Small Weapons Project… in the works.

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I just returned home from four days of gaming and a realization that something was missing from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook. I created a new character and wanted a unique magical longspear, but there wasn’t any to be had… not even in the Advanced Player’s Guide (and especially not in Ultimate Magic, which has no magical items at all). After taking another look, I even realized that a lot of weapon types lacked magical versions.

So, while waiting for artwork and various writeups from my freelance writers, I’ve invited a bunch of other freelancers to join me in creating a bunch of new specific magical weapons.

The work is going splendidly and I hope to have the first short pdf ready for you by the start of next week, which will contain at least 15 new weapons, a bunch of related mechanics like spells and special abilities and of course… artwork. 4-5 pages of contents for $1.50, which is a steal if you ask me.

I hope to publish at least 10 of these short pdfs and then publish a collected version. The only thing you wont find in these short pdfs are… magical longswords, daggers and shortswords. This might discourage some buyers, but will hopefully appeal to others.

Here is an example of the content that you’ll find within;

Aura strong divination; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 68,680 gp; Weight 7 lbs.
This +3 defending elven curve blade is favored by elven rangers, who often find themselves traveling into the wilds looking for missing elves. This blade is always capable of discerning north, as a free action. In addition, the wielder can speak the elven command word and cast locate creature, as a standard action. This ability can be used three times per day and lasts an hour. Seeker can locate a specific creature that is known to the wielder or a creature of a specific kind whose blood the blade has tasted before. When it has found a creature, the blade glows with a blue light. The range for this effect is a 5 mile radius, centered on the blade.
Requirements Craft Arms and Armor, know direction, locate creature, shield or shield of faith; Cost 34,340 gp

The Good and the Bad… reviews!

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I don’t usually post links to Headless Hydra Games’ reviews… and why is that? Perhaps I am just really bad at finding the time to post here at the blog or maybe I just dont give a damn?

Most likely the former… anyways. I just got a really good review of one of our products and a really bad one… judge for yourself whether or not you agree.

The Good… and the Bad!


Collected Spell Lists… by Purple Duck Games!

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Today, I just want to do a little advertising for Purple Duck Games. This 3rd party publishing company is run by Mark Gedak and Stefen Styrsky. You have surely heard these two names mentioned before, as they have worked on several big projects for other great companies (like Tricky Owlbear Publishing, remember Forgotten Foes?). These guys have a great love for Pathfinder and you can always count on their work being high quality and if you have a comment concerning their work… they will surely listen!

Well, Mark has started creating these Collected Spell Lists… collecting short descriptions of all the spells in such products as; Book of Arcane Magic, Book of Divine Magic, Paths of Power, Eldritch Secrets, Book of the River Nations and the 101 Spell Series. This is the perfect tool if you love magic and spells, and especially if you love playing spellcasters.

You can download these awesome lists here and here! or you can choose to acknowledge Mark’s great work by dropping a few coins to the tip jar… you can do that here and here! So far he has collected all the bard and cleric spells, but I am sure that he will continue to collect spells for the other classes, especially if his hard work is acknowledged.

Hats off to Purple Duck Games!

Headless Hydra Games’ seeks Freelancer!


Hi guys,

I’ve recently come to the realization that Headless Hydra Games has grown much begger than little me! I currently have 5-6 projects in the works, some are close to publication, while others have entered layout. This means that I may have to cut down on writing myself, which is fine by me, since there are lots of awesome freelancers out there who write a million times better than I do!

So here is what I am looking for… a freelancer who knows the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and who wishes to work on a high fantasy setting. The setting, of course, is Mor Aldenn: the City of Mages! And don’t worry, you wont be working alone on the setting, I already have 3 freelancers working hard on it!

Anyone can apply, just send me an example of your writing, both fluff and crunch.

Previous experience is not absolute necessary, but is appreciated.

I look forward to hearing from you!

– K. Axel Carlsson

[Art Direction] When AD is… easy!

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Hi again and sorry for the long silence! I’ve been sick for some days and still is, but today is the day when I show you some of the easy pieces! When I say easy, I dont mean that the illustrations where any easier to do than the others, merely that the artists delivered work that were just… spot on! I didn’t have any comments for these, as you can see from the sketch to the finished piece.

This is, of course, the belker!

Yes, quite a bit different from the old MM one, but it fits the description in Forgotten Foes really well. The demonic aspect of this elemental shines really through, and still, I dont think that anyone has any doubt that this is an elemental and not an actual demon.

This piece was done by Gary Dupuis. (

And this is, of course, the bunyip!

Apparently, the bunyip is a “real” mythological beast… I did not know this! It is depicted in lots of different ways and I think this version is very well done. The description says; “this aquatic creature resembles a cross between a seal and a shark. Its front half is that of a black seal while its rear section is that of a greyish-black shark.” I had no comments for this one and can’t wait to see what the artist does with the Moonlit Stalker, a variant bunyip.

This piece was done by Mark Hyzer (

And last (but not least)… the killer frog!

This is basically a mean, nasty frog that walks upright on two legs. I feared that it might look a bit comical, but as it turned out… it is a mean, nasty killer frog! Sure, it is a little bit funny to look at, but hey, a frog walking on two legs? Its a little bit funny, so I don’t mind.

