Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Distant Worlds (PFRPG)

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Golarion is the primary world of the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it is not alone. Far beyond its lands and seas, sister worlds revolve around the same sun, their residents connected by magical portals or ships of terrifying magic and technology. Now take your game off-planet and explore these weird new worlds for yourself!

This book offers a detailed introduction to the science-fantasy worlds of Golarion’s solar system, each complete with its own mysterious locations and cultures. Discover how your swords and spells match up against the trench dwellers of the Red Planet or the angelic Sarcesians who soar between asteroids. Research the mysterious origins of the sealed world-ship of Apostae, or hunt vortex sharks in the freezing seas of Kalo-Mahoi. Though strange and new, each of these worlds uses the same Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules as Golarion itself.

    Within this 64-page book, you’ll find:
  • Gazetteers of every planet and major moon in Golarion’s system, from the steamy jungles of Castrovel and the machine-ruled rock of Aballon to post-apocalyptic Eox and divided Verces, where one side is always day and the other night. Plus, uncover information on the residents of the sun, Golarion’s moon, the asteroid belt called the Diaspora, the dark regions beyond mysterious Aucturn, and more!
  • Introductions to the major cultures inhabiting the system. Will you join Castrovel’s beautiful Lashunta, fight beside the four-armed giants of Akiton, study with the hyper-evolved Contemplatives of Ashok, petition the undead Bone Sages of Eox, or face down the insectile legions of the Forever Queen?
  • Easy new rules for adventuring on other planets, including discussions on gravity, temperature, time, vacuum, and traveling between worlds.
  • Adventure hooks for every world, tailored for GMs currently playing on Golarion.
  • Six brand-new alien monsters, from intelligent dragonkin who bond with humanoids to the great oma space-whales and amorphous, blimplike Brethedans.

Distant Worlds is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

by James L. Sutter

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-403-0

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Indispensable if Your PCs are Headed to the Stars

4/5

Distant Worlds is a 64-page softcover campaign setting book for Pathfinder that's like no other: instead of detailing a particular region of Golarion, this book takes you into space! Well-known as one of the few campaign setting-line books to receive a second printing due to its popularity, the goal of Distant Worlds is to provide an introduction and overview to the planets that share a solar system with Golarion. The Inner Sea is great and planar travel has its appeal, but sometimes a story needs to travel to whole new worlds and encounter strange, alien civilizations: if you're inclined in such a direction, this is the book for you.

The front cover is certainly cool and eye-catching, and evokes the "sword and planet" genre that inspires much of what's inside the book. The artwork is reprinted as the inside back cover, while the inside front cover provides a map of the solar system, showing the order of planets from the sun.

The Introduction (two pages) makes clear that this isn't intended as a brand new campaign setting (much less a brand new game like Starfinder), but is instead a whole new set of locales that heroes from Golarion can travel to and adventure on. Thus, the focus is on what outsiders to these planets will experience, and how they'll survive the journey to get there. I especially like the couple of paragraphs on how the gods of Golarion aren't necessarily known deities on other planets, and that their portfolios may be encompassed by deities completely unheard of to the PCs.

The first and by far largest section (48 pages) of this book is a gazetteer of the bodies that make up Golarion's solar system. Each of the planets receives four pages of coverage made up of statistics (diameter, mass, gravity, atmosphere, and orbit), a general description, a few paragraphs on what adventuring there would be like, a half-page chart of key locations on the planet, a couple of pages of written description of those locations, and then a few brief adventure hooks that GMs can use to draw PCs to that planet. Given that entire worlds are being described in just four pages, readers need to have their expectations in the right place: this is an introduction, not an exhaustive treatment. I found the interior artwork very hit or miss: many of the aliens are very cool and evocative, but some of the other drawings are rather mediocre. Anyway, here's a quick run-down of what's covered:

* The Sun: This is actually just a one-page summary, but it's actually kind of cool--I never thought about setting adventures on the sun! In Pathfinder, there's actually stuff there, including magically-protected "bubble cities" that would make an awesome setting for an adventure.

* Aballon: A rocky world that is the closet planet to the sun, occupied by a vast society of machine intelligences created by mysterious (and now departed) First Ones. There's a really cool cultural divide among the intelligent machines between Those Who Wait (who believe that their creators will someday return and justify their existence) and Those Who Become (who believe that they should leave and seed another world, becoming First Ones themselves). Another location that stands out is Horsethroat, a small settlement of about 50 people from Golarion (and other worlds) who have arrived, quite accidentally, through a portal from their homeworld and are now trapped on Aballon. It's a natural starting point for PCs to begin their adventures amongst the stars (even if the "fall through a portal" adventure hook is overused in the book).

