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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.
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.
I created a YouTube Channel about 2 years ago, but I have not really done anything with it until lately. Earlier this month, however, I decided to give regular vidcasting a try, and I have to admit that it is fun. If you ever wanted to find out more about what is going on in my head when I write something, or have the curtain pulled back on the process, or if you just really like what we create and want to hear more about it, this channel is great for that.
I will admit there is a second motive for me to do this: I need exercise and this keeps me honest. I am far from a slim person, and it is all too easy for me to skip my walk to do more at the day job. That needs to change. By recording myself on my walk, I have proof that I actually walked, and by sharing my thoughts on my company or what I am working on right now provides me with that necessary bit of motivation I need to get me out the door when I otherwise would stay at the desk. I encourage you to go for a walk as well. If recording yourself and sharing it on YouTube helps you, then I encourage you to do the same.
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It was the end of last summer when I did the most recent review roundup. We have much to share since then so let’s jump right to it. Lets start with the 5-STAR review by Rick H. we got last night for our newest adventure Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet.
There are, however, many out-of-the-box problems that need to be carefully considered. I really liked this approach- the information the characters require is readily available, but making sense of it is key. Further, the encounters mix monsters with hazards in interesting environments. There’s a lot of content for the price, and I look forward to using it.
Read the full review at DriveThruRPG
I would also like to give a special shout out to John McCoy (no relation) for his first review ever. It was a 5-STAR review for Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Skinwalkers, and his review is short and sweet.
Love Skinwalkers, and this pdf is a great addition to them.
Thank you, John. We hope you write more reviews in the future!
Let’s skip over to Traveller and take a look at the reviews here. The d66 Compendium and D66 Compendium 2 are two of the most useful books in all of Traveller and people continue to recognize that. One person, James J, left very similar 5-STAR reviews for the both review for both, saying
Solid product. I bundled this and Compendium into a binder to take with me to Traveller sessions as Referee. Great stuff for ideas. This also works as a brainstroming setup for writing.
Another reviewer gave the D66 Compendium 2 a 5-STAR reviews, describing it thus:
Very useful, … I find it useful for both RPGs and Sci-fi wargames.
The d66 Compendium received another new 5-STAR review as well, saying:
It too is filled with lots of great d66 charts. But to be honest it also is a gold mine of great ideas. Just looking over some of the lists causes ideas to spring up in my mind. Not just a great place to randomly select a name, but to look at a name and begin to build out who or what it is. I have had fun just reading various entries and charts. I strongly encourage any GM to pick both this compendium and the 2nd one as well. They are both great additions to my collection and will be very helpful resources in my creative efforts.
The very same James J. gave Scenes of Space Hex Battle Maps a 5-STAR review, saying
I liked this a lot. I used the asteroid map in a recent Traveler Session. nice big hexes on four sheets. I like that there are different sizes. No problems printing and cutting these pieces to fit together with some tape. … I would buy more if there were more in the series.
Thank you very much, good sir.
Switching over to Fifth Edition, we are rather proud of Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods getting Ismael A’s rating of “5 out of 5 stars, and my royal seal.” Let me reprint the whole review.
Now, I have to say that I am massively impressed with this product. It is not a bestiary so much as it is an ecology primer on a bunch of new creatures that are original, inspiring, and effective. Ranging from animal to elemental to monstrocity, there are plenty of interesting and original creatures to use in your campaigns. For each creature or type we are given a wide number of alternative builds, whether they be stronger versions of the base creature, or full distinct variations on a similar theme. For instance, we get young, adult, and elder spider bears, while the druidic guardians are varied by elemental type.
Each cluster of creatures comes with plot hooks, potential treasure (when it makes sense), and pointers for how a creature might behave in battle. This, coupled with the brief but comprehensive descriptions give creatures a depth that is not conveyed in a 1 page stat block. And although the hit point values are a bit low for a given CR, the creatures themselves are excellently represented for 5th edition statistics.
I very much look forward to seeing more books like this, and it has even changed my view on what shorter bestiaties should be. Without the history of older and established monsters, every new beast needs to be as fleshed out as the ones in this book.
Gaeton V reviewed Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1, giving it 4-stars, describing it thus:
Overall though, I’m impressed. There are lots of “freebie” races out in the wilds of the internet, but very few of them have as much detail as these ones.
Martin S give a spoiler heavy 4-Star review of Pathfinder’s Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider so I will only share his conclusions:
I think this is a good module and one that not only reaches its goal, but that offers many possibilities to expand on the material presented here.
That is a total Eight 5-STAR Reviews and only a pair of 4-Star reviews and nothing else in that time frame. Jon Brazer Enterprises has a reputation for exceptionally high quality work that does not disappoint. We do not release very fast because we take the time to do it right. Tell you friends about Jon Brazer Enterprises books for their games today.
