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December 14, 2017: The Eight Day Holiday Giveaway On Facebook!

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:04
With Christmas right around the corner and holiday shopping in full swing, we're feeling the giving spirit. Eight days of it, even!

8 Day Holiday Giveaway

We're giving away a new prize every day during the Eight Day Holiday Giveaway on Facebook! We've already given away our furry friends Simon's Cat Card Game and Super Kitty Bug Slap, and if you're quick enough, you can enter to win a Munchkin holiday prize pack! The rules are simple: Like our page, React to the post, and follow the instruction on what comment to leave, before the contest end time. See the individual contest posts for detailed rules. 

Make sure you check the page daily for more contests; we've still got five more to go! And if you happen to catch the giving spirit this holiday season, make sure to check out the Munchkin Gift Pack, available at local game stores now. It's got three games wrapped up and ready for the tree!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: A Lite Take On Munchkin

Killing monsters, backstabbing your friends, looting treasure . . . admit it, you love it. But maybe you'd like a quick, "lite" version. Well, we have just the thing! With Munchkin Lite, you get the madness of the original Munchkin with a quicker play time. Order today at Warehouse 23!

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December 13, 2017: Steve Signing This Weekend At Go! Games & Toys!

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:04
Go! Games & Toys The day is almost here! Steve Jackson will be signing at Go! Games & Toys in Barton Creek Mall this Saturday, December 16, from 3-5 p.m.!

Come by the store with your favorite SJ Games swag, and Steve will mark it up and make it unique! If you have anything that gets a bonus when signed (especially by Steve), this opportunity only happens once in a blue moon. But if you don't have swag to sign, don't fret. Go! Games & Toys will have Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe and Super Kitty Bug Slap on hand for a last-minute signature. Plus, signed games make great gifts for the SJ Games fan in your life! 

This will also be a great time to try out Super Kitty Bug Slap! We'll be demoing this game of fast-slapping action, so you can pick up your own copy right after you try it. It's a great stocking stuffer for the cat fan (and why not get it signed while you're there?). 

Bring your Munchkin, Car Wars, Ogre, and any other SJ Games merch to the mall on Saturday, December 16, from 3-5 p.m., and have it defaced by the man who started it all!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: The Fastest Paws In The Land

Grab the coolest cats you can find for some bug-slappin' action in this speedy card game of quick thinking and swift paws. Only the fastest paws will win! Order Super Kitty Bug Slap from Warehouse 23 today!
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December 12, 2017: Our Vanishing Supply Of Munchkin Holiday Grab Box(es)

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:03
Holiday Grab Box It's the holidays, gang, and that means it is time to find gifts for your favorite person . . . yourself! Wait. No. Stop. I'm being told that this festive time of year is about gifts for others. So it is best to focus on finding gifts for your favorite person . . . you, on Christmas morning! After all, a future version of yourself is a totally different person, right? Makes perfect sense to me. (This may be why I am not invited to gift exchanges.)

Fortunately, we know exactly what you want: lots of loot! And that's why we assembled the Munchkin Holiday Grab Box and even larger Munchkin Santa-Sized Holiday Grab Box. Each of these is a giant mailer box loaded with Munchkin loot; it was thanks to the support of your fellow Munchkin collectors that these crates of cheer were created and released into the wild. We've mailed hundreds of these boxes already, and we're watching the shelves empty out as Christmas grows closer and closer, meaning that there will be a sad day not too far in the future when all these boxes are gone.

Exactly what loot is packed into each box? That would be telling. Every box is randomized, though, so even if we gave you an itemized list of what is in one box, there's no guarantee that a second box would have identical contents. It's a surprise, so jump in with both feet and load down your favorite person – you, remember? – with Munchkin gear for the holidays! I suppose that you could give one of these boxes to a friend, but if you do, make absolutely certain that your friend invites you over to play Munchkin on Christmas Eve. It's the last chance to do something nice before Santa shows up . . .

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Santa-Sized Holiday Grab Boxes!

Have a friend or family member who has never been introduced to the world of Munchkin? We have the perfect gift for them this holiday season! With the Munchkin Santa-Sized Holiday Grab Box, you get over $200 worth of Munchkin goodies for only $120! Not only does this box contains a deluxe game, a ton of accessories and swag, it also has its own special rule! Grab yours now at Warehouse 23!
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December 11, 2017: Be The Architect With Castellan!

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:02
Castellan Feel like giving your noggin some exercise? Try Castellan on for size!

Designed by Beau Beckett, Castellan is a really fun way to strengthen your spatial-awareness skills. Two players work together to build a castle. As you add walls, you enclose courtyards that you claim with a Keep. Every tower in that courtyard gives you points! The game comes with cards that determine what pieces you can use each turn, but you need to plan the best way to place them.

