Worldbuilding Guide Takes ENnies Gold

When the Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design took ENnies gold last year, we were delighted—because it’s a game product that helps create new game designers. Well, it happened again in 2013. The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding won TWO gold ENnie awards for Best Writing, and Best RPG Related Product. Congratulations to Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, David “Zeb” Cook, Monte Cook, Jeff Grubb, Scott Hungerford, Chris Pramas,...

ENnie Nominations: Midgard, Worldbuilding, and Dark Roads

This year’s nominees for the annual Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (ENnies) are out, and we’re delighted to report that three Kobold Press books are in the running! Midgard Campaign Setting by Wolfgang Baur, Brandon Hodge, and Jeff Grubb: Best Setting We asked Brandon Hodge how he felt about the nomination and he wrote back, “When Wolfgang assembled the Midgard Campaign Setting team, I was both honored and thrilled to help lead...

Journeying to the West: An Interview with Christina Stiles

Come see what Christina Stiles has to say about the Open Design process (and more!) for Journeys to the West. Tell me what’s awesome about your new Kobold Press adventure anthology Journeys to the West. It’s sea-faring adventure. What’s not awesome about high-seas escapades and exploration? Plus, we’ve thrown in enough new monsters and islands to keep a campaign going for quite some time. Although these are set in Midgard’s Western Ocean,...

Exotic Trade Goods of the Mharoti Bazaars

The empire is a place of wonders and strangeness, since its people and its merchants serve scaly masters with needs unlike those of the humans, dwarves, and minotaurs of the north and west. Here is a sampling of some of the unique goods found in the Empire’s bazaars, from Harkesh to Sarkland and Achillon to Na’akesh. For full descriptions of these items, you can snag a copy of Player’s Guide to the Dragon Empire. Animals and Servant...

Journeys to the West Adventure Anthology Now Available

Let the Journeys begin! Journeys to the West, the new 8-island, 5-adventure anthology of seafaring excitement for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is out from Kobold Press! Set sail from Barsella, the City at the Edge of the world, home of adventurers and pirates, and explore the vast, uncharted waters of the Western Ocean of the Midgard Campaign Setting –or any ocean you choose to sail! Purchase Journeys to the West as a standalone book, or...

Dragons, Dragonkin, and . . . Ostriches?

The PDF of the Player’s Guide to the Dragon Empire is out and on the Kobold Press store webpage, and it is chock full of draconic goodness for gamemasters and players alike. Dragons in fantasy RPGs have always been problematical: Are they mythic and invulnerable beasts as in the Tolkien tradition, or are they 1st Edition stat blocks that you can overcome with handy spells and convenient magic swords? The Player’s Guide to the Dragon Empire...

From the Deep Dark Woods of Gen Con…

Some days, it just feels like the stars have aligned and everything is falling into place. That was the Friday of Gen Con 2012—and I don’t mean the fact that the panels went well, or that a seat opened up at the Ars Magica game, although that contributed. I mean that I sat down to run “Grandmother’s Fire” from Tales of the Old Margreve and had it rocking on all cylinders, exactly as it was supposed to be. To be fair, I...

Newest Addition to the Kobold Warrens: Marc Radle, Art Director

We here at Kobold Quarterly would like to give a hearty kobold welcome to Marc Radle, who will take up the reins of art director. Marc, welcome to the crew! Marc is a professional graphic artist and designer by trade. In his copious amount of spare time, he also does freelance illustration, writing, and graphic design. (sleep is highly overrated!) He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, teenaged son, and two very spoiled cats. Marc started...

Play It Like You Stole It!

Thank you. Five years ago, I was writing Living Greyhawk adventures as a volunteer for the RPGA. We were trying new ideas and having fun, but I wanted to do more. I joined Empire of the Ghouls as a senior patron and started learning with the community at Open Design. I playtested, I punched up stat blocks, and when I saw a chance to write an adventure, I asked Wolfgang, “Put me in, coach, I won’t disappoint you.” That was...

The Kobolds Take Home Two ENnies

On Friday, August 17, 2012, many gathered at Union Station in Indianapolis for the ENnie Awards. The kobolds, who were already pleased at being nominated for various awards, were ecstatic when they learned the results of the fans’ votes: Open Design won gold awards for Streets of Zobeck (Best Adventure) and Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design (Best RPG-Related Product). Congratulations go to all those who added their talent, skills, and...

Kobold Wisdom: Gen Con 2012

Kobolds do more than build traps. They sometimes venture forth to gatherings of creatures and seek to impart their wisdom to these worthy beings. Soon, in fact, you’ll have some proof of this type of activity. Until that time arrives, you can seek out the Paizo booth in the Gen Con Exhibit Hall and pick up one of the titles you see in the picture. (Go! Seek the wisdom of the written word if you’re in the vicinity, then check out one...

Endzeitgeist Reviews Open Design’s New Planar Releases

We just saw a couple of great reviews from Endzeitgeist over at Paizo.com, and wanted to wave them at you! First, he calls Dark Roads & Golden Hells “One of the best planar sourcebooks ever made”. As if that weren’t enough, he also deems Shadow Planes & Pocket Worlds: A Dark Roads and Golden Hells Supplement “a stellar supplement at an unbeatable price”. We’re big fans of fantastic adventures across...

ENnie Award Nominations for Open Design!

There is singing, dancing and drinking in the kobold mines today: Open Design received four ENnie Award 2012 nominations. Here’s what we’re up for this year: Best Adventure: Streets of Zobeck Best Art, Interior: Book of Drakes Best RPG Related Product: Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design Best Writing: Your Whispering Homunculus Congratulations to Ben McFarland, Hugo Solis, Richard Pett, Wolfgang Baur and all of the contributors to...

PaizoCon 2012 Gallery

The kobolds descended upon PaizoCon 2012 and made it their temporary home away from home for a few days. In the gallery we’re presenting, you can see a few of the kobolds hard at work, plus some fun mittens, and the all-important booth! Wolfgang and Adam ran games, various kobolds manned the booth, and a lot of fun was had by all! If you made it to the show and stopped by (or played in a game with one of the kobolds!), many thanks!...

Monsters of Sin for Pathfinder: Avarice

“You kill those who stand between you and your goals. You strive to pull down the mighty, and usurp their power. You plunder ancient tombs and spend your coin on the pleasures of the flesh. Tell me, Pathfinder: will you be able to stand against the Monsters of Sin? Or have you already fallen to them?” Of all humanity’s sins, seven are recognized as being truly deadly. Challenge your players’ PCs with their corrupting influence – subscribe to...


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