Kobold Quarterly has come to an end...


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Sadface. Here's the announcement:

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I know! The world is coming to an end!


But Midgard will thrive!!!


NOOOOOOO!!! I love this magazine! It filled the void when dragon went under. Sad face indeed! :( :(

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I'm surprised at this one... and yet kind of not. It's a magazine, something even the biggest publishers on earth are haing trouble keeping going after all, and Kobold Press/Open Design certainly doesn't lack for other things to be publishing, ones without all the difficulty of keeping issues on shelves.

(So what does it mean for things like Wes's article series on the Lords of Hell?)


Very sad news. I started with the first issue and ended with the last.

Silver Crusade

First Twinkies and now this. :(

This makes me really sad. REALLY sad.

But I'm very, very glad to see that Kobold Press is still going strong. :)


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Sigh. And I was getting ready to subscribe as I finally had all my ducks in a row and the budget balanced to handle this....

Guess I just have to pick up the back issues.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Shoot. I was excited the other week when I went into the local comic store and they had Kobold Quarterly on the shelf. I even remarked about it to the owner of the store how glad I was that they were carrying it. The store has cut back even on their Paizo published Pathfinder stuff but they've started carrying some Kobold Press stuff recently.

Sovereign Court

I remember being excited seeing KQ in our local Books-A-Million.... I guess it just didn't last. Well.. I love my unfortunately small collection. And have nothing but nice things to say about every one of the Minions.


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Yeah. I got the announcement as well. My only regret is that we won't see "Super Science in Fantasy", the article promised at the back of #23.

Ah, well. I look forward to more Open Design releases, regardless...

Gary McBride
Fire Mountain Games
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Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

:(

It's understandable, but still sad.

The Exchange Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Quarterly

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Fire Mountain Games wrote:
My only regret is that we won't see "Super Science in Fantasy", the article promised at the back of #23.

Oddly enough, that article might see daylight on the blog or in PDF form. We'll see how things shake out.


Fire Mountain Games wrote:

Yeah. I got the announcement as well. My only regret is that we won't see "Super Science in Fantasy", the article promised at the back of #23.

Ah, well. I look forward to more Open Design releases, regardless...

Gary McBride
Fire Mountain Games
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I know! I was super excited about that one too.

Grand Lodge

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Kobold Quarterly

The Mayans were right...

IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!


Cheapy wrote:
Fire Mountain Games wrote:

Yeah. I got the announcement as well. My only regret is that we won't see "Super Science in Fantasy", the article promised at the back of #23.

Ah, well. I look forward to more Open Design releases, regardless...

Gary McBride
Fire Mountain Games
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I know! I was super excited about that one too.

Believe me, you two weren't the only ones...

Dark Archive

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Kvantum wrote:
(So what does it mean for things like Wes's article series on the Lords of Hell?)

Wes's articles were my introduction to Kobold Quarterly and they were a major factor in my choosing to subscribe after the Christmas hoo haa. Oh well, that wasn't to be. Hopefully we'll see them in some form somewhere.

As for the magazine itself, I'm sad to see it go. Lots of top quality stuff going on in Kobold Quarterly. Hat's off to the crew for an excellent product.


Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Cheapy wrote:
Fire Mountain Games wrote:
My only regret is that we won't see "Super Science in Fantasy", the article promised at the back of #23.
I know! I was super excited about that one too.
Believe me, you two weren't the only ones...

Add my name to the unofficial petition to get this article to print, some way, somehow.

And what a lousy way to start our Saturday gameday... :-(


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Starfinder Superscriber

I am very sad to read this as well. I felt that this was one of the best magazines to fill in the void that Dragon going away left.

Liberty's Edge

WHAT !!!

I feel like a small beautiful irreplaceable part of my world has died.

I do not know that we will find another to fill the role of the thick magazine full of interesting articles and great illustrations. :-(

I dread announcing this to my GM who was a fervent reader (and subscriber).

Liberty's Edge

Yeah, it's a sad day.

I said this in another thread, but I think it's worth repeating here as well. I've had the extreme honor of appearing quite a few times within Kobold Quarterly's pages and, like MANY people, I'm really going to miss the magazine :(

Of course, that does make the final issue something of a collector's item now, so everyone should pick up a copy for your collection!

And, on the bright side, Kobold Press itself is still going strong and there's LOTS of very cool stuff in the pipeline!

Sovereign Court Contributor

Just saw the news at the KQ website. While working on an article pitch. Oh well.
Still, I did get my pitch for the Valhalla Calling contest in.
As a parent, however, I can completely understand the financial and time pressures that make the decision necessary. Family comes first.

Publisher, Dreamscarred Press

I can't imagine the amount of work such a regular release cycle required, so I can definitely understand the logic behind it.

Still, it's very sad to see it go.


Jeff Erwin wrote:

Just saw the news at the KQ website. While working on an article pitch. Oh well.

Still, I did get my pitch for the Valhalla Calling contest in.
As a parent, however, I can completely understand the financial and time pressures that make the decision necessary. Family comes first.

So ... babies ate your kobold? :-)

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Kobold Annually?

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Ha, would love to see that, Mosaic! :)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

This is sad news.


