Daily Illuminator Archive for October 2019

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October 1, 2019:
The Norðlond Sagas campaign expands the growing "Norðlond" setting – a Norse-inspired world playable with the material in the Dungeon Fantasy RPG boxed set.   Three books are included in the campaign pledge; a fourth new book is available as an add-on. There are two setting/campaign books (The Dragons of Rosgarth and Forest's End) and a 16-page supplement of character options (Norðlondr Fólk, detailing the races of Norðlond) as part of the pledge levels . . . read article

October 2, 2019:
The first two issues of our Fantasy Trip zine were a success, and a lot of fun, so we're doing it again. Soon . . . read article

October 3, 2019:
We had a wonderful summer visiting stores from Austin to Columbus, along the path to Origins, then up through the Michigan Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and down to Indy for Gen Con. Spyke met many new friends and we were able to get some constructive feedback from many store owners . . . read article

October 4, 2019:
We're running a bit of an experiment with BackerKit and you're invited to join in to help us test this new system! We've opened a dice preorder page where we're offering several new dice designs, including some that are not scheduled for distribution release . . . read article

October 5, 2019:
Hello, Fellow Gamers! I'm GloryHoundd, and I've been part of the Steve Jackson Games demonstration team since 2014 . . . read article

October 6, 2019:
We recently announced the estimated Kickstarter cost for the Car Wars Sixth Edition game, and some of you expressed concern over the price. Boxes loaded with cards, tokens, custom dashboards, several dice, and large miniatures are not inexpensive, and we recognize that some of you may not have the allowance to get in on the campaign at the four-player core box level . . . read article

October 7, 2019:
We announce our upcoming titles to distributors and retailers four months ahead of their projected release date. This is for a couple of reasons: One, so distributors can get the buzz out, which lets them then make arrangements to preorder the titles . . . read article

October 8, 2019:
As we have discussed a few times now, we're letting some Munchkin games go out of print, either temporarily or permanently, in order to focus our efforts on bringing newer titles to market and keeping the true evergreens available. Over the next few months, Munchkin Apocalypse, Munchkin Booty, and Munchkin Fu may start to become harder to find on the shelves of your friendly local game store . . . read article

October 9, 2019:
This great little beer & pretzels game by Tom Jolly goes all the way back to 1983. I am happy to report that – • It's still fun, and • We have bought the rights to do a new edition! . . . read article

October 10, 2019:
Our reprint of Deadly Doodles is at the factory and expected to reach our primary warehouse the first week of December. The game has done well since it was released at Gen Con, and we're doing what we can to bring more in before the holidays . . . read article

October 11, 2019:
This is it, the last chance to support the Deadly Doodles 2 campaign on Kickstarter and make this project as big as it can be! Project backers have already unlocked all of the new maps, as well as a pack of dice that will be included at no charge in all reward levels of $25 and higher, and there's still time to add a promo card and more dice to the campaign.  Next week, after we return from the weekend, we'll take the last steps necessary to complete the project and submit all of the files to the printer. Deadly Doodles 2 is coming in 2020, and all thanks to the support of our Kickstarter backers . . . read article

October 12, 2019:
It's the spooky time of year, and that makes it the perfect occasion to roll the Halloween d6 Dice Set on your next game night. Use these 19mm Halloween-themed dice in any game that requires six-sided dice, from your next GURPS Horror session or game of The Fantasy Trip to such classics as Yahtzee! . . . read article

October 13, 2019:
In addition to the Car Wars Sixth Edition core rules, the upcoming Kickstarter campaign will also offer miniatures packs that bring even more weapons and gear to the game than you will find in the core rules alone. At the project launch, we'll offer two different packs – three miniatures in each – and stretch goals will expand those to four cars each (as well as unlock entirely new packs).  The packs include: Car miniatures. These range in size from 64mm to 74mm, and are pre-assembled and ready-to-play . . . read article

October 14, 2019:
This is a pair of 24" x 24" playmats for The Fantasy Trip (or GURPS, or any other game that uses hexagons). They represent a naturally formed underground labyrinth . . . read article

