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Behind the Curtain: Progress in the Old Margreve

There’s something strange about those woods. Tales of the Old Margreve, one of the current patron projects, is progressing beautifully. This adventure anthology, guided by the capable hands of Tim Connors, features an eerie series of adventures set in a distinctly Old World, folklore-inspired package right in the city of Zobeck’s backyard. Tim recently sat […]

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Inspiring Terrains: Underground Mines (Part 2 of 5)

“Inspiring Terrains” looks at encounters—fundamental building blocks that bring together PCs, conflict, and environment. With a little inspiration and a few mechanical bits, it’s easy to make the terrain in an encounter just as memorable as the foes. [Part 1] ___ Deep, Foreboding Mines Mines have been part of fantasy literature since its earliest days.

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The Big Zobeck City Map: It’s Finally Here

For years, the conversations have gone like this: “Wolfgang, where’s the map of Zobeck?” “Well, there are maps in the sourcebooks, and in certain issues of Kobold Quarterly…” “No, where’s THE map?” “Oh, you mean the one big map? A detailed, full-color map of the Free City of Zobeck, destination of caravans from a dozen lands,

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Salt Golem

This crystalline automaton is crudely sculpted, with only the vaguest humanoid features. As it shuffles forward on wide, stump-like feet, thousands of tiny salt crystals fall from its body, creating a glittering cloud. A salt golem has a crudely formed humanoid body made of crystalline salts. It wears no clothing or armor and carries no

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Your Whispering Homunculus: 50 Topics of Conversation

“Master!” The creature hops spastically onto your shoulder and grasps your ear, glancing around before whispering “I have an idea…” “What is it, slugling?” “Master, I know you have toiled to make an answer to all the biggest questions in tonight’s tale, but what about the more mundane? Surely not everyone in the village is

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Pallid Herald

Pallid heralds spread fear and chaos, terrorizing areas as small as strategically important villages or as large as entire countries. Intelligent and cunning, these monsters immerse themselves fully in their missions, never allowing themselves to be distracted from their goals. Varying in methods, some pallid heralds prefer acting as figurehead for an assaulting wave of

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Monster Chronicles Invades Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

Every so often, we lose our minds at Kobold World Headquarters and launch a new product just because we feel like it. Well, we’re off into the wild frontier again with the Monster Chronicles PDF series for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Monster Chronicles provides ecologies and variants for lesser-known monsters as well as some gaming

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Half-Ogre PC Race

Welcome to 4th Edition week here at KQ.com. All this week will feature wonderful material designed for 4th Edition (while still being inspirational for any edition). ___ Door? BOOM! What door? Born from the union of a human and an ogre, the half-ogre is a wretched unwanted creature hated by its parent races. Those born

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Sex and Trickery in Courts of the Shadow Fey

I’m minding my own business, walking to lunch, and I think, “Would devils give player characters STDs?” That was probably the moment I decided that, yes, perhaps Courts of the Shadow Fey is pushing things quite far. This adventure overturns certain default assumptions about 4E combat and the presumed monster mixes. It includes information as

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