Daily Illuminator Archive for August 2015

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August 1, 2015:
I'm really excited about the return of Car Wars: The Card Game. While it's completely different in gameplay from the original Car Wars, the game's basic idea -- drive fast, shoot your buddies, blow stuff up -- remains gloriously intact . . . read article

August 2, 2015:
Good gracious! When Steve went to Brick Fiesta two weekends ago, he was suddenly turned into a LEGO figure. . . . just kidding, don't panic . . . read article

August 3, 2015:
Here's the new project from Guy Himber, aka CrazyBricks, who did the Munchkin Bricks project. Crazy Arms will be of great interest to those who like to build little vignettes with their LEGO minifigs, and absolutely zero interest (yea, verily, negative numbers!) to anyone else . . . read article

August 4, 2015:
Due to a major water leak, our offices are closed. We won't be able to ship W23 orders until we reopen; it will be a few days . . . read article

August 5, 2015:
We've been publishing GURPS Traveller sourcebooks since 1998, and we are very proud of the work we've done. But good things sometimes come to an end . . . read article

August 6, 2015:
Scott has been hard at work on Car Wars sixth edition, and in celebration of our increased in-house playtesting I've shared photos and thoughts of two of the sessions over at BGG. Vroom!!! . . . read article

August 7, 2015:
As we mentioned in the DI on August 4, our office experienced some flooding from a failed pipe joint. We lost some furniture (including, unfortunately, our massive conference room table -- game day won't be the same!) and various items that were stacked on floors . . . read article

August 8, 2015:
Did you know we're having a pre-launch party for Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe? On August 13, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m . . . read article

August 9, 2015:
For those who saw Mad Max: Fury Road, a super LEGO fan has created a version of the Doof Wagon with functional speakers. They are calling it the LEGO "Morale Machine," because . . . of course it is . . . read article

August 10, 2015:
As part of next year's 15th anniversary celebrations for Munchkin, SJ Games is partnering with several talented artists to create Guest Artist Editions of several Deluxe-style Munchkin games . . . including some that have never been Deluxed before! (It is too a word . . . read article

August 11, 2015:
Munchkin Christmas Lite, our upcoming special holiday-themed Munchkin set, isn't scheduled for release until November. Fortunately, the wonders of the internet allow us to share a peek in the box early . . . read article

August 12, 2015:
I had a fabulous time at CaptainCon over the weekend of July 18th and 19th, in Taunton. This was the first MIB representation of SJ Games at CaptainCon, and I am very glad that I stepped up to volunteer . . . read article

August 13, 2015:
Many of you know that the Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe launch party is today. But did you know that the eBay auction we are running benefits an amazing children's charity, Superhero Kids? . . . read article

August 14, 2015:
Temptation lurks in noisome labs, at moonlit crossroads, or amid torchlit catacombs. A descent into darkness can begin with the best of ideas or the most innocent of items . . . read article

August 15, 2015:
If you visit your FLGS today then you will find the latest Munchkin release from our partners at USAopoly. A new expansion for Munchkin Zombies that brings the most popular zombie survival comic book to your game table, Munchkin Zombies: The Walking Dead was one of those surprises we shared with the world earlier this year . . . read article

August 16, 2015:
All sorts of stories place a focus on learning: boot camp, training montages, university tales, schools for super-powered tyros, and more. At last, this rich vein of roleplaying possibility is no longer a footnote, thanks to GURPS Social Engineering: Back to School . . . read article

August 17, 2015:
Last week, we announced the Guest Artist Edition series of Munchkin games scheduled for release throughout 2016. Today, we want to give you an early peek at some of Ian McGinty's sketches from the first set: Munchkin Guest Artist Edition . . . read article

August 18, 2015:
Hey, folks! We've got a couple of cool new things coming out in December! Munchkin Steampunk SCIENCE! . . . read article

August 19, 2015:
Remember when we told you that Len Peralta was doing a guest edition of Star Munchkin? Watch him ink the cover at speed . . . read article

August 20, 2015:
A while back, we coordinated with an organization called Operation Supply Drop. Their mission is a good one: get games out to troops so that they have fun things to do in their down time . . . read article

August 21, 2015:
The Men in Black will be attending PAX! MIBs will be hosting open demos in the Corral on level 2, under the escalators, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m . . . read article

August 22, 2015:
Just in time for the holidays, Munchkin Game Changers will change your Munchkin games in totally fun and unexpected ways! Munchkin Game Changers Want more silly cards for your Munchkin game? Some cool level counters? . . . read article

August 23, 2015:
Self/Less didn't get the greatest reviews (IMDB), but the soundtrack -- by Antonio Pinto and Dudu Aram -- is fabulous! I discovered this a few weeks ago, and I had lots of time during the flight home from Gen Con to absorb all 20 tracks on the album . . . read article

August 24, 2015:
I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with the very talented Len Peralta. He has worked with us before, lending his talent to the Munchkin: The Guild booster . . . read article

August 25, 2015:
Fan Expo in Canada is one of the biggest geek conventions in the northern hemisphere and, this year, Andrew Hackard the Munchkin Czar and CEO Phil Reed will be attending the convention as gaming featured guests. More than that, though, they'll be doing signings, panels, and all sorts of great stuff while they're there . . . read article

August 26, 2015:
As we recently announced, the latest release from our partners at USAopoly, Munchkin Zombies: The Walking Dead, is now in stores. This 56-card tuckbox expansion for use with Munchkin Zombies brings the world of Skybound's The Walking Dead comic book to your game table, giving you twisted new cards like Sliced and Diced! and Bucket of Feet and new monsters including Rick and Michonne . . . read article

August 27, 2015:
Not long ago, BoardGameGeek released I Hate Zombies, a quick card game designed by Kevin Wilson. When I dropped by our temporary Orange office today, I Hate Zombies was on the table . . . read article

August 28, 2015:
In addition to the fantastic interview of Atlas Games' Keith Baker, done by Board Game Geek at Gen Con 2015 in the video below, we decided to do our own questioning. Furthermore we snagged a question from our Twitter followers! . . . read article

August 29, 2015:
Every month we receive a report from Ross, our Director of Sales, in which he lists our top selling games of the previous month. We thought that some of you might enjoy a peek behind the curtain, so here's our top 12 titles for July of 2015 . . . read article

August 30, 2015:
August's lineup of new releases has been full of awesome. One of our biggest releases of the year, Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe, features the artwork of Phil Foglio (Girl Genius) . . . read article

August 31, 2015:
When we were first working on Munchkin Fu, John Kovalic, our usual artist for all things Munchkin, had a lot of stuff already on his plate and couldn't do Fu. The slacker . . . read article

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