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Tales of the Crimson Boar: Meet Our Design Team

As I said in my last blog about Tales of the Crimson Boar, our upcoming campaign mini-setting, our design team for this project includes some excellent writers, including several members of the Raleigh gaming community that originally conceptualized the Crimson Boar Inn. I want to take a few minutes to brag about each of the amazing team members and introduce them to you!

 

Michael Allen is a freelance designer and cartographer, and his work with Adventure-A-Week Games and other third-party publishers of RPG products is well-known. He is also the designer of JBE’s critically-acclaimed 1st-level Pathfinder module To Claw The Surface and the cartographer for The Gilded Gauntlet (as well as a contributor to that project) and Along Came A Spider. Michael’s full-color rendering of the Crimson Boar Inn was commissioned by Raleigh Tabletop RPGs in 2016, and we’re thrilled to have licensed that content for use in this product as well!

 

Claire Carrington is a published academic author and researcher who has contributed to several scientific periodicals and blogs in addition to her fantasy writing as a NaNoWriMo participant and avid roleplayer. A lover of all animals, especially reptiles and amphibians, she is also the founder and owner of Terra Ophelia Designs, which offers custom-built terrariums for your favorite scaly friends!

 

Nori Duffy has worked as a translator and ESL instructor across a wide range of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. A longtime RTR member who has made many a veteran GM facepalm with puns and spurious decisions at the gaming table, they are an avid fan of all things geeky and gamey.

 

In addition to designing RPG content (The World of Esaene and The Pellinen Islands), Brant Guillory has also written columns and reviews for Scrye, RPG.net, Battles! Magazine, and ConSimWorld. His games and designs have included commercial RPGs and wargames, academic training exercises, and training games for the NSA and National Defense University.  He is the editorial director of GrogHeads.com and co-hosts their podcast (The GrogCast!) and video series (Dragon Up The Past) as well as organizing their wargaming program at the Origins Game Fair for the past 5 years.

 

Allan Hoffman’s prior credits as an RPG designer include contributions to Savage Mojo’s epic plane-hopping adventure Palace of the Lich Queen and their Suzerain rules supplement for playing demigods in Pathfinder, as well as room designs for JBE’s The Gilded Gauntlet. A seemingly-bottomless producer of ideas and words, Allan resides in North Dakota where he serves his community as a pastor.

 

Melissa Moritz has been playing, writing, designing and programming for roleplaying games since way back in the days of MUDs, MOOs, and MUSHs. Her blog, The Lonely Gamer Girl, is an excellent hub of resources for GMs. Melissa previously served as an organizer for Raleigh Tabletop RPGs prior to relocating to Ohio, and acted as showrunner for the inaugural season of The Contingent, RTR’s longest-running and most-popular Semi-Organized Play Campaign.

 

Cathy Nanni has been playing and running games for over a decade. An RTR member for over three years prior to relocating to Texas, she served as a Storyteller and creative consultant for The Contingent across four seasons of games, introducing a host of unforgettable characters and bone-chilling moments for our local player base (as well as a thigh-slappingly-funny session of Kobolds Ate My Baby! set in the Crimson Boar Inn!).

 

Randy Pinion is a longtime roleplayer and GM with a penchant for enormous, over-developed homebrew projects, as well as a previously-published satirist at Boston University’s Daily Free Press. The newest member of RTR’s Leadership Team, Randy has led the Tales of the Crimson Boar quarterly event going on two years now, and is also the creative force behind the wacky sci-fi hijinks of RTR’s newest Semi-Organized Play Campaign, Seek The Stars!

 

Christen Sowards is the owner of Lost Spheres Publishing and creator of the upcoming Pathfinder-compatible City of 7 Seraphs planar city setting. JBE fans will also recognize him as the author of Nine Lives For Petane. In addition to his work as a designer and publisher, Christen is an advocate for safe spaces in gaming. He resides in Utah with his husband James.

 

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Crimson Boar: A Community Partnership

Although Jon Brazer Enterprises supports a variety of game systems and genres of play, it’s no secret that fantasy gaming makes up the lion’s share of our product releases. If you’re reading this, chances are good that you’ve already got one of our many adventures or rules supplements for Pathfinder, 5th Edition, or 13th Age either in your digital library or on your bookshelf. (If not, click on one of the links in my previous sentence to see what we have to offer your game!)

In addition to being a role-playing game publisher, JBE’s staff and contributors are also part of an international community made up of local networks of gamers. For my own part, I’ve been a member of an amazing community in Raleigh, NC for nearly ten years now—Raleigh Tabletop RPGs (or RTR), a Meetup-based community of nearly 1,600 gamers that has grown from coffeehouse meetups and a loose network of private home games to multi-table in-store gaming events and year-round semi-organized play for a number of different systems. Much has changed since RTR’s founding, yet the heart of that community remains just as vibrant as it was at its inception.

Today, it’s my utmost pleasure to announce in this blog post a partnership between the RTR community and the JBE community on a product we hope to bring to you within the next year: Tales of the Crimson Boar.

Longtime RTR members know the Crimson Boar well, although newer members or those outside the Raleigh area might not be familiar with its origins. In 2011, a group of gamers met at Deja Brew Coffeehouse in North Raleigh and began a massive crowdsourcing effort to stock an inn and tavern with unique NPCs. For seven going on eight years, RTR has hosted a summer fantasy gaming event called Tales of the Crimson Boar every July where the inn and its inhabitants were featured in the games run—sometimes just as a starting point, other times as the focal location of the scenario.

Over the next few months, I’ll be spearheading a design team to reconceptualize the Crimson Boar Inn and its inhabitants as a cohesive, modern campaign mini-setting, along with a massive collection of full-color maps and a short adventure module set in and around the Inn for GMs around the world to introduce their gamers to this little corner of our local community. Most excitingly, we’ll be working in concert with RTR organizers and GMs to bring their ideas to life! Our design team for this project includes eight former or current members of RTR (myself included) who will bring their unique talents to bear on creating an unforgettable setting and cast of characters. The Crimson Boar always has been, and always will be, RTR’s—JBE is merely the custodian and deliverer of that content, and it’s important to us that the product represent both our standards of quality and the diverse spirit of the Raleigh gaming community!

We’ll have much more to say about Tales of the Crimson Boar in the coming weeks and months, including a full introduction to our design team and some preliminary details about what makes this setting stand out—so pull up a bar stool and try a pint of the house ale!