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August 22, 2017: Munchkin Musings: August 2017

7 hours 28 min ago
Red Pen of Doom Greetings, humble Munchkin fans! It's been a really quiet month . . . 

Just kidding! We had a busy Gen Con full of Munchkin announcements, and we know some of you missed out – so here's the rundown! We had some non-Munchkin things to talk about, too (Super Kitty Bug Slap, holla!), but that's not my bailiwick, so I'll leave them to others to discuss.

I'm back in the office for a bit, to work on some reprints and new items for 2018, and then off to Toronto to be a guest and panelist at Fan Expo Canada. I'm looking forward to returning to this show; I had a blast here a couple of years ago and I'm very pleased to have been invited back. When I'm not on panels, expect me to be in the open-gaming area running demos and playtests. Plus, real poutine!

That's it for this month. Next month, look for more news about Shakespeare and maybe even some more hints about our 2018 calendar.

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Get Personal With Your Spacecraft

Hop behind the yoke of an interstellar starfighter or personal mech . . . then keep them housed and prepared for action aboard a friendly carrier. The options come to life with GURPS Spaceships 4: Fighters, Carriers, and Mecha, with design options, lots of sample vessels, and expanded rules for cinematic space dogfights. A trip to the stars is just a download away, exclusively at Warehouse 23!
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August 21, 2017: Take A Spin In The Land Of Oz!

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:16
Dorothy Jump on the broom your roommate never touches. Skip down the road in your pajamas during rush hour. Hitch a flight from the Winged Monkey asleep on your compost heap. Do whatever it takes . . . just get over to your local game store right away! Munchkin Oz Guest Artist Edition is coming to your game store!   

Scarecrow With the Tin Woodsman and that floppy fella made of hay on your side, you're ready to double-cross your friends, and put 'em up for a fight with King Krewl. And mix Munchkin Oz Guest Artist Edition with other Munchkin sets to create a mash-up so fun even a Wicked Witch will join in, after her part-time dog-walking gig. Combining the game with Munchkin Grimm Tidings and Munchkin Legends Guest Artist Edition will create a literary tornado of fun!    If you can't curtail your desire for more Emerald City magic, it's time you purchased Munchkin Oz 2 – Yellow Brick Raid, featuring books of Baum's Oz series without "wizard" in the title. (Oh, my, there are ever so many books!) Remember to treat your taste buds to Lemonade Rain and Popcorn Snow.    Speaking of wizards, if you're looking for more of Katie Cook's exquisite artwork featuring a rainbow of vibrant shades and tones, put Munchkin Spell Skool on your list!   There's no place like your local game shop to add this enchanting game to your collection!

-- Andrew McMillian

Warehouse 23 News: Smash Up And Munchkin . . . A Match Not Made In Heaven!

Your goal is to smash two weird factions together and destroy your opponents. This set includes the Munchkin Races and Classes: Orcs, Warriors, and Halflings, among others, all with different powers. Fully playable alone or with any existing Smash Up sets! So for a smashing good time, order Munchkin Smash Up today at Warehouse 23!
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August 20, 2017: Announcing Munchkin Magical Mess

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:15
We're very pleased to announce that Moop is returning for a second adventure in the dungeon! This time, he's created a magical mess . . . a Munchkin Magical Mess, to be precise!

Munchkin Magical Mess is a stand-alone sequel or companion or complement or . . . it goes with Moop's Monster Mashup, is what I'm trying to say. And it can be played on its own just fine. You can also combine Magical Mess with Moop's Monster Mashup, or original Munchkin, or any other Munchkin set that you think needs a dose of Moop's special magic.

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This Deluxe-style game was designed by Andrew Hackard ("Yo.") and illustrated by Ian McGinty. It is at print right now and will ship to stores in January 2018.

And if you're at Gen Con 50, you can try out Munchkin Magical Mess today by coming to booth 1413 and asking to play it!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Make Your School Year Magical!

