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Ley Lines Finalist: “Ice Maiden’s Heart” by Troy E. Taylor

We have six finalists in the Ley Lines fiction contest, and here is Troy E. Taylor’s entry for your reading pleasure. Mead Hall Yaznexitoken adjusted his jeweled and silver-dusted cloak, which glittered in contrast to his dull maroon scales. Rings adored three fingers on his right hand, a band of worked silver encircled his left wrist. A clasp with an inlaid sapphire kept the silk turban in place, covering his ridges and horns. As the...

Ley Lines Finalist: “Five Finger Discount” by Stephen Rowe

We have six finalists in the Ley Lines fiction contest, and here is Stephen Rowe’s entry for your reading pleasure. Immortality does not grant flawless recollection. I like to think of my experiences as a solid defining whole, but that’s a pleasant lie. Memories are closer to smoke than stone. I bottle wisps at random, and a little swaps with ordinary air every time I take a look inside. It gets me in trouble sometimes. A surly grizzled...

Ley Lines Finalist: “A Done Deal, a Final Act, and a Parting” by Chris Lozaga

We have six finalists in the Ley Lines fiction contest, and here is Chris Lozaga’s entry for your reading pleasure.“Put your considerable girth between me and the crowd, else it will look as though we are breaking in,” Ivka said slyly as his nimble, scaly hands furiously worked a set of picks. Gremmel, twice his height and four times as thick, glared at him, glanced over her shoulder and did the best she could to mask the kobold’s efforts...

Ley Lines Finalist: “A Place Without Time” by David Amburgey

We have six finalists in the Ley Lines fiction contest, and here is David Amburgey’s entry for your reading pleasure.Nera thought she had never seen a man so strong, which was funny, really. The rocks Johr piled onto the cairn were so small. She sat with her back to his travel bags and watched him wander across the blasted land in search of stones. Pulling her cloak around her shoulders the wind played with the expensive fur of the collar...

Ley Lines Contest Finalists

The Ley Line judges have made their decisions, and today we are happy to announce the SIX finalists and their stories for this contest (presented in alphabetical order by author’s last name): “A Place Without Time” by David Amburgey “The Apple Thief” by Maggie Hoyt “A Done Deal, a Final Act, and a Parting” by Chris Lozaga “Lantern Festival” by Jeff Quick “Five Finger Discount” by...

Ley Lines: A Fiction Contest for Midgard

We’ve had a variety of contests over the years here at Kobold Press, and we want to try another one that’s new to us: fiction. We also want to see what your creativity can create for the world of Midgard. To that end, we introduce a fiction contest. How does this work? First, become familiar with the Midgard setting—we do want the entries to integrate the setting. Then write and submit your entry. Your submission will be evaluated...

Monarch of the Monsters: We Have a Winner!

Voting has closed for our Monarch of the Monsters design contest, and we have a winner! With 107 votes it’s the mask wight designed by Sersa Victory for the 13th Age RPG. Sersa’s commitments for 2014 prevent him from taking on any new freelance projects. So we’re awarding a freelance design commission from Kobold Press to the second place winner: Jeff Lee who brought us the phlogistian faerie for Pathfinder RPG!...

Monarch of the Monsters Voting Begins

Now that you’ve seen the five finalists for the Monarch of the Monsters contest, you can vote! We’re opening the polls so that you can help crown the 2013 Monarch of the Monsters. Which monster would you like to see win the Monarch of the Monsters 4 contest? Mask wight by Sersa Victory (45%, 107 Votes) Phlogistian faerie by Jeff Lee (18%, 42 Votes) Echo demon by Eric Hindley (14%, 33 Votes) Bouda by Wendall Roy (13%, 32 Votes) Green...

Monarch of the Monsters 4: Phlogistian Faerie

In the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. We now present those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy them, and, at the end of the week, vote on your favorite. This time, we have the phlogistian faerie by Jeff Lee. A lithe, feminine form leaps and twirls amid the conflagration, not only unharmed by the flames,...

Monarch of the Monsters 4: Echo Demon

In the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. We now present those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy them, and, at the end of the week, vote on your favorite. This time, we have the echo demon by Eric Hindley. This vaguely humanoid creature has a bat-like face and large claws of twisted, rusting iron at the...

Monarch of the Monsters 4: Green Strangler

In the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. We now present those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy them, and, at the end of the week, vote on your favorite. This time, we have the green strangler by Mike Welham. This plant, composed of writhing roots and vines, is arranged in a vaguely humanoid form. It...

Monarch of the Monsters 4 Finalist: Bouda

In the past few weeks, we had many wonderful entries to the Monarch of the Monsters contest, and our talented and skilled judges chose five finalists from among the entries. Each day this week, we will present one of those five finalists to you so that you can enjoy it, and, at the end of the week, you can vote on your favorite. Without further ado, here’s the bouda by Wendall Roy. Bouda (CR 5) This hulking, hyena-faced humanoid has...

Monarch of the Monsters 4: Enter the Arena!

Let us once again venture forth to Monster Island and see what our creative monster artisans have wrought for our deadly amusement. Will you choose to join the ranks of the monster artisans and set your monster creation against those of others? If so, read on for contest rules! Behold the Monarch of the Monsters Contest, the greatest and most glorious contest ever! In this, our fourth tournament of monster design, you can test your skills by...

Flying Towers Contest Winner!

We recently posted a cartography contest that started off with a vote to determine what type of map budding cartographers should craft for us. The voting public decided that they wanted to see flying towers. Because we had a lower number of submissions than we’d hoped to receive, our panel of judges took a look at those who shared their craft with us and determined a winner from among the participants. It’s time to reveal that...


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