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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. It is also coming soon to 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. It is also coming soon to Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Adventure Review Roundup Part 1

So I wondered this morning when the last time I had a review roundup. Oh it was only May 2017!!! Oops. Well Let me do a new review roundup. There have been enough that I will have to do them in small groups or else it will take me many more months before this one gets done. Today we are going to start off with adventures, and even then we have enough that we have to split them into multiple posts. Quick FYI, all my summaries are spoiler-free. I can’t make that same claim about the reviews themselves that we link to.

Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet

First up, we have the Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet. Endzeitgeist gave this adventure “5 stars + seal of approval – and this qualifies as a candidate for my Top Ten of 2017” So what did he say?

Gauntlets are hard to make and cater to a specific demographic. And they often suck hardcore. … A good gauntlet is a bit like the extreme-sport version of dungeoneering: It remains constantly challenging for PC and player; it is lethal – but it needs to remain fair. It needs to alternate the way in which it challenges the PCs and players without getting boring…and in a published adventure, it also should tell a decent story, remain plausible. …

[The Gilded Gauntlet] manages just that. This is one of the hardest dungeon-complexes I have ever had the pleasure to run…

This is a module that requires both brains and brawn to solve and it will challenge even groups that usually waltz through published modules. In short: This is glorious.

Download Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion

Next up we have another review by Endzeitgeist, this time for the Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion adventure. This one got rated 4.5 Stars. Why did it earn such high praise?

Joel Flank’s “Chaosfire Incursion” is a module that starts off with a great bang: The first act is cool and makes clear that the stakes are high … Once the PCs have found the apparatus, things become amazing, though: The idea is glorious…

This [adventure] sports some seriously nice scenes: The monsters are often modified in unique ways; the module is challenging and the final boss appropriately brutal. Moreover, we a) don’t get many modules in the high-level range and b), the artifacts that can be gained … can make for absolutely fantastic ways to transition the PCs from regular adventuring to the wonders of the planes.

Download Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider

Now for the three-in-a-row reviews from Endzeitgeist and back to back adventures written by Joel Flank, we share with you the review of Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider. He gives this one a solid 3.5 rating!

Joel Flank’s “Along Came a Spider” is a solid critter-theme module; the foes employed are pretty deadly for first level characters, making this a challenging, but fair module, particularly if the PCs don’t try to murder-hobo everything. I absolutely love the BBEG of this module and how it can be used as a great recurring villain that could theoretically carry a whole campaign

Download Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Now in Print Feb 2018

While JBE is primarily a producer of electronic books, we know that some of our fans prefer to hold their books in their hands. To that end, we have made a number of our most recent books available for print at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG. See what we’ve got.

Pathfinder

When You Call Forth The Dead, What Horrors Will Answer?

The Barony of Petane has lost its sole remaining heir at sea, and the artifact which the Petane noble line wields to ensure the region’s prosperity will only function for a member of their bloodline. To ensure that her family’s legacy continues for the sake of her realm, Baroness Jelia Petane seeks a group of experienced adventurers to delve into the Tombs of Valor and resurrect a long-lost ancestor using a powerful ancient amulet secured by the Barony’s operatives—just find his tomb, activate the amulet, and escort him back to the Baroness. Easy, right? Right…

Order your copy of this 12th level Pathfinder adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

Fifth Edition

Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardmen have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?

Order your copy of this 7th-8th level Fifth Edition adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

Swords and Wizardry

Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardmen have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?

Order your copy of this 6th level Swords and Wizardry adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

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JBE Adventure Price Reduction

After hearing your feedback and much consideration, we have decided to reduce the price of our adventures from $10 to $6.95. This means that these exceptional adventures that you have been wanting are now permanently reduced by more than 30%. Specifically, this affects:

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface
Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet
Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion
Deadly Delves: Nine Lives for Petane

Fifth Edition
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

Swords and Wizardry
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

Grab these adventures today to enhance your world and your game.

