Kobold Quarterly 19

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Magic shops and graveyard haunts, a new realm to explore and get-rich-quick schemes gone horribly wrong: This horn of kobold plenty is spilling over with what might be our most diverse assortment of articles ever. Coming in at 80 pages, KQ #19 includes:
  • A sneak preview of Tian Xia, Paizo's brand-new setting for Pathfinder RPG, and its arch-devil Lau Kiritsu, by two famous Paizo authors
  • An interview with indie designer Jason Morningstar
  • A new good-guy necromancer class for Pathfinder RPG
  • A new solo adventure – just bring a d20, a pencil and some paper
  • 2 new alchemist archetypes and 15 new discoveries

This issue features plenty of options that fit any campaign:

  • A guide to who’s who in any royal court
  • 4 unique magic shops, from the high end to the bargain bin
  • New werewolf themes compatible with 4th edition D&D
  • 10 new AGE System character backgrounds for the Midgard campaign setting
  • 4 new death-themed Pathfinder RPG archetypes: deathrager, grave druid, master of worms and zombie master
  • Zobeck’s Order of the Undying Sun
  • Monte Cook on how to spice up traditional fantasy races and classes with balance-free bonuses
  • ...and more!

Kobold Quarterly is bigger and better than ever, so get your copy today!

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At last, the wait is over: #19 is here

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What I like best about Kobold Quarterly is that it always has articles which I can actually use. Notice the plural in that sentence: “articles”, not “article”. This issue, like all the others, is filled with excellent and useful articles. To illustrate that point, let me spend a few paragraphs talking about the three articles that most grabbed my attention.

“Magic Shops: What’s in Store?” by Christina Stiles and Spike Y Jones
Your typical FRPG magic shop can be a pain in the rump. Unless the players decide they want to rob it, a visit to one is about as exciting as a visit to the grocery store. Worse yet, if magic items are so rare and mystical that characters are expected to risk their lives seeking them, then why is it can you just walk into a neighborhood store and buy them? Like a lot of GM’s, I became disillusioned with magic shops a long time ago. So disillusioned that I eventually stopped putting them in my campaign.

Christina and Spike must have been spying on my game, because they address these exact problems - plus a few others as well. Better yet, they don’t just identify the problems, they present solutions. Their article provides a number of ways to avoid the “typical FRPG magic shop” syndrome. Christina and Spike show how to make magic shops exciting, mysterious, and just a little bit dangerous. In other words, they show how to make magic shops into valuable and exciting additions to the game. Their article finishes up with three examples of wonderfully imaginative magic shops that will certainly find homes in my world. Although tagged for Pathfinder, this article is also valuable for any edition of D&D, as well as Dragon Age campaigns.

“Lau Kiritsu” by Richard Pett.
Everyone knows that arch-devils are lawful evil, but almost every arch-devil description ever written concentrates on the “evil” and forgets the “lawful”. Usually a bland statement like “…this devil will attempt to twist any bargains…” stands as the only nod to lawfulness. After a while, all the different descriptions start to sound a little bit alike.

But not Richard Pett’s arch-devil! To begin with, Richard shows us exactly how torturously wicked law can be. Fittingly for a lawful denizen of discipline, Lau Kiritsu’s “church” is developed in wonderful detail. Followers, doctrine, holy books, sacred items, and a glimpse of frighteningly rigid obedience are all found here. If anyone ever thought that lawful evil is somehow softer or less dangerous than chaotic evil, this article will go a long way toward changing their mind.

Best of all, the Cult of Lau Kiritsu makes a scalable opponent for any level of adventuring group. Low lever characters can occasionally meet new initiates into the cult, while epic level characters can have a massive showdown with the cult’s unholy leaders.

“Balance-Free Bonuses” by Monte Cook
Do you want a way to make the different races in your campaign more wondrous and distinct? Do you want to do that without worrying about power creep? I certainly do. And now, thanks to Monte Cook, I can. This is yet another case where KQ presents an article which has a new (or at least seldom-considered) approach to an old problem.

