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September 26, 2021: Crowdfunding Focus: Pet Carrier Dice Box

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Looking for something thematic to carry your Puppy or Kitty d6 Dice Sets? Check out this Kickstarter for the Pet Carrier Dice Box from Plastic Dungeon. They're an indie 3D printing company and this is a pretty darn cute way to carry dice, so I figure it's a win-win! Supporting smaller creators with a very affordable product is always a good choice, and this also gives the option to print your own box if you have the means.
 
The campaign ends in a few days so back for a carrier, or even a whole kennel!


Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Blast Zombies This Halloween!

In Z-Shot, there are 12 zombies coming to eat your brain. Before that happens, use your brain – and these 12 double-injection custom molded Bullet Dice – to either shoot a zombie now, or to strategically save that shot for later! Be the first player to shoot all 12 of your zombies.

September 25, 2021: Inflation, Or 1987 Car Wars Prices Vs. 2021 Prices

[Image] One downside to a 40+ year history as a company? The "back in my day, we paid . . . " brigade and the ever-painful reality of inflation. I'm personally as guilty of this as anyone, and remind myself regularly that this isn't 1987 and that games should cost more than they once did. After watching a few Facebook discussions over the last month, I thought it might be fun to yank a few pages from a 1987 Steve Jackson Games catalog and show the old prices vs. what those same items (near-exact reprints created thanks to your support on Kickstarter) cost today.
  • Car Wars - $6.50 in 1987, $19.95 today. When we use a handy inflation calculator, we see that $6.50 in 1987 dollars is roughly the equivalent of $15 today. Considering that the newest printing of the game includes die-cut components (which we did not have in 1987, as my fingers at the time would happily prove), the extra $5 is totally worth it.
  • Car Wars Expansion Set 1 - $4.50 in 1987, $10 today. $4.50 adjusted for inflation is the equivalent of $10.39 today, meaning that this is an even better deal than it was in the eighties.
  • GURPS Autoduel - $10.50 in 1987, $20 today. Running the inflation calculator, we see that $10.50 in 1987 dollars is the equivalent of about $24 today. Another bargain!
We could run through every single older title and compare the prices to today, but this snapshot should give you a clearer understanding of why we cannot simply expect prices from our youth to be relevant or appropriate today. Unless you've got a product that sells in the millions – I'm looking at you, Hot Wheels, and your incredible pricing  we have to accept that things simply cost more now. That's why I like to turn to inflation calculators every now and then – to remind myself that $10 when I was 19 is not the same as $10 when I am now 49!

Phil Reed

P.S. And don't get me started on Dungeons & Dragons prices! In my day, we paid way less than $50 for a Player's Handbook! Of course, $50 today would be the equivalent of $117 in 1987 dollars, but who wants to face the reality of inflation? Not me! 
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Warehouse 23 News: Party Like It's 9,999 B.C.!

Tribes is the game of Stone Age civilization, where you'll hunt, gather food, and form the foundations of society itself. Do whatever is needed for your own family to survive, whether cooperating with other players or exploring . . . other options. Join the club; download Tribes today from Warehouse 23 and get ready to rock!

September 24, 2021: Crowdfunding Focus: Fat Dragon's Shadowgrove With Working Traps!

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Here's an especially nice terrain Kickstarter from Fat Dragon Games.

Shadowgrove is a printable project; when you support, you get the STL files to let you create as much terrain as you want. It has two components: very detailed modular forest terrain, with rivers, hills, trees, and much more, and dungeon pieces with working clockwork-mechanism traps. Also floors and doors and so on, of course, but the traps. They are wonderful. You turn a key and out comes a blade, or a saw, or whatever – for real!

The campaign is already well into stretch-goal territory; one of the goals already reached is a really sweet little rotating room.

The models print without supports and are optimized for FDM 3D printers.

Visit and support the campaign here. There's a lot of excellent photography to enjoy. If you have a 3D printer, or plan to get one soon, you want this.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: More Menacing Monsters!

With Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2, you'll add two dozen new critters to your Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game campaign. From giants to tomb bugs to mindhounds and more, this supplement is sure to keep the heroes on edge and the treasure guarded. Get it today from Warehouse 23!

September 23, 2021: Today On Kickstarter: Random Fun Generator 2

[Image] Later today, we will launch the Random Fun Generator 2 campaign on Kickstarter and, with your support, bring a second book of family dice games to tables everywhere! 

This latest book features over 20 new dice games – no repeats! – and is offered in the project in both print and PDF. As with last year's project, we also have several stretch goals planned, and once again the stretch goals are only applicable to the $35 and higher reward levels. We've prepared more eligible rewards this time around, but as always we recommend backing the project early for the widest possible selection of choices. When reward levels are limited, there may come a time over the next week when your preferred reward is no longer available.

For those of you who missed out on last year's campaign, we will also offer copies of the Random Fun Generator retail edition in the campaign. The retail edition is a boxed set with a saddle-stitched book and twenty 12mm six-sided dice, making it a grab 'n play set: just add pencils, paper, and friends!

