November 12, 2017

AMA Announcement

Hey all!

We're holding a public Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) on our reddit a week from now, on Sunday, November 19th, from 1 PM to 5 PM CST (though some of us will probably hang around afterwards as well!)

This is a way for us to get to know everyone a little better, and is an opportunity to be as transparent as possible with the way we do things around here. So feel free to ask questions about literally anything, from our opinions about anime or the new Xanathar's Guide to Everything, to who does which work, and how much. If this whole thing goes well, we'll try to do them semi-regularly.

If you have any questions, you can ask them early in the comments below, and I'll try to write up answers to the more involved ones in advance.

Hope to see you all there!

20 comments:

  1. Hmmm. A reason to join reddit..? Nah. I'll just ask here.

    Do you have plans for any more redux versions of classes you've made?

    When, if ever, will you release the Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil?

    How much non-UA content is there in XGtE, and is it any good?

    Have you read Cubicle 7's Adventures in Middle Earth (for 5e)? There are some rules there I'd be happy for your take on.

    How long have each of you guys been playing D&D?

    ...That's it for now I guess.

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    1. Most of these are actually pretty short responses:

      The Complete Warmage is essentially a redux of the normal warmage, so I'd like to release a truncated version of that as a redux (it's just a matter of figuring out what we cut and what we keep in.) The gunslinger will be seeing some changes soon, but it won't be getting a full redux. We'd also like to do an OGL-released version of the Binder, which would replace all of its vestiges, but that's a large enough project, we're waiting on Patreon to tell us to do it.

      XGtE has a solid amount of non-UA stuff, and a lot of the UA stuff has been dramatically fixed. We've got a lot of different opinions over here about its /quality/, but much of it is very good.

      I forgot about the Sevenfold Veil! I'll give that another read and get it on the queue.

      I haven't read that one, no.

      I've been playing for around 5 years now. I'll ask the other digits and put all their responses on the AMA post.

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    2. Xanathar’s Guide to Everything; awesome book 😁

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    3. Oh. That should have been obvious.
      I thought it wasn't out yet (if it is, my preorder is late). Did you get an early copy?

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    4. Yeah, they released it early to people who are on Dragon+ (I think), so we managed to snag a read.

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    5. D&D Beyond, not Dragon+ :D But yeah, if you preordered Beyond's digital book you got it 11 days early with some bonus feats for non-PHB races. Lots of fun! I can't wait to say more about it in-depth ^_^

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  2. Do you accept fan submissions for archetype/classes? If so, how would you prefer to receive the material? I have a couple of home brew archetypes I've built that I'm really happy with, and would love to share. It feels awkward to just hand someone a sheaf of ideas though :P

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    1. So this is a shortish answer as well (but I'll also include it in the Q&A). The answer to that is we /used/ to, but I've since become too busy to collaborate with anyone that emails in. I'm looking to find a system that allows us to streamline the collaboration process and get back to publishing fan submissions again, but right now, I don't have any method.

      Maybe if we did a sort of public google docs approach... I'm not sure. Let me know if any of you have ideas!

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    2. What about putting someone specifically in charge of fan submissions? Surely one of the digits has the capabilities and time.

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    3. Capabilities, yes. Time.... maybe. It'll take some organization on our part.

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    4. You could encourage people to post homebrews on your subreddit, then collaborate on the top couple upvoted each month or whatever.

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  3. Three Questions:

    What is your guys inspiration in making the sub classes?

    Are there any you wish you could've done better?

    What class will be getting a new sub class?

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    1. Good questions! I'll be saving my answers for the AMA.

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  4. So, I've recently started putting together my own templates for homebrew content, but I'm curious as to how you guys set up your homebrew. What program(s) do you use? Any particular fonts you use to replace others, colors, formatting, etc.

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    1. All of our pdfs are made almost entirely in Word. Some picture elements, backgrounds, table assets, and page borders are made in GIMP. Original art is drawn by our artist, Martin Kirby, and I imagine he uses something like Photoshop or Illustrator.
      We do kind of have our own internal style manual, which is mostly contained within the Finger's mind since he's the main PDF designer. I believe the fonts are the very same ones WotC uses, but I myself don't really know what those are.

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    2. I edit all the images used, handcraft all textures, and vector-design all the footer trim in GIMP. I basically do everything except the pretty drawings/paintings.

      We actually assemble everything in Word, which has stuck just because the editing/turn-over time is very quick. Considering how much I like to make small changes when something turns out even a little off, this is a huge boon.

      I'm gradually codifying my internal style sheet into a number of Word style schemes, which both speed the pace of PDF development, and allow for other things, like bookmarks. Plus, it allows us to experiment with tweaks to that scheme, as readers of High Seas might have noticed with new table borders and such.

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  5. Do you guys have any plans to do devil fruits from one piece, as artifacts or something?

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    1. I've personally watched no One Piece, though I can't speak for the whole team.

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    2. I've never been the biggest fan, but the devil fruits are really cool and definitely worth looking at

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