Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Enchantments of Black Tokyo: Revised, Expanded and Fucking Awesome!

Guys, I just finished layout and final editing on Enchantments of Black Tokyo: Revised Edition! This new sourcebook stands at 341 pages of ultra-dense content and just went on sale at www.rpgnow.com for $19.99.

I've gone ahead and sent the revised edition to all purchasers of the first edition and deactivated that product. I also chose to set the Revised Edition at the same pricepoint as the first edition despite the fact it's over 100 pages longer and has a lot more, and better, artwork.

Right now, I have a couple more magic items books in the works, which I've been tinkering away with for the past few months. However, I feel like 2018 is going to be the year of huge setting guides. I've got a solid draft of The Black Atlas, the revised setting guide for the Black Tokyo Campaign Setting that I've been sitting on for about 2 years now.  It stands at about 290 page as a Word document, and I want to add about 100 more pages of content before going forward, and add a lot more horrific and disturbing elements.

I'd also like to get out true, complete and well-illustrated guides for the Psi-Watch and Heavy Future campaigns, as they've never had really good world books. Likewise I'd love a decent gazetteer for the Otherverse America campaign, take the world out of San Francisco 2107 and into the country as a whole.

It took a while to get my creative mojo back, but putting out Enchantments of Black Tokyo: Revised Edition helped me do it.

Blessed Be,

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Yes, I'm Still Alive

I realized this afternoon it's been close to three months since I've updated the blog and about as long since I've put out a new product. Part of that has been due to a genuinely hellish winter: over the last few months I've dealt with the death of a coworker, a flu that took me out of action for most of January and most recently, a scratched cornea as a result of a biking accident.

Also, of course, I've been a casualty of the most insidious illness of all: PS3 addiction. Yeah, that thing is a major time sink.

Also, I've been doing too much revising and expansion on the revised Enchantments of Black Tokyo sourcebook - more content, more art, a fancier layout, set it up for POD.... all of which costs time and money that the book might never repay me for, as good as I want it to be. So I think at this point, I just need to get the book out as is, and put something outthere and break the log jam.

After that, I've got a few more magic item books in the pipeline, at various stages of completion, and a Lifer player's guide at the completed final draft stage.

So I'm getting back into layout for Enchantments of Black Tokyo tonight, and hope to have it out soon. Thanks for the patience.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Enchantments of Black Tokyo

First off, an admission. I bought a used Playstation 3 and several games two weeks ago, including Skyrim. Which means at this point, I'm at least two weeks behind schedule on pretty much everything.

However, I've been doing a little bit of work. Rather than doing a second volume of Enchantments of Black Tokyo, I decided to put out a revised, combined edition that will run around 300 pages. I'm going to include the revised file in the downloads of the first edition for readers who got the book through www.rpgnow.com. That way, if you've bought EBT's first edition, you get the revised version free.

I started laying out this book last night, and I've got about 90% of the art I want and need for the book. I'm debating whether to wait till this coming payday and add a little additional art, or put it out as is. I  think I'll likely decide against additional delay, and have the book out.

Over on the right is the new cover, illustrated by Anthony Cournoyer, depicting two of the enchanted powered armor available in the setting. The blue suit is the Torture Ballerina Hardsuit, and the crimson suit is called the Oni-Blood Hardsuit, and was deliberately designed as a magic-tech homage to Priss' hardsuit in the Bubblegum Crisis anime.

Anyway, expect the revised Enchantments of Black Tokyo within a week or two, Skyrim be damned. The sell text and introduction are below:

This revised and dramatically expanded edition of The Enchantments of Black Tokyo is a complete and definitive guide to spells and sorcery in the strangest campaign setting ever imagined. Hundreds of new spells offer darkly thematic new ero-horror new weaons to traditional spellcasters or unparalleled flexibility to the point-based Modern Spellcasters. From spells that force lethal orgasms to spells that transform the caster into a horrific spider demon, these unique new spells blend traditional Japanese myth with hentai horror.

