May 30, 2016: Interview With Guest Artist Greg Hyland

Munchkin Zombies GAE Greg Hyland, original artist for Munchkin Fu and for the upcoming Munchkin Zombies Guest Artist Edition, took the time to answer a few questions for us. I didn't even have to kidnap him, and he definitely wasn't tied to a chair during the interview.

Technically, you are our first Guest Artist in Munchkin history, being the original illustrator for Munchkin Fu. Was it a pretty big deal at the time, or another project for you?

It was a big deal to me because I had always wanted to get into game illustration! I remember people telling me that "you are the new Munchkin guy!" which didn't turn out to be true (I forgot to break Kovalic's hands!), but it led to doing other great projects for Steve Jackson Games.

Did you think this whole Munchkin thing would get as big as it's gotten?

I didn't, but I didn't really know much about the game industry. Or how popular Munchkin was already. I had to have other people tell me what a big deal it was and what a big deal it was to work with Steve Jackson, and not just Steve Jackson Games. I realized it was like doing your first comic book, but with Stan Lee writing it. I'm glad it's blown up because it's a super fun game and deserves the fame.

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Your own guest appearance has allowed John to be a Guest Artist in a series he is known for. What is it like seeing a new take on your own art?

I haven't really seen much of it yet, and the few cards I've seen seem new to me . . . or just can't remember what I did for them. I can't wait to see the whole thing! Pretty much since day one after Munchkin Fu came out people would come up to me and say "you know, they're getting John Kovalic to redraw the whole game." Turns out to be true . . . just took 12 years for it to happen! I've had a lot of people tell me "Munchkin Fu is my favorite Munchkin game, but I just wish John Kovalic drew it." Now their dreams have come true!

You have your own Munchkin Zombies Guest Artist Edition later this year. How different is the experience drawing a set now versus when you originally drew Munchkin Fu?

Actually not too much different. I go through the card specs in order and think "Wow! I get to draw something as crazy as that!?!" I asked them to send me a written list of the card specs, even though I was sent a copy of the original game to work from. I didn't want to look at the original and be influenced by what was done already. I actually still haven't looked at the original . . . maybe I should now!

Munchkin Zombies GAE

The own comic Lethargic Lad is going strong! Do you have any other projects you are working on at the moment?

I actually do a lot of work for LEGO. Right now I storyboard a lot of their TV commercials and online cartoons. If you've seen a LEGO TV commercial for a licensed property (like Star Wars or Super Heroes), I probably storyboarded it! I also might have a secret project going with Steve Jackson that I hope sees the light of day sometime.

Thank you for letting us bug you. Where can fans find you online?, @Lethargic_Lad on the Twitter Machine, and Lethargic Lad has a Facebook page, but you have to search for it because some punk who isn't even a fan took LethargicLad!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Memorial Day

It is Memorial Day here in the United States. In honor of those in the military who have given their lives in service to our country, Warehouse 23 is closed today. Regular operations will resume tomorrow. (Digital items will, of course, continue to be available for instantaneous ordering.)

May 29, 2016: Crowdfunding Focus: Gamer Badges

Game Badges Be prepared: a Scout's Motto. But really, gamers have to be prepared as well. If you get your party killed in GURPS, will you accept your fate? Are you ready to spend 24 hours playing games for charity? Is your luggage packed for the next game convention? These everyday occurrences go unrecognized in the gamers' world, but no longer!

Gamer Badges takes the idea of prizes or merit badges and applies them to tabletop gaming. You can earn badges for owning games, playing games, going to conventions, participating in marathon sessions, and a variety of other accomplishments. There's even a classic Scout-style sash to put your badges on. This has the potential to being a cool incentive to get your friends to finally stop skipping game night.

You can buy multiple sets, and as they overfund, the stretch goals will add more available sets of badges. There are 10 days left to go on the campaign, so get your badges quick, or these achievements will stay locked.

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Power Up Your Frag Fun!

Expand your Frag Gold Edition game with Frag Gold Edition: FTW. It comes with new maps, counters, and scenarios. Shoot switches, avoid lava, wear a Shock Glove, and be the Last Man Standing. Take your game to the next level at Warehouse 23!

May 28, 2016: Learn How To Play Ogre: Objective 218

Ogre: Objective 218 Ogre: Objective 218, the card game based in the Ogre universe, is coming out in June. But you can get a sneak peek, and learn how to play, with our new video!

Based on The Battle for Hill 218 from Your Move Games, Ogre: Objective 218 is a fast playing, tactical card game set around the Crater, as the Paneuropean and Combine armies fight to take over their opponents base. Place your units around a grid, keep your supply lines open, and use your Ogres and Cruise Missiles wisely to take out your opponent and win the day! You get all the staple units, like the G.E.V., Heavy Tank, Howitzer, and Ogre Mk III in a package that takes about 30 minutes to play.

