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December 18, 2018: Download Free Munchkin Holiday Cards And Gift Tags!

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Free Holiday Card from Steve Jackson GamesIt's time for the holidays, and that means it is time that we direct you to these free Munchkin gift tags and greeting cards. You may use these when preparing gifts for the Munchkin players in your life; all you have to do is download the PDFs and print each one on your home printer. A little cutting and folding later, and your free gift tags and greeting cards are ready for action!

If you're looking for a less DIY form of Munchkin gift this holiday season, we have the Munchkin Gift Pack that includes three pre-wrapped Munchkin games and five Munchkin promo cards. This option isn't as personalized as the print 'em yourself gift tags and cards, but it's certainly a lot faster for the Santa-on-the-go.

For even more Munchkin holiday joy, please check out this page at Warehouse 23.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Last-Minute Holiday Shopping!

We've all been there before: Holidays are here and we don't know what to get for that someone who seems to have everything. Warehouse 23 has your back with the Warehouse 23 Gift Certificate! You can get a digital gift card for any amount. We'll send the recipient an email with a code to redeem the certificate. Gift certificates are redeemable for store credit and expire in one year. Let them do the shopping for themselves as you sit back and relax. Get a Gift Certificate today on Warehouse 23!
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December 17, 2018: Video: Watch MoJo.Com's "Top 10 Card Games To Play With Friends"

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 11:29
Thank you to the Watch MoJo team for including Munchkin in their Top 10 Card Games to Play with Friends YouTube video. Spotting Munchkin alongside games like What Do You Meme?Cards Against Humanity, and Spoons shows that we're in very good company. And with the holidays approaching fast, now's the perfect time to share this with your family and ask: "Who wants to learn Munchkin this year?" 

One bit of friendly advice: Unless your family is aggressive and competitive, try to dial down the backstabbing a little when you first teach your family Munchkin. It's best to ease them into the action . . . though don't blame us if your grandma turns out to be a cutthroat adventurer who destroys the family in the race to level 10 and the win.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Does "Stolen From An Angry Lich" Count As "Getting A Receipt"?

Give those on your list what they really want: strange loot! With GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Treasures 2: Epic Treasures, you'll get an assortment of unusual and interesting items for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy heroes, from platinum weapons to a flying machine to relics abandoned by the gods. Your friends may be hard to shop for, but – if this loot is guarded by monsters – it's easy to chop for! Download it today from Warehouse 23.
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December 16, 2018: SuperParent's Holiday Tabletop Guide

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 11:28
Thank you to Mike Futter for including three different Steve Jackson Games titles – Super Kitty Bug Slap, Blob Lobber, and Simon's Cat – in the SuperParent's Holiday Tabletop Guide. If you're still in search of stocking stuffers for those younger gamers on your list, these three games are fantastic choices; each is inexpensive, compact, and lots of fun for the kids! 

Check out the complete SuperParent's Holiday Tabletop Guide here, and then visit your friendly local game store to find these and several other fabulous games. 

If you're traveling for the holidays, the Steve Jackson Games store finder can help you find the game stores closest to you. If you visit a new store this month, please let them know you learned of their shop from the Steve Jackson Games store finder!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Hero In A Half-Shell!

Cowabunga, dude! Take on the role of your favorite "heroes in a half-shell" as you fight monsters and grab their loot! Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combines the gameplay of Munchkin with the beloved characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. Order now on Warehouse 23!
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December 15, 2018: My Paladin

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 11:28
We now have a rapper in the family. SJ Games alumnus Andy Hartsock, in his persona as D20, will tell you all about his paladin. Very mildly NSFW (but this is the radio edit - no big bombs). There is, however, definite danger of an earworm; I'm still humming the refrain. Check it out here. Let's see if this goes viral . . .

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Blob Lobbing!

