Archive for November, 2011

Back into the swing of things

| November 17th, 2011 | No Comments »

I can now say I am officially moved into our new place here in Boston! The boxes are unpacked, the house is in order so we can have people come visit. Even starting to make a few friends.

Time to get back on the publishing train. Back when Skortched Urf’ Studios started, we were doing near two releases *a week* for the first year. While I’m not planning to replicate that feat just yet, I do think we can be more consistent than we have been. And when I say that, I am not talking about Chris Field and Otherverse games. Hes been on a roll for the last few years, with no signs of slowing down. What I’d like to do is start matching his output with Skortched Urf’ Studios projects.

So what do we have in the pipeline? I have a Pathfinder project a freelancer pitched to me on deck. I made a few suggestions and he has been busily revising and adding to the idea. Look for that soon. Also, I am dusting off an idea I had even before we published our first product. I have some concept art already done, more in development and several free previews coming soon. I’m calling the setting “Pandora Rising”. It will be a kick-ass modern setting where we re-introduce magic and fantasy elements in an cool and interesting way. I’m leaning towards making the initial release for the Savage Worlds rule set. More info on that soon.

On the Traveller front I’d hard at work on a new line called “Augments & Upgrades” which will cover all kinds of cool stuff your character can spend his credits on. Think of it as the Cybernetics book on steroids. That will be a series of short PDF’s with each detailing a specific area of augments. The first one, detailing various power plants and incorporating the Drain mechanic carried over from some of Chris Field’s D20 Modern cybernetics releases, will be out soon and I’ll probably make that one a free release. Following that will be PDF’s that cover various types of augments grouped by type such as Appearance, Armor & Protection, Stealth & Surveillance, Weapons, Sensors etc.

While Pathfinder is all the rage these days, I haven’t done much for the system. I am thinking of updating all of our Adventurer Essentials PDF’s and adding more content for a Pathfinder re-release of each, as well as adding the ones that still need doing like the ten foot pole!

Add in some fiction writing and a few other ideas that aren’t quite ready to be released and it is starting to look like 2012 is going to be a busy year!

Oh, and if your still reading this, please take a moment to sign up for “The List” using the form on the right hand side of the site.

When we send out a customer email it usually goes to over 7,000 people! While I love the idea that I can reach that many gamers, and will continue to use the RPGNow mail feature, I also see the real value in identifying our “True Fans”. Signing up for our mailing list of your own free will is a sure sign of that. Lets face it, most of those 7,000 people are ones who purchased one of the charity bundles RPGNow has done in response to the many natural disasters that have hit over the years. We think those have been great and were happy to donate products, and will do so in the future. But that doesn’t translate into us being able to reach our fans specifically; hence “The List”!

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OBS customer email I just sent…

| November 14th, 2011 | No Comments »

Hello all!

If you are recieving this email it is because you have purchased some of our products in the past. Unfortunately, I know that also includes several free items we donated to some of the disaster relief bundles RPGNow/DriveThruRPG/OBS have done in the past. So some of you reading this *might* not to get bombarded with every new release we put out. I get it, I’ve unsubscribed from a few lists myself. But, naturally Skortched Urf’ Studios wants to keep an open line of communication with our fans, as well as fans of our imprint partner Otherverse Games. So we have set up a second, opt-in only email list specifically for you!

To sign up for “The List” please go HERE.

So what’s in it for you? “The List” is for our true fans, and to reward them we will send out special discounts, occasional products that will never be avaliable anywhere else, and insidee information on our upcoming releases!

It’s our way of saying “Thank You” to the people that have helped us reach where we are now, and want to come along for the ride to where we are going next!

New Releases and Product Highlights

Otherverse America Revised Edition

Chris Field of Otherverse Games has taken his otherverse America setting to a whole new level. Included in this MASSIVE revision of the Otherverse America setting:

283 Page Full Color Otherverse America Core Rulebook

132 Page Full Color Otherverse America Game Master’s Guide

Printer Firendly versions are also included.

Over 400 pages of lavishly illustrated content from the mind of Chris Field!

This title normally sells for $26.99 but for alimited time it’s on sale for $17.95; over 30% off! Buy your copy HERE.

We also released the PDF version of our first print product for the Pathfinder RPG:

Campaign Overlay: Fantasy Firearms

Introducing firearms into a fantasy setting requires more than just gunpowder used by Orcs and Elves. Draksmoke adds that fantasy element to the simple discovery that charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter go BOOM when you mix and ignite them.

Draksmoke is fantasy gunpowder. Made from the burning liquid dragons use to make their deadly flames, Draksmoke is a dragon’s breath weapon in powdered form. Few alchemists know the secret to producing true Draksmoke, and they guard it with their lives. Rich and powerful guilds have risen up around those that know the secrets: The Black Brotherhood, the Armigers and the Monopolist Consortium all trade in mundane gunpowder, powerful Draksmoke and newly forged firearms; each pursuing their own ends.

To make use of such a powerful substance, new weapons have been hammered out on the forges of the world. Only the finest steel tempered in the blood of dragons can withstand the power expended by Draksmoke. Naturally, new magicks have been conceived to protect warriors, kings, and knaves alike.

* Included in this Sourcebook: Four new player species
* 10 new monsters
* 11 new spells
* 2 new Clerical Domains
* 30 new feats
* Dozens of new weapons (both mundane and magical)
* and more!

Everything you need to bring real firepower to your fantasy campaign!

One of our Facebook fans had this to say about Fantasy Firearms:

“The book is awesome. I personally don’t use the Draksmoke elements, as in my world Black Powder/Gunpowder exists, but the book is an essential part of my PF games. I owned both “FF” PDF’s from RPGNow before I bought this, but there is still more than enough content here to buy this as well!”

The print version sells for $24.99, but the PDF can be had for just $10.99! Buy your copy HERE.

And some of our other recent releases:


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