Monday, April 21, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga – LPJ Design sees RED!!!!!

With all this cool information and samples of artwork I have been showing you for the upcoming Cross of Fire Saga, you have to wonder on some of the artists I would be looking to work with on this project.  One of the first names that came up was the amazing Lance Red. We have worked on several projects and I know that he already had an understanding of what I like to see visually. Due to the nature of this project I would be looking at using only one or two artists for the interior work of all the books, with one artist for the covers. The layout of this project will follow that Obsidian Apocalypse with a few changes as needed. I think having Lance on the team is only going to improve the already impressive quality we have planned.  Expect to see some rough drafts of what we are planning for this kickstarter very soon.  Talk to you later…

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2nd Bestiary of Armageddon Contest Coming May 1st!

2nd Bestiary of Armageddon Contest Coming Soon!

Last year, we did our 1st Bestiary of Armageddon Contest, and this year we are doing it again. Louis Porter Jr. Design is going to do a contest for our Obsidian Apocalypse campaign. This 2nd the Bestiary of Armageddon Contest and as like last time, we ARE trying to kill PCs with these monsters / templates that you will be creating.

This contest is giving you a chance to monster / template design where the fans of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game get to test their skills and abilities designing amazing monsters / templates that will be judged by LPJ Design staff members. Those wanting to prove themselves as game designers will be able to create monsters / templates to fit into the Obsidian Apocalypse campaign setting. An just in case you were wonder here is the list of writers who won last year: James Desborough, Robert “Bob” E. Drouin, Wojciech “Drejk” Gruchala, Nick Herold, Sam Hing, Michael McCarthy, Jonathan Palmer, Michael L. Romansky and Jakeiol Rudd. Why wasn't your name on this list? Don't miss out this year. The 2nd Bestiary of Armageddon Contest is starting May 1st. Don't miss out your chance!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A New Obsidian Apocalypse toolkit setting template...Maybe

And this is what happens when you watch a Thundarr the Barbarian marathon over the weekend:

Under A Shattered Moon – New Obsidian Apocalypse toolkit setting template

Many years from now. From out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling at Abaddon and crashing into its moon, unleashing epic destruction. Abaddon’s civilization is cast in ruin. Many decades later, Abaddon is reborn... A strange new world rises from the old: a world of savagery, fantasy science, and sorcery. But one lone slave bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his several companions, the slave pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Solarsword against the forces of evil. This is Under a Shattered Moon.

Talk to you later...

Monday, April 14, 2014

LPJ Design goes Mythic with Templates - Unstoppable

So as a little side project, Jeff Lee was kind enough to tackle the Mythic rule set here at LPJ Design and finished a short PDF that we are working called Mythic Add-Ons: Templates. And just so you can see it before you buy it here is a sample of what you can expect in this PDF.  And I am sure if you are a comic book fan, you might guess where this was inspired from. Enjoy!

Unstoppable (MR 1 or 2, CR +1)
Creatures with the unstoppable template have strength, durability, and will above and beyond their lesser kin, brutes that can run roughshod over most opponents, and nearly impossible to slow or stop when on the move. Like a juggernaut, an unstoppable creature can mow down anything in its path. If the creature has 11 or more Hit Dice, this simple template grants a mythic rank of 2 instead of 1. An unstoppable creature's quick and rebuild rules are the same.

Rebuild Rules: AC increase natural armor by 2 (or 4 if creature has 11 or more Hit Dice); hp mythic bonus hit points (see sidebar); Defensive Abilities gains DR and resistance to all types of energy as per table 2, as well as fortification and second save (see sidebar), and a +4 to its CMD vs. bull rush, grapple, overrun, and trip combat maneuvers; Special Attacks +4 to bull rush and overrun combat maneuvers, and double damage on charge attacks.

