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Wayfinder #5 (PFRPG)

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Created for fans by fans, this issue of the Wayfinder fanzine includes dozens of articles designed to expand the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the world of Golarion. Inside you will find original fiction, new races, monsters, recipes, poetry and this is just a small portion of what awaits you!

Contributing Authors: Ryan Costello, Jr., Liz “Lilith” Courts, Paris Crenshaw, Darrick “Drack530” Dahl, Adam Daigle, Blake “Nethys” Davis, Jess Door, Jeffrey Erwin, J. Russell “Soricel Minoi Mousefeet” Estes, Charles Evans, Robert “Snorter” Feather, Dawn “DarkSasha” Fischer, Christoph “RuyanVe” Gimmler, Robert Gresham, Jesper “Kajehase” Haglund, Eric “Boxhead” Hindley, Michael “Kurgon” Kelley, Michael “Ask a Shoanti” Kortes, Michael Lane, Thomas LeBlanc, Jeffrey “Shadowborn” Lee, Tom “Majuba” McQueen, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Tom “Tom Qadim” Phillips, Dane Pitchford, Marc Radle, John C. “ValmarTheMad” Rock, Carl “Tokoz” Rossi, Joseph “Guy Humual” Scott, K. Neil “Scribbling Rambler” Shackleton, Justin “Black Fang” Sluder, Neil Spicer, David ‘Hill Giant’ Schwartz, Ian “Set” Turner, Brandon “KrVnk” Waldenberg, Mike “taig” Welham.

Contributing Artists: Russell Akred, Joshua Benet, Tyler Clark, William Dodds, Jess Door, Chad A. Dulac, Carolina Eade, Tanya-Sang “Yuikami” Feddicini, Danille Gauvin, Silvia Gonzalez, Chris “QuestingRaven” H., Mauricio Herrera, Danny “Gworeth” Krog, Dave “The Eldritch Mr. Shiny” Mallon, Kate Neve, Drew Pocza, Marc Radle, Jon Roberts, Isaac Royo, Jon Salazar, Ashton “N’wah” Sperry, Matthew “The Twitching King” Stinson, Carlos “Celurian” Torreblanca, Todd Westcot, Glenn Zimmerman.

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Now available!

Cheliax

sweet, reading it now!


Oooooohhh, so excited. Reading it now.

Ruyan.


Congrats to everyone on another very pretty issue! It looks gorgeou,s and the articles look great.


wow what a fast turn around from number 4 to number 5 considering how delayed wayfinder #4 was. Liz I suggest you take a much deserved break from wayfinder...lol.


mathpro18 wrote:
Liz I suggest you take a much deserved break from wayfinder...lol.

I did! Tim Nightengale totally rocked this one out as the new Editor-in-Chief - I only did layout for this (well, an article too). :)


And you got some darn nice illustration for it too. I actually think that's my favourite Carolina Eade piece so far.


Only browsed things so far, but one bit I did read all of was Daigle's fiction-piece. 5 stars. Loved the idea of a barbarian learning to write, and seeing the process of it in the prose.

Publisher, Clockwork Gnome Publishing

This is just fantastic. The work is superb all around. There is so much here that will be useful for my campaign. The art and fiction was also very well done. I could not stop reading this issue.

I have a certain fascination for the slender man. Shadowborn, your story was a great addition to the lore. And Eldritch Mr. Shiny's art was nice and moody.


Also: putting the guidelines for the next issue at the back - great idea. I'm mini-brainstorming as I type.


Lilith wrote:
mathpro18 wrote:
Liz I suggest you take a much deserved break from wayfinder...lol.
I did! Tim Nightengale totally rocked this one out as the new Editor-in-Chief - I only did layout for this (well, an article too). :)

An excellent article by the way.

Andoran

Kajehase wrote:
Also: putting the guidelines for the next issue at the back - great idea. I'm mini-brainstorming as I type.

Agreed. It's nice to know already what is expected for the next issue.

Tim, congrats.

Osirion

The Staring Contest rocked. Very cool glimpse into the unspoken flavor of a Witch, Mr. Shackleton!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game Subscriber
Set wrote:

The Staring Contest rocked. Very cool glimpse into the unspoken flavor of a Witch, Mr. Shackleton!

Thanks very much!

