Daily Illuminator Archive for November 2018

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November 1, 2018:
GURPS players, we're happy to announce that both GURPS Spaceships and How to Be a GURPS GM are on our reprint schedule and being offered to your friendly local game store before the end of the year. These are two of the more in-demand titles, and we're fortunate enough that demand has grown to the point that we can offer both books to our distribution partners . . . read article

November 2, 2018:
The Kickstarter for Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius is chugging along! It funded in less than an hour and is blowing through stretch goals! . . . read article

November 3, 2018:
If you supported Munchkin Unicorns and Friends on Kickstarter earlier this year, you'll be happy to hear that the expansion is now officially on the water and set to reach our fulfillment partner's warehouse around November 12. Once it arrives, the Kickstarter rewards (as well as BackerKit preorders) will be processed as quickly as possible; project supporters should start seeing rewards in December! . . . read article

November 4, 2018:
I'm betting that if you're reading this, you like playing games. You're probably aware that cooperative games are a fast-growing segment of the tabletop gaming industry (although, in fairness, roleplaying games have been cooperative since the very first RPGs hit the market 40-plus years ago) . . . read article

November 5, 2018:
We'll be releasing Munchkin Party Pack later this month, but it's not too late to tell your game store that you want a copy! We've made a preorder form that you can download, fill out, and take to the store so you don't have to rely on their memory . . . read article

November 6, 2018:
We got a great Halloween surprise. Check out this video from Pirates Parley . . . read article

November 7, 2018:
Not only will you have a chance to meet and play games with the likes of Steve Jackson, Phil Reed, and John Kovalic at Gamehole Con this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, but Brett Myers, the designer of our brand-new game Blob Lobber (as well as our classic title Nanuk), will also be around . . . read article

November 8, 2018:
After one week on Kickstarter, the Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius project has already unlocked over a dozen stretch goals, adding a new Kill-O-Meter, two new level counters, and more than 30 more cards to the set . . . and we still have almost two weeks before the project closes! If you've not yet joined in to help make this new Munchkin Steampunk expansion a reality, please check out the project today, before it's too late and you miss out on the excitement . . . read article

November 9, 2018:
This year, we've taken steps to improve our use of Kickstarter. We're constantly learning -- and experimenting! -- and we've managed enough projects this year that it's time for a brief status report on each . . . read article

November 10, 2018:
If you missed Hall of Judgment – the first third-party supplement for the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game – during its successful Kickstarter, the full-color softcover is now available from Warehouse 23 (joining the already available PDF). Announced on April 1, 2018, Hall of Judgment was greeted with whispers of anticipation alongside concerns that SJG was teasing folks with a sure-to-be-a-joke offer of third-party support . . . read article

November 11, 2018:
This is not a humblebrag. This is an actual brag . . . read article

November 12, 2018:
Hello, Munchkin fans! It's that time when I talk to y'all about what's going on here in scenic Munchkin Valley . . . read article

November 13, 2018:
I can't imagine that anyone reading this blog hasn't already heard, but we lost Stan Lee yesterday, at the age of 95. His legacy is complex, and includes mistakes early in his career that have been discussed at length . . . read article

November 14, 2018:
GURPS games can always benefit from an infusion of new ideas and tools. That's one of the joys of the GURPS library! . . . read article

November 15, 2018:
We're down to the final week of the Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius project on Kickstarter, with the campaign set to close successfully on November 21 at 5 p.m. Austin time . . . read article

November 16, 2018:
For over two decades, we've updated the Daily Illuminator with news, random bits of weirdness, and general wackiness, bringing discoveries and information to everyone day after day. We continue to share the latest news here, but there's another channel of info direct from Steve Jackson Games that you may have been missing out on: our Facebook page! . . . read article

November 17, 2018:
Maybe they've used too much finesse, maybe not enough, but it's hard to tell what Vi Hart and Nicky Case are driving at. Do they inform you the perils of racism? . . . read article

November 18, 2018:
NASA announced on October 30 that the Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel, ending a scientific mission that began in March 2009 and gained new life in 2014 after its primary mission ended because of mechanical failure. Kepler discovered well over 2,000 confirmed exoplanets, with almost 3,000 more candidates still being evaluated . . . read article

November 19, 2018:
It started here, and it's led me here.   Through high school and college, two boardgames dominated my play: Cosmic Encounters and Illuminati. Sure, there was the usual roleplaying (D&D, Hero System, Paranoia), but I spent a lot of time attacking to control in lieu of classes . . . read article

November 20, 2018:
Old and busted: Everybody's played with cats and laser pointers. The new hotness (??): I have read reports online that jumping spiders (!!) can also see laser dots . . . red works, green is better . . . and will try to chase them . . . read article

November 21, 2018:
This is the day, gang! There is dancing in the streets at Illuminati World Headquarters . . . read article

November 22, 2018:
As part of the highly-successful Kickstarter project for The Fantasy Trip, we've been working with our partners at GPI to design a new plastic Pocket Box. If you've followed Steve Jackson Games since the eighties, you remember the classic Pocket Box games. Car Wars . . . read article

November 23, 2018:
It's the biggest sale of the year: Our Warehouse 23 Hauliday Sale! What's that, you say? . . . read article

November 24, 2018:
Everyone's seen ghost towns on television, but what are they really like? Peter Ling has more than a couple of answers for you and a few photos to go with them . . . read article

November 25, 2018:
The new edition of the London Reader is Drama & Dragons: Stories about games and growing up. It's a collection of fiction, poetry, interviews, and art that reflects on the effect that RPGs and other fantasy games have had on our lives, stories, and culture. I wrote one of the introductions, and I think this issue is something that many of you will enjoy . . . read article

November 26, 2018:
Release events for the new expansion to the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, Grave Danger, will be November 30 - December 2, 2018. More fun than a barrel of mummies!! . . . read article

November 27, 2018:
I recently took time to create a couple of card decks for use with most fantasy roleplaying games, offering up both designs as Kickstarter projects. The two projects closed successfully (in August and September), and over the last month, more than 1,000 card decks were mailed to project supporters . . . read article

November 28, 2018:
Good news, Munchkin party animals! Our Atlanta warehouse started shipping Munchkin Party Pack to distributors a couple of weeks ago, and it started appearing on store shelves this week . . . read article

November 29, 2018:
We think that we had some Origins nominations in 1984, for best games of 1983 . . . but nobody knows what products were nominated that year. It seems to be completely lost information . . . read article

November 30, 2018:
We have one last crowdfunding campaign planned for 2018: Ogre Battlefields is coming to Kickstarter next month! Steve, Drew, Gabby, and Brandon have been hard at work finalizing the project, and we expect it to launch in early December (next week!). Ogre Battlefields is a boxed expansion for use with the Ogre Designer's Edition and Ogre Sixth Edition, and your support on Kickstarter will pack the box with new counters, more game scenarios, and reprints of classic Ogre gameboards that have never been produced in the Ogre Sixth Edition scale . . . read article

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