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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Distant Worlds (PFRPG)

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Golarion is the primary world of the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it is not alone. Far beyond its lands and seas, sister worlds revolve around the same sun, their residents connected by magical portals or ships of terrifying magic and technology. Now take your game off-planet and explore these weird new worlds for yourself!

This book offers a detailed introduction to the science-fantasy worlds of Golarion’s solar system, each complete with its own mysterious locations and cultures. Discover how your swords and spells match up against the trench dwellers of the Red Planet or the angelic Sarcesians who soar between asteroids. Research the mysterious origins of the sealed world-ship of Apostae, or hunt vortex sharks in the freezing seas of Kalo-Mahoi. Though strange and new, each of these worlds uses the same Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules as Golarion itself.

    Within this 64-page book, you’ll find:
  • Gazetteers of every planet and major moon in Golarion’s system, from the steamy jungles of Castrovel and the machine-ruled rock of Aballon to post-apocalyptic Eox and divided Verces, where one side is always day and the other night. Plus, uncover information on the residents of the sun, Golarion’s moon, the asteroid belt called the Diaspora, the dark regions beyond mysterious Aucturn, and more!
  • Introductions to the major cultures inhabiting the system. Will you join Castrovel’s beautiful Lashunta, fight beside the four-armed giants of Akiton, study with the hyper-evolved Contemplatives of Ashok, petition the undead Bone Sages of Eox, or face down the insectile legions of the Forever Queen?
  • Easy new rules for adventuring on other planets, including discussions on gravity, temperature, time, vacuum, and traveling between worlds.
  • Adventure hooks for every world, tailored for GMs currently playing on Golarion.
  • Six brand-new alien monsters, from intelligent dragonkin who bond with humanoids to the great oma space-whales and amorphous, blimplike Brethedans.

Distant Worlds is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

by James L. Sutter

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-403-0

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Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Thanks for all the kind words, everybody! And Shem is right--to date, very few of our campaign setting books have sold out, and I'm not sure any have done so this quickly. So it definitely proves there's a demand for space! What that may lead to in the future is anybody's guess, but it's certainly something we'll be discussing. :)

In the meantime, while I can't give spoilers (other to say that it's *not* a hardcover planets book--someday!), I can say that you should hear about some more interplanetary goodness fairly soon...


James, if you can push to get an interplanetary AP going similar to what Mikaze was talking about, I may have to break down and subscribe to the AP line.

Maybe the planets ARE aligning.

Also: the space whales are my favorite thing in the whole book. :O


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Yes!! Great job, but no surprise, this is probably my single favorite Pathfinder book.

I already know that my next campaign will be an "across the worlds" campaign, though I'm not even going to think about it much until mythic rules are out (my current epic campaign will suffice until then), but I'm sure looking forward to planning it out.

Here's to hoping for a much higher interplanetary presence in the future :)


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James Sutter wrote:

Thanks for all the kind words, everybody! And Shem is right--to date, very few of our campaign setting books have sold out, and I'm not sure any have done so this quickly. So it definitely proves there's a demand for space! What that may lead to in the future is anybody's guess, but it's certainly something we'll be discussing. :)

In the meantime, while I can't give spoilers (other to say that it's *not* a hardcover planets book--someday!), I can say that you should hear about some more interplanetary goodness fairly soon...

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Good thing Im a girl because I just squealed like one!


Uhm, can you guys just hire Mikaze?
If just to write that sucker.
I'm down however it comes out.

And congrats on a near sellout, that's good news for those of us that like this sort of thing (which must be a bunch of us).


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I'm assuming the print run on Distant Worlds was a pretty standard one for the campaign setting books? And not, like, five?

Because that's even more awesome than I thought, if it's one of the few to sell out. Not that it's great the others didn't/haven't yet, but because I really like what it means in terms of what might be coming down the pike.

Again, congrats!

Andoran

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Gorbacz wrote:
Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace.

NO ONE'S GOING TO SPACE, MATE!

Silver Crusade

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James Sutter wrote:

Thanks for all the kind words, everybody! And Shem is right--to date, very few of our campaign setting books have sold out, and I'm not sure any have done so this quickly. So it definitely proves there's a demand for space! What that may lead to in the future is anybody's guess, but it's certainly something we'll be discussing. :)

In the meantime, while I can't give spoilers (other to say that it's *not* a hardcover planets book--someday!), I can say that you should hear about some more interplanetary goodness fairly soon...

These hints. So rich with promise, so torturously ambiguous.

ie: MOAR ALIENS PL0X ;)

@Arazyr and Lass: Oh man, not even as a joke. I'm still trying to finish this one fan project after way too long. But man, I'd love to buy it! :D If I ever had time to run an PbP(most likely won't) this is one of the campaigns I'd most want to run.

@Zagnabbit: That avatar image is actually what I kept seeing in my head for the captain when I typed that up earlier. ;) Honestly, I really want to run/play an adventure with a Vercite Aethership with Vercites where you go to Verces and do Verces stuff on Verces because Verces.

I like Verces.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Cthulhudrew wrote:
I'm assuming the print run on Distant Worlds was a pretty standard one for the campaign setting books?

