"I’ve had the pleasure to see quite a few of these bloodlines and their sub-bloodlines…and oh boy, Most bloodlines tend to bore me. These push the boundaries of what one would have expected. Seriously, this book looks like it can be pretty much a milestone for bloodlines." - Endzeitgeist, premiere 3pp reviewer
In roleplaying games, player agency should be king. It is our story to tell, and mechanics should bend, or even break, in order to allow that story to happen. This player-positive philosophy was at the fore of the development of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and is best seen in the transformation of a number of legacy rules from penalties to avoid to bonuses to chase.
The Big Book of Bloodlines seeks to continue this tradition of player agency by opening up new possibilities for the bloodrager and sorcerer base classes, as well as any other creations that just so happen to use bloodlines. Gravitating away from the stereotypical concepts of caster sorcerer and smashy bloodrager, The Big Book of Bloodlines provides flavorful options that are just powerful enough to get that bloodrager to seriously consider taking on support casting, item creation, area denial, summoning, or other roles not commonly associated with the class. By the same token, the sorcerer gains options that push it into new realms of gameplay and backstory.
To combat the fairly unfortunate ruling that a multiclass bloodrager/sorcerer must have the same bloodline for both classes, The Big Book of Bloodlines introduces the concept of subbloodlines. Unlike subdomains or wizard subspecializations, a subbloodline is a wholly unique creation and not the changing of two or three abilities. Each subbloodline is assigned between one and three parent bloodlines, generally bloodlines created by Paizo, Inc. itself, and multiclass sorcerer/bloodragers need only ensure that their subbloodlines have at least one matching parent.
For example, a bloodrager with the lich (arcane and undead) subbloodline can multiclass sorcerer with the pixie (arcane and fey) bloodline because both lich and pixie are arcane. This effectively gives each bloodline dozens of possible mates when multiclassing rather than just one, putting agency back into the hands of the players.
Bloodlines define their characters more than perhaps any other class feature in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. They influence magic selection, magic functionality, feat selection, and pile on a few more abilities besides. All of these pieces make twisting that tried-and-true chassis all the more interesting. "Complex" bloodlines hijack bonus spells or bonus feats by granting magic-fueled power pools or talents in their stead, creating ability sets that totally transform the way the player approaches building and playing his character.
See the Previews section for an example complex bloodline.
• 100+ new bloodlines, split evenly between the sorcerer and the bloodrager
• 20+ "complex" bloodlines, which completely redefine what it is a bloodline can do
• The Subbloodlines system, which increases the number of possible bloodrager/sorcerer multiclass builds exponentially
• Subbloodlines system support for dozens of previously-released sorcerer and bloodrager bloodlines from various publishers, including Purple Duck Games and Wayfinder Magazine.
Ye Olde Addons
+$3 - Blood Historian - Backers at any level may add +$3 to receive copies of all bloodlines products written by Interjection Games before the launch of The Big Book of Bloodlines. All 25 of the bloodlines contained in these legacy products will have parent bloodlines assigned to them in the back of the book.
- Class Expansions: Sorcerer Bloodlines (orig. $1.00)
- Class Expansions: Hybrid Elemental Sorcerer Bloodlines (orig. $1.75)
- Class Expansions: Illusion Sorcerer Bloodlines (orig. $1.25)
- Class Expansions: Bloodrager Bloodlines (orig. $2.49)
+$10 - Blood Donor - Backers at the $15 level or higher may add +$10 to gain the ability to print up to four (4) hardcover copies of The Big Book of Bloodlines at cost through OneBookShelf rather than just one.
+$25 - Mug Shot - Backers at the $15 level or higher may add $25 to claim a bloodline and have a character portrait made to their specifications to act as the face of that bloodline. Interjection Games reserves the right to decline the claiming of a specific bloodline on the following grounds.
• It's already claimed.
• "Do you see how nicely this bloodline fits in layout? There's no way I'm messing that up!"
• The proposed character is likely to be considered "squicky" or offensive by others buying the book.
+$25 - Strange Magic - Backers at any level may add $25 to receive the Ultimate Ethermagic (~95 pages), Ultimate Composition (~95 pages), and Ultimate Truenaming (~105 pages) PDFs as soon as payment is received.
