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SUMMER PREVIEWS #22: Where the WEIRD things are!

With Mythic Monsters: Aliens on final approach, it’s time to turn our eyes ahead to the next batch of magnificent and malevolent mythic monsters to menace your martial and magical heroes. Really, the last several volumes in this series have dealt with creatures that you might call misshapen or mutated, whether they be ordinary creatures made into awful amalgams or other kinds of extraordinary magical beasts, or things that are almost but not quite normal humanoids, becoming monstrous humanoids instead; or creatures that are literally out of this world, with bodies and minds very different from those we know. Still, we haven’t yet touched on one category whose defining characteristic is that they are Just. Not. Right. Their existence constitutes a violation of the natural order. They are not just different, they are aberrant!

makeyourgamelegendary.com - Mythic Monsters - Abberations (cover)

Thanks to artist Chris McFann for bringing us this depiction of deadly dungeon denizens from the earliest days of RPGs. Ropers and rust monsters and DEAD ADVENTURERS, oh my!  But they’re not alone. Oh no, behold the list of terrifyingly twisted aberrant monsters you’ll find between these pages:

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS BY CR

 CR 3/MR 1      Mythic choker

CR 4/MR 1      Mythic ettercap

CR 4/MR 1      Mythic rust monster

CR 4/MR 1      Mythic vampiric mist

CR 5/MR 2      Mythic mimic

CR 5/MR 2      Mythic otyugh

CR 6/MR 2      Mythic cloaker

CR 10/MR 4    Mythic wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing

CR 12/MR 5    Zyoselak

CR 15/MR 6    Mythic roper

CR 16/MR 6    Mythic froghemoth

CR 17/MR 7    Mythic veiled master

CR 17/MR 7    Mythic vemerak

 

I have to admit for the record that the froghemoth has been one of my favorite RPG monsters ever since I first saw it back in Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. It’s just so completely WTF? as a monster, and that name is so perfectly terrifying, everything about it just makes me smile, and bringing it to life here was a decided pleasure, but there are a ton of great monsters here. In fact, I just used the manuscript version of the mythic wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing in my home game and the reactions of my players was suitably horrified. There’s plenty more where that came from, though, so next preview we’ll take a closer look at that brand-new monster, the gelatinous zyoselak, courtesy of the most fevered lunatic ravings Alistair Rigg and the rest of the Legendary Games design team!

 

As an aside, you’ll note that this cover has been done in the “new style” we offered up for public commentary with the previews for Mythic Monsters: Aliens. After some consideration, we’ve decided that we are going to do a number of products with both the new cover treatment and a hybrid version of the new and the old (essentially similar to what you see in the front cover for Path of Dragons). You’ve spoken with your voices, and now you’ll have a chance to vote with your dollars. Legendary Games faced a similar conundrum on the subject of landscape or portrait orientation for our products, and while both sides had vocal proponents the portrait versions outsold landscape almost 3 to 1; hence, we started doing just portrait. We’ll see how things play out similarly with cover styles. The power is YOURS!

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SUMMER PREVIEWS #21: Ultimate something…

In amongst all the products we’ve announced previously, and we’ve got a larger product coming on line that I’ll be previewing tomorrow, but we also have a number of things coming that we haven’t yet revealed. At least, not yet…

 

Today’s preview hearkens back to a product line that we haven’t produced a new product for in quite a while, but one we’ve been eager to put out some more products. Jon Keith and I have been working on a new product we hope will be ready in time for GenCon, and I thought you might enjoy a bit of “work in progress” from new artist Dio Mahesa. What’s this product going to be all about? I’m not going to spell it out for you. All I’ll say right now is that this guy looks like he’s going into combat.

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Another 5-star review for Legendary Games – Feats of Seafaring!

Most of our Mythic Minis series deliver you exactly what they promise – a little over 1000 words on a focused subject, one page of fun mythic stuff to add into your game. They are products that are solid, useful, well-designed; a good buy for just a buck. The topics our Mythic Miniscover run the gamut, so what appeals to one buyer won’t always appeal to everyone, but they often rise up from the solid to the spectacular. Check out the glowing review from Endzeitgeist for Mythic Minis 17: Feats of Seafaring!

See, this mythic mini is what I’m talking about -feats that are bland and subpar in their regular, non-mythic version get better and worthwhile. The new feats are glorious and actually vastly increase roleplaying potential while breathing the spirit of mythic gaming, offering both rules and simply new hinges on which to base storylines and scenes. This one’s just awesome and well worth 5 stars + seal of approval – if your mythic campaign goes anywhere near pirates and similar themes GET THIS!

