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Created for Pathfinder fans by Pathfinder fans, this fifteenth issue of the ENnie Award-winning Wayfinder fanzine heads to the frontiers of the River Kingdoms! This free fanzine includes dozens of articles, including original fiction, new monsters, adventures, classes and options, magic items, and even PFACG scenarios—this is just a small portion of what awaits you!

Contributing Authors: Charlie Bell, Landon Bellavia, Charlie Brooks, Russ Brown, Dixon Cohee, Chuck DiTusa, Matt Duval, Robert Feather, Benjamin Fields, Aaron Filipowich, Nikolai Geier, Spencer Giffin, Amy Goodenough, Garrett Guillotte, Bran Hagger, Kiel Howell, Dana Huber, Joe Kondrak, John Laffan, Thomas LeBlanc, Jeff Lee, John Leising, James McTeague, Jacob W. Michaels, Brian Minhinnick, Tim Nightengale, Mark Nordheim, Kelly Pawlik, Matt Roth, Jeff Sexton, Elliot Smith, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jeffrey Swank, Ian Turner, Brendan Ward, Steven Lloyd Wilson, Alexander Wreschnig, and Scott Young.

Contributing Artists: Becky Barnes, Catherine Batka, Darran Caldemeyer, Snow Conrad, Jeremy Corff, Liz Courts, Andrew DeFelice, Jess Door, Lynnette Fetters, Silvia Gonzalez, Michael Jaecks, James Keegan, Chris L. Kimball, Adam Koča, Danny Hedager Krog, Alberto Ortiz Leon, Mike Lowe, Dio Mahesa, Dave Mallon, Jesse Mohn, Dionisis Milonas, Alex Moore, Beatrice Pelagatti, dodeqaa Polyhedra, Basil Arnould Price, Tanyaporn Sangsnit, Kristiina Seppä, Carlos Torreblanca, and Todd Westcot.

Cartography by Liz Courts and Alex Moore
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Foreword by Neil Spicer

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RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

Thanks Liz (I assume!). Can't wait to gander at the beauty of this magazine...especially a certain guild I may have contributed :)


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\o/


It's here! w00t!


Hooray! I've been waiting for this. So excited to be included and a big congrats to everyone else who is in this issue. It looks beautiful :)

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

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The art in this issue is really amazing.

Sovereign Court

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<cough>reviews please when you get a chance.<cough>

And I think I have broken my record for speed in asking for reviews when folks have read through the issue with this post. :)


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Totally awesome!!


{flipping through to pg. 5} Man, I need some Zog’s Root

Scarab Sages

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Thanks for the art, Todd.
Love the makeshift 'stage', and the enthusiastic audience.
Maybe they helped empty those barrels, to make them easier to move?

Silver Crusade

Side Project Podcast is listed as a supporter.. awesome ad too. ;-)

I tried to get in with a few submissions but didn't make the cut. I am excited to use some of the gear and archetypes in here.

Liberty's Edge

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Love the Map of the Monastery.


I love this one for all the River Kingdom articles. Great work. But I forget, did a previous issue concentrate on 'Ultimate Campaign' at all, especially the kingdom-building rules? Because that would work great with this issue.

Sovereign Court

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
I love this one for all the River Kingdom articles. Great work. But I forget, did a previous issue concentrate on 'Ultimate Campaign' at all, especially the kingdom-building rules? Because that would work great with this issue.

You can see the themes of previous issues listed here. Mostly they've been regional themes like this one.

Kingdom-building articles are allowed in any issue provided they meet the issue's theme. See here for the open call for the next issue (Numeria).

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Eric Hinkle wrote:
I love this one for all the River Kingdom articles. Great work. But I forget, did a previous issue concentrate on 'Ultimate Campaign' at all, especially the kingdom-building rules? Because that would work great with this issue.

Many previous issues have expanded on use of the kingdom building rules. This one did not, likely because so much had been done in past issues already. Each issue is truly unique in what is sent in to us...it makes the process even more interesting, because we really don't know what we are going to get!

