Daily Illuminator Archive for May 2017

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May 1, 2017:
April brought us a shower of Munchkin and GURPS games! A fresh take on classic Munchkin, a brand-new booster, and a couple of previously hard-to-find favorites all hit shelves (or sites) this month for your gaming pleasure. Munchkin Guest Artist Edition Celebrate 15 years of Munchkin with special Guest Artist Editions! Edwin Huang, artist of Skullkickers and Street Fighter comics drew, Munchkin Skullkickers for us, and now he's illustrated a totally awesome version of Munchkin for our Guest Artist Edition line! . . . read article

May 2, 2017:
Due to the success of our recently released GURPS On Demand line, featuring eight hard-to-find books available again in print through CreateSpace, we're offering a new bundle to get RPG fans all the loot, plus more! Available until Sunday, May 7, the GURPS Reprint Bundle is a limited-time offer that includes all of the On Demand line, comprising highly regarded books that were, until now, tough to track down . . . read article

May 3, 2017:
This Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. on Facebook, we have a special treat, straight from the castle of SJ Games! Rhea will be hosting a live stream with Justin and Anne-Marie De Witt of Fireside Games, the company behind Munchkin Panic . . . read article

May 4, 2017:
Want your game store to become haunted . . . by adorable ghosts who just want to eat candy? We can help with that! . . . read article

May 5, 2017:
Foiled, curses again! Wait, I think I mixed that up . . . read article

May 6, 2017:
Called the unicorn of mollusks, the long-sought, living-giant shipworm has been corralled. The three-foot black critter in a shell, once found only as dead specimens in musty labs, may offer insight into how these bivalves evolved from eating the decaying wood of shipwrecks to surviving on a resulting hydrogen-sulfide chemical bath, much like their biological kin who live near thermal vents on the floor of the sea . . . read article

May 7, 2017:
What's hot in Warehouse 23? Look no further than our Top 10 for April! . . . read article

May 8, 2017:
Paizo, the house of Pathfinder, has been one of our constant partners-in-crime with the Munchkin Pathfinder series (which recently got an expansion in Munchkin Pathfinder 2 – Guns and Razzes). What you may not know is that they run their own gaming convention! . . . read article

May 9, 2017:
The SJ Games crew will be Dallas-bound for BGG.Con Spring! Join us May 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency DFW, booth 401, for an extended weekend of gaming!  Get ready for groovy games - the theme of the con is the '60s . . . read article

May 10, 2017:
Spring has definitely sprung here in Austin. The weather's heating up, the trees are spewing pollen everywhere, and we're starting to lock in our summer convention plans . . . read article

May 11, 2017:
The stars are right . . . to play some Munchkin Cthulhu! This weekend, May 12-14, head to your participating local game store to play Munchkin, get free swag, and maybe even win prizes.  Join us for a celebration of non-euclidean Munchkin, full of elder things, cultists, and tentacles. Stores will have bookmarks and Cthulhu-themed promo cards on hand to reward savvy investigators, and you can win even more by photographing the evidence - I mean, sharing pictures of your games! . . . read article

May 12, 2017:
We had an incredible time in our Facebook Live Q&A last Thursday, talking about Munchkin Panic with Justin and Anne-Marie from Fireside Games! We had a big audience, lots of questions, and gave away signed copies of Munchkin Panic! . . . read article

May 13, 2017:
Tom Vasel, of the Dice Tower podcast and video series of reviews and commentary, has posted a YouTube video of his "Top 10 Games from Steve Jackson Games." Tom is not a Munchkin fan, so those of you looking for other fun games to try may well find a new favorite . . . read article

May 14, 2017:
I headed out to Oklahoma last month for a few days of rest, and while there, I visited the Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley. It is a fun place to visit (I first stopped there in 2015), loaded with action figures and toys of the last fifty or so years . . . meaning that I could have easily spent several days studying every corner and display . . . read article

May 15, 2017:
What light through yonder window breaks, it is the Shakespeare, and Muertoons is the east. That doesn't make much sense, but it doesn't have to, because this September, Munchkin Shakespeare and Muertoons are hitting store shelves! . . . read article

May 16, 2017:
Ever dreamed of working at a game company? Are you in the Austin, TX area (or willing to move)? . . . read article

