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The Echelon Reference Series collects information on a single topic, as completely as reasonably possible. For instance, the covers here are for the 'rangers' book.

I release these in three versions over time. The "RAF" (Rough... And Fast, to be polite), which doesn't include the diagrams and the expansion material I add to make the content easier to apply in play, the "WIP" that includes the diagrams (showing relationships between feats, say), and the final version that has both.

I sell the RAF when it's ready, at a 50% discount. When the WIP becomes available I reduce the discount to 25% and those who bought the RAF get the WIP as an update (and I leave both in the package). When the final is done, so is the discount, and those who bought the RAF or the WIP get the final version. In the end, everyone should have all three versions, with discounts based on how early they bought them.

Aiming for an exhaustive reference, I modeled my covers on encyclopedias: leather texture, band at the top, title, and I include a picture in the middle of it all, relevant to the content. Here, it's a picture of a half-ogre ranger dragging a recent kill home. (And being half-ogre, I let him intrude on the title, something I usually don't do).

+Mark Gedak of Purple Duck Games often provides three versions of each piece of stock art: line art, greys, and color. And I realized this morning, I've got three versions of each book.

I decided to try a little experiment...
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I have to admit that I'm pleased by how this looks. 
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Echelon Reference Series: Rangers (3pp+PRD) - The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game offers a vast range of options for characters of all classes. This is great when a playe
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Normally I fit the centerpiece on my covers so it doesn't interact with the other page dress, but this is a half-ogre dragging a dragon by its tail... I figured he deserved a little more room than others.
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+Ryan Laukat delivers again.

Islebound was due in August, I got my copy in Canada this morning.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/953146955/islebound/description
Sail through a mythical archipelago filled with pirates and sea serpents in this board game for 2-4 friends.
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I'm a great fan of working when no one else is, I get great things done. If there's nothing keeping me to a more regular (read: normal) schedule I gravitate to getting most of my good work done from 9pm-3am and sleeping 3am-11am. I used to work ~5am-2pm, mostly to avoid traffic (I hate traffic that isn't moving) and to get home in time to pick my kid up from kindergarten. Both work for me.
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"Phteven's cousin, Phtilithp."

(you'll have to scroll down)

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ROFL!
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Textbook Risk Management

... seriously, reads almost like something done from a textbook. Which I'm okay with.

* claims delivery of the previous project on time (due Oct 2015; Oct 7, 2015 said they're shipping to US backers with UK backers shipping Oct 19; Oct 27 update says "85% of our backers have received their copies"... I'd call this claim good enough);

* quotes from five manufacturers and will run test samples through both

* US project, looking for a UK fulfillment partner because of Brexit

* risk management on backer-influenced imagery seems a bit weak, but having multiple artists sounds promising (the risk here is probably largely backer-caused, really)

I'm pretty confident they'll pull it off successfully. I haven't decided if I want the game, but this is one of the better put-together risk statements I've seen on Kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/452056707/castle-assault-the-fell-fire-forge
Draft warbands, upgrade heroes and craft legendary weapons as you battle an inferno of horrors on an epic quest to forge your destiny.
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I hope they are smart enough to use the UK/EU shipping partner to ship to Canada. Cheaper.
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Being glued to your phone can be dangerous. Poketto offers safety so others know you are busy playing Pokemon Go.
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+The Lair of Voltaire 

"And then I saw yoda, and I thought 'what a cool looking jedi master!' And then... he opened his mouth, and it dawned on me I'd heard his voice before, like it was something I heard every morning before going to school.

"Yoda's Grover! Now, no matter how hard I try, every time he dispenses jedi wisdom all I can hear in my head is, 'learn a jedi must, about near and far. Dagobah is near, Tatooine is far. Neeear... (runs to back of stage) FAR!'"
 
Peo: Wait...is the guy who voices Fozzie the same who does Bert?

Corran: Yes. And Grover.

Me: And Yoda. And Miss Piggy.

Peo: If you think about it, Yoda and Grover do have a lot of differences, though.

Me: I feel like there should be a parenting guide on How To Talk To Your Children About Frank Oz.

#parenting   #conversationswithmyfamily  
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Frank Oz is the shit!
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From the Getting It Right Department

+Ryan Laukat delivers again. Early again.

Islebound was due in August, I got my copy in Canada this morning.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/953146955/islebound/description
Sail through a mythical archipelago filled with pirates and sea serpents in this board game for 2-4 friends.
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yep, that wasn't a hard decision. $70 ($60 pledge, $10 shipping)
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Huh. It appears I'm a Kickstarter Superbacker.

Wonder if it does anything.
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It is a marketing move for sure.
Basically they want to belly rub their whales into keeping whaling. Communicating that they appreciate the money brought to them.

There'll be some newsletter to keep people engaged as well as some events.
I did receive an invitation from Kickstarter to attend an event in Germany (Berlin) where I would have gotten some free food and the possibility to flounce around, feeling like an important part of Kickstarter.
[I didn't went because its been on a Friday eve on a regular working week and I don't live even close to Berlin]
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The other end of risk management

But hey, almost funded: $55/$75.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1981625399/need-funding-for-video-game-crystal-cove
A Legend of Zelda and Chrono Trigger/ Chrono Cross style video game with a beach theme
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+Matthew B I know, I almost did.
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The FUN evolution of dice towers with FREE shipping internationally.
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I could imagine three players, loading their catapults, hammers and ballistas and BOOM see who wins ^__^
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Well, today wasn't too bad
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Computer programmer, game designer.  Long-time denizen of rec.games.frp.dnd, writes "KJD-IMC" articles and working on Echelon d20.
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