Worldscape Workbook—Inside Issue #2!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The second issue of Dynamite's sword & sorcery superstar crossover series, Pathfinder Worldscape releases TODAY in comic shops, and is now shipping from the paizo.com store! The issue features a foreboding jungle adventure in which Seoni the sorcerer awakens in a deadly dimension that harvests the deadliest warriors of three worlds. Before she can reunite with her friends Valeros, Kyra, and Merisiel, she must first survive the jungle alone. Her adventure sees her face a 10-legged Barsoomian banth, the mysterious forest goddess (and first female super-hero in history) Fantomah, Frank Frazetta's jungle lord Thun'da, and Tars Tarkas, the green Martian best friend of John Carter of Mars.

Like all Pathfinder comics, Pathfinder Worldscape #2 contains a short Pathfinder RPG rules appendix and a pull-out poster map. The poster for the issue continues the jungle scene presented in Pathfinder Worldscape #1, with a focus on an immense tree with ritualistic significance. You can put each of the two maps together to create a double-sized jungle encounter!

The text of issue #2's RPG appendix focuses on green Martians, everyone's favorite four-armed original creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars novels. I'd originally intended to include stats for Tars Tarkas himself in this issue, but the background of the race and its various abilities ended up hogging up so much space that Tars himself will appear later, most likely in issue #5, where the character again plays a significant role. This issue is more about creating the rules elements that I'll later use to make that character, as well as a couple of weapons that will also come into play next month, when we get to John Carter himself.

I used the race builder rules from the Advanced Race Guide hardcover to build the green Martian rules. As with previous Worldscape adaptations, I let the source material dictate my choices. For example, Large size and four arms are both extremely "expensive" traits in the race builder system (because of their significant impact on play), and those two powers alone make the green Martian a 15-point race, putting them on par with something like the fetchling or suli (by contrast, a halfling is 9 points).

But there's more to green Martians than their arms and size. There's also their ability to detect thoughts, their weapon familiarity with longswords and spears, their legendary ferocity, and a few other powers to boot. At the end of the day, green Martians are more like 23-25 points, putting them on par with the likes of svirfneblin (24) or trox (28), but well short of drow nobles (41).

The issue also includes rules for Barsoomian radium pistols and rifles, but I'll discuss that more in future blogs.

I've been very pleased by reaction to the first issue of Pathfinder Worldscape. I can't wait to hear what you think of issue #2, and look forward to hearing about your green Martian Pathfinder heroes and villains for years to come!

Until then, I remain...

Erik Mona
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Yeah, Barsoom rifles and pistols were always a weird point. Super high range and yet everyone ran around and used sword on one another.

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They also have explosive shells.

But only in sunlight.

???

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Are these conversions actually meant to be used?

I mean, how many "sword-devils" are likely to appear at gaming tables?

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Lord Fyre wrote:

Are these conversions actually meant to be used?

I mean, how many "sword-devils" are likely to appear at gaming tables?

"Are options meant to be used?"

Yes. The answer is Yes.

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Rysky wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

Are these conversions actually meant to be used?

I mean, how many "sword-devils" are likely to appear at gaming tables?

"Are options meant to be used?"

Yes. The answer is Yes.

I'm surprised to hear you say that, given your general hostility to my viewpoint.

That wasn't my question though. Are these specific options meant to be used?


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Lord Fyre wrote:

Are these conversions actually meant to be used?

I mean, how many "sword-devils" are likely to appear at gaming tables?

Not a table, but I've already seen one built for a play-by-post game.

Silver Crusade

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

Are these conversions actually meant to be used?

I mean, how many "sword-devils" are likely to appear at gaming tables?

"Are options meant to be used?"

Yes. The answer is Yes.

I'm surprised to hear you say that, given your general hostility to my viewpoint.

That wasn't my question though. Are these specific options meant to be used?

That and this are completely different things.

The other was arguing for more cheesecake.

This is about an archetype, that only requires you to not wear armor, not be naked or wear a ridiculous outfit.

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I don't understand the question. Of course the designs are meant to be used.

I mean, I don't expect them to appeal to everybody, but the idea is to present rules people can use in their games if they want to.


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Green Martians.

Oh yes. Oh yes indeed.

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Nice shout out to the original John Carter cover art! I hope that one's the Paizo cover for issue #3.

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Erik Mona wrote:

I don't understand the question. Of course the designs are meant to be used.

I mean, I don't expect them to appeal to everybody, but the idea is to present rules people can use in their games if they want to.

Ah. I was wondering about how likely was it for people to meet a Green Martian.

But there are Shobhad.


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I wonder if a Barsoomian prismatic spray has extra effects.


So this did not come out in any of my local comic shops on the 16th and I didn't see it at the one i went to today either. Has there been a delay?


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My comic shop had it, so not a worldwide one.

Scarab Sages

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It seems Dynamite has hidden the alternate cover arts for issues 3-5. In any case, I was meant the cover that looks like this, but with Kyra in the background.

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