May 16, 2021: The Fanzine Trip On Kickstarter

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The Fantasy Trip has generated so much buzz that a group of fans led by user Tollenkar has created their own zine: The Fanzine Trip, live on Kickstarter now! This is a fan-made project, so while it's not licensed by us, it's received the SJ blessing, and we are happy to see how much fan support there is for the game. Similar to our own Hexagram series (up to issue seven on Backerkit now), The Fanzine Trip collects articles and fan-made rules to provide players with even more content for their campaigns. The more the merrier!

The Fanzine Trip

Congratulations to Tollenkar and crew for the successful funding! The project closes in a few days, so make sure to back and support the community, and to get a collection of cool TFT content. 

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Take Your Miniatures Game To The 21st Century!

With Ogre Miniatures, Second Edition! In 2085 A.D. armored warfare is faster and more deadly than ever, but all fear the mighty Ogre! Included with the book are record cards for all known Marks and styles of Ogres and more. Order now on Warehouse 23!

May 15, 2021: Ongoing Shipping Woes

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Over the last year, the world has experienced ocean freight issues that have driven up costs while pushing factory* to warehouse timelines out from six to seven weeks to 10+ weeks. We've been hit more than a few times with unexpected out-of-stock troubles on some key titles over the last year, and every single time we think we found a solution . . . bam.

Recently, we were scheduling a container of games that was planned to leave the factory in late April. As of today, the container still hasn't been loaded on a ship and the soonest possible shipping date is late this month. Worse still, that container will cost us over 1.5x as much to ship as it did before the pandemic. As I said, "driven costs up." Unfortunately, that particular container was only the tip of an unwanted iceberg.

This week, while working on yet another container, we were given a sailing choice that has no guarantees as to when it will ship – for over 2x what we used to pay for a container. Of course, that container hasn't expanded by over 2x in size, so we simply are paying more per unit for ocean freight than we once did. We can handle the expense better than we can the delays, but the current freight costs and times are not sustainable and we need to examine our retail prices as well as build even more time into our production and shipping schedules.

And now it is almost time to review the costs and estimated delivery schedule for yet another container . . .

Phil Reed

* Specifically, the time to move completed games and not the entire manufacturing/shipping process.

Warehouse 23 News: Munchkin Dice Bag!

Only a munchkin would bring more than a couple sets of dice to a game day. Fortunately, we cater to munchkins! This fancy, satin-lined, 7-inch square Munchkin Dice Bag will hold all the dice you need for every possible situation: good dice, bad dice, or even probationary dice! Order now on Warehouse 23!

May 14, 2021: April 2021 Top Ten

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Finally, after months of zero inventory, the latest reprint of the original Munchkin game landed in the warehouse and started shipping. Being out-of-stock on our evergreens always hurts, but the increased holiday sales plus factory and freight delays meant we spent the first quarter of the year with none of our core Munchkin game to sell to our many outlets. That hurts.

In other April news, mailing the Hexagram #6 Kickstarter rewards officially moved that project onto the sales reports, and two of the new titles for The Fantasy Trip made it into our top ten for April. Another Kickstarter project, the Illuminated Manuscript, also managed to climb into the top ten, as if to demonstrate the importance of maintaining both a traditional release model and creating titles specifically for a crowdfunding channel.
  1. Munchkin
  2. Munchkin Deluxe
  3. Zombie Dice
  4. Munchkin 6 - Double Dungeons
  5. Munchkin Enhancers
  6. Dice Bag: Munchkin
  7. Hexagram #6
  8. Munchkin 4 - The Need For Steed
  9. Illuminated Manuscript
  10. The Fantasy Trip Old School Monsters
Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Protect Your Dice!

With the Deluxe Dice Bag: Cyberskull! Have no fear with this guy guarding your dice. Just be sure you have the correct identification before reaching in! Pick up yours at Warehouse 23!

May 13, 2021: Get Gaming Fast With Delvers To Grow For Dungeon Fantasy

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Sometimes you want to just play. New support for the Dungeon Fantasy RPG by Gaming Ballistic aims to let you do just that. Written by Kevin Smyth, author of Hand of Asgard and Norðlondr Fólk, Delvers to Grow lets you choose from Strong, Fast, and Smart Delvers at 62, 125, and 187 points. Efficient, effective builds, loadouts, and spell lists get even brand-new players to the table fast. How fast? As little as five minutes.
 
Using a modular system we couldn't resist calling "Build-a-Björn," you start out picking a template type, point level, and profession. Upgrade modules such as armsmaster, backstab artist, or star-touched provide useful flavor and abilities. Create an archery specialist scout or a chi master martial artist; for the GM it makes a great guard or hireling creation tool. It also includes new advantages to buff up delvers: No druid should be without Herbaceous Mastery!
 

Delvers to Grow

The basic pledge includes the construction book, three worked example books for Strong, Fast, and Smart delvers at all point levels and profession types, plus a starting adventure!
 
