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April 3, 2020: New Books For The Fantasy Trip Now On Kickstarter!

[Image] Steve's first roleplaying game, The Fantasy Trip, was relaunched with a Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2018, and the line has continued to expand . . . all thanks to your support! Since the release of the Legacy Edition, we've also created and published: As you can see, we're serious about supporting the game with new books and expansions for as long as demand allows.

Which is where our latest Kickstarter project enters the picture. It has already met its goal, but now is your chance to show us just how many of you want us to continue releasing books for The Fantasy Trip.

This project will add two new books to the catalog:
  • The Book of Unlife, by Howard Kistler, includes 44 creatures for The Fantasy Trip, a general guide to the undead, and an adventure.
  • Red Crypt, by David Pulver, is a new solitaire adventure for use with the Legacy Edition box set.
Join the Kickstarter campaign today!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Gather Round The Table

Do you dare to draw Excalibur? GURPS Classic: Camelot is your guide to some of the world's most long-lived heroic legends: King Arthur, Merlin, the knights, and more. View the tales through multiple lenses – the "historical" Arthur, the hero of folklore, and the grandiose cinematic hero. Embrace your destiny with a download from Warehouse 23!

April 2, 2020: Decks Of Destiny Available Now In PDF

[Image] Forge your own destiny in The Fantasy Trip with Decks of DestinyIt contains an assortment of TFT supplements and is available in PDF form now – hundreds of pages of content to add to your campaign, all available digitally. Nothing can stop your adventure!

Decks of Destiny features multitudes of cards used in a variety of ways:
  • The Player's Pack is a quick way to start a campaign, offering multiple customizable wizard and fighter cards, as well as journals to record your information.
  • Rumors & Treasures contains more than 150 cards representing, you guessed it, rumors and treasures, perfect for a GM to customize the rewards their players will receive.
  • Adversaries turns up the heat with more baddies, from orc fighters to octopi, plus an assortment of other creatures.
  • For those budding mapmakers, Labyrinths provides 62 hex map tiles to help make a quick and effective maze for your campaign.
All this, plus extra cards, tiles, and even more content. There's no better tool than Decks of Destiny to help expand your campaign! You can even find some of the supplements individually, if you have a particular focus to your TFT interest. 

If you haven't yet played The Fantasy Trip, or want to learn more, download Melee (free!) on PDF today, and check it out for yourself. It's a quick introduction to the world of possibilities available to you in The Fantasy Trip

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Drive Alone Or With Friends!

Car Wars Classic is your introduction to the beloved game of vehicular combat, with the rules, counters, and maps you need to drive offensively. The road trip of a lifetime begins with a download from Warehouse 23!

April 1, 2020: Autoduel Tales Now In Print And PDF!

[Image] We've released a collection of the Car Wars fiction of Autoduel Quarterly in both print and PDF, making it easier to read all of the Car Wars short stories that were published in the official magazine that was first released back in the eighties. This 270-page book includes 30 stories and can be yours today!

Order Autoduel Tales in print from Amazon.com today!

Find the Autoduel Tales PDF at Warehouse 23.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: 'Tis The Season For Robins!

A legend comes to life! GURPS Classic: Robin Hood details the historical hero of Sherwood Forest, and also transports him into various other eras and genres: swashbuckling, Old West, supers, cyberpunk, and more. Wherever there are downtrodden, a hero arises – a hero you can add to your game with a download from Warehouse 23!

March 31, 2020: Free Gelatinous Solitaire Rules PDF!

[Image] If you're looking to entertain a younger child during these tough times, we have another tool for your arsenal: free solitaire rules for the Gelatinous game! To play, all you need are 13 six-sided dice (all of the same size), a scrap of paper, a pencil, and this free PDF

What is Gelatinous? It's a new dice game for three to six players in which you are a mindless blob of goo wandering through the dungeon, trying to form into a cube. To do this, you roll seven 12mm green-glitter dice and then follow the rules printed on the dice bag. You can learn more about the game at the official Gelatinous website.

