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A full-color hardback Pathfinder OR C&C book on witches and warlocks, with spells, ritual magic, patrons, covens, and familiars.
A full-color hardback Pathfinder OR C&C book on witches and warlocks, with spells, ritual magic, patrons, covens, and familiars.
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Announcing a Castles & Crusades version, as well!

Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock for C&C
Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock for C&C

Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock contains everything you need to play every kind of witch, warlock, or pythoness you can imagine, detailing an expansive list of new options for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and/or Castles & Crusades--the latter version will be slightly different in conten. In this fantastic new tome you'll find...

  • new alternate classes for the occult
  • the warlock base class
  • several traditions
  • innovative uses for skills
  • new feats
  • hexes and powers
  • dozens of new prestige classes
  • class archetypes
  • familiars and patrons
  • multi-class paths
  • hundreds of spells
  • ritual magic
  • and more—no two witches need ever be the same again!

Make your witch much more than a distaff wizard with Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock!

Art by Jacob Blackmon
Art by Jacob Blackmon
Game Masters can make use of the new magic items, ritual magics, and adventure hooks, but to get witches involved on quests with special meaning for them, there are adventures of the occult included as well!

Even if witches aren't prevalent in your game, there are numerous reasons to pick up a copy of Strange Brew: Ultimate Witch & Warlock! A host of the new spells are available for clerics, druids, oracles, summoners, sorcerers, and wizards, in addition to witches; and ritual magic makes all spellcasting characters more versatile. On top of that, the plethora of magic items and prestige classes are filled with material that can be used by any adventurer!
 
This PDF and print copy of this tome will be in color. All copies are hardcover. A digital copy of the 256-page Strange Brew: Ultimate Witch & Warlock will retail at $24.99--for $25 here, you get the final PDF, plus several others.To get an idea of how much ground is getting covered in this premium supplement, the current table of contents is provided below:
 

Foreword  by Barb Hendee, author of the Mist-Torn Witch series and the Noble Dead.

Barb Hendee's Mist-Torn Witches
Barb Hendee's Mist-Torn Witches


Introduction                  
Chapter 1: The Witch & Warlock Base Classes
Chapter 2: Patrons & Traditions
Chapter 3: Multi-class Paths, Archetypes and Prestige Classes
Chapter 4: Skills & Feats
Chapter 5: Covencraft
Chapter 6: Magic; Spells, and Spellcraft
Chapter 7: Stories & NPCs
Chapter 8: Final
Appendices

A separate short story by fantasy author Jean Rabe

Jean Rabe Books
Jean Rabe Books

When we reach our target funding, chapters on monsters, modern-day witches and more will be added as stretch goals! Getting artist Darlene to illustrate a cover is one of our stretch goals.

Maltheshary Iconic by Jacob Blackmon
Maltheshary Iconic by Jacob Blackmon
 
Timothy S. Brannan is a seasoned writer with a focus on witches. In 2002 he released Liber Mysterium, a book for witches for the Dungeons & Dragons 3.0/d20 systems. Among his many credits, Timothy counts the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG, Ghosts of Albion RPG (where he worked with his favorite TV witch, Amber Benson), and numerous titles on tabletop occult. With this wealth of experience at his disposal, Tim is the project's Author and Lead Designer.

Industry veteran and award-winning writer and editor, Christina Stiles, is our Editor-in-Chief. In addition to co-authoring the original Way of the Witch, Christina has written, edited, designed, and developed scores of projects for companies like Paizo Publishing, White Wolf Studios, Green Ronin, Misfit Studios, Super Genius Games, Kobold Press, Rogue Genius Games, and many more!

Robert H. Hudson, Jr. is best known for his ENNIE-nominated work on the Pulp Hero line for the Hero System, and is the developer for Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock. This tome is among many that he's worked on for Christina Stiles Presents, where Robert contributed as both lead designer and lead developer several times.

Paizo Publishing's 2012 RPG Superstar, Mike Welham, has designed new feats, spells, and archetypes—and he'll design whatever else strikes his imagination!