Blob Lobber is a fast-paced card game for 2 to 4 players where everyone take turns flinging Blob cards. If your card lands with a Bomb showing, you claim all the enemy Blobs beneath it . . . but if more Blobs turn up, your opponents may be able to Bomb more Blobs than you! Grab your friends and lob some cards! Order now on Warehouse 23!
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December 14, 2018: Video: The Dice Tower Teaches You How To Play Munchkin Harry Potter

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:27
Our friends at USAopoly have released Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe, a new stand-alone Munchkin game that . . . well, you get the idea, right? I mean, was anyone confused when they saw that there's a Harry Potter edition of Munchkin? No! In fact, many of you who are already experienced with Munchkin and love Harry Potter instantly snatched the game when it was released last month. 

For those of you Harry Potter fans who are new to Munchkin, this video by The Dice Tower will get you going with the basic rules. And once you've trashed your friends and destroyed them a few times, don't miss the munchkin.game website for a deep dive into the Munchkin world and all of the games, expansions, and accessories that will transform your friendly game sessions into battle royale events. Good luck!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Daaaaaanger!

Graaaave danger! The newest expansion for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game is here! With Munchkin Collectible Card Game: Grave Danger, you can laugh in the face of danger while updating your favorite decks with undead-themed cards! Order now on Warehouse 23!
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December 13, 2018: It's Gonna Be Here Before You Know It

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:25
The holidays are fast approaching, and we don't want you to miss out on anything! Be sure to visit your friendly local game store to score some old favorites and see what's new on the shelves. But if you still can't find that perfect gift, we have a few suggestions . . .

You've only got seven more days to take advantage of our 2018 Haul-iday Sale. Save 23%, 50%, and even 75% off classic Steve Jackson Games, and get promos and swag with each physical order. But wait, there's more! We're also offering great gifts-with-purchase with all domestic, physical orders of $25 or more. Get all the things! Sale ends Wednesday, December 19, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Thursday, December 20, at 11:59 p.m. CST is the ordering cut-off to have your packages shipped out Friday, December 21, our last shipping day of the year. (Please note that If you've waited 'til then, you must request USPS Priority Mail Express OR one of FedEx's Overnight choices. Their respective websites state that items shipped that Friday using those methods will arrive before Christmas, but the munchkins make no guarantees.)

Any items ordered after midnight on Thursday, December 20, will not ship until the new year.

If you've waited too long to get something shipped, or if you just don't know what to buy, we can still help. Our Gift Certificates are the perfect last-minute fit for every occasion. Delivered straight to the recipient's inbox, all you need is their name and email address to get the party started! We'll do the rest.

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Warehouse 23 News: The Power Of Faith

Most champions from GURPS Monster Hunters have a calling to protect the world from the forces of darkness, but some such adventurers have an even higher calling: their faith. GURPS Monster Hunters 6: Holy Hunters offers insight into how to make heroes who follow various real-world religions, including abilities and outlooks that best reflect their beliefs. It also includes new threats based on various religions. With this download from Warehouse 23, the monsters won't know what hit them!
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December 12, 2018: Margaret Clegg And "10 Card Games Families Love"

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:24
Any list of games that includes Fluxx, Exploding Kittens, Happy Salmon, and Munchkin is one that we can happily get behind, and Margaret Clegg's "10 Card Games Families Love" includes those and more, making it a wonderful holiday shopping list for parents and grandparents alike. We're obviously excited to see Munchkin make the list, but we also want to be sure that you give the other games on the list a try if you've not played them before. Happy Salmon is an especially silly game and perfect for your holiday party . . . at work or at home!

You can see the entire list here, and you can find Munchkin at your friendly local game store, Warehouse 23, or any number of other retailers both on and offline.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Unicorns And Friends!

Everyone loves unicorns! A Munchkin expansion featuring these majestic animals was long overdue. So we decided to mix Unicorns with . . . Undead and Cows? Munchkin Unicorns and Friends may not make a ton of sense but it's the perfect lighthearted expansion to throw into any Munchkin game! Thanks to the fans on Kickstarter, this boxed set also contains Boxes of Holding and a Kill-o-meter! Preorder now on Warehouse 23!
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December 11, 2018: Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 First Expansion Is At Print!

