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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. 2,539 posts (2,540 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 5 aliases.


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Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Lord Fyre wrote:

Two questions about the "Eight Arabian Nights" adventure set:

*- What levels are the eight adventures for? (Are they connected as an AP?)
*- Will there be a "player's guide" for these adventures? (If, and AP, are there "campaign traits"?)

The Eight Arabian Nights are standalone adventures, not an adventure path, and each is meant to be played in a few nights. They make great drop-in adventures in a longer campaign arc of your own devising (or a Paizo AP).

Note that a standard AP costs $138 for a 6-adventure run, and this collection is much less expensive. There's been suggestions that Kobold Press should do an AP at some point, but I think doing one really well is actually very tough.

The adventures are for levels 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and two are still being written. There are no campaign traits but there are regional and racial traits in the Southlands book.

I would love to have your support for the Southlands project!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Includes player options such as:

Face of Bastet, cleric archetype (plus 2 new domains)
Blind Archer, oracle archetype
Aeromancer, wizard archetype
Sword Dancer, fighter archetype

and many more, plus new monsters designed by backers. Also, Paizo staff and freelancers like Jim Groves, Amber Scott, and Stephen Radney-MacFarland are all contributing to the book.

Southlands for Pathfinder RPG

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I think we'll likely reveal two Supporter goals at a time once the first one is met (and we're about 20 backers away from getting Stephen Radney-MacFarland on board!).

For the other goals.... Yeah, we'll definitely show at least 2 and sometimes 3 or 4 goals at a time. IIRC, there are 3 or 4 items that unlock or add bonus materials at $50K.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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The link should totally be on every page, everywhere. :)

Seriously, we're closing in on a meaty addition to the core book, a full writeup of the cult of Bastet in the Southlands, with new domains, sample NPCs, lots of cult lore and hooks.

I'm really, really hoping a few people jump in and back it, because the Bastet material works for both PCs and NPCs. The gnolls of the Southlands, for instance, are quite devoted followers of the Cat Goddess.

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Gerald wrote:
Is there going to be an add on option for getting a hard copy of the Seven Arabian Nights collection?

There might be an add-on if the project takes off, which would be unlocked as a stretch goal. However, it's much, much easier to track and ship the reward tiers as they stand. The Vizier gets a print copy of Eight Arabian Nights.

(Yes, we've updated the title. Paizo freelancer Mike Shel is contributing "The Tomb of the Elephant God" to the collection, so it's now 8 adventures).

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Kajehase wrote:
And a question, if you're like me and doesn't get that excited by new rules options but woul really like to know how my character dresses, celebrates his or her marriage, and dtreats the remains of their loved ones, how useful will this book be for me?

There's a lot of city lore (especially for major sites like Per-Bastet, the City of Cats), as well as tales of the pantheons, religious customs, NPC motives and character, and cultural information. Bits of offhand lore in the adventure book (such as what a gravebinder does). Also military traditions and magical schools of thought. As well as adventure hooks, equipment and spices, poisons, and strange styles of magic. It oriented toward flavor elements used in play.

I would say there is much less on styles of dress or marriage ceremonies, though there is some emphasis on coming-of-age/adulthood rites and on certain markers of status equipment.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Fortunately, Aten is already part of the standard Midgard setting. So that's definitely going to be in Southlands.

Jesse, the Midgard hardcover is a standard hardcover. The premium ones are much more expensive.

Ambrosia, we've looked at dice as add-ons, yes. No idea whether we'll see enough backers to produce them, but I'd love to have the chance!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

And as it happens, the Gods of the Southland stretch goal was just announced for this project.

Would love to hear more on nominations for Southlands gods, not just Egyptian but possibly also Yoruba or Ethiopean or Persian figures.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Or it could be a blog post, as we're doing a lot of extra behind-the-scenes sort of blogging at KoboldPress.com.

Jim Groves has a nice piece there today, for instance.

And regarding Egyptian gods: I think Selket might show up somewhere down the line. And the Emerald Order has links to Thoth.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
* Is the 24k stretch goal only for Desert Sheikh, or should it be for "Desert sheikh and above?"

It's for all the reward tiers that get the stretch goals (so, not the retailer tiers, not the print-only tiers, and not the no-frills just-the-core-PDF tier). For everyone else, yes, it's included.

Look for the blue gem on the left in the Pledge & Reward table. Those folks get all the stretch goal extras that aren't in the main book.

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* Can you make it clearer which stretch goals are in the main book, and which are extra PDFs - at this stage it looks like

- Per-Bastet is in the main book,
- the Tomb of the Elephant God adventure is in Seven/Eight/Nine/more Arabian Nights

Yes, Tomb of the Elephant God is listed on the Kickstarter page in the table of contents for "Eight Arabian Nights", so that's about as clear as we can be. We even changed the book's title. :)

Per-Bastet is, indeed, going into the main book. It's an excellent crossroads for the region.

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- Where does the Emerald Order info go? In the main book?