The magical university of GURPS Locations: Worminghall is open for enrollment. This ready-to-use locale can be dropped into many fantasy campaigns, or form the focal point of an entire campaign. The school year has just begun; get your spellbooks and wands ready, and download your guide today . . . only from Warehouse 23!

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August 19, 2017: Report From The Munchkin Tavern

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:15
I'm just back from my Friday night signing at the Munchkin Tavern. Thanks to everyone who came by and said nice things! The Tavern is one of my most fun things every year, and it's great to see people enjoying it along with us.

As promised, Gen Con 50 has been packed. We've seen a lot of old friends and many, many new faces as well. I've had a lot of meetings and press interviews, and have even found time to teach a game here and there. (Hey, did you know we have a prototype of Munchkin Magical Mess at the show? No? Well, be sure to ask to play it at our booth tomorrow!) (As for Conspiracy Theory . . . I'm not allowed to say anything, but talk to Steve. Don't tell him I told you to. Fnord.)

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Our in-booth team and our events crew have been incredibly busy, too, with demos of Muertoons, Port Royal, Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe, Munchkin Spell Skool, Dungeon Fantasy RPG, and even Super Kitty Bug Slap! Plus our two dice tables that are getting a workout all weekend. We've had a lot of excited people looking in our display case at all our upcoming releases. Hunter shot a Facebook Live video to show you a little of what Gen Con has been like.

It's hard to believe the convention is already half over . . . it feels like it just started. I still have tons of games to buy, darn it!

And if you're at the show, make sure you come by booth 1413 and say hi. We'll know if you don't. Fnord.

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Rush Dungeons, Kill Monsters, And Grab Treasure!

Quickly create fantasy heroes and arm them for battle. The Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game Pre-Order Bundle gives you both the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game and Dungeon Fantasy GM Screen. This full-color screen keeps the action moving with tables and modifiers at your fingertips, and provides a quick first game using the two booklets that speed up character creation and advancement, and provide 13 ready-to-play characters! Get a jump on storming some dungeons. Pre-order yours at Warehouse 23.

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August 18, 2017: Guest Of Honour At Worldcon 2019 In Dublin

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Dublin I will have the great privilege of being one of the Guests of Honour at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Dublin, Ireland.

The other GoHs are Bill and Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, Ian McDonald, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

This is the first time that a Worldcon has selected a game designer as a GoH, and I am both humbled and excited! This will be a great chance to meet and talk to a lot of new people as well as some old friends, and to be an ambassador for gaming. I do intend to take some time off before or after to enjoy beautiful Dublin.

A Worldcon is a huge event and I'm sure I'll have more to report as the time gets closer. Two years to go. I can't wait!

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Friends, Romans, Munchkins . . . Lend Me Your Ears!

Alert ye countrymen - the Munchkin Shakespeare Pre-Order Bundle is available during Gen Con for, well, pre-order. You'll get these six bard-inspired items: Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe, Kill-o-Meter, Flowerspeare Pawns, Spykespeare Pawns, Drama Dice, and Staged Demo. To pre-order or not to pre-order, that is the question. We know the answer – pre-order one for thine home right now at Warehouse 23.      

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August 17, 2017: Join Us At Gen Con!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Gen Con Welcome to the first day of Gen Con! Our team has been in Indianapolis for a few days now, putting the finishing touches on our booth, preparing the MIBs for hours of gaming, and making sure that the Munchkin Tavern is ready for the opening bell later today. (Please note that there is no bell, though there probably should be – bells are pretty sweet.) Months of hard work by Guy, Jimmie, Andreas, and many others is going to be put to the test today, so if you are at Gen Con, please stop by booth 1413 and thank them. It is only because of their planning and efforts that I can walk into the convention today completely relaxed, knowing that any last-minute troubles have already been resolved and that our booth is ready for you.