I hope you enjoy these adventures as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

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Pathfinder: Art of the Cats of Doom

For today’s preview of the Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane, we want to show you some more of the artwork inside of this adventure. We pride ourselves on having some exceptional artwork by amazing artists. The cover image was created by Luis Antonio Salas Lastra and is of a particularly nasty leukodaemon—a plague daemon—using its breath of flies ability on F’haisa, our signature lizardfolk magus, while Lindiwe our signature elan psychic warrior, charges in for an attack. I love that one. Look for it soon as wallpaper you can download for your computer.

Up next we have a fun interior drawing by Brian Brinlee of a half-fiend aboleth having snagged Khol Saka, our signature catfolk slayer while F’haisa rushes in to save her ally.

Last up we have some more images by Brian Brinlee. A total of two catfolk, but the question is, are there more in the adventure? Hmmm? Also, we have two different psionic classes shown. Deadly… Lastly we have one Hell of a demon. (Well, I guess technically, that would be one Abyss of a demon, but that doesn’t flow as nicely.) All of this and more are inside Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane.

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: These Catfolk Are Out of Their Furry Minds

We at JBE know that you want to use more of your library in your game. To this end, we choose to be less constrained in the number of sources we utilized for the Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane adventure. So instead of our typical monster that we share every Wednesday, today we are sharing an NPC.

Like I mentioned earlier when showing off the amulet of nine lives, the amulet summons in defenders to help take the amulet back when used by a non-catfolk. One of those catfolk is referred to as a Ba-Lord, a wielder of psionic power. The perfect class for this summons is a wilder, using Dreamscarred Press’ Ultimate Psionic rules. The wilder class is a spellcaster class but specializes in amplifying the psionic powers they manifest. They cannot do as much as a psion, making it easier for a GM to incorporate into their game, while still being memorable.

We hope that you enjoy this NPC as well as the 9 Lives for Petane adventure.

Ba-Lord CR 9

XP 6,400
Catfolk wilder 10
NE Medium humanoid
Init +7; Senses low-light vision; Perception +11


Defenses

AC 26, touch 16, flat-footed 20 (+10 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 66 (10d8+20)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5
Defensive Abilities elude attack


Offense


Speed 30 ft.
Melee claw +8 (1d4+1)
Ranged surge blast +10 touch (3d6 force)
Special Attacks surge blast
Wilder Powers Known (ML 10 (13 if wild surging); concentration +15 [18])
5th—upheaval (DC 22, surged)
4th—claw of energy, psychokinetic charge
3rd—physical acceleration, psionic blast (DC 18)
2nd—endorphin surge, energy stun (DC 17)
1st—energy ray, inertial armor, mind thrust (DC 16)
0 (at will)—energy splash


Tactics

Before Combat If the amulet is used inside a locked or barricaded room, the Ba-Lord will surge manifest a swift action physical acceleration and claw of energy, mostly to trigger its surge aura for itself and its allies.
During Combat The Ba-Lord uses upheaval to damage foes and create areas of difficult terrain, relying on its allies’ superior movement speeds. It places spreads of upheaval which maximize the distance between itself and any opponents, then spends subsequent rounds using mental blast to stun any enemies who approach. If it must seek a new vantage, it uses psychokinetic charge to hurl itself to a new position.
Morale The Ba-Lord fights to the death, although it will gladly sacrifice allies to protect itself. It may use a psychokinetic charge to interpose allies between itself and its foes.


Statistics


Str 12, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 6, Cha 20
Base Atk +7; CMB +8; CMD 21
Feats Expanded Knowledge (inertial armor), Expanded Knowledge (physical acceleration), Expanded Knowledge (psychokinetic charge), Surging Aura
Skills Acrobatics +16, Bluff +12, Diplomacy +12, Knowledge (psionics) +8, Perception +11, Spellcraft +10; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception, +2 Stealth, +2 Survival
Languages Common, Daemon
SQ surging euphoria +1
Other Gear headband of alluring charisma +2

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Prepare to Face the 9 Lives of Petane

When You Call Forth The Dead, What Horrors Will Answer?