The real meat – the blood and guts of the sourcebook – is the exhaustive collection of magic items. Black Tokyo is a very high magic modern fantasy/horror campaign, where magic is common place, found on every darkened corner. Some of these items previously appeared in various Black Tokyo sourcebook including this sourcebook’s first editions, and are collected here to build the ultimate toy box for your campaign. Others are all new, never before seen, ranging from enchanted school uniforms to mystically empowered laptops and game consoles or a diverse array of weapons and sorcerous armors. A myriad of new powered armors, dangerous artifacts and occult-tech oddities have been added to the setting. Consumable wondrous items and enchanted sex toys join the roster of more traditional magic items and special gear.

This book’s subtitle is “Schoolgirls, Sex Toys and Powered Armor”, which should give you an idea of what you’re in for. Enchantments of Black Tokyo takes some of the most stereotypical elements of anime as an artform, melds them into a cohesive whole and presents them as part of an dark, eroticized horror setting. At nearly double the wordcount of it’s first edition, the revised and expanded edition of Enchantments of Black Tokyo is pregnant with new magic, ready to birth new wonders and horrors into your Black Tokyo campaign.

Included in this edition:
·         Terrifyingly effective combat spells like Execution Chamber, Final Form, Horrorcore Transformation, Marshmellow Hell, Parade of Gory Deaths, and Vorpal Finger let you mutilate your enemies in bizarre (and stylish) new ways.
·         Epic-level spells like Mighty Kaiju Henshin transform you into a sky-scraper sized superhero, while other spells, like Spider Yokai or Grotesque Oral Lusts warp you into lesser, but still demonic shapes.
·         Disguisting skatto spells like Bladder Spike, Foul Infusion and Downpour of Filth turn trangessive fetishes into raw power.
·         Truly vile and disturbing spells, like the Kappa’s Obscene Kiss and Purity of Rape, intended to be wielded by the setting’s worst monsters. Can you survive the monstrous onslaught?
·         An assortment of all-new magic wands for use by evil-blasting heroines!
·         Dozens of unique racial artifacts designed by (and for) Akaname, Nekomusume, Goryohime and other inhuman heroes and villians.
·         Busty Magic and the all new Pettanko Magic – cast unique spells using the size of your character’s breasts as an additional spell component!
·         Advanced technology married to occult enchantments, in the form of half a dozen ultra-lethal Hardsuits. Duel high above the Tokyo night in a suit of magi-tech powered armor like the Torture Ballerina Hardsuit or Moonlight Assault Hardsuit.
·         Quirky anime and video game-inspired enchantmented weapons like the Assault Witch Carbine, Expelling Scissors or the colorful Hirosaki series of weapons.
·         Artifacts ranging from myth including Kusanagi, the First Katana, Ai-Ona’s Spear, the Tide Jewels, demonic artifacts like the Demon’s Phallus or the immortality-bestwoing Vile Bloodworms, to high-value modern artifacts like a Catprogram Upgrade.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Cosmic Toybox

Well, I just entered Cosmic Toybox for sale at www.rgpnow.com. It's 121 pages of new magic items, all inspired by classic 80s cartoons like He-Man and Transformers, to name only the two most famous and obvious inspirations. It was a ton of fun to do, and broke the mental log jam on my long awaited He-Man homage project, Masters of Endara. I'm actually about 20 pages into that setting right now, as I wait for the last of the needed artwork for some Black Tokyo and other projects.

So my next book on the horizon will be a huge magic sourcebook for Black Tokyo, then probably a Lifer faction player's guide for Otherverse America. After that, expect some big worldbooks coming soon, including an already complete Black Tokyo atlas that I'm just awaiting art for, and a Heavy Future gazetteer that I'm just beginning to write. And of course, Endara, mentioned above and a Psi-Watch world book when I get around to it. Expect 2018 to be the year of big-fucking-campaign-worldbooks. 

