Hmmm, portrait please, with a two column approach as it looks so much cleaner than trying to go with a three column in portrait...not to mention once I manage to get the rest of the world on board with the rabid requests for print product in will already be laid out better, lol.
I can say this much, make sure when you contact a publisher that your presentation, or pitch, is short and to the point. Long enough to express the intention of what you are wanting to do without becoming bloated to the point of being overkill. I tend to try and remind people
4-500 words, clear and to the point. If it is a story give me a reason to want to read the story, if it is a new rule or concept sell me on needing it...if it is something a publisher is interested in putting out, they will ask for more information, a more indepth pitch, more material, samples, etc.
As stated already so many of the 3PP publishers are just a couple of people making it all happen behind the curtain, so time is valuable. Not trying to sound rude or anything, it is just the reality of things.
Joshua "KTFish7" Gullion
P.S. And for the record, yeah, we're currently taking submissions.
Having just going through the catalog for RGG and catching up on the few products I was missing (I will admit it was mainly Bullet Points) taking advantage of the sale, I had a few thoughts to perhaps add to this list.
A Bullet Points Annual. They could even be released as a yearly edition collection. Yes, that requires a new layout, but luckily you know a few layout peeps who would be willing to take it on to take the pressure off of the time requirements to make this a reality. Best part, offer it in both PDF and POD for those of us who want to see more of your material in print. To make sure this still offers new material in each include 6-10 new somethings in each volume. Just saying.
The Micro Feats, yet another resource of material that needs to be brought to the larger market in at least PDF format of not also POD.
Yes I am going to be pushing for more POD options
Steampunk, robotics, scifi "strangers in a strange land" mentality products. Science re-imagined for those trapped in settings they never imagined. A Genius Guide to a time-lost class from the future, or a more technologically advanced race.
More race books that explore the mentality of races as more than just mindless evil "experience atms" for the players to kill. Orcs as a tribal people more in tuned with the nature around them forced to defend their lands from the humans waging an endless war with them and their green skinned kin. Something along that line.
I would love to see more material from this collection of talented people put together branch outside a little farther, like perhaps into the spandex 4/color world of supportive material for Mutants & Masterminds from Green Ronin perhaps. Seems like a natural fit, given the connections there Owen, lol.
Perhaps a Bullet Point series expanding upon powers, or new tactics/weapons/gear....heck, I'd even love to see a fully fledged now character from time to time (The world always needs new villains, just saying). I dare say I know you know a couple of artists who have an affinity for superhero art, lol.
As far as staying within the standard fantasy? How about re-exploring the concepts of chaositech, and its descendant fleshcrafting?
Hybrids and crossbreeding perhaps...we've all got the owlbear, but when was the last truly cool amalgamation "thing" that stuck? Why?
What about giving those who ride the more exotic mounts as much attention as the dragon rider? Griffin riders perhaps? A full cavalier archetype could be built there. Or a tribe of goblins taking advantage of a particular sub-line of hill giants, harnessing them with howdahs and riding them into battle...stop laughing, lol. I'm not saying a full blown 30-45 page book here, but easily a handful of pages with storyline, some feats and combat tactics, rules for the "mount" and such....besides, you know as well as I do the idea would make for a great Jacob piece of art :P
As always, Thank You Owen for listening to your readers and fans, know matter how far off the rails we fall sometimes, lol.
P.S. Oh, and because I ask every time you do this....Kragnar. Stats. Or perhaps even could we be lucky enough to see him return with more wares to ply the coins from our pockets?
Jim Groves wrote:
Now this idea has my interest peaked, as I as a GM have always liked the idea of rewarding my player's characters with something outside of simply experience. The idea of them having to work for an item or feat that will not be gaining them another block of XP could leave them more appreciating that reward. Am intrigued.
Rick Hershey reached out to many of his friends in the industry to put together a bundle totaling 118 products, for the extremely excellent price of $25. That right, 118 products, $25. Value on the individual purchases put this at over $500, so this is a great deal, filled with excellent material. LINK
Just for the sake of easing the listing of what is all involved, the following comprises what is contained:
Legends of Steel - Barbarians of Lemuria Edition Reg. price: $15.00
If and as more becomes added to the bundle I will do my best to add them here.
Posted review for the FULL PDF, but I encourage people to get the preview as the full version is not available as of yet. Well done, and the type of tale that could be some of those storyline that a group would talk about for quite a while are the game was done.
Impressive Brian Engard, as well as Rite Publishing for bringing an excellent product to the table.
So...finally getting back to reviewing, and I decided to kick off with Will McCardell's latest addition to the world of 3PP material.
The possible potential for this concept is an excellent addition to the spell-chucker for so many reasons. Coming here after I got the review posted I find that a pricing guide has already been added in web enhancement format, there are already apeirons showing up in other product, as well as the hilarious Apeiron Stave of Ape Iron.
Seriously, Will, this is impressive. The mark of a great idea, and solid design are when you leave people wanting more.
Well done Sir, well done.
Am looking forward to getting this book in my hands!!
Any word on who is doing the cover for this book? Or are we already looking at the cover art amongst the images on the Kickstarter page with the art we're already seeing?
