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Projects in the works for New Gods of Mankind

Hey everybody,

I just want to pop in and share what I am working on for New Gods of Mankind. Rebuilding this website took a lot of time. Still some bugs running around. But I am heading in the right direction. I think all creatives face this struggle in making your own website and content. Money does not grow on trees and I am very, very lucky I am somewhat tech savvy and I can build a #WordPress site. So here is what I have in store for you folks.

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The Store is Open

It’s been a struggle.

This website took a lot longer to complete. Finally, I can say, The Shop is Open and welcome all of you to our little eBook store.

Most of the stuff inside belongs to my intellectual property New Gods of Mankind. But there will be much more.

#eBooks from table-top games to printable Cardstock miniatures will be here. If you are an independent developer and want to put your eBooks for sale here. We welcome you. We will pay 80% to all merchants keeping on 20%. We plan to have other streams of revenue for this website so we do not plan to make money just from the ebook store.

Mission Statement

To provide quality articles in our Blog and quality eBooks in our store. We want to make sure you, the customer leave knowing we gave you something to think about.

 

The store will grow as the blog does. We plan to stock it with all sorts of cool eBooks and we hope you will come visit us every week to see what is new. Now we have a lot of blog entries to write today. I hope you find our blog entertaining. Just follow us on social media @darkskullstudio on Twitter and on Facebook 

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Role-playing Humans in Naalrinnon

Role-playing Struggles of Humans

Humans live as the underdog in Naalrinnon, the setting for New Gods of Mankind. Reborn as as mad scheme by an undine god hell bent on revenge, mankind suffered in the first 50 years of walking again. Humans come from the original stock of human invaders who landed over 4000 years ago on Naalrinnon. Mixed with Undines, they resemble men and women on Earth from the Bronze Age. As a 600 year old species on Naalrinnon mankind faces many hardships and challenges. Role-playing a human in New Gods of Mankind stands different from other fantasy world.

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Role-Playing and Fighting Salamanders in New Gods of Mankind

Currently the rough draft for Salamanders of House Draax sits on my desk. The aim for this book is to get players role-playing elder races in Naalrinnon. First up is Salamanders of House Draax. This goddess loves power and enjoys drama for the sake of it. Her children are no different. Draax holds the most power of all Dragon Gods. Her naval fleet chokes the world of Naalrinnon and her ambition knows no bounds. Players will come in contact with Salamanders of House Draax many times. This book is critical.

Role-playing Salamanders of House Draax

Roleplaying a SalamanderRole-Playing this elder race takes a bit of insight into their culture. Salamanders of House Draax allows for this to happen. All of the political and social structure of House Draax will be exposed along with each port given a brief description. The favor system will work for these guys and integrates into the Anointed: Mantle of the Gods rule system and New Gods of Mankind.

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Table-Top Book Store and Role-Playing Game Blog

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to update everyone on what is going on with the website. Right now several items need to be completed before I can begin to finish up my books, Salamanders of House Draax and Shipwrecked and Stranded for Anointed: Mantle of the Gods and New Gods of Mankind.

First off, we will have a Table-Top Book Store called The Book Gods. This little store will be located here store.thebookgods.com It will be up by end of March. We will only sell our latest books there. Science Fiction and Fantasy Table-Top Role-Playing games and literature will be sold there. We plan to stay focused on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Several other game makers will join the site as well later on. For now we will sell New Gods of Mankind books there.

Second we will focus more on the Blog on this website and a blog for The Book Gods. We want to emphasis Game Master Advise, book reviews, news from other game makers, authors and exciting updates. So many small companies look for a voice. So I will gather them up and make sure their voice is heard. We will ensure anyone selling a book will get good commission fees back. Contact me @ bphophix@gmail.com for more information.

We will be creating a final “clean” PDF called New Gods of Mankind Complete 1st Edition. Before we move towards a second edition we want to clean up and make a user friendly 1st edition. This will include minimal artwork, lots of bookmarks for referencing, tables you can yank out and use. Our goal is to make something easy for players to use. I personally dislike the older book layouts and will continue to use a cleaner, more user friendly format. Our goal is to get more people interested in this game again before we march towards 2nd edition.

We will do some videos soon of live sessions. Also look for audio books on Dragon Gods Rising. The second book Shadows of Leviathans will come to light soon.

Plans will go into execution for a world campaign involving the Second War of Leviathans. A campaign sourcebook called Darkness and Terror over Kathonia will see the light of day soon.

