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Shadowsfall Legends: The Gem That Caught Fire – Kurdag’s Tale Now Available

When the umbral kobold owner of the Exploding Herb alchemy shop is questioned about a magical gem that he may or may not have enchanted, both danger and bombs fly. Will Kurdag find a mortal enemy among the Hookblades? Will the neighbor’s wagon be smashed to splinters or explode into woodchips?

The Gem That Caught Fire is the second in the Shadowsfall Legends line of short tales taking place on the Plane of Shadows. This amazing story is written by infamous Ed Greenwood. It is now available in PDF, ePub, and mobi (Kindle) formats. Download today at DriveThruRPG/DriveThruFiction/RPGNow,,,, Smashwords and many more.

Also check out the first in the Shadowsfall Legends series: Pawn, Deception and Sacrifice written by Mur Lafferty. Download it today at DriveThruRPG/DriveThruFiction/RPGNow,, Amazon Kindle Store, Smashwords, B&N Nook and more in the near future. Download today in ePub, PDF and now in mobi (Kindle) formats. Read it today on your computer, phone or tablet.

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Pathfinder and Traveller: GM’s Day Sale

The annual GM’s Day Sale begins TODAY at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. We at Jon Brazer Enterprises wanted to let you know what we are offering at 25% off. If you have been eyeing these, this sale is not to miss.


Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building (as well as the three PDFs that were compiled into this book).
Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations
Book of Beasts: Wandering Monsters 1
Book of Friends and Foes: Under the Mountain
Book of the Faithful: Power of Prayer
Book of the Faithful: Worshipping Swords
Encounters and Maps: Cave of Kobolds


All of our Mech Tech ‘n’ bot line including
Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Fighters and Small Ships and
Mech Tech ‘n’ bot: Mech Squadrons
Player Career Pack 1
and most especially, our
d66 Compendium

Be sure to grab these and take advantage of this amazing sale while you can. Its on until March 7th so don’t miss out.

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[Pathfinder] Recent Reviews Roundup (5-Star Edition)

We’ve recently got some excellent reviews of some of our books and every last one was a 5-Star review! So I thought I would share excerpts and links to them for you.

First up, we have the book that everyone loves: the Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building. The first review comes from a gentlemen named Gregg Helmberger. Here are some of the highlights from his 5-Star review:
“Therefore, anything that can make your life easier as a GM is something to buy, treasure, and recommend to others.”
“If you plan to feature a lot of mass combat, you NEED this.”
“this is excellent stuff that you will make use of”
“Overall, this is a truly exemplary resource for players and GMs using the Kingdom Building subsystems in their games.”
Thank you Gregg for your kind words. I really appreciate them.

Next up is John Benbo‘s 5-Star review of the same book. His review is much shorter, but is no less filled with love for this book. To show exactly how he felt, he titled the review “Indispensable!” I’m just going to reprint the whole review here:

When I decided to start up my Kingmaker campaign, I knew I had to have this book from the reviews I’ve read and it hasn’t let me down. My group is still slogging away through book 2 but they have already gone through 4 and half years of kingdom builing. The players have enjoyed the extra buildings and, as the GM, I’ve really enjoyed the expanded random encounter section. Additionally, being available in print makes it more convenient to flip through at the table. What also impressed me was the community support of this product by creating an excel spreadsheet that incorporated the extra material in this book. This has made the kingdom building aspect a breeze to keep track of.

The last 5-Star review we’ve received recently is for the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane from “Stark Enterprises VP“. He described this book as:

“this is a spectacular little collection of monsters.”
“There’s not a single beast in this thing that isn’t well-worth your purchase dollars.”
“The flavor text of this thing is pretty awesome too.”
“I can’t wait to see the other books in this line, just on the quality of this stuff.”
“In the final analysis, Jon Brazer’s knocked another one out of the park”

Despite all these wonderful things, its the last line in Stark’s review that really says it all, I think. Despite having received the PDF as a review copy he said, “I’ll be buying this myself when the print/PDF combo goes live … it’s that good!” Thank you. Truly, thank you.

Be sure to pick up your copy of Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane, Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building and others at, Your Local Gaming Store or at your favorite gaming website.