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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I have to admit, I really want feedback as well. Being a contributor to Wayfinder for the first time since issue #3, I am curious as to how the side trek adventure is being received.

Sovereign Court

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Yeah, I'm curious if anyone enjoys the ACG adventure. It was really fun to write and play test!

The Exchange

My first, casual pass shows the awesomeness I've come to expect from Wayfinder. Looking forward to digging later when I have time. I'll also need to find something to order so Paizo can send along my contributor copy.


Thanks for having the Tsemaus wish I had like 3 years already coming to flesh in this!


Good to see some free stuff down by the river that isn't in a van. ;)


Shadowborn wrote:
I'll also need to find something to order so Paizo can send along my contributor copy.

Contributor copy?? Is that a thing? I couldn't make it to PaizoCon and really want this in print since my article was accepted.

Even if this isn't a thing, when are the print copies available for those of us who couldn't make it to PaizoCon?

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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Kelly P wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
I'll also need to find something to order so Paizo can send along my contributor copy.

Contributor copy?? Is that a thing? I couldn't make it to PaizoCon and really want this in print since my article was accepted.

Even if this isn't a thing, when are the print copies available for those of us who couldn't make it to PaizoCon?

Here's the skinny on that....

If you contributed to #15, you will get a contributor copy, b/w version. If you didn't get to PaizoCon to pick one up, we have some very generous help from Paizo to send those out to you, in connection with your Paizo account. I will be posting a Google Forms for this very soon. Delivery of these copies is probably not until after GenCon.

If you want a copy of #14, we printed a very limited quantity, and those will be available in the Paizo store later on. If you want a color copy of #14 or #15, those are specially printed in extremely limited quantities, and will be available in the store as well.


Timitius wrote:

Here's the skinny on that....

If you contributed to #15, you will get a contributor copy, b/w version. If you didn't get to PaizoCon to pick one up, we have some very generous help from Paizo to send those out to you, in connection with your Paizo account. I will be posting a Google Forms for this very soon. Delivery of these copies is probably not until after GenCon.

If you want a copy of #14, we printed a very limited quantity, and those will be available in the Paizo store later on. If you want a color copy of #14 or #15, those are specially printed in extremely limited quantities, and will be available in the store as well.

Thank you!! This is very exciting.


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Tim,

You asked for feedback on the Side Treks.

I liked the Encounters at the Creek Crossing. They are tight little single encounters that are ready to play, and these in particular subvert your expectation of what is really happening (at least mine). Are they meant to be just a single encounter, or are longer Side Treks allowed?

As for the Side Trek Seeds, I am biased because they are my preferred format to write. Though I can see why a GM would prefer to have a fully fleshed out Side Trek, and not just a Seed. Either format takes up just under half a page, it seems.

And thanks for putting some art to my piece (Lazlo's Ferry). Tanyaporn Sangsnit really did a nice job bringing my NPCs to life.

- Chuck D.


I was wondering about getting in touch with the artist who did the piece for "The Hut: A Tavern on the Sellen River." If the artist is on the board, can you message me? If not, may you can put me in touch, Timitius?

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Kelly P wrote:
I was wondering about getting in touch with the artist who did the piece for "The Hut: A Tavern on the Sellen River." If the artist is on the board, can you message me? If not, may you can put me in touch, Timitius?

Sure thing. I have had several similar requests that I should address soon as well!


PbemDM wrote:

Tim,

You asked for feedback on the Side Treks.

I liked the Encounters at the Creek Crossing. They are tight little single encounters that are ready to play, and these in particular subvert your expectation of what is really happening (at least mine). Are they meant to be just a single encounter, or are longer Side Treks allowed?

As for the Side Trek Seeds, I am biased because they are my preferred format to write. Though I can see why a GM would prefer to have a fully fleshed out Side Trek, and not just a Seed. Either format takes up just under half a page, it seems.

