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Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Korvosa (OGL)

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Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Korvosa (OGL)
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The city-state of Korvosa, largest in all Varisia, has prospered over the last century since its abandonment by its founding nation of Cheliax. Its port brims with black-and-red-flagged ships—the colors of both Korvosa and Cheliax—endlessly trading fineries from the south for Varisian curiosities and her land’s natural bounty. As such, Korvosa rightfully claims to be the most cultured and civilized city in the region, yet visitors might also grant the city-state the titles of most decadent, exploitative, and socially stratified.

This 64-page book serves as an exhaustive guide to the city, including details on all major points of interest, profiles on the city’s movers and shakers, and countless adventure hooks for enterprising GMs to expand upon. It also includes a full-color poster map of Korvosa. While designed for use with the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path, this information-packed supplement is useable in any fantasy RPG campaign.

Written by Mike McArtor

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-078-0

Note: The map in this book should have been inserted using contact cement, but it was inadvertently bound in instead. Please do not attempt to tear it out; instead, carefully cut it out.

How to Remove Your Korvosa Poster Map


You'll need the book, a piece of thick paper or thin plastic (we used a file folder) that a blade won't easily cut through, a ruler, and a flat cutting device such as a razor blade or a sculpting tool. (Please don't cut yourself!)



You can see that when the poster was bound into the book, an extra 1/4" of poster was printed for the binding. This 1/4" contains only water areas—cutting the poster out doesn't cut anything off the map.



We placed our file folder snug into the binding between the poster and the interior pages of the book. Make sure whatever you use cannot be easily cut through or you will damage the interior pages.


(Click on this picture to enlarge.) Place your ruler between the two folds of the poster so that the layers from bottom to top go:

Interior pages
File folder
Bottom of poster
Ruler
Top of Poster

Make sure you line the ruler up as straight as possible with the top edge of the poster so that you get a perfectly rectangular poster after the cut.


Carefully fold back the top layer of the map, making sure to keep the ruler straight and in the same spot you just lined it up at. Then, cut slowly and carefully down the edge of the ruler. Do not cut yourself. Do not press hard enough to cut through the file folder or whatever you've chosen to cut on. You only want to cut through two thin layers of poster, not through the file folder.



And there you go! You should have a 1/8" slice of paper left bound into the book, there should be no damage to the interior pages (or binding!), and the result is no more leftover paper than you'd find in a book with a bound-in, perforated, poster map.




The result is a beautiful map of Korvosa!

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting Subscription.

Product Availability


Print Edition: Ships from our warehouse in 2 to 14 business days.

PDF: Fulfilled immediately. Will be added to your My Downloads Page immediately upon purchase of PDF.

Non-Mint: Ships from our warehouse in 2 to 14 business days. This product is non-mint. Refunds are not available for non-mint products.

Are there errors or omissions in this product information? Got corrections? Let us know at webmaster@paizo.com.

PZO1106


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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Did this ship to people that placed pre-orders way back in late fall? Did they also get the discount mentioned earlier?

I noticed that this (and the map folio) no longer appears on my account information, and that I did not receive notice of its shipping.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Skech wrote:

Did this ship to people that placed pre-orders way back in late fall? Did they also get the discount mentioned earlier?

I noticed that this (and the map folio) no longer appears on my account information, and that I did not receive notice of its shipping.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

We are shipping preorders now, but the Pathfinder Advantage doesn't begin until the 10th.

It's still in your order history—order 770814. You elected to ship those items together, so it's waiting for Classic Monsters and the Gazetteer.


Hi, Just got the pdf for Pathfinder 7 but not for guide to korvosas. Would you be able to check that they're shipping together. Thanks.

Paizo Employee Sales Imp

King in Yellow wrote:
Hi, Just got the pdf for Pathfinder 7 but not for guide to korvosas. Would you be able to check that they're shipping together. Thanks.

