Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga Update - More new artwork for the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path

Here is rough draft of the new artwork coming soon for the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path for Pathfinder RPG. This piece was done by Tristan Denecke and you can expect to see many, many more from him in the very near future.

Monday, July 28, 2014

LPJ Design to Host Google Hangout On August 7th!

LPJ Design is planning to host their next Google Hangout Thursday August 7th at 9:30 PM EST. We will be covering all kind of interesting topics, fascinating subject matter and we also will have a little “Ask Me Anything” session so you can feel free to ask me all the juicy questions you have wanted to know about LPJ Design, Louis Porter Jr. or being in the RPG industry in general. So get ready for an evening of excitement and exhilaration on August 7th with us! Follow this link to attend the hangout!

Friday, July 25, 2014

I wonder what [Insert gaming professional] will think about this…

Very often, I get an idea that I think is great but I know well enough that I need to get a second opinion on. The reason for that is because lots of things sound great in your head and become absolutely crap-tastic when they get on paper. So the idea that I am working with if from a blog post I did called, “Taking a chance on getting the kinks out of the Androids...” and I came up with this simple little idea: Robots looking for the “truth of things” and who are religious fanatics about gambling and taking a chance.

But I don’t want to get response from just ONE gaming professional, I want to get response from A LOT of gaming professionals. So here is my question to you gaming professionals out there: What do you think about this android / robot / construct idea in a fantasy setting? There are no wrong answers (Clinton Boomer and Owen I am talking to you) just interesting ideas. Talk to you later…

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Should we add Jen Page to our kickstarter?

One of the writers working on the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path suggested that we ask and use Jen Page as one of the character for the adventure. This writer is friends with Jen Page so they informed me if that was something I wanted to do he could talk to her.  I know who Jen Page is but just generally and not very well, so I am a bit hesitant of asking her to model for a character.  So when I am in doubt, I just ask our fans what they think. So here I go: Should we approach, offer and add Jen Page to our upcoming kickstarter?  Let me know what you think and thanks!

I guess my age and mind are finally catching up to each other…and not in a good way

I guess I can announce this because I need your help.

I apparently assigned some work for my upcoming Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path. What I assigned was three magic items that we created for the donors as a “secret item add-on” that we were going to give away to all the donors. I assigned it to the writer and sent them to do the work.  Sounds simple right?

Just one thing, I have forgotten what writer I assigned this project. That is right I CAN NOT REMEMBER WHO I ASSIGNED THIS TO. Apparently I am suffering from Alzheimer over this.  I have gone through my list of normal writers, and I still can’t remember who I assigned this. So if you are the writer that I sent this to send me an email and remind me and send the draft of the work. Thanks.

And for all you laughing at me; Hey don’t laugh. It could happen to you. Talk to you later…

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Going transparent on The Demiplane of Gaming #48: ENnies!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Clinton Boomer's In Defiance of Sorcery cover comes into focus...

Clinton Boomer, Pathfinder fan favorite will have something to be happy about with the 2nd rough draft of the upcoming cover of In Defiance of Sorcery - the low-magic/no-magic campaign toolkit for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. So if you are a Frank Frazetta or Conan the Barbarian fan you might want to take a look fro what we have planned. Talk to you later...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Six Months without Carla...

I don't care what anyone says, it doesn't get easier. It only get tougher, because you miss them more each day. Nothing is worst than an empty bed without the love of your life in it. I have been living my personal worst nightmare and it doesn't get better. I wish I could have one more hour with you. I miss you Carla. Each and every moment. Talk to you later...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Are Necromancer Games being opportunistic or smart business people?

I just saw that Necromancer Games is doing a kickstarter, NecromancerGames: Back for 5th Edition! and the first thought that came to mind was: They are doing it again. Necromancer Games has created their market based on the following line (with this variation): 5th Edition Rules, 1st Edition Feel. I LOVE this marketing. It does several things at once: Connect the players who don’t care about the edition wars and just want quality material; Touches old school gamers who love the classic adventures and materials from TSR; New player who always wanted to play the classic material and understand why it is so exciting; And best of all, it can be updated each time a new edition comes out and you STILL remember their marketing.  Smart, smart and SMART!

But are they just really just resting on their former successes and not doing anything new or exciting? This is their “first kickstarter”  if you see their bio on Kickstarter but their relationship with Frog GodGames is well know and documented. What is this kickstarter giving us: 5th Edition Foes which will have between 200-250 additional creatures, beasts, monsters and titans to challenge your players and enhance your adventures! I wonder how many of these will be from their Tomb of Horrors books? Book of Lost Spells will have hundreds of new spells to enhance your 5th edition spell casters and NPCs but will they be updated 3rd, 3.5, 4E and Pathfinder spells for this newest edition.  In addition, with their LONG TERM relationships with many WOTC staffers, you have to wonder how much 5th edition material they have seen and know about before it August release? I mean the kickstarter started July 6, with is running from July 6 until September 4 (60 days) and the products will be released November 2014. That seems like a pretty fast development to release schedule, well at to me.