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Legend: New Monster Called Gruff

I’m taking a break from my regular posting of a faction. I’m still working on my first sorcery faction and I need a little more time. In the meantime, I figured I’d post a monster. I noticed people talking on the Legend forums about a lack of beastmen. So I thought I would make one. Fans of RuneQuest will recognize this monster as being inspired by the Broo. However, I am drawing this monster’s personality more from two distinct sources: the fairy tale of the billy-goat’s gruff and the more recent Dresden Files book where Harry fights a number of these “fairies” as he stops a murderous plot.

I hope you enjoy this monster. I highly welcome all comments.

Billy-Goat Gruff
Best described as a half goat-half man creature, a billy-goat gruff (or gruff for short) is considered by most common folk to be a smaller minotaur. However, this could not be further from the truth. Where a minotaur avoids human contact, a gruff seeks it out, raiding human settlements for food and slaves.
A gruff village is filthy by civilized human standards. The simple huts tend to be made from the skins of various animals hunted. The village chief’s hut is always in the center of the camp and is made from the hide of the largest monster killed by the tribe. The chief is always the largest gruff.
            Dice           Average            
STR      2d6+6         (13)                   
CON     1d6+12       (16)
SIZ       3d6+5       (16)
INT       2d6+6         (13)
POW    3d6             (11)
DEX     3d6             (11)
CHA     2d6             (7)

1d20     Hit Location           AP/HP 
1-3        Right Leg                -/7
4-6        Left Leg                  -/7
7-9        Abdomen                -/8
10-12    Chest                      -/9
13-15    Right Arm               -/6
16-18    Left Leg                  -/6
19-20    Head                      3/7

Combat Actions       2
Damage Modifier     +1d2
Magic Points           11
Movement                10m
Strike Rank              +12
 Armor: Horns (AP 3, Head only)
Traits: None

Skills: Athletics 60%, Brawn 28%, Evade 40%, Perception 50%, Persistence 20%, Resilience 40%, Sleight 45%, Survival 40%,
Common Magic 17%, Bestial Enhancement 2, Mobility 1

Combat Styles
Head Butt 60%, Club 60%, Spear and Shield 50%, Unarmed 28%
Type              Size     Reach      Damage            AP/HP        Range
Club              M         S             1D6+1D2          4/4              —
Head Butt      L          T             1D6+1D2          as Head      —
Short Spear   M         L             1D8+1+1D2      6/8              —
Target Shield  L          S             1D6+1D2          4/12            —

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Pathfinder: New Monster – Slime Beast

Longtime followers of JBE will know that I run a Kingmaker Pathfinder game at home. We’re currently playing in our alternate adventure path (Carrion Crown) while I do a rewrite of adventure 4. Short of the long, the group has gone a little off the very loose AP rails and adventure 4 is being tossed for my campaign. While I’m using some of it as a basis, I need new material. The Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations is a great place to start, but I need more. So I’m generating my own adventure and some custom monsters during this break. Today I created this monster and I thought I would share it with you. So here you go, one free monster. Enjoy.

Slime Beast

Translucent with a blue-green color, this creature jelly-like body is vaguely humanoid-shaped but possesses no eyes in the head.
Slime Beast                  CR 12
XP 19,200
NE Large ooze
Init +8; Senses blindsight 60 ft., tremorsense 120 ft.; Perception +24


AC 23, touch 13, flat-footed 19 (+4 Dex, +10 natural, -1 size)
hp 178 (17d8+102)
Fort +11, Ref +11, Will +12
Defensive Abilities acid body; Immune acid, piercing, slashing


Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft., swim 60 ft.
Melee 2 slams +21 (1d6+9/19-20 plus 4d6 acid)
Ranged acid glob +15 (4d6 acid)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.


