Wayfinder #16 (PFRPG)

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Created for Pathfinder fans by Pathfinder fans, this sixteenth issue of the ENnie Award-winning Wayfinder fanzine is a technological wonder, exploring all the sci-fi weirdness that is Numeria! This free fanzine includes dozens of articles, including original fiction, new monsters, adventures, classes and options, magic and technological items, and even a new game—this is just a small portion of what awaits you!

Contributing Authors: Gabriel Almer, Kate Baker, Matt Banach, Jason Owen Black, Dave Breitmaier, Jeremy Clements, Jeremy Corff, Chuck DiTusa, Matt Duval, Natalie Ellis, Robert Feather, Jon Forrester, Spencer Giffin, Wojciech Gruchala, Violet Hargrave, Jeffrey Hersh, Eric Hindley, Nicholas Hite, Andrew Hoskins, Brian 'Ehn' Jolly, Cailean Keith, John Laffan, Thomas LeBlanc, Isabelle Lee, Jeff Lee, Zack Litchfield, Ben Martin, Jacob W. Michaels, Matt Morris, Matt Roth, Elliot Smith, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Jeff Taft, Ian Turner, Brendan Ward, and Kelly Youngblood.

Contributing Artists: Becky Barnes, Catherine Batka, John Bunger, Paul Chapman, Tyler Clark, Snow Conrad, Jeremy Corff, Liz Courts, Andrew DeFelice, Jess Door, Peter Fairfax, Sergej Felsinger, Lynnette Fetters, Erin Frye, Silvia Gonzalez, Bob Greyvenstein, Stephen Harvey, Frank Hessefort, Fil Kearney, Jason Kirckof, Clay Lewis, Mike Lowe, Dave Mallon, Stephen McAndrews, Dionisis Milonas, Katey Neve, Beatrice Pelagatti, Pfenix Artwork, Tanagorn Prateepsukjit, Basil Arnould Price, Tanyaporn Sangsnit, Kristiina Seppä, Ashton Sperry, Carlos Torreblanca, and Stephen Wood

Cartography by Liz Courts, Alex J. Moore
Cover Art and Design by Chris L. Kimball
Foreword by Crystal Frasier

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The cover perfectly captures old-school pulp adventures, and what follows doesn't disappoint. The art is gorgeous, and the fiction pieces range from snappy, charming adventure tale to dark, engaging narrative. The crunch additions add extra "Numeria" to existing classes.

All in all, it was a fun read.


Astounding Rules, Amazing Flavour

*****

Beaten to the reviews by Malik and Snowblossom.

Ah, well. I'll leave this placeholder here, to force myself to come back and give a full review when I've finished reading.

The most immediately noticable feature of this issue is the break from the usual cover layout and logo.
This issue resembles the covers of the old 'Astounding Science Fiction' pulp fiction magazine, inspired no doubt, by the groaning shelves full of decades-worth of issues, in Paizo's archives.
Will this mean an revival of interest for the Planet Stories imprint? Who knows, but it would be nice if it did.

It also reminded me of the cover to the Hawkwind album 'Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music', so I flipped it onto shuffle-play, while I gave the issue its first pass. Humming along to the dreamy melodies of 'Chronoglide Skyway', and breaking off for a spot of impromptu desk drumming during 'Steppenwolf'.

A full review is required, once I've fully digested the contents, but for now, I'll let Brock and Calvert have the last word on the striking visual appeal of cover, interior art and layout.

Maybe it was only an hallucination
I'm no stranger to such things
I made a thorough investigation
The image had a power that clings
To my jaded imagination
My brain has found the bells it rings


Another awesome issue!

*****

Beautiful art and great articles. This publication continues to exude talent and imagination.


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Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION>>>>>>>

NOW LIVE AND AVAILABLE.

COMMENCE DOWNLOADS>>>>>>>>>>

Dark Archive

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Its finally out!


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Good times! ^_^


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That makes my day :)


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Good timing.

A lot of people just got the Iron Gods AP through the Humble Bundle thing.

This would be a good companion for anyone thinking of running Iron Gods, I think.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4

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Hooray! The art for the bioconverter is wonderful :)

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

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Huzzah! From the glimpses I got while editing and proofreading, this looks to be an awesome issue of Wayfinder.


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At first glance yes.

There is a lot of good content (archetype, seeds, android options and one hook for one of the Iron God Books). I need to look at it more indepth, but I would say a must for Iron God or any campaign set in Numeria.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

Spoiler:
Eric Hindley's adventure is set for 5th level characters; unfortunately, such characters are going to enmeshed in the Lord's Of Rust adventure.

