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New releases from Open Design Games!

The kobold courier has made it past the cave raptors once more—we've got the latest from Open Design Games, hot off the presses!

The world of Midgard recalls the tales of the Brothers Grimm, when the forest was less happy, and what lurked within its confines was not all fairies and butterflies. Night time is full of creatures that yearn for the taste of your PC's fear on the cool air, and in the Midgard Bestiary, you'll get to meet a few of them!

In this book of critters, as designer Adam Daigle might put it, you'll meet fairly friendly folk like the alseid or the...well let's just say good folk are hard to come by in Midgard! The terrifying blood hag turn your body against you, steam goblins guard the towers of wizards in the clockwork city of Zobeck, and the malevolent Cheshire Cat-inspired kot bayun will stalk you through the forest undergrowth! To help you create your own dark creatures, you'll get templates like Baba Yaga's horsemen, the darakhul, or phantasmal creature, but the Midgard Bestiary isn't just for game masters! You'll also get the choice of new player character races like the alseid, dust goblin, or maerean, as well as encounter tables that you can use throughout the world of Midgard or in your own Pathfinder Roleplaying Game world!

Also from Open Design we have the latest issue of Kobold Quarterly! This issue is all about getting the gods into your game, with articles for Pathfinder, 4E, and the AGE systems! The Shaman class for the Pathfinder RPG combines together elements of the sorcerer, druid, and witch to make a class that follows the guidance of nature, acquiring a totem spirit to aid them on the path, and with "Ecology of the Succubus", we get a few more monster powers to change up your succubi for your 4th Edition game! For the AGE System, you'll get four new backgrounds to make your character a bit more mystical—alchemist, druid, illusion, and seer!

Be sure to check out all of the fantastic gaming material the Open Design Kobold have to offer right here at Paizo!

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That's some fine ad copy there! Thanks!


Hey, I remember sneaking into a chat to listen to the big boys talk about this. Nice to see it available to purchase.

Now if only I had a bigger budget this month. :(

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I agree that it is fine ad copy. Though the copy editor in my detects a subject-verb disagreement in the last line.

Kajehase, it will still be available for purchase next month! :)

Taldor Contributor

Wolfgang Baur wrote:

I agree that it is fine ad copy. Though the copy editor in my detects a subject-verb disagreement in the last line.

Kajehase, it will still be available for purchase next month! :)

...the copy editor in me...

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Editors are silly creatures, it is true. Ask me about TK sometime.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Guys,

I like your premise, that of dark fairy tale meets dark fantasy. However, as a GM I need hard info to make the choice. Specifically:
- is it black and white only?
- what is the CR spread? My players have characters around 14th level, can I challenge them using your Bestiary?
- what's the layout of monster statblock? Is it Paizo default look-alike or something else?
- do the monsters get page each? Less? More?

Regards,
Ruemere

Paizo Employee Developer

ruemere wrote:

Guys,

I like your premise, that of dark fairy tale meets dark fantasy. However, as a GM I need hard info to make the choice. Specifically:
- is it black and white only?
- what is the CR spread? My players have characters around 14th level, can I challenge them using your Bestiary?
- what's the layout of monster statblock? Is it Paizo default look-alike or something else?
- do the monsters get page each? Less? More?

Regards,
Ruemere

The print book is B&W and the PDF is a mix.

The monster's CR range from 1/2 to 19 though the majority are in the 2 through 12 range. About 15 of the monsters are above CR 12, two of which are dragons (so you can make them higher CR) and one is a template.

Almost all of the monsters are 1 per page, though a few of the bigger and more complicated ones get 2 pages. The stat block format is very similar to the one Paizo uses.

Hope that helps!

Taldor

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber
Wolfgang Baur wrote:

I agree that it is fine ad copy. Though the copy editor in my detects a subject-verb disagreement in the last line.

Kajehase, it will still be available for purchase next month! :)

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The third paragraph
During the second sentence
Syntax - should read 'turns'


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Tales Subscriber

A few queries. Will this be available for 4e? If I wanted a Midgard primer what is the best product to buy?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

@GeraintElberion, the store Gninja might fit that copy, but it's Store Blog stuff so it's up to them.

@Alan_Beven, there is talk about a 4E version, which would release later this year.

For Midgard, the best option is either the Zobeck Gazetteer (the core city of the setting) or the Midgard Campaign Setting.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Just dl'd the Midgard Bestiary pdf last night. The art is superb, the range of creature concepts is insane and the layout is clear and effortless to pore over. Included are a few playable races, mythical monsters, some clockwork creations, dragons, drakes and many more - even a list of reskinned creature concepts...
This is easily the best value PDF I have purchased for a while, as I have said elsewhere, the cover is beautiful from the artwork to the typeface and I am sorely tempted to buy an ACTUAL physical copy!


Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Kajehase, it will still be available for purchase next month! :)

But we wants the precious now, don't we? ;)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Adam Daigle wrote:
ruemere wrote:

Guys,

I like your premise, that of dark fairy tale meets dark fantasy. However, as a GM I need hard info to make the choice. Specifically:
- is it black and white only?
- what is the CR spread? My players have characters around 14th level, can I challenge them using your Bestiary?
- what's the layout of monster statblock? Is it Paizo default look-alike or something else?
- do the monsters get page each? Less? More?

Regards,
Ruemere

The print book is B&W and the PDF is a mix.

The monster's CR range from 1/2 to 19 though the majority are in the 2 through 12 range. About 15 of the monsters are above CR 12, two of which are dragons (so you can make them higher CR) and one is a template.

Almost all of the monsters are 1 per page, though a few of the bigger and more complicated ones get 2 pages. The stat block format is very similar to the one Paizo uses.

Hope that helps!

Thank you. That's what I wanted to know.

I really like your setting, it's just a little too lowlevel for my campaigns.

Regards,
Ruemere

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Fifteen monsters over CR 12 is too low level for your campaigns?

Damn, you are definitely playing with the big guns! I'd be curious to hear what monster books you find most useful at that level.

Taldor Contributor

Are there any Persian, South Asian, Central or East Asian inspired monsters in the book?

Paizo Employee Developer

Jeff Erwin wrote:
Are there any Persian, South Asian, Central or East Asian inspired monsters in the book?

None I can think of at the moment. Mainly Eastern European influences.

Taldor Contributor

Adam Daigle wrote:
Jeff Erwin wrote:
Are there any Persian, South Asian, Central or East Asian inspired monsters in the book?
None I can think of at the moment. Mainly Eastern European influences.

OK, I'll wait and see what the reviews mention in terms of contents. Though it's not necessarily true that E. European = non Asian, considering that Russian myth is a lot closer to Vedic India than the rest of Europe's (Svarog = Russian sky/heaven god; Indra, Indian king of Svarga - heaven). And the Scythians, Mongols, Khazars, Huns, and so forth ended up ruling (albeit in different branches and times) both regions.

Paizo Employee Developer

You're a greater scholar than I am, Jeff, so I can't speak to some of the older crossovers, but aside from Eastern European influences, I can recall at least one Australian-inspired creature, a Japanese-inspired creature, a South Pacific-inspired creature, (as it turns out) a Persian-inspired creature, a sphinx, and a host of gamer/fantasy-inspired creatures.

Taldor Contributor

Adam Daigle wrote:
You're a greater scholar than I am, Jeff, so I can't speak to some of the older crossovers, but aside from Eastern European influences, I can recall at least one Australian-inspired creature, a Japanese-inspired creature, a South Pacific-inspired creature, (as it turns out) a Persian-inspired creature, a sphinx, and a host of gamer/fantasy-inspired creatures.

Thanks, Adam. I was busy researching and statting monsters for my version of Vudra/India and though maybe there might be some overlap. :)

Taldor Contributor

Speaking of which, Adam, if I may defer to your superior monster fabrication knowledge - before Paizo did you use any sort of 3rd party software to build them, or did you do it on paper with pencil and eraser? It's proving to be the most time-intensive part of my vanity project and I'm wondering if there's any method to the madness. Or maybe you can write a blog...

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I imagine Adam has minions who jot down his every word. Or possibly Gary and Sean have finally given thrown the switch on the MonsterBuilder AI?

Paizo Employee Developer

Jeff Erwin wrote:
Speaking of which, Adam, if I may defer to your superior monster fabrication knowledge - before Paizo did you use any sort of 3rd party software to build them, or did you do it on paper with pencil and eraser? It's proving to be the most time-intensive part of my vanity project and I'm wondering if there's any method to the madness. Or maybe you can write a blog...

While I do use a spreadsheet these days, most of my monster creation was done by hand. I adore the Pathfinder Bestiary because the monster creation guidelines in the back are easily among the best I've ever seen published.

I talked a bit about my process during my Monster in an Hour seminars I've done (there's a recording of one from the last PaizoCon on the Know Direction site), but the quick version is that I'd take a sheet of blank printer paper and fold it in half longways, then I'd jot ideas of stuff I wanted it to be able to do in the right side and do the concrete building on the left side, starting with stats at the top then working down with saves, feats, skills, etc. Then I'd take that jumble and check the math as I put it into the correct format. It takes me a while to trust automation, so for a while I still used this process then entered everything into the spreadsheet to check my work.

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