UNSTOPPABLE TEMPLATE DEFENSES
Hit Dice
Energy Resistance
DR
1-4
5
5-10
10
5/epic
11+
15
10/epic

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cross of Fire - Threshold Goals and future goals

When I started working on the Cross of Fire Saga as a kickstarter I started looking at threshold goals of other KS for ideas. See threshold goal do have the ability to make your KS even more successful then you originally thought. a KS thresholds can also add additional cost to you KS and put you in debt. And just in case you were wondering, that does happen a lot. So this time I decided to crunch the numbers and get the most out of our threshold goal by making logical and exciting rewards for donors.

$3.5K 1st Adventure reached
$5K PDF Cards of Poisons / Disease
$6K More Artwork
$7K 2nd Adventure reached
$8.5K PDF Cards of Traps
$9.5K More Artwork
$10.5K 3rd Adventure reached
$12K PDF Cards of Feats
$13K More Artwork
$14K 4th Adventure reached
$15.5K PDF Cards of Spells
$17K More Artwork
$18K
$19K PDF Cards of Hazards / Haunts
$20K [REDACTED] Cover for Collected POD

As you see our KS goal is to reach $3,500 but we keep adding all kinds of cool stuff usually at every $1,000 to $1,500 threshold goal.  The reason for that (for those who are interested in the business of KS) it makes it easier to increase the momentum when raising money from donors and the number of donors. And the more donors they are, the more money we will raise. And just in case you were wondering, we do have threshold goals planned over the $20,000 limit just in case but we don't want to jinx ourselves either.  Oh and by the way that $20,000 with that [REDACTED] cover label, we will be confirming who the artist is AFTER we make sure their schedule is clear And we make a payment to them. Can you guess who we are trying to get for the cover? I guess you will have to wait and see. Talk to you later...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga - Look at these logos

So here is a little something that I am working on for Cross of Fire Saga, The Logo! While this might not be important to many, it will give you an idea on how I build and layout my products. Something as simple as a logo can tell a lot about your product and what influences it.  While I am STILL working on this logo, here is some of the ideas that have reached “the paper”. I am still going to try out many more versions until I get the one I am happy with, but I thought you might be interested in the process.  People. Product. Process. That Marcus Lemonis might be on to some this. Talk to you later…

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron (PFRPG)

Louis Porter Jr. Design, has released Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron for The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game at RPGNow.com and DriveThruRPG.com.  Here is information on this product:

A dark star fell from the sky bringing with it the end of all things! The sanctity of the world known as Abaddon was shattered when a global apocalyptic event of a meteor impacting the planet causing a destructive ecological and eldritch change. Now there is no day or night, just never ending Apocalypse. Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron adds four new races to the Obsidian Apocalypse campaign setting making the world even more interesting and just as dangerous. Are you willing to take up the fight?

Inside this book you will find you will find four new races for Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron:

      Promethean (Flesh and Clockwork): Prometheans suffer lingering mental effects from their creation rites. The flesh prometheans have a personality made from an amalgam of souls, cobbled together from various creatures. Clockwork prometheans have the luxury of a solitary mind, but the creation rites cause them as much torment as they do to their flesh-bound cousins.
      Raijin: When an outraged spirit of one slain by the undead lords of Abaddon possesses a survivor filled with desires for revenge, the two form a powerful and terrifying force, a raijin. A synergy of life and death, it can reach into the netherworld and manifest some powers of the dead in the physical world. 
      Uzamati: The only uzamati trait that stands out in their normal form is the purple irises of their eyes. But, when an uzamati phases out, all semblance of normalcy disappears. They melt into pure negative energy, becoming twisted in the process: Their skin turns a deep purple and exudes a strong glow. Their bodies become slightly transparent and gaunt as a skeleton.
      Over 20 new feats for these races including Amplify Negative Energy, Monstrous Body Parts, Necromantic Phasing, Spectral Wall and Weapon Graft.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga - The Rewards the Donors Get

If you are wondering what we might offer you as a donor, well take a look.