The Barony of Petane has lost its sole remaining heir at sea, and the artifact which the Petane noble line wields to ensure the region’s prosperity will only function for a member of their bloodline. To ensure that her family’s legacy continues for the sake of her realm, Baroness Jelia Petane seeks a group of experienced adventurers to delve into the Tombs of Valor and resurrect a long-lost ancestor using a powerful ancient amulet secured by the Barony’s operatives—just find his tomb, activate the amulet, and escort him back to the Baroness. Easy, right? Right…

Nine Lives For Petane is an exciting adventure module in Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Deadly Delves series and is compatible with the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. This adventure is designed to challenge four to five 12th-level PCs like no other content has to date. Inside this volume, you’ll find:

  • 9 New and Variant Monsters, including demonic vampire spawn, a psionic ghoul and her tormented psyche, an aboleth spawned from the Abyss, and a vengeful bloodrager whose anger burns from beyond the grave
  • 6 Fully-Statted New NPCs, including a tiefling ally and a multitude of new catfolk adversaries suitable for use in any campaign
  • 2 Unique Traps to confound your players
  • A Full-Color Map of the Tombs of Valor
  • A New Magic Item which can act as the impetus for an entire campaign arc—the amulet of nine lives
  • Enough content to get your group of 12th-level PCs all the way to 13th level

Dangers Unknown. Treasures Untold. Adventure Awaits.

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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5 Questions Every Wizard Should Be Able to Answer

Wizards are the geeks of the fantasy realm. They spend quite some time in books, prefer to spend time in a library instead of with other people, and they are frequently imagined as wearing glasses. They are the studious ones, the one that went to a university and can bend the universe with a gesture of their hand, words of power on their tongue, the right magical material within their grasp and an investment of power from their mind. The road to become a wizard or wizardess is far from easy and many burn out along the way. You are one of the lucky ones that was able to achieve such a lofty goal without losing your mind or worse.

Experiences that you had while learning to harness such power will shape your outlook on the world, and these questions will help you define that outlook. Previously we had similar questions for fighters, clerics, monks, bards, rogues, and paladins.

1) Why Did You Start Learning Wizardry?

Did your parents scrimp and save in order to send you to wizarding school? Did you exemplify some basic talent and a traveling wizard took you on as their apprentice? Are you from a rich family and going to wizarding school was always in your future whether you wanted it or not? Were you a blacksmith that wanted to learn to enchant your swords because enchanted swords sell so much better? Did you simply decide that that is what you wanted to do with your life? Did you follow someone you were in love with? There are all kinds of answers to this question and yours should be both unique and interesting.

2) How Did You Learn to Wield Arcane Power?

The two most obvious answers to this questions are at an arcane college/university or as an apprentice to a great wizard. Other less common answers include self taught, a tutor as part of your upbringing in a great wizarding family, and other similar examples. The important distinction in this answer is that you are taught from another source as opposed to a sorcerer where the magic was always inside them.

Describe what your schooling was like. Did you learn illusion magic quickly so you could make an image of yourself taking notes while you cut class? Did you have to perform hundreds of menial tasks for your teacher in exchange for them teaching you the basics? Did you take up mud artistry in addition to leaning transmutation magic so you can change your clay statue into stone?

What where your classmates like? In a sizable school you’d have dozens, hundreds of peers. As an apprentice, you’d have only two or three. Do you have close friends or bitter rivals? Come up with a memory involving classmates that happened during your schooling years that you remember fondly and another one that still causes you pain.

3) Why Did You Leave?

If you start off as a 1st level wizard, you are far from accomplished. Sure you can cast cantrips all day and a few 1st level spells, but there is so much you cannot do yet. First year Hogwarts students could levitate a troll’s club. While a first level wizard could levitate the feather with a cantrip, the club is out of the question. Nor can you locate your lost keys, unlock a door because you lost your keys, nor walk on the walls to get to the open second floor window which you wouldn’t have to do if you could find those dang keys. Like I said, you’re barely competent as a wizard, yet you left your studies behind. Why did you do that?