So now we come back to the original question: Are Necromancer Games being opportunistic or smart business people? It seems like they are being both and that IS A GOOD THING! Any business, who wants to be smart and successful over a long period of time, should use any and all advantages they might possess. Necromancer Games is doing this and if you are complaining that they are doing this, maybe you should think about doing this for yourself and see how this might help your business. The only thing that separates you from success is air and opportunity. So, get to work.  Talk to you later…

Friday, July 4, 2014

Taking a chance on getting the kinks out of the Androids...

I am still working on the concept of androids for NeoExodus and then I can up with an idea that I originally had planned for another race that was originally based off of Senson Girl of the Legion of Super Heroes. Her original powers of illusion generation were enhanced giving her the ability to see beyond the illusions of life (such as the "illusions" of distance and physical obstacles). I like this idea and could work very cool of a race; This ability plues the ability of her teammate, Dawnstar whose unique powers include the ability to track life forms and objects across light years of distance and through interstellar space; could have interesting effects on a game. I think the idea of the androids always looking for the “truth” of things that can be a cool piece of fluff that can have interesting game mechanics attached to it.

Add on to that a concept that I saw once while watching the sci-fi tv show, Space: Above and Beyond that artificial Intelligent robots, which were called Silicates (I love that name. The Silicates referred to humans Carbonites) rebel from their human creators on a simple concept created by an engineer programming a simple line of code that gave them the ability , “Taking a chance” or simply take risk that a machine would not logically do. The artificial intelligent robots then become fascinated with the idea of taking a risk and gambling. It becomes their religion to them. What a concept: Robots looking for the “truth of things and who are religious fanatics about gambling and taking a chance. I wonder where we will be able to go with that idea. Talk to you later… 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

In Defiance of Sorcery - the low-magic/no-magic campaign toolkit for Pathfinder by Clinton Boomer coming soon

It all started with a little post by Clinton Boomer on his blog and with that a new product for LPJ Design was born. In Defiance of Sorcery: the low-magic/no-magic campaign toolkit for Pathfinder will let players play in the realm of literary traditions of sword-and-sorcery with this amazing toolkit. Even fans of the upcoming Primeval Thule Campaign Setting Kickstarter and their Primeval Thule Traveler's Guide will want to pick this up and add to their low-magic/no-magic campaigns. These striking stories and images of clashing action are the blood, muscles and bones of the In Defiance of Sorcery, it’s low fantasy the way it was meant to be played. Etched in your mind illustrations of artists such as Roy Krenkel and Frank Frazetta; and influenced by classic pulp fantasy stories such as Edgar Rice Burrough’s tales of savage worlds, Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories, and even H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. In Defiance of Sorcery will bring this all to life. Expect to see In Defiance of Sorcery by late August / early September. Talk to you later...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga - First draft image of Cassandra based on Elizabeth Jo Miller...

Here is the image based off of Elizabeth Jo Miller visage that we will be using for Cassandra for the upcoming Cross of Fire Saga. Pathfinder fans what to you think? Are we close?

Talk to you later...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LPJ Design to host Google Hangout on July 3rd!

LPJ Design is planning to host their first ever Google Hangout Thursday July 3rd at 9:30 PM EST. We will be covering all kind of interesting topics, fascinating subject matter and we also will have a little “Ask Me Anything” session so you can feel free to ask me all the juicy questions you have wanted to know about LPJ Design, Louis Porter Jr. or being in the RPG industry in general.  So get ready for an evening of excitement and exhilaration on July 3rd with us! Followthe link to attend the hangout!

Transparency Agenda #63: Comic Books as Adventure Paths & Updating Game ...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga Update - The Four Horseman are coming to a Cross of Fire…

The Four Horsemen are going to adding their names to the list of writers working on the upcoming kickstarter, The Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path for Pathfinder.  Steven Helt, winner of 2013 RPG Superstar contest and writer of Pathfinder Module Tears at Bitter Manor –  – and his writing group have signed up to help LPJ Design bring another level of quality to this adventure path with the already amazing skills of Christina Stiles and Jeff Lee. So expect to see lots of previews, behind the scenes material and cool stuff releasing in the very near future. Start saving your money, this one is going to be BIG! Talk to you later…

Transparency Agenda #62: Teaming up to get more done!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga - The face of Cassandra Papacis

Who is Cassandra Papacis and what does have to do with the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path? I guess you will have to ask her that when you meet her. I would like to thank Paizo and Pathfinder fan and friend, Elizabeth Jo Miller,  for allowing LPJ Design to use her face as the inspiration of Cassandra Papacis. The Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path is going to be SO awesome!!!!!! Talk to you later...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Trying something different with ads AKA Hello Canada!

