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The Thing from Beyond the Edge wrote:
I recently purchased the setting back from Chris, so there is a possibility of it coming out. Just might have to spend some time to come up with some new ideas for the setting.
richard develyn wrote:
Here is a question I have to ask: Why do you want to do this?
Do you want to be a 3PP? Good. Learn to be creative and come up with your own ideas for products. Because I am sure if the situation was reversed you would do everything to stop someone from doing what you are asking to do. Just my observation of this situation.
One entry per person.
Louis, you mention the winners will be published in a successful funding of the Obsidian Apocalypse kickstarter. Are you planning for that to be a hardback publication?
Yes, I am planning for it to be added to the upcoming The Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path.
Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
You do know that you could contact them directly to see if they might open up the content for you to use as a publisher. I did this with a few things from Monte Cook and he was very cool about it. Most times they know they have some thing cool and they want to make sure people don't abuse what they may have created. Which a creator should be able to, if they wish.
I guess you didn't see your monster The Voiceless (Pg 179 with Artwork) in Obsidian Apocalypse. Funnier still, you know that you have a writing credit in the same books as Richard Pett, Owen KC Stephens and Rich Redman, right? Enjoy!
Last year, we did our 1st Bestiary of Armageddon Contest, and this year we are doing it again. Louis Porter Jr. Design is going to do a contest for our Obsidian Apocalypse campaign. This 2nd the Bestiary of Armageddon Contest and as like last time, we ARE trying to kill PCs with these monsters / templates that you will be creating.
This contest is giving you a chance to monster / template design where the fans of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game get to test their skills and abilities designing amazing monsters / templates that will be judged by LPJ Design staff members. Those wanting to prove themselves as game designers will be able to create monsters / templates to fit into the Obsidian Apocalypse campaign setting. An just in case you were wonder here is the list of writers who won last year: James Desborough, Robert “Bob” E. Drouin, Wojciech “Drejk” Gruchala, Nick Herold, Sam Hing, Michael McCarthy, Jonathan Palmer, Michael L. Romansky and Jakeiol Rudd. Why wasn't your name on this list? Don't miss out this year. The 2nd Bestiary of Armageddon Contest is starting May 1st. Don't miss out your chance!!!
This sounds the beginning of a very scary adventure. I have to make some calls...
Replace Nekron with Asi Magnor? ;-)
The image was for inspiration. I don't plan on "replacing" Asi Magnor. But I am sure there are some interesting mid-level powerful NPC to discover in the Obsidian Apocalypse setting, especially in the Cross of Fire Saga. Since we are, at a basic visually level, reimagining the Phrenic Scourge,I am sure you will get LOTS of cool monsters and NPCs to use in your campaign.
Check by the LPJ Design Blog after 3 PM EST Monday April 14th for more info and a sneak peek on the upcoming new product from LPJ Design; Mythic Add-Ons: Templates written by Kobold Press’ Deep Magic contributor and LPJ Design Head Writer, Jeff Lee.
As an entire race of people, what about wearing angel skins talks to their culture and society in general AND specifically? One guy doing this sound cool, 40 people doing it lessen the effect of it. Plus it really is "clothing". Other can do this same thing, what makes this as a race unique?
That is true, the Kaliban AND Caliban of NeoExodus do have a Quasimodo-ese quality to them. I keep thinking about looking at races from other campaign setting and imagining what would they be like in the Obsidian Apocalypse campaign. And what type of changes would they go through. Just more stuff to think about.
Did the negative energy infused meteor also cause any mutations of existing lifeforms on Abaddon? Giving rise to creatures similar to those found in Gamma World?
I am sure it did (hint, hint!)
There are other Lycanthrope forms in Pathfinder, what if there were additional Lykian forms beyond the wolfman: Werebat, Wereboar, Werebear, Werecrocodile, Wererat, Wereshark, Weretiger etc.
