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July 20, 2019: Kickstarter Reports, July Update

The majority of our Kickstarter efforts over the last month have been centered around dealing with international fulfillment. It seems that no matter how much time, money, sweat, and stress we throw at the situation, international fulfillment of Kickstarter rewards is a painful experience. It is bad enough, many times, that we have to start weighing the pros and cons of even offering international rewards. For many nations, the number of backers is so low that we potentially lose revenue by including that country in a campaign. But we continue to look at the situation seeking a reliable, efficient, and cost-effective solution. No luck as of yet . . .

With that said, here's the latest news on our active Kickstarter campaigns.

The Fantasy Trip: Decks of Destiny
  • April 29 to June 3
  • 1,172 backers and on schedule
  • BackerKit surveys and preorders are now open (preorder today!), the project is at print, and we're down to the routine of tooling, production, and final assembly. Everything is slightly ahead of schedule; we're sure to consume any time we gained long before we reach the finish line.
Three Mini-Expansions for Munchkin!
  • March 25 to April 12
  • 1,331 backers and on schedule
  • The project is making its way across the ocean and is expected at our fulfillment warehouse in August.
Bag of Bags
  • March 31 to April 1
  • 287 backers and on schedule
  • The project is making its way across the ocean and is expected at our fulfillment warehouse in August.
Powered by GURPS: Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2 & Game Reprint
  • March 4 to March 22
  • 1,019 backers and on schedule
  • The project is making its way across the ocean and is expected at our fulfillment warehouse in August.
Pocket Box Games of the Eighties
  • January 30 to March 1
  • 1,974 backers and behind schedule.
  • Scanning continues. Tooling samples continue to come in. We're doing all we can to wrap up the early stages of manufacturing, but we refuse to rush the factory and risk producing games that we're not proud of. Everything that we have seen so far looks incredible!
The Fantasy Trip Adventures
  • January 2 to January 14
  • 1,375 backers and on schedule
  • The project is making its way across the ocean and is expected at our fulfillment warehouse in August.
Ogre Battlefields
  • December 5 to December 28
  • 1,401 backers and on schedule
  • It's at the fulfillment warehouse and working its way through the process of packing and shipping to backers.
Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius
  • November 1 to November 21
  • 2,195 backers and on schedule
  • Many backers have their rewards. The remaining packages are being handled as fast as possible. We expect this project to not appear again in this report.
That's a total of 8 active projects:
  • 2 now mailing to backers.
  • 4 on the water.
  • 2 at the factory.
As we mentioned last month, our ability to produce new titles is running into the limitations of the Kickstarter platform. We're exploring new crowdfunding options – see Ogre Miniatures Set 3 – and working out how best to use the various crowdfunding tools available to us. It may be possible that we need to create and manage a crowdfunding system on Warehouse 23; right now, all we can say for sure is that we're looking at all possibilities when it comes to direct-to-you titles and crowdfunding new projects.

To keep close track of our Kickstarter efforts, we recommend following both the Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 accounts, as well as liking and following our Facebook page.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Jurassic Munchkin!

Munchkin meets the Jurassic age! (We were so preoccupied with whether we could, we didn't stop to think if we should . . . but that's never stopped us before!) Our newest expansion, Munchkin 9 - Jurassic Snark, takes munchkins to a long-gone era to fight dangers they've never before encountered. Order your copy today at Warehouse 23!

July 19, 2019: Ogre Miniatures Painting Contest - FnordCon 2019 Winners!!

During the weekend of April 6-7, in Austin, we held FnordCon in Austin. Part of the convention fun was an Ogre Miniatures Painting Contest.

Prior to the weekend we announced we would be playing a LOT of Ogre and holding an Ogre miniatures painting contest. We had two divisions for entries including Photo (allowing people to submit their entries via email prior to the convention weekend) and Live (for those who wanted to bring a pre-painted piece OR sit down at our paint-and-take table and paint one on the spot).  Everyone was permitted to submit two painted miniatures in their chosen division from which we would select the winners. 

