Sound the Guns of Alkenstar

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

One of the great things about being an editor at Paizo is not just working with some of the best new folks in the gaming industry, but also having the opportunity to approach some of the best old-school folks, those writers and designers who influenced you as a young gamer, or whose imagination set a stage that now feels too large and organic to have ever been created from whole cloth.

Ed Greenwood is one of the latter. While still very much a public figure in the fantasy world, continuing to publish novels in a variety of worlds, Ed will forever be known as the man who created the Forgotten Realms. It was from the depths of his brain that the world got one of the longest-lived and most vibrant settings ever to come to gaming (not to mention the highly recognizable character of Elminster, who looks suspiciously like Ed himself). For decades, Ed's creations have inspired novels, video games, comic books—and, of course, RPG products.

And now that same creativity has been trained on Golarion. While we've worked with Ed in the past, particularly on the Kingmaker Adventure Path, I was particularly pleased to invite him on board to do some web fiction for us—in this case, an extra-long tale of murder and intrigue that starts today and is set to run for the next six weeks. Knowing Ed's particular talent for breathing life into a region, we were also happy to temporarily turn over the keys to one of our most frequently asked-about nations: the Grand Duchy of Alkenstar, that tenuous holding deep in the Mana Wastes where magic is shaky at best, and a relatively new invention called gunpowder attempts to usher in a whole new era in warfare, even as its inventors cling tightly to the secret of its manufacture.

Click here to follow Ed on his journey down into the strange and dangerous world of Alkenstar's Gunworks, trailing along in the shadows of those elite investigators who maintain the region's delicate balance...

James Sutter
Fiction Editor

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Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Gun running. Shieldmarshals. Gunhunters. Alkenstar.

What's not to love about this? >Does happy dance<

Dark Archive

While it's no Cheliax, Alkenstar has always held a special place in my heart. Great stuff. Everyone involved deserves a root beer float.


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Dark Archive

Freehold DM, I don't understand... do you like a place called Alkenstar or something or other like that?


I'm Attempting to Run a PBP game based in Alkenstar, Yes, there will be guns! I've thought the Area by the mana wastes was interesting. I posted the game last night, now we have web fiction on it!? Awesome..

Anyway, If you're looking for a PBP game check it out..

Low Magic campaign


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Freehold DM, I don't understand... do you like a place called Alkenstar or something or other like that?

I am mildly enamored of it, yes.


Pathfinder Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

IIRC, Ed wrote some of the earliest articles for Dragon Magazine on using firearms in D&D. Nice to see the circle turn!


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Freehold DM, I don't understand... do you like a place called Alkenstar or something or other like that?

I am passing fond of the locale, yes.


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lets get a setting book on Alkenstar done

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