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President, Jon Brazer Enterprises. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,985 posts (4,998 including aliases). 1 review. 4 lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 1 alias.



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Tomorrow sees the exciting release of Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Changelings. Check out one of the bloodrager bloodlines in the book at JonBrazer.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Woah! Thank you Liz!

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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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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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Up here in the Northeast US, we have been getting frozen out since that groundhog said Spring is weeks away yet. Thanks alot, rodent.

Help us in fighting back. We have the Book of Magic: Insurgency of Summer for Pathfinder one sale this week for $1. That is about 75% off the regular price. This is sale, you get:

  • 10 new spells
  • 2 new animal companions
  • A new bard masterpiece
  • 3 new subdomains
  • 2 new witch patrons
  • 2 new improved familiars
  • A new magic item
  • 3 files: a printer-friendly version, a screen-friendly version and the Hero Lab file

Grab Book of Magic: Insurgency of Summer today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow

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Just want to say thank you for mentioning us, Liz.

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Curiosity Has Never Faced These Cats

Whether they be thieves, priests, or dashing swordsmen, catfolk are renowned hunters and admirers of anything novel or strange. They seek out new experiences with zeal and fight their enemies with remarkable agility. Now you can play a catfolk character like never before!

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Catfolk gives you everything you need to play a catfolk character. This 22-page supplement features:

  • Standard Racial Traits for playing a catfolk, 2 alternate racial traits, and 3 new character traits to customize your character for this unique play experience
  • 12 New Character Class Options including 3 new archetypes like the feral rager and the ghost hunter, 8 new rogue talents, and the grymalkin sorcerer bloodline
  • 9 New Feats expanding on your feline heritage
  • 3 New Feline-Themed Spells
  • 2 New Magic Items
  • 3 New Deities, each with a unique cultural perspective that shapes the various catfolk societies
  • Details on catfolk adventurers as well as suggestions on how to incorporate this race into your world

Be Heroic with This Advanced Race Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Catfolk for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Or download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Catfolk as part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Subscription. Get this, Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengu and Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options today as well as the 10 other races in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced series as they are released throughout 2015 plus the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium when it is finished at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Catfolk is now available, even if the image is not displaying. I'll see if I can figure out what is going on.

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Thanks for mentioning Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus, Liz.

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To Kill a Mockingbird Before the Mockingbird Kills You.

Adventurers and explorers extraordinaire, tengus make exceptional player chararacters. From their unique fighting styles to their ability to read anything put before them, tengus survive the toughtest scrapes and emerge victorious. Now your can play a tengu character like never before.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus gives you everything you need to play a tengu character. This 23-page supplement features:

  • Racial Traits to play a tengu, 3 alternate racial traits and 4 new character traits to customize your character for this unique play experience
  • 8 New Character Class Options including 6 new archetypes like the raven knight and the spell scavenger, a giant raven animal companion, and the spying subdomain
  • 6 New Feats expanding on your avian heritage
  • 6 New Raven-Themed Spells
  • A New Weapon and 4 New Magic Items
  • 2 New Deities, each with a unique perspective on greed and knowledge
  • Details on tengu adventurers as well as suggestions on how to incorporate this race into your world.

Be Heroic with This Advanced Race Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Or download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus as part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Subscription. Get this and Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options today as well as the 11 other races in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced series as they are released throughout 2015 plus the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium when it is finished at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Ummm, holy cow! Thanks Liz. I really appreciate you highlighting this adventure.

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With the first race of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Series in editing, I thought I would show off one of our signature characters.

First up is Corrakwak, our signature tengu inquisitor. He is also our signature evil character. Greedy and not one to cross, Corrakwak fights those that threaten his people, or the world at large.

Next up we have Larin, our signature changeling warpriest. She is also our signature left-handed lady. Devoted to the changeling goddess of purity and light, everything that their hag parentage opposes.

We have more coming soon, so keep watching.

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium—Work in Progress series and don't miss a race.

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Now Available at Paizo.

