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Pathfinder: Book of the River Nations Released

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The Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building organizes all the rules players and game masters need to explore new lands, build nations and defend against invading armies. This volume covers every aspect of exploration, kingdom building and mass combat. New feats, spells, magic items and class options equip your character to conquer and rule your own corner of the world.

The Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building is now available in PDF at the JBE Shop. You can also download it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo.com and the Open Gaming Store and will soon be available in print at your local game store and your favorite online gaming retailer. Ask for it at your local game store TODAY!

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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Pathfinder: The PDF Guarantee and the River Nations

All week long, Jon Brazer Enterprises has been telling you about what is inside the Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference to Kingdom Building. Now let me tell you what you get with the print book. Every Jon Brazer Enterprises RPG book that can be found in your local game store carries with it our PDF Guarantee. Incase you are not familiar with our PDF Guarantee, here it is:

If you buy one of our print products regardless of where you buy it, you get the PDF for free.

There are three ways you can get the free PDF of the Book of the River Nations. The first is to buy the book from a location that can give you the PDF. Game stores that participate in Bits and Mortar can give you the PDF when you purchase/order the book direct from them. Also Paizo.com offers a free download to those that purchase the book direct from them. If you are purchasing the book from another online retailer or from a game store that does not participate in Bits and Mortar, you can still get a free PDF. All you have to do is take a picture of either the purchase receipt (with any privacy/credit card information blacked out) or a picture of yourself holding the book at an odd angle. (We reserves the right to ask for an additional photo or a few questions about the book’s contents if we feel the image may have been photoshoped. This is merely a precaution against piracy.) Finally, if you do not have access to a digital camera, simply send us an email. We will ask a few questions about the book’s contents to verify that you do have the book and then we will send you a free download.

For this particular book we’re taking it a step further. Many gamers purchased this book as three separate PDFs. If you bought all three Book of the River Nations PDFs before May 7th, you get the PDF for free as well. We appreciate our customers and want to thank them. Because of your purchase, Early next week we’ll be sending out coupons to everyone that purchased all three PDFs at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.com. If you purchased all three PDFs from these sites, make sure your privacy settings are set so we can send you an email (under the My Account section). If you purchased the three separate PDFs from Paizo.com, send us an email and we’ll send you a few questions about whats in the PDFs.

The email to contact us at is contact AT jonbrazer DOT com. Please put “PDF Guarantee” in the subject line.

Pre-order the Book of the River Nations: Complete Players Reference for Kingdom Building today at your local game store or at Paizo.com. Tell your game store today to reserve you a copy! Remember all Jon Brazer Enterprises Print book receive a free electronic copy as part of our PDF Guarantee.

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Pathfinder: Magic Item of the River Nations

All week long, JBE is bringing you previews of the soon to be released Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building. Check out Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s previews. Today we look at the magic items fit for a ruler.

One of the first magic items we thought of a ring. Fantasy stories are filled with a ruler or something being made to kiss a ring. We we decided to give a mechanical bonus to someone kissing a ring. The Ring of the Respected King grants the wearer a +10 competence bonus to Bluff and Diplomacy for 10 minutes once someone (other than the wearer) kisses the ring. We’re just imagining someone coming to visit the ruler and the first thing they are made to do before addressing the character is to kiss the ring, allowing the player an easier time to lie to the person.

The next magic item is credited to my wonderful girlfriend who came up with this idea. The Game Board of the Strategist appears like a chess board with illusionary pieces that you direct. If two leaders of mass combat forces play a game, the respective armies they lead are granted a +1 enchantment bonus to their OM and DV.

Magic crowns were a popular idea here. We have 3 different crowns detailed within. The Crown of the Golden Empereror can turn the wearer into a gold dragon as well as protect the wearer with a mind blank spell.

That’s all we’ve got for today. Come back tomorrow to see our final preview.

Pre-order the Book of the River Nations: Complete Players Reference for Kingdom Building today at your local game store or at Paizo.com. Tell your game store today to reserve you a copy! Remember all Jon Brazer Enterprises Print book receive a free electronic copy as part of our PDF Guarantee.

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Pathfinder: Book of the River Nations Kingdom Building

With the Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building premiering soon, JBE is spending all week to share what is inside. Monday we shared the full cover art. Tuesday was the Table of Contents. Today, we’re delving into the heart of the book: the additions to the Kingdom Building section.

The Kingdom Building describes in detail how to, well, build a kingdom. The Kingdom’s Turn is the step by step process how to build your kingdom. This quick reference side bar inside is:

Upkeep Phase
Skip this Phase the first turn or whenever your kingdom is 0 hexes.
1. Determine Kingdom Stability – A stability check to reduce Unrest
2. Pay Consumption – Pay for kingdom’s upkeep
3. Fill Vacant Magic Item Slots – Randomly roll new magic items
4. Unrest – Lose a hex if Unrest is 11 or higher

Improvement Phase
1. Select Leadership – Fill or change leaders
2. Claim Hexes – Increase your kingdom size
3. Establish and Improve Cities – Start cities or build new buildings within a city
4. Build Roads – Add roads in your nation
5. Develop Open Space – Build farms or other improvements
6. Edicts – Set or change level of taxes, festivals and promotions

Income Phase
1. Deposits – Add your own wealth to the treasury
2. Withdrawals – Remove money from the treasury
3. Sell Valuable Item – Roll to see if an expensive magic item can be sold off
4. Income – Roll to determine taxes collected

Event Phase
1. Kingdom Event – Roll to determine which random event happens in your kingdom.

