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Pathfinder: Lizardfolk Sorcereress

Today we don’t so much bring you an NPC instead of a monster. With next month seeing the 5e and Swords and Wizardry versions of the Pathfinder/13th Age adventure Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin, I’m sharing with you one of the NPCs from that dungeon. I know spellcasters take longer to create than martial types becuase of all the spells they have to choose, this is a perfect one to share. I hope you enjoy it.

Lizardfolk Sorceress CR 5

XP 1,600
Female lizardfolk sorcerer 6
NE Medium humanoid (reptilian)
Init +1; Senses Perception –1


Defense


AC 21, touch 11, flat-footed 20 (+4 armor, +1 Dex, +2 natural, +4 shield)
hp 45 (6d6+24) plus 1d10+6 temporary
Fort +5, Ref +3, Will +4
DR 10/magic vs. ranged weapons (max 60 damage reduced); Resist acid 10


Offense


Speed 30 ft., swim 30 ft.
Melee mwk spear +4 (1d8)
Ranged ranged touch +4 (by spell)
Sorcerer Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th, concentration +8)

5/day—elemental ray (1d6+3 acid)

Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 6th, concentration +8)

3rd (3/day)—fireball (acid, DC 15)
2nd (6/day)—false life, protection from arrows, scorching ray (acid)
1st (7/day)—burning hands (acid, DC 13), mage armor, magic missile (acid), shield, vanish APG
0 (at will)—acid splash, bleed (DC 12), daze (DC 12), detect magic, flare (DC 12), resistance, touch of fatigue (DC 12)
Bloodline elemental (earth)


Statistics


Str 10, Dex 12, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 14
Base Atk +3; CMB +3; CMD 14
Feats Eschew Materials, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Toughness
Skills Appraise +7, Spellcraft +7, Use Magic Device +9; Racial Modifiers +8 Swim
Languages Draconic
Gear masterwork spear, anatomy doll UE, potion of bear’s endurance, wand of vitriolic mist UM (3
charges), war paint of the terrible visage APG

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Pathfinder: Adventures Ideal for Conventions

We mentioned last week a number of Fifth Edition adventures that are perfect for running at a convention if you are looking to run something a little different than the norm. We also have a number of Pathfinder adventures that make excellent convention games that you should check out.

Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet – Level 9

The city of Hunstoc is experiencing a rash of calamity. Livestock and horses are falling ill, children and elderly people are dying off without any explanation, and the city’s clerics can’t manage to cure the mysterious malady. The Mayor’s Office has posted a bounty on strange clockwork creatures that keep emerging from the nearby foothills outside Hunstoc’s gates. Investigating these sinister happenings leads to a massive underground complex full of devious puzzles, dangerous traps, and alchemical wonders beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings—and only the most cunning of adventurers will survive the journey into its depths! What would you do for limitless wealth? How far would you delve? What horrors would you be willing to face?

Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven – Level 2

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?

Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider – Level 1

Giant spiders have overrun Mossdale, and every last villager is either dead and dessicated, or cocooned and abducted. But what were they after, and who coordinated the vermin to attack en masse? Could it have been the local ettercap or a crazed arachnophile druid… or was something far more sinister behind the attack? Can the adventurers rescue the missing citizens and foil the plans of the nefarious mind behind this dastardly deed before it is too late?

Deadly Delves: Doom of the Sky Sword – Level 1

Following the disappearance of personnel at a lumber camp, a mysterious sword drops from the sky, cleaving the very earth to deliver a pronouncement of doom upon all who refuse to leave the logging site. Can the adventurers ferret out the source of this ominous portent and put a stop to it before it wreaks further havoc on the loggers?

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Pathfinder: Dungworm

Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface (PFRPG)

While it is always good to use classic and well-established monsters in your games, it is even better to keep your players on your toes from time to time with a monster they haven’t memorized. All of our adventures feature at least one new monster and frequently a new magic item. Here is one of the new monsters in the exciting Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface adventure.