And what can you do when you stop by our Gen Con booth today? Play games! We'll be showing off the new Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game, giving everyone a chance to see the finished game, and even wade into a dungeon and smash some monsters. We will also be teaching Port Royal and Muertoons, both of which are available here for sale (in limited quantities), as well as a new card game that we won't be ready to name until the Gen Con doors open later this morning. (If you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, then you've already seen the game, including a brief glimpse at the game being played. If not, mash those Follow and Like buttons so you don't miss the cool stuff in the future.)

If giant cybernetic tanks and futuristic wargaming are more your speed, we encourage you to take a closer look at Ogre Sixth Edition and the upcoming Ogre Miniatures Set 1. We're running Ogre demos in the booth, and the display case is stocked with the available and soon-to-be-released plastic miniatures. You cannot take the minis home with you, but you can always support the current Ogrezine project on Kickstarter at the highest reward level to receive the minis late this year when the set reaches our warehouse. And Steve will be signing at the Munchkin Tavern, so be sure to bring your Ogre game to autograph! We've also got a sneak peek at the Ogre video game! Auroch Digital just launched the Steam page, which you can add to your Wishlist to get notified when it comes out later this year. 

For Munchkin fans at the show, stop by our booth to play the new Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe game and get a look at all of the Munchkin Shakespeare swag that's on display in the glass cases. Additionally, we're revealing a new Munchkin game at Gen Con, our first Munchkin title of 2018 - and it's already at print! (All I can say now is: Moop is back.) In the evenings, after a long day of playing Munchkin at our booth and with the MIBs, you can swing by the Munchkin Tavern for eats, exclusive promos, awesome Tavern goodies, and even chances to get your Munchkin games signed.

Last, later today, we are announcing the release date for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game and its first two expansions. The game has been a challenge for our team – do you know how much art goes into a CCG?!?! (Spoiler alert: it's a lot!) But we can officially report that the base set is finished and ready for print, the first expansion is nearly complete, and we have a strong start to the second expansion; all three titles are on track for release in 2018. The Munchkin Collectible Card Game has shaped up to be an amazing parody of the CCG format as well as a fun game – bringing in Eric M. Lang and Kevin Wilson guaranteed that we had the talent to make this a strong release – and part of my own time at the show will be spent showing the game to our business partners and a few retailers. 

If you're at Gen Con, we look forward to seeing you. And if you couldn't make it this year, please keep a close eye on Facebook and Twitter over the next few days, because Hunter and Rhea have some great reveals, live videos (if our signal stays strong!), and photos planned for each day of the con.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Why Are You Named Axe Cop? Oh, No, My Head!

You are Axe Cop, the appropriately named, axe-wielding, crime-fighting cop. Are you skilled at chopping off bad guys' heads? Do you take their stuff afterward? Uh . . . YES! Don't let blood splatter on you, though, or you could become Bat Warthog Man or Avocado Warrior. Order Munchkin Axe Cop today at Warehouse 23.
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August 16, 2017: Sales Special Offers On Warehouse 23 During Gen Con!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
No Gen Con? No problem. We've got you covered with tons of sweet deals coming up on Warehouse 23! There are so many that I have broken it into groups. (All sale items are available from August 17-21, while supplies last. Preorder items and 2017 releases are not part of the sales.) 

Gen Con Preorders Preorders!

Take the stage with our Munchkin Shakespeare Preorder Bundle, which includes: For dungeon delvers, we have our Dungeon Fantasy RPG Preorder Bundle, including:  Gen Con Sales!

Complete your collections with these discounts! Bonus Swag! 

All physical orders (not digital purchases) will get this awesome bonus loot, regardless of the order (while supplies last)! The best part - bonus items are cumulative! So someone who orders $125 or more gets one of each of those items! Plus, don't forget that all Warehouse 23 orders of $100 or more get free shipping. (And just to reiterate, discounts don't include any preorder items or 2017 releases.) Show Deals!

