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[Foreven] Comms Not Working and Other d66 Lists

Every good sci-fi series has the ship’s sensors or communications system inoperable from time to time. Incase you ever needed a reason, here are 36 reasons why, all laid out on the d66 format. Download d66 Reasons for the Communication/Sensor Systems Not Working today.

Additionally, three other d66 lists are also available for download: d66 Moon Names, d66 Smells on a Ship and d66 Pirate Ship Names. Now you can pull up a quick name for a ship that you had engage the party as mere spot of random violence, help the players feel like they stepped onto a different ship by engaging a different sense and come up with a name for one more moon than you can come up with off the top of your head.

Jon Brazer Enterprises specializes in Traveller-based RPG products. Check out our other products at our PDF store and our Digital Print Store. Jon Brazer Enterprises – We Bring You the Future.

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[Traveller] I Heart Mechs

This is a repost of a blog entry on ENWorld. Come join us there for more Pathfinder RPG blog posts and a few Traveller entries as well.

Mechs make fun toys. No matter what setting they’re in, I love mechs. DragonMech, Exalted’s warstriders, BattleTech, Mech Warrior and many others. There’s just something about piloting a giant robot that can punch down a building that appeals to me. Maybe its the way they make the ground shake as you approach. Maybe its the giant guns. Or maybe I really just want to be a dinosaur and this is the easiest way to do it. I don’t know. But they’re fun nonetheless.

So for my first major print product for Traveller, I had to do a Mech book. My company was the first to publish a Mech for the current edition of the game and soon we’ll be the first to publish a supplement devoted to these monster trucks on legs. Not much I can talk about at this point in time, but I can show you the cover.

I can also let you in on a bit of the design philosophy that I am using. Let me state right off the bat that I am not using the Vehicle Design Rules from the Civilian/Military Vehicles books published by Mongoose Publishing. Why? Two simple reasons. 1) They are not OGL. As of the date I stated writing up my own Gundam, the rules were not available for other publishers to use. So I am doing what I can with the Traveller Main Rulebook, High Guard, and Mercenary (yes I am using all 3). And 2) using the book goes against my commitment to require as few books as possible. My own experience with writing for D&D 3.5 tells me that you can never make the assumption that anyone has any book beyond the core rule book (unless you’re doing a psionic supplement, but that’s about it). With that in mind, I am using High Guard, but I am making sure that High Guard is not required to get full use out of this book.

The only part of Mercenary that is required are the Mass Combat rules. In my experience, a great way for a game to feel larger than yourself is to have mass scale combats. When you command 100 souls and know that your actions determine their fates, you cannot help but feel apart of that world and to know your place in it. So far, I have not seen any mass combats be encourages in supplements, so I am going to help that along by including stats for a armies and mercenary companies or simple defense groups this and future supplements. If nothing else, it will be a fun experiment to see what people think of such stats included in the book.

Until Next Time, Have Fun.

“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.

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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.

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Scenes of Space Hex Battle Maps

Fight your battles on scenes of space. Fourteen scenes for your sci-fi space battles to take place in. Escape an exploding planet, dodge ice asteroids, navigate a nebula, or traverse the stars with a distant galaxy in the background. Two scenes laid out for large printers. Twelve pages laid out for letter/A4 paper. All images have a 1″ hex grid. Play your sci-fi games with dramatic backgrounds.

Scenes of Space Hex Battle Maps is the latest product from Jon Brazer Enterprises, we bring you the future. Scenes of Space is available at DriveThruRPG.com, RPGNow.com, and WarGameVault.com

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[Foreven] Solar Systems and Drinks

This month’s dispatches of d66 lists focus on fleshing out solar systems. To this end, we bring you d66 Planet Names, d66 Comet Names and d66 Ship Names 2. Armed with these three lists, you can give more life to a new location immediately after your players jump in.

As a chaser to these, the last list of 2009 is d66 Alcoholic Drinks. Want your character to order Tiebrian Water (shaken, not stirred) whenever he goes to a new location. Looking for that perfect local brew when detailing a new location. This list is for you.

Everyone at Jon Brazer Enterprises would like to wish everyone a happy holidays this season. Be safe and we hope to game with you more in the new year.

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

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[Traveller] Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships Released

Far future universes need machines and technology that makes the average spacefarer’s life easier. Everything from the robots to computers to weaponry and vehicles, the future should feel exciting with tech everywhere. Ideal for any setting, Mech Tech ‘n’ bot is your supplement series to making your game feel futuristic.

Ships streak across the sky, carrying cargo and passengers within a solar system. Fighters battle pirates and other disasters of space. This indispensable tech keeps the wheels of commerce flowing from outlying bases and outposts to major worlds. Fighters and Small Ships details these support vessels for your game, making your universe come alive.

Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships is the latest release from Jon Brazer Enterprises for the Traveller system and is available now at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.

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

Happy Holidays and Happy Gaming.