Dungworm

The pale yellow skin of this three and a half-footlong worm darkens towards the rear; the tail segment is a dark brown and glistens with black pus.
Dungworm CR 1/2
XP 200
N Small vermin
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0


Defenses

AC 12, touch 12, flat-footed 11 (+1 Dex, +1 size)
hp 8 (1d8+4)
Fort +6, Ref +1, Will +0
Immune disease, mind-affecting abilities


Offense

Speed 20 ft.
Melee bite +1 (1d4)
Special Attacks Dung packet


Statistics


Str 10, Dex 12, Con 18, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 6
Base Atk +0; CMB –1; CMD 10


Ecology

Environment underground
Organization solitary, pair, brood (3–10), infestation (11–20)
Treasure incidental (dung packet, dung pressings)


Special Abilities


Dung Packet (Ex) Organic and mineral matter passes through the dungworm’s digestive tract and collects in its tail. Once per week, as a standard action, a dungworm whips its tail and flings the engorged body segment at a foe. The dung packet acts in all respects as a tanglefoot bag with the addition of a powerful stench that accompanies the splattering projectile; a target that fails its Reflex save by five or more takes a direct hit and is sickened by the stench until the splatter hardens and cracks away.

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Pathfinder: Clockwork Sentry

In case you had not seen it, Endzeitgeist gave our Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet a 5-STAR review, his seal of approval, and put it up for candidate for his Top Ten Products of 2017 (read the full review here). Like all good adventures it uses a blend of monsters we all know and love from the Bestiaries as well as new monsters. The first monsters the players meet is an ant-looking sentry made of clockwork parts. To give you a small preview of this adventure, we’ve got it for you right here.

Clockwork Sentry CR 4

XP 1,200
N Small construct (clockwork)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0


Defenses


AC 17, touch 15, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +2 dodge, +2 natural, +1 size)
hp 37 (5d10+10)
Fort +1, Ref +5, Will +1
Immune construct traits; Weakness vulnerable to electricity


Offense


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +6 (1d3)
Ranged internal pistol +8 (1d6/x4 plus 1d6 fire, automatic, semi-automatic)
Special Attacks automatic weapon, self-destruct, semi-automatic weapon


Statistics


Str 10, Dex 14, Con —, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 1
Base Atk +5; CMB +4; CMD 16
Feats Improved Initiative B, Lightning Reflexes B
SQ process ore, swift reactions, winding


Special Abilities


Automatic Weapon (Ex) A clockwork sentry can fire a burst of shots to attack all creatures in a line starting from any corner of the sentry’s space and extending to the limit of the weapon’s range or until it strikes a barrier it cannot penetrate. The sentry makes a separate attack roll against each creature in the line. Each creature in the line can be attacked with only one shot from each burst. Each attack roll takes a –2 penalty. Effects that grant concealment do not affect an automatic weapon’s line attack. Roll to confirm each attack roll that threatens a critical hit separately. A single burst with an automatic weapon consumes 10 bullets.
Process Ore (Ex) A clockwork sentry can consume a chunk of lead ore and process it into pistol ammunition as a move action. This process creates enough bullets for 10 ranged attacks or 1 burst of automatic fire from the creature’s automatic weapon. The lead is superheated during this process, causing the ammunition to deal 1d6 additional fire damage on each successful hit.
Self-Destruct (Su) A clockwork sentry explodes 1 round after it is destroyed. During this round, the thing shrieks and thrashes about as if undergoing convulsions. On what would normally have been the clockwork sentry’s next action, it explodes, dealing 1d6 points of piercing and slashing damage in a 5-foot radius (Reflex DC 10 for half damage). A DC 20 Disable Device check made as a
standard action can halt the sentry’s self-destruct sequence, but does not prevent it from dying. A clockwork sentry that self-destructs automatically destroys any ore that it is carrying. The save DC is
Constitution-based.
Semi-Automatic Weapon (Ex) A clockwork sentry can take a full-attack action to fire twice, as if using the Rapid Shot feat (including taking a –2 penalty on all attacks).

