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Starfinder: Star Battles Preview

In two days, the Starfinder Roleplaying Game launches and we at Jon Brazer Enterprises could not be more excited. While we are working on new alien races and class options and places to go, we decided that that is not where we are going to put our energy right away. Instead, we are going to help you play the basic game straight out of the core book. Unlike the launch of Pathfinder back in 2009, there isn’t 30+ years of history with the core game nor is there 9 years of history that the base engine of Pathfinder was built upon. This game is brand new and science fantasy as a genre is not nearly nearly as developed as a more mundane science fiction genre.

So how are we helping? Well the game includes rules for ship combat and Paizo sells a Basic Starfield Map Pack for your space battles. While it is necessary to get the basic map out there, we are Jon Brazer Enterprises. We enhance your world and your game; we go beyond the basic. We have a map pack that you can order Thursday for your game from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. If you are the kind of person that would rather have the PDF and print your own, you can download the PDF from all our regular retailer locations and it comes pre-sized for you in 12″ x 18″ as well as 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Additionally, we are working on having it available for those that play Fantasy Grounds, but that will not be available right away.

Check back on JonBrazer.com on Thursday for links to where you can order and download your copies.

Click on the images below to see a larger preview, and happy gaming.

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5e: Path of the Pyrorager

Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven (5e)

I mentioned before I am working on subclasses for Fifth Edition games. I’ve been working on fighter archetypes, barbarian paths and more. Today I would like to show off one of the barbarian paths I have been working on. It is still unedited (my editors hate it when I do this) so all the kinks might not have been worked out yet. But let us know what you think. I would be interested in hearing your opinion on it.


Path of the Pyrorager

While some barbarians describe themselves as burning with anger, the pyrorager literally catches on fire when they fly into a frenzy. Some pyroragers claim they descend from an ancient red dragon. Many scholars doubt the validity of that claim but only voice such doubts when they are well out of earshot of a pyrorager.

Fiery Fists

Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, you can choose to enter a pyrorage when you rage. If you do so, your arms and any weapons you hold are wreathed in flames. Your melee and ranged attacks deal an additional amount of fire damage equal to your proficiency bonus. You do not take any damage from your own pyrorage. When your rage ends, you suffer one level of exhaustion.

Flame Body

Beginning at 6th level, your fiery anger spreads over your body. Whenever you enter a pyrorage, you can choose to gain resistance to either cold damage or fire damage. Once that choice is made, it cannot be changed for the duration of the pyrorage.

Immolation

Beginning at 10th level, you become an avatar of fire. While you are in a pyrograge, any creature that damages you with melee attack takes an amount of fire damage equal to your proficiency bonus.

Explosion

Beginning at 14th level, your critical hits unleash terrible fiery damage. While you are in a pyrorage, any critical hits you made deal an additional 5d6 points of fire damage to the creature you attacked. Additionally, all creatures within a 10-foot radius of the attacked creature except yourself 5d6 take points of fire damage. The creatures within 10 feet of the attacked creature can attempt a Dexterity saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength modifier) to reduce this damage by half.

Download the Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven for Fifth Edition at the Jon Brazer Enterprises Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the Open Gaming Store, and Paizo.com.

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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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Pathfinder: Spell Words with Undead Friends

Spell words are an all but forgotten subsystem in Pathfinder. We still love them. So today being Friday, I pulled up a few from Book of Magic: 10 Undead Spell Words and decided to share them.

Fade From Undead (Concealing)

School abjuration; Level cleric/oracle/warpriest 1 

Duration 1 round/level 

Saving Throw Will negates (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless) 

Target Restrictions selected 

The target of a wordspell with this effect word becomes invisible to undead creatures. If the target attacks or otherwise takes an offensive action, this effect ends. 

Boost: The target cannot be detected by undead creatures through any means. Boosting this effect word increases its level by 1. 

Sunlight Flash (Illumination)

School evocation; Level cleric/oracle/warpriest 3, inquisitor 3

Duration instantaneous Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance yes

A wordspell with this effect word releases a flash of sun light. A creature that is targeted by this effect word sustains 1d8 points of damage per two caster levels (maximum 5d8). An undead creature takes 1d6 points of damage per caster level (maximum 10d6); an undead creature particularly vulnerable to bright light takes 1d8 points of damage per caster level (maximum 10d8). A construct or inanimate objects takes 1d6 points of damage per two caster levels (maximum 5d6). If the wordspell has only a single target, it requires a melee or ranged touch attack.

Book of Magic 10 Undead Spell Words can be downloaded at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.com, d20PFSRD.com, and Paizo.com.

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Starfinder: Awesome Space Battle Maps

It is only 10 days until we Starfinder Compatible Publishers can release our products, and it is well past time I start sharing with you what you will be seeing from us right out of the gate. The first thing that every GM needs is an awesome grid to have space battles. I mean, what is a science fiction game without space battles and if you can’t do so on an awesome map, it just isn’t going to look nearly as good. So JBE is here to give you pre-printed terrain for your games to look amazing. Click on the images to see higher resolution of these awesome maps that will be available on day one.

