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Your Whispering Homunculus: Curious Locales—The Lean Tree House Gambling Inn and Mistress Smedge’s Seamstery, Part Two

“Anyway slug, stop staring at that picture and empty my chamber pot.” Curious Locales presents quirky locations for GMs to drop into their campaigns. Free of class and level, they can be used in any fantasy RPG system. Mistress Smedge has a dark secret. She has royal blood in her veins and is the bastard sister of the present queen, in fact—and unwanted by the crown. Her true name is Princess Angelina Gatiola Cremp. Or if you wish, she could be...

New Paths Compendium Hardcover Preview: Mystic Archer

Ever want to play a spell-using, kick-ass archer right from 1st level? Introducing the mystic archer, one of the 12 new and expanded Pathfinder Roleplaying Game classes in the recently released hardcover edition of the New Paths Compendium. Dedicated to mastery of the bow, a mystic archer seamlessly blends the damage-dealing potential of the arcane with the deadly skills of an archer, using spells to enhance her natural abilities. A mystic...

Under the City: The Laboratorium

There’s a city not far from here, much like any other. On its surface, it’s full of life in the usual well-kept, mostly ordered snapshot of urban living you’re familiar with. But below its streets, there lies abominations, filth, and history. Complete with alchemical vaults, dungeon cells, moonshine pubs, secret libraries, and unnervingly sterile laboratories, the spaces below intersect the sewers and various natural...

February 2018 Kobold Press Wallpapers

It’s February! So here’s a set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. This month’s teases the upcoming release of Eldritch Lairs with a piece by the astounding Marcel Mercado. This month, consider getting back into the important things in life—magic rituals! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a downloadable...

New Paths Compendium Hardcover Preview: White Necromancer

Not ALL necromancers are evil! Introducing the white necromancer, one of the 12 new and expanded Pathfinder Roleplaying Game classes in the recently-released hardcover edition of the New Paths Compendium. Most necromancers are foul, twisted individuals obsessed with corruption and death. A few, however, embrace the fullness of true necromancy—which involves tapping the essence of life as well as that of death and unlife. These enlightened few...

William O’Connor Remembrance

I first became aware of William O’Connor back in the 90s when I was working with Last Unicorn Games. Bill did some amazing interior illustrations for Last Unicorn’s Aria: Canticle of the Monomyth RPG. I was not at all surprised when I started seeing his incredible art in D&D books, both interior and covers. He did the cover for the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000) for example. He also did work on Legend of the Five Rings, Ars...

Warlock’s Apprentice: Into the Dragon Empire

Bringing you a taste from the dark pages of Warlock… While some areas in the Dragon Empire grow restive, others carry on as they have done for a century, all the while remaining shrouded in secrecy. One such place, the mountaintop city called Mistras-Marea holds secrets even from the dragons it continues to serve faithfully. Mistras-Marea The steep mountain road which winds upward to the walled city of Mistras-Marea begins its climb at a fork...

The Far Side of the Table: What did you find?

Welcome to the table. The other day, I had the opportunity to be a player at the table of a new GM. The game play was fun, and the story interesting, but most of all, I witnessed a decision I immediately planned to use in my own games. As the GM would hand out magic items that we discovered, they would ask the players what type of magic item it was. This was my first experience with player-defined items, so when I sat down to run my game, I was...

New Paths Compendium Hardcover Preview: Warlock

What would you get if there was a strange and unholy union between the witch, the wizard… and Elric? You’d get the warlock, that’s what! The warlock is just one of the 12 new and expanded Pathfinder Roleplaying Game classes in the recently released hardcover edition of the New Paths Compendium. The warlock gains his power through contact with mysterious and sometimes forbidden forces, using his bond weapon as a conduit. He receives not...

Beyond Damage Dice: Orcish Weapons

A weapon is more than the damage it deals. In combat, skilled warriors use their weapons to confuse, disorient, and disadvantage their enemies before moving in for the kill. Beyond Damage Dice ties unique maneuvers to weapons from both the core rules and the Midgard Campaign Setting, giving them a distinct impact on the battlefield. This article examines weapons crafted by vicious orcs using methods passed down throughout the ages. The...

Memoirs of a Lich: Dungeons (Part 2)

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. Our first attempt at a dungeon was a total cringeworthy disaster. I remember we were going for high-concept, double-“ironic” situations and social commentary. There’d be a fight against a hill giant, and then in the next room, his family held up signs saying, “Where’s my daddy?” and “Who is the real monster?”  Most of it wasn’t even particularly clever with the...

Midgard Monster Lore: The Nightgarm (Part 2)

From the journal of Hallvard the Left-Handed, priest of the All-Father (continued)… The old man leaned back on the bench with his fresh mug of ale and rested his head against the wall. He stared in the same unfocused way at the timber ceiling and spoke again. When the howling began, the men paid it little attention, still waiting for Ox-Bjorn to explain himself. He set one end of the wooden beam in the snow and then lifted it again, this...

New Paths Compendium Hardcover Preview: Tinkerer

We recently previewed the skin-changer, one of the 12 new and expanded Pathfinder Roleplaying Game classes in the recently released hardcover edition of the New Paths Compendium. Continuing in this tradition, we’d like to present the tinkerer! Master inventors, builders, and engineers, tinkerers are experts with all manner of mechanical contraptions and devices. While some tinkerers are content to spend their days happily puttering away in...

Shops of Zobeck: The Blue Nymph

The Crossroads City—the City of Intrigue—offers a vast array of experiences. It is a world unto its own. Hidden treasures lay in wait to be discovered. Everyone comes to this glorious city searching for something: what they are looking for is a mystery, and that can only be answered by someone who deals in extravagances, desires, and the unique. Locating such a place might require a bit of time, but when you find it, your desires shall be met!...

Random Encounters: Out of the Rain

Banshees are the product of elves that have squandered their natural gifts and upon death paid the ultimate price, eternal undeath. Not all Banshees were merely maidens. Some were entertainers and the skills that they learned while living remain, albeit twisted, after their transformation into a banshee. The rhymester banshee’s bardic abilities and arcane skills make it a deadly foe. The encounter is intended for a party of 6th- to 8th-level...

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