For those of you joining us there, we'll have deals at Gen Con as well! Purchase $50 or more of Steve Jackson Games merchandise at our partners, Adventure Retail (booth 1401), and you get a free Ogre Canvas Bag and copy of Munchkin Deluxe! (Obviously, while supplies last.) That's right, a free Munchkin game and Ogre bag just for buying our stuff!

What can we say . . . Gen Con makes us feel generous! So take advantage of these sweet deals on Warehouse 23 August 17-21, and at Adventure Retail during Gen Con. 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: The Benefits Of Friendship

If you're going dungeon-delving, allies can make the difference between getting loot and getting lost. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 17: Guilds has rules and options for crypt-crawlers to join myriad organizations such as tribes, armies, secret conspiracies, and more. Membership has advantages in a GURPS Dungeon Fantasy campaign, and the first step to joining is just a download away . . . and only from Warehouse 23!
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August 15, 2017: Grognard: Loren Wiseman's Editorials

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Loren Wiseman Loren is no longer with us, but his writings live on. I hope you'll support Marc Miller's Kickstarter project for a book collecting his editorials from JTAS, with ruminations about Traveller, game design, being a gamer, and more or less everything else under the sun. There are over 400 essays here, totaling about a quarter-million words, from a very perceptive observer who helped shape our hobby.

I have written an introduction, and Marc wrote the Afterword. It's available in both hardcopy and digital format. There's some good writing here - you want this. Read the samples linked from the project page and you'll see what I mean.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Gambling In Gotham. Does It Get Any Grander?!

You're a Super-Villain with one goal: get away with as much loot as you can. Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game rewards the savviest at exploiting villains' evil skills. It won't be easy, though - Batman is eager to bust you. Grab your copy at Warehouse 23.

 
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August 14, 2017: Play Our Games At Gen Con In Hall C!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
MIB Our play area in Hall C (near the HQ/Registration Desk) is the perfect place to experience a full session of a game you saw demoed at our booth (#1413), learn to play a new game, or scratch your competitive itch. You can register ahead of time, or bring generic tickets in case we have open slots at the event.    Learn to play all our latest games, including Munchkin ShakespeareBatman: The Animated Series Dice GameBill and Ted's Excellent BoardgameSimon's Cat Card GamePort RoyalDungeon Fantasy RPG, Zombie Dice Horde Editionas well as classics like Munchkin and Ogre!   We also have competitive play, where you can test your skills against players around the country (and possibly the world)! Follow the links below to find tickets for events.  There will be prizes for winners and swag for all participants, so come out and play in Hall C at Gen Con! 

Andreas Stein

Warehouse 23 News: Harness The Powers Of The Mind

Psionics is more than just awesome powers; it's also important to know how to use them. With GURPS Psionic Campaigns, you'll get history, advice, insight, and campaign ideas about psionic abilities. Opening your mind is just a download away, thanks to Warehouse 23!
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August 13, 2017: Crowdfunding Focus - A Song Of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
It's Sunday, and for many people (myself included), that means a new Game of Thrones episode is on. However, I'll also be watching a different game: Cool Mini or Not's A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game on Kickstarter. It's made over a million dollars, and still climbing, but there are some amazing models yet to be unlocked. 

A Song of Ice & Fire

The game is based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, so you may notice the artwork has a bit more of a painted style versus the television series. However, even if you eschewed the books for the show, many of your favorite characters will take the field . . . or work behind the scenes. One of the unique elements of the game is its use of Non-Combat Units, on their own intrigue board. This board will provide your forces with additional powers and strategies, and gives players a way to utilize characters whose lack of combat prowess makes them hard to translate onto a battlefield.

Ultimately, though, the miniatures are what you're here for, and there are a ton. I mean, it's in the company name, right? Starks, Lannisters, mercenaries, and even 3-D terrain and playmats adorn the campaign, through pledges or add-ons.

