Daily Illuminator Archive for January 2015

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January 1, 2015:
You are instructed to have a good new year . . . read article

January 2, 2015:
The new edition of D&D has been an interesting journey for me. I've had a long on-again-off-again love affair with D&D; it's one of the games that's made a real, lasting impact on my life, but there have been plenty of times when I've made a conscious break from the game in order to pursue things that were more to my tastes . . . read article

January 3, 2015:
Wild West marshals and outlaws, Colonial Africa big-game hunters, and Victorian and Edwardian detectives all have one thing in common: They need weapons to get their jobs done. To outfit intrepid adventures of the mid-19th through early 20th centuries accurately, turn to GURPS High-Tech: Adventure Guns . . . read article

January 4, 2015:
All game designs start somewhere, with an initial constraint that drives the beginning of development. Sometimes, you think of a mechanic with a strong hook and build around that . . . read article

January 5, 2015:
No, it's not the name of a game or a dance. Skanky Panky is a fun track from Canadian DJ Kid Koala (Wikipedia entry) and my very first introduction to the song was on a compilation album, Revive the Soul . . . read article

January 6, 2015:
From where I sit, 2015 looks like it could be a great year for GURPS! We streamlined our internal approval processes for new products and for art, and we're finally out from beneath the treads of Ogre . . . read article

January 7, 2015:
Not long ago, we did the Steve Jackson Games Super Secret Show, a 7+ hour livestream full of interviews, play sessions, and Q&A with our staff. If you didn't catch it while it was running, the whole thing is on YouTube . . . read article

January 8, 2015:
We at Steve Jackson Games love conventions! They're a great opportunity for us to get out there and meet you, the fans, and play games with you . . . read article

January 9, 2015:
At PAX Australia last fall, I had the pleasure of talking to many lovely people about Munchkin, SJ Games, and gaming in general. Among the people I got to speak with were the chaps from The Dice Man Cometh, and they've posted the podcast where we talked . . . read article

January 10, 2015:
I'm a little late to the party, but I tried Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft over the break and now I'm totally addicted to it. I've always been one of those people who likes the idea of collectable card games but has had trouble getting into one for some reason or another . . . read article

January 11, 2015:
GeekMom did an article on Board Games for Newbs, and she mentioned three of our games: Dino Hunt Dice, Zombie Dice, and Castellan . . . read article

January 12, 2015:
We've got some great conventions and events we're going to be showing up at over the next couple of months! PAX South is from January 22-26 . . . read article

January 13, 2015:
The Munchkin comic from BOOM! Studios went on sale last week . . . read article

January 14, 2015:
If you're going to be in New Jersey on February 12, have I got a treat for you! Steve Jackson, our fearless leader, will be visiting three New Jersey stores on the 12th, and if you stop in you might be able to say hi and get some stuff signed! . . . read article

January 15, 2015:
Need someone to take the blame when you stab your buddy in the back? Look no further! . . . read article

January 16, 2015:
GURPS makes it easy to craft awesome abilities and design the character of your imagination. But sometimes you need a little more assistance to get your hero just right . . . read article

January 17, 2015:
In Steve's report last year (posted here), he inserted a single line that has my mind spinning: "Yes, that means that Phil will write the report for 2014."  If you've never read Steve's annual report, you've been missing out. Since the first report in 2004 (read it here), Steve has shared a huge amount of information and insight into the company with all of us . . . read article

January 18, 2015:
If you've never played the 2005 edition of Fury of Dracula then you have been missing a wonderful game. One player is Dracula, the Vampire; the other players chase him across Europe, trying to locate and destroy the Vampire before he wins the game . . . read article

January 19, 2015:
PAX South is right in our back yard, so how could we not show up? I'm sure plenty of you will be there too . . . read article

January 20, 2015:
Did you miss the Munchkin Tavern at Gen Con last year and the year before? Well, now there's a way for you to at least get some of the swag that was available at the Tavern . . . read article

January 21, 2015:
Like a stranger without a name or a past, the current issue of Pyramid rides into town, looking to keep folks safe from less-than-fun gaming. Behold, a legend is born, and it is called Pyramid #3/74: Wild West! . . . read article

January 22, 2015:
Steve Jackson Games regrets to announce that we will not be hosting a Munchkin Tavern at Origins or Gen Con in 2015. We have learned a lot from running the Tavern events the past two years and are looking forward to carrying those lessons into future Munchkin events, like Munchkin World NYC! . . . read article

January 23, 2015:
John Hill, creator of Squad Leader, died last week. Squad Leader was one of the cornerstones of modern wargaming, and it deserves to be on the table at every game convention. I did not know John as well as I'd liked to, so I'll yield the floor to Gerald Swick at the Armchair General . . . read article

January 24, 2015:
Later this month I'll be in Europe for the Nuremberg Toy Fair. I'm meeting our printer rep, David Blanchard with GPI, in Prague and then traveling to Nuremberg for the show . . . read article

January 25, 2015:
I should have gone to ComicCon last year . . . this was one of the exclusive giveaways. So if anybody out there picked it up, and now would rather have some games, we can talk ! . . . read article

January 26, 2015:
A reminder that on February 12 (a few short weeks from now!), Steve Jackson will be visiting three New Jersey stores. Stop on by! 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Elite Battlegrounds. 299 Rt. 22 East, Green Brook , NJ 08812. 6:00-7:30 p.m.: The Only Game In Town. 211 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876. 8:00-9:30 p.m.: The Fallout Shelter Comics, Games, and Collectibles. 320 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904 . . . read article

January 27, 2015:
If you're interested in the Munchkin comic from Boom!, but are not sure yet whether or not it's for you, this article from CBR is a good place to get some information on what to expect inside . . . read article

January 28, 2015:
We are very pleased to announce that the first issue of the Munchkin comic book, published by Boom! Studios, is on comic shelves today . . . read article

January 29, 2015:
Remember that Munchkin t-shirt design contest from welovefine? Well, the winners have been posted, and boy are they great! . . . read article

January 30, 2015:
I arrived in Prague Tuesday afternoon, exhausted and excited and ready for anything. After reaching the hotel I met with our printer rep from Grand Prix, David, and immediately set out to explore the city as we talked shop . . . read article

January 31, 2015:
Look what was spotted in the wild! We've talked a bit in the past about why it's important for Munchkin, Zombie Dice, and our other games to appear in big retail stores: big stores means a bigger audience, and a bigger audience leads to more new stuff from us . . . read article

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