Deep Magic: A Tome of New Spells for Pathfinder RPG

A project in Kirkland, WA by Kobold Press

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Unlimited spellpower! From lost mythic spells to blood magic to ley lines, Deep Magic expands your arcane and divine horizons!
Backers: 1927
Average Pledge Per Backer: $65

Funded: $126,031 of $10,000
Dates: Jun 10th -> Jul 11th (31 days)
Project By: Kobold Press
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Latest News

Ben Wootten Confirmed, Doom Magic

July 10th - via:
A Kiwi Artist of Prodigious Talent I only met Ben Wootten for the first time at this past PaizoCon, but I've been admiring his art for years. So this announcement makes me very happy indeed. If you don't know the name, treat yourself with a visit to... (Read More)

Kobold Magic, DiTerlizzi, Casting Time Almost Complete

July 10th - via:
Dear Backers,  You have funded the Kobold Magic section, which delights me! It was a backer suggestion, which just makes it that much better. I think I'm writing a bit of that one, and Nicholas Milasich probably has some ideas along these lines. I... (Read More)

Art by Brom Confirmed

July 9th - via:
When I was a young gamer and aspiring artist, I used to look up to all those fantastic D&D artists. I spent hours studying stuff by Larry Elmore, Clyde Caldwell and Boris Vallejo, just to name a few.  As I got older and actually became something... (Read More)

So Close!! Adventure Path and Kobold Magic

July 8th - via:
The new goals announced today include Ioun Magic and options for a strong finish. I am hoping that with strong word-of-mouth, the Deep Magic project breaks through EVEN BIGGER in the last 48 hours. And we're so, so close to the $100K goal, adding... (Read More)

Final Hours Underway, Hidden Goals

July 8th - via:
Backers,  Thank you for all your support!  I'm starting to feel anything is possible with Deep Magic, and the world is full of great things. We spent a lot of the convention talking about the project, and smiling.  Word at the Convention At... (Read More)

PaizoCon Banquet, Ben Wootten, Editorial Pow-Wow, 3 DAYS LEFT

July 7th - via:
As always, PaizoCon is a terrific show. If I am slightly distracted from messages, it is from talking to Pathfinder fans, artists, writers, Kobold Press folks, and Paizo staff at the show. It's a very socialable time every year! PaizoCon Banquet... (Read More)

Happy 4th (or Happy Thursday!)

July 4th - via:
The Kobold Press crew is celebrating Independence Day, and we will only be online intermittently today to answer questions or announce new goals. We hope you enjoy the day wherever you are!  (Read More)

New Leatherette Version: 50 Copies, plus Highlights

July 3rd - via:
Highlights of the Day The Wizard Workshops went well, and the feedback has really strengthened the results. Thanks to every workshop backer who participated! A new subReddit devoted to Deep Magic spell critique and discussion gives you feedback on... (Read More)

Spell Submission Guidelines for Adventurer-Backers

July 2nd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Add-Ons Available

July 1st - via:
It took some hammering, but I'm pleased to say that we found a solution for providing add-ons to the existing reward structure.  These add-ons include the major releases in the Kobold Guide series, the major Midgard sourcebooks, and a "Best Of"... (Read More)

Vril Magic Funded, Alchemist Cover, Erik Mona Weighs In

June 29th - via:
Things are moving along nicely for Deep Magic, with Brandon Hodge's vril magic funded yesterday.  We're seeing more art roll in as well, such as the arrival of the cover for the Peculiar Alchemist adventure. It's got a certain maniacal gleam, which... (Read More)

2nd Book: Kobold Guide to Magic

June 27th - via:
I'd say this has been an excellent day for Deep Magic: we added a whole new chapter on bloodlines and mysteries late yester, we added sections on Raven magic today (which I love but will discuss another time), and oh yeah, we expanded the project by... (Read More)

Brandon Hodge and Vril Magic

June 26th - via:
Kobold Press was thunderstruck by the very first brainstorms we had with Brandon Hodge. These were, oh, maybe about 3 years ago, for a big adventure set in and around some dwarven mountains. Brandon designed two adventures for that collection and... (Read More)

A Crossover of Kickstarters!

