Kobold Quarterly 2

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Kobold Quarterly is the scrappy little magazine of Open Design, a tiny journal that covers the world's premiere roleplaying game from the gamer's perspective.

The second issue includes articles by Ed Greenwood, Nicolas Logue, Skip Williams, Wolfgang Baur, and Jeff Grubb, among others. It features full-color art by fantasy artists new and familiar.

Kobold Quarterly gives you player options, the finest design techniques, great interviews, cartoons, and tested tactical crunch.

  • The Ecology of the Barghest
  • An Assassin core class
  • A preview of Empire of the Ghouls
  • An interview with artist Wayne Reynolds
  • Alternate class abilities for Paladins
  • And more!

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Small But Fierce!


Gamers, rally to Kobold Quarterly!

When I first heard about KQ, I was deep in my cups lamenting the death of Dragon. I presumed KQ would be nothing but a pale shadow of the great dragon, a faltering, lackluster fanzine without spirit or intelligence. When I heard Wolfgang Baur was behind it, however, I got myself a copy. And rarely have I been so delighted to be so utterly wrong!

Kobold Quarterly has spirit. KQ has spunk. KQ has verve. KQ has top-flight authors and wonderful articles. The Erik Mona interview in Issue 1 asks all the questions I could wish for and secures fascinating answers. The interview of Wayne Reynolds in Issue 2 hits one of the few luminaries I’d rather hear from than Mr. Mona! Skip Williams’s “Ask the Kobold: Q&A” continues Dragon’s great Sage tradition; reading it felt like coming home. Nicolas Logue’s Barghest Ecology nails one of my favorite monsters. John Ling’s “A Kingdom for My Horse” enriched my favorite character class. But foremost among all the articles is Tim & Eileen Connors’s “Belphegor, Prince of Laziness,” which presents perhaps the most intelligent, though-provoking take on a devil I’ve read in any article or sourcebook. And the Aaron Acevedo’s art for “Belphegor” is luscious. (But why is Belphegor French??)

Now let's hope for more original art, some short fiction, and (holding my breath) one or two short, top-flight adventures!

In the aftermath of the death of Dragon and Dungeon as print magazines, it’s an enormous relief to see bright, imaginative works like Kobold Quarterly picking up the tradition. Go Wolfgang! Go KQ! Gamers, rally to the Kobold! Twenty years from now, I want to look back across my great (and colorful!) collection of (monthly!) KQ issues with quiet assurance that KQ has been the best gaming magazine ever published. It’s small, but it’s fierce. And it’s on its way!

Another brilliant effort by Tim Connors


Back at Gen Con, I sat in a PF Changs with Tim and Daigle and Tim expressed concerns about how to make a demon subtle yet compelling. I love that this guy pretends to have creative dilemmas. What a knockout punch of an article. Not to fail to compliment the other authors as well let me call KQ2 another grand concert by Wolfgang's brigade.



Love the energy, creativity and grass roots feel to this. Long live the Kobolds!!

An excellent magazine


As I was sadly perusing my Dragon collection from years past recently, I was struck with how the production values were scant in the early days, but the articles were meaty. Dragon was a magazine by fans for fans. I feel like I am back in the early days of Dragon when I read Kobold Quarterly. Fantastic articles with information that can be used by almost anyone. Are the production values equal to the final days of Dragon? No. Does this matter? No. This scrappy little 'zine is what it is all about. Articles by the fans for the fans. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

Another Great Kobold


Cool issue. Love the Assassin (great replacement for D&D's PrC or Thieves' World base class), the alternate abilities for Paladins. The ecology was a nice read, as the interview of WAR.

Good stuff all around. Keep up the good work!

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Silver Crusade

just wanted to add, being a fan of Wayne Reynolds, love the concept sketch of Veleros in the issue.

issue looks good so far (only up to Wayne's interview)


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Haldir wrote:

just wanted to add, being a fan of Wayne Reynolds, love the concept sketch of Veleros in the issue.

issue looks good so far (only up to Wayne's interview)

Thanks! And sorry for the slow reply --- I've been shipping magazines. :)

I hope to keep improving with each issue. If there's a particular article or topic you want covered, letters to the kobold mines are always welcome.

I'm enjoying the 2nd issue (I haven't finished reading it yet). I have to say I really enjoyed the interviews in 1 (Erik) and 2 (Wayne). I can't wait to receive my print copy of 2 (I just had to subscribe after downloading the PDF of 1). I just wish I could get my hands on a print copy of issue 1.


I absolutely cannot wait to get the OK from my accountant (wife) to purchase this. Anybody got anything to say about it? What did you like? What didn't you like? How were the advertisement layouts? I had some comments on that I provided Wolf with and I'm curious to see if he went with the vertical strip to the side of the page or a different variation.

If you have any opinion at all, please help Wolfgang out by writing a review. :)

I just received my 2nd issue (printed) of Kobold Quarterly, and I am very happy with the content and quality of the publication. This magazine takes me back to the old days of The Dragon.

And Ecology of the Barghest by Nicolas Logue, a Prince of Laziness by Tim and Eileen Connors (I loved Siege of the Spider Eaters), a cool version of The Assassin class, and Paladin Alternate Class Abilities (I'll use these for my son's character in our Savage Tide adventure) are just some of the wonderful stuff in KQ 2.

I can't believe I took so long to get off my ass and get this, but this was great. I've been hitting all of my usual haunts and praising Kobold Quarterly because I absolutely loved this issue. My only regret is that I didn't get going sooner and get a physical copy of #1.

My favorite article was the Belphegor, demon prince of laziness and invention. However, all of it from the Ed Greenwood article to the Ecology of the Barghest and the cartoons now moved over from Dragon and Dungeon were all good!

Great work all around, but the Ecology of the Barghest is easily my favorite, doing a masterful job of covering one of the few types of fiends that hasn't already been the subject of half a dozen game books. I'd recommend it for that article alone!

Liberty's Edge

Hi everyone,

Sorry to resurrect this, but it seemed like a good place to post this.

I just came into possession of an extra copy or two of Kobold Quarterly issue #2. I actually can't believe I found them - this issue is long out of print and really hard to find! Of course, I am keeping one (like many fans of KQ magazine, issue #2 was the only issue I didn't have but could never seem to locate) but I'm offering at least one of the other two copies I now have for sale.

If you are like I was and have been searching everywhere for Kobold Quarterly #2, but could never find it ... here is your chance.

Please feel free to take a look:

Kobold Quarterly Issue #2 RARE, Out of Print-VG Condition
Ebay Item number: 200328358383

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT &item=200328358383

Thanks everyone!

Liberty's Edge

Hi everyone.

Just wanted to let those who are interested know this auction is ending this weekend.


Liberty's Edge

Hi all,

This auction for the print issue of Kobold Quarterly #2 went very well - I was amazed at how many people were interested!Thanks so everyone that looked and bid!

In fact, because so many people were interested, I have decided to put up my last extra copy of issue #2 up at the same price. After this one goes, the only copy I will have left will be my own copy (and that one is never getting sold!)

So, if you checked out or even bid on the last auction but did not win, please feel free to check this one out:

Kobold Quarterly Issue #2 - Rare & Out of Print!
Ebay Item Number: 200332557435


Liberty's Edge

Quick FYI - this ends today (Tuesday) in case anyone still wants to take a look.


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