Rhea and Randy hit up the midwest with ACD Games Day in Madison, WI. They gave retailers and distributors their first look at some of our upcoming games, and featured a lot of our new releases, like Ghosts Love Candy and Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game. Plus, it's in Madison, the home of John Kovalic, so of course he made an appearance!
The Texas contingent stayed closer to home at BGG.Spring, an extension of fall's BGG.con. It's a very fun convention with a cozy atmosphere, and a metric ton of games to play. The BoardGameGeek game library is meticulously curated, and having access to it for four straight days is an absolute treat. We had a chance to preview the upcoming Port Royal, full of ships, gold, and pushing your luck! If you can manage it, I highly recommend BGG.Spring next year. Having rooms available 24 hours a day, plus a ton of games to check out, is a combination for an amazing holiday weekend.
Guy and I had the pleasure of attending our first PaizoCon in Seattle, WA. Paizo makes Pathfinder RPG, and are long-time friends of ours. When they asked us to come out and teach Munchkin Pathfinder, it was a no-brainer! Our delightful Seattle MIBs helped us host an entire room of SJ Games, including a jumbo-sized version of Munchkin Pathfinder that Guy created. We even had a signing by Shane White, illustrator of Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition, Truly Gobnoxious, and the upcoming Pathfinder 2. Not only did he sign some Cannon Fodder and Unholy Cow promos, he also drew unique Munchkin Sketch Edition cards for each signee! Many grateful fans walked away with a one-of-a-kind card to add to their Munchkin set. Thanks so much, Shane!
I don't recall another weekend this packed with events, but who needs rest anyway? There are games to be played! Hopefully you had a great holiday, full of friends and games. And if you attended any of these shows, thanks for stopping by!
– Hunter Shelburne
Warehouse 23 News: The Ghosts Are Out Of The Bag!
It applies highly onerous requirements, and harsh penalties, to any dealer selling autographed items in or from California. It appears to have grown out of a concern over counterfeit sports memorabilia, and been drafted by an amateur lawmaker who never heard the word "playtest."
The law does not mention games, but it clearly applies to game dealers; it applies to everything autographed and worth $5 or more. Needless to say, it has bookstores upset. One local book chain has filed suit to overturn the law. Here's the Consumerist article.
Those of you who live in California might want to write to your representative in the Assembly. Those of you who do business in California, or who attend shows in California – be aware!
If you know more about this, please discuss in the forum thread (see below).
– Steve Jackson
Warehouse 23 News: Double Down On Munchkin!
- 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. I am not sure if I'll get a look at the current CAD work on Set Two, but we do know that project is reaching a point where we can start building the Kickstarter plan to bring those new minis to life.
As a personal gift, I have also scheduled two solid days for myself in Hong Kong to enjoy the city. I may take the ferry to Macau one day - Macau was once a toy manufacturing center, and the chance to set foot on the land where toys like the Marchon Road Bots (cheap transforming robot toys of the eighties) and millions of Matchbox toy cars were made cannot be missed - and I am certain at least one afternoon will be lost to toy shopping. Hey, after long days of travel and factory visits, I deserve some me time, right?
– Phil Reed
Warehouse 23 News: An Expansion For Chess??
If that sounds like fun to you, you're in luck. This June, Steve Jackson Games and nearly 200 game stores around the United States and Canada will host a #GhostsLoveCandy Game Day in June! Most events will be held the weekend of June 16, but call your local store ahead of time to confirm the exact date and time of their ghostly gathering.
Each event will feature demos of the game, plus promo cards and promo finger puppets. And don't forget, while you're trying out the game, post photos to social media with #GhostsLoveCandy. Tag @SJGames on Twitter and Facebook, and @SteveJacksonGames on Instagram, and you'll be automatically entered to win prizes. Tag your store in the post, too, so the store will be entered to win a separate retailer prize.
Want to check out the game before the event? Watch our live unboxing and how-to-play videos to get the inside scoop.
Here are the event locations. Happy haunting!
