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Pathfinder: Not Going To PaizoCon Sale

It’s that time of year again when we get to find out what is coming from Paizo for the upcoming year for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and me being in the other end if the country means I don’t get to go as often as I’d like. So you get the benefit of having our Not Going To PaizoCon Sale again this year.

This year it is better than ever. We are doing 75% off all of our PDFs at the JBE Shop, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store! That’s right! A crazy 75% off. We have a crazy surplus of PDFs and you get the amazing deal on them.

What about DriveThruRPG and RPGNow? We’ve got an amazing sale there as well. If you prefer your supplements in print you can grab all our Pathfinder print books there at 20% off.

These are deals that you Pathfinder fans cannot pass up. Grab these deals today before this sale ends.

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5 Questions Every Barbarian Should Be Able to Answer

Conan is the classic barbarian. Most artwork for this class depicts someone from a tribal background in some type of leather clothing covering only the bare essentials to be considered “decent,” wielding a sizable weapon. While there is nothing wrong with that image of a barbarian, it is only one interpretation of a barbarian. The problem with it came in when some versions of the game mechanically reinforced it. As late as D&D 3.5, a barbarian was illiterate unless you took “reading” as a language. This meant that all barbarians are tribal. Personally, I am quite glad this has been done away with. It allows for different interpretations of what a barbarian can be. One such interpretation: the movie Falling Down. In it, Michael Douglas plays a man who has simply had enough, lashing out at the problems he sees in society. This is one reason why I like the 13th Age and D&D 5e idea of background separate from a class and am glad that it looks like Pathfinder 2e is going that route as well. Ever wanted to play a noble that rejects the laws their family set up? Now you can.

When coming up with this 5 Questions I took a long look at modern and even some classic iterations of the barbarian class and decided to focus in on a few aspects that I feel are key: using anger as a way to help them fight, self sufficiency, and a natural instinct to spot danger. To see which aspect of the other classes we focused on for their 5 Questions posts, see what we posted for the bard, cleric, druid, fighter, monk, paladin, rogue, sorcerer, and wizard.

1) Where Does Your Rage Come From?

The classic answer is that you are an uncivilized person and you simply cannot control yourself. While this answer is perfectly fine, this is far from the only available option. You could be cursed (ahem, failed science experiment) that when you get into a fight you lose your head and fly into a battle rage, potentially making you a danger to everyone in the fight except yourself. My personal favorite is the civilized person that use to make biting comments and engaged in sarcasm–letting the rage inside of them out in small doses–but saw their friends and loved ones hurt and finally unleashing the full force of their anger. I like this one because it subverts what many expect a barbarian should be, opening up a range of character possibilities.

2) How Do You Try to Emulate Your Characters Rage?

This question is quite a bit more meta than the other questions we’ve asked in the 5 Questions series, but I think it is important with the barbarian. A barbarians rage is meant to be uncontrolled, reactionary. It is telling Hulk to “smash,” because telling him anything else isn’t going to help. So when you are done with your turn, you have to sit and wait for everyone else to take their turn. That design choice lends itself towards a more thoughtful, tactical approach to your character. If you play it like a tactician, carefully considering every move to figure out what is the optimal course of action, you are not letting your character live as they should. So to help me get into my barbarian more, I intentionally choose less than optimal actions if it means it would be more reactionary. When facing multiple opponents, I generally go after the toughest looking enemy until one of my allies is hurt, then I rush to attack whomever was hurt (prioritizing the squishiest ones first), taking whatever attacks come from leaving an enemy in the middle of a fight. But that is just me; how does your way to attack your enemies reflect being in an all-consuming rage? Do you ignore all but the closest enemies to you? Do you just run through your enemies, one attack at a time, no matter if they drop or not? What is your style?

3) How Do You Reflect Your Ability to Spot Danger?

The barbarian class typically grants some advantage to spotting danger. How do you reflect this in your character? Are you jumpy, ready with a weapon in your hands because a cute, fluffy bunny rustled some bushes nearby? Are you constantly looking g around, trying to maintain a constant vigilance? Are you always listening to everything going on around you? How do you role play your ability to spot Danger?

