Randy Scheunemann and I hop on a plane today to fly to Los Angeles, where we hop on a much bigger plane for a much longer flight to Melbourne, Australia. We'll be manning the SJ Games booth at PAX Australia. It's my first time in Australia and SJ Games' first time attending PAX Australia, so we expect to learn a lot, meet a lot of new people, and generally have a great time!
Despite the lyrics to the song whose title I stole, I do know when I'll be back again -- next Monday afternoon. Devin and the rest of Team Munchkin will be holding down the fort in my absence, and probably getting a lot of work done without my interference.
This week is International Spieltage, the ginormous celebration of board games in Essen, Germany. (Also crepes, currywurst, and dark German beer, if you're into any of those things.)
I will not be going, but we're sending Andreas Stein -- who speaks the language, which is both less and more important than you think -- and Leonard Balsera to represent us . . . and, of course, our fantastic German partners at Pegasus will have their usual impressive array of games, gamers, and gaming, (Plus lots of our other partners in other countries will make the trip over. Essen is BIG, y'all.)
If you're going to be at Essen, be sure to look up Lenny and Andreas and make them feel welcome. If you aren't going, play some games anyway!
Late-breaking news, Munchkin fans! Steve Jackson and I (and probably plenty of other folks as well) will be at Wonko's Toys and Games on Saturday night, October 11, to celebrate the release of Munchkin Panic from Justin and Anne-Marie at Fireside Games. If you can't make it, you can still join in the fun by watching us on Twitter, where we'll be posting pictures all evening.
We here at Munchkin HQ have been very pleased with the response to Munchkin Treasure Hunt. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to drop us a note or a tweet or a forum post to talk about Treasure Hunt! Here are a few posts you may have missed:
- John Booth over at GeekDad posts a review of Treasure Hunt and mentions how it has turned him into his nephews' favorite uncle. The power of gaming!
- Father Geek has also posted a very complimentary Treasure Hunt review. Thanks to you both!
- Finally, Treasure Hunt artist John Kovalic has posted a "behind the drawing table" look at his creative process on the art for Munchkin Treasure Hunt. Thanks, John, this is awesome!
When more reviews and blog posts come in, we'll do another news round-up. We're especially interested in hearing how the younger set enjoys the game!
Munchkin is a great game, and we're really excited about how many people like it. We noticed a while back that there was an audience that didn't have a Munchkin game all their own, though: kids! So what did we do? We made a game for kids.
Munchkin Treasure Hunt isn't just another Munchkin core set; it's a whole new board game in which kids (or grown-ups; you know y'all love this stuff too) move their characters around a board fighting monsters and taking their treasure! Monster cards make the monsters tougher, and you can use your Treasure cards to defeat the monsters and get even more treasure. But you'll want to hang on to those Treasures; each one has a Gold value, and the player with the most Gold at the end of the game is the winner!
You can find Munchkin Treasure Hunt in Toys'R'Us stores right now. There are Toys'R'Us stores everywhere, so it shouldn't be hard for kids all over the country to get their hands on a copy, but if you don't live close enough to get there, you can order from toysrus.com, too. Go get your loot!
-- Brian Engard
We're pleased to welcome Carl deSoto back to SJ Games. Carl used to work out in the warehouse (if you ordered from Warehouse 23 last year, there's a good chance Carl packed your order!) and left to pursue other opportunities.
Our trained ninjas Changing circumstances brought him back to us recently, however, and it's great to have him working alongside us once again!
And what is it that Carl is doing? We're not telling just yet . . . but when he's done, we expect that things will be a lot more organized than they have been in the past.
It's nice to have you back on the team, Carl!
I'm going to be in New York City February 13-15, 2015, for a special Munchkin event.
What is it? WHERE is it? Can't tell you that yet. But if you're in the area, we'd love to see you!