I'm very pleased to get into Wayfinder, and I'm working on some more ideas for Prophet and Janosz :)
Edit: And kudos to Chad for the illustration!

Qadira

Allen Taliesin wrote:


I have a certain fascination for the slender man. Shadowborn, your story was a great addition to the lore. And Eldritch Mr. Shiny's art was nice and moody.

Thank you kindly. I'd only recently stumbled on the internet mythos and it captured my imagination. The accompanying artwork was excellent. Kudos, Mr. Shiny.

I've only skimmed it, as I'm waiting for my friends to bring home my print copy from Paizocon. There's just something more satisfying about paging through the paper copy. It's a very pretty issue though; one of the best so far.

Cheliax

Congrats for another excellemt release. Even though I just skimmed the PDF, it looks chock full of goodness.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Nice work, everyone!!


Looks REALLY good!! Just from skipping through: layout and illustration are top notch! Thank you Wayfinder team, thank you for another great issue!!!

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Reading right now, looks good!


How does someone get involved in contributing to this? I would love to help or contribute.

But I can't travel to paizo con unfortunately.

Cheliax

Mournblade94, if you read the last page of wayfinder #5 it tells you how to contribute

and talking about contributions:
1) can i resend articles that didn't make the cut?
2) when do submissions start? or are they open now?


Nevermind I just read the last page


ulgulanoth wrote:

Mournblade94, if you read the last page of wayfinder #5 it tells you how to contribute

and talking about contributions:
1) can i resend articles that didn't make the cut?
2) when do submissions start? or are they open now?

Many thanks!

Yeah I just read the last page, just before I came back here to post. I am glad it is about the Linnorm Kings. I am a viking re-enactor so that should prove fun!!!!


Weal or Woe: Monstrous Pride, by Neil Spicer

In this we get a middle-aged swordsmith from Korvosa (Weal), and a sinspawn wizard (Woe). The nature of the format (backstory + stat-block) means that the "fluff" part has to be short and sweet, something Neil does a good job of - guess that RPG Superstar win wasn't a fluke ;) - the swordsmith has got ties to Janderhoff, Korvosa, and even Cheliax, the sinspawn is delightfully nasty. While I didn't examine the stat-blocks into every single detail, neither one of them had any leap-out-the-page errors to them.

All in all, a good piece to start the fanzine off with. I give it 4 sihedron runes out of 5 possible.


I've put the high res versions of the city map tiles up on my blog for people to download. Like the tiles in Wayfinder 4 these are free for non-commercial use.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

Hooray!

This issue was printed for PaizoCon, yes?

Cheliax RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

Thanks and congrats to Tim and everyone! It's cool to get to peruse something that put my name in print! The whole issue looks great, I can't wait until I have time to read it in depth.

Cheliax

JonathanRoberts wrote:
I've put the high res versions of the city map tiles up on my blog for people to download. Like the tiles in Wayfinder 4 these are free for non-commercial use.

Thanks!


You're welcome! Hope they come in handy.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Set wrote:

The Staring Contest rocked. Very cool glimpse into the unspoken flavor of a Witch, Mr. Shackleton!

I agree I really liked The Staring Contest. The rest was good but I really liked this one.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Kajehase wrote:
Weal or Woe: Monstrous Pride, by Neil Spicer....All in all, a good piece to start the fanzine off with. I give it 4 sihedron runes out of 5 possible.

I appreciate the early review. ;-)

Also, for those who played in my Fall After Pride game, they got a much fuller perspective on the adventure that uses those two NPCs (which also appears in Wayfinder #5 following the Weal or Woe article).


You're welcome. I'd have included the adventure in the review as well, except I don't feel very comfortable offering opinions on an adventure without having played/GM'd it.

Osirion

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

Thanks to Tim for the opportunity to be in this issue (pdf version).
Thanks to Jess for the art, Liz for laying it out and starting this whole thing off back in issue 1.

Osirion

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

One small omission in my piece; Trajan's order was Order of the Star.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Set wrote:

The Staring Contest rocked. Very cool glimpse into the unspoken flavor of a Witch, Mr. Shackleton!

I agree I really liked The Staring Contest. The rest was good but I really liked this one.

Wow!

*blush*
That is quite a compliment, considering the great stuff from talented people in that collection, and coming from one of the most respected and prolific reviewers on the boards.

Thank you very much!


