I know it seems like Munchkin News has been an unending series of appearances this month . . . that's because we're so dang busy!
Steve Jackson, Monica Stephens, and I will be among the Sea Monkeys on JoCo Cruise 5, setting sail January 31. It's WAY too late to book a trip, but if you're already going to be sailing with us, make sure you swing by the Game Room (which we're sponsoring this year!); Steve and I will be spending a lot of time there showing off our new releases and probably even playtesting some games still in progress. Plus we hope to play some games from other companies! The highlight for me is likely to be a trip to see the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, which I've always wanted to do. I will try not to kill Sean Bean while I'm there. We'll also be hanging out in the Game Room that we sponsored, playing more games!
You might also get to see Steve and I design a game RIGHT THERE ON THE SHIP. Y'know, if you're into that sort of thing.
Everyone else, I guess we'll see you when we're back on dry land. Yarrr!
Steve Jackson Games will have a booth at PAX South in San Antonio this weekend! Officially, I'm not scheduled to be there, but unofficially I may drop by -- it's practically in our backyard, after all.
Steve Jackson Games will be attending New Orleans Wizard World this coming weekend. Munchkin "Hireling" Devin Lewis will be among the staff at the show; swing by and thank him for all the hard work he puts in making sure the Munchkin trains run on time!
Reminder: Today's The Day!
At 10:00 Central Time on Monday, January 12, signups for the Munchkin Invitational at Munchkin World NYC will close, and we will pick the six players and three alternates for each table shortly thereafter by a highly systematic method called "generating a bunch of random numbers." We will notify those people with all due speed as soon as we have our six lists. (If you're reading this after Monday morning, sorry; you're too late.)
We have a busy day ahead of catching up on emails, phone calls, and the forums. While we're doing that, you should go make sure you're signed up for the Munchkin Invitational at Munchkin World NYC, if you haven't already done so. We'll be selecting our players next week!
The Munchkin family lost a great friend at the end of 2014. Pat Hannum, known as morleydotes on our forums, passed away suddenly on December 29. Pat was one of the most active Men In Black in the Pacific Northwest. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times and was always impressed by his tireless energy and good humor. He was one of our longest-serving Men In Black, and he will be missed more than words can express.
Our condolences go out to Pat's family and to the larger family of gamers whose lives Pat enriched.
If you're planning to attend Munchkin World NYC (and why wouldn't you!?) and you wanted to try for a spot in the Munchkin Invitational, signups are now open and will run through the morning of January 12.
(As a reminder, SJ Games offices are closed this week and next. There will be no Munchkin News next week. See you on January 5!)
May we recommend Munchkin Treasure Hunt? Good, because we are!
Our end-of-year game day is Thursday, December 18, and the absolute LAST day of shipping from Warehouse 23 is Friday, December 19 -- so I'd advise getting any last-minute holiday orders in early this week.
We are officially closed from end of business on December 19 until January 5. Email and phone responses are very likely to be delayed during this time.
Please have a safe and fun end of year, whatever you celebrate during this time.
There's one more news item that should post next week, and it's an important one, so keep your eyes on this space.