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Sara Marie wrote:
We usually suggest consulting with a lawyer if there are parts of the Pathfinder Compatibility License that you do not understand or have questions about how it might affect or interact with a product you are interested in creating, because the Pathfinder Compatibility License is a legal document and you are the one ultimately responsible for ensuring that your product abides by it.
A hundred times this.
A hundred-thousand times this.
If you are publishing, you are starting a business and you are responsible for knowing your rights and responsibilities. That means consulting a lawyer. So it is probably best to get that right from the start. Talk to a lawyer before doing anything you cannot take back.
Dangers of a Forgotten Past Awakened in the Deep
When hobgoblin raiders kidnap a caravan full of workers and supplies, the adventurers set off to get them all back. But neither the raiders nor the adventurers know what terrifying horrors await them in the depths of their cavern hideout. Now, the adventurers must risk it all to prevent the minions of an ancient enemy from visiting death and destruction upon the land. Can the heroes rescue the captives from the hobgoblins and deliver them from this ancient foe—or will they all perish, ushering in the rise of a forgotten deity?
Rescue from Tyrkaven is the latest adventure module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series, and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to challenge four to five 2nd-level PCs who thirst for heroics… but they may find more than they bargained for in the process! Inside this volume, you’ll find:
Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.
Oh, also, stop using single-monster encounters. Neutralizing an enemy via grapple is a lot less overwhelming when there's 3-4 more enemies to deal with at the same time. (Especially considering the grapple-guy is typically standing still with reduced AC for a couple rounds.)
Oh good one. Yea, if he has the wizard grappled, the fighter can stab him while he is grappling much easier. If he goes after the fighter, the wizard can compel him to let go and join their side.
What is possible to do?
As GM I overlooked flying monsters for the longest time. I was bored all to heck then one day I pulled out a flying monster with a ranged attack and my group was literally useless. We discovered that less than half the group even had a ranged weapon.
Just a few suggestions.
Jesper at Blood Brethren Games wrote:
Glad to see you are still publishing materials for Pathfinder despite what you wrote earlier this year :)
Oh we're still working on Pathfinder. Sure, it might not be the laser-like focus of the company that it was a 2-3 years ago, but everyone in the company is still solidly-adept with Pathfinder so it does not make much sense to abandon the game entirely.
These never-before published spell words were lost, but not for all time. With these 10 new spell words, your wordcaster gains greater versatility and power over their enemies.
This short supplement to the Words of Power system includes:
Find new power with these Lost Spell Words!
What's in the box? wrote:
Word Casting. Having a flexible casting system would be really cool and word casting as it is NOW is just a DIFFERENT way to create some of the more iconic spells in Pathfinder... I would LOVE to see something more along those lines.
I have something coming out Tuesday that you might be interested in. ;)
This year, we at Jon Brazer Enterprises are happy bring you our Black Friday Sale for 10 Full Days.
Whether you are playing Pathfinder, Traveller, 13th Age, or Legend, there is something here for you. Pathfinder GM’s can download anything in our Book of Beasts line or players can snag themselves some new spells from the Book of Magic series. Grab some new vehicles or ships for Traveller. Snag yourself some undead agents for your 13th Age game. Or join a cult with Legendary Factions.
Uninvited Ghost wrote:
Richard Moore wrote:
Exactly as Richard said. Pick up the PDF and half of the proceeds go to the Food Bank of South Jersey. I support them since they are my local food bank. But if you would rather give to your local food bank, just post about it on social media with #AdventurersHelpingOut and I will send you the PDF for free.
Lord Fyre wrote:
The female elf is entirely too dressed. ;P
I specifically requested the artist make Darlanrea well clothed. The funny thing is that when I evaluated both Wizards' and Paizo's signature characters, I realized that both had male human fighters (yes, WotC also had Tordek and there is a good story behind that, but still). So I decided that I wanted my signature fighter to be female and non-human. An elf seemed a good choice. My first stipulation was that she must be sensibly-clothed for a fighter.
Little Red Goblin Games wrote:
Tell you what, I'll buy you a drink at the next GenCon we're at together.
I guess I was also planning on using the term "hit points"/"HP", but surely that's universal enough to not worry about, right?
It all depends on how much risk you want to take on needlessly. Is a simple find/replace worth reducing the risk of not getting sued.
If you'd rather cover your butt, then I'd change it.
What's more important than a term here and a term there is did you copy sections of text? Did you copy the text that explains how rolling a d20 and adding a modifier gets you a skill check or a to hit number? Did you copy the descriptions of skills? When you explained what a level is or how you advance from one level to the next, did you copy that? Or what a race looks like? These are the questions you need to be asking yourself. The ones you're asking yourself are important, but they are secondary to the question: did you copy text?
My game has the above-cited similarites with Pathfinder/D&D. How do I make that be okay?