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:24
 Faith and FirepowerWe're pleased to announce that the first expansion for Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, Faith and Firepower, has gone to print! It features the Adepta Sororitas (the fierce "Sisters of Battle") and the truly alien T'au, who are sometimes mortal enemies, sometimes loyal allies. We're anticipating a release late next spring.

Kudos to our production team of Sabrina Gonzalez, Alex Fernandez, Gabby Ruenes, and Ben Williams for getting this done and out the door. Special thanks to John Kovalic for his art and consultation (yes consultation – he's a Warhammer 40,000 fan). Also to Shelli Galey for wrangling the art on our side, and Alex Aulisi for dealing with John's business so John could focus on drawing. Further special thanks are due to Alain Dawson, who has been our liaison with Games Workshop during this whole process. And a fond farewell to Miranda Horner, who completed the prepress on Faith and Firepower as one of her last tasks before moving on to new challenges. We'll miss you!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Enter The Wizarding World!

In Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe, play as a member of your favorite Hogwarts house and prove your mettle against other witches and wizards. Defeat villains and monsters, and compete against other players to level up for the win! Order now on Warehouse 23 and get official Munchkin Harry Potter bookmarks!
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December 10, 2018: Ogre Battlefields Is Destroying Stretch Goals On Kickstarter!

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:19
This is incredible, gang! If you're not yet supporting the Ogre Battlefields campaign on Kickstarter, then now's your chance to dive in and help the push to make this the largest Ogre expansion ever!!! The project has been open for less than a week, and already the backers have broken through all of the stretch goals we had planned to carry us through to the end of the campaign. What does that mean? More stretch goals!

We're being careful when it comes to adding stretch goals, though, and selecting only those ideas that will not knowingly delay delivery of the project.

If your game collection includes the Ogre Designer's Edition and/or Ogre Sixth Edition games, then the Ogre Battlefields expansion is a must! More maps!!!! Are you new to Ogre?

"Put aside everything else the man has done – from Car Wars to Illuminati to GURPS – and with Ogre alone Steve Jackson earns a place in the pantheon of game design immortals."

- Erick Wujcik, Hobby Games: The 100 Best (2007)

If you've never before played Ogre, then now is a perfect time to join in and learn what has made this classic wargame a fan-favorite for over four decades. As part of the Ogre Battlefields project on Kickstarter, we have reward levels that include the miniatures rules, a level loaded with the Battle Box (dozens of minis inside), as well as one reward level for those of you who want to take the chipboard counter approach and aren't looking to assemble and paint plastic minis.

Ogre is still one of the fastest-playing wargames out there, and the Ogre Battlefields expansion – combined with either Ogre Sixth Edition or the Ogre Battle Box – makes a great game even better. Join us today, and see why so many gamers are still enjoying Ogre over forty years after it first reached tables.

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: Destroy All Humans!

In Mars Attacks — The Dice Game, lead your team of Martian invaders to conquer Earth. Destroy cities! Roll dice! Become the Martian with the most Earthling kills! But watch out, because the Earthlings might nuke you . . . Get it on Warehouse 23 today!

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December 9, 2018: Own Original Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Artwork By Kevin Eastman!

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:19
Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic and powerhouse franchise, worked with IDW on their new Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game . . . and now Kevin is selling the artwork on his website! This is an awesome gift for the Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan in your life who thinks they have it all, because we know that they don't have original Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles art by Kevin Eastman!

Phil Reed [Image]

Warehouse 23 News: It's Dangerous Out There!

Graaaave danger! The newest expansion for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game is here! With Munchkin Collectible Card Game: Grave Danger, you can laugh in the face of danger while updating your favorite decks with undead-themed cards! Order now on Warehouse 23!
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December 8, 2018: PAX Unplugged!

