Meet The Authors!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

With the Lost Omens Pathfinder Society Guide now out, I wanted to delve a little further behind the scenes to the authors who actually wrote the material contained within. While the writers of our Paizo products are always credited in the front and back of the books, a simple name in a byline doesn’t give readers much information on the people who work to bring the setting to life! As a final blog to wrap up our promotion of the latest Lost Omens book, I reached out to the authors of the book with the intent of promoting them—as well as any other personal work they would like to promote, so that new fans of their work could find other projects, RPG products, websites, livestreams, and more to enjoy!

Eleanor Ferron
Pathfinder Developer

The Pathfinder Society Grand Lodge, a large structure with several towers.

Art by Hazem Ameen

Mike Kimmel
Hey folks! I'm Mike Kimmel, and I've been writing for Paizo since 2014. The Pathfinder Society program holds a special place in my heart, and it was an honor to contribute to this book. I wrote about the Pathfinder Society in the Lost Omens Character Guide, and I was able to expand on the various schools of the Society in this book. As a teacher, it was fun to imagine what sorts of people one might encounter in an institution like the Pathfinder Society, where an agent's training and knowledge can mean the difference between life and death. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed writing about them! Keep an eye out for my occasional Pathfinder or Starfinder Society scenario, and feel free to reach out any time if you're interested in writing for RPGs yourself. I am the founder of Freelance Forge, a forum for RPG freelancers. You can learn more at https://freelanceforge.boards.net/, or get in touch with me personally on Paizo.com or at https://twitter.com/_MikeKimmel. Yi Da Som, a samsaran woman who works out of the Lantern Lodge. She is wearing a beautiful, hanbok and holding a book.

Art by Raf Kayupov

Ron Lundeen
I’m Ron Lundeen, a developer on the Pathfinder Adventure Path line here at Paizo. I wrote up Nexus House for this book. I’ve become a big fan of Nex recently, having set a Pathfinder Society scenario there as well as linking a few other projects to that magic-filled land. Making the place feel truly magical was a lot of fun, as was fleshing out its history and its very enthusiastic vash-vatom (or venture-captain). You can check out my RPG advice, including an entire free Pathfinder Second Edition Adventure Path I wrote, on my blog at RunAmokGames.com. I’m available for freelance for any number of game systems at rules.lawyer.ron@gmail.com.

Dennis Muldoon
Hello! I'm Dennis Muldoon, and I wrote the Pathfinder Gear and Pathfinder Agent Feats sections of the Pathfinder Society Guide. The Pathfinder Society is a huge part of my life as a gamer, and I have a lot of love for the Society both in-world and as an organized play campaign. In addition to being a freelance writer I'm a Venture Lieutenant and frequent GM for my local Pathfinder Society lodge, and have written several adventures for Pathfinder Society Organized play (Quest #7: A Curious Claim, and PFS #2-00 King in Thorns). I'm excited to see a whole book focused on the Society, and I'm thrilled to have been a part of bringing it to life. You can find more of my work listed on my Paizo profile (https://paizo.com/people/DennisMuldoon), and can follow me on Twitter at @dkmuldoon.


Michael Sayre
Yo! Michael Sayre here, former PFS developer and now designer. Freelancing on this book was a lot of fun for me. Some of my favorite characters, like Bjersig Torrsen from the Iceferry Lodge and Narsen from the Exalted Lodge, got more screen time in a way that can be hard to do in a scenario, so giving them a bit of a spotlight here was really exciting. It was also a blast getting to deliver the rest of the Rain of Embers feats and some cool mechanics to connect with characters like Stella Fane and Marcos Farabellus. Feats that have a history in the game and carry the names of characters who are part of the world are something that I’ve always loved to see in RPGs, and I really enjoyed getting to bring them to this edition. At least for the time being, this is probably my favorite Lost Omens book; I’ve even “stolen” a lot of these characters and options and dropped them into my non-Golarion home game!

Durvin Gest, one of the founders of the Pathfinder Society. He’s clad in armor and standing with a large sword.