May 17, 2017:
SJ Games will be joining the ACD Games Day festivities May 24-26 in Madison, WI! The dynamic duo of Rhea and Randy are taking Madison by storm, showing off new and upcoming releases . . . read article

May 18, 2017:
Rhea recently grabbed a copy of the new Ghosts Love Candy card game and sat down in front of the cameras for an unboxing on Facebook Live. The game has started shipping to distributors and is in stores soon, so please take a look at this short video and then rush out to your favorite local game store to preorder a copy today . . . read article

May 19, 2017:
We released the GURPS Mars Attacks book late last year, and while the supplement has been available from Warehouse 23 and your local game shop, we have been notified that some of you couldn't buy it from Amazon.com. After repeated messages from GURPS fans about this issue, we looked into the matter and pushed for a solution from Amazon . . . read article

May 20, 2017:
Enroll at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngers and gear up for this weekend, because game stores around the country are hosting Munchkin: X-Men Edition Demo Days, May 20-21!  USAopoly is teaming up with local game stores around the country to bring you the X-Men, with demo events and free swag! Simply find a participating store, attend the demo, and get some brand-new promo loot from Munchkin: X-Men, including a new bookmark and the X-23 card . . . read article

May 21, 2017:
Our pals at Cheapass Games have a solid track record at bringing back older games in new, shiny editions via Kickstarter. Their latest crowdfunding campaign is for a new edition of one of my favorite games: Button Men . . . read article

May 22, 2017:
With Super Munchkin Guest Artist Edition right around the corner, we wanted to give fans a sneak peek of the amazing Lar DeSouza art found in the game! Of course you have new takes on the Door and Treasure cards, with classics like the Bat-Mobile, The Punster, and The Cowl . . . read article

May 23, 2017:
GURPS After the End, our "post-apocalyptic campaign-in-a-box" series, recently turned one year old, and I've been looking back at the highlights of my own ongoing "nano and nukes" campaign. The party has changed composition a bit, but always stayed weird and quasi-religious: they started as bodyguards of a Neo-Catholic bishop and are currently the entourage for a superstar singer who preaches the Gospel of Rock . . . read article

May 24, 2017:
Guy and I are on our way to Seattle for PaizoCon, May 26-29! Four days of tabletop gaming, with a focus on Paizo's awesome Pathfinder RPG, await us . . . read article

May 25, 2017:
Fun in the sun is nice, but if you're a gamer, BGG Spring 2017 is where you should be spending Memorial Day weekend! We'll be there, with games and swag galore, for four solid days of gaming, May 26-29.  The convention has sold out, but if you are lucky enough to be attending, stop by booth 401 to demo recently released Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game and upcoming releases like Ghosts Love Candy and Port Royal! Plus, we'll be giving out a ton of promo swag just for stopping by, so make sure to come see us! . . . read article

May 26, 2017:
When you play Ghosts Love Candy, it's Halloween, and you're an adorable specter floating through the neighborhood in search of your favorite sweet treats. Choose the right trick-or-treaters to haunt for their candy - lollipops, chocolate, candy corn, and more - but be careful not to scare the kids off! . . . read article

May 27, 2017:
I'll be out of the office the first third of June, visiting our factories in China and getting a close look at the status of: Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game - We have seen the tooling samples, and now the game is moving into final production. Over 5 pounds of GURPS roleplaying-game goodness in a single box! Munchkin Shakespeare - The plastic pawns are in tooling, the rest of the game is in production, and I may get a chance to meet the sculptor who worked on the game pawns. Ogre Miniatures Set One - Tooling is still being tweaked, but I may get to see the steel molds as they currently stand . . . read article

May 28, 2017:
This law seems so silly that I did a bit of homework just to make sure I wasn't falling for fake news. But it seems to be the real thing . . . read article

May 29, 2017:
While you are enjoying an extended weekend, the SJ Games team is all over the place, attending three different conventions! I mean, we're playing games, but sometimes, that's hard work! . . . read article

May 30, 2017:
I hear those sleigh bells ringing! Sure, it's May, but do you expect Santa to be on vacation for 11 full months? . . . read article

May 31, 2017:
One of our goals is to keep the best-selling games in our catalogs always available. We hate when we watch as aftermarket prices spike (much less skyrocket) over the suggested retail price, so, where possible, we reprint games to be sure you're getting them without chasing them down on eBay . . . read article

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