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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. 2,424 posts (2,425 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 5 aliases.


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Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

You should totally share that with Miranda for the Kobold Press blog. Or pitch that adventure to some publisher who has a soft spot for adventures.

That "when time allows" thing, though... :0

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Trait is a smart solution. Kudos to your GM!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you, Paizonians! And thank you, backers. This book is pretty much the dream I had at age 12, when I first decided to railroad my players by making them work for an archmage.

I'm still not sure it was *that* bad an idea for one session, but I confess that being assigned quests by an archmage every session might have gotten stale pretty fast.

Thank goodness they talked me out of it. Eventually. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thanks, Kvantum! That feedback will be great for both the Hero Labs crew and for PDF updates. So far, the list is short, but I'm sure we'll find things.

Oh, and speaking of the spell designs: The backers who created almost 60 of the Deep Magic spells are acknowledged in the latest Kickstarter update. Nice work, folks.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Bran Unden wrote:
Book arrived in germany :-).

WOOOOT! Es freut mich sehr, das dieses Buch schon in Deutschland geraten ist. Ein bisschen Koboldzauberei, das es so schnell ging.

Ok, that's all I got.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Those who preordered the print book at Paizo should be getting the PDF included with their order.

If that's not happening, Paizo customer service can certainly fix it!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you, Liz!

The backer copies seem to have hit in many places in the US. Still hoping to hear from a Canadian or European backer, but that might not be until next week.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you for the review!

And yeah, our biggest book to date, printed on really good paper, with the best art and best writing we could wrangle. We're some proud kobolds today. Well, I sure am!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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The Demon Binder is by Stephen Radney-MacFarland, so I'm not surprised it's a hit.

(And it happens to be one of my favorite new archetypes as well.)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Erik, thank you so much for that! I've been much too close to the text and the book to have any sense of perspective. We were very much aiming for "ancient gnarly tome", and the support for that was wonderful, from the designers to development and backers and artists.

I believe you can move that review into the Reviews section... Well, very soon. Books and PDF will be at Paizo shortly.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Changing Man wrote:

And now we even get MYTHIC Deep Magic in the Mythic Mania KS !!

What a great year for gaming!

I'm happy to report that Deep Magic *already* includes a lot of Mythic spells (as written by Stephen Radney-MacFarland).

The Mythic Magic Kickstarter expands the list!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Deep Magic is shipping as fast as we can get them out the door. It's our biggest Kickstarter by a factor of 3, so we've got some help packing them and getting them out.

Please do let me know when your copy of Deep Magic arrives. Some of them are going out with backer copies of the Kobold Guide to Magic (the higher-level pledges).

And yep, curious to hear people's reactions to the Kobold Guide essays by James Jacobs and Wesley Schneider. Thoughts?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

To be fair, that was a copy sent to a Kickstarter backer within the Seattle area. Books outide the metro area, not to mention outside the United States, will take a bit longer to arrive.

But yep, first print books trickling out. We're shipping a big stack to backers every day this week (and probably shipping the last of the backer copies next week).

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Glad you like it!

As to retaining a previous racial class, I can make the argument either way.

For my own home game, I'd probably rule against it, based on the logic that once your character is undead, you're really not a member of the living race any longer. You're undead, and they do not grow or thrive in the way of living things. The things that humanoids do no longer apply.

OTOH, if I were playing a darakhul and wanted to retain my racial class, I'd argue that the darakhul are different from most other undead, because they explicitly retain memories, skills, class, and so forth. So advancing in a racial class that you were already a member of seems fine, just as advancing in a core class is unsurprising (a fighter is still a fighter after becoming a darakhul). (Even in this case, I would argue that you cannot gain levels in a racial class that you did not join before becoming undead.)

Ultimately, it's something your GM has to address for his or her game. Good luck!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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For me, the big highlight is that we increased the page count over, say, the Guide to Worldbuilding, so we could invite in a few more writers.

And that may be related to James Jacobs and Wesley Schneider both contributing essays to this one.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Summon a ratatosk, send it out among the World Tree's branches....

OSW, appear! Speak, O spirit!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Yep. I sort of wrote it expecting some honest disagreement, and I have a lot of respect for people who want to deal with scry, buff, and teleport. I'm personally tired of dealing with it, and I'm thinking that its not a feature, it's a flaw of teleport.