And thanks for putting some art to my piece (Lazlo's Ferry). Tanyaporn Sangsnit really did a nice job bringing my NPCs to life.

- Chuck D.

Thank you so much! \(,; u ;,)/ ♥

I'm super duper glad you like the art!! I really enjoy reading your story as well. They are a really fun bunch!


Timitius wrote:
Kelly P wrote:
I was wondering about getting in touch with the artist who did the piece for "The Hut: A Tavern on the Sellen River." If the artist is on the board, can you message me? If not, may you can put me in touch, Timitius?

Sure thing. I have had several similar requests that I should address soon as well!

Thanks for your email! Much appreciated.

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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Thank you, Nick and Scott, for the great 5-star reviews!

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Thanks for the review, Template Fu!

Template Fu wrote:
I also think poems and songs written to the meter of existing real world songs is a great aid to the imagination for both the GM and the players, a very wise move.

It's partly necessity to use existing tunes, since I like wordplay, but don't read music, printing a new tune would take up a huge amount of space, and most of the readers wouldn't be able to decipher it. This way, they hit the ground running, as "I know that one. That the one that goes du du du duuu du, dududeduu du?".

They're usually songs that have been earworms for me for a while, that I've found myself humming in idle moments, and adding new verses of my own concoction is a natural progression.

Template Fu wrote:
The second one, The Land That Sings To Me, is the most amusing and most entertaining of the songs. How often do you encounter a poem using the word miscreant?

You can blame my vocabulary on me finding a volume of Clark Ashton Smith, as an impressionable eight-year-old, in a used bookstore in bohemian Hebden Bridge, which sent me a bit peculiar. I was reading that stuff before I picked up D&D, whih seems to be the opposite way round from the norm, and meant unravelling Gygaxian text was no big deal.

And I resisted the temptation to rhyme it with 'this treant'.

As far as finding a copy of the tune, you shouldn't have trouble; it's fairly famous, being a staple of Springsteen's set for a few decades, it got sung at Obama's inauguration by the Washington Monument. While looking for an example for you, I found this one that I love, since it features many of folk royalty.
Oh, Joan Baez. I am now a puddle. Scrape me up and put me in a bucket, please.


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I'm still working my way through the issue (I read about a third to a half of it while on vacation, but have been swamped since then), but have very much enjoyed what I've read so far.

I did just want to say, though, I was tickled at the mention of the everbloom leshies in Kendra Leigh Speedling's Everbloom Monastery gazetteer. That was my second every submission to Wayfinder, so I was thrilled someone remembered it. Thanks, Kendra!


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Jacob W. Michaels wrote:

I'm still working my way through the issue (I read about a third to a half of it while on vacation, but have been swamped since then), but have very much enjoyed what I've read so far.

I did just want to say, though, I was tickled at the mention of the everbloom leshies in Kendra Leigh Speedling's Everbloom Monastery gazetteer. That was my second every submission to Wayfinder, so I was thrilled someone remembered it. Thanks, Kendra!

You can actually thank the editors for that one! They specifically requested that I work the leshies in there, hence the druid (she wasn't in my original submission). But I love what it added to the article, so I should be thanking you. :-)


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Well, thanks anyway, and thanks to the editors!

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Well, thanks anyway, and thanks to the editors!

Specifically, you can thank Tim Nightengale for that idea. I just agreed with him. ;)


This post continues my review on the review pane – the review pane reviews the first 20 pages of this 84 page product, and will be completed over a number of posts here in the comments.

Dear Paizo, please can we have Neil Spicer character limits on our reviews please?

On to the review then, on the review pane, I finished at Scaling Magic Items in the River Kingdoms, so let’s move to the next item…

Side Trek Seeds: Adventure in the River Kingdoms
The next article brings us a regular offering of Wayfinder, that of adventure hooks and seeds. The first seed is investigative in nature, following disappearances of prominent NPCs during a festival. The background promises dire consequences for river trade, so fitting very well with the issue’s theme.

