Editor Shot the Food

Okay, well, maybe not, because who would do that? It’s food! I’m pretty sure we all need that badly. Anyway, as the byline states, this is Miranda, your friendly neighborhood Kobold Press blog editor, and I’m here to make my last post in that role after years of curating the Kobold Press blog. It has been a blast! I’ve enjoyed working with all of those who have made submissions to the blog, I’ve had a ton of fun...

Real Steel: Kerambit

Gamers are fairly well versed on the wide variety of real life weapons that have made their way into our campaigns. It’s pretty unusual that I feel like I can show you something that there’s even a small chance you haven’t seen before. I’ll bet that for some of you, this is one of those rare gems. Blade-Rich Archipelagos The region that includes the Malay and Indonesian archipelagos has a long and rich history of martial arts that include...

Grand Duchy: Clerical Adventurers

Clerics, priests, and holy officers willing to join adventuring parties are, quite literally, cut from a different cloth than their brethren. In the Grand Duchy, most who heed a calling to a religious vocation take comfort and shelter within a tight-knit community. Even those who do good works in the broader community return each evening to a monastic enclave or an ecclesiastical bureaucracy to which they belong. Not so those who proffer their...

Tournaments: The King and Queen of Sharps

You can never trust the faces presented to you in the twisted alleys or on the colorful promenades of the city. The smiling merchant might be weighting the scales, the richly dressed woman might live in a mean little room, and the harmless beggar may be nothing of the sort. If you know what to look for, though, you can tell the hawks from the popinjays. The young woman with her hair in curls and her round cheeks cut by a smile might look...

Collection of Curiosities: The Herbalist’s Garden

Aside from the usual herbs and plants you might find growing in an herbalist’s garden, you could also stumble (literally) across some unusual and potentially nasty surprises. Whether the adventurers are dealing with an herbalist or simply racing through a community after a vile creature, the herbalist’s garden can provide you with some unexpected fun and danger. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number...

Real Steel Contest: Date Extended

In an effort to gather more entries for our judges to enjoy — especially from those of you who were working on your taxes until today — we’re extending the contest deadline until April 25, 2016. So, if you haven’t yet pulled together an entry for this contest, you have some more time! If you’re not aware of this contest, please do check out the rules — the prizes are absolutely awesome and include something...

New Hero Lab Files Available!

Southlands Bestiary Hero Lab files are waiting to fill your world with over 90 new monsters, perfect for adventures in sprawling jungles and desert empires. From sphinx and swamp adders to genies and golems, the Southlands Bestiary is an indispensable companion to the Southlands Campaign Setting. Pick up the Southlands Bestiary Hero Lab package today for only $9.99!

Grand Duchy: Societies of Yarila and Porevit

The long-lived elfmarked of the Grand Duchy have long venerated the Fair Gods, Father Forest and Mother Field. Not surprisingly, an organized religion with such a long history has developed within it a large number of factions—priestly orders and secret societies. In fact, the farther one goes from the heart of the faith, the Twinned Cathedral in Reywald, the stranger and fey-influenced its the rites and practices become. Individual adventuring...

Book Review: Ashes of the Tyrant by Erin M. Evans

In the fourth book in the Brimstone Angels series, Erin M. Evans continues to tell the story of her iconic tiefling twins and their struggles within the Forgotten Realms and the gods that influence them. After the war that was the cause of the Sundering, Mehen, the twins’ adopted father, has been called back to his dragonborn clan and his home city. He has been cast out and is considered clanless, and he must confront the leadership not...

Collection of Curiosities: Prizes from the Roving Festival

Games of chance are not uncommon at organized wandering festivals, which might also put unusual creatures such as mermaids and manticores on display; provide new and unusual food and drink for imbibing, and so much more. Sometimes, though, adventurers walk away with more than they might expect when they win a prize. 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...

April 2016 Kobold Press Calendar Wallpapers

Now that April 1st shenanigans are behind us for another year, we have new wallpapers for you to add to your computer, smartphone, and other electronic device! These come from our Kobold Press 2016 Calendar, and they feature April’s art by Florian Stitz. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please click on the image you want to download to expand it into a downloadable...

Guest Article: You Got Technology in My Fantasy Setting

Since we’ve been busy today doing “other things,” we decided to put up this guest article by one of those writers over at Gnome Stew. We just found it somewhere, but we might as well run it… It will fill the gap while we’re away and totally not doing anything nefarious with technology… Technology and fantasy settings don’t often mix well. The highest level of technology in most fantasy settings is...

Real Steel Magic Item Contest

Todd Gdula, who makes wonderful items and shares information about the process and more in his Real Steel blog posts, has crafted an item to serve as inspiration for a contest. Here’s the fun part for all of you: We would love to see people stat up this item as a magic item in 5th Edition! Using rules for 5th edition D&D, design a magic item based on the images we’ve provided in the Real Steel blog post titled “Cthulhu...

Real Steel: Cthulhu Cutlass—A Work in Progress

I make some fairly unusual blades and metalwork, but it’s not often that I get commissioned to make a pure fantasy piece. When I got the initial call on this one, I knew it was going to be fun. I did a fairly comprehensive WIP (work in progress) that I’m very excited to share with the kobolds. Better yet, it’s time for a Real Steel contest! (Take a peek at the contest rules to learn details about this contest.) Step by Step Let’s take a look at...


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