$1:  Thank You
$9: First Cross Of Fire (COF) Adventure PDF
$25: First COF Adventure B&W POD book
$36: All Four COF Adventures PDFs
$55: All Four COF Adventures PDFs plus All Stretch Goals
$55 (Retailer): Special Reward for Retailers
$65: Collected B&W POD book of COF, All Four COF Adventures PDFs plus All Stretch Goals
$70 (Limit 35): Submit 2 Poison / Diseases for possible publication
$75 (Limit 35): Submit 2 Poison / Diseases for possible publication
$80 (Limit 30): Submit 2 Traps for possible publication
$85 (Limit 30): Submit 2 Feats for possible publication
$90 (Limit 25): Submit 2 Spells for possible publication
$95 (Limit 25): Submit 2 Hazards / Haunts for possible publication
$100 (Limit 20): Submit 2 Templates for possible publication
$105 (Limit 20): Submit 2 Monsters for possible publication
$110: Collected Full Color POD book of COF

$125 (Limit 10): Submit 2 NPCs for possible publication

And just in case you are wondering, for every level you pledge about the $70 level, you get the $65 level and all the reward levels up to the level you pledged. So if you pledged at the $90 you would get: Collected B&W POD book of COF, All Four COF Adventures PDFs plus All Stretch Goals; Submit 2 Poison / Diseases for possible publication; Submit 2 Poison / Diseases for possible publication; Submit 2 Traps for possible publication; Submit 2 Feats for possible publication; and Submit 2 Spells for possible publication.

The reason we are giving these types of rewards is because when I did my first KS I gave away thing that I thought people would like. But now I realized you should give away things that people found useful in their gaming session. The KS I feel did that the best was Kobold Press' Deep Magic. The more money that was brought in the cooler stuff they added to the book. No t-shirts or dice, just cool content for your home gaming. And that is what I focused on developing this.  See that Wolfgang Baur is smart, so I follow what he does and when I say "follow" I mean copy. This is rocket science and you don't get points deducted for coping other peoples work.  I use all the brains I have and any I can find, borrow and steal.  Talk to you later...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga - Budget and Goal with Kickstarter

As always I am thinking about Cross of Fire Saga Kickstarter  for use with the Obsidian Apocalypse Campaign Setting and any other horror based campaign setting for Pathfinder. and now I am working on the Budget of how much money I will need to raise for this KS. I am planning for this KS a little different by only asking for $3,500 for the first adventure. The complete saga is going to be 4 adventures roughly 30 - 32 page each for a grand total of 120 to 128 pages. I am planning to actually pay for and complete  all the writing and editing BEFORE we start the KS.  So no matter what the project will be done before we even start and we will be using KS to see if we can cover what we have already done.  Basically we are doing all the work so the donors don't have to worry and wait to see if we have actual done the work. So when the KS ends, we send them rough draft copies of the adventures to donors look over and enjoy while we work on the artwork and layout.  As I stated before, we are looking at a budget of $3,500 with a breakdown of 40 - 50% for Writing and editing; 20 - 25% for artwork and cover; 20 - 25% for shipping, printing, covering KS and Amazon costs; and finally 0 - 5% for miscellaneous. Every $3,500 we raise will cover one adventure until we raise $14,000 which will cover all the adventures. Any money we raise above the $14K we will use to created great threshold goals.  So as you see we do have solid plans. now we just have to work on the adventures.  Best of all some of the rough drafts for artwork will need to be worked on soon. So expect to see so very cool stuff in the very near future. Talk to you later...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron cover

Here is the draft cover I am working on the upcoming Races of Obsidian Apocalypse: Flesh and Iron which will cover the updated Uzamati and Raijin plus the all-new Prometheans. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Just Released - Image Portfolio Single 3 & Image Portfolio Single 4




Image Portfolio Singles is the premier line of online PDF stock art resource that gaming companies can use. Unlike the typical Image Portfolio lines, the Single line focus on one piece of artwork that was created specifically to be used as a cover for RPG and Gaming related material and projects. All artwork from the Singles series is at 600 dpi, which is twice the normal image resolution, making it easy to increase the size of the image without any image resolution loss of pixilation. When a person acquires Image Portfolio, any of the art in the PDF can be used in any of their own products as if they owned it them. This is due to the limited licensing agreement of Image Portfolio. 

