The Big Book of Bloodlines is now on Kickstarter!
With the advent of the bloodrager, the bloodline rules have gotten very restrictive. If a player ever wants to make a sorcerer/bloodrager, there's really no choice. If X sorcerer, then X bloodrager. While good for flavor's sake, it's not good for creativity, which is the primary pillar upon which 3rd-edition Dungeons and Dragons and the even more player-friendly Pathfinder Roleplaying Game are situated.
The Big Book of Bloodlines is exactly what it says on the tin, a listing of 100+ sorcerer and bloodrager bloodlines designed to deepen and broaden the scope of flavor and mechanical conceits available to their associated classes.
The Big Book of Bloodlines delves deeper with subbloodlines. Unlike subdomains and alternate focused schools, a subbloodline is its own beast. Rather than swapping out one or two abilities, a subbloodline shares nothing but core theme with its parent and is a full-blooded (pardon the pun) bloodline with its own special mechanics, tricks, and flavor.
Why should such a thing exist? When rolling a multiclass sorcerer/bloodrager, a player must match bloodlines, but with subbloodlines, he is also granted the freedom to choose any two subbloodlines that are associated with the same parent bloodline. This expands build choice greatly.
Undead - parent
(Note: With the above design, there are 25 possible multiclass builds for an undead sorcerer/bloodrager, and five times as many distinct options for a non-multiclass individual.)
Huge thanks to Veronica Ellis for being an insomniac and jumping on the bandwagon before there was a band, as well as to Geoffrey Eaton for being the first to commission a complex bloodline.
We're off to an excellent start, lads! Let's roll on over to $3,000 and start talking about Bloodlord archetypes, shall we? :)
Best of luck to you!!!
Thanks muchly, Marc! We're up to 25% on the first day, so I'm done wigging out. At the very least, we'll limp across the finish line like this, and that's more than good enough for something that was first conceived to push back another book and give my dear mother time to get well.
Because it's cheaper for you AND less work for me.
If you pay me up front for a physical copy, I pay Kickstarter/Amazon 10% on all of that, then the book ships to me, then the book ships to you.
By handing you a PDF and the option to have the physical book shipped directly to you, we remove the following from the equation.
1: The cost of shipping the book to me
2: The cost of packaging
3: The $1 or so I'd want for handling
4: 10% of print costs, plus 10% of the costs of 1, 2, 3 so Kickstarter/Amazon can be paid without me losing money on the transaction.
Depending on where you live, this drops the price of getting a book into your hands by anywhere from $5 to $5 + New Zealand postage.
It also allows the point of origination for each book to be in the US or the UK, depending on which is cheaper for each individual backer, rather than all of them sent to me and Europeans being shafted.
Alternate argument - pay for the book and have me have their system ship to you when it's ready.
My Kickstarters are fairly unique in that I openly embrace feature bloat. I love it when a big backer comes in and makes the book 10% bigger. And I'd be perfectly fine with that happening ten times. The issue is that each backer like that increases the price of the book slightly. If I had an up-front print cost, each big backer would effectively reduce the profits made from each small backer, to the point that I would have to guess how big the book would get and charge accordingly.
For me, charging for what may never exist is disingenuous at best.
I'm in on this. I was no 6 I also subscribed to Strange Magic through rpgnow a few months ago since I missed the kickstarter. So I was wondering how and when I will get the coupon for the print book, for Strange magic since we should be getting close. And if you know approximately how much will it cost. just so I can save enough in my RPG budget for it. Their are lots of goody's out their I want so it's hard to save. :)
@ladydragona: I'm the bottleneck, I fear. I'm cranking hard away at editing Ultimate Composition and Truenaming as I type this. UComp will be completed this week, my aim is to get Ultimate Truenaming done as fast as possible as well. Thing is, checking these books takes time and I want to make sure the final book is as good as it can possibly be. So yeah, once I'm done, the final coupons will arrive.
@ladydragona: In addition to Thilo's editing, we also have a pair of etherslinger archetypes in the works after having been called out for having none in Ultimate Ethermagic. I'm not actually writing either of them; Jason Linker has one of them and Thilo here has the other, and even then I've only seen one draft of Jason's. Even then, up until yesterday, I was still waiting on two backers to get back to me so I know what to do with the NPC Codex. Still waiting on one. For my part, since all of these blockers to completion are staring straight at me, I really haven't done all that much to Strange Magic in the last few weeks and have instead been putting my effort into schemes that I haven't really been able to do up since that Kickstarter became a thing that exists. Rest assured that the final PDF will be ready to go within a week or so of me getting the last piece I need, and the book soon thereafter.
A print edition of Strange Magic looks like it will run somewhere in the vicinity of $14 + shipping.
Looking forward to the book of bloodlines and the whole compilation of Strange Magic. I should be saving $20.00 now!!!