Thanks to Tim and the whole team, this is a(nother) great Wayfinder!

Quote:
and coming from one of the most respected and prolific reviewers on the boards.

She's using her charm monster ability, I'd say - hehe.

Although it's true, your Staring Contest is awesome!

Ruyan.


Much thanks guys for squeezing our ShadowPort ad into this issue.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Scribbling Rambler wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Set wrote:

The Staring Contest rocked. Very cool glimpse into the unspoken flavor of a Witch, Mr. Shackleton!

I agree I really liked The Staring Contest. The rest was good but I really liked this one.

Wow!

*blush*
That is quite a compliment, considering the great stuff from talented people in that collection, and coming from one of the most respected and prolific reviewers on the boards.

Thank you very much!

Not sure I would say respected, prolific with a insane cult following... now that I could agree to. :)


Oh, and I am really thrilled by the ad from Zombie Sky Press! Tengu monks: an idea I was tinkering with in my own campaign(s)! When do we learn more?


I'm curious to see/hear if anybody's planning on using the Harrow character creation rules I wrote up. (I finally got to write something for this! Squee!)

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. It's good to see/hear that people are enjoying this issue!

(WHEW!)

I'd like to also thank EVERYONE who was involved with this issue....the writers, artists, editors, advertisers, and donors. Specifically, though, I'd have to say this:
If you love the look, that's Liz Courts you want to thank.

If you love the art, well, that's Hugo Solis (and, the artist of course) that made that happen.

If you love the articles, that was me and my posse of editors, and all those writers.

I would like to ask you, the readers, to please give us feedback. We all want to know what you really liked, what didn't work so well, and (hopefully there is none of this) what you didn't like. This is an opportunity for us to listen to you, and learn what it is that Wayfinder should be.

As for #6....yes, we listened, and decided that the call for submissions and the guidelines for submissions should be ready and easily available ASAP for everyone. So....it's on the last page of the PDF. And I already have 2 submissions in my inbox.

WOW.


Timitius wrote:

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. It's good to see/hear that people are enjoying this issue!

(WHEW!)

I'd like to also thank EVERYONE who was involved with this issue....the writers, artists, editors, advertisers, and donors. Specifically, though, I'd have to say this:
If you love the look, that's Liz Courts you want to thank.

If you love the art, well, that's Hugo Solis (and, the artist of course) that made that happen.

If you love the articles, that was me and my posse of editors, and all those writers.

I would like to ask you, the readers, to please give us feedback. We all want to know what you really liked, what didn't work so well, and (hopefully there is none of this) what you didn't like. This is an opportunity for us to listen to you, and learn what it is that Wayfinder should be.

As for #6....yes, we listened, and decided that the call for submissions and the guidelines for submissions should be ready and easily available ASAP for everyone. So....it's on the last page of the PDF. And I already have 2 submissions in my inbox.

WOW.

Working on the feeback part, and I have a short story from back in school that should be possible to rework into something a bit more magical and Golarionesque that fits the setting. It was pretty reliant on evoking a sense of cold and wind in the reader, though, so I hope I can squeeze it into the necessary length.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Lilith wrote:
I'm curious to see/hear if anybody's planning on using the Harrow character creation rules I wrote up. (I finally got to write something for this! Squee!)

It was pretty cool, I like the cards so anything to make them more useful is good. I will say one of my players will likely use this method from this point on. He loves randomness to his characters and loves using cards instead of dice. So this will give him both of those things.

Though I think you math was off in one part. In the determine your ability scores you pulled one crown for a 11 Chr. But then you said she added a +2 racial to chr for a 14. Later in the three faces she gains a +1 to int, con and chr and the stats are correct. So it looks like the only mistake was in the line about the +2 racial stat bonus. Just a FYI. :)


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Lilith wrote:
I'm curious to see/hear if anybody's planning on using the Harrow character creation rules I wrote up. (I finally got to write something for this! Squee!)

It was pretty cool, I like the cards so anything to make them more useful is good. I will say one of my players will likely use this method from this point on. He loves randomness to his characters and loves using cards instead of dice. So this will give him both of those things.

Though I think you math was off in one part. In the determine your ability scores you pulled one crown for a 11 Chr. But then you said she added a +2 racial to chr for a 14. Later in the three faces she gains a +1 to int, con and chr and the stats are correct. So it looks like the only mistake was in the line about the +2 racial stat bonus. Just a FYI. :)

I'm looking forward to hearing what your player does with this!

