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March 24, 2018: Happy With My Tesla

    I've been driving my Tesla Model S since March of 2013 (here's my original post). I'm still a very happy camper. This is the best car I have ever had. After five years, it's still a thrill to drive. It's ghostly quiet, has incredible handling and acceleration, is comfortable . . . and I don't have to buy any stinky gas for it.

    It rarely has problems of any sort, and when something does come up, the Tesla service center is friendly, accommodating, and fast. Sometimes, I can get a fix just by phoning them and following instructions. And most everything except tires is covered under the initial warranty. When it's is in the shop, they provide a Tesla loaner, which a couple of times has been a brand new version even hotter than mine. The biggest expense I've had in five years has been to fix an ugly little dent from some idiot opening their door into me in a parking lot. Total number of REAL issues? Zero.

    When I have a lot to carry, it's the next best thing to a pickup. It got used like a pickup after the flood that took my old house in South Austin, and it performed like a champ. Put down the back seat and the cargo space is huge. Open the front trunk, where most cars have an engine, and look! More space!

    My point? Simple. If you've been thinking about this car, I can unreservedly recommend it. Tesla has given me five years of great driving and great service, and I'm happy to give some payback by talking about it. (If you are considering getting one, feel free to write with questions.)

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Tomb It May Concern?

If you were looking for a life without monsters, treasures, and traps, you never would've left the tavern! Add to your Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game and GURPS Dungeon Fantasy campaigns with Pyramid #3/113: Dungeon Fantasies, an assortment of more of what you love for your crypt-crawling campaigns. Download it individually, or subscribe today for this issue and many more months of tricks and treasures!

March 23, 2018: SJ Games Ships Up To Boston For PAX East!

Convention season is in full swing, and we're heading to the northeast for PAX East, April 5-8! Booth TT11 is going to be chock-full of gaming, especially the Munchkin Collectible Card Game

PAX East

Speaking of the Munchkin CCG, we're going to be running one of our first Prime format tournaments at the convention! This event will be capped at 32 players, and we'll have some awesome prizes for the winner, including giant, alternate-art Hero cards, as well as booster packs! You will have to provide your own deck for this tournament. Signups will be at Tabletop HQ, so make sure you get there early to avoid missing out. 

We'll also have our traditional Munchcathlon, a huge Munchkin tournament comprising a variety of Munchkin games, all mixed up. Tons of munchkins enter, only one can win! 

You can find a full list of our Munchkin events at the convention, including our learn-to-plays and tournaments, here. And if you are interested in chucking some dice, check out our Zombie Dice event! Eat brains!

CCG Cards CCG Prizes

If you aren't feeling competitive, we'll also have demos available at the booth, and our retail section will have starters and boosters to purchase. We'll even be bringing along our card machines, this time stuffed with a limited supply of Munchkin CCG single cards, with some special signed cards randomly inserted! This will also be the first time we'll offer Munchkin CCG staff challenges, where you can beat a staffer to win an oversized promo Hero card of their choice (while supplies last). 

And if you're looking for some regular Munchkin promos, just ask; we'll have our convention stash on hand and we love to hand out loot. 

Whether you're packing your own deck or just want to learn how to play, swing by booth TT11 for your Munchkin CCG fix at PAX East!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Spring Time!

Celebrate Spring and take your quest for Slack on the road – the geeks are going on Spring Break! In this expansion for Chez Geek, you get 40 more cards that celebrate the ups and downs of travel, like Inexplicable Blizzard and Beach Nookie, as well as giant Event cards that allow you to change the rules! Go on a trip to Baja or attend SkiCon - no matter where you go, Slack is there for the taking! Grab the fun at Warehouse 23!

March 22, 2018: More GURPS Goodness Back In Print!

[Image] Our great quest to bring back into print beloved GURPS books continues, with three volumes newly released to the On Demand program that we started last year: These volumes join the selection that's already available, including recently released classics of the GURPS Fourth Edition canon such as GURPS Banestorm, GURPS Supers, and GURPS Powers.

You're just a few clicks away from having these print-on-demand books delivered to your door. And to see what else is available (including what we've got planned for the rest of the year), check out the GURPS On Demand page!

Steven Marsh

Warehouse 23 News: Witches Of The Revolution!

