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6 Years - 10 Aug 2016 02:39

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Today, August 10th, marks the 6th year anniversary of Purple Duck Games and our 6th year at the OBS (Rpgnow/DTRPG) set of stores. Starting off with a subscription for Monsters Unleashed that took years to complete we have amassed huge number of products (1215 by my count this morning) that includes releases for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (purple), Dungeon Crawl Classics (yellow), 4C Superheroes, a single S&W release (black), a couple Labyrinth Lord books, and a massive array of stock art.

To celebrate this day with our fans I have decided to run a number of promotions.

1) For the month of August all our products on Rpgnow will be on sale for 25% off their regular price in PDF.

2) For today only, Lands of Porphyra and Monsters of Porphyra will be released as pay-what-you-want titles, so that you can pick them up for free if you haven’t picked them up in the past and you can leave a donation for them if you wish.

3) Going forward, all of the titles we released in the 1st year of operation will be joining the pay-what-you-want model this includes the following releases:

• 80 Awesome Feats and 2 Crappy Ones
• Antipaladin Feats
• Encounter Pages
• Forgotten Encounters: Forest
• Forgotten Encounters: Underground
• Forgotten Encounters: Urban
• Horrors of the GOW
• Legendary I: Legendary Blades
• Legendary II: Legendary Weapons
• Legendary III: Legendary Items
• Legendary Races: Cyclops
• Legendary Races: Medusa
• Legendary Races: Rakshasa
• Monstrous Races
• Monstrous Races: Second Horde
• Otyughnomicon: Northern Waste Otyugh
• Otyughnomicon: Wyvern Spawn Otyugh
• The Gambler

Now should warn everyone that a lot of the products released in the 1st year were published with MsWord and are ugly, ugly things. That is doesn’t mean there is not good content in it, just that it doesn’t align with our current common look and feel.

As we move into our 6th year you should expect to see:

Unique System

  • 4Saken a new horror roleplaying game that will be demo’d at the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous in Great Falls, Montana in August.

Dungeon Crawl Classics

  • Two new adventures (Death Slaves of Eternity and another from Daniel J. Bishop) and a book on adventure building for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game.

Pathfinder Ruleset

  • 10 Monsters – a basic bestiary line from Derek Blakely.
  • A return of our Adventure Avenue series of short adventures set in the Lands of Porphyra.
  • An expansion of the Heroes of … to include at least two new countries.
  • Drow of Porphyra: The Strivog
  • More class books like Kineticists of Porphyra IV
  • Paths of Power II: Paths of Blood (compilation) released on August 18th.

Stock Art

  • A new subscription of fantasy heroes and villains.
  • As many other pieces of art that I am able to afford.

Thank you for taking the time to celebrate this milestone with us. If you want to contact me about any of our products or have questions for Purple Duck Games, you can reach me at moc.liamg|mkadeg#moc.liamg|mkadeg
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Going into the Weekend - 23 Jul 2016 02:15

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It has been a pretty productive week for me at the Purple Duck Games cave.

Review
We have two new reviews from Endzeitgeist this week.

  1. Kineticists of Porphyra III by N. Jolly
  2. Adventure Avenue: The Still Grotto by Perry Fehr

Releases
This has been a big week for releases because I wanted to get a number of things up for sale prior to the Christmas in July Sale kicked off.

  1. We added 22 new pieces of stock art. This brings our total stock art offerings up to 900+ items. I think that makes Purple Duck Games one of the largest stock art providers on the site.
  2. Nathan Reinecke's first product with us: Samurai of Porphyra was also released.
  3. The Tulgorth has been added to the MoP patreon.

Development

  • 4Saken - currently on the hunt for the right cartographer.
  • Death Slaves of Eternity (DCC) - art will be ordered this coming week.
  • Dispatches of the Raven Crowking (DCC) - print form in process.
  • Drow of Prophyra IV - arrive in my inbox this morning.
  • Gedak's Ethnology: Vultaris - outline
  • Giants of Porphyra - currently in limbo
  • Heroes of the Haunted Seas - in queue behind Kesh
  • Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh - waiting on art
  • Maiden Voyage of the Colossus (DCC) - back in edits
  • Overlord (Psychic Class) - waiting on a piece of art.
  • Paths of Power II - additional writing, final touches
  • Purple Duck Storeroom - Familiar Finery - in edits
  • Psionic Prestige Archetypes: War Mind - additional text
  • Saurians of Porphyra - commissioned today
  • Secret Hybrid Class - new writer.
  • Secret Compilation I & II - existing writers
  • Vigilantees of Porphyra - art has been ordered.