Check out the video to learn how to play quickly, and you'll be ready to defend your homefront this June!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Actions Have Consequences In Ars Magica

With Ars Magica: Thrice-Told Tales, you'll experience five different storylines that can't be resolved in a single tale, but which emerge over the course of years. Epic stories can be yours as a softcover or digital download, from Warehouse 23!

May 27, 2016: ACD Exclusive Munchkin Monster Box Available Now!

ACD Monster Box It's alive! The ACD exclusive Munchkin Monster Box variant is available at your friendly local game store now!

Store your plethora of Munchkin cards in the only container cool enough to hold them. But it doesn't just hold up to 2,000 cards. It also has room for all of your favorite accessories, like Munchkin D6 and Kill-O-Meters! It's more than a cardboard box: you get a roomy plastic tray with tons of compartments with ample space. Oh, and promos, because it's Munchkin, and everything should have promos. Be the envy of your friends with this king of containers, the top of the line in Munchkin storage!

This exclusive Greg Hyland cover is only available from ACD Distribution, and it's out a month before the other designs! You can find it at your FLGS today, or ask your local retailer about ordering it. 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Contain Your Munchkin Randomizers

Store your official Munchkin dice safely within the Munchkin Dice Bag, and use its rule to turn failure into success. It also comes with two new Munchkin cards to keep the fun in the bag. Get it today, from Warehouse 23!

May 26, 2016: Randy Makes A Mess With Simon's Cat Card Game

Simon"s Cat Card Game

Simon Tofield draws pet mischief very well. Painfully well, in fact. For Simon's Cat Card Game, we focused on the mess that gets made of his house when we made this card game. How can any human stand to live under this constant barrage of home damage? I don't know, but his videos sure are fun to watch.

This simple trick taking game is fast, easy to play, and easy to learn. You are likely to get sucked in to game after game without realizing it is even happening. The cards have vibrant color and are language independent so it is a great game to play with anyone. The game components consist of a deck of playing cards and a stack of blame cards so it is very transportable, and is playable in most settings. 

Simon's Cat Card Game is coming out this June, but we'll have limited early copies at BGG Spring, this weekend. They'll go fast, so swing by the booth and get your copy early. 

Randy Scheunemann

Warehouse 23 News: Unleash The Magical Power Of Pyramid

New spells, powers, artifacts, and more are in store for you! With Pyramid #3/91: Thaumatology IV, your GURPS game explodes with new mystifying possibilities. Pick it up individually, or subscribe today for this and many more months of surprises – only from Warehouse 23!

May 25, 2016: Munchkin Comics #17 In Stores Now!

Munchkin comics #17 by BOOM! Studios is now in stores! It's hard to believe we live in a world where that sentence exists. The sheer fact that we have a comic excites me to no end, but #17 is even more special to me. The first of the two excellent stories in that issue is titled "My Faire Munchkin" and features most of the monsters from Munchkin Knights, a booster pack that I wrote!

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Seeing my Knights in the story is awesome. Having them (mostly) beat the tar out of Spyke is hilarious. The story, written by Sam Sykes, is fantastic and comes to a conclusion that only a Munchkin comic could. The art by Mike Luckas is incredible; his characters are spot-on. If you don't laugh when the Boogie Knight appears, I'm afraid there's something deeply wrong with you.

We have fun making Munchkin every day, and it's great to see that the wonderful folks working on the Munchkin comic do, too.

Devin Lewis

Warehouse 23 News: Four-Color Munchkin Merriment

If you love the Munchkin comic, we've got issues . . . in the best possible way! Issue #17 unleashes two stories of manic mayhem, as well as a bonus Munchkin rule and promo code. If you get it from Warehouse 23, you'll get a bonus bookmark plus five random promo cards!

May 24, 2016: I Hate Zombies Events At BGG Spring

I Hate Zombies Promos The Horde is coming to BGG Spring! SJ Games will be at the convention, and we're bringing I Hate Zombies with us for some special events.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. we'll be holding Horde sized games, which can host up to 48 players at once! Can the humans defend against dozens of brain hungry zombies? You can help us find out! Not only will you get a chance to play some of the biggest zombie games ever, we'll have special promos for participants at the Horde events! Players will get a Zombie Spyke and Zombie Ernie the Geek, BGG's mascot. This will be the first chance to get these promos, as well as some Munchkin Zombies goodies!

We will also be demoing games at our booth as well, so swing by and get your taste of Simon's Cat Card Game, Bill and Ted's Excellent Boardgame, Ogre: Objective 218, and other upcoming releases. 

If you're attending BGG Spring, make sure to pack a stylish helmet to protect your tasty brains. We'll see you in the horde!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Gather 'Round Yon Table

Get together for some Knights to remember! Munchkin Knights adds 15 shiny new cards to your Munchkin game. Take up your sword, and show these Knights who is King around here. Available for pre-order from Warehouse 23.

