August 24, 2021: What To Reprint

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Out of Print. This is one of the most frustrating phrases a board gamer can hear. Whether you've just played a game you've never heard of at a convention, or a member of your gaming group has brought out an old favorite, finding out that it's out of print can be very upsetting.
 
Without getting too deep into the minutiae of the boargaming industry, figuring out how many of a game to print is hard. If you order too few, fans will miss out. And ordering another print run is risky; demand might have disappeared by the time the reprint arrives. But if you order too many, you risk actually losing money on a title. (Plus, you then need somewhere to store all those copies!)
 
Often, it doesn't make financial sense to keep a game in print if the demand just isn't there. Most companies move on to newer, shinier games – revisiting old games only when enough time has passed (or an interesting reason, like a license or anniversary, comes around).
 
Sometimes, however, there's proof of enough demand to do another printing of a long out-of-print game. With that in mind, are there any Steve Jackson titles, game or accessory-wise, that you would like to see return for another printing? Let us know in the forums!


Devin Lewis

Warehouse 23 News: All Roads Lead To . . . Where Are We?!?

Think of it as your weirdness away from weirdness. GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Encounters 1: The Pagoda of Worlds is a ready-to-use locale for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy. This location (complete with maps) presents secrets and details ready to start adventure for dungeon delvers, including the possibility of traveling to other realms. Your passport to adventure is just a download away from Warehouse 23!

August 23, 2021: Do The Impossible With The Girl Genius Sourcebook And Roleplaying Game!

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Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game (Prerelease Edition) No mad scientist worth their salt knocks on the door of the impossible – they just barge right in! In this spirit, we proudly present the Prerelease Edition of the long-awaited Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game . . . now available from Warehouse 23.

This complete standalone RPG – a proud member of the Powered by GURPS family – lets you forge your own tales in the universe of Phil and Kaja Foglio's beloved Girl Genius comics and graphic novels. Details and secrets of the setting! Stats for famous (and infamous) characters! Rules for creating your own gaslamp fantasy campaigns!

"Wait a minute . . . Prerelease?" you might ask. Indeed! (Thunder crashes ominously.) The plan is as follows: Soon we shall launch a Kickstarter for the hardcover version of this volume. You can be among the first to hear about it by clicking this link and then on "Notify me on launch" in the top-left corner.

After the Kickstarter ends, we'll tweak the PDF and then update it for all prerelease buyers with the latest version (including our usual snazzy jump-to bookmarks). So if you buy now, you'll guarantee  yourself the best-possible version of the PDF in the future, and get a fully playable version you can enjoy now!

Adventure! Romance! Mad Science! With the Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game, the future is closer than ever.

Steven Marsh

PS from SJ: This book has been in preparation a long, long time. I am incredibly excited to finally release it into the wild. And yes, WILD is the appropriate term for this one. If you aren't familiar with Girl Genius, then you're missing one of the best webcomics ever. By geeks, for geeks, about a geek who is going to rule the world with SCIENCE! Indeed, I approve of this program.

Warehouse 23 News: Grab A Slice!

Cowabunga, dude! Take on the role of your favorite "heroes in a half-shell" as you fight Bebop and Rocksteady and grab their loot! Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combines the gameplay of Munchkin with the beloved characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. Order now on Warehouse 23!

August 22, 2021: Manufacturing Delays

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[Image] In addition to freight troubles (see this Daily Illuminator post), game publishers are also facing manufacturing delays related to the global pandemic. By way of example, we have an upcoming new game that Steve designed that has been in manufacturing since the start of this year. Only now, eight months later, are we getting to the point where the game can move from manufacturing to the long journey across the ocean to our primary warehouse. 

And this is not a game with a lot of parts.

One Roll Quest (not yet announced, so you're not reading this now), is a light dice game that gives you the chance to play an entire adventure with a single roll of the die. It's a filler title, intended to hit the table before everyone has arrived for game night, and everything regarding this game demonstrates how the global pandemic has impacted making games. We playtested this well over a year ago, with the game moving from playtest to the art and production process in March of 2020. 

In addition to highlighting the struggle many publishers are facing while dealing with the ramifications of the pandemic, One Roll Quest also illustrates a shift in the distribution of some games. One Roll Quest is a direct-only release, and will be available on Warehouse 23 once we receive the shipment. The game is not currently scheduled for a wide release, but will be joining Gelatinous, many releases for The Fantasy Trip, and the majority of the Pocket Box games in our direct-only catalog. 