A lot of forward progress this week. I plan to make even greater strides next week.
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Bad Ideas - 18 Jul 2016 18:42

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It is the 18th of July so my internet has been reset and I have bandwidth yet again. Which is great because I have a lot of things to work on and bandwidth certainly helps with that project.

So what has been happening?

Reviews

Releases

Things Being Worked On

  • Death Slaves of Eternity (DCC) - Maps are in process, then art, then print form.
  • Dispatches of the Raven Crowking (DCC) - print form in process.
  • Gunslingers of Porphyra - waiting on a piece of art.
  • Vigilantees of Porphyra - waiting on additional text and art. (I need to pay this author when they get back to me with payment details)
  • Overlord (Psychic Class) - additional writing
  • Paths of Power II - introduction, additional writing, final touches
  • 4Saken - on hold until maps from DSoE are done.
  • Gedak's Ethnology: Vultaris - outline
  • Giants of Porphyra - currently in limbo
  • Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh - waiting on art
  • Heroes of the Haunted Seas - in queue behind Kesh
  • PDS - Familiar Finery - in edits
  • Maiden Voyage of the Colossus (DCC) - back in edits
  • PsPA: War Mind - additional text
  • Secret Hybrid Class - new writer.
  • Secret Compilation I & II - existing writers

There is quite a lot on the plate but that is good. At no time should I be able to sit around with nothing to do.

When I have nothing to do I work on bad idea projects like my secret alligatomancer.
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The Great Abaci - 05 Jul 2016 01:39

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In my home campaign set in Azag-Ithiel, I introduced a new minor god called The Great Abaci. He is worshipped by a taddol named Salso/Ember who runs an alchemy shop called Mercurial Elixirs. The parties helped clear out a catacomb dungeon beneath the town of Nicnfoot and more important Mercurial Elixirs itself.

The Great Abaci
God of Numeracy, Organization, and Trade
Worshippers: mathematicians, the obsessive compulsive, merchants
Alignment: LN
Domains: Knowledge, Law, Travel
Subdomains: Education, Legislation, Trade
Favored Weapon: wushu dart
Favored Animal: khuzdan jackal
Symbol: A silver counting frame with topazes for beads
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Treasures and Minions - 03 Jul 2016 13:41

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So it has been a day so naturally things have moved around a bit.

New Content

Things to Do

  • Updates to make to Legendary Classes: Eternal Mage based on user feedback
  • Write the contemplative angel and the jelly bears for MoP3
  • Write the Psionic Prestige Archetype: War Mind (1st draft done)
  • Rework Maiden Voyage of the Colossus (DCC) to tighten it up.
  • Layout on Dispatches from the Raven Crowking II (DCC), Death Slaves of Eternity (DCC), Paths of Power II, 4Saken, Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh, Heroes of the Haunted Seas, Legendary Classes: Overlord, PDS: Familiar Finery
  • Fix a bunch of wanted pages over on the Porphyra wiki.

Things in Editing

  • Samurai of Porphyra
  • Vigilantes of Porphyra
  • Purple Mountain VIII
  • Tyranny and Manipulation
  • Drow of Porphyra IV?

Nice Things

  • As of yesterday Monsters of Porphyra 2 has now sold at least 1 copy at all three sales venues. It is selling best at Rpgnow right now, but it has a long way to go. A monster book of this size is going to need almost 300 copies in PDF to break even.