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O Living Who Are on Earth Who Pass by This Tomb Pour Four Me Some Water

What awaits the just and unjust when they walk beyond Death’s Curtain? What happens when the proper rules of building a tomb are not followed? How long will raiders and adventurers seek a treasure that is long gone or well-guarded? What are the consequences of forsaking one’s oath to her goddess? Inside these many tombs of unrest lie deadly traps and angry dead. But do the traps exist to keep raiders out or to keep the dead in? When you delve into the depths of these Quests of the Sands, will you return with tales of glorious adventure, forgotten treasures from ancient times, or a curse to haunt you for the rest of your days?

Quests of the Sands is a series of six short, one-session adventure modules in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series, and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This set of adventures is designed for four to five PCs ranging from 3rd to 10th-levels. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 8 fully-developed new monsters and NPCs for your Pathfinder campaign
  • 5 original traps, 3 new haunts, and a new magic item, the mummy-like sultha sistrum
  • Full-color maps of each location, totaling 6 different maps for your game
  • Enough content to get your group through a night with little preparation needed

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download Deadly Delves: Quests of the Sands for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

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State of the Enterprise 2014

Read all about JBE and what we've got planned for 2015 today.

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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:

  • 5 fully-developed new monsters for your Pathfinder campaign
  • A sinister new magic item, the book of dark obedience, that can set your adventurers onto an entirely new campaign
  • A full-color map of the caverns from which the hobgoblins terrorize the locals
  • Enough content to get a group of 2nd-level adventurers well on their way to 3rd level, with ideas to extend the story even further once you’re done exploring the caves

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

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Now available at Paizo.com.

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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:

  • 3 effect words: burning light, enhance mind, and torch,
  • 7 meta words: coax, creature, disguise, easily cast, ectoplasmic, object, and persistent.

Find new power with these Lost Spell Words!

Download the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

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Now available at Paizo.com.

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

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.

Get some of our best titles for 40% off today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. Happy gaming.

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I just want to say thank you to Paizo for helping me promote this. This is something I really am passionate about helping out with and their support for this means alot to me and I am sure it will mean alot to those it benefits.

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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:

  • 20 fully-developed new monsters for your Pathfinder campaign

  • Three original traps and haunts, and two new magic items, including the sinister relic of unholy devotion and the awe-inspiring rainbow sceptre

  • Full-color maps of a Crannogtown village, as well as five floors of a terrifying temple dungeon

  • Specialized advice on playing a cunning black dragon against a group of PCs in a dangerous game of cat and mouse

  • Enough content to take a group of 7th-level PCs all the way to 9th-level, with ideas to extend the story even further once you’re done exploring the temple

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

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Now available at Paizo. This 40 page, 7th-level adventure will impress and inspire.

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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.

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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.

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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!

President, Jon Brazer Enterprises

Be Heroic With a New Race

Go beyond extra hit points or skill points when you play a new race. With the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options, you now have over 500 new favored class options to give your race a unique flare and an extra edge.

This 22-page PDF features favored class options for:

  • 12 races including android, catfolk, changeling, elan, gillman, lizardfolk, merfolk, samsaran, skinwalker, tengu, wyrwood, and wyvaran
  • 33 core and base classes including alchemist, antipaladin, arcanist, barbarian, bard, bloodrager, brawler, cavalier, cleric, druid, fighter, gunslinger, hunter, inquisitor, investigator, magus, monk, ninja, oracle, paladin, ranger, rogue, samurai, sorcerer, shaman, skald, slayer, summoner, swashbuckler, warpriest, witch, and wizard classes
  • 10 psionic classes including the aegis, cryptic, dread, marksman, psion, psychic warrior, soulknife, tactician, vitalist, and wilder base classes, plus the time thief

Make your character stand out with these Advanced Favored Class Options.

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Or download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options as part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Subscription. Get this today as well as all 12 races in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced series as they are released throughout 2015 plus the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium when it is finished at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, and coming soon to d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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Now available at Paizo.com

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We are getting ready to release the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options. Check out all the classes that we are giving favored class options over at JonBrazer.com.

