Thursday, November 18, 2010

d20 Help! My Appeal To Better Geeks Than Me

Help me figure this thing out

Help me out, fellow gamers. But first, a confession: I have never played d20. By that, I mean no D&D, no Pathfinder, no d20 Star Wars. Nothing. The closest I've come is playing Knights of the Old Republic, which I understand is exactly the same thing, but somewhat more limited. Knowing that, I just need a little help getting acclimated so that I may better serve you, the gaming community.

The next phase of my Complete Characters is adding stats from various relevant open gaming systems, and obviously the d20 fantasy/modern are at the top of that list. It's everywhere, thanks to its place as the original system to go OGL. If aliens are watching us from the upper atmosphere, peering through telescopes and furiously typing notes on their space-Macs, trying to learn our language, it's the d20 lingo that they undoubtedly think is Earth Geek Standard. I, too, must learn to speak it.

I'm a relatively accomplished gamer, so the system doesn't really intimidate me. I understand stat builds and Occupations and Feats and Skills with very little difficulty, and when I trip and fall on these basic mechanical issues, I'm caught by the loving arms of the Internet and its various resources. What there is no substitute for, however, is live repetitions. I have no in-game context to gauge some of the finer points of the system, and that's where I need your help today.

If I may, please allow me to get your thoughts on a few subjects by jumping below the fold. Pretty please?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Complete Characters Review

Good morning, Internet.

Just a quick hit, pointing you toward a review of Complete Characters that is up at the greatness of RPG Blog 2. Zack does a rundown of the seventh issue, Sir Aric Devilkin. So, check out his review, and then head over to DriveThru and give the download a try. Don't forget to peruse the entire catalog while you're there, including five offerings that are still free, for now.

Thanks to Zack for taking the time to do the review! If anyone else has a blog or other online outlet and would like to do a review, drop me a line at and I'll be happy to send you a comp copy.

I'm still working hard to bring you quality gaming modules at an affordable price. What's up next? How about a pulp supersoldier, a noble obsessed with immortality, and an espionage agent with computers in his brain? Stay tuned.

Happy gaming!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Quick Hit: New Stuff, Early Success

Just a quick hit tonight, but it's a good one!

I just posted Complete Characters #7: Sir Aric Devilkin, Evil Knight, Demon's Son up at DriveThru. I'm hoping that it will fly off the metaphorical shelves, seeing as it's perfect for any fantasy campaign, whether it's D&D, Pathfinder, Palladium, or whatever. It features more stellar artwork from Joseph Scott Lawn, who I have now convinced to blog, so check him out. First person to purchase this Complete Character gets the next one (also for your fantasy game) for free!

Complete Characters #6: Noriax, Ancient Robotic Terror has been up for 72 hours now and is doing well. Actually, I'm pleased to report that it's currently #58 on the Top 100 Small Press list at DriveThru. It's a great addition to your space opera/sci-fi/mecha/futuristic game.

More detailed descriptions of each follow, so go get 'em while they're hot! And don't forget that #1-#5 are still up for free download as well.

Sir Aric Devilkin and his dark attendants have been searching the country for some unknown treasure for the past two years, laying waste to town after town along the way. He does nothing to deny the whispers that he's the son of a demon, and his cruelty only enforces it. Within this premium RPG module you'll find the complete description of Sir Aric, his immediate history, and his nefarious methods, plus stats on his minions, rumors of items of power, and tons of optional tweaks and adventure hooks. Perfect for your fantasy campaign, and suitable for quick adaptation to any game system.

An ancient race was once locked in a war for its survival. Its greatest weapon, a massive robotic drone known as Noriax, was left behind and has now been activated, unleashing its indiscriminate, unstoppable force against the whole of the known galaxy. Get full stats, custom illustration, and source material on Noriax, plus adventure hooks and details on its path of destruction so far. As a bonus, get full stats and description of the ancient Eirie, the ancient race that created Noriax.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My First Publishing Dollar

Suitable for framing

"Here goes nothing." That was my thought at about 1:30 this morning when I uploaded the file for Complete Characters #6: Noriax, Ancient Robotic Terror to the server at In that mouse click was carried far more anxiety than I had anticipated, which is why I was about two and a half hours beyond my desired release. That time was spent poring over every word choice and graphic placement, and I'm still sure there's something that I missed; it was 1:30 AM, after all.

Read on to find out if there was stunning success or hilarious failure.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A New Rifts Chaos Earth Sourcebook, and Other Notes

Motivate the clock

I have several notes his morning as I stare, bleary-eyed at my computer screen. But hey, it's Friday, which means that the day will get progressively better as the hours roll off the clock. In the meantime, let me project a number of announcements and notes out onto the Internet, in no particular order.

Read for more on Rifts, awesome writing, Complete Characters, and winning free stuff.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Free For All! Complete Characters So Far.

Rule of life: Everything worth doing is harder than it looks.

I talked yesterday about getting things going with Jason Richards Publishing, mostly just announcing that such a thing exists and that you can run over to DriveThruRPG and download some great gaming materials, for free. I thought that tonight I would go a little deeper and talk about the waves of emotion that I've endured these last few days.

Don't worry, I won't get girly or anything. Read on and maybe, just maybe, I'll have something inspirational to say.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Welcome to Jason Richards Publishing!

It's finally here! Jason Richards Publishing is up and running with our first offerings after many months of planning. If this is your first time on the blog, or if you're rediscovering this ridiculous corner of the Internet, I welcome you. Look around and let me know what you think.

Read more about what we're offering today, this week, and into the future, below the fold.