Happy Humpday, fellow gamers, and as you know, each Wednesday I have another installment of a game product review on EN World News. This week, I got the chance to review a copy of the new issue of Kobold Quarterly Magazine (Spring 2011), which now includes material for not only Pathfinder and D&D 4E, but an increasing amount of Dragon Age RPG content as well.
You can read the full content of the review over at EN World by clicking on the link below:
Review of Kobold Quarterly Issue 17 (Spring 2011)
Thoughts & Commentary
It’s a bit sad to admit that there was not much in the way of D&D 4E material covered in this issue of Kobold Quarterly, but there were a couple of pieces worth noting. The Scourges of Vael Turog was a really solid piece, and although written for the Midgard setting, is easily adaptable to almost any other D&D fantasy setting a DM could use. For players who like playing monk characters, the Secrets of the Four Golden Gates is a good fluff-filled piece offering some nice background material that can also fit into any D&D campaign setting. And while there were a few pieces of non-4E content that could be adapted, the lack of 4E specific content was, admittedly, a disappointment.
Of course, 4E gamers typically turn to Dragon and Dungeon Magazines for their new content, but it is still nice to see new ideas come out of non-official sources, as that, to me, is indicative of the “health” of the 4E freelance and GSL community of writers out there. And given what I hear about GSL writers turning away from 4E to write for other systems, and the lack of enthusiasm toward DDI Subscriptions, this issue of Kobold Quarterly might be just another symptom of a greater problem plaguing this newest version of D&D – one I hope WotC will address soon, before it is too late.
So until next blog… I wish you Happy Gaming!