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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 lizardmen 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 product line, and is compatible with the ENnie-award winning 13th Age Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to challenge five 4th-level PCs like no other content has to date. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • More than 20 fully-developed new monsters for your 13th Age campaign
  • Eight new traps and eight new magic items waiting to be discovered, ranging from the entertaining to the awe-inspiring
  • Full-color maps of a Crannogtown village, as well as five floors of a terrifying temple dungeon
  • Story hooks that help GMs tie their players’ characters directly into the adventure using the Icon system
  • Specialized advice on playing a cunning black dragon against a group of PCs in a dangerous game of cat and mouse
  • Optional rules for using tactical terrain in select encounters
  • Enough content to take five 4th-level PCs from the Adventurer to Champion tier of play, with ideas to extend the story even further once you’re done exploring the temple

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for 13th Age at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and d20PFSRD. Also download wallpaper of the beautiful artwork from this exciting adventure here and here.

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I'd like to hear your thoughts. If you want to play a lizardfolk, why do you want to play one?

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I'd like to hear your thoughts. If you want to play a catfolk, why do you want to play one?

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I know a number of people have been looking forward to having the Book of Heroic Races Compendium in their hands as opposed to on a computer screen or on a tablet. Well that is available to you now. Over the weekend, I approved the print version and it is now available at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. Pretty soon, we will have copies available at Paizo.com. In print, this book is 116 pages of pure awesome. If you like races that are outside the standard elves and dwarves, this book is for your.

This 116-page print book features:


  • 8 playable races, balanced with the Pathfinder Core Rulebook races
  • 30 class archetypes and class options and 4 prestige classes
  • 46 feats, 14 spells, 16 magic items, and 5 artifacts
  • Favored class options for all races included as well as 11 races from the Advanced Race Guide

Order your copy of the Book of Heroic Races Compendium today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow or at Paizo.com today.

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The Book of Heroic Races Compendium presents favored class options for all Core classes, plus the APG, UM, and Dreamscarred Press' Psionics Unleashes classes for all races presented in the book plus the dhampir, drow, duergar, fetchling, grippli, hobgoblin, kobold, orc, ratfolk, tiefling, and wayang. Are there any other races that you want to see a full list of favored class options for? How about some more racial options for existing races. Any additional classes you feel should be added to this list? This goes for Pathfinder made or Pathfinder Compatible races/classes.

Edit: To save the future threadjacking over what my motives are, I hope they are obvious. If not, feel free to ask.

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A case for vehicles and why they should have levels.
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I gotta say, I really enjoyed this monster book. But then again, I did write some of them so I am slightly biased.

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Be Heroic!

Go beyond elves and dwarves with the Book of Heroic Races Compendium. Inside you will find eight brand new races. From the tree-kin seedlings to the wacky half-faerie dragons, these amazing races will bring something fresh and exciting to your game. Each of these new races comes complete with new class options, spells, equipment and much more. In addition, many existing races receive new favored class options, greatly expanding your enjoyment of them. Take your Pathfinder game to the next level with these exciting new races!

This 117-page supplement features:

  • 8 playable races, balanced with the Pathfinder Core Rulebook races
  • 30 class archetypes and class options and 4 prestige classes
  • 46 feats, 14 spells, 16 magic items, and 5 artifacts
  • Favored class options for all races included as well as 11 races from the Advanced Race Guide

Be heroic with these new races today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races Compendium for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and coming soon to Paizo.com.

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I just want to say thank you to Liz and to Paizo for this blog.

A few of Jon Brazer Enterprises PDFs on sale that I want to highlight.

Got Awesome Monsters and NPCs? Well we do, up to 80% off.
Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations
Book of Friends and Foes: Assassins in the River Nations
Book of Friends and Foes: Ratfolk of the Ruins

Want an exciting new race? We have those also at 80% off.
Book of Heroic Races: Seedlings
Book of Heroic Races: Half-Faerie Dragons
Book of Heroic Races: Reapers
Shadowsfall: Guide to Umbral Kobolds

Want some vehicles that will put the fear of Odin in your players? They are currently 67% off.
Book of Multifarious Munitions: Vehicles of War
Book of Multifarious Munitions: 10 Pirate Ships

Want more magic items for your character? Grab these while they are up to 75% off.
Treasury of the Sands
Book of Magic: Gemhancements

Are you a spellcasting player? At up to 67% off, you have to try these spells and class options on for size.
Book of Magic: Insurgency of Summer
Book of Magic: Book of Magic: Signature Spells 2
Book of Magic: Signature Spells 1
Book of Magic: Energy Words Revisited
Book of the Faithful: Celtic Subdomains

Before I go, I want to highlight a few releases from my fellow publishers that I feel you should check out.
Ultimate Psionics from Dreamscarred Press
Way of the Wicked AP #1: Knot of Thorns (and the rest of the Way of the Wicked Adventure Path), by Fire Mountain Games
Dark Waters Rising by Raging Swan Press
Breath Weapons by Ennead Games
Death and Taxes by AAW Games

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I've been making a big push this year to add all of JBE's open content to d20PFSRD. Here's what I've added lately.