If you're interested in pledging, back soon, because it ends shortly. Watch their video for a bit more detail on how to play if you need some convincing. 

Just remember; in the game of thrones, you win or you die. 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: The GURPS Supplement With The Most Class?

The school year is around the corner . . . a perfect time for adventure! With GURPS Social Engineering: Back to School, learning comes to life, whether you're looking at campaigns set in classrooms or at universities, or just making downtime and improvement more interesting. Your education begins with a download, only at Warehouse 23!

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August 12, 2017: Come See Andrew This Weekend!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Munchkin Unrivaled I'm going to be a special guest commentator for the Unrivaled regional Munchkin tournament being held on Saturday at Dragon's Lair in Austin. The fun starts early and goes all day, so if you're in the neighborhood, swing by! I'll be the guy trying not to embarrass myself in front of a microphone.

If you can't make it, check out the live Twitch stream and join in the fun!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Book Passage Aboard The Future Of Yesteryear!

Attention, steampunk travelers! Over 30 forms of transportation are ready for boarding, thanks to GURPS Vehicles: Steampunk Conveyances. Whether you're looking for the humble hansom cab, an exotic submersible, or the impossible interplanetary solar steamer, this guide has something you can use. Your ticket to adventure is just a download away . . . exclusively at Warehouse 23!
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August 11, 2017: Gen Con Is . . . NEXT WEEK!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Gen Con The biggest show of the year is closing in, and we're ready for it! Gen Con 50 is happening in Indianapolis, IN, August 17-20, and SJ Games will be gaming all day, every day, at booth 1413. And boy, we have a stacked schedule! 

At the booth, we'll demo our upcoming releases, like Port Royal, Muertoons, Dungeon Fantasy RPG, and Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe. We'll even have a small number of Port Royal and Muertoons for sale (get there early)! We'll have some Ogre features as well, like the free "Bad Timing" handout, featuring a fully playable Ogre scenario on one sheet! Ogre fans will also get a sneak peek of Ogre Miniatures Set 1, as well as the Ogre Video Game with a short teaser trailer. Speaking of sneak peeks, we are making a few announcements at the convention for some highly anticipated releases, so keep an eye on our glass case to catch a glimpse!

For our Munchkin fans, you need to be at the Munchkin Tavern, our nightly convention after-party, with some exclusive swag and guest appearances. Tavern runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., and features the amazing food and drinks of Tavern on South. Bring your Munchkin swag, or get some of the Munchkin Tavern merch, and get it signed by our guests from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Artist John Kovalic (Thursday), Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard (Friday), and Steve Jackson (Saturday) will all be joining us throughout the event; find the full schedule on the Munchkin Tavern site. We even have a limited number of our special Tavern Take-Home ​Box, full of Munchkin loot and an item signed by Steve Jackson, so make sure you visit the Munchkin Tavern on opening night, if you can! You can get a first look at some of the Tavern swag on our Facebook live stream; check it out!

If scheduled events and tournaments are your bag, check out our Organized Play area in Hall C! We've still got tickets for a few events, like the Batman: The Animated Series Dice Game Survivor Tournaments, Ogre Tournaments, Munchkin Mayhem, and more! We featured a lot of those events on a previous Daily Illuminator

And for those of you that aren't lucky enough to attend the convention, we'll still be running contests all week on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Follow us on each so you don't miss your chance to win some #GenCant prizes. We'll also be sharing our Gen Con announcements on social media the day the show opens, so keep a close watch for an early look at our hottest upcoming stuff! 

