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<![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - News]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/ Bringing you the latest gaming news... en Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:02:26 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/pnpg_style/misc/rss.png <![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - News]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/ GURPS February 17, 2018: Munchkin Musings: February 2018 http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/31223-February-17-2018-Munchkin-Musings-February-2018?goto=newpost Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:17:53 GMT *Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:* February 17, 2018: Munchkin Musings: February 2018... Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

February 17, 2018: Munchkin Musings: February 2018

No time for intros when we have the Munchkin Collectible Card Game releasing this month! It has already started shipping to our distributors and should be on store shelves on or around February 21. We are so excited for y'all to get to play this game, and we have to thank Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson for their hard work designing a game that we're planning to build on for years to come. The first expansion, The Desolation of Blarg, will be in stores in May, and we're just about a month from sending the second expansion, Fashion Furious, to print. Both of those expansions are boosters only, so you'll need at least one of our starters to play the game.

We also just released Munchkin Magical Mess and Munchkin Clowns. Magical Mess features the return of Moop, first seen in Moop's Monster Mashup, in another 168-card game full of really dumb jokes and very silly art from Ian McGinty. (The Belugazelle haunts my nightmares.) It's playable on its own, but of course you can combine it with any other Munchkin set for a totally wild game. Ian also illustrated a 30-card expansion that will be out this fall; we'll tell you more about that in a couple of months.

Munchkin Clowns is a 15-card mini-expansion illustrated, VERY creepily, by Len Peralta. It is dedicated to everyone who has ever seen a rogue red balloon or explored your city's sewers. Maybe don't play this one with people who are scared of the circus. Or .*.*. maybe do.

Looking forward, we've got a whole bunch of reprints coming out in June, along with the debut of Munchkin Cheats, a 30-card expansion that gives you new ways to cheat in a Munchkin game and new ways to mess with other players who cheat. That set has art by Lar deSouza.

We haven't forgotten about John Kovalic, either; he illustrated a 15-card expansion that will be coming out later this summer (you might say we wrote it with him in mind) and is working hard on Munchkin 9, which will be out this fall. John is also working on several secret projects that we aren't ready to announce quiiiiiiiite yet.

Speaking of announcements, we have some really cool things that we'll be announcing at New York Toy Fair, starting today, or the GAMA Trade Show, in mid-March. As always, the best way to keep up with our news is to read the Daily Illuminator and follow us on social media (if it's a social-media site, we're probably on it). We're setting out to make 2018 just as awesome as we can, with your help. [Late addition: IDW Games has announced that they're partnering with us and with Nickelodeon on Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is exactly as exciting as you would think it is. Here's the announcement .*.*. and make sure you put the March 7 Kickstarter launch on your calendar today!]

Andrew Hackard

Warehouse 23 News: More Action Satisfaction!

Add to your GURPS Action campaigns thanks to Pyramid magazine, with issues that will let you use the core system with pulp/cliffhangers, Transhuman Space, cyberpunk, and Wild West campaigns. Download any or all of these issues now, from the archives of Warehouse 23! ]]>
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GURPS February 16, 2018: Check Out The SJ Games Case At New York Toy Fair! http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/31222-February-16-2018-Check-Out-The-SJ-Games-Case-At-New-York-Toy-Fair!?goto=newpost Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:43:54 GMT *Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:* February 16, 2018: Check Out The SJ Games Case At New... Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

February 16, 2018: Check Out The SJ Games Case At New York Toy Fair!

The SJ Games case at New York Toy Fair is an annual tradition, featuring our hottest new and upcoming titles. This year's case celebrates the Munchkin Collectible Card Game in all its glory!

With the release right around the corner (February 21, if you're counting), we wanted to show off some of the incredible art and cards for the first set, as well as some teasers for the next two sets: The*Desolation of Blarg and Fashion Furious. Here's a sneak peek, from our in-office mockup of the final display:


If you are at New York Toy Fair, share pictures of the case with the hashtag #PlayMunchkinCCG and we'll share them! And remember to preorder with your local game store so you don't miss out. Simply print out our preorder form, fill it out, and give it to your store so they know you are interested!*

While you're in the area, check out our Munchkin Collectible Card Game prereleases happening around New York and New Jersey this weekend as well! Reserve your seat with the store; space is limited. See you in New York!*

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: You'll Need More Exclamation Points!

The newest issue of Pyramid has hit the digital stands, and it's ready for the big screen! Pyramid #3/112: Action II adds to your GURPS Action campaigns with an adventure, new rules, campaign add-ons, and more. Download it solo, or subscribe today for this issue and many more months of fun, thanks to Warehouse 23! ]]>
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GURPS February 15, 2018: Report To The Stakeholders For 2017 http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/31221-February-15-2018-Report-To-The-Stakeholders-For-2017?goto=newpost Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:13:24 GMT *Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:* February 15, 2018: Report To The Stakeholders For 2017... Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

February 15, 2018: Report To The Stakeholders For 2017

This year's annual report is now live. We have been doing this since 2003, and you can see links to all the older reports at the bottom. This is a mid-February posting, which is earlier than usual; thanks, Phil, for working to put this together.