In Witches of the Revolution, your deck is a coven of witches you lead against foes, both mortal and not, on a desperate quest for Freedom. Your fellow players are your allies; teamwork is the key, but resources are limited, so every choice must be made with care. And time is the ultimate constraint - as the moon wanes, your power weakens and the crushing weight of Tyranny grows. Can you throw off the British yoke before it's too late? Get yourself a copy on Warehouse 23!

March 21, 2018: Munchkin TMNT Closes Today!

Munchkin TMNT There's only a few hours left for the Munchkin: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles campaign over on Kickstarter! IDW Games has knocked it out of the park, Casey Jones style, with this campaign, and it's looking to close out strong. 

If you have been in your shell the whole time and missed it, let me catch you up. You can get Munchkin TMNT Deluxe with color art, or the Deluxe Ultimate edition with duoshade art (like the original TMNT comics)! If you're feeling tubular, you can back for the Cowabunga Bundle, which includes both versions plus a Kickstarter exclusive Kevin Eastman art print and reprinted TMNT comic. 

But that's not all: IDW has also thrown in some bonus Kickstarter-exclusive characters. You'll get Pigeon Pete, Pepperoni, Slash, and the ever-popular Usagi Yojimbo

Back it today, and make sure all your pizza-loving friends know to back as well; the campaign closes at 7:00 p.m. CDT tonight! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: More Munchkin Mayhem

In Munchkin 2 - Unnatural Axe, you get 112 more cards for the game of killing monsters and taking their stuff. Play a new race: Orcs! Face foes like the Hydrant and the Tentacle Demon. Equip yourself with dreaded armor like the Spiked Codpiece. Recruit allies like the Shoulder Dragon. Wield mighty weapons like Druid Fluid, the Slug Thrower, and, of course, the terrifying Unnatural Axe . . . and show them who's the greatest munchkin of all. Expand your Munchkin today at Warehouse 23!

March 20, 2018: Day Of Wreckoning Event Locations!

[Image] It's time to hone your Munchkin Collectible Card Game skills, get some prizes, and meet other Munchkin CCG players.

It's time for the Day of Wreckoning!

More than 130 stores across the U.S. and Canada will host these events on Friday, April 6; Saturday, April 7; or Sunday, April 8. Find a store near you in the list below, call them for their event time and date, mark your calendar, and prepare for a Wreckoning.

Some stores will run their Day of Wreckoning as a draft or a constructed tournament. Others may run learn-to-play or casual-play events. But each event location will definitely have 12 oversized Hero cards to give away as prizes, plus one premium poker-chip-style Runaway token (see the image to the right).

We are also running a social-media contest during these events: Post to social media with #PlayMunchkinCCG and a picture of your event on April 6, 7, or 8, and you're automatically entered to win a set of one each of the three W-rarity cards, signed by the game's award-winning designer Eric M. Lang. 

And now, on to the list of locations! 



Haven: Comics, Etc.
1871 Slaughter Road, Suite S
Madison, AL 35758

Lucky Dice Cafe
7914 Memorial Pkwy, Suite B7
Huntsville, AL 35802

The Deep, Comics and Games 
2310 Memorial Pkwy SW
Huntsville, AL 35801


Gateway Games
2424 Tongass Ave, Ste G6
Ketchikan, AK 99901

(907) 225-4263


Tyson Wells
121 W. Kuehn Street
Quartzite, AZ 85346


Imagine! Hobbies & Games
8122 Hwy 107 N., Suites B&C
Sherwood, AR 72120

Game Depot AZ
3136 S. McClintock Dr. #11
Tempe, AR 85282

Gamers Utopia
1311 West Walnut
Rogers, AR 72756


Njoy Games & Comics
8820 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324

Empire Collectibles Comics & Games
5795 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115

Paladins Game Castle
6615 District Blvd. #301
Bakersfield, CA 93313

Pair A Dice Games
2020 Hacienda Dr., Ste A
Vista, CA 92081

Games of Berkeley
2510 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

Northcoast Roleplaying
1846 Broadway
Eureka, CA 95501

Game Empire
5037 Shawline Street
San Diego, CA 92111

1662 Myrtle Ave.
Eureka, CA 95521

Davis Cards and Games
654 G St.
Davis, CA 95616

Comic Quest 
23811 Bridger Road #100
Lake Forest, CA 92630


I Want More Comics
550 E Thornton Parkway, Unit 114
Thornton, CO 80229

Black and Read
7821 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003


Game Master Guild
743 Ashley Dr.
Crestview, FL 32536

Cool Stuff Games - Waterford Lakes
504 N. Alafaya Trail, Suite #115
Orlando, FL 32828

