June 30, 2015: New Releases For June

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Lots of new games come out every month, and it's easy to miss a few. Here are the things we released in June; these are either in your local stores now, or will be very shortly!

Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown

Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown



Destroy the Earthling cities!

Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown is a fast-playing dexterity game of Martian aggression and global destruction. Flick the custom die from your flying saucer at the Earthling cities, and claim their points as you destroy them.


Star Munchkin 3 – Diplomatic Impunity

Star Munchkin 3 – Diplomatic Impunity



More Sci-Fi Hijinks!

After far too long, your favorite space-faring munchkins are BACK! This expansion includes Ships your characters can use to explore the cosmos; a new Class, Ambassador, that can commandeer Ships from other players; and a new Race, Veggie, because even munchkins need fiber. Plus plenty of new monsters, Traps, and Treasures. (Yes, of course there are more Lasers. PEW PEW!)

Star Munchkin 3 – Diplomatic Impunity . . . in space, no one can hear you squee!


In addition to the above, we've also reprinted a couple of things that have been out of print for a while.

Star Munchkin – Space Ships

Star Munchkin – Space Ships



Munchkin Booty introduced Ships to the world of Munchkin. You guys immediately asked why we didn't have Ships for Star Munchkin as well. So now we do!

Star Munchkin: Space Ships lets you ride in – or on – the Horsefly, the Starfurry, or the USS Secondprize. You can buff your ships with a Quad-Mounted Laser or a Bridge. And you can let your new Sidekick, Otto, do the flying for you.

Live long and prosper and kill monsters!

Note: This is an expansion for Star Munchkin, not a stand-alone set. Space Ships is not collectible or randomized; every pack is the same as every other.

The Awful Green Things From Outer Space



The Awful Green Things From Outer Space

Monsters Everywhere!



The crew of the exploration ship Znutar just wanted to cruise around the Galaxy, discovering strange new worlds and playing pool. But then their ship was invaded by the Awful Green Things . . . and suddenly they were fighting for their lives!

In this wacky two-player game, one player controls the Awful Green Things. They grow and multiply every turn – especially if they can gobble up a crew member! The other player commands the crew, frantically trying weapon after weapon (pool sticks, fire extinguishers, cans of Zgwortz) to find something that kills the monsters.

This classic game by Tom Wham first appeared in Dragon Magazine in 1980, and has been a fan favorite ever since! This edition includes Tom's "Outside the Znutar" rules and counters, for going out the airlocks and fighting on the surface of the ship, and upgraded components: a mounted gameboard, heavy die-cut counters, and a full-color rulebook!


Brian Engard

Warehouse 23 News: Hone Your Social Skills

Get the best-selling, award-winning supplement that changed the face of GURPS – William H. Stoddard's GURPS Social Engineering. This guide expands and clarifies a jillion interpersonal aspects of GURPS: intimidation, deception, leadership, haggling, propaganda, and much more. Get it today – only from Warehouse 23 – and we'll be your best friend!

June 29, 2015: We're Everywhere

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The Dawn orbiter has spotted a mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres that mission scientists describe as "pyramid-shaped." Here's the Daily Mail story.

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Get Organized!

Statting up political groups, businesses, religious orders, and other organizations is easier than ever, thanks to GURPS Boardroom and Curia. Now you'll know the relative strengths and weaknesses of different organizations at a glance – what they can do for you (or against you), how powerful they are, what skills and resources they have, and more. Satisfying your curia-sity is just a download away, from Warehouse 23!

June 28, 2015: Vernon Wells Holding Car Wars Classic

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Recognize this guy?

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His name is Vernon Wells, and our buddy Patrick J. Kennedy got this picture of him at Eternal Con.

Car Wars: it's getting closer every day!

Scott Haring

Warehouse 23 News: Truth, Justice, And The Magical Way

Pulp heroes meet magical might with GURPS Thaumatology: Age of Gold, a campaign setting that combines alchemical abilities with 1930s-style heroism. The Age of Gold is ready to download, but – true believers – only at Warehouse 23!

June 27, 2015: Get In A Bind, With GURPS?