Morgan Boehringer is a freelancer whose work can be found in Kobold Quarterly #23 (Gauntlet Witch), Wayfinder (#7, #8, #9 - Bonewitch), Midgard Tales, Legends of Midgard, and Journeys to the West. Expect more of the sort of brilliant, critically acclaimed material that he released in the Direlock Base Class (from Forest Guardian Press, his own company) to grace the pages of Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock!

Authoring an adventure ("Quarrel in Quorakkis") and several spellcaster archetypes for this sensational book on the occult, Mike Myler is a name that continues to gain momentum in the RPG industry. You can find his material everywhere from Fantasy Flight Games' upcoming Tome of Decay, to AdventureAWeek.com's Rise of the Drow (where he's since been the architect of their Underworld setting and is Master of the AaWBlog), to a score of other Pathfinder publishers (including the upcoming Advanced Bestiary from Green Ronin, To Stake A Vampire for EN Publishing, and dozens of other products from Rite Publishing, Jon Brazer Enterprises, Louis Porter Jr. Design and more).
 
The co-authors of Way of the Witch, Megan Robertson, Jean Rabe (well known for her Dragonlance novels), and Janet Pack are on board to write original material for the book and stretch goals for Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock, but we're waiting to reveal more about those as we reach them! And Christina's minions Andrew Durston, Heleen Durston, and Carlos Ovalle will be contributing material, as well.
 
Peter Bradley, artist and layout guru for Troll Lord Games, created the beautiful cover art and is slated for more great illustrations throughout the book.
 
One of the extraordinary illustrators for Rogue Mage RPG (Misfits Studios) and the AdventureAWeek.com's Underworld line, Jacob Blackmon is bringing his mastery of the craft to Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock as the book's primary artist!
Larina Iconic by Jacob Blackmon
Larina Iconic by Jacob Blackmon

$8000 Morgan Boehringer and Christos Gurd write Strange Brew: War Witches and Hexmavens. This will be a PDF product. In anticipation of this stretch goal, we've already commissioned a Jacob Blackmon cover.

War Witches & Hexmavens Cover by Jacob Blackmon
War Witches & Hexmavens Cover by Jacob Blackmon

$8200--Marc Radle of Kobold Press adds the Hex Blaster archetype fro the popular Battle Scion class from Kobold Press's New Paths Compendium. Combining the witch spell list with fun stuff like a specialized weapon-based familiar, new hex blast abilities to replace force blast and plenty more, the Hex Blaster will be loads of fun to play!

$9000--Megan Robertson, former co-author of Way of the Witch, writes the 36-page Book of Shadows PDF. This will be converted to both PF and C&C.

$10,000--All backers of $25 or more receive the PDF version of the Pathfinder Way of the Witch. This will be ready in late 2014.

$1 or more shows your support for our project. Thank you!

 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan

 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF for PF and C&C by Timothy Brannan
The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
 Advanced Options: Witches' Hexes
 
#1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
#1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats 

 + Stretch Goal PDFS

 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF for PF and C&C  by Timothy Brannan
 The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
 Advanced Options: Witches' Hexes
 
#1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
  exes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
#1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats 
 
Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes PDF 
 Bite Me! Werewolves PDF by Robert H. Hudson, Jr.
 + Stretch Goal PDFS

 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock Hardcover by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF for PF and C&C by Timothy Brannan
 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
 Advanced Options: Witches' Hexes
 
#1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
 exes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
#1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats 
+ Stretch Goal PDFS
 

Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock Hardcover by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF for PF and C&C by Timothy Brannan
 Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes softcover 
 
Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes PDF 
 Bite Me! Werewolves PDF by Robert H. Hudson, Jr.
 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
Advanced Options: Witches' Hex#1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
exes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
#1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats 
 + Stretch Goal PDFS

 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock Hardcover by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes softcover 
 
Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes PDF 
 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
 Advanced Options: Witches' Hexes
 
#1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
 exes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
 #1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats 
+ Stretch Goal PDFS & PRINT
 Backer Credit in the book
 Way of the Witch PDF & PRINT book