Kitchen Table Games
9600 66th St. N, Ste E
Pinellas Park, FL 33782


Tyche's Games
1056 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30605

Meeple Madness
7400 Spout Springs Rd., Suite 205
Braselton, GA 30542

1835-G Norman Dr.
Valdosta, GA 31601


The Armchair Adventurer
650 Iwilei Road, Suite 160
Honolulu, HI 96817


Safari Pearl
221 E. Third St.
Moscow, ID 83842


Dizzy Dugout
121 East Main Street
Collinsville, IL 62234

Twilight Comics
208 Frank Scott Parkway East, Suite 6
Swansea, IL 62226

Red Raccoon Games
309 N Main Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

Da Source
4353 N Lincoln Ave., Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60618

Top Cut Comics - Rockford
2430 South Alpine Rd.
Rockford, IL 61108


Comic Quest, Inc. 
2260 Morgan Ave.
Evansville, IN 47711

Reader Copies 
1610 S Scatterfield Road
Anderson, IN 46016

Saltire Games
11723 Pendleton Pike
Indianapolis, IN 46236


Dyersville Comics & Games
323 2nd Ave. SE
Dyersville, IA 52040


Collector's Cache
13354 College Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66210


Go 4 Games
701 David Dr., Suite D
Metairie, LA 70003

Gators Gamerz
187 Saizan Ave.
Port Barre, LA 70577


Canton Games
2101 Essex Street
Baltimore, MD 21231


Round Table Games
128 Main St., Suite A
Carver, MA 02330

Game King
120 S. Main St.
Fall River, MA 02721


RIW Hobbies & Games Inc.
29571 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 18154

4415 S. Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Mike's Comics
36121 Green St.
New Baltimore, MI 48047
Phone 5867169511

Byte Club Gaming
31 W. Lowell
Pentwater, MI 49449


Outpost 2000 & Beyond
536 Northdale Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

The Gamers Den
140 N Buchanan Street, Suite 142
Cambridge, MN 55008

Gamez & More
630 Apache Mall
Rochester, MN 55902


maCnarB Gaming
2307 Hwy 90 
Gautier, MS 39553


CCYDNE Hobbies
545 E. Elm Street
Lebanon, MO 65536

Grove Gamers Guild
124 W. 1st St.
Mountain Grove, MO 65711


Orion's Keep Boardgames
404 S 1st Street 
Hamilton, MT 59840


Game On - McCook
220 Westview Plaza
McCook, NE 69001

Game On - Kearney
5012 3rd Ave., Suite 140
Kearney, NE 68845

Game On - North Platte
517 South Dewey
North Platte, NE 69101

Game On - Grand Island
2108 Lawrence Lane
Grand Island, NE 68803


192 E. Main Street, Suite #6
Fernley, NV 89408


The Relentless Dragon
483 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063

Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple St. #11
Manchester, NH 03103


All Things Fun!
41 Clementon Rd., Suite 227B
Berlin, NJ 08009

The Only Game In Town
211 W. Main St.
Somerville, NJ 08876

Tiki Tiki Boardgames
164 S Broad Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096


Zia Comics and Games
1300 El Paseo Road, Suite E1
Las Cruces, NM 88001


Cloud Giant
8469 Seneca Turnpike, Suite 100
New Hartford, NY 13413

Zombie Planet
1238 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205

Exiled Games
124 Park Ave.
Herkimer, NY 13350

The Arena / BattleCityGym
983 Little East Neck Road 
West Babylon, NY 11704 

Professor Bond's Emporium
37 Prospect St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010

Mind Games
114 Madison St.
Oneida, NY 13421

Flights of Fantasy Books and Games
381 Sand Creek Road 
Albany, NY 12205


DreamDaze Comics Fun & Games
2801-1B Ward Blvd.
Wilson, NC 27893

Event Horizon Games
1496 Garner Station Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Bear's Lair Games
2680 Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562

Scott's Collectibles
934 Cloverleaf Plaza
Kannapolis, NC 28083


7723 Five Mile Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45230

Beyond the Board
249 W. Bridge St.
Dublin, OH 43017

Sci-Fi City
9527 Colerain Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45251