Those playing in kingdom building games already will notice one slight change in this process: Develop Open Space instead of Build Farmlands. Now building farms is one option among many options. Built on the system developed online (and used with permission), these options are now part of the core kingdom building rules. Some of the options are an Apiary for producing honey, an Aqueduct to deliver fresh water to cities and farms, a Fort to increase defenses of your outlying area and give you a staging area for mass combat battles, a Mine to help increase production of your kingdom’s mineral wealth, and a Reservoir to make use of large bodies of fresh water in your kingdom.

A completely new section covers Castle Additions. Now rulers can customize their castle to their heart’s content. Want a sprawling castle with lots of wings? Now you can do that. Do you want a Moat for your castle? That option is available. Or would you rather have your castle protected by Wards and contain an Anti-Scrying Room. That option is available to you.

That’s all we have for today. Come back tomorrow when we start describing Magic Items fit for a ruler.

Pre-order the Book of the River Nations: Complete Players Reference for Kingdom Building today at your local game store or at Paizo.com. Tell your game store today to reserve you a copy! Remember all Jon Brazer Enterprises Print book receive a free electronic copy as part of our PDF Guarantee.

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Pathfinder: Book of the River Nations Table of Contents

With the Book of the River Nations: Complete Player’s Reference for Kingdom Building coming out soon, we’re doing previews all week for the new book. Yesterday, we released the coverart as wallpaper for your computer screen. Today we’re sharing the full Table of Contents. Without further ado, the TOC:

 

 

Chapters                                                            Page
1 Exploration                                                          3
2 Kingdom Building                                                 5
3 Mass Combat                                                     19
4 Feats                                                                 29
5 Spells                                                                 32
6 Organizations & Secret Societies                       37
7 Magic Items                                                        41

Tables                                                                  Page
1-1 Travel and Exploration Times                             3
1-2 How Big is a Hex?                                              4
2-1 Kingdom Improvements Per Month                    7
2-2 Kingdom Edicts                                                 15
2-3 Kingdom Events                                                16
3-1 Army Size                                                          23
3-2 Strategy Track                                                   24
4-1 Feat Summary                                                   30
6-1 Devout Healer                                                   37
6-2 King’s Eye                                                         39

Sidebars                                                                Page
Encounter Sites                                                         4
Order of Exploration                                                  4
Order of Phases in a Kingdom’s Turn                         6
Ruler Titles                                                                 8
Claiming Your Own Territory                                      9
Preparing a City District Site                                    10
Army Size and Build Points                                       20
Why Such Large Vassal Armies? District Site            23
Mass Combat Summary District Site                         24
Using Magic to Increase a Kingdom’s Statistics        32

Appendix: Kingdom Sheets                                      43

As you can see, several pages have increased content. The kingdom building section has 2 additional pages of content, the mass combat section has an additional page of content. And there’s a two page section of magic items that wasn’t there before. Tomorrow we’ll discuss what exactly is new in those section.

Pre-order the Book of the River Nations: Complete Players Reference for Kingdom Building today at your local game store or at Paizo.com. Tell your game store today to reserve you a copy! Remember all Jon Brazer Enterprises Print book receive a free electronic copy as part of our PDF Guarantee.

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Pathfinder: Download Book of the River Nations Wallpaper

All week long, Jon Brazer Enterprises is going to be sharing little sneak peaks about the Book of the River Nations: Complete Players Reference for Kingdom Building, order today at your local game store. Stop back at JonBrazer.com each day to find out what new and cool things you will find in the book.

For today, we’re kicking it off by showing off the cover. Download the widescreen and standard screen wallpaper version of these awesome cover done by Luis Antonio Salas Lastra. Stop back tomorrow to see some new additions not currently in the PDFs!

Pre-order the Book of the River Nations: Complete Players Reference for Kingdom Building today at your local game store or at Paizo.com. Tell your game store today to reserve you a copy! Remember all Jon Brazer Enterprises Print book receive a free electronic copy as part of our PDF Guarantee.

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Book of the River Nations: Feats, Spell and Secret Societies is Released for Pathfinder

Explore the uncharted! Tame the Land! Rule Your Own Nation! Book of the River Nations: Feats, Spells and Secret Societies gives you the archetypes, prestige classes, feats and spells you need to explore and rule over your kingdom. These new feats and spells assist you in being a better ruler and a better military general. Delve into the organizations and secret societies you may wish to promote and the archetypes and prestige classes gained by being a member of those organizations.

Rule your Nation and Make your Mark on the World!

Book of the River Nations: Feats, Spells and Secret Societies is available now at RPGNow.com and Paizo.com. Download your copy today!

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Pathfinder: Prestige Classes vs Archetypes

The upcoming release for the Book of the River Nations is mostly going to focus on new Feats, Spells, and Magic Items. Additionally, we’re planning to include a few Prestige Classes. Why Prcs instead of the currently popular Archetypes? Because Prestige Classes should indicate some sense of being part of a larger group, one which transcends the individual classes and allows those of very different backgrounds to share a common set of abilities. And that is what I wish to accomplish with these PrCs.

First among these is the King’s Spy. I’ve been intrigued by the recent book about a secret information gathering service commissioned by America’s first President, George Washington, and how it has (supposedly) been around ever since with few to no one in the general populous knowing about it. It makes sense and is pretty cool. So I wanted to give players something like that for their NPCs in their adventures in the River Nations. The King’s Spy PrC will focus around mundane spying and information gathering techniques, but they will exceptionally good at it. There’s no reason why a Commoner (tavern owner) couldn’t be just as much part of the King’s Spy Network as a Rogue (travelling business person). These and plenty of others could be part of some super secretive informants. Additionally, this PrC could used by a later player that joins the game as a reason why the players trust him so much. Or the players that do an espionage focused game where they’re all apart of the King’s Spy Network.

We’ll be posting more about the Prestige classes included within as we develop them. In the meantime, we hope your adventures in the River Nations are enjoyable.