Finally, after working on it throughout most of 2014, Black Bestiary is done! Expect it on sale very soon.
I laid it out starting at around 8 pm last night, and ended sometime around 9 am this morning. Exhausting but rewarding- this is a huge, very comprehensive and art-heavy monster book. It's also very plot-hook heavy- every creature here suggests a story line or three. There are several groups of themed and inter-related enemies, each of which suggests a specific campaign style. All the creatures you've seen in various Black Tokyo sourcebooks appear, and are joined by dozens of new monsters, many of which fill in the gaps or round out the monstrous 'ecosystem' suggested by Black Tokyo Unlimited.
Also I want to get the word out about this book, so anybody who wants a review copy, please email me a request.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Andrew Antolick had this to say in the comments of the previous post. I was planning on responding to him in that same post, but he had such a good set of ideas I wanted to highlight them here, along with my response here.
First off, I am wowed by the new Nemesis artwork, very primordial with no easily defined form of gender. I the bile scream is one of my top five breath weapons. I am ready to get the next bestiaries when released.
Now with Othervese America getting kicked into the second abortion war, no one will come out without scars. The culmination of the war could lead the utter obliteration of the United States landmass. No America, only the Otherverse to find themselves in the galaxy. When people can destroy cities, entire land masses are just the next rung on the ladder.
Hoping for 2016 to be the year of Endara, the setting is begging to be explored. All art aside, could there be previews of what this kitchen sink from the ether could affect the balance of the Otherverse/world's tree?
Best Wishes and go easy on Artemis in the end, she can be freed from the cycle of violence and lead others out.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
All those books topped 200 pages, and were fairly complex to lay out. The last three books of 2014 are bestiaries. Dark Star Bestiary, volumes one and two, are for Heavy Future, while Horrors of the Lifechain is Otherverse America focused.
I wrote the books near simultaneously. In the two Dark Star Bestiary sourcebooks, I began revising the Lifechained creatures of 2008's Guide to the Known Galaxy, and I collected and expanded on that material in Horrors of the Lifechain. I've been wanting to revise Guide for several years now, but it's such an art intensive project, I've not been able to budget it. Instead of one mega-book, Horrors is the first volume in a series of revamp sourcebooks; when I get around to volume two of Horrors, you'll see more Lifespawn monsters, including the ones I couldn't fit into book one and sooner or later I'll do a Lifechained powers book with a focus on abilities available to player characters.
Anyway, Horrors of the Lifechain is a great way to end the year. Closed was the first release of 2014, and the last release is also a weighty bestiary for the Otherverse America campaign setting.
I've focused almost exclusively on Heavy Future and Black Tokyo this year. Expect the focus on Black Tokyo to continue into 2015; the Black Bestiary will be coming out soon,and I'm also working on a pretty big soucebook focusing on Idol Singers (and bardic/media type characters in general).
However, expect me to revisit Otherverse America pretty heavily. I finally want to go through and make it fully Pathfinder compatible. Hey, if you've gamed in Otherverse America campaigns, send me an email. I'd love to hear what you did with the world, and what (if any) changes you'd like to see, either mechanically or in terms of world flavor.
My email is