Timewarp Cards and Comics
4601 Eastgate Blvd., d-658
Cincinnati, OH 45245

Next Level Gaming Center
94 Vine Street
Gallipolis, OH 45631

Checkmate Games
6725 W Central Ave., Suite L
Toledo, OH 43617

Gray House Games
125 A 12th St.
Greenville, OH 45331

Fun Factory Hobbies
367 N Delaware St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338

Recess Games
26636 Brookpark Road Ext.
North Olmsted, OH 44070


Rainy Day Games
18105 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy.
Aloha, OR 97003

Guardian Games
345 SE Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97214

Wild Things Games
241 Commercial St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Goin' Gaming
27084 SE Stark St.
Troutdale, OR 97060

Red Castle Games
6406 SE Foster Road
Portland, OR 97206


Mister J's Asylum
173 West Water St.
Muncy, PA 17756

The Comics Closet
37 Old Farm Lane 
Shrewsbury, PA 17361

Six Feet Under Games
844 W Main St.
New Holland, PA 17557

Encounter Comics and Games
811 Union Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18109

Adventurers Guild
3846A Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109

The Brothers Uber
235 S. Broad St.
Grove City, PA 16127


Planet Comics
2704 N. Main St.
Anderson, SC 29621


2 E. Washington Ave.
Athens, TN 37303


Wild West Comics and Games - Arlington
1215 S Cooper St.
Arlington, TX 76010

Madness Comics and Games
2317 West University Drive
Denton, TX 76201

Space Cadets Gaming Gaming
27326 Robinson Rd, Suite 115
Oak Ridge North, TX 77385

Black Dog Enterprises
1901 50th St, Ste C
Lubbock, TX 79412

Gerard's Gaming
349 El Dorado Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598

Cards and Comics Connection
1717 North Frazier Street, Suite H
Conroe, TX 77301

Knight Watch Games
16350 Blanco Rd., Suite 116
San Antonio, TX 78232

Phoenix Games
430 Weatherly
Borger, TX 79007

Three Suns Unlimited
2147 Gilmer Rd., S101
Longview, TX 75604


Gamers Asylum
2671 Washington Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84401

Game Grid
26 N. Main st.
Layton, UT 84041


Bardic Tales Inc
3512C Oaklawn Blvd.
Hopewell, VA 23680


Mythic Escapes
351 Three Rivers Dr., Space 1126
Kelso, WA 98626


Nerd Rage Morgantown
223 Fayette St.
Morgantown, WV 26505


Frost Giant Games
2201 South Oneida St., Suite 7
Green Bay, WI 54304

Heroes Welcome Comics & Games
424 Main Street
Menomonie, WI 54751

Pegasus Games
6640 Odana Road 
Madison, WI 53719

I'm Board! Games & Family Fun
6917 University Ave.
Middleton, WI 53562

Gnome Games Appleton East
W3192 County Road KK, Suite H
Appleton, WI 54915

Gnome Games Green Bay West
2160 Ridge Road
Green Bay, WI 54304

Gnome Games Green Bay East
2255 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54302

Menagerie Games
4525 Sheridan Rd.
Mount Pleasant, WI 53403

Adventure Games
927 Oregon Street
Oshkosh, WI 54902

The Gathering Games
244 South Knowles Ave.
New Richmond, WI 54017

The GameBoard
1832 N 8th St.
Sheboygan, WI 53081



Metal Galaxy Social Games and Bistro
4624 McLeod Trail SW
Calgary, Alberta T2G0E5

Red Claw Games
12820 64 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T5A0X7


K-max Games & Videos
326 Reid Street
Quesnel, BC V2J2M$


The Kessel Run
A102-240 Centrum Blvd.
Ottawa, ON K1C 1G6

Comic Book Addiction
1022 Brock St S
Whitby, ON L1N 4l8

X-Planet Games
5170 Dixie Rd, Unit 102
Mississauga, ON L4W 1E3


La Boutique Tabletop
3769, Chemin d'Oka
St-Joseph-du-Lac, QC J0N 1M0

Jeux AZ Games
100-D blvd d'Anjou
Chateauguay, QC J6K 1C4

Boutique Awesome
5666 Chemin de Chambly
Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y7E5

--Ariel Barkhurst

Warehouse 23 News: Munchkin Meets CCG

The Munchkin Collectible Card Game is here! Play a Centaur Warrior or Halfling Ranger in the Ranger & Warrior Starter Set. Or maybe you want to rock out as the Orc Bard from the Wizard & Bard Starter Set! Is cheating your style? The Elf Thief from the Cleric & Thief Starter Set is just for you. Get even more cards for your collection with the Munchkin Collectible Card Game Booster packs! Order now on Warehouse 23!

