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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. 2,714 posts (2,718 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 5 aliases.


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

Quite an interesting set of results so far. Which is why we ask!

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

Agreed, thanks for the review. This book does expand the possibilities (and I'm especially fond of the Thursir giants, myself).

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

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
And I'm curious to see how the orang-pendek differs from the vanara. Maybe more of a gorilla-type race?

Well, the orang-pendek is a RW cryptid, a sort of Sumatran Sasquatch, so I'm inclined to say you're right, it's got to be some kind of a bigger primate.

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

A sequel would be welcome, Mr. Pett. We should discuss this matter via messages delivered in the dead of night by eldritch minions.

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

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Thanks for the shout out on the Southland Bestiary and on the Richard Pett Cat and Mouse adventure!

And what a great harvest of 3rd Party titles.

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

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Very pleased to have this introductory adventure available for the Southlands!

Mr. Pett does deliver the goods.

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

Thank you, Feros!

I hope you review it, either here or on DriveThru.

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

So I'm curious whether anyone is planning to use the Southlands Bestiary or the Southlands Campaign Setting as a supplement to Mummy's Mask?

They were written with that sort of use in mind, so I'm a little bit hopeful that it happen.

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

We hope to have it back in stock at Paizo soon (it sold out at Gen Con, too!).

Right now, copies are available at Kobold Press and at Amazon.

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

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Well, we'll use both belts and suspenders then!

You should have it on both sites shortly.

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

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Hey Thilo, we have been handling the inevitable missing PDFs over on Kobold site and Kickstarter, but if you prefer the files via Paizo, I can make that happen!

Request has gone in, and you should have Southlands files via Paizo later today.

Scribbling Rambler, I look forward to your comments and review as well!

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

I can confirm that the first Southlands packages are in the mail. There's quite a few still left to put together, of course, but it's a start!

Bestiary PDF is.... Well, it gorgeous. And the development work by Jason Nelson of Legendary Games really helps these monsters shine, as well.

From what I heard at Gen Con, some of these monsters will appear in the upcoming Legendary Planet adventure path, at least in installments by Legendary Games designer Mike Shel.

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

Southlands Bestiary PDF also released today to backers. Should be available here later today or sometime tomorrow.

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

The Pathfinder version of this is called the Advanced Races Compendium. It's a hardcover and ships in December, if all goes well.

Hitdice, glad you like it, please leave a review if you are so inclined!

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

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The upcoming Southlands Bestiary is, of course, even more portable than the campaign book, but the Southlands section on combat divination is one of my favorite new styles of magic.

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

I don't want to oversell the African elements, but there's some inspiration drawn from the Zanzibar pirates, from Benin, and to a lesser degree from Great Zimbabwe. The sub-Saharan dieties in the pantheon chapter include fantasy takes on Yemaja, Eshu, Kwansi, and Ogun.

For player options, there's a West African-inspired bard archetype, and I'd say the whole werelion PC race fits that region very well.

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

Almost as if RPG publishers released some of their biggest and best around this time of year for some reason. :D

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

Chris Ballard wrote:
Just wondering when Ghosts of Shadoes Past will be available?

Excellent question! It is not on the schedule yet, so that means "2016."

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

Lots of good discussion at the Kickstarter page, and there will be additional previews at KoboldPress.com, of course.

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

Thank you, Liz!

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

I'm amused that my beard or lack of same made the list of show topics. :)

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On sale until midnight tonight!

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

Yeah, I sent Liz the previews because I was looking at the art. Doh.

I have asked Liz to remove the previews or blur the text.

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Thank you for the review, EZG!

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Thank you for the review, EZG!

And happy to see I'm not the only one who digs the clockwork seige crab.

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

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Yep, PaizoCon has a lot of publishers talking to writers, hanging out in their booth, what have you. It's small enough that you can probably bend someone's ear without trouble.

Artists who want to pitch me at GenCon, well, I get that it might be easier for people to attend, but the time pressures are a lot tougher there.

Small conventions are good for meeting publishers and art directors, is what I'm saying.

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

A totally reasonable concern!

Fortunately, we waited to launch this one until the Southlands project books were sent to press. Beyond approving printer proofs and working with our shipping team, there's not a lot for the Kobold crew to do until the Southlands launch.

Designers, artists, and editors all get bored when there's no project, so we're using our time on this next project.

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

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30 minutes left. The project HAS added the NPC Codex for all backers!

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

The Serpent Tongue magic is a wonderful addition. Getting the NPCs is still possible, but we're down to the last few hours.

Still entirely doable.

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

The NPC codex is a chance for backers to contribute favorite characters, and for the book's designers to strut their stuff, and to make it super-easy to pull out and use.

It's major increase in the total number of NPCs. Because it's a PDF release (at least at $50k), it doesn't destroy the shipping and printing budget.

