Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock Launched


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The update email from Tim Brannon was a pretty interesting read.


Just reposting the link to the KS for the new page:

Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch and Warlock.

With a new Warlock Base Class, alternate Witch class, archetypes for both, spells, feats, hexes, patrons and pacts, familiars, covens and more - this is a truly fantastic expansion for eldritch and occult options in your game.

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I don't see it anywhere on the KS page... what is a warlock? It's more different than just being a male witch?


Ascalaphus wrote:
I don't see it anywhere on the KS page... what is a warlock? It's more different than just being a male witch?

The latest update on the Kickstarter page has some more detail about it.

There's also a small amount of info in my interview with Tim Brannan, found ***HERE*** (note: I do mean small amount of info. Don't expect a breakdown of all the abilities or anything).

Hope that helps.

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Aaaah.... found it. That does sound quite promising.


I am posting the "What *is* a Warlock" update here as well.

http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/2014/05/what-is-warlock.html

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We broke 4K!


But just 25 a day is not enough! Pledge more, you believers! Pledge!

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Bardess wrote:
But just 25 a day is not enough! Pledge more, you believers! Pledge!

Listen to this lady, folks! :)


I'm creating some NPC now... one mythic high/level witch, one mid-level multiclass witch, and one novice witch, with both old and new patrons and hexes. Maybe I could make a warlock too. ;)
Problem of the day: what's the best way to recreate the old AD&D power of evil priests to turn paladins? A feat? A mythic feat? A class or archetype ability? Sure if a witch or warlock can command undead, they must also be able to turn opposed alignment divine servants! ^_^


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They'd need to be able to channel negative energy first, and then some sort of Turn [x] Feat modeled on the Turn Undead feat would do it. May be a bit overpowered, though, as Turn Undead affects a certain creature type, whereas Turn [good] covers a much broader range of entities. Also, being able to 'command' one thing does not necessarily imply the ability to 'turn' something else. Finding a way to balance it without going Über would be the challenge :)


Turn and Command should be separate feats all right. Turn Good could be a Mythic feat (Turn Alignment to turn outsiders, Mythic Turn Alignment to turn every good being as in Mythic Alignment Channel). The feat I'm thinking about should be more specific, though. I created Turn Aura, to turn divine spellcasters with a specific alignment aura- but this works with clerics and paladins, not with inquisitors and oracles (and druids and rangers) who have no aura. Hmmmm.


66% funded and 20 days to go.

I think this is good.

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Timothy Brannan just added The Witch PDF to backers of $25+ on the Strange Brew Kickstarter.

Also, I've got Owen K.C. Stephens looking over what we have on the warlock so far. He'll offer up some suggestions on it. I'm hoping that if he likes it a great deal, I can talk him into writing the Talented Warlock as a stretch goal. Fingers crossed.


Yum!


My interview with Morgan Boehringer is up! Rejoice people! Spread the word and help get this project funded! Cry havoc and let slip the social media promotion of war!

Interview with Morgan Boehringer, Independent RPG Designer & Publisher
(full url if you want to link to it: http://thegrassygnoll.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/interview-with-morgan-boehri nger/ )

Twitter announcement is ***HERE*** if you've got followers you want to tweet it at!

Hope you enjoy reading it :D

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Timothy Brannan has provided me a preview copy of The Witch, a book that is added in at the $25 tier and above on the Strange Brew Kickstarter.

Take a look at The Witch.

The $25 tier and above currently includes:

The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
+ Stretch Goal PDFS

I'll be adding something else to the bundle soon!


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Way to keep the momentum up there Christina :D Hopefully the more updates people see, the more likely they'll be to pledge.


I'd also say: more rewards the people see, the more they will feel like pledging. Like more stretch goals, more add-ons, more previews, and so on. But don't give things *gratis*. Let them BUY that if they want! ;)


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Will there be a magic item section? Cauldrons and such.

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Smoo979 wrote:
Will there be a magic item section? Cauldrons and such.

Yes, that is definitely in the plans. :)


Tinkergoth wrote:

My interview with Morgan Boehringer is up! Rejoice people! Spread the word and help get this project funded! Cry havoc and let slip the social media promotion of war!

Interview with Morgan Boehringer, Independent RPG Designer & Publisher
(full url if you want to link to it: http://thegrassygnoll.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/interview-with-morgan-boehri nger/ )

Twitter announcement is ***HERE*** if you've got followers you want to tweet it at!

Hope you enjoy reading it :D

Nice one TG!!! Ah. That picture. <0.0>


Christina Stiles wrote:
Smoo979 wrote:
Will there be a magic item section? Cauldrons and such.
Yes, that is definitely in the plans. :)

Yep. And legendary, run of the mill and deep dark athames/ritual witchknives...


Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Tinkergoth wrote:

My interview with Morgan Boehringer is up! Rejoice people! Spread the word and help get this project funded! Cry havoc and let slip the social media promotion of war!

Interview with Morgan Boehringer, Independent RPG Designer & Publisher
(full url if you want to link to it: http://thegrassygnoll.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/interview-with-morgan-boehri nger/ )

Twitter announcement is ***HERE*** if you've got followers you want to tweet it at!

Hope you enjoy reading it :D

Nice one TG!!! Ah. That picture. <0.0>

Hah, told you I didn't have a problem using it :P


Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Christina Stiles wrote:
Smoo979 wrote:
Will there be a magic item section? Cauldrons and such.
Yes, that is definitely in the plans. :)
Yep. And legendary, run of the mill and deep dark athames/ritual witchknives...
Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett wrote:
"Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, but it took skill to be one with an apple-corer."


Distant Scholar wrote:
Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Christina Stiles wrote:
Smoo979 wrote:
Will there be a magic item section? Cauldrons and such.
Yes, that is definitely in the plans. :)
Yep. And legendary, run of the mill and deep dark athames/ritual witchknives...
Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett wrote:
"Any fool could be a witch with a runic knife, but it took skill to be one with an apple-corer."

Ezackly. Headology apple-corers provided by Weatherwax TM.


BADASS Tats! You're well in shape indeed! Looking forward to seeing your designs in the books!


Endzeitgeist wrote:
BADASS Tats! You're well in shape indeed! Looking forward to seeing your designs in the books!

Thanks End. You mean illustration/graphics or game mechanics, or both? ;)


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Come on guys! I'm cutting me own throat- if we reach 100 backers today, I'll accept a writing request! I'm not Tim neither Christina and I can't promise it will be in the book, but hope this helps! ^_^

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I will post that, Bardess!

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Here's what I posted on the KS update:

Margherita Tramontano, better known as Bardess on the Paizo Messageboards, has agreed to contribute something to Strange Brew if we reach 100 backers today. We need 7 (now 5) to make that happen. What you may not know is that Margherita, along with Will Wells, is working on the Book of Passion for me, a Pathfinder book that will tackle the issues discussed in The Book of Erotic Fantasy done for D20 back in the day. They have over 100 pages at the moment, and they both believe there are tie-in possibilities with Strange Brew. I'm curious to see what those would be, myself.

I you are interested in finding out what they might be, reach out to several friends to join the Strange Brew kickstarter. I think it will be quite intriguing!

Also, she and Will think their book might make a very excellent stretch goal book. Let us know what you think about that.

Added here: For obvious reasons, Bardess's book will not bear the compatibility logo. It will have a 3.75 logo on it.


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70% and 17 days.

We are doing great!

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scary harpy wrote:


70% and 17 days.

We are doing great!

Doing ok. Need more backers. :)

I'm in talks with Legendary Games's Jason Nelson, btw, as a stretch goal.


Sorry Christina, bit off topic, but I've got a couple of questions about the Book of Passion that Bardess is working on. Not that it's really a big concern for me, since my groups never used the BoEF, nor will we since we use the ol' standard of "character moves in for a kiss, fade to black", so this is really just for my curiousity.

So it's going to be OGL compatible, but not Pathfinder Compatible (in that it won't be able to show the Pathfinder Compatible logo). What's this 3.75 logo? I know that Pathfinder has been unofficially referred to as D&D 3.75 at times, but I've never seen a logo. Is this just something you're creating for the book?

Additionally, I assume you're taking into account the need to make sure that the tie-in stuff for Strange Brew will meets the Pathfinder Compatibility License terms as well?

I also saw over in the favourite classes thread that you said Alexander Auganas is going to be contributing something? Could we get an update about what exactly he's working on?

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Tinkergoth wrote:


So it's going to be OGL compatible, but not Pathfinder Compatible (in that it won't be able to show the Pathfinder Compatible logo). What's this 3.75 logo? I know that Pathfinder has been unofficially referred to as D&D 3.75 at times, but I've never seen a logo. Is this just something you're creating for the book?

Right. It will be OGL, using Pathfinder rules. Most people get that saying 3.75 is saying Pathfinder, so we just created a logo with that on it. We used it for Bite Me! Playing Lycanthropes recently, as I included a little risqué picture of a were mantis eating after mating. The art and subject matter will be something that Paizo will want removed from their name, and I totally respect that.

Tinkergoth wrote:


Additionally, I assume you're taking into account the need to make sure that the tie-in stuff for Strange Brew will meets the Pathfinder Compatibility License terms as well?