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What Are We Up To?

We love to hear what our favorite game companies are working on as much as everyone else. Typically we do not announce very far in advance, but frankly, there is no reason not to share with you what we are working on. So here we go:

Coming in September is the previously announced Book of Magic: Dragon Spells and Archetypes. This book helps you to theme your character like someone that admires dragons, draws their power from a draconic ancestory or wants to hunt down dragons. With archetypes and class options like the draconic implement for the occultist or the wizard discoveries, there are quite a few ways you can create the character you want. Even more, there are spells in here ideal for those taking on a dragon, those that want to associate with dragons, or for dragons themselves. These spells enhance the natural abilities of dragons, making these creatures even deadlier, or penetrate straight them, turning them into useless wyrms. Look for this next month.

October sees the release of the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin adventure for both Fifth Edition as well as the Swords and Wizardry. Whether you prefer your games with modern rules or an excellent revisit of the classic game, this is an adventure your players will not soon forget. A black dragon attacks a town and the players track it back to its lair and encounter more than a few surprises along the way. Prepare for more than you expected in this adventure. We are hoping to bring you both version of this adventure at the same time, but one may be delayed (hopefully not too long).

This is where our schedule starts to get a little uncertain. We are working on the equivalent of the d66 Compendium for Starfinder (currently unnamed). I am just not certain it will be ready for its target launch in November. This book will be a handy toolkit for gamemasters of science fantasy names. It contains names of aliens, planets, moons, robots, guns, and a whole lot more. No Starfinder gamemaster will want to be without this book.

Coming in December is the Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: Nine Lives for Petane by Christen N. Sowards of Lost Spheres Publishing. They have a Kickstarter going on now; check it out. In Nine Lives the players need to resurrect someone from a crypt, but which corpse is the right one? To make matters worse, an evil cult has been using the crypt as their own private playground. Even worse, monsters keep appearing out of no where. Good luck solving the mystery when your GM decides to run this 13th level adventure.

That is all we have for you right now. We are working on so much more than that, but I cannot pin down a date when any of it will come out at this point in time. We hope you are as excited about it as I am.

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The 2017 Not Going to Gen Con Sale for Print Books

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

As you are gearing up for Gen Con, getting ready the year pilgrimage to Indianapolis, I am sad to say that JBE will not be attending this year. That, however, does not mean that you should be sad because we just relaunched our Not Going to Gen Con Sale. This year, it is all about the print books.

That’s right, this sale is on books you can hold in your two hands. Those that love the feel of the covers, the smell of paper, the sight of seeing the book on your shelf, and the ability to make notes in the margins, this sale is for you. You can grab these books for a nice discount.

How much of a discount you ask? Easy. All of our print books that are more than $10 are $5 off. If the book is $10 or less, it is $2 off. That simple. And this is on ALL of our print books, even the one we released only a few short months ago. So if there is a new release you wanted and you wanted it in print, now is your chance to pick it. Do you want to read it now? Well that is even easier. For $2 more, you can get the PDF. This means you can devour it now and still have the print book on your shelf.

Which books are on sale? Great question.

Monster Books (PFRPG)
Book of Beasts: Legendary Foes
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations

Adventures (PFRPG)
Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet
Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface
Shadowsfall: Temple of Orcus

Player Races (PFRPG)
Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium
Book of Heroic Races Compendium
Book of Heroic Races: Half-Faerie Dragons
Book of Heroic Races: Seedlings

Traveller
d66 Compendium
Creatures of Distant Worlds Compendium
Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships
Character Datafile

Fifth Edition
Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven

13th Age Compatible
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

This sale is exclusively at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. So hurry over there and order your books today. This sale will not last long. Share this sale with your friends on Facebook and Twitter as well as with your regular gaming group. I am sure they will want these books in their hands as well.

