Thursday, November 26, 2015


by Michael Syrigos

I am experimenting with a new foe for the femanx of the Advent Imperiax. I like to think of these guys as cyberdillos.

Xenarthan Racial Characteristics (12 RP)
Xenarthani are defined by their class levels—they do not possess racial Hit Dice. All xenarthani have the following racial traits.

  • +2 Strength, +2 Wisdom, -2 Dexterity: Xenarthani are strong and a sharp judge of character but lumbering an often inflexible. (0 RP)
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Xenarthani are monstrous humanoids with the extraterrestrial subtype. (3 RP)
  • Medium: Xenarthani are Medium creatures and receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size. (0 RP)
  • Slow and Steady: Xenarthani have a base speed of 20 feet, but their speed is never modified by armor or encumbrance. (-1 RP)
  • Darkvision: Xenarthani can see in the dark up to 60 feet. (0 RP; see Monstrous Humanoid)
  • Ancient Foe: The xenarthani are mortal enemies of the femanx, they gain a +2 dodge bonus to AC against fey and a +2 racial bonus on combat maneuver checks made to grapple fey. (3 RP)
  • Claws: Xenarthani receive two claw attacks. These are primary natural attacks. The damage is based on the creature's size. (2 RP)
  • Conscript: Xenarthani acting in the service of their race may procure technological weapons and armor at 1/100th the normal cost. This material is considered to be on-loan to the xenarthani from its government and must be returned up the xenarthani’s death. (1 RP)
  • Futurist: Xenarthani gain a +2 bonus on Appraise checks to determine the price of technological items. (1 RP)
  • Stubborn: Xenarthani gain a +2 racial bonus on Will saving throws to resist spells and spell-like abilities of the enchantment (charm) and enchantment (compulsion) subschools. In addition, if a xenarthani fails such a save, it receives another save 1 round later to prematurely end the effect (assuming the spell or spell-like ability has a duration greater than 1 round). This second save is made at the same DC as the first. If the xenarthani has a similar ability from another source (such as a rogue's slippery mind class feature), it can only use one of these abilities per round, but can try the other on the second round if the first reroll ability fails.(2 RP)
  • Technologist: Xenarthani come from a technologically advanced planet and possess Technologist as a bonus feat. (2 RP)
  • Weapon Familiarity: Xenarthani cannot wield normal weapons. They do not gain weapon proficiencies from their chosen class but use any weapon with the word “xenarthani” in it. (-1 RP)
  • Languages: Xenarthani begin play speaking Xenarch. Xenarthani with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Common, Elven, Femanx, or Orcish. (0 RP)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Returning to Normal...

My life is returning to normal at my day job so you probably will see a decline in the amount of online activity I am able to participate in but I think I am going to actively try to continue to keep up the posts on this site.

Last night I finished Purple Duck Storeroom - Craft Points Redux which is a Pathfinder upgrade to Craft Point rules from Unearthed Arcana by WOTC. To be fair there was not a lot that needed upgrading but I wanted a concise cleaned up form I can use at my table because I find the original Pathfinder rules on Crafting to be frustrating and the Pathfinder Unchained crafting rules to be frustrating in different ways. We are in Emerald Spire right now and there is no time for downtime. Downtime is what heroes do when they retire.

Stock art continues to increase over on the Purple Duck Games account at Rpgnow including the assassin pictured to the right by Brett Neufeld. This image will appear in Heroes of the Advent Imperiax. Perry is editing a number of Heroes of  books right now so hopefully, that series should continue in January. When I look at this image I don't think of it as an assassin but as a replicant hunter but then I would need to write up replicants as a monster for Monster of Porphyra 3 and a replicant hunter archetype for Heroes of the Advent Imperiax. So its best not to think like that or I will just end up creating more work for myself.

Over on the Monsters of Porphyra patreon we are up to 242 creator posts. This is mostly monster posts but also I've been adding PDF content to $8+ patreons and cross-linking the blog posts as well lately.

I believe a "plant" monster is next on my list of things to do for the patreon. It might be the totemblatt, I was thinking of making that an undead creature but it could work as a plant as well.

The Porphyra Wiki is now up to 2804 active pages. It continues to grow as I work to add more Porphyra content and clean up "wanted pages". Currently there are 4 pages of wanted pages on the wiki. That will be significantly reduced when I get the rest of Monsters of Porphyra 2 up on the site.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

We are almost to the end of month so that means its time for me to pop over to and update my loans. If you are not familiar with Kiva, it describes itself as:

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works.

