September 27, 2016: Dungeon Fantasy Kickstarter Ending Soon!

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Dungeon Fantasy RPG The Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game Kickstarter is running low on time, but there is still time to join the campaign!

Our supporters have broken a bevy of stretch goals in the past week, and we're hoping to unlock a few more before the campaign ends. In addition to being able to offer better EU and Australian shipping (thanks Ross!), we're also taking $10 off shipping for EVERYONE! We are also throwing in more PDFs, the first of which is Dungeons 2, as voted on by the backers. We've added other content, too, like Cardboard Heroes and the custom hex bases for them.

With all this additional stuff, the value of the $250 "I Want It All!" pledge tier has skyrocketed. It was already a great deal, but now you are getting over $550 worth of rewards, including tons of PDFs, the GM screen, Cardboard Heroes, plastic bases, a year of Pyramid magazine, and even more that supporters could unlock. That's not even counting the actual boxed set and PDFs for that! We're excited to bring backers all this extra content, and here's hoping we can show you some more secret stuff. Remember - preordering GURPS Mars Attacks and Discworld Roleplaying Game also add to the stretch goals, so you can help out even if you have already backed!

The Dungeon Fantasy RPG design team also offered up some a peek behind the curtain. Sean Punch's Designer's Notes series is ongoing over on Medium, with four parts posted so far. The final part will go up in a couple days, so stay tuned. PK Levine, Steven Marsh, and Nikki Vrtis have given us a sample character as well. See the backstory and some of the moving parts that go into Lyndon Glibtongue, elven bard. And if you want to flex your creative muscles, we're holding a contest to create your own magic item on our GURPS forums. You can win a copy of the game, so enter before the campaign ends!

Thanks again to all the backers helping make this possible, and if you haven't, please check out the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter! Get involved before the dungeon closes its doors.

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: You're Gonna Need A Bigger Stocking. . .

With Munchkin Holiday Surprise, you get all of our holiday-themed boosters and then some! Mix this collection into your favorite version of Munchkin for some added cheer. Get this amazing present for all the nice (or naughty) little munchkins on your list today, from Warehouse 23!

September 26, 2016: The Munchkin Holiday Vault Is Now Open!

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Holiday Vault I can hear the slay bells ringing, which means it's time to reopen the Munchkin Holiday Vault!

'Tis the season for giving, so why not give to the most important person in your life: you. In true Munchkin fashion, it's time to hoard the holiday loot, because it won't be around forever. Use Munchkin Christmas Lite to introduce friends and family to the game (and take their treasure out of their stockings). You can winterize any Munchkin game with it, too. Other ways to inject holiday spirit into your games include expansions like Yule Log, Holiday Surprise, Jolly Jumbo D6, and even the Munchkin Journal Pack 3. Be on the lookout for even more Christmas goodies, like the Munchkin Christmas Monster Box, and Munchkin Playmat: Spyke's Christmas Wish, coming your way later this year.

These themed sets will only be available during the holiday season. After that, they'll be going back in the vault, so get them while they're available. Visit your friendly local game store or Warehouse 23 today to put a little cheer in your dungeon diving.

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: It's A Munchkin Christmas In September!

Are you ready for a Munchkin Christmas? With Munchkin Christmas Lite, you can get your start on the holiday season early! The game can be played right out of the package, or you can mix the cards into your favorite Munchkin set to add some wintery seasonal cheer. Show some festive enthusiasm with your very own copy from Warehouse 23 now!

September 25, 2016: Crowdfunding Focus: Boards & Bits Traveler

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Crowdfunding Focus

We have some experience with game storage and transportation. But boxes can only do so much when you have to travel with a lot of games in a small area. Enter the Boards & Bits Traveler bag.

Eschewing the boxes for your games, the bag gives you storage for the boards, bits, and rules for each game, with some nifty features for your personal organization. Separated padded compartments store each segment comfortably, while a small note card slot allows you to write which games are where. Did I mention this stores 20 games? That's a lot of fun, in a comparatively small space. 