The standard way to differentiate the races in recent years has been to give each one their own special combat powers, racial weapons, and other abilities which provide an “edge” over other races. But if you do this for one race, then you’ve got to do it for the other races so they aren’t overshadowed. It’s almost an arms race! No, not almost – it IS an arms race. Splat books are particularly bad about this.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways to enhance the races, to make them wondrous and unique without making them more powerful, and Monte Cook shows us how. I have only one complaint about this article: It is too short. Seriously. It is only two pages long. This subject deserves more ink. Please, Mr. Cook, please: Write a sequel!

Even though I picked these three as the top articles of this issue, it was a difficult choice. All the other articles were great too! The “White Necromancer” will be used in my game. “Courting Adventure” gives some real-life history to help you make the NPC nobility in your game more gritty and realistic; more like HBO’s “The Tudors” rather than “Monty Python and the holy Grail”. (Not that I have anything against Monty Python!) Doesn’t the title of “10 Ways to Turn Dull Traps into High-Stakes Encounters” speak for itself?

“Bark at the Moon” is about the werewolf - one of my favorite monsters ever since I saw Lon Chaney Jr. portraying the tragically cursed John Talbot in glorious black-and-white. This article rocks in every possible way. Brian A Liberge is able to convey volumes of information with an economy of words, and Otto Wilhelm Thome provides wonderfully stark artwork that brings the subject to life! (Yes Mr. Thome, I noticed those other bestial shapes lurking on the ruins in the background.) While the stat blocks are aimed at 4th edition, the bulk of this article will fit perfectly into any flavor of FRPG campaign, from old-school D&D through Pathfinder, Dragon Age, and even Call of Cthulhu.

Now you know why I like issue 19. Since you are here on Paizo’s website, I venture to say you might like it too.


Another excellent issue!

*****

Kobold Quarterly issue #19 is another stellar issue from the Kobold gang. With articles ranging from White Necromancers, how to spice up trap encounters, to a solo adventure, to more archetypes and discoveries for alchemists, and more. There is certain to be something that will help inspire your game in this magazine regardless of your system of choice. It is nice to have a quality magazine on the market whether in print or PDF format.

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Silver Crusade

So after finding out about something that is highly likely probably possibly going to be in this issue, I've been running into a problem.

No matter how much money I throw at my monitor this issue still isn't listed as shipping to me.

PLS RELEASE SOON PL0X PL0X PL0X PL0X

srsly, very much looking forward to this issue

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

So what's in this issue?

Silver Crusade

Mark Moreland wrote:
So what's in this issue?

Awesomeness. :)

Marc Radle wrote:

...the White Necromancer base class that will be in the upcoming issue of Kobold Quarterly.

Pre Order Here

:D :D :D :D

From other references Marc Radle has made about it, the flavor sounds like it's going to be MADE to be friendly with good/neutral concepts that are about working with the dead and possibly good/neutral undead rather than enslaving them, which supports a LOT of concepts that haven't gotten much up to this point.

Really looking forward to how the idea's been approached.

Shadow Lodge

This needs to be released before they turn off the internet in November. Otherwise I won't be able to read it until I get home.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
TOZ wrote:
This needs to be released before they turn off the internet in November. Otherwise I won't be able to read it until I get home.

I have it on good authority that it's going out next week.

Contributor

Yay! Looking forward to seeing it.

Liberty's Edge

Don't look now, but it's here! :)

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Likin' what I'm seein'. *reading the Tian Xia Preview*

Dark Archive

Waiting for my email notice for my subscription.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Waiting for my email notice for my subscription.

For some reason, a lot of us didn't get the e-mail, but we can still download it. So, take a look in your account, it may be there, waiting for you.

Dark Archive

Nodnarb wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Waiting for my email notice for my subscription.
For some reason, a lot of us didn't get the e-mail, but we can still download it. So, take a look in your account, it may be there, waiting for you.

Yeah I started thinking about that after I posted and went and checked and DLed it just now. Thanks though.

Shadow Lodge

That's what I had to do. Also had to check if it was time to renew my subscription, which it is.

Liberty's Edge

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Nodnarb wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Waiting for my email notice for my subscription.
For some reason, a lot of us didn't get the e-mail, but we can still download it. So, take a look in your account, it may be there, waiting for you.
Yeah I started thinking about that after I posted and went and checked and DLed it just now. Thanks though.

Where is that exactly? After you click on My Account, what next?

Thanks!

The Exchange Kobold Press

Click My Account, and View the recent purchases. Download. Enjoy!

