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Tiamat Tuesdays: Tiers of Tiamat

Tiamat TuesdaysFor the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, the story told in Tyranny of Dragons is spread across two separate adventure products: Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat. Hoard begins with fledgling, level 1 characters and follows them to level 7 or 8. Rise picks up right where Hoard leaves off and continues on to level 14 or 15. But while these form one continuous story, they are very, very different adventures, and not only because of the difference in tiers—although that plays into it.

Hoard of the Dragon Queen gets characters through the first experience tier and well into the second. The Player’s Handbook states “In the second tier (levels 5-10), characters come into their own,” and that’s certainly the case in Hoard. Each episode in the adventure corresponds roughly to a level: characters should be level 1 when they play episode 1, level 2 when they play episode 2, and so on.

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PaizoCon 2014 Gallery

PaizoCon 2014 - BoothThe Kobold crew arrived at PaizoCon in good cheer, set up the banners and booth, and said “OMG, Frank Mentzer is the Guest of Honor! We should have brought our D&D Red Box for him to sign!”

The whole show started out strong and just kept getting better. Volunteers ran a wide variety of Kobold Press adventures, from visits to the Margreve forest to strange and distant places and a dangerous visit to the Goblins in the Brewery. Kobold staffers and freelancers held seminars on hmebrewing, becoming a freelancer, and humor and gravitas in gaming. Most of these were recorded and will be available through the Know Direction podcast later this month.

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Lost Magic: Thicken Time

Lost Magic LogoOne of the crafters of magic who entered our Lost Magic contest provided us with a time-oriented spell that you might find interesting. Take a peek at Michael McCarthy’s thicken time spell.

Thicken Time

School transmutation; Level sorcerer/wizard 4
Casting Time
 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (a pinch of cornstarch)
Range
touch
Area 30-ft. radius sphere centered on a point in space
Duration
1 round/level
Saving Throw
Fortitude partial (harmless); Spell Resistance yes

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Collection of Curiosities: An Abrupt End to Festivity Preparations

"Jiro the Kobold" by Pat LoboykoFestivals require a certain amount of preparation, but what happens if that preparation ends? More importantly, what caused it to end, and can the adventurers help start the preparations again? If you want to roll randomly for one, 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.

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Tiamat Tuesdays: Behind the Scenes of the Dragon Attack Art

2 BW RoughWorking on the Tyranny of Dragons project has been something of a dream come true for me. Like a great many folks playing RPGs today, I grew up playing D&D. As an 11- or 12-year-old avid D&D player and aspiring artist, I used to spend hours marveling at all the adventures and rulebooks, daydreaming about how cool it would be to actually work at TSR when I grew up. Well, I’m all grown up now and I’m lucky enough to work in the RPG industry for some amazing companies and people, Kobold Press and Wolfgang Baur obviously heading up that list! However, for the 12-year-old D&D fan still very much inside of me, getting to work on an official D&D product, not to mention the very first adventure for the new D&D rules, is positively surreal!

As the primary person choosing the artists, assigning the art, and then working with the artists, I was determined that the art in these books would be as awesome as possible. One of the artists I knew we had to get involved was Guido Kuip. Guido had done lots of work for us in the past and I’ve always enjoyed working with him so I was confident he could deliver. And deliver he did!

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