It boils down to my enjoyment of adventure tales that require the journey (Sindbad's Golden Voyages, to name one). Teleport sometimes takes that away. You *can* work around it (and that essay makes the point that it's not hard to fix).

But you shouldn't feel required to work around it. Fantasy as a genre doesn't NEED teleport the same way it needs charm person or polymorph.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

137ben wrote:
How much do y'all expect the PDF (only) to cost?

Well, it's 376 pages, and the print edition is $49.99, and it's loaded with art and crunch by the best in the biz. So, I expect the PDF-only version to cost around $25 or so.

Oceanshieldwolf, thanks for those comment, and yep, the Kobold Guide to Magic is pretty great (though I'm biased).

I fully expect the "Why I Hate Teleportation Spells" topic to stir the pot a little, but I'm pleased that the people who agree with that slant seem to love it, and those who disagree have their own good reasons. It's one of those "let's consider our premises" topics that I enjoy.

EDIT TO ADD: But really, we should probably discuss that on the thread for Kobold Guide to Magic, or risk the wrath of Liz Courts.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes, preorders at the Kobold Store or at Paizo get the PDF included. Later orders pay a little more for the PDF bundle.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Zherog, I have to say, the sling stuff in New Paths Compendium really does seem to meet a need. Arrows get all the love, man.

Oh, and good for goblins and other slingers, too, of course.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Update on the Kickstarter page. The smaller print book is shipping to backers.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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This is going to save me a ton of work on the Gear Goddess stuff for Zobeck. Looks uber-tasty!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

As I understand it, frozen mammoth meat was commonly eaten in Siberia into the 20th century. Maybe it still is.

Mostly I'm just in favor of making the druid or a soft-hearted ranger squirm a little before they decide to wear that helmet. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

BABY mammoths? There's an alignment penalty for that.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

The second Wondrous Items: Helmets & Shields is now available.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

And already with a 5-star review on DriveThru! I have to admit, much as I liked the first one of these, this installment is even better.

I'm kitting out villains with some nightmare hide shields in a flammable alchemical lab, because some DMs just want to watch the world burn...

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

One of the main people putting those files together has had an unfortunate injury, so we won't make our March release date.

April looks pretty likely, though.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

And the Calendar got a nice mention on the EN World front page today. I have to say, it's nice when people notice all the cool little things in it.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Terokai wrote:
Just out of curiosity was there an issue with the hard covers not shipping on time? i ordered mine back in February and i still havent gotten it. Figured i would check here and then check with my post office, or were they sent out via ups or fed ex?

The books shipped on time. You should contact Paizo customer service if yours has not showed up; they sort it out.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you for the review!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Hey, thanks! I agree that Jeff's Realms comics were a big highlight for the Realms.

Jeff Grubb continues to work with Kobold Press now and again. He did write some of Midgard, and he's also written for the Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding and the Kobold Guide to Magic (shipping soon). And some adventures. And judging some of the Open Call contests.

For webcomics, nope, we haven't gotten a pitch for one, and it's not really what we do (though I agree it would be cool if someone did one). I don't think Jeff is writing comics these days, though.

The way Paizo does their comics is by licensing it out. I suspect that the Kobold Press approach would be similar: work with someone who is really focussed on making great comics.

To try to get back on topic: Anyone want to write and draw a comic for Yggdrasil? That might be a good starting point...

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Yes, I'm entirely in favor of a Wiki. It just needs someone to lead it. I'd be happy to host it at the Kobold Press site (or we could host it elsewhere), I'd be happy to help with graphics and getting the word out.

Psionics does not exist in the Midgard canon to date.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Terrific comments and stories. But damn, miss him already.

Seattle will not be the same without Sean around.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you for the review, mach1.9pants!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Good grief: their goal was $100,000, and they are already at $500,000.

Clearly the Dwarven Forge folks are doing something very, very right.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Congrats, Victoria! Looking forward to reading more of your stuff.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Yep, Kobold Press has a fiction contest: Linkie link

Sunbeam, I agree that the web site is pretty much designed for people to use the Search box, because yeah, anything else is pulling teeth.

