Articles By Author - Nicholas Milasich

Monster Mondays: Doom Fowl

The full moon shines down on the ruined farm. Bodies lie scattered across the barnyard in pools of congealed black blood. The first sign is dry rattling cracks from all around you, and then hundreds of little avian skeletons emerge from the surrounding area and move toward you, empty eye sockets implacably staring. Doom fowl are swarms of the animated skeletons of chickens, ducks, geese, and other common barnyard fowl. Never ones to waste...

Character Collection: Roka Mangouger, the Holy Terror

The largest and fiercest kobold in a generation, Roka does not dodge or scurry. She charges into battle, rending her foes with tooth and claw. However, Roka is not simply an unthinking killer, she is also the priestess of the strange and bloody kobold goddess of eggs and pregnancy, Clutchmaw. Mangouger uses her rage and strength in the service of her bloody goddess. She defends vulnerable clutches of  kobold eggs from all danger, and she tracks...

The Feast of Volundstag, Part Two

The Great Feast In the guildhalls and temple halls of Zobeck, great rows of trestle tables are set up, and the wealthy buy a Volundstag feast for the less fortunate. This is a time when the up-and-coming merchants may buy fame and respect with their largess. For the poorest of the poor, this is a chance to get the sustenance they need to make it to spring. For the poor, thousands of humble pies have been baked in the forges and bakeries of...

The Feast of Volundstag, Part One

The feast of Volundstag is an example of a winter festival right out of my current campaign. It offers a lot of different social and political adventuring options, as well as the more physical aspects of an urban setting. All Zobeck looks forward to the beloved winter festival, the sacred Volundstag! As the winter’s cold grasp grips tightest, and the nights loom longest, many a starving kobold pup and a poor child of the slums looks toward the...

Sobriquets of the Kobolds

Need a kobold name fast, or just looking for inspiration? Download the Kobold Name Generator by Seth Hopkinson! The too-talls shake their hairy heads at the bizarre array of names that kobolds call themselves. Kobolds see this as an opportunity to trick and confuse their rivals, of course. Most kobolds share only their sobriquet with other races and are not afraid to make up a new one on the fly if necessary. This does not help them with their...

Harvest Festivals in Your Campaign

With Thanksgiving for this year in the past, we now have a bit of a breather before the next big holiday happens. Read on to gain some harvest festival inspirations for some world-building elements for your campaign. We also hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We continue a great worldwide tradition of late-autumn harvest festivals in North America with the American and Canadian Thanksgiving holidays. I’ve found in my home...

The Creepy GM: Dark Teleportation and Other Horrors

Stephen King describes horror as a subtle effect that uses the victim’s own mind to terrify. As GMs, we can sit back and watch the players create a horror scenario from some spare base pieces and run with it. This is some of the most fun I’ve had as a GM, and now I want to share a few things that have worked for me. Note that a GM should know his or her players, including whether horror of this sort is what they are looking for....

Spell Options: Planar Binding for the Beginner

The young man appeared calm, his lank blond hair falling over his eyes as he gesticulated and spoke the words of power. His trembling hands gave him away, however. A ruddy light glowed within the circle of power, and then a bang reverberated around the room. The young jumped involuntarily, but his invocation never faltered. Smoke poured and roiled in the circle, and a clawed hand reached out, testing the barrier. It was thrown back by a blast...

Relics of Power Finalist: Gnomeskull of the Kobold Kings

Welcome to the Relics of Power finals! Our fourth of ten finalists is the Gnomeskull of the Kobold Kings. Remember, these entries are unedited so that you can have a similar experience to the one that the judges had while reading them. As a special treat, we are posting each one with an illustration that Chris McFann made for the item. Kobold kings, eh? The Gnomeskull of the Kobold Kings Aura: Strong Enchantment Slot: None; Weight: 5 lbs....

Blackeye’s Carriage

Anyone trying to navigate the busy streets and cluttered alleys of Zobeck knows the difficulty of getting anywhere in a hurry. Wherever a difficulty exists, especially in this city, someone will come along to ease the inconvenience for a price. Enter Blackeye, business-kobold, fixer, gossip, and patriot. With his specially-modified hay wagon and mighty (docile) draft horse, he’s prepared to take anyone anywhere in the Free City for a few...

Nothing to Declare

The full adventures in Streets of Zobeck cover noir, crime, and street adventures of all types, including introductions. This scenario is designed to segue an established party new to Zobeck into one of the adventures in Streets Of Zobeck. It provides a feel for the twisted machinations and greed-driven schemes the player characters will encounter. In Zobeck, everyone has an angle, and if you look like a mark, they will come after you. This...

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