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Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to the River Kingdoms (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to the River Kingdoms (PFRPG)

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Stake your claim! In the anarchic hills and valleys of the River Kingdoms, all you own is what you can hold by force. Dozens of nations flourish in this land of outlaws and scoundrels, from high-walled city-states to tiny tribal enclaves, and any hero with strength and vision can claim a throne at the point of a sword. Here secretive druids protect ancient forests, and downtrodden refugees and exiles cast longing eyes toward lost homelands. Civilized sea monsters trapped far from the briny deep rub shoulders with legitimized assassins, and strange magic can pull a prosperous town in and out of time and space. With the constant rise and fall of bandit lords, there’s no limit to the power and prestige bold adventurers can find—though whether they can keep it is another story.

    Inside this 64-page book, you’ll find:
  • A complete overview of the River Kingdoms, their statistics and history, and the Six River Freedoms that enforce honor among thieves
  • In-depth entries on 22 new nations from some of the most imaginitive authors in fantasy and science fiction, including award-winning author China Miéville, New York Times bestseller Elaine Cunningham, and gaming legends Chris Pramas, Colin McComb, Lisa Stevens, and Steve Kenson
  • Adventure hooks for every nation, fully fleshed-out and ready to be dropped into your existing campaign
  • New feats, spells, class abilities, and poisons native to the River Kingdoms
  • An exhaustive map of the River Kingdoms, including ancient ruins, haunted cities, monstrous lairs, and much more

Though created for the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, the information presented in this book is perfect for inclusion in any game world, and makes an excellent supplement for the Kingmaker Adventure Path.

by Eric Bailey, Kevin Carter, Elaine Cunningham, Adam Daigle, Mike Ferguson, Joshua J. Frost, James Jacobs, Steve Kenson, Rob Manning, Colin McComb, Alison McKenzie, China Miéville, Brock Mitchel-Slentz, Jason Nelson, Richard Pett, Chris Pramas, Jeff Quick, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Neil Spicer, Lisa Stevens, Matthew Stinson, and John Wick.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-203-6

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Qadira

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

What is Kingmaker?!?


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

I'm going with "soon to be announced AP".

Qadira

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
I'm going with "soon to be announced AP".

Yeah, but i want more information than that :(


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Yeah...I didn't say I was going far, just which direction...
They're trying to short-circuit the part of our brain that stops us from hitting "add to cart" every time we see it with all these announcements!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Legacy of Fire is AP #4. It's the one we're going to be launching in a few weeks.

Council of Thieves is AP #5. It launches at Gen Con, and will be the first PF RPG AP.

Kingmaker is AP #6. It's set in the River Kingdoms. That's about all we'll be saying about it for many months, though! :)

Qadira

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

Wouldn't that be a bad thing?

Oh well I haven't had to worry about that urge since I superscribed :D


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

River Kingdom plus "Kingmaker" sounds like a great AP to me :)

Qadira

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

Legacy of Fire is AP #4. It's the one we're going to be launching in a few weeks.

Council of Thieves is AP #5. It launches at Gen Con, and will be the first PF RPG AP.

Kingmaker is AP #6. It's set in the River Kingdoms. That's about all we'll be saying about it for many months, though! :)

I just noticed that this post was there... huh.

Taldor

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

many <= 4, when the next announcements are going to be made.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Wow, River Kingdoms AP? That sounds fun, could the end result be the PCs ruling their own robber barony?

Taldor

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Kingmaker is AP #6. It's set in the River Kingdoms. That's about all we'll be saying about it for many months, though! :)

Huzzar, months of wild speculation and intense dissection of any sentence that falls from James' lips/pen/keyboard.

All I know so far is that this will be the first AP in which the PCs begin as Vargouilles questing for ancient magics that will return their bodies.

Spoiler:
I may have made that up.


Callous Jack wrote:
Wow, River Kingdoms AP? That sounds fun, could the end result be the PCs ruling their own robber barony?

Gosh I hope so. I've been trying to write my own campaign based in the river kingdoms along just those lines.

Anyways a Chronicle for the River Kingdoms will be very helpful either way.

Cheliax

Cool! I'm looking forward to a scourcebook on one of my favorite regions of Golarion! And an AP named KINGMAKER? Where do I have to sign in?! :-)

Taldor

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

And that is followed by KINGSLAYER and that is followed by Clash of the Kingslayers... hmmm... don't we already have that? Is that a prequel AP? Apisode One?

<banter mode off>

Just kidding around. I find the chaotic political environment of the River Kingdoms ideal for an Adventure Path.

