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Trap Themes (Part 1 of 5): Wilderness Snares

Trap themes are templates that can be applied to one or more existing traps to give them a distinct shared flavor. Each theme presented introduces new powers that can be applied to a trap—adding one does not affect a trap’s XP value, but consider upgrading a trap to an elite or solo if two or…

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KotM2 Fight! Eye of Tricks and Traps

Welcome to the King of the Monsters 2 finals (see the list of finalists): the eye of tricks and traps is random finalist 9 of 10. These submissions are left almost entirely as they were received with the exceptions that all submissions are posted with an image and are standardized to KoboldQuarterly.com style. Let the fight commence!…

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Encounter Codex: The Wand in the Watched Hall

“Encounter Codex” presents individual encounters that can be quickly slotted into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other games for that matter) with little effort—just add stats. [Previous Encounter] ___ An arched, 10-ft.-wide corridor stretches far into darkness ahead. Wispy cobwebs drift on the chilly air, gliding along deep…

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Encounter Codex: Shrine of the Primeval Toad

“Encounter Codex” presents individual encounters that can be quickly slotted into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other games for that matter) with little effort—just add stats. ___ Patches of ochre fungi illuminate this yawning cavern with preternatural moonlight. A waterfall tumbles from a fissure in the high ceiling,…

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Humpday Hazard: Echoing Curse

“Shut your mouths.” Nyx licked the blade of her punching dagger and slid against the wall. The cracks in the masonry felt icy. “Do you hear something, Nyx?” “I said hush, damnit!” Nyx peeled back her halfling braids, put a finger to the back of her ear, and held her breath. The rest of the…

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