Kobolds at Fernwood Game Day

There’s this wonderful little, game-loving library in Fernwood, Idaho. Games in libraries, you say? Sign us up! So the kobolds made a donation. Well, they sent us back these amazing pictures of one of their recent game days. “While we’re a small community, your donation made a big difference. We had great fun and played a ton of games. Thank you so much for helping us bring in children of all ages to learn the joys and...

Terrain Tidbits

Are you ready to “go vertical”? To discover the “third dimension” of tabletop gaming? Terrain adds something visually visceral to your miniatures gameplay. Even something as small and simple as barrels, boxes, walls, and trees can make a difference in player attention spans. (You can also buy terrain. There are many fine places to get terrain pieces, and they’re nearly perfect. This article is aimed at the artistic...

Advanced Feats: Feat of the Week #3

“And why should we ally with the likes of you?” the baron asked. The tall bearded warrior glared silently letting the tension in the room build before speaking. “Because you want your enemies to suffer before they die.” The baron laughed nervously for a moment, “Yes, I think I like you already. Let’s be friends.” Fearsome Demeanor You negotiate through menace and intimidation rather than honeyed words. Prerequisite: Cha 13 Benefit: You may...

Lost City Review: “My Highest Recommendation”

A fan named Style75 reviews Lost City over at the Wizards of the Coast site: Bravo! I bought the PDF last night and I can tell you it is fantastic. This is a quality product that has been carefully put together. It makes me want to start a new campaign just to try it out. I give this module my highest recommendation. It takes all the good features of 4e and merges them with solid adventure design. Lots of story, great NPC’s, new monsters,...

All Those 5-Star Reviews Can’t Be Wrong

Yep, we’re as stunned as you are, but the quality is there and the reviewers are calling it as they see it: we’ve gotten five 5-star reviews in a row! How did we do it? Sigfried Trent took all the feedback to the original Advanced Feats series, added some tweaks and compilation elements (like a single, unified, 7-page feats table!), and made the Complete Advanced Feats the best feats book ever. But don’t believe us—click...

Learning to Fly (and Pitch)

The recent release of the Lost City adventure has given several Open Design patrons their first professional credits. One of these designers, Tracy Hurley, talks about what she learned from the Lost City project in her “Learning to Pitch” blog post. She breaks down the process of design and the elements she needed to get traction toward what she wanted in the final text. Key elements after the jump: * Rarely does the idea come all...

Midgard and Dragon Age

Designer and Midgard project patron Joshua Jarman blogs about the intersection of the AGE System ruleset and the support that the second rules set is getting during design. : [Designing as a patron] is a fun, creative process, and the collaborative nature leads to the development of the best ideas presented. As far as Dragon Age, Wolfgang … has made a definite commitment to be the leader in third party Dragon Age support. Kobold Quarterly...

Review Roundup for Advanced Feats: The Inquisitor’s Edge

Sigfried Trent recently wrapped up his hugely popular Advanced Feats series with Advanced Feats: The Inquisitor’s Edge. Perhaps a little too caught up in the general excitement, several kobolds put on black cloaks and wide-brimmed hats and confronted game bloggers with the book, demanding that they confess their true thoughts about it. Here’s what the reviewers had to say about The Inquisitor’s Edge: Each feat adds something extra to the class,...

Northlands and KQ #17 Review Roundup

We’ve had a couple of big releases here recently! There’s Northlands: Roleplaying in Winter’s Chill, a Pathfinder-compatible sourcebook for adventures in Midgard’s temperate and subarctic north; and Kobold Quarterly #17, an issue dedicated to villainy with articles for Pathfinder RPG, 4th Edition D&D, and Dragon Age RPG. What are reviewers saying about them? Let’s start with Northlands: Here is a book that presents the creatures, culture...

Kobolds Overrun RPG Countdown

When Ed Healy sent us a link to the latest episode of his RPG Countdown podcast with the cryptic note, “Thought you’d like to have a listen…” we were most intrigued. We soon discovered that Kobold Quarterly occupies two spots on the countdown of top-selling game products! The Kobold Guide to Game Design comes in at #9, and on the show, contributor Ed Greenwood talks about his essay on how to create Dastardly Plots for...

Courier #11 Has Shipped

The Open Design griffon has a free gift for the lucky recipients of the Kobold Courier this time out, plus plenty of other news: • an interview with designer Dan Voyce, • playtest opportunities for patrons of several projects, • a podcast with some possibly familiar names, • two free previews for Freeport,• Taverncraft contest news,• and much more! How can you get your copy of the Courier? Easy, just sign up using...

Kobold on WIRED Holiday List

The kobold staff is delighted to note that Kobold Quarterly magazine has made it on the GeekDad holiday list for this year, along with other worthy items such as the Castle Ravenloft board game and the Pathfinder RPG core rules. We proudly quote their stunningly accurate description from 2009: this independent D&D magazine is known for scurrying out of tunnels and ambushing far more dangerous publications. We’re still looking for that...

Courier #8 Has Shipped

The Labor Day edition of the Kobold Courier went out yesterday, with news from a cartography contest to a free RPG, plus the latest on the Open Design commissions, new columnists, and more. There’s even a picture of the elusive web editor, Scott Gable, in his natural habitat. Want your own copy of this free monthly newsletter? Sign up with the little black box to the left. If you don’t like it you can always...

Vote in the ENnies!

This very site — KoboldQuarterly.com — and the Open Design Podcast have been nominated for ENnie awards in the Best Blog and Best Podcast categories, and Open Design has been nominated for Fan Favorite publisher. We’re honored that the judges choose to recognize KQ and the Open Design work of the last year, and we’re thrilled at the podcast nod as well. Please vote for us in the ENnie balloting; the polls close this...

Review: Open Design

The 2d6 Feet in a Random Direction podcast gave glowing reviews to KQ and Open Design in their latest installment, Episode 46. The show is a project of Brian Isikoff and Chris Hanranhan, an owner of the Endgame store in Oakland CA.The whole show is worth listening to, though if you are mostly interested in their commentary on Open Design it starts around 21:20; the KQ review leads. Summary: Open Design adventures are described as “WotC...


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