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President, Jon Brazer Enterprises. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,980 posts (4,993 including aliases). 1 review. 4 lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 1 alias.


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President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Marc Radle wrote:
I think it's better to either declare the entire thing (class, item, etc) Product Identity (ie closed content) if appropriate OR make it entirely open, especially if you'd like others to refer back to your product whenever someone else uses what you created in their product.

I agree, but the question was about making it PI.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Jason Nelson wrote:
I haven't found a subscription tool that I really liked. Did you use any kind of special WordPress plug-in for managing that, or just have people sign up by email or on your site and as people bought the subscription you added them to a mailing list/dropbox?

I only sell through DriveThru/Paizo/d20pfsrd and I use their systems. i.e. email Liz for Paizo. I don't sell through my own website.

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Arcanemuses wrote:
Pardon me, Liz. Can an original base class and its mechanics be considered product identity?

Here's the quick and dirty test to see if something can be declared product identity: did you come up with it?

Now your first thought is, yes, it is an original class with original mechanics so it can be declared product identity. But here's the question: did you really come up with it? It uses Base Attack Bonus, a concept you did not come up with. That part cannot be declared PI. And skills, armor, weapons. You are referencing a difference source with all of them. Those parts cannot be declared PI. Did you take any abilities and reskin them for your new class? Those abilities are not PI.

So even an original class will still have considerable parts that are open content.

In cases like this, it is safest to simply declare the name of the class product identity and the mechanics open content. This prevents anyone from referencing your class while making the open everything that legally needs to be open.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

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ericthecleric wrote:
If you buy a 3pp book and like it, please write a review! :)

Please.

It does not have to be long. It can be short saying that you liked it/didn't like it and a point or two about why.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Steve Geddes wrote:
As such, your approach of lots of little releases doesn't really suit me (at least without a complete subscription model) as its too hard to stay on top of everything.

Yea, JBE talked to a number of people 6-ish months ago and came to a similar conclusion. This is why we decided to go with the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium being a subscription.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Up next is Changelings. Subscribers to the Advanced Compendium Work in Progress get the PDF as soon as it is done while those purchasing the PDF à la carte can download it Tuesday.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Congrats Monica.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Liz Courts wrote:
Lazaro wrote:
Would it be possible to retire Mike's avatar? There was a small Facebook discussion on this.
Mike's avatar was already private and unable to be used by other people. (I checked.)

I actually looked for Mike's avatar as a way of honoring him. But I settled on this as the closest I could find.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Oceanshieldwolf wrote:

Jon Brazer Enterprises' Book of Magic: 10 Undead Spell Words

Jon Brazer Enterprises' Book of Magic: Lost Spell Words

I appreciate the link Oceanshieldwolf.

Also, don't forget Book of Magic: Energy Words Revisited.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I don't see another thread on the forms so I guess I will start one.

Mike McArtor, formerly of Paizo Publishing, was in a car accident and passed away.

Link

I did not know Mike personally, but I was a fan of his writing. He loved writing about dragons and it showed in his writing. It was one of the things that drew me to Pathfinder.

You will be missed, good sir.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Justin Sluder already posted a link to the whole Book of Beasts line (thank you btw). However, I would like to highlight the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane. This is one of the highest rated monster manuals and is filled with some incredibly spooky monsters, especially if you want to add a bit of dark horror to your game. There is somewhat of a focus on undead in this book, but some of my favorites are the living creatures, like the spiderbear and the darklings.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I was thinking about Open Gaming Thursday for a bit and I had a little flash of inspiration. I am hoping I will be running Expedition to Playtest Mountain on Friday. While I want to playtest running this adventure a bit before the actual playtest of the monsters. So then inspiration hit. Expedition to Playtest Mountain is not the name I really want. It brings too much connotation of barrier peaks, which I am not going for. So instead, I'm calling it:

Cabin in the Playtest Mountains

This way, the players choose their own doom, I mean adventure. You know, Cabin in the Wood-like. This way, I can run the adventure over and over again, and no one knows which adventure will be that time, not even me.

And I can run a game of it on Thursday before the con and then again Friday, getting double the playtest pleasure.

Now to send an email off to the PaizoCon people.

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John Compton wrote:
Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Don't know if I count yet, but I'll be there!

*Sends contract information upstairs*

Welcome aboard, freelancer! Yer one've us, now.

