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January 24, 2019: FnordCon Activate! April 6-7 in Austin, TX

Come play games with us!

We're excited to pull back the curtains on FnordCon, our celebration of all things Steve Jackson Games, which will be held April 6-7 in Austin, TX. We're limiting the attendance to 250 people because it's our first time doing something like this, and because we want to give our attendees a really memorable experience. What sort of things do you do at a FnordCon?
  • You hang out with Steve Jackson. Not in a "he passed me in a hallway" way, but "I played against him in a game of Ogre" kind of way. Plus, signings!
  • You'll be one of the first people to play Car Wars 6th Edition - our faster, easier, and no less deadly version of classic autoduelling!
  • Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 (with pre-release expansions)! Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius (pre-release)! The chance for Munchkin Line Editor Andrew Hackard to deface your cards!
  • More pre-release games that we can't even tell you about here! Because They Are Watching.
  • Lots of Ogre, and a chance to meet Ogre Line Editor Drew Metzger!
  • A chance to see and buy our full line of games, including many of our Warehouse 23 exclusive products!
  • Your opportunity to catch up on recent releases like Illuminati, Blob Lobber, The Fantasy Trip, and many others from our library!
We've set up a FnordCon page on the SJ Games website to register for the convention, and a Facebook event for announcements leading up to the show. Your $40 admission includes any of our events on both days, and a swag bag that returns to the days where you were excited about what was in a swag bag (promos, warehouse goodies, and more)! Also, when you visit the registration page, you have the chance to buy FnordCon limited edition glasses and t-shirts for pickup at the event. If you're interested in spending the first weekend in April at the TCEA Conference Center in Austin playing games and meeting the people who make those games, we'd love to see you!

Alex Yeager

Warehouse 23 News: Bombing Blobs!

Blob Lobber is a fast-paced card game for 2 to 4 players where everyone takes turns flinging Blob cards. If your card lands with a Bomb showing, you claim all the enemy Blobs beneath it . . . but if more Blobs turn up, your opponents may be able to Bomb more Blobs than you! Grab your friends and lob some cards! Order now on Warehouse 23!

January 23, 2019: Video: The Fantasy Trip "Megahex Storage Box"

We're putting a lot of work into making the Legacy Edition of The Fantasy Trip a game that will be long remembered as a great thing. There's a lot of fun packed into the box, and one of the stretch goals met during the Kickstarter project was for the creation of a "Megahex Storage Box," which is what it sounds like: A custom box designed to hold the die-cut megahexes that are packed inside the game. For a better understanding, check out this video that we posted to Facebook:


The "Megahex Storage Box" is only one of several components that are exclusive to the first printing of the Legacy Edition of the game. If you backed the Kickstarter project and will be getting a Legacy Edition, you're getting this special storage box! And if you missed the campaign, don't worry! The printing of the game that we're releasing in stores in April includes this box; no promises how long the first printing will last, though. We didn't overrun our first printing by a lot; we will start discussing the timing of a second printing once we ship out all of the games in March and April.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Backstabbing . . . Yourself?

Yes! In Munchkin Gloom, you need to send your munchkin into the deepest, darkest dungeons and make them die a horrible death to win the game. From the creative minds at Atlas Games, this game combines all the fun of Munchkin with the dark humor of Gloom. Grab your copy today from Warehouse 23.

January 22, 2019: Munchkin Unicorns And Friends And The GTM Minute

Our Munchkin Unicorns and Friends expansion is scheduled to reach game stores this month, and we're now happy to share this GTM Minute video overview of the set by Ani-Mia. Including cards illustrated by Katie Cook, Ian McGinty, and Len Peralta, Munchkin Unicorns and Friends is a perfect set to pair with the classic Munchkin game . . . or with the Munchkin Oz Guest Artist Edition, Moop's Monster Mashup, or any one of several other standard-backed Munchkin games.

Visit your friendly local game store today and preorder a copy for your collection!

Phil Reed

Who loves the Munchkin series of games?
And who loves unicorns?
Well check out the new Munchkin expansion from @SJGames in my latest GTM Minute from @GameTradeMedia pic.twitter.com/J5j3YP1NjK — Ani-Mia (@AniMiaOfficial) December 8, 2018



Warehouse 23 News: Guess Who's Back!

Moop is back, with more magical messed-up mayhem in his menagerie! Murder more monsters for much merriment! Munchkin Magical Mess is a complete game, fully compatible with Moop's Monster Mashup and all the other Munchkin games. Mix-and-match to create marvelous mayhem. Order now on Warehouse 23!

