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August 31, 2015: Reminder: Phil And Andrew At Fan Expo Canada

Phil and I will be attending Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, September 4-6. We're both doing several panels (including one "Behind the Scenes at SJ Games" panel that we're BOTH on) and we'd love to see you there!

I'll also be running some games, including some playtests, and I'll be happy to sign stuff, too. Hope to see you there!

Munchkin Fu Guest Artist Edition!

Quick, go look at today's Daily Illuminator for the announcement of the Munchkin Fu Guest Artist Edition . . . with a very unusual guest artist!

-- Andrew Hackard

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August 24, 2015: Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe At RTX

A few weeks ago, we attended RTX here in Austin, where I got to demo the fantastic Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe. This was my first official convention giving Munchkin demos and I was blown away.
 
We brought a number of games for people to play, but by FAR the most popular game of the weekend was our sneak peek of Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe.
 
On Friday we had so many games, the chairs were rarely empty for more than five minutes, with a LOT of rubberneckers taking pictures, press coming by to try to get early information, and fans asking how long we'd have the game available at the con.
 
On Saturday and Sunday, everyone who stopped by on Friday came back ready to play. We didn't have a single time either day when the chairs got a chance to cool before new butts were planted in them. A few people even tried to buy the demo game! (Yes, there are cards that give bonuses for the owner of the game . . . and as good Munchkin players, they were trying to win.)
 
Everyone was excited by their early access and wanted to know exactly when Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe would come out. We sent them all away with instructions to remind their Friendly Local Game Stores to order the Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe Launch Kit (each kit has three games plus a whole lot of promos!) and to find out which stores will be running launch events (a LOT of stores are). For those stores that can't get the Launch Kits, the game by itself will be shipping to stores in October.
 
-- Carl deSoto
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August 17, 2015: Fan Expo Canada

I'm pleased to announce that I will be joining Phil Reed as a featured gaming guest at Fan Expo Canada, September 3-6 in Toronto, Ontario. We're going to be sitting on panels (see below!), signing stuff, and I at least plan to run a bunch of games. I'm looking forward to having some time to hang out with loads of very nice game industry people, even by Canadian standards, such as Jim Zub, Eric Lang, Robin Laws, and even Ed "Elminster" Greenwood. (I also expect I will be a gibbering fanboy at some point or other, probably about the time I get to the front of Steve Blum's autograph line to have him sign the insert from my Cowboy Bebop Blu-Ray set. Bang.)

I'm hoping to get some time to tour Toronto as well; I've never been and I hear nice things. If nothing else, Zub has promised to take me to his favorite poutinerie and I cannot wait. (If anyone knows of healthy food options near the convention, I think I'm going to need some!) 

Here's our preliminary panel schedule, subject to change:

  • Phil Reed
    • Basic Kickstarting and Crowdfunding: Friday, 3:30, Rm 713
    • Publishing Your Own Tabletop Game: Friday, 5:45, Rm 705
    • State of the Game Industry: Sunday, 3:45, Rm 705
  • Andrew Hackard
    • In the Game of Boards, You Win or You Roll Again*: Sunday, 11:15, Rm 715
    • Getting Started With Tabletop Roleplaying Games: Sunday, 12:15, Rm 703
    • Advanced Kickstarting and Crowdfunding: Sunday, 2:15, Rm 717A
  • THE BIG ONE: Phil and Andrew in "Steve Jackson Games: Behind the Pyramid", Saturday, 12:30, Rm 713

* I have no idea what this panel is about. As a result, I am looking forward to this more than almost anything else at Fan Expo.

Phil has already promised to crash at least one of my panels, and I'm sure I'll return the favor. We're looking forward to seeing a lot of Munchkin fans at the show!

-- Andrew Hackard

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August 10, 2015: Munchkin Guest Artist Editions!

Munchkin Deluxe Guest Artist Edition

Here's some news I've been sitting on for months now! We're celebrating Munchkin's 15th birthday by creating Guest Artist Editions of various Munchkin Deluxe games, including several that have never been turned into Deluxe sets before! These sets are special versions, and there's a good chance most of them will never be reprinted, so don't delay!

