Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Furry Weekend

Well, guys two major new furry releases just hit on www.rpgnow.com. First up, Fursona Unleashed, the long and patiently awaited revision of the Fursona system to the modern Pathfinder Role Playing Game ruleset is complete!

Fursona Unleashed topped out at 107 pages and as you can see feature one of the nicest covers Anthony Cournoyer has ever provided for me. I'm currently working on a bestiary specific to the implied backstory for the Anthros presented in this book, as well as an expanded grimorie/magic item book. I already have a ton of usable art for both, and I'm actively writing both books right now. I'll do more work on one, or both sourcebooks, later this evening, after I post this.

Probably the currently-unnamed 'furry bestiary' first, because I was really really impressed with Dreamscarred Press' Psionic Bestiary, and the way it expanded upon the possibilities of their core psionics book. Like Psionics Unleashed, this sourcebook adds a new rules element to the game, and I want to build a specific monster book that takes full advantage of that new rules element.

Second, Keith McBlane has just put up a print edition of his wonderful and highly popular Fursona 5E sourcebook! The first Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition product we've produced now has a print option!

So no matter what your preferred game system is, you're going to have some furry heroes to keep you company this week. Enjoy!
CHRIS


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fursona Unleashed Preview: First Wave Colonizers

I wanted to provide a second preview of some new content from Fursona Unleashed. As I have with my other campaign settings, I'm including cultural templates your Anthros can take to further customize themselves and their place in society. Some templates are based around common furry tropes or game play elements: there's a Neo-Animalist template that basically turns you into that fucker Snowball from Animal Farm, for instance, and the sexy Eroticized template works great for social interaction/espionage experts like bards and rogues.

The First Wave Colonizer owes its genesis to the fairly obscure Justifiers RPG, an indy game from the early 90s featuring a hardbitten crew of Anthro explorers. I actually downloaded the game a couple years ago, and it's pretty nice. Even though it wasn't a specifically 'furry' work, I think the excellent sci-fi comic, Alien Legion was an influence- the two works had a very similar feel. Systemwise, Justifiers had a lot in common with the Palladium house system, and had similarly high quality (though badly scanned) art. The Colonizer template is my homage to this classic furry game, while the War Rover armor, below, is a tip of the hat to the shortlived and almost completely forgotten 90s toon, Road Rovers.

The pics accompanying this post are the cover for the Justifiers RPG, and a John Picot image I'll likely use to illustrate the Colonizers in Fursona Unleashed  

Enjoy,
CHRIS



First Wave Colonizer
Especially tough, self-reliant and bold Anthros make excellent first wave colonists, taming hostile worlds so less rugged Anthros and non-genetically engineered humanoids can then follow. First Wave Colonizers are often genetically engineered by terraforming and aerospace mega-corps, custom grown for the mission at hand. Often, these bold Anthro explorers are not free- their creation, early development and specialized technical training are all debts they must repay to their makers, leaving them in near-perpetual indenture.

Ability Score Modifiers
+2 CON, +2 WIS, -2 CHA
First Wave Colonizers are tough and blessed with a degree of common sense and environmental awareness that other Anthros can’t match, but they’re more comfortable out on the rugged frontier than in the cities.

Colonizer Training (EX)
First Wave Colonizers are given a top-notch technical education, which gives them the diverse skill set needed by a growing colony. The First Wave Colonizer receives a +2 template bonus on the following skills: Craft (mechanical and structural), Heal, Pilot, Survival.

When making Survival checks to find sustenance in the wild, the First Wave Colonizer’s minimum die result is 10. Treat results of 1-9 as 10 instead.

Colonizer Proficiencies (EX)
First Wave Colonizers are proficient with simple and martial firearms, and gain Personal and Advanced Firearms proficiency. They are also proficient with all armor with the Space Suit property.

Indenture Contract (EX)
First Wave Colonizers are considered indentured to the mega-corp that created them. They gain the Hunted and Traceable disadvantages, without gaining additional Gifts of Nature for them, and are considered employees of their creator mega-corp, and must undertake potentially hazardous missions on the company’s behalf. The First Wave Colonizer can buy off their contract, by repaying the company the cost of their creation (plus interest and fees), removing these disadvantages and becoming a fully free sentient.

The total cost of the Anthro’s indenture is 25,000 gp plus 1,000 gp x the sum total of all the Anthro’s ability score modifiers. Add 5,000 gp if the Anthro has spellcaster or psionic manifester levels. If the Anthro takes actions that cost their creator money, such as by destroying or damaging corporate facilities or equipment during a mission, the associated costs are added to his indenture.