Yup! These things are all pretty standardized at this point.

Silver Crusade

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Well I said elsewhere on these boards that there might not be an appetite for a potential planet hopping AP...

Couldn't be happier to be proven wrong.

Silver Crusade

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Have at thee, pseudo-medieval-european-knights-and-damsels fantasy!

Take that, foo-man-choo wuxia anime Dragon Empires dragonballs!

What we want is Dinosaur Blaster Princesses of Venus!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Amen to that


2 people marked this as a favorite.
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What Gorbacz, we can't combine all three;)


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spamhammer wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace.
NO ONE'S GOING TO SPACE, MATE!

Dad, are you space?

Paizo Employee CEO

15 people marked this as a favorite.

Just to fill in here. We actually printed more than normal for this book because we feel it is one of our core campaign setting books. Not as much as we should have it seems. However, we are going to go back to print on this book so that future Pathfinder fans will be able to buy it and read the coolness that James has injected into our planetary system. So it won't be sold out for long! Second print run already ordered!

-Lisa

Silver Crusade

Yay! More planets for everyone!


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Gorbacz wrote:

Have at thee, pseudo-medieval-european-knights-and-damsels fantasy!

Take that, foo-man-choo wuxia anime Dragon Empires dragonballs!

What we want is Dinosaur Blaster Princesses of Venus!

Hell yea!!


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Can we get a Director's Cut version printed? :p


Lisa Stevens wrote:

Just to fill in here. We actually printed more than normal for this book because we feel it is one of our core campaign setting books. Not as much as we should have it seems. However, we are going to go back to print on this book so that future Pathfinder fans will be able to buy it and read the coolness that James has injected into our planetary system. So it won't be sold out for long! Second print run already ordered!

-Lisa

What would be even better is a hardcover edition :P

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Cthulhudrew wrote:
Can we get a Director's Cut version printed? :p

The nice thing about working here and thoroughly paginating the book ahead of time means that relatively little of any significance ended up on the cutting room floor. But thanks! :D

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Lisa Stevens wrote:

Just to fill in here. We actually printed more than normal for this book because we feel it is one of our core campaign setting books. Not as much as we should have it seems. However, we are going to go back to print on this book so that future Pathfinder fans will be able to buy it and read the coolness that James has injected into our planetary system. So it won't be sold out for long! Second print run already ordered!

-Lisa

Ha! I had no idea we ordered more of this one. Thanks, Lisa! :D


Lisa Stevens wrote:

Just to fill in here. We actually printed more than normal for this book because we feel it is one of our core campaign setting books. Not as much as we should have it seems. However, we are going to go back to print on this book so that future Pathfinder fans will be able to buy it and read the coolness that James has injected into our planetary system. So it won't be sold out for long! Second print run already ordered!

-Lisa

Do you have a ballpark idea of when that second print run will be available? My credit card wants to know ;)

Silver Crusade

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SPAAAAAACE.


The Final Frontier.

Paizo Employee Chief Operating Officer, Web Store Manager

Are wrote:
Lisa Stevens wrote:

Just to fill in here. We actually printed more than normal for this book because we feel it is one of our core campaign setting books. Not as much as we should have it seems. However, we are going to go back to print on this book so that future Pathfinder fans will be able to buy it and read the coolness that James has injected into our planetary system. So it won't be sold out for long! Second print run already ordered!

-Lisa

Do you have a ballpark idea of when that second print run will be available? My credit card wants to know ;)

We are expecting these back in sometime in mid September.


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Will the second printing incorporate any errata?

Osirion

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Now that this is probably the best selling campaign setting book, how about a full on hard cover and an adventure path, and I would love to see a group of modules that each have an adventure on a different planet.

Come on!!! Give us what we want... :)

Thank you - rant off


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Will the second printing incorporate any errata?

Everything you thought you knew about space... Is Wrong!!! :)


It's been a few months since I bought this book, and MAN the "Flavor" (since I REFUSE to use "fluff") still is on my tongue.

Definitly some adventures on Castrovel and Akiton would be amazing. Triaxus, weirdly, combines "that planet that revolves around Upsilon Andromidae" (also an erratic revolution, much like Triaxus), and with the Dragonkin fighting alongside and with Triaxians.... I can't help but think of "Dragon's Blood" by Jane Yolen.

And, though I've not read every page on this thread... i'd be intrigued, even fascinated, on a one-time adventure to Nchak... how does a small band of humanoids fair on a world... OF SENTIENT (and non-sentient) INSECTS?!?!? I mean, such lost-in-translations moments could occur when dealing with the dominating lifeforms, ruled by The Forever Queen.

Oh, btw, This book, and Advanced Race Guide (and a TINY bit of Psionics Unleashed), has prompted me and a friend of mine to craft up three alien races for our campaigns (we use Pathfinder as a "toolkit", but we've made up our, well mostly his, fantasy world (called Relmus, or "The Realm") and I've worked up on the worlds further in and further out from said world (Well, Spelljammer had Greyspace and Krynnspace, etc. etc., so I KNEW Golarions solar system isn't the only one out there in the Tapestry). I could spoil for the races I helped to make but.... well... NAH (plus I do use LOOSE references to some books, shows, movies, and one sci-fi pulp comic cover by Frank R. Paul)!

