Sunday, June 14, 2015

June, when did that happen?

Female karza drow by Gary Dupuis.
My summer vacation is almost here. I can't wait for the roughly eight weeks of time that is soon to be available to me to finish a number of Purple Duck Games projects. We have been hard at work the last few weeks getting things ready for the big summer push.

What Has Recently Come Out?
We have released about 12 new products in the last three weeks or so. I haven't been updating the blog nearly enough so you might have missed some of these.

  • Unchained Monk Archetypes by Carl Cramer. This product came about because Carl noticed that with the release of Pathfinder Unchained the old monk archetypes didn't really fit the revised class well. Seeing a gap in the market, he wrote up this expansion. Little did he or I know that Alexander Augunas had already written his own book, Everyman Unchained: Monk Archetypes. I think either book could serve your needs if you need update archetypes.  
  • Stock Art: We have a number of new pieces included the unchained monk, elder sphinx, arcane sphinx, female half-sphinx, and male half-sphinx. I'm actually quite a ways behind on uploading stock art right now. I'll try to get that caught up this week.
  • Legendary Races: Sphinx by Julian Neale and Perry Fehr. Julian and Perry co-wrote this book after I suggested I wanted to return to the Legendary Races line. We have similar books on cyclops, medusa, rakshasa, and harpies previously. They have been well-recieved by customers, but I have trouble attracting writers to this line. This volume tended to be quite art heavy with a ton of illustrations by Jacob Blackmon so we actually delayed its release until the print version became available. I went with a saddle-stitch on this book instead of perfect bound,... I'm not sure which one I like better.
  • Drow of Porphyra - Karza, Children of the Loomqueen by Patricia Willenborg. Patricia really, really, really likes drow. A statement that should come as no surprise to anyone who has been to her website. Patricia had done some work for 4WFG in the past and we wanted her to put her voice to the drow for our campaign setting. This is the first of seven volumes in this series.
  • The Kingpin by Angel R. Miranda. This is a skill-focused class written by Angel and developed by Carl in response to an open call I placed on the Paizo boards for skill-based classes. This is the first class to come out of that open call. There is at least one more that needs some final polish. I expect to see it out in early July.
  • Warrior Prestige Archetypes by Carl Cramer. This series is quickly coming to an end. This week we released two new volumes the Smuggler Guide and the Stalwart Defender. The first set of Prestige Archetypes sold well, I think mostly because of the name recognition on the traditional prestige classes. This second volume is about 70% paid for so I suspect it will break even but its been a much longer road to turning a profit on it. As we get very little direct feedback as to why so we can only speculate (don't like this mix of PRCs, do not like warrior classes, do not need any more of these?). No real idea, but with the slow burn on this one it might be difficult to okay a "Arcane Prestige Archetypes" or "Divine Prestige Archetype" or "Roguish Prestige Archetypes" or "Psionic Prestige Archetypes".
  • Purple Duck Storeroom: Heraldric Device by Sam Hing. This book fell into my lap one day when Sam sent me an email to see if I wanted to buy a book like this. I sort of suspect he wrote it and farmed it around a bit eventually ending with me. Which is just fine. I liked the concept and Perry finish a little development on it and now its out there waiting for your feedback.
The corpulent template is the newest addition to
Monsters of Porphyra II. This art was made by
Jayaraj Paul
There haven't been a ton of reviews lately but I thought I would share the ones that I know about:

Yes, I am still working on my patreon project for Monsters of Porphyra II. Currently, I have completed about 90 monsters for the new book including four in the month of June. As of right now I have four pieces of art needing statistics, and seven more pieces of art on order and twenty-two more monsters requested. If you have the inclination please come help fund this book, pick some monster for me to toil away at and recieve more PDG content.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Playing with the Unchained Monster rules...

