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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. 2,510 posts (2,511 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 5 aliases.


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Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Coincidence? Or CUNNING PLAN? :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

LINKIE LINK over at DriveThruRPG

EDITED: To point directly to review!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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::adds Jim Butcher books to library list::

Thanks for the tip on those!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

The weirder thing is no description of the contents.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Zaister, all the senior-level backers got a print copy included, and those were mailed out last month.

The original funding period was 4 years ago, though, so my memory on print deals for the regular patrons is a bit fuzzy. It might be easiest to get it here or at the Kobold Store, depending.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you for the review, EZG! Not sure how I missed the notice here.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

The only part of this I can't confirm is the "launching around GenCon" part.

It will launch after the show, because it would be pure insanity to try to run a Kickstarter while at Gen Con. But yes, the elements are starting to come together for something great.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Picked up my print copy at PaizoCon. Looks good!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yeah, pretty heavily discounted.

Also, the bundle has added "Might of the Magus" to the pile. Always nice to add one more. 17 PDFs total, offer ends Sunday night.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you 137ben, you and 200 other gamers have picked up a great bundle (and helped out two great charities as well).

Deal ends on Monday, so don't put it off, folks.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

No, you aren't missing anything, and I believe that you are describing a somewhat convoluted but correct usage. It's a terrific spell if you get creative with it.

Amber Scott wrote Essence Jar for the Tomb Magic section. I'll see if I can summon her to comment...

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes, it is!

The cover art on this page is an old mockup. The real cover is visible here and shows the Pathfinder logo.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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The bundleofholding.com has done a lot of great RPG bundles for lots of different games. The latest and greatest is a Pathfinder-specific set of player options from Kobold Press, and it's available for 5 days only.

For $11.95 or more (up to you), you get a slew of PDFs expanding the races, classes, feats, and treasures available to your game. And a chunk goes to charity.

The average price tends to drift up over the course of the bundle offer, so for the best deal, grab it today.

The Bundle of Pathfinder Player Options includes:

  • Advanced Races series,
  • Divine Favor series,
  • New Paths Compendium,
  • Complete Advanced Feats, and
  • the Wondrous Items series.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Definitely the longest-running project Kobold Press has ever done. Reading the patron list is a bit of Old Home Week for me.

A big thank you to everyone who backed it so patiently!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I do have an update! The New Paths files are very close.

Right now, it's looking like July is a long shot but possible. If it is not out in August I will wear a funny gnomish and dance a jig.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

That's an excellent question, and you're right, the answer is largely up to the designer's ability to interpret.

So I'll just say this. Most dragons are met as standalone foes but it's hardly all of them. A clever designer can spin a dragon lair in a lot of ways, and I'm pretty sure that a Smaug clone won't win this contest.

Just personally, I'd very much like this to be an encounter I can drop into a game without a ton of rework. Something original, interesting, and highly playable.

Does that answer the question?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Maps are purely optional. However, neither .doc nor .docx format is text-only, and if you want to embed a map you can do so.

I think including one isn't really the point, because this is most emphatically not a cartography contest. It sounds rude, but the judges should not care very much about whether you include a map. It's about your encounter design above all.

Speaking only for myself and not the other judges, I'd rather not see a map for this.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes, pretty happy that we're going to get a chunk of this for 13th Age. However, since that system does some things differently, many elements just don't apply. On the other hand, we're adding in a lot of feats because, well, that's the way some things work for 13th Age.

And I'm very happy that the reviewer noticed that considerable work that went into both design and presentation.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

It's in testing (on as many devices/flavors as we could get our hands on), but there are issues still to work out.

We're looking at a July release right now.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Despite the somewhat breathless headline on this, I'm actually really pleased that the book really clicked for this reviewer.

It's far and away the most ambitious thing the kobold crew has done, and I'm proud of the results. It really is meant to kickstart jaded or burnt-out gamers with a big dose of wondrous and shiny and new.

Not to mention, the Hero Lab files will be ready in 30 days, and the iOS reference seems well-received as well.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Congrats, Mark! I look forward to reading your stuff.

(And they aren't kidding about the tensor calculus of copyfitting, really they're not)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I can see the argument for making it mind-affecting, but it's not a morale effect. I'd argue that it is a fate or luck effect.

It does affect intelligent undead as written.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Zaister, I can confirm that the PDFs for original patrons shipped in May.

If you haven't gotten yours, send me email or PM and we'll sort it out.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Speaking only for myself, I can say that the "Tomb of Yarrix" fit very neatly into the space available.

I set out to create a particular sort of section for the Spire, and I juggled rooms a little on the map, but as Owen said: it was clear going in that map size was going to be one of the parameters. While it may be harder to design a good small dungeon level than it is to design a sprawling one, it's not impossible either.

Well, and I cheated a little, but that's a conscious design element for "Tomb"'s physical layout. I'll be curious to hear how the Spire runs for you, Owen.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

It's full of little bits that I love. Bat guano, indeed.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Sure, we can include this as a clarification for the May update. Not sure whether it will make it into errata territory or not, but I'll talk to a couple folks. A lot of it is covered by RAW answers from TheDMStrikes, but maybe not all of it.

Thanks for mentioning it (and thanks to Richard for a disturbing but useful spell).

EDIT: Forgot what month it is!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

El Ronza, hearing about the archetypes and new classes in play always gives me warm fuzzies. Thank you for sharing those character bits!

And I can confirm what Marc says about HL files. They should arrive about 30 days after the Deep Magic files.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I'll be interested to hear your take on it. And I agree that Agathion is a bit less evocative term than Angel.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Extremely shiny. Thanks, Liz!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I think this is one of the more graphically nice installments AND one of the better crunch outings AND it has good flavor for Wrath of the Righteous or any high-heroic campaign.

I might be biased. Lessee whether a reviewer weighs in.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

These are the most beautiful versions of some new spells and some classic ones.

This is an Ed Greenwood spell that seemed ripe for some scribework. Should probably put up a thumbnail of the actual art, though.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Great idea. I am sure one or more of the Kobolds would be happy to chime in.

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Thank you for the review, EZG!

And yes, a lot of new material and a lot of little updates and fixes went into this version. I'm glad it's noticed.

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