What is the quality of your experiences with Jon Brazer Enterprises?

Jon Brazer Enterprises is a small publishing business that produces material for Pathfinder and Traveller. The head of Jon Brazer has posted a couple times on a D&D Next Facebook group (to which I belong) as a fan, and this evening he posted asking about writers he could get "on call" for when D&D Next comes out. I'm interested in writing and submitting some material, but I don't know much about the business. Just wondering if anyone here has worked with or for Jon Brazer Enterprises, and what your experiences were. For anyone who has bought material JBE has put out, what are your impressions?

Also, this is my first post on these forums, but I've been lurking since I watched a live-stream on GenCon 2012, after the launch of the D&D Next playtest. If this isn't the right place to post this, please direct me to a more appropriate place.

Thanks!
 
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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I'll slip this over to General for you - it's not really a licensing query.
 

Janx

Adventurer
never heard of it. but given the name of the company is Jon Brazer Enterprises, I would wager that the head of said company is named Jon Brazer.

It's likely a one man shop, given its monicker.
 

Dungeoneer

Villager
Jon Brazer baked me a cake for my last birthday.

Jon Brazer introduced me to my wife of thirty years.

Jon Brazer rescued a drowning kitten from the lake.

Jon Brazer donated his kidney to a homeless man.

Jon Brazer cries every time someone litters.

Jon Brazer is fair in love AND war.

Jon Brazer told African children it was Christmas.

Jon Brazer shared his second Twix bar.

Jon Brazer believes in fairies.

Jon Brazer always signals before changing lanes.

Jon Brazer brought hope to millions.
 

deadeye2891

Villager
I've been employed with JBE as an editor for about a year and a half now. In that time, I've been given the opportunity to write two Pathfinder supplements all on my own--Book Of Beasts: War On Yuletide, and Book Of The Faithful: Celtic Subdomains--as well as contribute some designs to Book Of Beasts: Legendary Foes.

Our editing and development team are a joy to work with. We're all employed professionals doing this work as a labor of love during our downtime, so that helps keep things in perspective. At the same time, we strive to ensure that our products read well, with polished diction and grammar, and are fun and useful for GMs and players alike.

I'm really excited at the prospect of designing content for D&D Next if everything pans out for 3PPs to do so. We're also branching out into producing content for the Archmage Engine (13th Age's open-license system), which is a heck of a lot of fun to work on. Our publisher, Dale McCoy, also continues to design and publish content for the Traveller RPG. So even if Pathfinder isn't necessarily your bag, chances are still good that JBE has an interest in your idea for other game systems too!

Bottom line, Dale McCoy is the kind of guy that loves to develop and strengthen good ideas. If you bring one to him, he'll do everything he can to help you make it a reality and get your content out there to people.

If you have any further questions for me, feel to send me a PM or ask in this thread!

Best Regards,

Richard Moore
Co-Editor, Jon Brazer Enterprises
 

Shemeska

Adventurer
Dale is a cool guy and great to work with.

After Paizo released the Advanced Race Guide (to which I contributed), Dale reached out to me asking if I'd be interested to writing up a half-faerie dragon race supplement for JBE since I'd been publicly faux lamenting that Paizo didn't have half-faerie dragons in the ARG. I initially didn't have time between my day job and pre-existing freelance commitments, but once my slate was clear he was interested in it and we made it happen. Probably the most whimsical thing I've written to date (and also totally needed as a change up in content after doing 'Book of the Damned 3: Horsemen of the Apocalypse' for Paizo)

The next GenCon after that I met him over lunch with a good friend of mine who does stuff for PostHuman (Eclipse Phase) and chatted. Cool guy in person, and he pitched me on a project for a race of shadow-plane native kobolds (Umbral kobolds). I accepted, wrote it up, and released it a year ago. I think that Richard Moore up-thread was the editor for that one actually. :) Link to that product as well which I had a really fun time working on.
 

dmccoy1693

Explorer
I'll slip this over to General for you - it's not really a licensing query.
Just curious, but why was this thread moved here? I mean there might be more responses if it were over on the D&D Pathfinder section since I am known for Pathfinder and the original post pretained to discussion on D&D 5e. I mean there might be more responses from people with experiences with my company if it were placed in an area where I typically frequent and do business. I don't ever come here myself. A friend pointed me to this thread. Had it no been for my friend, I never would have found it.
 

Lord Zack

Explorer
Well I really, really liked Book of the River Nations: Exploration and Kingdom Building. My only complaint is that I prefer 5 mile hexes to 12 mile ones, but they couldn't really change that if they wanted to maintain compatibility with the original rules as done by Paizo.
 

Henry

Autoexreginated
Probably the most whimsical thing I've written to date [/url] (and also totally needed as a change up in content after doing 'Book of the Damned 3: Horsemen of the Apocalypse' for Paizo)
BTW, [MENTION=11697]Shemeska[/MENTION] hats off to you for BOTD 3. After reading what you came up with there, i wouldnt blame you for watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on continuous loop. :)
 

Shemeska

Adventurer
BTW, [MENTION=11697]Shemeska[/MENTION] hats off to you for BOTD 3. After reading what you came up with there, i wouldnt blame you for watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on continuous loop. :)
*chuckle* Thanks :) That was probably one of my two favorite projects I've had the pleasure to work on. Glad you liked it.

I tend to go back and forth between whimsical and grimdark when left to my own devices in choosing which projects to work on.
 

Janx

Adventurer
Just curious, but why was this thread moved here? I mean there might be more responses if it were over on the D&D Pathfinder section since I am known for Pathfinder and the original post pretained to discussion on D&D 5e. I mean there might be more responses from people with experiences with my company if it were placed in an area where I typically frequent and do business. I don't ever come here myself. A friend pointed me to this thread. Had it no been for my friend, I never would have found it.
Not to speak for Morrus, but I'll hazard a guess that it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Morrus didn't seem to know the name, so he wouldn't know you are the Jon Brazer guy, so he wouldn't know where you frequent (heck, he'd probably have brought the thread to your attention had he known).

So in light of not knowing who you were or what JBE was, he likely thought he was helping to raise attention to the general populace so somebody who knew you or your company could answer ineligibly.
 

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