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Meet the Iconics: Runa Cloudsoles

There are many projects that I started long ago, got distracted from, and never got back to. One of them was introducing you to all our iconic characters. Well 2-1/2 years late is better than never, right?

I would like to share with you the tale of Runa Cloudsoles, our signature cloud dwarf cleric. Read our tales of Darlanrea Moonbright, our elven fighter and Edward Amante, our human rogue. I am sure you will find Runa’s tale most fascinating, yet relatable.

Name: Runa Cloudsoles
Race: Cloud Dwarf
Gender: Female
Age: 87
Background: Miner of cloud silver
Reason for Becoming an Adventurer: Fell to the ground, cannot return home

While in training to become a cleric of Marduk, Runa Cloudsoles spent her days in the cloud mines mining cloud silver. Her family needed her to work so she spent her days working the mines and her nights at the local temple in Cumulia in studying and performing rituals. All the other acolytes came from clans that did not lose anyone to the giants in their various wars or were from clans influential enough to sponsor them while learning their trade. Neither was true for Runa, and had to provide for herself and her sister and two brothers until they were of age.

It is fortunate that one of her brothers was of age and was able to provide for the other two when the accident happened. Mining cloud silver is always dangerous. A miner digs too deep and a leak opens, causing a downpour that takes all the miners in the area with them. It was not her fault; one of the other miners was careless and the bottom dropped out of the cloud. If she had not been so tired, so overworked from years of working, studying, and acting like the parent her family lacked, perhaps she could have saved herself from falling to the ground far below.

Most cloud dwarves know that doing so is almost certainly death, but a few here and there survive. Runa was one of the lucky ones. Perhaps it was Marduk looking out for her. She may never know for sure, but she believe that that is the case. She landed was cushioned by several other cloud dwarves that dropped down first and died upon impact. At first she tried to get back, but she lacked the money to hire a wizard to fly her there. So she turned to adventuring to earn the money to go home.

By the time Runa earned enough to contact her brothers and sisters to find out how they, she was a full cleric of Marduk. She talked with them enough to know that they are doing ok, their brother Guthrik took up silver smithing to pay the bills. She also learned that she was blamed for the mining accident. With no family connection, the elders blamed her and pretended it never happened. If she showed up back home, however, she would find life most difficult.

While she is sad for what happened, she counts it as a mixed gift from Marduk. She is free to be a cleric and adventure, spreading justice and her god’s thunder wherever she goes. All for the price of never being able to go home and see her family again. That knowledge drives her to become the best cleric she can be, hoping to one day to see them again and take her brothers and sister somewhere where they can live safely, where family connections do not matter.

She has a new clan now, adventurers all like her. She guards their back and they hers. Sure they are not dwarves like her, but they are loyal to her like any clan should be. It is not a better clan, just a different one.

Runa Cloudsoles graces the cover of Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface. Download this adventure for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Lots of 4- and 5-STAR Reviews

It was the end of last summer when I did the most recent review roundup. We have much to share since then so let’s jump right to it. Lets start with the 5-STAR review by Rick H. we got last night for our newest adventure Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet.

There are, however, many out-of-the-box problems that need to be carefully considered. I really liked this approach- the information the characters require is readily available, but making sense of it is key. Further, the encounters mix monsters with hazards in interesting environments. There’s a lot of content for the price, and I look forward to using it.

Read the full review at DriveThruRPG

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Skinwalkers (PFRPG)I would also like to give a special shout out to John McCoy (no relation) for his first review ever. It was a 5-STAR review for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Skinwalkers, and his review is short and sweet.

Love Skinwalkers, and this pdf is a great addition to them.

Thank you, John. We hope you write more reviews in the future!

D66 Compendium 2Let’s skip over to Traveller and take a look at the reviews here. The d66 Compendium and D66 Compendium 2 are two of the most useful books in all of Traveller and people continue to recognize that. One person, James J, left very similar 5-STAR reviews for the both review for both, saying

Solid product. I bundled this and Compendium into a binder to take with me to Traveller sessions as Referee. Great stuff for ideas. This also works as a brainstroming setup for writing.

