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Kobold Playtest: Macabre Substitutions in Barovia

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This summer, I decided to run The Curse of Strahd for my three players. The party consists of a fighter and a pair of rangers. Aside from low-level ranger spellcasting, the party has almost no access to magic. The intent of this campaign is to set a tone of truly Gothic horror from the first encounter on….


Real Steel: Shadow Bane, A Benefit Roll Off

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Once in a while, I get asked to make a piece for a benefit raffle or auction. A few months ago, I was contacted about doing a piece to benefit Ernie Gygax, the eldest child of Gary Gygax. Ernie has had some medical issues, and the bills have been piling up. Ernie and I conspired,…


Con Report: Strategicon

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Nick Milasich ran a couple sessions of “The Madman at the Bridge” from Tales of Zobeck at this year’s Strategicon Gamex 2016 in Los Angeles. Prizes were given, pics were taken, and great fun was had by all! Thanks, Nick! Looks like so much fun and wish we could have joined in.


Beyond Damage Dice: Southlands Weapons

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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….


Your Whispering Homunculus: For One Night Only… Funny Weather, Too

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“Close the shutters, grotesquelet. I have it on good authority we’re in for a stormy night.” “With pleasure, Oh Round One. Hail?” “Don’t grovel. My dear friend Ragwort the Amaranth Wizard tells me he’s expecting toads.” “Please, proffer him my congratulations master.” “Don’t be impertinent, and get that cat oiled.” For One Night Only are occasional…


Preview of Tome of Beasts: Loxoda

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There’s a reason why kobold mine entrances are so small. I mean, who wants to get stepped on in their own mine? Is that an ogre? Or an elephant? Yup. Meet the loxoda. They trample, stomp, and maul, and they’re huge. And they come in herds. Huge trampling herds! This was designed by Ryan Shatford with art by Bryan Syme for the Tome…


Milton & Magic: Mythical Items from English Literature

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  In his tragic closet drama Samson Agonistes, John Milton, renowned author of Paradise Lost, narrates the sorrowful life of Samson, the archetypal barbarian of the ancient tradition. Some mythical items are described in that text. Here we detail them with 5E stats. The Sword of Bone Weapon (greatclub), rare (requires attunement by a barbarian with…


Deep Magic: Illumination Magic is Now Available

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The stars are right! And they paint a vivid picture, foretelling many things, not least of which… Deep Magic: Illumination Magic, the magic guide to light and shadow, has just released. The words and sigils flicker as you read, despite being broad daylight. It’s now available in the Kobold store. Dance to the cosmic song, illuminator. Sow the shadow, spread the…


Bourgundian Parfumier: A Background

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Not all (dramatic) changes to one’s lifestyle, calling, or ambitions are a result of social or financial decline. Some are simply decided upon. Regardless of your motivation or incentive for change, you have accepted that a comfortable life of research, science and business is—at least for now—a part of your past. As befits a native…


Memoirs of a Lich: Frenemies

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Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. We have a lot of enemies, but some of our best friends are technically enemies. Most aren’t usually really trying to kill you and are probably willing to murder others attempting to rob them of a victory after centuries of conflict. Plus, they work hard to keep existence interesting and…


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