To receive an email when the Random Fun Generator 2 Kickstarter campaign launches later today, please click the green "notify me" button on this page. We hope you'll join us immediately and secure your favorite reward level this first day!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Adventure Is In The Cards!

Adventure, danger, and treasure can be at your fingertips with the Decks of Destiny for The Fantasy Trip. The set includes cards for rumors, treasures, adversaries, and more, plus labyrinth hexes and new tactical megahexes to add to your collection. Packs of possibilities await at Warehouse 23!

September 22, 2021: Munchkin Promo Booklets Pre-Orders Now Open

Did you miss the recent Munchkin promo booklets Kickstarter campaign? Well, we have good news: You've not yet missed it! 

Pre-orders are now open at BackerKit for the promo booklets, and there are several Munchkin games, expansions, and accessories available in the project's pre-order store, including a new pack of random Munchkin promo bookmarks and cards, a dice bundle, and everything from button packs to coasters to the Hack & Slash and Scarf-N-Barf games!

Check out the pre-order store today before it closes on September 27, 2021!

NOTE: Pre-orders are open to U.S. addresses only. In the future, once the project has been fulfilled and our team has the time, we will list the promo booklets at our online store, Warehouse 23.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Our Metal Munchkin Dice Are Almost Gone!

Produced by Norse Foundry, this set of six metal 16mm six-sided dice comes packaged in an aluminum case that fastens closed thanks to the magic of magnets. Each 16mm die features the classic Munchkin icon on the one face. Use a dice tray or other protective surface when rolling these dice. WARNING: These metal dice will destroy your table if you're not careful.

September 21, 2021: Possible Outages For The Holidays

Most years, at this time, we would be scrambling to make sure we had our holiday inventory needs under control so that we would be able to meet the demand for our hottest sellers. This year, thanks to the impact the global pandemic has had on manufacturing and shipping, we're forced to admit that we may simply be out of several titles by the end of the year.

To better help everyone prepare for the holiday season, our business office created this listing of titles that will be potentially gone by December 31, 2021. The list is ordered from most likely to evaporate to least likely to vanish, and a number of these are already in the reprint queue. If we're lucky, we'll receive shipments in time that most of the items here don't disappear before the holiday season, but there are no guarantees in today's world. Stock up your gifts now if any of these are on your shopping list!

Note: Due to limited production, some items may already be out of stock. Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: You Have The Floor!

Devise the dungeons of your dreams with Cardboard Heroes Dungeon Floors. It includes over 100 full-color rooms, halls, stairs, and more to create your own catacombs. It also presents a trove of tiles depicting traps, treasures, walls, and other obstacles. And the maps include both hexes and squares, making it great for any gaming system you might want to use. Conjuring crypts begins with a download from Warehouse 23!

September 20, 2021: Gen Con Sale On Warehouse 23 Ends Today

Gen Con is over, but there's still time to take advantage of our specials (detailed on this page). Hurry, though, because the convention specials end later today and you won't want to miss this chance at a bargain!

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To those of you who visited us at the convention over the weekend, thank you for taking time to stop by and check out our new games! The Car Wars Sixth Edition demos ran nonstop, and hearing so many positive comments about the new game was a great lift to our spirits! Thanks!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Four More Knights!

Four stalwart knights to add to your Munchkin game. You don't have to have Munchkin Knights to make use of this, but you know you want it . . . Order Munchkin Knights: Four More now on Warehouse 23!

September 19, 2021: New Munchkin Cards In The Random Fun Generator 2 Kickstarter Campaign

[Image] As part of the upcoming Random Fun Generator 2 Kickstarter campaign (follow the project today!), we have created a small pack of seven new Munchkin cards. Featuring the artwork of Katie Cook, these cards will be limited in the Kickstarter, but they are not exclusive to the project and may be available again in the future.

This pack of seven new cards will be included with the Dungeon Survival Pack: Kitten Adventurers reward level ($42 for the new book, the dice bag, and the new cards) in the campaign. As mentioned, the reward will be limited on Kickstarter, so joining in the new project the day it launches is the best way to guarantee that you get your hands on these new cards.

Please follow the Random Fun Generator 2 campaign on Kickstarter. When the project launches, Kickstarter will send you an email so that you can be one of the first to support this new campaign . . . and one of the first to get your hands on these Munchkin cards!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Getting There Is Fantastic!

GURPS Vehicles: Transports of Fantasy includes a plethora of possibilities for pre-modern expeditions, from realistic vessels of the land and sea to impossible airships and cogwork contraptions. Your boarding pass is just a download away, from Warehouse 23!

September 18, 2021: Gameboard BETA Launch - With Ogre!

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Congratulations to our game partner Last Gameboard for launching their Big Time BETA Program! I am thrilled to see Ogre played on Gameboard!

Join their BETA program today for a chance to win your own Gameboard!

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Ooooooze!

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. Order now on Warehouse 23!

September 17, 2021: Pre-Order Car Wars Miniatures Set 2 Today!

