Btw, if you are thinking of signing up to do a character, characters would be due by January 31st. They'll use a template like Paizo's NPC Codex--I'm getting that pulled together by next weekend.
Also, I'm hoping the Talented Barbarian book will be out in time to add some of those in this product, as well.
Well, there almost was another one for the SGG/RGG line, but I published it via Misfit Studios while SGG was in flux. It's Forces of Darkness, and there are another two in that line forthcoming. An upcoming RGG Waysides by Chris Harris will use the demon outlined in the first Forces of Darkness. I like cross-pollinating products...which I'll be doing in my RGG developer role with some bits from Legendary Games in the future, as well.
The Talented Adventurers of SpirosBlaak is a pdf Rogue's Gallery of characters set in SpirosBlaak and Freeport. It uses the OGC Talented Guides from Rogue Genius Games. Characters will be presented from 1st to 20th level. The funds for the project go to help some my household, my friend's, and my sister's get through the end of the year. The bulk of the funds will go to my sister and her son, who suffered a house fire this June. They lost everything, including their family pets. My sister has a house now, but she could use help in getting some bills paid and I'd like her to be able to get her teenaged son something for Christmas, as well. I'd honestly like to be able to help her a great deal. She's disabled and is a single parent. Her son's father died 13 years ago in a vehicle accident with her son in the car. She's been through some very tough times, and could really use some help.
I've had several folks volunteer to create a character, including the Talented Guides creator, Owen K.C. Stephens. Other friends who've volunteered to help include: Mike Welham, Steven Helt, Rick Hershey, Thilo Graf, Mark Gedak of Purple Duck Games, Matt Stinson, Amanda Hamon, Jacob Blackmon, Andrew and Heleen Durston, and Robert Hudson, Jr. More folks may sign up.
I hope you find the product of interest.
This is a Christina Stiles Presents product. It is not affiliated with Rogue Genius Games, though it will be using OGC from RGG.
Morgan forgot to mention his own zine, Yggdrassil, which is looking for manuscripts in the future, though it's not a paying market. Still, you will have to meet the requirements to get in, just as you do with Wayfinder.
Honestly, most publishers are open to queries. If you can sell me on an idea in under 400 words, then I'm willing to hear you out. Note that I develop for Rogue Genius Games and Misfit Studios, in addition to doing projects via Christina Stiles Presents. It doesn't matter to me if you are a named author or not. Your query will have indications as to whether or not you can write. If you are very happy with what Little Red Goblin Games produces, then by all means contact Scott. He IS a great guy. Creighton Broadhurst of Raging Swan put out an open call the other day. He's also someone you might consider pinging. Mark Gedak of Purple Duck, Louis Porter of LPJ Designs, Rick Hershey of Fat Goblin Games, Steve Russell of Rite Publishing, Wolfgang Baur of Kobold Press, and so on. If you see the name in the Compatibles section, then the publisher is likely looking for freelancers--Legendary Games would be the exception, as that's an elite group of guys who have published with Paizo.
Just know, up front, that game writing isn't a get-rich-quick type of writing. You should be offered a per-word rate or a royalty. Many of us choose to offer royalty payments because we never know exactly how a pdf will do in the market. That's just the way it is.
Hope that helps.
Not to threadjack from my own company's thread, but....
I'm going to do book of Talented characters based on the RGG Talented Guides. It will be called The Talented Adventurers of SpirosBlaak. It will be a Rogue's Gallery that some of you requested, but just for the Talented classes available--and hopefully the barbarian.
This is a charity product, and it will go up on IndieGoGo. The funds go to help me and my husband purchase some medicine (I'm the only one working in my household, and have been for almost 3 years--my husband is on 16 meds, and I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic; we spend about $350 in meds a month); help an unemployed friend pay a bill or two; and to help my disabled, single-parent sister pay some bills and provide her son something for Christmas--her house burned down in June, and though she has a house now, she's having trouble making ends meet; the insurance only helped so much.
