Report from the Southlands: The Editorial Side

Greetings, Southlanders! In just a few short months, the Southlands sourcebook and all the project’s shiny add-ons will be in your hands, at your tables, and ready to provide your gaming groups with unlimited adventures beneath the pitiless sun. We can’t wait to see what GMs and players do with the myriad story hooks, rich traditions, dastardly villains, and brave heroes—all inspired by the Arabian Nights and ancient Egypt—that the...

Book Review: Rise of the King, Companions Codex II, by R.A. Salvatore

The orc has really hit the fan—actually the orc, the drow, the frost giant, the goblin, and the white dragon have all hit the fan and once again the fan is the Silver Marches. As Drizzt and the Companions cross the land to finish laying the soul of one of their long-time allies to rest, they learn of the extent of the peril that the cities and citadels of the Silver Marches are actually in. This peril is led by the ever-scheming drow, who are...

Gaming and the Busy Adult

If you’re anything like me, you started playing roleplaying games sometime in your teens. You know, back when it was nothing to start a game Friday night, pass out from exhaustion early Saturday morning, wake up at noon and continue from the night before with a quick lunch of leftover pizza. Then one day you wake up and realize that you haven’t had a decent game session in almost a year thanks to your job, bills, and responsibilities to your...

The Lovecraft Factor: Bridging the Gap Between Miskatonic and Midgard

“Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities.” —H.P. Lovecraft, “Herbert West–Reanimator” Howard Phillips Lovecraft is considered by many to be the godfather of modern horror—and appropriately so, for his macabre influence can be seen far and wide while navigating the 21st century pop culture landscape. For me, Lovecraft was something of a gatekeeper to the widening world of weird literature at...

Goblins of Midgard: The Firebrand, the Raider, and the Mercenary

When they aren’t picking lice out of each other’s scalp or roasting rats over an open fire, these three goblins of Midgard are carrying out acts of destruction and mayhem. While few are accounted masterminds among their number, each has a reputation that extends outside their little tribe. Feel free to add them to your game as NPC adversaries. Roasty Toasty, Female Goblin Rogue Roasty is an arsonist in the employ of Radovar Streck,...

Book Review: Sword of the Bright Lady by M.C. Planck

Christopher Sinclair is a normal mechanical engineer who lives in Arizona. He has dogs and is married. About the only thing about Christopher that is really unique is his love of the ancient art of Kendo. One evening he takes his dogs for a walk and never returns. He awakens in a strange world that is in the throws of a severe winter storm under a night sky that is not the one he knew on Earth. He stumbles into a small village and collapses on...

Lost Magic: Revive Lost Tome

Another spell lost to the ages (or vagaries of lore) has been recovered. This time, Frank Gori gives us an option for acquiring other potentially lost lore. Revive Lost Tome School Necromancy (language dependent); Level cleric/oracle 4, wizard/sorcerer 4, inquisitor 4, bard 4 Casting Time 10 minutes Components V, S, F (scrap of parchment with name of tome) Range Personal Effect Summons a ghostly tome or parchment Duration 1 hour/level or...

Collection of Curiosities: Inside the Ice Sculpture

For those adventurers attending swanky feasts amid peerage or others who can afford to have ice sculptures, it might be more what’s INSIDE the sculpture that draws their eyes. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger. d12. Curiosity It’s not only a sculpture...

Your Whispering Homunculus – 100 Strange Furnishings

Master Pett’s Your Whispering Homunculus presents only the finest in British gaming. Indeed, you are not likely to find a more comprehensive assortment of miscellany anywhere. (So much more than just another bloke in a dress.) Art by Mike Lowe “This the east wing. We’re going to have all this knocked through.” “Impressive, potential master, very impressive.” “So tell me again, er—possible slave, who have you familiared for before?” “Ooo, many...

Book Review: Covenant’s End by Ari Marmell

Widdershins is a renowned thief who has her own personal god named Olgun. Olgun lives inside Widdershins (or Shins, as she is known by her friends). He lends Shins portions of his limited powers, and these loans allow her to perform tasks that would be far beyond a mundane person. Shins has decided to return to her home city after spending an adventure-filled year away. They say you can never go home, and, sadly for Shins, this is true. Not...

Collection of Curiosities: Inside the Bird

It might seem a tad ludicrous to have anything other than stuffing inside your chosen feast bird, but you never really know what will happen at that next gathering the adventurers attend. Happy feasting (and Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating it)! You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your...

Building a Better Nemesis

“Wits and swords are as straws against the wisdom of the Darkness…” —Robert E. Howard, “The Phoenix on the Sword” When it comes to roleplaying games (as with any engaging drama), conflict is king. An adventurer is nothing without the mountain impeding his path. And since the earliest days of D&D, the eponymous dungeons have been populated by creatures more foul than fair. From the lowliest dretch to the most...

Monster Mondays: The Eyeless Horror

A vaguely humanoid figure in tattered robes floats in the air. Its legs are splitting into a tangle of tentacles hanging just a few inches above the ground. The creature’s skeletal head turns around as if scanning nearby surroundings despite evident lack of eye sockets. The Eyeless Horror CR 7; XP 3,200 CE Medium Aberration Init +7; Senses arcane sight 120 ft., mindsense 100 ft.; Perception +16 Defense AC 20, touch 13, flat-footed 17 (+4 armor,...

Book Review: Reign of Stars by Tim Pratt

Alaeron is a killer—or at least he was. He’s not your normal stone-cold killer type, but more the “I caused the death of a very powerful captain of the Technic League in the mysterious and treacherous land of Numeria” kind of killer. But that was a long time ago and in a land far, far away. Sure, he lives his life in fear. So what if the league sends assassins after him every so often? Who cares if they want back the gizmos, gadgets, and magic...


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