Gelatinous is now open for preorder at Warehouse 23. The game is not currently scheduled for distribution release, but feedback from retailers at the GAMA show has us exploring a possible wider release for it in the future.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Fast-Driving Fiction At Your Fingertips

It's difficult to determine what drives a hero; it's much easier to determine what a hero drives. Discover classic tales set in the world of Car Wars, with Autoduel Tales: The Fiction of Car Wars. Collected herein are 30 stories from Autoduel Quarterly, complete with artwork. We hope you're driven to download it today from Warehouse 23!

March 30, 2020: Munchkin: Critical Role Coming In 2020

Munchkin: Critical Role"Critters" take note – Munchkin: Critical Role announced for 2020!

Our partner in crime licensing, The OP, has announced a new Munchkin mash-up for 2020: Munchkin: Critical Role! They shared the news at the GAMA Trade Show, the largest business-to-business game industry event in the U.S., and excited gamers crashed The OP's website four times in their rush to find out more about the upcoming release.

What's the big deal? Well, Critical Role is a hilarious web series where professional voice actors play their way through D&D campaigns in the world of Exandria. Fans (called "Critters") have watched over 37 million minutes of the shows on Twitch, and the episodes archived on YouTube have been viewed over 115 million times. And now, Critical Role and the gaming party the Mighty Nein are coming to kill monsters, loot dungeons, and backstab each other on the shiny cards of a Munchkin deck near you.

There's a huge FNORD label slapped over the cover and contents for the time being, but we will update you here and on our social media pages when we have sneak peeks available. In the meantime, read more about the game at any high-quality game-review site, such as Bleeding Cool411 ManiaDicebreaker, and GeekGirlAuthority.com. And if you haven't already watched Critical Role on Twitch or YouTube, get on that right now! 

Alain H. Dawson

Warehouse 23 News: Adventuring Is Better With A Companion!

Add to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game experience with Dungeon Fantasy Companion 2. This miscellany of marvelous material – such as new magic items, monsters, and adversaries – brings life (or death!) to your crypt-crawling campaigns. Download it today from Warehouse 23!

March 29, 2020: The Len Of The World Is Nigh

Munchkin Apocalypse Guest Artist EditionSheep Impact Guest Artist EditionThe nice thing about the end of the world is that everyone has their own idea of what it will look like. (There are other nice things, like the elimination of everyone who has ever done something to annoy you, but that'll do for a start.) [Editorial note: I originally wrote this Illuminator in December. I did not intend for it to become prophetic . . .]

The nice thing about working on Munchkin is that sometimes we get the chance to offer multiple perspectives. When we worked on our Guest Artist Editions, we did something very special for Munchkin Apocalypse. Our friend Len Peralta gave us fantastic new illustrations for both Munchkin Apocalypse and Sheep Impact, and we're pleased we can make them available as we race into the broken timeline that is 2020. The Munchkin Apocalypse Guest Artist Edition even features a cool round gameboard!

Check out Len Peralta's Munchkin Apocalypses at your local game store or get them straight from us at Warehouse 23!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: School's In!

Go back to school, virtually! With GURPS Social Engineering: Back to School, you can simulate the scholastic experience without leaving your home! Get expanded rules for learning, character options for "retraining," insight into social aspects of school, and even advice for running school-based campaigns. Your education begins with a download from Warehouse 23!

March 28, 2020: Free Lone Wolf Gamebooks Online!

For those currently on the hunt for solitaire games, you'll be happy to know that the Project Aon website has several adventure gamebooks online, all approved for public sharing by the creator! 

What are the Lone Wolf gamebooks? Wikipedia says it best:


Lone Wolf is a series of 30 gamebooks, created by Joe Dever and initially illustrated (books 1-8) by Gary Chalk. The series was first published in July 1984 and sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. 

The story focuses on the fictional world of Magnamund, where the forces of good and evil fight for control of the planet. The protagonist is Lone Wolf, last of his caste of warrior monks known as Kai Lords. The book series is written in the second person and recounts Lone Wolf's adventures as if the reader is the main character. As Lone Wolf, the reader makes choices at regular intervals throughout the story which then change the course, and the final outcome, of the book.


You've got a friend there with you, or you wish to try video-chat gaming? There are two-player gamebooks at the site! Check out Black Baron and White Warlord, both free, and then join another player in a fantasy adventure.

Visit the Project Aon website today to download (or play online!) several different solitaire-adventure gamebooks. 

