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Contributor. Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Society Member. 1,375 posts. No reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character.


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I am SO happy for you, Amanda!!! Congratulations.

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Misfit Studios has a warlock coming in the next few weeks.

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Linda, I am already your fan because of this great accomplishment. Thank you for representing us women in this industry. I hope to meet you at PaizoCon.

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3pp material is perfectly fine at my table. I use a lot of Kobold Press material now--and things from the companies I'm involved with. LPJ, Rite, Purple Duck, Raging Swan, Legendary Games, Frog God, and many others produce excellent material. I will be adding things from them all to my campaign as I move forward.

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Sorry for the slow response. Family comes first during the holidays.

So, I've responded to everyone who inquired. I have confirmation on werecrocodiles and wereravens. I've sent requests for weretigers, wereboars, and werebears.

I may be interested in other possible were races, if folks want to pitch some.

I have weremantises and weresnakes in the works right now--in addition to werewolves, wererats, weresharks, and werbats.

I may have some SpirosBlaak writing opportunities available in early spring. Thanks for the responses!I look forward to working with you all.

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Hi, all:

I'm opening up the opportunity for a freelancer who is good at writing advanced class material, as per Paizo's Advanced Race Guide. Payment is 2 cents per word upon an accepted draft (meaning, after working with the developer and editor to fix any problems) for between 8-12K word count.

Writers must be familiar with Misfit Studios's Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes to effectively write for this line.

I'm looking for writers for the following races:

Werecrocodile [Assigned]
Weretiger
Werebear
Wereraven (a race from Misfit's SpirosBlaak setting, also available in PDF for 3.X--it's being updated for Pathfinder now)

Wereboar may possibly be another needed. I have the other "standard" lycan races covered. You may pitch me something new, though. It won't get the highest priority, however.

Ping me on the message boards if interested. Let me know what you've written before in the message and what kind of deadline you could meet. You have a better shot of getting the assignment if I am already familiar with you or your work. I'll decide on the authors by 12-30.

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Thilo is absolutely a community treasure. I very much appreciate the work that he does in getting all these products thoughtfully reviewed. I am in awe of what he does. Snakes (medusa joke)off to you, Thilo!

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And Thieves World!

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The world surrounding Freeport would be a great project.

I'd like to see the Book of Fiends done, too.

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My candidate list would include Crystal Frasier (who has written Paizo adventures), Amber Scott (who has written Paizo adventures, but who likely would not leave her video-game job), Amanda Hamon-Kunz, Tracy Davis Hurley, and many of the women who formerly worked for Wotc. I'd throw in Jean Rabe, but she is happily writing novels.

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LazarX wrote:


Have you taken a look at who's sitting in the Big Chair? If you look at staff size, Paizo is pretty much a mom and pop shop compared to the average video game studio.

Yes, I know Lisa, and I know she sits in the big chair. That fact is BEYOND GREAT, certainly. I'm just saying I'd like to see at least *a* woman on the design team. Women gamers need role models on the gaming ground level, too. That's one of the reasons I do panels at cons specifically aimed at women in gaming: to let them know that women game designers exist, so they have someone to model as they move toward their own dreams.

Sometimes it takes active recruitment to make this happen. IT departments and colleges are doing it all over the US to ensure women and minorities get access to jobs they otherwise might not.

Again, my apologies to Paizo if I came off as calling them wrong, when my intent was to ask them to consider bringing in some women to the inner-workings of the game.

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Kolokotroni wrote:


I don't think anyone believes there is gender bias in the hiring practices. That isnt the point. The state of the gaming world, and the industry itself requires specific action to become more inclusive. As I mentioned, it isnt about hiring someone less qualified. It is about valuing the idea of diversity itself and deliberately seeking it out.

Yes, this.

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Hey, Paizo. You know I love you, but you have forgotten to represent us women gamers on your staff. You have zero women on your RPG design/dev team, so you are not even reaching the lowly three percent number of women designers in the video game industry. And your newest hire in editing, which is a field that women tend to dominate in general publishing, is a man. Please add some diversity in your staff. You are a leader in diversity in gaming in publishing, so please be a leader in diversity in hiring, as well.

