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Daily Illuminator

November 14, 2019: Autoduel Computer Game To Reappear . . .

. . . after decades!

We have licensed Olde Sküül (think: Battle Chess) to recreate the original Origin Systems Autoduel game and put it on Steam. This game was beloved when it first appeared. Now it's a nostalgia thing as much as anything, but still FUN. Good game quality on 8-bit rules over boring play no matter how fancy the graphics.

(Before you ask: no, this is not an implementation of the upcoming Car Wars Sixth Edition. It's more than 30 years too early for that. This is, as close as possible, the game that OSI released in 1985!)

(Also before you ask: This is not related to inXile's filing a few years ago for the Autoduel trademark and statements that they were working on a game. That was completely without our knowledge or assent. The legal bills to protect our rights hit six figures, but the judges ruled in our favor. inXile is now a Microsoft studio and, to the best of our knowledge, not engaged in that sort of stuff any more.)

Some Q&A with Rebecca Heineman, president of Olde Sküül:

Tell us a bit about yourself and the studio!

Olde Sküül is a game studio founded by four "Old School" game developers who wanted to make games the old-fashioned way, because they are fun! I've been in the game industry since the Atari 2600 days. My first claim to fame is winning the National Atari 2600 Space Invaders tournament, and it's been downhill ever since! Some notable titles I've created are Tass Times in Tonetown, Bard's Tale III: The Thief of Fate and Dragon Wars.

What drew you into bringing back Autoduel?

Because in California, our street motto is the same as Car Wars: "Drive Offensively!" We can expect to see better graphics and better sounds, including a satisfying crunching sound when you take out your opponents.

When can players expect to see the game?

March 2020.

Steam, right? For what systems?

Steam, Apple, and many other platforms!

We feel privileged and honored to be entrusted with such a recognizable brand and hope to drive our super-deluxe cruiser straight through a wall and into your heart (not fatally, we hope).

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Make The Shot Count

GURPS is renowned for its realism . . . and with good reason! Take GURPS Tactical Shooting, for example. It's the ultimate true-to-life guide to firearms and modern weaponry, with new rules, character traits, weapons, ammo, gear, and much more. Lock and load with this supplement from Warehouse 23!

November 13, 2019: Steve Jackson = Discounts At ChiTAG!

We will be attending the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) November 23 and 24 at Navy Pier. Deadly Doodles will be our showcase game, but Zombie Dice, Cthulhu Dice and Super Kitty Bug Slap will be part of the lighter fare we'll be demonstrating. As a special bonus for our fans, you can get $3 off your entry if you use the code "STEVEJACKSON" when you buy tickets online (click on the "Tickets" button, and then the "Enter Promotional Code" at the top of the pop-up window). Come play on the pier with us!

Alex Yeager

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Warehouse 23 News: The Most Mind-Blowing GURPS Supplement?

GURPS Psionic Powers presents a complete, ready-to-use framework for adding amazing mental abilities to your GURPS game. From quasi-realistic horror to full-fledged superheroics, this supplement lets you craft the kind of cranial control you want. Give in to the urge and download it today from Warehouse 23!

November 12, 2019: Autoduel Weekly: Playmats!

As part of the Car Wars Sixth Edition game line, we have two new 36" x 36" playmats in the works, both of which will be offered in the upcoming Kickstarter project. Each playmat, created by Ben Williams, represents a different battlefield, and both include new game cards to expand your design options. Both are in the final stages of design, with tweaks being made daily, but you can get a peek at one of them in this Facebook post from a few weeks ago.

Note: To receive email notification when the Car Wars project goes live, go here and click the "Notify me" button.

Phil Reed


Warehouse 23 News: Alas, Poor Yorick!

What's better than a Munchkin Shakespeare adventure? A Munchkin Shakespeare adventure inside the historic Globe Theatre! Experience that for yourself . . . in convenient playmat form! The Munchkin Shakespeare Globe Theatre Playmat gives you plenty of room to count Levels from 1 to 10, plus place your Door, Treasure, and Dungeon cards in the middle of the table for everyone to use. Order now on Warehouse 23!

November 11, 2019: Preorder Deadly Doodles 2 At BackerKit Today!

[Image] Did you miss the Kickstarter campaign for Deadly Doodles 2? Now is your chance to preorder this expansion to our draw-n-draw game that continues to be a hit wherever we teach it! There are several titles (including our upcoming Meeple d6 Dice Sets) listed for preorder as a part of this BackerKit campaign, so please visit the page and preorder today!

 

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: A Digital Trove Of Gaming Goodness

Behold! The Space Gamer Bundle gives you every issue published by Steve Jackson Games – issues #27 through #76 – at a great price. These issues cover a half-decade of early '80s gaming goodness, with reviews, variants, info on classic games, and much more. It's a gaming bundle so fun, maybe we should call it a fundle! (No, probably not.) Download it today from Warehouse 23!