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Hold Your Secrets!

What should you do if you have too many dice? (Well, that's silly, because you can NEVER have too many dice!) What you COULD do is pick up this dice bag! This striking (and roomy) Illuminati-themed dice bag will help you keep all those treasures right at your fingertips. Preorder the Dice Bag: Illuminati now on Warehouse 23!

March 27, 2020: Playing Munchkin When You're Self-Isolated

This is a VERY rough set of rules. If you have suggestions or other comments, we'd love to hear them!
  1. Every player needs their own Munchkin game. Doesn't matter which one. (We recommend avoiding Apocalypse, which doesn't work well in this format, and Cthulhu and Crazy Cooks unless everyone is playing the same game.) Everyone also needs a way to video chat with all the other players (Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.).
  2. Whenever a card is played face up, whether from your hand or drawn from a deck, show it on camera. (You would think that would be obvious, but . . . this is Munchkin, after all.) If you have a fancy overhead camera, you can use that if you want.
  3. Deals for Treasures as a result of combat are drawn from your own deck. If you help for two Treasures, the main player draws two fewer Treasures and you draw two from your deck. Remember to put them all on the camera!
  4. You can still trade Items – just fake it as best you can. If you're playing the game decks, that makes it easier. Otherwise, write the key stats on index cards or something.
Can you improve on these rules? Let us know!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Become The Ooze!

In Gelatinous, players start out as a wandering slime, using sparkling green dice to grow into a cube. But watch out, the other slimes are growing too! The first to grow into a cube wins – and the rest are lunch. Preorder now on Warehouse 23!

March 26, 2020: Get Your The Fantasy Trip Fix . . . For Free!

[Image] With the growing isolation and quarantining around the country, we thought it would be a good time for our friends and fans to go on an adventure. To that end, we've made some of our favorite The Fantasy Trip content available for free in PDF form. Melee, the first boxed game for The Fantasy Trip, teaches all the basics of combat, and is a perfect start to your campaign. You can expand on it with magic, provided in Wizard, or go on a solo adventure with Death Test 1 & 2, both available in PDF now as well. While the latter two aren't free, you don't need them to start playing, and can add them later. 

If you're looking for a variety of new adventures, The Fantasy Trip 2019 Postcard Contest is a free supplement that provides 40 new adventures, designed to be more compact and easy to jump into. These were submissions to our Hexagram zine series (the most recent issue is available for preorder now), and contains content submitted by fans of the game.

For our more artistic friends, who may also want a bit of background for The Fantasy Trip, O is for Octopus is a free coloring-book PDF featuring the cast of heroes and creatures of The Fantasy Trip world. 

No matter what you're looking for, if you've got some time to kill, why not kill some monsters, too? 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: One Bag To Hold Them All!

The Dice Dragon Dice Bag showcases a dragon who is just as much a dice hoarder as any of us. The Lar deSouza art will appeal to every gamer and the sturdy fabric bag holds over 100 dice . . . that should be enough for even the most avid collector! Comes with two custom 16mm six-sided dice, each pearlized purple with pink pips. Order now on Warehouse 23!

March 25, 2020: Across The World, GURPS On Demand Is There!

[Image] Our GURPS On Demand program has brought dozens of classic GURPS books back into print through the magic of print-on-demand technology. Using the Amazon POD services, we've uploaded books from Alternate Earths to Warriors, making sure that our back catalog is available to you . . . almost everywhere in the world! 

Wherever Amazon offers print-on-demand books, you can get these books without paying high after-market prices or – for those outside of the United States – excessive postage costs. 

We plan to add more titles to the program, hopefully reaching a day when everything (excluding licensed releases or titles where contracts restrict us) is published through the POD service.

Which out-of-print GURPS books would you like to see published as a POD title? Tell us on the forums!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Travel In Style

Get out and enjoy the cogwork wonders of the Victorian world. GURPS Vehicles: Steampunk Conveyances includes a plethora of possible propulsive possibilities, from hansom cabs to steampunk spacecraft. Your ticket to adventure is just a download away from Warehouse 23!

