Steve Jackson Games

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Steve Jackson Games (SJG) is a game company that creates and publishes role-playing, board, and card games. It was founded in 1980 by Steve Jackson.

Meta-history & Background

Car Wars and Illuminati are two of SJ Games' greatest successes.

Founded six years after the birth of Dungeons & Dragons, and before the height of role-playing games, SJG created several role-playing and strategy games with sci-fi themes. SJG borrowed and expanded upon ideas pioneered by strategy game companies such as Avalon Hill and TSR. Despite these similarities, SJG had a unique feel all their own and became popular with their releases. SJG's early titles were all microgames initially sold in ziploc bags, later in similarly sized plastic shell cases. Games such as Ogre, Car Wars and G.E.V (an Ogre spin-off) were popular during SJG's early years.

Today SJG publishes games of various varieties (card games, board games, strategy games) and genres (fantasy, sci-fi, gothic horror); they also publish the book Principia Discordia, the sacred text of the Discordian religion.


Main Article: SJ Games vs. The Secret Service

On March 1 1990, SJG's offices in Austin, Texas were raided by the U.S. Secret Service. The manuscript for GURPS Cyberpunk was confiscated although this was merely coincidence and not the actual purpose of the raid at all. The raid was related to Operation Sundevil, a nationwide investigation of computer crime. More than three years later, a federal court awarded damages of $50,000 and attorneys' fees of $250,000 (amounts in USD) to SJ Games, ruling that the raid had been careless, illegal, and completely unjustified. Cyberpunk popularizer Bruce Sterling discussed the affair in his book The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier. The case also helped motivate the formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. See GURPS Cyberpunk for more information on the raid and the ensuing case.

Roleplaying games


Note: Although the heading indicates 32 GURPS Traveller publications, only 31 are shown. The missing one is Droyne Coyn Set.

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