We look to you to lead this industry against sexism.

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Not warrior women who make eunuchs?

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The purple rocked it!

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We now have War Witches & Hexmavens, Marc Radle on for an archetype, and more Rogue Genius PDFs added!

We are now pushing toward the Book of Shadows by Megan Robertson. Then, Way of the Witch PDF for Pathfinder!

Let's do this!!!!!

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Bardess wrote:
As for my babies being available in the book or somewhere else, this is the Lady Medusa's decision. :P I only offered to write them to help people decide to pledge. If I had just a bit of success, I'm happy. ^_^

We will make sure they find a home!!!!

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Yay for first Owen employee post.

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I have a 9.99 bundle of creatures valued at $56 up on RPGnow/Drivethru. Like Rick Hershey, I have an ill spouse whom I must provide for, and I could use a little help in paying for his doctor trips and 17 medicines. The bundle includes creatures for Pathfinder, Castles & Crusades, Mutants & Masterminds, and Savage Worlds. These are from Christina Stiles, Presents,Rogue Genius Games, Misfit Studios, and Louis Porter Jr. Design. It is a good deal, and I hope you will support it and/or spread the word. Thank you.

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Glad to hear you guys are back!

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1.Bard
2. Cleric
3. Oracle
4. Witch
5. Fighter

I generally play one character for a long length of time, so I haven't gotten to play the 3PP classes, let alone most of the core ones. I thought many of the things Marc Radle did for Kobold Press looked totally interesting, though.

Btw, not to derail the thread, but Misfit Studios is doing a witch/warlock kickstarter--in case you are interested. We just got Alex Augunas to work with us, since he's a Master of Pact Magic. Marc Radle will be working on something, as well, for the book, and we'll have Owen Stephens' The Talented Witch to offer backers in June or July.

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Wow, great reading!

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Timothy Brannan just added The Witch PDF to backers of $25+ on the Strange Brew Kickstarter.

Also, I've got Owen K.C. Stephens looking over what we have on the warlock so far. He'll offer up some suggestions on it. I'm hoping that if he likes it a great deal, I can talk him into writing the Talented Warlock as a stretch goal. Fingers crossed.

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Caedwyr wrote:
One of the nice things about Pathfinder 3pp is the Endzeitgeist.com resource.

I totally agree! 3PPs LOVE Endzeitgeist's thoroughness. We have a great deal of respect for what Thilo does!

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If you are wanting another world to play in, consider the Midgard Setting from Kobold Press. There are numerous settings and adventures that you can string an arc with. In fact, you can use Journeys to the West and the upcoming Freeing Nethus to form an entire sea-based campaign, filling it in with some adventures from Midgard Tales.

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Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock (Pathfinder) By Timothy Brannan

A 256-page, full-color hardback Pathfinder book on witches and warlocks, featuring spells, ritual magic, patrons, covens, familiars, an

Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock contains everything you need to play every kind of witch, warlock, or pythoness you can imagine, detailing an expansive list of new options for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. In this fantastic new tome you'll find...

•new alternate classes for the occult
•the warlock base class
•several traditions
•innovative uses for skills
•new feats
•hexes and powers
•dozens of new prestige classes
•class archetypes
•familiars and patrons
•multi-class paths
•hundreds of spells
•ritual magic
•and more—no two witches need ever be the same again!

Make your witch much more than a distaff wizard with Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock!

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Sounds interesting. Count me in.

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Playing Lycanthropes is in layout. Yes, it's been a long time in the coming. Health issues got in the way, but things are better now, and the project is moving ahead.

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Happy first day, Lord Genius!

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:


Perhaps you and Steve should form an evil coalition?

Steve's already formed an evil coalition--The Four Horsemen.

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I wasn't a backer on this project, but I met Gary briefly at PaizoCon. He was very passionate about his product. Since he's been silent, I'm just hoping everything is ok with him and his family. If something has happened to him, his relatives may not know to send updates on his projects or social media sites--I don't think my husband would, for instance. At any rate, I'm sending well wishes his way.

