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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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Available Now: New Paths Compendium for Hero Lab

New Paths Compendium Cover FrontA few days ago, we shared with you that New Paths Compendium was coming out for Hero Lab, and now the files are available! In total, you can expect to see seven new and expanded classes from Level 1 to 20, plus the following:

  • 28 new archetypes for monks, ninjas, gunslingers, barbarians, fighters, clerics, and all seven New Paths Compendium classes
  • 20 new spells for druids, rangers, shamans, and other classes
  • Almost 100 new feats for new and existing classes
  • And more!

Just over half of the content is available for your use RIGHT NOW for only $14.99, and you should see the rest as a part of the late September Hero Lab Pathfinder update. If you purchase New Paths Compendium today, the new content will be available as a free update once added.

Be sure to check out our New Paths Compendium at the Kobold Press store, too!

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Collection of Curiosities: On the Cultists’ Altar

"Jiro the Kobold" by Pat LoboykoAfter the adventurers deal with the cultists, or when they stumble upon a more benign sacred area, it’s time to explore the area. You can roll randomly for a result below, 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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Southlands: Favorite Player Options

Genie Shaitan Matt BulahaoThe assagi stabbing spear…Aeromancers exchanging their spells for air-themed powers…werelions!…animal hide armors…zebra mounts…the huge elemental companions of the Tamasheq paladins…the Kijani, a playable race of symbiotic plants…tactical feat trees of the Narumbeki Legions…the bounty of poisons and medicinal plants of the Living Jungle of Kush…

The Southlands project has generated an amazing slate of player options. We have new equipment, magic items, feats, traits, spells, archetypes, races, spell systems, and, of course, monsters to battle. We constantly oscillate in a pattern of obsession about each and every player option when discussing how it fits into the setting and cultures around it. Our goal has been to make each one more intriguing than the one before, but also to make them appropriate for the region. When you start digging into a manuscript as big as Southlands, though, you’re bound to have a couple of favorites.

Right now, we’re particularly excited about a few player options. For instance, Brian loves…

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