Steve Jackson Games
Steve Jackson Games, the house that Munchkin built, is one of those rare companies that works on almost complete transparency. The company is very good about publicly posting what they are working on, how much money was generated for each project, and what is in store for the future. For those interested in the inner workings of the board game industry, SJG has just posted their 2018 Report to Stakeholders, with a detailed post mortem of all that went down last year – the good, the bad and the ugly. In short, Steve Jackson had a good year, coming out just a smidge lower than 2017, with several good projects such as Kickstarter’s successful The Fantasy Trip, and the continued expansion of the Munchkin Universe. The low point was the ill-fated Muchkin Collectible Card Game, which struggled to find an audience despite good designers and mechanisms. For all the juicy details, check out the Stakeholder Report here.
Pocket Box Games, as they sound, are games designed for and packaged in small plastic boxes that are easily transported so you can bring them with you anywhere. How big are the boxes? They measure a mere 4.25 inches in one direction, 7.25 inches in the other, and only 2 inches thick. This puts it in the same size class as the Tiny Epic series of games, meaning they will be highly portable and you could easily bring several of them without much effort. But enough about the box, what about the games?
The games they are packaging in these boxes are what really bring back the 80’s as they are reprinting classic SJG titles for these boxes. The initial titles (not including stretch goals) are Illuminati, Ogre, GEV, Battlesuit, Car Wars, Truck Stop, and Crash City. Also since they are wanting to really relive the time, they are making minimal to no additions or changes to these games so they will play like they did back in the day, although with a “2019 Reproduction” stamp on components so you can tell editions apart. However, they did depart from the original in one way, and that’s the price. Each pocket box game will cost you $20 plus shipping, with discounts for buying in sets of 4. Also available are just empty pocket boxes themselves, that way if you have the original but the box is beat up and busted, you can just get the new and improved box at $10 per pair of boxes.
So if you are looking for some gold from Steve Jackson Games’ past in a brand new box, check out the Kickstarter page today!
One would not think that a game of the size and scope as Ogre could get any bigger, but Steve Jackson Games has just launched Ogre Battlefields on Kickstarter. It should be no surprise that the Kickstarter campaign was funded on its first day. Ogre Battlefields includes two new maps. Currently the map is double-sided, but the stretch goal will replace the double-sided map with two one-side maps, allowing for an even larger battlefield. The expansion includes new units and new counters, as well as a number of 3-D counters for classic vehicles like the Ninja, Vulcan, and Fencer-B. The rulebook contains the most up-to-date version of the rules, and nine new scenarios will have backer moving their armies across the new maps in no time. If you do not already own a copy of Ogre, you can pick one up with a special Kickstarter pledge. The Kickstarter Campaign for Ogre Battlefields end December 28 with an expected delivery in July 2019.
USAopoly has announced Munchkin Harry Potter Deluxe, a joint effort with Steve Jackson Games, bringing classic Munchkin game play into the magical world of Harry Potter. Players choose whether to be in houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, then dungeon crawl their way to level 10 collecting items and abilities along the way. Munchkin Harry Potter solemnly swears to retain the take-that nature of a classic Munchkin game, allowing players to cast spells, drink potions, or give each other detention. Munchkin Harry Potter comes with 92 Door Cards, 76 Treasure Cards, 6 double sided House Cards (allowing more than one player to be in a specific house), 12 player standees, a custom die, game board and rules. For more information, check out the game web page at USAopoly.
Steve Jackson Games has announced a second expansion to Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 – Savagery and Sorcery. This 112 card expansion introduces two new antagonists – the Space Wolves and the Thousand Sons.
Space Wolves are elite Imperial soldiers, sworn to follow the ideals of Fenris and their commander, Leman Russ. The Thousand Sons have accepted the gift of sorcery from their evil god, Tzeentch, and are spreading Chaos throughout the galaxy. Although both expansions combine well together, you don’t need the first expansion – Faith and Firepower to enjoy this one.
Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Savagery and Sorcery is designed by Andrew Hackard and features classic Munchkin art by John Kovalic. It is scheduled for release in Summer 2019.