*chants* One Of Us. One Of Us. One Of Us.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Last time I was at PaizoCon, there was a minis painting table. Any plans to have that again this year? I have a few minis (thanks to Reaper's second kickstarter) that need painting.

Just a few... hundred.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I'll be there.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Matthew Koelbl wrote:
One of my favorite things about 5E is that everyone seems to be jealous of what other classes get. I think I've seen players of every single spellcasting class complain about how much better other class's spell lists are. (And that includes a bard who can pick and choose from everywhere.)

I love my warlock. Other classes can keep what they have.

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Adjule wrote:
I believe it is in the DMG.

The DMG has about 2 paragraphs on it but frankly it can be summed up as, "eh, good luck."

IMO, if the class levels complement the race's natural abilities (barbarian werewolf, hobgoblin fighter, vampire sorcerer) then you are looking at a +1 CR for every class level you add. This also works good on lower level creatures.

If the class does not complement the race at all (orc bard, red dragon monk, beholder shapeshifting druid) then it could be +1 CR/2 class levels to +1 CR/4 class levels. Higher level creatures also should get less of a CR boost from class levels.

Remember, the more you dilute the monster's main attack, the less of a boost it should get from class levels.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

What Richard Said.

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Feel free to download the cover art of this book as wallpaper for your computers and tablets at JonBrazer.com

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Feel free to download the cover art of this book as wallpaper for your computers and tablets at JonBrazer.com

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

I have another 1st-level adventure that I am doing my read-throughs before I send it off to the editors to work their magic on it. Until I feel we have a solid footing in adventures, we're going to focus on the lower 1/3rd of levels.

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Some really good books in this mix.

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Its enough of an adventure for a single session, so not enough to get to level 2.

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Woah! Thank you Liz!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

A Harbinger of Doom Descends From The Sky

Following the disappearance of personnel at a lumber camp, a mysterious sword drops from the sky, cleaving the very earth to deliver a pronouncement of doom upon all who refuse to leave the logging site. Can the adventurers ferret out the source of this ominous portent and put a stop to it before it wreaks further havoc on the loggers?

Doom of the Sky Sword is an exciting 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 1st-level PCs like no other content has to date. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • A new monster, NPC, and haunt for your Pathfinder campaign
  • A full-color map of the abandoned hideout of a trio of troll witches
  • Enough content to get your group of 1st-level PCs through a night of play with little preparation time required

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download the Deadly Delves: Doom of the Sky Sword for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Now available at Paizo.com
Written by Walter Sheppard.
14 pages of pure awesome.

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Tomorrow sees the release of Deadly Delves: Doom of the Sky Sword. So today we are releasing the beautiful cover image as wallpaper for your computer. Goto JonBrazer.com to download this amazing image today.

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Oh wow!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Today is the last day of the GM's Day Sale at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo. Plus we have one last one day sale! Grab everything at 30% off before the deals are gone. Find out more at JonBrazer.com

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Today only at DriveThruRPG, download Book of Heroic Races: Seedlings for about 75% off the regular price. Grab it today.

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2097 wrote:
I can't just "give" the party any encounters if they just stay holed up in their super fort all day.

Nothing can wander in while they are away? no returning from a long quest to find their door kicked in and their place looted? No kobolds can tunnel up into their lair by accident? No one comes banging at their door in the middle of the night looking for someone to take them in and protect them from the horrible monster out there? No flock of owlbears on a hooting rampage pass by? No termites cause the wall to collapse (not monstrous termites, just regular old ordinary, everyday termites)? No floods? No extra planar messengers asking for their help? No cloud dwarves that dug too far down for cloud silver dropping from the sky?

Their super fort is protected from all this?

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Grab these amazing magic items today for 30% off the regular price.

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Today only, grab Shadowsfall:Shadow Plane Players Companion at an additional 60% off of the sale price. That is about 75% off the regular price. Grab it today at DriveThruRPG and d20pfsrd right now.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Grab this exceptional bestiary while it is at 30% off!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

There are three books I recommend:
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations, a book of monsters designed to work with the Kingmaker AP.
Book of the River Nations, all the exploration, kingdom building and mass combat rules for kingmaker all in on player friendly book. Plus there are class options, spells and magic items for a Kingmaker game.
Book of Friends and Foes: Assassins of the River Nations, a book of assassin NPCs for when you roll the assassination attempt when you make that random roll.

I should say that all three of these are 30% off right now in the GM's Day Sale so grab them now.

These are all from my company, Jon Brazer Enterprises.