If you're like me, you may be attached to keeping the games in boxes, even when traveling, to keep the pieces safe. Fortunately, the bag is sized for carry-on, and the padding looks secure and thick. You can keep your games by your side, rather than have them tossed around in the checked bag area during a flight. This would make the perfect vacation bag for conventions or even family get togethers.

This looks to be a solid game transport solution, so if you're in the market you have about 20 more days to back it.

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: This Is Not Your Average Coloring Book

It may be possible to learn the alphabet without the dungeon-delving excitement of Munchkin . . . but why in the world would you want to? With The Munchkin Alphabet Coloring Book, you don't have to go without your favorite Munchkin characters when learning your ABCs! It even comes with 10 brand-new cards to add to your Munchkin collection. Get your coloring fix from Warehouse 23 now!

September 24, 2016: The Stars Are Right For Exploration!

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Pyramid #3/94: Spaceships III This month has been huge for GURPS, with the launch (and subsequent funding!) of the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game Kickstarter. If you're interested in that, or want to renew your Pyramid subscription, check out the campaign, as that is an add-on at a very affordable price, along with a ton of other PDF content. But enough about dungeons, we have space to explore!

When you have a spaceship, the sky's no longer the limit! Pyramid #3/94: Spaceships looks at various aspects of spacefaring. It features a guide to which options and assumptions you need to make GURPS Spaceships work with four different types of space campaigns. This issue also includes a pirate spacestation (with details for both Spaceships and GURPS City Stats), a discussion of contraban and risky cargo, three derelict spaceships to explore, and more.

Other worlds are closer than ever with Pyramid #3/94: Spaceships III. Download your copy today!

Steven Marsh

Warehouse 23 News: Spyke & Flower Are After Legendary Booty In Their Newest Comic Adventure

Spyke and Flower seek the lost city of Atlantis in "Quest for the Legendary Booty" but get thrown off course by pirates, sea monsters, and inclement weather. Join them on their journey as they follow the super-trustworthy map Spyke found on a children's menu. Get your copy of Munchkin #21 from Warehouse 23 now and receive the The Official Munchkin Bookmark of Reality Slippage with five promotional cards for free!

September 23, 2016: Munchkin Musings: September 2016

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Greetings from your friendly neighborhood Munchkin Czar!

This month, instead of telling you what has just happened, I thought I'd look forward to tell you what's coming up in the next few months.

We're reopening the holiday vault later this month, so a lot of Munchkin Christmas items will once again be available. We'll also have new ones coming out, including a Monster Box illustrated by Ian McGinty, holiday-themed playmats illustrated by Lar deSouza and Katie Cook, and the 12 Days of Munchkin Christmas Coloring Book with fantastic line art by Len Peralta.

Speaking of guest artists, we have Greg Hyland's Munchkin Zombies Guest Artist Edition and Shane White's Munchkin Pathfinder Guest Artist Edition coming up this fall, and Ian McGinty's Munchkin Guest Artist Edition Kill-O-Meter will start shipping to stores at the end of September. We're very close to having the last of our Guest Artist Edition series to print – no spoilers yet!

We have our usual bevy of reprints planned, including Marked for Death and Dragons booster packs and the second printing of Moop's Monster Mashup, now in a Deluxe presentation.

This fall also sees our first foray into Munchkin-branded card sleeves. Protect your Munchkin games with packs of sleeves for Doors and Treasures and for Dungeons (and check out the exclusive cards you can get!) or protect other games with standard-sized sleeves showing Spyke or Flower.

OK, I will mention one bit of old news this month: Munchkin Grimm Tidings hit the shelves exclusively at Walgreens! It's our first game in Walgreens and we're happy to see it doing very well. John's art is awesome, and we put a lot of work into getting the theme right for Munchkin and also true to the old stories. If it continues to sell well, we may see more games like this one . . .

See you in October!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: #PlayMunchkinPanic

Everyone is coming down with a case of panic! Munchkin Panic, that is. Not only is it one of the featured games in this month's Munchkin comic, but select local game stores across the country will be hosting Munchkin Panic Day on Saturday, September 24! You'll have a chance to try the game, and get free Panic promos.  Check out the Daily Illuminator for details on where to find a store near you! 

