JP On Gaming

Friday, July 24, 2020

FOE Christmas in July sale

In case, like me, you are living in a hole in the ground furiously typing away your summer, you may have (almost) missed the DM's Guild and DriveThruRPG's Christmas in July sale! Every FOE product is 25% off.

Check out our Ravenloft material at the DM's Guild .

Or our classic adventure settings and support material, such as Akhamet, Gostor, Rhym, or Saggakar on DriveThru RPG

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Something to break this block...

I've been affected by writers' block lately and not producing as much as I think I should produce. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is being almost entirely homebound and some changes at the day-job. I have just not been as inspired as I would've liked...

To change that, I submitted an adventure idea for the Heroes of Rokugan campaign. See what they think.

I will let you know.

Prompting me to write this is that I am starting a new fiction series on my blog that features Samurai and L5R character of my own creation. Check out the new Fiction on the FOE Patreon.

The illustration is by Irene of my own character, Matsu Haruhime (née Doji)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Real Housewives Now Electrum BestSeller!

Wow. Big news! I only dreamed the Real Housewives would do that good on the DM's Guild. It is now an Electrum BestSeller! This makes it the top-selling FOE product of all time.

What will I do to celebrate? Well I have more products in the works!

A big thank you to everyone who supports and backs many of my crazy ideas.

Another big thanks to the BritishShark whose art really made this book pop and to James (check out his awesome Patreon for scenes out of Ravenloft and other of the hardback adventure books).

If you don't have your copy yet... Get access to the most drama ever in Real Housewives of Ravenloft!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

FOE's Ravenloft Bundle on the DM's Guild

A few days ago, I ways asked for a list of Ravenloft products by FOE. I scrounged up a list of every Ravenloft FOE product and sent that person (shout-out to you, Jim-S!) the list.

It gnawed at me that I did not have one place I could send people to get our Curse of Strahd products, such as the bestselling Real Housewives of Ravenloft, Dark Gifts of Ravenloft, and some other great titles (almost bestseller) such as Rahadin Dread Knight of Ravenloft, and Dreams of Dust

For those of you who already have SOME of those titles, this is an opportunity to complete your collection at about 66% (not quite because I like nice numbers). If you already bought SOME of the titles, I believe the DM's Guild credits you that cost against other titles.

So here it is, the FOE Ravenloft Product Bundle.

What to tell us what you want to see from us going forward? Our Patreon is a great way to do so. Check it out.

Friday, July 3, 2020

More New Art at the FOE Patreon

As I complete work on some of our other products: Curse of Strahd II, the Akhamet Player's Guide, and the "Gencon" adventures, I have been working with new artists. Have a peak:

Check out the new art at the FOE Patreon

FOECon 2020: Not happening

It was a nice dream, one I entertained for the longest time, but I have to close the curtains on FOECon for 2020.

But WHY JP?

Health. I want every one to be safe and I cannot guarantee this. I even thought about running the event outside but there just is no good way. So I will punt the ball.

Now I have most of the events ready or in a good place. I expect we will run them at next year's Gencon (worse case scenario).

However, this means that I have extra time to dedicate to the extra 10 pages of material I am adding to the Akhamet Player's Guide and I will have a massive campaign-sized Ravenloft adventure. I thought it may take 3 hours and done but playtesting proved me wrong. Again.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Housewives of Ravenloft Campaign Tales: I love hearing this!

There is one thing I really like as an author is when a GM contacts me about a product I wrote and tells me how the product affected their game (hopefully for the better).

This is what happened early when I got a direct message on Reddit (You can contact me there is you what FOE on Reddit) from a GM who ran Real Housewives of Ravenloft. I asked him what how it went and what type of plot he created for his PCs to resolve.

One thing that really impressed me was how simply he was able to explain the subplot he created and how easy I was able to visualize the impact it might have on his campaign. I love at the ways this could really add a new dimension with some "humanity".