Well, lets take a look at the sale text for Cosmic Toybox. Let me know what you think of it, as I had a ton of fun writing it.

Cosmic Toybox is a homage to the cartoons I grew up watching.

Cosmic Toybox incorporates content from Battlechangers: Ironworks and expands on it… a lot. Heroic transforming Battlechangers are found throughout the Multiverse, and where you can find either of these shapechanging mechanoids, you can find their iconic gear and artifacts. Anthro heroes are as widely dispersed and as iconic as the Battlechangers, so Cosmic Toybox also includes a full assortment of Anthro weapons, armor and magical wonders, including the legendary Omens weapons. Furry heroes can fight alongside totemistic warriors, or imbue mystical weapons and gear so their human allies can borrow some of the best abilities of the animal kingdom.

 In addition to gear for gigantic robots and half-animal heroes, other pieces of gear in this sourcebook are inspired by other 80s cartoons: from the techno-magical wonders wielded by barbarian heroes and highly trained ninja commandos to the holographic accessories of ultra-tech pop starlets. Often, these new weapons and armor are derived wholly or in part from recovered Technysian technology, or were inspired by a chance encounter with the superhuman.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Infinite Space: Warp Speed!

Well, I just completed and posted my first Starfinder Roleplaying Game compatible release. In this case, I released Warp Speed! which was a pretty ambitious expansion of the Starfinder starship creation rules. I decided to release it through Louis Porter Jr's storefront with the understanding the content will be collected with other Starfinder content for eventual Print on Demand release. 

So far, Warp Speed! has been extremely well received. Currently, Warp Speed is at #7 on the small press sales list and #12 in terms of over-all sales. I'm hoping it goes Copper by the weekend and continues to do well. I decided to release the book through Louis mostly because he's better equipped to publish POD content than I am, and because he's already had some decently selling products under the Starfinder Comparability Logo. That license is a bit more restrictive than the Pathfinder Comparability Logo, which in turn is far more restrictive than the do-anything-you-want OGL that I publish most of my content under, as my products tend to be a little more adult than anything Paizo wants associated with their official licenses. I've already been talking about some other Starfinder products to follow up Warp Speed.

In other news, I'm midway through the layout for Cosmic Toybox! That book is coming out wonderfully, and I'm able to lay out a very attractive book with a mix of commissioned art and stock art that has an 80s, toyetic, science fantasy vibe. Last night, I laid out the entirety of the magic items and artifacts chapter. Tonight I do the spells, the aftermatter and make a final editing pass. The book should be up for sale Friday or Saturday! It'll include all the 80s toyline inspired magic items I talked about a few posts ago, as well as a ton of new Anthro spells and gear.

I've gotten about a quarter of the final images I commissioned for Enchantments of Black Tokyo, and that book will be coming out in a couple weeks. More on that next time, along with some art. I'm posting this during a lunch break at work, so no art preview yet.

Blessed Be,

Saturday, September 9, 2017

God Machines: Magic Items of the Lifechain

So I decided to make a change to my plans. I'd previously planned to release The Cosmic Toybox, which was planned as a huge magic-item book covering four themes:
1. Lifespawn magic items.
2. Battlechanger and other 80s toon inspired items.
3. Furry/Anthro magic items.

I finally decided to just break the book into three smaller, but still ambitious sourcebooks. This way, I up my release count for 2017 and have the benefit of three 'opening weekends' for three books instead of just one. The first book is entitled God Machines: Magic Items of the Lifechain, and focuses on Lifespawn magic items and artifacts for the Otherverse America campaign setting. I just uploaded this puppy to www.rpgnow.com and it's on sale for $4.99 at 48 pages of content.

I had a ton of fun writing it. Early on in the design process, I decided to pile in tons of Jack Kirby homages to expand the 'Lifechain' concept I've had since I started working on Otherverse America. A whole lot of the armors and weapons are lifted directly from Kirby: virtually any magic armor with the God- prefix was worn by a Kirby character.