November 10, 2019: Our First Audiobook – Robin's Laws

Did you like Robin's Laws of Good Gaming? Did it help your campaign? Did it change your life? Okay, maybe I'm going a bit overboard now.

But it is definitely one heck of a book, and we were proud to publish it. Now we're proud to announce that Last Word Audio has recorded it for your drive-time delectation (or whenever it is that you listen to books). Robin's writing style is very listenable, and Colby Elliott narrates it clearly and with energy. This is more than two hours of Good Stuff. Binge it, or enjoy it a bit at a time.

You can find Robin's Laws, and Last Word's other releases, on their books list. Be sure to click back to their home page for an interesting FAQ that includes tech details.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Bring In The Mayhem!

With the Munchkin Mat of Mayhem! This is a Level tracker with a twist: every space (except lowly Level 1) has a game rule! Choose your path carefully to get the right bonus at the right time. This 24"-square neoprene playmat will look fantastic in the middle of your game table, with your favorite miniature (or Munchkin pawn) showing your hero's rapid progress to Level 10 . . . and victory! Order now on Warehouse 23!

November 9, 2019: Learn Game Mastering Secrets From Robin Laws

[Image] Out-of-print for over a decade, we're happy to report that Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering is back in print and available now at your favorite local game store! If you're ever game-mastered an RPG, or wanted to become a game master, Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering is an incredible introduction to the role of the GM in gaming.


Has your game got the blahs? Are your players spending more time thumbing through your book collection than hunting down clues, more energy heckling one another than in crushing their cruel foes? Never fear, o beleaguered Game Masters, for Robin D. Laws, noted game designer (Feng Shui, Hero Wars, Dying Earth, Rune) and columnist for Dragon magazine is here to help.

Know your players! Analyze your system! Build your campaign! Design adventures! Prepare to be spontaneous, and improvise like a fiend!

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced roller of the polyhedrals, the insights in this book will improve your Game Mastering faster than you can say, "Roll for initiative!"


If Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering is not available at your favorite local game store, you may order it today direct from us at Warehouse 23.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: And The Band's Good, Too!

The players are itching for adventure, and you need something to tide them over. What do you do? Take their heroes to a club! GURPS Encounters: The Harrowed Hearts Club lets you drop a memorable locale – complete with customization tips and exciting situations – into your modern and near-modern campaigns, including GURPS Action, GURPS Monster Hunters, and GURPS Horror. Your ticket to the club is a download away from Warehouse 23!

November 8, 2019: Autoduel Weekly: Black Friday Kickstarter Launch!

Work continues on Car Wars Sixth Edition, with lots of energy going into the construction of the Kickstarter campaign page. Building a page is never easy, but creating an attractive, information-packed page for our biggest game of 2020 is more challenging than you may realize. Getting all of the graphic assets in place, the manufacturing costs nailed down, the stretch goals ready, and the near-endless other details prepped consumes a lot more bandwidth than any other Kickstarter campaign we have run this year.

Still, we're on track for a November 29 launch! For those who join us on that very first day of the project, we have a Black Friday special reward level coming. You are planning to join us on Day One, right? You won't want to miss out on Uncle Albert's Black Friday special. This is gonna be epic!

Note: To receive email notification when the Car Wars project goes live, please follow both the Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 pages on Kickstarter.

Phil Reed


Warehouse 23 News: Mighty Battles For The Mortal Realms

The Eight Realms of Warhammer Age of Sigmar form a new battleground for Munchkin players to explore – by which we mean kill monsters and take their stuff, obviously. Order Munchkin Warhammer Age of Sigmar now on Warehouse 23!

November 7, 2019: Car Wars Fans, Uncle Al Has A Deal For You!

[Image] Car Wars Sixth Edition is coming to Kickstarter on Black Friday, and Uncle Al and his crew have been working overtime to prepare a special deal for those who join the Kickstarter campaign on that first day – November 29th.

We can already hear you asking: "What's the special deal?" That's a surprise, gang, but we can say that you won't want to miss out on this pack of new weapons and accessories for use with Car Wars Sixth Edition. And, best of all, this special bonus for first-day project backers will grow as the campaign gains more and more supporters! 

The bonus is FREE to Day One backers. For those who get the word late, it will be available as an add-on item . . . but NOT free. Save your bucks, join the Car Wars Sixth Edition campaign on Black Friday, and take advantage of Uncle Al's generosity. We hope to see all of you there!!!

Note: To receive email notification when the Car Wars project goes live, please follow both the Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 pages on Kickstarter.

Phil Reed
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Warehouse 23 News: Munchkin Mighty Monsters!

You and your monster buddies are hanging out in the dungeon, just waiting to wallop some munchkins . . . but there are just too many of them! A fast-playing, stand-alone card game based in the world of Steve Jackson's best-selling Munchkin. Order Munchkin Mighty Monsters today at Warehouse 23!