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:19
PAX Unplugged is only two years old, but it has quickly become one of the larger shows that we attend each year. This year, Randy, Jimmie, Julie, Alex, and Annie – a brand new member of the MIB demo team – were on hand to demo the latest in Munchkin technology – Warhammer 40,000, Starfinder, and Steampunk: Girl Genius. We also ooh-ed and aah-ed over the new edition of Illuminati, played a lot of Simon's Cat, Super Kitty Bug Slap, and Blob Lobber, and celebrated the release of the Grave Danger expansion for the Munchkin Collectible Card Game with promos and booster packs.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, played a game, or talked to us about our games. There was much excitement and anticipation for the upcoming release of The Fantasy Trip and the new edition of Car Wars in 2019.  The PAX convention staff are some of the best in the business, and they have made both attendees and exhibitors welcome to their show. And there was no going hungry, with the Reading Terminal Market next door for a huge variety of food and drink vendors. Here's hoping that we will see a bunch of you again next year!

Alex Yeager

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Warehouse 23 News: Travel To The Dawn Of GURPS

Discover the GURPS support magazine that existed before GURPS did: Roleplayer. With the Roleplayer Bundle, you'll get all 30 issues (over 500 pages) of Roleplayer, including designer's notes, support articles, answers, letters, and more. It's a time capsule capturing the state of GURPS from 1986 to 1993, and it's available at a great price . . . thanks to Warehouse 23!
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December 7, 2018: Holiday Ideas from Warehouse 23

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:18
Planning on ordering some great Christmas loot from Warehouse 23? Whether you're in need of Munchkin accessories and expansions, more GURPS adventures, or the brand-new edition of Illuminati, here are some things you'll be glad you know:

Our Haul-iday Sale is in full swing and runs through Wednesday, December 19. We've got lots of great discounts, as well as fun gift-with-purchase items. And if you order soon, you won't have to worry about all those pesky shipping deadlines. (At least, not in the U.S.) For you last-minute shoppers, be sure to tune in next week for more information about warehouse deadlines and ship dates.

And just to sweeten the deal: We've uncovered a stash of cool dice in the warehouse! So, while supplies last, each physical order over $10 from Warehouse 23 will include a random d6. You're welcome! (Andrew here: we also just opened a slightly scorched crate labeled "DO NOT OPEN, YOU FOOLS" and found a whole lot of random promo cards and bookmarks, so we're tossing a bunch of those into physical orders as well!)

Not sure what to gift? Our one-size-fits-all digital Gift Certificates are the perfect solution to your dilemma. These certificates come in any denomination from $1 to $500, and they'll arrive almost instantly in the inbox you designate.

Susan Bueno [Image]

Warehouse 23 News: Visit The Pyramids

The entire first volume of Pyramid magazine ran 30 issues – from 1993 to 1998 – bringing an amazing assortment of articles, reviews, industry insight, fun ads, and more. Now, with the Pyramid Classic Bundle, you can get all 30 issues (over 2,000 pages) at an amazing price. Discover an era when collectible card games were new and vampires were everywhere. Your trip to the past is just a download away, thanks to Warehouse 23!
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December 6, 2018: Ogre Battlefields Now On Kickstarter

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:18
The new Kickstarter campaign is up, right here. The centerpiece of Battlefields is two big maps; they are tried and tested from back in the Dark Ages but have never before been available in this scale. They're green GEV-style, and they come with scenarios. Both of them geomorph with the Ogre Designer's Edition maps. Or, if you have Ogre Sixth Edition, this set will introduce you to the joys of terrain.

At the start of the campaign, the maps will be back-to-back. If we hit the stretch goal, though, they'll be separate pieces – which means they can also geomorph with each other. The maps are each 28.5" x 33" – so side by side, they'll make a map 57" x 33", or 28.5" x 66".

Also included are 70+ counters (sure thing), four buildable Ogres including two Ninjas (sure thing), a complete Ogre rulebook (sure thing), and probably some overlays (the very next stretch goal).