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We received some really great entries ahead of time, as you can see in the photo album on our Facebook page.  And there were lots of minis painted during the weekend.  Each division had both very simple to very elaborate designs. 1st place winners received a pre-press copy of the Ogrezine magazine, 2nd place winners received one of the new M6 or M7 Ogre playmats, and honorable mentions received a set of Ogre dice. 

The winners of the Photo Division were:  

1st Place: Richard Meaden of Toronto, Ontario

2nd Place: Cat Reddington-Wilde of Malden, MA

Honorable Mention: Jean-Francois Briere of Miller's Falls, MA

Honorable Mention: Roland Boshnack of Chicago, IL

 

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The winners of the Live Division were: 

1st Place: Mike Dunn of Austin, TX

2nd Place: John Beeman

Honorable Mention: Allen Smith of Georgetown, TX

Honorable Mention: Steven Collins of Round Rock, TX

We thank everyone who participated and look forward to seeing what you come up with for FnordCon 2020 – stay tuned for details!! Happy painting!!

Julie Yeager

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Warehouse 23 News: Become A Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirl!

Life is good when you're a Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirl. Enjoy a life of larceny and mayhem as you embark on one Caper after another. Defeat every challenge the galaxy throws at you, from the Friendly Guard Puppies all the way to the Fiendish Death Trap. It's never been a better time to become a Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirl! Order SPANC now on Warehouse 23!

July 18, 2019: Munchkin Bricks 2

CrazyBricks has launched its second Munchkin project on Kickstarter. The first one was, of course, a raving success. This time, you can get the Excessively Large Top Hat, Chibithulhu, Spyke's Hammer, tavern flagons and tankards, and Shakespeare's Pike, as well as an exclusive Munchkin card and a bookmark included with every pledge! And more, and more.

Support it right here. Almost halfway to the basic goal already, as this is typed, but we want those sweet stretch goals too!

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Plan Your Trip To The Moon With A Bang!

The lunar shell presented in GURPS Classic: Steampunk lets you get to the moon in style . . . by getting shot out of a giant cannon! Augment that award-winning volume with GURPS Fourth Edition updates that provide more info on gear, vehicles, characters, and even the genre itself. Download them all today from Warehouse 23!

July 17, 2019: Ogre Miniatures Set 3 Now On Indiegogo

[Image] In our recent report on active Kickstarter campaigns, we wrote:

"One of the things we're learning as we expand our crowdfunding efforts is that our ability to create and track projects exceeds the limitations and restrictions of the tools we've been using. For that reason, we're exploring other crowdfunding and direct-to-you options for funding some of the projects that we have in the works."

Since that Daily Illuminator entry, we've selected Indiegogo as the home for upcoming Ogre crowdfunding campaigns. This is, obviously, an experiment, so things may change as we test the waters. But a few days ago, we launched Ogre Miniatures Set 3 on Indiegogo, which is now in the funding period. If successful, this campaign brings both the Doppelsoldner and Ogre Mark VI miniatures to plastic, so now is your chance to back the new campaign to help make this a reality.

As always, we encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notification when new projects and experiments go live. We'll update the Daily Illuminator, as always, but those two social-media channels are the best way to get early notice when we bring something new into the spotlight.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Tabletop Adventures' Anniversary Sale!

Tabletop Adventures is celebrating their fifteenth anniversary as a company! In honor of this auspicious event, they are offering a discount of 25% off all their electronic products through July 31. Tabletop Adventures sells descriptive products that provide "Help for the Harried Game Master," as well as other resources for GMs or players. Their system-neutral products support nearly any fantasy system as well as modern and science-fiction games. Celebrate their anniversary by buying yourself a present!