This campaign will work with 1st edition rules.

We will ensure this blog gets updates frequently. Its been hard looking for the right plug in. So far Squrrly has helped a lot but we are seeking more.

Until next time!

Lashon and Nassyx added to Creature Compendium

Hi folks,

I just wanted to stop in and inform you we added two more entries to the growing Creature Compendium database.

Nassyx

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The nassyx resembles a large panther with greenish brown fur, bat-like ears, a long neck, and two mouths. The first mouth is where it should be—at the bottom of its face—and filled with the teeth of a predator. The second mouth is half-hidden in the fur of its throat. This mouth has no teeth, but a complex system of muscles, tendons, and cartilage that play the parts of teeth, lips, and tongue. This mouth is not for eating, but for speaking.

Lashon

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These massive, six-legged creatures stand three times as tall as a man, and twice as long. Their long, shaggy hair ranges in color from light brown to solid black, though legend tells of an albino lashon born into every generation. The broad necks of the lashon are set low in their shoulders, both so they can easily reach the ground to feed and to support the enormous antlers protruding from either side of their wide head.

More entries to come!

New Novel and Creature Compendium

Greetings gamers and readers,

Today I will be announcing a couple of new projects for New Gods of Mankind.

First off I am announcing the initial draft of Shadows of the Leviathans, Book 2 of the World of Naalrinnon Series. This story will introduce new characters, and bring back some old friends and gods. Several spirits escape from the island of Kukulcan. These spirits, once members of Bphophix’s mission to colonize the planet suffered greatly for many years. Unlike Bphophix, they went insane and now seek to spread terror and madness throughout the World of Naalrinnon. Can Bphophix and the Elder Gods stop this new threat?

Second, I will be filling in a HUGE gap in the New Gods of Mankind Table-top RPG. I will be putting together a Creature Compendium with rules for New Gods of Mankind and Anointed in there. A description, artwork and stat block will be given in each entry. This website will be the best place to find new stats for anything and everything. Heroes, Gods and Leviathan stats will be included here in their own section. Look for daily entries.

Today’s entry is Human Forager.

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This is a new start for a new year. I would love to see a lot more comments and interaction. I need people who will help me rebuild so we can do a kick-starter. Look for many more entries.

Added The Fantasy Setting Fungal Gardens to The Celestial Gardens

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give an update on the website. We are putting bits of lore in here all the time. With this large of a world, there will always be something extra we add in here. Check out the Fungal Gardens right here.

 

Cool thing is, this part of the Celestial Gardens is mentioned in Dragon Gods Rising, the first Fantasy novel for New Gods of Mankind. You can buy a copy in print on Lulu.com, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble or Drivethru RPG.

Here is Chapter 27:

They moved south. Bphophix ignored every comment and stall. Elisna ducked her head and didn’t even make eye contact. Several offers came to their ears. There were many different booths selling all sorts of odd items, from celestial dirt, to wondrous fruits of the Orchard of Knowledge, Reason, and Madness. One Salamander offered nymph ears, sautéed or baked. A sylph cried out his famous lashon patties fresh from the fields of Naalgrom.

 

Bphophix, distracted by the catcalls, did not think to look down the road. A very solid object blocked his path. Bphophix ran head first into many folds of fat. He fell right on his backside.

 

A very plump looking Undine, with a strawberry red wig of Human hair, huge breasts, and strange smile stood in the middle of the alley. Her hands went right over to pick up Elisna. “Ah someone like her does not belong to you.” She picked up Elisna, with one quick scoop. Bphophix dropped low and kicked the being in the shins.

 

Elisna fell down and so did the strangely dressed Undine. The two sprites flew around Elisna’s head.

 

“You damaged me! You must pay for that!” the plump Undine shouted.

 

Bphophix glanced around noticing the brothels. He silently cursed his luck. This must be the Alley of Ills, and people will be looking to trade flesh.

 

He had no time for games.

 

“I’ll pay for the damage with your un-life, Undine! If you do not want me to take your soul and put it here, in my wineskin, you will back off and go play with someone else!”

 

“What a horrible bargain! You silly creatures deserve nothing but suffering. Endless suffering.”

 

Bphophix popped her in the head with a well-executed straight kick.

 

“I am a deadly weapon and I know how to make your existence very painful. The trade is fair.”

 

The Undine grumbled and slowly stood up.

 

Bphophix scooped up Elisna with one hand and put her on his shoulders once more. He created a huge power-walking gait. Quickly they moved through the smaller crowds.

