Ask the Kobold: Bending the Rules

Skip Williams is one of the designers of 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons. He’s also a regular columnist for Kobold Quarterly. As long as you send in your questions, we’ll keep running the column here for free. But if you don’t ask the kobold, don’t expect a reply! I encountered an odd thing recently. A DM I know allowed a player character to use the disarm action with a ranged weapon when the rules clearly say disarms are...

Monday Monster: Jack the Ripper

Whitechapel, London, England (WKQ News) For the fourth time in the last two months, a prostitute working in Whitechapel became the victim of gruesome murder. The woman – identified as Maryanne Smithson – was found dead in an alley behind Durwood Street. An anonymous source from the medical examiner’s office tells WKQ News that the victim was strangled before her throat was slit. Afterward, the murderer – using the precision of a surgeon –...

Monday Monster: the Lyeflesh Zombie

The blackened mass of dead flesh and charred bone standing before you was human . . . once. The reek of burnt sinew, scorched flesh and smoking hair hangs heavy about the thing’s lank frame, nauseating those who inhale its stench. A patchwork of immolated flesh, the color of greasy tar, hangs over its decaying remains. Eye sockets empty of any orb stare menacingly, reflecting the deepest pits of the Abyss. The corpse’s open sores fester...

Tuesday Traps: the Price of Greed

Not all traps are deadly, some are just insidious. The kobolds of Zobeck have long since grown weary of manlings stealing away their carefully mined silver. To discourage the big folk, a consortium of devious kobolds versed in clockworks and alchemy recently created a substance called “Silverlust” to trap their silver troves with, an alchemical substance invented for the sole purpose of punishing greedy humanoids. [More…] Silverlust traps...

Monsters: Spring-Heeled Jack

London, UK (WKQ – London News): The investigation of the vicious attacks on Samantha Grey, 27, and Catherine Hulme, 32, last week in Greenwich has taken a strange turn. Their mysterious assailant, dubbed the “Leaping Man,” is now believed to be re-enacting the Spring-Heel Jack mystery of the 1800s. In related news, Professor Robert Enthel of the University of Essex claims that these attacks have occult connections. As proof, he points to...

Nicolas Logue Talks KQ

The Master of Horror, the man personally responsible for unleashing Blood of the Gorgon on an unsuspecting group of patrons, speaks about his recent Sinister and D&D projects and about Kobold Quarterly in this Pulp Gamer podcast. Worth a listen, just to hear the voice of this twisted creature. I rest comfortably at night knowing that an ocean separates me from his tainted...

Monsters: The Nain Rouge

Detroit, MI (WKQ News): The severe storms have left the Detroit metro area. Over the past 24 hours, Detroit has suffered intense thunderstorms, with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour felling trees and utility poles throughout the region. A spokesman for DTE Energy reports it could be a week before power is completely restored. Large hail stones smashed windows and damaged vehicles , and officials are blaming severe lightning strikes for...


Kobolds for Father’s Day

Hey, the fine folks at GeekDad have declared at “If Dad likes D&D, a Kobold Quarterly subscription is mandatory.” We couldn’t agree more, and their other suggestions seem right on the money as well: Planet Stories, Forbidden LEGO, and many more. Check out their list.


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