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Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,768 posts (2,773 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 5 aliases.


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The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

The other four are kitsune, wereshark, suli, and ratfolk.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Neat! I agree it does tilt a bit to weekly PDF releases, and I notice it only goes back to October 2014, but it's still great to see this.

I'd agree with Jason and Rite Publisher that the Kickstarter numbers are a whole different thing (and likely outweigh the PDF sales by a good amount). Kickstarter has certainly changed the industry, but it's good to see the Paizo newsletter mined for data too.

Thanks for compiling this, Distant Scholar.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

BLloyd607502 wrote:

Man, I wish there was more on the Shadow Fey, they're a riot, still the rest of the book is fantastic, to the point where I've bought it even though I own half the advanced races options.

Out of interest, is there any chance of us getting more shadow fey information in the future?

Yes, indeed! The shadow fey have a way of showing up whether they are wanted or not, and there are plans to bring them back as part of a Spring adventure and a Fall release.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

No, it assumes that the party has fought the Cult of the Dragon several times (completed Hoard of the Dragon Queen), but has not yet faced Tiamat.

EDIT TO ADD: It is also, of course, playable as a standalone encounter in the Realms, though it requires some familiarity with Hoard of the Dragon Queen.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Paizo has the PDF and the page previews in hand. Not sure when they will post them; that's up to them!

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

14 pages including the cover, so too small for a print-on-demand release this time.

Definitely something worth using for larger books, though.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Getting some crazy great reviews as well for giant-centric side trek.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Ixxix wrote:
I can't wait to get this book. Do you know if the Character Codex will every get a physical copy option?

Um... Maaaaaybe? It was meant primarily as a PDF companion to the hardcover, but we could probably spin up a POD version in the next month or two.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Thank you, Lord Mhoram! We went a little crazy on the feedback/development/editing cycle this time around, because we wanted this to just shine shine shine.

There's also a Character Codex PDF coming soon, with 25 sample characters showing off the new options in convenient NPC form.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Shipping notices haven't gone out, but the first wave packages have. (The shipper hasn't been able to upload a key tracking # spreadsheet, so it's entirely possible that your book will arrive before your confirmation.)

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Combined shipping is definitely the way to go for overseas shipping!

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Print + PDF bundle available here!

A bundle will be available on Paizo whenever all the elements come together, sometime next week.

@Axial, looks like PDF to backers very soon. We're shipping the print books to backers this weekend.

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Note to Self: Glue shut super-sekrit Nevertember page in 2017 calendar! :D

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thanks, Joel! We had a blast making it geek-centric.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

The Wizards share some 2nd Edition throwback love today: Kits from 2E are in Unearthed Arcana.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thanks for pointing it out! You can ignore that sentence entirely. And since we're looking at p. 53, I'll must mention the missing italics on "restoration" in the next line.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Thank you for the review, EZG!

I confess that the tosculi are sort of a personal favorite of mine, both as bad guys and as hiveless exiles. There's more lore on them in the Southlands Campaign book, mostly a sample tosculi hive city by yours truly.

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SmiloDan wrote:
That's why gnomes are so often (EDIT: awesome). 3 can travel 24 hours per day. It's why their slow speed isn't that big of a deal.

Gnomes are evil and inhuman. It is known.

And now, we have proof of their bizarre, unceasing march!

;-)

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yep, definitely a release that people rave about every time (and thanks for fixing the link).

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Looking likely but it's always tough. Man, I want this book to happen.

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Thanael wrote:
Interesting. Is there a preview of the pages available?

Yes indeed, there is a preview of February available now.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Hi Crai, thanks for following up here! And I'm embarrassedthat the sitemail at Kobold Press failed you--usually we're good with that, but we moved servers recently and nuked our email server elements in the process.

In any case, Sunken Empires will be restocked at Paizo soon. No one at Paizo has requested a restock, so I really appreciate you bringing it up.

The restock will take a few weeks but should be there in early January. If you need this for a gift, I recommend picking it up from the Kobold Press store.

EDIT TO ADD: We don't have insight into orders placed at Paizo--the only orders we can fulfill directly are the Kobold Press store ones.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

FWIW, there's some errata on Doom of the Earthen Maw. Not sure if that file has been released yet, but it definitely got an update.

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Thank you for the review, EZG!

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Happy to see this line continue, as it is hands-down the best expansion material for the fey seen in Pathfinder.

And 10 new player races? I'm in!

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Hurray, issue solved! Just over 90% of all backers have completed the survey, so thank you.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Should be in December.

We want to get all final art assignments, backer monsters, and playtests done before moving to the PDF items, but it should happen in the next couple weeks.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Lorathorn wrote:
In terms of communities, I think that GiantIP and ENworld are it for now. Maybe we'll luck out and Kobold Press will take the lead. HINT HINT!

Somewhat belated reply! That would be awesome, but I don't want a repeat of last time around (where spammers slowly destroyed the Kobold Press forums). I'd be very happy to host 5th Edition forums at KoboldPress.com, but they would need a moderator and/or a strong spam filter before I would consider it.

In addition to GitP and ENworld, there's a decent subReddit with some resources.

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Ellestil wrote:
I missed this one before it closed. Any way to get am order in?