Another reviewer gave the D66 Compendium 2 a 5-STAR reviews, describing it thus:

Very useful, … I find it useful for both RPGs and Sci-fi wargames.

d66 Compendium (Traveller)The d66 Compendium received another new 5-STAR review as well, saying:

It too is filled with lots of great d66 charts. But to be honest it also is a gold mine of great ideas. Just looking over some of the lists causes ideas to spring up in my mind. Not just a great place to randomly select a name, but to look at a name and begin to build out who or what it is. I have had fun just reading various entries and charts. I strongly encourage any GM to pick both this compendium and the 2nd one as well. They are both great additions to my collection and will be very helpful resources in my creative efforts.

The very same James J. gave Scenes of Space Hex Battle Maps a 5-STAR review, saying

I liked this a lot. I used the asteroid map in a recent Traveler Session. nice big hexes on four sheets. I like that there are different sizes. No problems printing and cutting these pieces to fit together with some tape. … I would buy more if there were more in the series.

Thank you very much, good sir.

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods (5e)Switching over to Fifth Edition, we are rather proud of Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods getting Ismael A’s rating of “5 out of 5 stars, and my royal seal.” Let me reprint the whole review.

Now, I have to say that I am massively impressed with this product. It is not a bestiary so much as it is an ecology primer on a bunch of new creatures that are original, inspiring, and effective. Ranging from animal to elemental to monstrocity, there are plenty of interesting and original creatures to use in your campaigns. For each creature or type we are given a wide number of alternative builds, whether they be stronger versions of the base creature, or full distinct variations on a similar theme. For instance, we get young, adult, and elder spider bears, while the druidic guardians are varied by elemental type.

Each cluster of creatures comes with plot hooks, potential treasure (when it makes sense), and pointers for how a creature might behave in battle. This, coupled with the brief but comprehensive descriptions give creatures a depth that is not conveyed in a 1 page stat block. And although the hit point values are a bit low for a given CR, the creatures themselves are excellently represented for 5th edition statistics.

I very much look forward to seeing more books like this, and it has even changed my view on what shorter bestiaties should be. Without the history of older and established monsters, every new beast needs to be as fleshed out as the ones in this book.

Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 (5e)Gaeton V reviewed Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1, giving it 4-stars, describing it thus:

Overall though, I’m impressed. There are lots of “freebie” races out in the wilds of the internet, but very few of them have as much detail as these ones.

Deadly Delves: Along Came A Spider (PFRPG)Martin S give a spoiler heavy 4-Star review of Pathfinder’s Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider so I will only share his conclusions:

I think this is a good module and one that not only reaches its goal, but that offers many possibilities to expand on the material presented here.

That is a total Eight 5-STAR Reviews and only a pair of 4-Star reviews and nothing else in that time frame. Jon Brazer Enterprises has a reputation for exceptionally high quality work that does not disappoint. We do not release very fast because we take the time to do it right. Tell you friends about Jon Brazer Enterprises books for their games today.

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Pathfinder: Brave the Gilded Gauntlet

A Fool And His Life Are Soon Parted!

The city of Hunstoc is experiencing a rash of calamity. Livestock and horses are falling ill, children and elderly people are dying off without any explanation, and the city’s clerics can’t manage to cure the mysterious malady. The Mayor’s Office has posted a bounty on strange clockwork creatures that keep emerging from the nearby foothills outside Hunstoc’s gates. Investigating these sinister happenings leads to a massive underground complex full of devious puzzles, dangerous traps, and alchemical wonders beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings—and only the most cunning of adventurers will survive the journey into its depths!