There was a last minute change to the stat block to make her a half-elf instead of a human—I probably forgot to go back and change something in the text. :P

Osirion

Timitius wrote:
I would like to ask you, the readers, to please give us feedback. We all want to know what you really liked, what didn't work so well, and (hopefully there is none of this) what you didn't like. This is an opportunity for us to listen to you, and learn what it is that Wayfinder should be.

My love for The Staring Contest fiction is that it covers ground that the core rules leave open for exploration. How does a Witch related to her Familiar, and, through it, to her Patron? Is she even really aware, on a conscious level, anything about her Patron, or is it a presence that, as the fiction suggests, the Familiar knows more about (and experiences more directly) than she does? Going in a different route, has she met some avatar or aspect of this Patron, perhaps even been tutored in the ways of witchcraft by some shadowy figure? Are there animals out there, with a bit of Patron behind their eyes, watching children with potential, waiting for their talents to mature and call upon them as Familiar?

That's neat, and I wouldn't mind seeing more writers exploring that sort of thing.

How does a Summoner / Eidolon relationship work, on a personal level, not a mechanical level? How does the Bloodline of a Sorcerer affect her personality, and does she have avatistic flashbacks when tapping the power of her bloodline? Does a Rogue learn 'Minor Magic' through pilfered arcane writings, or through a shadowy voice whispering arcane lore, or through some other means entirely? When a Barbarian rages, do they 'touch the face of Gorum' and experience it as a spiritual moment of transcendence, or is it all a blood-soaked blur?

Going beyond stuff like my earlier article on channeling special effects, based on diety, how does it *feel* to channel energy. Does it hurt to channel negative energy? Is it rapturous to feel the raw power of life itself bursting out of you in all directions? This is the kind of visceral stuff that makes the class mechanics come alive, for me, and so I definitely prefer fiction that explores what it really means to attempt to solve a sixteen-dimensional Rubik's cube of shifting arcane forces in one's hands, while someone is shooting arrows at you, instead of saying 'I cast magic missile.'

There's a ton of unexplored territory, between the rules and mechanics, and the character and how they would affect them, and my favorite sort of fiction explores this. Some of us have had twenty or more years with concepts like magic missile or familiars or cure spells, and, IMO, it makes the whole game shiny and new when a bit of fiction describes something in a more sensory-rich way, such as the feeling of flesh stretching and fusing together when a cure wounds spell is cast, instead of just 'he healed their wounds.'


I've only glanced at it so far, but I enjoy the kingdom building article and the material on the werewolf barbarian alternate(?) class. Great work!


Great job on the issue as always, everyone, and now that due to an odd snafu I got two issues, I can leave one on my gaming table and have the other bronzed.

That works, right? Bronzing articles?

My only complaint: as we can ALL agree on, that Ashton guy is the best artist ever. He needs to do the cover for Wayfinder #7, so he can have a published cover art credit. I mean, sure, Crystal's great, what with her art degree and design chops and getting her name in every product Paizo makes now, but I understand there's still some fans in outer Mongolia that are a bit hazy on how awesome that Ashton guy is. We need to rectify that, I think. :D


And Liz, yes, we'll prolly be using the Harrow deck creation method for Carrion Crown. Well, the PCs will, at any rate. My GMPC is already done.

Andoran

N'wah wrote:

Great job on the issue as always, everyone, and now that due to an odd snafu I got two issues, I can leave one on my gaming table and have the other bronzed.

That works, right? Bronzing articles?

My only complaint: as we can ALL agree on, that Ashton guy is the best artist ever. He needs to do the cover for Wayfinder #7, so he can have a published cover art credit. I mean, sure, Crystal's great, what with her art degree and design chops and getting her name in every product Paizo makes now, but I understand there's still some fans in outer Mongolia that are a bit hazy on how awesome that Ashton guy is. We need to rectify that, I think. :D

Sounds like N'wah and this Ashton guy are BFFs ...

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

N'wah wrote:
so he can have a published cover art credit

So, #2 doesn't count?? :P

I specifically want to thank Ashton for coming through with some great "last minute" art for us, too. If you walked away with the two issues...well, you deserve them.

Just....avoid the bronzing thing, dude.

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