March 19, 2018: Praise For Dungeon Fantasy!

[Image] We've had an amazing response to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game from fans and new players alike . . . so much so that the game sold out at our main warehouse. However, it's not on the short list for a reprint at this time, so you should look for your own copy at the local game store soon, before it's gone!

The boxed set is perfect for introducing new gamers, or for experienced dungeon divers looking for a change of pace. If you're on the fence, we've collected a few reviews from around the web that are digging Dungeon Fantasy RPG:

Just Roll 3d6: This in-depth overview discusses the boxed set, from the books to the map itself. It's an honest look at what each component adds to the game, and ultimately determines that "DFPRG is clearly one of the best entry points to GURPS that SJ Games has produced yet." 

Octopus Carnival: This review compares it to other systems, and it comes out of the gauntlet favorably! 

EN World: Our friends at EN World are always looking at the hottest games in tabletop, and enjoyed delving into Dungeon Fantasy

Gaming With Swag: Brad gives a retrospective of growing up around RPGs, and praises the value of the boxed set! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Instant Adventuring Party

Do you like pawns? So do we. With Munchkin Adventuring Party, you get 18 pawns: three different styles (Spyke, Flower, and Zombie) each in six colors (black, green, pink, orange, clear, and glow-in-the-dark). Included with each bag of pawns is the unique Pawn Spawning bookmark. What are you waiting for? Get your party started at Warehouse 23!

March 18, 2018: Bandpass Design

Last year, when Geek Chic closed up shop, it was as big a surprise to many of their employees as it was to their customers and fans.

Now, several of those employees have taken what they learned and launched their own company, Bandpass Design. From where I sit, so far, they seem to be determined not to make some of the mistakes that doomed Geek Chic. For one thing, they aren't accepting orders until they have the bandwidth to build the furniture, and they seem totally fine asking people to wait before spending money rather than after. (In fact, Bandpass says they aim to have no more than eight weeks between payment and delivery.) They are also not offering the variety of furniture that Geek Chic did; right now, they have exactly one table, the Dresden, with a variety of styles and modifications that don't change the overall design.

We're glad to see that the good parts of Geek Chic are being kept alive by some of the people who built their furniture. Bandpass has already started delivering tables and we wish them luck as they continue to grow their business . . . cautiously and scalably.

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Everyone Loves Space Ships

Star Munchkin: Space Ships lets you ride in - or on - the Horsefly, the Starfurry, or the USS Secondprize. You can buff your ships with a Quad-Mounted Laser or a Bridge. And you can let your new Sidekick, Otto, do the flying for you. Start flying your spaceship today at Warehouse 23!

March 17, 2018: Water Lilies

When I'm not gaming, one of my hobbies is growing water lilies, and 2017 was a great summer for blooms. Here are some pictures to tide you and me over till it's summer again . . .


The purple lily is called Director Moore. It is my only "tropical" lily, meaning that it blooms very profusely (I have two plants, and between them I have three or four flowers almost every day in season). But it has to be protected from the cold, even more than other lilies. Director Moore also has a very strong scent.


The yellow ones in the bowl are Texas Dawn. I usually leave my lily blooms on the plants and enjoy them outside, but this time, I cut a couple. They vary from a light yellow through peach. This is my strongest-growing lily  a single plant would cover 9 or 10 feet in diameter, easily, if I had the space to allow it. It was hybridized here in Texas. It also makes the biggest blooms, and they have a very distinct scent.


The white one is Hal Miller. I have had this plant for more than 25 years and it just keeps on growing and blooming. It is one of the parents of Texas Dawn, which is why the bloom shape looks similar. The blooms are almost as big as Texas Dawn, but not as scented. Hal Miller was very popular at one time, and newer introductions have pushed it out of the limelight, but it's still a favorite of mine.


The little red ones  and they really are little  are Perry's Baby Red. I had despaired of finding a red lily that could handle Texas summers, and then I lucked onto this one. It's a miniature plant; the vessel I have it in is just a big  okay, really big  flowerpot. It's unusual for it to make three blooms at once, but it happens, and here's the pic to prove it.