Liberty's Edge

Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Click My Account, and View the recent purchases. Download. Enjoy!

Thank you sir!

I actually just got the e-mail as well!

Talk about service! :)

Dark Archive

Neat to see the Dragons Empire gaz previewed in KQ. I guess that gives KQ closer ties to Paizo, being as they are getting to preview products ahead of time. :)

The Exchange Kobold Press

Well, I asked James Jacobs to write it, and he did. It's not the first time we've had a Paizo author in Kobold Quarterly, and certainly not the last: they do great stuff.

So... I'm not sure how much closer the ties between Open Design and Paizo can be without me taking a job with the Paizo crew. It's great working with them, and bringing some previews to KQ.


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Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Well, I asked James Jacobs to write it, and he did. It's not the first time we've had a Paizo author in Kobold Quarterly, and certainly not the last: they do great stuff.

So... I'm not sure how much closer the ties between Open Design and Paizo can be without me taking a job with the Paizo crew. It's great working with them, and bringing some previews to KQ.

It's really great to have this kind of material. It makes me want KQ more and miss Dragon just a little less. :)


Marc, a few things about the White Necromancer!

I think the Life Bond should have reduced the damage taken by 5, and dealt 5 points of damage to the WN. Otherwise if there's a spell or effect that requires healing (such as a Knucklebone of Fickle Fortune's +2d8 when healed!), it could take effect. That could be nasty if it's a negative effect.

This class is on a whole a bit wonky with creatures that have Fast Healing. But those are so rare that it's barely worth considering them for classes.

Nice work! I quite enjoyed it.

Dark Archive

Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Well, I asked James Jacobs to write it, and he did. It's not the first time we've had a Paizo author in Kobold Quarterly, and certainly not the last: they do great stuff.

So... I'm not sure how much closer the ties between Open Design and Paizo can be without me taking a job with the Paizo crew. It's great working with them, and bringing some previews to KQ.

Oh yes I know that, but this is the first time you previewed a upcoming Pathfinder book before it was released. To me that is another little step. That's what I meant. :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Neat to see the Dragons Empire gaz previewed in KQ. I guess that gives KQ closer ties to Paizo, being as they are getting to preview products ahead of time. :)

#7 Monsters of Osirion

#10 Pathfinder RPG Sneak Preview & Chaos Magic of the Proteans
#14 Prince of Wolves Stats
#16 Magic of Golarion
#17 Ambush in Absalom
#19 Tian Xia Preview

Kobold Quarterly has had quite a few licensed articles over the years. And the regular articles often use well known freelancers. Anyone who loves Pathfinder (or Dragon Age) should have a subscription to KQ.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Oh yes I know that, but this is the first time you previewed a upcoming Pathfinder book before it was released. To me that is another little step. That's what I meant. :)

Other than the preview for Pathfinder RPG Core? ;)

Edit to add: I find the supplemental articles of more use. Things like Chaos Magic of the Proteans which acts as both a preview and expands material.

Liberty's Edge

Cheapy wrote:
Nice work! I quite enjoyed it.

Thanks very much! The White Necromancer class was a lot of fun to write and it was a BLAST to play during the playtests!

I'm glad people are digging the class :)


Marc Radle wrote:
Cheapy wrote:
Nice work! I quite enjoyed it.

Thanks very much! The White Necromancer class was a lot of fun to write and it was a BLAST to play during the playtests!

I'm glad people are digging the class :)

It felt very...Death Mage-y. It's a nice combination of pre-existing abilities (I know I recognized a few) and new stuff. Did you do the art as well?


deinol wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Neat to see the Dragons Empire gaz previewed in KQ. I guess that gives KQ closer ties to Paizo, being as they are getting to preview products ahead of time. :)

#7 Monsters of Osirion

#10 Pathfinder RPG Sneak Preview & Chaos Magic of the Proteans
#14 Prince of Wolves Stats
#16 Magic of Golarion
#17 Ambush in Absalom
#19 Tian Xia Preview

Kobold Quarterly has had quite a few licensed articles over the years. And the regular articles often use well known freelancers. Anyone who loves Pathfinder (or Dragon Age) should have a subscription to KQ.

I used to buy this until it became about 1/3 4e. I just have no use for those articles so I stopped buying it. Has the ratio changed? $8 is steep if only portion of it is useful.