Comic Encounters - Terrace
K-Max Games & Videos - Quesnel
A Muse N Games - Winnipeg
Thunder Games & Gifts - Thunder Bay
Twice The Fun Games - Kemptville
Comic Readers (Downtown) - Regina
Bud's Place Games and Comics - Leeds
Game Time Hobbies - Opelika
Haven: Comics Etc. - Madison
Quality Collectibles - Jasper
Bosco's - Anchorage
Gamer Utopia - Rogers
Imagine! Hobbies and Games - Sherwood
Game Depot Arizona - Tempe
Isle of Games - Tucson
All Ways Gaming - Chatsworth
B & E Games - San Jose
Davis Cards & Games - Davis
Empire Collectibles Comic Books & Games - San Diego
Game Empire - San Diego
Gator Games & Hobby - San Mateo
Green Tower Games - Santa Clarita
North Coast Role Playing - Eureka
Ottos Video Games and More - Bakersfield
Pair A Dice Games - Vista
Paladin's Game Castle - Bakersfield
Paper Hero's Games - Sherman Oaks
Shuffle and Cut Games - La Habra
So Cal Games and Comics - Temecula
The Game Chest - Mission Viejo
The War House - Long Beach
Game Kastle Santa Clara - Santa Clara
Comic Cult Torrance - Torrance
Black & Read Inc. - Arvada
Digital Dungeon - Greeley
Shep's Games - Aurora
Total Escape Games - Broomfield
Time Machine Hobby LLC. - Manchester
Arena Comics and Gaming - Panama City
Dark Side Comics - Sarasota
Gods & Monsters - Orlando
Heroes Landing Comic Shop - Clermont
Kitchen Table Games - St. Petersburg
Dogs of War Gaming - Palm Bay
Coliseum of Comics - Orlando
Meeple Madness - Flowery Branch
Tyche's Games - Athens
Other Realms Ltd The Comic & Game Specialist - Honolulu
All About Games Downtown - Boise
Safari Pearl - Moscow
Amazing Fantasy Comics and Games - Frankfort
Castle Perilous Games & Books - Carbondale
Off On The Square - Jacksonville
The Paper Escape - Dixon
Top Cut Comics - Rockford
Dizzy Dugout - Collinsville
HobbyTown USA Orland Park - Orland Park
Comic Quest Inc. - Evansville
GameQuest - Fort Wayne
Empire Comics - New Albany
Hometown Comics and Games - Greenfield
JustForFun - Peoria
Merlin's Beard - Lafayette
Reader Copies - Anderson
Saltire Games - Indianapolis
The Sage's Shoppe - West Lafayette
The Traveling Gamer - Walkerton
Acme Comics & Collectibles - Sioux City
Critical Hit Games - Iowa City
Geek City Games and Comics - North Liberty
Mayhem Comics Des Moines - Clive
Game Nut Entertainment Iowa St - Lawrence
Game Nut Entertainment Massachusetts St - Lawrence
Hometown Games - Lawrence
TableTop Game & Hobby - Overland Park
BluegrassMagic Gameshop - Louisville
Cafe Meeples - Richmond
Comic Book World - Florence
Comics 2 Games, LLC - Florence
HobbyTown - Bowling Green
Go4Games - Metairie
Game On - Augusta
The Dragon's Lair - Norway
Weekend Anime - Westbrook
Dream Wizards - Rockville
Walt's Cards - Baltimore
Comicazi - Somerville
Round Table Games - Carver
Video Game Castle - Chicopee
New England Comics New Bedford - New Bedford
Backstage Hobbies & Games - Ludington
Dreams of Conquest - Bay City
Flat Land Game Store - Wixom
R.I.W. Hobbies - Livonia
Squirreled Away Books - Armada
TC Paintball - Traverse City
The Gaming Cantina - Charlotte
Topps Trade Center - Benton Harbor
White Cap Comics - Grand Rapids
Ziege Games - Howell
Mike's Comics and Games - New Baltimore
Collector's Connection - Duluth
Lionheart Games - Waite Park
Paddy's Game Shoppe - St. Cloud
Caster's Den - Iuka
Tupelo Sportscards - Tupelo
CCYDNE Hobbies - Lebanon
Thompson Productions L.L.C. - Warrensburg
Orion's Keep Games - Hamilton
Game On - Grand Island
Game On - Kearney
Game On - McCook
Game On - North Platte
Gauntlet Games - Lincoln
HobbyTown USA Lincoln - Lincoln
Frank-N-Fred Comics & Cards - Elko
Games Galore - Reno
Little Shop of Magic - Las Vegas
The Broken Lance - Farmington
The Relentless Dragon - Nashua
All Things Fun! - Trenton
Fairy Glen - Howell
Hobbymasters - Red Bank
Zia Comics and Gaming - Las Cruces
Brooklyn Game Lab - Brooklyn
