Wayfinder #8 (PFRPG)

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Created for fans by fans, this issue of the Wayfinder fanzine puts on a tricorne hat and ventures into the wilds of Golarion's coastal seas! Weathered sea captains, fanged beasties, player options and more await for those daring to take part in the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path or any nautical adventure! This free fanzine includes dozens of articles, including original fiction, new monsters, adventures, maps, treasure, poetry—this is just a small portion of what awaits you!

Contributing Authors: Anthony “Template Fu / Map Fu” Adam, Bryan “Balodek” Barnes, Morgan Boehringer, Dylan Brooks, Will Cooper, Ryan Costello, Jr., Paris Crenshaw, Rich “Rebis Ouroboros” Crotty, Andrew Eakett, Russell “Soricel Minoi Mousefeet” Estes, Robert “snorter” Feather, Aaron “Gideon Black” Filipowich, Dawn “Dark Sasha” Fischer, Guy “ulgulanoth” Fox, Jason “Mikaze” Garrett, Christoph Gimmler, Caleb T Gordan, Rob “malikjoker” Gresham, Wojciech “Drejk” Gruchała, Eric “Boxhead” Hindley, Scott “Curaigh” Janke, Derek “Curn Bounder” Johnson, Jeff Lee, Thomas “Kilrex” LeBlanc, John “Moonstonian” Leising, Gary McBride, Will “cheapy” McCardell, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Alexandra Pitchford, John C. “ValmarTheMad” Rock, Liz Smith, Ashton “n’wah” Sperry, Jeffrey Tadlock, Margherita Tramontano, Mike “taig” Welham, Jim Wettstein, Larry “larcifer” Wilhelm, Nick ‘generaltwig’ Volpe, and Sheldon “Rionus Nailo” Zamora-Soon.

Contributing Artists: Becky Barnes, Darran Caldemeyer, Tyler Clarke, Liz Courts, William Dodds, Peter Fairfax, Crystal Frasier, Silvia Gonzalez, Frank Hessefort, Michael Jaecks, James Keegan, Chris Kimball, Danny Krog, Mike Lowe, Dave Mallon, Alex Moore, W. Kristoph Nolen, Brian Patterson, Anna Rigby, Nick Russell, Tanyaporn Sangsnit, Hugo Solis, Ashton Sperry, Colby Stevenson, Matthew Stinson, Sven Fredrik Svensson, Remi Thorensen, Carlos Torreblanca, Todd Westcot, Jim Wettstein, and Stephen Wood.

Cover art by Frank Hessefort and Tanyaporn Sangsnit.

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Art: One of the things I like about Wayfinder is the large variety of artwork. The change in styles found throughout are more apt to grab my attention. The cover was really well done, with amazing detail on the weapon and the blur around the boat on top of the water lending itself to how it may seen from below the waves. Ulygun (pg. 2), the Cannibal's Maw map (pg. 5), and the Ulat-Ashad (pg. 79) ended up being my favorite pieces. I found only 3 pieces I did not like (2 were in ads) which is pretty good considering the amount of art found within.

CONTENT
As with every prior issue, the quality of this fanzine keeps increasing.

Foreward Rob McCreary opens with a nice mixture of personal background, professional observations, and drum-up of the current issue.

Weal or Woe 3 articles.
Ulygun and the Sea Crow - Presents 2 a father and daughter combo. Well written flavor, hooks, and boon and drawback. I found it odd Ulygen has low Con and Fort save with no spells to protect her from the cold.
Outside Influence - Presents 2 outsiders playing very cool, unique roles. The drawback on Grtezin seems minor compared to the boon granted by Fyoriel.
Bountiful Troubles - Presents 2 crewmembers of the ship Bountiful. Paul Malaise (woe) lists a boon instead of a drawback.

Adventure 1 article
Into the Cannibal's Maw - This adventure uses the NPCs from the first Weal or Woe article and presents the Bleached Whale which is detailed in another article. I think the adventure is interesting. I liked the variable encounters that react to the PCs actions. The only pat that did not flow well for me is needing to activate the Bleached Whale. It activates for 1 hour at a time by Ulygen, but she is held captive down the hall. It does explain why she is kept alive, but not why she isn't enslaved herself.

Magic Items 3 articles
The Bleached Whale - An artifact ship created from a whale. I am not sure I like some of the choices made for the ships statistics, but it is very well done.
Magic Hoard from the Sea - A very good mix of items for use in waterborne adventuring. My favorites are boat shield, ink compass, and the terrifying squid helm. The two magic weapons presented both pretty powerful and should not be handed out on a whim.
Stacking the Decks: Enchanted Figureheads for Ships of the Inner Sea - 2 figureheads, 1 used to track a target and 1 to protect a crew from the heat.

