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September 17, 2018: Announcing Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Faith And Firepower

Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Faith and FirepowerWe are announcing an expansion to Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, including the T'au Empire and Adepta Sororitas (Sisters of Battle) as new Armies. This 112-card expansion will be out next spring. For more information, read today's Daily Illuminator and visit the expansion's web page.

-- Andrew Hackard

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September 10, 2018: Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 Design Diaries

I've been posting a series of "Design Diaries," short essays about the creation and development of Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 (including peeks at some of the art and cards from the game). There are three so far, with more planned – go take a look!

-- Andrew Hackard

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September 3, 2018: Labor Day!

We're all off work today, enjoying a day off before we all have to come back and finish our prep for a strong fourth quarter. I'm taking an extra day off this year, after wrapping up most of the work on Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, but I'll be back in the office Wednesday to start working on the next set of Munchkin games and expansions for 2019. We've got a good schedule coming up and we'll be sharing it with you in the coming months!

Speaking of 2019, you guys really responded well to Munchkin Starfinder hitting your local game stores . . . so well, in fact, that we had to rush back to the factory for a quick reprint! If your local store can't stock the game, have them check back with us early next year; it should be available then. Or you could point them at the Munchkin Starfinder I Want It All! box, containing everything we made for the Munchkin Starfinder Kickstarter. We aren't planning to reprint that one when it sells out, and we're down to our last few hundred, so don't let that deal drift away!

-- Andrew Hackard

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August 27, 2018: Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 Milestone Achieved

Munchkin Warhammer 40,000We've been posting a lot of Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 news over on the Daily Illuminator – if you aren't reading that, you should! – but I saved this one for you loyal Munchkin fans. Last week, I turned over raw card text to Alex Fernandez, the layout artist on the game. Except for a couple of specific things I need to write for the rules (such as the example of play, which can't be written until the cards are basically set), this means that the entire game is in production.

What does that mean for me? Well, first, it means I have an actual laid-out set of cards to check, the first time I've been able to see the art and text together and make sure it all works "in context." It also means that I can take a short minute to breathe and then contemplate the next few projects . . . which I can't talk about yet, except to say that Phil Reed had a VERY productive set of meetings at Gen Con and I'm looking forward to an extremely busy autumn.

And we aren't quite done playtesting Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 yet! We're playing it once a day at PAX West this weekend (more info about that in tomorrow's Daily Illuminator) and will be testing it around Austin as well. We sure hope those tests don't reveal major problems, but we expect minor tweaks right up until this game has to go to print, and playtesting is an important step in hammering out the last few dents.

If you want a full status report on a whole lot of things we've been talking about lately, check out my most recent "Munchkin Musings" post. And come back here next week for the latest blast of Munchkin-specific news!

-- Andrew Hackard

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August 20, 2018: Playmats And Unicorns And Pre-Orders, Oh My!

We have several items available for pre-order on Warehouse 23:

  • Munchkin Mat of Mayhem reprint. So many of you bought the first run of the Mat of Mayhem that we ran out way faster than we expected. We checked with the factory and they could make more at a reasonable price, so that's what we did! This is a 24" x 24" playmat with Munchkin bonuses for every player. $25.
  • Munchkin Shakespeare Globe Theatre Playmat. This was the final stretch goal for the Munchkin Shakespeare Kickstarter, and we didn't quite get there, but so many people have asked about this since then that we decided to find a way to make it available. This Level tracker has room for your Door, Treasure, and Dungeon cards, plus an inspirational quote from Hamlet. (Inspiration not guaranteed.) 24" x 24" playmat, $25.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin Playmat. Back when the West was young, we thought about producing a Deluxe version of The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin. We decided not to do that, but we did design a gameboard for it. While clearing off computers to make room for Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 files, our production team turned up this art, and we decided to offer it as a playmat rather than let the work disappear forever. 24" x 14" playmat, $20.

All of these pre-orders close on September 4, 2018.

I also wanted to remind you that if you missed the Munchkin Unicorns and Friends Kickstarter, you have another chance; pre-orders are open on BackerKit right now and we'll be happy to add your game to our print order. These close at the end of September, but why take a chance on forgetting? Head over there now!

-- Andrew Hackard

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August 13, 2018: Duck!

Munchkin Fowl PlayMunchkin Fowl Play is appearing in game stores near you or on Warehouse 23, for those of you too scared of waterfowl to venture outdoors. This 15-card set features John Kovalic's art on all sorts of bird-themed cards: ducks, turkeys, and chickens. It has original Munchkin backs but will go well with any Munchkin game you happen to own. Take a gander at Munchkin Fowl Play!

-- Andrew Hackard

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August 6, 2018: Gen Con Is Over For Another Year

But boy, was it a good one!

We announced Munchkin Crazy Cooks, which will be heading to the shelves of your local Barnes & Noble very soon (and is available for pre-order right now!), and a little game called Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 that will debut next spring at game stores everywhere (including Warehouse 23). A few lucky fans even got to playtest it with me! Our booth was busy the entire convention with Munchkin Collectible Card Game demos and a whole bunch of regional qualifiers met in the first ever Munchkin CCG championship. I had a meeting with Eric Lang, from CMON, about their upcoming game, Munchkin Dungeon. We had another successful Munchkin Tavern -- thanks again to John Kovalic, Lar deSouza, Eric Lang, and Howard Tayler for coming by the Tavern to sign games for the fans!

And that's just the stuff I can tell you about! Closed-door meetings were had and secret plans were hatched and it all adds up to a whole lot more Munchkin goodness in the months to come.

Today, the SJ Games crew is flying back to Austin and a well-deserved couple of days off before we all jump back into making sure the rest of 2018 is awesome and leads into an equally awesome 2019. This has been a bit of a rough year for us and I know this will help us end it on a high note.

We all look forward to seeing you at Gen Con 2019!

-- Andrew Hackard

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