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Steve Jackson Games

Steve Jackson Games (SJGames) is a game company, founded in 1980 by Steve Jackson, that creates and publishes role-playing, board, and card games, and (until 2019) the gaming magazine Pyramid.

Steve Jackson Games
TypePrivate
IndustryGame publisher
Founded1980
FounderSteve Jackson
Headquarters
Austin, Texas,
United States
Key people
Steve Jackson
ProductsMunchkin, Chez Geek, Car Wars, Ogre, GURPS
RevenueUS$6.6 million gross (2015)
OwnerSteve Jackson
Number of employees
43 full time (2015)
Websitewww.sjgames.com/

Contents

Founded in 1980, six years after the creation of Dungeons & Dragons, SJ Games created several role-playing and strategy games with science fiction themes. SJ Games' early titles were microgames initially sold in 4×7 inch ziploc bags, and later in the similarly sized Pocket Box. Games such as Ogre, Car Wars, and G.E.V (an Ogre spin-off) were popular during SJ Games' early years. Game designers such as Loren Wiseman and Jonathan Leistiko have worked for Steve Jackson Games.

Today SJ Games publishes a variety of games, such as card games, board games, strategy games, and in different genres, such as fantasy, sci-fi, and gothic horror. They also published the book Principia Discordia, the sacred text of the Discordian religion.

Raid by the Secret Service

On March 1, 1990, the Secret Service raided the offices of Steve Jackson Games, seizing three computers, two laser printers, dozens of floppy disks, and the master copy of GURPS Cyberpunk; a genre toolkit for cyberpunk games, written by Loyd Blankenship, the hacker and an employee at the time. The Secret Service believed that Blankenship had illegally accessed Bell South systems, and uploaded a document possibly affecting 9-1-1 systems onto Steve Jackson Games's public bulletin board system; and, furthermore, that GURPS Cyberpunk would help others commit computer crimes. During their investigation, the Secret Service also read (and deleted) private emails on one of the computers. Though the materials were later returned in June, Steve Jackson Games filed suit in federal court, winning at trial.

The raid helped form the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which was founded in July 1990.

Kickstarter project

In April–May 2012, Steve Jackson Games ran a successful Kickstarter.com campaign for a new "Designer's Edition" of Ogre. The final game was planned to weigh 14 pounds or more, partly because the high level of extra funding achieved in the kickstarter enabled significant game additions.

Steve Jackson Games' main product line, in terms of sales, is the Munchkin card game, followed by the role-playing system GURPS.

Card games

  • Battle Cattle The Card Game, a card game, compatible with the Car Wars card game, based on the Battle Cattle miniatures system.
  • Burn In Hell, a semi-satirical game centered on collecting 'circles' of notable historical and contemporary people's (sinners') souls that share common characteristics.
  • Car Wars: The Card Game, a card game version of the Car Wars miniatures system.
  • Chez Geek, a card-game parody of Geek culture with many spinoffs and expansions:
  • Cowpoker, a card game partly based on poker mechanics with a central theme of old west cattle ranchers.
  • Dino Hunt, a card game where players travel through time to capture dinosaurs. Features over a hundred dinosaurs with color drawings and accurate scientific data on each one.
  • Hacker, a modern-day card game based on the mechanics of Illuminati.
    • Hacker II: The Dark Side
  • Illuminati, a game of competing conspiracies, based largely on the Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson. Originally published in microgame format followed by three numbered expansions. Later published in a full-sized box with expansions 1 and 2 as Deluxe Illuminati. Expansion 3 would later be reprinted as Illuminati: Brainwash.
    • Illuminati: Y2K - all-card expansion for Deluxe Illuminati
    • Illuminati: Bavarian Fire Drill - all-card expansion for Deluxe Illuminati
    • Illuminati: New World Order (INWO), the collectible card game based on concepts in Illuminati.
    • Illuminati Crime Lords, a mafia-based variation on Illuminati which combines gameplay elements of the original Illuminati and INWO.
  • King's Blood, a Japanese card game originally published by Kadokawa Shoten.
  • Lord of the Fries, a game of zombies attempting to assemble orders in a fast-food restaurant. Originally designed by James Ernest and published by Cheapass Games.
  • Munchkin, a card-game parody of hack-and-slash roleplaying with many spinoffs (all able to be mixed with the original). and expansions:
  • Ninja Burger, a fast-paced ninja delivery card game based on the Ninja Burger website.
  • Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls (SPANC), a light-hearted competition between starship crews of cat girls in search of toys and loot.
  • Spooks, a Halloween-themed card game where players try to get rid of cards from their hands.