Gazetteer 6 articles
Black Ice Bay - A small trade village along the coast in the Land of the Linnorm Kings that survives only via a vile deal with a merrow.
Outer Islands of the Ironbound Archipelago - A series of islands found off the coast of the Land of the Linnorn Kings. The map does not quite match the one presented in the ISWG, but that is not a major flaw. Of the 3 islands presented, my favorite was Asgault's Isle.
Halfen - An island on the southern part of what used to be Azlant. I really like the imagery of this article, but I feel the location names could use more work.
An Island, a Beach, and a Wreck - A spider themed island, beach for hatching dragon turtles, and a series of wreck on the bottom of Absalom's harbor.
People and Places of Totra - A coastal city in Osirion, detailing a variety of locations and places.
Caller's Rise - A small, creepy coastal village on the coast of Varisia.

Character Options 4 articles
Prestigious: Ulfen Sea Captain - 10 level prestige class. I am not a big fan of this PrC. Weapon Focus does not make much sense as a prerequisite and Acrobatics wasn't included as a prereq. The class does not receive a full BAB, but it makes up for it with 2 good saves and a good slew of abilities. Sea Prowess grants A 1/2 lvl bonus on 3 heavily used skills which is a pretty big bonus, giving it to Acrobatics doesn't make sense since it wasn't included as a prereq. I believe the war commander and weather reader abilities are meant to be Commander Knacks.
A Crew to Defend Her: Seafaring Archetypes - 2 cavalier and 1 fighter archetype. The first is the argonaut (cavalier) which doesn't seem balanced in my eyes. The sure-footed and argonaut tactics abilities give much better abilities than those that are traded out. The second is the commander (cavalier) that also details 2 new orders. The archetype is well done, providing new options that make ship and personal combat more interesting. The marine (fighter) finishes up with a few cool abilities. I believe the sea legs ability is too powerful a replacement for bravery.
Shoal Runner: A Ranger Archetype - A scavenger archetype. Normally an archetype follows the gender used in the normal class, but this one does not. The class is is a scavenger and does a good job of representing that.
Archetypes of the Blessed Isle - Presents a magus and summoner archetype. The waveblade (magus) seems a bit of a misnomer as the class grants a whip made of water, but is very well done. The deepcaller (summoner) provides a water based aberration eidolon. The living water ability confuses me a bit and I think needs clarified.

Aboleth-Tainted Ancestry: Feats of the Deep - 7 feats based on the character being descended from a creature altered by an abolteh.

Tales of the Arcane Archaeologists: Plundering the Secrets of the Inner Seas - Introduces a few NPCs and a collection of various info they have collected. New spell, feat, magic item, and creature.

The Colloquium of Abendego - The article describes it best, "a unique school to train sailors, officers, and spellcasters". Three disparate schools fall under the name of a single institution.

Esoteric Order of Dagon - It seems odd a demon would have an order in their name. It implies following of rules... I really like the thought and explanations that went into this article.

Bestiary - 9 creatures, 1 template, 1 haunt

Variations of Vegepygmy - an article doing an ARG style write-up for vegepygmies.

Boarding Ships for Fun and Profit - A supplement guide for running boarding actions.

Curse of the Coral Throne: Crimson Throne as an aquatic campaign - Exactly as the title states. Well thought out, but may not be easy for a beginner GM to implement.

Realm Building My article. New rules for water hexes, buildings, kingdom events, leadership roles, settlements, and kingdom navies. If you're interested, I did more sea articles in A Pirate's Life that came out last year.

Fiction 7 articles. I am not much of a fan of fantasy fiction, but I prefer sci-fi. So I am not a good person to evaluate.

The Wreck of the Cayden Cailean: A Legend of Meatclaw the Reefclaw - A song about a giant reefclaw that hunts in the Jeggare.

Words from Many Seas: The Shackled Isles - 4 sea inspired poems.

Ads: I have to say something about the ads. Quite a few caught my eye. Clockwork Gnome Publishing, Dungeonlands, and It Came From the Stars stuck out the most. Well done artwork and color is more likely to catch the eye. On the reverse side of the coin, the stark ad by Raging Swan Press stuck out all the more due to a simple black and white presentation.


*****

FanZine has a negative connotation, but believe me this is good stuff. The contributors might be fans, but this has a professional quality that many 3PP folks missed in the 3.x days. In fact, you will be seeing many of these folks in future 3PP and elsewhere soon, it is that good. The art is fantastic-many different styles, but each appropriate for the genre and all different tastes. The crunch articles are useful and balanced. [I recuse myself for the fluff review.]