You can read his full review here!

makeyourgamelegendary.com - Feats of Seafaring (cover)

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It’s MYTHIC MONDAY – now with 100% more DRAGONS!

This week, MYTHIC MONDAY returns to the martial arts with Mythic Martial Arts V,bringing you mythic conversions of the Earth Child, Kirin, and Snapping Turtle Styles. Whether you’re toppling giants, studying your foes with cool calculation, or grabbing on with irresistible locks and blocks, you’ll find something here for your master martial artist.You can pick it up now at the Legendary Games webstore or from our sales partners at d20pfsrd, Paizo, and DrivethruRPG!

makeyourgamelegendary.com - Mythic Martial Arts V (cover)

But that’s not all! Our brand-new Path of Dragonsis also now available in wide release! As always, it’s available right here on the Legendary Games webstore, as well as from our sales partners at d20pfsrd, Paizo, and DrivethruRPG, plus in print from CreateSpace and soon from amazon.com!

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The DRAGONS have awakened!

Now available exclusively from Legendary Games, the first in our brand new Mythic Paths product line, we are delighted to bring you Path of Dragons, a fantastic supplement for those most magnificent of monsters to grace our favorite game! With nearly 70 new mythic abilities, including an assortment of draconic paths to power, this supplement is an amazing resource for making your dragons memorable and unique even if you’re not running a mythic campaign. If any monster deserves to be truly MYTHIC in an ordinary campaign, dragons are #1 with a bullet.

Get your copy today right here at the Legendary Games webstore! This product will be available next week in wide release, but if you want to get it now (and I know you do), look no further because this is it! Get the dragons before they get you! 

Path of Dragons cover

 

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Another 5-star review for Legendary Games – Mythic Monsters: Abyssal!

We’ve been focusing so much on new product lately – and with good reason; there’s a lot of great stuff coming, including Path of Dragonsready to release probably later today, or tomorrow at the latest – but we should pause now and then for a look back at our past products garnering kudos! The legendary Endzeitgeist has been churning through our Mythic Minis series with solid marks all around, but he also just dropped another 5-star review for Mythic Monsters: Abyssal that goes into great detail (as his reviews always do), but the part I wanted to highlight is in is conclusion, where his comments about this product really sum up what our entire Mythic Monsters series is all about:

Jason Nelson, Tom Phillips and Alistair Rigg provide a glorious collection of uncommon abyssal foes – and deliver in spades. You know, mythic can be often taken as a bland “faster, harder, wider”-contest and yes, some creatures can be seen as a relatively straight progression. The vast majority of abyssal threats in here, though, is not content with such a treatment, instead developing the base creature, often into something truly distinct that works so much better than the base beast – with signature abilities emphasizing niches and foci of the monsters herein, there is not one critter in here that has not been massively improved, with the abilities of demodands and their thus much tighter focus making them my favorites in here and, perhaps for the first time in ages, actually DISTINCT.

You can read his full review here on his own site, as well as on our product page at Paizo.com! Thanks Endy, and thanks to everyone who takes the time to review one of our products. For every game publisher, customer reviews can help other people see what’s between the pages from a fan’s-eye-view, and reviews also help us do things better every time out.

Mythic Monsters - Abyssal cover (Duplicate)

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SUMMER PREVIEWS #20: Can you judge a book by its cover?

As we roll into my third year at the helm of Legendary Games, we take a look back at things that are working well and things that are opportunities to improve. This includes writing, artwork, administrative tasks, and everything we do, but one area of focus recently has been rethinking our cover style, front and back. Legendary Games has established a fairly consistent and distinctive cover style, and it’s been working well so far, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get better. Last week, we posted up the preview for our upcoming Mythic Monsters: Aliens book, and it looked pretty good. Nice, classy layout, with a window into the artwork from Michael Jaecks featuring the awesome intellect devourer and the fabulous flumph. It invites you to look inside and see more.

But the whole illustration is really cool, and I started thinking about how best to show off a great art piece on the cover, and what that would mean for the rest of our standard cover look. What information would we keep, what would change, what would move? Thinking about the back cover, ours have usually been on the minimalist side, perhaps an artifact of our origins producing PDFs, where your back cover isn’t too relevant. As we continue to move into print products, how could we better show off what was inside on the outside? If someone were browsing through a game store or a booth table at a convention, what would best catch their eye and make them say, “Yes, THIS is the product I want to pick up!”

What you’re about to see is a proposed redesign of the Legendary Games cover style, and we’re interested in your input on a cover style like this as compared to our traditional cover design, certainly for the Mythic Plug-Ins product line and perhaps for others as well. You can send your comments by email to makeyourgamelegendary@gmail.com, in the Facebook or G+ comments section, or on the messageboards at Paizo.com. Whether you like the old style, the new, or a hybrid of both, we’re interested in your thoughts, and to show our appreciation we’ll be randomly selecting one person from everyone who posts a comment to receive a free copy of Mythic Monsters: Aliens!