There is also an introduction video.

I have been making loans through Kiva since October of 2011. In the last several years, I have lent over $2,500 to people around the world trying to pull themselves out of poverty. As loans are repaid, I redirect the money to more people that need financing and that $2,500 has actually be used to fund over $6,700 in projects to date.

Each month, my loan payments come in and I redistribute them and add another $25 loan to the pile. This month, I will be making my 266th loan which apparently puts me in the 99th percentile on the site. Over the four years, I've lost $141 on the venture due to currency exchange and the odd default but over all that is overall a very small loss rate.

As we are coming up to Thanksgiving in the US (we had our Thanksgiving last month), why don't we do this. I'm going to make my kiva loans this month as normal (should be 11-$25 loans this month) and I'll pick up 4-$25 Kiva cards.

The first 4 people that contact me will recieve one of these cards and they can pick their own loans on the site and start to help create opportunity in the world for other people.

Drop me a line at if you want a kiva card.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Anatomy of a Release - Cryptics of Porphyra

Here we go with third such post in this series.

The Work
Scott Dillon is a new author working with us. Perry met him down at the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous this year (I was supposed to go but didn't because I broke my arm). Scott talked to Perry and expressed interest in doing some writing for us and a fondness for Dreamscarred Press's psionics system. So it seemed natural for Scott to expand our Classes of Porphyra line over into the psionics realm. We dumped a bunch of PDFs on him so he could Porphyra-himself up and then he went to work.

We just release this book today.
In a patchwork world, where the lands themselves can make little sense, many have trouble in seeing how things fit in the world. Cryptics are those that see the pattern in all things, how they use this gift changes between the individuals.

Cryptics of Porphyra is packed with the patterns of the following:
  • 6 new racial archetypes (chaos bringer, enigmatic paradigm, gardener [pictured below], judiciar, nightrunner, purifier)
  • New insights
  • New feats
  • New powers
  • New psionic items
  • And a special new material found on Porphyra
The Business
It has a total cost of $138.12 (adjust due to stock art sales). Everyone is paid already.

It will sell for $2.99 across all vendors. This part our ongoing character work (previous releases included: Assassins of Porphyra, Bards of Porphyra, Barbarians of Porphyra, Oracles of Porphya, Rangers of Porphyra). Currently there are no plans for compilation of this series but it helps to define the overall tone of the setting and provides background pieces to help inform writers of our player/dm-gazateers called Heroes of...
It has two pieces of art in it. One I commissioned long ago by Matt Morrow (which is already available as stock art) and the new xesa gardener by Brett Neufeld (which will go up as stock art soon). Stock art runs about $3.00 on Rpgnow.

Break Even: The number of sales it will take to break even varies depending on the vendor. This is what I earn on a $2.99 sale.

Rpgnow  (65%) - 71 copies
Paizo (75%) - 61 copies
d20pfsrd (80%) - 57 copies (95%) - 49 copies

I'll be uploading this book for print-on-demand this weekend. I suspect Scott will like a print copy of his first book.


I notice that Covenant Magic: Further Influences has now broken even which means that another piece of Gary's stock art goes to profit-sharing and the overall break even for Fehr's Ethnology Collected is reduced by that art cost. W00t!

Back to work.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It Has Been A Busy Week For Art...

Althought, I've only managed to do layout on one book this week there has been a flurry of activity in regards to art.

- First off, I've had a bunch of art come in for Monsters of Porphyra II like:

 The dreadspire and eri by Michael Syrigos.

The deep harvester from Scott Harshbarger.

- Over on Monsters of Porphyra 3 (I know serious what 3PP in their right might starts a 3rd monster book while still finishing up the second), I recieved:

The Arachnid Mark III Turret by Jacob Blackmon.
 The Starfallen Inquisitor by Brett Neufeld.

- I've also been expanding our stock art catalog by three pieces a day.
- We also have commissions currently out with Scott Harshbarger, Gary Dupuis, Brett Neufeld, Heather Crook, and Bob Greyvenstein (did I miss anyone?).

- Hopefully over the weekend we will finish Cryptics of Porphyra and get it released from newcommer Scott Dillon.
- Then I think it might be time to get back to Heroes of the Advent Imperiax before Treyson hands in Heroes of the Empire of the Dead (Heroes of the Haunted Seas and Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh are already sitting in my backlog; paid for but sitting).