Memoirs of a Lich: Dungeons (Part 1)

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. We’ve gotten surprisingly comfortable in our role as proprietor of the Red Door Market. (Bemmea’s best magic items supplier for the burglar on a budget!) However, the whole reason for this diary is that we’ll inevitably return to our first and greatest love. Even now, we find it difficult to fully escape the allure of unlife’s simplest pleasures… the precision engineering of a...

The Far Side of the Table: Who’s Telling the Story Here?

Welcome to the table. Tonight, my players split up across the town, and unfortunately, each wound up involved in deadly assassination plots. For a GM, a session like this may sound like a nightmare—multiple simultaneous fights across a split party. Yet as the night developed, I discovered an effective way to get the players to tell the outcome of their conflicts. Today, we talk about Narrative Authority and its effect at the table. Val and...

Shops of Zobeck: The Trading Post

Zobeck is filled to bursting with various shops of both quality and intrigue. Each services their own niche, each boasts their own excellence, each is eagerly waiting for the heroes returning from dangerous and grand adventures with large sacks of gold and rare and wondrous items. As the Crossroads City, home to some of the most lucrative and famous of traders, Zobeck offers a wide variety of establishments for them to unload their wares. And...

Memoirs of a Lich: Restraint

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. We like to joke, but being an awesome antagonist is a big responsibility. You are always going to be vastly more powerful than the burglars wandering into your villainous clutches. You can’t only entertain yourself. You have to think about what’s going to be enjoyable for the dopey meatsacks too. Seems counterintuitive, right? Which brings us to today’s topic: restraint, or why you can’t...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Loki (Part 3)

“Loki’s luck be upon you!” Some oracles specialize in being sneaky. Infiltration (Oracle Mystery) Deities: Loki, and some deities whose portfolios include the Stealth domain with GM permission. Class Skills: An oracle with the infiltration mystery adds Climb, Disable Device, Disguise, and Stealth to her list of class skills. Bonus Spells: handy grapnel (UI)(2nd), hidden presence (UI)(4th), voluminous vocabulary (UI)(6th), adjustable disguise...

December 2017 Kobold Press Wallpapers

It’s December! So here’s a set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. These come from New Paths Compendium with art by Claudio Pozas. Choose Your Path Shadows are falling across the land: monstrous things stir in the depths, schemers spin their plots in the towers of the powerful, and unholy threats rise from the grave to menace the living. It’s an age of terrors and...

Your Whispering Homunculus: Curious Locales—The Babcock Place, Part Two

“And iron my armoured underthings. I am heading out into the wilds tonight!” “Yes master.” Curious locales are quirky locations for GMs to drop into their campaigns. Free of class and level, they can be used in any fantasy RPG system. The Babcock Place The kin don’t get along, of course, and there are always stories of some sort of special festival day where one is chosen to be hunted by the others and literally torn apart. Those who live not...

New Paths Compendium Hardcover Preview: The Skin-Changer

The expanded, hardcover edition of the New Paths Compendium presents 12 new and expanded Pathfinder Roleplaying Game classes from level 1 through 20—plus new feats, new spells, and new archetypes. One of these 12 classes is the skin-changer, a full BAB martial class that truly embraces the untamed, animalistic aspects of nature. Rather than bonding with an animal companion, the skin‑changer instead assumes the form of animals himself. He excels...

The Far Side of the Table: What’s on the Horizon

Welcome to the table. This is the final part of a three-part installment of The Far Side of the Table about “teching” your game. In earlier parts, we discussed how you can use projectors to digitize the table and how GMs can turn tablets and cellphones into roleplaying opportunities. In this article, I focus on possible futures for technology at the table. Let’s talk about some successful uses of technology at the table and the implications of...

Shops of Zobeck: Time’s Closet

Zobeck is a beacon for those hoping to strike it rich—or at least find their place in life. Many travel from all over Midgard to the Crossroads City looking to trade their wares to the right person for the right price or earn their way into the business life of Zobeck. However, not everyone pursues wealth, glory, and fame. Some, desire the pursuit of knowledge, history, truth, and story! There is a small one-story shop run by an elderly human...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Loki (Part 2)

“Loki’s luck be upon you!” There is a certain sect of bards that thrive on mischief-making rather than on music, and they refer to themselves as ruse-weavers. Ruse-Weaver (Bard Archetype) Mayhem, mischief, and misdirection are the tools of the trade for a ruse-weaver. Class Skills: A ruse-weaver adds Disable Device to his list of class skills. This alters class skills. Bardic Performance: A ruse-weaver does not gain the bardic performance...

November 2017 Kobold Press Wallpapers

Kobolds and Fallen Leaves It’s November! So here’s a set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. These come from Prepared 2: A Dozen One-Shot Adventures for 5th Edition. So, your players went off on a tangent—AGAIN? A Dozen 5th Edition One-Shot Adventures for Levels 1 to 11 Never fear—Prepared 2 offers you 12 quick solutions to keep the game moving and players entertained,...

Memoirs of a Lich: Clerics

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. After thousands of years of careful study and experimentation, we’ve come to the conclusion that magic is insane. Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than swinging a sword around, and if it wasn’t for magic, we wouldn’t be the lich we are today (literally). That in no way makes it any less full of obviously arbitrary restrictions and exploitable loopholes. Unfortunately, it is the only game...

Your Whispering Homunculus: Curious Locales—The Babcock Place, Part One

“Master, who’s in the portrait?” “Oh her? That’s my distant kin Wholesome Babcock. She’s not pretty is she? I’ve not been to see them for quite some time now, years in fact, but they—keep in touch with me.” “You’ve never mentioned them before, your strangeness.” “And for two good reasons. The first of which is that they have a very, very bad reputation.” “And the second?” “The second, slug, is that nothing I do is ever of any concern of yours...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Loki (Part 1)

Known for his mischievousness and unpredictability, Loki’s ways are often emulated by scoundrels, charlatans, and imposters. Due to his predilection toward fickleness, he is less often followed by individuals that prefer rules or strict adherence to prescribed regimens. Though individuals may wish to elevate their wily ways to match that of Loki’s, the trickster god is rarely called upon to intervene in mortal affairs as his assistance can be...


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