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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. 2,618 posts (2,619 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 5 aliases.


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

Thanks! It's the first time ever for a Kobold Press book at the Escapist.

We had an amazing group of designers, backers, and artists. The book is up against a Paizo title in the same category (so I don't think we'll win the category), and yet it is great that people noticed just how well this book turned out.

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Nominated for Best RPG Supplement of 2014 by the Escapist.

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Nominated for Best RPG Supplement of 2014 by the Escapist.

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Judge Helt remains a man of mystery, in a witness protection program in an undisclosed location.

He knows too much, people. He's seen things you don't want to know.

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Reviewed on the Kobold Press blog.

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I can confirm this adventure is for levels 8 to 15. Though 15 still doesn't seem like quite enough to face Tiamat (mwahaha!).

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Thank you, Liz!

And hey, did my title change? I have some kind of triple crown now (and I like it!)

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

The HL files are slowed down a bit because of one tech's important surgery. So we missed the October window, but the white necromancer is still on the update list.

It'll happen, not sure when.

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

Print version is available at the Kobold Press store right now, and I imagine it will be live here at Paizo soon.

And if you happen to be in the Seattle area, we're doing a book launch/signing at the University of Washington Bookstore tonight at 7 PM. I'll be there with Chris Pramas, Rob Heinsoo, Jeff Grubb, Steve Winter, and others.

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

Yes, the Cobra Throne and the land of Nuria Natal is similar to Osirion, and Mummy's Mask would fit into the Southlands with some adjustments.

Or you could just strip MM for parts, of course: it's loaded with good stuff.

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

Curious to see whether this one gets a review soon. Seems just enough off the beaten track that it might draw attention from someone.

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

Yep, it retries a few times, and it is possible to use other cards with the “Fix payment” button in the banner at the top of the Kickstarter page.

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Been working on the major Southlands pantheons for a while, and they are starting to gel. At least, the desert section and the Nurians.

Horus and Aten are on the list for Nurian Imajaghan; elsewhere it might be less well-known figures like Ogun or Xevioso. In the deep deserts, though, it is Yemaja, goddess of waters, who stands as a favorite of paladin imajaghan in the Southlands.

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

We're in final editorial proofing stages. Next up are a printed press proof, then printing, bindery, and shipping.

Soon.

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

We've added racial sourcebooks for the lizardfolk, and a Grand Necropolis is just a few backers away.

Everyone loves a good necropolis, right?

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Indeed! Very, very happy to see Jason Nelson take the helm to guide the Southlands Bestiary.

And I'm bandishing a contract at an Elder God of Gaming. Anything could happen (or I might just get squished!) :)

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

No worries, the Frog Gods are good people. And I know the Kobold Press Kickstarter is going to deliver some blow-your-socks-off Pathfinder goods, because I've seen a big chunk of them already!

SIX hours left for Southlands!

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

There 960 backers, and the rewards include an amazing set of player options, campaign books, and adventures. It will make your desert adventures shine, and inspire some great new characters. )Not to mention all the monsters and demonic cults to inspire GMs!)

There's just EIGHT (8) hours left.

After that, you've missed out on the latest goods from Paizo staffers like Owen Stephens, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Adam Daigle, and RPG Superstars like Steve Helt, Mike Welham, and Jason Nelson.

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

8 Hours Left! After that, the extras disappear and those who failed to back the Southlands can only weep bitter tears.

Don't weep bitter tears. Grab it while it's as hot as the City of Brass!

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The secret reward is a very small one, but I think it's also very cool.

And yes, I think those scrolls should be written on discarded snake skin. I'm sure the art director will find it simple to show that in snake-textured graphics. There's a Photoshop plugin for snakeskin, right? :)

And yes, LOTS of good stuff at 1,001 backers, including material by Paizo's own Owen Stephens, and RPG Superstar Steve Helt, and more.

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We need three backers to get to the poster map bound into the book.

I offer this video as tribute.

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

Oh, I hear you! I got in pretty deep with a Dwarven Forge pledge this year, and I'm excited to get it. And I hear the Frog Gods went for a LOT of Kickstarters this year.

Thanks for your support!

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

Hey Justmebd, you're right, the exclusive is a backer-only item. Southlands backers can upgrade to the rewards that include it at any time. But it's not a standalone.

Ten Arabian Nights is available in PDF as part of the $48 Digital Complete package (which is currently 13 books total, including the 3 big ones). The same book is available in print at a lot of tiers, starting with the $101 tier.

You are correct that the Ten Arabian Nights print book is not listed in the add-ons, and there's no tier that is just the hardcover and the adventures. The demand for print-only definitely exists, but it's small, so I try to just provide one or two print-only options.

Jinn-Blooded is the $39 option for the hardcover without any digital materials etc (and shipped to any US address). My advice would be stick with that, and see whether the Arabian Nights fits your budget in a month or two, when the survey goes out.

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

All three items at the $80,000 now unlocked and added to the rewards for backers! And we have an introduction coming from Jeff Grubb, the designer of Al-Qadim. And we're accepting monster submissions from backers.

The three latest additions include:

1) Blue Turbans: Martial Traditions of the Southlands for Fighters, Rangers, and Paladins
2) The Labyrinth of Roshgazi: The ruined cities of the minotaurs
3) Cult of Selket: A full cult writeup of the goddess of Scorpions, by Jeff Lee, with new NPCs, new monsters, and tons of adventure seeds.

If we find a few more backers, the printed poster map gets bound into the back of the book as well.

Also

Helpful tip, Egon:
This free PDF preview disappears in about 24 hours. Check it out while you can!