[Image] As our warehouse crew prepares for the monumental task of shipping the Car Wars Sixth Edition rewards to the Kickstarter backers, we have opened pre-orders for the game, expansions, and accessories at Warehouse 23. The most popular types of expansions selected by project supporters in the BackerKit surveys were the miniatures boxes, four different sets that each include five minis and 148 game cards that increase the number of available vehicle design options for the game.

Car Wars Miniatures Set 2, not included in the Double Ace box, comes with five car miniatures that are not found in any other set: Spark, Pure Energy, Redline, Sledge, and Apollo. These five miniatures are shipped unpainted, but pre-assembled, and the color-coded miniatures bases are the quickest way to differentiate players' cars for those of you who are eager to start playing before you even attempt to paint your cars.

Click here to pre-order Car Wars Miniatures Set 2 today!
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Warehouse 23 News: Good Gaming Relies On Laws!

Discover the secrets to an awesome campaign with Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering. This fun supplement gives practical and specific advice for new and experienced gamers, regardless of your game system of choice. Good gaming awaits a download from Warehouse 23!

September 16, 2021: SJ Games At Gen Con 2021!

After a long year off we're back in Indianapolis Thursday, September 16 - Sunday, September 19 for Gen Con! It's been a crazy couple of years, but we're excited to be back at the biggest game convention in North America. We'll be posted up at booth #1201, demoing a ton of recent and upcoming releases like Car Wars Sixth Edition and Munchkin Russia. Of course, we'll be selling games as well, and we'll be including various promo items like dice, cards, and pins with purchases. You can find out more details about those deals below as well as at the booth! Speaking of pins, we're also taking part in the Pin Bazaar, and we've got the all-new Car Wars pin for $10!

We've also got some special events going on at the booth. Randy and Jimmie will be running hour-long blocks of Car Wars Sixth Edition arena battles that you can sign up for at the booth each day. These will be a great way to learn how to play, as well as a chance to play against a staff member! If you've gone through the arena and want more, you'll have a chance to sign up for a giant mosh pit style of game where prizes may be at stake. Our Munchkin team will be talking Munchkin Russia with the Hobby World team, so keep an eye out for that (we'll try to record it). 

You won't be left out if you're stuck at home, though! I'll also be running some Deadly Doodles play-alongs on #SJGamesLive at noon on Friday and Saturday (you can check them out on Twitch, Facebook, or YouTube).

Gen Con

Since we're on the subject of Gen Con, we've got some more good news! We'll be sharing our convention sales and bundles on Warehouse 23, so you can get the same deals at home. Here's a list of all the awesome offerings (while supplies last, of course!):
 

As you can see, we've pulled out all the stops to make sure you can get the convention experience from home or at the show. If you're at Gen Con, swing by booth #1201 and say hi! And if not, join in our livestreams and get some sweet deals over on Warehouse 23

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Terror Meets Ten-Gallon Hats

Yesteryear? More like yesterfear! The Old West meets Things Man Was Not Meant to Know in GURPS Classic: Deadlands – Weird West. This meaty supplement of madness includes information on the history, heroes, and critters of the Weird West. You'll scream 'til you're hoarse . . . and your horse? Best not to think about what's possessed it. Download this tome today from Warehouse 23!

September 15, 2021: Dragon Con Report

This was my first DC in more than a decade. Physically exhausting but creatively rejuvenating. I have missed conventions.

Along with author, game designer, and Mayfair Games founder Bill Fawcett*, I hosted a two-day workshop at this year's Dragon Con. There were discussions each morning and game presentations in the afternoon. Our speakers included Jean McGuire (Wintertree Software), Phillip E. Pournelle (author and U.S. Navy wargame designer), Kenneth Hite (author of over 100 roleplaying games and supplements), and IP attorney Courtney Lytle Sarnow. We were also joined by N.Y. Times best-selling author S.M. Stirling, a recreational gamer, who helped us with our evaluations. Each student was encouraged to bring a prototype or draft of a game or supplement to review. The panel's reactions ranged from "You have some good ideas here, but need a different presentation," through "I would like to play this," to "This might be a commercial success!" We want to do this again next year.

Steve at DragonCon

I did my usual talks on what's coming up next from the company, and showed off the prototype of the Foam Unnatural Axe and the #1-in-the-wild Giant Munchkin d10. Then we sent the d10 to the auction, and it raised $1,000 for charity. Thank you, bidders!

Ken and I did a couple of panels, joined on one by Jean, and they also went well. Ken is a brilliant exponent of the Great Man theory in gaming, and it was a huge pleasure to work with him.

And, thanks no doubt to my Pfizer jabs and trusty N95, I made it home in one piece!

Steve Jackson

*Who is also running the team behind the officially-licensed Munchkin Mayhem digital game that is coming to Kickstarter this fall. -PR

Warehouse 23 News: Test Your Stomach!

You're at the carnival. Eat lots of sugary, salty, greasy goodies. Then ride the rides and try to keep everything down.That's the goal in Scarf-N-Barf! Play Food cards and Ride cards, then roll the dice to find out which player can keep the most carnival food down. Order now on Warehouse 23