* Castrovel: Home to both the elven nation of Sovyrian (with major story ties to the fate of elves on Golarion) and the lashunta, a humanoid race with major and fixed divisions between the societal roles of the sexes. There's a plethora of awesome stuff on these four pages, including some fascinating hints about a mysterious portal network on the planet, some links of which have become dangerous. The ties between Castrovel and Golarion are so strong, it would be fantastic to see an AP that crosses between the two planets.

* Golarion's Moon: This section is only two pages long, but there are some interesting story elements here, as the moon was once colonized by ancient Azlanti, and there's a demon-infested area called the Moonscar (the subject of a Pathfinder module).

* Akiton: That massive four-armed creature on the book's cover is a Shobhad from the harsh, red desert planet of Akiton. This is a classic "sword and planet" setting, but features two races that we'll be seeing a lot more of in Starfinder: the ysoki (ratfolk) and Contemplatives of Ashok (floating giant brains!). I appreciate that the book's author, James Sutter, took care to insert details of continuity from previous Pathfinder sourcebooks, like noting that there's a strong link between the Contemplatives and an artifact found in the Mwangi Expanse on Golarion that was first detailed in Heart of the Jungle.

* Vercies: A tidal locked planet, with a Darkside and a Fullbright area sandwiching a narrow habitable zone along the equator. There's a great picture on page 22 of one of the three castes of the planetwide Vercite species. This is one of the more "high-tech" planets in the solar system and has a nice SF feel that sets it apart from Golarion's traditional fantasy setting.

* The Diaspora: Millions of asteroids, large and small, form the Diaspora. The asteroid belt has a cool history perhaps linked to the Starstone, and is home to a race called the Sarcesians. There's a ton of great adventure possibilities detailed in these four pages, with the Vacant Halls and the Wailing Stone serving as natural destinations for explorers.

* Eox: What if you built the Death Star on a planet, but the one time it was fired it caused untold destruction of your own world? That's sort of the backstory to Eox, a planet where the survivors of a doomsday weapon have turned to necromancy and undeath in order to survive on a blasted world. Eox is one of the most memorable parts of Distant Worlds, as the resident Bone Sages are cool and creepy at the same time. There's a location on the planet called the Halls of the Living which is mad-genius Sutter at his best.

* Triaxus: Interesting concept of a planet with a long (317 years!) orbit, so generations are either "summer-born" or "winter-born." There's a surprising amount of dragon stuff, which isn't really my cup of tea, but it's done well.

* Liavara: An enormous gas giant with several moons. The moons provide lots of variety and adventure possibilities, and I can't argue with the fantastic depiction of a giant creepy bug called The Forever Queen on p. 39 (just pay attention to the little guy at the bottom left to understand the scale!).

* Bretheda: Purple gas giant with natives that are . . . difficult for outsiders to understand. I found the planet's moons to be the most interesting, many of which are so intriguing I wish they would have had additional pages devoted to them.

* Apostae: This is the classic "world-ship" SF trope, and I'm stoked to see it here. My mind instantly jumped to an AP focussed on how to get to the mysterious "vault" at the center of the planet to understand the creators and purpose of Apostae. Interestingly, each resident of Apostae is biologically significantly different to every other one, so the PCs will likely stand out simply due to their (probably) shared humanoid-bipedal features!

* Aucturn: A cool, mysterious planet at the very edge of the solar system. Unlike all of the others, there are no magical portals to Aucturn, meaning it's a hard place to get to! The write-up shows some intriguing links to the Old Ones and the Dominion of the Black, but there's only two-pages of information on this one.

* Other Worlds: The part ends with a two-page overview of some miscellaneous topics: constellations, Cynosure (Golarion's north star), the Dark Tapestry (the haunted void between the stars), and the Ice Belt. I wasn't particularly impressed with the material here, and would rather have seen it used for something else.