4) How Do Others Perceive You?

As I said above, wizard are the nerds of the fantasy world, and nerds are not known for their popularity. So how do others see you? Does your family get you and what you are doing, or do they just not understand what you study and why you do it? Do the people that you grew up with respect you or fear you? At the same time, do you hold a grudge against those that picked on you when you were young and now seek revenge now that you wield immense power? Do you make friends easily, or do people risk getting blasted by magic just to punch your face within ten minutes of meeting you?

5) What Have You Learned From Your Fellow Adventurers?

The thing about wizards is that they never stop trying to learn. Every moment is an opportunity to learn something new. So what is it you learned from your fellow adventurers? Do you learn to always expect an ambush from the ranger or how to secure your belongings from the rogue? Did the monk teach you that meditating can help focus your mind? Or rather is it that your fellow adventurers inspired you to learn something new? Did you learn to make someone large to help make the fighter more deadly in combat? Did the bard teach you the value of enchanting someone?

Luis is our signature halfling wizard. He learned wizardry from his tribal mage because he was one of the clever people in his tribe and wanted to learn arcane secrets. When the tribe was taken over by a priest that wanted to return to the old ways, he and the others well schooled were thrown out of the tribe. Being a halfling, he was able to make friends faster than other wizards. From his fellow adventures, he learned to accept himself for who he is since he no longer had to hide his intellect to appease religious extremists.

Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin features Luis blasting a black dragon with ice. Help us bring you more great role playing game posts by downloading Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for Fifth Edition, Pathfinder, 13th Age, and Swords and Wizardry. Use the “holiday2017” coupon code to get 30% off your order today.

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5 Questions Every Paladin Should Be Able to Answer

I have seen quite a few paladins in my time—both at the table and in fiction, and my favorite is O-Chul from the Order of the Stick Comics. He is what a paladin should be in my opinion, fighting for justice without overdoing it. Paladins have a stereotype of being “lawful stupid.” Frequently they appear so full of themselves and their station that they make everything about them.

A paladin should put their deity above everything incuding their own pride. They shouldn’t be glory seeking zealots but seeking to glorify their deity through their every action. Their should be someone with rock hard faith in the rightness of their cause, not the rightness in themselves. If anything, they should doubt themselves, questioning whether or not their every action is the right one to exemplify the rightness of their deity and their cause. Here are 5 Questions to help you role play a paladin better. Previously we shared with you 5 Questions to help you play a fighter, cleric, monk, bard, and rogue better.

1) What Caused Your Strong Devotion to your Deity?

Following a deity is one thing. You worship, follow a few tenants, and go about your daily life. Being devoted is another. A devoted person will take time out of their day to contemplate how to best incorporate their deity’s tenants into their actions and will wonder if they are devoted enough. Being a paladin is far, far more devoted than that. You are so devoted that you are willing to go into dangerous places risking your own live to do your deity’s work and are willing to kill while doing so. Being that devoted should be sobering. One does not do that “because it seemed like a good idea at the time,” at least, not for long. The person had to have had a life changing event to inspire that level of devotion. So what was it? Were you rescued from certain death or worse by a servant of that deity (or the deity him/her/itself/themselves)? Perhaps you were in a bad place in your life and the church helped you leave that life behind. Did you lose a family member to monsters or strung out on demonic narcotics and a paladin of this deity was the only thing that kept you alive? What bad place were you in and how does this deity help change that in you?

2) What is Your Purpose?

