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Wayfinder #1 (OGL)

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Wayfinder #1 (OGL)

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Created by the fans for the fans, the first issue of the Wayfinder fanzine includes more than thirty articles designed to expand upon the world of Golarion. Inside you will find original fiction, new prestige classes, sorcerer bloodlines, magic items, and traits—and this is just a small portion of what awaits you.

Originally released in print for attendees of PAIZOCON 2009, this PDF is your chance to enjoy what your fellow Paizonians have created for the community—for FREE! The PDF release of Wayfinder #1 is in full color and includes a special challenge by Tim "Timitius" Nightengale, organizer of the first PAIZOCON.

Contributors: Adam Daigle, Ashton Sperry, Charles Evans, Claudia Burgos, Clinton J. Boomer, Colter Guthrie, Conceicao Hallen, Craig Johnston, Cristian Bodea, Crystal Frasier, Dave Mallon, Dennis Baker, Eric Morton, Ernesto Ramirez, Glen Zimmerman, Hal Maclean, Hugo Solis, Ian Cunningham, James Keegan, James Mackenzie, Jason Kirckof, Joseph Scott, Kelly Gragg, Jeff Lee, Jonathan McAnulty, Joshua Blazej, Justin Sluder, Kevin Coleman, Larry WIlhelm, Lissa Guillet, Liz Courts, Matthew Stinson, Michael Kortes, Michelle Craddock, Mike Welham, Neil Spicer, Raluca Rusu, Ross Byers, Russ Taylor, Paris Crenshaw, Tae-Bin Gulliver, Theodore Thompson, Trevor Gulliver, Troy E. Taylor.

Cover art by Hugo Solis and Michael Jaecks.

Wayfinder is a 77-page full-color PDF suitable for printing or viewing on your computer. It includes both Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beta and OGL-compatible material for your enjoyment, and is released under the Paizo Publishing, LLC Community Use Policy.

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Oooooo! It's free!

The Exchange

GreenCarp wrote:
Oooooo! It's free!

Wayfinder is a non-profit venture by the fans, for the fans. Enjoy.


Where's the Wayfinder3 PDF..???????????


Now ENnie Award nominated! :D


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Lilith wrote:
Now ENnie Award nominated! :D

Wow! Great news! Big-time congrats to Lilith and the rest of the Wayfinder crew!


Very serious kudos. I hope you all win - a win for the Wayfinder is, almost literally, a win for everybody here.


Congrats Wayfinder people! (Of which I know there are a great many.)

The competition best lay low - lest I accidentally trip and impale them with my klar in my excitement. (I really gotta get me a safety catch thing-a-ma-bobie for that.)


Thanks to all the Wayfinder team, and the team of the French Pathfinder Community Website, Wayfinder #1 is now available in French !

All details here : http://www.pathfinder-fr.org/Wiki/Golarion.Wayfinder.ashx?NoRedirect=1& NS=Golarion

Now, we will try to translate the two remaining issues.

Paizo Employee Developer

Very cool!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
styx31 wrote:

Thanks to all the Wayfinder team, and the team of the French Pathfinder Community Website, Wayfinder #1 is now available in French !

All details here : http://www.pathfinder-fr.org/Wiki/Golarion.Wayfinder.ashx?NoRedirect=1& NS=Golarion

Now, we will try to translate the two remaining issues.

Awesomeness!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Tales Subscriber

Zut alors! C'est très cool.

I'd offer to translate mine for you, mais il y a treize ans comme je parlais un mot de français regularly (as I'm sure that since demonstrates quite well), so you'll have to do it yourselves ;)


Kajehase wrote:
[...], so you'll have to do it yourselves ;)

For sure we will ! I hope that we will be able to publish them more quickly than this first one.

Scarab Sages Silver Crescent Publishing

So... if a 3PP wanted to advertise in Wayfinder, how would they go about doing that? I guess the first question would actually be, do you allow it?

Silver Crescent Publishing is looking for as many ways to spread the word about the Realms of Twilight campaign setting (and their other products) as inexpensively as possible, thus the question.

Paizo Employee Developer

Daniel Marshall wrote:

So... if a 3PP wanted to advertise in Wayfinder, how would they go about doing that? I guess the first question would actually be, do you allow it?

Silver Crescent Publishing is looking for as many ways to spread the word about the Realms of Twilight campaign setting (and their other products) as inexpensively as possible, thus the question.

Check the bottom of Liz's post here.


Adam Daigle wrote:
Check the bottom of Liz's post here.

Thanks Daigle!

Paizo Employee Developer

Any time. :)

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Daeglin wrote:
I reread "A Lost Pathfinder’s Journal: From Talithia’s Tomb" by Paris Crenshaw yesterday and felt compelled to express my admiration for such an excellent story. Good pacing, and the sense of mystery and horror really drew me in. The children's rhyme was icing on the cake. I hope to see more from Mr. Crenshaw in the future.

I know this is major thread necromancy, but I just stumbled across this post and had to express my thanks to Daeglin for his feedback. I'm very sorry I didn't see this earlier.

I'm very glad you enjoyed the story. It has been the springboard for a few other pieces and I do intend to get back to writing more of "The Crowheart Legacy," for which "Talithia's Tomb" was a prelude.


A general FYI, the three prestige classes in this issue of Wayfinder have been added to d20pfsrd.com

Dawnflower Dervish of Sarenrae
Necro-Lord of Urgathoa
Shadow Scout

The first two are slight conversions from 3.5 to PFRPG, while the third did not require any conversion.

