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[Traveller] Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription 2 Available

Earlier today, Spiders went active. This means the first Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription ends. When we at Jon Brazer Enterprises launched the Subscription we did not know how many, if anyone, would be interested in having creatures in their home Traveller game. Less than a month later we know that the creatures would be smash success. And we at Jon Brazer Enterprises would like to thank each of those initial subscribers. Without you, we would not be the success that we are today.

With that, we would like to announce Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription 2. These next five creatures focus on helping to make ordinary situations more dangerous. First off we have the Spiked Scorpion who’s spiked armor makes it deadly to attack. Next up we have Jump Angels and Demons. These creatures of myth make travel between the stars both exciting and deadly. Issue 8, Tarhhuf Riding Wolf, helps to make primitive barbarians a threat to any local population. This issue is also special in that it is the first of many to feature Alex Greene as its author. Following this comes Vampire Skrillids, tiny insects that make you wish you fell into a nest of mosquitoes. In he same vein as Spiders, Ants presents a wide variety of types and sizes, the largest being large enough to cause damage to a space ship.

This subscription runs for a limited time. You cannot sign up for the subscription after August 3rd. Remember, subscribers receive their creatures at 20% off the standard price and also can download it on the Thursday prior to the creature being offered for individual sale. Subscribe today.

Jon Brazer Enterprises specializes in Traveller-based RPG products. Check out our other products at our PDF store and our Digital Print Store.

“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] Spiders Big and Small Lurk Into Traveller

Spiders. They lurk, they crawl, and they bite. These poisonous, hairy-legged hell spawn survive in the harshest environments. Wherever humans go, spiders are not far behind. In the darkest corners of a ship, they thrive, waiting for you to investigate why some equipment needs repaired. On distant worlds, they grow to over a meter tall, able to paralyze a human, wrap them up and drink them dry in a single bite. Frontier worlds run in fear of these silent killers, hoping not to become their next meal. And now they can find their way into your home game.

Spiders is the latest release in the Creatures of Distant Worlds series from Jon Brazer Enterprises. Jon Brazer Enterprises specializes in Traveller-based RPG products. Check out our other products at our PDF store and our Digital Print Store.

“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] Spiders Available for Subscriber Download

Spiders killed creatures of all sizes throughout time. Even after spending centuries among the stars, these eight-legged menaces still pose a threat. Having adapted to new environments some grow human size. This issue possess rules for spider webs and contains several different types of poison. And now they are available for subscribers to download. They are available for individual download on Monday 6 July. Catch them before they crawl into your Traveller unbeknownst to you.

Jon Brazer Enterprises publishing company specializing in Traveller-based products. Check out our other products at our PDF store and our Digital Print Store.

“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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Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription 2 Announced

Jon Brazer Enterprises is proud to declare the initial Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription a success and are moving forward with the next Subscription. This time around, we offering 20% off the stand alone price. This means the subscription of five creatures costs the same as four stand alone. Plus you still get the added bonus of receiving your creature four days before it goes on general sale.

The next five creatures are:
Issue 6 – Spiked Scorpions: Heavily armored scorpions with deadly claws and stinger.
Issue 7 – Jump Angels and Demons: Creatures of myth that live in pocket dimensions of jump space.
Issue 8 – Tarhhuf Riding Wolf: An exceptional hunting wolf the size of a horse.
Issue 9 – Vampire Skrillids: Tiny insects that lay their eggs in wounded creatures.
Issue 10 – Ants: Variations from man-eating swarms of tiny bugs to radioactive creatures the size of space ships.

Each creature is released every other monday for individual sale and the previous thursday for subscribers. Subscriptions go on sale Monday 6 July, but do not wait to long. Subscriptions can not be purchased past Monday 3 August.

Jon Brazer Enterprises publishing company specializing in Traveller-based products. Check out our other products at our PDF store and our Digital Print Store.

“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] I Hate Spiders

Before I write something, I research it. Even if I know what I am talking about, double checking never hurts. Encyclopedias, websites, Colbert Report, you name it. So when I decided to do spiders as my last of the initial five creatures I was offering with the Creatures of Distant Worlds subscription, I went to work.

Mind you, I hate spiders with a passion. Those disgusting little, eight-legged, hairy, fanged horrors that should be classified an abomination give me the hebegebees to no end. And for some reason, every entry I could find on them had a plethera of upclose picture of every possible variation on earth. So I was reading the screen while holding up hands over the pictures.