If your GM sits you at the table reading, running, presenting the things in the new Wayfinder you will think you are getting the pros. You will thank him when it is done and you will be talking about 'that one night, when you threw the "X" at us for a long time.

Thanks to PaizoFans United for a great job.


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Webstore Gninja Minion

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Now available—AND FREE! Congrats to all of the hardworkin' fans on the 'zine. :D


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Hooray! And huge congrats/thanks to Tim for his busting his ass on it.

Grand Lodge

Nice!


Yaaay!

Silver Crusade

YASE. :)

Sovereign Court

2 people marked this as a favorite.

Hey folks, be sure to review it. The folks who submitted art and articles would love to know that folks read and enjoyed what they created.

And enjoy!


Ooohhh Nice! :)

Thank you Tim!

RPG Superstar 2012

Thanks Tim, editors, writers and artists!

The Exchange

Nearly a hundred pages of Wayfindery goodness! :D

Albatrocity? Nice!

Edit: D'oh! I made a mistake on the Arcane Anglerfish. XP should be 4,800, not 2,400. >_<


Congratulations to all who appeared and who downloaded this one. It's a real treat!

Dark Archive

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

There is also a sneak peek at the Mythic Rules Cover Art in the back!


the Haunted Jester wrote:
There is also a sneak peek at the Mythic Rules Cover Art in the back!

Indeed! Though some may ask, "Where's Ezren?" I like to believe he's the big red guy in the center and that's just a practice session.


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

Congrats and thank you!


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Super cool guys! Thanks for the hard work Tim!


Having only skimmed through it I can say this is a most impressive piece of work. Even though the running theme bounces between Ulfen and Shackles I can certainly say you've given me a good deal of material to think about and work with for the Skull & Shackles game I'm running right now. Awesome work!

Liberty's Edge

Wayfinder may only come but twice a year, but boy is it always worth the wait.

Shadow Lodge

Thanks again to Tim for putting this together and special thanks to Stephen Wood whose art really was a great surprise!


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

Bubbling awesomeness!

Silver Crusade

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Just now getting to read and jumping back and forth.

Awesome job, Timitus! :)

The Ulat-Ashad hits a seemingly impossible but perfect balance between "could be a guy in a rubber suit in a 50's B-movie" and "disturbing cosmic horror with that always unsettling three-eyes-in-a-row thing". Love it. :) The origins for those things are tone-perfect too. Their place of origin sounds like the perfect place for a survival horror based game.

I know some gnome players that'll probably want to see "A Crew To Defend Her".

That art on page 25 really caught my eye. Gotta be the coolest looking ratfolk we've seen yet. (and one frighteningly badassed looking half-orc to boot) Need to point our Skull and Shackles GM to this and the whole issue ASAP.

I really want to find a way to use some of Into The Cannibal's Maw in our next campaign now.

Mythic Adventures cover in the back!

Oh man, vegepygmy article and variants...gonna have to sit down with this one.

Awesome stuff guys. :D


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Being a bit of a pirate fanboy, the art in this issue is simply stunning!

Now to curl up, hot mug of tea and nice long read.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Absolutely stunning. Breathakingly good. Wow.
Thanks for all everyone's hard work making this wonderful thing happen.


Yay! Thany you so much to Crescentmooon for the art! That makes my Sea Captain much better! :D

Dark Archive

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HOORAY! My first writing credit!

Dark Archive

wayfinder keeps getting better and better!

Contributor

Always a delight when this comes out. Glad to be a part of it.


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Checked it out! The book looks great. Fire Mountain Games any myself remain ecstatic to be a part of Wayfinder in our small way.

Great job, Tim.

Gary McBride
Fire Mountain Games

Liberty's Edge

N'wah wrote:
HOORAY! My first writing credit!

Congratulations, sir.

Silver Crusade

These just keep on getting better and better. Kudos across the board!

Editor-in-Chief

So fricken' cool! There's a lot of brilliant in here it's going to take me a while to digest.

LOVE the name "Albatrossity!" :)

Grand Lodge

I loved this. And it was nice to see Gary McBride, of Fire Mountain Games (Way of the Wicked) fame do another team-up and explain how Crimson Throne could be an all underwater campaign.


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Woo! My first layout/production credit!


Just skimmed through.
Wayfinder you have outdone yourself. :)
This is simply amazing.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
N'wah wrote:
HOORAY! My first writing credit!

Same here, very happy!

Sovereign Court

Love the comments and praise for the contributors, folks. Thank you all and thanks to all the contributors as well.

Now who will be the first to put in a review? ;)

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

This will be great for my Razor Coast game.

Bravo!


