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Magical Wastelands: Polluted Blights

The noxious potions, failed alchemical experiments, and magical malfunctions left to spill into the currents of local waterways leave greasy, iridescent slicks while bubbling vents emanate from slag piles consisting of accidental heaps of poorly combined reagents. This inconsiderate, mystical trash warps the creatures and alters the plants and the very terrain of the region, …

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Magical Wastelands: Battlefields

Popular culture and memoir alike announce, “War is hell.” JRR Tolkien is said to have written the The Lord of the Rings partially in response to his experiences during World War II. The horrors of conflict should never be minimized, but in the course of your game, your characters might come across the remnants of …

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Gen Con: One More for the Books

Gen Con 2019 is done, and I’m on the long road back to upstate NY. This was my fifth year of seriously coordinating convention games for Kobold Press. We’ve had wonderful volunteers in years past, and this year was no different.

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The Dwarves of Dwergvald

In the Southlands, the Dwarves of Dwergvald differ from the traditional dwarven ideal. Less martial, these dwarves focus on craftsmanship and community. This isn’t to say they don’t have warriors or martial elements—far from it! But the God-Kings of Nuria-Natal strongly patronized their guilds, and in doing so, they created relationships between the greatest sculptors …

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Review—The Gathering: Reuniting Pioneering Artists of Magic: The Gathering

I wasn’t expecting my copy of The Gathering: Reuniting Pioneering Artists of Magic: The Gathering for at least a couple of weeks. The Kickstarter notifications had recently gone out, and with the polar cold tightly gripping the Northeast, I presumed I’d have to wait a bit before I’d be allowed to thumb through it.

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Cranberry Ooze

The result of alchemical experimentation by insane arcanists with a penchant for oozes and jellied fruits, the cranberry ooze has a deep maroon color, with bits of fruit peel, pit stones, and the yet-undissolved parts of unfortunate victims still suspended within its form. When I first saw one such monstrosity, it crept along the floor …

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Coolest Virtual Gen Con Project Ever

As part of the “Coolest Virtual Gen Con Project Ever,” Kobold freelancer Ben McFarland recorded the opening encounter of Grandmother’s Fire, an adventure out of the anthology, Tales of the Old Margreve. While his voice is a little rough—who are we kidding, he could do stand-in work for the Cryptkeeper—it seems that the table had …

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Everyone Loves Tentacles: Arts and Crafts Edition

As recently stated in Dork Tower, Cthulhu is the bacon of gaming. And you can’t have Cthulhu without tentacles. To help you create interactive tentacle minis of your own, I will show you how you can make them for mere pennies. What you will need: Scissors Tape Pipe cleaners ($2.19 / 100 @ Office Depot, …

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