I think the thing that excites me the most about this one is that, assuming the Double Maps stretch goal is reached, I'll be able to combine these maps with the ones from the Designer's Edition and make a single long skinny battlefield, more than 13 feet long! (You have to imagine my hand gesture here. 13 feet – that's well over twice my height. BIG.) That will be perfect for big convention games – say, six players on a side. Sound like fun?

Please go support us – reserve yourselves some big maps and all the stuff that comes with them.

Steve Jackson

NOTE: If you're a fan of the Ogre playmats we've been creating this year, you'll be happy to know that all four playmats are available as add-ons in the project. Four? That's right, gang, we've included the new Ogre Playmat M4 as part of the Ogre Battlefields project. Don't miss out on your chance to expand your battlefield options! –PR

Warehouse 23 News: Pizza Party!

Cowabunga, dude! Take on the role of your favorite "heroes in a half-shell" as you fight monsters and grab their loot! Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combines the gameplay of Munchkin with the beloved characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. Order now on Warehouse 23.
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December 5, 2018: Celebrate The Holidays With A Munchkin Party

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:18
For many of us, the end of the year is a time to gather friends and family together, reflect on the good times and bad in the year just past, and make plans for the year to come. In that spirit, we would like to suggest that you and your loved ones kill monsters, stab each other, and take each other's stuff.

A Munchkin party can be a fun way to enjoy the holiday season and take a break from shopping and cooking and all that tedious "good will toward men" stuff. All you need are a few devious, bloody-minded friends, a Munchkin game or two, and some appropriate beverages to grease the wheels of deceit and larceny. We also recommend picking up the Munchkin Party Pack, which has 15 party-themed cards for your game and 15 cards you can give away as bribes to get on your guests' good side. (Why do you think they're called "favors"?) And given the season, Yule want to stir in a generous helping of holiday cheer: Warehouse 23 has a carefully curated selection of Munchkin Christmas goodies just for you. If you don't celebrate Christmas, just think of it as a chance to give Santa what he so richly deserves.

Got any good Munchkin holiday memories? Share them on the forums or tag us on social media with #PlayMunchkin so we can enjoy them, too!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: 2018 Haul-Iday Sale Still Going!

The holidays are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to give your friends, and yourself, some of your favorite Steve Jackson Games titles with the 2018 Haul-iday Sale! Save up to 75% this season! We are throwing in free swag and double promos! The more you spend, the more free loot you get! Head over to Warehouse 23 and grab that perfect gift!
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December 4, 2018: Munchkin Hero Adventures!

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:17
[Image]Starting this month, we will be following our fearless Munchkin Heroes Spyke and Flower on their many epic adventures!! We know many of you have a Funko Vinyl Spyke figure that keeps the orcs at bay during your weekly Munchkin games, travels with you to gaming conventions, or even lives in your car for road-trip fun. We'd like to see where Spyke and Flower travel throughout the year.

Post your trusty Munchkin Hero's Epic Adventure photos on your favorite social media site, tag Steve Jackson Games, AND use the hashtags #OrcBGone and #MunchkinHero. Once a month, we will choose a lucky winner to receive cool Munchkin swag from Warehouse 23.

If you don't have a vinyl Spyke figure of your own, visit your Friendly Local Game Store or Warehouse 23 to pick up one today (standard Spyke, Doppel Spyke, and even Glow-in-the-Dark Spyke). "But there's not a vinyl Flower!" you say . . . that's true, which is why we have provided you with a downloadable image of Flower (and Spyke) so you can print and even laminate your own "pressed" Flower.

Join in the Munchkin Hero Adventures today on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Huzzah!!

Julie Yeager

Warehouse 23 News: New Munchkin Expansion!

The newest addition to the fun has arrived! Munchkin meets the Jurassic Period in Munchkin 9 - Jurassic Snark! (We were so preoccupied with whether we could, we didn't stop to think if we should . . . but that's never stopped us before!) This expansion takes munchkins to a long-gone era to fight dangers they've never before encountered. Order your copy today at Warehouse 23!
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December 3, 2018: Munchkin Mystery Boxes!

