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Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Matthew W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/21/2017 12:05:21

Setup

The Adventure is written for characters between level 8-12. It uses the standard rules for experience gain. A small party of 8th level characters is going to probably have a hard time with this adventure, and a larger group of characters of that level is going to struggle with it, but it’s an interesting, entertaining struggle.

The hook is a fairly straightforward adventure hook, some kids have gone missing. The town knows who’s responsible. They need a party of adventurers to handle some business and make some coins for their trouble. With some easy directions, they are off and running to make some easy money off some trouble making humanoids.

The Adventure

This adventure is broken up into four primary sections, and each one features an escalating series of murderous kobolds. Each encounter area escalates in reasonable ways and each one presents a surprisingly credible threat to adventurers that you wouldn’t normally expect. Kobolds are devious, and with the right amount of time and prep work, they can be amazingly dangerous. The kobolds are up to something, and the recent disappearances are part of a larger plan at work. The characters have no idea what they’re walking into, but the money they make isn’t easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort to handle the situation before it gets more out of hand.

The Aftermath

The adventurers have stumbled into real deep trouble in this adventure, and they’ve likely created more problems than they ever expected. At the very least, an undead monstrosity has been created, and it’s loose in the world. What’s worse, it’s creator is aware of how to make more of them. This is a problem that will require some time and effort out of the party, or they can walk away and let all sorts of hell rain down on the locals. There are plenty of follow up adventures and encounters you can build out of this.

What I like about this adventure

The Author of this adventure puts on a masterclass in two key aspects. Putting together a complicated encounter area that has responsive enemies and reactive elements is a hard thing to do, and each one of these parts features an example of this. The monsters are extremely clever and act with thoughtfulness and are reactive to changes in their environment. This is an excellent example of how encounter areas like this should be assembled to provide creative and thoughtful challenges to players. (The Fact that they’re a blast is pretty awesome as well)

The Second major aspect that is superb is that this adventure takes what is normally a low level encounter (kobolds) and turns them into a credible threat for mid level adventurers. They do this by playing on the strengths of kobolds: cleverness and trap building. The kobolds also have a variety of useful allies, special members of their race, and some other very clever options at their disposal to be devastatingly dangerous to adventurers.

Issues with the adventure

I have a couple of minor concerns with this adventure. This adventure requires the DM to have an extremely firm grasp of how each encounter area triggers and what happens when. Rolling the encounters as they are written requires you to plan ahead and read, and trying to run these without planning is a recipe for disaster. Read a lot, make your notes, and understand how the parts interact with each other before you try running. The other half of that is that while the encounters themselves are fairly tightly scripted, there is room to improvise and make changes if the situation needs it.

Conclusions

Killer Kobolds is an action fueled romp that puts brave adventurers nose to nose with extremely intelligent adversaries. It’s an excellent showcase for how to put complicated encounters together and some insights into how intelligent monsters operate inside a dungeon. The complexity of it requires preparation and planning, but it’s a hell of a ride with the right foundation. Even better, it gives the adventurers clear ideas of what to do next, and a healthy respect for how dangerous even low challenge monsters can be in the right situation. I give this adventure 5 stars, and i enjoy Mr. Petrecca’s work. I am interested in perusing more of his work and i will likely be spending more time on DM’s Guild checking him out.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Benjamin W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/09/2017 05:28:29

Pls write more adventures; this is great stuff! Kobolds have never been done so well.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by David K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/19/2017 06:28:59

Excellent adventure; my group of 4 Lvl 10 PCs is having an incredibly tough time right now. As a DM, I love the pacing and the many annoying NPCs that really make the PCs hate and hunt them. Highly recommendable!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Dirk D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/11/2017 18:14:05

Great adventure, very evocative and well designed. The kobolds are very challenging and effective against even min-maxed characters.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Chris K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/19/2017 09:40:15

An excellent adventure filled with fun and dangerous encounters. Full review here.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/15/2017 15:55:12

stuff like this is why D&D is a thing... been playing for 30+ years at home, at college, at GENCON, and elsewhere... never played a more fun mod than Killer Kobolds. thanks Tony Petrecca!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Rod S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/15/2017 15:37:40

A fun adventure that moves along at a nice pace and has plenty of action for players of all experience levels.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Ken C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/08/2017 13:17:10

I been playing this game for just shy over 40 years and have had a love affair with kobolds since day one of 1e. I thought I knew everything about how these little blighters work ... oh how I can be so wrong.

Tony has reinvented the kobold in my eyes. If you think that 8th to 12th level characters are going to walk through this adventure unscathed, you better think again.

Killer Kobolds is one adventure you'll want to be very careful with that character you've come to love ... the grave is only one bad step away (LOL).



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Robert O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/08/2017 09:18:47

I have the pleasure of having Tony as a DM. This adventure is fun! But be forewarned, the kobolds are not your run of the mill kobolds! DM's out there...get ready to challenge your players! Oh, and make sure they have a cleric handy!!!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by M.T. B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/08/2017 05:37:42

Tony sets the gold standard for adventures on the DMs Guild



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jeff C. S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/07/2017 19:12:02

Tony Petrecca is back! I loved Journey Through the Center of the Underdark and The Darklake Strikes Back. Now he brings us Killer Kobolds! His flavorful storytelling style is a joy to read and this item is fantastic. Pick it up!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Killer Kobolds!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Glen C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/07/2017 16:34:37

GORGEOUS AND UNIQUE. Don't waste your time thinking about buying this...JUST buy it!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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