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Red Box Workshop: The Kobold PC

KOBOLDS

These dwarfish subterranean dog-people are renowned for their cowardice, preferring to defend their lairs with sadistic traps than to risk their lives in battle. Nonetheless, some choose the path of adventure, whether from overweening greed, an unsatisfied bloodthirsty streak or some unkoboldish vein of courage. Their hairless, scaly red-brown hides blend in with the dirt and stone of their lairs; only the dull red glow of their eyes gives them away.

The prime requisite for a kobold is Dexterity. A kobold character whose Dexterity score is 13 or higher will receive a bonus on earned experience.

RESTRICTIONS: Kobolds use four-sided dice (d4) to determine their hit points. They may advance to a maximum of 4th level of experience. Kobolds may use any type of weapon that has been “cut down” to their size. Thus, they cannot use a two-handed sword or long bow, but may use a sword or short bow. They may wear nothing more protective than leather armor, and cannot use a shield. Kobolds must have a minimum score of 9 in Dexterity.

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Kobolds live in underground caverns and warrens, and have infravision (heat-sensing sight) which allows them to see 60 feet in the dark. A kobold’s sneaky nature and tricksy upbringing allows it to open locks, find and remove traps, climb walls, move silently, hide in shadows, pick pockets and hear noise as a thief. Due to their small size and skill at dodging, kobolds have a bonus of -2 to their Armor Class when being attacked by creatures larger than man-sized. All kobolds speak Common, Kobold and the alignment language or dialect of the character, plus the languages of goblins and orcs.

SAVING THROWS: As thieves.

ATTACK PROGRESSION: As thieves.

ADVANCEMENT: As per the thief advancement table.


6 Responses to “Red Box Workshop: The Kobold PC”


  1. 1 Charlatan
    August 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    “These dwarfish subterranean dog-people are renowned for their cowardice, preferring to defend their lairs with sadistic traps than to risk their lives in battle. Nonetheless, some choose the path of adventure, whether from overweening greed, an unsatisfied bloodthirsty streak or some unkoboldish vein of courage.”

    Take out the “dwarfish subterranean dog-“, and it’s a reasonable description of PC’s in general.

  2. August 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I dunno. PCs are heavy on the ‘sadistic’ side of the equation, but light on the ‘traps’.

  3. 3 Charlatan
    August 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Just wait until I get a lair!

  4. August 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Let’s check the book to determine your ‘% in Lair’.

  5. 5 Samurai
    August 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    If I read it right… a kobold PC is like the goblin PC without the sunlight penalty, the backstab ability, more thieving, small size bonus, and a much lower level cap?

  6. August 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Sounds about right.

    I think that even in a game with “racial classes,” there’s lots of room for variation: one could design a “Kobold Assassin” with a thief’s backstab ability, a “Kobold Trapmaster” with the other thieving abilities, or a “Kobold Scout” with extra bonuses to hear noise, move silently, hide in shadows and the like. This is why I’m not planning to use the Goblin PC from my earlier post as the default; giving every PC goblin the ability to backstab doesn’t fit my idea of how the race should function in play.

    This also applies to the existing demi-human PC classes. It should be feasible to draw up a pure fighter-type Elf, a Dwarf priest, and so forth. But unlike AD&D, I don’t think that level caps alone are a sufficient balancing factor for such racial subtypes; I’d prefer to balance each individually as its own class.

    Hey, now I have material for a couple dozen more Red Box Workshop entries. Hooray!


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