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Ask the Kobold: Magic and the Fine Art of DMing

The players in one of my groups are very much enamored with spontaneous spellcasting, to the degree that the druid and the cleric have both taken the various spontaneous divine casting feats. They ran up against of the limitations of that build in a recent play session. A lamia cast blindness/deafness on the party wizard …

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Tuesday Traps: The Xmas Files

T’was the night before Christmas and throughout the guildhouse, no thief was stirring, not even the king mouse…. In the second year urchins’ dormitory, the children gathered within a fortress of pillows and blankets and discussed the imminent heist. “He enslaves elves,” someone whispered. “I heard he’s an Eladrin,” claimed another, “that’s how he gets …

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Monday Monster: Green Children of Woolpit

Woolpit, Suffolk, England (WKQ News): As they do every year, people in this small Suffolk County community celebrated the harvest, including re-telling tales of the Green Children. This year’s festival, however, took a decided turn for the bizarre, as two green-hued children appeared at the mouth of the flint mines in the area. Residents at …

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Behind the Spells: Magic Aura

Behind the Spells: Magic Aura is the second in a series of releases produced for Kobold Quarterly by Tricky Owlbear Publishing, Inc. For those unfamiliar with the series, “Behind the Spells” provides a historical background, secret effects, and related material to one of the classic spells of the world’s most famous fantasy roleplaying game. [More…]

Monday Monster: The Lambton Worm

County Durham, England (WKQ News): In the rainy north of England, cryptozoologists and big game hunters alike are gripped with frenzied excitement. The cause? Reports of a giant worm-like creature once more haunting the River Wear. Alongside the reporters, photographers, and gawpers are representatives of the Bishop of Sockburn who arrived armed with a traditional …

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Monday Monster: Ia’Affrat the Insatiable

… in those days there flew from the plains of Hell a shadow of brimstone’s smoke, borne fast and silent as the hawk by 10,000 burning wings; in secret places it wove dark spells, and spoke beautiful lies, and spread terrible poison. The shadow befuddled the wisest of sages, struck dead the strongest of warriors …

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Behind the Spells: Color Spray

Behind the Spells: Color Spray is the first in a series produced for the Kobold Quarterly by Tricky Owlbear Publishing. For those unfamiliar with the series, “Behind the Spells” provides a historical background, secret effects, and related material to one of the classic spells of the world’s most famous fantasy roleplaying game. The rules are …

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Monday Monster: the Drop Bear

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (WKQ News): A tourist today was admitted to Canberra Hospital with severe injuries to his head and back. Officials report that the tourist, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, was attacked while exploring the outback. They suspect the animal in the attack was a dingo, and completely …

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