This game speaks to those who want to build their strategy skills in a fun way, since you can and should plan your moves to get the most points while blocking your opponent from scoring. The game's plastic components are beautifully detailed, letting you see your courtyards grow in the course of the game.

Castellan is perfect for families - it keeps adult minds sharp and helps kids grow their spatial ability while giving them something tangible to play with. (Okay, the play value is good for adults, too.) Plus, its simple mechanics are easy to learn. Castellan received a Recommended designation by Mensa in 2015, so you know it's good for your little one's brain! Plus, if you also buy the international edition, you can expand the game to include up to four players.

Those who love strategy and building things will find this satisfyingly challenging, no matter your age. It's an engaging way to exercise your brain – your most important body part, without question!

To see more of the components and get a quick rules rundown, like our Facebook page and watch our #SJGamesLive stream, featuring a Castellan unboxing and how-to-play! 

So hurry up and get Castellan at your friendly local game store or Warehouse 23.

Tyeera Garza

Warehouse 23 News: The War Is Raging . . .

Ogre Sixth Edition is a desperate contest between a super-intelligent, bloodthirsty, AI-controlled tank and the squads of infantry, armor, and artillery fighting to stop its advance. You can be the Ogre and ruthlessly steamroll the humans in your way, or play the defenders, trying to defeat it at any cost. See how long you last in the fastest and deadliest warfare ever – get your copy from Warehouse 23 now! 
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December 10, 2017: The Krampus: Santa's Better Half

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:01
Krampus I'm a huge fan of holidays, especially Christmas, and as such, I spend a lot of time reading about the history of these days we hold dear. One of my favorite tales is that of the Krampus, which varies from culture to culture but is generally some kind of half-demon that punishes wicked children. That's right; Santa wasn't always doling out sticks and coal to bad little children; he hung out with a goat-man that wanted to whip them. 

While most Americans who celebrate Christmas tend to recognize Christmas Eve and Day as the primary celebrations, there have been many variations throughout history, and a lot of them involved our demon Krampus. My favorite involves the Feast of St. Nicholas, traditionally held on December 6. In Europe, the eve of the feast, December 5, was once called Krampusnacht (Krampus Night in German, though it had different names depending on the region). This was the night Krampus visited homes and businesses to whip wicked little kids with branches or whips. He even carted some of the evil children away for potential drownings. But hey, it's all good, Saint Nicholas is there with some toys, probably, right?

So seeing as we made it past December 5, I assume you've all been good this year, and the Krampus hasn't decended on your homes. But stay on guard; the legend of the Krampus seems to be making a comeback. Featured in movies and TV (warning, potentially graphic content), and even festivals and celebrations seem to be growing in popularity for this wintery wanderer. National Geographic has a great video about the history, as well; definitely worth a view for the costumes alone. Watch your hindquarters! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: News From Before GURPS Began

Learn about the origins of GURPS - even before the first GURPS Basic Set - with the Roleplayer Bundle. Revel in the decades-old evolution of GURPS, discover cool articles that may inspire you, and see where it all began. Download it today, from Warehouse 23!
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December 9, 2017: Pinny Arcade Pins On Warehouse 23!

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:01
If you attended PAX Unplugged (and you really should, next year), you may have seen our new Zombie Dice and Spyke pins featured in the PAX Pinny Arcade Pin Quest pamphlet. A few came home with us, and now we're releasing them on Warehouse 23!

These are limited-edition pins created for the event (essentially, a pin scavenger hunt). They feature the classic die from Zombie Dice and Spyke's head for Munchkin - two of our most popular games. The pins are high-quality, perfect for displaying on your favorite cork board, backpack, hat, or hoodie.

Pinny Arcade Pins

Pick up these pins on Warehouse 23 to complete your Pin Quest, or just add these hard-to-find accessories to your SJ Games swag collection. And while you're there, check out our other pins, like Illuminati, Ogre, and Munchkin pins

Thanks so much to Penny Arcade for supporting us in making these pins, and for letting us be a part of Pin Quest. All of the PAX conventions are a blast; we're looking forward to PAX South in San Antonio, January 12-14!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Bundle Up For The Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, we thought we would make shopping easier for you. We made, or maybe the Great Clausthulhu made us make, three Holiday Bundles. Get your holiday Munchkin fix with the Munchkin 2017 Holiday Bundle, take over earth with the Mars Attacks 2017 Holiday Bundle, or drive the freeways of the future with the Car Wars 2017 Holiday Bundle! These will only be available for a limited time, so order now on Warehouse 23!

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December 8, 2017: The Great Clausthulhu Holiday Takeover Sale, December 8-20 On Warehouse 23!

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:00
Great Clausthulhu Just when we thought the holiday sales had ended, the Great Clausthulhu showed up and demanded we run another sale! (And we can't say no; he can give us the gift of insanity!) So he's invaded Warehouse 23 with the Santa Clausthulhu Holiday Takeover Sale, dropping prices and bundling games, just in time for the madness of holiday gift-giving. 