Favored Class Options from Shadowsfall: Favored Class Options
Alchemist
Barbarian
Bard
Cavalier
Cleric
Druid
Fighter
Gunslinger
Inquisitor
Magus
Monk
Oracle
Paladin
Ranger
Rogue
Sorcerer
Summoner
Witch
Wizard

Psionic Classes
Psion
Psychic Warrior

Still to come, favored classes for the soulknife, wilder, time thief, and the malefactor.

New Cavalier Mounts from Cavalier Mounts
Cavalier

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If you play Traveller, this one is worth picking up.

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Return to classic fantasy in the River Nations. Whether your players are putting an stop to a bloody baron or starting their own kingdom, the River Nations series is everything you need. This $1 and $2 sale has all the resources you need, at up to 67% off the regular price. The sale lasts only one week, though, so grab these titles today!

Download the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations, Book of the River Nations Complete, and Book of Friends and Foes: Assassins in the River Nations all week at deep discounts at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and d20pfsrd today.

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We are adding the magic items from Treasury of the Sands to d20PFSRD.com. If you are battling a Mummy and his evil Mask, make sure to check out these magic items.

And pick up Treasury of the Sands of magic items at d20PFSRD.com, Paizo.com and DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.com.

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Recently I commented that JBE is stepping away from developing for Pathfinder on a regular basis. Sure, we will be doing a Pathfinder release when we believe that there's a significant contribution to be made, but we are not going to release a Pathfinder product every two weeks just to keep our place in the market. But the single biggest reason I personally am stepping back from the game is because Pathfinder is no longer fun for me. I do this after I get home from the day job so this is what I do for fun. And when it is as enjoyable as the day job, I have to reevaluate what I am doing.

So most of my time lately has been involved in some 13th Age but mostly Traveller. JBE started out with Traveller and it is great to get back to the company's roots. But I am having far more fun these days then I have been for a long time with Pathfinder for one simple reason: I am devoting much of my Traveller design work these days to Foreven Worlds as an unofficial part of the Third Imperium setting. It is just SOOOOOO NIIIIIIICE to be able to have a Zhodani bad guy or a Vargr thief or to just say the The Third Imperium.

More than anything else, Jon Brazer Enterprises is known for the Book of the River Nations. Why did we call it the River Nations? Because we couldn't call it the River Kingdoms. We had to get as close as possible so that most people would figure that it was *nudge, nudge, wink, wink* the same place. But then we had to explain to others over and over again that we "cannot legally call it the River Kingdoms so this is as close as we could get," "are not lazy designers, are aware that it is really called the River Kingdoms but we can't call it that legally," "designed it this way on purpose so that you would know it would work in your game," and on and on. It really was a tiring, never ending battle of explaining that every product that had "River Nations" on the cover was not a mistake, not us being lazy or underhanded, or outright malicious before a person will consider looking at the release. Mind you, that is after the tiring effort of making sure there is not a single other reference to any other Pathfinder setting location is in the product to begin with.

This is not just limited to Pathfinder, mind you. We are experiencing the same issue with 13th Age. The idea of icons is OGL but the icons themselves are not. So I can't say, the High Druid. Instead I have to say the Great Druid. And again, we got called "lazy designers" for "messing up the name of the icon." As such, our releases with 13th Age have been limited.

Now, compare that with the Foreven license for Traveller. I can define the area all I want and make all the adventures in that section of space as I desire, calling a Vargr a Vargr instead of an "Uplifted Canine Alien" without getting in legal trouble. And no one has yet to call me a single name for doing so. Infact the two reviews for our first release have been glowing. The less glowing review, his chief complaint boils down to him wanting more because he really enjoyed what was there so much. Plus, setting development is just more enjoyable then system development. All of this translates to me having MUCH MORE FUN designing for this then just about anything else I have worked on for Pathfinder.

