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Your Whispering Homunculus (PFRPG)

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Richard Pett’s Your Whispering Homunculus is the GM’s humble servant and guide to the vile, whimsical, disgusting, bizarre, horrific, odd, skin-crawling, and mildly disturbed side of fantasy gaming.

Your Whispering Homunculus provides wonderfully lunatic ideas and encounters to keep your players on their toes‚along with tips on how to make ordinary creatures and locations truly memorable.

Within its 150+ pages of essays, lists, and random tables, the homunculus whispers of:

  • Unsettling Moments and Strange Entertainments
  • Pointless Objects and Mangled Monsters
  • Trog-Kin and Troll-Touched
  • Daft Bets and Dismaying Delicacies
  • The Curious Contents of Dungeon Toilets
  • And so much more...

Buy it today and get your very own Whispering Homunculus!

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Oh, is this a compilation of Pett-articles from Kq or are these brand new ones?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes to both. :)


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I've been wondering this for a while.


RRRRRR. Count me in, Kobold in chief! I'll preorder this along the Zobeck Gazetteer asap...

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber

YWH is the best thing on KQ.com, definitley intrigued.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Sounds cool.

Andoran

Too bad there's no cover image ... ;)


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Heck yea! Definitely a must buy.

Contributor

If enough of you preorder it, Wolfgang has promised me he'll stop feeding me slugs and start giving me food.

Cheliax

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Richard Pett wrote:
If enough of you preorder it, Wolfgang has promised me he'll stop feeding me slugs and start giving me food.

Well now I can't preorder it. :)

Contributor

No, sorry, I had that the wrong way round:)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I'm a definite buy for this book. Used some Homonculus goodness last night to add a lot of character to an underdark floating magic item market. . . And one of my players spent 10,000 gp on a somewhat buggy headband of charisma. . . another Pett creation . . .

Andoran

Yeah, those Your Whispering Homunculus articles are just LOADED with great stuff! Having them all together, along with some new ones ta boot, is going to be awesome!

Can't wait :)

Cheliax

Most killer news!

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

That cover is golden.

Contributor

I love that cover too, huzzah!


What is it?

Contributor

Denim N Leather wrote:
What is it?

What is it as in what's the product? A compilation of all the your whispering humunuculus articles and new ones, as well as one or two surprises.

If you've not seen any of the articles before go here and have a butchers.

Huzzah!


YWH is my favorite column on KQ, but that's the fanboy speaking - we need more Pett! This will be plain awesome!


Richard Pett wrote:
Denim N Leather wrote:
What is it?

What is it as in what's the product? A compilation of all the your whispering humunuculus articles and new ones, as well as one or two surprises.

If you've not seen any of the articles before go here and have a butchers.

Huzzah!

Ah, thanks. Didn't know it was a KQ article.


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What is the San loss in C of C rules for reading this?

I'd test it on myself, but I have 3 points of sanity, so I wouldn't be a very good test subject.


That is a fun cover! Which one is Rich?

Contributor

Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:

What is the San loss in C of C rules for reading this?

I'd test it on myself, but I have 3 points of sanity, so I wouldn't be a very good test subject.

You'll be fine, you have a 10% chance of surviving the d20 roll Spanky, good luck.

Mnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnar

Contributor

Ask a Shoanti wrote:
That is a fun cover! Which one is Rich?

I can see I'm going to have to start issuing the punishments again. Memories are so, so short.

Swish swish

Contributor

Please buy it or the baby unicorns start to die, one by one...


You're sayin' me buying this keeps baby unicorns alive? Damn it, now I have to rethink... ;)

Contributor

No, hang on, I had that the wrong way round. It should be please buy it and the baby unicorns start to die, one by one.

Andoran

How about ... buy it because it is an AMAZING book :)

The interesting plot hooks and great ideas contained within are just awesome! It's a treasure-trove for GMs. Honestly, each new page is just so much fun to read!

Did I mention you should buy this book?


I've been having the OBS-coupon for a while, but who an say no to dying unicorns? Purchased in print. ^^ (And yeah, I did plan to buy this ever since it was announced.)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Hurray! It is here.

All the new creatures, twisted ideas, and extras from Michael Kortes and Greg Vaughan really give the collection some added.... Warpage? Derangement? Not sure what the right word is here.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Totally looking forward to this one.

Qadira

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:

All the new creatures, twisted ideas, and extras from Michael Kortes and Greg Vaughan really give the collection some added.... Warpage? Derangement? Not sure what the right word is here.

Hmmm....tell me more of this "war page" that you speak of. I think that sounds promising.


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Genghis Vaughan wrote:
Wolfgang Baur wrote:

All the new creatures, twisted ideas, and extras from Michael Kortes and Greg Vaughan really give the collection some added.... Warpage? Derangement? Not sure what the right word is here.

Hmmm....tell me more of this "war page" that you speak of. I think that sounds promising.

You too, huh?

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PDF and Print/PDF bundle now available. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you, Liz!

I look forward to perhaps getting this one autographed by Sir Richard Pett in the not too distant future.


So he did get knighted for writing The Skinsaw Murders? Sweeeeet.
Did he get to meet Pippa? I like ole' Pippa now.

Contributor

Huzzah!

I don't know how he escaped Wolfgang, it must have been him in the fez, but so many people in the Derbyshire Hills wear fezes these days.

Mnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnaar

Cheliax

Damn, I have to get this one. Just let me have a look at my gaming funds...

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

@Spanky, I think Her Britannic Majesty especially enjoyed the ogres in Skinsaw, but I can't be sure.