If the above are the ONLY similarities to D&D/PFRPG, then I'd say look them up in the dictionary. If the term can be found there and it means what you want it to mean, then you should be safe. But if you can't find it in the dictionary or the term means something else, then change it to something else.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and I have not seen your specific document so this is not legal advice.
Short of the long, the OGL is there to protect you. Including it and using proper referencing means you cannot be sued. Not including it and using material owned by another company (even if it is by shear accident), you can be sued. So stick with the OGL. Its safer and easier.
If I am reading what you wrote correctly, it sounds like you do not want to use the OGL with your game and are trying to figure out how to rename stuff so you do not get into legal trouble. If that is the case, this is the best advice you will get: throw everything you have written to date away, and start over from word 1, pretending that every other book out there does not exist; put everything in your own words.
Remember, mechanics cannot be owned by anyone. Its the way that those mechanics can be described that can be owned. So if throw everything away and start all over, the odds that your words will match something that someone else previously is nearly 0. However, if you look at someone else's work, even for a minute, you may inadvertently copy what they say close enough that you can get sued over it.
The alternative is to include a properly-cited OGL, which takes about 5 minutes and one extra page once you understand how it works.
Beware The Blackener Of Bright Waters, For She Is Come Again
Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardfolk have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?
Reign Of Ruin is the first full-length adventure module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series, and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to challenge four to five 7th-level PCs like no other content has to date. Inside this volume, you’ll find:
Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.
Before producing these, I played a wordcaster. Upon reading it, the system may not sound like a good idea, like it should be tweaked heavily, but it really does work well and is fun to play. Give it a try before deciding to modify it heavily.
IMO, the only real modification I thought was required was more standardization for the damage words. Specifically, a number of damaging spell words felt like they were at a certain spell level or a damaging spell also granted a certain condition so someone could make an exact vancian equivalent, which annoyed me. Book of Magic: Energy Words Revisited was what I felt was the fix the system needed. This is optimized the damage on its own merits and does not grant any conditions letting the player add on whatever they want.
Book of Magic: 10 Undead Spell Words, I created because I felt that there were not enough words that targeted undead creatures. If you're in an undead heavy campaign, there really is not much in the wordcasting system that really caters to you.
Being Friday, I thought we would do something a little different for today’s preview. I would like to take a moment to introduce you to our first signature character to grace the cover of one of our adventures. She is as tough as she is graceful and earns her place on this adventure, fighting against a terrifying black dragon. Here is a bit more about Darlanrea Moonbright.
I just want to say thank you for mentioning the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options. It was alot of fun to work on, especially when it involved working with a great crew of people.
For today's preview, we have more wallpaper, this time from one of the interior images. As our first serious venture into adventures, we wanted to give you a choice of wallpapers. This one features Darlanrea, our signature elven fighter, about to kill the evil dragon at the heart of the adventure, wielding one of her twin longswords. Check out the image and download the wallpaper at JonBrazer.com.
Today's preview of Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin we talk about the half-dragons in this adventure. This dragon has been BUSY getting it on with everything she can find, and this dungeon is filled with her half-dragon offspring. Goto JonBrazer.com to see two of them.
With our first adventure in the Deadly Delves adventure line coming out next week, we thought we would share with you the beautiful cover image as a wallpaper. Reign of Ruin is a 7th-level adventure written by Richard Moore featuring a terrifying black dragon. She will terrorize your players and their characters alike. And you can download the wonderful image at JonBrazer.com.
This is the time of year in the U.S. when holidays are ubiquitous. We just passed Halloween, Veteran’s Day is upon us, Thanksgiving is coming soon, and a number of other religious and seasonal holidays are also coming up in December.
Amid all the celebrations and precious time with loved ones, please remember to give to those in need around you as well. The colder months of the year hit many families in need particularly hard every year. So we at Jon Brazer Enterprises are asking you to give to give to your local Food Bank. Food Banks, such as the Food Bank of South Jersey which is local to me, provide assistance to families in need throughout the U.S. all year long. Help someone to have a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday by giving to your local food bank (you can find more information about your local food bank at FoodPantries.org).
Since we’re gamers, let’s game this. Whenever you donate food, money, or time to your local food bank, make sure to tell your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ that you did so with the hashtag #AdventurersHelpingOut. As our thanks, we will send you a free copy of Book of Beasts: War on Yuletide.
Also, we are going to give as well. Half of all the proceeds from The Book of Beasts: War on Yuletide sold between now and November 30th from DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.com, Paizo.com, and d20PFSRD.com will go to the Food Bank of South Jersey.
So spread the word. Give your time, donate some food or money, and tell your gaming friends everywhere to give—and get some monsters for your holiday games, too!
Thank you for posting this, Liz. Must appreciated.
The 12 included races will be released throughout 2015. Right now, it includes the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options. All told, this will include over 200 pages of new race archetypes, alternate racial traits, spells, magic items and more.