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Howling Tower: So You’re a Noob

Gustave Doré’s illustration of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King”, 1868.Welcome to the end of the Howling Tower hiatus—thanks for coming! The Tower has been silent for too long. During the past year, I’ve been so occupied with huge writing projects that no time or energy was left over for small ones. Lots of good things came out of the past year — Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat for Kobold Press, and a trio of Fifth Edition books published by Necromancer Games: Fifth Edition Foes, Lost Spells, and Quests of Doom. But now that those massive projects are wrapped up, the light is flickering again atop the creepy tower at the dismal end of the valley, and eerie wailing can be heard wafting through the pre-dawn mist again.

This six-part series of columns will be aimed squarely at RPG players instead of GMs. Gamemasters have reams of material to peruse when they want advice on how to do their jobs better, but the pickings can be slim where players are concerned. The goal is to help readers develop better roleplaying habits and attitudes so they can get the most enjoyment from their time around the game table.

Just because the advice is aimed at the players’ side of the screen doesn’t mean GMs should look away. They’re sure to find some useful tidbits here, too. You can’t be a good GM without understanding where your players are coming from.

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Demon Cults: The Hand of Nakresh Now Available for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

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No Treasure is Safe!

Forty-Fingered Nakresh is the simian demon-god of wizards and thieves, whose eight hands grasp all there is to take. The five infamous crime lords who lead the cult of the Lowest Left Hand of Nakresh plot the most audacious and spectacular thefts imaginable to appease their god—and to outdo each other!

Demon Cults: The Hand of Nakresh includes:

  • 5 cult leader NPCs with stats: Lord Vermin (CR 10), Master Kiprak (CR 11), Mognyr Dunestalker (CR 10) and his hyenadon mount, Sister Starkfeather (CR 13) and Zheita the Magicmonger (CR 15)
  • Plots and adventure hooks for party levels 1 to 12
  • New magic items: monkey’s paw of fortune, shrieking aklys and ley line absorber
  • New scattered images spell, and a gargantuan new vehicle: the clockwork siege crab!
  • Using the Hand of Nakresh in the Midgard Campaign Setting

The Five Exalted would relish the opportunity to match wits with your PCs. Show your players a new challenge with Demon Cults 5: The Hand of Nakresh today, available now at DriveThruRPG and soon at the Paizo Store!

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Prepared!: Dungeon Props

booksYou’ve made a great dungeon. It has riveting plot hooks, compelling challenges, custom-made traps, and all the atmosphere of an ‘80s goth music video. Now it needs few flavorful bits to finish it off. Prepared! is here to help with a worthy dungeon prop ready to drop into your spelunking masterpiece.

The Enchanted Bookshelf

Read the following when the party initially discovers the bookshelf but have not yet investigated:

You discover a simple bookshelf made from wood leaning against a wall. The bookshelf is five feet square and consists of four shelves. The shelves are crammed full of various books; the spines of the books seem in good shape. From a distance, you can see the wood has been stained with a thick crimson-colored oil. A small glowing stone set into the top suggests an enchantment of some sort.

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