[/shameless plug]

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2097 wrote:

I like the warlock pacts to have a bit of a bittersweet feel, like "Sure I get power... but at what cost?"

I do love the fey pact btw

This.

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Today only, we are having a one day sale on the Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes. Normally it is 30% off, but today it is an additional 60% off, making it about 75% off the normal price. This means you can get this PDF that is normally $10 for less than $3. Today is the only day you can get this amazing deal. Download it NOW at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and d20PFSRD. Grab this and other deals today.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Yea, the GM's Day Sale is pretty huge this year. Grab everything you can while it is on sale.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

It’s the biggest sale of the year and it is going on now at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and d20PFSRD. Take 30% off of just about everything. This is for Pathfinder as well as 13th Age and Traveller. Check out what is on sale.

That’s 30 % off of all Monsters (DriveThruRPG/Paizo/d20PFSRD)
30% off of all Spells (DriveThruRPG/Paizo/d20PFSRD)
30% off of select Heroic Races (DriveThruRPG/Paizo/d20PFSRD)
30% off of all Traveller (DriveThruRPG/d20PFSRD)
And Much More …

Be sure to check out DriveThruRPG, Paizo, and d20PFSRD. While most of our PDFs at each place are on sale the same, there are a few differences between the sites.

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SmiloDan wrote:
but what do you like about the warlock?

My character serves the Faerie Queen of Air and Darkness as her knight. I fight outsiders and those serve them. I am Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden in all but name. Name any other class that is that cool.

SmiloDan wrote:
Maybe your play experience has been different than mine, but we only short rest once or twice per day, and sometimes not at all. Sometimes we get dragged into long, drawn out battles that combine two or three encounters into one big battle.

Taking a short rest should not be a tough choice, but pretty much a readily made choice. Sure, clerics and wizards don't get anything from a short rest but just about every other class does. Looking at it through the mindset of 3.5/Pathfinder where you break when those two classes are done really is doing a disservice for the rest of the party in 5e. But immediately following that 2/3 encounter big battles should be followed by a short rest. If the primary casters went nova during that battle, then the GM should be slapped for not giving the party any more encounters that day. Playing a caster has always been about resource management and if those casters are not managing those resources well, then they should get the raw end of the deal. If the party camps out, something should happen and those casters are worthless while the warlock gets his chance to shine.

Also, playing a warlock is not like playing a wizard. You are not the primary arcane caster. You are the arcane blaster that can do some arcane casting as well. Take the invocations that extend your eldritch blast to 300 feet and give you 120 ft darkvision and you don't have to be anywhere near the party to attack.

Things to remember: your cantrips are more powerful than regular cantrips. Specifically, they scale with level. Eldritch blast and similar target more people or deal more damage as you go up in level. This is easy to forget so double check. Second, all your spells are cast at highest level. Wizards don't get that. You always get the upscale.

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The Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes is on sale for 30% of the regular price. Download it now.

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Best Class: Warlock

Worst Class: Everything else

Just saying.

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This 7th level adventure takes the adventurers from WeAreAllGoingToDie Village at the base of Playtest Mountain and into the uncharted caves to meet monsters neverbefore seen. And hopefully destroy them.

Oh and there's something else in the adventure's description that I am keeping a surprise for now.

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I love Kingmaker. Its a great AP. But I would agree with Christopher Woldridge. It is an open-ended AP. So for a group of combat-focused, younger players, I would also agree with Mummy's Mask, Shattered Star or possibly Giantslayer are better choices. The kingdom part of Kingmaker has a decent amount of paperwork involved and beyond micromanaging the building of your kingdom, there is not a whole lot of actual rulership in the AP.

The more I think of it, the more I recommend Giantslayer since it is very tropey and you are introducing your players to the tropes.

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I'll be arriving Wednesday so I can probably run something Thursday.

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I submitted to run several games. One I want to mention is Expedition to Playtest Mountain. I'm only running this once, so when events are available to sign up, sign up early. I"m guessing this will go fast.

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Kryzbyn wrote:
Is the Elan the same race from DSP?

Yes. Fully dreamscarred compatible. All of the options presented in this (except for the basic racial abilities) are brand new.

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Ariakon wrote:
Any chance we can see a feat or racial trait that gives lizardfolk a diseased bite like a komodo dragon?

*makes a note, passes that along to the author*

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Its such a good deal, I bought it, and I have one of the adventures in the bundle.

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I just filled out the paperwork to run this adventure at PaizoCon. I hope to see you there.

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