Articles By Author - Ryan Costello, Jr

Weapons and Armor: A +2 What, Sir? (Part 2 of 2)

As noted last week here on the Kobold Quarterly blog, we’re continuing to look at an interesting option for presenting weapons and armor in your game. If you missed the first installment of this series, you can read the first part here. The following keywords are designed to substitute the numeric bonuses applied to armor, shields, and bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing weapons. Using these keywords breaks away a layer of metagame...

Weapons and Armor: A +2 What, Sir? (Part 1 of 2)

A fighter walks into a shop. “Gimme a +2 sword.” The shopkeeper nods. “Two swords coming right up.” “Not two swords,” the fighter says. “One sword. +2.” “Three swords, sir?” the shopkeeper asks. “I want a +2 sword,” the fighter repeats, slowly and deliberately. “Just one sword, but +2.” Clutching his patience, the shopkeeper raises an eyebrow. “+2 what, sir?” In chess, saying a piece is killed or captured and then removing it from the board...

Friday Funny: Charisma Penalties and Dirty Looks

Charisma does not simply measure one’s force of personality—your confidence, your presence. It also measures physical attractiveness. A high Charisma means smooth-skin, coifed hair, symmetrical features: that you’re a real looker. A low Charisma, on the other hand, means something is… off. Well, what’s off, exactly? Now, you can find out. Below is a list of 100 anomalous features. You should roll a number of d100s equal to your character’s...

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