November 6, 2019: GURPS On Demand

[Image] Modern print-on-demand publishing is a miracle. Thanks to improvements in POD technology over the years, we're now able to keep more GURPS books in-print, even when the demand is too low to justify traditional printing methods.

At the moment, we have dozens of titles available as a part of our GURPS On Demand program. The books may be ordered directly from Amazon and, once you place an order, the Amazon systems print and ship the selected book to your home. Better still, the technology means that those of you outside the United States may order from your local Amazon site; this makes delivery cheaper and faster than if you were to order from us directly through Warehouse 23.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Friends In High Places

When you're fighting the forces of darkness, sometimes it helps to have a higher purpose. GURPS Monster Hunters 6: Holy Hunters expands the options of faith-driven champions in GURPS Monster Hunters, with new abilities, gamer-useful info, and even more monsters to fight. Just a download away from Warehouse 23? You better believe it!

November 5, 2019: Munchkin: Quacked Quest Launching November 19!

[TEXT THAT WILL BE SHOWN IF IMAGE DOES NOT LOAD] The Munchkin universe is going to explode into the digital world this November 19! Asmodée Digital is launching Munchkin: Quacked Quest on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam (PC only). Race through weird and silly dungeons, pick up weird and silly weapons, and defeat weird and silly monsters on your quest to level up and collect the most ducks! Here's a gameplay video.

Munchkin: Quacked Quest can be played in solo or multiplayer mode, and with the wide choice of platforms, you can play it on the go (Switch) or on the couch (PS4, Xbox One, Steam). Choose your class (warrior, thief, cleric, or wizard) and race (orc, elf, dwarf, or halfling). Grab high-powered weapons and nifty items. Gang up on skeletons, chickens, and potted plants. But don't turn your back on your "friends," or they'll toss you into a pit and get to the loot first! 

We broke the news about this game release in a previous Illuminator. Now, we have a confirmed launch date – just in time to pit your family and friends against one another over Thanksgiving! Preorders are open already, with 15% off for any preorder on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or Steam. So get ready to run for those ducks!

Alain H. Dawson

 

Warehouse 23 News: Adventure Is On The Menu!

Scads of GURPS Dungeon Fantasy adventures begin with a trip to the local watering hole. Bring these classic locales to life with GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 10: Taverns. Discover the ins and outs of inns and outings, including new rules, character options, and four ready-to-use taverns. A heroic night out begins with a download from Warehouse 23!

November 4, 2019: Autoduel Weekly: Rulebook Progress

If you're not following us on Facebook, you may have missed out on some recent posts where we shared our progress on the Car Wars Sixth Edition rulebook. With less than four weeks to go until the Kickstarter launch, everything Car Wars is shifting into high gear at the office and we're mashing down hard on that accelerator as we work to get everything ready for GO! Just another week and the rulebook will be final, by which we mean it will be ready for another round of proofing . . . but all of the art and graphics will be locked down and ready for print!


Note: To receive email notification when the Car Wars project goes live, please follow both the Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 pages on Kickstarter.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: It's A Weird, Weird, Weird, Weird World

Discover the weirdness all around you with GURPS Classic: Illuminati. And for even more shadows to twitch at the edges of your perception, check out Pyramid #3/59: Conspiracies, an assortment of articles ready to add elements of "the bigger picture" to your campaigns. Download both today from Warehouse 23 . . . if you dare!

November 3, 2019: A Supplement For Illuminati !

Secrets Man Was Not Meant To KNow Between Illuminati cards that didn't make it into the new edition, INWO cards that deserved translation, and new ideas yanked from today's headlines, we had enough for a 125-card supplement to Illuminati. So look for it in 2020. Our working title is Alternative Facts.

Yes, this includes the New World Order cards and the Artifacts! So the new Illuminati, Shangri-La, can use the Spear of Longinus during a period of "Fanatics Unite" to take over the suddenly cooperative Paparazzi with the Special Persecutor. Now imagine what the daily news looks like . . . 

The art in this supplement matches the new edition – it was all done by Lar deSouza, who we really like working with. Here's a sample.

(In other news, Lar is currently wrapping up illustrations for a new game that we've not yet revealed. Not to mention the Munchkin work he has done for us over the years, including the three mini-expansions that were on Kickstarter earlier this year, as well as a new dice bag design. -PR)

Look for Alternative Facts in your news stream, every day; look for the game box around midyear, maybe at convention time. It hasn't gone to press yet, but it's about to.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Places To Go

Get ready-to-use locales for your GURPS games. Pyramid #3/116: Locations contains a haunted film school, a space station, and a "city of ships." Pyramid #3/117: Hot Spots features early 20th-century Paris, a Renaissance noble's villa, and the city of Victoria (from Transhuman Space)! Download either or both today, from Warehouse 23!