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Kobold Quarterly 22

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Kobold Quarterly's big summer 2012 issue is the most diverse ever, with articles for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, 4th Edition D&D, AGE System, Castles & Crusades and 13th Age. Old school, new school, and everything in between: this issue's got it!

  • The archdevil Barbatos, gatekeeper of Golarion’s Hells, official writeup by Paizo staffer Wes Schneider
  • Dragonkin servitors of Midgard's Mharoti Empire
  • Four monsters from Journeys to the West
  • Blood Brothers, a new Pathfinder rogue archetype
  • AGE System rules for black powder weapons

KQ #22 also features an interview with Pathfinder RPG lead designer Jason Buhlman, and a crunchy preview of 13th Age, the new fantasy RPG by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. Rob introduces the game's Escalation Die mechanic, exclusively for KQ.

Here's the full table of contents for this issue:

  • An awesome dragon-rider cover by Craig J. Spearing
  • Barbatos: Gatekeeper of Golarion’s Hells by Wes Schneider - Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
  • Dragonkin by Brian A Liberge - 4th edition D&D
  • Monsters of Morphoi by Christina Stiles with Ben McFarland - Castles & Crusades
  • Blood Brothers: Rogue Archetype by David Schwartz - Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
  • Elven Archer Magic by Charles Lee Carrier and Nicholas Milasich - Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
  • Weapons for a new AGE by Rodrigo García Carmona - AGE System
  • Dwarven Magical Rings by John E. Ling. Jr. - Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
  • Pathfinder Society Guide to Varisia
  • Hold 'Em for Questioning: Interrogation
  • The Escalation Die by Rob Heinsoo
  • The Scaled Steamhall
  • Game Theories: The GM Influence on Character by Monte Cook
  • Howling Tower: Total Party Kill or Total Buzz Kill? by Steve Winter
  • Interview with Jason Buhlman
  • Ask the Kobold by Skip Williams
  • Free City of Zobeck: The Void of Veles
  • d20 Monkey by Brian Patterson
  • 10'x 10' Toon by Stan!

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Yay! It's up! Mine is downloading as I post!

Excited about more elven archer stuff!

Cheliax

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

I really loved the article on Barbatos I hope this becomes a on going feature in KQ.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I spoke with Wes Schneider at PaizoCon, and there's a good chance that he will write another Archdevil of Golarion for Fall or Winter.


Now I am sad. I've read this one cover to cover, more than once, and now I must wait three months for the next issue.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you for the review, Charles!

The kobolds have a few other releases coming between now and the next issue, so I hope one of those suits you. Monsters of Sin, the planar book, the Voyages....

Contributor

The arch-devil Barbatos... sounds cool. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yep, Barbatos is an Official Golarion Arch-Devil, so he's pretty much cool by definition.

:)


Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Yep, Barbatos is an Official Golarion Arch-Devil, so he's pretty much cool by definition.

I don't know that you can ever have enough arch-devils... mmm, there's a fun product, the Ars Notoria of Golarion or Open Design devils?

I liked the elven archer magic (and it makes me think of a query, to be honest), really enjoy the variety of systems. It makes me wonder if I'll be able to get some Ars Magica articles in there before long.

I'm wondering how long until there's enough Game Theories for a book, because that's one I'll preorder. I love the comics, but I'll put the call out to Jeremy LC Jones again-- Find me Tony Moseley, Dixie, and tell me why he's not still writing Zogonia. ;)

-Ben.

Andoran

Haven't received my print copy yet but the cover is really cool!

Andoran

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I'm only a few pages into these one, but mercy the Barbatos art is wonderfully horrific.

Contributor

Ryan. Costello wrote:
I'm only a few pages into these one, but mercy the Barbatos art is wonderfully horrific.

I thought so, too, Ryan! :) Let's all request Wes write more like that. :)


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Grrr! Those darn Runelords took all my discretionary spending money. For once I'm glad the Kobold is a quarterly rather than a monthly.

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

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Dark_Mistress wrote:
I really loved the article on Barbatos I hope this becomes a on going feature in KQ.

Wow! Glad everyone is digging it and thanks for all the kind words! I'm working on the next one right now. Well, not RIGHT right now... I'm typing this. But right behind this window is a big file that says Dispater at the top... which I'll be getting back tooooooo... Now!

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terraleon wrote:

I liked the elven archer magic (and it makes me think of a query, to be honest), really enjoy the variety of systems. It makes me wonder if I'll be able to get some Ars Magica articles in there before long.

-Ben.

Someone asked me at the dealer's table if we accepted Ars Magica articles. I said we could always ask Atlas Games if they are ok with that. What say you, Kobold Overlord?

Contributor

Oh, and I'm glad to see that everyone is enjoying the issue. Although I'm obviously biased, I do believe it was a very good issue. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I don't think we're going to do Ars Magica articles, though who knows. Right now, focus is on Pathfinder RPG, systemless articles, with a splash of 4E D&D and AGE.