This piece was done by Mario Zuccarello (

NEXT: When I return next, I hope to show you some sketches and finished pieces by the other artists working on this project!

[Art Direction] The Beginning

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As previously mentioned, I have undertaken the task to make sure that our monster book will get all the illustrations that a real bestiary needs! It is no small task, mind you, but one that I find really interesting. The book will have more than 100 monsters, known and unknown (most known, though) and each will get at least one illustration. I knew from the start that I wanted my regular artists aboard the project, but the question was, did they have the time for it?

That question was answered really fast, and the answer was… yes!

So, here is the team of artists that will work hard the coming months to make Tricky Owlbear’s monster book a real treat for the eyes! I urge you to visit their galleries and take a look at their work, it is well worth the time. Each of these artists hold a dear place in my publisher-heart and the order of their presentation is totally random.

And yes, the images are some of the illustrations that will get into the book.

Mario Zuccarello (

Mario has been with me since the beginning of my publishing career, andsome of you might recognize him as the cover artist of Mor Aldenn. I found him through and he is not only an extraodinary artist, he is also very efficient and always delivers before the deadline. I knew from the beginning that I wanted him to do the cover art for the monster book, and he totally agreed! I won’t reveal the nature of the cover at this stage, except to say that Mario will finally get to do a real battle scene.

He also wanted to contribute to the interior art and signed on for 10 pieces, which has actually grown to 12 pieces, but more on that at a later date! He has already finished most of his pieces.

Daniel Kling Lorentsen (

Daniel came aboard the Headless Hydra train recently, when he did a few colour images for a new line of products and a package of greyscale images for an upcoming Mor Aldenn adventure (A Trail of Poison). Daniel is fairly new in the business, but delivers stunning work as you can see from his website and always at time! Daniel, like the other artists I hired, are very good at drawing creatures, a skill that will definitely come in handy on this project!

Daniel has signed on for 20 pieces and has already begun sketching.

Gary Dupuis (

Gary Dupuis has been with me ever since I created Crown, a setting published by Dark Quest Games. He has done various small projects for me over the years and I’m amazed at the details that he always delivers. He is a true storyteller and any book would benefit from his talent. He has been in the business for many years, in fact, I think he started back in 2000 when the 3 edition of D&D hit the shelves. He has worked with quite a lot, as you can see from his website. I knew from the beginning that there were at least a dozen creatures that would be tailored to his talent, and wow, was I right!

Gary has signed on for 20 pieces and has already delivered the first sketches.

Mark Hyzer (

I first heard of Mark through a thread on ENWorld, but later, when I made an open call on, he responded. This is my first time working with Mark, but let me tell you, he is very easy to work with and delivers great work every time! I had seen some of the weird and wonderful creatures on his website and knew that there would be a few that he would really do justice (especially one underground creature that likes to burrow and create tunnels).

Mark has signed on for 20 pieces and has already delivered lots of sketches and even a few finished pieces.

Maxwell Song (

I found Maxwell through (yes, this site has been really good to me) when I made an open call for another project. I went with another artist on that one, but I kept his site and his email. When I signed on for this project, I remembered his site and some of the weird, twisted creatures that I had seen there. One look at them again, and I was sold.

Maxwell has signed on for 15 pieces, but hasn’t started yet. He will begin his work soon, though, and I can’t wait to see it! There is especially a few creatures that I look forward to seeing, among them a strange comical bird creature and a shapechanger.

Justin Hernandez (

Justin is another artist that I found through and who has already worked with me on a few Mor Aldenn projects. I really love his sketchy style and knew from the beginning that I wanted him to do the borderwork on this project as well. His style reminds me of John Howe’s, a favorite artist of mine. I think I’m going to give him a bit of freedom when it comes to the borderwork.

Justin, by the way, is also the creator of the Headless Hydra Games logo!

He has signed on for 10 pieces, but has not yet started on the project.

Peter Szmer (

I first saw Peter’s work on another product available at RPGNow, though the name escapes me at this very moment. His style is quite different from the others, but I think that will be his strength in the end. We have a few new dragons in the monster book and I can’t wait to see how Peter will tackle these.

Peter has signed on for 10 pieces and has yet to begin the work.

I know that there will be at least a few more artists assigned to this project, but these will get aboard the project later on.

Next: I discuss a new idea that will make this monster book project a little bit different from other bestiaries!

A New SECRET Project!

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Here’s a bit of news.

I recently got aboard a SECRET project as Art Director. It’s actually not so secret anymore, but still, I wont uncover all the details in this short post. However, I will say that the SECRET project is actually a SECRET MONSTER BOOK project. It will be published by Tricky Owlbear, the company of Bret and Scot Boyd, and Headless Hydra Games will get a small part of the glory that this book rightfully deserves.

In the coming months, I will take you through my work as Art Director, inviting you to meet a group of extraordinary artists, every single one of them a star in his own way. They have taken upon themselves the daunting task of recreating a group of known (and some slightly known) monsters. Yes, there was another bit of SECRET information.

They will also create monsters that haven’t seen the world before, creations of their own twisted minds. Yes, this is the reversed process, where the artist draw a monster and the writer create the mechanics. I especially look forward to this way of designing monsters. I know that all my artists are up for this task, and will (hopefully) find it as exciting as I does.

Well, for more information about this project, check in here, or over at Tricky Owlbear;

I shall return all too soon! I promise!

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