Here’s the new version for the front cover.

 

Mythic Monsters - Aliens (front cover)

The current thought is to use the Mythic Monsters logo at the top uniformly across the line, with several different fonts available for the name of the monsters in the book, such as one for space/sci-fi creatures like Aliens, Mythos, or Robots, another for classically evil creatures like Undead, Demons, Devils, and another for traditional monsters like Giants, Dragons, Magical Beasts, and the like.

 

For comparison, here is the front cover in the current style:

Mythic Monsters - Aliens (cover)

 

Here is also a sample treatment for the back cover.

Mythic Monsters Aliens (back cover)

So sound off, Legendary fans. What do you think?

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SUMMER PREVIEW #19: A she of the sea!

Yesterday we ran down the list of the characters to expect in our upcoming Nautical Heroesfrom Neil Spicer, but today we’ll take a closer look at one of them in particular. The depth of detail in the background will have to wait a bit for Neil to finish perfecting it, but I thought you might enjoy a quick look at what you can expect in terms of the stat block, including alternate racial abilities and campaign traits to tailor the character and really ground (amusing choice of words in a nautical campaign) her in the setting of the AP.

 

MIRIEL MIRI KALANTEE

Female elf witch (sea witch) 1

CN Medium humanoid (elf)

Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +3 (+5 when Caramia is within arm’s reach)

===== Defense =====

AC 12, touch 12, flat-footed 10 (+2 Dex)

hp 8 (1d6+2)

Fort +1, Ref +2, Will +3

===== Offense =====

Spd 30 ft.

Melee dagger –1 (1d4–1/19–20)

Ranged dagger +2 (1d4–1/19–20)

Special Attacks hexes (sea creature empathy +3, slumber [1 round])

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 1st; concentration +3)

At will—know direction (if near a sizable body of water)

1/day—dream

Witch Spells Prepared (CL 1st; concentration +6)

1st—charm person (DC 14), sleep (DC 15)

0 (at will)—dancing lights, detect magic, read magic

Patron Water

===== Statistics =====

Str 8, Dex 15, Con 12, Int 16, Wis 12, Cha 15

Base Atk +0; CMB –1; CMD 11

Feats Alertness (when Caramia is within arm’s reach), Extra HexACG

Skills Bluff +3 (+4 if a character could be sexually attracted to her), Knowledge (arcana) +7, Knowledge (nature) +7, Perception +3 (+5 when Caramia is within arm’s reach), Spellcraft +7 (+9 to identify properties of magic items), Survival +4, Swim +8; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception, +2 Spellcraft (to identify properties of magic items), +4 Swim

Languages Aquan, Common, Elven, Draconic, Sylvan

SQ arcane focus, charming, dreamspeaker, elven magic, know direction, touched by the sea, witch’s familiar (seagull named Caramia)

Gear dagger, backpack, bedroll, flint and steel, hooded lantern, iron pot, map case, oil (3 flasks), signet ring, soap (1 lb.), trail rations (5 days), traveler’s outfit, waterskin, whetstone, 101 gp, 1 sp, 3 cp

===== Special Abilities =====

Arcane Focus (Ex) Miri’s family has a long tradition of producing arcane spellcasters (both wizards and witches), and she was raised with the assumption she would be destined to become a powerful magic-user, with little need for mundane concerns such as skill with weapons. As a result, she gains a +2 trait bonus on concentration checks to cast arcane spells defensively. This elven racial trait replaces weapon familiarity.

Charming (Ex) Blessed with good looks, Miri has come to depend on the fact that others find her attractive. She gains a +1 trait bonus when she uses Bluff or Diplomacy on a character that is (or could be) sexually attracted to her, and a +1 trait bonus to the save DC of any language-dependent spell she casts on such characters or creatures.

Dreamspeaker (Ex/Sp) Miri has the ability to tap into the power of sleep, dreams, and prescient reverie. Elves with this racial trait add +1 to the saving throw DCs of spells of the divination school and sleep effects they cast. In addition, Miri may use dream once per day as a spell-like ability (caster level is equal to her character level). This racial trait replaces elven immunities.

Know Direction (Sp) So long as Miri is near a sizable body of water (at least a lake with a diameter of 1 mile or more), she may cast know direction at will as a spell-like ability.

Spirit of the Waters (Ex) Miri has adapted to life in tune with the sea, gaining a +4 racial bonus on Swim checks with the ability to always take 10 while swimming, if she chooses. This connection also allowed her to choose Aquan as one of her bonus languages, and she is proficient with the longspear, trident, and net. This racial trait replaces elven magic and weapon familiarity.