Snoof (CR/HD 6)
Init +0; Perception +13 (darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision)
Size Large; Speed 30 ft.
AC 19, touch 10, flatfooted 15; Fort +10, Ref +10, Will 15; Immune cold; Vulnerable fire; CMD 22
hp 70
Melee bite +12 (1d8+10 plus 2d8 cold)
Social Options bolstering presence
Utility Options terrain stride (cold)
Str +2, Con +3, Wis +5; Climb +11, Knowledge (local) +11, Knowledge (nature) +13, Perception +13, Survival +13
XP 2,400; N magical beast (cold)

Snoof is a magical beast from the Frozen North that acts as a guide and mount for Benny the Lego astronaut. Benny is a new arrival to Porphyra and one that would totally be infringing to use so he will only appear here along with Snoof the frosticon mixel.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Avoodim, Dhosari, Dragonblood, Erkunae, Eventual, Ith'n Ya'roo, Kripar, Polkan, Qi'tar, Urisk, Xesa, and Zendiqi

Xesa jungle avatar by Gary Dupuis
Compilations and Workflow
The big project for the week has been finishing Fehr's Ethnology Complete. It is in Perry's hands right now getting a final list of edits and additional text. When he is done I'll be making corrections and uploading it to subscribers at the three sites next weekend. Then it it will be uploaded for print and a proof copy will be ordered. The final book will not be available for wide release until the print version is ready to go.

I'm excited for the release and relieved that it is finished. This book has languished too long in my hands and the compilation has come too slowly as a result. I need to work on improving a number of processes over here on my side of the keyboard to allow things to go a bit smoother.

Line art came in from Gary Dupuis on a number of pieces including the jungle avatar to the right as well as a new zendiqi and a couple of sacredote npcs for an upcoming book by Carl Cramer. Luigi Castellani also got me a couple of pieces of art I needed for CE 2 - The Black Goat so that the book becomes meaty enough to become available in print as well. On the list of projects I don't really need to do to increase my workload, I've decide to restart my pinterest account and have been slowly adding more and more of our art to it. You can follow it here.
Mamhat Toth by Luigi Castellani

There have been four new reviews this week that I know of:

Monsters of Porphyra II
I haven't converted or created many monsters lately. I have a good number of pieces of art stacked up for it though so I am going to try to get a few more done for this patreon before the end of the month. The patreon has been a big help to this project and I can't thank my supporters enough for helping to offset the art costs on this book. The newest entries are:

Which are both also uploaded to the porphyra wiki.

Coming Next
Next I need to work on a few more monsters for the patreon and get a couple more books ready for print and then I will be back to the Warrior Prestige Archetypes series or Heroes of... series. The compilation on Paths of Power II is now on hold until July when I can get some dedicated time to work on it.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Campaign Elements in 6" x 9"

On Art
I have quite a bit of art orders out there right now.

  • Brian Brinlee is working on monsters for the Monsters of Porphyra II patreon.
  • Gary Dupuis is finishing up some material for Fehr's Ethnology and Legendary Classes: Sacredote.
  • Kristen Collins is working on a number of aquatic NPCs for someone I have never talked about.
  • Jayaraj Paul is working on monsters for the Monsters of Porphyra II patreon project.
  • Matt Morrow is working on a number of NPCs for Carl Cramer's Nobles of Porphyra.
  • Justine Stillborn is working on some art for Carl's upcoming book on Martial Arts Archetypes.
I think that is all I have out right now for art orders. If you are doing art for me and I've forgotten you from the list don't worry, keep working and we will sort it out later.

On Print
This week, I've started work on revising all of the campaign element books into a 6" x 9" format. This should make it possible for us to offer each and every one of the Campaign Elements in print format. I have most of them uploaded for sale right now and I'm waiting on print-proofs to come in before they can go active. I also managed to get a print-version of Steel and Fury uploaded and Legendary Races: Sphinx.

On Reviews
We got a new review this week about Carl's Prestige Archetypes series.

On Writing
There are a number of pieces currently being written including:

  • Perry Fehr is working on Heroes of Erkusaa, Purple Mountain VIII.
  • Carl Cramer is doing some development on a couple of classes for me.
  • Daniel Bishop is working on a new Campaign Element for DCC.
  • Marzio Muscedere is working on a DCC funnel.
  • Justin Sluder is working on some NPCs for me (I just don't have the time for that work anymore).
  • Treyson Sanders is working on another Heroes of...
  • There are several authors working on Giants of Porphyra
  • And a bunch of other projects I am not ready to talk about.
I am working on Monsters of Porphyra II and Lands of Porphyra.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We return in May!

April has been insanely busy in my primary work. We will return to regular updates in May. In the meantime, I'm going to put this cover here from Rick Hershey.