Names who have agreed to provide characters so far: My RGG boss, the very TALENTED, Owen Stephens; RPG Superstars Mike Welham and Steven Helt; Rick Hershey of Fat Goblin Games; my good friend Robert Hudson, who has written several Pathfinder products that are coming down the pike; Mark Gedak of Purple Duck Games; and Carlos Ovalle and Chris Harris, who have both done work for RGG, my other publishing venues, and Kobold Press. I'll have some more names, I'm sure.
Even better: You CAN buy in to write a character--or more--yourself! Familiarity with the Talented Guides is required. Familiarity with SpirosBlaak (available through Misfit Studios) is not necessary, as I can fit your character to the setting. It's an Open Game setting, btw, and I hope to convince Owen to include it in whatever campaign world I can talk him into creating over the next few years. Btw, Freeport exists within this realm, so Freeport is a viable setting. Just keep to the Open Game Content on Freeport, if you go that route.
I'll post news in the COMPATIBLE thread when it goes live.
Matt J Harris wrote:
Matt, not to steal thunder from RGG, but in my role as developer for Misfit Studios, we have done that with the SpirosBlaak setting. We are getting that ready for a Pathfinder release in 2014, but as a 3.5 book, it is still very useful. The Bite Me! project on lycanthropes is attached to that goal, as that upcoming book and related pdfs (like Wereblooded by Ben McFarland) are about making the lycanthropes playable PC races.
Also, note that Todd Stewart is on board to do many a planar thing for RGG. :)
EDIT: I'm feeling like we need an RGG blog to let folks know what's in the pipeline.
That's something Owen and I have briefly discussed. Making the time for it is going to be the biggest problem.
One of the things I plan to bring to the RGG table is some exploration into other gaming systems. I love RPGs!
Obviously, fans have to make them viable to support the efforts, but we will see where it goes. Btw, Rogue Mage, one of the games I've produced for Misfit Studios, is an M&M game, though 2e with tweaks. I wouldn't exclude M&M from my list of games to support.
We are going rogue, so anything is possible.:)
Distant Scholar wrote:
See, rogues are good at helping people part with their money!
The Four Horsemen--a group that includes Steven Helt, the current RPG Superstar--have created four Flesh Golem Variants for my publication house.
The Crawling Horror: An amalgamation of smaller golems that moves rapidly on broken fingers and shattered ankles. It can split apart from the main golem when the golem is critically struck.
Spiritflesh Golem: A stitched-together, incorporeal golem that can change others to incorporeal creatures. Though mindless, it carries an imprint of the lives it once had.
Stitch Golem: Crafted from the limbs and torsos of dozens of soldiers by practitioners of dark magic, the stitch golem works on the battlefield, dismembering enemy troops and mending friendly ones with the spare parts of fallen warriors.
Witchflesh Golem: An abomination of murdered or stolen bodies of witches, hags, and their familiars, the witchflesh golem can bring to bear malevolent hexes against enemies
These will be up on the Paizo estore soon. Also, publishers, I'll be releasing the artwork (by Jacob Blackmon) as licensable stock art very soon.
Liz Courts wrote:
Oh, I certainly know, Liz. :) I can still dedicate the book to you, though, right?
Umbral Reaver wrote:
Not to thread jack, but I hope you are seeing someone in regard to depression. I have bouts of it myself, and I think a lot of creative people do. I see a counselor and am on medication. Please take care of yourself so you can fulfill your dreams, including writing.
Todd hasn't mentioned it, but I asked him if he'd be willing to write planar material for me--thus this thread. Obviously, Todd want to do more official Paizo material, so he hopes to get more Paizo contracts in that regard. Otherwise, we are looking for what he can do for me as a 3pp. In terms of a planar AP, that would be something more up my alley in writing. We've discussed.