Board games

  • The Awful Green Things from Outer Space, designed by Tom Wham and originally published by TSR.
  • Car Wars, futuristic battles between automobiles.
  • Dork Tower, a fantasy game that takes place in the world the Dork Tower characters play their games in.
  • Frag, "a first-person shooter without a computer".
  • Globbo, a black comedy game about a murderous alien babysitter.
  • GreedQuest, a light, randomized romp through a simple dungeon to gain loot.
  • Knightmare Chess, a chess variant played with cards. Translation of the French Tempête sur l'Echiquier published by Ludodelire.
  • Kung Fu 2100, a simple game of hand-to-hand combat where players use martial arts to smash their way into the CloneMaster's fortress.
  • Munchkin Quest, a boardgame variation of the Munchkin card games
  • Nanuk, a boardgame of bidding and bluffing, centered on Inuit hunters.
  • Necromancer, a fantasy game for two players, in which each player becomes a powerful wizard controlling the forces of the Undead.
  • Ogre, the classic simulation of future war involving a cybernetic armored juggernaut firing nuclear weapons. Designed by Jackson, and originally published by Metagaming Concepts.
    • Battlesuit, a spin-off of Ogre and G.E.V. featuring infantry using powered armor inspired by Starship Troopers.
    • G.E.V., a spin-off of Ogre focusing on futuristic but "conventional" infantry, artillery, and armor units.
    • Shockwave, an Ogre/G.E.V. expansion set with new units and a new map.
    • Ogre Reinforcements Pack, an Ogre/G.E.V. expansion set with new rules and replacement pieces and maps.
    • Battlefields, an Ogre/G.E.V. expansion set with new rules, pieces, and maps.
  • One Page Bulge, a simulation of the German Ardennes Offensive in 1944, with the rules printed on a single page.
  • Proteus, a chess variant using dice to represent normal chess pieces.
  • Revolution, a blind-bidding area-majority game.
  • Snits, two classic Tom Wham games, Snit's Revenge and Snit Smashing, both originally published by TSR.
  • Star Traders, a game where players race through space to deliver cargoes.
  • The Stars Are Right, a boardgame where players attempt to change a 5×5 tileboard through the use of cards, and gaining victory points based on certain constellations of symbols.
  • Strange Synergy, a game where teams of warriors battle with a different set of powers each game.
  • Tile Chess, a multiplayer chess variant played without a chess board.
  • X-Bugs, a combat game where futuristic bugs are represented by colorful tiddly winks.

Role-playing games

Miniatures

Computer games

  • Autoduel, an action arcade game with role-playing elements. Published by Origin Systems, Inc.
  • Ogre A computer version of the Ogre board game. Published by Origin Systems, Inc.
  • Ultracorps An online space strategy game originally developed by VR-1.

Dice games

  • Cthulhu Dice, a custom dice game where the faces are Cthulhu symbols, including the Eye of Horus, the Yellow Sign, the Elder Sign, Cthulhu, and Tentacle. You roll the dice to compete with others to be the last sane person left.
  • Zombie Dice, a custom dice game where the faces are Brains, Shotgun Blasts and Feet. The goal is to push your luck stacking up zombie kills before your buddies.
  • Proteus, a custom dice game where the faces of the dice represent chess pieces. The goal is to change your pawns into higher pieces and take over all your buddies' pieces.