What would you do for limitless wealth? How far would you delve? What horrors would you be willing to face? Would you repeatedly risk your own life, or those of your friends or countless innocents, in order to have anything you wanted? The Gilded Gauntlet brings the classic feel of dangerous trap-laden tournament-style dungeons to Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves product line, and is fully compatible with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Each room of this dungeon was designed by a different author to confound even the savviest of players and the wiliest of characters. This 61-page adventure is designed to challenge a group of 9th-level PCs like no other content has to date. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 7 New and Variant Monsters, including the clockwork sentry, mercurial necroplasm, and thallium elemental
  • 28 New Traps, Hazards, and Haunts with which to confound, maim, and torture your players again and again
  • 20 Full-Color Maps detailing a treacherous underground complex filled with alchemical machinery and devious puzzles and also includes a separate PDF of all the maps in high resolution, making it easier ot use in your game
  • 3 New Magic Items, such as the imprint helm and the eternal jar
  • A New Fully-Detailed Location in which to immerse your players: the City of Hunstoc, complete with a full roster of NPC denizens and an accompanying full-color map of the city’s layout
  • Enough content to take five 9th-level PCs to 10th level and beyond, with ideas to extend the story even further once you’re done exploring the complex

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Download Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: Twelve Labors, Give Or Take

Richard Moore, one of JBE’s two editors helmed the development of Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet, and we are thrilled that it is coming out soon. So I asked him to write a few words as a blog post, sharing his experiences in doing so. I hope you enjoy his recount as I did.

Twelve Labors, Give Or Take

I love collaborative game design projects. I’ve co-run campaigns in my hometown of Raleigh, NC alongside several fantastic groups of game masters and designers, edited and contributed to a few massive third-party Pathfinder adventures, and recently had a chance to work with a great team of designers on Jon Brazer Enterprises’ latest release, The Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium.

In late 2014, while moonlighting on just such a collaborative project for Savage Mojo, I was brainstorming ideas for future Deadly Delves products to propose in 2015. One of my weaknesses as a gamer, perhaps as a result of the era of gaming in which I came of age, is large dungeons full of maddening puzzles and deadly traps. I grew up reading Dungeon Magazine and being enthralled by works such as Rich Baker’s Prism Keep and Andy Miller’s Ex Keraptis Cum Amore (which is itself a cheeky remix of White Plume Mountain), and I’d previously run The Tomb Of Horrors in both D&D 3.5 and 4E, as well as the updated version of The Mud Sorcerer’s Tomb for D&D 3.5. Additionally, one of my favorite products ever produced by Paizo Publishing is the 2007 Gen Con Indy delve Seven Swords Of Sin, a dungeon whose story was outlined by James Sutter with individual rooms designed by other Paizo staff members to see who could come up with the deadliest, most devious trap/monster combos. I desperately wanted to spearhead a project of this nature myself, but I knew that other time constraints and commitments would prevent me from doing it all on my own. So, I pitched the idea to JBE President and Publisher Dale McCoy Jr., and he greenlit it, making me the lead developer for the adventure and clearing me to assemble a team of freelancers.

I had accepted that I couldn’t handle this Herculean task on my own—so instead of tackling twelve labors all on my own (or, well, sixteen as it turned out, considering the room count and the setting designed by Dale), I decided to recruit a little help. One of the perks of living in the Raleigh area is that there is a huge wealth of game design talent here. I’ve heard it said many times by West Coast industry folks that there is something in the water in North Carolina, and there’s some truth to that. I’ve had the pleasure, over the years, of gaming with some stellar people in this area, many of whom you might recognize from their design credits with Paizo or other publishers. So naturally, I immediately reached out to all of them to contribute to what was long dubbed “Project Hercules”. The final product, however, bears a different name: The Gilded Gauntlet.