 

The living made their way out of the alley. No one else cat called to them. No more offers were made. A growing sense of unease settled into the place.

 

Finally they made their way to an isolated, decorative stall.

 

Stretched over the wooden poles, a faded yellow canopy flapped slowly in the breeze. Wooden shelves open to the market stood displaying all sorts of items; toys, trinkets, and other small things one might find at a general store. Nothing specialized could be found here, but each item stood out as a fine piece of craftsmanship. A small building made of wood and stone sat behind the shop, just a few meters away. Smoke curled out of a stone chimney. Wooden mold covered tiles clung to the roof. A chubby black-furred sylph with small wings and a huge grin hobbled around on a cane. He wore a nice robe and a hat. A pipe hung out of his mouth lit, and he puffed at it on occasion. The smell of tobacco clung to the air around him.

 

Bphophix slowed his ferocious power walk. The alley, a fading memory several moments behind them.

 

“Welcome, welcome dear guests to my shop. My name is Viril. I hope you do have some time to browse my goods. Did you lose something?”

 

“Yes, I think I have. My sanity.” Bphophix retorted.

 

“Ha! I can recover this for a small fee. But I think you are being witty. You look like a man driven by certainty.”

 

“Hmm, very perceptive. So you know who I am then?”

 

“Oh the rumors have spread. I knew you would come and visit me. Everyone has visited me. Everyone. Even Fate.”

 

“So if this is a place for souls to stop in their journey to the afterlife, why are you still here?”

 

“Excellent question. I believe Fate and all of the gods found a place for merchants like me. It seems we are not so welcomed in other heavens. We tend to cling to old habits and no one wants to count money in heaven. So we have come here. This is our place. I happen to be one of the most successful merchants in the Great Bazaar.”

 

“Your booth is unimpressive. The only thing I find worthy of any type of consideration is your speech. Do you pretty up your goods with flowery words?”

 

“How else do you think I make a sale? And my best goods can be found in my house. Not out here. And I have my friend here who guards my booth in case you get sticky hands.”

 

A massive giant with four arms, three eyes, long blue shaggy hair, and a giant chest came from behind the house. It lumbered over and sat on a tree stump near the booth. It roared quickly then stared, menacingly, at Bphophix.

 

“That is Grunit, she protects my goods and helps around here. I am quite fond of her.”

 

“Well she should not be worried about any sticky fingers. We need your knowledge, not goods.”

 

“In due time, Captain. She even brews a nice cup of tea, if you would like.”

 

“No thanks. I don’t think I have ever met a giant on this world.”

 

“Really? They come in two varieties. Jurelian and Forest.”

 

“Another problem for another day. I need to know where Gotorro is.”

 

“Straight to the point. A flaw or quality of your personality. Very well, what do you have in trade for such information?”

 

“Knowledge.”

 

“Knowledge? Hmm, you are the originals. Not too many of you around. What could you possibly tell me that I would be interested in?”

 

“I can tell you about Old Earth. A place where all of these ideas originated from. Where humanity started, what you call Invaders.”

 

“Oh that is a juicy bit of knowledge. Wow. You must really value humanity.”

 

“Yes I do. Now I can only tell you stories in parts. I will tell you about what I remember from our history books. You might want to write it down.”

 

“Oh, well I have a fire on inside and tea. How about we sit down and I will get out a scroll. This will fetch a handsome price indeed. But you are only telling me the first part? Hmm, I want at least a millennia’s worth of information. One thousand years. Is that clear?”

 

“Ok Viril, and once I am done you will take me to Gotorro?”

 

“I will take you myself.”

 

Bphophix and Elisna along with the two sprites entered the small cottage house. Even the Jurelian woman giant somehow got inside. Everyone curled up on pillows or wooden chairs and listened.

 

Bphophix told the story of mankind’s first millennia of recorded history. Sumerians and their Bronze Age rivals battled mightily in the cradle of life. Empires rose and fell. The Egyptian reign of Akhenaten, the 18th Dynasty, finished his oral dissertation. Each point Bphophix made, Viril labeled. Several scrolls sat filled on a table nearby.

 

Viril finished writing his last entry, his handwriting furiously fast.

 

“Wow! I could not get such a bargain! That was several thousand years of early Human history. I hate going into debt with someone.”

 

“You just did. Now you will take me to Gotorro and help me free humanity.”

 

“Oh, that is such a difficult task. And I am not up to such a task as being a freedom fighter.”

