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With contributions from Paizo intern Hank Woon and the perennially-misspelled Jason Bulmahn, Kobold Quarterly magazine goes all out to 11 this time.

    Features include:
  • A new PATHFINDER RPG core class, the Spell-less Ranger,
  • How to Torture PCs, by Hank Woon,
  • DM Advice from industry greats, including Jason Bulmahn,
  • Class levels for PC were-creatures,
  • Insanity and Madness in the world's most popular RPG
  • An entire Underdark city, and
  • Advice from Monte Cook

And much more, of course including the Ecology of the Vampire, 4th Edition Wish spells, new PC races, and how to create better treasure hoards in your adventures.

The multiple-award-winning Kobold keeps growing with richer flavor and broader Pathfinder support. Give it a look today!

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Treat Yourself for Halloween

5/5

Note: This review covers only 3.5, Pf, and pan-system material.

If you haven't treated yourself to the newest issue of the ENnie award-winning Kobold Quarterly (or better, yet, a subscription to the small magazine that has only gotten fiercer), now is a good time to do so. There's lots awaiting the fan of 3.5 and Pathfinder gaming in this issue. It's especially apropos for its October release: from the glowing orange charge of death knights that threaten from the cover to the lycanthrope and vampire articles.

There's an interesting new take on dwarves that continues the Wick-ed reexamination of the core fantasy races. Wick takes seriously the development of a real coherence of racial culture that will stoke the imagination of those who value verisimilitude in world-building. The real problems of satisfactorily integrating lycanthrope PCs into the game are tackled with sensitivity by John Ling. The family Connors sinks their teeth into vampires in the ecology article, juicy with research into the historical mythos. The GM roundtable is cluttered with bits of wisdom, and when these fall from the lips of luminaries such as Monte Cook, Bulmahn, and Chief Jacobs, one will want to return to scuttle across the table more than once to search for precious crumbs. Cook returns with a further, empowering meditation on GMing that draws on his rich history with the game. A team of Paizo regulars put together a selection of weapons for monsters that add the kind of distinctiveness I value for making monsters stand out from a blur of abstract opponents. Further articles offer unusual treasure items, a demented city that would offer an unnerving urban setting for a non-drow Underdark adventure, and further fleshing out of the award-winning Zobeck setting. (Blast you Baur! I don't need another great setting. Well...maybe just one more.)

So what was my favorite? It's really hard to choose between Hank Woon's torture article and Marc Radle's spell-less revision of the ranger, and I still don't think I can choose between these two gems. These were the two articles that made me want to play right away. If the ranger is one of your favorite classes, but like me, you've always wanted to tinker with it, and were never completely happy with the place of magic in the class, then this strong re-imagination of the Pathfinder class will call to you with a siren's power—hopefully you will have chosen your favored enemies and terrains wisely. (PDF Only Bonus: contains two addenda pages for your ranger character sheet.) And what GM hasn't experienced the frustration of no crunchy mechanical crackers to support the delicious flavor of PC torture that needs to be spread onto the game on special occasions? This is a case were flavor has been calling out for supporting crunch and Woon gives you what you need to make your players swoon. It's enough to make me forgive him for finding a paying job. These two articles really make #11 stand out as a special issue.

Now to the small stuff: I find the ads and reviews great for keeping me informed about things I would otherwise miss, but the “small” thing that is fiercest for me is Baur's ongoing production of a publication that pulls together such a diverse visual style into a unique, attractive, somehow coherent, look. I love that he continues to bring in new art and old art, color and black-and-white art that feeds the eye, complements the text, and somehow feels right in spite of great diversity among the individual works. How does he bring such heterogeneity together in a way that doesn't disintegrate into hodge-podge? There's got to be a devious kobold secret here that should keep us all checking over our shoulders. I hope that this aspect is always a part of KQ.

Happy gorging on this gaming treat-bag! Tuck in before the hungry ghosts!