At the current rate, we should see One Roll Quest in Warehouse 23 before the end of the year. Maybe. With freight issues the way there are, it is possible the game slides into 2022. All we can do is adapt to an ever-shifting environment and do our best to keep our heads above water.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Boom, There It Is!

GURPS Magic: Artillery Spells is an expansion for GURPS Magic that adds 50 new spells, all designed to tackle large numbers of foes. Whether you're facing an irritated rat horde or the skeletal legions of hell, these spells will let you deal a lot of damage all at once. We sell Artillery Spells down at the digital store . . . known as Warehouse 23!

August 21, 2021: Flashback With 80's Games Workshop

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This was a fun artifact of the 80's that was suggested to me on YouTube, surely due to my habit of binge watching Games Workshop-related material during my hobby time. It's a local UK news feature on Games Workshop and "Fantasy Gaming" (their emphasis, not mine) at the time. The original GW owners, Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson (the other one), have a great interview on tabletop gaming, particularly Dungeons & Dragons; you even get to see the classic red box and a bevy of other games of the era. There are also a few other interviews with employees and patrons of the store, and if you're used to a modern Games Workshop store, this may be an interesting look at their origins as a more general tabletop gaming store. Plus, you get sneak peeks at really classic Warhammer art on the walls of the offices. As a fan of classic commercials and classic gaming, this was just a treasure trove. It's crazy to think that 35 years later we'd be working with Games Workshop to make games like Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar!



Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Ooooooze!

In Gelatinous, players start out as a wandering slime, using sparkling green dice to grow into a cube. But watch out, the other slimes are growing too! The first to grow into a cube wins – and the rest are lunch. Become the biggest ooze now on Warehouse 23

August 20, 2021: Preorders Open For Limited Edition Munchkin 20th Anniversary Shirt

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Munchkin 20 Shirt 2021 marks the anniversary one of the most historic moments in the history of Steve Jackson Games: the birth of Munchkin! From a parody card game to an entire line of games, expansions, accessories, promos, and more, Munchkin has become one of the largest hits in the history of the company, and 20 years is a long time to hold that crown. To celebrate, we're releasing a special edition 20 Years Of Munchkin T-shirt, available for one week only! Preorders are live now, and end next Thursday, August 26. The shirt will ship in September, coinciding closely with the rescheduled Gen Con event. So if you can't make it to Gen Con, you can just wear this shirt!

Commemorate this big anniversary with us and preorder your shirt by next Thursday! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Expand Your GURPS Horizons . . . Literally

GURPS Realm Management is your guide to the care and feeding of your settlements in GURPS, from modest hamlets to galactic centers. This is a must-have supplement for any campaign that deals with the bigger picture, and it's a download away from Warehouse 23!

August 19, 2021: A Giant Munchkin Level Die

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When we launched the new Munchkin campaign on Kickstarter earlier this week, we never imagined that the giant d10 would be so popular. The two promo booklets (one for promo cards and one for bookmarks) are being printed in the United States, allowing us to receive the booklets quickly, and we thought the die might make a fun companion to the project. Clearly, we underestimated the demand for a one-pound level die.

If you have not yet joined the campaign, we recommend you act now if you want that red d10. Our supply of giant Munchkin level dice is fast approaching zero, meaning that there's a strong likelihood the die will not be an option when the 48-hour notices go out next week.

And yes, we're exploring various possibilities and we may come back next year with the die in other colors. News to come!

Click here to join the campaign today!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Can You Keep It All Down!?

Scarf-N-Barf is a silly, fast-paced card game that will keep you glued to your seat . . . unless, of course, you have to jump up to BARF. Play Food cards and Ride cards, then roll the dice to find out which player can keep the most carnival food down. Eating Chocolate Covered Bacon while riding the Octopuke? We dare you! Order now on Warehouse 23!

August 18, 2021: Over 100 GURPS Books Available On Demand!

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[Image] Thanks to the magic of the 21st century and the internet, we're now better able to keep the GURPS catalog available in print with the GURPS On Demand program. With over 100 books now available through the program, many of you who have been trying to fill those holes in your GURPS library have an easier time than ever to pick up a book or two. While not every published GURPS book is included in GURPS On Demand, we're still adding titles and will do so until we've managed to make every possible GURPS book available through the system.

