Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2021

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May 1, 2021:
One great thing about the GURPS On Demand series is that it shines a spotlight on GURPS titles that have been lost to the depths of time. First published over twenty years ago, in May of 2000, GURPS  Villains is one such title that has a new life as a print-on-demand book available right now as part of the GURPS On Demand series . . . read article

May 2, 2021:
We've slowly been constructing everything we need to launch a Kickstarter campaign for a new wave of Pocket Box games and supplements. We mentioned the Ogre Battlefields Pocket Box in an earlier Daily Illuminator post, but that's just one of the titles we're preparing for Kickstarter . . . read article

May 3, 2021:
The secret's out: Illuminati Confirmed is back on Kickstarter! This digital take on the classic Illuminati: New World Order card game comes from Derek Pearcy and the folks at RadioFree.net . . . read article

May 4, 2021:
GURPS fans may remember the licensed Blue Planet book we did, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far . . . Anyway . . . read article

May 5, 2021:
With the launch of Illuminati Confirmed on Kickstarter, it was only a matter of time before the head of the pyramid gave his input on the game! Steve joined Derek Pearcy, creator of Illuminati Confirmed, for an #SJGamesLive interview with Jimmie . . . read article

May 6, 2021:
This is it, gang! Later today, the Steve Jackson Games Button Pack campaign on Kickstarter comes to a close and we officially order buttons! . . . read article

May 7, 2021:
In case you missed our Kickstarter project for Hexagram 7, preorders are now open on Backerkit! Here you can also pick up previous Kickstarter releases like the 1976 Ogre Playtest Booklet and the lluminated Manuscript, as well as the currently exclusive Fantasy Trip Quick Quest #1: Tipping The Scales and the pearlized yellow Dragon & Skull Dice Pack . . . read article

May 8, 2021:
This story starts with Steve Jackson Games. My first contact with the hobby game industry was falling hard for the Illuminati: New World Order CCG (although I had also played a lot of Illuminati before then) . . . read article

May 9, 2021:
Munchkin fans and retailers – have you been in search of an easy way to introduce your friends or customers to the world of Munchkin? If you don't already have Munchkin Marked for Death – you need to pick up a copy (or two or three) today!     This 17-card pack serves double-duty! . . . read article

May 10, 2021:
After the success of last year's 2020 PDF Challenge, as well as the Pyramid Scheme campaign earlier this year, some of you have been asking when we'll take a new wave of GURPS PDFs to Kickstarter. While we're not yet ready to announce a launch date, we can confirm that we're at work on "Steve Jackson Games' GURPS 2021 PDF Challenge," which will be very similar in approach to what we did for last year's PDF challenge.  Sean, Steven, and Nikki have been pulling the strings and coordinating our efforts behind-the-scenes, getting another dozen short GURPS PDFs prepared so that later this year we can launch a new project where as little as $3 secures you up to 12 PDFs . . . read article

May 11, 2021:
With your support, we're going to add even more tools to the GM's kit with the upcoming Labyrinth Encounter Cards. This new deck of 52 cards (plus one blank) provides the Game Master with just enough inspiration to construct an encounter deep in the dungeon . . . read article

May 12, 2021:
While reviewing Warehouse 23, we noticed that the Illuminati Pocket Box Bundle is very close to shifting to the out-of-stock category. This large box is loaded with near-exact reprints of the original Illuminati game and expansions from the eighties, and it is the fastest way to add an instant collection of original Illuminati to your library . . . read article

May 13, 2021:
Sometimes you want to just play. New support for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG by Gaming Ballistic aims to let you do just that . . . read article

May 14, 2021:
Finally, after months of zero inventory, the latest reprint of the original Munchkin game landed in the warehouse and started shipping. Being out-of-stock on our evergreens always hurts, but the increased holiday sales plus factory and freight delays meant we spent the first quarter of the year with none of our core Munchkin game to sell to our many outlets . . . read article

May 15, 2021:
Over the last year, the world has experienced ocean freight issues that have driven up costs while pushing factory* to warehouse timelines out from six to seven weeks to 10+ weeks. We've been hit more than a few times with unexpected out-of-stock troubles on some key titles over the last year, and every single time we think we found a solution . . . bam . . . read article

