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GTS 2010 Afterthoughts.

Today is the last day of the Gama Trade Show 2010. I’ve learned alot, met alot of people and got a whole lot of business cards. But the single biggest thing I have learned, I am doing ok. I’ve learned about Chinese Manufacturing, but also learned that for the forseeable future it is better to print in America (or Europe, depending on where a particular book is going to sell better). I’ve learned about how I am doing well with branding my material, but I need to make a few tweeks in the future. I’ve met with Alliance and ACD Distributors and heard some interesting things about Pathfinder and Traveller (and how it is a smart idea to stick with those licenses for a while). Many other things as well, all lead me to believe that Jon Brazer Enterprises is on a good solid track for the future. There are some things we do need to do differently, but for the most part, we are doing well.

Also we are highly considering going to the Games Industry Gathering in 2011. Any other publishers considering going there as well?

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JBE is Going to GenCon/Origins … Sort Of

Plans are set, reservations made. Jon Brazer Enterprises is going to GenCon and Origins. The only problem is, I don’t know if I will be going. My book will be there for sure. I just finished ordering a slot at the Game Publishers Association booth to have a book or two there. So far, so good. I know what the Origins release will be: [PFRPG] Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations. I’m still working out the exact specifics for GenCon will be. Either way, look for us at those shows.

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[Traveller/Pathfinder] Year in Review, Forward to 2010

2009 is fast coming to a close and 2010 is upon us. And Jon Brazer Enterprises is still around. So far, so good. Eight months in active operations and we’re going strong. A total of 36 products released and I am pleased with how all of them are doing. We started off this year with a few ideas: specifickly an expanded character sheet and an attempt at making a book of monsters for Traveller. Since then, we have released a series of tech items and a lists of names. But the biggest surprise to us is how well our little test product has performed for Pathfinder.

So what can you expect from Jon Brazer Enterprises in 2010? Well, the big news is that you can expect to see us more places. Hopefully your local game store. Last week, we signed an agreement to get us into distribution and into game stores. We are so excited about this. But this does mean a major shift in our released products to date. Pretty much the minimum page count for such products is 32 pages. That’s roughly twice as long as our longest product to date. So yes, we are permanently moving away from our 1-3 page product size model. This also means that our price per page will be going down (finally). We have not been happy with neither Lulu’s prices nor CafePress’s prices, but we’ve been pretty much been forced to charge around $10 for 16 page books to simply make a profit. We’ll moving to a different model which will cut our costs alot, allowing us to have more material.

To do this well, however, we will need your help. We will show you how you can help us get into game stores and detailing the incentive for doing so as the time gets closer. In this current economy, many game stores have cut back on products from smaller, relatively unknown companies and have stocked up on titles that are big sellers. To get into stores, you (their customers) have to ask your game stores to special order our titles. We’ll have a PDF on our website for you to print out and give to your local stores will all the ordering information that they need to make both your life and their life as easy as possible.

One of the harder part of entering distribution is now I have to plan ahead what we’re going to be producing. But I also get to get excited about what’s going out sooner. I’ve been telling myself for a while that my first Traveller book that’s going to hit game stores from us is a book of Mechs. Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Mechs and Mercs is its current working name. It is shaping up to be a 32 page book of 20-25 mech stats and a mercenary company/military outfit’s mass combat stats that uses an individual mech in mass numbers. I personally am really exciting as, well, I love mechs, but also it is the first Traveller supplement to use the mass combat statistics as presented in the Mercenary Core Book from Mongoose Publishing. Ever wanted to have lead a company of mechs through an enemy city and take over? I know I always have wanted to. Now here’s your chance. We’re hoping to have this hit store shelves in early-to-mid April timeframe.

What is planned for Pathfinder you ask? I don’t want to say to much yet, but we have a book of themed monsters planned. There were a few design philosophies that are going into this book. The first and most important is no “hit point bots,” monsters that do little more than can absorb tons of damage. Each monster has atleast one unique ability or something else to surprise players. The first batch of rough drafts came in only a few days ago and I am cannot help but laugh like an evil wizard planning to rule the world. I’ll be beginning teasers in the mid-Feb/early March time frame. You can expect to see this toward the end of April or early May.