The second seed see’s the PCs being hired as personal bodyguards during a visit to the opera. I found this to be the weakest link to the river kingdoms, but the potential for roleplay, hijinks on the stage before an audience and all the dangers that entails, is very high.

The third seed takes a journey across the Sellen in one of the most dangerous manners available, escorting an NPC being pursued – not initially revealed to the PCs of course. This one promises many shenanigans and problems for the PCs, especially when crossing the waters of the Sellen itself.

The fourth one, set in Loric Fells near Daggerford offers an exceptionally dangerous and fraught encounter with a graveknight. The background is nicely woven into the area selected and promises something more than a run of the mill undead encounter! It could also introduce a recurring villain into your PCs lives in a coherent and believable fashion.

The fifth hook takes us to the town of Peywood, under the sway of something so dire and frightening that the town populace are staying behind doors rather than celebrating their towns new borns which they would normally do this time of year. This hook would play better in Ustalav, playing up the fear and terror aspects, but it does work in the river kingdoms reasonable well.

The sixth seed takes us across the Sellen once again, this time via a covered bridge, which fills with a strange mist. Again, this feels like it is more suited to dark and gothic Ustalav, but as a river crossing encounter, it fits the theme of the issue and supplies something different from the majority of bridge encounters.

Oddly enough the two art pieces accompanying these seeds are both taking scenes from the two seeds that I felt were more Ustalavian than River Kingdoms flavored. The first, representing the graveknight is very evocative, portraying the menace of the protagonist very well. The second has a familiar feel to it which I just can’t quite place, a shadow figure with elongated shadows looking into a strange misty light. This art strengthens my desire to place this encounter in Ustalav rather than the River Kingdoms, especially as the river Sellen is not very visible in the art piece, it could almost be a barn in the woods.
Article: 8/10, Art: 9/10 for the graveknight, 7/10 for the bridge

Defenders of the River Freedoms
This article provides the players and games masters with an assortment of regional traits and feats specific to the River Kingdoms. Some of the regional traits imply a certain in game role play requirement and some only seem to consider one side of the theme on which they play.

Example one, the Legal Wayfinder trait implies the person is constantly keeping abreast of the changing laws of the area – a games master could ask a player what activities they undertook that “game week/month” to maintain this trait and its benefit.

Example two, the Suffer No Shackles trait discusses benefits of great fear of capture to making an escape, but I felt could be balanced with a penalty to fear checks of the same order of its escape benefits when capture is a very real threat.

The feats make sense, I personally wouldn’t have prevented the atonement spell from counting as an atonement for the River Freedoms Practitioner and for the same feat, I would have clarified disobeying a law as knowingly disobeying a law – i.e. the player consciously chose to go against the law and so the atonement is a proper penance for their guilt.

The artwork is a meeting between two individuals. I felt it unclear if the sword wielder was accosting a thief captured in the act or whether it was two party members discussing the sharing of recent spoils. It is a nice piece, I just couldn’t associate it with the article very easily.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

Review running total so far: 19,892 characters, or 3,467 words. 15 articles reviewed in depth, 33 articles remaining to review. So we are about a third of the way there. Grin.

The average review box allows just 16,000 characters, so I am trying to see by how much I am busting that limit! :P

And that’s lunch time done – more review will follow shortly.

The Exchange

For the sake of enlightenment, I'd like to mention that a proctor is also defined as "an official charged with various duties, especially with the maintenance of good order."


Woot! Awesome job everyone involved!


Template Fu wrote:

This post continues my review on the review pane – the review pane reviews the first 20 pages of this 84 page product, and will be completed over a number of posts here in the comments.

Can't wait to read more of your review :)

Sovereign Court

Template Fu that has got to be one of the most in depth reviews I have seen. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. :)


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Kelly P wrote:
Template Fu wrote:

This post continues my review on the review pane – the review pane reviews the first 20 pages of this 84 page product, and will be completed over a number of posts here in the comments.

Can't wait to read more of your review :)

I will be posting some more this weekend - sorry for the delay, but I am a bit out of sorts at the moment - my mum was taken terminally ill on my return from Paizocon and it has hit me for six.

