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[Community Project] Wayfinder #9 Call for Submissions


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Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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Deep below, through endless passages, in the twisted caverns, evil awaits you.

There is a world of darkness below us. A world of tunnels and caverns, of entire cities of dark denizens. Shadows upon shadows…this is the Darklands! Few surface-dwellers have survived the dangers below, but yet strange tales exist of an inverted city ruled by evil fey; of the necropolis Nemret Noktoria, homeland of ghouls; of Zirnakaynin, the “Last Home of the Elves”. Stranger still are the rumors of deeper lands, the Vaults, and the great evils that dwell within them. Rumors, that is, from the mouths of madmen, screaming of places like Ilvarandin, the Midnight Mountains, and of sailing the Sightless Sea.

Perhaps you, brave Pathfinders, have information to share of these dark places?

Goal
The goal for the fanzine is to create a collection of fan-created articles and supporting art set in Paizo’s Pathfinder Campaign Setting world of Golarion.

The theme for Wayfinder #9 will be going underground...to the Darklands! Please use the Inner Sea World Guide as your main reference (as well as that handy-dandy PathfinderWiki)! In the case of a plethora of articles on similar subjects, preference will be given to articles that follow this theme. As always, crunch, fiction, and flavor articles are welcome!

In addition, writers can submit to one of several regular series featured in Wayfinder:

  • Advice: Have some advice you want to pass on to new GMs or players to the world of Golarion?
  • Bestiary: New creatures to terrorize your PCs with!
  • Of Chance and Skill: Games, new to or adapted for Golarion, to play at your table!
  • Prestigious: This article is devoted to a new prestige class for the world of Golarion.
  • Realm Building: The Kingmaker Adventure Path introduced a lot of new goodies for building armies, cities and kingdoms. This column is focused on building upon those rules.
  • Side Treks: Side Treks feature short outlines for a sidetrek adventure set in a particular Pathfinder adventure, from the products listed below. One sidetrek outline per submission for this column. Please reference earlier Wayfinders for the layout for this article. Submission size: 325 words.
  • Tales from the Front: Fiction articles based on any of Paizo’s adventure modules or paths.
  • Weal or Woe? Two NPCs (including statblocks), one helpful, one not so much. Include hooks for the PCs to know (or hate) this NPC and how to use them in a campaign. Include a boon (Weal) and drawback (Woe) for the NPCs in your article. Please reference earlier Wayfinders for the layout for this article.

Guidelines

  • Thou shalt not disregard canon, thou shalt build upon it.
  • Keep in mind thy audience. Keep it PG-13. No slash fic/porn fantasies, cheesecake/beefcake/fan service.
  • Short and sweet. Unless otherwise specified, article sizes are 750 and 1,500 words. These are HARD targets, not a range, so come as close as possible to these targets. Coming in too far under or over these targets will likely result in the rejection of your submission. Anything over 1,500 words must be pre-approved by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Stick to the theme. An article on the golems of Quantium in a Darklands-themed issue is not going to make it. Sorry.
  • Submissions used to defame, harass, or threaten board members are not tolerated.

Submission Instructions

  • Conditions for Submissions. All authors and artists must agree to have their works reproduced for this and other Wayfinder products, be it for translations into other languages (we will be responsible for the truthfulness of the translations), special publications, or use on a Wayfinder website. All of Wayfinder’s publications are NON-PROFIT, and authors and artists will be given proper credit where due.
  • Send all submissions to: wayfinder.fanzine@gmail.com with the subject line containing “Wayfinder #9 Submission”.
  • All text submissions must be submitted in DOC or DOCX format (doesn’t matter if you use Office or OpenOffice). Note: Files sent in RTF, TXT, or any other format than DOC will be rejected.
  • Do not use fancy fonts or colors or styles for formatting - these will get stripped out in the editing and layout process. Use the standard body font for the program you’re using - bold and italics are fine.
  • For tables, please make them tab delimited. Fancy formatted tables just get reduced to this format anyway.
  • Include your name and board name in your submission - example, “Liz ‘Lilith’ Courts”. Your entries will go through editing passes for clarity and concision. Depending on time constraints, you may or may not receive feedback on the editing process and your script.
  • DEADLINE: March 31, 2013, 11:59 Pacific. All entries will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Some articles may be rejected depending on the final size of the PDF.

Advertising

  • Third party publishers wishing to advertise their Pathfinder Roleplaying Game-compatible projects in Wayfinder #9 can make a donation for advertising space. available for 1/4, 1/2 and full page ads.
  • Fan projects operating under Paizo’s Community Use Policy are welcome to advertise their websites and materials, as well.
  • Email wayfinder.fanzine@gmail.com for questions about placing an ad. Be sure to include “Wayfinder #9 Advertising” in your subject line.
  • DEADLINE: April 30, 2013


Dotted.


Woo hoo!

Liberty's Edge

Why does March 31st seem much closer than it did a couple hours ago?

Sczarni Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Yes. I am loving these.

Dark Archive Star Voter 2013

So... drow, derro, neolithids...


Aboleths too.

