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A Storm of Shadows is the Latest Legend from Shadowsfall

Shadowsfall Legends: Storm of ShadowsWhen a group of zombie hunters encounters a walker that’s just a little too fresh, the fetchling ranger Sebesten discovers far more danger in the Outlands than he expected. Can he evade the dead that walk? Will he discover what terrible force is behind this menace—and can he make it back to Blackbat in time to warn the stronghold of the approaching horde? Find out more in this exciting new Shadowsfall tale!

Storm of Shadows is the third in the Shadowsfall Legends line of short tales taking place on the Plane of Shadows. Now available in PDF, mobi (Kindle) and ePub. This amazing story, written by Rick Cox, can be downloaded at DriveThruFiction/DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, the d20PFSRD eStore, Amazon.com and BN.com.

Be sure to also download the first two in the series. Shadowsfall Legends: Pawn, Deception, and Sacrifice, written by Mur Lafferty, author of Playing for Keeps. Download it now at DriveThruFiction/DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo.com, the d20PFSRD eStore, Amazon.com, BN.com, and Smashwords

The second in the series, The Gem that Caught Fire was written by the infameous Ed Greenwood of Forgotten Realms fame. Download it now at DriveThruFiction/DriveThruRPG/RPGNow Paizo.com, the d20PFSRD eStore, Amazon.com, BN.com, and Smashwords

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Legendary Factions now on your Phone, Tablet or Kindle

Legendary Factions: Common Factions 1
Good day,

Jon Brazer Enterprises is committed to bringing you the highest quality products. To this end, we included .mobi and .epub files of Legendary Factions: Common Factions 1 for the Legend/RuneQuest RPG. This means you can now access Legendary Factions: Common Factions 1 on your smartphone, iPhone, kindle, tablet, or iPad with ease.

We hope you enjoy these factions. Please let us know if you enjoy them in these formats.

Dale C. McCoy, Jr
Jon Brazer Enterprises

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[Meta] Newspapers and the Future of RPGs

This morning on my way to work, I stopped at my local Wawa for breakfast (bad for the waist line, but still good) and there was a guy from the local newspaper there handing out free copies of their paper. I didn’t take one and as far as I could tell no one else did either. It amazed me that they were still trying to keep that end of the market alive. Why weren’t they offering some kind of “try our online subscription free for 30 days” or something like that. This might sound harsh, but when the nation’s largest newspaper (the New York Times) could spend HALF as much money by buying every single one of their subscribers a Kindle and letting them read it there instead of printing the actual paper, your industry needs to find a different business model, and fast.

My next thought though was: how does this apply to RPGs? The print side of the market has been shrinking for years while the electronic side as really been the only growing part. While the total market for electronic books is miniscule compared to the print market, those numbers will not be that way forever. But when Amazon sales of Dan Brown’s book The Lost Symbol are selling better on the Kindle than in hardcopy, the rest of the market cannot be far behind. Keep your mind open for the whole of the RPG market to be on those devices in less than 5 years.

What else is changing? Sci-fi-like battlefields are finally here. If you have not seen this video yet, check it out. Surfacescapes Demo Walkthrough for D&D from Surfacescapes on Vimeo. Throw a network connection on there, and you’re set to game with the rest of the world.

But back to my newspaper musings, I see some RPG companies getting it and some not. Some companies post the whole of their system up on a wiki and others that do not place bookmarks in their PDFs. Now we’ve got the Nook from Barns and Nobles that is full color. Printing full color costs a ton; displaying full color images on the device costs the same as black and white. Why print when you can do that? Companies need to be ready for the future, because the future is here. As Michael Stackpole put it, “The war between digital and print is over. Digital won, print just don’t know it yet.”

How will you be reading your RPG material in five years? Have you ever tried reading a book from your phone or an eReader device?