Pathfinder: Another Exclusive Look Inside Advanced Tengu

January 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced TengusCarrakwak, our signature tengu inquisitor graces the cover of Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus, but he is not the only tengu the book. Today we are showing off the other avian characters within this book done by Brian Brinlee. Brian’s work has been featured in works by Purple Duck Games, Silver Gryphon Games, and Rite Publishing. Check out these images for inspiration for your own tengu characters and look for his work in the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Catfolk, coming in February.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Exclusive Look Inside The Lost Spell Words

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment

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Continuing our series of exclusive looks inside recent JBE releases, let’s take a look within Book of Magic: The Lost Spell Words. This is not our first expansion on the words of power magic system. It is, however, the longest delayed. As I explained in the introduction, I literally lost these spell words and found them again later.

Now that they are published and ready to use in your game, what exactly is inside shall now be revealed. These are two spell words inside this short PDF.

Object (Meta Word)
Level 1
This metaword alters the saving throw, making it affect objects, such as undead and constructs. If the wordspell requires a Fortitude save, this metaword allows it to affect objects. This change does not affect whether or not a successful save negates the effect, reduces it, or has some other effect; it simply alters the types of creatures that can be affected by it. This has no effect on wordspells that require a Reflex or Will save.

Persistent (Meta Word)
Level 4
Whenever a creature targeted by a wordspell or within the area affected by this metaword succeeds on its saving throw, it must make another saving throw against the effect. If a creature fails this second saving throw, it suffers the full effects of the wordspell, as if it had failed its first saving throw.

Download the Book of Magic: The Lost Spell Words for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

Exclusive Look Inside Advanced Tengus

January 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced TengusTo say I have been busy lately has been an understatement. Between being sick and my girlfriend’s birthday (which, she was really happy with all I did for her this year), I have barely had enough time to get layouts of Advanced Tengus and Quests of the Sands done and have totally failed to do any kind of previews. Well, better late than never. So starting today and running through next week, I’m going to be posting exclusive looks inside these and other recent releases that I have not shared properly.

We’re going to start off with the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus. This 23 page PDF gives you everything you need to play a tengu. It starts off with a piece of short fiction and presents the racial traits. But it goes beyond that by presenting new archetypes, feats, spells, magic items and more. For this exclusive looks, we’re sharing my favorite archetype, the Spell Scavenger. This wizard archetype draws power from others that cast spells at it and turns that power on its enemies. Check it out.

Spell Scavenger
Spell scavengers use residual scraps of magic from other spellcasters to power their spells.
Associated Class: wizard
Associated Race: tengu
Replaced Abilities: bonus feat (5th, 10th and 15th levels only)
Modified Abilities: spells

Diminished Spellcasting: A spell scavenger may cast one fewer spell of each level than normal. If this reduces the number to 0, he may cast spells of that level only if his Intelligence allows bonus spells of that level.

Scavenge Magic (Su): A spell scavenger can use leftover bits of magical energy to power his spells. When he succeeds on a saving throw against a spell or spell-like ability which targets him or includes him in its area of effect, he can use the energy of that spell to cast a spell in the next round.  If he has the spell prepared, he can cast the same spell the following round without expending the prepared spell. If the spell is on his spell list but not prepared, he can use the spell energy to cast a spell up to one level lower which he has prepared without expending the prepared spell. If the spell is not on his list, he can use the spell energy to cast a spell up to two levels lower which he has prepared without expending the prepared spell. The spell scavenger cannot gain the energy of a spell that does not require a saving throw.

Steal Magic (Su): At 5th level, when a spell scavenger successfully ends a spell with dispel magic or a similar effect, he can attempt a second caster level check against the spell’s caster level. If he is successful in this second attempt, he can cast that spell once as if he had prepared it. If the spell was modified which a metamagic feat, the spell scavenger casts it in its modified form, even if he does not possess the feat. A spell scavenger can only have one stolen spell readied in this way at any time. If he steals a second spell, the previously stolen spell is immediately lost. This ability does not work when the magic is merely suppressed, such as when when dispel magic is cast on a magic item. If the spell is of a level higher than the spell scavenger is normally able to cast, the spell scavenger must succeed a caster level check to successfully cast the stolen spell (DC = spell’s caster level +1). If this check fails, a mishap occurs (see Scroll Mishaps in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, under Section 15: Magic Items). If the spell is not on the wizard spell list, the spell scavenger can still cast the spell as if it were a scroll, using either Use Magic Device or his caster level to cast the spell. Alternatively, the spell scavenger can record the spell in his spellbook or create a scroll without a check, while still needing to pay the writing cost for the spell in the book or to create the scroll, respectfully.

Improved Scavenge Magic (Su): At 10th level, three times per day, a spell scavenger can make a melee touch attack against a spellcaster. If the touch attack is successful, he steals a randomly selected spell of the caster’s highest level prepared spells or spells known. The touched caster loses the spell and the spell scavenger gains the energy of the spell as as if he had succeeded the spell’s saving throw.