There are so many deals and specials that we had to separate them into categories. Check out the Signed Loot, Bundles, and Deals, plus all the Bonus Swag you'll get with your order! But you only have a limited time; the Great Clausthulhu has decreed the sale runs December 8-20. After that, he has to return to his mountain of madness at the South Pole.  Signed Loot Bundles
  • Car Wars Holiday Bundle: Includes Car Wars Classic, Car Wars Arenas, Car Wars Arenas 2, and Car Wars: The Card Game - $30 
  • Munchkin Holiday Bundle: Includes Munchkin Holiday Surprise, Munchkin Yule Log, Munchkin Christmas Lite, Munchkin Christmas Coloring Book - $30 
  • Mars Attacks Holiday Bundle: Includes Mars Attacks Dice Game, Ten-Minute Takedown, and GURPS Mars Attacks - $30
Deals Bonus Swag

This swag is available while supplies last. Note that these totals are cumulative; if you order $120, you receive ALL the free things! Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: The Great Clausthulhu Holiday Takeover Sale!

The Great Clausthulhu has invaded the warehouse to bring you The Great Clausthulhu Holiday Takeover Sale! With double promos, lowered prices, special bundles, and even items signed by Steve himself, now is the best time to visit Warehouse 23 for all your holiday needs! Just be quick - the Great Clausthulhu leaves the warehouse December 20th!
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December 7, 2017: Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game Designer's Notes

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:00
Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game Pyramid #3/106Now that the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game is in shops, you might want to learn more about it before you spend your hard-earned . . . or, if you already have a copy, you may be seeking inspiration from the thinking behind the design. A great place to start would be the five "designer's notes" articles we published on Medium. These came out back in September 2016, around the time of the launch of the Kickstarter, after the books were edited and the rules substantially finalized but before we put the finishing touches on the game. Pyramid #3/106 is also worth a look, because it contains "Designer's Notes: Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game," written in late June 2017, after everything – including the Dungeon Fantasy GM Screen and Dungeon Fantasy Companion – was as final as could be and off to the printer.

Sean Punch

Warehouse 23 News: Many Miniatures!

With the arrival of Ogre Miniatures Set 1our warehouse is brimming with plastic! If the base set isn't for you, or you want to get more variations to add to your army of miniatures, check out the Ogre Miniatures Armory Set 1. We also have single Ogres for sale with the Black Mark III Ogre and the Black Mark V Ogre . . . or grab both with the Ogre Miniatures Set 1 Black Ogre Bundle! Head over to Warehouse 23 to pick up some miniatures today!
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December 6, 2017: No Peeking Inside The Munchkin Holiday Grab Box!

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:59
We released the Munchkin Holiday Grab Box and Munchkin Santa-Sized Holiday Grab Box to supporters of the Kickstarter project a few months ago, and watching as Munchkin fans ripped open their packages and dug through the goodies inside was a bit of a blast for all of the elves here at the office. We wanted every box to be a surprise, so imagine our shock when one of you naughty Munchkin players, Lance Kirkman, shot and posted videos as you unboxed the two different packages. And you even shared the game rules with the world?! That is not how you win, Lance; you've just given all of your potential opponents an idea of the weapons that they could use against you if they order the boxes for themselves, using those links right above. 

Thank you, Lance, for sharing these videos with the world. Though why you were peeking inside the boxes before Christmas is a question I suppose we'll never answer.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Pinny Arcade Pins

We teamed up with Penny Arcade at PAX Unplugged and now have our very first set of official collectible pins! Normally you have to attend a PAX event to get these but we hoarded some for Warehouse 23! Eat brains with the Zombie Dice Pinny Arcade Pin! Or get your very own Munchkin Head Pinny Arcade Pin! These won't last long so get yours today at Warehouse 23!
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December 5, 2017: Steve Signing At Go! Games & Toys In Austin, TX!

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:58
Go Games & Toys Ever wanted to get a piece of SJ Games merchandise signed by the legend himself, Steve Jackson? Are you in the Austin area December 16? Then you're in luck!

Steve will be at Go! Games & Toys in Barton Creek Mall on December 16, signing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.! Bring your Munchkin, Illuminati, Ogre . . . any SJ Games merch, and Steve will deface it with a marker. Don't have a game handy? Go! Games & Toys will have Munchkin Shakespeare, Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game, Munchkin Christmas Lite, and the brand new release, Super Kitty Bug Slap! We'll also be demoing Super Kitty Bug Slap, so you can finally find out if you're the fastest paw! 

Munchkin Line Editor Andrew Hackard will also be around, and if you're nice, he might even give you a signature. So bring your Munchkin items that get a bonus when they're signed; this is a special opportunity that doesn't come around too often! 