Part Two, Stellar Adventures, is just four pages long but they're an extremely important four pages. It's here we get some insight into ways for PCs to travel to other planets, including portals, spells, and vessels. There are brief discussions on how to handle environmental problems (including vacuum, extremely high and low gravity and temperature, etc.). Last, there are two new spells ("Planetary Adaptation" and "Mass Planetary Adaptation") and a new magical item ("Pressure Suit"), all of which are indispensable. GMs planning a space-based campaign should note that this section sets some very broad rules, but leaves the vast majority of questions that are bound to come up to GM discretion. Again, this is an introductory sketch to an interplanetary campaign, not a full rules system.

Part Three, Aliens, is eight pages long. One of the best parts of this section is a list of the couple of dozen of established Pathfinder "monsters" that are explicitly extraterrestrial in origin or that could logically be found on particular other planets. The list is drawn from Bestiary 1, 2, and 3, so there are probably more recent monsters from volumes 4, 5, and 6 that could be used as well. Last, six new alien creatures are given stat blocks and descriptions: the insectile machine creatures called Aballonians, the dirigible-like Brethedans, the previously-mentioned giant brains called Contemplatives of Ashok, the Dragonkin of Triaxus, giant interplanetary "space whales" (capable of being used as transports) called Oma, and the four-armed giants from Akiton called Shobhad. Interesting, creative ideas executed well.

Distant Worlds is a campaign setting book that will either sit on a shelf gathering dust (if you play purely pre-published materials like APs, PFS scenarios, and modules) or serve as *the* book for a homebrew campaign in which the PCs find themselves on alien worlds. It's thus not a must have for most GMs, but if you have serious plans to integrate Golarion's solar system into your campaign, then it's indispensable. There are a ton of great ideas in the book, and even if it's not quite as spectacular as some of the buzz indicates, it represents a worthy expansion of Pathfinder's core campaign setting.


A great spark for extreme fantasy

5/5

Not only does this book give some very unique interplanetary ideas, but is also very good to create earth based areas. That all comes with the fact, however, that this is an idea book like any gazatter.
This book runs through various inhospitable Terrain and the requirements to survive in them. With some clever alterations you can create very alien worlds with them. Those glaciers in real life that bleed red water because of heavy iron? Easily adapted to the Mars setting. Need a compelling volcano? The sun can help. Magic gas filling the area? Look to the gas giants.
Aside from the obvious and welcomed return of fantasy space this will be very much enjoyed by anyone who enjoys the most extreme fantasy setting. Again, this is a gazetteer so don't expect too much to be done for you, it just has the basics. Still the best example of a gazatter I've seen in ages.


Possibilities for the future!

5/5

As many of you have noted, this book provides many hooks, and basic background for these new worlds, but few new rules, items, and monsters. But think of the future Setting books this may spawn! I can easily see at least one book for each of the planets, plus a space-travel/vehicles book, magi-technology book, augmentations book (mystical&technological), etc.. I've already come up with an addition to the dragonkin, the True-blooded (dragonkin with the half-dragon template, with the damage, energy type, and DC of their breath weapon changing to that of their progenitor, along with their fire immunity being replaced with the respective type).


A Good Start

3/5

I'm an old school fan of SpellJammer although Spider Moon is growing on me, like a fungus really but I digress. I am a GM that wants to resurrect SpellJammer using Pathfinder rules and this was not enough. But I am aware of 2 more third party books coming down the pike to supplement what little is here so I'll take this book for what it is.

Now keep in mind I like the book as a whole but there were some teasers I found annoying in illustrations of being I would love to have stats for towards the end of the first section. It's a nice solar system model I may steal for my own campaign and there are some nice ideas in here, that I wish had been given more info. And in the intro would it have killed you to list some stories that feed into this, I mean, Heck Planet Stories has a good chunk of them, pimp yourselves!

The space travel is a little too light for my tastes but I had the same problem with the first section of being too short. The one new magic item inspired me to create my own. That said the image that starts the chapter off is just fun.

The last bit was all about Aliens and this too could have been expanded. Great stuff and suggestions of other monsters to add in that you may already have was nice. I love the space whales and living clouds best but there isn't a bad monster in here.

Ultimately this is your primer to fantasy space, if doubling the page count would have upped the price I would have paid the extra gladly. I'm looking forward to what Zombie Sky is putting out and I'm sorry I couldn't put in a bid for that one, but i expect it will supplement this nicely. Clockwork Gnome's book I did help get launched and with my pledge I'm getting a copy to use with this and I hope others will too. If you want interplanetary adventures this will get you started but as I have said, there could have been so much more in here.


To those looking for Spelljammer...