Don't forget - Steve is part of a panel discussing the history of Gen Con. If you're interested in that, or want to find out what Steve is up to at the convention, he shared his schedule earlier this week

Help us celebrate Gen Con's 50th at their biggest show ever! See you next week at booth 1413!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Bringing New Meaning To Movie Magic

Sometimes magic looks tailor-made for the big screen. Bring that eldritch excitement to your gaming table with Pyramid #3/105: Cinematic Magic. Become a cinematic sorcerer, take to the rooftops with martial-arts marvels, harness the power of dead gods, and more. Download it individually, or subscribe today for this and many more months of marvels . . . only from Warehouse 23!
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August 10, 2017: Ogrezine Is Live On Kickstarter!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Ogrezine I'm developing a new addiction: checking Kickstarter-status updates. Our latest Kickstarter, Ogrezine, went live this morning. I checked in to write an Ogre News update, and it hit its funding goal while I was writing. I literally had to update the draft prior to posting. And now, as I'm writing a Daily Illuminator post, it is about to pass our second stretch goal. I'll probably need to update this draft before I'm done. (Editor's Note: We did pass it, and have unlocked all of our stretch goals!)   As excited as I am to see the success of this project, that doesn't hold a candle to how I feel about what I know is to come. Curating and editing this upcoming magazine will be a blast and it is all thanks to you, our dedicated Ogre fans.   I can't say I'm surprised, however. I've read so many amazing posts on the forums that I absolutely knew the talent was out there and our fans would be appreciative of a collection of this fine work. Through Ogrezine, we all can share the many stories and scenarios that slip past on the forums.   So, more work to do. But that's a good thing!  

-- Drew Metzger

Warehouse 23 News: A Munchkin Star Is Born!

Star Munchkin Guest Artist Edition , featuring the incredible illustrations of Len Peralta, lets you join Captain Quirk and other characters in this take on the original Munchkin. Enjoy all the monsters, swindling, and killing you've come to love, in an entirely new universe. Make it your own now, at Warehouse 23.
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August 9, 2017: The Discworld Roleplaying Game: Moving Along

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Discworld Roleplaying Game The Discworld Roleplaying Game has been out for half a year now, and the recent release of the PDF version offers an excuse to add a few notes about the book. To start with, anyone still wondering what's inside might like to read some of the (at least) four, gratifyingly positive, reviews published online: Between the compilation of the book – and especially its bibliography – and its actual appearance, the corpus of Discworld literature expanded a little. Sadly, we gained only one more adult novel, Raising Steam, before the tragic death of the creator of the Disc himself – but that novel added a whole new set of options for games by moving the Disc into its very own Steam Age. I'm personally obliged to point out here that steam power offers a whole load of possibilities to roleplaying games; I can also say from personal experience of running convention demo games that steam trains offer lots of options for the GM, by making it easy to move characters around significant parts of the Disc quickly and conveniently. Also, that novel inspired the publication of another bit of Discworld ephemera, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook, which describes various locations along those railway tracks – some of them replete with possible scenario hooks.

Perhaps even more broadly useful to Discworld gamers, though, is the appearance of The Compleat Discworld Atlas, which expands on the already invaluable Discworld Mapp (the way a frog expands on a tadpole). GMs skimming through the book, and finding countless notes on previously undocumented areas of the Disc, might even miss the actual point of the exercise - the huge and gorgeous douple-sided map of the whole Disc, folded up and tucked in the sleeve at the back, complete with supplementary thumbnail maps covering things like climate and magic levels.

And last, some seriously game-specific stuff: I've done my best to add a few extra post-publication notes to the book - initially on the Steve Jackson Games discussion boards, but for convenience, I've also collated them as PDFs. Mostly, this is material that was squeezed out of the book itself: more Occupational Templatesmore example spells, and full stats for more characters from the books, along with a look "Under the Bonnet" at how these rules were derived from the full GURPS ruleset and hence how the two versions relate. But in tribute to the next big GURPS launch, I also brewed up "Discworld, Dungeonworld" – for using the Disc as "The World" in GURPS Dungeon Fantasy games. Oh, and readers who use GURPS Character Assistant might like to know that we now have a GCA version of the Discworld character sheet (which even calculates Magic Points for you when necessary); I've worked up a full Discworld data file for GCA.