April and May are a bit of a ways off yet. In the meantime we will be continuing the d66 lists for Traveller and another Book of the Faithful for Pathfinder. We know these few offerings will not be satisfying your desires much, but we want to focus on these first print offerings as much as possible so things will be rather quiet from us for a little while.

We have a few other titles we will definitely be doing in the new year and many more we are strongly considering. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see from us, please feel free to leave us a reply here or send us an email.

Lastly you can meet us at several conventions. We will definitely be at GenCon and Gama Trade Show and are strongly looking at Origins and TravellerCon. We’re also looking into several smaller conventions in and around New Jersey. If you are planning to attend, please feel free to drop us a line and let us know.

Happy New Year to you all and be safe.
Dale McCoy, Jr
President
Jon Brazer Enterprises.

“Traveller” and the Traveller logo are Trademarks owned by Far Future Enterprises, Inc. and are used with permission. The Traveller Main Rulebook is available from Mongoose Publishing.

Pathfinder and associated marks and logos are trademarks of Paizo Publishing, LLC, and are used under license. See paizo.com/pathfinderRPG for more information on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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[GenCon] Thursday’s Tweets (picture-less unfortunately)

Sorry, I wanted this up yesterday, but I didn’t have the time last night. Also it would appear there is something wrong with my twitpics account so none are getting through. So I’ll have to post them to the web at a later point in time. But here are my picture-less tweets:

Playing 4E. I’m a wizard. Wizards are squishy.
1:53 PM Aug 13th from txt

Talking with russell bailey from white wolf. Info to come from soon.
8:30 AM Aug 13th from txt

Got press passes. Waiting in line for general tickets. Also got a ticket to interview those in dealer hall early.
6:48 AM Aug 13th from txt

Dealer’s room map is totally huge. Scopeing out who to interview and where They’re at.
5:56 AM Aug 13th from txt

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Going to GenCon

This is very last minute, but it looks like my girlfriend and I will be at GenCon next week. I’ll be twittering (and possibly blogging) all about it while there. Maybe I’ll get an interview or two. No matter what, I’ll be talking about what’s there for a while. I’m so excited. Its my first gaming convention.

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PhilCon “Why Horror is Not Dead”

D.E. Christman, Jennifer Williams, Dina Leacock, Sara M. Harvey

Is Horror a Genre unto itself?
Horror is a genre, but it has changed.  Now we have Dark Romance and others. King is shelved under regular ficiton.
If its a dark subject it tends to get tagged under horror.
Genre is very subjective, but ten you have genre bending that make it even more difficult.  Best a publisher can do is to label stuff for what the audiance will pick.
In the 90’s, Horror wasn’t dead, it was called different names.
Movies has a constant appitite for horor.  Subject matter changes (Aliens vs Twilight vs Sliver).
Horror also does better when things are bad economically rather then when thing are good.

Does Horror make children bad/desensatize kids?
No.  Parents need to be parents and TV is not a substitute for parenting, but people are by nature morbidly curious.  Grim’s Tales was horrorific and its been around for a long time.

What are the essential elements of Horror?
A Building Sense of Dread, Terror, Being Afraid for the Character (watching a car accident happen), Feeling Helpless (Watcher in the Woods)

All the classic monsters are making a comeback:
vampires, werewolves, mummies, zombies, etc.  They’re just not showing up in horror movies. 
Even the killer tomato is making a comeback. *rolls eyes*

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PhilCon Panel “Ninja, Pirate, Mad Scientist, Supervillian!”

They're smiling.  I wonder what they're up to.
They're smiling. I wonder what they're up to.

Ruth Lampi – Ninja (N)
Phil  (missed last name) – Super Villian (SV)
Sally-Rouge Pax and Jo Blu Pax – Mad Scientist (MS)
Missed Name – Pirate (P)

MS – More wardrobe choices then “black, black and black” and they take baths
SV – “I am the Bad Seed”
P – Taking stuff, hitting on women, taking stuff, hitting women, taking care since they’re out of women
N – Its not the ninjas you can see that’s the problem. Did you see us at the battle of waterloo, battle new orleans, the grassy knoll.