January 21, 2019: More Munchkin Coming In 2019!

Phil posted last month about a couple of dozen Munchkin sets and expansions that we're letting go out of print. (This follows a similar list from November, 2017, and has some of the same titles on it . . . the fact that titles we thought were about to go out of print in 2017 were still around a year later should give you an idea of why we're willing to let them go.)

One of the reasons we're doing this is to make room for new Munchkin coming this year. You know about Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 and its two expansions, of course, as well as Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius, but we have other things we haven't told you about yet, and we need places to put it all! We've also got our usual batch of reprints, some coming as early as February, with more scheduled for the middle of the year, to make sure we don't run out of the games we're trying to keep in stock.

Keep watching the Daily Illuminator and munchkin.game for more information. We're looking forward to sharing our plans with you over the next few months!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Your Passport To The Future

If the future just isn't what it used to be, we've got the cure! GURPS Tales of the Solar Patrol is a ready-to-use GURPS setting inspired by pulp science fiction of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. Explore the solar system! Battle the Red Hive! Fly punchcard-powered spaceships! Yesterday's future is back today, and it's better than ever, thanks to a download from Warehouse 23!

January 20, 2019: Car Wars Sixth Edition Miniatures Progress

Last month on Twitter, we shared a peek at the new Car Wars Sixth Edition custom dice. Just one marker of many on the road to Kickstarter for the new edition of Car Wars, those dice are being slightly refined, so we're a month or so away from being able to declare: Dice are 100% complete! And with the dice rolling toward the finish line, we're happy to report that the next big leg of the race to Kickstarter is also progressing nicely:

Miniatures!

As an important part of Car Wars Sixth Edition, we've been at work on new HO-scale miniatures for the game. We have several designs in the works; here is one of the new car minis you can expect to see offered as a part of the upcoming Car Wars Sixth Edition campaign on Kickstarter. 

To guarantee that you don't miss out on the upcoming Car Wars Sixth Edition project on Kickstarter, please be sure to follow Steve Jackson Games on Facebook, Twitter, and Kickstarter.

Phil Reed

We continue to work on the Car Wars Sixth Edition project. Thank you to the @madebygpi team for today's mail, which included one of the new edition's minis. -PR pic.twitter.com/G4rpCIS7pD — Steve Jackson Games (@SJGames) December 20, 2018



Warehouse 23 News: Get In The Action!

Fans of the just-uploaded GURPS Action 5: Dictionary of Danger who are looking for more unexpected thrills, consider the pages of Pyramid! Pyramid #3/53: Action and Pyramid #3/112: Action II contain new rules, options, adventure or campaign ideas, and more. Download either or both today, from Warehouse 23!

January 19, 2019: New Classic GURPS Books Available On Demand!

GURPS Atomic Horror GURPS Celtic Myth

Thanks to the wonders of print-on-demand technology, we can now keep previously unavailable GURPS goodies accessible as print books like never before. We've recently released four new books via the GURPS On Demand program:

GURPS Atomic Horror
GURPS Bestiary
GURPS Celtic Myth
GURPS Vikings

If you're the sort of gamer who likes physical copies of classic GURPS supplements (or you've been looking to run a "Space-Viking Wolves Versus the Beatnik Druids" campaign), make your bookshelves happy with these new additions . . . and be sure to check out the rest of the On Demand offerings!

Steven Marsh

Warehouse 23 News: A Panoply Of Peril!

The world is a dangerous place . . . if you know how to use it! GURPS Action 5: Dictionary of Danger is an A-to-Z assortment of modern-day pitfalls and problems to inflict on others or use to your advantage, from impromptu flamethrowers to bare wires to jet exhaust and more. Danger is a download away, thanks to Warehouse 23!

January 18, 2019: Pocket Box Games On Kickstarter January 30

On January 30, 2019, under the Steve Jackson Games Kickstarter account, we will launch the Pocket Box project and bring classic games of the '80s back to collections everywhere! This new campaign starts with reproductions of seven different Pocket Box games and, as stretch goals are unlocked, adds more games (and expansions!) to the mix. 

Each of these games is as near-exact a reproduction of the original as we can manage, meaning that all of us will have a chance to replace our worn, beaten, and (in some cases) lost copies of: For more information, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don't miss the official pocketbox.games website. And to be certain that you're there for the campaign's launch, follow Steve Jackson Games on Kickstarter today! With your help, we will bring several of these classics back to game tables everywhere. We'll see you on January 30!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: At Least I Have Chicken!