-- Phil Masters

Warehouse 23 News: Procure Costumed Kid's Confections!

You're a ghost. You crave candy – copious amounts of candy. How can you make this happen? Just scare trick-or-treaters out of their sugary goodies. The ghost with the most candy wins. Ghosts Love Candy is a fast game, frighteningly fun for three to six phantasmal friends. Have a copy spirited to your home today from Warehouse 23.
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August 8, 2017: New Weightless Hardcovers?!

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
Discworld Roleplaying Game GURPS Mars Attacks The impossible has become commonplace. Thanks to the digital sorcery of Warehouse 23, two of our recent hardcovers are now available as downloadable PDFs – rendering them without weight or even physical substance!

The Discworld Roleplaying Game is a complete roleplaying experience, bringing Sir Terry Pratchett's incredible Discworld setting to your gaming table. At over 400 pages of gaming goodness, the Discworld Roleplaying Game is the largest single hardcover we've ever done . . . and now this flat world – brimming with adventure and antics – is ready to be stuffed into your tablet or added to your digital library of GURPS Fourth Edition-compatible supplements.

Or perhaps your imagination is leading you to defend the Earth . . . or conquer it! GURPS Mars Attacks brings the backdrop of the Mars Attacks trading cards from Topps to life, with history, secrets, GURPS templates, tech, and campaign insight that let you fight for humanity . . . or the Martians!

Pick up either of these great PDF editions today . . . only from Warehouse 23!

Steven Marsh

Warehouse 23 News: Magnificent Merchants Make The Most Money!

Do you have the goods to become the richest, most notorious merchant in Port Royal? Hire the best to grow your shipping empire, and press your luck to collect major dividends. Know when to stop, though, or you'll be staring at an empty cargo hold. Pre-order now at Warehouse 23.  
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August 7, 2017: Gen Con 50 - Indianapolis, IN - August 17-20, 2017

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:15
I expect to be at all four days of Gen Con this year. We'll have a booth and I will be doing a panel on Saturday at noon. (It's a historical panel about early Gen Cons: "In the Shadow of the Castle." Check out all the historical panels and lists of featured guests.)

We will be running the Munchkin Tavern again, and I'll do a signing there on Saturday night. I'll probably be around at other times, too. As usual, it is at the Tavern on South, 423 W. South Street.

I expect to be doing a podcast with Pegasus Spiele. There's also going to be a They Might Be Giants concert . . .

-- Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Grab Gold, Put A Pal On The Plank, Speak Like A Swashbuckler!

Munchkin Booty Guest Artist Edition puts an eye patch on the original Munchkin game. Try out that French Buccaneer accent you've been working on while marauding across the deep sea. Plunder your own … or, wait - order yours now at Warehouse 23.
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July 22, 2017: Farewell, Geek Chic

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:48
Geek Chic A few of us here at SJ Games have talked – gushed, really – about our custom furniture from Geek Chic. It is a very sad duty, therefore, to report that Geek Chic recently had to close operations. Details are scant at this time, but founder Robert Gifford's statement about the closure was posted on the Geek Chic home page (which currently seems to be down, but it's also shown on their Facebook page), along with a promise to update that page with more information as circumstances permit. (If the page comes back up, click the "Products" link to see all the cool stuff you could have had, if only.)

Robert and the entire Geek Chic team were a fixture* at conventions for many, many years, and I can say from personal experience, as a customer and a fellow industry professional, that they were a delight to work with. Other companies have sprung up in the "bespoke gamer furniture" market that Geek Chic pioneered, but they were first. It's going to be weird to go to Gen Con this August and not walk through their booth.

Best of luck to the entire Geek Chic team, and particularly Robert and Brenda. We'll see you around.

Andrew Hackard

* Pun absolutely intended.