Time to bash others

N – Pirates “What will you do the with the oil tanker?”
P – missed
SV – ninjas are uncreative hunchmen, Pirates have no class, Mad scientist work for the super villian
MS – SV is useless without us, TMNT are useless without the goo created by MS, and the SV has just given up his secret identity.
SV – “I will have my REVENGE!”

Caper – Steal the Hope Diamond, how do you handle it
MS – There will be a lot of dominos, a bowlingball, (and they just got a soundtrack as the SV started singing), and a puppy.
SV – I was to busy laughing to type
P – dig a channel to the smithsonian and fire upon the guards, swing from the ropes, and nab the diamond and sail off into the sunset
Moderator – “Where is the ninja?”
Ninja returns
N – “Done!”

Plan to take over World
SV starts laughing.
MS – Could go mass mind control “everything you do is playing into our plan.” “What you don’t realize is that we already rule the world.”
SV – “You know I can’t tell you until there is just enough time for you to thwart me.” These ‘perterbed scientists’ need 2 to do the job of 1 SV.
Mod – “I’m just loving the trash talking.” and the MS spewed.
N sprinkles something in MS water, MS passed it to the SV. Pirate drinks the water.
P – How many SV’s actually succeeded? SV’s  henchmen said “George Bush.”
P – While MS are busy polishing their test tubes we’re sailing into all your ports and taking your wenches.  “Superior Wenching Action.”  A great wench makes you feel like King of the World.
N – I can jump from roof to roof.

Mod – I’m out of ideas.
You have your archnemesis in your clutches, what do you do?
SV – …
N – Blow to the head.
MS – Ohhh we’ve done everything, fire ants, space time distortion, maming … We’d just wing it.
SV – “So you don’t have a plan?!?”
P – There’s only one way to handle any problem, “Sink it.” Why walk the plank when you’ve got submachine guns “Oh by the way, thank you MS for the guns.”

Questions
MS – It is essential to put a fatal flaw in it to make sure it cannot overtake the MS.

P – Disco’s Back Baby.

Do pirates and ninjas really hate each other so much?  MS and SV hug

P – We’ll take over the inland regions with global warming.

Final Words
MS – Superior in every way, why? “I don’t think you comprehend.”
SV – “Fools! If it grows, I will ungrow it. It comes within 50 ft I will show it my restraining order.”
P – Goes to wipe board. writes “R.”
N – Compromising photos of MS and SV will be available online in 2 minutes.

MAD SCIENTIST WINS!!!

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PhilCon Notes “Weapons of the Future”

Friday evening

Speakers: Eric Katani (Yoji Kondo), Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Tom Purdom (mod), Alexis Gilliland, and Jay While (sp?)

What does each feel is the critical weapons of the future:

Jay – Sound Wave Weaponry (since air is a hinderance for most other weapons, air is a help with sound weapons)
Gannon – ROV (Remote Operated Vehicles, since this does not endanger a soldier) and Penetration (both personal armor and base fortifications).
Kotani – Rebuildable Launch Vehicles (as opposed to reuseable launch vehicles) (since each ICBM is like having a 747 scrapped after each use.  A reusable costs more since most or all has to come back and there’s a higher fuel cost. A rebuildable is a mix of the two, lowers the cost of a reusable and while lowering the cost of each construction.
Purdom – increased accuracy, ROVs and Armor.

Random points
Jay – Energy weapons are unusable as an offensive weapon for quite some time but they can be a defensive weapon.  It requires much less energy to alter the trojectory then it does to destroy something.
Gannon – Nanite tech can do quite a bit for sensors.  Spread some nanites and they can detect if something is in the air. 
Purdom- Non Violent Weaons
Gannon – Military wants less violent weapon since it takes 4 men to carry a wounded man off the battlefield, soldiers want a higher powered weapons since they want to go home alive and see their kids. 

I asked about EMP Weaponry
Katani and Gannon – It can be a weapon, but its going to be large, cumbersome and devistating to the local infrastructure. 

Jay – Sat defene could involve nano beads to deflect incoming attack.

Once its fully developed and implemented on a ship, it can launch warheads, mines, drones, do a “soft drop” of a payload.