Hey Traveller Fans. I know we have been busy with Pathfinder and Fifth Edition lately. I want to reassure you that we have not forgotten about our favorite science fiction RPG. Have no fear; we have been hard at work on several supplements for Traveller. We have the third adventure for the Prelude to War Adventure Path coming up. Plus we are working on several ships.
Today I would like to share with you one of those ships. This one is from the People’s Militia of Malforge. In the same way that we are designing all of our Cornathian Empire ships to be efficient, we’re creating all our Malforge ships to be … well not so efficient. Specifically, their technology just isn’t as good as those produced by others, even at the tech level. Its like buying a Yugo back in the 80’s; their technology just can’t compete. But to price conscious ship captains, this ship may look rather attractive, especially in the Foreven Worlds where the high technology of the Imperium and Zhodani Consulate is rarely produced but must be imported.
This ships requires a 3 person crew and when the Virtual Crew software is engaged, even fewer personnel need to be on board. So it is quite possible to use this ship when playing a one-one-one game.
Malforge Light Cargo Ship
|Hull||Streamlined||Hull Points 40||100||Cr. 6,000,000|
|Armor||Titanium Steel||Armour 3||8||Cr. 450,000|
|M-Drive||Thrust 2||2||Cr. 4,000,000|
|Armoured Bulkhead||1||Cr. 200,000|
|J-Drive||J-1 (Late Jump)||8||Cr. 9,000,000|
|Power Plant||Fusion (Inefficient)||Power 52||7||Cr. 2,250,000|
|Armoured Bulkhead||1||Cr. 200,000|
|Fuel Tanks||4 Weeks Operation||1 Jump 1||11|
|Armoured Bulkhead||2||Cr. 400,000|
|Bridge||Holographic Controls||DM+2 to initiative||10||Cr. 625,000|
|Software||Virtual Crew/0||Cr. 1,000,000|
|Jump Control/1||Cr. 100,000|
|Fire Control/1||Cr. 2,000,000|
|Weapons||Pop-Up Double Turret (Beam Laser)||2||Cr. 3,000,000|
|Fuel Processors (20 tons/day)||1||Cr. 50,000|
|Fuel Scoop||Cr. 1,000,000|
|Common Areas||3||Cr. 300,000|
|Maintenance Costs||Cr. 2,936|
|Purchase Costs||Cr. 35,235,000|
I love science fiction. You go to some planet and discover some creature or environment that you previously thought was just downright impossible, and then we have to rethink what we know about science. A thousand or more years ago, when we encountered something we couldn’t explain, we called it magic, a god’s work, demon possessed, or one of a hundred other things that drew a conclusion for even trying to understand it. When I first started writing for Traveller (8 years ago), I wrote a few things that some said, “That’s impossible.” My response has always been, “We just haven’t encountered one case that is possible.” This is one of the reasons why I like to include monsters that just seem like magic in my sci-fi games, because you never know if you will infact find one. In the bestiary in the back of Prelude to War: State of Chaos, I included a giant rock monster for your Traveller games.
Giant Rock Monster
To say that a giant rock monster is impossible belittles the crushed and mangled bodies of those who encountered one and died horribly. Yet every examination of defeated rock monsters reveals them to be made of nothing more than just rock. A few Zhodani scientists believe them to be psionic beings of pure thought that can telekinetically join rocks together to form a body. If this theory is accurate, it would explain the regenerative properties some claim these creatures to possess, since they could simply reform their bodies out of different rocks some time later. They may not have been originally discovered in the Foreven Sector, but somehow these creatures, like humans, have found their way there. Their size varies, but they typically stand as tall as an elephant on two legs.
Animal Giant Rock Monster
Speed 18 m
Skills Athletics (endurance) 1, Melee (unarmed) 1
Attacks Unarmed +1 (5D)
Traits Armour (+6), Large (+4)
Space Station of Last Hopes
Inside an old, rusted-out hull of a Vargr frigate lies the best hope for those with nowhere else to turn. This space station caters to mercenaries and those looking to make their credits through force of arms on the right side of the law. For those in dire need, this battered hulk of a space station looks like a rescuing angel.
This volume of Foreven Worlds details the Rusted Fang Station and includes:
- Details on the interior layout of the Rusted Fang Station, including a full color, detailed map
- Descriptions of the various personalities the travellers can meet aboard the ship and the shops that can be found there
- Three new patrons to get you started on a new adventure that evokes the feel and flavor of this unique station
- Plenty of ideas for you to create your own adventures
Set your Travellers on a New Adventure!
With little over a week left in the year, I thought I would do some analysis on the company. How’d we do? Well, we released a total of 11 new products this year (plus 4 d66 lists, but we’ll talk about that later). In previous years, we tried to release one product every two weeks but sometime during the year that changed to one per month. We feel that that is a more sustainable release rate for us, especially considering we are trying to release larger products.