Publication history

Gaming magazines produced by Steve Jackson Games have included:

  • The Space Gamer (1980-1985) – Steve Jackson took over the magazine from Metagaming Concepts with issue #27, and transferred the magazine to SJGames in 1982; the final SJGames issue was #76 in 1985, and the rights were sold to Diverse Talents Inc.
  • Fire & Movement (1982-1985) - a wargaming magazine purchased from Baron Publishing - sold to Diverse Talents in 1985
  • Autoduel Quarterly (1983-1992) - home for Car Wars material moved from The Space Gamer
  • Fantasy Gamer (1983-1984) - short-lived magazine split from Space Gamer
  • Roleplayer (1986-1993) - replaced The Space Gamer as the company's periodical for their fan base until SJGames started the new generalist magazine Pyramid
  • Pyramid (1993-1998) - published for 30 issues as a print magazine
  • Pyramid, volume 2 (1998-2008) – published as an online, weekly, subscription-based magazine
  • Journal of the Travellers Aid Society (starting 2000) - SJGames resurrected Game Designers' Workshop's old magazine as an online magazine
  • d20 Weekly (2002-2003) – an online magazine devoted to the d20 market
  • Pyramid, volume 3 (starting 2008) - a PDF-only version of the magazine

In Uplink, a 2001 computer hacking simulation game by British software company Introversion Software, there is a company named Steve Jackson Games. While this company may occasionally offer hacking contracts to the player, its main feature is a Public Access Server which, if accessed, displays the following information:

Steve Jackson Games

Public Access Server

ATTENTION

This computer system has been seized
by the United States Secret Service
in the interests of National Security.

Your IP has been logged.

This jokingly refers to the 1990 raid by the US Secret Service. As noted in the Ultimate Uplink Guide, this was "put into the game because of the Secret Service Raid on the company, for supposedly making a 'Hacking Guide'. This guide was actually a work of total fiction for a game the company was making, and contained technology that didn't even exist".

  1. Jackson, Steve. "Report to the Stakeholders: 2015". Steve Jackson Games. RetrievedMarch 23, 2017.
  2. Gross, Joe. "FnordCon celebrates 39 years of Steve Jackson Games". Austin 360. Retrieved2020-08-27.
  3. "The Maverick's Classic Microgame Museum". Retrieved2007-08-30.
  4. "Loren WISEMAN 1951 - 2017 - Obituary". Austin American-Statesman. 4 April 2017. Retrieved2020-08-27 – via Legacy.com.
  5. Markoff, John (June 3, 1990). "Drive to Counter Computer Crime Aims at Invaders". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved2018-03-04.
  6. Lewis, Peter H. (September 9, 1990). "The Executive Computer; Can Invaders Be Stopped but Civil Liberties Upheld?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved2018-03-04.
  7. Peterson, John (2015-05-08). "Your cyberpunk games are dangerous". Boing Boing. Retrieved2018-03-04.
  8. McGuire, Morgan; Jenkins, Odeste Chadwicke (2009). Creating games: mechanics, content, and technology. Wellesley, Mass.: A K Peters. p. 506. ISBN 9781568813059. OCLC 212627362.
  9. Giallonardo, Nicole (Fall 1995). "Steve Jackson Games v. United States Secret Service: The Government's Unauthorized Seizure of Private E-mail Warrants More Than the Fifth Circuit's Slap on the Wrist". John Marshall J. Inf. Technol. Priv. Law. 14 (1): 179–208.
  10. Sterling, Bruce (1993). The hacker crackdown : law and disorder on the electronic frontier. New York: Bantam. ISBN 055356370X. OCLC 30469826.
  11. James, Geoffrey (May 8, 2012). "Crowdfunding Lessons from a Kickstarter Success". Inc.com.
  12. Kuchera, Ben (May 9, 2012). "Steve Jackson's Ogre wins at Kickstarter: more games will be printed, and each game will be better". Penny Arcade Report.
  13. "Ogre Designer's Edition". Kickstarter.
  14. Steve Jackson Games 2007 Report to the Stakeholders from SJGames' official website
  15. Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. pp. 102–113. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  16. The Ultimate Uplink Guide. Retrieved 2014-10-07.