Planetary Adaptation (EX)
First Wave Colonizers gain the Planetary Adaptation feat.

Size Restriction (EX)
First Wave Colonizers are always size Medium, though Colonizers with the Quadruped racial trait can instead be size Large. This standardization of size and body morphology saves the megacorps’ some money when creating and equipping their Anthro explorers.



Some New Magic Items
These magic items are excerpted from the appropriate sections of the text, and are just some of many you’ll find in the sourcebook. All of them reference the Colonizer cultural template in some way.

Collar, Purpose-Giving

Aura strong transmutation CL 9th         

Slot neck Price 18,000 gp (DC 28) Weight negligible
A variety of Purpose-Giving Collars exist, all designed to bend an Anthro’s body, mind and soul towards a particular way of life. Sometimes these items are marks of slavery, forced onto an Anthro against their will in order to transform that creature into something he or she is not. In other times and places, Purpose-Giving Collars are badges of office, willingly donned by Anthros of a particular caste. Style and coloration vary wildly.

All Purpose-Giving Collars function in the same manner. Once donned by a creature of the Anthro subtype, the wearer gains a specific Anthro Template encoded in the Collar, immediately losing existing Anthro Templates, if any, and applying the Template’s ability score modifiers and gaining its traits. Once donned, the Purpose-Giving Collar effectively fuses into the creature’s body, and cannot be removed without remove curse or similar magic.

The appearance of a particular Collar is usually a clue to which Anthro Template the Collar will apply. Some templates are rarely, if ever offered as a Collar.
·         Anthroid: Segmented silvery-grey metal links with circuit components on the underside.
·         Eroticized: A tight choker of black lace.
·         Extreme: Heavy day-glo nylon with a big lock, safety pin-studs or similar decorations.
·         First Wave Colonizer: Breathable nylon in camo patterns with a military style dog-tag.

Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Items, creator must be an Anthro with the appropriate template, polymorph
Cost 9,000 gp (DC 25)

Colonizer Armor

Aura moderate conjuration CL 9th        

Slot armor Price 28,000 gp (DC 29) Weight 12 lbs
Most First Wave Colonizers are issued standardized field uniforms that contain everything they might need when venturing into unknown, hostile ecosystems. Colonizer Armor is a deep navy coverall reinforced with silvery-grey hardened polymer plating. The Anthro’s megacorporate patron has their crest emblazoned on the breast plate or spinal plating, along with an identifier code unique to each Anthro. The Colonizer Armor allows the Anthro wearer to farther indenture themselves to their megacorp by taking advantage of nano-tech enhanced ‘company store’.
                             
Colonizer Armor is +1 scout armor.

Special: When Colonizer Armor is worn by an Anthro with the First Wave Colonizer template, its true abilities awaken. At any time, the Anthro can access a ‘company store’ nano-factory built into the right gauntlet’s control panel to conjure a variety of small items. It requires one minute for the armor to produce a small item.

Company Store Features
The armor can produce any of the following
·         An MRE sufficient to sustain a Medium creature for one day.
·         Small, non-restricted technological items weighing less than 5 lbs (such as a flashlight, multitool, wrench, smartphone, ect). The items cannot be magical, unique or not available to the general public. 
·         Ammunition clips or energy cells for weapons provided by the Anthro’s megacorp.

Each time the Anthro accesses the ‘company store’ the Anthro’s indenture total is increased by 50 gp + twice the gp value of the item conjured. Conjured technology bears the creating megacorp’s logo and branding. Occasionally the sponsoring megacorp will run ‘specials’ on particular items, charging significantly less indenture on specific items (particular flavors of MREs, specific hygiene items, toys or luxuries) to encourage additional spending.

Company Protective Features
The Anthro can increase their indenture by +100 gp as an immediate action. Doing so allows the Colonizer Armor to act as +4 scout armor for one minute.

Company Life Support Features
The Anthro can increase their indenture by +120 gp in order to grant the Colonizer Armor the space suit mundane armor property for four hours.

Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, emergency spacesuit, fabricate
Cost 14,000 gp (DC 27)

War Rover Armor

Aura faint enchantment CL 5th 

Slot armor Price 7,500 gp (DC 25) Weight 25 lbs
Once genetic engineering is weaponized, every nation-state and NGO that can afford it begins custom-breeding Anthro super-soldiers. War Rover Armor is an American armor system fairly typical of the gear provided to trusted, battle-tested Anthro operatives. War Rover is a matte gunmetal grey hardsuit with a burst of patriotic red, white and blue detailing painted on the left pauldron. The modular armor is designed to be worn by a variety of Anthros of different sizes and breeds, though the armor is especially prized by uplifted canids.

