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Joshua Guillion has died. He was a talented layout artist (Rise of the Drow, and many other AdventureAWeek products), a gifted reviewer, and a good friend.
I don't think many of my books would be as popular without his reviews and I was happy to get to interview him in Pathways #37 (which is free and you should go read.)
I also want to express my condolences to all his friends and family especially to the folks at AdventureAWeek.
Steven D. Russell
The Secrets of the Bravo!
Coming Next Week. A new base class for those who want to play a swashbuckler, a bravosi water dancer, or a wuxia swordsman/swordswoman.
Cover Illustration by Juan Diego Dianderas.
Listen closely my friend, and hear of one for whom danger, reward, and adventure are the only motivations needed, for these are achieved easily enough by one with sufficient daring and wit. I am a bravo: a decisive warrior testing myself through adversity, seeking my fortune in the world through savvy and bold deeds. Still, a bit of trickery, some luck, and a sharp blade never hurt. We come from many different walks of life, for the poor peasant who picks up a sword has no less to prove than a young noble - and certainly no less to lose . We train relentlessly, seeking to learn the ins and outs of any dueling style a swordmaster is willing to teach. Some of us take our accomplishments with great grace and quiet appreciation for the intrinsic rewards, while those up to the challenge are more than happy to reap the benefits of wealth, fine food, excellent drink, good company, comfort, and the admiration of a paramour. Regardless of an individual bravo's magnitude of bravado or hubris, we all exhibit some measure of eccentricity or arrogance. And for good reason!
Vourmed "Cutting Cloud"
I thought I would post this here, I will update again on day 7, 30 days and every month after that.
Current Total Sales --------122,-----Gross Sales $730.78
There is a more in depth discussion over on my Blog:
You know you want to play a Dragon!
Not a half-dragon, not a reptilian humanoid, but a DRAGON!
Come and find out if those who meddle in your affairs are crunchy and good with ketchup. Level up as a dragon and grow to the size of a house, breath fire, (or other energy types), struggle for territory, win prestige amongst dragons, slay giants, rule the sky, and embrace you true draconic essence right alongside all the other player characters.
Create the dragon you want to play in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This product includes the new dragon race the Taninin, racial traits, alternate racial traits, the core class archetype (which works with 21 different classes), the paragon racial class, and draconic feats, all so you can play dragons alongside any other player character in any high fantasy campaign setting.
Unlike the playtest version this also includes flavor text dealing with Physical Descriptions, Society, Relations, Alignment, Religion, Adventurers, and Names as well as mechanics such as alternate favored class options, and three racial archetypes for Fighter, Oracle, and Sorcerer, plus even more feats.
36 pages, Author: Wendall Roy, Cover Artist: Ernanda Souza
Coming August 1st!
The splintered kingdoms of Berrellis have squabbled amongst themselves for decades or more, with no single kingdom gaining ground on any of the others. Shifting alliances among the rulers has kept the status quo very much the same all this time, but the arrival of fiendish extraplanar creatures, their evil-infused oozes, and their powerful blights and diseases threaten to upheave the forested lands of Berrellis. I have also heard rumors of a simultaneous shadowy power play carried out by a contingent of primal fey who intend to claim some of Berrellis for themselves.
—Melnor, second class Sage of Questhaven
Mike Welham's Design Notes.
101 Not So Random Encounters: Forest Kingdoms follows up 101 Not So Random Encounters: Winter, and with this new endeavor Steve Russell presented me with a new challenge for this book. Many of the encounters presented below derive from random encounter tables in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game’s most popular Kingdom Building adventure path, but the encounters still had to work together as a stand-alone narrative like the previous installments of 101 Not So Random Encounters. Since many of the encounters dealt with plants and fey, those would make obvious elements, and, in this case, I decided the fey would attempt to push the borders of their primal dimension into the mundane world, driving all humanoids out in the process. Fortunately, to help preserve the fey plan's subtlety, a daemon paragon devoted to Pestilence decided to wreak havoc in the same area, providing adventurers an obvious foe to fight, and allowing the fey to grant their own dubious assistance while they further their own plans. As per other installments, you can use this book to create a campaign in and of itself, or to augment existing adventure paths. At any rate, I hope this provides inspiration for your game sessions.