I am slowly getting my head straight, so will tackle finishing this issue as a build up to normal writing speeds. Promise.


High and Low Roads: More River Kingdoms Archetypes
Now we come to some archetypes, more options for players and also for GMs to build diverse and interesting NPC encounters. The first, Repossessor, for the Brawler, is a mercenary in every sense of the word fulfilling a very interesting niche in the River Kingdoms setting. It’s one that really makes sense. There was an element of boring freebie first on the power descriptions with the main exciting feature being presented afterwards – it’s more exciting to see the new stuff first and then get the free feat, etc. at the end.

Next is Road Judge, for the Cavalier. I groaned inwardly as soon as I saw the Order of the Six Freedoms. Now, there is nothing wrong here other than the fact that the freedoms are so inherent to the setting that they get overused and are rapidly becoming a meme. That said another meme is apparent in the special ability names, “Jury and Execution” –the class is a judge, giving us the well-known saying Judge, Jury and Executioner. So looking at these special abilities, I would have played off of “Judge” a bit more, calling the first one “Call to Order” as a judge in a court might do, and then I would have split the diplomacy/sense motive part and the damage effect parts of the “Jury and Executioner” into separate “Jury” and “Executioner” special powers, as written co-joined it made the final power quite complex, and by splitting them we can get a nicer flow of powers because Jury could come earlier in the progression.

Finally, we have the Low Roads Drifter, a gunslinger archetype with accompanying art. I really liked the feel of this one, some of the new deeds introduced being very flavorful and cinematic – the sunder shot especially calling to mind Clint Eastwood shooting the hanging rope in the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The full color gunslinger art accompanying this archetype is a female dressed in what is the typical gunslinger dress found throughout other Pathfinder products. I rather like this style as it lends itself very well to the pirate setting - this illustration would serve equally well for a PC or NPC in the Skull and Shackles Adventure Path.
Article: 8/10, Art: 9/10

Gunslinging Gladiator
Ohhh, the gunslinger goodies continue. A stirring vignette set in the battle arena which moves at a rocketing pace from start to finish. Make sure you have time to read this in one sitting because once you start, it will drag you along to the end with barely a time for breath. The accompanying art renders a moment in the story, a snapshot of one of the pivotal moments of the encounter – the art includes another female gunslinger, rendered with that consistent dress style we have come to know for this class. The art is in full color from a standpoint just behind the combatants, as if you were in the arena with them. The angle and composition of the piece is very cinematic, supplementing the story extremely well.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

Review running total so far: 22,481 characters, or 3,905 words. 17 articles have now been reviewed in depth, 31 articles remain to review.


Golarion Gazetteer: Lazlo’s Ferry
The next article is a recurring feature of Wayfinder, called a Golarion Gazetteer. It is an article type that takes threads and locations mentioned in passing with little detailing within official products expanding upon them to provide a fully realized location to adventure in. Here we concentrate on Lazlo’s Ferry, near Mivon. I couldn’t find the original reference to this location, normally I can so I suspect this may be just a dot on a map or similar. As a request to the writers and editors for the future issues, can the Golarion Gazetteer articles refer back to their original reference in a foot note or similar?

I like what I see here, it is complete, self-contained and provides an interesting location with a solid and sensible reason for its existence, why it started as a ferry, and the reasons behind the original settlement by the incumbent population. There are a goodly collection of NPCs detailed enough for the GM to use when interacting with the players and there are plot threads aplenty – not just in the adventure hooks portion but throughout the whole article.

The accompanying art portrays three of the NPCs detailed in the article – beautifully colored and rendered.
Article: 9/10, Art: 10/10

Sailing in the River Kingdoms: An ACG Adventure
Next up is a nice article for the Adventure Card game players, taking the card set Skull and Shackles and reworking it to work off the coast of the river kingdoms. I wish it had gone that one step farther, turning the ships into vessels that would operate within the river routes themselves.

