Daily Illuminator Archive for September 2020

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September 1, 2020:
With the successful close of the Hexagram #5/Ardonirane Kickstarter campaign last month, we now have several new titles for The Fantasy Trip listed for pre-order on Warehouse 23. If you missed out on the project, then now's your chance to get your order in and be one of the first to receive these latest releases for Steve's first roleplaying game! Hexagram #5 Ardonirane Skarg's Tavern Playmat The Fantasy Trip Dice Bag The Infinite Arena Dungeon Encounter Dice These are only some of the latest releases for The Fantasy Trip . . . read article

September 2, 2020:
Designed by Samuel Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann, the Random Fun Generator is a book collecting over twenty new dice games that -- we know from experience! -- may be played through video chat. How do we know this? . . . read article

September 3, 2020:
Kickstarter fulfillment. (Specifically, the international side of our Kickstarter fulfillment.) . . . read article

September 4, 2020:
Wow. At this rate I would need a whole blog just to tell you about great gaming Kickstarters . . . read article

September 5, 2020:
While recently exploring newspaper archives, I ran across this ad block for Craft King in Arlington, Texas . . . from close to four decades ago! . . . read article

September 6, 2020:
We are considering the creation of miniature walls and floors to fit the standard 1.5" Fantasy Trip hexagons. Walls would be around 2.25" tall (a size chosen to make it easy to reach in and move a figure) . . . read article

September 7, 2020:
Would you like to receive information on new games, special events, and important news? Subscribe to our newsletter and you will start receiving a few emails every month where we highlight the latest games and expansions, and (at times) direct you to our crowdfunding campaigns. The newsletter is just one way to stay in touch with us . . . read article

September 8, 2020:
Last month I spoke with John Godek of Presenting, and the podcast is now up here. We talked about matters ludic, the way the industry has changed over my 40 years in harness, and what might be new and upcoming . . . read article

September 9, 2020:
It has been one decade since Steve's Zombie Dice game was first published, and in that time we have sold hundreds of thousands of copies of the game! Looking back at our records, the sixth printing alone was 175,000 units . . . read article

September 10, 2020:
You can never have enough dice. It's a scientific fact! . . . read article

September 11, 2020:
In 2012 (eight years ago? it doesn't seem that long!), we partnered with our friends Jim Zub and Edwin Huang on a Munchkin mini-expansion based on their amazing comic book, Skullkickers. (Did you miss it? . . . read article

September 12, 2020:
As I work (so long as I'm not on calls), I keep instrumental music running at almost all times. Whether playing through headphones, the computer, the network of five Echo speakers that fill the house, or a turntable that sits a few feet from me at home, a steady stream of background music is an important part of my work process . . . read article

September 13, 2020:
A few days less than a month, actually! FnordCon 2.3, a one-day virtual event, will be Saturday, October 10 . . . read article

September 14, 2020:
Election Day in the United States this year is November 3. But that doesn't mean you should vote then, unless you really enjoy standing in a mask all day, six feet from everyone else who also waited for that Tuesday to vote in person . . . read article

September 15, 2020:
It's on grognardia.blogspot.com.   My, that's a SHORT Illuminator. So here's a question he did NOT ask me:   ***   Why shouldn't you put a duck in the blender?   *** You'll just get beaten down.   *** There . . . read article

September 16, 2020:
Start off 2021 with some magic in your games with these two enchanting releases! Deluxe Dice Bag: Happy Faeries Make each dice roll magic!  Carry your dice in style using this large, satin-lined dice bag! Featuring custom art that perfectly accents any tabletop game, this whimsical dice bag with a silver lining will bring you luck at next game night . . . read article

September 17, 2020:
Early next month, we will launch our next Kickstarter campaign and, with your support, move our new book of dice games into the printing stage of the process. Random Fun Generator is a 76-page 7" x 10" book packed with over 20 dice games, all of which were designed by Samuel Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann, and illustrated by Len Peralta. The games in this book lend themselves perfectly to playing through video chat with your friends . . . read article

September 18, 2020:
It's the fall, when all the kids are back in school and workers are busy having meetings to prepare for the holiday season . . . Ha ha ha, I'm kidding, of course! . . . read article

September 19, 2020:
Like many people out there, I live alone. I haven't had an actual in-person tabletop game in almost six months, and it's driving me a bit bonkers . . . read article

September 20, 2020:
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

September 21, 2020:
This counter set features the work of Christopher Eisert. It's currently active on Kickstarter . . . read article

September 22, 2020:
Two of the project stretch goals for the first issue of Hexagram added mico-labyrinths to the zine. These postcard-sized dungeons generated a noticable amount of chatter and excitement with the project supporters, so we took the idea one more step by running a contest.  The Fantasy Trip 2019 Postcard Contest was released in PDF earlier this year (free download!), but there were many of you who asked: can we get this in print? . . . read article

September 23, 2020:
Warm up this winter with a sleigh-full of reprints, from classics like Munchkin and Zombie Dice to newer dice sets and expansions! Kitten d6 Dice Set Make a-meow-zing rolls!   Featuring the adorable artwork of Katie Cook, this set of twelve 16mm six-sided dice brings mischievous kittens to your favorite game! Just be careful when you take these cute kitty and paw print dice to your next gaming session; the other cat fanatics at the table may try to knock the dice to the floor and keep them for themselves!   Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe Screw Your Courage To The Sticking Place . . .   Take in hand thine blade! . . . read article

September 24, 2020:
We ship several containers each year, moving completed games from the GPI factories in China to our primary warehouse, the PSI offices in Georgia. Each time, we juggle the container load to bring in a mix of completely new titles and necessary reprints, all in an attempt to keep our inventory levels right-sized and appropriate to our immediate needs . . . read article

September 25, 2020:
Our GURPS print-on-demand reprints continue with two more titles, GURPS Old West and GURPS Space. These two books join the dozens of others that have been released through Amazon's print-on-demand services, making it easier than ever to add out-of-print GURPS books to your gaming library . . . read article

September 26, 2020:
But not every time. Here's a fun email we got recently from Mark Crabtree about his wife, Jamie's, trouble in a recent Munchkin game, complete with a picture: Wasn't sure where to actually send this but thought someone official should see this . . . read article

September 27, 2020:
As a part of preparing for FnordCon next month (a free online event; info here!), we have been reviewing the existing Pocket Box inventory and determining exactly which of the existing Pocket Box games and accessories we can open for sale on Warehouse 23. Car Wars. Ogre. Illuminati. We don't have an exact list ready yet, but we will be set the Friday before FnordCon and list what we can on Warehouse 23 . . . read article

September 28, 2020:
Earlier this year, Steve completed work on The Zodiac Die, a 30mm d12 that features zodiac symbols on all twelve sides. There's a lot more to the die, though, than simply the chance to determine random zodiac signs: there's also a booklet packed with the die! The Zodiac Die includes a 16-page booklet, written by Steve Jackson, that shows how to use the Zodiac Die to create personalities for your roleplaying characters . . . read article

September 29, 2020:
Ogre players, we're starting to run low on three different titles that are not slated for a reprint in 2021. If you've been thinking "I'll pick that up later," we're approaching a time when Warehouse 23 will be completely out-of-stock and you'll be forced into paying whatever after-market prices others sellers choose to charge for these items . . . read article

September 30, 2020:
We have so many things to pack into our one day of FnordCon on October 10, and you should visit our schedule page to see all of our activities. Some highlights include: Seminars with Steve Jackson, Phil Reed, Guest of Honor Liz Danforth, Munchkin Dungeon designer Eric Lang, and other staff members and guests! . . . read article

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