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I have been pleased to see that the entries I am reading have all chosen to build upon or add to canon in interesting ways, but I think simplifying the theme of the contest as "canon changing" would not quite be accurate.
Having had much enjoyment in developing and editing Chronicler stories for Anthology 2 and 3, I found that the stories I enjoyed most took little breadcrumbs from Paizo products that hadn't been developed yet and created their own explanation as to how a mystery occurred, etc. As a writer and GM, I have found it incredibly fun to be able to "play in Paizo's sandbox" and take a kernel of an idea from an NPC stat block or one or two lines in the Inner Sea World Guide and run with it. I believe that is what this contest theme hoped to encourage. I don't think the goal of the contest, nor the Chronicler itself, has ever been to cut huge swathes through existing material and re-write it willy-nilly.
We admire and respect the Paizo crew too much.
Good news, Paizo fans!
Pathfinder Chronicler is pleased to announce that we will be bringing our newly printed (and long-awaited) Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology Volume II to Norwescon in Seattle this weekend!
We are also happy to announce that our remade forums are now fully operational.
If you are interested in writing (or reading) alternative Pathfinder fiction, we welcome you to check us out, register on the forums, and comment or contribute! We're always looking for new members who share our passion for and commitment to quality writing and Pathfinder's world of Golarion.
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I and a few of my friends are interested in writing some fiction that takes place within the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, but I was wondering if anyone knows what forums (this one?), sites or blogs we should consider submitting them too. Nothing for profit of course, just sharing tales with fellow adventurers.
We would love to have you share your work with us over at Pathfinder Chronicler and invite you to come join us on the newly relaunched Chronicler forums.
It's a great place to meet like-minded creative people and hone your writing and editing skills. Each fall we hold a fiction contest, with prizes going to the top three stories. We also produce an Anthology, usually once each year, for distribution at PaizoCon. Limited print copies are available, but is also available as a free downloadable pdf and ebook. Our first volume can be found here. Volume II is premiering at Norwescon this weekend, and Volume III will be out this summer.
I look forward to seeing you and your friends on the forums!
Yes, Chronicler entrants and enthusiasts, have no fear!
Volumes II and III of the Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology (both products of the 2011 contest) are still being edited together and will be produced for your reading pleasure at PaizoCon 2013. Rest assured that your hard work as authors and your support as Pathfinder fans will not go unrewarded.
These books promise to be beautiful and fantastic!
Congratulations to the top three and the other finalists!! I'm so excited!!
Thanks so much, Chronicler, for this awesome opportunity!! This has been an amazing experience. Special thanks to Zuxius, Montalve and James Sutter for your honest critiques. I look forward to putting your suggestions into practice.
I wasn't sure how to go about this, but I wanted to get a misspelling corrected. James Sutter misspelled my name in his most recent Paizo blog post about the finalists in the Pathfinder Chronicler contest.
He has it as "Laura Bowly" and it should be correctly spelled "Laura Bowlby."
Thank you very much for your assistance! :)
This will be the first time I've ever submitted fiction for a writing contest, and I have to say, I've loved the process! I personally found a lot of inspiration through my research as a GM for my Kingmaker/home campaign.
Thanks, Pathfinder Chronicler for providing me with the impetus to branch out in this creative direction. I think I've found a new favourite hobby to tide me over between games!
I was wondering this also, wraithstrike, so thanks for the clarification! I couldn't conclusively determine whether the paladin would be in the shambling mound's square or not, based on the grapple entry!
I'm a fairly new GM, and I have a question that I'd love the community's help with: does a grappled creature get a reflex save when Grease is cast on the ground underneath the grapplers?
Specifically, here's the situation that came up in my game the other day:
We spent a good 10-15 minutes discussing it and I eventually had to pull GM fiat just to get the game moving again, but I'd really love some opinions on this one! Thanks!
AWESOME!!! Thanks SO much! :)
Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Wow, that's kind of cool! Thanks! Any others that might suit?
I'd love to know more about spellblights... Even just some of their names!
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
A few weeks ago when the fox and hedgehog were spoiled, my guess for the +2 fort familiar would have been skunk... But donkey rat, eh? Who knew! Still, a skunk as a familiar with some type of musk attack would have been cool...
Thanks, Nightwish! This is very helpful. I wanted to start the companion young anyways, for story reasons, and I agree that the changes as it grows should happen gradually.I really appreciate your breakdown of the template adjustments for the stats... This is an area in which I am extremely novice, so thanks for taking the time to explain it in detail.