Greater Scavenge Magic (Su): At 15th level, a spell scavenger can gain the energy of a spell when he fails a spell’s saving throw. Once per day, he can choose to gain the energy of a spell that targeted him or included him in its area of effect even if he failed the spell’s saving throw or if the spell did not require a saving throw. The spell still affects the spell scavenger as normal.

This isn’t the only archetype in the book, there’s also the aerialist (swashbuckler archetype, where you leap over the heads of your enemies in dramatic acrobatic assaults), crow shaman (shaman archetype, where you can use your trickster nature to steal objects at a short range), kite fighter (fighter archetype where you wield a war kite with exceptional effect), raven knight (cavalier archetype where you get to ride a giant raven mount), and the spite chanter (cleric archetype that uses channel energy to harm all nearby, regardless of creature type).

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Or download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus as part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Subscription. Get this and Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options today as well as the 11 other races in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced series as they are released throughout 2015 plus the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium when it is finished at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Pathfinder: To Play a Mockingbird

January 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced TengusTo Kill a Mockingbird Before the Mockingbird Kills You.

Adventurers and explorers extraordinaire, tengus make exceptional player chararacters. From their unique fighting styles to their ability to read anything put before them, tengus survive the toughtest scrapes and emerge victorious. Now your can play a tengu character like never before.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus gives you everything you need to play a tengu character. This 23-page supplement features:

  • Racial Traits to play a tengu, 3 alternate racial traits and 4 new character traits to customize your character for this unique play experience
  • 8 New Character Class Options including 6 new archetypes like the raven knight and the spell scavenger, a giant raven animal companion, and the spying subdomain
  • 6 New Feats expanding on your avian heritage
  • 6 New Raven-Themed Spells
  • A New Weapon and 4 New Magic Items
  • 2 New Deities, each with a unique perspective on greed and knowledge
  • Details on tengu adventurers as well as suggestions on how to incorporate this race into your world.

Be Heroic with This Advanced Race Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Or download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Tengus as part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Subscription. Get this and Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options today as well as the 11 other races in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced series as they are released throughout 2015 plus the upcoming Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium when it is finished at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

[Pathfinder] Delve into Ancient Tombs with these Adventures

January 6, 2015 Leave a comment

image O Living Who Are on Earth Who Pass by This Tomb Pour Four Me Some Water

What awaits the just and unjust when they walk beyond Death’s Curtain? What happens when the proper rules of building a tomb are not followed? How long will raiders and adventurers seek a treasure that is long gone or well-guarded? What are the consequences of forsaking one’s oath to her goddess? Inside these many tombs of unrest lie deadly traps and angry dead. But do the traps exist to keep raiders out or to keep the dead in? When you delve into the depths of these Quests of the Sands, will you return with tales of glorious adventure, forgotten treasures from ancient times, or a curse to haunt you for the rest of your days? 

Quests of the Sands is a series of six short, one-session adventure modules in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series, and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This set of adventures is designed for four to five PCs ranging from 3rd to 10th-levels. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 8 fully-developed new monsters and NPCs for your Pathfinder campaign
  • 5 original traps, 3 new haunts, and a new magic item, the mummy-like sultha sistrum
  • Full-color maps of each location, totaling 6 different maps for your game
  • Enough content to get your group through a night with little preparation needed
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Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download Deadly Delves: Quests of the Sands for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

State of the Enterprise 2014 Edition

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Greetings,

I have done a few meta posts before, but I am going to try to make this a yearly thing. This is not only going to be my thought on how Jon Brazer Enterprises is doing but how I view the industry as a whole, from my chair in New Jersey, at least.

2014 was a real mixed bag in my opinion. In a number of ways, it was an awesome year. I had three Paizo writing credits this year, JBE had a pretty freaking awesome year in terms of sales, and oh yea, a game called Dungeons and Dragons came back and both the GF and I love it. In other ways, 2014 had its hard side as well. JBE pulled out of traditional distribution, 5E still does not have any kind of official license to go with it and then there are the personal hardships that I will not go into here. But as always, we pick ourselves up and we keep going. “You just have to say ‘no, I won’t’ one more time than they can say ‘yes, you will’.” -John Sheridan

As I write this, I just finished uploading our 3rd Deadly Delve adventure. Until recently, I have really resisted adventures because I started roleplaying in systems that did not have much adventures. I mean, sure, I created the Temple of Orcus adventure for Shadowsfall, but that was my first adventure I ever created, and I knew I could do better if I had more experience. But now I am actively writing and hiring writers to create adventures for us and I have to say it is quite a bit of fun. For a while I was getting burned out of Pathfinder. In the 5-1/2 years since Pathfinder’s release, more than 100 companies have published Pathfinder Compatible material (some of them weekly) and that is on top of the 3-ish products/month that Paizo releases themselves. I will be honest, there are times I try to come up with new products and I come up with a blank. This brings us to Deadly Delves. While there are alot of adventures out there, I do believe there is still a considerable amount of room for new stories. So that is why we are focusing on adventures for Pathfinder.