July 16, 2019: Another Great Big TFT Box

Steve with Decks of Destiny proof Our new TFT set, Decks of Destiny, goes to the printer this week – we just finished the pre-mortem on it. That was a lot of paper to go through! The set has hundreds of cards. It has folders. It has megahexes. It has character-record bookmarks. It is a Lot of Stuff.

The fun starts when you open the box. To help keep track of the Stuff, we have a "Read This First" page, and on the back is a no-type version of the octopus soothsayer from the cover – suitable for framing, worship, wrapping fish, or whatever you do with game posters. I have been known to refer to this as the Octoposter, but that's not getting as many giggles as I had hoped.

In addition to the 70 creatures in the set (it was 60, but BackerKit goals were met), there are a bunch of wizards of different races and levels, and two sets of intelligent foes: 24 Orcs and 9 Octopi. (That, by the way, is the official TFT plural, and fie on you, Mirriam-Webster.)

The Labyrinth cards, created by Guy McLimore, will let you plan out a labyrinth quickly without ever setting pen to paper, and Phil Reed's roll table in the top of the box will give you lots of ideas for populating that cavern.

And there's more, lots more . . . and even more in the add-ons. We went a bit overboard here and we hope you like it. This is not intended as a set to admire and put away. We want you to PLAY with it!

Steve Jackson

NOTE: For those of you who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, the BackerKit preorders are open for another two or three weeks. This is your chance to preorder the Decks of Destiny expansion at the Kickstarter price; once we release this on Warehouse 23, it will be pricier. There's just too much stuff for us to continue to sell the expansion at that Kickstarter bargain. Preorder today! - PR

Warehouse 23 News: Comics And T-Shirts 75% Off!

You read, right? You wear shirts, right? So this is a no-brainer. While supplies last, you can pick up a Munchkin Comic or three, and enough *T-shirts that you won't have to do laundry for a while. And that's a goal. Right?

*T-shirts priced as marked on W23. Some designs do not qualify for this sale.

 

July 15, 2019: Congratulations, Bebo!

[Image] Bebo of Be Bold Games has a new book coming out this week . . . and it is one that you're going to want! The Everything Tabletop Games Book, Bebo's look at the modern boardgame hobby, gives an introduction and overview of games ranging from Catan to Munchkin. I've got my copy on preorder and will be sitting down to enjoy it as soon as it arrives.

We need more books about the industry, and I'm looking forward to reading Bebo's thoughts on several of my favorite games.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Gloomy Space!

Keeping with the tradition of Gloom, in Gloom in Space, you make your rag-tag band of starfaring heroes miserable – and then kill them! The most miserable crew wins. (While Gloom in Space is a stand-alone title, it's compatible with all existing Gloom core games and expansions.) Get the misery started on Warehouse 23!

July 14, 2019: Alexa Has An Illuminated Skill

You knew it had to happen. The Secret Masters have infiltrated the Mafia, the Pentagon, FIFA, Wall Street, the Goldfish Fanciers, the Republicans and the Democrats and Labour and the Tories . . . and now they've infiltrated Amazon's Alexa voice-activated application service.

Yes, now you can receive secret messages from the Illuminati in the comfort of your own bedroom (or living room, or kitchen, or anywhere you have an Alexa-enabled device)! We have Creede Lambard, SJ Games alumnus and card-carrying Evil Genius, to thank. Here's how:

1. Tell your Alexa-enabled device, 'Alexa, enable Secret Knowledge.'

It is possible that voice activation won't be available at your clearance level and you'll get a list of other skills that have 'Knowledge' in their titles. If so, don't let this diversionary tactic distract you. Sign in to your Amazon account (the one your Alexa device is registered with) and go to this URL – https://alexa.amazon.com/spa/index.html#skills/dp/B07V1HWYXG – or search Alexa's skills for 'Secret Knowledge.' Click the 'Enable' button in the upper right-hand corner.

Congratulations! You're a member of a secret conspiracy! But then you already were, or you wouldn't be reading this. (If you have trouble enabling this skill, remove the tinfoil hat from your Alexa device and try again.)

