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Amazing Adventures Among the Stars

The wait is over, and now the tale can be told…

Welcome to the worlds of AETHERAbrought to you by Encounter Table Publishing and Legendary Games!

 

These two great companies have teamed up to bring you the very best in beautiful, richly detailed, expertly crafted, intricately designed, and most of all flat-out fun sci-fi/fantasy products possible for your game. Many Legendary Games and Encounter Table Publishing authors and artists have worked together individually, but with a shared commitment to creating gaming supplements of unsurpassed quality, it is a joy and a delight to join forces on this project and many more going forward. You will not believe what Robert Brookes and I are cooking up for next year, but that’s another story. This awesome alliance begins RIGHT NOW with an exclusive one-week presale of the Aethera Campaign Setting right here at the Legendary Games webstore before it goes into wide release next Friday!

What is the Aethera Campaign Setting?

This magnificent and MASSIVE (nearly 600 pages) interplanetary adventure setting combines hard sci-fi, cosmic horror, magical fantasy, alien invasions, and mystical noir in a unique blend that suits all manner of genre-crossing campaigns. It’s a spectacular setting to use on its own with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules, as a more sci-fi-heavy companion to the Legendary Planet Adventure Path, or as a more magical setting for the upcoming Starfinder Roleplaying Game.

The Aethera Campaign Setting includes a vast amount of world-building and lore for the war-torn planets of a binary star system, with rich and evocative history, politics, religion, and more. You’ll also find over a hundred pages of character class options alone, including the brand-new cantor class and dozens of new archetypes, feats, skill unlocks, and more, plus extensive chapters detailing new playable races, magic items, technology, and monsters galore!

The Aethera Campaign Setting only grows from there, with a ton of expansions on the way, including adventures like Wanted in the Wastes by Amber Scott, Beacon in the Black and Murder in the Midlands by Isabelle Lee, and Children of the Collapse by Mike Welham all coming soon. We have even more terrific supplements in production already with the Intrigue Manual for characters and the Aethertech Manual offering new options for their spacefaring aetherships! You can always find the latest at the AetheraRPG.com website, and you can check out sneak previews and playtest events at PaizoCon and GenCon!

As if that were not enough, you also can find an awesome array of sci-fi/fantasy supplements for your Aethera campaign from Legendary Games in our Legendary Planet and Metal Gods product lines, from class supplements like Cyborgs, Magitech Archetypes, and The Robot Summoner and ready-to-play characters in Metal Heroes and Planetary Heroes, to magic items, monsters, adventures, and more!

We thank the Kickstarter backers who made this book possible, and having sent them their PDFs we are now ready to offer it to you right here for a one-week presale before it goes into wide release next Friday! You can get this 583-page PDF for just $29.99, and we are also offering the print and print/PDF bundles for preorder now at $59.99 and $79.99, respectively. After much deliberation, we decided to do a full print run of this book and we hope to have it available by GenCon in August, for pickup at the convention and for shipping soon thereafter.

Welcome to a whole new world of interplanetary adventure with the Aethera Campaign Setting! We hope you enjoy using these books as much as we enjoyed making them. Grab this incredible book today and keep an eye out for even more great Aethera products to help Make Your Game Legendary! 

 

 

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Spells are about to get Stranger

Our latest addition to the mythic options available for Pathfinder RPG is in layout as we speak! We are pleased to announce the Legendary debut of Amanda Hamon Kunz, who teamed up with Jason Nelson and Jonathan H. Keith to bring you a brand new collection of mythic magic that will blow your mind!

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Mythic Magic: Occult Spells brings you you 129 all-new mythic spells from Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Occult Adventures! While the original mythic rules for Pathfinder included many cherished favorites from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook as well as the other core rules hardback rulebooks and the Mythic Spell Compendium compiled a vast array of mythic spells for your game, new rules for Pathfinder continue to come out and spellcasters have a continual supply of new tricks to try from more recent rulebooks. If you like occult mysteries and psychic magic, this is the book for you as it completes the mythic rules for every spell in Pathfinder Roleplaying Occult Adventures. All of them, from akashic form to withdraw affliction and all spells in between.