Str 29, Dex 18, Con 22, Int 11, Wis 25, Cha 2
Base Atk +12; CMB +22 (+24 bull rush); CMD 34 (cannot be tripped, 36 vs bull rush)
Feats Awesome Blow, Critical Focus, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Critical (slam), Improved Initiative, Improved Vital Strike, Lightning Reflexes, Power Attack (-4/+8), Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Climb +17, Perception +24, Stealth +17 (+25 when under water), Swim +17; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth when under water


Environment cold or temperate marsh or swamp
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none

Special Abilities

Acid Body (Ex) The physical form of the slime beast is a gelled acid. It is immune to all damage from piercing or slashing weapons . Additionally, all objects that strike the slime beast sustain 1d6 points of acid damage. Creatures that strike the slime beast with a natural weapon or an unarmed attack sustain 1d6 points of acid damage.
Acid Glob (Ex) Once every 2 rounds, a slime beast can produce a ball of slime in its hand and throw it at a range increment of 10 ft. to a maximum of 60 ft. Those successfully struck by the blog of slime sustain 4d6 points of acid damage and must succeed a DC 24 Fortitude save or sustain an additional 4d6 points of damage the following round on the slime beast’s turn. Producing the glob of slime and throwing it  is a single standard action. Being completely submerged in water will reduce the second round’s damage by half.

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Traveller: Arrr! There Be Piratey d66 Lists Over Yander!

Two new d66 lists are released today for your role playing games in the far future. The first is d66 Pirate Ship Names 2. Need more ship names of raiders, thieves, and dread pirates, this list have them all. Never let your encounters in deep space go without a properly fearsome name.

Up next we have d66 Pirate Bases. Every pirate needs a place to rest, refuel and sell off their ill-gotten goods. These places provide the names for bases and stations of adventure. Just remember to always keep your side arm fully loaded. Make your players seek out the pirate bases to get back stolen cargo and encounter a new worlds of adventure.

Find these and other d66 lists of names and ideas at DriveThruRPG and at

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Pathfinder: New Haunts to Spook You Campaign

The great adventurer, abjurer and researcher, Riyal Starlight, has explored much of the world. Throughout his travels he documented many of the dangerous and unusual hazards he has lived to tell the tale. Now within these pages, he shares his findings with you.

Riyal’s Research: Haunts brings you two dozen new haunts for you to endanger your player characters’ very lives. These haunts range in CR from 1 – 15 and include haunts inspired by movies and books throughout the fantasy/urban fantasy genre. These haunts detail the power behind deadly chants, talking skulls, cliffs of insanity and flooding rivers. These murderous menaces will enhance your world and your adventures.

Check out a preview of the haunts within right here. Grab these haunts at Paizo and DriveThruRPG/

Also be sure to check out Riyal’s Research: Traps, the first installment in the Riyal’s Research line. Download it today at Paizo and DriveThruRPG/

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Legend: Nightfire Cult

This week, for our Free Legend Faction is the Nightfire cult. This one is more of a traditional adventuring campaign where all the characters are in a single cult. You should notice influences from the Lord of the Rings, Babylon 5, and other types of heroic organizations. We hope you enjoy this. As always, please give us any constructive criticism you may have. We would love to hear it.

Nightfire Cult (Cult)

Few outside of the cult itself and academic circles recognize the Nightfire Cult as an actual cult. Most believe them to be a martial order or a band of thieves or others of ill repute. However the members of the Nightfire Cult, or Torchbearers as they call themselves, know their deity to be true. They worship Weneg, a little known deity that supports the sun god by watching at night, guarding against the chaos that can befall civilization from the dark places.

The Nightfire Cult mostly attracts from two groups of people: outcasts and those that have personally experienced the dark forces in their lives. Street urchins, children of disgraced warriors and others that through no fault of their own found themselves outcast by civilization and unable to live a life of peace find mutual respect and the ability to make a difference for good within the Nightfire Cult. The other major group consists of those that have lost a loved one or have had their home destroyed or had their lives shattered by creature of chaos or some kind of beastman or other deadly monster. It is a drive and passion of this magnitude that the Nightfire Cult requires to handle the universal rejection by most civilized folk while still defending them with little to no recognition.

The tenets of the Nightfire Cult are simple: Protect those that cannot protect themselves. Fight the forces of chaos no matter what form they take. Stand between the darkness of chaos and the light of civilization. Trust in your fellow torchbearers with your life. Worship Weneg for he gives you purpose.

Torchbearers almost never enter cities. While it is not taboo, many of the members do not want to return to a place that ostracized them. Most stay close to small villages or live in makeshift huts in the forest.