So we have two nice linked scenarios that provide a goodly challenge and using just the base set cards, so you don’t need to have collected the whole series to use them.

Two card arts from the base set accompany the article… as existing cards, I cannot really score the art so the art score here is purely a level of satisfaction with the cards chosen to illustrate the article.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

Notable Items of the River Kingdoms
One of my favorite article types next, a collection of magical items and treasures. The collection consists of one wondrous item, and two magical weapons. I worry that the wondrous item is priced a little cheaply for the purpose of affecting a whole river and the population that resides along it – I would need to revisit this and reassess it completely before allowing it into my campaign.

The first weapon has the problem of backstory – now in the old days of dnd, items tended to have backstory but not so now. The problem with backstory is that it enforces setting / NPCs onto the GM and/or makes it harder for him to use the item without reworking the backstory into their campaigns or reworking the item itself. Items, like spells and feats, should be setting neutral in the sense that they do not force the GM to undertake extra work or leave footprints all over their setting.

The second item has the “in possession” problem. What constitutes an item being in possession of the PC? Can they store it at “home” and still benefit from its protections for example? For magical weapons, all powers are assumed to function only while the weapon is wielded, so this optionality introduced by having in possession powers goes against the design norm. If you find yourself doing this, ask yourself, is this a weapon or a wondrous item, be true to the design for each type.
Overall, the items are good, they just need that extra pass and critical reworking of the parts mentioned above to fix them up to really shine.

The accompanying artwork is for the scepter, the second of the weapons, rendering the item description extremely well. I like it, it looks like a weapon that would be easy to wield and give a satisfying crunch when bashing the heads of local evil creatures! ;)
Article: 7/10, Art: 9/10

Review running total so far: 26,340 characters, or 4,576 words. 20 articles have now been reviewed in depth.


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More review coming soon - just had a crazy week overruling all my plans. Sorry.

In the interim, I was populating a spreadsheet with my reviews and realised what I was building was a nice, useful article index...

* furious copy paste to a new sheet to hide the evidence :P *

So, for your patience, on this link is a handy dandy reference to the first five issues. I will keep adding the issues in when I get a spare moment, I thought it might be a good idea to seek feedback and suggestions from those interested enough to download it, in case of major changes needed before I get too far into it.

Shared by google docs, which doesnt seem to offer all the filtering etc I put into the sheet, but does allows you view the data in your browser if you dont have excel.

Sorry, it is an excel sheet with table formatting - meaning if you are using excel and download your own copy then you can filter by issue, by content type, by author, by artist, you can also sort alphabetically by clicking the sort buttons.

This should also allow you to quickly find that favorite article or read everything by your favorite authors, find the art/eye candy from your favorite artists and so on.

Enjoy.


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The ever so nice anniversary update for Windows 10 really messed my Office registration up (repair and re-register was needed) and my file shares on google docs. Grrrrr.

All sorted now after much hair pulling, but you will now need this new link to the sheet!

Following your kind suggestions and feedback, thanks, you now have a new table added containing article and art credits so you can see who the prolific repeat writers/artists are.

Also added columns for scores and links to my reviews, the first review for Wayfinder 1 pasted in to illustrate.

Issues covered are now 1 thru 7.

Yeah, my name will appear in the contributors list soon, my first appearance in the magazine is coming up! :P


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Some fun numbers for you - 10 out of 15 issues now in the sheet.

So, for the first 10 issues - how much free stuff is there to delight you?

Articles (inclusive of foreword and cover art) - 368

Top 10 Article Types:

075 articles Fiction: Short
034 articles Setting: Gazetteer
027 articles Setting: Weal or Woe
020 articles Setting: Pathfinder Journal
017 articles Bestiary: Creatures
017 articles Encounters: Side Treks
017 articles Rules: Items
014 articles Rules: Prestige Classes
011 articles Rules: Archetypes
010 articles Miscellaneous: Poetry

And how many people have successfully gained credit in this august publication's first 10 issues?