FWIW, the Ars crowd has a magazine of their own already, Sub Rosa.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Every other Saturday night I have a rotating group of players and I run them through Pathfinder Society Scenarios. We don’t actually play PFS, we just use the scenarios and they play as Pathfinders. Yes, I know…blasphemy.

Now I’ve been playing this game for 32 years and I have never had a group so hell-bent on taking prisoners as this bunch. Sometimes it is planned; more often than not it just suddenly comes up. “Revive that guy and ask him what’s going on”. Sometimes they will ask how badly off a downed foe is and if I betray that they’re still bleeding out they’ll heal him just to question him.

So after 4 or 5 sessions straight of this I got tired of stock responses. The players were having so much fun intimidating/charming/toying with the prisoners I figured I’d get in on the fun. As it turns out a stat block is good for getting an idea on how one might react to interrogation. So part of my prep for each scenario is to also look at potential hostages and make a little note on how they might react based on what I see.

I’ve also seen requests on this very site asking if designers can include a section under tactics in the stat block on how they might react to interrogation. It’s something some GM’s want.

So now you have the genesis of why I wrote the “Hold them for questioning” article in this month’s issue. Thanks Saturday players!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

DM Jeff, your article rocks. And while most groups might not be *quite* that obsessive about taking prisoners for questioning, I think it comes up fairly often.

"Hold Them For Questioning" is just a great DM's tool. I wonder what your Saturday players will inspire next...

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With every new issue, I think to myself: "now KQ has come into its own. This is the issue that does it."

I've been saying that since about issue #6 or so, and every quarter I continue to be blown away that the scrappy little kobold is more the industry ogre, and all we ever had or hoped for in a gaming magazine!

Contributor

Well said, Brandon. Now send in those articles you were teasing us with at the seminar. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thanks, Brandon! And yeah, old scrappers know a few tricks.

This issue has some brand-new authors too, which I always like to see. The Pathfinder section on Varisia by Venture-captain is just one of those.


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
.... But right behind this window is a big file that says Dispater at the top... which I'll be getting back tooooooo... Now!

Yay!


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Thanks, Brandon! And yeah, old scrappers know a few tricks.

This issue has some brand-new authors too, which I always like to see. The Pathfinder section on Varisia by Venture-captain is just one of those.

And but for an editing mistake, could have had one more...at least the clockwork stalker made the cover...

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yeah, the kobolds have been very down in the mouth about that mistake. It is technically a layout-and-editing mistake (but who's counting), and it's one of those that comes with a shoestring operation.

A nasty oversight, but Krik and the Clockwork Stalker will appear in the Fall issue.

Andoran

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

I can't wait for this to get here.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you for the review, Tanglebones! We're already working hard on the next one, and it's good to know we're hitting the mark.

Also: I've confirmed more official Pathfinder and Golarion content for the Fall issue. I'm a happy kobold-in-chief!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Maps Subscriber

I got my copy yesterday, unfortunately the Post Office decided to run it over a few times and throw it in the dirt first before putting it my mailbox. Can't wait to get into this one tho. :)

Contributor

Thanks, Tanglebones! Wolfgang's already got me in the mines with several articles. It's looking devilishly dark in this upcoming issue. Bwah ha ha!

Andoran

ChristinaStiles wrote:
Thanks, Tanglebones! Wolfgang's already got me in the mines with several articles. It's looking devilishly dark in this upcoming issue. Bwah ha ha!

Can't wait!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Hey, KQ#22 is a top-selling title at Paizo this week!


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Yeah, the kobolds have been very down in the mouth about that mistake. It is technically a layout-and-editing mistake (but who's counting), and it's one of those that comes with a shoestring operation.

A nasty oversight, but Krik and the Clockwork Stalker will appear in the Fall issue.

Sorry, Wolfgang, I really didn't mean to rub it in. I appreciate the work you guys do and this is a great issue. I'm thrilled about how many excellent articles are in there and am looking forward to the fall issue even more now!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Just means we're working a little harder on the art and layout for it. October is not so far away.

There's also another review to talk about! Neuroglyph over on ENWorld says:

Neuroglyph wrote:

The production quality of the issue is excellent, with a solid and easy-to-read format, and some nice presentation of the articles. The art in KQ issues has been definitely getting better all the time...

I have to say I’m very impressed with this Summer issue of Kobold Quarterly, and I like what I see in the quality of the articles and the diversity of the material. ...
The PDF, as always, is very economical for all the content in the magazine – it’s definitely a steal to be recommended to all FRPG GMs and Players!


Finally finished review, there's so much solid material in this issue. Loved the article on interrogation and hostages (I also have a highly annoying playgroup that insists on taking a hostage every chance they get for questioning). Barbatos is seriously impressive, and I am hoping this is going to mature into a regular feature, a new arch-devil every issue would be beyond words.

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