For many religious people that find faith because of some great change, they feel they now have a purpose to their lives that they lacked before. What is that purpose? “Spreading the word of the deity,” is far too easy and generic of an answer. It would be specific and would relate directly to your old life before you began worshiping the deity. It is this purpose that propels you to wake up every morning, even when you are questioning your devotion to your deity. You remember what your life was like before and are determined at all costs to not return. You swore an oath and follow a strict code of conduct that keeps you on that purpose. That purpose can suddenly change your perspective in any situation. If you were addicted to drugs, you would be particularly merciful to someone you were after the moment you found out they are hooked on those same narcotics and even more wrathful if the person you are after sells those bits of false pleasure. If you purpose is to hunt down demons so no one else’s family need die and you were hunting down a nest of demon worshippers, you would only show mercy to those that were doing their bidding out of fear, not out of a desire for power. What drives you?

3) What About Yourself Do You Not Like?

You swore an oath and follow a strict code of conduct because you were in a bad place and do not want to return. The thing is, deep down you blame yourself for being in that bad place in the first place. If you didn’t blame yourself, you could have fought your way out of that situation and became a fighter or learned to see the right opportunity to escape it and became a rogue. Instead, you couldn’t adapt, couldn’t figure a way out, and needed rescued. Situations like this can make a person turn their anger at the situation inward and see the fault with themselves, making them not like some aspect of themselves.

Yet there is the purpose that let’s the person ignore that inner struggle, silencing it for a time while focusing on the work. As such those unresolved feelings fester inside and can make the paladin stumble. This is exactly why paladins have the ex-paladin sections in their class description, about breaking their oaths. Everyday for a paladin should be a constant struggle between the good person they want to be and the darkness that lurks inside. What is that darkness for you?

4) How did those you know respond to your change?

People don’t like change. You have changed yet your old friends and family have not. They are still in the same place they were before. Some people can handle that you are a different person now; others cannot. Some relationships should end, like those that helped you to get to your bad place. Others were unaware of how bad that place you were in truly was and do not understand what that change means to you. So when you start trying to help them in ways they do not want helped, it is not uncommon for people to abandon the changed person. Name three relationships that changed for your character. The first should be someone that helped get you to that bad place. The person can be evil but does not have to be. The second should be someone you were close to before but you are now estranged from. The third should be someone you casually knew before but are now close to after your change. All three of these people should be people your GM can use as NPCs to cause internal conflict, making the story more personal.

5) Why Do You Stay With Your Fellow Adventurers?

Let’s be honest, adventurers can be a rather unpredictable lot. They steal, fail to show proper respect for “worthy” deities or those that serve them, and can commit all manner of sacrilege, not because they are evil (necessarily) but because they are ill-informed of what they are doing. Is this why you stay with them? To help them see how they could be better? Or do you see the person you use to be before you went to your bad place and are trying to help them find a way to avoid the same fate? Is this simply a relationship of convenience, where they happen to be fighting the same evil you are? Or do you genuinely care for them and as a good and faithful friend you are sticking with them?

Corrakwak is a tengu paladin (sometimes preferring the term inquisitor) of the goddess Amanozako, bent on making sure that all are treated fairly. He despises those that go back on their word having once been left for dead by those that use to be his close friend. As such, Carrakwak has trouble making close friends now, but has learned to trust his fellow adventurers enough to know they will not cheat him. Now he fights for truth and justice with a vengeance.

Carrakwak is featured on the cover of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium for Pathfinder, the Book of Heroic Races Player Races 1 for 5e and Book of Heroic Races Age of Races 2 for 13th Age. Download these today at the JBE Shop with the “holiday2017” coupon code until January 31st for your game to choice to get 30% off your order.

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Happy Festivus and Merry Whatever

With the holidays upon us, get yourself something that you really want. Download the JBE book you have been wanting now through January 31, 2018 for 30% off your entire order at JonBrazer.com with the “holiday2017” coupon code.

From all of us at Jon Brazer Enterprises, have a safe and happy holiday.

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State of the Enterprise 2017

Good day everyone and welcome to the State of the Enterprise 2017.