So what did we produce? What I could consider to be JBE’s key releases for the have been finishing up the the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Series and the Book of Magic: Patron Hexes for Pathfinder and the start of the Prelude to War Adventure Path and the D66 Compendium 2 for Traveller. Why were these so key? Because fans like you requested them. I’ve been hearing requests for the D66 Compendium 2 since the release of its predecessor. Patron Hexes started off as a forum thread where fans of the Pathfinder witch requested more hexes. And the Prelude to War Adventure Path and Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Series is the request of me just posting a thread asking people what they wanted. So if there is something you want us to tackle, please ask. We listen.
What was the result (click on the pie charts for larger images)? Well, as you can see from the graph, Pathfinder represented 55% of the company while Traveller made up about 30%. Oddly enough, our single best seller was Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 for D&D 5e. That’s right, that red area is almost entirely one book, and that was released last year. I hate to admit it but we did not do nearly enough with 5e this past year. We will be doing much more for D&D next year.
Traveller was a major comeback this year. Aside from d66 lists we released 1 (yes, one) product for it last year. This year, this year it was 4 and even then, we didn’t finish up a 5th by the end of the year or there would have been one more. We have two more adventures in the Prelude to War Adventure Path we are finishing up. Then we will probably do a few stand alone adventures for those that like to make their own campaigns. We’re also working on ships, space stations, and some more locations. Oh and we still have a sector to finish detailing. Look for these in the coming year. 2017 is going to a massive year for Traveller from us. Strap in!
It is kind of hard for Pathfinder to not dominate our sales considering how many books we have written for it in the past. Unfortunately, our individual Pathfinder releases have slowed to where few products actually make back their cost to produce them. Having said that, we are still creating Pathfinder material because some of our ideas are just too damn cool not to do!!! Like one Deadly Delve adventure we have coming up next year has the players into the heart of a volcano. The best part is that 5e and 13th Age fans can look forward to seeing this converted to their game systems at some point as well. And that is how we are targeting Pathfinder products these days when you don’t ask explicitly ask for them: what can we convert over to another system. Because if we just want to do it bad enough, we’ll find a way to make it work.
As you can see from the chart, Pathfinder is pretty evenly split between Paizo and the OpenGamingStore for the whole year. However, this is far from representative for the year. Throughout the year, OGS has gained ground on Paizo and has overtaken Paizo in recent months as our #1 Pathfinder retailer. DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, on the other hand, has stayed a constant #3 and has never been a great retailer for Pathfinder for us. Will OGS continue to increase over Paizo in terms of Pathfinder sales? We shall see.
That last chart is only for Pathfinder. For all of our sales, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow dominates but that is mostly because our D&D 5e and 13th Age sales do not sell nearly as much as outside of DriveThruRPG, and Second Edition of Mongoose Traveller is exclusive to that same site.
All of these leaves a number of questions for us. Chief among them is: how is Starfinder going to shake this up? What kind of releases do we have in mind for Starfinder? Well for the time being, here is everything I can say about Starfinder: I am under a Non-Disclosure Agreement concerning Starfinder as part of the closed Playtest. Any more than that and one of the Paizo team will have me summoned to Seattle where lawyers will … lets just say … do this to me. Expect me to talk more when I am allowed to talk more, not before.
So aside from that, what can you expect to see us do in 2017? Well I mentioned the volcano adventure. It is written by Joel Flank. He turned it in a month ago. I am still reading it over and damn does it look fun. I can’t wait to hand it off to the editors and start working on the 5e conversion. The Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium will be out early next year and you can expect to see more races from that in 5e soon after hopefully in 13th Age not long after that. We have a product that has been top secret for over a year at this point and we hope to have ready next year.
All in all JBE is doing great. We have had a great year and we expect 2017 to be even better.
EDIT: On Dec 27, I updated the graphs and some of the text after discovering an error in my spreadsheet.
Long Live the Monarchy
Ms. Klein assigns the travellers to extract seven people from the Torres Monarchy, a region of Alespron Subsector engulfed in a bloody civil war. Here the characters can see for themselves what kind of havoc SORAG can cause if left unchecked. To make matters worse, Zhodani warships are attempting to pacify the more rebellious worlds, only serving to make the people more militant. Can the travellers convince their targets to come peacefully, or will they have to use force to achieve their goal? Will they be caught by Zhodani forces trying to remove such high value persons from that region of space?
This volume of Foreven Worlds continues the Prelude to War Adventure Path and includes:
- State of Chaos, a Traveller adventure for 4-5 characters, by Martin J. Dougherty
- The history and gazetteer of Queen’s Heart, a planet of stability surrounded by systems engulfed in war
- Details on the layout and crew of the Dlaftpar, a Zhodani cargo ship that gets goods to market, food to refugees, and does anything else that will pay
- Six new Patrons to give your travellers opportunities take some money on the side and develop their characters
- Ten new creatures of these distant worlds to provide your characters with a new and different challenge
Arrive in the Nick of Time! Be the Big Darn Hero!
With the next adventure in the Prelude to War Adventure Path coming out tomorrow, we are releasing the wallpaper for your computer screens. Download it here for a 1920×1080 screen.
Who will you help at Rusted Fang Station?