And like every good "Housewives" show, they experienced SOME of the housewives they could not stand, some they liked, and some they did not care for, to the point of planning to frame one they disliked to protect one they liked.

Yes, the players involved themselves in the drama!

I was just ecstatic when I read this.

Let me know how your "Housewives" story unfolded. I love to hearing them!

Yes... "Tell me about your campaign"

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Rahadin: Dread Knight of Ravenloft Released

One of the characters from Curse of Strahd that peaked my interest has always been "the butler," Rahadin. For a character with such a rich (and absolutely abject) history and background, I felt, as a GM, that was a wildcard for me to use. He is powerful enough to seriously hurt the party at low-to-mid levels. And later, he becomes added muscle.

Now for all the horrific things he did, there is no way someone like him would simply fade away and vanish from history.

I thought of doing something to my players wherein he rose again - as he should. So I started playing with the idea and the name "Dread Knight of Ravenloft" appeared in my mind. I began playing with the idea...

What I came up with a monster that can definitely provide a challenge to a party of adventurers around levels 9-11 (basically by the time they finish CoS.

Now this is not set, defined encounter. It is very much a villain and that wildcard to use wherever it is most convenient in your own campaign.

The PDF contains a collated history and note on how and why he would become the Dread Knight of Ravenloft, as well as how to introduce this new menace. I included the original stat block but gave him an "out of stat block power" to make him creepier in an eerie way.

Get Rahadin: Dread Knight of Ravenloft now available on the DM's Guild.

Note: as a special thank you for their support, all members of our Patreon will receive a free copy of this book as a thank you.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

[Legend of the Five Rings] Three Samurai warriors

Three samurai I painted with Legend of the Five color schemes. These are guys that stayed on my painting table "forever". I decided to finish them once I decided on a color scheme.

From left to right:

A Dragon clan bushi. I know, I know, they usually use both swords of their daisho, so he could also work as a mantis warrior - even tho most of them use peasant weapons.

A Lion clan bushi. This one can be a Matsu or an Akodo-school warrior. I know, I know, Matsu warriors are mostly women.

A Crane clan bushi. From the Daidoji Iron Warriors school as they will often use spears and other polearms. I really dig the bunny ears and the fur on the armor. I know, I know, Rokugan samurai do not wear fur.

Friday, June 19, 2020

New Olympia Art on the FOE Patreon

FOE's Greek setting, Olympia is ramping up. A few small things to clean up before I get on that project full time really.

However, many artists are hard at work (British Shark, Irene, Tristan, and soon another) producing the art that will make this come to life. They have already produced a number of pieces I can't wait to show you.

Starting tomorrow Saturday the 20th and continuing for the next two weeks at least, I will publish the art, some WIP, some completed pieces foe Olympia. With a new piece coming out every 2 days. There will be gods, characters, and monsters/opponents.

Next up, we will be moving to some of the concepts and ideas behind the settings. Patrons get to have direct input in the process.

So if this interests you or you want to know more, go to the FOE Patreon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Olympia: Cyclops miniature

As I ramp up the work on Olympia - FOE's Greek setting - I am starting to paint up more miniatures to use in these games.

This guy is a Reaper Bones cyclops. I enjoy the dynamism of the pose. This guy will see many uses on the tabletop.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

[Kinda Book Report] Le Troisieme Testament: Julius II: La Revelation Partie 1

After devouring the First Chapter, I could not wait for this one to arrive. Now we get into the core of the plot and it gets darker as the characters travel east towards Babylon. We are treated to a similar set of absolutely superb frames and panoramic views.

Here, the plot gets a lot deeper with the direct appearance of the supernatural, which until now could have been explained with a simple explanation. I was happy to see one of the major thread from the first series get picked up here, thus far still shrouded in mystery. Who are these guys? Where do they come from? Why are they summoned this way?

And more importantly, how do they play into the greater story?