Before I begin on I want to take a moment to thank everyone that helped make JBE the success it this year and in all the years proceeding. I want to thank my wife who does not want to be talked about much online who supports me in all I do. Thank you to my two editors Kevin and Richard and the many authors and artist whom make all the wonderful products you enjoy. Thank you to all the people at DriveThruRPG, Paizo, and the OpenGamingStore for selling and promoting our books, helping us to get our books into your hands. Thank you to Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Mongoose, and Pelgrane Press for letting us make gaming material for your games. Thank you to everyone that told your friends how awesome our books are. Lastly, thank you to our fans like you for all your support over the years and for sharing our passion. All this we do is for you and for the love of the game; thank you for being apart of that love.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced CompendiumSo how have things gone for the past year and where are they going next year? First up, our accomplishments: we finally have a schedule that works for us. We have been releasing 1 product every month since Fall of 2016. This year proved that we can hold that schedule. Some are rather thick like the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Some were rather thin like the Book of Magic: 10 Warlock Invocations. Yet we still made it. Why is this a big deal? Because being regular and on time is huge part in showing those that are skeptical that we are reliable and approach our work seriously. Previously we tried releasing 1 product every two weeks, and we simply could not sustain that. Some months we did succeed in releasing 2 products. Those were frequently followed up by months without a single product. Just take a look at the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. That book was supposed to take 1 year to get all the individual PDFs released. It took 2 years. While the quality of that book was well worth the additional time, it did show that we bit off more than we could chew. We learned from it and the next project like this we do, we will allocate our time better. Hooray for lessons learned!

Another major development with JBE is the creation of our own webstore. I decided it was long past time to invest in the website and gave it an upgrade, including a way to sell our books, both in print and PDF online. If you haven’t downloaded from us directly yet, I invite you to do so with the coupon code “holiday2017” to get 30% off. The coupon code expires on 31 January 2018. So be sure to do that today.

All in all, I have to say that it was a good year for the company. The worst thing that happened to us is that my computer died on me. Even though I had all the data backed up online, temporarily switching to an older system tends to impede workflow. A new computer has been ordered (Acer Aspire Tower with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, Nvidia 1070, and 16 Gigs of RAM, for all you technophiles out there), but I do not have an estimate on its delivery date yet. With Christmas a week away, I would not be surprised if it arrived next year, but I can hope. My Skyrim and Witcher III games are about to get an upgrade. As we all know, however, even this can’t hold a candle to the graphics in our imaginations.

Traveller

Foreven Worlds: Rusted Fang StationTraveller remains our favorite science fiction game. It is quick and simple, allowing the GM to focus on the story rather than a bunch of mechanics. That really was what led to the creation of Foreven Worlds: Rusted Fang Station. This was meant for Traveller referees to have a location they could use and incorporate into their own games. Its a small station, meaning the players can take their time to get to know everyone aboard from commander to the maintenance staff. It is a place for legitimate business people can make deals that are on the edge of the law. We really liked this little piece and feedback on it has been great. Expect to see more locations like this in the future. I started working on the next one recently, a Zhodani domed city. “But how can the Zhodani be interesting with all their people mind altered into thinking everything is puppies and unicorns?” That is the exact question we are setting out to answer, and we hope to give you a new perspective on them. Look for that in 2018.

At the time of writing this blogpost the rewrite of the Prelude to War Adventure Path part 3 should be arriving at our door soon. Between edits, artwork, and layout, we are hoping to have it out in the summer. That is one thing we learned for future Adventure Paths: have all the adventures in hand and edited before the first is published. This way, we can release the issues one after the other in rapid succession with only the monthly break in between.

In years past, when I was bored or frustrated and infront of a computer, I would create a Pathfinder monster. In the last few months, I realized that that habit has been replaced by the creation of a Traveller vehicle. As a result, I have a nice little database of Traveller vehicle stats. Sure they all need a description and artwork, but one piece of a nice Traveller vehicle book is well on its way to being made. While such a book is not on the schedule at this point in time, I would not be surprised if it were not created at some point during 2018. Keep your eyes pealed.