 

“All I ask is you tell me of Gotorro and how to free my people.

 

“Gotorro is an unscrupulous money lender. He has muscle that he uses to enforce his rules. Somehow he made a deal with Fors. Now he has over fifty Gnome souls working for him that were once warriors, some even Stoneborn. He lords over all the other money lenders and he collects debts with his muscle, often by force.

 

His one weakness is for music. If you want to move his soul, you need someone who can sing.”

 

“Oh, Bphophix I can sing him my new song I made up! Plok and Flana know the tune, right?” Elisna smiled.

 

Both sprites nodded.

 

“Well I think we have something. Let us go see if we can free humanity.”

 

Bphophix and his group left Viril’s shop. The old pawnbroker led them through several side alleys into a place not quite on the beaten path. They crossed an old field filled with different types of mushrooms. The poor lighting of this place was good for fungi to grow. No one worked the fields. Many huts sat on either side of the large plot of land. It stretched over a hundred meters in every direction. They moved quickly towards a large house made of earth, shaped like half of a rounded cylinder with grass for a roof. A Gnome out front split logs with three other Gnomes looking around suspiciously. All of them turned their attention to the party crossing the field. A collective frown gathered like a storm on their faces.

 

“I think you are in the wrong place, Human. You are supposed to be dead first before coming to work the fields.”

 

“Gotorro, I take it?” Bphophix addressed the Gnome splitting logs made of mushroom stalks.

 

Beady deep blue eyes stared intently at them from his wirey, silver, full length beard. He leaned on his ax.

 

“I am just getting a bit of exercise. What do you need? And why, Viril, did you bring them here?”

 

“I owed them a debt.”

 

“That must be a large debt indeed to make you so brave.”

 

Bphophix spoke with a smile on his face. “I would like to propose a trade.”

 

“Oh, I just lend money. I have nothing else for sale.”

 

“But you do hold all of those Human souls correct?”

 

“Aye I do. But they are all huddled up in those shacks you see dotting the edge of the field. They just finished their morning shift.”

 

“I would like to propose a trade. All of their souls, and future souls that come here, for one song.”

 

“One song?”

 

“Elisna can sing this song for you. Once she does, you can capture it and keep it. In return I need to get every single soul out of here. They all come with me.”

 

“This must be an excellent song.”

 

“It is the first song sung by Humans since reincarnating on this world. It is something I helped to create. Now are you interested?”

 

Gotorro laid down his ax and crossed his arms. “Fine I will hear it.”

 

Elisna spoke, “This is a song about mankind.” Bphophix let her down from his shoulders. She cleared her throat. The two sprites landed on her shoulders.

 

Elisna sang. The lyrics spoke of humanity and their first appearance on this world. Then it turned dark, as humanity died out. But then she sung of Fate and the trickery involved in creating mankind once more. It spoke of the potential for Humans to reach the stars once more to visit old Earth.

 

Afterwards Gotorro thought in silence. The other Gnomes did not smile or frown.

 

“This is a beautiful song child. I agree, Bphophix. Your souls are free to follow you. Now child you cannot sing that song again as I now own the song.”

 

“Yes, that is what Bphophix told me. I am ok with that.” She beamed her bright smile.

 

“A question I must ask, Bphophix.”

 

“Yes?”

 

“Where will you take these souls now?”

 

“The sprites know of a place called The Celestial Spheres. I made an agreement with a group of them so they can watch over Human souls. In return they get an afterlife along with humanity. I will personally create a realm worthy of going to when we die. Something inspired from old Earth legends. Now I have other things to worry about. Like how humanity will live and function in the living world.”

 

“Good luck, Bphophix. You will need it.” Gotorro smiled as they parted.

A second novel will be coming out by this time next year. Working title is Shadows of the Leviathans.

 

Enjoy the new material!

 

Richard

Plans for 2017

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Hey everybody,

I figure now is a good time to chat about 2017 and what will happen next year. To be frank with all of you, I have some ideas on what will and will not happen next year.

New Gods of Mankind 2nd Edition Table-Top RPG is on hold until further notice.

Why?

The market is still too small for Table-top RPGs. There are so many mediocre products out there flooding the marketplace.  I do not feel a kick starter will be successful for a 2nd edition. Also several other companies have ripped off my idea and put out products close to mine, stealing my customer base.

If I see some positive traffic from my marketing efforts I will change my mind.