We cooked up all the poultry-related humor you could ever want with the mini-expansion Munchkin Fowl Play! Fight against the Dead Duck or Duck of Boom using your Molotov Cocktail. Don't chicken out! Order now on Warehouse 23!

January 17, 2019: CodeMash!

[Image] CodeMash is an annual convention held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. Several thousand people descend on the show for a few days of coding, seminars, and visits to the outdoor hot-tub bar. (In Ohio. In January.) For several years, we've curated the open-gaming area [Image]in conjunction with room sponsors Improving to give attendees and their families a place to play a variety of games while they wait for their code to compile, or when they've had enough screen time for the day. [Image]Of course, Steve Jackson Games figured prominently this year, and even a couple of pre-production games of Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 and Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius got played. And then this guy showed up and wanted all of his games back, and since we can never tell which clone body he's in, we thought it best to comply. [Image]We'll get more games and see everyone again next year!

Alex Yeager

Warehouse 23 News: Go Big, Then Roll Home

With a copy of Ogre Miniatures – available in hardcover or PDF – you're guaranteed to have memorable minis gaming in a near-future world of tactical tech. You might say, tanks for the memories! Get the rules you can use today from Warehouse 23.

January 16, 2019: Munchkin Musings: January 2019

Look at this handsome dude!Happy New Year! We hope all of you made it through the holidays safely and with at least a little time to enjoy friends and family.

We came back to Munchkin HQ and immediately had a full load of work to do to make sure 2019 is as awesome as it can be. I'm pleased to report that we did, in fact, get Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Savagery and Sorcery off to print before the end of the year, so it's on schedule for release this summer. Thanks are due to our talented production team who made this happen, to the team at Games Workshop for turning around approval far faster than we had any right to expect, and to John Kovalic for art that made me giggle. A lot. You'll see the Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 base game in March – make sure to come to the forums and let us know what you think!

Herd of Unicorns?



Of course you've heard of unicorns! We got Munchkin Unicorns and Friends into almost all our backers' hands before the end of 2018, even though everything from weather to a Canadian postal strike tried to prevent it. The good news, for those who may have missed that Kickstarter, is that Unicorns and Friends will be coming to hobby retailers this month. Ask for it!

Speaking of Kickstarter . . .

Girl Genius Sparks Enthusiasm!



Our Kickstarter for Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius concluded last month with almost 2,200 backers pledging nearly $90,000. By the time it was over, stretch goals had doubled the size of the expansion and added some new steampunky accessories, and even made it clear we needed to reprint Munchkin Steampunk to make sure we had enough copies when the expansion came out. As of now, everything's on schedule for a release this summer. We'll keep you updated.

(Did you miss one, or worse both, of these projects? Follow Steve Jackson Games on Kickstarter to make sure that never happens again!)

Reprints Ahoy!



As we previously posted in the Daily Illuminator, we're letting some games go out of print to make room for new Munchkin awesomeness on the shelves. But not everything is going away; we're reprinting some games we want to keep around. Look for reprints of Kittens, Starfinder, and Starfinder 2 – Far Out (in its first hobby release as an expansion, rather than part of the I Want It All! box) coming next month. Later this year, we'll have our usual big reprint of original Munchkin expansions heading into the summer, plus some other games that are running low before we're ready to say goodbye.

Yee-Haw!



One of our favorite Munchkin varieties is The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin. (We are in Texas, after all.) In April, we'll publish it in a Complete Edition, including both the core game and Beating a Dead Horse, plus every promo card and bookmark we've made for Good/Bad. Going forward, this will be the only version of Good/Bad available . . . and thanks to Phil, Darryll, and our friends at GPI, we've even been able to bring this out for the same price as the original game.

Does this mean there will be Complete Editions of other sets? Good question, pardner . . . keep watching to see if we announce more down the road a piece!

Anniversaries!



I recently posted a short essay looking back over my 10 years at the helm of Munchkin. It's been a lot of fun and a pretty weird ride, and it's definitely not over yet! Go here if you missed it.

Coming up at Gen Con this August is the 18th anniversary of Munchkin's original release at Gen Con 2001. Our little game is old enough to vote! (No, I don't feel old at all, why do you ask . . . ?)

Come to Austin!



We've been teasing plans for an SJ Games-specific convention in Austin this April. There will be lots more, both here and at munchkin.game, as details firm up and the date draws closer. For now, all I can say is that I'll definitely be there, showing off Munchkin and talking about plans for 2019. We hope to see lots of you there!

That's enough news for one month. Come back in February when we'll be able to talk more about FnordCon, reveal more of our summer plans, and bring you up to date on all the news from the world of Munchkin!

