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One-on-One Roleplaying: Creating Your GMPC

In our last post, we talked about how one-on-one play works best when the PC is flexible in both melee and ranged combat. Today we are going to round out the party by talking about how you can provide the PC with a worthy and supportive adventuring companion. In this post, you’ll find three primary considerations as you build a GMPC for your duet game: complementary class, roleplay, and character motivation. In some circles, the phrase “GMPC”...

An Interview with Empire of the Ghouls Lead Designer Richard Green

Empire of the Ghouls is the latest offering from Kobold Press and their first hardcover 5th Edition adventure. It’s a tour de force, over three hundred fifty pages of setting guide, spells, creatures, NPCs, magic items, and an epic quest that takes players from 1st to 13th level. It’s been released alongside two related books, Underworld Lairs and Underworld Player’s Guide, that compliment and expand the experience, though there is plenty in...

Hiring Update: A Kobold Comes Home

Some news from the warrens! Starting today, I have the privilege of stepping into the role of Editorial Director for Kobold Press. I absolutely cannot wait to get started working with all of my fellow minions to bring the best and scaliest gaming material to your tables! For those of you meeting me for the first time, hello! My name is Amanda, and I’m an ENnie Award–winning tabletop game writer, designer, developer, and editor. For the past...

Beyond the Audience: The Usual Suspects

We’ve done a few articles now about the real-world strategies that support your game, so I wanted to wade back into a topic centered on spicing up your game content. Today’s article is all about how to make interesting NPCs! I’m going to go over two main strategies for building fascinating characters in your world, including knowing their motivations and knowing how to subvert familiar tropes. It’s common knowledge that most...

Empire of the Ghouls Wallpapers

It’s July, and everyone’s gaming! So here’s an undying set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. This month, to celebrate that the hardcovers are printing, we’ve got a piece from the Empire of the Ghouls (artist William O’Brien). Let’s find us some undead, adventurers! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a...

Warlock’s Apprentice: The Bloodstone Gargoyle of Bratislor Pass

A hulking effigy carved from solid bloodstone clings to the sanctuary steeple. A closer look reveals a sinister winged creature of elemental earth that bears the loathsome likeness of a demonic statue with long, curving horns and a prodigiously wicked grin. The sound of grinding stone and the blinking of two luminous crimson eyes precede the gargoyle’s lightning-swift assault. The Bloodstone Gargoyle of Bratislor Pass Large elemental, chaotic...

Safer at Home Freebies: Sanctuary of Belches

Never Gonna Stop Adventurin’ Who wants something a little less serious and a little more… gross? Well then, my friend, step this way for our next freebie, Sanctuary of Belches for 5th Edition, now free to download. To get yours, just sign up for the newsletter below to have the coupon code sent to you, and then adventure galore! This special offer will be available through Sunday, July 12. Sanctuary of Belches for 5th Edition…...

The Amber Bazaar: Double-Edged Magic III

More bargains than you bargained for! If you can’t trust your magic items, well, then you may have bought them at the Amber Bazaar. These items come with a price, raising the stakes at the table and putting some wonder back into wondrous items. Agartha’s Astounding Acid Wondrous item, legendary This glass beaker of watery green liquid features several prominent labels warning against usage, particularly consumption. If one fails to heed...

The 4th Pillar: Focusing on Fun

When it comes to the 4th pillar of your game, which if you haven’t figured out by now is fun, there are lots of alternative options to traditional XP. We all know that, when players earn XP for the NPCs and monsters they defeat, “defeat” doesn’t necessarily always spell death, but it usually does, hence ye olde Murderhobo stereotype. So when it comes to focusing on fun at your table, you should also consider the following...

Safer at Home Freebies: Prepared 2

More one-shot adventures, you say? Sure! We got just the thing with our next freebie, Prepared 2 for 5th Edition, now free to download. To get yours, just sign up for the newsletter below to have the coupon code sent to you, and then adventure galore! This special offer will be available through Sunday, July 5. Prepared 2 for 5th Edition… So, your players went off on a tangent—AGAIN? A Dozen 5th Edition One-Shot Adventures for Levels 1 to...

Inbar’s Guide to the Northlands: Björnrike and the Bearfolk

Dearest Mother and Father, I will not chill your loving hearts with tales of the things I have seen in the Kingdom of the Wolf. Know I remain whole and uninjured. I have once again joined with other stout souls and have moved from the Vargrike, a region of howling wolves and blood, into Björnrike, the kingdom of the bearfolk! The Lands of Fenris The Vargrike is a land of unending horror and fear. This wild and uncivilized place is the homeland...

Midgard Icons: The First Duke-Admiral

In this post we’ll get to know another of the 13 Midgard icons: Cadua, the First Duke-Admiral of Triolo! There’s an overview of the 13 Midgard icons here, along with storytelling mechanics you can use to connect player characters with their world more powerfully in 13th Age, D&D, Pathfinder, and many other RPGs. FIRST DUKE-ADMIRAL The first minotaur to serve as First Duke-Admiral of Triolo, Cadua is a polarizing figure even after 18 years...

Safer at Home Freebies: Fowl Play, Part 3

Gotta get all of Fowl Play! The next adventure in the series is now available as our weekly freebie. So go get your copy of Warlock Lair 37: Birds of a Feather (Fowl Play, Part 3), free to download. To get yours, just sign up to the newsletter below to have the coupon sent to you, and then adventure! This special offer will be available through Sunday, June 28. Warlock Lair 37: Birds of a Feather (Fowl Play, Part 3)… An Adventure Most...

Empire of the Ghouls Wallpapers

It’s June, and everyone’s gaming! So here’s an undying set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. This month, to celebrate that the hardcovers are printing, we’ve got a piece from the Empire of the Ghouls (artist William O’Brien). Let’s find us some undead, adventurers! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a...


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