*sigh* now if only we had the funding to work on fleshing out these worlds (especially the main one) and to publish them... oh well, in due time, I suppose.


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Jayson Klein wrote:


Definitly some adventures on Castrovel and Akiton would be amazing. Triaxus, weirdly, combines "that planet that revolves around Upsilon Andromidae" (also an erratic revolution, much like Triaxus), and with the Dragonkin fighting alongside and with Triaxians.... I can't help but think of "Dragon's Blood" by Jane Yolen.

See the Reign of Winter AP volume 4 that is supposed to go to Triaxus.


Justin Franklin wrote:
See the Reign of Winter AP volume 4 that is supposed to go to Triaxus.

... neat!


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Justin Franklin wrote:
Jayson Klein wrote:


Definitly some adventures on Castrovel and Akiton would be amazing. Triaxus, weirdly, combines "that planet that revolves around Upsilon Andromidae" (also an erratic revolution, much like Triaxus), and with the Dragonkin fighting alongside and with Triaxians.... I can't help but think of "Dragon's Blood" by Jane Yolen.

See the Reign of Winter AP volume 4 that is supposed to go to Triaxus.

I guess that answers my earlier question of what season it currently is there. :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Steve Geddes wrote:
Will the second printing incorporate any errata?

Last I heard, we had like one typo to fix and no actual errata.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Will the second printing incorporate any errata?
Last I heard, we had like one typo to fix and no actual errata.

Cheers. Probably not necessary to buy another copy for just one typo then. :)


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Will the second printing incorporate any errata?
Last I heard, we had like one typo to fix and no actual errata.

I think the construct listed in here is the only one without details on how to make, so there's some potential errata :)

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Cheapy wrote:


I think the construct listed in here is the only one without details on how to make

That's 'cause the Aballonians are a machine race rather than the sort of thing you build in your workshop. Since inevitables don't have creation stats (despite being designed and built by the Axiomites), I felt like it was okay to skip it here as well. (Cue Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law.")

I mean, you *could* probably create something that was very similar to an Aballonian--after all, they assemble themselves all the time in their factories. But the Aballonians themselves would probably be offended. And we've all seen what happens when a race of robots gets offended...


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Makes sense, and I had totally forgotten even mentioning it.


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Heheh

Every time I see a comment from James now, it sounds something like "Hi ho, James the Sut-ter here. That's 'cause the Aballonians ..."

:-)


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Mr Sutter...

1)What are the red skinned human like race from Akiton called?

2)Are they just humans or do they get different stats/abilities?

3)What is the northeastern continent of Castrovel called?

4)I take it that you just use Lizard folk and Ratfolk stats for the red skinned lizrdmen and Ratmen of Akiton?

5)Will we ever see stats for the Formians?

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gbonehead wrote:

Heheh

Every time I see a comment from James now, it sounds something like "Hi ho, James the Sut-ter here..."

:-)

You'd be amazed how often I start meetings with my editors that way.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Dragon78 wrote:

Mr Sutter...

1)What are the red skinned human like race from Akiton called?

2)Are they just humans or do they get different stats/abilities?

3)What is the northeastern continent of Castrovel called?

4)I take it that you just use Lizard folk and Ratfolk stats for the red skinned lizrdmen and Ratmen of Akiton?

5)Will we ever see stats for the Formians?

I'm going to leave most of that information for later products, as I generally don't like publishing new content on the messageboards, but I can tell you that we'll definitely be hitting the formians in a Bestiary hardcover soon, and that there's a useful lizardfolk variant in Classic Monsters (which, conveniently, I also wrote) which works well for the desert lizardfolk of Akiton. :)


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Yeah I remember the Lizard man variant in classic monsters now.

But why was the redskinned human-like race not given a name in this book?

Shadow Lodge

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This needs to be expanded into it's own 320-page hardcover, like the Inner Sea World Guide.


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Couldn't agree more Kthulhu.

Can Lashuta have strange hair and eye colors like pink, silver, purple, etc?

If Catfolk can be found on Castrovel, how do they differ from Golarion's and how do they interact with the other races there?


I was wondering: do any elements in the Kaer Maga sourcebook have a connection with the Distant Worlds sourcebook?

(Among other things, I'm thinking about the Iridian Fold and the Sweettalkers.)


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They don't have have a connection to other planets to have weird religons or s&m fetishes.


True, but a possibility or two caught my eye in Distant Worlds.

Cheliax

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Am I correct in understanding that Apostae is smaller than Golarion's Moon?


Are there any more materials in the works for Distant Worlds, and is Paizo interested in submissions? I spent a lot of time creating my own version of spelljammer using Pathfinder, and am considering re working it all to fit the Distant Worlds set.

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mibagents wrote:
Are there any more materials in the works for Distant Worlds, and is Paizo interested in submissions? I spent a lot of time creating my own version of spelljammer using Pathfinder, and am considering re working it all to fit the Distant Worlds set.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions—see the FAQ here.

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