September 22, 2016: Notable Reprints For The Holidays And January

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Are you a cat person, or a dog person? A raptor person, or a dragon person? Or a kangarooster person? 

There are a lot of choices, and they're all from our reprints coming out in December and January. There's something here for you whether you like your pets to be mischievous feline YouTube stars, terrifying hybrid monstrosities, or eagles that don't mind being mounted. 

Moop"s Monster MashupMoop's Monster Mashup



The munchkins must maraud to meet Moop's mixed-up minions! 

The first printing came out earlier this year, but this Munchkin game is selling so well, we had to print it again! 

Moop's Monster Mashup is a standalone game in which the munchkins must defeat the malevolent magician Moop, who is using his magic powers to create mashed-up monsters like the Kangarooster we mentioned earlier. The second printing is getting a deluxe treatment, so it comes with a game board and character standies. 

The second printing should be out in time for the holidays.

Simon"s Cat Card GameSimon's Cat Card Game



Play this game right meow.

This is another game we released for the first time this year that's just selling so well we had to print more. People are buying up this fast-playing card game based on the hit YouTube series Simon's Cat.

You play as Simon's pets. Play cards to make sure Simon doesn't notice you. If he does, you get Blame. Get too much and you get fed last.

Like Moop's, this reprint should be out in December.

Munchkin 4 - The Need For SteedMunchkin 4 - The Need For Steed



You're in for a ride.

Ah, The Need for Steed – the origin of the Munchkin mechanic that allows players to ride around on animals, cryptozoological creatures, and sometimes people. It's due for another reprint, which will hit stores in January.

This Munchkin expansion with original fantasy backs and art by John Kovalic introduces Steed cards, which grant bonuses like the ability to run away more reliably, or to carry more Big items.

Visit your local game store today to put in your preorders! 

Ariel Barkhurst

Warehouse 23 News: Get Your Swag On!

Play in style with a shirt from your favorite Steve Jackson Games line! Show your pride in Ogre, Munchkin, Car Wars, Ninja Burger, and more with these comfortable T-shirts. Get yours today from Warehouse 23!

September 21, 2016: Pre-Order GURPS Mars Attacks And The Discworld Roleplaying Game Today!

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Mars Attacks Now is a fantastic time for GURPS fans. In addition to the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter – watch those stretch goals fall! – two new GURPS hardcover books are at print and set for release later this year. And now, both GURPS Mars Attacks and the Discworld Roleplaying Game are available to pre-order at your favorite local game store or Warehouse 23.

Pre-Order At Your Favorite Local Game Store: Use one or both of these handy forms to pre-order today. All you have to do is print out the form, fill in all of the details, and then drop the form(s) off at your local game store.  Warehouse 23: If you do not have a favorite local game store, you can pre-order both books today at Warehouse 23.  And once your pre-orders are in, please don't forget the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game that's currently funding at Kickstarter. The project has a little over a week before it closes, so join in today and don't miss out on this fantastic new stand-alone RPG box set.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: BRAIIIIINS!!!!!!

Munchkin Zombies Guest Artist Edition is a new take on one of the sickest, silliest Munchkin sets! Players of Munchkin Fu will recognize this new art from Greg Hyland featuring his distinct, over-the-top zombies kicking down doors and eating brains. Celebrate 15 years of Munchkin by pre-ordering your Guest Artist Edition from Warehouse 23 now!

September 20, 2016: Interview With Munchkin Panic Designer Anne-Marie De Witt

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Anne-Marie De Witt We had a moment to sit down with co-owner of Fireside Games, and designer of Munchkin Panic, Anne-Marie De Witt, to learn a bit more about what inspired the combination of Munchkin and Castle Panic. Check out this Daily Illuminator post for a list of friendly local game stores participating in Munchkin Panic Day on September 24, as well as social-media contests happening that weekend! You can also read a story inspired by her game in Munchkin #21

How did Munchkin Panic come to be? When did someone say, "Let's put your chocolate with my peanut butter and see what happens"?