Executive summary: We got through the year with our sanity. We either made a little or lost a little. We made all our goals and will set a few more for next year.

Some of our strongest fans will be sad to see that the Ogre Miniatures and GURPS Dungeon Fantasyreleases are not analyzed as successes even though the games themselves were very fine. This is all about business; a release is not a success unless it happens on time and within budget. That's a hard target to hit, sometimes. I'm very proud of those releases but things could have gone better.

Looming over all our 2017 work was the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, which will appear in stores on Feb. 21. This massive project has a lot riding on it. If it does well, 2017 will look better in retrospect and 2018 will be a success. So we really, really hope you like it!

Steve Jackson

Warehouse 23 News: Don't Go Out At Night

Night falls, and the Chupacabra's red eyes spell doom as the bloodsucker stalks its prey. To make it through*Chupacabra: Survive the Night,*you must claim all the dice .*.*. but watch out! Everyone else is out to get you! Enjoy this 2- to 4-player game by heading over to*Warehouse 23! ]]>
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GURPS February 8, 2018: Triplanetary Kickstarter Closing Soon! http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/31215-February-8-2018-Triplanetary-Kickstarter-Closing-Soon!?goto=newpost Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:50:10 GMT *Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:* February 8, 2018: Triplanetary Kickstarter Closing Soon!... Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

February 8, 2018: Triplanetary Kickstarter Closing Soon!

After a successful orbit around the solar system, Triplanetary is coming to rest back on earth, closing out the highly successful Kickstarter campaign this Friday.*

If you've been living on the moon for the last month (and who could blame you, it's great this time of year), Triplanetary is the game of space combat, and movement, in the solar system. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of this game, this new edition of Triplanetary has been a long time coming, since the promise made by Steve in 1990. Turned out 1990 was a pretty eventful year for us, so it's taken this long to see the light of day.*

But Steve was committed to the promise, and as a huge fan of the game himself has wanted a new edition for some time. Our version will include a mounted game board with dry-erase marker-friendly surfacing to track movement. This game uses vector movement to simulate momentum, with the strategy coming from your fuel consumption. Fuel is precious, so making use of planetary gravity while you propel through the stars is important. But why take it from me, when Steve can explain the finer points of movement in our quick demo?

This isn't going to be a huge printing, so make sure you*reserve your copy now*or pledge at the retailer level if you want to stock it in your store. The Triplanetary campaign ends tomorrow!

Hunter Shelburne

Warehouse 23 News: Armored Warfare Is Faster And Deadlier Than Ever!

Supertanks, GEVs, and infantry slug it out to defend supply lines and keep pressure on your enemy in Ogre: Objective 218. This two-player Ogre experience is based on The Battle for Hill 218 and plays in less than 30 minutes. Get your copy today at Warehouse 23! ]]>
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GURPS February 4, 2018: Where Do PDFs Come From? http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/31212-February-4-2018-Where-Do-PDFs-Come-From?goto=newpost Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:26:45 GMT *Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:* February 4, 2018: Where Do PDFs Come From? ... Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

February 4, 2018: Where Do PDFs Come From?

Intro note from Steve Jackson: I asked GURPS editor Steven Marsh for some elucidation on the process of creating PDFs, and he sent me such a great memo that I wanted to post it as a look behind the scenes. If you use PDFs in your gaming, this may interest you!

I asked: "I need some help curing my ignorance about the making of searchable PDFs. I am a clueless user in this department*-*I have some, I search them, but I don't know what I am doing when I do it. How do searchable PDFs actually work? Do they need to be "laid out" in Word and use the Word search, or will InDesign work*-*and if so, what application is being used to search?"

And he replied .*.*.

It's actually a fairly nuanced question, not unlike asking, "Where does art in a JPG come from?" The answer is, "Lots of ways!"

Searchable-text PDFs are made a few different ways. I'll focus on the three most-likely scenarios in your case:



1) You Have a Word File You Want to Turn to a Searchable PDF

In other words, you have a bunch of info in Word, and you want to share it with others (playtesters and reviewers), in a way that ISN'T a sellable PDF, but IS easier to print and review, without requiring folks to own Microsoft Word.

If you don't want a commercial product, this is the easiest method. In that case, you can make the PDF yourself; in Microsoft Word, simply go to File --> Save As... Then, under "Format," select "PDF" from the drop-down menu.

(Note that, on a Mac, there's another way to make a PDF. When you select "Print," in the lower left corner of the Print dialog box is an option to "Save as PDF..." Select that, and the resultant saved PDF will have searchable text IF the original source had searchable text. So you could "print" a PDF this way from a text-editor program, a web browser, etc.)