Kickstarter locks up their systems tight when a project closes, so there's no way to get in directly and submit a monster.

Indirectly, though, you'll be able to jump in when we send out the BackerKit survey and preorder link in late January.

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Marc Radle wrote:
Monster submissions will actually not open until sometime after the Kickstarter ends, at which time I'm sure full details will be provided!

Correct, the monster submission guidelines will be posted later this week (by the 10th); entries are due by the 23rd. The goal is very much to design as excellent and complete a creature as possible, with interesting story/lore elements, a great name, and complete and compelling 5E statistics.

Now, a cool concept could win a slot in the book if it is so super-cool that the judges and voters rate it more highly than something with complete stats, but having a complete design obviously gives a monster a bit of an edge.

All that said, way more details will be posted on the Kickstarter.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you to everyone who supported it!

(And Marc is right, the odds of a PF version of this book just went up sharply.)

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Lorathorn wrote:
Do you guys do print on demand?

Sometimes, absolutely! The titles we have on DriveThruRPG, for instance.

We prefer traditional press runs when we can manage them, but for smaller projects, print on demand can make sense.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Umbral Vampire's Castle = UNLOCKED.

Closing in on 5 Mythos Monsters, including the Shoggoth! It ends Tuesday night, folks.

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Malaclypse wrote:
Btw did you remove shipping costs? I previously pledged 206 (special edition + fantasy grounds + shipping), but now, it seems that shipping is included?

If you moved up to the free shipping tiers, then yes, it is included.

If you are still in the same reward tier but with an add-on, then well, the shipping costs should be the same (they haven't gotten any cheaper for us, though we'd love that!).

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Pawns Achievement: UNLOCKED!

(Should also be available as an add-on for those who might want to use them with the Pathfinder versions of these monsters.)

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Totally speculative mockup of the pawns is available here.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Congrats to the Final Four, and well done!

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Screen captures are of a work-in-progress, mind you. The final version in Fantasy Grounds is likely to be EVEN BETTER. :)

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I can't either. :)

Seriously, we have SO MUCH GOOD STUFF in this project, it's hard to talk about it without raving a little. The demon lords (and we just added one more!), the lunar devils, the freaking void dragons!!

Even a couple new snakes and vermin for variety at the very basic level. There's everything from mooks to earthshakers, dungeons to deserts, and fey to facehuggers. (Well, sort of---lets call them monsters with no sense of personal space!)

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Lorathorn wrote:
Does it matter when you back the project for the monster submission?

Confirming what Marc said: back any time before the project ends. We'll have at least 1 or 2 more monster design posts from Steve Winter before then as well.

And yeah, it's been piling on the backers at a furious clip. We're so close to the 1,000 backer level!

Obligatory new page link to project

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SmiloDan wrote:
Will there be examples of low level aberrations and celestials? There seems to be a dearth of them in the MM. And any higher level beasts for non-dinosaur druids?

There aren't a ton of higher-level beasts yet (though I have hopes). There's a rather unusual snake that fits the bill, and I think that's about it.

There are definitely some lower level aberrations included. For celestials... I think there are two, but they're both more mid-level than low-level. Neat idea, though, and I'd love to see one submitted by one of the backers during the open call.

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Thanks for sharing that write-up! Sounds like a good session.

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Unlocked a new preview as well: the lunar devil from Courts of the Shadow Fey, updated and with new art.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Agree that bonus action is better! Good idea.

Hitdice, the comments on the Alseid have a direct link to the PDF. Is that the one that's not working? I guess we could just put up a JPEG, too.

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"Before the crystal cracked."

Nice one, Store Blog. Now it's stuck in my head.

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And we've hit the 500 Backer goal, unlocking more battle maps!

Looks increasingly likely that this project will include an open call to backers for new monsters to be included in the book. We need a few more backers to unlock that goal.

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Smashed two of them already! One for more monsters, one for monster tokens. All backers get the benefits, which I always like in a stretch goal.

And yes, higher-CR is tricky. Most campaigns won't need a lot of CR 15 to 24, but CR 10+ is helpful sometimes. I hope to announce some of the demon lords, arch-devils, ancient dragons, and others fairly soon.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Great questions! I do have a good sense of the CR breakdown. There's a range, of course, and the 5E power curve tends to lean on lower-challenge monsters that still work against mid-to-high level characters. So it follows that approach.

So, right now my spreadsheet says CR 1/4 to CR 24 (one of the ancient dragons or a demon lord, depending on which developer/playtester I believe). There are proportionally more monsters at Challenge 10 and up than are in the Monster Manual, because my assumption is that at least some game groups need that extra punch.

Tome of Beasts includes multiple dragons and legendary figures (I'm being vague until we announce them), all with Lair Actions and Legendary Actions. Those are some of my favorites! Not so much my players, necessarily.

For shapeshifting druids.... I'm really not sure, would need to poke around a little more.

I've spent some time trying to make sure that the Tome of Beasts does cover the ground for a lot of groups. Thanks for backing it!

Mandatory Link to Tome of Beasts

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Yes indeed, we still publish occassional Monday Monsters on the Kobold Press blog.

Writer's Guidelines are available.

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Little kobolds are working toward such goals. Adventures and... Other Things We Cannot Name.

So yes, expect more 5E support from Kobold Press.

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