Weneg does not have temples dedicated to him but instead has small shrines in the woods or other remote places. The cult, also, does not possess an overarching hierarchy. A priest of a Nightfire cell can climb no higher in status. Most cells possess only one priest at a time, but it is not unheard of for a cell to have 4 priests. This generally occurs when a fire team rises to the rank of priest together over the years of fighting the darkness.

Many from governors to peasants tend to have a negative view of the Nightfire Cult. Members of this cult are rarely seen by city folk except when something goes horribly wrong. Whether they failed to stop a horde of barbarians or a creature of chaos burned a place down, the Nightfire Cult is always around when there is trouble from the less civilized lands. As a result they tend to receive the blame for the trouble caused, when in reality the Nightfire Cult weakened the trouble-causing monster enough to allow it to be stopped by the city guard. Most members of the cult accept this negative attitude as part of what is required of them for their faith. However, lightly-protected areas such as rural towns and lone homes tend to have a much more positive attitude towards the Nightfire Cult since the Torchbearers are the frequently the only defense there is against the dangers of the land. Rural folk frequently give the Torchbearers needed medical aid and supplies to continue their holy mission.

Common Magic: Clear Path, Detect Enemy, Endurance, Light, Mobility

Divine Magic: Dismiss Elemental, Heal Wound, Sureshot


The first thing an initiate is to learn is survival for if an initiate torchbearer cannot survive on his own, the Nightfire Cult will have to protect him instead of others. A Tourchbearer must possess Survival, Shortbow style, and any three other cult skills at 30%. Initiates must also know at least one of the cult’s common magic spells. An initiate is never allowed on missions alone. He generally travels with anywhere from two to six other initiates in a single fire team. For more dangerous missions, a fire team will include a ranger or an acolyte.


A Torchbearer has proven he can survive on his own and now can be hired for simple work alone such as a guide through a dangerous forest. While a ranger is allowed on missions alone, it is rare. More frequently, a ranger works in groups of two or three others. Fire teams of rangers are rarer but they do happen. A ranger is to focus on knowledge fore a ranger must know its enemy before he can properly defeat it. An initiate wishing to become a ranger must possess Lore (Regional), Shortbow style, Survival and three other cult skills at 50%. Ranger must also possess a minimum of 1 POW dedicated to Weneg must know at least two common magic spells.


Acolytes are also knows as guardians. It is not uncommon for an acolype to stand on a bridge forbidding its enemy to pass until the acolyte is dead. Acolytes frequently work alone for most situations but are known to work in fire teams for larger missions. Being an acolyte is about dedication. To show their sacrifice, a minimum of 4 POW must be dedicated to Weneg. Additionally, an acolyte must possess Lore (Regional), Shortbow style, Survival plus three other cult skills at 70%. Lastly an acolyte must know three of the cult’s common magic spells.


Being a priest is about standing up to the greatest of threats. A priest must stand up to a great and terrible monster bent on mass death and destruction and live. While defeating the monster is the most common outcome, it is not required. Simply standing up to it and surviving is what is important. Priests that have survived fights without defeating the monster typically provide others with enough time to escape. A priest of Weneg once talked a dragon out of a burning a city to the ground. His actions allowed the people a chance to escape. Unfortunately that priest was killed by the very people he saved for not killing the dragon when he had a chance. All priests must dedicate 7 POW to Weneg, know all the cult’s common spells and have a total of 6 cult skills at 90%. Three of those skills must be Lore (regional), Shortbow Style, and Survival.

Cult Skills

Nightfire Cult offer training the in the following skills: Athletics, Common Magic, Evade, Lore (Regional), Pact (Weneg), Perception, Shortbow style, Survival,Track.

For the Nightfire cult, all Divine Magic has a minimum of Ranger level.

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Pathfinder: Book of Beasts Receives its Fourth 5-Star Review

Book of Beasts: Monster of the Shadow Plane
Earlier today, the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane picked up its FOURTH 5-STAR review. We figured we’d share a few of the wonderful things being said about the book and the monsters inside with you.

Thilo Graf (aka Endzeitgeist)
“prime example of stellar monster design”
“they feel wholly distinct from any regular creatures of the same CR. Kudos!”
“Grognards … get a nice blast from the past/homage”
“this book … contains a wealth of cool creatures and ideas.”
“I look forward to seeing more supplements for the plane of shadows”
“a final verdict of 5 stars and a definite recommendation for this excellent bestiary.”