Art by Sarunas Macijauskas

Mark Seifter
I'm Mark Seifter, Paizo's design manager and one of the four leads on the creation of Pathfinder Second Edition.
In Lost Omens Pathfinder Society Guide, I wrote the aeon stones, the wayfinders, and then a grab bag section including the new specific familiars. Normally because of the timelines of publishing, it wouldn't be feasible to use the rules from a release as recent as Advanced Player's Guide in this product, but as the creator of the specific familiar rules for that book, I made it work. So please adopt a dweomerkitten!

Check out my twitch stream with Linda Zayas-Palmer, Arcane Mark, Tuesdays at 7PM Pacific, and Saturdays at 10 AM Pacific at https://www.twitch.tv/arcanemark. We cover a variety of RPG and Pathfinder topics on Tuesdays and Saturdays, chosen by the viewers! (we also have interviews on Thursday at 7PM Pacific, but those are currently on hiatus)

Linda Zayas-Palmer
Hi! I'm Linda Zayas-Palmer, Paizo's Organized Play Managing Developer. I joined the Pathfinder Society OP campaign back in GenCon 2009 (wow, time files!) and became a Pathfinder Society developer five years ago. Nowadays, I do development and logistics for all three Organized Play programs.

I wrote several sections of this new Lost Omens book, including the sections for the Horizon Hunters faction, the Grand Lodge, and the Woodsedge Lodge, and I helped out with background research/canon checking. Other than this book, which I'm super-excited to have been a part of, the two projects I'm most proud of are the Pathfinder Society Special #7-99: Through Maelstrom Rift and the fourth volume of the Age of Ashes Adventure Path, Fires of the Haunted City. I'm also the cohost of the twitch stream Arcane Mark along with fellow author Mark Seifter, which streams two new episodes per week at twitch.tv/arcanemark!


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This was a lot of fun to work on, and I hope people adopt some dweomerkittens. Arianrhod has too many of them around!

The Exchange

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That is factually incorrect. There can never be such a thing as too many dweomerkittens.


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Dweomerkittens have a very cute ability.

I'd really like to know how a +1 to attack works for a familiar though!

This is a fun book, and thanks to all the authors who made it possible.


Thank you all for your contributions and for allowing us a brief glimpse of those who provide us with such wonderful resources.


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Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I've just now learned that dweomerkittens are a thing and now I have to dedicate my life to acquiring as many as possible.

Grand Archive

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Dubious Scholar wrote:

Dweomerkittens have a very cute ability.

I'd really like to know how a +1 to attack works for a familiar though!

This is a fun book, and thanks to all the authors who made it possible.

Clearly the less useful of the bunch. Mainly only work on delivering spells I think.


Elfteiroh wrote:
Dubious Scholar wrote:

Dweomerkittens have a very cute ability.

I'd really like to know how a +1 to attack works for a familiar though!

This is a fun book, and thanks to all the authors who made it possible.

Clearly the less useful of the bunch. Mainly only work on delivering spells I think.

Nothing actually says that they roll for spell delivery, which is curious.

Grand Lodge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

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Hope everyone enjoys the book!

Grand Archive

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Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Mike Kimmel wrote:
Hope everyone enjoys the book!

I do a lot! :3

Very good read!

Contributor

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I neglected to submit a bio for this because time has lost all meaning in 2020. Anyway, I was truly delighted to get to work on this book. Society play has been an important part of my Pathfinder experience and with my love of big smashy fighters, getting to write the School of Swords content was a perfect fit. I hope everyone loves this book as much as I do!

Liberty's Edge

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Kate Baker wrote:
I neglected to submit a bio for this because time has lost all meaning in 2020. Anyway, I was truly delighted to get to work on this book. Society play has been an important part of my Pathfinder experience and with my love of big smashy fighters, getting to write the School of Swords content was a perfect fit. I hope everyone loves this book as much as I do!

A bio in a post on this thread will be great too. Thanks a lot for your hard work and our joy in reading it :-)


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

The School of Scrolls was my favorite section to read, and the Master of Scrolls is my favorite person on Golarion now.

Loved this book! You all did a great job and I appreciate it very much! Thank you. ^-^

Grand Lodge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

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GayBirdGM wrote:
The School of Scrolls was my favorite section to read, and the Master of Scrolls is my favorite person on Golarion now.

I took an 8+ month break from freelancing shortly after completing this assignment. (Nothing bad about this project in particular, but sometimes balancing writing with everything else in life is quite difficult.) This feedback is much appreciated, and comes at a good time. Thanks!

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