Steve says: This is in layout right now and I hope to have it out Thursday at the earliest, Monday at the latest.
I cannot believe I totally forgot to notate that we had new releases (so much going on.)
Get your choclate in our penut butter and make your Barbarian an Eidolon with The Secrets of the Masquerade Reveler
Also another free issue of the Pathways! This time we bring you the Dread Banshee template :) Check it out HERE!
Pathways of Ruin!
How can you say "No" to a FREE collection of Pathfinder templates, digital realms, interviews, encounters, and another new Comic by Jacob Blackmon. If you say no designer Steven D. Russell and artist Chris "Soundlust" Smith will send a Ruination Ogre Barbarian after you!
Rite Publishing brings you Pathways, a free 'zine packed with plenty of Open Gaming Content for you to take to the table. You'll find articles by Steven D. Russell (1001 Spells), Liz Winters (Lone Wolf Development), and Creighton Broadhurst (Raging Swan Press). You will also find reviews of the best 3PP material available, plus an interview with Joshua "KTFish7" Guillion of AdventureAWeek.com.
Get your copy for FREE HERE!
"Victory without courage is chance. Victory without risk is hollow. Victory without loss is impossible."[i/] —Kung Fu Tse
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Far to the East, where the Silk Road leads you will find those who blend the arts of warrior and wizard serving strange local Factions. Such as the [i]Beautiful Silk Tigers a uniquely gifted guild of courtesans who cater to wealthy and powerful clientele in need of bodyguards, assassins, and seers; The Order of the Ashen Dragons whose research methods of containing and using corruption, curses and spellblights; And the Stone Monkey Path a collection of revolutionaries and masked vigilantes. These and many more bring added detail and a sense of immersion to those adventuring in the Lands of the Jade Oath or for use in any campaign set in the exotic Far East.
New magus favored class options for all the new races introduced in Heroes of the Jade Oath such as the Dahren giants, the Mandragoran plant folk, and the accursed Verrik, so you can make even more unique characters. It also introduces new Ofuda and Spells.
You will also find a host of new magus archetypes including:
Lantern Warrior: who champion a personal cause, allowing you to take up the role of an errant champion
Martial Alchemist: who blends alchemy and martial arts so you can play a truly unique mystical warrior.
Mnemonic Warrior: which allows you to tap into the collective memory of the greatest magi in history, allowing you to play a truly exotic warrior poet.
Threadcasters: patient spiders who blend in to their environment while appearing to be harmless courtesans or simple maidens awaiting the pleasure of their guests, allowing to truly be a Beautiful Silk Tiger.
Warrior of Fortune: a truly unique archetype that blends the arts of the magus with the karma of the Far East so you can play a mercenary who drifts on the winds of fate.
Author: Frank Carr
On an impossible island far across the Slumbering Sea, there churns a shadowy marketplace known as the Tarnished Souk. The motley faces of this bazaar of the bizarre include merchants, mages, and walking nightmares, each providing their own unique goods and services, each selling dreams, buying miracles, and trading lives as readily as coin. After entering the Souk's weird and winding aisles, the question for a dreamer is not whether they have what you want, but rather: are you willing to pay their price?
Faces of the Tarnished Souk provides:
Each NPC features ingenious stat-blocks crafted using a staggering array of classes, templates, magic items, feats, and traits, including dozens of wild new elements and combinations, that will surprise and challenge nearly any PC.
Every entry includes game statistics for low, middle, and high challenge ratings, so that they are suitable for all levels of play.
Each comes with easy-to-use tactics, personal histories, motivations, lore DCs, secrets, and insights into each NPC's most carefully guarded dreams.
This product presents each NPC so that it can serve as either friend or foe, as well as providing a service or product so they always help to generate evocative encounters for anyone who steps up to see what they have to offer.