Any thoughts about hooking this adventure to heroes who would be in Scrapwall? (Note that the adventure itself need not be in Scrapwall, just some means of pulling them out of that ruin for this.)


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The new cover style is AWESOME!!!

Sovereign Court

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Well I was going to pop in to begin asking for folks to review, but there already is one, so I will dig deeper.

First thanks for the review! All the folks who have put this together would love to know what exactly you enjoyed, and what we may have dropped the ball on. Details, we live for details! That said, seriously, thanks for the quick review. :)

Ok, I'm done. That feels better. ;)

Silver Crusade

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Ah, my first wayfinder, which means this is obviously the best of them all.


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The Annelidmorph is so weird and awesome! I imagine showing up to character creature with a GIANT PSYCHIC WORM.


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Issue index has now been updated to include this issue.

You can view it from here - unless Google share messes up. :P

Total Wayfinder articles now available for free: 578
Total Wayfinder contributers to date: 384

Most contributions - Author credits : Tied at 20 a-piece, Neil Spicer and Jeff Lee
Most contributions - Artist credits : Carlos Torreblanca with 46 credits, Liz Courts firmly in second position with 40.

Review to follow starting in approximately two weeks, after reading it to enjoy and digest, and then reading it again in review mode.

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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To echo Dain......

We hope everyone is enjoying this new issue of Wayfinder! It's important to remember that all of it is voluntary.....no one gets paid to do this, they all choose to volunteer their time and talents to make this fanzine. Pretty much the best payment you can give those people? Your feedback. Tell us what you liked, what you didn't, and please consider writing a review on the product page, or your own blog or posts. For many of the writers and artists, this is their first published piece! They are on the cusp of entering the RPG industry, so feedback is critical to them.

So, please tell us your thoughts on this issue, or any issue of Wayfinder you've read. We would GREATLY appreciate it.

Tim


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I haven't had a chance to read much (i.e. anything) yet, but some great art.

That cover is fantastic, super pulpy, but also something I feel like I'd pay money for in a Marvel comic.

I was going to list some of the other pieces I liked a lot, but there really are too many of them. Beatrice Pelagatti and Carlos Torreblanca's pieces, though, really speak to me (I kept seeing pics I liked and going back to find that one of them had drawn them), as does the bioconverter robot art.

And finally thanks to the artist of my chargemoth swarm; looks great, though I feel bad for that robot. :)

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

Jacob W. Michaels wrote:

I haven't had a chance to read much (i.e. anything) yet, but some great art.

That cover is fantastic, super pulpy, but also something I feel like I'd pay money for in a Marvel comic.

I was going to list some of the other pieces I liked a lot, but there really are too many of them. Beatrice Pelagatti and Carlos Torreblanca's pieces, though, really speak to me (I kept seeing pics I liked and going back to find that one of them had drawn them), as does the bioconverter robot art.

And finally thanks to the artist of my chargemoth swarm; looks great, though I feel bad for that robot. :)

I believe that was by Jess Door....


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Lord Fyre wrote:

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

** spoiler omitted **

I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Okay, fess up, authors. Who made the worm race and pillbug race in this issue of Wayfinder?

Delightfully weird.

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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Adam Daigle wrote:

Okay, fess up, authors. Who made the worm race and pillbug race in this issue of Wayfinder?

Delightfully weird.

I can tell you that!

Annelidmorph was Ben Martin (art by Catherine Batka), and the Tura was Kelly Youngblood (art by Becky Barnes).

We actually listed the authors and artists by the order of the entries this time, instead of alphabetically. That should help ID who did what better, I hope.

Maybe they can weigh in here on what inspired them?

Paizo Employee Developer

Timitius wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:

Okay, fess up, authors. Who made the worm race and pillbug race in this issue of Wayfinder?

Delightfully weird.

I can tell you that!

Annelidmorph was Ben Martin (art by Catherine Batka), and the Tura was Kelly Youngblood (art by Becky Barnes).

We actually listed the authors and artists by the order of the entries this time, instead of alphabetically. That should help ID who did what better, I hope.

Maybe they can weigh in here on what inspired them?

Oh, nice, and thanks. I didn't pick up on the credit order listing. Good idea!


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Thanks for the kind words on the Annelidmorphs - I'm glad you guys liked them! Was a lot of fun to write that... (I gotta say I feel like the artwork really sells it, so thanks to Catherine Batka and Tim on that!)