Unique named Contributors - 259

Top 6 writer credits so far...

14 credits Spicer, Neil
13 credits Lee, Jeff
10 credits Costello Jr., Ryan
10 credits Fox, Guy
09 credits Gimmler, Christoph
09 credits McAnulty, Jonathan

Top 6 artist credits so far...

28 credits Torreblanca, Carlos
26 credits Courts, Liz
23 credits Sperry, Ashton
22 credits Solis, Hugo
17 credits Mallon, Dave
17 credits Frasier, Crystal

Will these contributors still be top after the last 5 issues are added - can't wait to find out, grin?


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Part II of my review:

All right, and here's the final section of the book - the bestiary. These critters were penned by Russ Brown (of Rusted Iron Games), Matt Duval, Joe Kondrak, Thomas LeBlanc, John Lessing, Mark Nordheim, Kendra Leigh Speedling and Jeffrey Swank, illustrated by Becky Barnes, Lynette Fetters, Michael Jaecks, Chris L- Kimball, Adam Koča, Danny Hedager Krog and Dionisis Milonas.

We begin with the CR 1 blood sapling - grown from a corpse buried to the head in soil, this twisted plant creature feasts on nearby bleeding and dying creatures and may spray a blinding sap at foes. The beautifully rendered gaint knifewing dragonfly at CR 3 is a surprisingly cool vermin, with functionality and "realism" suffusing the flavor as their wings cut foes to ribbons. The Ferrywight can dip its oars in the water, making it enervating, which is kinda cool - though I've seen the undead ferryman too often by now...for me as a person, I'll stick to big bad Charron. Similarly, the CR 6 Hearth Wraith is a trope I am pretty familiar with at this point - while by no means a bad build, it falls short of the CR 12 river raken that can run vessels aground and even move on land - much like real krakens can. A heartfelt kudos to the artist that provided the artwork for the CR 12 predatory sandbar - what could have been a solid ooze is rendered significantly more captivating by a glorious artwork. Now yes, I know I have bashed the aforementioned wraiths a bit - but there are some concepts that work for me: The Cr +2 river wraith with its unique ability array may also be a familiar trope, but I feel like it does its job slightly better. The Tsemauis at CR 6 look like a log with protusion from the top - below the surface, though, they are basically a magical variant of a particularly nasty orca, hell-bent on eating PCs. Oh, and though they only are CR 6 - one failed save after their gore and they have bisected you. Game over. Yes. I know. Massive damage would make more sense. Unfair. Yadda-yadda. I'm a killer-GM. I don't care. I like that they actually are lethal as all hell. Their artwork is also pretty impressive an thus, we end this book on a definite high note!

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting, both on a formal and rules-language level, is significantly better than in many a commercial publication I have reviewed - that is to say: Very good. Layout adheres to a gorgeous two-column full-color standard that is easy to read. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience and features a TON or gorgeous original artwork by: Becky Barnes, Catherine Batka, Darran Caldemeyer, Snow Conrad, Jeremy Corff, Liz Courts, Andrew DeFelice, Jess Door, Lynnette Fetters, Silvia Gonzalez, Michael Jaecks, James Keegan, Chris L. Kimball, Adam Koča, Danny Hedager Krog, Alberto Ortiz Leon, Mike Lowe, Dio Mahesa, Dave Mallon, Jesse Mohn, Dionisis Milonas, Alex Moore, Beatrice Pelagatti, dodeqaa Polyhedra, Basil Arnould Price, Tanyaporn Sangsnit, Kristiina Seppä, Carlos Torreblanca, and Todd Westcot.