13th Age

My feelings on 13th Age can best be summed up as the Little Game System that Could. It is not our best selling system, but it holds it’s own, and we are happy with it. I always expect Pathfinder and Fifth Edition to dominate sales because they have such a large player base, but because their base is so large they attract an overwhelming number of publishers, giving players more choices than they know what to do with. Smaller games like 13th Age and Traveller have far fewer publishers catering to the players of that game. So it is easier to get a player or GM’s attention.

Our first release for the year was a conversion of Pathfinder races to 13th Age, Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 2. Giving players more choices in the races they play is something we have done for some time and are glad to do the same for this game. We may do another set of converted races (or even some new ones) next year, but I forsee us focusing on more products like our second release—13 Fighter Talent and Maneuvers. This short supplement is designed with one class in mind and expands players options, allowing a player to customize their character to the player’s unique vision. Supplements for the Wizard, Cleric, and Rogue classes are planned throughout the coming year.

Fifth Edition

In a number of ways, what happened with Pathfinder happened with 5e but on a much more accelerated pace. Two years ago when I released Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1, it quickly became a smash hit and one of our best selling products that year, if not our best selling product that year. It’s sequel, Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 2 released earlier this year, did not sell at the same pace. The reason for this is simple: increased competition. When Pathfinder was released the number of companies supporting it we’re few, but as time passed that number grew. The same has happened to Fifth Edition, but on a much quicker scale.

The solution to this situation is simple: distinguish yourself in a way your competitors cannot, essentially putting yourself in a market of one. We do have plans to do exactly this but they will not be ready in 2018. We are taking a long view with 5e and will be working to make something amazing for it, something you are going to want to grab the moment it is released and hug it and squeeze it and call it “George.” For next year we have a number of adventures and magic item supplements that GM’s will be sure to want to get their hands on. Who knows, we might even make some more monsters. We’ll see. Expect great things from us in 5e’s future.

Pathfinder

For obvious reasons, our best selling product of 2017 was the Big Book of Everything. Have everything bundled up for 90% off and it goes like hot cakes. It does, however, mark the beginning of the end of our Pathfinder support. We are still releasing high level adventures well into next year (and possibly beyond) because GM’s need the help and there are far too few adventures that go up that high. For them, we are glad to help. You can count on us next year.

The first two will be coming out rather quickly. Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane was supposed to be out this month, but my computer dying required me to push it back a month. This 12th-level adventure written by Christen N Sowards of Lost Spheres Publishing has the players trying to figure out which body is the right one to bring back from the dead, and the stakes get worse as time goes on. Deadly Delves: The Dragon’s Dream by Landon Winkler is a 16th-level adventure where the players are asked by a group of psychopomps to travel into the demiplane formed by a dead dragon. Both of these adventures are challenging and fun to boot. If you like running high level games, be sure to check these adventures out.

We do have one other product coming out next year that is not an adventure—the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness. When we started designing what would become the Book of Heroic Races Advanced Compendium, we specifically excluded Occult Adventures and Ultimate Intrigue, despite both fans and authors asking to include material from them. We decided against it since we did not want tengu, catfolk, and other early released races excluded merely because of timing. Now that the Advanced Compendium is complete, we have the time and do right by all of the race and create rules for all these races with the classes found in these books plus Ultimate Wilderness, and that is exactly what we are doing.

Sword and Wizardry

With all the good news we have to report, there has to be some bad. Unfortunately, it is with Swords and Wizardry. We decided to convert over an adventure—Book of Heroic Races: Reign of Ruin—to this old school system to test the waters. I set a very low threshold of sales it would have to meet for us to continue to support it. Two months and a 4-Star review from Endzeitgeist later, and it did not make it a third of the way there. Should it get there we’ll talk about more releases, but for the time being all of our old school plans are on hold.

That is all the plans we are able to talk about at this point. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ and subscribe to our newsletter to stay current of more previews of upcoming and current products from us and see our regular blog posts through the week. Remember to use coupon code “holiday2017” to get 30% off at the JBE Shop.

Dale McCoy, Jr
Jon Brazer Enterprises