Today's Kickstarter interview is about the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path. Louis Porter Jr. tells us about the AP, and also discusses Kickstarters in general. Please, read on, and check out the Kickstarter page as well!
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I am Louis Porter Jr., owner of LPJ Design. I have been involved in
the RPG industry since 2000 and have released over 500 PDF RPG products
in various genres during that time. I am also a graphic and web designer
with over 20 years of experience working for such companies as Ethan
Allen, Macy's, Burdines and Macmillian Publishing.
How did you get into RPG design and what kind of projects have you been working on? What have been your best experiences?
Kind of by accident. I was playing with a friend homebrewed campaign
and I kept saying, “I could do this.” And I did, starting with the RPG
that would become Haven: City of Violence. From there I went into making
product for the OGL which I still do under the Pathfinder banner. I
also was one of the pioneers on doing for sale stock art for RPGs. While
that is very commonplace now, it was a HUGE taboo when I first
announced I was planning to do it. I just love the RPG industry as a
In your opinion, what makes a good Pathfinder RPG compatible product?
My personal rule is: Does is add to the playability of the game
without adding MORE rules for more rules' sake? I mean how many books on
elves or dwarves can you have before those races becomes tired and
boring? I like the concept of mini-gaming in Pathfinder and I think
Paizo has done a great job doing those. Playability it more important
than rules to me.
When and how did the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path Kickstarter get started?
Basically this was idea that I first had nearly two decades ago when
Dungeon Magazine was still being published. I wanted to do a huge
adventure that was basically a Mind Flayer / Drow / Githyanki / Undead
Horde adventure path based in Ravenloft. It was always light on details
but great of story idea. So nearly 20 years later, I have been able to
hire some of the best writers out there for Pathfinder, including TWO RPG
Superstars as writers. What they taken from my vague idea and turned
into an amazing adventure only proves the excellent quality of their
work. I can’t wait for this Kickstarter to start.
What can you tell about the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path?
OK here is the official line: The Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path
is a post-apocalyptic survival horror adventure for the Obsidian
Apocalypse tabletop RPG campaign setting for the Pathfinder RPG. The
Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path is the first adventure path for
Obsidian Apocalypse, which was released in 2013, as the premiere setting
for the post-apocalyptic survival horror genre for Pathfinder. The
reason that we are having this Kickstarter project is to generate the
funds we need to pay for the cost of development, writing, artwork and
printing this adventure path and getting it out to the premiere retail
And with that here is the first part for the Cross of Fire Saga adventure path: Long Way Home.
HURLED INTO ENDLESS NIGHT
Seeking potent magic in the hands of an insane entity, accomplished
adventurers find themselves transported to the bleak wasteland of
Abaddon. As they explore their new surroundings, they must encounter a
host of new terrors and determine whether to save a desperate caravan of
nomads. Can adventurers save them, and can their weary new allies help
them find a reliable way home?
The Long Way Home is an adventure for use with the Pathfinder
Roleplaying Game. The story and encounters are the first episode of the
Cross of Fire Saga, but can also be played as a standalone adventure
with light modification. The module includes a brief history of the
Cross of Fire, an introduction to the world of Abaddon, and a powerful
new curse. Characters should take up the adventure approximately
halfway through 8th level. If they survive their first nights on
Abaddon, they should reach 9th level by the adventure’s conclusion.
Can you give us an exclusive teaser about the adventure path?
This will be a remarkable opportunity for those that are looking to
break in to the RPG industry. We are going to have rewards that let
donors submit ideas and items to the actually kickstarter that we
publish and will give them ACTUAL writing credits. That is right, you
will be getting credits with several already known 3PP writers
and RPG Superstars. I mean how nice does that look on your resume when
you are looking for more 3PP writing work?
What are the best things about the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path and what type of players or GMs would you recommend it for?
If you are fans of mythical quests, ancient evil and larger that like
bad guys in a walking dead inspired setting, then this adventure path
for you. Obsidian Apocalypse is really the magnum opus of undead
campaign settings for Pathfinder and this adventure path just expands on
that. I think PCs will enjoy the variety of unusual things we have in
this adventure, including four armed rhino men wearing Scottish kilts
called Kaylethon. That sounds so crazy it is cool.
What are the current goals for the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path Kickstarter? What are the biggest challenges?
Out first initial goal is to raise $4,000 which will pay for the
first adventure in the adventure path completely. That is our initial
goal in this kickstarter but we are looking to go very high moneywise.
We have a lot of great awards planned as threshold goals, but better
still we give donors the opportunity to submit their own material to
this kickstarter to be published.
Is there anything else people should know about the Cross of Fire Saga Adventure Path Kickstarter?
The artwork for this kickstarter is going to be equal to any of the
quality artwork done by Paizo. We have spared no expense with the Cross
of Fire Saga kickstarter. People will be amazed at the level of
quality and detail we are adding to this kickstarter.
In your opinion, what are the most important things to consider when starting a Kickstarter?
First and foremost, why should people support this kickstarter? You
should be doing something unique and interesting when doing a
kickstarter. My feeling is that Obsidian Apocalypse succeeded so well
because it was homage and mash up of Dark Sun and Ravenloft. If Dark
Sun and Ravenloft didn’t have such a supported and interested fan base,
that kickstarter would have not made it.
What skills, tools or other resources do you consider to be the most
important in running a Kickstarter?
Remaining focused on keeping people excited on the kickstarter. 40
days of promotion is a LONG time and it is very easy to burn out. Pace
yourself. Most don't and burn out with in the first few days. Best
advice I can give you, spend 6 months working on your kickstarter BEFORE
you even go live with it it. This is serious business, so treat it as
What do you find most rewarding about running a Kickstarter? What about least rewarding?
The most rewarding is really getting in touch with your fan base and
letting them see “behind the screen” on how you do things. The least
rewarding is the waiting to see if you have actually raised enough money
for your Kickstarter. That can be AMAZINGLY stressful. You have no
Is there any further advice you would give to someone interested in running a Kickstarter?
Best piece of advice, actually have the product 90% done BEFORE you
even start your kickstarter. The reason for that is you know you never need to have to worry about product coming out late. Think about how
many kickstarters have failed to actually get released. The list is
only getting longer.