 

Whether you’re a true psychic spellcaster or a user of arcane or divine magic who simply dabbles in the world of spirits and psychics, Mythic Magic: Occult Spells contains mythic spells of every level and every kind, from minor spells to the mightiest magics. You will find combat spells like id insinuation, synaptic overload, and explode head right alongside defensive magic like sealed life and tower of iron will, spells to aid your allies like dream voyage and contagious zeal, and utility spells like akashic form, create mindscape, and bilocation! Grab this book today and make the occult Legendary!

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Winter Is Coming… Legendary Style!

Tonight will be the longest night of the year, and tomorrow marks the official start of winter. Thus far in December, Legendary Games has been playing against type, releasing products ranging from our first family-friendly adventure Into the Feyweald to creepy psychics in Occult Character Codex: Occultists, to a slew of products suited to the sizzling sands of ancient empires, like Mythic Monsters: Egypt and THREE new Egyptian-themed adventures all rapidly approaching release. But make no mistake, WINTER IS COMING!

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While some of our product lines are approaching their conclusion, we are pleased to announce the advent of a new line of Adventure Path Plug-Ins ideally suited for the Witches of Winter AP as well as any campaign that ventures into the cold places of the world (or to other worlds entirely), especially those drawing up on the legends and lore of Eastern Europe (and a bit of Scandinavia thrown in as well). These Winter AP Plug-Ins will be kicking off in January with the latest entry in our fantastic Heroes series, the first in this line penned by a hand other than Legendary co-founder Neil Spicer. These Winter Heroes instead spring from the marvelous mind of Liz Courts! No stranger to LG, Liz laid out a number of our products in 2012, but this will mark her authorial debut, and we are delighted to bring her love for the subject matter and design skills to the table, along with an assortment of amazing artwork from Bob Greyvenstein, who also delivered the knockout designs you’ve seen in Metal Heroes and Nautical Heroes

Next in line, we’ll be bringing you the Treasury of Winter, a collection of marvelous magic items themed for the depths of winter. From cheery items like the candle-crown of holly, welcome wreath, and festive fox fur to the sinister howling horn and Krampus bag, you’ll find an assortment of items drawn from cultures that dwell in the boreal climes where summer is but a distant dream. Following that, Legendary Villains: Wicked Witches is slated to follow, and yet more to come. If you love the sight of falling snow and the howl of hungry wolves, it is time to celebrate. Winter is not just coming, the bleak midwinter is practically here! 

 

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A Legendary Beginning for new gamers!

As the year comes to a close, we are delighted to unveil several new product lines, the first of which is Legendary Beginnings, a set of adventures and products for (surprise!) beginning gamers. This includes friends or relatives who have never sat down to throw dice, but they are especially suited for younger gamers just starting out in the hobby. Our initial offering is on final approach, so let me introduce it for you!

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Into the Feyweald takes your heroes into a world of adventure in the realms of faerie! Guests at the fairy queen Pryozha’s celebration feast, the festivities are interrupted by the creepy, crawly spider-riders serving the wicked witches of the woods! You must take up the quest to find the hidden grove where Yaldira the witch works her dark magic, turning the forest sickly and rotten, battling her evil minions that menace the creatures of the wood. There, in the dark pits of her lair, you must stop her from awakening her cruel queen from her crystal tomb and save the woodland realm! This 1st-level adventure is suitable for a standard Pathfinder game or one using the boxed set for beginners.

 

Featuring the Legendary Games debut of Paris Crenshaw, who developed and playtested this adventure with his Girl Scout troop, Into the Feyweald is delightful romp through the fairy woods that will delight experienced games as well as newbies. Legendary Beginnings are immersive adventures that sacrifice none of the fun and richness you’ve come to expect from Pathfinder adventures by Legendary Games while taking a tone and artistic style that makes them suitable for all ages.

 

Into the Feyweald is in layout now, awaiting only the final maps, and should be available by next week. We hope you’ll be looking forward to more Legendary Beginnings for the new gamers in your family, friends, schools, youth groups, scout troops, and any new gamers looking for a fun and accessible adventure to give the hobby a try!

 

 

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Three times the LEGENDARY this Friday!

