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EN World Review – Kobold Quarterly Issue 20 by Open Design

KQ 20 cover 1Greetings Gentle Readers!  I hope that this week is going well for you all, and I double that hope for those who dwell in the snowy northwest, which I understand is currently being blanketed with the snowstorm of the century.  While the amount of snowfall up near Seattle is causing all sorts of problems for travelers, including our favorite game designers at Wizards of the Coast, I have to admit I chuckled a bit when I heard how much snow had actually fallen.  Here in Michigan, we would barely consider what fell up there in the Pacific Northwest much more than a light snowfall, barely more than flurries… and I’m certain that Clevelanders and folks in Buffalo would hardly even bother to measure the snow at all except to call it a “trifling” accumulation.

In honor of the snowy weather, I have reviewed the Winter Edition of Kobold Quarterly Magazine – Issue #20 – and the first installment of the 2012 calendar year.  Packed with articles for Pathfinder, D&D 4E, and Dragon AGE, this independent magazine offers articles on a wide range of topics from freelance fantasy RPG writers all over the world.

For the complete review, please click the link below and head over to EN World to read the full details of the article:


Review of Kobold Quarterly Issue #20 (Winter 2012) by Open Design

Sadly, as I mentioned in my review of the Fall Issue of KQ, the amount of 4E material is definitely on the decline.  And the D&D 4E articles in Issue 20 are not only few in number, but are quite frankly poorly written, and show a flagrant disregard to game balance and class/power structure in the 4th edition rules.  For Pathfinder gamers, KQ still has a lot to offer, but sadly, it is quite rapidly losing its place as the “Switzerland of the Edition Wars” in my way of thinking.

So until next blog… I wish you Happy Gaming!


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Michael is an Adept of a Secret Order of Dungeon Masters, and dwells in a hidden realm with his two evil cat-familiars, deep within the Vale of Wolverines, called by some "Michigan". He has been esoterically conjuring D&D Campaigns for nearly a Third of a Century, and has been known to cast ritual blogs concerning Dungeons & Dragons every few days with some regularity. Michael has freelanced for Wizards of the Coast, and writes reviews of D&D and other Role-Playing Game products on EN World News.

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