In the most recent issue, I recall...maybe 1 article on 4e, 2 or 3 on AGE (??) and the rest either agnostic or PF.

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Mournblade94 wrote:

I used to buy this until it became about 1/3 4e. I just have no use for those articles so I stopped buying it. Has the ratio changed? $8 is steep if only portion of it is useful.

I'm in the same boat. I used to get it, but all the 4E stuff turned me away after a couple of issues. I would have kept getting it for the Pathfinder stuff I wanted, but having to swallow the 4E with it just made me feel that I wasn't getting what I wanted from my purchase. If that has changed then I will come back. If there is still 4E content then I am afraid I don't have much use for the product as I do not play 4E.

Shadow Lodge

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Just did a count.

PF 6
4E 2
AGE 2
Setting Neutral 5
Articles 2

I never found anything wrong with it being multi-system, but if you're a purist I guess it would be annoying. I actually found some of the setting info in the 4E articles useful.


TOZ wrote:

Just did a count.

PF 6
4E 2
AGE 2
Setting Neutral 5
Articles 2

I never found anything wrong with it being multi-system, but if you're a purist I guess it would be annoying. I actually found some of the setting info in the 4E articles useful.

Yea, I don't even know what AGE is, but I plan on looking closely at the articles as they seem like cool ideas.

Shadow Lodge

The 4E stuff has never annoyed me, and sometimes there's good stuff in those articles that you can transplant to the system of your choice. Truth be told, none of the three main systems (PF, 4E, AGE) that KQ publishes for these days are really my game of choice, but that doesn't stop the articles from having great stuff. The content has always been pretty heavily slanted towards 3.5/PF, and I've noticed that the amount of 4E stuff has decreased as of late (mostly replaced by AGE stuff). Hell, I wouldn't object if they did more Call of Cthulhu/BRP stuff or retro D&D stuff.

Shadow Lodge

Cheapy wrote:
Yea, I don't even know what AGE is, but I plan on looking closely at the articles as they seem like cool ideas.

Adventure Game Engine

It's the Dragon Age RPG. 3d6 based. Gotta love bacronyms.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

Marc Radle wrote:
Cheapy wrote:
Nice work! I quite enjoyed it.

Thanks very much! The White Necromancer class was a lot of fun to write and it was a BLAST to play during the playtests!

I'm glad people are digging the class :)

Yup, nice work.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Your count confuses me; there's only 1 article for 4E this issue.

The submissions have always been more Pathfinder or d20 based, and the system-neutral articles tend to run that way as well. For instance, advice from Monte Cook on GMing, articles on better trap design, and solo adventures are pretty much good for everyone (and all appear in this issue!).

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

I don't mind the 4e content as much anymore, but then again, I'm old enough to remember the Star Frontiers/MSH/Gammaworld content in Dragon ;-)

Actually, the 'cross-polinization' is good, IMHO. I don't play Dragon Age, but have the system. I enjoy seeing how the mechanics can be stretched. (last issue's divine traits for AGE, for example) Hopefully other game systems will see the potential and jump into the submission queue.

And, as always, if you want more of X game system, try submitting yourself!*

*

Spoiler:
Yeah yeah I know. But I'm trying to write, I hope to finish up Donna's Dozen only 8 months late. :-(

The Exchange Kobold Press

Yep, I've said it before and it's still true: the amount of content for various game systems depends on submissions. The issue has only a single 4E article in issue #19 because we're not getting a lot of queries or submissions for that system.

Kobold Quarterly #19 has 6 pure-Pathfinder and 5 Pathfinder-compatible articles because that's what we see most of in queries and submissions. Well, and I asked James for the official Paizo article.

Contributor

Star Frontiers, blimmey, there's a game I haven't heard mentioned for a while:)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Richard Pett wrote:
Star Frontiers, blimmey, there's a game I haven't heard mentioned for a while:)

Here is an obscure call out to using Star Frontiers for the space combat system for Star Wars d6.:)

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Richard Pett wrote:
Star Frontiers, blimmey, there's a game I haven't heard mentioned for a while:)

A friend of mine, about 15(!) years ago too the Zebulon's guide stuff and converted it back to percentiles. I wish I still had that file.