Image Portfolio Singles 003: Storn Cook

Image Portfolio Singles 004: Storn Cook

Full image for Image Portfolio Singles 003: Ston Cook and Image Portfolio Singles 004: Ston Cook:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Obsidian Chronicles Logo

Here is something I am working on for the upcoming Obsidian Chronicles series that we are making for the Obsidian Apocalypse campaign setting. What do you think?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cross of Fire Cover inspirations from comic books covers Part 2...

OK here are some more cool covers that I think would work for inspiration in The Cross of Fire Saga collected version.  Or maybe in the 4 part covers. What do you think?





Friday, March 14, 2014

Cross of Fire Cover inspirations from comic books covers...

So I have been thinking about what the final collect PDF of my upcoming Cross of Fire Saga will look like.  That is so like me, what is the cover going to look like BEFORE we even start the project. And I normally use comic books covers to help me decide what a cool looking cover should actually look like. So What I have focusing on has been Marvel Comic Thanos: The Infinity Guantlet. Is is exciting, interesting and impressive. Plus on top of all of that it was done by the world famous George Perez. I mean WHAT kind of cover could be better than a George Perez cover?

By the way, if you have every wondering what kind of cover artwork inspires me, you might want to check out my Pintrest page of comic book covers. If this does not give you any ideas and inspiration for your covers, then you must be dead. Talk to you later...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cross of Fire Adventure Path for Obsidian Apocalypse goes Transparent!!!

So I have decided that I am going to make this newest adventure path for our Obsidian Apocalypse campaign called The Cross of Fire, a completely transparent event. I will be describing the process of what I do, how I do it, why we do it and other stuff that goes on while doing this adventure path. Giving all the Pathfinder fans a real peak behind the screen of what we have planned for this.  First off the bat, I have decided to have the amazing writer Christina Stiles take over as the lead writer of the project. I offered Christina two projects to choose from and I think she picked this one because I think it was because of the Drow and what we have planned for them.   

For those who don’t know, The Cross of Fire is an adventure path I thought up and created nearly two decades ago when I was planning to submit it to Dungeon Magazine.  The Cross of Fire was originally planned to be placed in Ravenloft in the area of Bluetspur. The basic of the adventure is the legend of the ultimate undead killing weapon called the Cross of Fire. The cross was supposedly lost/hidden in monastery in a city that was controlled by a colony of Githyanki; which was built on top of a VERY large sewer / underground system that was under the control of the Drow colony; in an area of Bluetspur which was under the control of the Mind Flayers.  Your adventuring group decided to take on this challenge and recover this ultimate undead killing weapon, because in Ravenloft you can understand why so many people would find this weapon useful. 

And that was the pitch that I told anyone and everyone and I told them one day I would create that adventure. Fast forward 20 years and here we are with this expanding to create the now The Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path now set in Obsidian Apocalypse. Better still we’ve replaced some of the originally planned monsters due to IP issues (Thanks WOTC); so we have replaced the Mind Player with the Phrenic Scourge and we are working on creating on creating a whole new monster as the replacement for the Githyanki. This new monster is being inspired between American Indian and Japanese influences plus I am giving them a VERY distinct weapon with a COOL racial ability / effect, so it is going to be interesting.  

Here is the quick outline we have created and plan to get a more detailed version up here as soon as possible with more items fleshed out:

Cross of Fire AP Part 1 – XXXXXXX (No name for the adventure itself be we are working on it.)
  1. Intro and Caravan Raid / Rescue
  2. On the road to XXXXX
  3. Outside of XXXXX
  4. Getting Supplies for trip
  5. On the road to the XXXXX Lands
  6. Exploring the XXXXX Lands
  7. Discovery of the XXXXX Tower
  8. Dungeon Crawl the XXXXX tower
  9. Epilogue / Tie into Part 2

And that is the general overview of what Cross of Fire Adventure Path is going to be but I am SURE there will be a lot of twist and turns from what the final released product becomes. One of the cooler reasons that we are doing this with transparency is we want to hear direct feedback from the fans of Pathfinder and let us know what we are doing right and wrong. 