Mid-July update: I wrote this back in late June. Since that time, Geek Chic has hired an attorney and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There's a discussion on reddit (warning: link leads to reddit) going over the filing in some detail, along with the usual fulminations that make reddit such a beloved site. (Warning: link leads to WIkipedia.) The takeaway seems to be that they ran out of money in the bank to pay the bills, but there are definitely some surprises in the filing. –AH

Warehouse 23 News: Fantastic Fighting . . . Realistically!

Add more than a dozen armed and unarmed fighting styles to your fantasy campaign with GURPS Martial Arts: Yrth Fighting Styles. In addition to specific styles for knights and mercenaries, discover how elves, dwarves, or even animals can wade into battle. This guide is just a download away, only from Warehouse 23.
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July 21, 2017: Super Summer Game Day Is Here!

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:47
Super Summer Retail Kit Your training is complete - time to become a full-fledged hero! Best place to do that? Your local game store giving a Super Summer Game Day this weekend, July 21-23!

Take on the villains of Super Munchkin Guest Artist Edition, featuring the stellar illustrations of Lar DeSouza! But we didn't stop with a fun game day; you get some promo swag, too, including Munchkin bookmarks and promo cards like Sailor Bacon! Plus, if you share pictures of playing during the event on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #PlayMunchkin, you'll be entered to win some exclusive loot, like signed cards or a signed copy of Super Munchkin Guest Artist Edition

In addition, if you're attending San Diego Comic Con, Lar will be at booth 1231, giving away his own Sailor Bacon promo. If you ask nicely, he'll probably give you a signature, too!

So swing by your participating friendly local game store (check with them which day they are playing) and #PlayMunchkin at the Super Summer Game Day before it's up, up, and away! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Get Wild With GURPS

Make GURPS quicker and easier with GURPS Power-Ups 7: Wildcard Skills. Unleash your skills' full potential with plenty of examples, new options, rule clarifications, and more. Download it today, from Warehouse 23.
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July 20, 2017: Are You Ready For A Career In Dungeon Crawling?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:47
Pyramid #3/104: Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game Like a prophecy of old coming to fruition, the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game will soon be in the hands of fans eager for hack 'n' slash fantasy thrills. But what if the mere thought of that big box brimming with gaming goodness isn't enough? What if you're ready for adventure now?

Pyramid #3/104: Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game addresses this challenge. Its centerpiece is a solo adventure where you take the role of a swashbuckler trying to escape a deadly dungeon. It's designed to teach some of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG basics, and you only need the adventure, a pencil, paper (or a printout of its character sheet), and three dice.

This issue also includes a batch of tables to help you generate an exciting heroic background for your adventurer, a system to inspire you to create adventure arcs – or even a full campaign – with a few rolls of the dice, and more.

The Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game will be here before you know it, but waiting just got a little easier with Pyramid #3/104. Pick it up today!

Steven Marsh

Warehouse 23 News: Pre-Order...Me! Munchkin Deadpool - Just Deadpool is a 35-card booster from those game-making eggheads at USAopoly and Steve Jackson Games that lets me wreak havoc in Munchkin X-Men Edition - and I am *really* looking forward to that! I hope you're ready for all the EXCITING and CREATIVE new ways I'm gonna help you out and kill your enemies (for the right amount of chimichangas). Why are you still reading this post when you can pre-order me now at Warehouse 23? Get on it!  
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July 19, 2017: Illuminati Is 35

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:46

Illuminati

Yes, today is the 35th anniversary of the release of Illuminati. What a long, strange trip it's been! Of everything we have released, this game did the most to set our "company personality." It even gave us our logo.

Why is this on my mind right now? Reasons. Fnord.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: What Is Best In Life? Crushing your enemies . . . and taking their loot! Munchkin Conan the Barbarian adds the titular barbarian to any Munchkin set. Grab your sword and be ready to wade through the remains of your foes in this 15-card booster. Find it at Warehouse 23, by Krom!

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