Steve Jackson Games has announced in their latest newsletter the first expansion to Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 – Faith and Firepower. The original gave us Munchkin-esque card game insight into several factions from the iconic miniatures game, including Ultramarines, Necron, Aeldari, Ork, Death Guard and Tyranid. The new expansion adds two more factions to the mix, the Sisters of Battle and the T’au. The new expansion, like the original, is being designed by Andrew Hackard and features classic Munchkin art by John Kovalic. Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Faith and Firepower will contain 112 new cards, and should be available in Spring 2019.
Back in December we reported on a newly formed partnership between Steve Jackson Games and CMON in order for CMON to produce Munchkin themed board games. Well now we have seen the announcement of the first fruits of that labor, and that is Munchkin Dungeon. This is going to be a dungeon crawl board game set in the Munchkin universe, featuring the same classic Munchkin art, and includes a healthy dose of take that just like the other Munchkin games. Art will be handled by Munchkin veteran John Kovalic, and the design of the game will be in the talented hands of Eric M. Lang and Andrea Chiarvesio. In the game you will be exploring the dungeon and trying to gain the most treasure and levels, but you will have to take risks because whenever you flee you have to take shame which counts against you. You will also have plenty of opportunities to try and through your fellow players under the bus so betrayal will be sudden and inevitable. The person who has the most combined levels and treasure at the end will be the winner.
Look for this game to hit Kickstarter in 2019 and feature lots of Munchkin jokes, a pile of detailed minis (this IS CMON afterall), and hopefully lots of fun. You can find out more on CMON’s website and follow their Facebook page for more updates.
Steve Jackson Games has just announced a few new expansions for Munchkin!
First, booster packs for the Munchkin Collectible Card game are available with Grave Danger. Each booster pack of 12 contains one card that is rare or better! The base set of the game is for 2 players ages 10 and up, with a playing time of 20-40 minutes.
Next, you can throw a party with the Munchkin Party Pack. This box contains a 15 card expansion players can use with all of their Munchkin games, as well as 3 copies of 5 new cards that can be given out to friends as party favors.
These new sets are planned to be released in November. More information can be found here.
Steve Jackson Games have announced a spin on a classic game, a new edition of a veteran game, a classic reprint, and a new dexterity game.
Munchkin Side Quests
Munchkin Side Quests adds a short detour from killing monsters and betraying friends with a 30-card expansion that can be added to any Munchkin game. Players can get secret, in-game goals that they can complete to cash in for a reward and potentially provide a new way to win the game. It’s designed by Andrew Hackard and illustrated by Ian McGinty.
Illuminati has been Steve Jackson’s signature title since winning the Origins Award in 1982 for the Best Science Fiction Boardgame. It’s getting an update and face lift in a second edition along with a graphical revamp by Lar DeSouza.
“Two to six players compete to take control of groups ranging from the FBI and CIA to the Dentists, increasing their wealth and power for further takeovers, until one rules supreme. Every player has different victory conditions! No ploy is too devious, no stratagem too low, as you scheme your way to victory.” [source]
In Blob Lobber, 2-4 players take turns flinging Blob cards until a Bomb card lands on top of the Blobs. This allows the player to claim all enemy Blobs beneath it. Blob Lobber is designed by Brett Myers, and developed by Sam Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann.
SPANC, illustrated by Phil Foglio, will be back in print in time for it’s 10th anniversary. Players are Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls who enjoy a life of larceny and mayhem as they embark on Capers. The galaxy will throw Friendly Guard Puppies, Fiendish Death Traps, and a host of other nasties at the players as they pick up Toys, grab more Loot than anyone else, and watch out for other catgirls who want to steal what they have.
Steve Jackson Games has given Ultra PRO International exclusive rights to produce Munchkin and Munchkin: Collectible Card Game (CCG) accessories. This includes playmats, card sleeves, deck boxes, albums, binders, card pages, zippered gaming cases, dice bags, life counters, dice, and tokens . However, only playmats, Deck Boxes, and Deck Protector sleeves are expected this year.
Ultra PRO have also agreed to make limited-run prizes available for the Munchkin: CCG organized play events. You can find more information on the Steve Jackson Games news site.
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