As always, thank you for your support and interest of this project and LPJ Design.. This is going to be A LOT of fun!  Talk to you later…

Friday, March 7, 2014

Reversal of Fortunes…Again

Well it looks like the only constant is change. So now it looks like writer supreme Christina Stiles WILL BE working on my dream magnum opus project Cross of Fire Saga.  Now I just have to send her an outline. More to come…

Monday, March 3, 2014

Alice in Wonderland + Wizard of Oz + Obsidian Apocalypse = ???

I put this up at Facebook and Paizo, so it only made sense to put it here:

Here is a crazy adventure idea for Obsidian Apocalypse that I have been kicking around: Two girls with their armies battle it out for the control of a city. One is named Alice fell down a rabbit hole to get here; The other is named Dorothy who came via a tornado. And the PCs are in the middle trying to protect the city. Welcome to the Emerald Looking Glass Wars. What do you think?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

79 people on the Obsidian Apocalypse wish list…

That really surprises me that there are 79 people who are interested on Obsidian Apocalypse but have not bought it.  Why? Because I think I have done a lot to get you interested in what I am doing on this product. I thing I have showed you samples, images, content, discounted coupons, event sales and other cool stuff to get you excited about this. But STILL there are 79 people who are still on the fence on this products.  I think everything thing about Obsidian Apocalypse is AMAZING! We have given you all types of cool horror stuff to look at and use in your games while at the same time make an exciting campaign setting that you can drop in anywhere and use over again and again. Maybe Endzeigeist has not reviewed it so you are still a little worried.  What if I told you don’t worry about that, because if you thinks is sucks and will take care of you by offering you products out of the over 600 PDF product list of LPJ Design.  So make a purchase of Obsidian Apocalypse with confindence, because no matter what, LPJ Design will take of you.  Talk to you later…

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga Development process...

Once again I have decided to pick up the Cross of Fire Saga project and attempt to do it for Pathfinder specifically Obsidian Apocalypse. I first created the idea of this multipart adventure back in D&D with Ravenloft.  It was going to be a Mind Flayer / Drow / Githyanki / Undead super adventure in the realm of Against the Giants or the Queen of Spiders.  Fast forward to now, WOTC has declared Mind Flayer and Githyanki as IP so no chance to use them. But I can use the Phrenic Scourge as a stand in for the Mind Flayer while I still working on a cool replacement for the Githyanki. But I am not that worried about that.  Right now I see this as a kickstarter-type project. My dream writers for this project would be Tim Hitchcock, Neil Spicer, Nick Logue and Brando Hodge to work on it.  Maybe I should start making some calls and asking some questions on available.  What do you think? Who would you like to see involved in this project on the writing side?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rough Draft of the Prometheans

So as we told you before we are working on updating and building new races for Obsidian Apocalypse. One of the newer races we have been working on are called the Prometheans.  Prometheans are simple put "Created People". Think Frankenstein's Monster and you are in the right place.  We are also working on a horror clockwork version with a "brain in a jar" motif to it for all you mad science types out there.  So here is the rough draft of the female Promethean.  We will see where this goes.  Talk to  you later...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Obsidian Twilight to Obsidian Apocalypse Upgrade coupon 2014 Ends Today!!!

For all your support of our original Obsidian Twilight campaign and missed out on the first coupon, we are offering you the LAST coupon where you can pick up Obsidian Apocalypse for the LOW PRICE of only $8.99. It is our little thank you for supporting us from the beginning. But don’t wait; this special upgrade coupon ENDS TODAY January 30, 2014 and we will not be doing it again.

Here is the link: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?discount=64527

As always, thank you for your support!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Little known LPJ Design creative fact - Moses

I normally create and included a Moses type character in everything I do creatively. I am a big fan of Moses and think as a character for story, he is amazing interesting and dramatic.  Plus I like hiding who it is in projects I work on. In NeoExodus, Moses in the Lawgiver. Get it? Lawgiver, since Moses brought down the ten commandment AKA laws to the people from Mount Sinai and gave them to the people.  The bible has a LOT of great ideas for characters in it to use from creative project.  If you are not sure to start for interesting characters, go with David. Now THAT guy is interesting. Talk to you later…