The Faces of the Tarnished Souk Kickstarter is seeking money to add an additional 57 pieces of art to this product (We already have 30+ pieces). The manuscript by Matt Banach and Justin Sluder is already complete, the editing is done, plus the initial layout is complete. All we have to do is insert the additional art and then go to press. We expect to release on or before Oct 2014. This will be a 271+ page, 8.5x11 B&W Hardcover.
[Rite Publishing] Adventure Quarterly #5 coming 03 / 13 (relaunch hand drawn cartography and custom art, Print + PDF)
The Adventure Quarterly Relaunch!
Welcome to the latest issue of Adventure Quarterly, now with new hand drawn cartography by Tommi Salama and all original art to help create encounters and stories you want to be a part of. Where creative designers cut their teeth, or continue to sink seasoned canines, into the meat of what makes an enjoyable adventure.
Ruins Perilous, Level 3, The Sensodrome: Immerse yourself in the Sensodrome. At one time this magnificent subterranean concert hall that has been transformed in to puzzle traps for all your senses A location adventure for 3rd level PCs that tests the mettle of adventurers by Mike Welham.
Legacy of the Fishermage: A unique new quest adventure for 9th level characters from Michael Allen, The Salmon of Wisdom who ate the acorns that fell from the Tree of Knowledge has spawned again and the ogre, Grenneck Shieldfist, is close to finding it and succeeding where the Fishermage who long sought for it, failed.
Paradox: This gauntlet of combat and temporal conjecture, throws the PC into the midst of a disintegrating multiverse, can the PCs set things right or will all they have adventured for be for nothing? A great capstone adventure for long running campaigns and 18th level characters by Bret Boyd
Greetings this is our biggest sale of the year.
We are doing 30% off all our PDFS products at the paizo store
We are also doing 30% off select print products including
The sale runs till March 10th!
Come and see the true power of Faith!
The Unarmored Cleric simple archetype lets you ditch the armor for the divine protection of your deity.
The Devoted Exemplar cleric archetype makes you rely on perfecting your ties to your deity using strict adherence to their deity’s teachings and physical training. By combining prayer with exertion, you bond with the very essence of your deity. Your strict discipline and complete devotion grant you a favored status amongst the divine.
The Missionary Priest cleric archetype you seek to spread your religion’s teachings to other people, using honeyed words, violence, force of personality, or deceit. You focus on select races to win them over to your beliefs, knowing that understanding is important to changing faith. You lead through example, integrating yourself into many aspects of the races you study.
The Sacredos cleric/inquisitor archetype you preform the sacred rites your church; learning the powerful ceremonies, rituals, and traditions of your religion. Your mastery of rites enables you to manipulate your deity’s energy when channeling in new and interesting ways.
All of this is backed up by a collection of 16 new feats that support these archetypes.
Author: Thomas LeBlanc, Cover Artist: Świtezianka, Pages 11.
You can get your copy HERE
[Rite Publishing] In the Company of Dragons Playtest Cover Preview (You know you want to play a dragon!)
Coming Next Thursday the 30th for free! An open playtest where you get to play a dragon; balanced for use along side any other race/class combination for use in any high fantasy campaign setting. Playtest to run till July 1st 2014.
Rite Publishing and Perram’s Spellbook bring you 134 Magus Spell Cards from the critically acclaimed and best-selling 1001 Spells. Now you don’t have to hunt through a book, search a website, or print a pdf page every time your magus wants to cast a new and evocative spell!
Fully compatible with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, these are casino quality US Poker-Size 2.5” x 3.5” (round corners, double-sided, UV coated) with the same card stock used on some of the most popular trading card games (Arjo-Wiggins Playper 305gsm matte with blackcore layer).
Come on over, check out the free preview, and/or preorder your cards today, they go on retail sale January 16th 2014 HERE
[b]Come Explore the Mysteries of Heaven and Earth!