Just make your way to:

Go! Games & Toys
Barton Creek Square Mall
Upper Level, Nordstrom Wing
2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, TX 78746

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Conspiracies Are Everywhere!

Where can you find the only truth? Certainly not in the game of Illuminati. The object of this 2-6 player game is to take control of the world! Every player has a different goal to achieve victory. Navigate your way through a world of secrets and conspiracies by getting your copy from Warehouse 23 now! Fnord. 
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December 4, 2017: Munchkin Gift Pack In Stores Now!

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:54
Gift Pack The perfect trifecta of gift-giving glee is hitting stores now: the Munchkin Gift Pack!

Complete your holiday shopping in one fell swoop with three different Munchkin games, perfectly wrapped in a variety of Munchkin-themed wrapping paper, including gift tags, all in one box. Plus we even throw in some new holiday Munchkin promos, illustrated by Len Peralta! We always leave a little something for Santa. 

We've included a few of our harder-to-find hits from the past year, including Munchkin Grimm Tidings, Munchkin Spell Skool, and Munchkin Lite. Two of those (Grimm Tidings and Spell Skool) were only released at Walgreens stores, so some people may not have been able to get their hands on them. Munchkin Lite features many of the classic cards of the original game, re-illustrated by John Kovalic with all new art! You could even mix them together; check out Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard's articles on mixing sets, featuring Grimm Tidings and Spell Skool!

You can find the Munchkin Gift Pack now at your local game store, or on Warehouse 23 if you don't have a store nearby. Get it now, and check "buying gifts" off your long holiday to-do list!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Be Your Own Guest Artist

Have you ever wanted to customize the cards in your Munchkin set? Then Munchkin Sketch Edition is for you! It's all the Munchkin goodness you love with the opportunity to make the cards your very own. Be your own "guest" artist by getting your Munchkin Sketch Edition from Warehouse 23 today!
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December 3, 2017: Send In The Clowns!

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 11:53
Munchkin Clowns

Run, the clowns are here! Well, you should run to your nearest game store and preorder Munchkin Clowns!

With sinister painted-face monsters and circus-themed gear, this 15-card mini-expansion will bring extra creepiness to your game, because who really has enough madness and mayhem in their Munchkin games?  

Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard developed these cards, so you know they're hilarious, and Len Peralta (Munchkin The Guild, Star Munchkin Guest Artist Edition) illustrated them, to bring you the eeriest clowns possible!

Munchkin Clowns will add the scariest part of the circus to your Munchkin deck. If any of your friends have coulrophobia, rest assured that this will work to your advantage. With these cards, you can wear your Big Red Shoes and Big Red Nose for big bonuses, and make a joke out of every Monster that comes your way when you Kick Down the Door.

This mini-expansion is coming to your FLGS, or online at Warehouse 23, in February 2018! Just don't look into sewer drains marked with cheerful red balloons, you won't find it there . . . 

Tyeera Garza

Warehouse 23 News: It's A Revolution!

A raised fist, a threatening letter, a few gold coins – all can be used to sway those who oppose you in Revolution! You'll rely on a myriad of methods to win support and control territory, while your foes do the same. Bid, bluff, and – hopefully – win! The game is afoot, and it awaits your order from Warehouse 23.
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December 2, 2017: Triplanetary Kickstarter Delayed to January 2018!

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 11:53
Triplanetary 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . . Abort launch! Abort launch!

Well, that is embarassing. Fans who visited our booth at PAX Unplugged or checked out our unboxing on #SJGamesLive were waiting with bated breath for the Triplanetary Kickstarter. Well, November 20 came and went, with no campaign start. While we were happy with the state of the campaign, we wanted to add a little more. This won't be a huge campaign, with tons of bells and whistles, but we did want to make sure we gave something special to fans of the classic game, as well as new arrivals looking to explore the solar system.

Plus, we've waited 27 years to make Triplanetary a reality; we can wait a tad longer to make it perfect.

The new launch date is set for January 15, 2018. Keep that Christmas money from grandma safe. It's going to come in handy! And make sure to follow us on Kickstarter to get an alert when we launch the project!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Unleash Magic For The Holidays

The latest Pyramid is here, and it's downright magical! With Pyramid #3/109: Thaumatology V, you'll add new magical systems and options to your GURPS game, a new magic-hunting profession for Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game groups, and more. Download it by itself, or subscribe today for this issue and more magic each month from Warehouse 23!
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December 1, 2017: Ogre Miniatures Set 2 Crushed Its Goal!

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:51
Ogre Miniatures Set 2 It has been quite a busy November for our Ogre fans, with new Ogrezine articles, the Ogre Miniatures Set 1 delivery and release, and, of course, the Ogre Miniatures Set 2 Kickstarter!