The green hopping thing is not a frog, though I have plenty of those. It is a Differential Grasshopper more than 2 inches long. As you can see, he's nibbled on the leaf. All part of the circle of life . . .

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Make Games Better With Easy-To-Follow Laws!

If you're looking to up your RPG sessions, it helps to follow the Laws - Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering, that is! Useful for any gaming group, this volume is quick to read but packs a powerful punch of awesome advice. Download it now, from Warehouse 23!

March 16, 2018: Big News From GAMA Trade Show!

The SJ Games team has spent the week at the GAMA Trade Show in Reno, showing off our new and upcoming releases to retailers and distributors from around the country (and world)! 


Our annual penthouse party was busier than ever, with around 200 attendees getting to play the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, many for the first time. Thanks to all the retailers and distributors who came up and gave it a try! We hope that having a chance to play in person will also help equip people to sell the game . . . plus many got a sweet swag bag with unique gear, like oversized Hero cards. 

Phil's presentations were also bustling, and for good reason: we spilled the beans on tons of upcoming releases! Expect announcement articles soon, but some of the sneak peeks included:

  • Big news for the Munchkin CCG, including our Day of Wreckoning event-kit contents, news for Desolation of Blarg and Fashion Furious OP kits, and the first announcement of the next set, Grave Danger. We also previewed some new products, like the Introductory Set coming this summer and the Phat Pack coming later this year!
  • New Munchkin Fowl Play and Munchkin Side Quests offer lots of poultry jokes and alternate ways to win. Also coming up is the first numbered expansion in a while: Munchkin 9  Jurassic Snark! (Steve and John tell dino jokes!)
  • Munchkin: The Red Dragon Inn, a crossover with SlugFest Games that will produce a mini-expansion for Munchkin featuring characters and treasures from The Red Dragon Inn, and a two-player game for The Red Dragon Inn featuring Spyke and Flower!
  • The relaunch of The Fantasy Trip will start with miniboxed editions of the two combat games, Melee and Wizard, each retailing for $14.95!
  • The Ogre Battle Box will contain over 80 miniatures, rules, and a map!

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We'll share more details about these things (plus even more stuff) in the near future, so stay tuned. 

GAMA Trade Show has been an amazing event, and we want to thank all of the organizers, the retailers, the distributors, the publishers, and all the staff at The Peppermill who made this the best GAMA yet. We can't wait for next year. In the meantime, let's make some amazing games! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: It's Time To Call In A Favor

Sometimes, a well-timed phone call of support can mean the difference between failure and success. Give your heroes the edge they need with favors and benefits from powerful organizations, thanks to GURPS Social Engineering: Pulling Rank. Download it now, thanks to Warehouse 23!

March 15, 2018: Dr. Stephen Hawking

Dr. Stephen Hawking has died.

It seems impossible that anyone reading this might not know who Dr. Hawking is and what he has meant to the world of science over the last half century. The number and scope of his discoveries cannot adequately be summarized in this space, but his work revolutionized the fields of cosmology and astrophysics, among others. Dr. Hawking was also a highly skilled writer and spokesperson; A Brief History of Time is still considered a classic book about science, making highly abstruse concepts accessible, even entertaining. Dr. Hawking also has the rare distinction of portraying himself on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Perhaps most astonishingly, he did all this while enduring the extreme degeneration caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called motor neuron disease. Dr. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at age 21 and given two years to live. We're fortunate that this diagnosis was so very wrong. Stephen Hawking died Wednesday at age 76.

Warehouse 23 News: Double-Duty Booster Set

Munchkin Marked for Death is a double-duty booster set! This pack contains 17 all-new cards, including Anvil, Recalculate Your XP, and the horrifying effervescence of the Soap Golem. And they're balanced to let you use them as a quick rigged demo for your friends, to get them into the madness that is Munchkin! Order now on Warehouse 23!

March 14, 2018: Stonemaier Stakeholder Report

If you have been following our Stakeholder Reports, you will find this very interesting. Stonemaier Games, publisher of (among others) Scythe and Charterstone, did a similar report for 2016. Now the majority stockholder, Jamey Stegmaier, has written and released their report for 2017. Our companies are very different – so different that it may not be meaningful to make a direct comparison. Which just goes to show that there's more than one way to run a successful game company. But the comparison is so interesting . . .