The Kobold Press Forums were destroyed by spammers, so we had to drop the old-style BBS format. Fortunately, there is a Kobold Press Twitter account, there's a Facebook page, and there's a G+ Community. And a newsletter (signup in the black box at bottom of page).

So I guess you could call that comments strewn around. We're certainly easy to find.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I would mention the current short story open call, and others. It sounds useful.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I am very, very pleased to announce that this adventure was named to the Top 10 Pathfinder Releases of 2013 by no less than famed reviewer Endzeitgeist!

The listing appears in the current issue of Pathways.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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The Undead Companion Base Statistics table is now available for those who have the first-edition printing of this book, but who do not have the PDF.

You can download it from the Kobold Store (free!).

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yeah, it was probably a mistake to include it. At the time, having a volunteer/fan file seemed better than nothing, but having it be incomplete was not ideal.

The new files will be complete, tested by the Hero Lab staff, and much more robust. They'll also be easier to maintain and update.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Answered in the other thread. Basically, we're still working on those files, but they are coming along.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

The Hero Lab files for the New Paths material are still being worked on. There's some unofficial ones floating around, done by volunteers, but (as you've seen) they don't implement everything.

Official Hero Lab files for New Paths should be available in April or May.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

It's a great shopping list. I'll be picking up a couple right here at Paizo.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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BPorter wrote:

The version presented provides a playable version of the race. So far, so good.

1. Is the version presented here intended to only apply to PCs or would it be used for NPCs and replace the monster template in most cases?

It could be used for specific, named, important NPCs with class levels. That wasn't the goal for designing a PC version, but it is a nice side effect of making one.

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2. If not intended to replace the monsters, what is the in-setting rationale why PC darakhul are different in Midgard?

Like vampires and other undead, darakhul can have several possible power levels. I'd argue that there's not one single darakhul type to replace: there's multiples.

However, to suggest an in-setting rationale, I'd say that the newly made darakhul are similar to the beggar ghouls of the setting. The more powerful PCs witha few levels might be members of the Iron Guard. Others still become necrophages or the like. The PC darakhul are meant to be lower-power because they are meant to match up with the beggar ghouls, and allow for growth.

The ghoul transformation is pretty variable in its effects, after all, and sometimes does not create a darakhul at all, creating a lesser ghoul or ghast instead. There's no reason that it can't create ghouls with slightly more or less power than standard. Players get the slightly less powerful version to play.

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Primarily, though, PC darakhul are already pushing the power curve. Sure, taking a powerful evil monster and making it a playable PC race is always going to involve some redesign. Giving them full monster stats basically makes them so overpowered as to be unplayable. This version is a way to reimagine the mechanics in a way that makes them playable.

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3. If it is intended to become the new "base creature", is the intent that only ghouls spread the disease and those that are darakhul retain more of who they were/class levels/ability to learn at the expense of being weaker (fewer stat bonuses) and "sterile" (unable to spread the disease?

I like the idea that the lesser ghouls that darakhul look down on are the only carriers of the disease and the darakhul themselves are sterile, though this isn't stated in the Advanced Races text or the monster text. Your explanation is a good one with some interesting story implications, it's just not official.

But you know, it seems like the sort of change that might be fun to make in anyone's home campaign (including mine). It provides one more reason why the darakhul keep lesser ghouls around at all.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

The official answer is "YES!"

The upcoming Freeing Nethus adventure for Midgard uses Mythic Rules (ships in the latter half of 2014), and so does an upcoming Advanced Races PDF (in April or May).

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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A forum thread going off-topic? I'm shocked, shocked I say. :)

(Also, if a warehouse raptor mini is ever produced, I am all over that.)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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That's correct, the PDF should be available not long after the print books go out to backers. The complexity of shipping means we'll be working on getting the books into the mail first, and then get the PDFs out.

Preorders from the Kobold Store and from Paizo will likely get the PDFs shortly after the Kickstarter backers get them.

"Liz is correct (as always" is probably on the wall at Paizo HQ. Possibly in blood. Or needlepoint. Both?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

This is not a book on mechanics, no. See the excerpts from it published on KoboldPress.com for sample text.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Both really good ideas.

I need to think carefully about them, because there is a fair bit of update/editorial and production work involved in pulling together a collection like that and making it print-ready. Especially if (as the AR series would imply) it's over 200 pages already, and thus a hardcover.

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