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[Traveller] When You Really Need Something to Go Boom

As our last preview of Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships for the week, we’re displaying two more pages. Today we’re showing the two page spread for the Proxima P Series Torpedo Bomber. Designed to be sold to less advanced worlds, this series of bombers have been used by less advanced worlds to repel invaders and protect defenseless citizens. Click on the picture below to see all three variations of this low tech space craft.

Proxima P Series
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[Traveller] Wednesday Preview

This week is going by much faster than I had been expecting. Since I missed a preview yesterday, I’m giving a supersized preview today. Instead of just sharing a stat block, here are two pages of the book with both stat blocks. Click on the thumbnail below for the full size image. Enjoy.

Guardian Industries: Kraft Interceptor

Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships will be available from Jon Brazer Enterprises on Monday Nov 23 and can be purchased from our Digital Print store or for PDF download from DriveThruRPG.com.

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[Traveller] Fighters and Small Ships Preview

Twinsai from Krown Industries
The naming contest ended this past weekend with Twinsai being voted the ship’s name. Congratulations to Darkjoy for submitting off the winning entry.

Throughout the week, Jon Brazer Enterprises will be releasing previews for Fighters and Small Ships. This 16 page supplement details six different class of ships, each with several variations. Each ship receives a two page spread with two or three stat blocks, detailing the ship in different configurations. For the first preview this week, we bring you the cover art. Check it out and share what you think.

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[Traveller] Design Philosophy of Fighters and Small Ships

With Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships being released soon, I probably should discuss the design philosophy behind the book. My philosophy had two main sources for inspiration: modern cars and airplanes. When Boeing makes a 737 they customize it to their customer’s needs, but they tend to fall into one of several groups: passenger transport, cargo transport, or military applications. The passenger transport version is fitted with seats, a galley a standardized gangway entrance, and legally required safety features. The cargo variant is fitted with latching hooks to keep the cargo from moving during the flight, sections for large cargo and small cargo, and a standardized gangway to make loading and unloading cargo easier. The military variant could possess a hatch for dropping bombs, enhanced electrical for operating sophisticated radar and other detection equipment, or others depending on its specific use. But all the while, the general design, cockpit, engines, fuel tanks are relatively unchanged. This helps keep the costs down for Boeing while making aircraft for wide applications.

Shuttle
S172 by RenStar
In the same way, the S172 by RenStar Avionics possess several variations. First there is a passenger variant designed to transport 40 passengers from a planet’s surface to orbit and back again in relative comfort while still packing them in like sardines. Next there is a short range cargo variant that carries considerable cargo for its size while changing as little as possible to the basic structure. Finally there is a long range cargo variant that can operate for two weeks in the vacuum of space with little refuelling. This version possess a larger engine and power plant to increase its range and a single weapon to help defend itself. … What was that? A military variant? I’m sorry that is classified.

Yes, I know that cargo transports are the coolest and all, but what about fighters. What inspiration was used in designing a fighter? For this, I looked at the Infiniti car manufacturer. When you look at an Infiniti, you know it is an Infiniti. They design a specific look into their cars to make them instantly recognizable. Every commercial has their the single wavy line to help brand the appearance of every model.

Fighter
Kraft by Guardian Industries
In the same way, space fighter manufacturers would want their products to stand out, making each to appear similar. Enter the Kraft by Guardian Industries. This fighter travels as fast as a missile regardless if it is the light or medium interceptor variants. But because GI wants their fighters to stand out, the fighters appear almost identical. So when you see the basic configuration, you know that the owners of those fighters must be rich enough to be able to afford these fast fighters.

Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships will be available on November 23 for Print at Lulu.com and for PDF download at DriveThruRPG.com

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Pathfinder: Give your Pathfinder Character Some Faith

Religion is meant for the masses, not the clerics and the paladins alone. While not everyone can cast divine spells, anyone can live a life dedicated to their god and anyone can pray. Now, the gods listen when your character prays.

Book of the Faithful: Power of Prayer gives you ideas for your next Pathfinder character. Concept ranging from the newly converted to the those that lived their whole lives surrounded by their faith to those seeking to learn an aspect of their faith more deeply than they had before. Additionally there are seventeen new feats, a new magic item and three pieces of equipment ideal for the faithful seeker’s enlightenment and protection.

Book of the Faithful: Power of Prayer is now available from Jon Brazer Enterprises. Visit JonBrazer.com to find out about upcoming Pathfinder products.

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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I’m Not Dead Yet

I’m currently in the hospital so Book of the Faithful (JBE’s 1st Pathfinder RPG supplement) might be late, but i do believe it will come out on Monday as origionally planned. Mech Tech ‘n’ bot’s Fighters and Small Ships should still come out in november, but it might be the very end of the month.

In the meantime, I am hoping to give birth to a 3.5 mm kidney stone today. If you’re looking for some inspiration for future tech for your game, they’re going to use a laser inside me. How cool is that!

I gotta save cell battery for calling the family so I probably won’t update again until I’m back home. Until then, stay safe and have fun.