Spoiler:
Now you can keep up with KQ on Facebook.


Necessary Reading

4/5

Good issue. Best part was the article by Monte Cooke about the Spirit of the rules versus the Letter of the rules... regardless of system. I'd go so far as to say this is required reading for ALL RPG players and GMs. Now add all the OTHER greatness from Pathfinder to 4e and the only thing missing is Savage Worlds content. :)




Liberty's Edge

Cool - Product Discussion is available now!

Thanks Gary!!!


Awesome! Hope you guys like this issue; I have two illustrations for the article on dwarves.

Liberty's Edge

James Keegan wrote:
Awesome! Hope you guys like this issue; I have two illustrations for the article on dwarves.

Very cool! I have a few illustrations in the issue as well ...

[digital high five]

Sovereign Court Contributor

I think this cover rocks! Full review coming soon...

The Exchange Kobold Press

Hurray for a full review! There one review out there at Rocks Fall as well.


There's also one here that's good.

They take a good look at the breadth of the articles. Good if you're getting a feel for the magazine.

For the 4E-focused, there's this.

Definitely worth reading if you're wondering about signing up.

-Ben.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Apparently there's podcasters who love it as well, at Happy Jack's.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more discussion of the new Pathfinder ranger variant here, though. Worth doing those in future? Or would people rather have more Pathfinder articles like the Torture one by Hank Woon?

I know Tome of Secrets and some others have done classes, so.... Just wondering.


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Apparently there's podcasters who love it as well, at Happy Jack's.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more discussion of the new Pathfinder ranger variant here, though. Worth doing those in future? Or would people rather have more Pathfinder articles like the Torture one by Hank Woon?

I know Tome of Secrets and some others have done classes, so.... Just wondering.

I already made a Ranger with no spells variant years ago.

Not Pathfinder but still.

Some comments about the Kobold Spell-Less Ranger :
I would give terrain first, then enemy afterwards.
I am a bit confused about the Nature Healing, and i'd rather give him something else, like extend his stealth attack to mobile combat, in the same idea as the Scout's skirmish.

But by all means, yes, please, more class variants.
I love these, as they provide variety.

Contributor

terraleon wrote:

There's also one here that's good.

Haha, anytime I can bring the "warm and fuzzies on" for a fellow gamer, I feel like I've done my job. ;)

Silver Crusade

James Keegan wrote:
Awesome! Hope you guys like this issue; I have two illustrations for the article on dwarves.

They look great!


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Apparently there's podcasters who love it as well, at Happy Jack's.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more discussion of the new Pathfinder ranger variant here, though. Worth doing those in future? Or would people rather have more Pathfinder articles like the Torture one by Hank Woon?

I know Tome of Secrets and some others have done classes, so.... Just wondering.

I can't wait to see the Ranger class. I love a good non-spell casting ranger


I really enjoyed the ranger, so much so that I had just gotten the PDF, read through it, and noted it as one of the few 3rd party things I was going to allow in my new Council of Thieves campaign.


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

...I'm surprised we haven't seen more discussion of the new Pathfinder ranger variant here, though. Worth doing those in future? Or would people rather have more Pathfinder articles like the Torture one by Hank Woon?

I know Tome of Secrets and some others have done classes, so.... Just wondering.

I just ordered a print copy mainly for the ranger variant, my first KQ purchase. The more PF material in an issue, of any type, the more likely I am to pick it up.

This is not to say that non-PF material wouldn't be interesting. Its just that I only have so many dollars to spread around on RPG stuff.

Liberty's Edge

Seldriss wrote:
Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Apparently there's podcasters who love it as well, at Happy Jack's.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more discussion of the new Pathfinder ranger variant here, though. Worth doing those in future? Or would people rather have more Pathfinder articles like the Torture one by Hank Woon?

I know Tome of Secrets and some others have done classes, so.... Just wondering.

I already made a Ranger with no spells variant years ago.