Our roster of designers for this adventure is an impressive list indeed. Casey Clements designed one of the most devious dungeon rooms I have ever read, and the horrible culmination of that encounter was the inspiration for our cover art image. Charlie Bell’s ingenious attention to detail in his section of this dungeon will leave you looking askance at mirrors for days after playing it. Michael Eshleman designed a room sure to delight both GMs and their players; the victim of this particular room in playtesting was none other than Mike Welham, who roleplays crazed constructs as well as he writes adventure content. Sam Polak (whose PC in playtesting suffered a hilarious existential crisis in the last encounter I mentioned) offered up a middle-finger of a triple threat that combines traps, haunts, and treacherous treasure. Steve Miller turned in what has to be the most complex encounter I’ve ever developed and edited, complete with insanely-detailed AutoCAD maps befitting his professional background as a civil engineer. All of the aforementioned designers are former competitors in Paizo’s RPG Superstar contest. Welham’s design work is well-known to just about everyone who plays Pathfinder, and Miller and Eshleman have both served North Carolina’s Pathfinder Society organized play program as Venture Captains.

Michael Allen has previously freelanced for both Jon Brazer Enterprises and several other companies, including Adventure-A-Week and Kobold Press, and illustrated all of the maps for this adventure in addition to contributing a room design and coming up with the module’s final title (which was one of the things I was sweating most toward the end of development). I had the pleasure of working with Allan Hoffman and Andrew Hoskins on several Savage Mojo products and was thrilled when they signed on to contribute; Andrew is the author of several great pieces of content in Wayfinder Magazine as well as five Pathfinder Society scenarios. Daniel DeStephen is the greenest member of the team; we met on the Paizo messageboards while discussing the Carrion Crown Adventure Path, where his custom monster and NPC builds for that campaign impressed me greatly. Allan’s work was a variation on a classic theme of elemental puzzles that tied in well with other features of the dungeon. Andrew offered up three very short encounters that we included as minor interludes between larger set pieces, but I think you’ll find that awful things come in small packages. Daniel’s submission ties directly into Allan’s—if your players do well in the first encounter, the ones Daniel put together will be (slightly) easier, but no less entertaining.

So just what—besides madness, terror, and oblivion, of course—does The Gilded Gauntlet offer your campaign’s story, you ask? A small city is plagued by problems with poisoned livestock and tainted water supplies, not to mention strange monsters prowling the surrounding lands. Naturally, they hire adventurers to root out the cause of these disturbances. As the PCs investigate, they find a MASSIVE underground complex that houses a great machine—an alchemical wonder fueling a centuries-old global conspiracy woven by a very cunning, and very dangerous, foe…and that person does not want word of what he’s been up to getting out. I could say more, but to give away too much would be to spoil a really big surprise for both the players and the GMs who run this adventure.

Perhaps even more importantly, The Gilded Gauntlet is a meat grinder, but it’s also a portfolio of ready-made puzzle rooms for GMs who are designing dungeons of their own and need something cool and devious to drop into a play session. You could never run this adventure at all, and instead simply pluck out rooms whose themes, denizens, and mechanics match something else you’ve planned for your game group. We hope you’ll use these encounters to amaze and confound your players, challenge their PCs, and maybe take some work off your own plate in the process!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet when it’s released in May 2017!

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Pathfinder: The Chaosfire Incursion

Don’t Get Burned in the Volcano of Chaos

The legendary volcano Mount Ymawaah suddenly appears near the city of Carnassat, unleashing a wave of fiery creatures on its citizens. Even worse, the volcano shows signs of erupting soon and destroying everything nearby. Only brave adventurers can discover who sent this destructive mountain to the city, learn this creature’s enigmatic purpose, and stop it before this city comes to ruin and destruction!

The Chaosfire Incursion is an exciting 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 11th-level PCs like no other content has to date. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 7 New and Variant Monsters and a New Trap for your Pathfinder campaign
  • Three Full-Color Maps, each depicting a different level in the underground labyrinth of this otherworldly volcano
  • 2 New Magic Items
  • Details on the City of Carnassat a great jumping off point for your own adventures
  • Enough content to get your group of 11th-level PCs all the way to 12th level

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

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