23 we've honored their contribution by releasing eight classic items to help your gaming groups get together and let their table leaders do what they do best: get everyone to have fun . . . read article

March 5, 2012:
Everyone needs a place to call home . . . or perhaps even a place that lets them call home. In In Nomine, we call those spots "Tethers" -- and In Nomine: Liber Castellorum, newly released to e23, is your one-stop resource for these places of power . . . read article

March 6, 2012:
Monday morning at about 4am I sent the Munchkin Apocalypse card database to Andrew. Then I went to bed . . . read article

March 7, 2012:
We wanted to give y'all an update on the status of the Munchkin The Guild booster. Unfortunately, it has run into production delays, and it looks like this will slide into the May release schedule . . . read article

March 8, 2012:
To celebrate the release of Munchkin 8 - Half Horse, Will Travel, we've partnered with several other geeky websites to preview cards from this new Munchkin expansion! What other sites, you ask? . . . read article

March 9, 2012:
Are you in Austin and looking for gaming fun? Then come see us at the ScreenBurn Arcade starting today and we'll teach you games like Zombie Dice, Cthulhu Dice, and Castellan . . . read article

March 10, 2012:
Are you a retailer or distributor? Steve Jackson Games will be attending the GAMA trade show in Las Vegas from March 12th through the 16th . . . read article

March 11, 2012:
If you ever wanted to know what the top selling products at Warehouse 23 are, today is your lucky day. We just got in the sales numbers for February and, in a move that surprises no one, folks really like Munchkin! And last month y'all really liked Munchkin boosters! . . . read article

March 12, 2012:
You might think your boss is evil, but you don't know the meaning of the term unless you work for one of the individuals in In Nomine Superiors 4: Rogues to Riches, newly released to e23. This supplement provides insight into five Demon Princes, whose Words cover Drugs, Technology, Secrets, Theft, and Greed . . . read article

March 13, 2012:
This past weekend we attended the ScreenBurn Arcade, a SXSW gaming event that was open to the public. I want to thank Alex, James, Lenny, Bridget, Jimmie, Ben, and MIB Michael Cox for all of their help running the booth, and a special cry of thanks to Liegh for taking my random noises and handwaving and turning it all into a booth design that worked perfectly and made it easy for us to teach games to everyone who stopped by and asked, "What's Munchkin The Guild?" (Which was often followed by several rounds of Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice, both of which did very well for us in terms of sales at the show.) . . . read article

March 14, 2012:
This week is the GAMA Trade Show, held (as it has been for the past few years) at Bally's in Las Vegas. GAMA, for those of you who do not know, is the Game Manufacturers Association, the oldest trade organization representing hobby game publishers that is still around . . . read article

March 15, 2012:
If you are a fan of either Axe Cop or cake, you will be completely blown away by what one 6-year-old fan got. If you are not a fan of Axe Cop, you should go read it . . . read article

March 16, 2012:
Lovecraft fan? Do you play GURPS? . . . read article

March 17, 2012:
The Purple Plush Tentacle is 30" long! Why did we do it? . . . read article

March 18, 2012:
I love it when bloggers and reporters contact me to request an interview about our games and toys! To help me facilitate your request, here are a few things to keep in mind: A little notice, please! - Last-minute requests will get lost in the swirling vortex of e-mail, never to be seen again . . . read article

March 19, 2012:
Actually, Granicus is a planet. A pleasant, ordinary, not-at-all-criminal planet . . . read article

March 20, 2012:
Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard and Production Manager Sam Mitschke will be attending GameStorm 14 in Vancouver, WA from March 22 to 25. They'll be on several panels (including the ever-popular "What's New at SJ Games?" panel for which Andrew has become justly infamous) and spending a lot of time running demos and maybe even showing off some playtest sets . . . read article

March 21, 2012:
Munchkin 8 – Half Horse, Will Travel is now in stock at Warehouse 23. As Customer Service, my normal interaction with a product is making sure I know enough about it to answer basic questions, and then know enough to ask others for more details . . . read article

March 22, 2012:
Back in 2009, a voice impressionist named Maurice LaMarche (Animanics, Futurama, The Critic) and Ohio resident Doug VanHorn teamed up to honor William Shatner for his birthday. Since then, several celebrities -- including Jason Alexander and Kevin Pollock -- have lent their voice talents to commemorate Captain Kirk every year on March 22, dubbed "Talk Like William Shatner Day." Want some pointers? . . . read article

March 23, 2012:
This is just a reminder that supplies are limited on most of our cool Munchkin accessories, especially our Jumbo d6 dice sets and Warehouse 23 exclusives. We don't have any plans to reprint most of them, so once the current supply is gone, they're gone for good . . . read article

March 24, 2012:
No, I'm not talking about December 21 (at least, not specifically). I'm talking about the fact that Munchkin Apocalypse is now in playtest! . . . read article

March 25, 2012:
Two long-awaited sequels debut this month! The first expansion to Zombie Dice is called Zombie Dice 2 -- Double Feature and offers three new ways to play! . . . read article

March 26, 2012:
Really, most people's worlds are fixer-uppers -- they get you where you need to go, but there's always room for tweaks or improvements. If your world doesn't give you the same thrill it used to, don't panic! . . . read article

March 27, 2012:
We got a number of comments on the Stakeholders' Report. So: responses! • We want more detail about GURPS! Read the weekly status reports that Kromm posts on his LJ here . . . read article

March 28, 2012:
You have heard of MODOK, right? Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, MODOK -- which stands for Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing (see Wikipedia) -- is an awesome Marvel villain that has left average citizens confused for years . . . read article

March 29, 2012:
That is, Ogre climbed the BoardGameGeek charts and made it up to #3 on "The Hotness" last week. What's "The Hotness?" It's a measure of interest in a game at BGG, and appearing on the list is an indication that the readers at the site are discussing and checking out the game.  And the climb couldn't have come at a better time as we get closer to sending the game to print . . . read article

March 30, 2012:
This summer, we'll release our Munchkin Skullkickers booster. Skullkickers was first published by Image Comics in 2010 and has a comedic-fantasy feel. It's a perfect fit for classic Munchkin -- you'll love this set! . . . read article

March 31, 2012:
It has been a year since we first published Munchkin Zombies, and it's a hit! Last month we actually sold more Munchkin Zombies than classic Munchkin! . . . read article

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