Kneel Before The Master!

February 19th, 2010 No Comments

Okay, we’re a little late with this bit of news … but last week we released a new base class for use with the Pathfinder RPG … the War Master!


The war master is a class designed to lead others in battle, using (mostly) nonmagical talents to grant combat benefits to friends and followers, place enemies at disadvantages, and use the many arts of war in all aspects of his life. A war master is designed to allow both experienced tacticians and players with no sense of strategy to play a cunning commander able to turn the tide of battle with a quick command, clever stratagem, and strong sword-arm used in just the right way at just the right time.

The war master is a warrior, leader, and strategist. As their name might suggest, typical war masters are first and foremost military commanders, able to both slay foes directly and to aid his allies by suggesting various tactics and maneuvers to maximize their gifts and minimize their weaknesses. But the art of war is far more than the ability to kill and lead killers, and war masters must also learn at least some skills of negotiation, espionage, and organization to dominate all aspects of armed conflict. Similarly, the lessons learned in battle can often be applied in less violent venues, allowing war masters to see how to gain advantage in a wide range of situations.




These Boots Were Made For Stomping!

February 4th, 2010 No Comments

Nothing makes you feel good quite the way a new pair of shoes does … especially if those shoes let you kick some extra butt or leap a mile through the air, like the ones in our latest Pathfinder compatible book do! Let’s take a look inside Loot 4 Less, vol. 4: Fantastic Footwear.


Welcome to the fourth book in the Loot 4 Less line, where we deal exclusively in items with a cost-to-consumer of 2,500 gp or less. That’s right: no epic items, ice picks of the dwarven gods, or even moderate magic items here. This is a forum for the cheapest of the cheap, and that’s it. And just to up the level of difficulty, we also don’t deal in one-shot (or even two- or three-shot) magic items. No scrolls, potions, talismans, or fire-and-forget tattoo magics here. Everything in these pages is a legitimate permanent magic item, free of charges and able to be used in adventure after adventure.

Here in Loot 4 Less, vol. 4: Fantastic Footwear we’re looking at just bargain bin boots, popular toe-covers any character can use. Not only do we provide each item with a full description and cost, we’ve scattered sidebars throughout the book to explain those costs. Each “Behind the Counter” sidebar explains how a price was arrived at, allowing GMs to apply the logic to other abilities (and be better able to change the pricing to match the needs of their campaign, with a firm knowledge of where the numbers come from).




“Snows” Is Available In Print

February 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Just thought we’d take a moment to let you know that the print edition Snows of an Early Winter is now available.


Look for it at your friendly, local game store. And if they don’t have it, let them know that they can get it through all of the major distributors.

Help spread the word that Snows has arrived!


Genius Week In Review (Jan. 30, 2010)

January 30th, 2010 No Comments

It’s actually been a few weeks since we posted one of these … so this is more like a summary of January’s high points. Things have been busy at Super Genius Games with lots of ongoing projects and little happy milestones cropping up at a fairly regular pace.

As of this week, our latest Call of Cthulhu adventure, Snows of an Early Winter, is now available in print format. Your friendly local game store can order it from any of the major distributors, or you can get yourself a copy through the Studio 2 online store. Of course, the PDF version remains available in all the usual places.

It’s always exciting to get a new book onto store shelves … but we haven’t seen physical copies ourselves yet. So drop us a note if you happen to see it (or, better yet, buy it) at your local store. We love those kinds of anecdotes.

We’ve published three new Pathfinder compatible PDF products since the last news round-up. So just in case you missed the individual release announcements, you might want to have a look at:

The Genius Guide to Ice Magic–New spells and class options designed to help spellcasters who want to focus on the magic of ice and cold.

The Genius Guide to the Death Mage–A new arcane spellcasting class that focuses on powers drawn from the dead, dying, and undead. Death mages are not just specialist wizards or variant sorcerers, but an entirely new kind of arcane spellcaster with different types of powers and a unique spell list.