Munchkin Panic was the brainchild of your own Phil Reed. He actually pitched the idea to us around 2011, but we didn't have the resources to fully support it then. And [Fireside Games Co-owner Justin De Witt] was concerned about how to marry those two very different worlds.

Where did the inspiration come from for the design of this game?

The opportunities for allowing that Munchkin-esque self-interest to flourish were clear to me in the Master Slayer version of Castle Panic from the beginning. It felt like that was the natural place to begin the merging of the two worlds. I explored ways of incorporating mechanics from Munchkin into the Panic system, but they just felt pasted on. The more elegant solution was to allow more of the feel to seep into the various aspects of play, to think and act like a munchkin. With Munchkin Panic, you don't care about protecting the castle. It's all about the points in monster slays you've earned. In fact, you might just decide to enhance a monster and actively take down a tower. You don't care about mutually beneficial trades. You're out to negotiate the best deal for yourself. You also take on a role with a special ability (based on the races and classes from Munchkin) and work that to your advantage. The monsters aren't just coming at you, they are carrying treasure that you can use for some punishing card combos. Some of the monsters will also respond differently to certain characters. And you may just have a curse or two in your hand to beat back an opponent!

Munchkin Panic

What was your favorite part of working on Munchkin Panic?

My favorite part of working on Munchkin Panic was a day I was brainstorming some ways to apply the curses to the Panic system. We were having three dead trees cut down in our backyard, and I was pacing around the house while I thought. The sound of the chainsaw was ripping through the walls, and I was certain at any moment that a heavy branch would crash through the roof. I felt like I was tempting fate to be thinking of curses! All of that extra tension and anxiety, though, was just what I needed to dream up how to mess with players.

Find out more about Munchkin Panic Day here, and see if stores near you are running demos on September 24! 

 

Rhea Friesen

Warehouse 23 News: Protect Your Munchkin Doors And Treasures From Mischief

The long-awaited Munchkin Doors and Treasures Card Sleeves are finally here! Each set comes with 60 sleeves made specifically for Munchkin Door and Treasure cards, so you'll never have to worry about munchkins knowing which card you're about to play – or damaging your collection. Preorder yours from Warehouse 23 today!

September 19, 2016: Talk Like A Pirate Day!

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Talk Like A Pirate Day Be ye ready fer a full day 'o sailin' th' jolly roger 'n findin' buried treasure? We be, cause 'tis Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Follow us, 'n share a pirate-y picture on TwittArrr, Facebook, or Instarrr-gram wit' th' hashtag #MunchkinBooty fer a chance to win a copy of Munchkin Booty, alon' wit' some privateerin' promos! Dress like a scurvy pirate, or maybe share a drawin' that would make Blackbeard proud. Whatever ye want to share, make sure ye use that hashtag 'n follow us on social media to enter. We'll choose one sailor at random at th' end 'o th' day to take home th' loot! Winner will be announced Tuesday, September 20. 

Look for Munchkin Booty at yer friendly local game store, and check out Warehouse 23 if you don't have a store near you. Fer even more pirate-y goodness, there also be Munchkin Booty 2-Jump the Shark and Munchkin Booty: Fish & Ships.

Have a ruckas! And most importantly - talk like a pirate!

Captain Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Your Munchkin Dungeons Need Protecting

Defend your Munchkin Dungeon cards from damage, wear, spilled drinks, and Electric Radioactive Acid Potion with Munchkin Dungeon Card Sleeves! Each pack has 50 sleeves made specifically for Munchkin Dungeon cards, so you'll rest easy knowing your cards will last. Preorder your very own set from Warehouse 23 today!

September 18, 2016: Our Most Proximate Neighbor Has A Family

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Scientists have reported the discovery of a planet slightly larger than Earth orbiting in the habitable zone of the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, a little over 4.24 light years from the Sun.

Phil Plait goes into some detail on his blog, Bad Astronomy, about why this is a Really Big Discovery, right in our galactic back yard. He also points out that we won't be taking a holiday trip there any time soon.

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Consider A Change Of Race, Munchkin Style

Two beastly races from classic-fantasy gaming come to Munchkin with 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! Add this expansion to your Munchkin game from Warehouse 23 now, and become Legendary!