Confirming what Marc said. It's a separate PDF, like the Gnolls PDF and the Jinnborn PDF. Look for the blue gem on the left.

I'll be creating a "What is the current list of Stretch Goals and extra PDFs?" item in the FAQ as well.

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How about "some stats for 5th Edition gnolls as PCs" - is that in Advanced Races: Gnolls or will it be in the main book?

Neither. There's no license for 5th edition content available right now, so Steve Winter is doing it as a fan conversion, essentially. Maybe a blog post or a free PDF.

If a license appears before the books ship, we'll reconsider how to deliver this, but note that 5th Edition races are about 2 pages long, generally.

This is a related to the next question, about the place of gnolls in the setting.

Southlands Kickstarter wrote:
Southlands also includes new races like the tosculi insectfolk and detailed gnoll PCs

Those races play a big role in the region. So backers get the Advanced Races: Gnolls PDF. Really not trying to be obscure about it, the gnolls are just an important PC race in the Southlands region, as do the tosculi.

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Can you explain the thinking behind the exclusivity of the Nuria Natal book? What is the point of making rules for the Midgard Campaign Setting not-quite-canon - or rather canon-for-those-who-can-afford-it. I'm frankly disappointed Wolfgang. I hoped Midgard would be open to all. Surely those who have "collected" the "limited edition" chapbook wouldn't begrudge us cap in handers a little PDF.

It's extremely expensive to hand-set type like this (or even setting it with Linotype casting), and this is not a rules book. This is a lorebook and a printer's playground for collectors. And for me, there's really no point in scanning a PDF of the type.

As the writer for this book, I really, really, really want it to be read as a print book rather than as a PDF.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I'm amazed we're funded after 5 hours. Happy, giddy, and charged up about the stretch goals.

The letterpress book is really a collector's piece, and it is going to be a bear to produce. Setting the type alone... Well, yeah, letterpress, I knew what I was getting into with that.

Xavier, the Bastet in Midgard is the Bastet of Egypt, yes, so Paizo and Kobold Press are both drawing from the same well here.

Thoth, Horus, Aten, Set, and others from the Egyptian pantheon also appear in the Southlands, absolutely, as do many minor cults, demon-lords, and the like.

Oh, and the current stretch goal is an adventure called "The Tomb of the Elephant God." It is being designed by Paizo adventure path designer Mike Shel.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Expanding on Marc's answer:

Like all of Midgard, the Southlands is meant to be looted for parts by those who want to homebrew or want to expand their Golarion game. For example: see Northlands by Kobold Press.

And yes, we're about $400 short of funding our main goal after... Er, 4 hours and change.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Alive and more than half-funded! Ye gads.

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Speaking of the Southlands, the Kickstarter has been going just 2 hours and is more than 2/3 funded!

We have some great stretch goals including ones written by Paizo staff and freelancers. I'm thinking maybe we could add something cool for Lamia as well.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Funny you should mention that, I said something similar to Ben McFarland and Brian Suskind not that long ago.

A lamia presence seems pretty likely in Kush and among the serpent-scholars of Lignas. And perhaps in a few other locales, some of which would likely port into Osirion or Katapesh without a hitch.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Huh. Did not notice that at the time, but you are correct.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Greylurker, thanks for sharing your first impressions! The Theurge, White Necromancer, and some other elements are due to be added in a file update in a few weeks, but yes, the first big chunk is live.

Interesting thoughts on the Savant. We might tweak it some.

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Thank you for the review, EZG!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Have not seen the email about the 13th, and since that's Saturday, we're cutting it pretty close.

How about October 4 instead?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Deinol, I'd love to offer a 5th Edition companion but without an open license it seems somewhat iffy whether we'll get such a thing.

Qstor, I can provide the location: she's found on the peninsula near Krakova, NE of Dornig. Pocket kingdom there that seems to hold out pretty well against the dwarvish reavers and all other threats.

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I'd be happy to do one or two of these for 13 and 27 September.

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Working on acquiring gnome hat even now. :)

If anyone has a good lead on one in the Seattle area, I'm interested.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

It is currently listed as "Coming Soon" on the Hero Lab site.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Backer copies were sent out first, both for PDF backers and for print, and all copies should have arrived by now.

If your copy hasn't shown up, your best bet is to get in touch with Kobold Press. They'll get your download and/or print copy sorted out.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Brutal Ben, I think an updated Midgard hardcover could be an excellent idea, but it won't happen for at least another couple years. We just don't have the staff for it.

Qstor, the Red Queen is a bit of a mystery figure, and unlikely to be revealed until a Dornig and the Lordly Houses regional sourcebook hits the schedule. If you need her in your campaign, she could be an ancient dragon with a host of followers, a fiery sorceress, or a dragonkin oracle devoted to Baal, as you prefer.

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Thank you! We're doing even more with gnolls in an upcoming Kobold Press project, but this is the foundation stone.

Would be interested in a review!

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Yep, I jumped the gun. They announced it, but it isn't live in their store yet.