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 14:17
For the holidays, we've pulled some of the special Munchkin mystery boxes from the dark corners and are again offering them for sale at Warehouse 23, the Steve Jackson Games online shop. At the moment, we have four different mystery boxes ready to bring joy to your festive game sessions.  Are you looking for pre-wrapped gifts for the holiday season? The Munchkin Gift Pack includes three different Munchkin games, each one already wrapped in custom Munchkin-themed paper! If you keep the five new Munchkin cards that are packed inside the box, we won't tell.

All of these and more are available right now at the Warehouse 23 holiday sale. Check it out!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: A Time Capsule Of Gaming History

Traveling back to the 1980s doesn't require plutonium or a phone box; all you need is a PDF reader! The Space Gamer Bundle is a collection of 50 issues – over 2,000 pages – of The Space Gamer published by Steve Jackson Games between 1980 and 1985. Discover the games, reviews, articles, insight, and advertising from an earlier era. It's a bundle of joy that's a download away, thanks to Warehouse 23!
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December 2, 2018: Fiction I'm Reading

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 11:16
I'm actually not reading as much as I'd like. Working on that. But here's a short list.

• David Weber – I am in the middle of rereading some Honor Harrington. Great space opera! I also recently read, for the first time, his "Oath of Swords" series. Five books so far. The protagonist is a paladin with D&D influences; I bet this was Weber's campaign. I also enjoy the "Safehold" books and will reread the whole huge ginormous stack of them, all together, once the series reaches its conclusion.

• Paolo Bacigalupi – The new master of the bleak, hot future. The Windup Girl is immersive, sad, and beautiful, all at once. More recently, he released The Water Knife, which is so grim that I set it aside at first, but then picked it up again because I had to know what happened. This is a young author to watch; everything he has written has pleased me. You can read some of his short stories at windupstories.com.

• Mira Grant – I just finished Feedback, the fourth book in her "Newsflesh" trilogy. Yes, you read that right. Anyway: intrigue and adventure in a classic zombocalypse setting, with lots of wicked wit. Good stuff.

• John Ringo – And we're back to space opera. I have read Live Free or Die over and over again. Just a darn good alien-invasion story, with a hero who (almost) never fights on the front lines, but keeps winning wars anyway through brains, determination, and gazillions of dollars of honestly earned money. Ringo's "Empire of Man" books, written with David Weber, are also great space opera of the ground-pounding variety. I would love to read more about Prince Roger; he's shown himself to be a survivor and a leader, but how will he do as a ruler?

• Peter Watts – In the words of critic James Nicoll: "Whenever I find my will to live becoming too strong, I read Peter Watts." Harsh, but fair. Much hard science fiction holds out hope that technology will solve our problems if we just give it enough rope. Watts' writing assumes that we will simply use that rope to hang ourselves, complete with rattling breaths and frantic, useless kicking. But he tells his dark stories with imagination and style. Much of Watts' work is free to read at his site, rifters.com. Go and look.

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Race To See What Matches!

Be the first to find an animal – triple-matching by clade (evolutionary group), environment, number, and color – to score those cards! Clades is an exciting race that continues until the deck is gone. Get Clades - The Evolutionary Card Game now on Warehouse 23!
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December 1, 2018: Podcasts Are Here To Stay

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:16
Podcasting has been a "thing" for over a decade now, but for much of that time podcasts were primarily the domain of the geeky and the uberfan. The idea of periodic, often subscription-based content shouldn't have surprised people who grew up with magazines and episodic TV, but even now I talk to people who don't even know what podcasts are, much less how they have become mainstream in many corners. (We at SJ Games even had one for a little while, the FnordCast, and I still hope we're able to relaunch it one of these days.)