King,

I looked at your subscriptions and all of your future shipments will be combined, but this one will be separate. It looks like yours is a very peculiar case (and therefore not illuminating for others), so I will send you an email with a fuller explanation and solution.

thanks,
cos


Will this be available as a PDF?

j.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

PDF should be avaiable to non-subscribers about the time the product hits the shelves in stores (about 2 weeks from now).

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Mike, this is AWESOME. Thank you. (I'm am also very happy to see the Pseudodragon population and their feud with the imps. The little buggers don't get enough play.)

Cheliax Contributor

Ross Byers wrote:
Mike, this is AWESOME. Thank you. (I'm am also very happy to see the Pseudodragon population and their feud with the imps. The little buggers don't get enough play.)

Glad you like it, Ross. :D


Mike McArtor wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Mike, this is AWESOME. Thank you. (I'm am also very happy to see the Pseudodragon population and their feud with the imps. The little buggers don't get enough play.)
Glad you like it, Ross. :D

I want to echo this Mike.. You and your team did an outstanding job. I think this is among the best of the Pathfinder books so far..

Though Nick and James' Chaper 7 is smokin' as well.

This really bodes well for the Gazeteer.


Rauol_Duke wrote:
PDF should be avaiable to non-subscribers about the time the product hits the shelves in stores (about 2 weeks from now).

Oh yeah. That's right. Thanks.

j.

Cheliax

I have a question regarding the map. It seems that there occured a problem while binding the books and the map seems to be binded to the book too and can't be removed without cutting it out.
Is this a mayor issue?
I don't know, but sentences that include the suggestion to cut something out of brandnew books doesn't sound good to me...
Is there any way that I could get a seperate map?
Or is it better to wait for a second printing to avoid these map troubles at all?

Paizo Employee Sales Imp

Absinth wrote:

I have a question regarding the map. It seems that there occured a problem while binding the books and the map seems to be binded to the book too and can't be removed without cutting it out.

Is this a mayor issue?
I don't know, but sentences that include the suggestion to cut something out of brandnew books doesn't sound good to me...
Is there any way that I could get a seperate map?
Or is it better to wait for a second printing to avoid these map troubles at all?

Unfortunately, I don't have a better answer for you than the note on the full product page itself.

We do not have separate maps to send. We've explored several options for this, but the best solution we have is to have you cut the map out of the book. I would suggest using a piece of flat, hard plastic under the map as a cutting surface and carefully cutting it out with a razor blade. If we had a better option, we would certainly provide it for you.

As for waiting for a second printing, this is something you could do, but you should know that to date we have not yet had a second printing for any of the Pathfinder books. There is no guarantee that sales of this book will justify a second printing anytime soon, if at all. So you'll be waiting a while. Probably indefinitely.

I wish I had better news for you. :(

Thanks,
cos


Absinth wrote:

Is this a mayor issue?

I don't know, but sentences that include the suggestion to cut something out of brandnew books doesn't sound good to me...

Jeff Alvarez and I cut out a poster and took a series of pictures to show how to do it without causing harm to the poster or the book. Those pictures and a step-by-step tutorial will be up shortly.


Jaws wrote:

Will this be available as a PDF?

j.

Subscribers get access to the PDF early. Non-subscribers can buy the PDF the day the product releases in stores. For Guide to Korvosa, that's 3/19/08.


Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Jeff Alvarez and I cut out a poster and took a series of pictures to show how to do it without causing harm to the poster or the book. Those pictures and a step-by-step tutorial will be up shortly.

And these are up.

Cheliax

Hey, thank you very, very much for this explanation.
Okay, doesn't seem to be a big deal and won't bar me from ordering the book.
Hooray!

Andoran

I don't know if I just missed it, but I don't think my pdf contains the poster map. Should it?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Lori B wrote:
I don't know if I just missed it, but I don't think my pdf contains the poster map. Should it?

D'oh! Yes—it ought to be in the PDF version. I'll get the production folks on it, and see if I can't get it fixed up tomorrow.

Andoran

Cool. Then I can just print up a copy and leave the bound version in the book.