The net result I believe is well worth the few night of bad dreams I endured. Most of the spiders presented in Creatures of Distant Worlds – Spiders are based on real world spiders. A few are made up. And the remainder I exaggerated to make them more of a threat. I also included rules for spider webs. Since some spiders spin webs for simply providing their prey a place to land vs a sticky web to hold their prey until the spider can come and wrap them up.

Lastly, I want to mention that I will be announcing the next batch of creatures for the next Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription. They have a nice theme holding them together but are still perfect independent of each other. Look to find out more details later this week.

Spiders comes out Thursday for subscribers to download and will be available for individual purchase Monday, 6 July.

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[Traveller] Designing a Mech

One of the first things I said I wanted in my Traveller products were mechs. To the best of my knowledge mechs never appeared in Traveller in any previous edition. I may be wrong, but I have done enough research to believe that I am correct. So when I set out to design a mech I had a single question infront of me: do I design them as a vehicle or do I design them as a ship? I tried it both ways and I think I found the best solution: design them using the Small Craft Design rules from High Guard, but present their stats the same as a vehicle from the TMB. Then I posted certain key stats as being ship scale stats. This also helps keep the size of the stat block down and able to fit more mechs and other machines per page.

Mech Tech ‘n’ bot Issue 1 – Everyday Machines I, features my first mech that I feel is publishable grade. The MegaHerc, the model of mech’s name, was written to conform to a 5 ton ship. I left off the Weapons, Traits, and Price (since they may still be adjusted), but the rest of the stat block is below

MBMH10 MegaHerc (TL 12)
Strength
22 (+5), Dexterity 16 (+3)
Skill: Drive (Walker)
Agility: -2 DM
Speed: 60 kph (1.5m/round) (Ship Scale: 3 km/round)
Crew: 1
Open/Closed: Closed (Sealed)
Armor (Ship Scale): 6
Hull 8 Structure 8 (Ship Scale: 1/1)
Fuel: 6 hours

So what do you think? Feel free to reply and tell us what you think.

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[PFRPG] What Things May Come

There are few things I know for sure. One of those things I do know is that my daughter is 6 years old. For the past two years I’ve been telling myself that I would introduce her to role playing games the summer when she’s six. So this is the summer. I am finishing up my first week of vacation with her and have not done that yet. But then, this week was a vacation with my full family (parents, sister and her family, daughter). So there really hasn’t been time for that. The next two weeks I have her, I’m thinking I’ll either introduce her to hackmaster basic (I need a good excuse to buy it) or to 1e D&D. Something simple and can really spark the imagination for her.

One of the other things I know for sure is that any company that is not growing will eventually die. Expanding my company to create products for PFRPG is a logical step, IMO, for my company. Its definitely going to be a popular system, it holds true to the version of D&D I like best and it’s made by one of my favorite RPG companies. But what should I produce? Joseph Goodman made some excellent points about 4E which affirmed my own thoughts about PFRPG. One cannot simply do the exact same product they did in 3.x days and expect it to sell well. Companies that have their followers can do that, but even they will not be able to simply slap a PFRPG logo on their old products and expect them to sell well. So I’m planning to sit back, relax and watch what avenues are covered well and which need additional support. Heck, it took me a year from the launch of Traveller to put out my first product. I’m not going to rush quality.

So to sum up: will I be doing PFRPG products? Yes. Will I be doing them soon? No. Will I do them when I am confident that I release a quality product, know there is a need for my product, and can do something that has been scarcely seen in 3.x? Yes.

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[Traveller] Paskrin Available for Subscribers

On distant worlds in the deepest regions of space, unknown creatures await unwitting explorers. Close to home, devious politicians and gangsters lure native wild life to carry out their dirty work while maintaining denyability. On a frontier outpost, primitive life forms walk the uninhabited regions hoping claim the civilized place as their new home. Be prepared no matter where your players go. Be ready with the Creatures of Distant Worlds.

Paskrin bite and chew their way through wood, rock and bone to get to their favorite meal. Unfortunately, that meal is the metal used to make jump drives, life support and other key systems. These tenticled rats earn their place as the bane of engineers and mechanics everywhere.

Paskrin are now available for download for subscribers to Creatures of Distant Worlds. These devilish creatures will be available for individual purchase Monday June 22nd. Since I am leaving for vacation tomorrow, I will most likely not be available to post the general press release. So this will be their only press release. They will be available at DriveThruRPG.com.

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Busy Week

Well, I’ve had a busy week. And I rocked it. I finished up a business class I was taking. My group had to give our presentation a week early because we weren’t going to be present for the last class (more on that in a moment). We Michael Phelpsed that presentation! Final grade for the class: 94%. Freakin awesome!