Yes, we'd have to make sure whatever we include with the compatibility logo on it will have to meet its standards. That may mean putting material in a different PDF--or changing the logo.

Tinkergoth wrote:


I also saw over in the favourite classes thread that you said Alexander Auganas is going to be contributing something? Could we get an update about what exactly he's working on?

He will be working on an archetype he is calling ravaged vessel for the warlock. I'll have some more information on this posted to our KS soon, and then I'll release more information about it here. I'm happy to have him on board!

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@Tinkergoth

I'm working on a new archetype for the warlock called the ravaged soul. Essentially, he's a warlock that permanently binds a ravaged spirit to his soul, which acts as his patron. The rest of the class slowly transforms the warlocked into a paragon of the ravaged and the book will also include this new spirit, the ravaged spirit, which is sort of a generic "bad stuff happens to people who bind it" spirit. If you have Secrets of Pact Magic, the archetype name is a direct reference to a template in that 3.5 splat book, the Ravaged Vessel template.

The ravaged vessel archetype is also unique because it is the only archetype (aside from occultist ones) that can seal pacts with multiple spirits. Granted one of the ravaged vessel's spirits has to be the ravaged spirit, but hey! That's pretty cool. ;-)


Thanks guys, I appreciate the info.


Looking good.


[Throws down the gauntlet (-witch).]

Well, I'll put my other gauntlet on for a moment and hereby offer up the Direlock Base Class PDF to all Initiate Witch backers and above. If you want some armored warlock action, a spell-eating, eldritch tendril flowing Direlock will set your casters quaking.

You can't get more Ultimate than that. Or can you???


Great OSW!!!
Hmmm... we made it to 100, it appears. But was the deal still valid? What does our Lady Medusa say?


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Bardess wrote:

Great OSW!!!

Hmmm... we made it to 100, it appears. But was the deal still valid? What does our Lady Medusa say?

These are unrelated Bardess - I'm not Christina, but as we hot 100 backers, you should still be good to go!!!


Good, then- the next pledger to post here or on the Kickstarter can tell me what he or she would like me to write, and I'll try to do that.


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I have been asked to write some unusial familiar, like aberrations or plants. When I'm done I'll post the results here and in the kickstarter page.
Someone has some suggestions? ^^ Do you want walking flowers or cat-headed flying hamsters? (My 4-years old boy asked me that... ^^;)

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Bardess wrote:

I have been asked to write some unusial familiar, like aberrations or plants. When I'm done I'll post the results here and in the kickstarter page.

Someone has some suggestions? ^^ Do you want walking flowers or cat-headed flying hamsters? (My 4-years old boy asked me that... ^^;)

Sounds great to me!

I've got to get a post out today on the project!


Don't forget to put on OSW's very generous offer too. ^^

I gathered some ideas in the meanwhile...
What would you say about:

Symbiotic Bolete (Plant)
Flying Leaf (Plant)
Fruit Jelly (Ooze)
Mini-amalgam (Aberration or Magic Beast?)
Telltale (Aberration)
Walking Cactus (Plant)

Plus: some new familiar feats, like Familiar Companion (Mythic) and Familiar Masque! Hide your quasit under an angelic shape! Have an horse as your familiar!
I'll post some of these as I complete them... let's say... one every 5 or 10 new pledgers? ;)

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I've made the post. We add in Forest Guardian Press's generous offer when we reach 125 backers. The Direlock Base Class received Endzeitgeist's rare Seal of Approval, so this is an excellent addition to the rewards.

I'll have a post from Morgan Boehringer and Christos Gurd about their inspirations for their piece of this project--which yet remains out of reach. Don't you want some War Witches and Hexmavens? I LOVE that title!

Spread the word. Let's get the backer count up!


We're at 104 now.
I'll work on the Flowering Minicactus (have you a cooler name?) first, and post it when we hit 110! :)

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Bardess wrote:

We're at 104 now.

I'll work on the Flowering Minicactus (have you a cooler name?) first, and post it when we hit 110! :)

We are nearing 110 backers! Better get writing.

I'm away at ConCarolinas as the Gaming Guest of Honor this weekend, though, so I'm not sure how much time I'll be spending checking email and the Internet with all the cool events going on.


110 Backers!!!

81% funded!!!

Let's hit 125 Backers* and get this thing funded, then onto the stretch goals!

* So I can see Initiate Witches get the Direlock!!!!


Oh, for... I talk about a cactus and everyone begins to pledge?! And here I thought I had the whole weekend...
Ok, it 's flattering. Give me till this afternoon and you can have it. ^^

Ok, you probably want the Direlock and not my cactus. But for now my cactus you get. XD

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