Warehouse 23 News: New Year, New You!

Enjoy 50% off on our shirts and Munchkin Comics and start the new year off right! Grab your favorite Munchkin-themed shirt, or let everyone know your love for Car Wars. Munchkin Comics are awesome gifts that include artwork from the likes of John Kovalic, Tom Sidell, Ian McGinty, and more! Hurry over to Warehouse 23, and get 'em while you can!

January 15, 2019: State Of The Ogreverse, 2019

How do you follow an Ogre-sized 40th Anniversary celebration? With an even bigger 41st year bash! Ogre had a fantastic year in 2018, completing a number of projects and many great Kickstarter campaigns.

We began the year with publication of our inaugural Ogrezine, a digital collection of fan-submitted art and articles for Ogre. This was met with enthusiastic appreciation by fans everywhere. So much so, that we decided to do it again, running a Kickstarter for Ogrezine II later in the year. We are currently releasing those submissions on our site and will be publishing it in its entirety this March.

As most of you know, Ogre Designer's Edition was a massive Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 that started Ogre on its current renaissance. That campaign generated a truckload of stretch goals and promises that we have been slowly completing ever since. 2018 was the year when we completed two of the very few remaining, and biggest, objectives: Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition and Battlefields.

Ogre Miniatures has needed an overhaul for years, having had digital updates published on occasion but no complete rendering of the new material under one cover. As promised in the Ogre Designer's Edition campaign, we finally completed that task, releasing Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition with complete rules, new photos, and lots of new accessories, useful to both miniature and boardgame fans alike.

Speaking of Ogre Miniatures, the Battle Box and Many Minis sets of miniatures were delivered to fans last year to positive acclaim. We packaged Battle Box as a complete game in itself, with a map, rulebook, and miniatures. Naturally, some of you still wanted more, so we took Battle Box and incorporated it into the Many Minis boxed set, delivering an obscene amount of Ogre miniatures in one package. We successfully avoided some of the shipping pitfalls that plagued us with Ogre Miniatures Set 1, so fans everywhere got to contemplate a mountain of plastic miniatures on their gaming tables. Don't blame us if you get cramps painting them all!

At the end of the year was our biggest Ogre Kickstarter since 2012: the Battlefields expansion set for Ogre. Ending as the fifth most backed campaign of the 20 Kickstarters we've run, Battlefields was an unqualified success, showing that love for Ogre is very much alive and well. Over the campaign, the set grew from having just three sheets of counters and 3-D constructs to 12 full sheets! The maps were expanded and improved, and lots of additional material was added to the set. Phil is just back from China, where he got "hands on" organizing the production of this beautiful set.

With Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition released and Battlefields underway, all of the Ogre-related stretch goals from 2012 have been completed. The sole remaining goal from that campaign is the new edition of Car Wars, and as many of you know, we are nearing completion of that task as well. This means Ogre can concentrate on looking forward, with new products and ideas.

Ironically, one of the ways we tried looking forward last year was to refurbish a well-loved idea from the past. The story and scenario rules for Iron Mountain holds a treasured place in many fans' hearts. A challenge has always been in making the map to play the game. Through the Ogrezine II and Battlefields Kickstarters, we are releasing counters for the scenario – and, more important, a beautiful 24"x24" playmat. This stunning map will allow players to play the scenario with their miniatures in 3-D glory. The use of playmats for Ogre started out as a small experiment for us, but has grown into four completely new, geomorphing maps (M1, M3, M4, and M5), representing the first new maps in over a decade for the game. I think it is safe to say you can expect to see more of the playmat idea.

We also brought back GURPS Ogre and The Ogre Book as print editions, leveraging the POD capabilities available to us. We will be releasing Ogre Scenario Books 1-3 and Ogrezine I & II in POD as well. Plus, we've released a large amount of free material on our site. Obviously, we are publishing the various Ogrezine II submissions, but PDFs of all six G and S maps for the game are available for download, as well as copies of the rules, reference cheat sheets, a tournament rule set, and more.

I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge our failures of the past year. Delivery of Ogre Miniatures Set 1 to our international fans was a disaster, taking months longer than it should and stretching into 2018. As alluded to previously, we learned a lot from that fiasco, and have avoided repeating our errors. Also, our promise of producing Nightfall once again got pushed back due to the demands of the other Ogre releases. I'm turning the flame up on that project this year.

Looking forward, we have more exciting Ogre projects brewing. Our iconic Pocket Box games will be making a return, and included on the list of titles for release are Ogre, G.E.V., and Battlesuit. These, and many other non-Ogre titles, will be straight reprints of the old games for those who have lost or destroyed their copies through play.