The Exchange

It looks amazing, can't wait to read the stuff I didn't have a hand in editing or proofing! Really proud to be involved in this issue!

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

** spoiler omitted **
I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.

Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

Lord Fyre wrote:
Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

** spoiler omitted **
I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.
Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

This is just MY suggestion, and Eric may have better ideas....but I think the solution is

HERE:
that the GM relocate the tribe to the Sellen Hills or northern Sovereign's Reach a short distance from Scrapwall. It doesn't HAVE to be in the West.

Have Krondarr (or someone from the village) go to Scrapwall looking for some help to mount a rescue. As the PCs explore Scrapwall, they can run into this side trek. They would leave to travel to the village, but it could be within a day's travel.

Just my take on this....

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Timitius wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

** spoiler omitted **
I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.
Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

This is just MY suggestion, and Eric may have better ideas....but I think the solution is ** spoiler omitted **

Just my take on this....

That's a good thought. Another idea I had (again moving the village) would be to have a PC Barbarian (or other Tribal Kellid) invited to go between Fires of Creation and Lords of Rust - They would arrive just in time for the "A Broken Wedding" encounter.

That might require lowering some encounter CRs, but not by much.

I know it is unfair of me, but I often look at short adventures (including PFS scenarios) as potential "plug ins" for the relevant APs.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Am I reading the Siphon Structure spell (page 25 of this issue) correctly?

Could it be used to give Hardness to a Humanoid creature? (i.e., Could the caster carry a block of steel, and siphon that to give hardness to the party's fighter?)

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Hugo Solis wrote:
The new cover style is AWESOME!!!

I believe you mean ASTOUNDING!


Timitius wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

** spoiler omitted **
I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.
Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

This is just MY suggestion, and Eric may have better ideas....but I think the solution is ** spoiler omitted **

Just my take on this....

Tim's idea is great, but feel free to use this as well:

Spoiler:
Let the PCs meet Krondarr wandering through Scrapwall, searching for his stolen bride. Alternatively, move the tribe into the city limits and run the opening encounter as written.

You can set the dungeon at the entrance to any other mini-dungeon, or add it as a separate location, depending on the needs of your game.

Alternatively, you can relocate the tribe and run it between adventures 1 and 2, Krondarr can help even the odds for a lower level party.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Timitius wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

** spoiler omitted **
I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.
Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

This is just MY suggestion, and Eric may have better ideas....but I think the solution is ** spoiler omitted **

Just my take on this....

Tim's idea is great, but feel free to use this as well:

Spoiler:
Let the PCs meet Krondarr wandering through Scrapwall, searching for his stolen bride. Alternatively, move the tribe into the city limits and run the opening encounter as written.

You can set the dungeon at the entrance to any other mini-dungeon, or add it as a separate location, depending on the needs of your game.

Alternatively, you can relocate the tribe and run it between adventures 1 and 2, Krondarr can help even the odds for a lower level party.

That's actually a great idea.

Spoiler:
Obviously Bravam’s Knorr needs to be on the western side of the Sellen (Jovrey knows too much about tech for the tribe to be Ghost Wolves).

That Krondarr is alone (or more correctly, the only surviver of his group) may well give a hint of his leadership abilities. However, having the party encounter Krondarr in Scrapwall loses the subtext of his fellow tribesmen not wanting him as their leader. Still, his greatsword will be most welcome against that Gearsman.

Putting Jovrey’s gang in one of the unclaimed areas (E on the map) of Scrapwall is a good idea though (and avoids another random ruin), with the rest of the story playing out as written.

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Most contributions - Artist credits : Carlos Torreblanca with 46 credits, Liz Courts firmly in second position with 40.

Curse you, Carlos! *shakes fist*


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Hey, it's Liz! {waves before she g'ninja vanishes again}


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Thank you Paizo Fans United for another great effort!


Everything looks great!
Great cover!


Lord Fyre wrote:
Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Timitius wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Eric "Boxhead" Hindley wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

I have a specific question about using the "Pursue the Iron Princess" side-trek. "spoilered" to avoid revealing inappropriate details to players.

** spoiler omitted **
I'll have look at the AP volumes and see if I can't come up with some advice for you.
Given the geography involved, the answer can be no. :(

This is just MY suggestion, and Eric may have better ideas....but I think the solution is ** spoiler omitted **

Just my take on this....

