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Created by the fans for the fans, the first issue of the Wayfinder fanzine includes more than thirty articles designed to expand upon the world of Golarion. Inside you will find original fiction, new prestige classes, sorcerer bloodlines, magic items, and traits—and this is just a small portion of what awaits you.

Originally released in print for attendees of PAIZOCON 2009, this PDF is your chance to enjoy what your fellow Paizonians have created for the community—for FREE! The PDF release of Wayfinder #1 is in full color and includes a special challenge by Tim "Timitius" Nightengale, organizer of the first PAIZOCON.

Contributors: Adam Daigle, Ashton Sperry, Charles Evans, Claudia Burgos, Clinton J. Boomer, Colter Guthrie, Conceicao Hallen, Craig Johnston, Cristian Bodea, Crystal Frasier, Dave Mallon, Dennis Baker, Eric Morton, Ernesto Ramirez, Glen Zimmerman, Hal Maclean, Hugo Solis, Ian Cunningham, James Keegan, James Mackenzie, Jason Kirckof, Joseph Scott, Kelly Gragg, Jeff Lee, Jonathan McAnulty, Joshua Blazej, Justin Sluder, Kevin Coleman, Larry WIlhelm, Lissa Guillet, Liz Courts, Matthew Stinson, Michael Kortes, Michelle Craddock, Mike Welham, Neil Spicer, Raluca Rusu, Ross Byers, Russ Taylor, Paris Crenshaw, Tae-Bin Gulliver, Theodore Thompson, Trevor Gulliver, Troy E. Taylor.

Cover art by Hugo Solis and Michael Jaecks.

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Wayfinder 1 is like a step back in time and a preview of the great things to come in later issues. I am going to try and review each article and artwork separately in just a few lines, and assign an individual and overall score for the content.

I will attempt to score the articles and art as I would have had I reviewed at time of release and not let the maturation of this production over the years to have any negative effect on my reviewing of the early issues.

The first review I did ran over into the comments sections, I fully expect this to do the same. I am pretty thorough which means I write a lot of words - more than these review boxes allow! ;)

Off we go then...

Cover
The cover art is Osirion inspired, and might lead you to think the issue is Osirion themed, however looking at the index quickly shows a great diversity of content. I liked the cover.
Art: 7/10

Forward
The forward, by James Jacobs, actually made me realise just how like all of us these lucky Paizo staff are. I haven't met James in person (at time of writing), but I can fully empathise with his inner geek that shines through. The accompanying monotone art is quite evocative, very mystic and mysterious.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

Regional Traits of Osirion
The first full article provides 23 regional traits for PCs of Osirion descent. There is a great diversity of traits here, all providing some really interesting benefits coupled with great flavor and role play opportunity. The artwork, a black and white line art with intricate detailing is just begging to be colored in. It lends an appropriate Osirion feel supporting the article flavor very well.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

The Road to Varno, Chapter 1
The first story article takes us to Ustalav, depicting a dark journey through gothic wooded lands. It gave me some great ideas to add flavor and suspense to in game travel. A well crafted and executed story. The accompanying artwork depicts the camp-fire scene and assists greatly in mentally picturing the main characters of the story.
Article: 8/10, Art: 7/10

Ask a Shoanti
The first reference to these sidebars that are dispersed throughout the magazine occurs on the second page of The Road to Varno. They provide a comedic turn on the "Agony Aunt" question and answers found in newspapers and magazines. I chuckled many times enjoying immensely these snippets of controlled madness. I decided to score these as a whole rather than individually.
Article: 9/10

Dangers of Darkmoon Vale
Next up, a collection of small drop-in encounters set in Darkmoon vale. The first introduces the party to malevolent pixies and offers some hectic fun, the second is darker and more sinister offering a CR 2 encounter that had interesting possibilities for role play, and the last encounter set in a carnival market highlights the diversity of these encounters. As a time pressed GM, I love quick drop in scenes like these, especially those set in villages and towns. Encounters in order of presentation scored 9/10, 8/10, 9/10 respectively. For my personal taste, the accompanying artwork didn't quite "gel" with the encounters.
Article: 9/10, Art: 7/10