We've promised a Kickstarter for the monstrous Ogre Mark VI and Doppelsoldner miniatures. We hope to proceed with that in the coming year and we're investigating the various Combine units as possible sets, too. (Yes, I know everyone wants a pile of Mark I and Mark II Ogres!) Due to the success of Ogrezine and Battlefields, reprises of both of those campaigns are under discussion, possibly resulting in Ogrezine III (keep sending me your submissions!) and/or another expansion set (Battlefields 2?) for Ogre. Would brand new, mounted G4 and S4 maps be of interest to anyone?

Finally, we are looking at hosting our own mini-con here in Austin this April. Although there will be far more than Ogre being played, rest assured that the mighty tank will be out on more than one table over the weekend! I anticipate attending myself and am looking forward to meeting many of you.

Ogre rolls on, in no small part due to the support that it receives from all of you, its fans. I am humbled to be the editor and your servant to the game. Thank you! 2018 was a great year for Ogre, and 2019 is off to a wonderful start. I have all sorts of ideas that I'm looking forward to exploring within the world of Ogre; I'm excited to see where we end up!

– Drew Metzger

 

Warehouse 23 News: We Built This City On Orcs And Trolls

An underground city? More like a funderground city! With GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Setting: Caverntown, your GURPS Dungeon Fantasy heroes have a complete, ready-to-use subterranean city that's a perfect campaign staging area, a resting place between delves, or even an intriguing area for adventure itself. With this download from Warehouse 23, you'll go to town!

January 14, 2019: Ending Today: The Fantasy Trip Adventures

This is it! Later today, The Fantasy Trip Adventures campaign comes to a close . . . then we dig deep and start the serious work of completing the project and preparing the new book (and counters, can't forget the counters) for print. Thanks to your support, this 64-page book of five adventures for use with the new edition of The Fantasy Trip is a success and will be set to ship to project backers in the late summer. At the moment, we have no plans to take the book of adventures into distribution, so please join us before you miss out on this first expansion for The Fantasy Trip Legacy Edition

In addition to the book of adventures and the die-cut megahexes and counters, your support of the Kickstarter project has unlocked new game cards and two new 9"x12" pocket folders that will be included with the printed book.

If you have missed out on the campaign, you'll have a chance to preorder later, in BackerKit. The book will also be offered on Warehouse 23 after it ships to the project supporters, so don't stress too much if you're reading this after the Kickstarter countdown has reached zero. But if you are reading this before the project closes, join us! Let's unlock that last stretch goal – hardcover! – before it's too late!!!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Big-Scale Fun For GURPS

Discover the dangers of dragons in GURPS Dungeon Fantasy with GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 4: Dragons. Then unleash your knowledge in a ready-to-use adventure that features these fiery fiends with GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Adventure 2: Tomb of the Dragon King. Stop dragon your feet and download both today from Warehouse 23!

January 13, 2019: Crowdfunding Focus: Jonathan Coulton's "Some Guys"

Crowdfunding Focus LogoI'd be willing to bet that many of you reading this are old enough to remember the soft-rock hits of the 1970s, the last bastion of gentility before disco and punk blighted the musical landscape forever.*

(Disclaimer: The musical opinions expressed in this Illuminator do not represent the opinions of Steve Jackson, Steve Jackson Games, Phil Reed  especially not Phil – or anyone else, including Andrew. Don't @ us. Please continue, Andrew.)

Jonathan Coulton remembers. He remembers those days very well. He remembers them so well that he has produced an album covering 14 of the greatest '70s soft-rock classics ever, lovingly rearranged and reorchestrated to be as close to identical to the originals as he can get. Why? Because you don't mess with perfection, that's why. Even when you're, you know, messing with perfection.

"Some Guys" is on Kickstarter until February 6. Don't miss out or you'll make some dude in a linen shirt, khakis, and boat shoes cry.

Andrew Hackard

 

* Hey, some of us like disco and punk . . . and now wish that there was disco punk. – PR *

** Woah, woah, woah, woah, stayin' DEAD, stayin' DEAD . . .  – SJ

Warehouse 23 News: Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is coming up and what better way to show your regard for your significant other than some awesome Munchkin swag! Get Munchkin Valentines for that perfect card. We also have the Munchkin Valentine's Monster Box, for the sweetheart who has a bunch of Munchkin stuff, and Munchkin Playmat: The Flower of Love for those mega-Munchkin fans. Order now on Warehouse 23!