Kobolds Ate My Baby!

Kobolds Ate My Baby!

The cult classic Kobolds Ate My Baby returns with a new edition powered by polymorph. Its faster, easier, and funnier than ever! All Hail King Torg!
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Kobolds Ate My Baby gets a new edition! 

We're back at it again causing havoc and burning down the town with everyone's favorite cannon fodder - THE KOBOLDS!

This campaign features all these RAD things: 

  • Kobolds Ate My Baby! The Orange Book (a completely new edition of the game powered by polymorph™) 

  • Plush Kobold 

  • SMÖRKAS BORG, Kobolds Ate My Baby x Mörk Borg Zine

  • Kobolds Ate My Baby! The Coloring Book and an Orange Crayon

  • Kobolds Ate My Baby! The Dice Set 

  • Kobolds Ate My Baby! The Digital Adventure Pack 

Kobolds Ate My Baby is the cult classic, beer & pretzels roleplaying game. 

It all started WAY BACK in the late 1900's with the 1st edition in zine form releasing in 1999. Then there was the deluxe hardcover put out in 2005 by Dorkstorm Press.

⏩ Fast forward to 2013 when the then new Kobolds Ate My Baby in Colour dropped. Well, that was 10 years ago. 10 YEARS MAN! 

If you're completely new to KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! or to polymorph games - we can totally explain what you need to know about being a Kobold, and how to play KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! in under 10 minutes.


You just just listed tons of editions of Kobolds Ate My Baby, why another edition? It's been 10 years since the last time we made a Kobolds game, and in that time we have evolved as designers and as a company.  We've been dying to bring the simplicity and speed of our polymorph rules system to the experience of Kobolds for years, and now we can.  We've also learned so much about making cool books and products - and we're excited to get a new, tasty book in your hands.

What can I expect in the new edition? 

  • Over 100 pages of silly jokes and sillier kobolds
  • Even faster character creation (necessary since you die a lot) 
  • Streamlined, elegant rules that make it even more fun to die horribly for King Torg (All Hail King Torg!)
  • polymorph is so easy, a Kobold could play - roll your die and check to see if you succeeded
  • Death Checks and Damage all rolled into a single system
  • Treats (you'll have to wait to hear more about it)
  • Random Tables
  • More Random Tables
  • And, in case you were worried, some Random Tables

For those of you who already know how to play Kobolds Ate My Baby, you may not believe us - but we are making character creation EVEN FASTER! Answer these 3 questions (or Roll against a Random Table*).

  • What is in your LEFT PAW? 
  • What is in your WRONG PAW?
  • What JOB do you have? 

That's all.  You're ready to play.  The character sheet has everything that you need to play - including THE RESOLVER and of course THE KOBOLD HORRIBLE DEATH RECORD.  polymorph games all have a simple resolver that is listed on their character sheet.  The New ORANGE BOOK will do that for Kobolds (see below).


The polymorph System is a new and modern rules system designed by Chris O'Neill (who just so happens to be one of the creators of Kobolds Ate My Baby!) Convenient. 

In a polymorph game, each player only ever uses a specific polyhedral die (d4, d6, d8, or d10). Each die represents a different “way to play” or a different “role” that they have in the group. Basically, your ROLE is your ROLL. Whenever a player asks “can I do something?” they roll their die and with a quick glance at a resolution matrix, know if they succeed.

There is NEVER any math involved when you play polymorph. Depending on the game world and what kind of character that you are playing, you may roll with advantage or disadvantage, but the game master never rolls dice.

To recap: 
  • No math! Roll your die and consult the Resolver Chart
  • The GM never rolls, keeping the focus on the player.
  • Players succeed when they do things that their character is good at
  • Rules light with a narrative focus  

polymorphwon BEST RULES 2020 from IGDN Groundbreaker Awards (for Mazes FRP), has been nominated for ENNIE Awards for both Best Rules and Product of the Year (Mazes and The Excellents), and Mazes Fantasy Roleplaying has been nominated by Indiecade for Best RPG in 2022. 


You've been asking for literal DECADES for plush kobolds and we finally listened. (We, like kobolds, aren't that smart 😞)  Now you can bring a dumb, but very cute, Kobold into your home!  Adopt your own minion!

We have begun the long process of having the Kobold "created" into a plush doll - but unfortunately, we don't yet have a full render of the little monster. The image shows our reference photo, the diagram, and of course - our waiting for the factories to reopen after Lunar New Year. As soon as we get a finalized model of the actual plush, we will get it out to everyone.

  • 8 inches of adorable Kobold minioness 
  • Super soft FURRY orange fur 
  • You won't be able to keep it away from dogs and babies
  • Cannot actually eat you, though you may want to bite it because it's SO cute


Many of the above tiers include a Kobolds Ate My Baby digital adventure pack. During this campaign we will be adding MANY more adventures to this bundle as stretch goals.