This is a fantastic issue of Wayfinder. The quality of these always reminds me of the heyday of Dragon/Dungeon under Paizo oversight. I really wish Wayfinder could be in print, I'd love to physically flip through it.

Sovereign Court

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Well, if you needed another reason to do so, come to PaizoCon. ;)

The odd numbered issues go to print for distribution to PaizoCon attendees.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

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I can't thank Mike Lowe enough for his outstanding image of Ceindra, Inquisitor of Shelyn, to go with my story, "Precious Cargo." Simply wonderful.


Neat stuff! Thanks to Carlos Torreblanca for his awesome rendition of the terrifying squid helm! I hope people get great use out this issue.


I'm so happy and proud to be part of this fantastic magazine.

Thanks to Silvia Gonzalez, Todd Wescott and last but not least William Dodds for the great artwork adorning my submissions.

Special thanks to all the people involved making this happen!

Ruyan.


It's Liz "HerosBackpack" Smith actually.

And I love the artwork for Halfen - thanks.

(also contributors to the print Wayfinder can get a copy even if they don't go to the con. At least, that was the case last time.)

Dark Archive

I'd post a review, but I think I'm a bit biased. :P


Do it!

Sovereign Court

HerosBackpack wrote:

It's Liz "HerosBackpack" Smith actually.

And I love the artwork for Halfen - thanks.

(also contributors to the print Wayfinder can get a copy even if they don't go to the con. At least, that was the case last time.)

Ah, OK, making note ...

And yes, contributors also get a physical copy of the odd numbered issues ... but it's also and other reason to come to PaizoCon! ;)

RPG Superstar 2012

Thanks to Becky Barnes for the albatrocity, Sven Fredrik Svensson for the doomed derelict, and Crystal Frasier for the ship's cat! They all looked fantastic. :D


Thanks to all the editors, contributors, illustrators and layout artists and those who read/peruse Wayfinder #8! 96 pages of awesome goodness!

I second the props to Carlos Torreblanca for the squid helm illo. Fantastic!!!

Silver Crusade

Thanks to Crystal Frazier for the Aequoreal's art. So content looking. :D

All the artists, editors, and layout folks did an awesome job. Like it was said upthread, it feels a bit like the Dragon days. :)

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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I posted this on the social sites, but I think it bears reposting it here, as well:

Enjoying your new Wayfinder issue? Why not post a review of it at the Paizo store?

Honestly, a lot of people contribute to each and every issue, for no payment whatsoever. What they really want is to hear from fellow fans reading their stuff, looking at their illustrations, turning the pages that they laid out....they want feedback. It lets them know that HEY PEOPLE SAW MY WORK!

If you LIKE something in the issue, let the contributor(s) know. It really makes their day! If you didn't like something, let us know that too, so we can make issue #9 that much better! But the key thing here is to tell us. And a review is a good a place as any to do that.

Lastly, thank you for reading Wayfinder! Remember, we have EIGHT issues, and they are all free to download, so if you haven't read earlier ones, they are available, and did I mention FREE?

Thanks everyone,

Tim

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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Also, I really need to thank all my volunteer "staff". Dain (zylphryx) spent some looong nights there at the end getting this put together, and Garrett came in on short notice and cranked on the layout as well. It looks a good as it does thanks to them.

The articles are spit polished thanks to all the editors I had helping me, plus some extra "eagle-eye" proofers at the end.

And thanks to everyone who submitted an article, whether I accepted it or not. This is a fanzine, and YOU give it the content. Well done!

Lastly, I really need to thank those artists. I had the pleasure of hand-picking most of these artists for the issue, and the talent was in full bloom on this issue. I cannot tell you how many times I received EXACTLY the art I asked for in the assignment, and gave out a "OH YEAH!! RIGHT ON!!!" Many, many times. Especially that cover. Frank Hessefort is a wonder to behold, folks. Watch this guy...seriously. And take note of Tanyaporn Sangsnit, too. This Bangkok gal has amazing talent, which is why I wanted her to illustrate the character for the cover!

So, thank you to everyone for all the hard work. And thanks to you, the fans, the readers, for the kind words, and for continuing to WANT another Wayfinder issue. It really is a fanzine BY Paizo Fans FOR Paizo Fans.

Now, if we could just win a damned ENnie.....


HerosBackpack wrote:
(also contributors to the print Wayfinder can get a copy even if they don't go to the con. At least, that was the case last time.

T'is true - even if you live in far-far-away-land. Tim managed to organize a copy for me and it's sitting prominently on my shelf right now.

Btw, thanks again for getting the Razorweed right, Tim! I can't wait to unleash it in my game when my group attempts to reach Candlemere Tower...

Ruyan.

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