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GURPS Book Binding One of my hobbies is do-it-myself bookbinding. I love making my own minibooks and supplements – for RPGs, computer games, tabletop games, character sheets, programming guides, you name it. It's actually easier than you might think. Here's a quick overview of one of the easier ways: saddle stitching. Saddle stitching is a fancy way of saying "folded in half and stapled in the center," and it's the way a lot of classic gaming material was presented. It's great for anything of about 32 pages or less, and it's still feasible up to around 64 pages (depending on paper stock). This makes it a superb way to print GURPS PDFs, such as those available on Warehouse 23 (hint hint). To saddle stitch a book, you'll need:
  • A PDF you want to print. (Have we recommended the fine wares at Warehouse 23 lately? We have? Okay; we won't mention it, then.)
  • A printer. A double-sided – or duplex – printer makes it easier, but it isn't essential.
  • Paper and cardstock. The cardstock is optional, but it goes a long way toward making a durable, attractive book.
  • A stapler. I use a true saddle stitch stapler, such as this one from Amazon, but there are other options. As I write this, this long-arm stapler is $5.99 . . . and if you're patient, you can even use a standard cheap-o office-type stapler where the bottom swings away.
  • Imposition software. "Imposition" is a fancy way of saying "getting the pages in the right order." For example, if you have a 32-page PDF, you want to end up with a sheet of paper where that first page has pages 32 and 1 on one side, and pages 2 and 31 on the other side. (If that doesn't make sense, look at the page numbering of a saddle-stitched book and imagine each sheet of paper as a separate entity.) I recommend Bookbinder, because it's free and cross-platform (it uses Java).
  • A sharp razor and a couple of wood boards. This isn't essential, but it's helpful to trim the edges of your booklet.
Fire up the Bookbinder software, load the PDF, and choose appropriate settings. I use the "Booklet" settings under signature formats, and "Stretch to Fit" under Book Size, but feel free to experiment. ("Stretch to Fit" makes it a bit distorted compared to its original layout, but the extra size usually makes it easier to read on smaller paper.) Click "Generate Document"; it'll output the imposed PDF in the same folder that the Bookbinder software is located.

Then print the pages of the imposed PDF. I recommend printing pages 3-4 at first; depending on your printer, you might need to tweak your printing settings and methods to get the pages lined up right, but it's pretty obvious if you don't. (Fold that sheet in half and pretend to read the book; if page 3 leads to an upside-down page 31, then there's a problem...) Once you know what you need to do to get your pages lined up right, print the rest of the pages (from pages 5 on). If you have cardstock, print pages 1-2 on that.

Then fold the whole thing in half (I recommend a couple of pages at a time). Take a flip through your unstapled book and make sure the pages are all right. If they are, staple them using your stapler. (If you're using a Swingline, keep the pages tight together and try to staple it into something, like a cork board. Then pry it off that surface and carefully fold the staples in manually.)

Once you're done, firmly press the book between two boards, so that the top board is your cutting edge and your bottom board is your cutting surface. Trim the right-hand edge; I prefer to use a light touch and "go over" the entire line, trimming a few page edges at a time, but use whatever technique works for you.

And that's it! Your book is done. If the book doesn't quite lay flat, place it under something heavy overnight, like a large stack of GURPS hardcovers you could purchase from Warehou- . . . well, you know.

This isn't ideal for all applications. You can't bind super-thick books this way, and – on a standard printer – your books will be "undersized" compared to their original 8.5" × 11" size. (Someday I'll own a printer that can print an 11" × 17" sheet of paper . . .) However, the resulting books are quite readable, and may be more useful at your gaming table than a PDF.

Steven Marsh

Warehouse 23 News: The Galaxy Awaits

Build, fly, fight, and repair your own spaceship! It's easier than you think, thanks to GURPS Spaceships. Your journey to the stars starts with a download exclusive to Warehouse 23!

June 26, 2015: BREAKING: "Nerd Girl" Joins Steve Jackson Games

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Anna, the new Marketing Assistant

In a totally unexpected move, Steve Jackson Games has hired a Nerd Girl for their new Assistant to the Marketing Director position. But not just a nerd girl! Reportedly, she's a writer, singer, actor, and hopeless geek sprinkled with a touch of whimsy. And snark. Word has it she started AD&D in middle school, making very detailed world maps on graph paper, then graduated to original World of Darkness in college. Now Fate is her system of choice.