I am trying something different. Over at our Facebook page I am attempting to promote our page to reach 500 likes. We are very close to hitting that number so I wanted to find ways help move us along to that, so I decided to promote my page on Facebook. Not really that big of a deal. I have done this before and it has worked out OK, BUT this time I did something VERY different for me. I only am promoting our LPJ Design Facebook page in Canada. That is right. I did say it. CANADA!!!!! Why? I feel there are a fair number of Pathfinder gamers in Canada who have not been “exposed” to the awesomeness of LPJ Design. So now I am attempting to see if we can give our brothers and sisters from the area of the maple leaf some LPJ Design love. If you are in Canada, play Pathfinder and have not liked us on Facebook, NOW IS THE TIME!!!! So while I am waiting to all you fans to like us, I hope you will be sending me a care package with All Dressed Potato chips and some Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts. O Canada! Talk to you later…

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga Update – Working on the Outline for the Adventures

So after talking with [REDACTED] about Cross of Fire Saga, I sat down and started creating a Visual and content online for the project manager and writer for this project. Not only will it have a description of the adventure but there will be tons of artwork of the individual involved. I really like this and I think I will be doing this more often when doing either adventure path adventures or large sized kickstarters like this one. I hope to show some sample pages of it when I complete it so you can get a little behind the scenes in to what it is to work on a project at this size and level. Talk to you later…  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The NeoExodus Upgrade and Pricing

By now, I am sure many of you are familiar with the updates that I am making to the NeoExodus: A House Divided Campaign Setting. With that, I am sure many of you who have bought the campaign book were happy to hear that we are doing an update. But at the same time, I am sure many of you didn’t want to have to buy a whole new book from something you just bought and I understand and feel for you. And with that I have come up with this plan.

First, this new update (which I keep calling the Ultimate Edition) all people who purchased the PDF version from DriveThruRPG.com, RPGNow.com, Paizo.com or D20PFSRD.com as a PDF, we will be updating your original PDF version with the new Ultimate Edition FOR FREE. As long as you have OR do purchase the NeoExodus: A House Divided Campaign Setting, by the time we release the Ultimate Edition, you will get the update for free. The NeoExodus: A House Divided Campaign Setting PDF book will be updated with the Ultimate Edition PDF online so all you will have to do is download the new version.

Second, the Print-On-Demand versions will be updated with new Ultimate Edition Print-On-Demand version in both black and white AND full color.  What the price of this books will be is currently not known but we hope to keep the price as low as possible and reasonable for you the consumer.

Third, we are adding more additional content and artwork to this new Ultimate Edition. I am “guesstimating” that we will be adding between 15 to 30% additional content compared to the original version. Anything we are adding are not about “destroying” work we have we already done. For example, we are adding alternative racial traits for all of the races. We are not changing their stated standard racial traits so those who have PCs made that don’t really miss out on anything but now they have more options for the future.

So if you are a NeoExodus fan or even interested, join ourFacebook page and see all the new and interesting add-ons, the new artwork and layout we are doing with this Ultimate Edition.  As always, thanks for the support. Talk to you later…

Monday, June 9, 2014

NeoExodus Layout Update part 2

OK NeoExodus fans, here are the changes I made to the history section of the updated NeoExodus: A House Divided Campaign Setting. Something that JP always tried to instill on me was the importance of the iconics. I agreed it was a good idea so we created them. And with that I deiced int he new version they would get a more visual importance so we added their images. What do you think Paizo fans?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

NeoExodus Layout Update

Here is the updated layout for the NeoExodus: A House Divided Campaign Setting. As you can see we are adding a head shot to the racial trait boxes. This is something we did in Obsidian Apocalypse and I really like how is came out. What do you think? 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cross of Fire Saga – The adventure BEFORE the adventure…

I originally conceived Cross of Fire as a 4-part adventure path, but as I continued working and developing on it I noticed that I need to add an additional adventure at the end to of the adventure path to [REDACTED]. But then I kept thinking about how to start this adventure path, since really most people accidently wind up in the Obsidian Apocalypse setting. So with that, we needed a side trek / mini-adventure to make it easier for them to transition to the setting and give them a taste of the setting. And out of that can the adventure path side trek / pre-adventure, “Long Way Home”. I created an light outline for them for the writers and editors to see where I am planning to go, but it is still lose enough for the writer to add their own flair to the adventure. 

Long Way Home: Level 8 – 9
  1.  PCs arrive in the Obsidian Apocalypse setting and battle a [REDACTED] and save [REDACTED]
  2.   Recover and get info about Obsidian Apocalypse setting from [REDACTED]
  3.  [REDACTED] attack the PCs and a [REDACTED] happens.
  4.  [REDACTED] [REDACTED] themselves and attack
While it doesn’t make complete sense due to all the [REDACTED] comments, you can see there is an actual plan of what we want to do. At least this far.  Talk to you later…

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My secret love affair with Pintrest…

For some reason, many people don’t know about my love affair with Pintrest. I LOVE Pintrest. It is the best site for any publisher looking to improve the look of their product and get GREAT design ideas. I mean, this sight is made for those people who are visually snobs like me.  Just search the term "Pathfinder" and you will get tons of the covers that the folks of Paizo have done from the mock-up covers to the final released versions. Just search "comic book covers" and you will get a LOT of ideas of how exciting a cover should be. I mean just look at Uncanny X-Men 141. It is one of the most iconic covers in the history of comics. Why? Just look at it and there is your answer.   So if you want to get inspired do yourself a favor and join Pintrest and even checkout my page. You will be glad you did. Talk to you later…