4) How Did You Learn to Depend Upon Yourself?

Barbarians are frequently have the survival skill and other skills that would help them do well on their own. That is understandable considering the classic barbarian is one that shuns civilized society for the natural world. It even makes sense for the civilized barbarian; getting angry rather quickly tends to drive people away, requiring you to depend upon yourself more. If you’re cursed, you probably do not want many people around you for fear they will get hurt, promoting self sufficiency. So what was that like? If you are a societial outcast, how do you make clothes for yourself? What was it like learning to hunt? We’re you raised by a tribe and they taught you? We’re you always on the outskirts of civilization and had a basic idea of how to survive on your own before, even if it was not previously your soul source of survival before and now it is? Did you almost starve before learning how to use a bow? Do you trade with the local tribes, helping you get what you cannot do yourself?

5) How Much Does It Mean to You That Your Companions Accept You?

No person can exist without interacting with others. Even the most standoffish dwarf still needs friends. Barbarians may be self sufficient, but they still need friends and companions as well. So what does that mean to you? Put it another way: what will you do to protect them and keep them? Being with a person that frequently gets angry is not an easy person to get along with and after you failed to hear the cries for help from your fellow adventurers yet again because you were fighting the toughest-looking bad guy might mean they are not happy with your character. So how far is your character willing to go? Should such a situation arise, how will your character grow and change? Who will you become?

Catfolk are known for being free spirits and Khol Saka is no exception. He roams the plains, playfully pouncing on whatever trouble comes his way, appearing more care free than most humans. Just don’t get him angry; you wouldn’t like him. It is as if he turns into an uncontrollable green rage monster, even if he still looks like a catfolk on the outside. He will scratch the face off of anyone that hurts him or his allies, unable to stop himself even if he wanted to.

Khol Saka is featured on the cover of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Download this awesome book today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Eternal Implement for Samsaran Occultists

Earlier this month, we released the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness. This book details new ways for your character to battle the forces of evil with archetypes and class options for the non-core book races. Some of those options are very specific to the race, like the equinox infiltrator archetype for wyrwood vigilantes. Others are themed for the race but technically can be taken by anyone like the alligator/crocodile shifter aspect for lizardfolk. Today we are looking at one that straddles the line. The eternal implement for samsaran occultists has a strong connection to past lives. If your home setting does anything with past lives, this one would be perfect for just such a setting. However, if samsarans are the only race in your game that reincarnates, then this implement is solely for them. No matter how you use it, we hope it is fun for your game.

Eternal Implements

Eternal implements allow samsaran occultists to perform magic that draws on their past lives and their racial connection to the eternal cycles of life and death.
Implements: death shroud, family heirloom, journal, medal, noble vestment, pocket watch, veil.

Resonant Powers: Each time the occultist invests mental focus into an eternal implement, the implement grants the following power. The implement’s bearer gains the benefit of this power until the occultist refreshes his focus.
Memory Echoes (Su): The implement invokes the knowledge and memories of those who have borne it in the past. The implement’s bearer gains a +1 competence bonus on all Intelligence-based skill checks and ability checks for every 2 points of mental focus invested in the implement, to a maximum bonus of 1 + 1 for every 4 occultist levels you possess.

Base Focus Power: All occultists who learn to use eternal implements gain the following focus power.
Touch of Antiquity (Sp): As a standard action, you can expend 1 point of mental focus to cause an object to age, withering as though it had endured for long stretches of time. Your touch deals 1d4 points of damage + 1d4 points for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st to an object and grants it the broken condition. Alternatively, with a successful melee touch attack, you can cause the same decay in constructs, dealing 1d6 points of damage + 1d6 points of damage for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st.

Focus Powers: In addition to gaining the base focus power, occultists who learn to use eternal implements can select from the following focus powers when choosing the powers gained from their focus powers class feature.

Ancient Prowess (Sp): As a standard action, you can impart martial techniques from a past life on yourself or a living creature you touch. Your touch grants the use of any one combat feat for 1 minute. The granted feat must not have any other feat prerequisites but can be used without meeting other requirements (such as base attack bonus or race). This ability grants the use of an additional combat feat for every 6 levels you possess (to a maximum of 4 at 18th level). These subsequent feats can have feat prerequisites if those prerequisites are also granted by the same use of this ability.