Maybe. I guess you will have to see if we do another Races of Obsidian Apocalypse book. (hint, hint!)
[LPJ Design] Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron for The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Now available
[LPJ Design] Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron for The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Now available
Louis Porter Jr. Design, has released Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron for The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game at RPGNow.com and DriveThruRPG.com. Here is information on this product:
A dark star fell from the sky bringing with it the end of all things! The sanctity of the world known as Abaddon was shattered when a global apocalyptic event of a meteor impacting the planet causing a destructive ecological and eldritch change. Now there is no day or night, just never ending Apocalypse. Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron adds four new races to the Obsidian Apocalypse campaign setting making the world even more interesting and just as dangerous. Are you willing to take up the fight?
Inside this book you will find you will find four new races for Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron:
• Promethean (Flesh and Clockwork): Prometheans suffer lingering mental effects from their creation rites. The flesh prometheans have a personality made from an amalgam of souls, cobbled together from various creatures. Clockwork prometheans have the luxury of a solitary mind, but the creation rites cause them as much torment as they do to their flesh-bound cousins.
• Raijin: When an outraged spirit of one slain by the undead lords of Abaddon possesses a survivor filled with desires for revenge, the two form a powerful and terrifying force, a raijin. A synergy of life and death, it can reach into the netherworld and manifest some powers of the dead in the physical world.
• Uzamati: The only uzamati trait that stands out in their normal form is the purple irises of their eyes. But, when an uzamati phases out, all semblance of normalcy disappears. They melt into pure negative energy, becoming twisted in the process: Their skin turns a deep purple and exudes a strong glow. Their bodies become slightly transparent and gaunt as a skeleton.
• Over 20 new feats for these races including Amplify Negative Energy, Monstrous Body Parts, Necromantic Phasing, Spectral Wall and Weapon Graft.
This idea might be contrary to your creative intentions for Obsidian Apocalypse, but I know players who love to play vampire player characters. I know in Fourth Edition Dungeons & Dragons, a vampire player character can be of any alignment. Might be the whole paranormal romance craze and the Twilight series.
I think Dhampir fill that role perfectly
We kind of have that already with the Khymer and I think they fit thet role very well.
Something similar to Minotaurs, Goliaths, Devas, or Shardminds might be fun to play. I find Shardminds interesting because of their devotion to logic, they communicate telepathically, and their inorganic nature. Perhaps living constructs similar to Warforged or Gearforged.
In the way of the warforged and the gearforged we cam up with the Promethean (Clockwork). I mean nothing is coouler in horror then a brain in a jar. :-)
What about an insectoid race that feeds on the detritus of Abaddon?
The original concept of the Raijin were insect humanoids. Still something I am working on in the back of my head.
I find this interesting.
I was also wondering if Abaddon might be a Hollow World similar to Edgar Rice Burrough's Pellucidar underneath the equivalent of the Underdark?
I have not really though of it, but it would make an interesting template campaign.
Could work well as a monster instead of the PC race.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers-like Doppleganger plants?
Definately a monster and not a PC race.
Creatures from the Plane of Shadow trapped on Abaddon?
Does not really excite me.
"Fast" zombies? Similar to the "infected" in 28 Days Later? Though I know that there are people who hate fast zombies.
I am against fast zombies because I can not run that fast.
Is the Dhampir a sub-type of The Harrowed? I seem to recall a lich-human hybrid mentioned in the Obsidian Twilight Campaign Setting. Is there also a ghoul-human hybrid on Abaddon?
The Harrowed really cover the "complete range" of undead half races for practicality sake.
Since you already have Infernals, which are a demon-human hybrids, I don't know if you also want Tieflings, devil-human hybrids, on Abaddon.
The name Raijin reminds me of the god of lightning, thunder, and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology. When I first read the name, I was thinking that it was a race with an Asian mythology flavor rather than a possessed human.
Since originally I was inspired by the Masked Rider TV series. So I definitely understand why you might think of the Japanes infleunce.