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They released about half of it late last night, according to one of the release managers. If you buy that package, you get the first half now, and the other part as an update in September.

From the Lone Wolf newsletter:

Lone Wolf Development wrote:
Kobold Press has partnered with us to release a little over half of the content from “New Paths Compendium” this month, and the rest will be released as a part of our late September Pathfinder update. If you purchase “New Paths Compendium” upon release, the new content will be available as a free update once added.

So it is now available!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

**bampf** One kobold summoned! **

I'm happy to say that the video is almost ready, the design and editing of the rules and setting are well along, and the art is rolling in. There was supposed to be a series of blog posts about the Southlands coming at KoboldPress.com, but I think Gen Con may have pushed those back a bit.

The planned launch date is still mid-September. But you'll hear more about it soon.

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Thank you, Steve and Blue_Drake!

Wrath, thank you for mentioning the game shop group. I'm really pleased that the adventure has been built for both home play and more casual play. The goal was to give the GM tools to make it their own, and freedom to add and drop elements to suit their group's style.

And yes, designing this while the core rules were still in flux was a challenge. But I'm extremely happy with how it turned out.

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CJ Withers, we've added errata to clear up the Call of the Grave issue, and the correction will be in the new PDF out next week.

Doom of the Earthen Maw is an anti-paladin spell and somewhat nasty, sure. But you know, a lot of spells do damage without a saving throw, starting with magic missile.

Orb of Light (Lesser) is a spell that dates back to 3rd Edition D&D in my campaign. I haven't had any trouble with it at my table, though of course YMMV.

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Thank you for that wonderful review, EZG!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Necromancers needed better tools. I think Ross Byers wrote those, and yep, super-handy for both heroes and villains.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Most recent information I have for this is that the files are largely complete and have been submitted to Lone Wolf for testing. If they pass, they will be released at the end of August.

I will ask people about status during Gen Con as well: I'll see several of the relevant folks.

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Hope, faith and dreams, absolutely.

Gen Con is next week, August 14, 15, 16, and 17. Might be quieter as people devour the many, many releases from the show.

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Coincidence? Or CUNNING PLAN? :)

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LINKIE LINK over at DriveThruRPG

EDITED: To point directly to review!

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I am relieved. It's always bad when the Viennese artists haunt you.

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The Hero Lab files you’ve been waiting for are here at last! Deep Magic has arrived, and you can get it at Lone Wolf.

These new Hero Lab data files contain:

  • 913 unique spell IDs covering arcane and divine spells, including elemental-tinged dragon magic, ley line magic, and spells for mythic heroes, as well as rakshasa magic, chaos magic, and new forms of necromancy and ioun magic
  • 4 familiars, including three oozes and the ink devil, and 4 new monsters, including the guardian cave bear and voidling
  • 50 feats and 3 traits
  • 13 archetypes including Astromancer, Blood Mage, Demon Binder, Geomancer, Ring Warden, Time Keeper, and Vril Adept
  • 2 new domains, Gambling and Labyrinth
  • 7 mysteries including Wine, Moon, Snakes, Void, and the Old Gods
  • 17 Bloodlines including Aboleth, Ghoulish, Goblin-Blooded, Mystic Forest, Shadow, and Vampiric
  • 32 new wondrous items

Many thanks to Karen McDonald, Rob Smith, and Jeff Hersh for compiling these, and also to Aaron Beal of Lone Wolf for his help and testing!

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I've been looking forward to this for about a year. Carlos and Holly Ovalle did an awesome job combining flavorful attitude with useful crunch.

First review came in at 5 stars. I'll be curious to hear what people think.

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Most of the issue is system-neutral. This issue has a Top Secret RPG article, and two 13th Age articles.

Past issues have included PFRPG and other systems, but the majority of the content tends toward system-neutral.

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*groan*

Terrible pun, but great work on these magic items. I especially like that it makes mirrors portable, and how it plays with all the myths and legends surrounding mirrors.

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Really extremely pleased that this book got a nomination. It's loaded with good material from very savvy designers and writers.

I'd appreciate your vote in the Best Aid/Accessory Category!

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Rovenrae might appeal to gnoll arsonists as well. I mean, what gnoll adventurer doesn't want to say "I burned down the castle to save it! I'm bringing purification and new life."

Also, every time I think of gnoll I remember this awesome picture from the real world.

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::adds Jim Butcher books to library list::

Thanks for the tip on those!

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The weirder thing is no description of the contents.

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I can neither confirm nor deny fetchlings.

Minotaurs definitely has merit, and they really need some hoof-stomping goodies to go with the new Labyrinth domain of divine spells they got from Deep Magic. Hm.

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Next race to be advanced is still a matter of shadows and conjectures. But it should come along in early August, before Gen Con.

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Axial, thank you for noticing!

There wasn't really a lot of room to expand that theme, but with the time and space bendiness, I thought an easter egg would perhaps be appreciated. I like your suggestion to work in a legendary spellbook.

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