If I am going to get things off my to-do list I better get to work.
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Botach and Soulknives - 02 Jul 2016 13:26

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It is officially July, I know because I just flipped over my calendar and I'm no longer at school. So it is definitely time to get back to work at Purple Duck Games. Here is what is happening right now:

New Content

Things to Do

  • Monster Treasure Hoard book that needs layout.
  • Updates to make to Legendary Classes: Eternal Mage based on user feedback
  • Write the contemplative angel and the jelly bears for MoP3
  • Write the Psionic Prestige Archetype: War Mind (1st draft done)
  • Rework Maiden Voyage of the Colossus (DCC) to tighten it up.
  • Layout on Dispatches from the Raven Crowking II (DCC), Death Slaves of Eternity (DCC), Paths of Power II, 4Saken, Heroes of the Hinterlands of Kesh, Heroes of the Haunted Seas, Legendary Classes: Overlord, PDS: Familiar Finery
  • Fix a bunch of wanted pages over on the Porphyra wiki.

Things in Editing

  • Gunslingers of Porphyra
  • Samurai of Porphyra
  • Vigilantes of Porphyra
  • Purple Mountain VIII
  • Tyranny and Manipulation

Nice Things

  • KOP I, II, and III all made it on the Paizo Top Downloads list from other companies. They have been on that list every week since they were launched. Visibility on that list and N. Jolly's communication on the boards has been a huge help to those books.
  • An anonymous customer on Rpgnow had this to say about the Lands of Porphyra campaign setting:
    • Beautiful work. They aren't kidding when they call this a patchwork planet. There are a lot of fantasy tropes supported by this world. It can handle traditional fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and there are even a couple of locations made specifically for fans of the Lovecraft universe. This world is very inclusive, and delivers on more than I asked of it. It promises to be a lot of fun, I can hardly wait to introduce my players to Porphyra!
  • Here is what Endzeitgeist said.

If I am going to get things off my to-do list I better get to work.
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Monsters of Porphyra 2 - 24 Jun 2016 23:01

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So I thought Soulknives of Porphyra would be the next release but instead…

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Monsters of Porphyra 2 has arrived. You can pick it up at Paizo, Open Gaming Store, or Rpgnow
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Back to Work - 23 Jun 2016 04:06

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Purple Duck Games will resume operations on July 1st of 2016. The first new release is likely going to be Scott Dillion's Soulknives of Porphyra. Scott has written two other psionic books for us:

I have also opened up the Purple Duck Games Patreon again and things will kick off in force on the 1st as well.

I hope the final version of Monsters of Porphyra 2 will be out soon in July as well.

Newest Reviews
Drow of Porphyra - Xelusine, Sirens of Sin by Patricia Willenborg.
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Running in Mud - State of the Duck - 07 May 2016 15:07

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Things are currently very busy in the Purple Duck Games offices. In the fall of this year, I decided to leave my current teaching position at the end of June and seek new employment. Over the years, I have become concerned that I am becoming more stagnant in the job and In need a change in environment to revitalize my teaching. This means I'm currently on the job hunt for new positions and opportunities. The process is going well and has provided a new opportunity as well, as I've started to teach three nights a week at the community college level.

This has a been a good experience for me but it is cutting into my teaching. This additional class means I have 9 more hours of instruction to provide each week, at least 1-2 more hours of correcting, 4 more hours of planning each week, and 6 more hours of commuting. So I'm using about 21 hours of time now that may have previously been "free time" or "Purple Duck Games" time.

Additionally, I'm taking a genetics course via distance ed. to improve my teaching credentials as well.

So my schedule for May/June is very tight. You will probably see very few new Purple Duck Games releases and I may even have to suspend the patreon for these two months. Once I hit July, I will be back to full, traditional summer unemployment (unless I have the opportunity to do more with the community college over the summer) and things will return to a normallish state at that point.

I'm looking at the May long weekend as a potential time to get more product moving. There are a number of things in my queue and that time may be enough to move some forward (most likely completing Monsters of Porphyra II).

On the Commercial Front
N. Jolly's Kineticists of Porphyra series still continues to sell welll especially at Paizo. I've sent print files for Warrior Prestige Archtypes and Prestige Archertypes to my distribution partner. I missed the print call for August releases. I'm thinking to soliciting Unarmed and Dangerous for print in September unless there are other suggestions.


Okay, it is our Emerald Spire game today so I better get the house cleaned up before the gamers arrive.
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4Saken - Early Cover - 30 Apr 2016 17:20

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Yesterday I recieved an early look at the cover of 4Saken.

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In other news, I sent over the print files for Prestige Archetypes and Warrior Prestige Archetypes so that they can go into print distribution.
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