As an aside, it would be great if there was a Paizo Fans United logo so it could be added to some of the Paizo Fans United content pages on d20pfsrd.com.


Caedwyr wrote:

A general FYI, the three prestige classes in this issue of Wayfinder have been added to d20pfsrd.com

Dawnflower Dervish of Sarenrae
Necro-Lord of Urgathoa
Shadow Scout

The first two are slight conversions from 3.5 to PFRPG, while the third did not require any conversion.

As an aside, it would be great if there was a Paizo Fans United logo so it could be added to some of the Paizo Fans United content pages on d20pfsrd.com.

I believe Timitius is looking into getting a logo done. :)


The sorcerer ancestral bloodline by Larry “Larcifer” Wilhelm appears to be lacking a bloodline arcana. Is anyone aware of an update of the bloodline to add an arcana?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Hey in another thread (search ancestral bloodline). I stated, "once per day gain a +2 circumstance bonus to any knowledge skill check. Search for the thread for an updated version.
Larry


I've updated the ancestral bloodline on d20pfsrd.com based on this thread. Thanks for the response.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The Wayfinder books have been a joy to read. If I get up the nerve, I'll look into contributing something to you guys someday.

Was looking at the Shadow Scout and I noticed an error. For insightful casting, it says:

A 3rd level, a shadow scout adds his favored enemy bonus on damage dealt by spells with a casting time of “Instantaneous.” Each applicable creature in the spell’s area of effect takes this additional damage.

Shouldn't that be duration instead? There are no spells with a casting time of "Instantaneous" that I'm aware of.

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

Thanks, Blayde! It's always good to hear that folks are enjoying the issues. That's what keeps us going!

Regarding your comment on the Shadow Scout (Shadows of the First World, p. 63), yes, I believe the class ability "Instantaneous Casting" should replace "casting time" with "duration".

I'll ping Dennis, and ask him to confirm here.

Tim
Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, Contributor

Yes, it should be duration.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Thanks for the response!


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This post completes my review started in the review section… yeah, I blew the character limit again! >.<

So, let’s continue…

The Sweetest Fruit
A Mwangi diversion now greets us, a moody short story that keeps you guessing right until the end. Speaking of the end, this story suffered a little I think from the impending word limit wall, it felt slightly rushed as up until the last few paragraphs, there was a slow well-paced build to the story. The twist at the end leaves you guessing. The artwork depicts the main baddie revealed in the story, although the angle of the head seemed off slightly to me.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

Gro’kosh
A CR10 plant creature! One thing I loved about this creature is its ability to dominate creatures it implants with its seeds. This explains how the plant creature can survive and be tended by these minions and also provides additional forms of defence for the clever GM to spring upon unsuspecting players. The art work gives a very thistles on rose bush appearance that fits well with the creature description and abilities.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

Shadows of the First World
Now we have another bloodline, Shadow. The theming on this one is very much tighter and coherent than I found in the Ancestral bloodline previously reviewed. The article continues with a shadow themed prestige class that is a great fit and has high synergy with the Rogue classes, and caster classes that invest in the stealth skill. The accompanying art renders the prestige class in extremely high details, I loved it.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

The Blood-Slicked Mantle
Wow, a whole page magical item – I love magical items, and this one is an actual artifact! There are a lot of costs, benefits, and powers for both player and GM to keep track of, but such is the nature of old school artifacts and this one feels so very old school. All of the powers make sense and are related in various ways. I liked this item and can see a lot of roleplay opportunity from it as well. The artwork shows a super depiction of the shoulder throw that this item is fashioned like.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

The Mwangi Expanse – Senghor
Something different again, this magazine continues to delight and surprise the reader. Now we have a setting article that fleshes out the Mwangi port city of Senghor. The bulk of the article tells of two major NPCs that the party can meet and interact with – each giving some history to various aspects of the city’s formation. I definitely see this article as the precursor to the now featured Weal and Woe articles of later issues. The line art is simple yet effective.
Article: 8/10, Art: 7/10

From the Rookery
At first the title made me expect a bestiary of avian fowl-ness – yes, managed a pun in the review, grin. What I found however was an awesome selection of avian based spells – covering the cleric, druid, paladin, sorcerer and wizard classes. Some spells seem apt to me for the advanced classes, I can definitely see the oracle and witch making use of some of these, especially Plunging Hood. The artwork shows a flacon mistress of elven descent, and is a nice line art that begs for my coloured pencils to begin their work.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

The Gallery Below
Next we have an article about a hidden gallery with a quite extensive list of content. This article would be of great use to any GM in populating a treasure room or gallery with “art fantastique” for the players to encounter and then try to trade away. The banner artwork for this article depicts many of the items listed for a corner viewpoint looking into the galley room itself.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

Too Small to Notice
And so, the closing article, another journal styled story set in artic like conditions. Shorter than the previous journal items, it is a refreshing read and a nice way to close out the issue. Again the journal ends at a point where the reader is left wondering what happens next, but I think that is the nature of lost journals when found, the writer has indeed met an untimely demise leaving the PCs to finish their task. The artwork clearly indicates the freezing conditions by depicting so much fur around the story protagonist.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

In summary, this is a simply stunning first issue of any community produced magazine I have ever read in my 43 years of gaming. The amount of love for the setting, and for the game, by every contributor, be they writer or artist, simply shines through. This magazine set a very high standard for the issues that follow and I can tell you now, those following issues continue to raise that bar ever higher. A magnificent first issue that every Pathfinder GM and Player should acquire and read. Overall, I score this first issue as a whole…
Articles: 9/10, Art: 9/10

And award it a well-deserved 5 stars.

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