Steve Jackson Games
Steve Jackson Games Language Watch Edit Steve Jackson Games SJGames is a game company founded in 1980 by Steve Jackson that creates and publishes role playing board and card games and until 2019 the gaming magazine Pyramid Steve Jackson GamesTypePrivateIndustryGame publisherFounded1980FounderSteve JacksonHeadquartersAustin Texas United StatesKey peopleSteve JacksonProductsMunchkin Chez Geek Car Wars Ogre GURPSRevenueUS 6 6 million gross 1 2015 OwnerSteve JacksonNumber of employees43 full time 2015 1 Websitewww sjgames com Contents 1 History 1 1 Raid by the Secret Service 1 2 Kickstarter project 2 Games published 2 1 Card games 2 2 Board games 2 3 Role playing games 2 4 Miniatures 2 5 Computer games 2 6 Dice games 3 Magazines 3 1 Publication history 4 Mentions in third party media 5 References 6 External linksHistory EditFounded in 1980 six years after the creation of Dungeons amp Dragons SJ Games created several role playing and strategy games with science fiction themes 2 SJ Games early titles were microgames initially sold in 4 7 inch ziploc bags and later in the similarly sized Pocket Box 3 Games such as Ogre Car Wars and G E V an Ogre spin off were popular during SJ Games early years Game designers such as Loren Wiseman and Jonathan Leistiko have worked for Steve Jackson Games 4 Today SJ Games publishes a variety of games such as card games board games strategy games and in different genres such as fantasy sci fi and gothic horror They also published the book Principia Discordia the sacred text of the Discordian religion Raid by the Secret Service Edit Main article Steve Jackson Games Inc v United States Secret Service On March 1 1990 the Secret Service raided the offices of Steve Jackson Games 5 seizing three computers two laser printers dozens of floppy disks and the master copy of GURPS Cyberpunk a genre toolkit for cyberpunk games written by Loyd Blankenship the hacker and an employee at the time 6 The Secret Service believed that Blankenship had illegally accessed Bell South systems and uploaded a document possibly affecting 9 1 1 systems onto Steve Jackson Games s public bulletin board system 7 and furthermore that GURPS Cyberpunk would help others commit computer crimes 8 During their investigation the Secret Service also read and deleted private emails on one of the computers 9 Though the materials were later returned in June Steve Jackson Games filed suit in federal court winning at trial The raid helped form the Electronic Frontier Foundation which was founded in July 1990 2 10 Kickstarter project Edit In April May 2012 Steve Jackson Games ran a successful Kickstarter com campaign for a new Designer s Edition of Ogre 11 12 The final game was planned to weigh 14 pounds or more partly because the high level of extra funding achieved in the kickstarter enabled significant game additions 13 Games published EditSteve Jackson Games main product line in terms of sales is the Munchkin card game followed by the role playing system GURPS 14 Card games Edit Battle Cattle The Card Game a card game compatible with the Car Wars card game based on the Battle Cattle miniatures system Burn In Hell a semi satirical game centered on collecting circles of notable historical and contemporary people s sinners souls that share common characteristics Car Wars The Card Game a card game version of the Car Wars miniatures system Chez Geek a card game parody of Geek culture with many spinoffs and expansions Cowpoker a card game partly based on poker mechanics with a central theme of old west cattle ranchers Dino Hunt a card game where players travel through time to capture dinosaurs Features over a hundred dinosaurs with color drawings and accurate scientific data on each one Hacker a modern day card game based on the mechanics of Illuminati Hacker II The Dark Side Illuminati a game of competing conspiracies based largely on the Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson Originally published in microgame format followed by three numbered expansions Later published in a full sized box with expansions 1 and 2 as Deluxe Illuminati Expansion 3 would later be reprinted as Illuminati Brainwash Illuminati Y2K all card expansion for Deluxe Illuminati Illuminati Bavarian Fire Drill all card expansion for Deluxe Illuminati Illuminati New World Order INWO the collectible card game based on concepts in Illuminati INWO Subgenius expansion based on Church of the Subgenius concepts which can also be played stand alone Illuminati