And in case Gary is reading, if it's a publisher issue and not a health issue you are dealing with, then feel free to reach out for help. We want to see you succeed. Let me know if there is something I can do for you.

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Oh, yes, I've given Todd the go-ahead for whatever he wants to write on planar creatures. We should be seeing more from him at some point.

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MattR1986 wrote:


No, you were trained to ask, "What do you want fries for? Does it really matter anyway? What does any of it matter? Those fries could really exist or not exist whether or not you order them. It just depends on your perspective. Oh, and you're number 14 your order will be right out."

For that, I point you to my "Existential Lunch" fiction. Ha! :)

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I'm waiting for a few things before this goes live--one of which is a video, since KS folks seem to like them.

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Sethvir wrote:
Christina Stiles wrote:
While the Lord Genius of Rogues is away, the medusa will play! ;-)

Oh cool. Does that mean more cool stuff from you like more Waysides and...and...?

More Waysides will be coming, yes. Not immediately, but they are in the queue. Race stuff, a Tome pdf, and some other things are in the works.

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While the Lord Genius of Rogues is away, the medusa will play! ;-)

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Tim will definitely be providing more information about the warlock.

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Oh, wow!!!! I just heard back from Nicole Lindroos of Green Ronin. She's IN!!!!

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Margherita Tramontano from the boards here is joining the project! She will be writing about sex and pregnancy within the game--a topic a backer requested we tackle.

Did I mention Jen Page, Filamena Young, and Lillian Cohen-Moore are in on the project, too?

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Victoria Jaczko, your newest RPG Superstar, is contributing to the book!

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Well, we sort of have a Green Ronin and Rogue Genius combo--albeit not officially. Owen and I both worked on the Freeport book. Now, if Owen will sneak some Stan! art in there, we'll cover the team. :)

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Marc Radle wrote:
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LMPjr007 wrote:
You know what is REALLY missing from 3PP? Teaming Up.

How about Legendary, and Kobold Press, and Rogue Genius?

You know, as a random example.

Sounds like the ideal 3PP team up!

Seconded!

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Some info:

I've reached out to several friends and industry women for this book. So far, I will have contributions from the following:

Jodi Black (Award-winning editor & licensing for Pinnacle Entertainment Group, makers of Savage Worlds--one of my favorite games)

Emily Care Boss (she of RPGGirl Zine)

Amanda Hamon (Paizo contributor and editor on several Kobold Press projects)

Tracy Davis Hurley (Game writer, superhero, she who incites web wars with a mere feminist word and ruins games for all men)

Monica V. Marlowe (Superhero)

Emily Mottesheard (My Rogue Mage layout guru and an accomplished artist--we'll be doing a panel on women and gaming together at Mysticon in VA in Feb)

Sabrina Pandora (Comics producer)

Amber Scott (First female Paizo AP writer MAY be joining us)

Carinn Seabolt (Game company owner and power GM)

Lj Stephens (Superhero, she who owns Owen Stephens, power GM)

Christina Stiles (Medusa, THE Feminist Conspiracy, she who writes cheesy adventures, she who adores bards, she of the great cackle, she who burns water)

Naomi Tripi (Game designer, entrepreneur, mother, fangirl, she who lives the dream, mediocre cook, and awkward dancer)

Rachel Ventura (Legendary Games's business manager, she who reads Cthulu stories at ice cream gatherings, and she of the cutest twins who ever played Faery's Tale)

Rachel Welham (teenaged PFS player and daughter of an RPG Superstar--I think this is her writing debut! Watch out gaming world!)

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Btw, some folks have asked why we are asking for 20,000.

Putting a large publication-quality book like this together is not cheap. We aren't skipping any process here. There are people who need to get paid who are involved in this project. While we all love our hobby, we want to get paid for our time.

So, who gets paid for Strange Brew?