Not Pathfinder but still.

Some comments about the Kobold Spell-Less Ranger :
I would give terrain first, then enemy afterwards.
I am a bit confused about the Nature Healing, and i'd rather give him something else, like extend his stealth attack to mobile combat, in the same idea as the Scout's skirmish.

But by all means, yes, please, more class variants.
I love these, as they provide variety.

Hi!

I'm glad people are digging the Spell-less Ranger!

Hopefully you liked the remainder Seldriss :)

I kept favored enemy first so the class was closer to the Pathfinder and OGL/3.5 version. You could certainly reverse the order if you wanted.

There was actually some discussion about Nature's Healing in another thread:

link

Here is basically what I said in that thread:

"Nature's Healing is indeed intended to work primarily with Treat Deadly Wounds. I did leave it a bit vauge though, because I think it would not be out of the question for a DM to rule that it also works on long term care etc (as long as it occured within a Favored Terrain)"

I would very much be interested in what others think of the class and the animal companion / ranger tracking sheet!

Thanks!


KnightErrantJR wrote:
I really enjoyed the ranger, so much so that I had just gotten the PDF, read through it, and noted it as one of the few 3rd party things I was going to allow in my new Council of Thieves campaign.

may I ask, as I wait for my hard copy, what is so good about the Ranger class?


Marc Radle 81 wrote:


Hi!
I'm glad people are digging the Spell-less Ranger!
Hopefully you liked the remainder Seldriss :)
I kept favored enemy first so the class was closer to the Pathfinder and OGL/3.5 version. You could certainly reverse the order if you wanted.
There was actually some discussion about Nature's Healing in another thread:
link
Here is basically what I said in that thread:
"Nature's Healing is indeed intended to work primarily with Treat Deadly Wounds. I did leave it a bit vauge though, because I think it would not be out of the question for a DM to rule that it also works on long term care etc (as long as it occured within a Favored Terrain)"
I would very much be interested in what others think of the class and the animal companion / ranger tracking sheet!
Thanks!

Indeed i did like the class, Marc.

And the few critics i made towards the healing are not an issue, take them as mere comments.
As i said, i am always happy to find variants like this one.
Keep the good work... :)

By the way, what do you mean by "animal companion/ranger tracking sheet" ?

Liberty's Edge

Seldriss wrote:


By the way, what do you mean by "animal companion/ranger tracking sheet" ?

I designed a kind of "character sheet" to accompany the article.

One side is a custom character sheet for your ranger's (or druid's) animal companion ... and, thanks to Pathfinder's unified animal companion rules, it also works for a paladin's mount or a Wizard's familiar.

The other side is a tracking sheet that allows a ranger to keep track of his various bonuses for each of his favored terrains and his various favored enemies.

It is included in the PDF of this issue. I think Wolfgang mentioned he might put it up on the KQ website as well for download.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Yep, the tracking sheet is part of the PDF for the issue, but it is not printed in the paper version (because we ran out of room).

However, it will go up on the KQ.com site in a week or two. Whenever the schedule of other free content permits, basically.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Yep, the tracking sheet is part of the PDF for the issue, but it is not printed in the paper version (because we ran out of room).

However, it will go up on the KQ.com site in a week or two. Whenever the schedule of other free content permits, basically.

Wolfgang, where's the link for subscribers to DL? I've been having issues w/Bigfoot and lost the e-mail with the link. I can't find it on the KQ page. My print copy has disappeared into the roommates room, and she really likes it.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Matthew Morris wrote:
Wolfgang, where's the link for subscribers to DL? I've been having issues w/Bigfoot and lost the e-mail with the link. I can't find it on the KQ page. My print copy has disappeared into the roommates room, and she really likes it.

Darn roommate, they oughta get their own copy! :)

The subscriber download is the usual one, direct from the KQ Store. Log in with your email address and password, click "My Account" at the top of the page, and you should see the subscription listed under Previous Orders. Click View and download your current issue.


Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:
Wolfgang, where's the link for subscribers to DL? I've been having issues w/Bigfoot and lost the e-mail with the link. I can't find it on the KQ page. My print copy has disappeared into the roommates room, and she really likes it.

Darn roommate, they oughta get their own copy! :)

The subscriber download is the usual one, direct from the KQ Store. Log in with your email address and password, click "My Account" at the top of the page, and you should see the subscription listed under Previous Orders. Click View and download your current issue.

Worked for me.

Dark Archive

I woke up with a DREAM about KQ 11. Literally feeling the pages in my fingers. Must have!

On that note, I called my FLGS (Black Diamond Games in Walnut Creek, CA) and asked if they had a copy. They said something to the effect of "We asked for it, but we couldn't get it. There's not enough in the channel to support game stores carrying it.

Despite the fact that another store in my area, Endgame of Oakland, had copies of KQ 10 and I'm positive they'll have 11 too.

How much truth is there to "There's not enough in production for game stores to have copies" ?

Want want WANT!!!

The Exchange Kobold Press

Mikhaila Burnett wrote:
How much truth is there to "There's not enough in production for game stores to have copies" ?

Uh, we print plenty to go around to the game stores; we do not underprint demand. Your FLGS can order from IPR or Alliance and get it whenever they want, just like Endgame does.

Or you can order it here at Paizo, if they refuse to carry it.


Mikhaila Burnett wrote:

I woke up with a DREAM about KQ 11. Literally feeling the pages in my fingers. Must have!

On that note, I called my FLGS (Black Diamond Games in Walnut Creek, CA) and asked if they had a copy. They said something to the effect of "We asked for it, but we couldn't get it. There's not enough in the channel to support game stores carrying it.

Despite the fact that another store in my area, Endgame of Oakland, had copies of KQ 10 and I'm positive they'll have 11 too.

How much truth is there to "There's not enough in production for game stores to have copies" ?

Want want WANT!!!

I don't know if that's true or not, but it sounds like the sort of thing that people in stores say to fob off pain in the backside customers.


I loved what I saw of the ranger in the PDF, can't wait to get my hands on the hard copy. First 'unofficial' material that I authorized for my game outside of my houserules.

Go figure, the first mailman that actually respected the 'do not bend' on the envelope did so so much that he refused to leave the magazine for me. Now I've got to head down to the P.O. to pick it up.

Silver Crusade

Kain Darkwind wrote:

I loved what I saw of the ranger in the PDF, can't wait to get my hands on the hard copy. First 'unofficial' material that I authorized for my game outside of my houserules.

Go figure, the first mailman that actually respected the 'do not bend' on the envelope did so so much that he refused to leave the magazine for me. Now I've got to head down to the P.O. to pick it up.

I feel like my mailman bent it specifically because the envelope said not to. But it's a softcover magazine, so I don't really feel like the "do not bend" is all that necessary.

This is probably not the right thread for it, but I know Wolf is reading this one... When is the next Open Design podcast? Or am I just being impatient?

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Carlos, my neighborhood mail carrier can't help himself when it comes to bending, despite the stamp. At least it's a gentle bend and not a crease.

I bet the Paizo envelopes frustrate him to no end. Poor Carlos.

Liberty's Edge

Kain Darkwind wrote:

I loved what I saw of the ranger in the PDF, can't wait to get my hands on the hard copy. First 'unofficial' material that I authorized for my game outside of my houserules.

:) High praise indeed - Thanks!!!

Sovereign Court Contributor

For those interested, review here: RPGAggression

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Thanks Wolfgang. Now I just need to get my Paizo PDFs so I can update my DVD to read at work. *mutters*

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Louis Agresta wrote:
For those interested, review here: RPGAggression

Excellent review, as always, Lou.

Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to do another review.

Liberty's Edge

Great review Lou :)

I really appreciate the positive comments about the Spell-less Ranger!