It's nice to see some fallibility in a company nowadays, which is not followed by some meaningless PR-speak. An honest mistake corrected as best as possible speaks volumes about a company which is geared around providing good products to its customers, not necessarily around maximising profit.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

If you've got the Guide to Korvosa PDF, the poster map is now available as a separate download in your downloads page. It's a separate download because it's around 100MB in size.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Gary, Vic, Joshua, Cosmo, and Mike, you guys are awesome!

Thanks for putting this all together and getting it into our hands!

Cheliax Contributor

DitheringFool wrote:

Gary, Vic, Joshua, Cosmo, and Mike, you guys are awesome!

Thanks for putting this all together and getting it into our hands!

*thumbs up*

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

And Vic just figured out how to make the poster map PDF almost a hundred times smaller, so you might want to re-personalize it and download it again.


King in Yellow wrote:

Hi, Just got the pdf for Pathfinder 7 but not for guide to korvosas. Would you be able to check that they're shipping together. Thanks.

King,

I looked at your subscriptions and all of your future shipments will be combined, but this one will be separate. It looks like yours is a very peculiar case (and therefore not illuminating for others), so I will send you an email with a fuller explanation and solution.

thanks,
cos

I just sent you an email about this cosmo. Any update when you'll be shipping this?


Dangit - I was trying to subscribe in time to get the .pdf as well as the print for this - any chance to start my subscription with the guide instead of the Harrow Deck (which I want as well) ....


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Maps, Modules Subscriber

Thanks for posting the map-removal instructions. I was nervous, but it was easy and, looking at my map after removal, it looks perfect. I can't tell at all that I cut it out.

I want to say that I'm really enjoying the Guide to Korvosa. I've been collecting fantasy city products for years, and this one really stands out. So many things I love about it - the quick descriptions of architectural styles, the mix of old and new in certain areas, the feeling of history that pervades the place. I like some of the contrasts, and how they're successfully pulled off; for example, Varisians in the city face prejudice, but they also are widely accepted as part of the community, and one of the major historic heroes of the city (Saint Alika) is Varisian.

Two questions I can't seem to find answers to:

1) Exactly where are the ward boundaries? Knowing the costs of housing in different wards made the absence of ward boundary lines on the maps very noticeable. (Some of them I can mostly figure out, but some are too vague. For example, Old Korvosa - how far west and east does Bridgefront run, and what districts do Merciless Way (at the left) and Fiddleback Way belong to? I'd be happy with a list of ward-border street-corner references, unless you happen to have a map that shows ward boundaries as dotted lines...)

2) Which 5 families are the nobles for the "Peerage Review"? The noble families on pages 40-43 include Arkona, Bromathan, Endrin, Jeggare, Leroung, Ornelos, and Zenderholm. Which two don't count? (I'm guessing Bromathan is one, and maybe Endrin for the other?)

Okay, one more question: I assume the reference to "Longriver Bridge" (p.24, "Northgate:") actually refers to the North Bridge - if so, I've got that ward figured out, but if not, I need to know which bridge that is, too.

Cheliax Contributor

Cintra Bristol wrote:
1) Exactly where are the ward boundaries? Knowing the costs of housing in different wards made the absence of ward boundary lines on the maps very noticeable. (Some of them I can mostly figure out, but some are too vague. For example, Old Korvosa - how far west and east does Bridgefront run, and what districts do Merciless Way (at the left) and Fiddleback Way belong to? I'd be happy with a list of ward-border street-corner references, unless you happen to have a map that shows ward boundaries as dotted lines...)

Ah drat. The ward boundaries are nowhere to be seen. :( Ward boundaries follow major thoroughfares for the most part. Sometimes they connect one landmark to another, when appropriate.

Bridgefront runs from the Narrows to Waydon Street, IIRC (and certainly, that's close enough for me). It follows Waydon Street until it starts to curve and turn into Merciless Way, at which point it runs to that last tower on the wall there. It ends in the NE at Fort Korvosa Boulevard. Old Dock takes up the NE end of the island, with the boundary following Fort Korvosa Boulevard until it turns, at which point the boundary follows that little unnamed street that connects with Siegebreaker Circle and then up to the shore. Fort Korvosa ward is everything inside the walls in the N-NW chunk of the island. Garrison Hill ward is everything else.