2) You Have Scans of an Old Book, And You Want to Turn It Into a Sellable, Searchable PDF

This requires OCR (Optical Character Recognition)*software. When making sellable PDFs for old SJ Games documents, I start with scans from a scanner, and run it through OCR software. (In SJ Games' case, the software I use is called Omnipage.)

This is the only practical option for REALLY old books, where we don't have the original digital source files. For instance, if you were going to make the original Fantasy Trip items available as they were, as PDFs, this would be the best bet. Be aware, however, that the resultant scanned text is not 100% accurate; there WILL almost certainly be bits it gets wrong. This is especially true for tables with shaded backgrounds, scans of thin paper (where the text on the backside of the page "bleeds" through), etc.

For similar reasons, the resultant PDF is NOT terribly suited for printing (since you're just printing "photocopies").

3) You Have a Word File You Want to Turn into a Sellable, Searchable, "Modern" PDF

This is the workflow for anything "modern" at SJ Games. In this case, we start with a Microsoft Word file provided by the editor, and someone (Nikki in the case of GURPS) "pours" it into InDesign, where she works her graphic-arts mojo to turn it into a PDF. (In this case, we*-*of course*-*need art, an agreed-upon layout template, etc.)

The resultant PDF is as "professional" a product as possible; it looks great on any computer, it can be sent to a professional print service, etc.

In ALL of these cases, the software program you're using to read the PDF is doing the search of the text. Thus, if you open a PDF using the Mac Preview function, it's doing the searching; if you use Adobe Acrobat Reader, it's doing the dirty work; etc.

Steven Marsh

Warehouse 23 News: Stealing Hearts And Treasure

With Valentine's Day coming up, why not take a break from stealing each other's treasure and be nice for a change with Munchkin Valentines? Each package comes with five valentines and envelopes, so you've got five chances to make someone like you. We believe in you! (Kind of!). And the best part? You can give your flames the gift of Munchkin, because the package also comes with five small packs of Munchkin cards that fit inside the valentines! Get yours today at Warehouse 23! ]]>
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GURPS January 27, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Mind The Gap(s) http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/31207-January-27-2018-Illuminated-Site-of-the-Week-Mind-The-Gap(s)?goto=newpost Sat, 27 Jan 2018 06:10:13 GMT *Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:* January 27, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Mind The... Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

January 27, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Mind The Gap(s)

London may as well be made of quantum Swiss cheese for all the underlying relativistic structural integrity it has. Seems Terry Gilliam was onto something with his movie Time Bandits &ndash; the city wears thin in certain areas and produces holes in time and space throughout. Portals of London: Towards a catalogue of London's inter-dimensional gateways is a blog detailing the various sidelines and byways of this history-steeped town, warning of hidden churches, lost cemeteries, and intersecting hauntings. The Guardian, spurred by recent reports of a foot tunnel in the Underground where time passes slower or faster than normal, has an anonymous interview with the site's curator.

Suggested by Richard Harris

Warehouse 23 News: There's No Place On Earth Like Mars!

Mars isn't the kind of place you'd bring yourself to visit; it's the kind of place that brings visitors! With GURPS Mars Attacks, you can play either side of the classic space conflict, as the diabolical Martians or the heroic humans. Full-color fun is available today, via the out-of-this-world folks at Warehouse 23! ]]>
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GURPS January 26, 2018: Thank You To Bebo And GameWire For Sharing The Munchkin Collectible Card Game On F http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php/31206-January-26-2018-Thank-You-To-Bebo-And-GameWire-For-Sharing-The-Munchkin-Collectible-Card-Game-On-F?goto=newpost Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:12:28 GMT *Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:* January 26, 2018: Thank You To Bebo And GameWire For... Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

January 26, 2018: Thank You To Bebo And GameWire For Sharing The Munchkin Collectible Card Game On Facebook!

We're now roughly one month from the official release of the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, and as we build to the in-store launch of the game, our marketing team has been shipping advance copies and booster packs to our industry friends who are excited to see the finished items. The best part of these early peeks has been the infectious response; seeing our friends giggle and laugh at the silly cards and art is a rewarding experience that makes the years of work we sunk into the game worth it.

Recently, Bebo at GameWire sat down with four of the game's booster packs and opened each one on camera, demonstrating her luck at card draws; three X rarity cards in four packs is awesome! Check out the video, and then like and follow GameWire and the official Munchkin Collectible Card Game Facebook page to learn more about the game. And don't forget to check whether your local store is holding a prerelease event this weekend!

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Phil Reed

Warehouse 23 News: You Might Get Your Hands Stamped .*.*. Literally!

In a rough establishment, danger is just a spilled drink away. And when heroes visit GURPS Encounters: The Harrowed Hearts Club, there are lots of ways for mayhem to ensue. A crazy night out is just a download away, thanks to Warehouse 23! ]]>
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