Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous 2015

As in previous years, I will be attending the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous in October. This convention typically falls on Columbus Day weekend (if your American) or on Thanksgiving weekend (if you are Canadian) so its one of the few conventions during the school year that I'm able to attend. I just received my schedule for this years convention. Tentatively it looks like this:

Room 134 Panel B - 1:00-1:50pm - Gaming is Hard Work, Running a Gaming Company 
   Will Shick, Mark Gedak, Robert Hoffman, Erik Evjen (moderator) 
   – Perspectives on what makes a successful game company tick.

Room 146 Game Pros Workshop - 2pm to 5pm - They Served Brandolyn Red 

- GM Mark Gedak - A Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure by Goodman Games

Room 134 Panel B - 7pm to 11pm – Purple Mountain II: Desolute Delve 
- GM Mark Gedak - A Pathfinder adventure set in the second level of the Purple Mountain megadungeon.

Room 132 Panel A - 11:00-11:50 - Designing Game Worlds 

- Robert Hoffman, Mark Gedak, Perry Fehr, Erik Evjen (moderator) 
– Ever wondered about how to make a new game world for campaigns? This panel discussion will include topics such as the geography of a world, the governments and cultures of the world, and the races and monsters that inhabit it.
- We will probably talk at length about Porphyra.

Room 132 Panel A - 4:00-4:50 - Superheroes! Comics and Films III 
- Don Walsh, Pat Darque, Mark Gedak, Robert Thomson (moderator)
– Continuing from the popular panel last year, discussing recent trends in comics and comic films, and TV.
Room 146 – Game Pros Workshop - 6pm to 10pm - In the Snow Queen's Mirror 

- GM Mark - A new Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure in the Faerie Tales from Unlit Shores series by Daniel J. Bishop.

Room 132 Panel A - 1:00-1:50 - Art, Comics, and Roleplaying Games: How Art Influences and is Important to Fantasy & Sci-Fi 

- CrimsonVermillion, Mark Gedak, Erik Evjen (moderator) 
– Art, whether in comic books, roleplaying games, or on the covers of sci-fi/fantasy novels, is very important to the genre. How does artwork influence the printed material, and why is it important to the genre?

And So We Enter Year Five...

Chevalier by Matt Morrow
This past August, Purple Duck Games turned five and we celebrated with a huge 50% off sale all throughout the month of August. This allowed us to pass along a number of great savings to our customers as well as refill some of the Purple Duck Games' accounts that had been depleted by a number of our bigger projects.

New This Week
Every week seems to be a busy week around the Purple Duck offices especially after the school year gets rolling and I go back to part time work on Purple Duck. This we we have had several new release including:

  • Stock Art from Matt Morrow: Bloodline Scion, Chevalier, Eldritch Noble, Enlightened Noble, Hierarch Cleric, Monster Scion, and Noble Virtuoso. All of this art was originally used in Carl Cramer's Nobles of Porphyra that was released at the end of August.
  • New from Patricia Willenborg we have the second release in the Drow of Porphyra series. This one is the faction known as the Nalbrezu, Devils in Disguise.
  • Over on the patreon account we released a CR 17 undead creature known as the burning one. Patreon support is still one of the best ways to get access to Purple Duck Games content. Anyone that supports us at the monthly level receives copies of all our PDF release each month. So not only do you get access and input into our Monsters of Porphyra series but you also get all our normal releases as well without having to hunt them down.
  • We continue to make slow updates to our Porphyra wiki and will soon be added content from the Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting to it as well.  
  • The book that I often refered to as the doomed Lovecraft Fantasy Gaming Toolkit came out in August and to my complete surprise has done really well earning it a Copper medal at Rpgnow in less than a month. It has been a long time since one of our Pathfinder-compatible books has been so popular so quickly. It has not made much of a dent on the Paizo site for sales though. 
Femanx by Brett Neufeld
The Business
There are tons of things that go on in the background everyday that people outside of my own household are oblivious to, so sometimes it must look like nothing is happening over here. Here is a sample of the behind the curtain things that are currently being addressed:

  • The Lands of Porphyra Campaign Setting is done and is currently going through print process. Once it is approved for print, I'll be ordering 6 copies (2 for Perry, 4 for me) with express delivery. Unfortunately that will mean they will come from Lightning Source via DHL. When this happens the shipping company extorts additional money from the reciever for "brokerage fees" regardless if we actually pay customs fees or not. I think of it as a "thank you for not living in the USA" tax. 
  • Our first Adventure Avenue release called The Still Grotto is in the final stages and I'll be preping it for print this week as well. The map for this module is by Dyson Logos who runs a cartography patreon of his own that everyone should be supporting.
  •  I've got standing art orders with Gary Dupuis, Matt Morrow, and Brett Neufeld. Gary is working on material for the Heroes of... series, Matt has some iconics to do for Tyranny and Manipulation, and Brett Neufeld is working on some iconics for a Martial Arts book by Carl Cramer.
  • Writers are scattered about on a handful of projects. Perry Fehr is working on Purple Mountain VIII, a Legendary Races book, Heroes of Erkusaa as well as helping to finish up Prestige Archetypes Compilation, and the Warrior Prestige Archetypes Compilation. Justin Sluder is working on finishing Paths of Power II. Treyson Sanders is working on Heroes of the Empire of the Dead. Mike Welham is starting work on Heroes of the Rainbow Isles. N. Jolly is working on an Occult Adventures related release. August Hahn is working on an almanac of the first year of Porphyra. Derek Blakely is working on Orcam of Porphyra. Daniel Bishop is working on a Faerie Tale adventure for DCC and Mario is working on a funnel for DCC. I think that is about it for freelancers right now. I don't think Julian Neale, David N. Ross, or Carl Cramer have anything new on the writing table right now.
  • In various states of layout right now I have: Adventure Avenue - The Still Grotto, Heroes of the Advent Imperiax, Monsters of Porphyra 2, The Martial Arts
  • On the editing/development table I have: Dragons are Above My Pay Grade, Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh, Heroes of the Haunted Seas, and the Quartermaster class. This is a much smaller list than it used to be. The "summer vacation" was very useful for getting projects moving that might have otherwise stalled.
  • Reviews are generally few and far between. The most recent reviews were Endzeitgeist's review of Heroes of Azag-Ithiel by Treyson Sanders and Terry O.'s review of Dispatches from the Raven Crowking's Nest by Daniel J. Bishop.
  • On the personal writing front my main work is on the Monsters of Porphyra patreon. I released the burning one this week and I'll be releasing two more monsters to it on the weekend. It think this week it will probably be entries on giant panagolin and slassan, but I have a backlog of art for 20+ monsters with two other pieces on order so it will depend what strikes my fancy this week.
That is where we are on the second week of September 2015. Feel free to post comments and questions and I'll get to them as soon as I can.

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.