Cloud Giant - New Hartford
Flights of Fantasy Books & Games - Albany
Bear's Lair Games - New Bern
Cape Fear Games - Wilmington
DreamDaze Comics Fun & Games Inc. - Wilson
Hillside Games - Asheville
The Gamer's Armory - Cary
Beyond The Board - Dublin
Comic Shop Plus - Newark
Diversions - Newbury
Flying Monkey Comics and Games - Delaware
Fun Factory - Mount Gilead
Heroes and Games - Columbus
HobbyPop Shop - Cincinnati
Next Level Gaming Center - Gallipolis
Recess - North Olmsted
Sci-Fi City Cincinnati - Cincinnati
The Rook OTR - Cincinnati
Toledo Game Room - Toledo
Funagain Games Eugene - Eugene
Guardian Games - Portland
Rainy Day Games - Aloha
Red Castle Games - Portland
The Portland Game Store - Portland
Wild Things Games - Salem
Funagain Games Ashland - Ashland
Comics Store West - York
Firefly Bookstore - Kutztown
Gamers Heaven - Phoenixville
Showcase Comics and Games Bryn Mawr - Bryn Mawr
Six Feet Under Games - New Holland
The Brothers Uber - Grove City
Cornermagic Gaming Center - Piedmont
Firefly Toys & Games - Columbia
Hall of Heroes - Ripley
8th Dimension Comics & Games - Houston
Bedrock City Games Westheimer - Houston
Black Dog Enterprises - Lubbock
Cards and Comics Connection - Conroe
Childs' Play: Games & Geekery - New Braunfels
Collected TCU - Fort Worth
Common Ground Games - Dallas
Court of Gamers - San Antonio
Dimensions Comics - Seabrook
Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy - Houston
Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy - Austin
Emerald Tavern Games and Cafe - Austin
Fleur Fine Books - Port Neches
Madness Comics and Games - Denton
Space Cadets Gaming Gaming - Oak Ridge North
Three Suns Unlimited - Longview
Wonko's Toys & Games - Austin
Game Night Games - Salt Lake City
High Gear Hobbies - Taylorsville
Comics & Gaming Fairfax - Fairfax
Kaboom - Virginia Beach
Dice Age Games - Vancouver
Fantasium Comics and Games - Federal Way
The Dragon's Hoard Games & Collectibles - Silverdale
Calico Toy Shoppe - Bainbridge Island
Nerd Rage Morgantown - Morgantown
The Industry WV Game Center/J & M's Used Bookstore - Parkersburg
Gnome Games Appleton East - Appleton
Gnome Games Green Bay West - Green Bay
The GameBoard - Sheboygan
Lake Geneva Games - Lake Geneva
Games of Chance - Riverton
– Ariel Barkhurst
Warehouse 23 News: The Road To Adventure Is Now Open!
Undertake a journey where East meets West in GURPS Hot Spots: The Silk Road. Discover the history, culture, people, food, and faith of this historical region . . . and unleash the campaign ideas herein to add this realm to your own game! Download it today, only from Warehouse 23.
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! And if you show a staffer a social-media post with the hashtag #SJGamesBGG, we'll hook you up with some bonus swag. You can't lose!
We'll see you in Dallas!
– Hunter Shelburne
Warehouse 23 News: Strap On That Wire And Jump Into The Action!
First up, we've got a special Munchkin Pathfinder bookmark we'll be giving away! Swing by our booth to get it, and more. Of course, you'll be able to demo Munchkin Pathfinder as well, and we'll have some of our new releases like Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition, Truly Gobnoxious, and the upcoming Munchkin Pathfinder 2. That's not enough, you say? How about a signing by artist Shane White, illustrator behind those games? We've booked time with Shane at our booth from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. Get your games and swag signed by the artist, giving them a huge bonus to coolness. We may even have some giant-sized surprises at the show, but you'll have to join us there to find out.
If you can't make it to PaizoCon, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; you may have a chance to win some signed Munchkin Pathfinder loot! Just look for the posts.