Judging from the fact she's often seen off-site with a book in her hand, we're gathering she's an avid reader; favorite authors include Tolkien, Austen, and Fitzgerald. "If I lived on a desert island, I'd starve to death because I'd only pack books," says Meade. She's also an old-school video game nerd, especially NES and SNES. FFIII (VI) and Secret of Mana were her RPG jams. Ooh, and Battletoads. It's rumored that on one long car trip to Colorado, she beat her youngest brother 119 times at Tetris.

Notably, she's worked with Onyx Path Publishing on the new V20 Vampire books and is collaborating on a super secret new book for Evil Hat Productions. She runs a literary blog called Yearning for Wonderland which covers all manner of geek and whimsical matters. She's been performing onstage since she was eight; her favorite roles are Kitty in "The Drowsy Chaperone" and Amanda in Noel Coward's "Private Lives". She's also directed a production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and written original adaptations of "The Gift of the Magi", "The Snow Queen" (which she also directed), as well as producing two original full-length plays she wrote: "Feet of Clay" and "O, for a Muse of Fire".

Within the marketing department, it's expected she will wreak havoc in an awesome and totally professional way.

Now a word from our sponsors: MONSTER TRUCKS THIS SUNDAY . . . SUNDAY . . . SUNDAY

Anna Meade

Warehouse 23 News: Come To Your Senses! Harnessing awesome inhuman senses is easier than ever, thanks to GURPS Powers: Enhanced Senses. This trove of new options and abilities expands the sensory possibilities of GURPS; learn how damaging a rock concert's noise is, how hard it is to read by candlelight, and much more. Download it from Warehouse 23 and upgrade your sensory abilities!

June 25, 2015: Zombie Dice Is BACK!

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Remember when we told you that Zombie Dice had all but sold out? Well, it's back, and it's got brand new packaging. You now can see all the dice and their designs; the back cover is redesigned to make it easy to pick up the game and play right away. We've even upgraded the game cup to a thicker, more durable plastic . . . the better to make loud, rattling noises with. Despite inflation AND the cup upgrade, this game is still only $13.13.

Thanks so much to our Zombie Dice fans who've supported the game since its release in 2010. We ship the new Zombie Dice in September; now is also the perfect time to pick up the expansions: Zombie Dice 2 – Double Feature and Zombie Dice 3 – School Bus!

Anna Meade

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Warehouse 23 News: Now With Deluxe Brains!

In this twist on Munchkin, the players are zombies, kicking down doors and eating brains. The "monsters" they're attacking are people, with a few rogue zombies thrown in. Munchkin Zombie Deluxe features six zombie pawns and a level track. So bravely as a zombie you go forth, with mousetraps on your feet and a bowling trophy protecting your poor rotting head . . . to level up, or to die. Again.

June 24, 2015: Coloring Matters: Munchkin 3 Clerical Errors Gets A New Look

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Munchkin 3 Clerical Errors Before and After We're perfectionists. Sometimes this gets in our way, sure, but most of the time, having high standards for everything means that you, the customer, get better products. Case in point: Munchkin 3: Clerical Errors. The coloring on the cards just wasn't popping the way we wanted it to. It wasn't right.

So we changed it. We updated it. You can see the old and new version of a card in the picture on this post and, as you'll see, the change is quite subtle. But it wasn't right. We wanted to make it right. So we did.

This is also not the last such color change we'll do; several Munchkin expansions will be releasing in the future with similar color updates, so keep an eye out for them!

Brian Engard

Warehouse 23 News: Buy Your Warehouse 23 Goods Now!

The Warehouse 23 store will be closed for maintenance overnight, starting Wednesday night. If you are planning on ordering this week, get your orders in now. Watch Twitter for more details!

June 23, 2015: A Week Off

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Fnord The Steve Jackson Games office (and Warehouse 23) will be closing down on June 27 and opening back up on July 6. Every year, we close down for the week of Independence Day; it gives us all a chance to spend time with our families, and gives us a much-needed vacation.