The campaign closed Monday, raising $87,366, which brings our Many Minis box to a whopping 375 miniatures. That's about 20 cents per miniature - an absolute steal for any miniatures wargamer. Not only do our backers get an amazing deal on a lot of plastic, they've added value for all Ogre fans, like the Ogre decals and a PDF of transfers usable with any of your Ogre Miniatures. We'll also have full Ogre tournament rules, thanks to this campaign. 

Now the fun begins, as the production process swings into gear. Fortunately, we had a bit more lead time, given the success of Ogre Miniatures Set 1, so we're farther along in the process than our first campaign, but there's still a lot to do. If you're the impatient sort, make sure you check out the offerings for Ogre Miniatures Set 1! You can find the base set at your local game store soon, and if you're looking to expand your army, the Armory Box (available for preorder now) will be shipping soon. 

Make sure to follow us on Kickstarter to be alerted when we launch more projects, like a potential Ogre Miniatures Set 3! We're currently focused on getting Set 2 produced, but line editor Drew Metzger has been kicking around ideas for a new set, with info from backers . . .

Without the backers, these Ogre projects would not get made, so thank you all for your continued support! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Where The Fantastic Is Realistic

Visit a realistic fairy-tale realm with GURPS Thaumatology: Alchemical Baroque. This setting includes the history, character-creation information, rules, and insight to make this strange-but-familiar realm come to life. Go for baroque and download it today . . . only from Warehouse 23!
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November 30, 2017: The Warehouse 23 Holiday Sale Ends Today!

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:50
Holiday Sale Our temporary, turkey-induced insanity is fading, so the prices on Warehouse 23 are about to return to normal! This is your last chance to get in on the Holiday Sale, ending tonight.

This is the perfect time to pick up some gifts at an absurdly low price. Plus, each U.S. order over $100 gets free shipping! And, of course, we throw in some extra promo swag, just for Santa. You can pick up almost anything you're looking for at a discount, some up to 75% off!

And don't forget we have our GURPS Archive and GURPS Traveller Mystery Bundles available, as well as our Munchkin Holiday Grab Boxes! If you like to take a chance at some random games for a low price, these are a great deal. If you happen to get something you already own, you can always gift it away!

23% Off   50% Off   75% Off
Make sure you get these deals before tonight, because our elves are getting impatient, and turning the sale off soon! Oh no, I called the Warehouse 23 staff "elves" again, they're going to hate that. They're actually gnomes. 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: GURPS Traveller Mystery Archive Bundle

We haven't distributed GURPS Traveller books in a couple of years, and since our GURPS Mystery Archive Bundle were such a hit, we searched high and low in our archives and made some GURPS Traveller Mystery Archive Bundle with a combined original MSRP of more than $80 for only $40. Act quickly! – these mystery bundles will be available while supplies last on Warehouse 23!
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November 29, 2017: Dungeon Fantasy Tips: Superior Spellcasters

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:49
Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying GameOur earlier advice on delvers for the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game didn't talk much about specific professions but did mention ST, DX, damage, defense, weapons, etc. So, what about magic? Here are some tips for creating and playing effective bards, clerics, druids, and wizards:

Plan ahead! Skim Spells to decide which spells you want, noting prerequisites. Earmark enough character points from your advantage allocation to buy the highest level of spellcasting talent (Bardic Talent, Magery, or Power Investiture) your choices require. For a bard or wizard, count prerequisite spells, their prerequisites, and so on, to determine how many spells you're really buying – you may need to use points from quirks to afford them all, and you might have to shorten your wish list. If your favorite spells aren't available to your chosen profession, rethink your line of work before going further.

Have the energy to work your magic. Mostly this means Fatigue Points (FP) and Energy Reserve (ER). (Don't count on burning Hit Points – that's a last-ditch measure that causes spells to fail and knocks you out!) Focus on ER, because it recovers simultaneously with the FP you already have, and regenerates even when not resting. Regaining FP and ER goes faster with Recover Energy (Spells, p. 38) at skill 15+, so reserve character points for that. There's also energy in your power item (Adventurers, p. 115); you'll probably get to tap it just once per adventure, so it's best for emergencies, but consider trading points from quirks for cash and spending some money here. Learn key spells at skill 15-19, which reduces energy cost by one; if you can afford (IQ + spellcasting talent) = 17+, the minimum 1 character point per spell buys skill 15+ with IQ/Hard spells.

Dungeon Fantasy CompanionUse tactics. About 80% of spells are Regular or Area, so you'll often be casting at -1 per yard of distance. You can reduce distance with a magic staff (Spells, p. 9). Don't count on staying out of harm's way, but jet spells (Spells, p. 12) increase reach in melee combat and Missile spells (Spells, pp. 13-14) can blast opponents from afar. Don't neglect mobility, either – take a step toward your target when you Concentrate or Attack, and avoid spending so many FP that you're at half Move (Exploits, p. 63), barely able to maneuver. As you'll probably end up in the action, see to your active defenses, whether by wielding a quarterstaff (+2 to Parry), getting a Defense Bonus (from a cloak, shield, or Shield spell), or learning a Blocking spell (Spells, p. 14).