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There's an expansion to Rune and Sigil magic in the current Southlands Kickstarter, where we expand to do Heiroglyphic magic and Lotus magic using the same underlying system.

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Yeah, when it became obvious that the Oracle pledge had $48 just in bonus items--not to mention the Ten Arabian Adventure, the Southlands core, and the Bestiary--those rewards disappeared pretty darn fast.

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Southlands dice... Unlocked!

EDIT TO ADD: Yeah, our section of the crossover was written and edited a while back, and Dreamscarred's section is in progress. It will still happen, it's just taken longer than expected.

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Looks great, and thank you for the shoutout for the Southlands book and bestiary!

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Only three days left to download this preview!

The project is coming together amazingly well, and I think we'll have three or four RPG Superstar winners on the design team as well. Yow!

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True, there's a certain nasty section about mummies that should never be read by anyone. (Far too dangerous!)

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Grave Ol' Salty wrote:
The thought that Ishadia was a stretch goal completely bugged me - it's right on the edge of The Dragon Empire after all. Why explore places further away and yet leave a gap in the Midgard CS book? Good thing it's being filled in.

It bugged me too! Ben McFarland and Brian Suskind wanted to cover new ground rather than revisit known sites, so they argued against revisiting Ishadia (since it is already in the Midgard CS book). I think they had a point, but I put it on the list of stretch goals.

I'm very glad we are covering it, though, as I think it is one of those hinge-points that are good for campaign variety and conflict.

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The Dornig Player's Guide has been on-again, off-again. Not on the current schedule, might well happen later on.

Grandfather's Tears is in the Margreve.

No alignment on St. Piran, but call him Neutral.

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justmebd wrote:
In the interest of my wallet, will the Ten Arabian nights be available as an Add-on after the KS?

The Arabian Nights adventures are exclusive to the Kickstarter, but yes, backers can upgrade. So pledging lower now should work. (We're still working on some new fulfillment options, and this seems like the sort of thing that we're hoping to enable.)

ALSO: Werelion! Fairly awesome, I think.

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

It hasn't been created yet so it's hard to preview it; we posted a look at some of the data and the techniques behind it described by the cartographer.

The size is likely to be around 36 by 24 inches. A fairly standard size for items like this.

Cost will depend on whether we have enough backers to bind it into the book itself, or whether we do a short run to order for a few people (which is more expensive per piece). I'll share the price with backers as soon as I know.

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

Correct! The Southlands Bestiary and the Southlands campaign book are two separate volumes, just like the Pathfinder Bestiary and the Inner Sea World Guide are completely separate books.

There's a third book as well, called Nine Arabian Nights, which is a collection of adventures.

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Not required, though for several of these adventures the context of the setting would be good to have. Others you could drop in anywhere.

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Fred Fields has joined the project as an artist, and we have funded the kingdom of the aasimar as well.

If we get 12 more backers, the Southlands gets a poster map by Anna Meyer, whose work on Greyhawk has been truly amazing. I'm biased, but this is going to be one of the best campaign maps every produced!

Also, a view of the Obelisk of the Nurian God-Kings today. Just a sample of the isometric and 3D maps for the Southlands!

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Ka-BOOM!

Also, I'll be required to cling to the exterior of a Nazi submarine as it crosses the Atlantic. My devotion to this project knows no bounds!

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

Yep, agreed, Amber rocks.

She discusses some of her design inspiration for the adventure in
Thoughts on the Tomb-Palace of Nakresh

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

I think she might, and she might not. I suspect it depends on what adventure path she's running.

I do know that we're just $100 short of getting artist Fred Fields on this project. (He does really great work!).

We're also extremely close to adding the realm of Ishadia, the Heavenly Kingdom of the Aasimar. Last I heard, they had a big dragon problem, and they have some cool magic and archetypes to help them kick evil to the curb.

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

We're almost at the $60K mark, which is where we add art by artist Fred Fields, and we also add the entire kingdom of Ishadia, land of the aasimar, to the core book.

Join the Southlands backers--come give us wings!

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

Well, Jim Groves is currently spinning Six Arabian Nights into Nine Arabian Nights, so it's possible we'll try something similar with other out-of-print titles.

One at a time, though, we're a small shop.

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davrion wrote:
Will the free adventure make it to backers of the project? it's tough to like your FB page with my G+ account....lol

The Southlands adventure will ship to backers when they're done, but we're still in development on most of them, and the

Right now, NEVERMORE by Richard Pett is an exclusive offer to fans of our Facebook page (and it is not related to the Southlands project at all). After the Facebook promotion is over we plan to make that adventure available more broadly.

But we're drifting wildly off topic...

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I have to say, that's my new favorite golem.

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A Castle Shadowcrag for Pathfinder sounds like a blast. I can see that as a possibility for 2015, right now I gotta wrangle Southlands for a while.

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A page from the Southlands Bestiary is now also previewed in the most recent update (scroll down).

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Could it be a font embedding issue? Has anyone else seen fuzzy type on the preview?

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Dammit, I feel like I missed a thing. And I did, an SKR thing!

::wanders off to eBay and Amazonia::

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I think the Tome Show and the Idle Red Hands are the meatier interviews.

Though I talk a bit about the book launch part in the Geek Nation, and I am sort of excited to do a book launch at the University Book Store in Seattle. It's kind of a Big Deal venue in the SF/fantasy world.

Anyway, yes, I am a big and enthusiastic geek on podcasts. You are all shocked by this, I'm sure.

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And boom, the Southlands Bestiary is official. It's going to be rather terrific, full of high-octane creatures and some wily foes as well.

Thanks to everyone who is supporting the project, and submitting monsters! More details for backers soon on the submission process.

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