The Exalted seem to be a form of Angelkin or Aasimir, Angel-Blooded. Are there also The Exalted who have Agathion, Archon, Azata, Garuda, or Peri blood?
The Exalted kind of cover all these in one place. That is why we built them the way we did.
Ravenloft v3.5 has vampire strains: chiang-shi, nosferatu, and vrykolaka. Are there vampire strains on Abbadon? Penanggalen, Strogoi, Moroi, or Vestala?
I have not really gotten in to this yet.
Could doppelgangers be a viable character race?
Maybe. We will have to see.
Lisa Stevens wrote:
You say Paizo would not have happened with out you MBA is that more of an access to "money" situation or really understanding what a "successful" business should look like?
Hi, I am Louis Porter Jr of LPJ Design. Maybe I can help you out:
Derek Weil wrote:
1) Are there 3 PP's out there whom I could pitch my idea to? I don't know that I'd be in the same league as their regular authors, so please don't bite.
Yes there are. I would start with the more popular 3PP out there. See what they say and go from there.
2) If I were to attempt to set up my own company to publish my setting and "AP" it seems like Kickstarter can be a great way to raise the initial capital necessary. Can anyone share anecdotes of their own success, perhaps with links to useful information for the uninitiated (I've sadly never done Kickstarter, either as a contributor or otherwise).
I am going to be blunt so be prepared: Why would be people give money to someone who has never ever designed and release a RPG product? Would you do that? Kickstarter is really for those who can build off of their already fanbase, like Monte Cook or Wolfgang Baur. Sorry if that one was a little rough.
There are dozens of more questions in my mind, but getting these straight firs would be a tremendous help. Thanks!
There are a lot of 3PP companies who visit this board so don't be afraid to ask questions. We like to see 3PP succeed.
Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
Well being someone who lost his wife to cancer in the middle of completely my KS campaign and running my RPG business, I can tell you anything can happen and knock you on your ass. I know the gaming industry was more forgiving to my situation when they learned about it but some people were still upset. Just because you don't know what is going on doesn't mean they are just sitting counting your KS dollars. Just something to think about.
Visually you are in the right ballpark. Ability/power wise will be "kind of different".
With all the undead on Abbadon, what if there was a creature that fed off of undead? Perhaps something inspired by the Reapers from Blade II?
I have to say I like this idea, which means I have to start thinking of some cool ideas based on this. What do you call a thing that preys on the undead?
I am not certain if they are WotC IP, but what about genasi in Obsidian Apocalypse setting?
I would have to check about that but I never have thought of a post-apocalyptic version of Planescape. I might to have to think about that one. I know the next race we are going to work on is inspired by the seven deadly sin and cenobites from Hellraiser. Good times for all.
I just wanted to send out a thank you to all the people that apply for a freelance position at LPJ Design. While we were not able to pick everyone, I feel that we made some of the best choices possible for the continued success of the company. Better still, we have assign all the new writer and game designers TWO projects that you can expect to see VERY soon.
I like the premises. Keep talking.
Well how about the Phrenic Scourge are being used as the replacement for the Mind Flayers? We are going to make some changes with them and include and update of a monster that first appearred in our NeoExodua: A House Divided, but works perfect in this horror focused setting. I mean who does want to someone's head explode like in Scanners? Some poor PCs are going to be at the wrong end of that.
So It looks like we have SEVERAL writers and game designers who have signed up to help expand LPJ Design which include Mike Kimmel who has worked on several project for us in the past and writer Mike Myler. We have also signed Russell Torres of ZEITGEIST: Revelations from the Mouth of a Madman, ZEITGEIST: Schism and Extended ZEITGEIST Player's Guide fame. So you can see we are serious. So stop waiting to be a writer and game designer and JUST DO IT!