5/5

I have been interested in this book since months ago when I came across it while bouncing around on the messageboards. Like many others (if you read old posts under this product), I grabbed it up hoping for some solid replacements for the 2nd edition Spelljammer setting for D&D.

Well, as an outright replacement, it fails. The book hints at interplanetary travel, but offers more hooks than substance. The chapter that details space is a measly three pages, with a few references throughout that give you some light rules for how to deal with space travel.

So why give it 5 out of 5 stars?

Because the book imploded my expectations. I had hoped to pick up the book and ignore the fluffy campaign-world specific stuff and instead focus on some crunchy, meaty rules for space. Piecing together vehicle rules from Ultimate Combat, interpreting suggestions in the book and using a little creative license, I can do that but the book has done so much more.

This is one of the few world-specific books I've read cover to cover (and I'm going back through it again now) in my ~20 years of gaming. And though only two pages really focus on Golarion (or rather it's moon), which I had largely ignored since I really came to Pathfinder books for their 3.6+ rule replacements, I am now falling in love with the world so many of you already have. I have probably spent as much time on the Pathfinderwiki as with my nose in my physical copy of this book, trying to plumb every mystery hinted at in Distant World's pages.

So to those looking for Spelljammer rules, I say this:
You will find a rough outline, that needs to be heavily supplemented, for what Paizo's/Pathfinder's space travel adventures will look like. Vercitian aetherships and Eoxian bone ships will give you new terms and ideas for replacing tradesmans and neogi deathspiders. Pathfinder also declares where they stand on the rules of space (no gravity planes, no air bubbles, no philogiston -- though those could all exist if you wanted them to).

To everyone else:
This really seems like a must read book. Golarion and the adventures that take place there have long been influenced and defined by that which comes from beyond the sky (Starstone, Dark Tapestry, Numeria, Mythos monsters a plenty), and this book offers you some solid insider knowledge to help you understand the mere groundling races of Golarion place in the cosmos.


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Yes I agree 640pages is not enough:)

Grand Lodge

Liz Courts wrote:
Product image updated.

It's a Heavy Metal Mag issue cover. How awesome!

When do we get the wallpaper?


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GarnathFrostmantle wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Product image updated.

It's a Heavy Metal Mag issue cover. How awesome!

When do we get the wallpaper?

I'll second that. Really hoping for a nice wallpaper featuring this art.


It's HEAVY METAL...I keep thinking of that southpark episode.


Urizen wrote:
Konstantin Dika wrote:

And Mr. Stutter I'd like to point out a typo. It should be:

"This 640-page book is really to small to..."

Got to love irony. :)

Indeed.

-- C.

I don't mean to sound so mea-- er...not-so-nice, but it did make my day!... :D


How many pages does each planet get?

Silver Crusade

Can't help but wonder just how many new races will be here, considering all the planets being brought into play.

James Sutter wrote:
If you're ever reading something Pathfinder and you're like "this sounds like it was inspired by science--but science from somebody who doesn't know a lot about math and things," that was probably mine.

That philosophy made Aperture Science what it is today, so it's gotta be good! ;)

Accurate science? Eh. I like mine good and mad.

Silver Crusade

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Also, hoping the "space angels" mentioned way back(in the Second Darkness article on the solar system IIRC) are explored a bit. The image that still comes to mind first for me are the aquatic folk from The Abyss.

Scarab Sages

Just...
One...
More...
Month!


well it is a little more than a month away DragonBelow.

Mikaze, you and your "space angels", but I do love me some "mad science" and some "weird science" too.


Dragon78 wrote:
Kerem Beyit is it then, cool thanks.

looks like his work

he is one of my favorites


I expected something with space in the background


I really like the cover myself but to each to there own.

Dark Archive

I like the cover.


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Numerian wrote:
I expected something with space in the background

Well it is called Distant Worlds, not The Space Between Distant Worlds :)

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I wonder how they are going to represent Castrovelian psionics.


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TheLoneCleric wrote:
I wonder how they are going to represent Castrovelian psionics.

I assume by mentioning that they have them, but without any details.


Preordered. Me wantee.

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Mikaze wrote:
Also, hoping the "space angels" mentioned way back(in the Second Darkness article on the solar system IIRC) are explored a bit.

Wish granted! :D


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I preordered mine on Dec 7.

Yeah they will mention they have psychic abilities and that will more then likely it except maybe telepathy or telekinetic abilities.