It currently includes these adventures:
  • Orange is the new Orange
  • Save vs. Death
  • Awesome Sauce
  • Kobolds Ate My Baby Learn to Play
  • How to kill Kobolds
  • Kobold Fried Chicken
  • The Big Bar Near the Village of Two
  • Star Kobolds
  • Warlock's Apprentice
  • A Game of Torgs
  • Torgapolooza 
  • Death to Chris & Dan
  • Business Kobolds
  • Wizard of Frogs

Expected delivery date for rewards is OCTOBER 2023.  

$19 - The Kobolds Ate My Baby Digital Adventure Pack Add-on

Expected delivery date for add-ons is OCTOBER 2023.



✔️ UNLOCKED $12,000: Add 3 adventures to KAMB Digital Adventure Pack 

  • Kobolds Ate My Baby Learn to Play
  • How to kill Kobolds

✔️ UNLOCKED $19,000: Add 3 adventures to KAMB Digital Adventure Pack 

  • Kobold Fried Chicken
  • The Big Bar Near the Village of Two
  • Star Kobolds

✔️ UNLOCKED $50,000: Form-fillable & Printer Friendly Character Sheets

  • All backers $15+ will receive digital versions of the character sheet in printer friendly (black & white) as well as the form-fillable version in addition to the full color version. 

✔️ UNLOCKED $60,000: Add 3 adventures to KAMB Digital Adventure Pack 

  • Warlock's Apprentice
  • A Game of Torgs
  • Torgapolooza

✔️ UNLOCKED $75,000: Add 3 adventures to KAMB Digital Adventure Pack

  • Death to Chris & Dan
  • Business Kobolds
  • Wizard of Frogs

✔️ UNLOCKED $90,000: New Print & Slay Paper Minis 

  • We will create a NEW set of printable paper minis for use with Kobolds Ate My Baby Orange. All backers $15+ will receive the digital version. 

 ✔️ UNLOCKED $100K: Kobolds Ate My Baby Orange Demo Kit & Sticker

  • All backers $15+ will receive a digital Kobolds Ate My Baby Orange demo kit to make running the game quicker and easier. At a minimum the kit will include a simple adventure, pre-generated characters, a map, and quick start rules. 
  • PLUS, all physical level backers will also get this awesome All Hail King Torg sticker!



Watch Yeet run Kobolds Ate My Baby Orange for writers Bug Carmean & Jon Maness.

Designer Chris O'Neill was interviewed by Randomworlds on January 31st. Read the full interview HERE.

Designer Chris O'Neill was interviewed by Victory Condition Gaming. Watch below.

Designer Chris O'Neill and co-writers of KAMB Orange Bug Carmean & Jon Maness on Swarmcast podcast.

Yeet is our resident kobold expert and community ambassador. 

Here is just a taste (yes Yeet is a kobold, so he is tasty) of what Yeet has done for the kobold community. Watch Yeet and fellow thespian kobolds Bitey and FOMO in the classic tale Summoner's Geek.


  • All shipping fees, VAT, and customs duties will be collected AFTER the campaign via BACKERKIT.  
  • The above rates are estimates of POSTAGE ONLY and subject to change at time of shipping. VAT will also be charged for EU and UK backers on top if the above estimated shipping cost. 
  • Rewards will be shipped from the United States by our fulfillment partner
  • Expected ship date is October 2023
  • We will only fulfill rewards for backers who have completed the Backerkit pledge management survey within one year of survey sent date. 


🍗 The discount you expect. All retailers will get Kobolds Ate My Baby products at 50% of the retail MSRP.

 🍗 Discounted shipping for stocking orders. Note: For this campaign we are limiting shipping to the US, Canada, EU, UK, Australia and New Zealand retailers only.

🍗 Ability to order more copies, a different mix of rewards, and/or additional 9th Level Games items. Your $115 pledge will be applied as a credit to your direct order. 

 🍗 Sell immediately. Retailers receive games when backers do! Start selling right away and before it goes to distribution.  

🍗  Easy to restock. Available from standard distributors such as ACD, Alliance, Asmodee UK, PHD, Southern Hobby, Universal, etc. Also available on Faire or from 9th Level Games directly.  (NOTE: Plush is not going into distribution).


Kobolds Ate My Baby! Was originally created and designed by Chris O’Neill and Daniel Hansen-Landis close to 25 years ago.  This latest version is being designed by polymorph™ creator Chris O’Neill with strange advice from the mysterious Dan Landis, with assistance from long-time fan-favorite game runners Jon Maness and Bug!  
The legendary John Kovalic is back to draw kobolds gleefully dying.
Production will be from 9th Level CEO Heather O’Neill, with production support and editing from Adriel Lee Wilson.  Heather and Adriel are also working to make the PLUSH Happen!
Glenn Given is spearheading (pun intended) for the Smörkas Borg (with an assist from Chris).  We’ll probably have more people to thank and talk about later!  GO TEAM!

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