Dark Mistress
“vast majority [of the monsters] very good to outstanding”
“I really can’t wait for [the Shadowsfall books].”
“You won’t regret it.”

The Alfred Effect:
“It is this attention to detail that really makes these creatures stand out in my mind and it will help any GM add them to a campaign.”
“Dale and Jon Brazer Enterprises put together an excellent product every time and this is no exception.”
“this is the book for you.”

“a fantastic collection of creatures.”
“raising the stakes for all creatures after it.”
“treasure trove of diabolical deliciousness.”
“solid 5 stars rating, and highly recommending it”

We would like to give an extra big thank you to everyone involved in the creation of this book. All these wonderful things being said about it would not be possible without you.

Pick up the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane today! Order it from your local game store or favorite gaming website or order it from

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Pathfinder: When Haunts Come Knocking

The first Riyal’s Research covered Traps. The second in the series discusses Haunts. These 24 new haunts ranging from CR 1 to 15 with a page of the great researcher’s notes on the subject will be released Tuesday, February 14th, but we’re giving you a special sneak peak today. We hope you enjoy these haunts.

Misty River CR 2
XP 600

CE persistent haunt (5 ft. by 10 ft. river between old pilings)
Caster Level 2nd
Notice Perception DC 20 (to hear wood breaking)
hp 9; Trigger touch; Reset 1 day
Effect Long ago, a wooden bridge that crossed this 10 ft. wide river broke and fell away drowning a family. A path still leads to both sides of the river. When a creature touches the water just beyond the path where the bridge once crossed, a mist forms over the water (20 ft. radius, centered on where the creature touched the water) as per the spell obscuring mist. The mist lasts for 2 minutes.
Destruction A new bridge must be built crossing the river.

Breathless Gasps CR 6
XP 2,400

NE haunt (10 ft. by 15 ft. pool of water)
Caster Level 6th
Notice Perception DC 25 (the sound of water splashing and someone gasping for air)
hp 14; Weakness susceptible to water; Trigger touch; Reset 1 minute
Effect Deep in a cave long ago, an elf and drow war came down to last pair of warriors. They struggled until the elf was tripped and landed in a small pool of water. Filled with rage, the drow strangled the elf face down in the water. Whenever a creature touches that same pool, the water rushes into creature’s lungs as if affected by a suffocation spell (see Section 5 of the Advanced Player’s Guide). Any spell with the water descriptor (other than control water) damages the haunt equal to twice the spell level. Control water neutralizes this haunt.
Destruction During a full moon, the water must be completely drained and replaced with holy water. During the following new moon, a bottle of air must be shattered below the surface of the holy water pool.

Words of Asmodeus CR 9
XP 6,400

LE persistent haunt (15 ft. by 15 ft. altar dedicated to Asmodeus)
Caster Level 9th
Notice Perception DC 35 (to hear the sound of chanting in Infernal)
hp 40; Weakness vulnerable to sonic; Trigger proximity; Reset 1 hour
Effect It is said that the spirit of Asmodeus’s priest protects the altar against thieves even though no one worships there any longer. Those that have encountered one of these haunted altars tell of the powerful chants. Any creature that approaches sees the haunt manifest as a spectral cleric. Its chanting words cut deep causing creatures within 20 ft. of the spectral cleric to take 4d8 points of damage and are staggered for 1 round. Worshipers of Asmodeus sustain 9d6 points of damage and are stunned for 1d4 rounds. Half of the damage is sonic; the other half is negative energy damage. A successful DC 16 Fortitude save halves the damage and negates the staggering/stunning effect. This is similar to a rebuke spell (see Section 5 of the Advanced Player’s Guide). The spectral cleric can move up to 60 ft. away from the altar.
Destruction When the moon turns as red as blood, a cleric of any god other than Asmodeus must cast consecrate or desecrate on the altar. Within one day, the altar must be pulverized into tiny rocks and powder. Praises to any deity other than Asmodeus need to be sung or chanted during both phases of this destruction.

Grab out Riyal’s Research: Trap today and watch for Riyal’s Research: Haunts next week. Get these and more Pathfinder PDFs at Paizo and DriveThruRPG/