The Steve Jackson Games offices, including the Munchkin World Headquarters, will be closing this Friday for the holidays. Thursday is our end-of-year Game Day, so really Wednesday is the last day to expect anyone to get anything done. (Except that 2014 is so packed that I can't possibly afford to take a lot of time off; I plan to be working most of the break.)
Most important, Wednesday is the last day Warehouse 23 is accepting orders this year; any orders placed after noon on Wednesday run a real risk of not being shipped until January.
Munchkin News is taking a hiatus as well. We'll see you in January!
We've been remiss in not telling you about this sooner, but Warehouse 23 is running a holiday promotion. Spend $50 and get either a red or green Munchkin Jolly Jumbo d6
Last week, we released the Exclusive Warehouse 23 Munchkin Booster 2013 and Keep Calm and Kill Monsters T-shirt as Warehouse 23 exclusives, along with Munchkin Gets Promoted and Munchkin Pathfinder: Gobsmacked! earlier in the month. If you haven't yet picked up Munchkin Pathfinder, there's no better time! And of course, we have our usual assortment of Munchkin goodies, enough to stock even the most oversized stocking!
Today, we're hosting Andrew Wolf from USAopoly. Andrew's the lead designer on Munchkin Adventure Time, and he's visiting SJ Games to see how we do things, to meet our guys, and to talk about plans for the marketing and release of the game next summer. There may be barbecue involved.
As a reminder, Thanksgiving in the United States is this Thursday, and the SJ Games office will be closed Thursday and Friday. That includes Warehouse 23, so no orders will be shipped until next Monday and no one will be here to answer phones or respond to emails.
Lots of stuff behind the scenes, but not a lot we can talk about. We're working on designs for the Munchkin games, expansions, and accessories coming out in the second half of 2014 -- everything for the first half is already at print! We sent several Munchkin items, both new and reprints, off to print earlier this month, so the production team is enjoying a well-earned break from coloring Munchkin art and laying out Munchkin cards. Sam and Phil have cooked up something REALLY cool that I can't wait to show off at conventions next summer. And this week is BoardGameGeek.con in Dallas . . . Ross is flying down from Canada for the show, so we're taking the opportunity to have an all-day Munchkin summit on Wednesday to talk about schedules and plans for Munchkin for the next several years! (Plus, I'm bringing a special guest from the show back to Austin to meet the rest of the team . . . more on that next week!)
Just to be sure we're stocked up for the holiday season, we rushed through some reprints of Munchkin games and expansions a few months back. Have no fear that your Friendly Local Game Store will run out of Munchkin before Christmas!
(And we also scheduled a lot of reprints for 2014, in addition to some cool new Munchkin releases we're looking forward to talking about in the months to come.)
Fortunately, no one was injured, and the office didn't sustain any damage as far as we can tell. Besides Steve, at least two other staff members have sustained flood damage, one of whom also lives in his neighborhood, so clearly there will be some distractions around here for a while.
In the short term, this shouldn't affect Munchkin at all; just about everything through June of next year is already at print, including a massive number of reprints to make sure store shelves are stocked through the summer. We'll have to figure out how to handle the big projects on Steve's plate while he's working on finding a new place to live and getting it set up, but that's a discussion for down the road. Right now, our biggest concern is making sure his business runs smoothly so that's one thing he doesn't have to worry about.
Thanks to everyone who has already sent good thoughts.