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...

Writing a Better Homebrew Campaign: Resources for Writing the Other

Game worlds are often a lot like our own world, save some modifications. They might even be countries we know but with the serial numbers filed off. When your homebrew world involves lived experiences outside your own, it’s easy to slap a skin on the world and just call it a day. But we can give our homebrew worlds a potency for roleplaying, an intense potential for story, if we do a little extra work, a little extra reading and listening. Part...

The Far Side of the Table: “Teching” the Players

Welcome to the table. Today we talk about technology and players. This is part two of a three-part installment about “teching” your game. In the first part, we discussed the merits of projectors and digital battle maps. A much more challenging technology comes with cell phones, iPads, and other personal devices or “PDs,” for short. Let’s talk about turning cell phones and other PDs into assets for your game. Upgrading the Game: “Teching” the...

Midgard’s First Five Years

We’re at one of those milestones that snuck up on me a little: the Midgard Campaign Setting has been in print for five years as of today! It’s interesting to look back and see what’s changed. Part of me says, “Whoa, five years! What’s new?” and part of me thinks, “Good! Growth and confusion and a rich patina of worldbuilding.” Little Things Shine Brighter: World Trees I think of changes to a setting as falling into two categories: those...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Thor (Part 2)

Temples to Thor are few and far between. Worshipers are just as likely to leave sacrificial offerings under stormy skies, lit by bolts of lightning and accompanied by claps of thunder. No need for fancy temple halls when Thor provides displays of his power with every storm that visits Midgard. Particularly well known among Thor’s followers are an elite group of skalds, calling themselves storm strikers, who favor the sonic cleric domain and...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Thor (Part 1)

Clerics of Thor Thor is known by many names, but whether it is Perun, Thunderer, or in some parts of the far north, even giant-slayer, he is always hailed as the mightiest of warriors and master of the battlefield. Worshippers of Thor often bellow, “Thor’s thunder in your ears; Thor’s roar, the last you’ll hear,” while crashing a warhammer into the face of a foe. This brief litany on the battlefield that accompanies head-bashing is most...

The Egg Thief, Part 2: A Sidetrek

Pernicious Template (and 3 examples) Pernicious Creature (CR +0 or +1) Creatures with the pernicious template live anywhere evil fey are found. Pernicious creatures acquire the physical characteristics (such as green feathers, fur, or scales, and red spots), locomotion, and feeding habits of the pernicious platypus. A pernicious creature’s CR increases by +1 only if the base creature has 5 or more HD.   Rebuild Rules: Senses gains...

Trapmaster: The Empty Shelf

The Empty Shelf Setting the heavy tome in place, Mira thought to herself, “These sages need to get out more. I am bored just looking at these books. I would rather eat sawdust than read them. They are probably drier…” Indeed, the bookshelves mask the seams in the pivoting section of wall ahead, but the tiny scrape marks in the floor give it away. Opening the panel is another issue. Attempts to manipulate the pivot seem...

The Egg Thief: A Sidetrek

The Egg Thief: The Purloining Pernicious Platypus While visiting a provincial festival, an eccentrically dressed man wearing a leather helmet and goggles approaches the PCs. His name is Halm Hogarth, and he takes the PCs aside, saying he needs their help with an investigation. A large number of chicken eggs have disappeared from several farms east of town. Worse, he is also missing two hippogriff eggs. When the PCs arrive at the hamlet, they...

New Paths Compendium Kickstarter Launch

New Paths Compendium Kickstarter An updated, reorganized, much expanded, full color, hardcover version of the New Paths Compendium has been a long time coming. Brand new classes, archetypes, feats, and spells. And here’s the Kickstarter for it! It started from humble enough beginnings. Way back in 2009, the spell-less ranger appeared in Kobold Quarterly #11, and to my surprise and delight, the class was well received. This was followed by...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Boreas (Part 2)

Clerics of Boreas Priests of Boreas operate primarily in isolation outside the confines of a structured organization. There are no granted titles, offices to hold, sacred vestments, or even physical structures in which to worship. Supplicants of Boreas seek him out at the tops of snowcapped mountains, on the ice floes of the Frozen Reach, and amid the acres of barren tundra of the Bleak Expanse. A victim left naked in the chilling night air to...

A Merry Time Was Had: PaizoCon 2017

PaizoCon has been a blast! Rest assured, there was was much fun had. Books were sold, games were played, and scotches may have been tasted. If you’re following us on Facebook, you’ve already heard all about the Starfinder announcements that were dropped at the banquet. So what better way to cap it all than with the Kobold Summit. That’s right: those twisted Kobolds that bring you the wonderful games you love got together to...


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