In a busy couple of weeks, this is a day we will long remember at Legendary Games! Not one, not two, but THREE new Legendary products are available for you today, each more Legendary than the last! First off, we have the latest installment in our villain-focused series, Legendary Villains: Evil Clerics, featuring the Legendary debut of Jenny Jarzabski with 40 pages jam-packed with fiendish fanatics and black-hearted bishops. If you’d love some sinister new feats, spells, archetypes, prestige classes, and more for your corrupted priesthood, to say nothing of a pair of awesome blasphemous books, pick this up today at the Legendary Games webstore, Open Gaming Store, Paizo, or DrivethruRPG!

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Mmmm… that cover art by Bruno Balixa is making me hungry… for MORE LEGENDARY! This summer’s big project was the Legendary Planet Adventure Path, and while our backers have long since received their first adventure and player’s guide, everyone else had to wait. Until now. The second adventure in the saga, the titanic 96-page To Worlds Unknown by Jim Groves with Thurston Hillman, Chris A. Jackson, Jonathan H. Keith, Jeff Lee, and Sean K Reynolds has gone out to our Pathfinder backers and the 5th Edition version will be soon to follow, which means that The Assimilation Strain and the Legendary Planet Player’s Guide for Pathfinder are now available in wide release!

That’s right, now everyone can pick up this 42-page planetary prelude, complete with a 12-page PDF art and map folio (including unkeyed player-friendly maps), right here at the Legendary Games webstore and at the Open Gaming Store, Paizoand DrivethruRPGand Amazon

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But wait, good things come in threes! When you’re ready to run your Legendary Planet campaign, you’re definitely going to want a copy of the Legendary Planet Player’s Guide, complete with 4 new playable races, details and advice on religion, society, race, and character class out among the stars, plus a dozen campaign traits that plug your characters into the action and the overarching themes of the campaign without giving too much away. You can pick up this 19-page PDF at the Legendary Games webstore, Open Gaming Store, Paizoand DrivethruRPG!

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Grab one, or two, or ALL THREE, and Make Your Weekend Legendary! 

 

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These guys are ANTI-everything!

But mostly ANTIPALADIN!

Coming next week from Legendary Games is the Legendary Villains: Antipaladins, the latest in our new series of villain-themed products suitable for players of evil PCs and GMs wanting exquisitely evil villains!

makeyourgamelegendary.com - AntipaladinsCoverBrought to you by the maniacal minds at Legendary Games, Legendary Villains: Antipaladins brings you dozens of new feats, spells, and archetypes for everyone’s favorite bad guy class, as well as the triumphant return of the BLACKGUARD prestige class, newly updated, revised, and molded into something both fiendish and fearsome!

We’ll be offering more previews over the coming days, but while you’re thinking bad guys, check out last month’s installment: Legendary Villains: Dark Druids!

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Relationships are about to get ULTIMATE!

Coming this Friday from Legendary Games are a pair of products that will be part of a new product line we are debuting: ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS! True, PC and NPC relationships have always been handled by roleplay, but there is also ample room for structure and rules to guide how to approach building a relationship with a character in the campaign. The underlying concept draws from the relationship rules introduced in the Jade Regent Adventure Path from Paizo Publishing, but refined by extensive play experience and expert rules analysis and development by one of the sharpest young minds in the game today, Mark Seifter! Check out what he has to say about this new venture!

 

A good RPG campaign, like any good story, needs conflict and antagonists to lend it immediacy and drama. But a campaign with pure conflicts, without allies, family, romances, and other connections to friendly characters, quickly grows stale. Much like Shakespeare’s comedic drunken porter scene in Macbeth released tension intentionally to strengthen the impact of the revelation of Duncan’s murder just after, so too can points of lower intensity spent with friendly NPCs increase the impact of the game’s dramatic high points. And sometimes, the relationships themselves can provide their own high points, their own drama, and powerful transformations that make a character more than just a set of statistics or an unrealistically uncaring avatar.