I was inspired to write this product by such products as Faiths and Avatars 2nd Edition by Bret Boyd, Book of the Righteous by Aaron Loeb (published by Green Ronin), and the Volo's guides by Ed Greenwood. So there is some really fun and strong religious flavor in this product.
There are a host of new game mechanics in here but some of my favorites are Divine Vessels (Summoner Archetype) gives you the chance to play He-man or Captain Marvel (Shazam!)
Windrider (Dragon Rider Archetype) I like rifing off of owen's work, and I love the image we have of a wretch (half-orc/half-hag) riding a lightning breathing manticore. r
Artisan of Hallowed Vessels (Rogue Archetype) become an artificer of divine magic items
Come on over, find out more, check out the full-sized free preview or get your copy here at thePaizo Store
The Rite Design Blog: The Secrets of the Divine Preview: Artisan of Hallowed Vessels (Rogue Archetype)
The Pathways of Kingmakers!
Rite Publishing brings you Pathways, a free 'zine packed with plenty of Open Gaming Content for you to take to the table. You'll find articles by Steven D. Russell (1001 Spells), Liz Winters (Lone Wolf Development), Mike Myler (AdventureaWeek.com) and Creighton Broadhurst (Raging Swan Press). You will also find the top 3pp reviews by Endzeitgeist plus an interview with Charles Marleau of Rocks Fall Games.
Get your Copy HERE
What awaits you in the limitless multitude of worlds?
Are you bold enough to take the first step, and embrace the possibility of an open door to the unknown? Become a master of strange gifts. Wield deadly weapons and wondrous artifacts against a horde of foes from the edge of reality. Discover eldritch sorceries and cast potent magics.
But first, you've got to walk through the door...
Tell me, do you think you'll survive your adventure on the Grand Stair?
Lords of Gossamer & Shadow is an original sourcebook and role-playing game using Erick Wujcik’s Diceless Role-Playing system (used in Amber Diceless Role-Playing). This is a standalone product with an original setting, though it is compatible with Amber Diceless Role-Playing .
Find out more, check out the full-sized free preview, or get your copy in full-color print or pdf HERE
[The Demiplane of Gaming] Chris Pramas talks Advanced Besitary with Owen K.C. Stevens and Steven D. Russell.
Owen K.C. Stephens and I talk with Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing about the Advanced Bestiary, its history, the history of Chris Pramas and the History of Green Ronin plus how Warhammer is like the Publishing Industry.
Check it out HERE
This is one of my top 5 favorite Rpg books. If your a GM of Pathfinder you need to get this book. I backed this kickstarter, so should you.
Rite Publishing’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!
This is Rite Publishing’s biggest sale of the year, and is running from November 21st through December 1st, there is never a better deal on Rite’s products than during this sale!
If a PDF is normally $3.00 or less it’s $0.99
You can get these great deals right here at the Paizo Store
Only 33 Hours left to go on the Adventure Quarterly Kickstrater! We are 265% funded, and 83% toward our current stretch goal, Better check it out while you can.
If you back this project for $10 or More youe get the following PDFs for the PFRPG: Adventure Quarterly #5, Coliseum Morpheuon , Infernal Romance at Moon Temple, The Breaking of Forstor Nagar, Five Room Dungeon: The Rabbit Hole, The Living Airship, Ruined Gate, and Ruined Guardhouse.
A Storm is Coming to Pathways!
How can you say "No" to a FREE collection of Pathfinder templates, alternate traits, environmental encounters, interviews, and advice columns If you say no designer Steven D. Russell and artist Ramses Meledez will send a Tempest Elysium Titan after you!
Rite Publishing brings you Pathways, a free 'zine packed with plenty of Open Gaming Content for you to take to the table. You'll find articles by Steven D. Russell (1001 Spells), Liz Winters (Lone Wolf Development), and Creighton Broadhurst (Raging Swan Press). You will also find the top 3pp reviews by Endzeitgeist, Mark Knights, and Megan Robertson plus an interview with Mike Myler.
Get your copy at the paizo store right HERE
Come and delight in the mess you make of mortal lives!