1. Cover artist
2. Logo artist (the logo is not yet on the site)
3. Author--we wouldn't have a book without the author--and additional sign-on authors.
4. Developer--Someone needs to put everything in a cohesive order and make sure the mechanics are sound.
5. Editor--The editor ensures the book reads professionally.
6. The artists. A big chunk of the art will be done by Jacob Blackmon. I've contracted him to do 100 new images, just for the main book. Any stretch goals will require their own art, of course. Peter Bradley will do two scenes for the book, as well, and we may find some usable stock art. But 90% will be new art.
7. Layout person
8. Kickstarter takes 10%
9. A buffer for miscellaneous unexpected costs
10. Printing
11. Shipping and shipping products costs
12. Labor to help ship the product
13. Hero Lab programmer costs
Hope that helps you understand what all is involved in a book like this.

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TarkXT wrote:
Ima spread this around a bit.

Please do! There will be articles about raising gamer kids in this, too!

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I haven't updated the IGG page yet, but Amber Scott, Amanda Hamon, Rachel Ventura of Legendary Games, Carinn Seabolt, LJ Stephens (She who holds the heart strings of Owen Stephens), Jodi Black of Pinnacle Entertainment, Emily Care Boss, Monica Marlowe, Sabrina Pandora of http://www.giantgirladventures.com/, Dawn Fischer of Frog God Games, Tracy Davis Hurley, Naomi Tripp...are on board. More coming!

Please post any topics you'd like to see covered. We haven't finalized a Table of Contents. I'm just gathering interested parties at the moment. I'd love for a lady Venture Captain to write something for this.

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Hi, all: Here's a link for my IndieGoGo Medusa's Guide for Gamer Girls.

I am VERY passionate about getting more women interested our tabletop RPG hobby. I'm just as passionate about wanting to advise women on how break into the gaming industry as writers or editors, as women are often more fearful of putting themselves out there--whether it be the fear of rejection or failure. But the hobby just flat-out needs more female representation!

Now, even though I've been nicknamed THE Feminist Conspiracy, I really enjoy my male gaming friends! So note that this is not a book I will write to exclude them or degrade them; in fact, I'll seek some male perspectives on the issues brought up within the book. But I do want to discuss the problems we face as women gamers and how to overcome them, and some of those problems involve dealing with guys who are not very open minded or who simply see women as objects. I also want to introduce readers to some positive women role models who are industry professionals, and I want to talk about how women can break into this industry--if that is their goal.

This book has been inspired by the many panels I've done on the topic of women and gaming, especially by the Gamer Girls Unite & Write panel I did with Amanda Hamon and Amber Scott at PaizoCon 2013. Those have all been well-attended--by both men and women--panels.

So, I guess you might want to know who the heck I am before supporting this project. I've been a gamer since the early 1980s, having started with D&D. I play Pathfinder (including PFS), Savage Worlds, and RIFTS, mostly--but I will try most any RPG. I had my first publication in Dungeon #61, which I co-authored with a friend. Nowadays, I write, edit, develop, and publish gaming material. I'm a developer with Rogue Genius Games and Misfit Studios; and I publish my own line at Christina Stiles Presents. I've done freelance work for Paizo Publishing, Kobold Press, Green Ronin Publishing, White Wolf Studios, Troll Lord Games, and many others. In 2012, I was a GenCon Industry Insider Guest of Honor. You can find my website (which needs updating to add more book releases) at www.christinastiles.com. One of my upcoming projects is Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock for Pathfinder, which is kickstarting now through February.

In short, I love RPGs! I love them so much, in fact, that I want to write, edit, develop, and publish them on a full-time basis. So backing this electronic book (pdf, mobi, epub) helps me leave the day job behind and be able to support my family. My husband and I have had a very hard time of things over the last few years (he's been unable to work for 3 years, and has been trying that long to receive disability; because of this, I had to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy), but I believe we are headed for better times; and my working on the things I love and being at home help me and the husband enjoy a closer relationship.

So, support a book about women and gaming to help a woman gamer and game designer make a full-time go of her dream.

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The first stretch goal is for Owen Stephens to write the Talented Witch, will be available for free to all the $35+ backers!

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New choice for pdfs of everything added.

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We are LIVE: Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock.

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