Liberty's Edge

This was posted in the other KQ11 thread, but I figured it was worth a mention here as well ...

Very cool review of this issue:

link.

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Celestial Healer wrote:
This is probably not the right thread for it, but I know Wolf is reading this one... When is the next Open Design podcast? Or am I just being impatient?

Healy, the newest Open Design Podcast is available Now!


Listened to it this morning while getting ready...'joyed it.

Sorry to hear Ed sick. (Get better, Ed.) That means the next person to fall will be...

Liberty's Edge

Reviewed from a 3.5 loyalist's point of view

Dark Archive

I must say, on the record, that KQ11 ROCKS!!

That said, when I flipped to the table of contents, found the page number for the Bolt & Quiver and 10' by 10' comic and then went looking for them, I was a little... nosewrinkly over the fact that the page numbers were distinctly off.

Just my 2cp.

KQ FOREVER!

Silver Crusade

Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
This is probably not the right thread for it, but I know Wolf is reading this one... When is the next Open Design podcast? Or am I just being impatient?
Healy, the newest Open Design Podcast is available Now!

Yep. It came up in my iTunes. It was a good one, too! Ed's voice was all... sultry.


Dumb question, but can anyone pass along any information about the lycanthropy for PCs article?

The Exchange Kobold Press

Er... It's an article about how to run a PC with lycanthropy in your game?

Not sure I'm really answering the question. :/

Liberty's Edge

LOL ...

I kind of thought the same thing :)

Eric, if it helps any, I think it's a very well done article. If PC lycanthropy is something that is, or might become, a part of your game I certainly recommend the article highly!

Not sure if the print issue is still available (if it is, I would say the print issue is well worth picking up); if it is sold out, you can always pick up the PDF here through Paizo or at the KQ site.

If I'm not mistaken, I think there might also a pretty cool new Pathfinder base class in this issue as well ;)

The Exchange Kobold Press

And that PF article on how to torture PCs by Hank Woon is also popular, at least among the more fiendish DMs.


Marc Radle wrote:

LOL ...

I kind of thought the same thing :)

Eric, if it helps any, I think it's a very well done article. If PC lycanthropy is something that is, or might become, a part of your game I certainly recommend the article highly!

Not sure if the print issue is still available (if it is, I would say the print issue is well worth picking up); if it is sold out, you can always pick up the PDF here through Paizo or at the KQ site.

If I'm not mistaken, I think there might also a pretty cool new Pathfinder base class in this issue as well ;)

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to try and see if I can get a print copy.

Sczarni

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens Subscriber
Mikhaila Burnett wrote:

I woke up with a DREAM about KQ 11. Literally feeling the pages in my fingers. Must have!

On that note, I called my FLGS (Black Diamond Games in Walnut Creek, CA) and asked if they had a copy. They said something to the effect of "We asked for it, but we couldn't get it. There's not enough in the channel to support game stores carrying it.

Despite the fact that another store in my area, Endgame of Oakland, had copies of KQ 10 and I'm positive they'll have 11 too.

How much truth is there to "There's not enough in production for game stores to have copies" ?

Want want WANT!!!

Alliance doesn't equally distribute their products, and I'm pretty sure that their searches for owners only go through the closest warehouse (manager of a 'chain store' here in new england couldn't order KQ 1-3, but he called a sister store across the country and they could...)

Liberty's Edge

The Expanded Spell-Less Ranger, first presented right here in Kobold Quarterly #11 has just been released as a new stand alone PDF!

This includes new material beyond the original magazine version, two new archetypes for the companion-bound ranger and the dual-style ranger, new animal companion options and Ranger Talents, expanded tracking, hunting, additional favored enemies plus new feats specific to this Ranger that make them masters of their terrain.

Includes a full 20-level character progression plus tracking sheets for favored terrain, enemies, and companions.

Hopefully everyone will Check it out HERE!

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