2. Whenever you feel the need for a message from the Illuminati, ask Alexa for one with a phrase like:

'Alexa, tell Secret Knowledge to give me a message from the Illuminati.'
or, 'Alexa, tell Secret Knowledge to give me a fnord.'
or, 'Alexa, tell Secret Knowledge to illuminate me.'

These are only a few of the many different ways you can ask Alexa for your personal, custom-crafted, randomly generated bit of secret knowledge.

3. Spread the word. After all, one of the worst-kept secrets about a secret conspiracy is, the more people who know about it, the more fun it is.

Thanks, and remember . . . "Boba Fett brings the hamster to the Sydney Opera House fnord"

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Expand Your Battles!

. . . with Munchkin Warhammer 40,000's first expansion, Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Faith and Firepower! This 112-card set includes two new Armies: the Sisters of Battle, some of the most elite Imperial soldiers around, and the T'au, who make terrifying enemies . . . or stalwart allies in the war against Chaos. Plus lots of new loot and horrible monsters to fight! Order now on Warehouse 23!

July 13, 2019: Deadly Doodles Review By Boardgames & Bourbon

Our upcoming draw 'n' draw game, Deadly Doodles, doesn't reach game stores until next month, but we're already seeing some great buzz after selling through all the copies we took to Origins last month. The game plays fast, is great for all ages, and has demoed quite well at every show that we have taken it to this year. Now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can get your first look at Deadly Doodles in this short video review from Boardgames & Bourbon.

The review mentions our use of B&W cards and dry-erase board, and I wanted to take a moment to explain. Color in this style of game makes it difficult for some players to easily absorb the info, and we wanted everyone – yes, even me and my failing eyesight – to understand the symbols on the cards and dry-erase boards. So we selected B&W to make the game as easy for everyone to see as possible.

Enjoy the review, and don't forget to preorder Deadly Doodles at your favorite local game store!


Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: It's Like A Treasure Chest Of Words

Get ready for a small package of big fun for The Fantasy Trip! With The Fantasy Trip Hexagram - Issue #1, you'll get new encounters, ideas, and items to add to your favorite classic dungeon-delving game. It's available in print or as a download from Warehouse 23!

July 12, 2019: Warehouse 23 Top Ten For June 2019

The Fantasy Trip Legacy Edition Did you know Warehouse 23 has been in operation for almost 20 years? That's a lot of cardboard, tape, and packing peanuts! In those two decades, we've made changes, had several revamps, and even had two different stores at one point (one for digital products and one for physical products), with the most recent version of the store being several years old. Of course, all those years provided lots of data, so we thought a monthly top-ten of both physical and digital items might be interesting information to pass along.

No surprise seeing The Fantasy Trip Legacy Edition, Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, or Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe in the top ten. These are relatively new releases, all within the last year, that will continue to be top sellers. Another non-surprise is seeing the fan-favorite Illuminati, 2nd Edition continue to have steady sales – and with Illuminati Coins just missing top five, now is the best time to take over the world!

Some surprises, of course, are both Munchkin Quest and Nanuk cracking the top ten. Both these titles have been out-of-print for quite some time, so if you haven't picked them up, now is the time.

On the digital side, it's exciting to see folks taking advantage of the recent sale to pick up digital copies of the two volumes of the GURPS Basic Set and the GURPS Character Assistant software. June also saw the release of two items perfect for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy or Dungeon Fantasy RPG fans, which helped ensure that half of the Top 10 was taken by crypt-crawling excitement. And it's interesting how two popular titles – Totems and Nature Spirits and Steampunk 3: Soldiers and Scientists – added new character-creation options.