The First Folk, servants of Auberyon the Solstice King, they are race of mercurial essence and yet they are timeless, a race that cares very little for the consequences of their actions yet they keep the bargains that they make. They are the uncaring eldritch powers of nature, yet they are quick to take offense, all the while living with abandonment. They value entertainment, humor, and take on the aspects of various forms throughout their immortal existence.
Create the fey you want to play in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This product includes the new race The First Folk, alternate racial traits, favored class bonuses, two new archetypes as well as the Fey Racial Paragon class. In the Company of Fey gives you everything you need to fully integrate this new racial culture into established campaigns and bring their society to life as told to you in first person by Red Shuck of the First Folk
Don’t wait! Bring this legendary race into your game and show the world what they Fey can do!
Full-Sized Free Preview
Get your copy HERE
A Hellishly Horriffic Pathways!
How can you say "No" to a FREE collection of Pathfinder templates, alternate traits, cavern dressings, interviews and advice columns If you say no designer Steven D. Russell and artist Jacob Blackmon will send a Red Jester Balor Demon after you!
Get your copy for FREE right Here
The Demiplane of Gaming # 33: +Dave Gross! Owen K.C. Stephens (who got his first gig in gaming from Dave) and I talk to Dave about the Pathfinder Tales work he has done, we have live viewer Q&A, and discuss the difficulties of writing fiction for game lines. Plus Kung Fu!
Check it out HERE
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Want to play a Medusa? Well now you can, for In The Company of Medusa is now available!
Advance in the Medusa Paragon racial class, after choosing from the humanoid or snake form Medusa, or choose the sacrificial shaving alternate racial trait and shave off your snake hair or perhaps you will become a Stone-blind sorceress.
Find out more, check out the full-sized FREE preview or get your copy HERE!
Cover illustration by Henry Toogood
Make Red Dragons Rule Anew.
20 Variant Foes: Red Dragons saves you time while instilling a sense of dread and the wonder of the unknown back into the game, even for those jaded players who have memorized the Bestiary. It cover 20 different variants for each CR ranging from 3 to 30, making it useful for Game Masters at all levels of play.
Find out more, check out the full-sized free preview, or get your copy HERE!
"It’s a lot more than a self-help book!"
Within you will find grimoires such a “Abstruse Arcane Augmentation!” that can imbue a gift for metamagic; “Cultivating Your Talents” a book that enhances one’s rogue class features; and “Hair Pulling, Sand Throwing, and Other Dirty Tricks” teaches you underhanded combat maneuvers.
Find out more, check out the full-size preview, or get your copy HERE!
Come walk on the many-angled Pathways!
How can you say "No" to a FREE collection of Pathfinder templates, foes, alternate racial traits, and encounters? If you say no, designer Steven D. Russell and artist Richy Sampson will send a Many-Angled Shoggoth after you!
Rite Publishing brings you Pathways, a free 'zine packed with plenty of Open Gaming Content for you to take to the table. You'll find articles by Steven D. Russell (1001 Spells), Liz Winters (Wolf's Lair Development), and Creighton Broadhurst (Raging Swan Press). You will also find the top 3pp reviews by Endzeitgeist, and an interview with Jason Nelson of Legendary Games.
Get your copy for free HERE!
With things like Lorefinder, the sanity rules of d20 Cthuluhu and the World War I rules of "Rasputin Must Die" all being in the OGL, I have been thinking about this idea a bit, but wanted to see if there was an interest in you purchasing a pathfinder adventure of lovecraftian horror set in World War II.
So I leave it open to the board.
MEGA-SALE: 1001 Spells (PDF) is only $2.99 (normally $19.99) until Sunday 09/01, it will never be at this low a price ever again!
In addition the Hardcover B&W Print edition has sold out, you can't find it at Amazon or Paizo, but its second printing is now available exclusively at DrivethruRpg (updated with errata).
So go find out more, check out the video trailer, download the free preview, or get your copy in Print or PDF HERE!