Remember that spells require success rolls. The leading causes of failure are distance penalties and the -1 per spell "on" (Spells, p. 11). Get close to subjects, friend or foe – and be careful about putting tons of "buffs" on yourself or your allies, or tagging numerous foes with enduring spells. Offensive spells are often Resisted, meaning powerful enemies may shrug them off; only cast these when your effective skill is high (few penalties), preferably on opponents known to have low HT or Will and no Magic Resistance. Jet and Missile spells aren't Resisted, but they can miss, and enemies can dodge or block, so choose easy-to-hit victims. In short, as energy is a valuable resource, don't waste it bouncing expensive spells off well-protected subjects (and if you can, cast a big Missile spell before the fight, recover the energy, and start with heavy firepower "for free"!).

Dungeon Fantasy GM ScreenAvoid the "artillery fallacy." Large Area spells can affect multiple foes in theory, but many are so slow to cast that enemies won't be bunched up by the time you're done, so expensive that you can't recast them, and/or Resisted. Most jet and Missile spells affect one target – and for the exceptions (Concussion, Explosive Fireball, Explosive Lightning), damage diminishes quickly with distance. In combat, casters are snipers rather than artillery, striking vulnerable individuals with specific spells that can affect them – or they're medics, helping nearby allies.

Gear up. Consider a magic staff – and if your weapon is one-handed (a "staff" can be a one-handed stick), pair it with a cloak or shield. Even if you're no warrior, wearing armor can save your life. If you have spare cash, consider paut (Adventurers, p. 116) for an energy boost – or charged scrolls (Adventurers, p. 117) for when your energy is gone. To exploit mobility, seek ways to keep your loadout from encumbering you; e.g., Fortify (Adventurers, p. 118) on your free starting clothing adds DR without significant weight. At the end of your shopping trip, designate your priciest purchase as a high-capacity power item.

And after each adventure, hang on to scrolls and books containing spells to learn, magic items that store energy or grant bonuses to individual spells or even IQ, costly gewgaws that make excellent power items, and rare artifacts intended for members of your profession. Dungeon Fantasy Magic Items, in the Dungeon Fantasy Companion, touches on many of these areas.

Sean Punch

Warehouse 23 News: Two New Munchkin Races

Two beastly races from classic-fantasy gaming come to play in Munchkin 8 – Half-Horse, Will Travel. Don two pairs of footgear as a Centaur, or be a Lizard Guy and Drop Your Tail to avoid monsters. Ratchet up your power with additional Class and Race Enhancers! Go to Warehouse 23 now to add this expansion to your Munchkin game and become Legendary!
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November 28, 2017: Munchkin Shakespeare Play Events!

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:47
Shakespeare Events Hark! What light through yonder window breaks? 'Tis an event, and Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe the game.

That's right: It's time for some bard-inspired events at a game store near you! Each session will feature demos or games of Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe, plus plenty of promo cards and bookmarks with special Munchkin rules on them.

As in any Munchkin game, you fight monsters and collect loot to reach Level 10 first – but in this version, all the monsters and treasures are Shakespearean! Fight the dreaded Two Bees . . . or the even more dreaded Not Two Bees. Protect yourself with the Tutu, Solid Flesh and trip up your enemies with the Fall Staff.

If you like Shakespeary-in-jokes, these events are for you.

Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe Play Events are being held the weekend of December 1 (that's December 1, 2, and 3), so call your game store ahead of time to find out exactly when they're holding theirs. If you attend an event that week, you can enter yourself to win prizes if you post a picture of Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe being played, with the hashtag #PlayMunchkin!

Now, the curtain rises on: The list of locations! 