October 15, 2019:
We've added something new to our BackerKit dice preorder campaign: 19mm rainbow Illuminati dice! The factory is wrapping up the production of these nice dice, and the timing worked out well enough that we're able to include these in the ongoing preorder campaign . . . read article

October 16, 2019:
Thanks to our amazing Kickstarter backers, we had a successful Deadly Doodles 2 campaign. Our Kickstarter backers will be receiving 12 double-sided dry-erase boards with a total of six different maps, enough for four players . . . read article

October 17, 2019:
Our dice preorder store is open until October 31, and today we want to direct your attention to the rainbow Munchkin dice available there . . . in two different sizes! . . . read article

October 18, 2019:
In Car Wars Sixth Edition, you will need to construct a car before you're ready to enter the arena. Each car in the game is designed using Build Points (BP), an abstract measurement that suggests the relative power of the selected weapon, accessory, or upgrade card . . . read article

October 19, 2019:
I mean, of course, ebooks for an e-reader; this is 2019. The folks at Standard Ebooks have taken public-domain works, often previously available only in barely formatted text, and turned them into attractive ebooks for all the popular e-readers out there . . . read article

October 20, 2019:
There are so many reasons to visit us at Spiel in Essen Germany Oct. 24-27. Deadly Doodles? Check. Car Wars demos every afternoon at 4 pm? . . . read article

October 21, 2019:
As part of our ongoing dice preorder store at BackerKit, we're offering a new D12/D3 for use with The Fantasy Trip (as well as other roleplaying games). If your table or chart calls for a d12 roll, this die will get the job done . . . at the exact same time that it serves as a three-sided die . . . read article

October 22, 2019:
You liked the first two issues of Hexagram . . . and we had a lot of fun doing them . . . so here comes #3! Contents will include a lot of mysterious and/or magic items, "Beyond the D6," the results of the Postcard Contest with the three winning adventures, "What Do You Mean, I Can't Defend?", errata for the Legacy Edition, and more . . . read article

October 23, 2019:
We're headed to Spiel in Essen, Germany, October 24-27 – with a couple hundred thousand other people – to see the best and newest in gaming. We'll have a small supply of Deadly Doodles for sale, and we'll be dungeon-delving all weekend (and giving out promo cards while supplies last) . . . read article

October 24, 2019:
It has been a busy month in Munchkin Land! Taking My Show on the Road Conventions are nothing new for me, but going back to college . . . that was unexpected . . . read article

October 25, 2019:
As a Kickstarter campaign, it is important that we have stretch goals for the Car Wars Sixth Edition game, yes? We know that one of the best parts of following a crowdfunding campaign is watching the stretch goals fall, so it would be wrong of us not to have an arsenal of them waiting in the garage, ready for the Black Friday launch of the Car Wars Sixth Edition game on Kickstarter . . . read article

October 26, 2019:
On October 8, I drove over to Texas A&M University to talk to two of Dr. Daniil Leiderman's classes, on "Intro to Game Design" and "History of Gaming." For History of Gaming, I gave a high-level overview of the history of SJ Games itself (eliciting a very satisfying gasp from a couple of students when I talked about March 1, 1990) . . . read article

October 27, 2019:
Included in our dice preorder store at BackerKit (hurry, the store closes on Thursday!) are these 19mm rocketship six-sided dice that are ready for out-of-this-world adventure! If your GURPS Space campaigns tend toward the pulp rocket era, these dice – as well as the raygun and robot dice that are also offered in the store – will make a great companion on your next adventure . . . read article

October 28, 2019:
Can anybody supply us with a mailing address, or even email, for Bungie – preferably their business office? We owe them a small royalty check, and we kind of like to pay our debts . . . and mail to their last known address has been bouncing . . . read article

October 29, 2019:
Sam and Randy took their shot at the rulebook. Then Gabby and Steve had a crack . . . read article

October 30, 2019:
This is the day, gang! Our new Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar game is now officially in stores! . . . read article

October 31, 2019:
Dice fans, we have two sets of Illuminati-themed eye-in-the-pyramid dice available today at Warehouse 23, both of which are ready to help you take control of the world . . . or to at least be there for you during your next game session with friends. We have a set of six 16mm dice as well as a set of six 19mm dice, both in-stock and perfect for your always-growing dice collection . . . read article

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