EDIT: And that underground ghoul kingdom.


dotted

Silver Crusade Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
Drejk wrote:
EDIT: And that underground ghoul kingdom.

Nemret Noktoria...

Hmmmmmm....

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

Most good.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

B'dotted.

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

All those examples were right out of the text in the Inner Sea World Guide. That section on the Darklands drops TONS of names and places to expand and run with. And there's lots of additional goodies in "Into the Darklands" and the Second Darkness AP.

You have 3 MONTHS.

Scarab Sages

Mmm.

Sightless fungus-infected blight sorcerers who worship the great Mu Spores of the Midnight Mountains?

New secretive Dark Folk varieties, such as the divine spellcasting Dark Acolyte or the arcane Dark Warlock?

The Rovagug worshippers of the Pyramid of Kamaria, still revering the unquiet remains of the only Osirioni Pharoah to openly worship the Rough Beast, and serving as a go-between to the most brutal elements of the surface world and the grimlocks, ghouls and skum of the Bloodcleft, Nemret Noktoria and Ulat-kini who use the pyramid as their interface with the surface world?

Oh yeah, lots of fun possibilities.

Sczarni Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

5 Beautiful Places to Visit (and die in) When You Explore the Darklands.

3 Things Not To Poke When in the Darklands.

What to Eat, And What Will Eat You in the Darklands.

Too many possibilities...

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Oh, I should also mention new article types like Heroes Hoard (magic items), and Golarion Gazetteer (articles about places). These are new, fun categories, folks!

Also, recipes. Although I need more than 2 to make a decent article....and I'm not really sure I want to eat something based on the Darklands.....

Sczarni Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Actually, I might be able to convince my wife to submit a few recipes. If not for this theme, definitely a future one.

Star Voter 2014

Okay... a dhampir witch doctor tending to a mongrelmen tribe is coming... I think.

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber
Timitius wrote:

Oh, I should also mention new article types like Heroes Hoard (magic items), and Golarion Gazetteer (articles about places). These are new, fun categories, folks!

Also, recipes. Although I need more than 2 to make a decent article....and I'm not really sure I want to eat something based on the Darklands.....

I'm sure there's plenty of mushroom based recipes out there.

Not that I'd eat them. Eating fungus is unnatural.


Tim wrote:
Oh, I should also mention new article types like Heroes Hoard (magic items), and Golarion Gazetteer (articles about places).

Those are not on the list, Tim, glad you mentioned them!

Ruyan.


I'll have to keep a eye on this thread.

If anyone want's an idea, an article on the various demon lords/patrons could be fun (in a evil sort of way). Could invent new ones, or write more about those already established.

Scarab Sages Star Voter 2013

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Maps Subscriber

That's great news to start the year!

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

CalebTGordan wrote:


3 Things Not To Poke When in the Darklands.

Only three?!

You could probably change the title of that article to "Don't bother bringing your 10 foot pole; it's not worth the trouble."


Shadowborn wrote:
CalebTGordan wrote:


3 Things Not To Poke When in the Darklands.

Only three?!

You could probably change the title of that article to "Don't bother bringing your 10 foot pole; it's not worth the trouble."

It would be "3 Things not to poke when in the Darklands but which you could eventually poke and still have a chance of survival".

Sczarni Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Shadowborn wrote:
CalebTGordan wrote:


3 Things Not To Poke When in the Darklands.

Only three?!

You could probably change the title of that article to "Don't bother bringing your 10 foot pole; it's not worth the trouble."

The researcher didn't make it far enough past the entrances to find more than three.

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

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CalebTGordan wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
CalebTGordan wrote:


3 Things Not To Poke When in the Darklands.

Only three?!

You could probably change the title of that article to "Don't bother bringing your 10 foot pole; it's not worth the trouble."

The researcher didn't make it far enough past the entrances to find more than three.

Ah, posthumous publication of the manuscript. Gotcha.

Scarab Sages

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Shadowborn wrote:
CalebTGordan wrote:
The researcher didn't make it far enough past the entrances to find more than three.
Ah, posthumous publication of the manuscript. Gotcha.

"But if he was being eaten, why would be stop to write 'The Black Beast of Arrrggghhh?'"

"Perhaps he was dictating?"


The Homunculus got away...

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

hmmm, I may have some ideas in mind for a written submission this year.

Sczarni Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Quote:
Short and sweet. Unless otherwise specified, article sizes are 750 and 1,500 words. These are HARD targets, not a range, so come as close as possible to these targets. Coming in too far under or over these targets will likely result in the rejection of your submission. Anything over 1,500 words must be pre-approved by the Editor-in-Chief.

I am going to be remembering this one. Learned my lesson with my last submissions.

*Edit*
I have been working on an underground kingdom building rules set for my own Kingmaker group. They wanted a kobold city in one of the mines. I am polishing it up and working it to be at one of those two word limits.

Should anyone feel interested in helping me get some input and play testing done, I will be more than happy to let a couple of people read it over in a rough draft form.

Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I have a couple of archetype ideas, and a couple of monster ideas and will likely think of an item or two too - BUT - my focus at the moment is on RPG Superstar, I would like to donate an article or two, but my ability to do so is likely to be affected by whether I progress in Superstar or not.


Anthony Adam wrote:
I have a couple of archetype ideas, and a couple of monster ideas and will likely think of an item or two too - BUT - my focus at the moment is on RPG Superstar, I would like to donate an article or two, but my ability to do so is likely to be affected by whether I progress in Superstar or not.

I'm sure that's going to be the case for a lot of us. I'll try and submit something fluff-y this time for Wayfinder - I haven't done anything that didn't include a bunch of rules content yet.

Shadow Lodge Star Voter 2013

Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I've got a few Weal and Woe ideas but I might tackle Golarion Gazetteer as well.

Dedicated Voter 2013

Will be submitting, for sure.

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

I was always telling my friends that I wanted more detail on the duergar in Pathfinder. I guess now's my chance to live up to my complaining!

Sczarni Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

My wife has two recipes that she wants to submit, so I will be helping her that those. They are appropriately themed for this issue too!

Scarab Sages

CalebTGordan wrote:
My wife has two recipes that she wants to submit, so I will be helping her that those. They are appropriately themed for this issue too!

Bat wing crunchies and blind cave crawfish etouffee? Mmm!


Submitted.

Set wrote:
Bat wing crunchies

Might as well serve them with that delicious Mu spore sauce of yours.

Ruyan.


Do you have any need for specific art pieces to support articles? I'd be willing to do one or two depending on the detail intensity. You can view a gallery of work I've done in the past (it hasn't been updated in forever) if you're curious.

If there's some specific pieces you want/need, just post them here or PM me. I should be able to get one or two done between now and the end of February so that you can come back with any retouches you may need.

I also have a Norgorber-themed submission for Prestigious and an aboleth-themed submission for Side Treks that will be in during the same time. If there's any particular articles you're bereft of submissions for, let me know. I'd be interested in filling in any obvious gaps.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter 2013, Champion Voter 2014

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I am worried about doing a Realm Building article and have the basic system changed upon the release of Ultimate Campaign, which comes after the submission deadline and before the Wayfinder publishing.

Jason Nelson wrote:
As for the kingdom-building rules, some things were changed a little, some were changed a lot, some things stayed the same. Some things will change further during development. Hopefully the final result is something that pleases most!

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On a different note, some paper minis based on the Darklands would make for some cool art! Just sayin'...

Sczarni Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Yeah, I think holding off on any Realm Building articles for this one is a good idea. Ultimate Campaign might end up making them obsolete.

Marathon Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Are archetypes accepted? Cause I've got one finished. And I'm working on a monster.


So, question: Are the darklands under Tian Xia fair game as well, or are we sticking to the western side of life?


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules Subscriber

I think I remember Tim explicitly mentioning the potential of the unknown Darklands regions below Tian Xia when he announced the new Wayfinder theme on a Know Direction podcast last year, but don't quote me on that...

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Kris Vanhoyland wrote:
I think I remember Tim explicitly mentioning the potential of the unknown Darklands regions below Tian Xia when he announced the new Wayfinder theme on a Know Direction podcast last year, but don't quote me on that...

I watched that podcast last night, and yes he did say that it would be "interesting" to see what people come up with.


Duergar Spider Cavalry Cavalier archetype anyone? (Don't forget to read the Steeder Ecology in Dragon mag)

Star Voter 2014

Tim, I sent you a message some days ago- when you have time to answer please do, so I can start writing my piece a way or another.

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Sorry folks...I have been MASSIVELY busy with my job, so I haven't checked in here for awhile.

Archetype articles are good, yes.

Darklands under EVERYWHERE are fair game, yes.

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

So. Lucent, I would be delighted to give you an assignment for Wayfinder #9. The thing is....I'm not going to MAKE those assignments for illustrations until after our due date, when I sit down and figure out what articls we are going to use.

Once I get the selection, I review all the artists that have expressed the willingness to illustrate for Wayfinder, and I make the assignments. I try to give artists at least 1 month (if I can, more) to complete assignments.

So, it's likely going to be April that I need artists to be free to draw.

Lucent wrote:

Do you have any need for specific art pieces to support articles? I'd be willing to do one or two depending on the detail intensity. You can view a gallery of work I've done in the past (it hasn't been updated in forever) if you're curious.

If there's some specific pieces you want/need, just post them here or PM me. I should be able to get one or two done between now and the end of February so that you can come back with any retouches you may need.

I also have a Norgorber-themed submission for Prestigious and an aboleth-themed submission for Side Treks that will be in during the same time. If there's any particular articles you're bereft of submissions for, let me know. I'd be interested in filling in any obvious gaps.

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Bardess wrote:
Tim, I sent you a message some days ago- when you have time to answer please do, so I can start writing my piece a way or another.

Bardess, although I recall seeing a message from you, I cannot seem to locate it, nor remember what your idea was.

Please go ahead and sent it again...to the wayfinder email.

Thanks

Tim


Hero's Hoard submission sent.

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