First, let's look at the differences:
• SJ Games has over 30 full-time employees plus a number of contractors. Stonemaier Games has one full-timer . . . Jamey himself, the majority shareholder. There are a couple of part-timers. Everything else is done on a contract basis. Jamey states elsewhere that he puts in 80-hour weeks and likes it, which would make him one heck of a productive employee. Still . . . wow.
• SJ Games grossed about $5.5 million, down from about $6 million for 2016. Stonemaier grossed $7.1 million, up from $3.5 million the previous year. I like their top line better than ours, and I like their trend better than ours, too. Well done, Jamey.
• SJ Games has dozens of games in its current catalog, averaging around $20 each. Stonemaier has five main games, averaging considerably higher (plus, of course, supplements). And Jamey suggests that perhaps he should raise his prices further, and if I were his adviser, I'd agree with him.
• Stonemaier didn't use Kickstarter in 2017 and doesn't plan to use it in 2018 (read his report for the reasons). We have been using it and plan to continue.

And the similarities:
• Both companies are creator-owned. And in both cases, the founders are still active in the business – Jamey runs his whole show, while I have stepped into full-time game writing and nitpicking, and Phil Reed is now our CEO. I suspect that is the only kind of company that is likely to issue stakeholder reports at all . . . because we feel like it and because we can. Others might like to, but the management of a more broadly held company might not feel safe in being completely upfront with its customers. But Jamey and I can both say (to ourselves!), "What are you going to do – fire me?" *
• Both companies are organized as Subchapter S corporations. As a non-CPA who is nevertheless an experienced small-business owner, I can say that, in my opinion, this is the best status for a one-owner or closely held publisher. If anything, the recent tax law changes make this more true than ever.
• Both companies are debt free.
• Both companies turned a profit last year. (And you will have noted that neither company said exactly how much of a profit. For me, at least, that crosses the line between "what I hope you can learn from my successes and failures," and "my own darn business.")

And my conclusion: "This is very interesting. I wish more companies would (or could) write reports like this. Jamey gave me a lot to think about. I am a fan of his operation!"

– Steve Jackson

* The third company I know of that does an annual report to its fans is Mongoose. Matthew Sprange has been writing it for years, and it's informative, though with fewer numbers than Jamey and I give.

Warehouse 23 News: Deadpool Is At It Again!

The Merc with a Mouth is crashing the party in this hilarious new expansion! Munchkin Deadpool – Just Deadpool adds katanas, kittens, explosions, and a lot more to Munchkin: X-Men Edition. With 35 new cards, Marvel's funniest anti-hero comes to life as he joins the monster-slaying, treasure-grabbing, role-playing action of Munchkin, the card game. Danger! Excitement! Deadpool! Get yours at Warehouse 23!

March 13, 2018: Illuminating The Munchkin Collectible Card Game Quick-Start Rules

Munchkin CCG The Munchkin Collectible Card Game is at your local game store now! In our haste to bring this brand-new game to you, we sadly left out some information and have found some information a bit confusing in the quick-start rules in each starter set. To make sure each game you play is perfectly within the rules, as you prepare for events at your FLGS and regional and national tournaments, we have clarified them below!

1) Mischief cards can be played by both players on any turn . . . but only between the end of the Unzap step and the start of the cooldown phase.

2) All Weapons committed to the fight deal damage to the Monster. If the Monster survives, then the damage the Monster would deal to the Hero is reduced by the combined defense values of all committed Weapons.

3) Players may mulligan after drawing their hand of cards. It doesn't make a difference which player, if any, decides to mulligan first. Once both players have had the chance to mulligan, you roll the die to determine who will be the first player.

We hope this information helps your Munchkin Collectible Card Game battles progress smoothly. If you have any rules questions, check out the Munchkin Collectible Card Game forum! And if you haven't gotten your starter set yet, what are you waiting for? Head to your local game store or get one at Warehouse 23!

Tyeera Garza

Warehouse 23 News: Chop Off Their Heads And Take Their Stuff!

Only one game can match the anything-goes action of Axe Cop Munchkin! So clearly, we had to bring you . . . Munchkin Axe Cop. Based on the hit webcomic written by Malachai Nicolle and drawn by his brother Ethan, Munchkin Axe Cop uses original art from the series (and a few brand-new pieces by Ethan) to drop you into the world of Axe Cop. Get yours today at Warehouse 23!