UNITED STATES ARKANSAS Bosco's - Anchorage   ALABAMA Haven: Comics Etc. - Madison  Rogue Merchant Games - Huntsville   ARIZONA Fort Zinderneuf Games and Hobbies - Fayetteville  Game on Arizona - Prescott    CALIFORNIA  North Coast Roleplaying - Eureka  Leisure Times Games - Santa Maria  Paladin's Game Castle - Bakersfield  The Game Chest - Mission Viejo  Geeky Teas and Games - Burbank  Pair a Dice Games - Vista 
Games of Berkeley - Berkeley    COLORADO Break from Reality - Johnstown  Black and Read - Arvada    CONNECTICUT Time Machine Hobby - Manchester    FLORIDA Cool Stuff Games - Orlando  Sci-Fi City, Florida - Orlando  Gamesville Tabletop Inc. - Gainesville  Bobe's Hobby House - Pensacola    GEORGIA Quest Comics Shop - Carrollton 
Tyche's Games - Athens    HAWAII The Armchair Adventurer - Honolulu    IOWA Multiverse Comics & Games - Grinnell Geek City Games and Comics - Liberty     IDAHO Safari Pearl - Moscow  All About Games - Boise    ILLINOIS  Off on the Square - Jacksonville  Castle Perilous Books and Games - Carbondale 
JustForFun - Peoria    INDIANA  Saltire Games - Indianapolis  The Sage's Shoppe - Lafayette  Reader Copies - Anderson    KANSAS Huscarl Hobbies and Games - Topeka   Goblin Games - Manhattan  Collector's Cache - Lenexa    KENTUCKY  HobbyTown - Bowling Green    MASSACHUSETTS Round Table Games - Carver  Pandemonium Books - Cambridge 
The Toy Vault - Warwick    MARYLAND  Dream Wizards - Rockville    MAINE  Game On - Augusta    MICHIGAN  Squirreled Away Books - Armada   RIW Hobbies & Games Inc. - Livonia  White Cap Comics - Grand Rapids  The Gaming Cantina - Charlotte    MISSISSIPPI maCnarB Gaming - Gautier   MISSOURI  CCYDNE Hobbies - Lebanon  Pawn and Pint - Kansas City  Capital City's Game Emporium - Jefferson City    NORTH CAROLINA Bear's Lair Games - New Bern  Scott's Collectibles - Kannapolis    NORTH DAKOTA Grand Cities Games - Grand Forks    NEBRASKA  Game On - McCook    NEW HAMPSHIRE The Relentless Dragon - Nashua     NEW JERSEY  All Things Fun! - Berlin     NEW MEXICO  Zia Comics - Las Cruces    NORTH CAROLINA  Hillside Games - Asheville    NEVADA   Frank n Freds - Elko    NEW YORK  Flights of Fantasy Books and Games - Albany    OHIO Flying Monkey Comic and Games - Delaware  Checkmate Games - Toledo  Sci Fi City Cincinnati - Cincinnati  Curiosity Ohio - Marion  Beyond the Board - Dublin  Fun Factory - Mt. Gilead  Time Warp Cards and Comics - Cincinnati     OREGON Wild Things Game - Salem  Rainy Day Games - Aloha 
Vintage Nerd - Nyssa 
Guardian Games - Portland    PENNSYLVANIA  Six Feet Under Games - New Holland  Mr J's Asylum - Muncy    RHODE ISLAND Mana Core - Providence    SOUTH CAROLINA  Planet Comics - Anderson    TEXAS  Space Cadets Gaming Gaming - Oak Ridge North  Three Suns Unlimited - Longview  Geek Out - Burleson  Phoenix Games and Collectibles - Borger
Fleur Fine Books - Port Neches 
Wild West Comics and Games - Arlington    UTAH High Gear Hobbies - Taylorsville  Gamer's Asylum - Ogden    VIRGINIA Kaboom - Virginia Beach  Atomic Comics Emporium II - Newport News    WASHINGTON Nerdcore Toys and Collectibles - Ellensburg  Dice Age Games - Vancouver  Mythic Escapes - Kelso    WISCONSIN The GameBoard - Sheboygan  Chimera Hobby Shop - Appleton  Chimera Hobby Shop - Fond du Lac Board Game Barrister - Greenfield    WEST VIRGINIA Nerd Rage - Morgantown   J and M's Used Bookstore - Parkersburg    WYOMING Games of Chance - Riverton    CANADA   ONTARIO  Twice the Fun Games - Kemptville    --Ariel Barkhurst

Warehouse 23 News: Making A Hero? Sometimes It Just Clicks

GURPS offers scads of character options, allowing you to create any hero you desire, for any power level, any genre, any era. So when you want to make a hero faster than you ever thought possible, turn to your trusty GURPS Character Assistant. This Windows-based software organizes, calculates, and saves your characters, giving you neatly formatted, ready-to-print character sheets. Download your copy today at Warehouse 23!
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November 27, 2017: Ogre, Munchkin, GURPS, And More For Cyber Monday!