Take the Forgotten Realms Map for a moment (click on the link for a image). You see several continents with nothing defined on them and others with not everything defined. Even Faerun isn't fully detailed. It was first published in 1987 and is arguably the most developed RPG campaign setting in the world. Can anyone give me a single competent reason why a continent that has nothing defined on it to date cannot be opened up to other publishers on an unofficial basis? Or even just one country in the undefined parts of Faerun? Or take the Pathfinder Campaign Setting. Paizo didn't start defining the setting in a major way until 7 years ago when Rise of the Runelords was released. Even if you ignore all the D&D 4E Forgotten Realms material, that setting has 21 years of development to Pathfinder's 7. So if the Pathfinder Campaign Setting is still going strong 14 years from now (2028), will it be as defined as the Forgotten Realms is today? If you take a look at the FR map, that still leaves lots of room for Paizo to grow the Pathfinder CS if they reserve one country or even one continent for other publishers.

Now the real question would be: why on earth would a publisher want to open up part of their campaign setting, even on an unofficial basis, to other publishers? Easy answer is this: money. Lets say Paizo allowed other publishers to make material for the area just south of Geb. No country is defined there so odds are Paizo hasn't even considered planning a single product there. So it costs Paizo nothing to release if another publisher created an adventure path set there (we'll call it South of Geb to make life easy). Now compare that with someone playing in the Cross of Fire Adventure Path from LPJ Design (which I am looking forward to reading, btw). What does Paizo sell to a GM running in the two APs? Cross of Fire: more PFRPG hardcovers and that's it; South of Geb: same PFRPG hardcovers, Inner Sea Gods, if Paizo released a Geb campaign setting book, that would probably would be bought as well, plus a number of other campaign setting books/players guides to help the GM get a full understanding of the surrounding region and the organizations involved, plus some stand alone adventures of Paizo's incase the players go off the rails (since they take place in Paizo's world, they are easier to move to a different country then to a different setting). How about players? Cross of Fire: a few copies of the player focused hard covers (so no Bestiaries) that the player didn't already own and that's it. South of Geb: those same player focused hard covers plus Inner Sea Gods (possibly the full campaign setting as well), a players guide for the race the player is playing, another player's guide that covers the class, and several more. So for both players and GMs, Paizo sells more products to them.

If all of this sounds familiar, it is because it is the basic ideas behind the OGL to begin with. This, however, takes it to its next level. The campaign setting material is not invalidated because the group did not change settings. There's a reason why Wizards stopped supporting all their 2e campaign settings once they were bought by Wizards and went to 3e. If it had a Forgotten Realms label on it, gamers didn't feel it was useful in their Greyhawk game. So those gamers didn't buy it. So Wizards consolidated the number of campaign settings they supported during their 3e days: Forgotten Realms and Eberron. Paizo took that same idea and made a single setting that could encompass just about every possible style of d20 play. But now the areas that are not being developed much (like Psionics) are getting support from other publishers who, because they can't touch Paizo's setting, are making their own setting, with a corresponding adventure path (also really enjoyable and highly recommended). So a desire maintain a tight control on the number of campaign settings has actually resulted in more campaign settings, a kind-of return to the 2e days.

Now I'm sure that Wizards is not going to do this and I wonder if Paizo will. But what about 13th Age? Can Pelgrane Press honestly say that they will have the world beyond the Dragon Empire detailed as much as Golarion is today in 7 years? Or how about other settings? If we all took a lesson from Traveller and opened up part of our campaign settings for unofficial development, maybe the setting would get more development and more players.

And designers like me would have more fun.

Be sure to check out all of Jon Brazer Enterprises' downloads for Pathfinder, Traveller, and 13th Age at the d20PFSRD store today. Be sure to visit the JBE blog at d20PFSRD.com for more musings and ramblings.

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Good day Customer Service Awesome People,

Please Cancel my Pathfinder AP subscription. And that is it. From this point on, I am pure digital (except for author copies).

Thank you,

Dale

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