Saturday, September 27, 2014

Top 5: Splintercat by Mike Welham

This tawny wildcat, slightly larger than the average cougar, boasts a ridged, bony forehead that looks like it could shatter bone. Seemingly useless wings protrude from its back.

Top 5: Nightbloom by Nicholas Wasko

A massive, night-black flower sways in the still air, its five petals lined with glowing red eyes. The shadows around it buzz and whisper, alive with a hatred and hunger no mortal could match.

Top 5: Sianach by Joe Kondrak

The eyes and hooves of this hideous giant stag cast an eerie green glow. Skulls and grim talismans hang upon the beast's towering rack of antlers.

Top 5: Warpstar by Douglas Schaub

A sphere of swirling debris hovers in the air, bits of the ground below slowly floating up to meet it.

Top 5: Taniwha by Wendall Roy

This massive lizard is covered in green and grey scales with a spiny crest running along its back. Its wedge-shaped head has a cavernous mouth and an iridescent oval spot on its forehead.

3PP Interview: Jonathan Nelson of Adventure-A-Week

I interviewed Jonathan G. Nelson of about publishing, freelancing and related things. AAW is perhaps best known for its latest Kickstarters, Rise of the Drow and Snow White. There's a lot of interesting stuff and good advice to read below. Check it out!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sean's Five Moons RPG Kickstarter

A while ago I heard that Sean K Reynolds, our special guest judge for Here Be Monsters, has started a Kickstarter about his Five Moons roleplaying game. I think it looks very interesting and definitely worth backing. Please have a look at the Kickstarter page and Sean's blog, where he discusses it further!

Below is an excerpt from the Kickstarter page about the project's goals:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Some statistics about Here Be Monsters entries

The open call ended on the 13th of September and we received 40 monster entries, which is a lot, considering it's the first time we organized this contest. Let's have a look at some statistics about the entries!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

3PP Interview: Creighton Broadhurst of Raging Swan

In my latest interview, Creighton Broadhurst talks about Raging Swan, publishing and freelancing. Creighton also blogs about game design, freelancing and other interesting stuff, check it out, too!

How we review monsters - an example by Jacob W Michaels

Mike, Jacob and I have read all the 40 monster entries, and we are now in the final stages of deciding which five monsters advance. While everyone is waiting for the results, here's an example of how one of the judges, Jacob, reviewed the monsters.

Unlike the actual contest entries, the monster isn't from the bestiary wish list thread. It's actually based on a rejected pitch. A number of the monsters I pitched earlier this year made it into a product that will be released in 2015, this one didn't. Admittedly, in hindsight, the monster concept wasn't very original or exciting, but I decided to stat it up anyway after I had finished the assignment. Let's see what Jacob thinks about it. ;-)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here Be Monsters: Submissions closed!

The open call ended yesterday at 2 pm PST / 5 pm EST / midnight here in Finland. We received nearly 40 entries, which is a lot, and Jacob, Mike and I start choosing which ones we want to keep. I already know there are more good entries than we have spots in the top 5, so it won't be easy.

And I want to thank you all for thatthanks for not making it too easy for us!

The two weeks before the top 5 reveal will no doubt be the toughest part for the contestants. Waiting is always the worst part. Meanwhile, I'll be writing new blog posts about the contest, including:
  • statistics,
  • a monster I created with comments from Jacob (so you can see what to expect when the top 5 is revealed), and
  • a list of things I usually comment on when reviewing a monster.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Interview: The Strange Magic Kickstarter

I interviewed Bradley Crouch of Interjection Games about the Strange Magic Kickstarter, which launched August 28th. Read on to learn more about new magic systems and more! Check out the Kickstarter page as well! There are still many exciting stretch goals to reach!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Veranthea Codex Kickstarter launched on September 5!

Aaaand time for the third post today!

The Veranthea Codex Kickstarter was launched yesterday, and I'm very glad to be part of it. More accurately, I'm stretch goal number 4, unlocked at $12,000.

There are a lot of talented people working on this Kickstarter, so please check out the Kickstarter page and the Facebook page for more information! And if it looks interesting, pledge! :-)

3PP Interview: Eric Morton Presents

In my second blog post for today, I'm interviewing Eric Morton, whom many people on Paizo messageboards remember for his 200+ monsters available on Today he talks about his new Animal Races product line, self-publishing, and other things!

Here Be Monsters: One more week to go!

Today I'll be publishing not one, not two but three blog posts! Here's the first one: more statistics and musings about the contest.

A Sword for Hire