As a way of saying thank you to those that believed in us enough to subscribe before we had a single product to sell, we at Jon Brazer Enterprises prepared a special product for all of you. That product is now available to download as part of your subscription. After you’ve read it, please feel free to come over to our forums and tell us what you think (or talk about it here if you would like).

In the words of the Great Maker, JMS, “Faith manages.” Thank you all.

Even though I launched the company a month and a half ago, I’ve been preparing for this for over a year. And I know what my favorite part of actually running a company is. Its getting the first look at the possibilities. In recent weeks I’ve ordered some art for my next line of products. First piece came in last night. Its beautiful. Its absolutely beautiful. I’ll be launching the line with it, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. It really is thrilling to see what lies ahead. Expect the line to launch sometime in July. I want at least 4 products complete before publishing. In the meantime, I have much work to do.

Paskrin. I’d use a different word to describe them, but I’d have to censor myself. These things are trouble. They’re small and they chew. Anything. And Everything. They make your old college roommate’s pet rodent’s annoying behavior appear sweet. Feet? No. Tentacles? Yes. Relation to Cthulu? Somedays you’d think so. Trainable? Hells yes.

Just hope they don’t chew their way through their cage and into your engine room.

The dead walk. They claw and chew a trail of carnage and leave terror and death in their wake. Beware of a body lying motionless on the ground for it may indeed be a nightmare awaiting the command to strike. Now these creatures make their way into your game to make your characters think twice about leaving behind a scene of death and destruction. Now the dead fight back. Now the army of death fight the forces of life.

Download this menace now at DriveThruRPG.com

On distant worlds in the deepest regions of space, unknown creatures await unwitting explorers. Close to home, devious politicians and gangsters lure native wild life to carry out their dirty work while maintaining denyability. On a frontier outpost, primitive life forms walk the uninhabited regions hoping claim the civilized place as their new home. Be prepared no matter where your players go. Be ready with the Creatures of Distant Worlds.

Necro-Soldiers carry out their tasks from beyond the grave. With a computer for a mind and dead heart for a soul, these merciless troops complete their mission with deadly accuracy.

Necro-Soldiers is now available for download to all Subscribers and will be available alone on 25 May 2009.

“Traveller” and the Traveller logo are Trademarks owned by Far Future Enterprises, Inc. and are used with permission. The Traveller Main Rulebook is available from Mongoose Publishing.

Its easy to see why SkyNet is so evil: they want to exterminate humanity. Its easy to see why Romulans are evil: they want to destroy the Federation. The Empire … they want to … put down a rebellion? So they’re as evil as George Washington during the Whiskey Rebellion? They change for form of government. Ok that’s bad, but its not exterminate humanity evil. They destroy a planet with plenty of innocent civilians that also was a hot spot of rebellion. Ok, that’s (recent political figure that authorized torture that shall remain nameless) evil, but not Adolf Hitler evil. But that’s it? One incident that occurred after the Rebellion started?

I was thinking about this is morning and the more I think about it the more I realized that Star Wars doesn’t do a good job of showing why the bad guys are bad. A classic example of “Telling” and not “Showing”, something all authors should avoid. As I work on my setting, I’m making sure that the race generally assumed as the bad guys demonstrate their evil ways repeated instead of just saying “They’re bad because they’re ugly.” Slavery is present, so is mass genocide, underhanded dealings, and a desire to oppress those simply because they can. There are perfectly good reasons for all of this from the point of view of the bad guys as well as reasons to see why they do not see themselves as bad. But they do commit some rather nasty acts nonetheless.

The one thing in this setting that I feel is most important is room for individuals to make a difference. In this setting, a single person can mean the difference between home and hell.

All this week, we’re posting pictures on various places of our upcoming creatures on the web. Yesterday the artwork to necro-soldiers was released. Check out our Tweets from the Future feed to see today’s upcoming creature.

Creature Status

Necro-Soldiers: One more edit pass and and it should be beautiful.
Ice Goliaths: Finished and Uploaded to DriveThruRPG.
Psiscorpions: Try as I might, I was not pleased with this one. Currently is resting on the cutting room floor. Paskrin, the bane of Engineers, will be taking its place.
Spiders: Finished and Uploaded to DriveThruRPG.

Thought for the Day: Felicia Day likes D&D. Do you?

Swimming loose in Traveller games comes the Krakodaran. This creature attacks with its terrible shout and viscious bite. Neither swimmer nor submersible is safe when the Krakodaran comes looking for its next meal.

Creatures of Distant Worlds: Krakodaran is part of the Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription and is also available for individual sale at DriveThruRPG.com.

“Traveller” and the Traveller logo are Trademarks owned by Far Future Enterprises, Inc. and are used with permission. The Traveller Main Rulebook is available from Mongoose Publishing.

Because Jon Brazer Enterprises appreciates our Subscribers, we’re releasing Creatures of Distant Worlds to them today. They get the first look at these terrible kings of the ocean waves. Scouring the waters for their next meal, they search for a tasty snack like player characters. Now an elect few feed freely before the whole pod swims loose on Monday May 11th.

Krakodarans is apart of the Creatures of Distant Worlds Subscription. Join this Member’s Only group today for exciting Subscriber Benefits.