Cheliax

Oliver von Spreckelsen wrote:

And that is followed by KINGSLAYER and that is followed by Clash of the Kingslayers... hmmm... don't we already have that? Is that a prequel AP? Apisode One?

<banter mode off>

Just kidding around. I find the chaotic political environment of the River Kingdoms ideal for an Adventure Path.

No, no... once you've playd Clash of the Kingslayers, don't you need a new king? Ergo, Kingmaker! ;)

Andoran

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

Whoa....Kingmaker. I can't believe missed that earlier in the week. That is quite a teaser.


Just the name alone makes me want to get my hands on it :)

Andoran

this sounds like a Game of Thrones...
this i approve :D

Shadow Lodge

I was hoping it would have been done by Ed Greenwood. No offence meant James. Has Paizo approached Ed about doing one of the Pathfinder Books?

18DELTA

Paizo Employee CEO

18DELTA wrote:

I was hoping it would have been done by Ed Greenwood. No offence meant James. Has Paizo approached Ed about doing one of the Pathfinder Books?

18DELTA

James Jacobs is our standard placeholder for all products that we don't know who the author is. He won't be writing this book as far as I know, and we haven't announced who will be yet. Once we have an author, we'll change the name on the website here.

-Lisa

Shadow Lodge

Thanks. Still hoping for an Ed Greenwood Pathfinder Book. That would be pure win.

18DELTA

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

18DELTA wrote:

Thanks. Still hoping for an Ed Greenwood Pathfinder Book. That would be pure win.

18DELTA

Do you know that Ed contributed to the Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting book?

Cheliax

Vic Wertz wrote:
18DELTA wrote:

Thanks. Still hoping for an Ed Greenwood Pathfinder Book. That would be pure win.

18DELTA

Do you know that Ed contributed to the Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting book?

And many of us are surely hoping that you'll use Ed as a freelancer on more projects! 'Dwarves of Golarion', for example, would be pure gold if done by Ed -- I'm still using his book 'Dwarven Deep' in every FR campaign I run. :)

(BTW, did Ed write the stuff on Hold of Belkzen in the Campaign Setting? That was an amazing bit that surely felt like his work! :))


In terms of actual content/inspiration, I wouldn't mind seeing a nod or two towards Moorcock's Young Kingdoms.

Shadow Lodge

Yes I knew Ed worked on the Campaign Book. That was one of the reasons I bought it. :) Ed doing a Pathfinder Chronicals Book would be pure win

18DELTA

Paizo Employee Creative Director

18DELTA wrote:

I was hoping it would have been done by Ed Greenwood. No offence meant James. Has Paizo approached Ed about doing one of the Pathfinder Books?

18DELTA

No offense taken.

We've talked with Ed in the past and he's worked on stuff with us before (such as the aforementioned Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting Hardcover), and we'll be quite likely to talk to him again to get him to work on other Pathfinder products as well. He's a busy guy though, and getting his schedule to sync up with Paizo's is a tricky task...

In any case, we haven't announced who's writing this book yet, mostly because we're still assigning parts of the book. It won't be by one author, though... that's all I know for sure right now.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

Legacy of Fire is AP #4. It's the one we're going to be launching in a few weeks.

Council of Thieves is AP #5. It launches at Gen Con, and will be the first PF RPG AP.

Kingmaker is AP #6. It's set in the River Kingdoms. That's about all we'll be saying about it for many months, though! :)

I wonder if two months is enough "many".


Zuxius wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

Legacy of Fire is AP #4. It's the one we're going to be launching in a few weeks.

Council of Thieves is AP #5. It launches at Gen Con, and will be the first PF RPG AP.

Kingmaker is AP #6. It's set in the River Kingdoms. That's about all we'll be saying about it for many months, though! :)

I wonder if two months is enough "many".

Mr Mona has let slip some stuff about Kingmaker here.

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber

Thanks Zombieneighbor!

I am looking to these kingdoms with great interest.


Kingmaker is also the name of a Neverwinter Nights premium module sold by Bioware. I guess that's not a problem though since it's a video game rather than a tabletop game?

Qadira

Paizo Superscriber

Hmm, perhaps they should change the name. People might read too much into that.

Taldor

Oh, for crying out loud. Kingmaker is also a boardgame from the 1970s about the War of the Roses, a British Indie Rock band, a Marvel comics character, and the bloody 16th Earl of Warwick, with whom the term originates.

Nobody's going to be confused or litigious about this because Neverwinter Nights went to the well, too.


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

OT
Yeah, I hate flip-floppers. Why can't we just count on people to be good Yorkists?