I got involved in a flamewar on the internet. Final result: I helped change a few hearts and minds and I hope the place will be much less flamey in the future. Plenty of good people I was having a hearted discussion with, but we ended off on a positive note. Oddly for the internet, I know, but it does happen.

I made a public apology to Wizards of the Coast elsewhere in the internet. The apology was about comments I made publickly on the run up to D&D 4E. Plenty of people gave me serious props for being man enough to apologize. Plenty of others were interested in hearing more about my own company and our Traveller products.

Tomorrow I leave for vacation. I’ll be going to North Carolina with my family. I can’t wait to spend the week with my daughter and my sister’s kids. They have alot of fun playing together. Plus I get to “corrupt” them with kid fractured fairy tales like Cinderella and the Stinky Feet. When I get free time, I’ll be writing more material. But if I get nothing written (definitely a possibility), its not a big deal. I’ve budgetted that in just in case.

Later today, I’ll be releasing Paskrin to Subscribers. This is #4 of the initial five Creatures of Distant Worlds series. These buggers are the bane of engineers and mechanics everywhere. They bite, chew and claw their way into a special place in any players heart devoted to hatred. Every have an engine block have the pistons eaten? That’s what these guys do. Watch out players.

Lastly, I’m almost moved out of my apartment. Just a few more things and cleaning to go. But I am still busy as all heck. Write again later.

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[Traveller] Announcing Mech Tech ‘n’ bot for Traveller

Mech Tech 'n' bot
Starting July 20th, Jon Brazer Enterprises brings you Mech Tech ‘n’ bot, a new line focused on futuristic technology. Each 4 page issue brings you exciting, settingless computers, robots, drones and mechs for your Traveller-based game. The first issue titled Everyday Machines brings you machines for your players to interact with on a regular basis. Included within is a holographic armband computer, a steward robot, a household servant, a multi-purpose drone and a construction mech. Future issues cover maintenance robots, ship specialized machines, and combat drones/mechs.

Jon Brazer Enterprises publishing company specializing in Traveller-based products. Check out our other products at our PDF store and our Digital Print Store.

“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] Last Transmission of the Aurora

“… I repeat this is the … ‘ip Aurora. We have come under heavy attack by … forces and they are trying to jam our … ‘smission. We are requesting aid from any ship nearby. We have over … ‘ousand refugees on board our ship and several thous… onboard three other ships. We are … ‘ing to escape slavery. We want nothing more than to be free. Please if you can hear this transmission, please help us. They … our engines and will not be able to escape. Instead of finishing us off right away, they are sending over hundreds upon hundreds of their necro-soldiers to crush our hopes before we die. Please if you are out there, we request aid. …

“They are two levels below the bridge now. It will not be long before every last one us are dead. … I ask on behalf myself, my … every last refugee onboard to remember us. We risked our lives to seek freedom, to join our fellow humans away from … enslaved us. … They may crush our bodies but they cannot crush our spirit. We choose freedom and now we die having made that choice. Free son and daughters of Earth, remember us. I can hear them … onto the bridge. We last few stand ready. This is the Aurora signing …

“They’ll be through in a moment! Everyone … and find cover. We may not live through this, but we will make sure they remember us. Hold your fire until I give the order. FI…”

What you just read is the last transmission of the cargo ship Aurora. We ask free humans everywhere to spread the word what happened there that day. To stand with us to help release our enslaved brothers and sisters.

Our scientists at Jon Brazer Laboratories reverse engineered the capabilities of necro-soldiers and for this weekend only you can receive their capabilities for 25% off their normal price with the coupon at the bottom of this transmission. Now is the time to join with us, to stand together and to show those aliens what it means to be free. Will you join us?

Download Necro-Soldiers for the Traveller Role Playing Game this before Sunday 14 June 2009 to receive this special discount. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/index.php?discount=76979

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[Traveller] Ice Goliaths Available Now

On distant worlds in the deepest regions of space, unknown creatures await unwitting explorers. Close to home, devious politicians and gangsters lure native wild life to carry out their dirty work while maintaining denyability. On a frontier outpost, primitive life forms walk the uninhabited regions hoping claim the civilized place as their new home. Be prepared no matter where your players go. Be ready with the Creatures of Distant Worlds.

Ice Goliaths rule the frozen wastelands of winter worlds. Blending in with the ice and snow they attack from nowhere. Their skin flaps give them control over their descent while their fangs and claws prove deadly weapons.

Download Ice Goliaths today for your Traveller game at DriveThruRPG.com.

“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.