The Crypt of Krysuvik is being written by long-time author and fantastic dungeoneer Peter Dell'Orto and his co-author Marshall LaPira. Explore the zero-to-hero range of play in the wilds northwest of the Citadel at Nordvorn. Start play a half an hour after sitting down at your table.
 
Pledge levels include starter packages to grab the boxed set plus a fully worked setting. If you're a game store owner . . . there's a retail level. Once the campaign funds, stretch goals provide fully worked books of characters for even faster use at the table as starting PCs or flavorful NPCs.
 
Douglas and Che Webster from Roleplay Rescue discussed the Delvers to Grow project on a 30-minute podcast. Also, the GM who ran the blind-test for the early draft of the manuscript wrote up his impressions, which were reposted in Update #4: High Praise from The Chaotic GM.
 


Douglas Cole

Warehouse 23 News: Fun For The Whole Family!

Munchkin Treasure Hunt provides the thrills of a Munchkin game – collecting loot and fighting monsters, to name a few – with rules streamlined for kids. Fight the monster, but don't risk too much of your treasure in the pursuit of MORE TREASURE! Get it today on Warehouse 23.

May 12, 2021: Low Stock Alert: Illuminati Pocket Box Bundle

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While reviewing Warehouse 23, we noticed that the Illuminati Pocket Box Bundle is very close to shifting to the out-of-stock category. This large box is loaded with near-exact reprints of the original Illuminati game and expansions from the eighties, and it is the fastest way to add an instant collection of original Illuminati to your library.

The bundle includes Illuminati, the first two expansions each in a plastic Pocket Box, a ziplock bag expansion, and two 9" x 12" pocket folders featuring classic Illuminati artwork.

We're not sure how long the remaining copies will last, but we do know that it's basically now or never to add the bundle to your collection. When they're gone, they're gone for . . . years? Decades? We don't know for sure!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: The Horde Has Arrived!

And they want brains! Zombie Dice Horde Edition has all the zombie fun you can handle. Can you beat your fellow zombies without getting a shotgun to the face? Get it today on Warehouse 23!

May 11, 2021: Labyrinth Encounter Cards For The Fantasy Trip

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[Image] With your support, we're going to add even more tools to the GM's kit with the upcoming Labyrinth Encounter Cards. This new deck of 52 cards (plus one blank) provides the Game Master with just enough inspiration to construct an encounter deep in the dungeon. Similar in style and design to the Outdoor Encounter Cards, the new Labyrinth Encounter Cards are entering the final stages of the creative process . . . which means it's almost time to take these to Kickstarter to judge demand!

Our current plan is to include these new Labyrinth Encounter Cards as a part of the upcoming Kickstarter campagn for two new Quick Quest micro-adventures. Both adventures are ready to go, so now we're building the Kickstarter page and slotting the project into our crowdfunding schedule.

Please follow our Warehouse 23 account on Kickstarer for email notification when this new project goes live.

Phil Reed
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Warehouse 23 News: Cheating Is Encouraged!

With Munchkin 7 - Cheat with Both Hands we've made that even easier. Become an Ultra Munchkin and see what kind of over-powered shenanigans you can get into. Get your copy from Warehouse 23 now!

May 10, 2021: Steve Jackson Games' GURPS 2021 PDF Challenge?

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After the success of last year's 2020 PDF Challenge, as well as the Pyramid Scheme campaign earlier this year, some of you have been asking when we'll take a new wave of GURPS PDFs to Kickstarter. While we're not yet ready to announce a launch date, we can confirm that we're at work on "Steve Jackson Games' GURPS 2021 PDF Challenge," which will be very similar in approach to what we did for last year's PDF challenge. 

Sean, Steven, and Nikki have been pulling the strings and coordinating our efforts behind-the-scenes, getting another dozen short GURPS PDFs prepared so that later this year we can launch a new project where as little as $3 secures you up to 12 PDFs. (As with last year's campaign, the exact count will depend entirely on how many stretch goals are unlocked.)

If you don't want to miss out on the upcoming campaign, please follow the Warehouse 23 Kickstarter account today. You'll receive email notification when we launch the campaign under that account later this year.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: So Many Minis!

With Ogre Miniatures Set 1 and Set 2our warehouse is overflowing with miniatures! And if those aren't enough for you, check out the Ogre Battle Box. Head over to Warehouse 23 to pick up some miniatures today!