In case you missed the Paizo Store Blog post, I recently released Bite Me! Wereblooded by Ennie -winning author Ben McFarland. These aren't shifters but the scions of natural lycanthropes and humanoids, and there is a playable monstrous humanoid version of the race, as well. I will be releasing more options for lycanthrope characters and related races over the next few weeks. These can be complementary options to what Paizo's book will present.
Heine Stick wrote:
October truly is a month of horrors for Pathfinder RPG. Blood of the Moon, which should be a helpful tome for lycanthropy-focused horror games; This Unhallowed Kickstarter; and Legendary Games's Gothic compilation Kickstarter. I like it!
Don't forget the Bite Me! PDFs on lycanthropes! Btw, Tony has agreed to give information on weres in Unhallowed for the final Bite Me! Book.
Wereblooded by Ben McFarland is out now.
There will be more! I've actually asked Owen Stephens if he'd add in some more clans, and I'm hoping he'll take me up on it. Also, the advanced wererat by Mike Welham is in on my editing desk, so be on the lookout for that, as well.
Much more to come for this line!
After talking to Creighton today, I've sent up a stock art pack to OBS, and am currently waiting on the product's activation for new publishers.
The conversations here have been very interesting, especially the part about OGC. Back in the early days of the OGL, I was a big proponent of open content, and I'm still very much a supporter of that movement. The majority of my releases (whether through SGG, Misfit Studios, or Chritina Stiles Presents) will be 100% OGC text. That being said, I also want publishers interested in the material to have access to the art I used to present it, in case they want to use both in their material, so I'm doing the stock art pack with licensing--though I also admit I'm hoping sales of the art will help offset some (if not all) of my art costs. It's an experiment. We'll see what happens.
The art I'm opening for license is by Jacob Blackmon, and was used in Bite Me! Wereblooded by Ben McFarland (100% OGC text), and I've been very happy with his work. Peter Bradley of Troll Lord Games has some pieces in that pdf, but those don't belong to me, so they aren't in the pack.
Note that I just got the color pieces in on the busts today, so they aren't currently in the pdf, but I will get that updated.
Let me know your thoughts.
Just note that you can find cheaper artists, and even in the States. But definitely do use some stock art! That will save you a great deal right there. It is definitely a business that you have to build up a consistent following with--except or the rare breakout PDF. I wouldn't suggest releasing anything until you have about 3 products lined up, so folks can see some momentum, and see that you are not a fire-and-forget company.
Misfit Studios is having to reestablish a name in the d20 market, as we didn't jump on board with producing for Pathfinder until recently, but we have a d20 background. We have spent the last few years on Savage Worlds and Mutants and Masterminds, but have several things lined up to release over the next few weeks. But that has pushed back my Super Genius material.
In some ways, they are going to be hard to compete with. They're on the inside of what's taking place at Paizo via being freelancers on the actual products, and they have name association with Paizo fans who already respect their work. To top it off, they make a high-quality product to boot, and they now have Rachel Ventura as their business manager. I expect they will soon be forging well ahead of the remainder of us.
We did a 3.5 version in SpirosBlaak of variant-alignment paladins, so there is a more recent compatible product, and we are converting to Pathfinder...which will be available for download soonish. There will be a Pathfinder SB book in 2014, as well.
It's my birthday, and we are celebrating with a 99 cent sale on all Christina Stiles Presents products over at OneBookshelf (RPGNow.com/Drivethru) until the end of the week--after Mike Welham's birthday!
If you've thought about checking out some of the Waysides stuff of Mike Welham's advanced gnolls and aardvolk, now's a good time.
In honor of my birthday (today) and Mike Welham's upcoming one, I've asked Super Genius Games to put the Christina Stiles Presents pdfs on sale for a mere 99 cents each. The sales runs until Saturday morning (I will have to find out the specific time).
So, here's your chance to find out who the heck I am (because some people have asked) and to learn what Waysides are all about. The sale is also the perfect opportunity to check out Mike Welham's wonderful work on advanced races (gnolls and aardvolk).
OBS Link: Christina Stiles Presents.
Oh, and Happy Birthday, Steve Russell!