Crime Lords a mafia based variation on Illuminati which combines gameplay elements of the original Illuminati and INWO King s Blood a Japanese card game originally published by Kadokawa Shoten Lord of the Fries a game of zombies attempting to assemble orders in a fast food restaurant Originally designed by James Ernest and published by Cheapass Games Munchkin a card game parody of hack and slash roleplaying with many spinoffs all able to be mixed with the original and expansions Ninja Burger a fast paced ninja delivery card game based on the Ninja Burger website Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls SPANC a light hearted competition between starship crews of cat girls in search of toys and loot Spooks a Halloween themed card game where players try to get rid of cards from their hands Board games Edit The Awful Green Things from Outer Space designed by Tom Wham and originally published by TSR Car Wars futuristic battles between automobiles Dork Tower a fantasy game that takes place in the world the Dork Tower characters play their games in Frag a first person shooter without a computer Globbo a black comedy game about a murderous alien babysitter GreedQuest a light randomized romp through a simple dungeon to gain loot Knightmare Chess a chess variant played with cards Translation of the French Tempete sur l Echiquier published by Ludodelire Kung Fu 2100 a simple game of hand to hand combat where players use martial arts to smash their way into the CloneMaster s fortress Munchkin Quest a boardgame variation of the Munchkin card games Nanuk a boardgame of bidding and bluffing centered on Inuit hunters Necromancer a fantasy game for two players in which each player becomes a powerful wizard controlling the forces of the Undead Ogre the classic simulation of future war involving a cybernetic armored juggernaut firing nuclear weapons Designed by Jackson and originally published by Metagaming Concepts Battlesuit a spin off of Ogre and G E V featuring infantry using powered armor inspired by Starship Troopers G E V a spin off of Ogre focusing on futuristic but conventional infantry artillery and armor units Shockwave an Ogre G E V expansion set with new units and a new map Ogre Reinforcements Pack an Ogre G E V expansion set with new rules and replacement pieces and maps Battlefields an Ogre G E V expansion set with new rules pieces and maps One Page Bulge a simulation of the German Ardennes Offensive in 1944 with the rules printed on a single page Proteus a chess variant using dice to represent normal chess pieces Revolution a blind bidding area majority game Snits two classic Tom Wham games Snit s Revenge and Snit Smashing both originally published by TSR Star Traders a game where players race through space to deliver cargoes The Stars Are Right a boardgame where players attempt to change a 5 5 tileboard through the use of cards and gaining victory points based on certain constellations of symbols Strange Synergy a game where teams of warriors battle with a different set of powers each game Tile Chess a multiplayer chess variant played without a chess board X Bugs a combat game where futuristic bugs are represented by colorful tiddly winks Role playing games Edit GURPS the Generic Universal Role Playing System GURPS Traveller GDW s Traveller based upon GURPS In Nomine a game about Angels and Demons based on the popular French role playing game In Nomine Satanis Magna Veritas Killer The Game of Assassination a variant of Assassin Munchkin RPG a series of D20 supplements based on the Munchkin card game Toon the cartoon role playing game Transhuman Space a near future science fiction setting spanning the Solar System Tribes players play cave men and women trying to protect and nurture their descendants Partly designed by science fiction author David Brin Miniatures Edit Ogre amp G E V have also been published as in miniatures wargaming format Cardboard Heroes paper miniatures Computer games Edit Autoduel an action arcade game with role playing elements Published by Origin Systems Inc Ogre A computer version of the Ogre board game Published by Origin Systems Inc Ultracorps An online space strategy game originally developed by VR 1 Dice games Edit Cthulhu Dice a custom dice game where the faces are Cthulhu symbols including the Eye of Horus the Yellow Sign the Elder Sign Cthulhu and Tentacle You roll the dice to compete with others to be the last sane person left Zombie Dice a custom dice game where the faces are Brains Shotgun