:(
loved when I found these on Hasting's Shelves!


Sad indeed - I actually had it in my Paizo cart and was considering subscribing just days ago!

Magazines are a tough gig; I was pretty surprised when I found out it was an actual, physical magazine (rather than just PDFs). I used to be in magazine publishing myself, but got out of it when the price of paper pulp skyrocketed about ten years ago.

I actually think piracy is a big factor here - in looking into subscribing to the magazine, I noted that ALL its issues were "out there", downloadable from torrent sites, 4shared and the like. A small outfit like Kobold simply can't set aside the man-hours to search around for this stuff and act against in. Kobold in particular *should* have had a rich back-issue business, as players seek old issues for specific articles, classes, feats and so on... but not if players can just go grab issues for free from a shady download site.

Hopefully, the next intrepid quarterly/monthly/annual (and it is inevitable that another will come along!) will be able to learn from and address these problems.

That said, good luck to Kobold on its new ventures! I'm enjoying their recent collection of game design essays, myself (I keep in in my briefcase as my "15 minutes of free time" reading material...)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

I'm just glad I have the entire print run on my bookshelf.

Liberty's Edge

Its going to be terribly missed

Liberty's Edge

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David Haller wrote:


I actually think piracy is a big factor here - in looking into subscribing to the magazine, I noted that ALL its issues were "out there", downloadable from torrent sites, 4shared and the like. A small outfit like Kobold simply can't set aside the man-hours to search around for this stuff and act against in. Kobold in particular *should* have had a rich back-issue business, as players seek old issues for specific articles, classes, feats and so on... but not if players can just go grab issues for free from a shady download site.

I'm not sure how much of a factor this was with Kobold Quarterly, but I agree 100% that these shady free download sites, torrents, 4shared etc ... piracy in general ... is a HUGE scourge in the publishing world. I know there are people who try to justify using them, but there really are no good reasons. Downloading stuff for free like this instead of paying the people who create the material their fair share is stealing, plain and simple, and it's wrong. Worse, it's really hurting the industry and the people who create the content.

Sorry for the little rant! Press

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DJEternalDarkness wrote:
I am very sad to read this as well. I felt that this was one of the best magazines to fill in the void that Dragon going away left.

Same here. KQ will be sorely, sorely missed, but I think Wolfgang et al made the right decision. Family above all.

That said, I wonder if there are any other publishers out there who will decide to pick up the magazine mantle? It's kind of exciting to think about the possibilities ... even if its just a PDF venture.


Amanda Hamon wrote:

Same here. KQ will be sorely, sorely missed, but I think Wolfgang et al made the right decision. Family above all.

That said, I wonder if there are any other publishers out there who will decide to pick up the magazine mantle? It's kind of exciting to think about the possibilities ... even if its just a PDF venture.

Do you mean like Pathways or Wayfinder? Or do you mean something more general?

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Distant Scholar wrote:
Amanda Hamon wrote:

Same here. KQ will be sorely, sorely missed, but I think Wolfgang et al made the right decision. Family above all.

That said, I wonder if there are any other publishers out there who will decide to pick up the magazine mantle? It's kind of exciting to think about the possibilities ... even if its just a PDF venture.

Do you mean like Pathways or Wayfinder? Or do you mean something more general?

Both are awesome. I think I'd just like to see more folks dip their toes into serial publications, not to supplant what exists, but just to provide the biggest variety of voices and outlooks possible.

Liberty's Edge

Feels like when I found out Dragon was going out of print. It is another dark day. Wolfgang is a nice man and I wish him succes with Open Design.


So I just returned to RPGs about a three months ago or so. I just found out about this magazine last week at the local store. Guess Imissed this boat. :-(


The good news is they will still continue to publish articles on their website, and continue making game products.


Ah and more good news for me, I just realized they sell the old issues as PDFs.

So while I am late to the party and can at least catch up. :-)


It's too bad, I really enjoyed KQ. I fully understand the pressures of rl and kids though. I'll still be buying Open Design / Kobold Press material. So, thanks for everything you've done and I'm still looking forward to what's to come :)

Shadow Lodge

Distant Scholar wrote:
Do you mean like Pathways or Wayfinder? Or do you mean something more general?

I'd prefer something more general. Pathways has a little new material, but the bulk of the magazine is reviews or interviews. And Wayfinder's focus is too narrowly on Golarion. I also liked the variety in Kobold Quarterly...I liked seeing the 3.X, 4E, AGE, Call of Cthulhu, and "system-less" articles in Kobold Quarterly. Even if it's for a game I don't play, I can generally find some good bits; and you end up getting different POVs than you would with a magazine that's solely devoted to just one system/setting.

Kobold Quarterly will be missed. And I don't really see any real replacements for it around the bend.

Paizo Employee Contributor

I'm deeply saddened by this news, but will remain ever grateful I was able to write even one article for this impressive magazine. Thanks, KQ!


*Takes hat off*


It was a great magazine and I'm going to miss it. A lot of great articles and the production quality had been going up. I also enjoyed seeing ads for various game related products like back in the old Dragon/Dungeon days. They make for a nice time capsule for the state of the industry at the time of the issue.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

:-(

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