If you were going to allow a character in a Pathfinder home campaign to have a Winter Wolf for an Animal companion, what stats would you give a Winter Wolf at Starting/Level 4/Level 7 advancement, and would you require the player to take an "Improved Animal Companion" type feat?
I'd really appreciate some advice, so I don't unbalance/overpower it! Thanks!
I would like to add just a bit to Skeld's very good advice. Don't get ahead of yourself. One thing that messed me up a bit when I ran Rise of the Runelord was all the cool encounters/NPCs I couldn't wait to get to. I ended up rushing through a lot of the storyline and royaly screwed up some of the other encounters.
A very good point. I will try to restrain myself!
Ganking the horse is a good call in my opinion. You spared the character a death that might not have happened if the player had been more experienced/thinking a little clearer...and at the same time they did take a good shot to the chin, which they hopefully learned from. Now if you go right out and hand them another mount free and clear...well, I'll loose all respect for you and never speak to you again...
lol. They had to share horses for awhile, which slowed the group down... He eventually got a new one, but it wasn't as good and had to be trained from scratch, etc.
I'm not familiar with Kingmaker, but if at all possible, have some roleplaying encounters with friendly NPCs that give the PCs some information on how scary some of the monsters in the area are. Got a party of first levels? Have ol' Henry the hunter, village bad*** extrodinare tell them how fighting an ogre or two is one thing...but even he stears clear of a troll out in the woods. Or if they encounter something you think they need to run from, set up the encounter so they find the big nasty monster unharmed (and emphasis this so they don't think they got a lucky break) munching on a score of dead soldiers it...
This is an excellent idea. Thanks!
I've read the first 2 books a few times, skimmed the third and read the general outlines on the rest, but I guess I have still more reading to do! Thanks for the advice.
Ideally, this is my position as well, though I'm not too sure about going in with the intent to kill, at least not yet. Perhaps for dramatic effect later, when I'm more experienced. Thanks for providing your in-game example!
Wander Weir wrote:
Great food for thought. Thank you, Wander Weir.
High-CR random encounters don't have to be combat encounters, either. They could just as well be, say, a blue Dragon flying overhead for a while before diving for some game or turning back towards the mountains. A Hill Giant encounter could be as simple as spotting some large humanoid-shaped footprints that seem fresh.
I hadn't thought of that, Are. Thanks! This may be a bit of a silly question, but in these kinds of scenarios, or where the players run away after a brief encounter, would you tend to award any experience? I mean, I guess the players would learn something from it, but whether that should actually translate into XP for them is questionable...
I think you handled the Shambling Mound encounter fine. If the Paladin had stayed behind and attacked the creature to try to save his horse, then it would have been time to let the dice decide the outcome.
I'd love some advice from some experienced GMs on tips for running a successful adventure path.
I have several years experience running Society-type games under Living Greyhawk 3.5 for a home group, as well as about a year's worth of experience running Pathfinder Society home games, but at Christmas I started running a Kingmaker campaign for a group of 4-7 mostly novice players. This is something completely new to me and I'm finding the long term focus and broad boundaries quite a challenge to my developing skills - the whole experience is for me both incredibly freeing and nerve-wracking!
One of the main challenges that I see myself having to overcome in this campaign is my tendency to want to "save" my PCs. In my GM career thus far, I have yet to kill a PC, though in reality I can think of probably 3 or 4 situations where I definitely should have. I'd appreciate some advice on how to embrace lethality in a long running campaign, preferably without alienating my players. I want the world to seem "real" to them, and death is certainly part of the real world, but I find myself balking when it comes too close...
Case in point:
I can already think of an encounter where PC death should have been a very possible outcome (it was a wandering monster encounter with a Shambling Mound in Stolen Lands and one of the PCs, a level 2 sorcerer/paladin walked right into it, however I only killed his horse instead).
Reading posts on the boards here, there is a debate on whether it is "fair" to throw these CR6 random encounters at low level PCs... Suffice it to say that I ruled the horse to be more appetizing/readily digestible than the pally and justified it that way, but the fact remains that there will be (and always should be, in my opinion) a few difficult encounters in the wide wilderness, and the PCs must learn to run away (which they did in this example, upon release of the paladin).
Also, with so many of my players being brand new to Pathfinder and tabletop roleplaying, I'm not sure if I can trust them enough to know enough about the rules to be able to save themselves!! I like to employ Knowledge checks to allow their characters to become more informed about possible threats, but how far should I take this, especially when it comes to knowing the rules behind battle tactics? Any resources or suggestions that have worked for fellow GMs out there would be greatly appreciated, especially when it comes to dealing with novice players!