A few podcasts have become legitimately famous. The ur-example is Serial, whose first season was a sensation almost as soon as it launched, spawning websites, discussion threads, sequel and companion podcasts, and even mainstream press coverage, bringing to light a case of a potentially innocent man behind bars for almost 20 years. Serial also inspired countless other shows, both original content and stories that started in traditional media and expanded or followed up with more and newer information, such as Dirty John, which is now making the jump to TV on the Bravo network.

Podcasts seem to be the 21st century's venue for advice letters, either spun off from existing columns such as Savage Love (warning: contents NSFW) and sites such as Ask a Manager or original to the podcast medium like My Brother, My Brother, and Me. It's also offering worthy successors to the radio serials of the early 20th century, with ongoing stories such as Limetown, Homecoming, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, and Welcome to Night Vale. All of this barely scratches the surface of what's available; if you're interested in something, there's a very good chance there's a podcast (or a dozen podcasts) talking about it.

But for my money, the surest sign that podcasting has "made it" is that podcast creators and performers are now enjoying the trappings of celebrity, including going on tours and even starting conventions of their own (the first PodCon was earlier this year and it shows signs of becoming at least an annual event). I recently had the delightful pleasure of seeing Helen Zaltzman, creator and voice of The Allusionist, right here in Austin, and she's not the first or tenth podcaster to make a stop here on a tour specifically for their podcasts.

If you're already familiar with podcasts, you doubtless have your own list of favorites – some of my own aren't even mentioned here, but that's because I have several dozen in my podcast queue and listen to podcasts on almost every car trip longer than a couple of minutes. If you aren't familiar with podcasts, there are thousands of them out there . . . why not start exploring and see if there's one you like? And if you have a favorite I didn't mention, let me know in the forums – I'm always interested in trying a new show!

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: Axe A Stupid Question . . .

With so many troubles one faces in the world, a question always arises: Would this problem be resolved by hitting it with an axe? Unleash your inner civilization-shunning loincloth-wearer, with GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Denizens: Barbarians. This supplement includes new templates, variants, power-ups, gear, and more . . . all you need to hack it in a dangerous world. Download it today, from Warehouse 23!
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November 30, 2018: Ogre Battlefields Is Coming

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:15
We have one last crowdfunding campaign planned for 2018: Ogre Battlefields is coming to Kickstarter next month! Steve, Drew, Gabby, and Brandon have been hard at work finalizing the project, and we expect it to launch in early December (next week!).

Ogre Battlefields is a boxed expansion for use with the Ogre Designer's Edition and Ogre Sixth Edition, and your support on Kickstarter will pack the box with new counters, more game scenarios, and reprints of classic Ogre gameboards that have never been produced in the Ogre Sixth Edition scale.

To be sure you don't miss out on Ogre Battlefields, please follow us on Kickstarter. We hope to see you join us in making this newest Ogre expansion a reality!

Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: The Holiday-Season Glow

It's important to stay warm this winter, but don't go overboard. GURPS Disasters: Meltdown and Fallout takes that idea to the extreme by providing perhaps the definitive dictionary definition of "really bad day." Discover why things can go wrong with a nuclear reactor, what happens when the worst occurs, and how in the world you deal with the crisis. Good old-fashioned nightmare fuel is just a download away, thanks to Warehouse 23!
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November 29, 2018: An Ancient History Question For The Mass Mind

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:15
Origins Award Nominee badgeWe think that we had some Origins nominations in 1984, for best games of 1983 . . . but nobody knows what products were nominated that year. It seems to be completely lost information. The winners are known, but the longer list of nominees seems to be unfindable. Does anybody have an old file of (for instance) 1984 game magazines, that might have that information?

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: The Perfect Gift!

For your best friends! Or for yourself, we won't judge. With the Munchkin Gift Pack, you get three already wrapped Munchkin games for your convenience! It also includes five new Munchkin cards, illustrated by Len Peralta, and a holiday greeting card! Three gift-wrapped Munchkin games: three perfect gifts! Order now on Warehouse 23!
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