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Pathfinder Chronicles: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh (OGL)

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Pathfinder Chronicles: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh (OGL)
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The bustling bazaars of Absalom offer countless delights, but even they do not sell everything. Only in the peerless markets of mysterious Katapesh can one find anything for sale, from the lost diamonds of a fallen empire to a clutch of slaves freshly captured off the Inner Sea coast. This exotic desert locale serves as the backdrop of the Pathfinder Adventure Path Legacy of Fire, and this informative, lushly illustrated full-color 64-page guide presents everything players and Game Masters need to know to bring the dark markets of Katapesh to terrible life.

By Stephen S. Greer and Amber E. Scott

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-166-4

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Ooooo... neat!


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

Woohoo! I'm hoping for Golarion's take on the mercanes (my current favourite SRD creature).

I enjoyed Secrets of Xen'drik, and I have high hopes for this book!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

I cannot wait!

Taldor

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

I can't wait for this one! I'm guessing it's chock-full of little morsels that'll fire the imagination!

Taldor

Ha! I love this cover! More like this, please!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
cappadocius wrote:
Ha! I love this cover! More like this, please!

I'm guessing this is temporary, since that was the image used for the Slums map pack.

I really do like that image though.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mikaze wrote:
cappadocius wrote:
Ha! I love this cover! More like this, please!
I'm guessing this is temporary, since that was the image used for the Slums map pack.

You are correct!

Taldor

Vic Wertz wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
cappadocius wrote:
Ha! I love this cover! More like this, please!
I'm guessing this is temporary, since that was the image used for the Slums map pack.
You are correct!

More like that, please! Say, maybe on the Guide to Katapesh?

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

The cover is up on the blog but the link to the full-size version is broken :( any chance it could be corrected so I can admire it in it's full glory?

[EDIT] Aha! Through my mighty deductive skills (hah) I found the cover here, and very snazzy it is too.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Still not working for me. I was a bit surprised to see that it isn't a Reynolds cover as I thought he did the Chronicles covers. Oh well, I must've missed that memo. :D

Osirion

Illessa wrote:
[EDIT] Aha! Through my mighty deductive skills (hah) I found the cover here, and very snazzy it is too.

Ooh, that cover's hot. Of course, I'm rooting for the poor guy just trying to walk his cute widdle doggies, and getting all anbushed by that crazy fanatic...

Taldor

Ravenmantle wrote:
Still not working for me.

Same here. I want to see the cover, too!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

That link worked for me!!!

Sweet cover!! Same artist that does the item cards? Love the Gnoll.

RM

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The link in the blog has been fixed.

Taldor

Vic Wertz wrote:
The link in the blog has been fixed.

Yay! It is an awesome picture!


But does it have a Troll Market?

Honestly, when I saw that on the Hellboy 2 DVD, my first thought was "Katapesh".

Qadira

That is one SWEET cover! I love the action, and even the "Battlefield Earth" angled shot is working. Plus, I didn't know the cleric was a dual-wielding "Crouching Tiger" type fighter! Man I want this book!

Taldor

Zeugma wrote:
That is one SWEET cover! I love the action, and even the "Battlefield Earth" angled shot is working. Plus, I didn't know the cleric was a dual-wielding "Crouching Tiger" type fighter! Man I want this book!

She isn't. She's just doing something that looks cool at the cost of a lot of minuses on her To Hit roll.

Contributor

+2 style points.

Andoran

i agree with Sean... style goes a long way with me:D

and a decently buffed cleric shouldn't have so much penalties

also... Saranrae Clerics are know for their skilled derbish... who is not to say that Kyra took the rpestigue class and know she is a two-dual wielding cleric bringing pain to the evil doers and awesome art to our covers? :D

Andoran

I have many plans for this place, so I am waiting it with great expectation :)

Qadira RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

Is it March yet? When will it be March!?!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Tarren Dei wrote:
Is it March yet? When will it be March!?!

Assuming there are no unforeseen delays in customs, we expect March to arrive shortly after February concludes.

Andoran

Vic Wertz wrote:
Tarren Dei wrote:
Is it March yet? When will it be March!?!
Assuming there are no unforeseen delays in customs, we expect March to arrive shortly after February concludes.

good news.... lets hope its not delayed...

well maybe only this March... for once I would want not to get older this soon in the year

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I've uploaded the finished cover.

Cheliax

Brilliant!

Andoran

good good
very good

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Vic Wertz wrote:
I've uploaded the finished cover.

...and now the cover has author names!


It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.

Andoran

Ooh, can't wait. I'm absolutely loving the A Guide To series. Will this have an awesome map of the city like in the Guide to Korvosa?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Tukadian wrote:
Ooh, can't wait. I'm absolutely loving the A Guide To series. Will this have an awesome map of the city like in the Guide to Korvosa?