Beyond these artists, the following authors have contributed to this issue: Charlie Bell, Landon Bellavia, Charlie Brooks, Russ Brown, Dixon Cohee, Chuck DiTusa, Matt Duval, Robert Feather, Benjamin Fields, Aaron Filipowich, Nikolai Geier, Spencer Giffin, Amy Goodenough, Garrett Guillotte, Bran Hagger, Kiel Howell, Dana Huber, Joe Kondrak, John Laffan, Thomas LeBlanc, Jeff Lee, John Leising, James McTeague, Jacob W. Michaels, Brian Minhinnick, Tim Nightengale, Mark Nordheim, Kelly Pawlik, Matt Roth, Jeff Sexton, Elliot Smith, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jeffrey Swank, Ian Turner, Brendan Ward, Steven Lloyd Wilson, Alexander Wreschnig, and Scott Young. Cartography was provided by none other than Liz Courts and Alex Moore.

There is a lot of love that has gone into this magazine and it shows everywhere - from superb artworks to great ideas, there are some true gems to be found here. While not all pieces of content may be perfectly polished gems, there is an exceedingly high chance you will find something astounding and useful herein...and if you're playing Kingmaker (or in the River Kingdoms or a similar environment) this suddenly becomes pretty much a must-own, non-optional supplement to your game. Even if this was a commercial enterprise, it would rate highly in my scale; considering that this very much is a labor of love and FREE is staggering and humbling; to the point where I'd honestly recommend getting the print for this one, provided you can afford it. And if you're not sure...well, you can just download it.

For free.

FREE.

This is a labor of love and a testament to the health and commitment of the community I love. It is my utmost pleasure to rate this 5 stars + seal of approval. Download this ASAP; now. It is worth every KB, ever MB on your hard drive.

Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here!

Cheers,

Endzeitgeist out.


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Ok, the sheet is now complete with issue content, so back to reviewing for me :)

Please use the link above as google drive is not syncing properly still, so I had to recreate and re-link the share - gah!

Here are some extra fun and interesting tid-bits...

15 issues... the summary ;)

541 written articles (excludes pure art and cover submissions).
168 of these articles written by 49 RPG Superstar contenders (from Top 32 placers through top 4 finalists and winners).

366 individuals have contributed written work, art or both (which is why this number is slightly smaller than the total of the next two).
258 individual authors of the written word...
126 individual artists providing visual candy...

Top 7 writer credits...

20 credits Spicer, Neil
19 credits Lee, Jeff
13 credits Turner, Ian
11 credits Costello Jr., Ryan
11 credits Crenshaw, Paris E.
11 credits Fox, Guy
11 credits Gimmler, Christoph

Top 7 art providers...

43 credits Torreblanca, Carlos
38 credits Courts, Liz
27 credits Mallon, Dave
25 credits Moore, Alex, J.
25 credits Sperry, Ashton
24 credits Solis, Hugo
20 credits Frasier, Crystal

Most popular submissions...

102 articles Fiction: Short
55 articles Setting: Gazetteer
41 articles Setting: Weal or Woe
37 articles Rules: Items
27 articles Encounters: Side Treks
27 articles Rules: Archetypes

Sovereign Court

nice


Anthony, that is amazing! New goal: Catch up to Neil... (haha, like anyone could catch up to Lord Word Fountain)

Scarab Sages

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Anthony Adam wrote:

Ok,

Top 7 writer credits...

20 credits Spicer, Neil
19 credits Lee, Jeff
13 credits Turner, Ian
11 credits Costello Jr., Ryan
11 credits Crenshaw, Paris E.
11 credits Fox, Guy
11 credits Gimmler, Christoph

So...close...must...type...faster...

Can we get a doping test, on Neil and Jeff?

The Exchange

Snorter wrote:
Anthony Adam wrote:

Ok,

Top 7 writer credits...

20 credits Spicer, Neil
19 credits Lee, Jeff
13 credits Turner, Ian
11 credits Costello Jr., Ryan
11 credits Crenshaw, Paris E.
11 credits Fox, Guy
11 credits Gimmler, Christoph

So...close...must...type...faster...

Can we get a doping test, on Neil and Jeff?

I'm actually surprised. I hadn't realized I'd written that many pieces for Wayfinder, especially since I didn't get anything into an even-numbered issue until...#6, I think? Possibly #8.

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