And Justin, I seem to recall Steve Miller saying once he used Star Frontiers to run Buck Rogers games while he was at TSR ;-)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Matthew Morris wrote:
Richard Pett wrote:
Star Frontiers, blimmey, there's a game I haven't heard mentioned for a while:)

A friend of mine, about 15(!) years ago too the Zebulon's guide stuff and converted it back to percentiles. I wish I still had that file.

And Justin, I seem to recall Steve Miller saying once he used Star Frontiers to run Buck Rogers games while he was at TSR ;-)

That can't be true no one actually played Buck Rogers. ;)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber
Mournblade94 wrote:

I used to buy this until it became about 1/3 4e. I just have no use for those articles so I stopped buying it. Has the ratio changed? $8 is steep if only portion of it is useful.

Even at 1/3 4E, which seems to be the high water mark for 4E, that leaves ~50 pages of Pathfinder or system neutral content an issue. A subscription costs < $30. Where else can you get ~200 pages of Pathfinder usable material for $30?

As others have said though, 4E content has diminished the last few issues.

I myself like a variety. Even material that isn't directly usable gets your mind thinking about new topics. I'd love to see some Call of Cthulhu or Eclipse Phase articles. ;)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Justin Franklin wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Richard Pett wrote:
Star Frontiers, blimmey, there's a game I haven't heard mentioned for a while:)

A friend of mine, about 15(!) years ago too the Zebulon's guide stuff and converted it back to percentiles. I wish I still had that file.

And Justin, I seem to recall Steve Miller saying once he used Star Frontiers to run Buck Rogers games while he was at TSR ;-)

That can't be true no one actually played Buck Rogers. ;)

I've played the video game version on my Megadrive/Genesis.

It felt like Pools of Radiance with lasers. Never noticed that there was any plot or setting there.

Shadow Lodge

Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Your count confuses me; there's only 1 article for 4E this issue.

I was skimming, and The Gordian Knot article looked like it was 4E format.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Ah, gotcha!

As it happens, 4E artifacts are formatted really, REALLY differently from d20 or Pathfinder artifacts. The Gordian Knot is for Pathfinder RPG.


Well then, I shall have to resume purchasing it.

I don't subscribe to things except to Pathfinder AP's because I like to support my game store, otherwise I would have lots of PF subscriptions.

My game store always has Kobold Quarterly for sale.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber
Mournblade94 wrote:

Well then, I shall have to resume purchasing it.

I don't subscribe to things except to Pathfinder AP's because I like to support my game store, otherwise I would have lots of PF subscriptions.

My game store always has Kobold Quarterly for sale.

Do they keep them shrink wrapped? I would flip through the magazine and see if articles caught my eye. You should definitely pick up #18 if they still have it, it was extra large and full of good stuff.

The Exchange Kobold Press

2 people marked this as a favorite.

FLGS is always a good place to find KQ.

And Deinol is right, Issue #18 at 100 pages is a crazy good deal.

I'm curious to see what people think of James Jacobs preview of the Dragon Empire, and Richard Pett's archdevil for that part of Golarion. Does anyone want a followup adventure or monsters for PFS set in Tian Xia?

I'm always unsure how Asian content is going to work: some love it, some hate it.


deinol wrote:
Mournblade94 wrote:

Well then, I shall have to resume purchasing it.

I don't subscribe to things except to Pathfinder AP's because I like to support my game store, otherwise I would have lots of PF subscriptions.

My game store always has Kobold Quarterly for sale.

Do they keep them shrink wrapped? I would flip through the magazine and see if articles caught my eye. You should definitely pick up #18 if they still have it, it was extra large and full of good stuff.

Many thanks!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Does anyone want a followup adventure or monsters for PFS set in Tian Xia?

Yes, Yes, Yes, Oh God Yes. can it be done tomorrow?


There may be only one 4e article, but it's the greatest 4e article ever. Small but fierce, like our namesake!

Also, the Pathfinder article in this issue is wicked.


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Does anyone want a followup adventure or monsters for PFS set in Tian Xia?

I'm always unsure how Asian content is going to work: some love it, some hate it.

My wife and I are both 'meh' about Asian content. We do like it, but it's sort of like chocolate in our peanut butter. When we play, we usually have the old school mindset of the European settings.

I like to read it and maybe play it, and she's fine with playing it, but usually when it's in an L5R game; where it's directly connected to the game/setting itself.

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