Cintra Bristol wrote:
2) Which 5 families are the nobles for the "Peerage Review"? The noble families on pages 40-43 include Arkona, Bromathan, Endrin, Jeggare, Leroung, Ornelos, and Zenderholm. Which two don't count? (I'm guessing Bromathan is one, and maybe Endrin for the other?)

The Great Families are those with coats of arms illustrated (Arkona, Jeggare, Leroung, Ornelos, and Zenderholm).

Cintra Bristol wrote:
Okay, one more question: I assume the reference to "Longriver Bridge" (p.24, "Northgate:") actually refers to the North Bridge - if so, I've got that ward figured out, but if not, I need to know which bridge that is, too.

Oops. Yes, that's correct. :)


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

It's a great read... And nicely timed since one of my players for Rise of the Runelords wanted to be from Korvosa (and be an elf... I was glad to tell him it was possible.

Plus, he's the normal GM for our group so if I ask him to not read sections, he won't. :)

Osirion

Acadamae information is missing from the appendix despite being mentioned in the intro chapter :(

Cheliax Contributor

DragonBelow wrote:
Acadamae information is missing from the appendix despite being mentioned in the intro chapter :(

Yeah, that's the Acadamae Student (or whatever it's called) feat from the Player's Guide.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Any chance of breaking the file up into seperate PDFs per chapter? I'd like to, when I get to running the campaign, give my PCs the PDFs for everything sans the secrets chapter and not have to worry about OoC knowledge seeping in...

Cheliax Contributor

Ninjack wrote:
Any chance of breaking the file up into seperate PDFs per chapter? I'd like to, when I get to running the campaign, give my PCs the PDFs for everything sans the secrets chapter and not have to worry about OoC knowledge seeping in...

I'll make sure the Powers That Be see your question, Ninjack. I have no power over PDFs.

Andoran

How much (if any) crunch is in this? Just curious. I love Golarion, but I also love stuff I can file the serial numbers off of for my homebrew world.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Almost no crunch in this one, except for the last chapter, which has some stuff for GM's. It's a good read and a great city sourcebook. Lots of easily adaptable locales and NPC's.


Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
Jeff Alvarez and I cut out a poster and took a series of pictures to show how to do it without causing harm to the poster or the book. Those pictures and a step-by-step tutorial will be up shortly.
And these are up.

Ran into slight problems with the ruler it said I needed. Our mayor insisted that he was actually an elected governor and not a ruler per se, and wouldn't cooperate (I think he came up with this on the spot after I told him that I had to cut alongside him with a scalpel.)

Cheliax Contributor

KaeYoss wrote:
Ran into slight problems with the ruler it said I needed. Our mayor insisted that he was actually an elected governor and not a ruler per se, and wouldn't cooperate (I think he came up with this on the spot after I told him that I had to cut alongside him with a scalpel.)

I think you need to knock him out first. I recommend a pistol-whip. ;)


Mike McArtor wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:
Ran into slight problems with the ruler it said I needed. Our mayor insisted that he was actually an elected governor and not a ruler per se, and wouldn't cooperate (I think he came up with this on the spot after I told him that I had to cut alongside him with a scalpel.)
I think you need to knock him out first. I recommend a pistol-whip. ;)

No, thanks. The whip-and-dagger was cheesy enough, but a pistol-whip?

I admit, though - if I were called Indiana with first name, I'd probably get aroused at that idea.

Anyway, a nice map of Korvosa - along with one of Sandpoint and one of Varisia, from the Map Folio - adorn the walls of our Dungeon now. Along with the Paizo Era Dragon Poster, Paizo stuff occupies a lot of wall space now. When the Golarion map arrives, I fear I'll have to take the map from Eredane or Rokugan down. Or I'll get inventive.

Cheliax Contributor

KaeYoss wrote:

No, thanks. The whip-and-dagger was cheesy enough, but a pistol-whip?