Because the Warehouse will be closed during that time, we won't be shipping any packages during that time either. Any orders you place before noon Central on June 26 will go out that same day; any orders placed after that time will wait until we return on July 6.

We at Steve Jackson Games hope you all have a great 4th of July!

Brian Engard

Warehouse 23 News: Captivating Cthulhu Cthoughts!

Does your sanity dare learn the secrets of Ken Hite's Dubious Shards? Can your mind withstand Kenneth Hite's examination of the Cthulhu Mythos, its critical essays of horror fictions' politics, and much more? Can you resist downloading this supplement from the masters of rhetorical questions at Warehouse 23? (Answers: Yes. Yes. No.)

June 22, 2015: Notable Reprints For October

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A little while ago, we mentioned that some of the Munchkin expansions would be increasing in price by $1 each. In October, reprints for two of those expansions will hit stores, and that new price will be in effect for those copies of the game. If you've been meaning to pick either of these up, you'll be able to get them a little cheaper if you do it before October!

Munchkin Cthulhu 3 – The Unspeakable Vault Munchkin Cthulhu 3 – The Unspeakable Vault



Kick open the Unspeakable Vault!

For years, Goomi has been unleashing his own vision of Cthulhu upon the world, in his comic "The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom)!" Now his unique take on the Elder Gods comes to Munchkin, in the form of Munchkin Cthulhu 3 – The Unspeakable Vault.

This 56-card expansion brings Great Cthulhoo, Dagoon, Nyarly, and Tindaloo into the pun-filled world of Munchkin. Feed your friends to Cthulhoo, grow Footicles, and use your Inhuman Moan to defeat the Teeny Weeny Mi-Goo.

What darkness lurks in the Vault?
  • More Madness! Fear books (logical enough, given the number of tomes that can eat your face), ichor, even phobias themselves!
  • More Monsters! Face Goomi's versions of the Mythos gods and creatures . . . Ygo, 'Zathoth, Nightgaunts, Ghouls, Deepoines, and many more!
  • More Things That Put The Hurt On Monsters! Wield the Roman Candle, the giant Hypodermic Needle, and the . . . Can Opener? Sure, why not? This is Munchkin!
The Unspeakable Vault – more "yum yum" for your Munchkin Cthulhu game.

Munchkin Legends 3 – Myth Prints Munchkin Legends 3 – Myth Prints



See Ya Later Gladiator

For the third time, Munchkin ruins explores your favorite myths and legends! Munchkin Legends 3 – Myth Prints introduces the Gladiator . . . they get tougher when their lives are at stake! This 56-card set has new monsters to fight, new Treasures to gain, and dozens of new jokes to enjoy! (Or groan at – your choice.)

Brian Engard

Warehouse 23 News: Adventurers Not Wanted, But Definitely Needed

It's a town run by a thieves' guild controlled by a bestial master who lurks amid bones . . . and it's open for business! With Town Backdrop: Wolfsbane Hollow, you'll leave with a pouch that's empty and a back that's full of knives. Download your travel guide today from Warehouse 23!

June 21, 2015: Crowdfunding Focus: "For The Love Of Spock"

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Crowdfunding Focus

Shortly before his death earlier this year, Leonard Nimoy had begun working with his son, Adam (a screenwriter and director himself) on a documentary about the elder Nimoy's most famous character: Spock, whose history in Star Trek dates back to the very first pilot, before Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and the rest of the familiar crew had been written.

Adam Nimoy has decided to complete the film as a tribute to his late father and has started a Kickstarter campaign (ending July 1) to allow fans of Star Trek, and specifically of Leonard Nimoy, to be a part of this documentary. Leonard Nimoy's somewhat ambivalent relationship to the character of Spock over the years has been well documented, and I expect this film to shed a lot of light on the evolution of his feelings about the character and how it shaped his entire life.

I had the privilege of hearing Leonard Nimoy speak a few times and I expect this project to be just as powerful and meaningful for the people who view it as those talks were to me.

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: What's In A Name?

Coming up with a rich, flavorful place name has never been easier, thanks to A Magical Medieval Society: On Place Names. It includes over 500 options to choose from (or roll randomly for), to bring the flavor of United Kingdom locales to your gaming table. Download it today, from the awesome digital shop we call Warehouse 23!