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JBE Sponsors GameHoleCon

Earlier today, JBE became a sponsor of GameHoleCon. This is a great gaming convention in Madison, WI. Be sure to check out this convention going on from Nov 2-5.

If you know or run a gaming convention and are looking for sponsors, contact us through twitter or facebook and we will discuss sponsoring your convention.

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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.

Download all of our Deadly Delve Adventures for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore, and Paizo.com, our Fifth Edition Adventures at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the Open Gaming Store, and Paizo.com, and our 13th Age Compatible Adventures at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the Open Gaming Store.

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5e: Unleash New Warlock Invocations

Grow In Your Patron’s Power Like Never Before

Warlocks broker deals for power, gaining invocations which manifest that power in unique ways. These ten invocations offer new variations in the way you can wield what you’ve bargained for— changing your eldritch blast, casting spells other warlocks cannot, or casting your existing spells in new and different ways.

Book of Magic: 10 Warlock Invocations is a great resource for any warlock character. This short supplement features:

  • 3 Spell-Granting Invocations—invocations granting you access to spells like confusion and hideous laughter
  • 3 Spell-Altering Invocations—invocations that change the way you can cast
  • 2 Eldritch Blast Invocations—invocations that make your eldritch blast deal different kinds of damage
  • 2 New Ability Invocations—invocations that grant you whole new abilities

Make Your Enemies Tremble When You Display Your Power!

Download Book of Magic Warlock Invocations for your Fifth Edition game at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore and Paizo.com.

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5e: 3 Imaginative Invocations

To date, we at Jon Brazer Enterprises have limited out involvement with Fifth Edition to Monsters, Adventures, and Races that we can convert over from Pathfinder. It makes sense considering how long we’ve been working in Pathfinder and how many projects we published for the game. But that is about to change.

We never really got into class options in a big way with Pathfinder for a simple reason: there are to many companies already out there that are doing it. Oh sure, we created some class options for the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, some specially designed for races in the Book of Heroic Races series, but it was never a major focus for us. Meanwhile, others developed many other ideas, leaving little design space available scarcely a month after a given class’s release. Just the fighter class has 75 archetypes fully detailed on d20pfsrd and countless others that have not been added to the site. Fifth Edition, however, sees considerably fewer companies creating material for the game and the main company is not producing monthly add-ons for the game. So we are feel that we have the breathing room to spread out developmental wings.

To this end, we are starting with the warlock class. Unlike other Fifth Edition classes, this class has options you can choose throughout the class’s progression. Oh sure spellcasters choose new spells, but the class feature of spellcasting does not change. There are archetypes like the fighter battle master that lets you choose different options throughout the class, but this is not the default option for the class itself. These individual options, we feel, is an easy place for us to start, allowing us to show off our design chops. Each of these different options are a solid choice in game and are fun to boot.

Overall, I would split the 10 Warlock Invocations that we created into 3 different categories.

1) New Spellcasting Options.

Some warlock invocations let you cast spells that are not on the warlock spell list. Armor of Shadows, Bestial Speech, and Otherworldly Leap are all examples of this. Some require the warlock to use a spell slot; others do not. Well, we created a few like this. Here’s my favorite:

Eternal Laughter

You can cast hideous laughter once using a warlock spell slot. You can’t do so again until you finish a long rest.

2) Modified Spellcasting Options.

Some warlock invocations change the way a spell is cast. While the PHB only has Agonizing Blast and Eldritch Spear really the only ones that fit this category, we decided to go a bit further and expand this design option up further. I particularly like this one.

Fiendish Accuracy

Prerequisite: true strike cantrip, 9th level
As a bonus action, you can cast true strike once without using a warlock spell slot and apply its effects this turn. You can’t do so again until you finish a short or a long rest.

3) New Abilities.

Last but not least are those invocations that just let you do new things. Bewitching Whispers, Devil’s Sight, Eyes of the Rune Keeper, and Voice of the Chain Master are perfect examples of this. Of our new creations, I like this one the best (yes, it is inspired by the Alien movies):

Acidic Blood

Prerequisite: 5th level
When you take piercing or slashing damage from a natural weapon, the attacking creature takes a number of points of acid damage equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum 1).

Download Book of Magic Warlock Invocations for your Fifth Edition game at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore and Paizo.com.

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We’re On YouTube

I created a YouTube Channel about 2 years ago, but I have not really done anything with it until lately. Earlier this month, however, I decided to give regular vidcasting a try, and I have to admit that it is fun. If you ever wanted to find out more about what is going on in my head when I write something, or have the curtain pulled back on the process, or if you just really like what we create and want to hear more about it, this channel is great for that.

I will admit there is a second motive for me to do this: I need exercise and this keeps me honest. I am far from a slim person, and it is all too easy for me to skip my walk to do more at the day job. That needs to change. By recording myself on my walk, I have proof that I actually walked, and by sharing my thoughts on my company or what I am working on right now provides me with that necessary bit of motivation I need to get me out the door when I otherwise would stay at the desk. I encourage you to go for a walk as well. If recording yourself and sharing it on YouTube helps you, then I encourage you to do the same.