May 16, 2021:
The Fantasy Trip has generated so much buzz that a group of fans led by user Tollenkar has created their own zine: The Fanzine Trip, live on Kickstarter now! This is a fan-made project, so while it's not licensed by us, it's received the SJ blessing, and we are happy to see how much fan support there is for the game . . . read article

May 17, 2021:
After over a year of prep work, we're closing in on the final stages of our upcoming Pocket Box campaign on Kickstarter. Unlike the 2019 Kickstarter project (you can find those titles today at Warehouse 23), this time around we're bringing a round of games that weren't originally packaged in the plastic Pocket Box . . . plus one entirely new game! . . . read article

May 18, 2021:
We published two new Munchkin games last year, Munchkin Tails and Munchkins & Mazes, and both performed far better than expected! As of this writing, we have less than 100 copies of Munchkin Tails left in our different warehouses, meaning that we almost timed the second printing perfectly . . . read article

May 19, 2021:
How is it that so much of May is already behind us? Somehow, the clock keeps moving forward faster and faster, accelerating toward whatever doomsday awaits us in the (hopefully) distant future . . . read article

May 20, 2021:
Now that we're entering the final week of the Illuminati Confirmed Kickstarter, I thought it would be a good time to really get a look at what we're getting in the project. Illuminati Confirmed has not only funded, but has reached nearly double its original funding goal! That's a huge accomplishment for Derek and the team, but they didn't just rest on their laurels; there have been a few unlocked stretch goals as well . . . read article

May 21, 2021:
Did you know that Munchkin games are even more fun when you add expansions? It's true . . . and this particular expansion is full of energy! Munchkin Enhancers takes a standard, already silly Munchkin core game and gives it a burst of energy, simply by adding 30 new cards! . . . read article

May 22, 2021:
Fireside Games is at it again, with an upgraded edition of their classic Castle Panic, now with detailed plastic minis for monsters and the castle itself! Castle Panic Deluxe is available through their new KIckstarter project, and has already funded, so if you're a fan of the game, or you just want to take the plunge into the deep end, now is the time.  We here at SJ Games are big fans of our friends (and former coworkers) over at Fireside Games, and of Castle Panic in particular. It was actually my first cooperative game ever! . . . read article

May 23, 2021:
The game industry is packed with amazing members of the community who make me question my skills and smarts, but few impress me the way John Nephew does. He's always thinking, always surprising me with his business sense and tireless work ethic, and is someone I have looked up to and respected for decades . . . read article

May 24, 2021:
T-Minus . . . a few days to go in the Illuminati Confirmed Kickstarter campaign! With the help of over 700 backers, Derek and his team have unlocked a ton of great content, including over 200 new cards, multiple factions, and campaign play . . . read article

May 25, 2021:
Gaming Ballistic is currently funding the creation of Delvers to Grow, an official expansion to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, and you're almost out of time to join in the Kickstarter campaign!  But what is Delvers to Grow? It's a set of tools to make life simpler for the GM, and it gives new players a quicker, easier way to get into the action.   "The Delvers to Grow project contains four volumes: the construction portions plus three example books . . . read article

May 26, 2021:
Looking for a conversation starter? Our Candy Heart d6 Dice Set is now available on Warehouse 23! . . . read article

May 27, 2021:
The Illuminati Confirmed Kickstarter has entered its final hours and is closing strong! This has been a very successful relaunch, from funding to unlocking so much extra content . . . read article

May 28, 2021:
Continuing the line first launched as a part of the Hexagram #6 Kickstarter campaign, this upcoming project is our chance to transport Quick Quest #2 and Quick Quest #3 from the digital world to our physical reality. The two micro-adventures introduced in this new crowdfunding campaign are: 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 . . . read article

May 29, 2021:
The Illuminati Confirmed Kickstarter has ended, meeting all stretch goals; the final total was $134,141. Congratulations, Derek! . . . read article

May 30, 2021:
This is a collection of political essays by game designer Mike Selinker (Lone Shark Games). Originally published as blog posts before the 2020 election, they draw connections between what was going on at the time and the world as gamers know it . . . read article

May 31, 2021:
Happy Memorial Day! While we're using our recently-vaccinated statuses to get summer started, we're looking ahead to the end of summer with our releases with a couple of major Munchkin releases!  Munchkin Bosses And you thought your boss was a pain . . . read article

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