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Dragon78 wrote:
How many pages does each planet get?

Generally 4 pages.


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One of the advantages of having a Campaign Setting Subscription is not having to pre-order. Just have to be patient. I hate being patient.

EDIT: Envisioning combining this with the 3PP settings of Sailing on the Starlit Seas, and KUG. Can see using these as ways to travel between worlds in Golarion system.

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Justin Franklin wrote:
TheLoneCleric wrote:
I wonder how they are going to represent Castrovelian psionics.
I assume by mentioning that they have them, but without any details.

Exactly. There are a lot of things in this book--psionics, new races, etc.--that are mentioned or described without presenting all the rules and statistics. There are some new rules and new monsters, but really, this book is a gazetteer overview of the system. As folks have pointed out, there's just not enough room to do everything in a 64-page book! That said, I really tried to jam-pack this thing full of inspirational ideas for GMs to explore on their own, so hopefully everyone will feel like they got their money's worth. (I imagine folks will find the Advanced Race Guide quite useful in designing playable aliens....)


Numerian wrote:
I expected something with space in the background

You should consider Spacestar Ordering.


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It would be cool to see some Golarion specific small bestaires(64pages) that could be focused on themes like the different planets, Numeria, the First World, etc.

Maybe one day we will get a hardcover for this and each of the continents of Golarion.

Silver Crusade

James Sutter wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Also, hoping the "space angels" mentioned way back(in the Second Darkness article on the solar system IIRC) are explored a bit.
Wish granted! :D

:D

Thank you! Really excited about this book. :)


How many monsters/creatures are there in this book?

Are there any playable races?

Anything that can be used as an animal companion or familiar?

Do we find out what familiar/known monsters exist on these other planets that live on Golarion?

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Dragon78 wrote:

How many monsters/creatures are there in this book?

Are there any playable races?

Anything that can be used as an animal companion or familiar?

Do we find out what familiar/known monsters exist on these other planets that live on Golarion?

If I recall correctly, there are 6 fully statted-up monsters, plus dozens more that are described but not statted up. There's also a discussion of familiar monsters from Golarion and their roles on other planets, as well as advice on easy ways to reskin familiar monsters for an interplanetary campaign. The statted-up monsters include one that wouldn't *quite* be an animal companion, but might interest you if you enjoy that sort of character. And while there aren't any playable race write-ups, many of the races described could easily be built using the rules in the forthcoming Advanced Race Guide!


After reading the Second Darkness article about the solar system, I await with baited breath to give you my money! Can we expect to see life on the moon of Golarion? I'm thinking Selenites from The First Men On The Moon, but I'm sure there are other great examples of moon-aliens (like the Lunarians from Final Fantasy 4).


Thank you James for the info.

I was hoping they would stat-up the race on the cover from Castrovel(can't remember there name). But maybe one day they will.

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James Sutter wrote:
And while there aren't any playable race write-ups, many of the races described could easily be built using the rules in the forthcoming Advanced Race Guide!

Proposal to the community: As soon as we get this book, we get a unified thread started to stat these guys up with the Advance Race Guide playtest rules(playing loose and fast with the pre-reqs) and then possibly revisiting it when the final Advanced Race Guide comes out.


I like that plan. I am planning on having my Lovecraftian campaign spill over to one of these planets (probably the Mars analogue) for a bit of a Carter of Mars feel to it. I hope there will be some stats of the aliens to use.

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Odraude wrote:
After reading the Second Darkness article about the solar system, I await with baited breath to give you my money! Can we expect to see life on the moon of Golarion? I'm thinking Selenites from The First Men On The Moon, but I'm sure there are other great examples of moon-aliens (like the Lunarians from Final Fantasy 4).

Like these guys?


Other then the six monsters are there any races who actually have stats in the book?

How many worlds are talked about in the book? I know there are 11 planets.

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Dragon78 wrote:

Other then the six monsters are there any races who actually have stats in the book?

How many worlds are talked about in the book? I know there are 11 planets.

No to the races--there are relatively few stats in the book, just the bestiary mentioned above and some spells/magic items. For the most part, the book is taken up by gazetteer information on people and places, adventure hooks, information on traveling between planets, etc. There are some new rules for things like shifting gravity and whatnot, though--that's got a bit of crunch to it.

Oh yeah, and maps--lots and lots of maps.