Collective Calm (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to draw upon the collective experiences of your past lives, giving you improved ability to perform difficult tasks under pressure. When you use this focus power, select a number of skills equal to 1 + your Intelligence modifier. For 1 minute per occultist level you possess, you can take 10 on skill checks with the chosen skills even when stress and distractions would normally prevent you from doing so. You must be at least 9th level to select this focus power.

Mantle of Antiquity (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to shroud yourself in an ephemeral mantle that causes your countenance to shift between images of your past lives. The shifting nature of the images makes your position hard to discern, causing attacks against you to have a 20% miss chance. Once, while the mantle is active, you can call upon the skills of your past lives to automatically succeed on any one saving throw as though you had rolled a natural 20, which instantly ends this effect. The mantle otherwise lasts for 1 minute for each occultist level you possess. You must be at least 5th level to select this focus power.

Reincarnation’s Guise (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to assume the form of one of your past lives, changing your appearance as per the spell disguise self (though your appearance must be either human or samsaran, as appropriate for your past lives) and gaining a +4 enhancement bonus to any one ability score for 1 minute for each occultist level you possess. You must be at least 3rd level to select this focus power.

Restore Grandeur (Sp): As a standard action, you can spend 1 point of mental focus to touch an object or creature and restore it to its former glory. If you restore grandeur to an object, your touch restores 1d4 points of damage to the object plus 1d4 points for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st. If you instead target a creature, your touch instead restores 1d6 points of damage plus 1d6 points for every 2 occultist levels you possess beyond 1st. Living creatures can only receive healing from this ability once per day.

Wisdom of the Ages (Sp): You can spend 1 point of mental focus to search memories from your past lives to recall legends and myths. This functions as legend lore, but the person or thing you wish to learn of must be at hand, and the casting time is always 1d4 minutes. You must be at least 11th level to select this focus power.

Occultist Spells

Occultists who select the eternal implements school gain access to the following spells.
0-Level Occultist Spells: guidance, purify food and water, stabilize

1st-Level Occultist Spells: borrow skill APG, burst of insight OA, comprehend languages, deathwatch, deja vu OA, disguise self, karmic blessing ARG, object reading OA, protection from chaos/evil, sanctify corpse UM, see alignment UC, share language APG, youthful appearance UM

2nd-Level Occultist Spells: augury, blessing of courage and life APG, hypercognition OA, make whole, share memory UM, tongues, undetectable alignment

3rd-Level Occultist Spells: gentle repose, haste, hold person, erase impressions OA, lesser age resistance UM, magic circle against chaos/evil, retrocognition OA, sands of time UM, slow, speak with dead

4th-Level Occultist Spells: age resistance UM, death ward, legend lore, reincarnate

5th-Level Occultist Spells: atonement, dispel chaos/evil, elude time APG, fabricate, greater age resistance UM, serenity UM, threefold aspect APG

6th-Level Occultist Spells: disintegrate, euphoric tranquility APG, mislead, repress memory OA, transformation

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness today at the JBE Shop for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness is Unleashed for your Game

Heroes Assemble!

From the seas below to the skies above, from the land to the stars, heroes are all around us, and they come in many different forms. Now that heroes take on the forms of animals, are filled with spirits of ancient heroes, assume different personas, and wield mastery of the elements, these heroic races can join the fray and save the day like the common races. Enhance your character and your game by adopting an intriguing theme with these occult options as you venture into the wilderness. Play a character that you have always dreamed of playing, with all-new specific character options tailored to each race’s flavor. Expand your horizons and your gaming experience with these Heroic Races today!

Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness is the essential expansion for playing an amazing race with a new class. This 45-page supplement features:

  • 76 New Character Archetypes and Class Options for 14 Races, designed specifically for the kineticist, medium, mesmerist, occultist, psychic, shifter, spiritualist, and vigilante classes for the android, catfolk, changeling, dhampir, elan, lizardfolk, merfolk, samsaran, sashahar, skinwalker, tengu, umbral kobold, wyrwood, and wyvaran races
  • 112 New Favored Class Options and 9 New Feats, bringing out the races’ natural abilities for each of these new classes
  • New imagination fuel to create new heroes for your campaign world

Be Heroic With These Advanced Races Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness today at the JBE Shop for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Wallpaper of Heroes

While we are awaiting final approval of the Books of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness, I thought you would enjoy seeing the interior artwork for the book. For this book we decided to upgrade our artwork. Normally, we do small images characters. This time around we are doing larger images, each one ideal for wallpaper for your computer screen.

Choose which image or images you want for your computer wallpaper and download today.

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness today at the JBE Shop for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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5 Questions Every Druid Should Be Able to Answer

The clerics of the natural world, druids believe in the divinity of nature and the elemental forces. They draw their magical power directly from these forces. This gives them power to tap into incredible raw power that they can channel for the greater good (the greater good) for the Wild places.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

Join us each Friday as we delve into the classes one at a time, helping you to get in touch with your character. Previously we had similar questions for fighters, clerics, monks, bards, rogues, paladins, and wizard.

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1) Where Does Your Deep Connection with Nature Come From?

You’re not just some random person wandering around a forest. You are a priest and defender of the wild. You can feel the pain of the trees as an axeman cuts it down. You experience the pain of animals hunted for their skins. You cannot bare the enslavement of wheat plants in rows for food instead of being allowed to grow wild and allowed to live a full life, free of civilized taint. Where do you get it? Do you worship one of the elemental lords? Were you blessed by a fae queen? Do you have a shard of the planet’s spirit in your soul? Where does your connection come from?

2) What is Your Spirit Animal?

This one is weird since it sounds like a game term, but it isn’t. A spirit animal, as I mean it, is the soul of a beast that is inside a person, like when a person and their pet have pretty much the same personality. A druid, possessing a deep connection to nature, would be deeply connected it there spirit animal and they would let it show in their mannerisms, their attitude, and their whole person. So what animal spirit do you possess? Consider making that the creature you change shape into, when you gain that ability.

3) How Do You Behave in Urban Environs?

The short answer to this one should be, “Not well.” Remember, you are the priest of nature, and when you are in a city, you are witnessing trees and stones forced into unnatural shapes to make buildings. This could make you angry and want to yell at carpenters and stone cutters. Before your eyes, you see horses forced to wear bridals and harnesses and being made to work for their supper instead if being free spirits. This could make you want to free the horses when the the stable master’s back is turned. Or you could instead see nature as undefeated in the city, forcing people to give a wide berth around a weed that is growing in the middle of a street or giving the rats some food. What is your personal style of behaving “weird” by city folk standards?

4) Why Would You Side With Humans Over Fey?

You may be a priest of nature, but you are still human (or a dwarf or elf or whatever). No one ever sees what their side is doing is completely right, unless you are brainwashed. Reasonable people can disagree. So what would make you say that the side of nature has gone too far and want to protect some humans? Would it be some fey resorting to murder instead of playing the pranks that most fey resort to. Is it fine to kill a dwarf that cuts down a tree? Is it ok to kill an elf if you eat it (since that is nature’s way)? Is disrupting human commerce as far as you will go to protect your furry friends? How far will you go?

5) How Do You Share Your Love of Nature to Fellow Adventures?

Obviously you are working with your fellow adventurers towards the greater good (the greater good) of protecting nature, even if that is not their goal. Yet if they do not respect the wild places, it is doubtful that you will stay with them for long. How do you share with them your passion for protecting the untamed wilderness? Do you make shelter for them each night so they do not have to endure the elements during the night? Do you call and have a deer come to you so your party can eat and not have to hunt? Do you wake up each morning surrounded by bunnies and song birds and ask the others to hold them as a way to start their day off on a positive note? How do you spread the joy of nature?