The Genius Guide to Feats of Subterfuge–A collection of feats that provide new alternatives to characters who use duplicity and deception to make their ways through the world, including exactly zero feats that add a +2 bonus to a pair of skills

They’re all available at Paizo, DriveThru, and RPGNow.

In the wake of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti earlier this month, organized a fund-raising effort to support Doctors Without Borders in their work to help those affected. They put together a Gamers Help Haiti Bundle where for a $20 donation (ALL of which goes to Doctors Without Borders) you get a thank you gift of about $1,500 worth of gaming PDFs. An incredible array of game publishers donated products to the cause, and Super Genius Games is proud to be counted among them, our additions to the bundle being Strike Force 7–Savaged! and Loot 4 Less, vol. 1: Arms and Armor.

The bundle is only going to be available during the month of January, so there’s just a couple of days left to take advantage of it. But even if you miss out, please DO consider donating whatever you can spare to this very worthy cause.

It’s been very heartening to see reviews begin to come in for our Pathfinder compatible products, and even more gratifying to note that they are generally very positive. If you don’t think that reading phrases like “the Genius Guide series keeps getting better and better” makes a publisher’s day, you’re woefully mistaken.

We spend a lot of time and effort working at keeping quality as high as possible … but with a schedule that calls for at least one new product every week, there’s always a nagging fear that we won’t catch something in time. And, from time to time, we do find little errors that have gotten past our efforts … but the best part about PDF publishing is that we can make corrections to the file and users can then get updated versions for free. So the quality of the products only IMPROVES over time.

If ever you have a question about or think you’ve found an error in one of our products, you can contact us by posting a comment on the product-related thread on the message boards. We check those regularly and make them the site for official rules discussions. We’ll tell answer the questions AND inform you whenever we’re updating the file, so you’ll know a new version is available.

Finally, Super Genius Games continues to make frequent appearances on the various available rankings of hot-selling items. We had three products featured on the January 15th edition of the RPG Countdown podcast … and we have it on good authority that you’ll hear our name again on the new show, which is due to be released in the next few days.

In the latest newsletter, our products make up seven of the top ten “Downloads from Other Companies,” and two of the remaining three are issues of Kobold Quarterly, the “small but fierce” magazine that is at the top of our reading list EVERY time a new issue hits the stands. Also in that newsletter, they announce that the print version of Snows of an Early Winter is available in the Paizo Store.

And, ever-changing though their lists are, over at Drive Thru RPG The Genius Guide to Ice Magic is #7 on the overall Hottest Small Press list, and we’ve got five of the top ten spots on the Hottest Pathfinder Products list.

So the year is starting off well, and we’ve still got big plans ahead. Thanks for coming with us this far, we hope you’ll think it’s worth staying along for the ride.


Subtle Machinations

January 27th, 2010 No Comments

We’re very excited to announce the release of The Genius Guide to Feats of Subterfuge, the second in our line of books featuring feats meant to enhance a core mechanic or style of play.


Not every Pathfinder Roleplaying Game character is built to take challenges on using direct assaults – some prefer subtler methods that focus on stealth, misdirection, and covert maneuvers. The Genius Guide to Feats of Subterfuge contains a collection of feats that provide new alternatives to characters who use duplicity and deception to make their ways through the world, including exactly zero feats that add a +2 bonus to a pair of skills (so we can focus on other interesting options).

Subterfuge can be defined as a kind of pretext (misdirection or misrepresentation about the true nature of an act or item), or any deceptive or clever trick design to evade normal perception or consequence. That’s a fairly broad range of activities, and includes everything from hiding (which is essentially a deception regarding your location or presence) to fooling foes about your identity, combat ability, intentions, or goals. While that’s a broad theme, we did our best to create a range of feats all designed to aid in trickery and misinformation while working with the framework of the existing rules of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.


Drive Thru:

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