 

Ultimate Relationships contains a system for relationships that provides a meaningful progression and story for the significant NPCs your PCs might encounter in the course of a campaign, including secrets to uncover as the relationship progresses, and hurdles for the PC and the NPC to overcome together. Unlike other relationship systems that bottleneck on certain skills, often Diplomacy, Ultimate Relationships allows everyone to progress and reveal the NPC’s story at their own rate; it just might take some characters longer than others.

 

This product contains a set of core relationship rules for making these kinds of interactions between PCs and NPCs a rich and vibrant part of your campaign. They are suitable for use in any campaign, but for groups playing in the official published Adventure Paths we will also be releasing a series of modules featuring the core NPCs from those Adventure Paths, as well as new NPCs introduced in the respective Adventure Path Plug-Ins from Legendary Games. The first such product, Imperial Relationships, describes how to use these rules in the Far Eastern Adventure Path, including four relationship links, one each for the Caravan Master, Destined Empress, Elven Protector, and Mystic Seer, with further modules to come to further expand the available NPC relationships in that Adventure Path as well as others.

This product line begins in two parts but will be expanding further as we go along, but we are very excited about this new line and hope you enjoy all the possibilities it offers for your game. We’ll be previewing excerpts from Imperial Relationships tomorrow, so raise your glass and stay tuned!

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FANTASTIC FALL PREVIEWS #6: A shout-out to Legendary Ladies!

I’m not a video gamer, but this whole “GamerGate” thing has been making such waves in the waters of nerd-dom that I can’t help but notice the negativity that still lingers in many corners of our collective space around the role of women in traditionally male-centered hobbies. I’m also a sports fan, and there’s plenty to see in that arena (pun intended) to show that contemptible attitudes about women and their qualifications to contribute meaningfully and with excellence in those areas are hardly restricted to geek culture. There’s plenty of vitriol in a lot of places, and it sucks everywhere you find it. We are all here to have fun and do something we love and share it with others; why some people have such a problem with that is beyond me, but they do. When you think about what we can do about genderist trolls in the hobby, we hopefully more enlightened gamers and nerds who are delighted to game with and work with folks of every gender can try to raise the level of conversation on these issues. That’s often a losing proposition, as you’re never going to convince a troll that it’s wrong, but some folks more firmly in the trollish crosshairs may appreciate your shouts of support. But it’s not enough.

If the best revenge is living well, then the best counter to trollishness against women in the hobby business is to keep women living well in the hobby business. Publishers have an opportunity to be proactive in the people they work with to make a difference in the professional landscape of the hobby, both in the content they create and the people they hire. I often tell the story of how Julia Martin was the first person who hired me to do professional game work for Wizards of the Coast back in 2002. I loved her work on the Forgotten Realms deity books (she was very tickled when I referred to her as “THE Julia Martin”) and got to know her as a friend and fellow gamer playing in one another’s campaigns for years. Women have been around the business for a long time, and one need look no further than Lisa Stevens and her long career across multiple companies, culminating in the the last decade-plus running Paizo, Inc., where they’ve long been very intentional about inclusivity on the printed page and in their staff.

But what does that have to do with previews at Legendary Games?

Legendary Games was founded as a crew of all-star freelancers for Pathfinder, people who had written Adventure Paths and core rules hardbacks and Superstars, but it was never intended to be an all-boys club. We’ve had female artists and layout (hi Liz Courts) and a female Business Director in Rachel Ventura, but we had never quite managed to get a female author in print… until now. Not for lack of trying; we had several projects with talented folks where things just didn’t come together as we had planned, or had to be pushed back, but ifs and buts aside we are pleased to also announce that the recently released Pirate Codex features the able contributions of Ms. Linda Zayas-Palmer, with whom I’ve been acquainted for several years through PaizoCon, where I got to know her and her beau, Mark Seifter, and both impressed me with their talent and intelligence and love of gaming. She has recently started freelancing for “the golem,” and we talked about some projects that might be a great fit, and the Pirate Codex is the first of those to hit the shelves. It won’t be the last.