The first two sets are:

  • Munchkin, illustrated by Ian McGinty. Lots of you have seen his work in the Munchkin comic from BOOM! Studios (or you can look at the cover just to the right).
  • Star Munchkin, illustrated by Len Peralta. Len, of course, illustrated Munchkin The Guild, but you should also check out his Geek a Week trading cards and his fantastic comic Ten State.

Watch the Guest Artist Edition page (or Munchkin News, of course!) for further announcements over the next few months.

-- Andrew Hackard

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August 3, 2015: Gen Con 2015 Wrap-Up

Gen Con 2015 is now part of history, and here are some assorted reflections on this year's big gamer festival.

  • We had a lot of people interested in Munchkin Oz and Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe, both of which received quite a few demos during the show. I think it's fair to say the star of our booth was Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown. The table we dedicated to this new dexterity game was busy and raucous the entire show, and many of those demo games turned directly into sales. We also had a lot of interest in the new, expanded edition of Car Wars: The Card Game and Mars Attacks: The Dice Game.
  • The other companies producing Munchkin-themed games also reported a huge Spyke in sales (sorry, but only a little).
  • We were right across the aisle from our pals at Green Ronin and got to enjoy seeing their booth full and overfull with folks looking to pick up the new Fantasy AGE roleplaying game and the Titansgrave sourcebook for that game, based on the Wil Wheaton-hosted and -created series on Geek & Sundry (who had a little sub-booth in GR's space). This has nothing to do with Munchkin, but the Ronins are good people and it's a pleasure to see them doing so well.
  • Our booth was privileged to host signings by John Kovalic and Len Peralta, and I may have scribbled my name on a few things as well.
  • SJ Games CEO Phil Reed had his usual whirlwind of meetings, some of which I was privileged to sit in on. We have some very fun plans in the works for Munchkin's 15th anniversary next year, and some of Phil's meetings dealt with those plans, but I personally sat in on one meeting where we started talking about ideas for 2018 and 2019. Crazy.
  • Speaking of the anniversary, we nailed down almost all the final details for a big announcement (the first of several) coming up shortly -- watch this space in the coming weeks for more news!

On a personal note, I got to see some pals and have fun with people I don't see nearly often enough, but during the show I also learned of the passing of one of my Gen Con regulars (a loyal Munchkin fan and a good friend). Gen Con's not going to be the same without his smiling face in our booth every year.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us -- we know the show gets more and more packed each year, and we're glad so many of you fans made the time to swing by and try a demo, buy a game, or just say howdy. Those interactions are what make these conventions so much fun for us. We look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces next year at Gen Con 2016!

-- Andrew Hackard

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July 27, 2015: Gen Con!

Later this week, the SJ Games crew will be heading up to Indianapolis for Gen Con. (In fact, CEO Phil Reed and I fly out tomorrow so we can meet with Director of Sales Ross Jepson on Wednesday for a very special breakfast meeting. Why is it so special? Duh, breakfast . . . and lots of other things I can't talk about yet.)

We will be in our usual location, attached to the Adventure Retail booth, with tables running game demos the entire show (including demos of our new Munchkin games, Munchkin Steampunk Deluxe and Munchkin Oz). I'll be hosting one table each afternoon, so if you stop by at the right time, you might get to play Munchkin against me! We'll also have signings by John Kovalic, Len Peralta, and even me -- watch our Twitter feed or ask the booth staff to find out when all these special events take place!

Finally, we have a pretty cool announcement to help us kick off our celebration of Munchkin's 15th anniversary next year!

We aren't hosting the Munchkin Tavern this year, but that doesn't mean we won't have plenty of Munchkin festivities going on! Hope to see y'all there!

-- Andrew Hackard

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July 20, 2015: Announcing Munchkin Oz

We are very pleased to announce that our newest Munchkin game, Munchkin Oz, has started appearing on shelves in Target stores across the United States. Over the next few weeks, we expect to see it roll out to the rest of the country and appear on target.com as well. You can read our press release to find out more.

Pairing up Munchkin with L. Frank Baum's classic stories -- the stories that gave us the term "munchkin," after all! -- has been a lot of fun, and we can't wait for y'all to see the result and play the new game.

If you want to hear more about this new game straight from the developer, Andrew and Rhea will be hosting #SJGamesLive this week on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Central Time -- click the hashtag or follow us on Twitter for more information!

-- Andrew Hackard

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