At one time several thousand people downloaded and loved this product. Now it is just sitting on someone’s hard drive. Some of it is my fault.I should not have hired people I did over the years. I learned a lot about the industry. I know it is filled with crooks as it is very hard to make any money in table top RPGs. See unlike others I actually pay my artist and writers.

I have a lot of love and admiration from the artist community and writers as well. As a boss.

As a fellow writer I think the jury is still out. I know my work is good. But do people have time to actually read my writing? No. Most people just skip it and move on. People already have select authors they love. It is hard to grab people’s attention when so many others do so. Maybe one day an idea, novel or game will stick.

I would love to join someone’s project. But it is also an insider industry filled with who knows who. I am not in the in crowd. I know I can produce quality writing in a proper format.

If you need me to work on a project with you email me bphophix@gmail.com

So what am I going to work on?

Novels based off of New Gods of Mankind.

I think this goes without saying. There is a huge story here that needs to be told. It is a great world with lots of unique ideas. I do not plan to abandon it. I plan to develop the whole series of novels into something great. January will see at least 5 to 10 chapters complete for the second novel.

Card Game Thirsty Patrons.

This is a project dedicated to a friend I met out in the desert. He is slowly degenerating because of a disease. I want to get this project done soon. For him and myself. I need this project to succeed before his illness overcomes him. This is a cool game about two or four patrons in a bar looking to get rid of their rival by Boasts, Insults, Seduction and Intimidation. Ego will be the main stat with Gold Coins being the second stat. People can play Humans, Elves and Dwarves.

Blogging about life and humanity.

I see a weekly blog of at least 1000 words. I plan to keep moving forward with my work on Niume.com I want to build up a good readership and improve my writing style. Expect more writing and I want to make sure my words hit home. I want, no I need to make a difference with all of you.

I might take up arms and get into table-top again. I just do not see any true success there. The top company still is WoTC with a few other companies eeking out an existence underneath. I do want to do what I love, but not just for creating it. I would like to make a profit as well.

(Artwork by G. Garcia for New Gods of Mankind 1st Edition)

See you guys in 2017!

 

 

 

Update 3 2nd Edition New Gods of Mankind

(Artwork by Joe Slucher)

Greetings fellow gods, heroes and wanderers,

 

Writing for 2nd edition rules is on the way. Before we do the Kickstarter we want a playtest version of the rules ready and tested by a few.

 

I am super stoked to give you a few glimpses into the new ruleset. A few teasers you might say.

 

Complex tasks, LARGE DICE POOLS

 

I put this in caps as I wanted to emphasis this. Our plan is to use d4-d12 for all living, incarnate and worldly encounters. This will be done in large dice pools to reflect scale and size. The 1st edition used small dice pools to resolve military conflicts between two fighting factions. The idea here is to use large dice to reflect the increasing size and complexity of miracles. So if a miracle affects a village and will do multiple things (like bless the people, give them an extra skill and put a fog around the village) then you will add dice into the pool as needed.

 

The idea behind this is complex actions require multiple success checks. In 1st edition and Anointed: Mantle of the Gods we used a single number to complete a single task. The game master will create more complex tasks for gods to solve. This is a game about gods after all. We want players as gods to complete tasks mortal men could not do.

 

Leveling Up

 

Instead of simply gaining more followers and belief 2nd edition will incorporate elements of older games. We plan to introduce levels. Why? Because there will be varying degrees of power in this world. A level 1 god cannot hope to compete with a level 10 god. Right now the cap will be at 10. We might expand this further in the future.

 

How does one level up?

 

This will be a combination of several things. First your current reputation or status will be primary in this. Second will be your amount of followers. Third will be the amount of seasonal belief you gain. There will be yearly and seasonal belief gained. Also each legend complete will give you extra for your seasonal update.

 

You can still gain and lose belief and status from each and every conflict. This can affect your leveling.

 

Focus on Incarnation

 

We want players to be creative when they incarnate into the world. Several ideas for incarnating your god will be in the book. We will allow for custom incarnations as well. This way players do not have to have the same look or body each and every game. There will be limitations but this will allow more character creativity. We want gods to incarnate as beasts, mythical mashups, living trees or whatever suits your fancy.

 

More updates will be posted here. We will keep you informed when we are ready for playtest. If you want to playtest 2nd edition with your group email me bphophix@gmail.com

Also note! Dragon Gods Rising, The First Novel for New Gods of Mankind will be out December 2016. Just in time for Christmas! You can send me an email and preorder the book in digital or print!

Until next time.

 

Your introspective nerd,

 

Richard

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