Touched by the Sea (Ex) Miri has always felt the call of the sea and her blood surges with the ebb and flow of the tides. Somewhere in her ancestry, an aquatic elf impacted her bloodline and now she’s as comfortable in the water as she is on land. Miri gains a +1 trait bonus on Swim checks and Swim is always a class skill for her. In addition, her penalties on attack rolls made underwater are lessened by 1.

 

Background: Miriel Kalantee (MEER-ee-uhl KUH-lan-TEE) reveres the goddesses of trickery and revenge, storms and pirates, and travelers and dreams, as well as an unknown patron which she believes to be an ancient sea monster or old god of the depths.

 

CARAMIA, OSPREY FAMILIAR

CN Tiny magical beast

Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +14

===== Defense =====

AC 16, touch 15, flat-footed 13 (+3 Dex, +1 natural, +2 size)

hp 4

Fort +2, Ref +5, Will +4

Defensive Abilities improved evasion

===== Offense =====

Spd 10 ft., fly 60 ft. (average)

Melee 2 talons +5 (1d4–2)

Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.

===== Statistics =====

Str 6, Dex 17, Con 11, Int 6, Wis 14, Cha 7

Base Atk +0; CMB +1; CMD 9

Feats Weapon Finesse

Skills Fly +7, Perception +14; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception

SQ alertness, empathic link, share spells

Stored Spells 0—all; 1st—charm person, chill touch, command, cure light wounds, mage armor, sleep

 

And since we showed you the sketch yesterday, we’d be remiss if we didn’t show you the final version of this lovely lass from the lower latitudes!

I might have to steal her boots; my wife would love them!

I might have to steal her boots; my wife would love them!

 

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SUMMER PREVIEWS #18: Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main!

If you know Neil Spicer and his work at all, you know he has a mind and an eye for detail like few others, and one of his great delights is weaving character and relationships together. This comes shining through in the many fabulous adventures he’s written, of course, but he’s also penned a line of products dating back to the beginning of Legendary Games presenting sets of incredibly vivid pregenerated characters that have to be seen to be believed. Gothic Heroes for a horror campaign, Imperial Heroesfor an epic journey to the Far East, Conquering Heroes for a campaign carving out your own kingdom in a fey-haunted wilderness, and Righteous Heroesfor starting off on a crusade against the demon hordes of the wounded lands! These are far more than stat blocks; they are fully realized characters with lush backgrounds and complex backstories and relationships, complete with advancement notes for bringing the characters along so they can be used well after the campaign has begun. Each is connected in detail to the Adventure Path for which they were designed but fully usable outside of it, whether you need cohorts, allies, rivals, or even replacement characters.

Coming in early September, Legendary Games will be proud to bring you Nautical Heroes,a set of 8 seafarers and scallywags perfect for any pirate-themed campaign. Tomorrow we’ll go into greater detail on one of them, but for now here’s a quick listing of what you’ll find within.

  • 1) CathranTyvirian (Half-Elf Cleric of the Goddess of Dreams)
  • 2) LumisPrindle (Halfling sea singer Bard)
  • 3) MirielKalantee (Elf Sea Witch)
  • 4) OndirraShirahz (Undine Flowing Monk)
  • 5) EvonBloodbeak (Tengu Swashbuckler Rogue)
  • 6) SilvioDevaulis (Human Oracle of Waves)
  • 7) Taren Torrenato (Human Buccaneer Gunslinger)
  • 8) Aethan Calder (Human Swashbuckler) – using the new hybrid classes from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Class Guide

Also, since we’re looking ahead, here’s one of the preliminary sketches from new artist Bob Greyvenstein, this one for the gun-toting buccaneer Taren Torrenato!

Nautical Heroes - Taren2 sketch

Also, since it’s always interesting to see how things evolve over time, here’s a quick look at the sketch work for Miriel the elven sea-witch. Tomorrow, we’ll take a better look at her and her lovely winged pet.

Nautical Heroes - Miri-2 sketch

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It’s MYTHIC MONDAY for your master monk!

Today brings you Mythic Minis 27: Feats of the Monastic Master,featuring fully fourteen favorite feats for your flashing feet to send foes flying! You’ll find feats for fighting like Quarterstaff Master and Tripping Twirl alongside feats blending monasticism and magic like Hex Strike, holy faith with ascetic practice like Crusader’s Flurry, and feats of impossible agility like Cloud Step and Ki Stand! Available now from the Legendary Games webstore and from our partners at d20pfsrd, Paizo, and DrivethruRPG!

MM27 - Feats of the Monastic Master(cover)

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