Louis Porter Jr. Design is looking for game designers and writers to contribute to its Pathfinder Role Playing Game Fantasy PDF gaming lines. The qualifications for the freelance writer positions are that the writers must have an advanced understanding of the Pathfinder Role Playing Game rules as stated in the PRD. You can be an experienced long term writer or a first rookie, it does not matter to us. We just want people who are looking to do great work. If you would like to gain employment with LPJ Design please send samples, resume and/or your references via e-mail or a website to Louis Porter Jr. at LMPjr007@gmail.com. If you would receive additional info please see the LPJ Design web site.
Definitely interested in a reskinned Githyanki concept, and the Native American/Japanese mash is intriguing. For me the defining motes of the gihyanki were the archaic and baroque weapons and armor, martial extra-planar society, genesis from slavery, cool warbands, the gish and the alliance with red dragons.
Well first of I decided that this race needed a signature weapon and I came up with a cross between a tomahawk, Klingon mek'leth and a kukri. And since these guys are hunters and predators by nature, poisons and paralytic agents are common place for them.
Not that all of these need be ported over, except perhaps the baroque and archaic visuals. Definitely interested in seeing the concept art.
I have some very cool ideas for the mash-up of both cultures and visual styles. Samurai traditional armor mixed with Native America tribal weaponry and equipment.
Nice to see the resonance of an idea and concept you have had for two decades coming to fruition. I was just realizing yesterday my campaign world has sat on handwritten and typewritten paper notes and in my mind for half my life - also two decades. :)
It is always good to see your dreams come true.
So I have decided that I am going to make this newest adventure path for our Obsidian Apocalypse campaign called The Cross of Fire, a completely transparent event. I will be describing the process of what I do, how I do it, why we do it and other stuff that goes on while doing this adventure path. Giving all the Pathfinder fans a real peak behind the screen of what we have planned for this. First off the bat, I have decided to have the amazing writer Christina Stiles take over as the lead writer of the project. I offered Christina two projects to choose from and I think she picked this one because I think it was because of the Drow and what we have planned for them.
For those who don’t know, The Cross of Fire is an adventure path I thought up and created nearly two decades ago when I was planning to submit it to Dungeon Magazine. The Cross of Fire was originally planned to be placed in Ravenloft in the area of Bluetspur. The basic of the adventure is the legend of the ultimate undead killing weapon called the Cross of Fire. The cross was supposedly lost/hidden in monastery in a city that was controlled by a colony of Githyanki; which was built on top of a VERY large sewer / underground system that was under the control of the Drow colony; in an area of Bluetspur which was under the control of the Mind Flayers. Your adventuring group decided to take on this challenge and recover this ultimate undead killing weapon, because in Ravenloft you can understand why so many people would find this weapon useful.
And that was the pitch that I told anyone and everyone and I told them one day I would create that adventure. Fast forward 20 years and here we are with this expanding to create the now The Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path now set in Obsidian Apocalypse. Better still we’ve replaced some of the originally planned monsters due to IP issues (Thanks WOTC); so we have replaced the Mind Player with the Phrenic Scourge and we are working on creating on creating a whole new monster as the replacement for the Githyanki. This new monster is being inspired between American Indian and Japanese influences plus I am giving them a VERY distinct weapon with a COOL racial ability / effect, so it is going to be interesting.
Here is the quick outline we have created and plan to get a more detailed version up here as soon as possible with more items fleshed out:
Cross of Fire AP Part 1 – XXXXXXX (No name for the adventure itself be we are working on it.)
1. Intro and Caravan Raid / Rescue
And that is the general overview of what Cross of Fire Adventure Path is going to be but I am SURE there will be a lot of twist and turns from what the final released product becomes. One of the cooler reasons that we are doing this with transparency is we want to hear direct feedback from the fans of Pathfinder and let us know what we are doing right and wrong.
As always, thank you for your support and interest of this project and LPJ Design.. This is going to be A LOT of fun! You can also follow this on our blog. Talk to you later…