If you'll be at Gen Con this weekend, make sure to come see us in our new location at booth 1413 for a variety of demos and show-and-tell of new and upcoming releases. And don't forget to come to the Munchkin Tavern – great food, cold drinks, awesome swag, and signings by special guests at 7:30 every night Thursday through Saturday.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone!
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This past weekend, I attended Board Game Bash, a small convention that has been run the past several years here in Austin. This year, the convention was down the road from the office, which made it more convenient than ever!
In addition to the usual run of demos and handshakes, I got to playtest a couple of small Munchkin expansions scheduled for 2018, and Devin was there with the Munchkin Collectible Card Game.
Thanks to Austin MIB Seth for his hard work, and thanks as always to Jonathan Grabert for organizing a fantastic, fun weekend!Share this post!
If you don't already have a badge, you're already out of luck for Saturday and Sunday: Gen Con is reporting that they've sold out of four-day badges and Saturday and Sunday one-day badges, for the first time in the history of the con. But (as of this writing, anyway) you still have a little time to pick up Thursday and Friday badges if you're slacking. [August 2 edit: Thursday has now sold out!] They will not sell badges on-site, so you have to preorder if you want to come see our booth (1413) at the show.
Of course, if you just want to join us in the evenings at the Munchkin Tavern, you don't need a badge for that . . . just an empty tummy, a full wallet, and an appetite for fun. We'll have signings every night and some cool announcements Thursday night that you won't want to miss! Be the first person in your group to find out what's coming in 2018!
And if you can't be at Gen Con – which we know is most of you – you can keep up with all our news on our various social media channels. Head over to news.sjgames.com for all our social media info and stay connected even when you can't be right there with us. (When I put it like that, it sounds a little creepy . . .)Share this post!
No, I'm not just talking about the mid-July climate in Austin. We had some a bunch of stuff move forward last week!
Munchkin Collectible Card Game: The core game left production and went to Miranda Horner for prepress checks. This is a vital step in making sure we haven't made any dumb mistakes, or at least that we really meant to make them if we did. Once Miranda is satisfied that everything is perfect (spoiler: it's never perfect), it will go to a premortem meeting where a team dissects every card and every page of rules to see if we can do things even better. This is one of our most important releases in years, so we're going to be extra picky. More news about this when we have news to share!
Munchkin in 2018: We had a premortem for our first 2018 Munchkin release, and it should be going to print in the next couple of days. Woo! I would love to tell you what it is, but we're saving that announcement for the Munchkin Tavern. I playtested a couple of other 2018 Munchkin sets with some of my tolerant co-workers, and their feedback has already been very helpful in refining my ideas and getting these expansions ready to move to the next steps. Steve's been hard at work on his own 2018 Munchkin projects, which I can't tell you about in any detail except to say that they're awesome and are going to make a very big splash when we're finally ready to announce them.
Munchkin Special Delivery: You guys are wonderful. Thank you for all the support you gave our little "flash" Kickstarter! We've got the box order ready to go (it may have gone in by the time you read this!) and I've worked up revised, expanded cookbooks for the swag that will go inside. Will we have more Munchkin Kickstarter projects? Make sure to follow our social media feeds to find out!
Munchkin at Gen Con: We had our first pre-Gen Con meeting, where we learned we will be running a lot of Munchkin in our booth at Gen Con 50. Munchkin Shakespeare Deluxe will be a star of the show, of course, but our Munchkin table will host some other games over the con, possibly including some things you don't know about yet . . .
That's enough for one week, I think . . . but I have to hit the ground running this week if I want to keep up with all the new things that are coming my way. The fun never stops!
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Looking for a lot of Munchkin at a reasonable price? Did you miss out on Munchkin Special Delivery when it was on Warehouse 23? You have a second chance to grab over $80 of Munchkin swag at a low price in a convenient, custom shipping box! Go back the Munchkin Special Delivery Kickstarter today, July 17, before noon . . . after that, you really are missing out!Share this post!
Apologies to those in the Southern Hemisphere who are feeling left out of the above title.
I'm still on vacation and won't officially be back in the office until tomorrow, but I'm already looking at my plans for later this year.
This upcoming weekend, I'll be spending a lot of time playing games with old friends and new at a friend's "house convention." I'm looking forward to trying some new games and even some prototypes, and I might just bring a game or two of my own to show off.
Board Game Bash, Austin's premier gaming weekend, is moving to the south side very near the office (and therefore very near my new house), so I'm planning to spend some time there rolling dice and playing cards.
After that, my next convention is Gen Con 50. My plans for this year are to do a lot of chatting with people, some of whom will have microphones, and of course to be at the Munchkin Tavern making sure everyone's having a fun time. This year, instead of having the special hosted dinners, we're doing our signings at the Tavern, so bring an appetite and something for us to scribble on . . . and if you forget, the Tavern Store will be set up to fill your soul as we empty your pockets.
I'm currently planning a Labo(u)r Day trip up to Toronto for a return to Fan Expo Canada. No idea what exactly I'll be doing there, just yet, but I'm sure it will involve a combination of talking on panels and playing games. More information on this as it gets closer!
I have one more definite convention trip planned for later this year, but it's not 100% confirmed yet so I'll hold off on talking about it. Y'all might want to send me cheesesteak recommendations, just in case . . . And there's other travel that may or may not happen, but if it does, it will be awesome!
When I'm not on the road, of course, I'll be in the office working on our 2018 Munchkin plans and even starting to put together the 2019 schedule. I'll also be devoting more time to work on the Munchkin Collectible Card Game, which I can't wait to start showing off. Our team's been working hard on it while I've been busy on other projects (did I mention I'm almost done writing my 2018 sets? No? Well, that would be bragging, wouldn't it), and it's time for all of us to pool our talents and get this game off to print!Share this post!
We're closed July 3 and 4 in celebration of the Independence Day holiday in the U.S. The office will reopen on Wednesday, July 5 (but I actually won't be back until July 11, as I'm taking a vacation before diving headfirst into prep for Gen Con and the Munchkin Tavern).
See you later this week!Share this post!