The Seven Deadly Sins have a strange allure in modern society. They figure prominently not just in the religious tradition from whence they came but in popular culture. From comics, where they are enemies of Captain Marvel (the DC Comics version, currently called Shazam, not the Marvel Comics character) known as the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man; to movies, one of my favorite films, Seven, dealing with a madman’s killing spree inspired by the seven deadly sins. Role Playing Games are no immune to this allure, and Open Design has come out with a series to quench our hunger for sin related gaming supplements, the Monsters of Sin Series.
What are they about? Read on and find out…
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It’s seems these are dire times for my wallet, because everyone is having those sweet sales right now and I am very tempted to buy more roleplaying game stuff!
Yesterday I already mentioned DriveThruRPG’s Christmas in July Sale and today I learned about Open Design’s Summer Sale. To celebrate the ENnies nominations of four of their products you can now get a $5 discount off each of these products:
Best Adventure: Streets of Zobeck
, lead designer Ben McFarland with Mike Franke, Richard Pett, Christina Stiles, and Matthew Stinson (Open Design’s first print adventure nomination)
Best Interior Art
: Book of Drakes
, artist Hugo Solis (Open Design’s first art nomination)
Best RPG Related Book: Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design
, Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Rob Heinsoo, Nicolas Logue, Colin McComb, Michael A. Stackpole, and Willie Walsh
The discount applies to both the PDF and the print+PDF releases. To get the discount you have to use the coupon code JULY2012 when you check out at the Kobold Quarterly store!
Summer marches onward, scorching us with unrelenting heat. My only relief is the Summer 2012 issue of Kobold Quarterly. It has a pretty wicked cover of a dragon and its rider, and has “Preview: 13th Age” right there. Promising stuff. There is even a Castles & Crusades article, for the old school among you. Let’s see how it measures up.
Barbatos by Wes Schneider, art by Pat Loboyko and Callie Winter
Right out of the gate we have a very strong article about the Bearded Lord of Avernus, the uppermost layer of Golarion’s Hells. I am not well-versed in Golarion lore, so it is appropriate that Barbatos is the gatekeeper. Barbatos’s domains include Evil, Law, Magic, and Travel. Travel is what interests me most. His temples are animal graveyards, crossroads, stone circles, and unmarked graves. An interesting mix, to be sure, and it could offer up some excellent opportunities for side encounters during a campaign.
In my review of KQ’s previous issue, I said that when something mysterious is laid bare, it loses its allure. I don’t feel that happens in this article. We learn about Barbatos’s allegiances, rivalries, and some of his methods, but it does not delve too deeply into his history or his life in Avernus. More generally, it is not an ecology article. Much of the piece discusses Barbatos’s cults, haunts, and servitors (the utterly disgusting edavagors).
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