Excerpts from the Journal of Zertus Hargon
Next up is a story vignette presented in a series of journal entries very reminiscent of the journal entries found in the Adventure Path products. It presents a quite dark tale that leads into a very detailed NPC write up and Stat block for the main protagonist. The artwork clearly portrays the anguish of the lead character and the grey scale shading presentation makes it that much more gritty and in theme with the dark tale.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

Dawnflower Dervish of Sarenrae
The next article presents us with a prestige class, a nice spin on the dervish theme coupling it with a worshipper of Sarenare. I particularly liked how the fighting style of the dervish was built as a set of "dance" abilities. The artwork portrays the whirling dervish feel and is another clean black and white image that is begging me to bring out the crayons.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

Life in Korvosa
Next up is a quite moody piece, a short vignette of life in Old Korvosa, accompanied by two pieces of art, the first a scene of the beginning of the story, setting the mood nicely, the second being a nice character sketch of one of the main characters. What is very nice about this story is that the characters it introduces continue their adventures within pathfinder chronicler. This story appealed to my love of gothic and moody and the art supported it very well.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

Claw of Abendego
I loved this article – one of the most original ways of introducing a new creature I have ever seen in print, fully deserving of a maximum score. It begins with a cooking recipe - one of the ingredients of which leads you to a very nice aquatic crustacean. The accompanying art lends a comical twist via the use of a goblin chef which somehow meshed well with the light hearted approach to the creature’s introduction.
Article: 10/10, Art: 8/10

Chronicles of Xain Marrick
I love articles that mimic the journal style found in the adventure paths – they immediately feel like pathfinder material right off the bat. This article provides just such a journal and there’s a dragon. Ticks all my boxes. The art is more cartoon than pseudo real, but it did make me wonder if this artist could do a whole fantasy comic page in a similar vein to this piece.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

A Lost Pathfinder’s Journal: From Talithia’s Tomb
It’s almost like the issue knew that I love journal styled articles. This one has a nice Golarion themed children’s verse as set up for the main journal entry itself. Both pieces of accompanying art could be printed and stuck to blank item type cards for use as “show then tell” for your players. As with all good journals, you are left wanting more, wondering what happens next – this article is a great example of a well-paced journal entry.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

Pathfinders of Qadira – Suri’s Chapbook
Oh my, I’m being spoilt – another journal styled submission this time in one of my favorite areas, Qadira – I love me some Arabian Nights. Again, a nicely paced article over three separate journal style entries that evoke the Qadiran theme very well. The artwork representative of typical Qadiran meal fare really supports the theme and flavor (sic) of the article.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

Like Lightning
And a fourth journal styled article in succession – we have to remember this is the very first issue, so should not let such repetition distract from the quality of the article – and if you download subsequent issues, you see less and less of this repetition in article arrangement – do not let this put you off from the rest of the issues.
The article presents the story from the view point of the main protagonist, in a diary voice style. It also introduces us to a new wondrous item, fully statted out – so that’s another bonus. The art is of the protagnist recording her thoughts and actions, in colour and reeking of pathfinder style – well done.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

The Old Lady of the River
And a fifth journal styled article presenting the thought processes of a typical pathfinder - the internal construction is of the investigation and piecing together pieces of information. The old lady of the river is well represented by the art, a quite spooky piece that supports the article extremely well – one of my favorite pieces of art this issue.
Article: 8/10, Art: 9/10

The Real Bir Gatland
Next up is a more traditional short story about a very unusual character. I didn’t feel so much the pathfinder vibe, the presentation and the accompanying art arising from the article lending a cthulhu feel. That said, the line art is a very fine line art that is intricate, fun, evocative and begging to be colored in! I myself probably wont color it in for fear of ruining it – it’s that good.
Article: 7/10, Art: 9/10

Dear Diary
I liked the presentation of this Chelaxian themed submission, executed in the manner of talking to your diary as you write. The main creature played to my personal fears, I don’t like buzzing flyers in fear of wasps, hornets and bees and there is one mother of a bee as represented by the accompanying art.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