And YES Hero Lab files, excellent addition, no doubt this one will be unlocked within the next day at the pace the campaign in going.
The support from the publishers for this is incredible, but I want to throw some serious love for those folks helping whether they are pledging to help or are helping to spread the word, I got nothing love for what if going on here. And yes, for the record, I am right there with those out there wanting to see End! get to the big show...so lets keep driving to help those this whole thing started for and get funding covered for getting them and home and covering the necessities...from there, let's get to work on helping get End! here.
Seriously, I want to see Thilo get the chance to see GenCon with his own eyes. Anyone with as much passion for the 3PP community, with as much love for gaming period, deserves to walk into the single largest playground for us big kids :). Not to mention, let's face is, those of us within the ranks of publishers, designers and writers is would be pretty freaking awesome to finally get him to whip out the official stamp of approval on one of our books to take back to the office wall....admit it, now that I have said it, I'm not the only one who wants that framed book on their wall am I?
My friends, I hope we all find the road to GenCon this year.
Thilo, getting you here would make the cost worth it my friend, it would be truly awesome to toast a drink with you my friend, and yeah, I am thinking I no there would be some folks wanting to get your official stamp of approval lol.
And I am going on the record here stating it, regardless I have ever done as a reviewer, at the end of the day, there's only one true reviewer in my opinion for this community. Thilo has built what can only be called an immensely impressive library of material. His reviews have led many of us through the marketplace in finding treasures we may have never known, helped us avoid products that were perhaps not so stellar, and been there with advice and thoughts for the publishers and designers to make sure they continue to grow and learn. He has improved the face of 3PP in ways that have changed for ever how we look at these products.
Ahhhhhhh GenCon......there are so many things Jonathan and I have been talking about we are planning, lol. Game sessions with friends, the classic group pictures (for as many of the RotD crew we can get together), sharing the final results of Pathmaster (would be awesome if we could meet you folks in person, shake some hands kiss some babies, you know).
Wait a minute, did I say game sessions???
Been sleeping away the day my friends, so I apologize for my tardiness, lol....let's open with Congratulations to the finalists.
For every one who submitted a pitch I also say congratulations. Submitting a thought for an adventure requires more than simply slapping an idea of a note. These submissions showed thought, creativity and a great deal of potential.
This will indeed be more chances to enter Pathmaster. Remember that just because we had to narrow this down to 5, there were still a lot of great pitches submitted. Some that made the decisions really hard to decide on the final 5.
And yes, I did have my personal pick for this whole thing, but I am going to refrain from saying who until this is all over, lol.
For years I was the painter for my group of friends and players, worked always out by providing me with paint/brushes/basing material in exchange for mini work. From time to time they'd all thrown in on a large mini for me in lieu of the typical materials.
I'd recommend you ask around at your local game store. Forums are great and all, but there is something to be said for being able to look a person in the eyes when dealing with them when it comes to your minis, lol
OK.....not going to lie, it all came down to me holding everyone up....I had to get my five narrowed down (which was harder than I thought it would be).
Several stood out to me from the pack....but I am going to refrain from giving hints, lol.
@Odraude - I do believe we are looking at doing this as an annual contest, so there will be more chances :)
Where can I get more information about this adventure?
Wraithstrike, the following link will take you to the product page for the original trilogy Link
And this one will take you to new project Kickstarter
Jadeite & Curmudgeonly - Noted and added to my short list of things to be pondering...my Thanks!
Can't seem to leave a review on the PFSRD site...I'm logged in, but it keeps asking me to log in when I try to post the review
Henceforth, I am posting it to me Facebook wall for now folks
An excellent offering for a killer collection of material, and well worth the price folks...I highly encourage folks to pick this up.
@Jadeite - At this point we're not looking to do either the Player's Guide or Prequel in print, offering them both in only the PDF format. Not saying this won't happen before the campaign ends, but at this point we're still a ways away from unlocking either of these goals.
@StanC - All levels getting including printed material includes the corresponding PDFs as well. Henceforth the $65 level will include the three soft cover books with individual PDF's, and the $95 Hardcover will include a single collected PDF.
Thanks for the questions!!
@ Mach1 - The hardcover will be the collected book as one volume, with an exclusive cover for the Kickstarter. The softcover level will include the same material, but as three separate books.
@Carter - Well, I'm assigned a deadline of August for all of the writers and artists so that I can go in to final layout and design. So, as long as we have all ads in by then everything will be fine. I intend to remain in contact with each person involved as this process, including those who have bought ad space, to make sure everyone gets their material in with time to spare.
@PathfinderFan - I understand, entirely. I have a few campaigns I have backed that at the end of the day have left me less than thrilled. I do appreciate the fact that you are still planning to support us when the book shows up on the regular market though :) I feel it only fair to make it clear, we are planning on an exclusive cover, as well as a few other perks. But, the core book will in fact me available after the dust settles.
Thanks for the questions my friends, as well as the interest!
Ah the joy of language....so many of the great terms and words have already been used, lol...luckily, much like a certain space faring military unit that has found itself under rather intense scrutiny recently, there are terms common enough that they are fair game :)