Contributor

cappadocius wrote:

Oh, for crying out loud. Kingmaker is also a boardgame from the 1970s about the War of the Roses, a British Indie Rock band, a Marvel comics character, and the bloody 16th Earl of Warwick, with whom the term originates.

Nobody's going to be confused or litigious about this because Neverwinter Nights went to the well, too.

::applauds::

Thanks for the historical perspective. Usually you have to go to the Richard III Society to see Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, referenced on on a message board. :)


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Right-thinking is invasive. Being right-thinking about Pathfinder increases your chances of being right-thinking about Good King Richard. I'm waiting for somebody to sign on to the compatibility license and offer a historically accurate (i.e., Ricardist) War of the Roses sourcebook.

I'm a shameless threadjacker, sorry.

Taldor

Respect for Old Dicky Neville is secondary to my needs than that we use the X-Men villain whose power was loan sharkery.


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Neville was an opportunist, not a loyalist, no?

You've got too many shark things going on in different threads. I'm having to look too many things up!

Taldor

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:


You've got too many shark things going on in different threads. I'm having to look too many things up!

I live to serve.


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:

OT

Yeah, I hate flip-floppers. Why can't we just count on people to be good Yorkists?

Marshall to Thetford with 50 men!


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Man, I gotta keep an eye out for a copy of that game. It's OOP, right?


cappadocius wrote:

Oh, for crying out loud. Kingmaker is also a boardgame from the 1970s about the War of the Roses, a British Indie Rock band, a Marvel comics character, and the bloody 16th Earl of Warwick, with whom the term originates.

Nobody's going to be confused or litigious about this because Neverwinter Nights went to the well, too.

Learn something new every day. I never heard of any of that stuff you mentioned but I think the 16th Earl of Warwick gets the title.


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Man, I gotta keep an eye out for a copy of that game. It's OOP, right?

Yep.

http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkwZkingmakerQ20boardQ20gameQQ_armrsZ1QQ_f romZQQ_mdoZ


Wolf Munroe wrote:
cappadocius wrote:

Oh, for crying out loud. Kingmaker is also a boardgame from the 1970s about the War of the Roses, a British Indie Rock band, a Marvel comics character, and the bloody 16th Earl of Warwick, with whom the term originates.

Nobody's going to be confused or litigious about this because Neverwinter Nights went to the well, too.

Learn something new every day. I never heard of any of that stuff you mentioned but I think the 16th Earl of Warwick gets the title.

Of course, this is also where GRRM gets some of his inspiration for the titular head of the Lannisters.

Taldor

F33b wrote:


Of course, this is also where GRRM gets some of his inspiration for the titular head of the Lannisters.

It's fun to go through the A Game of Thrones and tag all the thinly-veiled analogs to historical figures from the War of the Roses. :)

Contributor

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:

Right-thinking is invasive. Being right-thinking about Pathfinder increases your chances of being right-thinking about Good King Richard. I'm waiting for somebody to sign on to the compatibility license and offer a historically accurate (i.e., Ricardist) War of the Roses sourcebook.

I'm a shameless threadjacker, sorry.

But since you're a Ricardist, all is forgiven.

A few years back, I was asked to write an article entitled "Richard III and the Princes in the Tower" for Renaissance Magazine. I started out a traditionalist, but by the time I'd read a stack of books (I always do way too much research) arguing both sides (actually, "several sides" would be more accurate), I ended up firmly in the Richardist camp.

And yes, a War of the Roses source book sounds like a pretty good idea to me.


So, how far ahead do you guys try and get the cover art done? Like this is a Dec. release, but with it going to the printers, wouldn't it need to be done like next month?


Choopacabra wrote:
So, how far ahead do you guys try and get the cover art done? Like this is a Dec. release, but with it going to the printers, wouldn't it need to be done like next month?

Covers usually go up a month or so before the release of the product, they may have some, but they are rarely put up on the website until a month or so before the product. Hope that helps.

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cappadocius wrote:
F33b wrote:


Of course, this is also where GRRM gets some of his inspiration for the titular head of the Lannisters.
It's fun to go through the A Game of Thrones and tag all the thinly-veiled analogs to historical figures from the War of the Roses. :)

What about the Game of Porcelain Thrones?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Choopacabra wrote:
So, how far ahead do you guys try and get the cover art done? Like this is a Dec. release, but with it going to the printers, wouldn't it need to be done like next month?

We generally try to order art for covers very early, often six months or more before the book ships to the printer. But also, we give our cover artists a long time to perfect the covers. In addition, the actual design of the cover usually ends up being one of the last steps in the process. As for shipping to printer dates, those are generally 2 months before release... so we're still five months ahead of when we'll have to start thinking about that for this product.

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