I admit, though - if I were called Indiana with first name, I'd probably get aroused at that idea.

Anyway, a nice map of Korvosa - along with one of Sandpoint and one of Varisia, from the Map Folio - adorn the walls of our Dungeon now. Along with the Paizo Era Dragon Poster, Paizo stuff occupies a lot of wall space now. When the Golarion map arrives, I fear I'll have to take the map from Eredane or Rokugan down. Or I'll get inventive.

Ha! Not pistol whip, pistol-whip.

I'm glad you like our maps. Knowing you have them hanging up makes us very happy. ^_^

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Mike McArtor wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:

No, thanks. The whip-and-dagger was cheesy enough, but a pistol-whip?

I admit, though - if I were called Indiana with first name, I'd probably get aroused at that idea.

Anyway, a nice map of Korvosa - along with one of Sandpoint and one of Varisia, from the Map Folio - adorn the walls of our Dungeon now. Along with the Paizo Era Dragon Poster, Paizo stuff occupies a lot of wall space now. When the Golarion map arrives, I fear I'll have to take the map from Eredane or Rokugan down. Or I'll get inventive.

Ha! Not pistol whip, pistol-whip.

I'm glad you like our maps. Knowing you have them hanging up makes us very happy. ^_^

Oh, man, I got excited for a minute...about the idea of a Pathfinder pistol whip, not getting pistol-whipped.


Uh....just one question.

Who took the crooked half-picture of the map in your last pic?

Were they drinking heavily or did you guys just fill the camera already?

Pathfinder Creative Director, Frog God Games

I can't find what the page count is on this thing. Can anybody that has it drop a post with that in it. Thanks!

Sczarni

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Greg A. Vaughan wrote:
I can't find what the page count is on this thing. Can anybody that has it drop a post with that in it. Thanks!

64 pages + the map

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

The method of cutting out the map detailed on the web site only works well if the glue is evenly spread. In my case, in order to get as close to the edge as possible, I pushed the protective folder as close to the spine as possible. Unfortunately, the glue wasn;t evenly spread and the folder moved....just a little bit. When I cut the map, because I didn't see the miss adjusted folder, I cut into a couple of the pages. Thankfully I didn't cut all the way and only sliced two pages about an inch and a half. Just be WARNED! It is VERY easy to make a small mistake.

Cheliax Contributor

Elf_NFB wrote:
The method of cutting out the map detailed on the web site only works well if the glue is evenly spread. In my case, in order to get as close to the edge as possible, I pushed the protective folder as close to the spine as possible. Unfortunately, the glue wasn;t evenly spread and the folder moved....just a little bit. When I cut the map, because I didn't see the miss adjusted folder, I cut into a couple of the pages. Thankfully I didn't cut all the way and only sliced two pages about an inch and a half. Just be WARNED! It is VERY easy to make a small mistake.

Yikes!

Thanks for the warning, Elf!


So I ordered the print version of this product and am just confirming why I wouldn't also get the PDF version of this as well?
This is a little confusing as we get the PDF for free with our Pathfinder subscriptions.
Please confirm.
Thanks!

Cheliax Contributor

Terok the Sly wrote:

So I ordered the print version of this product and am just confirming why I wouldn't also get the PDF version of this as well?

This is a little confusing as we get the PDF for free with our Pathfinder subscriptions.
Please confirm.
Thanks!

One gets the PDF of the books that fall under their subscription starting with the book that started their subscription. Books purchased apart from their subscription do not get PDFs included with them.

Hope that helps!


Out of curiosity, have they fixed the issue with the poster map? Is it still bound into the book, or have they glued it on now?

DogBone


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

[I believe] the entire print run of the Guide to Korvosa had the map attached to the binding. The next product, the Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer, has the map glued on correctly.

Paizo Employee CEO

Rauol_Duke wrote:
[I believe] the entire print run of the Guide to Korvosa had the map attached to the binding. The next product, the Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer, has the map glued on correctly.

That is correct.

-Lisa

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