As for "calling out the no etherslinger archetypes"...I just call them how I see them. I think it is good that there are at least 1 etherslinger archetype going into Strange Magic, and I appreciate that you listen to your fans.
Looking forward to having both books be part of my regular campaigns in the near future.
I'm a fan of strange magic and your other subsystems, but the whole sorcerer bloodline thing never really grabbed me. Hence, I didn't pay much attention to this when you announced it earlier.
However, I read the description of complex bloodlines and realized I was sorely mistaken. I am now officially BACKED!
And I will be really disappointed if this isn't funded.
Do you mind if I plug for this kickstarter over on the Giantitp.com forums?
Etherbomber Archetype done. Only Ultimate Truenaming edits left. :)
Etherbomber's going for another iteration. I know it's almost corporate blasphemy for me to say it, but there was simply too much going on.
Ethermagic - lesser blast, alteration, bestow
Etherslinger Talents - modified list, plus new abilities and access to bomb discoveries
What I want to do:
Remove lesser blast. Add a blast manifestation slot to etherbombs.
What will actually happen:
Not to worry, though, his core design is actually quite fantastic and this should be a simple cut and suture affair.
VERY excited about how the etherslinger's archetypes are going to pan out. The ether/gunslinger is going to have ether/alchemist and ether/halfling rock-skipping champion for archetypes.
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To bring everything back on track for The Big Book of Bloodlines, however, I am sending out an OBS ad tomorrow.
In addition, I am toying with the idea of dropping the Bloodlord to base funding rather than $3,000, but only if I get the support of at least two people who would like to back the project at a $75 "have me write archetypes for them" level.
You got a class with four bloodlines. This is your best shot ever at driving me utterly mad!
Interjection Games wrote:No, actually. It's all brand new content. They'll be listed in the back with other 3pp bloodlines with parents assigned.How about making it an add-on then? I would buy it.
If it is not in the book and it is all new content, I wouldn't mind throwing a couple extra bucks towards Bloodrager bloodlines
This week is really important for me work-wise.
If it goes well, I'd be happy to grab an add-on, and/or upgrade to the $40 level.
Huh, didn't think of that. Would you also be interested in Purple Duck's 30-some monstrous bloodlines? I can go ask.
If you mean you are expanding on the PDG bloodlines with sub/complex bloodlines, then yes, that interests me.
I am interested in picking up your bloodrager bloodlines product & the 3 sorcerer bloodlines ones as well (as soon as I see the add-on available). The fact that I didn't know about them means I'm going to have to take a closer look at your back catalog. I do have 2 questions though. First will the ones from the sorcerer bloodlines be added to the list in the back? Second did you mean that it would be $3 for all those PDF or $ 3 each?
Alright, Mr. Griffin. I've gone and done what you wanted. You can pay $3 to add all four of Interjection Games' old bloodline products to your order, and all 25 of my old bloodlines will have parents assigned in the back of The Big Book of Bloodlines. For comparison's sake, these products are normally $6.50 when picked up separately!
That said, please be aware that 4 of the 25 bloodlines are coming from a source very near the genesis of Interjection Games. I've gotten better since then, and it will show.
Also of note is the ridiculous generosity of Jonathan Nelson of Adventure A Week Games. All backers at the Blood Brother ($15) level or higher will get a FREE 1-month subscription to AdventureAWeek.com. This translates to web access to their entire back catalog and the ability to permanently download up to two adventure PDFs of your choice.
I only ask that you download the gory adventures to keep the blood theme going. :)
Well I just upped my pledge $3 & I hope a lot of other people will as well.
I promise I won't hold your earlier work against you. To be honest reviews of it show few rules problems & the ideas behind them just drip with flavor & awesome. That's the main reason I'm putting money up for your kickstarter in the first place. You have a history of coming up with really interesting stuff (& you listen to what people have to say).
Herald of the Bloodlord - At this level, your pitched concept or idea becomes an archetype for the bloodlord base class! If both slots are filled, the bloodlord stretch goal will be added to The Big Book of Bloodlines at base funding. (If both slots are not filled, we'll talk and get you a partial refund.) You also receive the benefits of the Blood Donor level.
Blood Donor is an add-on, not a level. Is this supposed to be Blood Brother, or does it mean you get both Blood Brother and the Blood Donor add-on?
It's pretty much a sure thing at this point, my good man. Historically, the organic Kickstarter backers flood into these project in the last 10 days, and they end up being about 40-50% of the take of small games projects like this. At this point, I'm expecting an absolute floor of about $2,100.
Of course, one fact that leaves me nervous is the lack of angel-level backers on this one. This book has one so far. Strange Magic had eight, and then lost two to cancellations before closing. If anything, The Big Book of Bloodlines is showing grassroots rather than a top-heavy, and the fact that it is working with the base level being $10 cheaper is a win in and of itself.