There's no poster map in Dark Markets. The map of the city of Katapesh is a full-page map.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Does this by any chance have bartering rules?

Contributor

Zaister wrote:
Does this by any chance have bartering rules?

Nope. Game time at the table is too precious to spend trying to get an extra 5% profit on junk you're selling. ;)

Paizo Employee Developer

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Does this by any chance have bartering rules?
Nope. Game time at the table is too precious to spend trying to get an extra 5% profit on junk you're selling. ;)

That's it. I'm finding a new game where I can be as thrifty and miserly as I am in real life!

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

does this have a map of Katapesh?


Mactaka wrote:
does this have a map of Katapesh?
James Jacobs wrote:


The map of the city of Katapesh is a full-page map.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mactaka wrote:
does this have a map of Katapesh?

There's a map of Katapesh the city and Katapesh the country, yes. Although there's not an awful lot of details on the regional map of Katapesh, since so much of it is either desert or savannah.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

So, is this now an April release or will it still be coming out about the same time as PF#20?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Rauol_Duke wrote:
So, is this now an April release or will it still be coming out about the same time as PF#20?

It didn't make the boat with #20, so it will be an April release.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

OK, thanks Vic.


will there be a PrC for the Zephyr Guard?


Pathfinder Modules Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
It didn't make the boat with #20, so it will be an April release.

Man. Those boats from China sure do seem, um, slow.

;)

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Really looking forward to this one too!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Nadir-Khân wrote:
will there be a PrC for the Zephyr Guard?

Nope.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The product blurb reads like it's more about Katapesh the city than Katapesh the country. If I'm correct, where would I go to find out more about the nomadic tribes of Katapesh?

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

I'm excited to find out about the Pactmasters. Are they mercane? Denizens of Leng? A completely new statblock? I'm on tenterhooks, I tell ya!

Taldor

Demiurge 1138 wrote:
I'm excited to find out about the Pactmasters. Are they mercane? Denizens of Leng? A completely new statblock? I'm on tenterhooks, I tell ya!

Dude, everyone knows that Pactmasters are a Warlock paragon path.

Contributor

Joana wrote:
The product blurb reads like it's more about Katapesh the city than Katapesh the country. If I'm correct, where would I go to find out more about the nomadic tribes of Katapesh?

The chapter on the country of Katapesh is about the same length as the one about the main city. The country section talks about the gnoll and jann nomadic tribes that live in the wildlands—however, the LOF AP has much more info on the gnoll tribes than [iDark Markets[/i] does.

Cheliax

Demiurge 1138 wrote:
I'm excited to find out about the Pactmasters. Are they mercane? Denizens of Leng? A completely new statblock? I'm on tenterhooks, I tell ya!

Ha! And I thought I was a cunning ******* for coming up with a wealthy merchant nation run by "alien" masters (the Mercane) specializing in magic item trade (this was for my homebrewed setting). Seems like others have come up with the same idea... :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Asgetrion wrote:
Demiurge 1138 wrote:
I'm excited to find out about the Pactmasters. Are they mercane? Denizens of Leng? A completely new statblock? I'm on tenterhooks, I tell ya!
Ha! And I thought I was a cunning ******* for coming up with a wealthy merchant nation run by "alien" masters (the Mercane) specializing in magic item trade (this was for my homebrewed setting). Seems like others have come up with the same idea... :)

The Fritz Leiber short story, "Bazzar of the Bizarre" (from which Katapesh borrows its nickname) has a pretty similar setup as well...

Cheliax

James Jacobs wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Demiurge 1138 wrote:
I'm excited to find out about the Pactmasters. Are they mercane? Denizens of Leng? A completely new statblock? I'm on tenterhooks, I tell ya!
Ha! And I thought I was a cunning ******* for coming up with a wealthy merchant nation run by "alien" masters (the Mercane) specializing in magic item trade (this was for my homebrewed setting). Seems like others have come up with the same idea... :)
The Fritz Leiber short story, "Bazzar of the Bizarre" (from which Katapesh borrows its nickname) has a pretty similar setup as well...

Now that you mention it, it does... maybe that's where I got the idea, too! You know, it's been nearly ten years since I last read it -- maybe it's time revisit Lankhmar again! :)

When I read all Vance's 'Dying Earth' -stories, I blatantly and consciously stole some ideas from them as well, but now I'm dropping the homebrewed setting because I've got so much good stuff for Golarion! :)

(BTW, James, it's nice that you guys placed 'Castle Odranto' in Ustalav... a great way to give a nod towards Walpole's gothic horror classic!)

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