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

Funded really, really fast.

Currently looking for backer #666..... Anyone? \m/

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

Chapter 19 is funded, and the Dhampir chapter is going in the book!

Next up are SRM's Jinnborn, and expansion for the Gearforged. Back it and get the goods for 19 playable races!

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

Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Is is possible to reveal what the five appendix races are so far? I see Owen KC Stephens is doing the Kitsune, and I think I remember seeing suli mentioned somewhere….

All I can say is that of the 5 appendix backers, 3 have expressed a preference. Those are:

Dragonkin (added into that chapter)
Kitsune (by Owen, as you pointed out)
Suli (designer TBD)

The other two are free-floating right now: I'll be happy to mention then when those backers choose the race they want covered.

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

The Halls of the Mountain King is not Kickstarter-only. It will also be available at PaizoCon and via the Kobold Press store.

Goblins in the Brewery is sold at conventions only, so ok, that one appearing on the Kickstarter is pretty much an exclusive.

And yeah, international shipping is a nightmare right now, and the rates are going to rise in about 2 weeks. Shipping is not fun as a buyer, and possibly even less fun as a publisher.

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

I'm just curious where that animated hooded lantern monster comes from. Streets of Zobeck, maybe?

(I can remember the necrotic tick, but not the hooded lantern. This says something about my monster biases, I'm sure.)

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

Yep, part of the whole point of this project was to do some big revisions to the weaker installments in the series.

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

Yep, that should work! It's a little odd to back a Kickstarter just for an add-on, but absolutely.

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

Maybe I'm too close to it, but I'm not seeing a lot of coyness in the Advanced Races Compendium. The races included are spelled out, the goals are spelled out, we've done a ton of art previews. As announced on the Kickstarter project page, Owen KC Stephens is writing the Kitsune appendix, which was sponsored by an Appendix Patron. Victoria Jackzo will write the Dhampir chapter (not yet funded).

FWIW, I tend to provide project information on the project page first, then social media and forums later. The latest update on the project page is here.

137Ben, as you said, the crunch on these races is all Open Content, with the possible exception of some regional traits that are drawn from particular Midgard locales (I think centaurs and maybe tiefling had some? Not sure). The setting material is closed.

Looks like the art goal is going well. Looking forward to getting backer input for those.

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

And happy to announce that Owen K.C. Stephens will be writing a chunk of the book!

Also: We're just $250 away from the Trollkin chapter and the Hero Lab files.

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

necromental wrote:
This is print version of Halls? Will it be available after the kickstarter through regular purchase?

It's a Kickstarter exclusive, though we might bring some along to PaizoCon or put a few on the Kobold Press store if the Kickstarter backers do not grab them all.

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

Actually, the now-unlocked Minotaurs are Chapter 16!

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Kcinlive, we hope to share at least 2 more art previews before we wrap it all up.

(And yes, that minotaur is amazing.)

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

Hit the 70% mark, and shared another art preview!

More Great Art for Advanced Races

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

Hey, the Escapist has done an article on the Advanced Races Compendium!

They seem a little confused about the launch date, but still nice to see the coverage.

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BPorter wrote:

SNIP <+1 for lizardfolk flavor>

I'm not sure if the following will be met by the kickstarter & stretch goals but here's what I'm hoping for:

1. Minotaurs & Dhampir
2. Hero Lab files
3. More Midgard seasoning - I realize that they want this to appeal to a wide audience but more Midgard is always better!

Understood on lizardfolk, and as mentioned above, it's something we'll address in the expanded version of Lizardfolk (including Southlands sidebar material).

Hero Lab files are very much part of the plan, though we need to fund the hardcover itself first.

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

We did a lot more proofreading. And yeah, we gotta make Gen Con.

I don't think you'll be disappointed by the level of attention to the text on Southlands.

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Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Have the races that kinda lost the flavor been....flavored? I know it's hard to keep flavor things setting-neutral, but flavoring physiological differentiation or life cycles or gender differences could go a long way...

It was an experiment. I'll be adding some flavor and lore elements to the lizardfolk, both some elements related to Veles-Sa in the Southlands setting, and some more setting-neutral lore that could be dropped in anywhere.

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El Ronza wrote:
Do the hard copy pledge levels really have international shipping charges included in the price? As a resident of the Land Down Under, I need to know before I pledge.

The pledge levels are quoted without international shipping, but I believe Australia is a $10 shipping charge. Sort of ridiculously low international shipping.

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I think it should be on bridal registries nationwide. Spring wedding, with variant PCs.

Maybe an aasimar ringbearer?

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Sure, we have some stretch goals totally decided and locked. There's a couple that are still up in the air, and that we might never reach.

But yes, suggestions are always welcome!

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