Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard (that's me!) has been named an Industry Insider Guest of Honor for Gen Con 2014! I'll be on several panels over the course of the show and generally trying to be an honorable guest. When I know my panel schedule, we'll be sure to post it here.
I'm also hosting another night at the Munchkin Tavern, so I hope to see everyone there having a good time!
As usual, SJ Games will be attending PAX East this weekend in Boston! We'll be in our usual place in the tabletop gaming hall. Come by and try out Castellan, Zombie Dice 3
Our friends at USAopoly will be there as well, giving demos of Munchkin Adventure Time . . . you do NOT want to miss this!
I'll be doing a signing on Saturday afternoon, and I hope to see many of y'all there.
I spent quite a lot of last week working on several big projects that have to go to print pretty much immediately. I'm going to spend THIS week on a lot of marketing and promotional material, including some special items for the Munchkin Taverns at Origins and Gen Con, some new promo cards and bookmarks, and early design work on some 2015 releases.
(Yes, we're now working that far ahead in our schedule. In fact, I had a conversation with Phil and Ross last week that resulted in several more things getting pushed into 2016 because 2015 is already too full, and now 2016 is starting to fill up. Appropriate for Munchkin's 15th anniversary -- wait, already? We just had the 10th!)
Thanks to everyone for the kind words on Munchkin Loot Letter and Munchkin Panic. They're both going to be a lot of fun, and we are thrilled to be working with AEG and Fireside Games. And don't forget about Munchkin Adventure Time, out this summer from USAopoly!
It's a good time to be a Munchkin fan, and it's a GREAT time to be part of the Munchkin team. Thanks to all y'all for your support. Remember, you can always give us your thoughts and ask your questions on our forums or on Twitter -- we'd love to hear ffrom you!
The folks at PuzzleNation were kind enough to ask me to contribute answers to their "Five Questions" running feature. I don't think they anticipated the length I'd go to -- we ended up talking about Ogre, GURPS, and lots of other gaming topics. Read the whole piece here . . . and then comment in our forums!
Phil and Kali have gone to Las Vegas this week (rough life!) to attend the annual GAMA Trade Show meeting. We'll be making some announcements at the show, so stay tuned to our Twitter feed and forums for the news!\
Sometimes, we get questions about whether having Munchkin in the mass market (Barnes & Noble, Target, etc.) is hurting the line in the hobby stores.
The answer is easy and definite: Absolutely not.
It is true that hobby sales of the specific items being pushed in the mass market are slightly down. However, this is counterbalanced (and more!) by the dramatic upswing we have seen in sales of Munchkin expansions, the vast majority of which are sold through the traditional hobby market. In 2013, combined Munchkin/Legends/Deluxe sales were up 29.10% over 2012. Impressive -- but Munchkin 2 sales in 2013 were up 32.64% over 2012, and Munchkin 3 was up 28.00%. Munchkin has legs, and those legs are driving people to hobby stores.
Furthermore, every Munchkin game sold in the mass market (and, in fact, anywhere else) includes an ad on the side of the box AND a paragraph in the rules pointing people to our Store Finder/Gamer Finder page, to find other Munchkin fans (who are our best marketing tool!) and telling them where to look if they want to buy more Munchkin stuff.
Steve Jackson Games continues to be committed to supporting all our sales and distribution partners, and that most definitely includes hobby stores.
If you're a store owner or employee going to the GAMA Trade Show, be sure to attend Phil Reed's presentation; he'll have a lot more to say about this, as well as the overall state of the company (spoiler alert: we're doing very well).
W. Eric Martin wrote up a great post at BoardGameGeek about his conversation with Phil Reed at New York Toy Fair. It has LOTS of spoilers for our 2014 schedule, including a lot of Munchkin-specific news. Go check it out! And then come back to our forums to discuss the news with other Munchkin fans.