Black Sails
Next up is a nice short vignette regarding the ships of Leng and their Black Sails – slavery is touched upon from the eyes of a slave. The artwork accompanies the article well, and the cartoon at the bottom of the second page is something that could be right out of the Grimtooths traps books.
Article: 8/10, Art: 7/10

The Pharaoh’s Treasure
Another nice vignette, again following a Pathfinder journal / report style, comprising the details of the acquisition of an article of antiquitynavigating false chambers, illustrating tomb delving in some detail. The artwork struck me as Mummy film inspired, depicting a sarcophagus whose lid represents the entombed in a very Tutankhamun representation, before which a swarm of beetles rushes towards the viewer.
Article: 8/10, Art: 9/10

The Greenhorns
Another pathfinder journal, written from multiple pathfinder viewpoints. The first in a pompus noble borne voice which, while fun at first quickly became tiring, but that may just be me– it is certainly food for thought for Talador / knight errant based play. The next journal entries are written by a minotaur struggling against “monster prejudice”. The third view point is from a quite vengeful and protective sorceress. I did find this article confusing because the journals weren’t merged into a single chronological order. White on black character portrait style art pieces accompany this article, representing each pathfinder reporting.
Article: 7/10, Art: 8/10

Poems of the Vale
Next up we have a collection of poems and songs of various lengths – a really great page to keep behind the GM screen and use when the local bards peddle their wares. No art accompanied these poems, which is a bit of a shame – I would have loved to see some art based on the Faerie Army poem.
Article: 7/10, Art: n/a

The Last Wish
A short and unusual story that I found very intriguing, and useful as a GM – evil grin. I won’t say anymore as it would spoil the plot so easily, but is a well recommended read for when you have 5 minutes to spare. I really loved the initial color art atop the start of the page, have a pseudo real/Disney cross style of presentation. I just loved it.
Article: 8/10, Art: 9/10

Family Ties
Next up, some Tian Empire flavour, the first section detailing how a raid to retrieve a magical urn goes awry… leading into a new bloodline - Ancestral. My gut feel is that the link between the powers of the bloodline and your PC ancestry is tenuous, maybe it should have been linked through the powers to your parents, then your grandparents, each successive power drawing from a deeper link to your heritage. That’s just a personal feeling though: for an ancestral bloodline, I wanted more ancestry. Nice clean art, supports the story and the bloodline, the urn art particularly firing the imagination.
Article: 7/10, Art: 8/10

Necro-Lord of Urgathoa
A very flavorful prestige class is next, suitable for clerics and necromancers to employ, and the prestige class also lends itself as a nice template to be added to undead to throw at unsuspecting players. The abilities tied in well with the Urgathoan theme. The banner art is quite stunning, another of my favorite pieces this issue.
Article: 9/10, Art: 10/10

Tools of the Trade: Hunters of the Dead
A very well themed collection of traits and feats are found here, all for those who want to specialise in the hunting of the undead. They are not restricted by race or class and so are viable options for all, some fitting very well in more recent occult and horror inspired products. A nice lead in art of a hunter at the foot of a cloaked statue evokes the feeling of a hunter praying for success in an upcoming hunt.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

The Wretched of Ustalav
Next we have a nice moody themed offering that evokes Ustalav through and through. It begins with a journal entry that leads to a new disease (although I myself see it more as a curse, but to each their own). Then the fun part, adding a new template (wretched) to creatures. There are some creatures, that adding this template too, would make for very interesting and deadly encounters for your PCs. The artwork that accompanies the article evokes wretchedness very well and so supports the article nicely.
Article: 9/10, Art: 8/10

Absalom Character Traits
Absalom tied character traits, split into religious and regional collections are the meat of this article. My favorite religious trait has to be Hero of the Hall as it offers a rare benefit not often found in the main rules. For regional traits, my favorite is the Dancer of Kortus, also the chosen by the artist it seems. The accompanying dancer art is quite stunning and full of detail.
Article: 9/10, Art: 9/10

The Great Maw of Rovagug
A short story, with a Geb / Nex flavor involving great relics, flying machines and the men that fly them now greets the avid reader. The style lent itself to a notes or letter for a Pathfinder journal, a personal musing if you will, leading one to wonder if the writer got home safe or not to file that report. The artwork is definitely drawn from and supporting of the story.
Article: 8/10, Art: 8/10

OK, reaching the character / word limit now, so the remaining items to be reviewed will be posted to the comments along with the closing summary for the issue as a whole.