May 23, 2016: Lisa Foiles Likes Munchkin Guest Artist Editions!

Lisa Foiles Our friend Lisa Foiles (entertainer, writer, YouTuber, and general awesome person) recently mentioned Munchkin as a great quick and dirty card game. That's awesome.

Now she's started a new series, Lisa Likes, where she talks about media, games, and other things that she enjoys. Well guess who made the list? Munchkin Guest Artist Editions! You should have known that, I put it in the title. Lisa gave glowing praise about the art of Ian McGinty and John Kovalic for their renditions of the classic games. Being a long time Munchkin fan, the fact that she enjoys the new artists means a lot!

Lisa's channel is great, so if you enjoy this video, you should definitely subscribe. Thanks again, Lisa!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Are You Ready For More Dungeons?

We have all new dungeons for you to explore along with new portals to send you there. Munchkin 6.5: Terrible Tombs presents more violent vastnesses and chaotic chasms than we've done before. Join the fun and pre-order yours from Warehouse 23 today.

May 22, 2016: The Munchkin LEGO Game Board

Munchkin Lego Board Kill the monsters, steal the bricks!

The Munchkin LEGO gameboard is a minifigure-scaled version of our beloved gameboard. It measures 96 studs long and 48 studs wide, about 15" x 30", and is as fantastic to play a game of Munchkin upon as you would imagine.

Munchkin Lego Board

Like a heavenly plastic peanut butter cup, it combines two of my favorite things together: Munchkin and LEGO. The special setup features custom hand-drawn playing cards (many by Guest Artist Edition artists such as Len Peralta, Ian McGinty, and Katie Cook), numerous creature MOCs ("My Own Creations" in brick-speak ) such as the Bullrog and Gazebo, custom printed themed tiles, specially printed dice, and amazing one-of-a-kind minifigures. Hidden throughout the board are inside jokes, artist signatures, and fun themes such as zombies, holidays, and Cthulhu. The custom Munchkin themed accessories were provided by CrazyBricks.

Originally built for fun and awesome, the board has become a special treat at numerous LEGO fan events and gaming stores. We usually like to break it out to support charities or to promote the release of a notable new Munchkin set. This year, the Munchkin LEGO board has scheduled appearances at BrickFiesta in Houston and BrickWorld in Chicago. Typically, the player seats are raffled off to support the convention or to raise funds for a worthy charity.

Lego Munchkin Board

Gamers at the board get to compete with Steve Jackson Games employees (including Steve Jackson himself!) and fight it out for special and unique swag from the Warehouse 23 vaults, including rare and signed cards, unique prototypes, and a special printed tile LEGO die! Plus the bragging rights of having adventured in the dungeons of brick. The winner also gets to keep a copy of a new Munchkin game signed by SJ. Past games have even awarded the rare and glorious Evil Stevie Changes the Rules card!

Come support your favorite fan convention and enjoy the unique, amped up fun that can only be had playing on the Munchkin LEGO Gameboard!

Guy Himber

Warehouse 23 News: What's That Blinking Red Light Mean?

Unleash a Really Bad Day on your GURPS heroes with GURPS Disasters: Meltdown and Fallout. It includes real-world information on reactors, extensive intel on the dangers of radiation, and adventure ideas for saving the day . . . or getting away! That warm, glowing feeling is just a download away – only from Warehouse 23!

May 21, 2016: Munchkin: Marvel Edition Memorial Weekend Demos

Munchkin Marvel Memorial Day Celebrate your holiday weekend with the heroes of Munchkin: Marvel Edition!

Steve Jackson Games is proud to partner with USAopoly to demo Munchkin: Marvel Edition at participating locations from May 28 - 30, Memorial Day weekend. Our MIBs, and USAopoly's Envoy volunteers will be assembling their teams to show off the game in a friendly local game store (or convention) near you. And of course, participants will have the chance to get free promos. All three promotional bookmarks (H.A.M.M.E.R., S.H.I.E.L.D., and Hydra!), the Deadpool cards, Peter Parker, and even the elusive Infinity Gauntlet. Maybe you'll be one of the lucky recipients to take home the power cosmic!

For a full list of locations, check out the announcement on USAopoly's blog. There are retailers and cons across the nation! 

USAopoly is also holding a photo contest. (Contest rules can be found here.) Share a photo on their social media channels with the hashtag #MunchkinMarvelEdition, and you'll be entered to win a copy of Munchkin: Marvel Edition

So find your local demo, get some swag, and defeat the villains of Munchkin: Marvel Edition. We'll see you on Memorial Day weekend! And if you're grilling, make extra hot dogs: Hulk is hungry.

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Grab Your Laser Gun And Head To The Stars!

Star Munchkin 3: Diplomatic Impunity brings even more munchkiny fun to space with new ships, a new class, and even a new race. Hop on the Friend Ship, and prepare to face off against the dreaded Deep Space Mime. Grab a copy today from Warehouse 23.