Now I don’t tell you this so that you’ll go buy the Pirate Codex because it’s got a female author on it. You should go buy the Pirate Codex because it’s AWESOME, and Linda and Matt Goodall and I all contributed parts of what make it awesome, along with the art and layout team. It’s not just about having certain chromosomes; it’s about mastering the rules and honing your craft and being professional and making stuff that rocks. But it is important to remember that there are lots of talented women out there in our hobby, and they are well able to make great gaming products.Whether you’re a publisher or a customer, this is a great resource that hasn’t always been well tapped. Legendary Games has several projects pending out there as yet unannounced with some fantastic females involved, and I am sure you are going to love these Legendary Ladies and the stuff they are bringing to the table.

With that, I think I’ll drop a preview for an entire brand-new series of products we have never mentioned before, but just might cross over into ALL of our existing product lines. A picture is worth a thousand words, but I wonder what the Mystic Seer will see there for you. What relationship might this picture have to the final product?

Look into my crystal ball to see what the future may hold...

Look into my crystal ball to see what the future may hold…

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Totally Righteous… NOT!

Legendary Games is proud to bring you the latest and most terrifying chapter in our series of Righteous Crusade Adventure Path Plug-Ins; behold, UNRIGHTEOUS VILLAINS!

 

This book contains eight despicable, wicked, cruel, and malevolent menaces brought to you by the diabolical imaginings of Todd Stewart, Nicolas Logue, Clinton J. Boomer, and Alistair Rigg, each is worse than the last no matter which order you read them! Every one comes complete with a richly detailed personality, a history of corruption and damnation, and most importantly adventure hooks to engage them with your PCs. A villain without a plan, no matter how interesting he may be to the GM, is just another monster. These villains will be giving your PCs nightmares long before they ever meet them and long after the PCs think they’ve defeated them!

 

Available now exclusively from Legendary Games and next week in wide release!

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MYTHIC MARCH MANIA Update #2: A stroke of Genius!

From the very earliest mythic products Legendary Games produced, we always included supplemental rules for characters on top of the core content of those products. Sometimes these were new rule concepts like demon possession or mythic fungal hazards in the Mythic Monsters line, but just as often we included mythic feats and path abilities in products like Mythic Magic: Core Spells and Mythic Monsters: Mounts. More recently, we kicked off our weekly series of Mythic Minis, 1000+ words of brand-new or converted mythic content coming every week for just a buck, bringing path abilities for every mythic path and collections of feats around all manner of themes.

 

When we started developing our plan for this mythic Kickstarter, though, we knew we wanted to do more. We wanted to create a book that would do for feats, path abilities, class abilities, and the like what our Mythic Magic book would do for spells. We wanted conversions for EVERY feat in the core Paizo rules, plus brand-new mythic feats and abilities of our own, but for a product of this size we wanted a partner that had the expertise to help us knock this out of the park. We needed someone with talent. We needed someone with experience. We needed someone… with Genius.

 

One company could do an awesome job on its own, sure, but combine the powers of two and that is where you make it truly LEGENDARY, a work of true Genius. Since I took over running Legendary Games in 2012, Owen Stephens has always been free with advice, as a sounding board for ideas, and even just to share a laugh. He’s somebody I’ve worked with as a freelancer on a number of Pathfinder hardcovers and I’ve always admired his talents, but the synergy really kicked up a notch when Owen and company released  Mythic Options: The Missing Core Feats and followed it up with a collection of Bullet Points exploring mythic feats and mythic versions of class features. Like with Kobold Press and Mythic Magic, this seemed like a fantastic potential alliance, so I chatted up Owen about the idea, and after some very enthusiastic conversations I am delighted to announce that we will also be partnering in this Mythic March Mania Kickstarter with the great and powerful Owen Stephens and the crew at ROGUE GENIUS GAMES! We will be releasing the Mythic Manual jointly under both logos, including not only conversions of all the great Paizo feats and class abilities from every core hardback and those from other products besides, but also a broad array of brand-new mythic feats, path abilities, and supporting rules for mythic characters of every kind!

 

With all of these books, how far we get towards those goals depend on you. If the Kickstarter goes as expected, this will be the definitive tome of the building blocks of mythic characters. If you even think about using the mythic rules in your campaign, this is it with a bullet.

 

Mythic Manual. Legendary and Rogue Genius. That’s just book TWO. Wait until tomorrow!

Something for every mythic character awaits within

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