LIMITED EDITION SIGNED Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock Hardcover by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes softcover 
 
Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes PDF 
 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
 Advanced Options: Witches' Hexes #1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
exes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
#1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats 
 + Stretch Goal PDFS & PRINT
 Backer Credit in the book
 Way of the Witch PDF & PRINT book
 May contribute up to 1,000 (approved) words to the project

 LIMITED EDITION SIGNED Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock Hardcover by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes softcover 
 
Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes PDF 
 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
 Advanced Options: Witches' Hexe
 
#1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
 exes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
#1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats 
+ Stretch Goal PDFS & PRINT
 Backer Credit in the book
 Way of the Witch PDF & PRINT book
 May contribute up to 3,000 (approved) words to the project
 A character is created in my honor for the book
 I receive an art print of the character by Jacob Blackmon
 I receive an art print of the cover by Peter Bradley

  LIMITED EDITION SIGNED Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock Hardcover by Timothy Brannan
 Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes softcover 
 
Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes PDF 
 The Talented Witch PDF by Owen K.C. Stephens
 The Warlock PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Witch PDF by Timothy Brannan
 The Direlock for PF by Morgan Boehringer
 Advanced Options: Witches' Hexes#1 With a Bullet Point: 13 Witch Hexes
 Advanced Options: Patron Hexes
  #1 With a Bullet Point: 5 Magic Witch's Daggers
The Genius Guide to the Witch Hunter
#1 With a Bullet Point: 9 Witch Hunter Feats s
 + Stretch Goal PDFS & PRINT
 Backer Credit in the book
 Way of the Witch PDF & PRINT book
 May contribute up to 3,000 (approved) words to the project
 A character is created in my honor for the book
 I receive an art print of the character by Jacob Blackmon
 I receive an art print of the cover by Peter Bradley
 Strange Brew is dedicated to me
 I receive a special adventure by Christina Stiles

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project leader directly.

Q: Doesn’t Pathfinder have a witch?  Why do I need this?

A: Yes, there is a Witch class. This book embraces that class and extends it. While we all enjoy that class, there are some things we felt were missing or could be better defined. This book will address those areas.  

Q: What can I contribute at the $300 level?

A: You may submit new feats, spells, magic items, covens, etc., to the book. The limit is 1,000 words and we will work with you to make the submission

Q: What is with the retro-looking cover?

Christina responds: It's a Peter Bradley cover, and Peter mainly works on Castles & Crusades. I LOVE this type of fantasy art. Peter Bradley is one of my favorite artists. How could you not like it? The lettering may change on the final version, but this is my cover. 

Q: Will there be Hero Lab files?

I am in the process of talking with a programmer about such. It is on my radar.  

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

“We are up to our pointy hats in problems here!”

- Piper Halliwell, Charmed

90% of the text for the Ultimate Witch book has been written. There are some other OGC entries we are adding and the editing required to fit them into the larger work. The material has had the benefit of playtesting for more than 10 years.

The main risk comes from getting the necessary art and ensuring all the material meets Pathfinder standards. Additionally, I am in the process of completing Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropes, which is running slightly behind schedule, but is heading into final edits in May. One pdf reward has been released on that kickstarter, and the backers are set to receive several bonus advanced were materials over the next month.

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    WITCH PRIEST/PRIESTESS: Limited to 20 pledgers. I receive the final pdf, backer credit in the book, the Talented Witch PDF, and a SIGNED (by TIMOTHY BRANNAN) hardcover copy of the Strange Brew book. My hardcover is a numbered LIMITED EDITION version. I receive both PDF and PRINT copies of any stretch goals. I may contribute an NPC to the book and/or feats, spells, magic items, etc. Contributions must be approved by the designer and developer and may include up to 1,000 words.

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    WITCH KING/QUEEN: As per the WITCH PRIEST/PRIESTESS, but I may contribute up to 3000 words to the project. A character is created in my honor (either by myself or by Tim Brannan or Christina Stiles). I receive a print copy of the character art by JACOB BLACKMON. I also receive a print of the cover by PETER BRADLEY. Apprentice with Christina for a year, as well!

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