It did not start out that way though. Deadly Delves, when I came up with the idea of doing adventures a year ago, was for 5th Edition, not for Pathfinder. To be completely honest, the original idea was for an adventure path where the players faced off against the 5 different types of chromatic dragons. That specific idea was scrapped when, about a month after, Tyranny of Dragons was announced. But that did not stop Richard Moore from developing the adventure he was working on from completing it. In fact, Reign of Ruin still holds a number of ideas and names from the proto-setting we came up with for the adventures.

Which brings us to the 13th Age version of Reign of Ruin. Both Richard and I like 13th Age. So when it became obvious that a license for D&D 5th edition was not going to be available at launch, he developed the adventure for 13th Age and then converted it over to Pathfinder. We’ve made adjustments to how we develop adventures since then, but I have held off on releasing other 13th Age adventures until we got some feedback on the first. And we did. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive with some constructive input to make it better in the future. Namely: more integration with the 13th Age icons and suggestions for campaign failures. So once we make those adjustments to Rescue from Tyrkaven and others, we will resume releasing adventures for 13th Age.

The other area in Pathfinder we are focusing our energy is in races. Shortly after the release of the Book of Heroic Races Compendium, I started a thread that I thought was going to be a good promoter for the book. Instead it generated about a 1000 ideas for ways to develop playable races that have been largely ignored. Sure, races outside of the core rulebook have gotten some development, but 7 pages in the advanced race guide is hardly noteworthy and 2 pages is just a downright scandal compared to the supplements devoted to core book races. So we are going full bore ahead with the Book of Heroic Races Advanced Series. About half of the drafts have been turned in and we really believe that people that want to play something other than what Tolkien wrote about are going to just love them.

Which makes me think of new races for 13th Age. I mean there is no reason why I can’t adjust these races for this system. Sure, they will each need a new section talking about how they fit in with the icons, or possibly new icons for those that want to ignore elves and dwarves, but being such a rules light system, we can do so much more than what is possible with Pathfinder. For example, races don’t necessarily have to have a humanoid shape. We can have unicorns, pseudodragons, butterflies (tiny gnome-like creatures with butterfly-wings), intelligent wolves, rock people, and so much more. With 13th Age we don’t have to stick to D&D-based games, but can go a whole new direction. The possibilities are endless.

Speaking of D&D, I mentioned that I love the game and that there is still no official license for it. You see, no supplemet is as popular as the first 6 month to a year of the game. Paizo’s two most popular adventure paths are 1) Rise of the Runelords, their first AP and 2) Kingmaker, an adventure path first published 6 months (ending 1 year) after the release of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. That means that we are coming to a point where if Wizards doesn’t release a license for 5th edition or we are going to have to make a decision. Either a) support it through existing OGL material or b) forget about the game entirely. I really hope I don’t have to make that decision, but I do not know I can wait much longer.

To totally change subjects for a moment: Traveller. This company was founded on supporting Traveller and to this day Traveller remains some of our best selling products. Which is why I keep kicking myself for how little support I give the game. It certainly is not for lack of ideas. Developing border words for Foreven produces endless ideas. Adventures are a great idea as well. We even have a few short ones written that are apart of a larger campaign. But we have yet to finish it. We keep working on it when it when we have time. However, time is one of the most rare commodities we have these days. So we will be releasing more Traveller supplements this year, but when is kind of up in the air.

Now here is the real question: what surprises do we have up our sleeves for the year. That’s a good question and we are not totally ready to reveal that just yet, but have no fear, we have surprises coming, some that will be exceptionally amazing. We hope that you will stick with us for the year and enjoy the ride.

Dale McCoy, Jr
President of Jon Brazer Enterprises

Pathfinder: Beware What Dangers Lie in Dark Caves

December 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Deadly Delves Rescue from Tyrkaven PFRPGDangers of a Forgotten Past Awakened in the Deep

When hobgoblin raiders kidnap a caravan full of workers and supplies, the adventurers set off to get them all back. But neither the raiders nor the adventurers know what terrifying horrors await them in the depths of their cavern hideout. Now, the adventurers must risk it all to prevent the minions of an ancient enemy from visiting death and destruction upon the land. Can the heroes rescue the captives from the hobgoblins and deliver them from this ancient foe—or will they all perish, ushering in the rise of a forgotten deity?

Rescue from Tyrkaven is the latest adventure module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series, and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to challenge four to five 2nd-level PCs who thirst for heroics… but they may find more than they bargained for in the process! Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 5 fully-developed new monsters for your Pathfinder campaign
  • A sinister new magic item, the book of dark obedience, that can set your adventurers onto an entirely new campaign
  • A full-color map of the caverns from which the hobgoblins terrorize the locals
  • Enough content to get a group of 2nd-level adventurers well on their way to 3rd level, with ideas to extend the story even further once you’re done exploring the caves

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and d20PFSRD.

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