Tim's idea is great, but feel free to use this as well:

** spoiler omitted **

That's actually a great idea.

** spoiler omitted **

Let me know how it goes!


stupid question: Where would I go to contribute to the next Wayfinder? or is it veteran contributors only? I have a couple of Ideas


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AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
stupid question: Where would I go to contribute to the next Wayfinder? or is it veteran contributors only? I have a couple of Ideas

There is always a thread soliciting submissions for the next issue of Wayfinder. Search the messageboards for "Wayfinder #17".

Scarab Sages

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Unfortunately, the deadline for issue 17 was on Jan 1st, but there should be a call going out for issue 18 once the shortlist for 17 has been chosen, and the dust settled.

The thread for issue 17 contributions is already kicking around ideas for the next theme; if you follow that, you'll see what's leading the running, along with some of the reasoning behind why some themes get picked, or not.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

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Snorter wrote:

Unfortunately, the deadline for issue 17 was on Jan 1st, but there should be a call going out for issue 18 once the shortlist for 17 has been chosen, and the dust settled.

The thread for issue 17 contributions is already kicking around ideas for the next theme; if you follow that, you'll see what's leading the running, along with some of the reasoning behind why some themes get picked, or not.

Dude, when you give directions like this, link the thread!


When all the free stuff here is just out of this world... ;)

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There's a lot of contributors inspired by The Plain of Ten Thousand Swords, and the spooky goings-on there.

Whoever came up with that in the original book needs a pat on the back.

On that note, it may not be apparent, but the 'dark stranger' who protects three generations, in the song 'The Night Shepherd' is meant to be a shoki, and this is how the shokala (page 9) are sometimes made.
There was a sample NPC, intended to be the girl in the last verse, but space was tight.

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

I'm not entirely sure it's accurate, but the consignments page is telling me only 40 people have downloaded this issue. That suggests that only people who are interested in this issue are those of you who were published in it. PLEASE tell me that's wrong!

It looks like the interest cycle for this issue only lasted about 1 week, too. Now that we are 2 weeks out from release, I'm assuming people have gotten a chance to read through it. We'd love the feedback!


That's odd as I've downloaded a copy and I'm not a contributor of a it.

An only 40 downloads does sounds low, so either the system is wonky or Iron God is not not too popular (But that could change with the current Paizo Humble Bundle).

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It probably has to do with the site going to Left-field yesterday.

Silver Crusade

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Also I absolutely love the Crowteeth*! They're adorable :3

*sorry if this isn't the correct name for them, I don't have my copy with me atm.

Scarab Sages

I just wanted to say thanks to Catherine Batka for the great illustration she did for my piece. Top notch!

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Timitius wrote:

I'm not entirely sure it's accurate, but the consignments page is telling me only 40 people have downloaded this issue. That suggests that only people who are interested in this issue are those of you who were published in it. PLEASE tell me that's wrong!

It looks like the interest cycle for this issue only lasted about 1 week, too. Now that we are 2 weeks out from release, I'm assuming people have gotten a chance to read through it. We'd love the feedback!

That does seem bizarre. I've downloaded it, and I haven't contributed to this issue. (I do need to finish reading it though. I should do that soon.)


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I thought the cover art alone would draw people to this issue.

I think Paizo's counting kajigger is busted.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Timitius wrote:

I'm not entirely sure it's accurate, but the consignments page is telling me only 40 people have downloaded this issue. That suggests that only people who are interested in this issue are those of you who were published in it. PLEASE tell me that's wrong!

It looks like the interest cycle for this issue only lasted about 1 week, too. Now that we are 2 weeks out from release, I'm assuming people have gotten a chance to read through it. We'd love the feedback!

I've downloaded every Wayfinder issue, and have never contributed (but, I would like to).

In any event I still have an outstanding question (above) about one of the spells.

Grand Lodge

Lord Fyre wrote:

Am I reading the Siphon Structure spell (page 25 of this issue) correctly?

Could it be used to give Hardness to a Humanoid creature? (i.e., Could the caster carry a block of steel, and siphon that to give hardness to the party's fighter?)

Spell's author here!

Absolutely! It does have a duration of concentration +1 round, so it will take up your caster's turn to keep the buff up. It is also only 1 hardness per caster level up to the hardness of the object being siphoned.

Still, a 10th level caster using a single 1st level spell slot to buff your front line melee could do worse with their action. I also imagine that chunk of steel would turn to mush and look pretty weird "melting" in your hand. Maybe you'll discover a new form of sculpture!

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