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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
That's right folks, AAW has jumped in to the deep end with their first Kickstarter offering. A compiled expanded edition of the Rise of the Drow trilogy.
3 time Ennie award winning cartographer Todd Gamble will be bringing with personal touch to the full color gorgeous maps, adding in many new sections as the material expands and grows.
Jonathan Nelson and Stephen Yeardley co-authored a solid, epic storyline and decided to invite along some friends when it was time to revisit the project for an expansion.
With a host of authors on board including Brian Berg, Owen K. C. Stevens, Robert Gruver and Jason Stoffa the sheer weight of new material and sections being added to the trilogy alone are going to provide enough material to fill another 100 pages.
With plans to bring an board familiar names as well as a new fresh faces in regards to art, we'll also got a few surprises in store as to artists we are wanting to work with for this book.
And no, that's not all we have planned my friends...so come check it the campaign, hit us with a million questions, and let's see enjoy this ride together!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow...the mere mention of sitting down to an evening of certain company's games makes my mind hurt, and yet I can't think of a time, even once, that I felt the need to let my inner fiver year old out and run to the respective forums for these games/companies and stick my tongue out just to prove I can do it.
Bravo, for accomplishing...nothing.
An adventure in which the players are removed from their bodies - by magic, by possession, or by some other method - and hijacked by an outside force; they must cope with life as a ghost or similar entity while trying to stop their body-nappers and get themselves back to normal =D
Now this could be an interesting idea....in fact it sparks a few thoughts that demand some further developing......OK, Jonathan, mark me down as five adventures on the burner now....dagnabbit...I am never going to see the sun again...lol
I actually have an interesting location setting planned for an upcoming project that involves a subterranean sea, and a great deal of the encounter is planned for underwater. Filled with quite a few of the denizens of nightmarish evilness one would expect from the darkest depths of a sunless sea....mwahahaha
Only if we can talk Owen into moonlighting, lol....no, seriously, this would be really cool to look into, and there is certainly a wealth of really cool material already out there in regards to specific time settings, depending upon which direction and how far we wanted to go with the time jumping. I actually ran a campaign at my own table years ago that crossed the whole time/space boundary constantly by merging a Fantasy D20 with a SuperHero and a CyberPunk campaign, with the sould of the characters making the transition to members of their bloodlines, fully aware that they were shifting...was really hard to keep track of, but a lot of fun to play.
I'd love to see an entirely urban set of adventures, all set in the Great City of fantasy (which could be moved to Haven, Greyhawk, Absalom, or whatever Great City the GM is using).
OK, let's open with Thanks for dropping by Owen, the idea that you'd be interested in seeing us do something, very cool. The idea of doing an urban campaign, not so far off from a few things we have in the fire actually, so this one I could easily see coming to fruition sooner than later, lol.
I owe everything I do today to you. Point blank. I started reviewing because of your reviews. I kept doing it because of your encouragement. Those reviews led me to where I am now...
You take the time you need bro...take all the time you need. This community will miss you more than I think any of us can express properly, but we'd rather wait for your return than continue to have you fall apart.
You have my email if you feel like talking my friend.
Only just recently (as in like a few days ago) played my first game of Munchkin. How I managed to survive as a gamer this long without ever experiencing this insane game before I am not sure. Hands down one of the funnest evenings I have ever had playing a game with friends.
Am already a convert and addict, have been planning my next purchases to increase our on hand deck size. Can easily see the hunt for promo and special cards becoming a new obsession!
Personally...I don't see what the hubb bubb is all about...I don't care who ya wanna curl up next to...you deserve the same rights to be miserable as the hetero's do when it comes to sharing a last name or raising somebody else's kids.....lol
and yes....that is dripping with sarcasm...
Dale, much kudos to you for picking a side, standing on it, and not letting your concerns convince you to do otherwise...bravo!
Fabius Maximus wrote:
I, too, recommend Rite Publishing and Super Genius Games, as well as Open Design and Dreamscarred Press (if you are into psionics).
Aarrgghhh, Wolfgang and Shelly are gonna kill me, I can't believe I left Open Design off of the list, lol. And yes, quite right, if you are looking for the definitive word on psionics in regards to the Pathfinder ruleset, Dreamscarred Press is the place to look.
I am always curious as to why a group or GM makes the decision to stick to "official" material, as opposed to utilizing the vast amount of excellent design available from other companies. Obviously it depends entirely upon a personal choice, and I promise I am not trying to judge, I just find it curious is all. A great deal of the individuals designing 3PP material do in fact have their names within several "official" Paizo products, and technically speaking, Paizo themselves were in fact a 3PP at one time, producing game material for 3.5 that evolved into the Pathfinder game system.
I would look into Rite publishing for a massive amount of source material as well as adventures, and the excellent Kaiden setting (Think old school KaraTur brought up to speed, and shot full of awesome). Perhaps Super Genius Games for an immense amount of cool new feats, spells, traits and such...
I can understand a GM wanting to limit the sheer amount of classes, as it can get overwhelming to just open the flood doors, but there are some fantastically designed potential additions to a game just waiting to be discovered.
A quick rundown of the companies I personally would recommend looking into (all of which I do believe offer some form of free material to let you get a look at what they are doing)
Also, there are two free e-magazines, Pathways by Rite publishing, and Wayfinder (not sure who handles them. Both can be found by searching Paizo's site, and they are both free, and filled with highly useful stuff that will give you a great look into the design chops of a lot of folks.
The thing I tell folks to remember is, even Paizo supports 3PP, which is one big stamp of approval as far as its credibility to the game table.
Joshua KTFish7 Gullion
How about addressing the Craft and Profession skills in the same manner that you took on the Leadership feat? Give those two skill groupings a reason to exist for more players, as often times they are simply overlooked as being nothing more than a waste of skill points.
And am so going to have to second James Martin's suggestion of a weather mage, love the concept.
And perhaps, finally, we can see a revisit to a particular enterprising goblin, whom we still have no statblock for. Just a quick collection of goodies, perhaps a Krazy Kragnar's roadside sale kind of thing.
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Eric, glad you liked the review, and am thinking nobody should have to wait for Bullet Points, so I bought you a copy. Check your email, should be the info and such.
Review here, RPGnow and at NerdTrek. And of course, not reading through this thread of comments before reading and reviewing the PDF, you can ignore my request for a bloodline, as I see that has already been granted, lol. I would love to see those Hero lab files if they are going to made available to the rest of us though, just saying.
It took a great amount of strength to do what you've done here Nic. Allowing others to help you clean up this mess so you can get past it was the right decision, and as long as you hold to that inner strength, those who feel the need to continue to fan the flames of turmoil will get bored, and get over it. Congratulations on your re-emergence, and welcome back.
I'll answer this one as Jonathan and Todd are off locked away working on the next batch of goodies.
The layout is undergoing some tweaking, and will include the addition of an NPC index at the back of each adventure module, and further changes to layout and look will depend upon feedback.
And all PDF's are planned to be released with Hero Lab file support.
Thanks for the interest and the questions!