Unlike the first one which I read VERY slowly, savoring each frame, this one I just blew by so fast. This one has more interaction as the Jewish characters and Julius the Roman have this relation of distrust. One scene drew my attention: when they are making two camps separated by a few yards. That whole page was just awesome visual storytelling. Just WOW.

This story is BLOODY. Many people die throughout the journey which is yet to be completed.There are many action scenes that are equally well-drawn and that make your pulse race as you breathlessly want to see what will happen next.

Now to give this a rating. Although still great, it was not as great as the first one. So I settled for a 4/5. This feels a little weak.

Monday, June 15, 2020

[Kinda Book Report] Showcase Green Lantern #1

I don't know why but I have been interested in reading some Green Lantern comics recently. As such, I ordered myself the Showcase GL #1. This is a series that takes classic DC comics from the 50s and 60s and give you 500 pages of material on course newspaper with black and white art. I read a few Superman and Teen Titans from that series.

After reading the Superman title (which caused a lot of eye-rolls) and the Teen Titans (one which sucked and one that was fine), I did not expect much from this title.

However, while the stories are clearly in a similar style where the hero is more like a paternal figure than someone with real problems they have to deal with. The morality is simple and manicchean, with the bad guys wanting to be evil.

It is little surprise that Sinestro, the rogue green lantern, is introduced in this book. He makes ever-more machiavelian and convoluted plans to capture or kill Hal Jordan.

From his personal life, Hal Jordan does get the girl, but he keeps getting interupted and has to run. And Carol, the love interest, waffles between Hal and Green Lantern not knowing they are one and the same.

I found this book to be the most enjoyable of the Showcase series I read thus far. Some stories raising some definite eyebrows and piquing my interest more than others. The 57th century storyline where they pluck GL from the 20th century and name him Dictator of Earth so he can clean up problems was interesting. The Qwardian plot where evil is good and good is evil is convoluted but did not really detract. We are dealing with superhero-logic.

Rating? I hesitate between a 3 and a 4. It is not a 4, so I have to fall back onto a 3/5, which sounds right. This was good, but not great.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

[Kinda Book Report] New Defenders #1

I got this book in the bargain bin from a local comic shop. I was very excited to get into this one because I read the essentials volumes 2,4, and 5 back in 2017. I enjoyed the feel of this "non-team". The cover of the New Defenders featured some of my favorite characters: Angel and Beast. I was all in.

But this book, that gathers Defenders 122 through 131 is not great.

First, there is a story line where X-mas elves take Dr Strange, Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Namor to the future where they are told they will destroy some unnamed random alien that will lead to the destruction of Earth if they band together as the Defenders again. I mean... WHAT? Superheroes that when told that just go. "Uh... okay we will disband now." That premise was just stupid and spanned like 3 issues. Then they show up and say "bye" to the "new" defenders.

Where is the "we won't let that happen!" They just give up and leave.

By then I was pretty bored... Even after Beast forms the new Defenders, with Iceman, Angel, Gargoyle, Valkyrie, and Moondragon. Moondragon has a bit of an interesting side plot but all the others are there just "because". The team has no identity, no villains to give them a nemesis, they are just 3 former X-men with randos.

At one point both Beast and Valkyrie vie for the title of team leader but they never resolve this discussion as things happen. Personally, of the characters, Angel or Valkyrie would be interesting leaders but nothing comes of it. This seems to be a recurring theme. Thankfully, the title would be cancelled a short time later in favor of the much more interesting X-Factor title.

One of the most interesting story, which came in a one-off plot is when Beast gives a conference to a college and craziness ensues with a super-powered moron and Frogman.

Basically, you have cool characters without any reason to be together, no leader, no plot, no nemesis, nothing. No wonder this title failed.

Review-wise, I would give this a 2/5. I thought of a 2.5 but .5 was just because of the characters themselves, not the story or the book, so I have to drop this to 2. Two is about right.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

FOE updates

Updates on all things FOE on the FOE Patreon. Find out what is currently in the works and what is coming!

And an art preview!