Find a path to PaizoCon this Memorial Day weekend, and play some games with us!
– Hunter Shelburne
Warehouse 23 News: What's This? What's This?
As described in GURPS After the End 2: The New World, the mutant bears known as "teddies" are terrifying, hideous murder machines. A mated pair of them nearly did the party in. After they prevailed, however, they followed the tracks back to the beasts' lair and found a cub, which immediately attempted to kill them. For reasons I'll never understand, they sedated and abducted her, made a rug out of her mother's pelt for her to sleep on, and named her Babette.
Over the next year, they did their best to socialize and train her, which usually ended up in party-versus-teddy combat and/or got them labeled as dangerously insane. (Who could argue?) I kept expecting them to give up on her, but they never did, and even became experts at Animal Handling (Bears). So last month, I let them know that her Loyalty (which I'd been secretly tracking using the rules from GURPS Social Engineering) was finally high enough for them to take her as an Ally . . . and there was much rejoicing.
The wasteland is a weird place, and we wouldn't have it any other way. What's the strangest story from your own After the End game? Share it on our forums!
(For a peek under the hood, be sure to watch my YouTube interview about both After the End and GURPS in general - or read the transcript.)
– PK Levine
Warehouse 23 News: Annual 5/23 MIB Gifts Have Been Shipped!
Of course you have new takes on the Door and Treasure cards, with classics like the Bat-Mobile, The Punster, and The Cowl. But you also get a full array of cardboard standies, two for each color, and the board itself. Lar's art looks like it's ripped straight from a comic book, so it's perfect for this new interpretation of Super Munchkin! We've also had the fortune of interviewing Lar for the Daily Illuminator, where he talks about the process of creating the game, as well as his charity work and other topics. You can find more of Lar's work on the Munchkin Playmat: Spyke's Christmas Wish and the upcoming Munchkin Shakespeare: Staged Demo! We'll even be giving away a signed copy (or two) of the game on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to celebrate the launch, so follow us there for your chance to win!
Look for Super Munchkin Guest Artist Edition at your local game store, or on Warehouse 23 if you don't have a shop nearby. It won't be around forever, so get it before it goes up, up, and away!
– Hunter Shelburne
Warehouse 23 News: Keep Your Munchkin Cards Safe!
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.
In Button Men, each player has a character with a "recipe" of several polyhedral dice (usually five dice, although a few have had more or fewer). You engage another player in a one-on-one battle to see who can score the most points. Often, this is the player who captures all of her opponent's dice . . . but not always! Keeping track of the score is vital to success in Button Men. It's one of my favorite games from Cheapass, because so much depends on a savvy selection of character and dice, but there's still plenty of randomness because dice are involved.
Button Men was originally published in the early 2000s as a series of characters on pinback buttons – hence the name. This version uses trading cards instead, and is fully compatible with characters from the earlier edition. You can get a complete game including a bunch of dice, or a lower-cost version that just sends the character cards, for people who have deluded themselves into thinking they have enough dice. Or, if you feel like dropping some extra Gold Pieces, you can have an artist draw you as a Button Men character . . . and lead Munchkin illustrator John Kovalic is one of the people whose art you can select!
– Andrew Hackard
Warehouse 23 News: Create Your Own Fairytale!
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. All that just for taking on legendary Marvel foes, collecting iconic weapons like Silver Samurai's Katana, and teaming up with heroes like Wolverine to get to level 10!
Check out USAopoly's blog post to find a nearby store, and check with the store for the event time. We'll see you in the Danger Room!
– Hunter Shelburne
Warehouse 23 News: "M" Is For Munchkin!
As always, we encourage you to buy your games from your favorite local game store - stores receive new titles much faster than Amazon - but if your town is without a local supply of GURPS books, you now have another online choice for getting the latest GURPS releases.
– Phil Reed
Warehouse 23 News: A Supplement Worth Glowing Reviews?
When something goes wrong with anything nuclear, that's the beginning of a really bad day. Take the lead (shielding) and download GURPS Disasters: Meltdown and Fallout today . . . only from Warehouse 23!
If you want to see more unboxing videos, then follow us on Facebook. I know Hunter and Rhea are planning to hold more frequent Live events, so be sure to watch for their next video surprise.
– Phil Reed
Warehouse 23 News: Bigger On The Inside!