@golem101, yeah, this one is a keeper.

@Richard, your author copies are currently being seized by UK Customs and Inland Revenue.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Just placed my order for this. I'm a big fan of Rich's work and after being able to converse with him a bit on Zombie Sky Press's "It Came from the Stars" patron project, I'm glad to learn that he's also a really nice guy. I mean, he's still a demented, baby unicorn killing guy, but if can get past that, he's a good guy.


Isn't baby unicorn meat a delicacy? I think it's supposed to be accompanied by red wine, right?

I've also heard unicorn meat well-done goes well with Jager, but I don't think that was baby unicorn specifically.

Contributor

Baby unicorn goes very well with shiraz:) And thank you kindly, I hope it'll grace your GM shelf for years to come.

Those lovely people at Roleplayers Chronicle have written a review so I've set them free.

Slithers back to sharpen some more knives...


I'm currently preparing my review and haven't yet gotten my hard copy, but I hope a certain glitch is absent from the copy: There are a lot of blank pages in the pdf.

To be precise, pages 31, 35, 41, 51, 63, 77, 81, 87, 93, 111, 115, 121, 129, 151, 157 and 163 are blank, which looks somewhat bad and isn't particularly printer-friendly. Hope these get changed!

Cheers!

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sounds like the censor got to it ...

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Wolfgang Baur wrote:

@Spanky, I think Her Britannic Majesty especially enjoyed the ogres in Skinsaw, but I can't be sure.

Fantastic, I can just picture dear Lizzie and the fam cracking out the dice and character sheets for an evening of Pathfinder up at the palace.

Grand Lodge

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This is an awesome book for any GM looking to inject life (and some humor) into their games.
I believe it is best suited for GM's who design/run custom world settings, but there's treasures to be had for the pure canon judges as well!

I'm also looking forward to having my copy signed in July.
(might have to p/u a second copy-this one is going to get some use)

Andoran

Endzeitgeist wrote:

I'm currently preparing my review and haven't yet gotten my hard copy, but I hope a certain glitch is absent from the copy: There are a lot of blank pages in the pdf.

To be precise, pages 31, 35, 41, 51, 63, 77, 81, 87, 93, 111, 115, 121, 129, 151, 157 and 163 are blank, which looks somewhat bad and isn't particularly printer-friendly. Hope these get changed!

Cheers!

Regarding those blank pages ... it's definitely not a glitch :)

In chapter books like this, you want new chapters to start on a right-hand page. It's the place the eye naturally falls first when turning pages in a book. Sometimes that results in an occasional blank left-hand page (or more accurately, a blank side of a left-hand page) directly preceding a new chapter. It's actually pretty common in book publishing.

The pagination of the PDF just matches the printed book.

Make sense? :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Curn_Bounder, thank you for the review!

Curn_Bounder wrote:

it is everything I could have hoped for. A quality print product, well laid out, easy to reference.

The content? Brilliant.

Contributor

I shall of course, be sending Her Majesty a copy:)

It made me very happy to see the homunculus rise up into the Paizo top ten best sellers, please do keep up the support so Wolfgang will supply me with more kittens and baby unicorns.

For those who aren't familiar with the homunculus, it tries to put a 'what!' moment in a GM's adventures, gives a sideways look at rules and generally tries to put the cat amongst the pigeons, giving a twisted look at gaming.

Here's a small snippet of one of the more recent editions, the first 20 of 100 endings to conversations to give you an idea:

Paranoia is a strange thing.

Gather Information checks are not only useful, but they can be fun. As well as the usual gathering of useful knowledge and tidbits of information, when your players fail their checks, you might have them gather misinformation and nonsense. Having the odd red herring and local topic of conversation can, as we have discussed before, also help to establish reality in a setting or maybe throw an adventure in a totally new and unexpected direction.

In urban settings and places such as taverns, temples, and markets, Perception checks can be useful to overhear local gossip, but they won’t always succeed. Perhaps the PC stalking the swarthy green merchant does not hear him talking to his accomplices, but overhears Reg and Torrid the local pig-breeders having a tiff or exchanging tittle-tattle.

Here’s a list of one-liners and snippets to throw at your players when they make erroneous checks in such situations, when they pass locals engaged in conversation, or when they interrupt a conversation to ask questions. These indicate the end of conversations. How that conversation began is left to you.

1. “…says all the strangers are cursed and don’t know it.”

2. “…with a dead eel.”

3. “…it’s the same sword that last hero had with him—the cursed one that stabbed him whilst he slept.”

4. “…also with fur.”

5. “…not wearing anything except his fez.”

6. “…I don’t think they know.”

7. “…is she the one?”

8. “…six kobolds, an owlbear, and a mated pair of squid.”

9. “…buried in the old meadow with his valuables.”

10. “…and a pound of pilchards.”

11. “…Xontor, the Lord of Endlessly Devouring Chaos.”

12. “…watch out, here they are now.”

13. “…heard they’re going to be dead by morning.”

14. “…the ugly one is standing right behind you.”

15. “…I’m not sure they make them that large.”

16. “…I think he’s listening.”

17. “…so that’s what he said he’d heard about the strangers.”

18. “…the one with the bad breath.”

19. “…giants will be here by morning.”

20. “…they have it with them.”

If it makes the top 5 Wolfgang has promised me a baby flumph to torment - huzzah!

Rich


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Darn you, Pett! I was trying to hold off on this one as I'm going to be taking a hiatus from running for a few months (and taking on the rare role of Player!), but you've forced my hand!

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