Blasts and Feet The goal is to push your luck stacking up zombie kills before your buddies Proteus a custom dice game where the faces of the dice represent chess pieces The goal is to change your pawns into higher pieces and take over all your buddies pieces Magazines EditPublication history Edit Gaming magazines produced by Steve Jackson Games have included 15 The Space Gamer 1980 1985 Steve Jackson took over the magazine from Metagaming Concepts with issue 27 and transferred the magazine to SJGames in 1982 the final SJGames issue was 76 in 1985 and the rights were sold to Diverse Talents Inc Fire amp Movement 1982 1985 a wargaming magazine purchased from Baron Publishing sold to Diverse Talents in 1985 Autoduel Quarterly 1983 1992 home for Car Wars material moved from The Space Gamer Fantasy Gamer 1983 1984 short lived magazine split from Space Gamer Roleplayer 1986 1993 replaced The Space Gamer as the company s periodical for their fan base until SJGames started the new generalist magazine Pyramid Pyramid 1993 1998 published for 30 issues as a print magazine Pyramid volume 2 1998 2008 published as an online weekly subscription based magazine Journal of the Travellers Aid Society starting 2000 SJGames resurrected Game Designers Workshop s old magazine as an online magazine d20 Weekly 2002 2003 an online magazine devoted to the d20 market Pyramid volume 3 starting 2008 a PDF only version of the magazineMentions in third party media EditIn Uplink a 2001 computer hacking simulation game by British software company Introversion Software there is a company named Steve Jackson Games While this company may occasionally offer hacking contracts to the player its main feature is a Public Access Server which if accessed displays the following information Steve Jackson Games Public Access Server ATTENTION This computer system has been seized by the United States Secret Service in the interests of National Security Your IP has been logged This jokingly refers to the 1990 raid by the US Secret Service As noted in the Ultimate Uplink Guide this was put into the game because of the Secret Service Raid on the company for supposedly making a Hacking Guide This guide was actually a work of total fiction for a game the company was making and contained technology that didn t even exist 16 References Edit a b Jackson Steve Report to the Stakeholders 2015 Steve Jackson Games Retrieved March 23 2017 a b Gross Joe FnordCon celebrates 39 years of Steve Jackson Games Austin 360 Retrieved 2020 08 27 The Maverick s Classic Microgame Museum Retrieved 2007 08 30 Loren WISEMAN 1951 2017 Obituary Austin American Statesman 4 April 2017 Retrieved 2020 08 27 via Legacy com Markoff John June 3 1990 Drive to Counter Computer Crime Aims at Invaders The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved 2018 03 04 Lewis Peter H September 9 1990 The Executive Computer Can Invaders Be Stopped but Civil Liberties Upheld The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved 2018 03 04 Peterson John 2015 05 08 Your cyberpunk games are dangerous Boing Boing Retrieved 2018 03 04 McGuire Morgan Jenkins Odeste Chadwicke 2009 Creating games mechanics content and technology Wellesley Mass A K Peters p 506 ISBN 9781568813059 OCLC 212627362 Giallonardo Nicole Fall 1995 Steve Jackson Games v United States Secret Service The Government s Unauthorized Seizure of Private E mail Warrants More Than the Fifth Circuit s Slap on the Wrist John Marshall J Inf Technol Priv Law 14 1 179 208 Sterling Bruce 1993 The hacker crackdown law and disorder on the electronic frontier New York Bantam ISBN 055356370X OCLC 30469826 James Geoffrey May 8 2012 Crowdfunding Lessons from a Kickstarter Success Inc com Kuchera Ben May 9 2012 Steve Jackson s Ogre wins at Kickstarter more games will be printed and each game will be better Penny Arcade Report Ogre Designer s Edition Kickstarter Steve Jackson Games 2007 Report to the Stakeholders from SJGames official website Shannon Appelcline 2011 Designers amp Dragons Mongoose Publishing pp 102 113 ISBN 978 1 907702 58 7 The Ultimate Uplink Guide Retrieved 2014 10 07 External links EditSteve Jackson Games official web site Fantasy for Fun and Profit an article about the company from the Austin American Statesman April 18 1988 Steve Jackson Games at BoardGameGeek Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steve Jackson Games amp oldid 1052609940, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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