March 24, 2020: Final Week For Hexagram Preorders

If you haven't yet played The Fantasy Trip (Steve's first RPG design, which we brought back last year), then the BackerKit preorder campaign for Hexagram #4 is a great time to join in the fun. A tactical dungeon-crawl in a box, The Fantasy Trip is an old-school fantasy RPG first published as the Melee and Wizard microgames, way back in 1977 and 1978. 

Today, The Fantasy Trip is a line of games, expansions, and adventures – all of which can be preordered right now. 

If you're looking for a dungeon-crawl experience with a deadly bite, check out the official website, and then take advantage of the Hexagram #4 preorder to snatch up lots of goodies and jumpstart your adventure.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: A Fairly Odd Venture!

Munchkin Pathfinder fans, expand your adventure possibilities with the 20 new Dungeon cards in Munchkin Pathfinder 3 – Odd Ventures! These Dungeons are based on the best-selling Adventure Paths for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game from Paizo Inc. We've also delved into the game to find the most (in)famous gates, doorways, and other passageways to use for the Portal cards. Preorder now on Warehouse 23!

March 23, 2020: Munchkin Musings: March 2020

Hooray, spring!I'm not sure that I can cope with a Leap Day and an Anti-Leap Hour coming so close to each other. My biorhythms are all out of whack, y'all. (Edit: I wrote that a couple of weeks ago. I have LOTS of other things on my mind now . . .) While I get myself sorted out, let's look at the latest news from the magical realm of Munchkin!

Munchkin: Critical Role



If you've been preoccupied lately (and I'm right there with you, friend), you may have missed the notice that our talented pals at The OP announced that they're working on the ultimate marriage of self-centered aggrandizement, ludicrous jokes, and "roleplaying" . . . with Munchkin.

I'm kidding, Critters! Please don't hurt me.

Of course, I'm talking about Munchkin: Critical Role, which was announced ahead of the GAMA Expo. You can read the announcement here and pay attention to all our social medias for more information about when and where you can expect to find this game.

Warhammer Will Not Stop



By now, you should be able to pick up Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Death and Destruction at game stores everywhere (or you can order it from Warehouse 23 if you'd prefer). This is only the first expansion for Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar; we've got a Kill-O-Meter and Lightning Dice on the way for those of you who like stuff, and the second expansion, Chaos and Order, ships to retailers in a couple of months. Plus a little birdie told me that we'll have a third expansion before the end of the year! (It's me. The birdie is me.)

We aren't neglecting Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, either, with a third expansion for that set, Cults and Cogs, scheduled to come your way this summer. Pick up everything we will have published for Munchkin Warhammer by the end of this year and you'll have over 1,000 cards (plus two Kill-O-Meters and 12 dice, not even including the ones in the games themselves). Pour a little out for John Kovalic and his magnificent drawing arm, because he has illustrated every last one of those cards. That should be enough to satisfy anyone, right?

Wait and see . . .

Small Surprises



Our new mini-expansions – Munchkin Zombies: Grave Mistakes, Munchkin Cthulhu: Sanity Check, and Star Munchkin: Landing Party – were a Kickstarter success last year and are now selling very well in regular distribution. If you play one or more of those games and you haven't already picked up the expansions, you're missing out! I had a lot of fun writing them and Lar deSouza had at least as much fun drawing them. Will we do more of these small expansions? Wait and . . . actually, yes. The answer is yes. We like them, you like them, they're fun, and it gives us a way to show some love to our favorite games without committing to a full expansion.

Big Game News



Last month, we announced our first new set of 2020, Munchkin Tails. We've now seen production samples from our factory and this set is more fun and even cuter when I hold the real cards in my hand. Thanks to Katie Cook for her great work on this game!

We've got another new game scheduled for later in the summer . . . and we'll be ready to talk more about that one next month. The folks at The OP aren't done for the year, either, and what they have planned to follow up Critical Role is amazing!

Finally, if you haven't been reading my Munchkin News every Wednesday over at munchkin.game, that's where I first talked about a lot of this stuff. Make sure to check it out! We've got a very special announcement scheduled over there early next month and you do not want to miss the celebration!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Build A Better World!

GURPS Space includes a complete system to create worlds from scratch, determining their geological, atmospheric, and sociological makeups. Record your progress on the free Planetary Record and Worksheet download. Don't be cooped up on your own planet when there's a whole universe to explore . . . and it begins at Warehouse 23!