War Rover Amor is a set of +1 Anthro-adaptive, benevolent MP tactical armor. Special occult-tech systems built into the armor allow an Anthro wearer with the scent special quality to retain use of this ability even when the armor is fully environmentally sealed without compromising its protective space suit armor quality.
                     
Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, aid, Anthro adaptation, instant armor or make whole, creator must be an Anthro 
Cost 3,750 gp (DC 22)

Colonizer’s Rifle

Aura faint conjuration CL 5th   

Slot weapon Price 6,500 gp (DC 24) Weight 10 lbs
Veteran, trusted First Wave Colonizers are usually issued these superior weapons. A Colonizer’s Rifle is a modern derivative of the venerable and dependable AK-47 identified as a mega-corporate weapon by the logo and ID tag built into the butt-stock.

The Colonizer’s Rifle is a +1 AK-47 of infinite ammunition.

As a swift action, a wielder with the First Wave Colonizer Anthro template can choose to increase their indenture to their patron megacorp by +300 gp to gain an additional +3 enhancement bonus (making the weapon a +4 AK-47 of infinite ammunition) for one round.

Similar Items
The mega-corps that create Colonizer-tech sometimes issue enchanted sidearms to their genetically engineered troops. A Colonizer’s Pistol might be built on a Colt M1911, Desert Eagle .50 or Glock 17 action, with no major reduction in cost, nor change in capabilities.

Construction        
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, infinite ammunition
Cost 3,250 gp (DC 22)




Next Week: Fursona Unleashed

Well, it's been a pretty bad week. I ended up having to get some teeth extracted, which is exactly as much fun as it sounds. Despite oral surgery, Fursona Unleashed will be hitting soon. I recieved the last needed art for the book this weekend, and I'll begin laying the PDF out tonight and tomorrow. Expect the book on sale at RPGNow.com by mid-week.

Today, I thought I'd show off the final cover image, provided by Anthony Cournoyer. It's just awaiting cover text.

See you soon,
CHRIS

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cover Rough: Fursona Unleashed

 After a fairly long delay, I began the final work on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game incarnation of Fursona, which I'll be titling Fursona Unleashed. I chose this title because it ties in with Technology Unleashed, as well as the fact, considering the subject matter, the pun works.

I'm putting the finishing touch on the spells and magic items I'll present in the book. I'm also working on a relatively short campaign guide/city book built around Fursona. I do not know yet if the campaign guide will be sold as part of Fursona Unleashed, or if it will be a separate, stand alone release. What I can tell you is it focuses on a free city named Saint Mipple, and is heavily, heavily inspired by the classic TaleSpin cartoon.

Yesterday I commissioned a cover from Anthony Cournoyer, who recently provided the cover art for Keith McBlane's Fursona 5E. (A quick and easily cleared up miscommunication is why the top image his the words Fursona 5E roughed in on the top of the page.) As you can see his rough sketch is going to be pretty kickass. Here's the image description I sent him.



Cover of Ult. Fursona
The cover is two Anthros locked in combat, and reflects the fact the soucebook focuses equally on fantasy and high-tech campaign settings. The two combatants are battling in a natural environment of some kind- maybe a winter forest with snow falling around them. The two combatants are:

The Armored Bear Anthro from the Fursona 5E cover makes a reappearance, swinging a massive axe. Instead of the small hand-axe he had on the prior cover, give him an absolutely enormous, magical weapon. The exaggerated, heavy head of the axe resembles a stylized lion’s mane, and it’s crashing down right beside the High-Tech Rabbit, probably scraping sparks against the Rabbit’s armor.

The Bear’s opponent is a High-Tech Rabbit Anthro. The High Tech Rabbit is wearing futuristic powered armor with brown and white hull plating, giving it a forest/winter camo pattern. The High-Tech Rabbit is blasting away with a gun built into the wrist/gauntlet of his armor, just missing the Armored Bear by inches. The armor’s helmet is semi-transparent, allowing you to see some of the Rabbit’s face beneath the helm; the armor includes hardened plastic ‘sleeves’ for the Rabbit’s ears covered with black mesh on the front, like stereo speakers.
 

(I chose to make a power armor wearing rabbit the adversary in this image as a homage to the fearsome Independent Lapine Republic in the Albedo comics and RPG setting- even though those guys never fielded powered armor, they were a dangerously effective sci-fi military.)

In other news, I'm collecting art and adding a few last items for Enchantments of Black Tokyo II as well as the Heavy Grimorie. Expect all these books soon.
CHRIS