Real Steel: Blade of Ancient Visions

And the winner is… Anthony Jennings! His Blade of Ancient Visions has stolen the hearts—and minds!—of all that would look upon it. And now this blade crafted by the hands of Todd Gdula can go on to speak to a new wielder with its wondrous visions and whispers. (Well, when you’re paranoid, you’re never alone, right?) Congratulations to all of the finalists for a stupendous series of squamous swords. May you all prosper under...

Swords of Hell: Items from Dante’s Inferno

Dante Alighieri cited various magic items in his masterwork opera Divine Comedy. In this article, 5E stats for two powerful swords appearing in the first part of the epic poem, Inferno, are provided. The Sword of Homer Weapon (shortsword), very rare (requires attunement by a character with a Charisma score equal to or greater than 12) “The good Master began to say, ‘Look at him with that sword in hand who cometh before the three,...

Tournaments: The Iron Fist

Every nation boasts its own, unique fighting arts. From pugilists in roped rings to oiled wrestlers who grunt and grapple in the dirt, to exotic fighters whose feet, knees, elbows, and even foreheads can cripple a foe for life, every culture believes its fighters are the toughest. Once every four years, that belief is put to the test when fighters are drawn from across the region to compete in the Iron Fist. What Is the Iron Fist? The Iron Fist...

Real Steel: Contest Finalists

Arr! And ia ia! It’s that day on Real Steel when we announce the finalists to our contest. Finalists The five finalists—Blade of Ancient Visions, Cutlass of the Eldritch Deeps, Cutlass of the Shattered Mind, Eye of the Deep One, and R’lyeh’s Gaze—are listed below. Please, vote for your favorite in the poll at the end. Polls close on May 23, 2016. 1. Blade of Ancient Vision by Anthony Jennings Weapon (cutlass), legendary (requires...

Kobolds Take the D&D Podcast

Your very own Kobold-in-Chief joins Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito on the latest episode of the D&D podcast—from now on known as Dragon Talk. Be regaled as Wolfgang, and I quote, “returns to tell us some more crazy stories, sing some Hall & Oates, and talk about what Kobold Press is putting up on the DMs Guild.” Are you not regaled?!  

Tournaments: The Arcane Masters

Magic is often seen as a dangerous but controlled study. Those who learn the art of spellcasting and who devote themselves to the arcane craft are seen as scholarly. And indeed, many mages come together in colleges to share their experience and expertise, training a new generation of magic users in controlling and harnessing the great powers of the universe. While there are adventurers who use magic in the field and warriors who wield sword and...

Heritage of Heroes: Gem Dragonborn

For all the races in all the worlds… what about the subraces? Heritage of Heroes brings you variant racial features for Midgard to help your hero stand out from the pack. The following variant traits allow you to play a dragonborn descended from gem dragons. Your other dragonborn traits remain the same. Gem Dragonborn Traits Draconic Ancestry. Choose one type of dragon from the Draconic Ancestry table. Your breath weapon and damage...

May 2016 Kobold Press Calendar Wallpapers

May is here and so is another month of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got! These come from our Kobold Press 2016 Calendar, and they feature May’s art by Marcel Mercado. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please click on the image you want to download to expand it into a downloadable...

And Straight On ’til Morning

A huge round of applause for Miranda! She’s done an amazing job of running the Kobold Blogmines for years. While I’m a wee bit sad to see her go, I’m greatly excited to see what great things she does next. When you slay some dragons, Miranda, come back and tell us all about them! It’s Deja Vu All Over Again As introduced, I’m Scott Gable, and I’ll be your new guide into all things Kobold. Those of you with...

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...

Join the ARENA: FURY OF HELLAS Card Game Kickstarter

Hey, who doesn’t like to play god once in a while? Especially the gods of Greek mythology, who loved to compete against each other using mortals and monsters as pawns. If this sounds like hella fun*, check out our just-launched Kickstarter for ARENA: FURY OF HELLAS — the first ever card game from Kobold Press! ARENA: FURY OF HELLAS a quick-fire non-collectible card game for 2 to 4 players. Each player represents the gods of Greek mythology,...

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...


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