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:42
[Image] Today is Cyber Monday, that special "holiday" where we rush to the Internet to take advantage of special offers on everything from books to films to socks to, yes, games. In celebration of this day, we thought it was a good idea to list all of our fantastic offers for those who are looking for more Ogre, Munchkin, and GURPS to add to your game collections (or to give as holiday gifts).
  • Ogre Miniatures Set 2 – The Kickstarter project closes today, so this is your chance to grab hundreds of miniatures for only $75. Do you want over 1,000 Ogre plastic miniatures? Well, there's a reward level for that! For those outside of the U.S., Warehouse 23 has preorders open for Ogre Miniatures Set 2 and the Ogre Miniatures Set 2 Many Minis package.
  • Ogre Armory Set 1 – Need even more Ogre plastic miniatures and don't want to wait until 2018 to start assembling and painting? That's where this $100 box of minis enters the picture. We'll start shipping these out in December, so preorder your box today, and we'll try to deliver to you before Christmas. (Orders shipping outside of the U.S. will not be there before Christmas.)
  • Munchkin Collectible Card Game Preorder – The new Munchkin CCG doesn't launch until late February, so we have opened up a limited-time preorder offer for all three starters, a dozen boosters, and a holiday greeting card. We'll drop the card in the mail before Christmas so you can show your favorite Munchkin opponent that you can't wait to destroy them at a new game . . . or keep it for yourself! We won't judge.
  • Munchkin Gift Pack – We understand. You're pressed for time and need a little help with wrapping presents. This special pack of three pre-wrapped Munchkin games makes your holidays easier when you slap on a gift tag (included!) and give the games to your friends. And if you keep the five new game cards for your collection . . . well, it's what Spyke would do. He might even use the included greeting card to gloat about it.
  • Munchkin Holiday Grab Box – Over $100 worth of Munchkin loot in a single $60 box! And since it is all sealed up and ready to go, all you'll need to do is slap your own greeting over the mailing label and surprise a friend with an instant Munchkin collection. And if this box isn't enough to cover the greed of the holidays, we have an even bigger box available.
  • GURPS Archive Mystery Bundle – We recently cleaned our product archives, pulling out extra copies of various GURPS books that date back to the launch of the game in the '80s. Rather than toss the excess books, we constructed the GURPS Archive Mystery Bundle, over $60 worth of GURPS for only $30. No two bundles are identical, and the books inside date from the last 10, 20, and 30 years! This would make a good gift, but we won't tell if you pull a book or two from the bundle for your own collection.
In addition to all of those deals, Warehouse 23 is holding a sale on select items until the end of this month. Click here for the full sale list, and then get ready to play Santa and spread gaming cheer to all of your friends and family for the holidays!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: To Augment Your RPG, Follow The Laws

Design amazing adventures, get the most out of your game system, and learn how to improvise to improve your roleplaying-game experience. All this insight and more awaits in Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering. Find it today at Warehouse 23, and level up your storytelling skills.
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November 26, 2017: Illuminated Site of the Week: Most Of It Is Pretty Much The Same As Yesterday

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:40
 Perhaps it's a bit of hubris when someone calls their online magazine Universe Today, especially given the tenure of its subject matter, but the writers go as fast as they can to keep up with what we know. If you want the latest on Cassini, the International Space Station, or findings of possible life-sustaining planets, you can get it within these pages – but it doesn't end there.

They also have to answer questions when some reader wants to know how to destroy the sun or moon, or play Whack-A-Mole regarding conspiracies about former president Barack Obama teleporting to the planet Mars (back in the day; worry not, no one is claiming he went there during business hours in his administration). Knowing how different it could look moment-to-moment, Universe Today is as close to current as this crazy world gets.

– Andy

Warehouse 23 News: Track Your Kills In Style

You don't have time to stop and count when you've got monsters to kill . . . With the Munchkin Kill-O-Meter Guest Artist Edition, when a card hits the table, you turn the dials to keep track of your total. Sporting all-new art from Ian McGinty, you can track effective Munchkin levels in style! Get your very own from Warehouse 23, and become more efficient at killing monsters now.
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November 25, 2017: GURPS Now On DriveThruRPG!

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 14:37
Our GURPS line has long been available online via Warehouse 23, but we're happy to announce that its online reach has now expanded, with its addition to the DriveThruRPG catalog!

Drive Thru RPG

DriveThruRPG is the largest RPG download store, so adding GURPS to its lineup is a natural choice. We've started with GURPS Basic Set, Fourth Edition, along with some of the most popular and award-winning supplements. We hope to add even more soon!

If you're looking for a system that stretches the imagination while letting the players and GM build the characters and world they've always wanted to, then GURPS is for you. For over three decades, GURPS has given players the tools to play in their own RPG sandbox, creating scenarios in fantasy realms, science fiction, modern, historical warfare . . . you name it and there's probably a GURPS supplement for it.

And now that it's available on DriveThruRPG, finding a digital copy has never been easier. Just add it to your downloads there, and you'll have access to it on any device you open it on. Download an adventure today!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: When Worlds Collide, Bring Popcorn And Dice!

Combine the GURPS Spaceships line with the power of GURPS Mass Combat for truly cinematic space battles. It's easy, thanks to "Mass Combat in Space" from Pyramid #3/30: Spaceships. Get the resources you need for your galactic wars today at Warehouse 23.

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