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    Writer and artist in Beer With Teeth, a UK Runequest and RPG publishing collective.
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    I have been throwing dice at people in anger for some time now.

    People have asked me to stop.

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  1. Thanks, Nick. Yes, absolutely. Stone and Bone's sequel is written and waiting only on the last bits of art and proof-reading. Stone and Bone is about one session, while its follow-up is about two, and includes encounter tables and new animals and even a killer plant. It could easily become a short campaign if you wanted it to. I second the idea of getting Nick's index PDF. If you look up the current year's then you'll get a snapshot of 2020's issues, and also it will be updated all this year. It will still be a recent release on the Jonstown Compendium.
  2. Sweeeeet. That's probably the one to use. I may also grab from David Scott's idea there to have nicknames. It's a smallish encounter, but I realised I didn't have an associated name, so that goes in now. The Bilos Gap clan is another way of referring to them.
  3. Are there any known, canonical clan names for morokanth? Borderlands has 'The Morokanth of Bilos Gap'. Any others? Beer With Teeth thank you in advance - our next publication is very nearly ready to go.
  4. Hmmm. Hopefully, all advice needed should be in the book, but I'd go with having pre-prepped any sorcery spells if you have a high-powered party and need your vampire to be over the top powerful, and to use Deveval for emotional impact. He should have plot armour until he's done his job, which is to tell people the problem. (It MIGHT also be to give them True Sword if that's the only way someone can harm a vampire in mist form, which I decided was possible with that spell.) However, he's obviously a kid who is doing what is right because it's honourable, and he's determined to be a good Hum
  5. The Dragonewt Quick Draw skill in the bestiary might be a good model here. Bear in mind that it has a significant penalty for fumbling. That is, you can use the skill - but while you get an advantage it's not a flat advantage with no drawbacks.
  6. As I recall, the Chaosium interpretation of this was that it's appropriate to wear Charisma as a spell when communicating. Don't worry about whether that sort of thing can be masked, so much as what happens if you don't wear it. It would be like not wearing a suit to an interview. Things like Bladesharp, that you might want to cast when in ambush positions, also have to be spoken out loud. (Spell-casting gets through the Silence spirit magic.) Rune Magic might be castable by an internal call to the god or goddess in question, but it's also got a visual component. I'd use that compone
  7. 'absinthe and a volcanic island'. It's shorthand.
  8. What he says, but I believe what you get is a share of 5% - if someone has clicked on several links, DriveThru shares out the 5% between all the clicks, I think. It's definitely upped my enthusiasm for sharing, which is where DriveThru gets their extras. Because it sits outside our agreed royalty sharing, BWT have agreed to share ours. I'm the person who pushes it most, but I'm also the person who would profit most from it, only that wouldn't be right, because there are four of us. So, for that reason we dedicate it to the improvement of our work, and use it to buy assets.
  9. Small notes: If you are on Facebook but not on the Jonstown Compendium Creators' Circle, look for it and join. Make sure you have an Affiliate link - you add your affiliate ID to the end of the URL. That way, when you give that out, you get a bit of extra money when people who have used it buy at DTRPG. Beer With Teeth use that extra money for group expenses like layout software, paying for fonts, and potentially our volcano island base which we have planned for the future. It's a handy little extra, and the money coming in from it is used to make our works better, but it could al
  10. Vectors are the reason I learned C++ by accident. I kid you not. I'd start by looking at how Inkscape does its booleans. That's likely to be open source, and if not, there is definitely at least one plug-in that does it - you can use a shape on your top layer to cut through all the layers beneath it, in one add-on I remember. This maths WILL have been done already. You just need to find it.
  11. You SAY that... but in fact, there is, sort of. Drivethru RP allows you to split royalties. I had meant royalty share, so yes, you cannot guarantee profit share, but you can do a royalty share right from the start. Once you've given it out, you can't give it back, so it you're happy with a split right from the start, then that can work. It's how Beer With Teeth handle things, because it reduces complexity, means we don't even HAVE to trust each other, and gives us money right into our Drivethru accounts. I'm going to note that if you do do royalty sharing, you need to trust that there
  12. *drinks your tears* I think you can upload raster graphics with a stamp (see 'new') but I haven't actually tried. I think the background is a layer, and then the shapes you apply are solid in the middle (corridors/rooms) and apply a transparency map to the page outside ('drawing' the hatching. Beyond that? Magic.
  13. If you want to do basic maps then https://dungeonmapdoodler.com/draw/ is worth a look. Credit plus joining the creator's patreon at $5/month is a good deal if you're otherwise terrible at drawing. An offer of a profit share might also work. It seems they're up for discussing alternative means of paying them, and the result is good for the amount of learning you have to do. I'm all in favour of giving people money to do art, what with being an artist myself, but the Jonstown Compendium is made with love as well as money, so I'm not so much in favour I'll sulk. @coffeemancer, do you
  14. You, sir, are doing that Ambassador thing again. Thank you.
  15. While I personally do use this, I'll warn you away for light use. It's essentially a macro language disguised as mapping software. This way, genuinely, lies madness. Kris and I are definitely available for maps (thanks Nick!) but you can also get good results from a search for 'free online dungeon mapper' or 'free online campaign mapper'. There is some good stuff out there if you want to do it yourself. Generally a map by one of Beer With Teeth would come in cheaper than art work, and we think it looks better than most people can do by themselves, but genuinely, don't underestimate
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