Kanoa is our signature druid, although some call him an oracle of the sea. His kind, being one of the gillmen, live underwater and are distant relatives of humans. He sleeps with the fishes and walks with an octopuses. While he has no problem with shipping, he does mind it when ports and harbors dump their garbage in the sea, and he makes his displeasure well known to the council chambers of local cities. His eternal fight for the sea is never done.

Find the racial stats on the gillmen race and other nature-friendly races in the Book of Heroic Races Compendium and Advanced Compendium for Pathfinder, Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 as well as Player Races 2 for Fifth Edition, and Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1 and Age of Races 2 for 13th Age.

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Pathfinder: Now with More Bite

All month, we are sharing with you what is inside the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness. Previously, we shared with you a wyrwood vigilante archetype. Today, we are sharing a a new shifter aspect for the lizardfolk.

Like so many classes options (like sorcerer bloodlines), this one can be used by anyone. This one just happens to be frequently used by lizardfolk.

Alligator/Crocodile

The aspect of the alligator or crocodile, depending on the region of the shifter’s origins, grants exceptional maneuverability and stealth in aquatic environments, as well as fearsome combat prowess.

Minor Form: You gain a +4 competence bonus on Stealth checks while in water. This bonus increases to +6 at 8th level and +8 at 15th level. At 8th level, you can increase your base speed by 20 feet for 1 round as a free action, usable once per minute.

Major Form: Your shape changes to that of a crocodile. While in this form, you gain a swim speed of 30 feet, low-light vision, a primary bite attack with the grab ability (1d8 damage, +4 racial bonus to CMB when grappling) and a secondary tail slap attack (1d6 damage). At 8th level, your swim speed increases to 60 feet and you gain the death roll special attack and a +4 racial bonus to CMD against trip attempts. At 15th level, you gain Improved Natural Attack with your bite and tail slap attacks, and the reach of your tail slap attack becomes 10 feet.

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness today at the JBE Shop for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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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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13th Age: A New Age of Races Has Begun

A New Age for Heroic Races

Go beyond the standard fantasy races and play a new breed of hero! These intrepid adventurers forge their places in legend with circuit, claw, feather, and gill. Now you can play one of these heroic races in your home game and battle monsters like never before.

Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 2 introduces a number of playable races for your 13th Age Compatible game. This 17-page supplement gives you everything you need to include the following races at your table:

  • Androids, born of logic and circuitry originating from beyond the stars
  • Geppettoans, wooden constructs who rebelled against their former masters
  • Gillfolk, human-like dwellers of the deep sea fighting the horrors below
  • Moonblooded, half-lycanthropes who become bestial in battle
  • Tengus, crow-like creatures consumed with greed and avarice

Be Heroic With These New Races Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 2 for your 13th Age Compatible game at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the OpenGamingStore.

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13th Age: Shift Your Shape With the Moonblooded

Next week sees the release of the Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 2, and we couldn’t be more excited. We are taking many of the races we developed in-depth for Pathfinder and bringing them over for your 13th Age Compatible game. We’ve got 5 races in total in this book: androids, geppettoans, gillfolk, moonblooded, and tengus. Today we are going to look at the moonblooded.

I will be honest, I was hesitant about bringing a shapechanger playable race into 13th Age with Richard Moore proposed it. As far as I know, there hasn’t been one yet, and I was not sure how it would be received. I know Richard knows his stuff so I gave him the green light. After seeing the race, I am glad I did. I really like this race and think it is a solid addition to any 13th Age game. See for yourself.

Moonblooded Racial Traits

Moonblooded have the following racial traits.
+2 Wis; also see Racial Power.

Change Shape (Racial Power)

You may shapeshift into a bestial form as a standard action once per battle. When you do so, you can increase either your Str, Dex, or Con by +2, and your unarmed melee attacks deal damage as though you were wielding a two-handed light or simple weapon for your class (unless you are a monk and your damage dice and attack bonus for such an attack would be higher than this amount, in which case you use the better of the two).
Champion Feat: You now change shape as a move action, and your unarmed melee attacks benefit from the effects of two-weapon fighting (see the “Attacks” section of Chapter Five: Combat Rules in the 13th Age Core Rulebook).

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 2 for your 13th Age Compatible game at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the OpenGamingStore.