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  • Places by the Way Open House: A Piece of Sylvanhome Real Estate Our current Kickstarter campaign, which pre-sells Places by the Way #5: The Dwarven Smith's Tome, drew the attention of a potential backer who asked for a preview of previous work. It's an entirely reasonable request, but I have to admit that what we have on hand is... not great. Our auto-generated previews on DTRPG and DMs Guild are pretty much pro forma — they just grab from the default-selected pages and show little more than publication info, table of contents and maybe a page or two of introduction.I made a gesture toward correcting that when I posted the first draft of location #9 in Places by the Way #4: Sylvanhome in an update to the ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2018, 5:01 PM by Douglas Sun
  • Plugs For Friends: Strongholds & Followers on Kickstarter Only a few days into the campaign, and it looks like my old Decipher RPG colleague Matt Colville has made one hellacious debut on Kickstarter. His campaign for Strongholds & Followers has drawn almost ten thousand pledges worth close to a million dollars as I write, and the campaign still has almost four weeks left to run. Not only has it taken off like a rocket, but it will leave the solar system and catch up with the Voyager probes as they enter deep space soon. It’s always good to see a friend succeed. But in this case it’s all the more so because Strongholds & Followers addresses something that I have always seen as a big gap in the ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 4:27 PM by Douglas Sun
  • Ramen Sandwich Press in 2018: Expansion, Not Modification; "And," Not "Or" As the sun rises, bringing with it the new year, Ramen Sandwich Press and I have a couple of announcements to make in the spirit of looking forward to 2018. The profile that we cut will look a little different by the end of the year than it does now, but I want to emphasize that these changes are a matter of addition and expansion, not major shifts in direction. First announcement: I have launched a Patreon page, live as of December 31. Over the last year, I have relied heavily on Kickstarter to fund Places by the Way, running four successful campaigns and getting valuable support from some wonderful backers. I’m happy with our results there. But we ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2018, 12:19 AM by Douglas Sun
  • Places by the Way Design Blog 4.1: A Preview of Sylvanhome For the benefit of my Kickstarter backers and potential Kickstarter backers, I am posting a preview of location #9 from Places by the Way #4: Sylvanhome. It's just a preview, meaning that it's not authoritative, but you may take it as highly suggestive. Heck, I just wrote out the first pass this afternoon. What did you expect?If you didn't come here from my Kickstarter campaign for Sylvanhome, you should check it out. If you came here from Kickstarter, read on:9. Aela and Luven Welleaf, Weavers This spacious house doubles as a workshop and the family home of Aela and Luven Welleaf and their two children. The largest room houses a loom on which Aela spins ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2017, 11:42 PM by Douglas Sun
  • Places by the Way Design Blog 4.0: Ye Elves of Groves, Yadda Yadda Yadda "Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves..."— Shakespeare, The TempestIt has always seemed to me that wood elves pose a nice challenge when running a typical D&D campaign. From the very beginning Dungeons & Dragons has taken most of its cues on the elvish race from Tolkien*, for whom elves are anything but little nocturnal dudes who help out overworked shoemakers. His elves are more like the ultimate good guys — not immune to faults and bad judgment, but beings of considerable beauty and power, and fundamentally benign. The Players’ Handbook tells us that, “They value and protect others’ freedom as well as their own, and they are more often good than not.” Any capacity for evil is ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:23 AM by Douglas Sun
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