May 9, 2021: Munchkin Marked For Death = Quick Rigged Demo

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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://www.sjgames.com/ill/a/2021-05-09">http://www.sjgames.com/ill/a/2021-05-09</a></p><p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: medium; font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 18pt;"> <img align="left" alt="[Image]" height="225" hspace="8" src="http://www.sjgames.com/img/newsq/illq/2021/MunchkinMarkedforDeath_Mockup_Big.png" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;" vspace="6" width="150" /><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.sjgames.com/img/newsq/illq/2021/markedfordeathcards.jpg" title=""><img align="right" alt="Marked for Death" border="0" hspace="8" img="" src="http://www.sjgames.com/img/newsq/illq/2021/markedfordeathcardsThumb.jpg" vspace="6" /></a> <div> <a href="https://munchkin.game/"><i><b>Munchkin </b></i></a>fans and retailers &ndash; have you been in search of an easy way to introduce your friends or customers to the world of <i><b>Munchkin</b></i>? If you don't already have <a href="http://www.warehouse23.com/products/munchkin-marked-for-death"><i><b>Munchkin Marked for Death</b></i></a> &ndash; you need to pick up a copy (or two or three) today!  </div><div>  </div><div> This 17-card pack serves double-duty! It's a mini-expansion set, including <b>Anvil</b>, <b>Recalculate Your XP</b>, and the horrifying effervescence of the <b>Soap Golem</b>. AND this set of cards is balanced and marked with a special "hand of cards" icon to let you know that you can use them as a quick rigged demo (aka stacking the deck) for your friends, to introduce them into the madness that is <i><b>Munchkin</b></i>!</div><div>  </div><div> Retailers, ask your favorite distributor for this one. And fans can find it at their <a href="http://www.sjgames.com/storefinder/">friendly local game store</a>. If you can't locate it, check out the Steve Jackson Games online store, <a href="http://www.warehouse23.com/">Warehouse 23</a>!</div><div>  </div><p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: medium; font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 18pt;"> <span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Note: This is NOT a collectible or randomized set. Every <i><b>Marked for Death</b></i> pack is the same as every other.</span><br /><br /> – <a href="mailto:julie@sjgames.com">Julie Yeager</a><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.warehouse23.com/"><b>Warehouse 23</b></a><b> News: What's New?</b><br /><br /> <i><b><a href="http://www.warehouse23.com/products?utf8=%E2%9C%93&amp;search%5Bdigital_prod%5D%5B%5D=Hide+Digital&amp;keywords=Decks+of+Destiny+-+Newness">The Decks of Destiny - Newness Box</a></b></i> has everything you need for your next adventure in <i><b>The Fantasy Trip</b></i>! Chock full of cards, journals, playmats and more! Build a labyrinth and staff it with new monsters and adversaries for your party to explore. Order today at <a href="http://www.warehouse23.com/">Warehouse 23</a>!

May 8, 2021: Alex Yeager Away!

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This story starts with Steve Jackson Games.

My first contact with the hobby game industry was falling hard for the Illuminati: New World Order CCG (although I had also played a lot of Illuminati before then). Through INWO, I met the team at Steve Jackson Games, worked my first convention booth with the staff (showing off this new game called Munchkin), and even got playtest credits on a few things before I joined Mayfair Games for a 13-year career. 

After that adventure, Steve Jackson Games offered me a job handling their events, and we got to see our first company-specific convention (FnordCon), our first independent sales booths at Origins and Gen Con in over 20 years, and one of the industry's first virtual conventions last April. I've shown a lot of people the new Car Wars, played a few games that have yet to see the light of day, and even contributed an article to the recently-released Illuminated Manuscript.

Now, I'm moving on to become the Chief of Operations at AMIGO Games here in the US, but part of my heart will always be with Steve and the team in Austin, who have kept the eye in the pyramid glowing brightly for over 40 years. Thanks for the opportunity, and I'm still up for a game of Car Wars when next we meet at a convention!

Alex Yeager

Warehouse 23 News: Grab Your Cape!

Fly through the city. Smash the villains. Backstab your teammates and grab their gadgets. Reach Level 10 and win! Super Munchkin Guest Artist Edition joins the unique visual style of comic creator Lar deSouza with Super Munchkin - a parody of capes, utility belts, day-saving, and nemeses. Order today at Warehouse 23!

May 7, 2021: Backerkit Preorders Open For Hexagram 7

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In case you missed our Kickstarter project for Hexagram 7, preorders are now open on Backerkit! Here you can also pick up previous Kickstarter releases like the 1976 Ogre Playtest Booklet and the lluminated Manuscript, as well as the currently exclusive Fantasy Trip Quick Quest #1: Tipping The Scales and the pearlized yellow Dragon & Skull Dice Pack. Many of the items available on our Backerkit preorder store have limited quantities (and likely won't be reprinted in the near future), so if you're looking for some hidden Kickstarter treasures or SJ Games exclusives, now is the time to get them!

Get your preorders in soon; the Backerkit store won't be open forever! 

Hunter Shelburne

Hexagram 7

Warehouse 23 News: Making A Better World For Autoduelling!

Since 2027, Uncle Albert's Auto Stop & Gunnery Shop has given autoduelists all they need to conquer the roads – and now we're offering those deals to you! Do you need weapons, ammo, or accessories? Grab Uncle Al's 2035 Catalog for all your autodueling needs! Want more? Check out all his catalogs now at Warehouse 23!