Philip Villarreal and Steven Marsh
Top Ten, June 2019
Physical Digital
1. The Fantasy Trip Legacy Edition 1. GURPS Basic Set: Characters and Campaigns
2. Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 2. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Treasures 3: Artifacts of Felltower
3. Munchkin Quest 3. Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2
4. Munchkin Marvel 3: Cosmic Chaos 4. Discworld Roleplaying Game
5. Nanuk 5. Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game
6. Illuminati Coins 6. GURPS Powers: Totems and Nature Spirits
7. Illuminati, 2nd Edition 7. GURPS Character Assistant
8. Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe 8. GURPS Basic Set: Characters
9. Munchkin Starfinder I Want It All! 9. GURPS Steampunk 3: Soldiers and Scientists
10. Munchkin Cthulhu 10. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 20: Slayers


Warehouse 23 News: More Critters For Your Crypts!

Add 24 new monsters to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game with Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2. Each monster is described, detailed, statted, and illustrated, and each includes ideas for how to change them to make them even more interesting. The full-color PDF is now available to download from Warehouse 23!

July 11, 2019: Dominate The World In Mars Attacks: The Dice Game!

[Image] Mars Attacks: The Dice Game is as fast, wild, and destructive as when it was first introduced at the New York Toy Fair in 2014. We ran demos of the game at Origins last month, and the big surprise was the number of attendees who had never heard of it before. We did so well showing the game off at Origins that we sold every copy we had at the show!

Fortunately, we have more copies of Mars Attacks: The Dice Game in stock today. We will absolutely take copies with us to Gen Con next month, and get the game onto the demo tables so we can introduce it to even more gamers.

You don't have to wait until Gen Con to play Mars Attacks: The Dice Game, though. Order your copy today at Warehouse 23 and you'll soon be blasting cities and sending your Martians to take selfies at monuments across the United States.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Deadly Doodles!

In Deadly Doodles, 1–4 players simultaneously draw paths through a dangerous dungeon. Draw cards, draw a path through your dungeon, and rack up points! Collect loot and fight monsters . . . or run away screaming! Can you defeat the dragon for the big score? Only one way to find out. Preorder now on Warehouse 23!

July 10, 2019: Cthulhu Coins Are Coming

Our Illuminati Coins project (available now on Warehouse 23) went amazingly well, with tens of thousands of individual coins produced, thanks to the support of our backers on Kickstarter. The end result (metal coins designed by Alex Fernandez) turned out great – and we had such a good time creating them that we have more designs in the works.

Coming soon are these metal Cthulhu Coins (also designed by Alex). This project is at the factory and set to release at Warehouse 23 later this year . . . or you can preorder the coins today at BackerKit! The set includes 10 coins total; see the description at BackerKit for the coin breakdown.

Phil Reed

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Warehouse 23 News: Complete Your Collection!

The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin Complete Edition takes on the Wild West! Forget dragons and goblins – Jackalopes and Davy Croc have just as much treasure. Those plains may seem wide open, but there's lots of monsters to kill and lots of stuff to take. Order now on Warehouse 23!

July 9, 2019: Deadly Doodles At Gen Con!

[Image] We've now confirmed that we're 99% likely to have copies of Deadly Doodles for sale at Gen Con next month. The game was our biggest hit at Origins last month (as reported here), and we're doing all that we can to receive the inventory and ship cartons of the game to our Gen Con booth. If you're at Gen Con next month, be sure to swing by early and give the game a try; Sam and Randy did a fantastic job with the design, and it has performed remarkably well at every show we've taken it to this year.

If you can't make it to Gen Con, please preorder Deadly Doodles at your favorite local game store today. It is set to ship to distributors early next month and should be in stores everywhere by the end of August. If you're a fan of Katie Cook's artwork, dungeon-crawl adventures, and family games, then you want Deadly Doodles in your collection and at your game table to enjoy with friends and family. This one is a blast!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Storage In Style!

Too many Munchkin cards, not enough space? Look no further than the Munchkin Monster Box – with room for over 2,000 Munchkin cards, Kill-O-Meter, and Level Playing Field! Oh, and some Dungeons and Seals! And . . . well, you get the idea. Order yours now on Warehouse 23!