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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. 2,501 posts (2,502 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 5 aliases.


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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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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.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Is there any reason not to use the Pathfinder racial stats? They are pretty good and readily available, so... not sure there's a particular reason to vary from those.

That said, it might be a great blog item for KoboldPress.com to discuss a variant aasimar set of racial stats. What sort of variants might they have beyond what's in the PDF for racial abilities?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Oliver Volland wrote:

I wonder about Doom of Disenchantment. It says 'When a foe strikes you with a weapon... augmented by a spell that enhances combat (such as prayer...)' that magic is dispelled or suppressed.

What about the attacker being under Haste? A hasted creature gains a +1 bonus on attack rolls, so if it hits you, is the +1 dispelled only or is Haste completly cancelled?
What about Blessing of Fervor, a spell that may augment the weapon or not, is that dispelled completely once the Blessed One hits someone protected by Doom of Disenchantment with the +2 attack option activated? Is it dispelled if he is Blessed, but not using the +2 on attack this round?
Is Prayer cancelled for everyone when one strikes successfully, or is only this one affected?

The doom of disenchantment remove the magic from an attacking weapon or item. The thing about natural attacks confuses the issue, a little, but yes, if the antipaladin is hit by a weapon enhanced by a prayer, the whole prayer goes away. Same story for blessing of fervor.

I'm not aware of dispel effects that affect part of a spell only (though I'm sure they exist somewhere). Dispel either drops the whole spell or it fails to work.

I would argue that haste does not enchant a weapon, so the doom would not apply to haste, though I can see a GM ruling the other way. The thing to keep in mind is that this is a dispel magic that requires the caster to wear armor and take a weapon hit--anything that doesn't hit with a weapon isn't where the spell works.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Oh, definitely agree!

The list of credits tends to stay at 1 page in length, but for smaller projects, it's easy to include all sorts of special thanks, playtesters, authors of small bits, or friends/family/supporters without getting complaints about "wasting a page".

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thanks for the review, DungeonmasterCal!

Hobbun wrote:
Oh, and will Kobold games have a booth at GenCon? And if so, will Deep Magic be for sale?

Yes, Kobold Press will absolutely have a booth at Gen Con, and we will certainly have Deep Magic for sale there. Looking forward to meeting you at the show!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

That shark jaw skeleton is pure nightmare fuel. I like it, in a "let me snurch that for my pirates adventure" way.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes, we'll update the errata PDF at the Kobold Store every so often. And probably roll that new page out at DriveThru and here as well.

Since we don't sell through printings as fast as Paizo does, we probably won't tie it to that, but every so often. There's a lot less errata in this book than, say, the Core Rulebook, so we'll see how it goes.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

This is a live errata sheet. The PDF was updated a while ago to include these things, this is one sheet to download and keep with your physical copy.

Link to Errata Sheet at Kobold Store

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

You wrote a goodly chunk of stuff, Carlos!

Prince of Knives, I can tell you that 60 of the spell designers are backers of the project, and that list of spell name / designer name is available here.

The other 673 spells are harder to untangle and might take a few hours or days to sort out. Some of them date back 10 or 12 years to the dawn of 3rd Edition D&D and my home game. Others were compiled from dozens of Kobold Press adventures, 23 issues of Kobold Quarterly magazine, the Advanced Races series, the Player's Guides to Midgard, and other sources. Some come from environment books like Northlands, and some come from projects like Journeys to the West, a collection of seafaring material. And many of them were commissioned just for Deep Magic, but about 20-some designers contributed there as well.

So yes, Paizo doesn't credit Gary Gygax specifically for fireball, but it does credit him in an overall way. And I think that approach is a good one.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yep, I'm curious to hear from people who are playing a Battle Scion or White Necromancer. Deep Magic expands their options quite a bit (and to be fair, also really expands the option for other less-common classes like alchemist or inquisitor).

JiCi, the spell creator line is a neat idea, but I fear it would add a few more pages to the total length of a book this size, meaning 2 less pages of actual spells. However, the designers are acknowledged in the credits (including some designers whose spells appeared in prior Kobold Press books), and the backers who submitted a spell are acknowledged on the Kickstarter site.

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