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Southlands and the Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights by Maxfield ParrishSome things naturally go together, like cake and ice cream. Among them are incredibly rich and unique campaign settings and adventures that stir them to life. Kobold Press brings the distinctive flavor of the Middle East, Egypt, and Africa to Midgard with the Southlands Kickstarter. Southlands is what I describe as being an expansion to the existing Midgard campaign setting, which draws upon those exotic lands and distinctive cultures to add even greater diversity to Midgard. What could be more exciting?

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Why I Love the Southlands

Southlands Scarab

Allow me to confess my deep and abiding love for all things wild and free, dangerous and ancient, roguish, magical, and lost in a distant time. This can be Russian myths or Norse sagas, but it can also be something closer to the heart of the ancient world.

Now, I blame King Tut for this. I was still in grade school when his treasures and mask toured the U.S. in 1976, but I fell hard for the power of antiquity—the sheer rich stretch of time separating me and this young pharaoh. It’s been more than 4,000 years since the last pyramid was built. It’s tough to wrap your brain around how different things were, and it completely obsesses me at the same time. I remember learning that baboons took a role similar to police dogs in ancient Egypt, and the hieroglyphics looked like pure magic to me. History is more fantastical and bizarre than we give it credit for, sometimes.

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Deep Magic: Casting Time Is Complete

Deep Magic CoverThanks to all the backers out there, the Deep Magic Kickstarter closed with the following stats:

1,927 backers
$126,031 pledged of $10,000 goal

That is, frankly, amazing. And wonderful.

We have so much gratitude for each and every backer out there, and we hope that you all had fun being part of the process. Even better, we cannot wait to get all of these fun projects into your hands so that you can start enjoying them at your gaming table. If you want to see what all is being made a part of this project, the Kickstarter page has an excellent summary of the material.

But, what happens if you didn’t back this project?

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Deep Magic: Casting Time Almost Complete

Deep Magic CoverBack on June 10th, the Deep Magic Kickstarter began its interesting and rather spectacular adventure into the realms of Pathfinder magic.

As of this writing, it’s nearly at 1,000 percent of its original funding goal. That means that this is going to happen—this project is already funded. And it’s going to happen BIG because of all our current backers. To each of you backing this project: a heartfelt thank you!

But, this isn’t over yet. The casting time has not ended.

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Deep Magic: The App

3lb GamesThanks to the support of the gaming community, the Deep Magic Kickstarter hit (and exceeded) the goal that brings 3lb Games on board with their Deep Magic app. With only a minimum of arcane effort (and no verbal components), we called forth the booming voice of their official spokesperson and now share those words of wonder and wisdom with you, our gathered kobolds:

“All of us here at 3lb Games are excited . . . wait, no, thrilled. Yeah, go with that . . . we’re thrilled to be working with Kobold Press; our creative director Colin McComb is thrilled to be working with Kobold Press AGAIN. We’re wrapping the Numenera app right now, and we’re excited to deliver a new way for you to thumb through your spellbook. We are planning for full compatibility with the latest iPhone, iOS7 and Android, Jelly Bean, and best of all, Producer Robin Moulder-McComb promises that it will support somatic components. No verbal components, though. At least not yet.”

But, wait! You might have more questions about this wondrous app. You can gain further wisdom and wonder by reading the update that details this stretch goal. While you’re there on the Kickstarter site, take a look at the latest stretch goals! We have some more arcane goodness awaiting you.

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