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Grand Duchy: Notables of the Northern Coast of the Arbonesse, Part 1

Cropsey, Jasper Francis American, 1823 - 1900 Autumn - On the Hudson River

Between the Tilted Tower at the far western extent of the Arbonesse and the outflow from the Neurabon River is a rugged, ruin-littered coastline; in length, well in excess of 600 miles. Beyond the inhospitable shore are cold waters of the Western Ocean that cover like a blue-green blanket the sunken forest scholars now call... Continue reading »

Collection of Curiosities: Inside the Room of Silence

Gustav Dore - The Raven

The room around you has a silencing effect. What now-quiet items might you find within it, and what effects do they have when removed from the room? You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also... Continue reading »

The College of Gates

Ossian: The Old Blind Scottish Bard Singing His Swan Song To The Harp Artwork By Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard

The following character concept uses rules compatible with the fifth edition of D&D. Enjoy traveling the planes with a bard from the College of Gates! Bards are consummate wanderers. Where wizards and clerics might spend their lives seeking wisdom or knowledge in the halls of learning or in meditation, a bard knows you have to... Continue reading »

Monster Monday: Mahamba

The mahamba is a freshwater cousin of the mosasaur, a large prehistoric marine reptile. The mahamba can reach a length of 50 feet. The aboriginals simply call it Nkoli and sometimes compare this terror to the nguna-monene, a sizeable lizard-like monster, even if the creatures are quite different. Although overly voracious, this cunning aquatic monstrosity... Continue reading »

Book Review: Superposition by David Walton


Jacob Kelly is a physicist, and his focus is on quantum physics. Things go strange when his womanizing coworker shows up at his home spouting nonsense about an alien quantum intelligence—while pointing a gun at Jacob and his family. Things escalate to an absurdly wrong point when this same crazy former coworker is found dead... Continue reading »

Prepared!: The Burning Crater

Burning Crater - Cartography by Meshon Cantrill

Cartography by Meshon Cantrill The mountains are the border between our kingdom and the realm of the fire giants. Look far eastward—see how the peaks turn black? Their forges must burn night and day to mark the mountains so. Some mornings, sunrise dims from the smoke and soot. Long have we watched the pass and... Continue reading »

Collection of Curiosities: In the Stalagmite

Photo by Liu Huijuan Luckyliu168

Living caves might have some interesting and somewhat permanent odd features in them. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger. Continue reading »

Review Round-Up Time!


Kobold Press has been busy putting out a bunch of fun things for you to play with, and many reviewers are giving us terrific reviews! Take a peek below at our offerings and some choice quotes from reviewers. Also, thanks go out to all the reviewers out there! Let’s start with a look at an... Continue reading »

Poll: Battle Maps and Monster Lairs


We want your input! Please take a look at our poll on battle maps and monster lairs and vote for the three things you’d love to see most from battle maps and monster lairs. Continue reading »

Monster Monday: Lightning Bird

The Impundulu, more commonly known as a lightning bird, is an avian with an insatiable thirst for blood, and many witches do not hesitate to offer a small amount of their lifeblood to control one. The lightning bird’s fat possesses incredible properties. A spellcaster can substitute the material components and focus of any spell having... Continue reading »

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Howling Tower

A veteran of TSR and Wizards of the Coast, Steve Winter writes the Howling Tower blog and shares his thoughts on the Kobold Press blog. Always well-reasoned and thought-provoking, his work in RPGs incites discussion rather than just more edition-war rage. The kobolds bow to him with deepest respect!

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Your Whispering Homunculus

A veteran of TSR and Wizards of the Coast, Richard Pett writes adventure paths for Paizo, smaller adventures for Open Design, and delivers delightful and offbeat tales and game tables in the Whispering Homunculus series. These have proven so popular, they have been collected in the Your Whispering Homunculus book and PDF. Bizarre and whimsical and veddy veddy British, it’s gaming with dark humor and sly amusement. Check out the slithering vileness of the homunculus!

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Real Steel

As a practicing bladesmith, Todd Gdula knows what’s he’s talking about, and he will smack down nonsense like a bar of pigiron smacks down a fencepost. Only, you know, with more deadly force. His practical knowledge and gaming background combine to provide a unique perspective on the making and use of human-powered melee weapons.

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Welcome to the small tunnels and the dangerous life of the kobold! We’re always tinkering here, and there’s quite a few projects underway every week. Here’s the two most important at the moment. Check back often, because we’ll be announcing some more in the coming weeks.

Kobold Quarterly: After an amazing five-year run culminating with Kobold Quarterly 23, Kobold Press ended the magazine on a high note. (You can read the announcement on the blog.) The kobolds are now focused on designing and publishing high-quality RPG adventures, sourcebooks, campaign materials and other types of roleplaying game supplements in print and electronic formats.

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