Watch our channel to hear more about us and what we are working on and subscribe today.

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Pathfinder: Strand of Fate Style

I’ve been a little busy lately and have not been able to post another martial arts style that I’ve written. As you may recall, I shared Stone Mountain Style last time. It designed by the dwarven masters of the ki. To emulate a mountain of … well … stone.

Strand of Fate Style was designed long ago and is largely in tales that few believe. Practitioner of the style are said to be able to snap their fingers and break their enemy’s strand in the fabric of fate, but that is just an old tale told around campfires. Few have actually seen such abilities worked, and fewer still talk about it.

Strand of Fate Style (Combat, Style)

You feel a connection to the strands of fate and know how to pull them in your favor.
Prerequisites: Unarmed Strike, 10th-level monk.
Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus to all your saving throws. While using this style, any living creature you successfully attack with your unarmed strike takes a –2 penalty to all saving throws until the start of your next turn.

Strand of Fate Tug (Combat)

Once you have felt a creature’s strand of fate, you can attack that strand from farther away.
Prerequisites: Strand of Fate Style, 14th-level monk.
Benefit: You gain a number of hit points equal to your Wisdom modifier. While using the Strands of Fate Style, you can attack any living creature within 30 feet that you previously attacked within the last minute with the Strands of Fate style as if you were within melee range. If you are using your unarmed strike, these attacks also inflict the –2 penalty to all saving throws per that feat.

Strand of Fate Shatter (Combat)

You can break someone’s strand of fate, killing them instantly.
Prerequisites: Strand of Fate Style, Strand of Fate Tug, 18th-level monk, ki pool.
Benefit: You are immune to death effects. While using Strands of Fate Style, if you successfully attacked a living creature in the previous round, you can spend 3 points from his ki pool as a standard action to shatter the creature’s strand of fate. The creature must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + 1/2 your monk level + your Wis modifier) or die instantly, its body turning into dust. This effect prevents the use of raise dead and resurrection to restore the creature to life (although true resurrection works as normal).

Run an adventure where you can use such a high level martial arts like Stand of Fate Style. Download Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore, and Paizo.

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5e: My Top 5 Cleric Domains

This past weekend at Origins Game Fair, my daughter and I played D&D Adventurers League, including the D&D Open, and in one day our characters jumped from 1st to 4th level. This being her first character, she went with a fighter. Me, I played a cleric.

Gunther Runehammer of clan Runehammer upholds the clan’s proud tradition of serving both his deity and the cause of justice while helping his fellow adventurers. He’s a War domain cleric, which means he had the highest armor class of anyone in the group over the weekend. Add to the fact that he just got a viscous weapon means he’s going to be delivering the hurt to his enemies.

This isn’t the first cleric I made so I would like to share with you my personal favorites for the domains in the core Player’s Handbook.

5) Tempest

First off, let me admit, I never played a Tempest cleric. My wife, however, played one and I get to see it up close. A storm themed cleric is a solid choice, one that Durkon from the Order of the Stick would definitely approve of this cleric domain. I’m putting this one at 5 since I wasn’t the one that actually played it and cannot give it an actual play experience recommendation, but from seeing it in action, it seemed fun.

4) Life

I played this one at the launch of the Basic rules, before my PHB arrived. When it comes to being the party healer, you can’t beat the Life domain. Between never needing to pray for cure wounds, to healing more when you do cast it, to using your channel divinity ability to heal, and the ability to heal yourself, this one is a solid choice for being the party healer. Having said that, that is what you are: the party healer. You won’t be getting any class abilities that diversity the character in any way. As such, I only now use the Life domain cleric for a DM PC when no one in the group has the ability to heal.

3) Nature

When I want to blur the lines between druid and cleric, I take a nature domain cleric. Between domain spells that theme your magic to plants, animals, and the elements, a channel divinity that makes plant and animals your friends, and being able to use a reaction to grant resistance to acid, cold, fire, lightning, and thunder damage. This is a pretty sweet set of abilities that make the Nature domain stand out among its piers.

2) War

When you want to get your hands dirty with your enemy’s blood, the War domain is your domain. Between a serious armor class and martial weapon proficiencies, you can go toe-to-toe with the worst monsters out there. Add to that your channel divinity ability to add +10 to a roll makes sure you hit when the roll is bad and your domain ability to make another attack as a bonus action and you can stand next to the party fighter. Considering I was playing with my daughter among a group I just met, that was the reason I made that character, and it was fun to boot. A solid recommendation from me.

1) Light

A cleric that throws fireball, is there anything more you need to say about that? While cleric spells are typically defensive in nature, the Light domain adds to it a number of common wizard offensive spells to shake up the feel of the class.

This, like all the other domains (except Life, obviously) shake up the feel of the class. They add a new flavor to what can quickly be a one note class. This, more than anything else, should be guiding light to any 5e designer looking to write new class abilities, and the cleric class exemplifies this better than any other.

Pair these cleric domains with an awesome race. Download the Book of Heroic Races Player Races 2 for your Fifth Edition game at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore and Paizo.com.