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Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock (Pathfinder)

Timothy Brannan offers up a 500+-page tome on Pathfinder witches, including a new alternate version and a new warlock class.

Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock (Pathfinder)

Timothy Brannan offers up a 500+-page tome on Pathfinder witches, including a new alternate version and a new warlock class.

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About

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

-The Three Witches, Macbeth

In 2000, we were treated to a new version of the world’s oldest and biggest fantasy roleplaying game. Along with this new version of the game came a new license to allow others to produce material for it. By 2002, we ended up with no less than a half-dozen new products offering witch classes.Two of those, Way of the Witch and Liber Mysterium, took the witch into new and exciting directions.

Now in 2013 we have Pathfinder, the spiritual successor to that game, and a new witch class. In the last 10 years, a lot of great material has been written about the witch.

Strange Brew: The Ultimate Witch & Warlock is the book that will bring all of these products together in one massive volume. This book will combine the efforts of members of the original team that worked on The Way of the Witch and the original author of Liber Mysterium: the Book of Witches and Warlocks.

Strange Brew Cover
Strange Brew Cover

This book will contain everything you need to play any sort of witch, warlock, or witchlike character in your Pathfinder game. Presently, we have three witch base classes, a warlock class, several traditions, new uses for skills, new feats, new hexes and powers, dozens of prestige classes, new archetypes, and several multi-class paths; and we have compiled hundreds of spells and lots of Open Gaming Content. No two witches ever need to be the same again!

For the Game Masters we also include witch-related monsters, new magic items, ritual magics, and adventure hooks for your game. Get your witches involved on quests that mean something to them or provide some witch-centric adventures.

About the Book

"Bell, book, and candle; candle, book and bell.”

-Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlow

At present over 500 pages have been written, collected, and will soon be edited.

Presently the chapters look like this, but the Table of Contents is subject to change:

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

Chapter 7: Monsters

Chapter 8: Stories & NPCs

Chapter 9: Final

Appendices

We also are considering a chapter on using the witch in Modern games.

STRETCH GOAL

$22,500 Owen Stephens of Rogue Genius Games writes The Talented Witch, and backers of $30+ receive a PDF copy of it in June 2014.

Who is Involved?

Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?

-Glinda, the Good Witch of the North

Timothy S. Brannan has been writing about witches for most of his RPG career.In 2002 he released Liber Mysterium a book on playing witches for the Dungeons & Dragons 3.0/d20 game. He has worked on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG and Ghosts of Albion RPG, where he worked side by side with Amber Benson, who played his favorite TV witch, Tara Maclay. Tim is this project's Lead Designer and Author.

Christina Stiles, a long-time industry veteran and award-winning writer and editor, is the Editor-in-Chief. Recently, she’s been a lead designer on several projects for Kobold Press, including Journeys to the West, Midgard Tales, and replacement designer for Dark Deeds in Freeport. She is currently finishing Freeing Nethus for Kobold Press and starting editing on Bite Me! The Gaming Guide to Lycanthropy, Christina was a co-author on the original Way of the Witch.

Robert H. Hudson, Jr., best known for his Hero work on Pulp Hero, will be the book's developer. He has been a team member on various Pathfinder products Christina Stiles has released.

Mike Welham, the 2012 RPG Superstar in Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder contest, will be providing additional feats, spells, archetypes--and whatever else strikes his imagination!

Team members Carlos Ovalle, Andrew Durston, and Heleen Durston will also be contributing the project.

Newcomers Morgan Boehringer and Mike Myler will provide material to the book , as well. Additionally, Morgan Boehringer and Megan Robertson (a co-author on Way of the Witch) have been asked to provide stretch goal material for the project. And Jean Rabe (a co-author on Way o the Witch), best known for her Dragonlance novels, will be writing an original short story for the project. Janet Pack, the final co-author on Way of the Witch, may be joining us on this romp, as well.  

Peter Bradley, Troll Lord Games' artist and layout guru created the main cover art and will be doing additional art in the book.

Jacob Blackmon, an extraordinary artist who has done work for Christina's Rogue Mage RPG (Misfit Studios) and other projects, will be doing much of the interior art.

 

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

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 new OGC entries we are adding and the editing required to fit them into the larger work. The material has had the benefit of play-testing 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 edits in February. 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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