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My First Gen Con: Jonathan Tweet

Lion RampantThe first time I went to Gen Con was in 1987 when Mark Rein•Hagen and I had just launched our new game-publishing company, Lion Rampant. Our plan had been to sell copies of our  new RPG, but the game was behind schedule, and the only thing we had to sell were $3 packs of “Whimsy Cards.” It’s hard to make your booth rental back when you’re selling a $3 product, but it was still a good start for us. We met people we’d only known through correspondence, such as Greg Stafford. And we got a good look at our industry, from the fans to the professional publishers. It was the first of a long line of happy Gen Cons for me.

Jonathan Tweet is a mammalian game designer who has been involved in the development of the role-playing games Ars Magica, Everway, Over the Edge, Talislanta and the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons, as well as the Collectible Miniatures Game Dreamblade. Visit his Facebook page.

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My First Gen Con: Monte Cook

Monte CookMy first Gen Con was particularly exciting because I “had” to go. Fresh out of college, I’d been an intern at the offices of Iron Crown Enterprises in the summer of 1990. In early August I was offered a full-time position as an editor starting in October, but my manager, Coleman Charlton, said that I also had to go work for the company at Gen Con as well. Hardly an arduous task! I’d dreamed of Gen Con since I was 10 years old but had never been able to go, and now I was going as a professional. It was probably one of the happiest and most exciting periods of my life, because it was filled with games, fun, thousands of fellow gamers, and the promise of a future just about to start.

Monte Cook has worked on over 100 game titles in his career, including Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, The Book of Eldritch Might series, the d20 Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game, The Book of Vile Darkness, Monte Cook’s Arcana Evolved, Ptolus, Monte Cook’s World of Darkness, and Dungeonaday.com. He was a longtime author of the Dungeoncraft column in Dungeon magazine. You can find all things Monte at MonteCook.com

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Behind the Curtain: Maps with Jonathan Roberts

Ankeshel map This week sees the release of Sunken Empires, and already bursting at the seams, there was simply too much material for its pages alone. It was packed to the GILLS! Ha! Ahem, anyway… this week, to celebrate, Kobold Quarterly presents new gaming bits, complementing what’s already packed within Sunken Empires and all from the same designers—there’s additional spells for manipulating ioun stones and the water around you, there’s additional lost technologies, there’s even a new monster. And more!


Jonathan Roberts has done some amazing cartography for Sunken Empires—you saw a preview of his work a few weeks ago. Wonderfully, he answered a few of our questions and discusses how it all took shape…

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Adopt-a-Soldier Contest Winner: Senior Airman Ian McGonigal, USAF


When we launched the Kobold Quarterly Adopt-a-Soldier Holiday Contest, we heard some perspectives on gaming in the army from Ed Healy and in the navy from Rich Baker.

SrA Ian McGonigal, one of our two contest winners (along with civilian Jospeh Kramer), recently gave us some insight into gaming among those who slip the surly bonds of Earth as airmen in the United States Air Force.

How and when did you first discover gaming?

One day when I was a kid, I hit the jackpot on one of those amusement park machines that gives tickets that you can turn in for prizes. While looking through the prizes I saw a cool box with awesome artwork…

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Adopt-a-Soldier Update: Q&A With Matt James

Matt JamesThanks to everyone who entered the Adopt-a-Soldier Holiday Contest and to the many others who helped spread the word. Your efforts doubled the number of Adopt-a-Soldier sponsorships in less than a month—so if you’re in the military, there’s a Kobold Quarterly gift subscription waiting for you right now. Head over to the product page and sign up!

We’ll be announcing our Grand Prize winners in the second week of January. One of those prizes is an upcoming 4th Edition D&D sourcebook by Matt James called Soldiers of Fortune: War and Military Adventure in a Fantasy World. Matt is a game designer and author who received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in the United States Army. We asked him to tell us about his experiences as a soldier, and what you can look forward to in Soldiers of Fortune

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