Once Strange Magic is complete following the addition of an NPC Codex and two fairly hard-to-make archetypes for the etherslinger base class (Yes, we reacted to you calling us out on having no archetypes for that class in the best possible way!), backers with this addon will receive a PDF copy of Strange Magic, and the option to purchase a hardcover copy of the book from OneBookShelf at cost to print (~$15).
+$25 - Bloodline Progenitor - Backers at the $40 level or higher may add $25 to have another bloodline written for them. You control the flavor and general playstyle of the class, and your name is emblazoned on the front of the bloodline to herald it as a thing that you brought into being.
+$40 - Complex Bloodline Progenitor - Backers at the $40 level or higher may add $40 to have another complex bloodline written for them. You control the flavor and general playstyle of the class, and your name is emblazoned on the front of the bloodline to herald it as a thing that you brought into being.
+$50 - Patron of the Bloodlord - Backers at the $15 level or higher may add $50 to have a bloodlord archetype written for them. You control the flavor and general playstyle of the archetype, and your name is emblazoned on its front to herald it as a thing that you brought into being.
See the Previews section for the difference between basic bloodlines and complex bloodlines.
+$100 - Rolling Bloodlines Stretch Goal - A new bloodline will be added to The Big Book of Bloodlines for every $100 raised above the minimum funding level of $2,000. Every fifth bloodline added in this manner will be a "complex" bloodline.
New - $2,400, $2,800 - Bloodlord Archetypes - At $2,400 and $2,800, an additional bloodlord archetype will be added to The Big Book of Bloodlines.
Unlocked! - $3,000 - The Bloodlord Base Class - At $3,000, The Big Book of Bloodlines will also include the bloodlord, a new base class that juggles the powers of four bloodlines, two sorcerer and two bloodrager, to allow for powerful character customization.
$3,400 - Virtue and Sin Bloodlines - At $3,400, the rolling bloodlines stretch goal will have added enough bloodlines to allow for a full series based on the seven deadly sins and their antithetical virtues, as well as the new "Sin" and "Virtue" parent bloodlines.
$4,500 - Bloodlines by Endzeitgeist - At $4,500, reviewer extraordinaire (and etherslinger designer) Endzeitgeist will write four bloodlines for The Big Book of Bloodlines.
$6,500 - Onmyoji Bloodlines - At $6,500, all backers at the $15 level or higher receive a free PDF copy of the onmyoji base class by Interjection Games. The onmyoji's talisman magic system, petition magic system, and shikigami pet system will be added to the pot of concepts used by The Big Book of Bloodlines, resulting in the creation of a series of eastern-themed bloodlines with some really quite awesome mechanics.
$10,000 - Color Art - At $10,000, The Big Book of Bloodlines goes color art.
Printing and Shipping
Hardcover copies of The Big Book of Bloodlines will be printed by Lightning Source and fulfilled through OneBookShelf's (owners of RPGnow.com. drivethrurpg.com, et al.) print and shipping system. Lightning Source has a press in Tennessee, USA, as well as the United Kingdom, allowing European buyers to avoid costly fees for shipping across the Atlantic. Australia? Yeah, they got you again. Sorry.
Bradley Crouch is the one and only madman behind the curtain that is Interjection Games. Since his first release in 2012, Bradley has gone on to release over 20 base classes and about 60 other products, winning slots #2 and #9 on Endzeitgeist’s top 10 of 2013 with four nominations for the top 10 of 2014 at the time of posting. As this is a full-time gig, when Bradley is not coming up with new gaming material, he’s more than likely scheming about the creation of new gaming material.
Risks and challenges
As this is Interjection Games' second Kickstarter, the workflow is fairly well defined at this point. This is what I do professionally, and my future success is dictated by my reputation in the industry. For that reason alone, it is assured that I'll move heaven and earth to bring this product to market. This Kickstarter pays for the art and other assets necessary to make a single, attractive hardcover book rather than a series of PDFs.
Like Strange Magic before it, this makes art, backer additions, and spontaneous free content expansions the weak points that can slow the project down, but good communication and a dwarven sense of duty will see this project through everything but a zombie apocalypse, EMP, or similar phenomenon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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