New day jobs and minor illnesses have kept things moving slowly here at Ebon Gryphon, but things have been quietly simmering along! Back at Christmas Time, we did our “twelve days of Ebon Gryphon Christmas” on Facebook. The resources posted then have been added to our Ebon Fantasy page here now to make them easier to find in the future!
You can find a lot there now – Dwarves, Grims, and Orcs as new kindreds, two new regions, three new general backgrounds, seven specialties, four Patrons, two denizens, and rules for crafting and mounts among it! There’s also a link to the form-fillable character sheet, and four sample characters… check it out!
The Day Job has unfortunately been consuming most of Julian’s time, but Travis has been working on a long-term pet project of his, a GM-less, single-session RPG meant to emulate vampire movies in the classic horror vein – Dracula and the Hammer movies, rather than, say, Twilight. It’s called … and cast no shadow, and here’s a preview of a couple of pages!
We’ve turned on the print option for Ebon Fantasy Essence on DriveThruRPG, and it’s available on Amazon as well! Print cost is $20. If you order through DriveThru, you can get it in PDF as well for no extra charge.
We’ll be sending out coupons for PDF purchasers to get the printed book for the difference in price ($8) this evening. They’ll come through DriveThru’s system for emailing previous customers, so you might want to check your contact settings! You can check and change them at: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/account_contact_options.php
It’s print on demand, and DriveThru and Amazon use different printers, so there are differences. Illustrations are a bit clearer in the DriveThru version, but the paper doesn’t seem to be of as high quality. The DriveThru cover is glossy, the Amazon cover is matte.
Feels like we’ve been waiting forever (more like two weeks really), but we got confirmation from Amazon today that our revised proof copies of Ebon Fantasy Essence shipped, and DriveThru’s preliminary print approval came through, so we were able to order proof copies there!
Over on the Ebon Fantasy page, we now have the Martial Practitioner, for those who prefer their Warriors to fight without weapons, and a discussion of Death and Undead in Tathir, which includes the Patron info for Devotees of Arel, goddess of love, joy, death, and laughter!
So what is Ebon Fantasy? It’s our own adaptation of the Effect Engine, incorporating concepts from our earlier Aperita Arcana supplement for it. Where the first Effect Engine game tried to keep compatibility with early D&D, so you could use it to play D&D adventures, Ebon Fantasy moves away from that, freeing it to make more significant changes, and to use the Effect Engine in different ways.
Essence gives you the core rules of Ebon Fantasy, covering character levels 1 to 10. All the classes are included, but a limited set of class specialties, kindreds, and backgrounds are in it. Future products will expand on it, introducing more of each, along with creatures, adventures, and so on!
Third, we have a new supplement for GMs of D&D and other old-school RPGs. One Man’s Trash is an aid for creating treasure hoards that aren’t just “X thousand copper, Y thousand silver…”. Featuring over 250 treasure items and their values, plus a quick and simple system for taking the treasures generated by OSR games and turning them into something that a monster might have naturally accumulated, we hope that One Man’s Trash will become a book you’ll always want to have by your side when creating adventures!
If you received the PDF through RPGnow or DriveThruRPG (which includes most of our Kickstarter backers), then the updated PDF is available to you in your library there. If you bought it through Amazon or another book or game store, contact us to get an updated PDF.
Physical copies of the new book will be available as soon as we can get them approved at CreateSpace and OneBookShelf (the parent company of RPGnow and DriveThruRPG). This may take as much as a couple of weeks, but we will announce here when they are ready, and those who have previously bought the book will be offered a discount!