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Grand Duchy: Familiar Faces of the Movable Feast

The Love Song, 1868–77. Sir Edward Burne-JonesOf late, the Beloved Imperatrix tolerates much mischief and merriment in her court—a nod, perhaps, to the elf nation’s relation to the frivolity of the fey. So, it’s no surprise that among the most familiar faces at the Movable Feast these days are a clown soldier, a prized winemaker, and a philanderer of the forest.

Daffyd O’Dell, Male Elf Bard

Her majesty’s current favorite among court wits, Daffyd does not wear the traditional harlequin’s motley. He appears in a parody of a high-guard’s panoply, complete with mismatched grieves and arm guards, an ill-fitting helm, and a dull bent spear.

In the role of an inept guard, he is fond of mocking those who seek to impress her majesty by providing descriptions that clearly stretch the truth of their martial exploits. He usually does this from the wings, just to the periphery of the speaker, so he can be seen out of the corner of the eye. As the warrior provides a blow-by-blow account, Daffyd pantomimes the actions. It never fails to fill the court with laughter and, at the same time, humble the speaker.

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Hirelings in Peril: An Option for Your Fifth Edition D&D Game

 Walter Howell DeverellLet’s face it: sometimes you need a tank and you just don’t have one in the party. Whether you’re looking to hire a few meat shields or trying to ensure that you have a vital role covered in a smaller-than-average party, hirelings are a way to shore things up a bit.

Hirelings are designed to be simple and to get out of the way when you don’t need them. You only have to worry about a few things.


All hirelings have a peril threshold. This is a single-digit number. Hirelings also have a peril die; at the beginning of any fight, it starts at d4. Any time a monster turns its attention to one of your hirelings, roll that hireling’s peril die. If your roll is higher than the hireling’s peril threshold, that hireling is out of the fight (or is considered down). Otherwise, don’t worry about it. A hireling’s peril die can’t go above d12, and when it’s at d12, you can’t use hireling abilities that increase the peril die.

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Monarch of the Monsters 5: All Monsters Attack!

Monarch of the MonstersIt is that time again—time for another Kobold Press contest! And this time, we’re focusing on the latest edition of D&D.

Using rules for the 5th edition of D&D, design a monster of any kind and send it to us for judging. The maximum length for entries is 600 words, and entries must be submitted on or before February 23, 2015, to be eligible. You’ll find the full details in the rules below.

A panel of judges will pick out five finalists to post on the Kobold Press website. Then we’ll ask the public to vote on the entry they think should win the grand prize!

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Advanced Races: Lizardfolk Available Now for Pathfinder RPG

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Strength of Scale and Spear!

The lizardfolk are an ancient people with a storied past and traditions untroubled by the passage of time. Their strength is hidden, their teeth and claws sheathed until the moment is right.

Advanced Races: Lizardfolk is your essential guide to this ancient race of brutal warriors and cunning witches. Their mastery of blood and bone is deep and unforgiving; their wrath is slow but sure.

This 13-page PDF by designers Steven T. Helt, Stephen Rowe, and Dan Dillon includes:

  • Racial stats for lizardfolk PCs, plus 11 alternate racial traits from climber to purple-blooded, and from giant-sized to water-runner
  • 9 new racial feats, including Brutal Strike, Burst of Speed, and Tail Wielder
  • 6 new archetypes including Ambush Predator (Rogue), Primitive Weapon Master (Fighter), Saurian Champion (Cavalier), Sanguine Scale (Witch), Story Keeper (Skald), and Pestilent Savage (Barbarian)
  • New Saurian Champion mounts including pterandodon, stegosaurus, and tyrannosaurus
  • 6 new lizardfolk spells and 3 new magic items, 
  • Plus the sample Bloodscale tribe and more!

It’s all at the tip of your claws in Advanced Races: Lizardfolk  available now from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow, and from Paizo. Get in touch with primal power!

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