What the fuck, let's preview the God- armors here! The attached image should give you a hint of which Eternals character was wearing what. Thena (in gold) was wearing the armor that inspired the Godraiment, while Ikarus (in the blond dude in blue) is wearing what would become the Godweave armor. Not pictured are the inspirations for God Chain (Marvel's Cinematic Thor), and God Scale (DC's Big Barda).


Aura moderate conjuration CL 10th      

Slot armor Price 50,000 gp (DC 31) Weight 25 lbs
The interlocked rings of this beautifully wrought chain-mail shirt gleam like gold. A leather tabard is worn on the breast, over the rings, reinforced by angular golden plating. If worn by a Lifespawn, intricate, gear-like carvings appear on the golden plates, and a long and regal cloak of vibrant red, gold or blue cloth hangs from the Godchain’s shoulder

Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, creator must have the Lifespawn subtype, breath of life, eagle’s splendor, summon monster I
Cost 25,000 gp (DC 29)


Aura moderate transmutation CL 10th  

Slot armor and head Price 15,600 gp (DC 27) Weight 18 lbs
Godraiment is gleaming ceremonial armor reserved for Lifespawn heroes and nobility, a gleaming golden bodysheath that partially merges with the wearer’s flesh. The armor resembles a thin sheath of liquid gold a few millimeters thick, with bulkier armor plating on the pauldrons, belt and collar. The armor’s crown erupts in a series of abstract, jagged spires rising from the wearer’s forehead like stylized antlers.

Godraiment is a set of +2 benevolent action wear. When the Godraiment is worn by a Lifespawn, it also gains the expeditious property. In addition, a creature with the Lifespawn subtype may add their Lifecount as a competence bonus on Spellcraft checks made in combat, as well as Knowledge (the planes) and Knowledge (religion) checks made while the armor is worn.
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, creator must have the Lifespawn subtype, aid, expeditious retreat  
Cost 7,800 gp (DC 25)



Aura faint transmutation CL 8th           

Slot armor Price 15,500 gp (DC 27) Weight 30 lbs
Godscale is masterfully crafted scaled armor forged from ultra-dense alloys which gleam mostly cerulean. Individual scale in the array are alloyed with precious metals to turn them a brilliant canary yellow, jet black or deep crimson. These brightly colored scales are worked throughout the array of blue scales, forming mazelike and complex patterns. When worn by a true Lifespawn warrior, the armor glows an electric blue and hums like an overstressed electrical transformer.

Godscale is a set of +2 scale mail of heroism. When the Godscale is worn by a Lifespawn, the Godscale gains the expeditious property. In addition, a creature with the Lifespawn subtype may add their Lifecount as a competence bonus on Acrobatics checks made while the armor is worn; the armor’s check penalty does not apply, in this case.
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cat’s grace, expeditious retreat, heroism, creator must have the Lifespawn subtype
Cost 7,750 gp (DC 25)


Aura strong abjuration (and evocation if miracle is used) CL 18th          

Slot armor Price 60,500 gp (DC 32) Weight 15 lbs
Godweave is a tightly fitted dark navy, armored body sleeve. Bold patterns of circles and zig-zagging lines, etched in gold decorate the chest, and fiery reddish-orange gloves and boots sheathe the wearer’s limbs. 

Godweave is a set of +2 action wear of Spell Resistance 17. When the Godweave is worn by a Lifespawn, the Godweave gains the invulnerability property. In addition, a creature with the Lifespawn subtype may add their Lifecount as a competence bonus on Knowledge (history), Spellcraft and Use Magic Device checks while the Godweave is worn.

Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, spell resistance, stoneskin, wish or miracle, creator must have the Lifespawn subtype
Cost 30,250 gp (DC 30)

 Look for the Battlechangers book next, and then some other interesting stuff. I really want to up my release count for the year. 

Blessed Be,