June 25th - via:
We have some exciting news! The kobolds have been in discussion for a while about doing some cross promotion with another Kickstarter - and here is the scoop. Kobold Press has teamed up with Dreamscarred Press to provide a Kickstarter-exclusive... (Read More)

Deep Magic for iPad, iPhone, and Android

June 23rd - via:
When we started planning out this project, I put a big, huge, pie-in-the-sky marker down and said, roughly, "If we do better than double the best Kobold Kickstarter, I think we should partner up with someone and do a bit of progamming for this... (Read More)

30 Stretch Goals Later: What A Great Deal

June 21st - via:
Ok, time to talk about tiers and rewards, because the Deep Magic deal has gotten very, very good. Also, here is one of the Aboleth glyphs, as a teaser... So far, we have added 30 stretch goals to this project.  Let's review that for a minute, and... (Read More)

Ink, Rune, and Glyph Magic, Design Note by Ben McFarland

June 19th - via:
It's always tough when you start dealing with a setting where several mechanical sub-systems have developed organically over time. Terms don't match, keywords might duplicate but have different meanings. In short, it can be a pain. Anyone who's... (Read More)

Deep Mythic (Design Notes by Stephen Radney-MacFarland)

June 19th - via:
Any spellcaster enthusiast will tell you, magic is just frig’n awesome. Sure, swinging a sword might be fun, or getting that opportunity to use Cleave, or putting down some battlefield control with a spiked chain can make you feel like a rock star.... (Read More)

Welcome Happy Mutants

June 18th - via:
Welcome Boing Boing readers! We're happy you're here. As you can see, our roster of award-winning designers designers have already compiled a lot of wondrous stuff for Deep Magic, and a great project just keeps getting better. The spells and scrolls... (Read More)

Kickstarting a spellbook for Pathfinder RPG

June 18th - via:
Wade sez, "Wolfgang Baur, roleplaying game designer and publisher of the late, lamented Kobold Quarterly magazine (successor to Dragon) has launched the Deep Magic Kickstarter bringing 300 new spells to Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. (Read More)

Day 8: Hardcover!

June 17th - via:
Huzzah and Gygax be praised! The Deep Magic book is now a hardcover! I am over the moon about this folks, and many thanks to both Brandon Hodge and Brian E. Harris, who put us over into hardcover territory. Tomorrow, we ride!! Yes, folks, it's Day 8... (Read More)

Week 1: New spells, maps, scrolls, and chapter!

June 16th - via:
My profound thanks to everyone who has pledged for Deep Magic, and who has shared the news about the project!  I admit the first week caught me by surprise with the full-on support, and there was occasionally some scrambling to catch up on posting... (Read More)

My Scroll Obsession: the 600-Backer Goal

June 14th - via:
I love scrolls so much I married a calligrapher. (Ok, maybe that’s not the only reason I married Shelly, but it didn’t hurt!) I’ve loved ancient paper and parchment since I first saw medieval documents, with all their strange hand-lettering,... (Read More)

Deep Magic brings exotic spells and wizard schools to your RPG

June 14th - via:
There's one thing a D&D campaign can never get enough of: magic. More spells. Weirder spells. New ways to interact with the magical forces in our favorite fantasy worlds. With Deep Magic, Kobold Press has harnessed some big RPG names (including Ed Greenwood) to give us all the magic we could possibly want. Deep Magic is a tome of magic spells and options for the Pathfinder RPG, an off-shoot of 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons. (Read More)

Introducing the Hero Labs Team

June 13th - via:
With the Hero Labs files funded, we're ready to tackle the rather big job of turning edited text into data files. Who will do this work? The Kobold Press eTeam, of course. They are: Jay has worked on a major Midgard project, and he has been coding... (Read More)

Day 3: Hero Lab, Pett, Greenwood, and Arcane Marks

June 13th - via:
I'm very, very happy to say that the pace has let up a fraction. That gave us a little time to--just for instance--commission some of the extra art that you funded yesterday.  We also found some time to breathe... And then announce the Hero Labs... (Read More)

Ed Greenwood on Gambling Magic

June 12th - via:
There are those who cleave to rules in life, to the safety of law and order, to prudence and the traditional and rocking no boats. And then there are adventurers. Their deeds make law and order necessary, and possible - - and threatened. And the... (Read More)

Day 2: Bulmahn, SRM, Amber Scott--and Your Art Ideas

June 11th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Gadzooks, Paizo Weighs In!

June 10th - via:
Today has been one of those dream days. The moment before go-time is always a little anxious. I hit the button on the project at 6:30 a.m. and said, "I sure hope everyone loves spellbooks as much as I do."  An hour later, the doubts were gone. Your... (Read More)


June 10th - via:
I cannot BELIEVE that I am sitting here at lunch time, just 6 hours from launch, and the Deep Magic project is fully funded. THANK YOU ALL!  You are amazing, and you are making an amazing book happen FAST. I am floored and maybe even a little giddy.... (Read More)

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