What is GURPS On Demand? Amazon's global print-on-demand services, combined with their shipping capabilities, make it easier than ever for GURPS players around the world to get printed books quickly and at reasonable prices. Where we once had to print books and ship them across the world, GURPS On Demand offloads the printing/shipping to Amazon and they minimize the cost for gamers by printing as close to the destination address as possible.

Visit our GURPS On Demand page for a list of all 100+ titles that are available right now through this miraculous wonder of 21st century printing science!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: You Need A Plan

The Dungeon Fantasy Dungeon Planner is the perfect blank canvas to devise a deluge of dangers for the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game. This supplement includes hex sheets, pages to record encounters, and spots for monsters, traps, and notes. Get organized thanks to a download from Warehouse 23!

August 17, 2021: Munchkin Promo Card And Bookmark Booklet Kickstarter Is Live

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Munchkin and promos, two words that go together like peanut butter and jelly. We've been known to produce quite a few promotional cards and bookmarks for Munchkin over the years, and while many collectors have tracked them down, some have become harder to find. This inspired our current Kickstarter campaign, featuring two booklets containing various promo cards and bookmarks that you can use in-game! Bookmarks weren't very hard to reimagine; they tend to exist outside of the game anyway, so having them in a booklet form doesn't change much. But how do you play promo cards that are printed in a book? That's where Munchkin Blank Cards come in handy! You'll use a d20 to tell you which promo card to use, and the blank cards serve as placeholders in the decks to tell you when to use them! Some core sets include blank cards, but you can also get them through this campaign as an add-on and through various pledge tiers. 

Kickstarter

But we couldn't leave well enough alone and just include two fun new books. No, we had to create a monster. The Munchkin d10 Level Die included in this campaign is a massive, and I mean massive, 80mm in size. It is absolutely enormous, and weighs so much we can't even recommend you roll it on a table. But fortunately, it's great for keeping track of your level and intimidating your opponents! Size doesn't always matter, but in this case, it matters a whole lot. 

The Kickstarter ends Thursday, August 26, so get your pledges in soon! The better the campaign does, the more bonus promos we can include with the pledges in stretch goals! 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Back To School!

This is magic class like you've never seen it before. Pick up your Bubble Wand and hope you can find the Great Haul, or at least a Friendly Big Kid to help you out. Or maybe grab the Fire Drill or the Manual of Transmission, because here comes the dreaded Moldy Mort! Get your copy of Munchkin Spell Skool today at Warehouse 23!

August 16, 2021: Munchkin: SpongeBob SquarePants In Stores Now!

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Are ya ready kids?! AYE, AYE CAPTAIN! Munchkin dives under the sea to Bikini Bottom in The Op's newest release, Munchkin: SpongeBob SquarePants! This new core set features tons of references to your favorite yellow sponge, from characters like SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs, to deeper cuts and allusions that long-time fans will appreciate. You can go jellyfishing, become a Fry Cook, or even ally with Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy to defeat foes like DoodleBob! Check out the full roster of cards in our #SJGamesLive unboxing:



Look for Munchkin: SpongeBob SquarePants at your favorite local game store, or pick up a copy on Warehouse 23. Soon enough you'll be ready to compete for sweet, sweet victory. 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Uh-Oh . . . Dragons

GURPS Dungeon Fantasy is more dangerous than ever, thanks to GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 4: Dragons. This supplement includes stats, rules, insight into making those scaly scalawags more memorable, and other gold-hoarding goodness. Download it today from Warehouse 23!

August 15, 2021: John Kovalic's Charity Bike Ride!

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It's hot outside, so you know it's time for John Kovalic to take a bike ride for charity! For years, John has been biking for charity while wearing various Steve Jackson Games plushies (if he hits various pledge goals). This charitable sweat-fest is contributing towards FairShare CSA Coalition to bring fresh, organic food from Dane County, WI, farms to low-income families in the Madison area. You can contribute on his charity page. Let's force John to bike festooned with ducks and tentacles! For charity, of course. 

Bike Ride

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: One Page Of Battle!

Can you survive the Battle of the Bulge? This game started as a challenge to see if we could design a wargame and keep the rules down to a single page! Years later, it has been reproduced in all its glory – and you can pick up a copy of One-Page Bulge Pocket Box today at Warehouse 23.