For the number of worlds... you're looking at 20-30, depending on how you want to count. :)


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James Sutter wrote:
No to the races

Nuts. This seems to indicate that the lashunta aren't among the creatures with a stat block in the book (it's possible that they have enough racial Hit Dice that they're considered to be monsters and not a "(playable) race," but that seems unlikely).

Of course, given that they're psionic creatures, this was always the way things were leaning, but it still makes me a sad panda.


True, it is a gazetteer, so there would be a lot of world building info but that is ok for me. I like the sound of several of the worlds mention and I am very interested in them, Castrovel particularly but also Verces, Liavara, Bretheda, Apostae, Triaxus, Aucturn and some of the Moons.

Do the male Lashunta have antanae like the females?

James Sutter, did you create/develope the other planets?

Can you list the planets(other then Golarion) in order from most intersted/liked to least?

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Alzrius wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
No to the races

Nuts. This seems to indicate that the lashunta aren't among the creatures with a stat block in the book (it's possible that they have enough racial Hit Dice that they're considered to be monsters and not a "(playable) race," but that seems unlikely).

Of course, given that they're psionic creatures, this was always the way things were leaning, but it still makes me a sad panda.

It's true, the Lashunta aren't statted up. That'll have to wait for another day...

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Dragon78 wrote:

True, it is a gazetteer, so there would be a lot of world building info but that is ok for me. I like the sound of several of the worlds mention and I am very interested in them, Castrovel particularly but also Verces, Liavara, Bretheda, Apostae, Triaxus, Aucturn and some of the Moons.

Do the male Lashunta have antanae like the females?

James Sutter, did you create/develope the other planets?

Can you list the planets(other then Golarion) in order from most intersted/liked to least?

Male Lashunta indeed have antennae, though unlike the females, they're short, hairy, and ugly.

I did indeed create the other planets, at least for the most part! A few (Castrovel, Akiton, and Aucturn) already had names, but that was pretty much it. Erik Mona described some broad strokes for Castrovel and Akiton, the "green" and "red" planets, in keeping with pulp traditions, and a few other staffers offered tidbits here and there (for instance, Wes came up with the symbols for the various worlds), but ultimately folks let me run wild with the solar system stuff.

As for ranking them in order of preference--I respectfully refuse, at least for now, and leave it to all of you to rank them yourselves once the book comes out... :)

Dark Archive

James, have you read The Sky People and In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S. M. Stirling? I would really suggest to check them out on Amazon, at least.

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I love those books. And the John Carter books and the Planet Stories Martian stuff...


I know that the John Carter of Mars inspired the planet of Akiton. Lets face it there is a lot of fiction based on mars.

What books, movies, etc. inspired you for Castrovel and the other planets?

Scarab Sages

*SQUEE!*

How did I not know about this until now?? I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on my husband's subscription copy!


Shem wrote:
I love those books. And the John Carter books and the Planet Stories Martian stuff...

Can we add in Pulpdom's "Queen of Outer Space" Leigh Brackett to that list?

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nightflier wrote:
James, have you read The Sky People and In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S. M. Stirling? I would really suggest to check them out on Amazon, at least.

Nope! But those are awesome titles. :)

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Dragon78 wrote:

I know that the John Carter of Mars inspired the planet of Akiton. Lets face it there is a lot of fiction based on mars.

What books, movies, etc. inspired you for Castrovel and the other planets?

There's actually just as much "green planet" pulp as "red planet"--these days we mainly think of John Carter of Mars, but back in the day folks wrote a lot about Venus as the jungle planet as well.

Both Akiton and Castrovel were heavily inspired by Planet Stories books, particularly the ones by Leigh Brackett, Michael Moorcock, C. L. Moore, Otis Adelbert Kline, and Robert E. Howard. (The Lashunta's physical description in particular owes a lot to Robert E. Howard's Almuric.)


What about the other planets in the solar system what were the inspirations for them?

If you came up with the names of the planets, how did you? any interesting stories behind the names?


Are there rules/tips/advice for including new planets to the system?

Outside of course of the be all and end all "The GM can add his own planet to the mix"?

I run a steampunk world that's very different than Golarion and would love to find neat ways to combine the two for inter-stellar romps. Since I read about possibilities for travelling between worlds in the Inner Sea Guide, I've been waiting for a product like this!


I know the art was updated but what about the description?

Are we going to get any previews for this?

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Dragon78 wrote:
I know the art was updated but what about the description?

It has been updated now! Thanks!

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