The remaining reviews to be found there are for The Sweetest Fruit, Gro’kosh, Shadows of the First World, The Blood-Slicked Mantle, The Mwangi Expanse – Senghor, From the Rookery, The Gallery Below, Too Small to Notice

The completion of this review is now found here. Enjoy.


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Hugo Solis wrote:
Grug Greyskin wrote:
Any way to get a hardcopy of this?
Daigle is correct, thou we have some left overs. We will give those away, we just need to figure out how. Stay tuned!

Well you could go print on demand with a B&W version thru Lulu.com. Is there going to be a #2 issue and when?

Grand Lodge

Hugo Solis wrote:
Folks, reviews are appreciated! :D

This thing is awesome in every imaginable sense! If you don't get it you'll be responsible for the slaughter of various ponies.

Seriously, it's awesome!

Liberty's Edge

Avemar wrote:
Hugo Solis wrote:
Folks, reviews are appreciated! :D

This thing is awesome in every imaginable sense! If you don't get it you'll be responsible for the slaughter of various ponies.

Seriously, it's awesome!

we are ok with the slaughter of a pink one :P

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

LMPjr007 wrote:
Hugo Solis wrote:
Grug Greyskin wrote:
Any way to get a hardcopy of this?
Daigle is correct, thou we have some left overs. We will give those away, we just need to figure out how. Stay tuned!
Well you could go print on demand with a B&W version thru Lulu.com. Is there going to be a #2 issue and when?

Frak that...

I'll pay for a colour copy. I'm only on page 40 or so. Really enjoying it.


Some of the short stories w/in the issue were self-contained, and others just the beginnings of a larger tale.

Are there any intentions of continuing any of the latter? I was especially taken w/ "The Greenhorns", and its clever concept of 3 authors speaking through 3 different characters. Very well done!

Liberty's Edge

BenS wrote:

Some of the short stories w/in the issue were self-contained, and others just the beginnings of a larger tale.

Are there any intentions of continuing any of the latter? I was especially taken w/ "The Greenhorns", and its clever concept of 3 authors speaking through 3 different characters. Very well done!

haven't yet read "the Greenhorns" but need to do it soon...(as wit the rest of the Wayfinder)

I myself have the intention of continuing Life in Korvosa... just need to solve a few things :P

Liberty's Edge

If there's going to be a Wayfinder #2, I definitely have some writing to submit.

Sovereign Court

Avemar wrote:
This thing is awesome in every imaginable sense!

Indeed. It even tastes good!

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game, Rulebook Subscriber
BenS wrote:

Some of the short stories w/in the issue were self-contained, and others just the beginnings of a larger tale.

Are there any intentions of continuing any of the latter? I was especially taken w/ "The Greenhorns", and its clever concept of 3 authors speaking through 3 different characters. Very well done!

"Greenhorns" was Tarren Dei's idea. He wrote the minotaur's journal first and then invited me and Neil to contribute. Thus we wrote around what he wrote and then we made sure everything meshed. If Tarren wants to write a second installment, I would be more than happy to continue mine as well but its up to him.


The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
If there's going to be a Wayfinder #2, I definitely have some writing to submit.

If there's going to be a Wayfinder #2, I definitely would have a full page ad to put in it! Let us know.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Wicht wrote:
"Greenhorns" was Tarren Dei's idea. He wrote the minotaur's journal first and then invited me and Neil to contribute. Thus we wrote around what he wrote and then we made sure everything meshed. If Tarren wants to write a second installment, I would be more than happy to continue mine as well but its up to him.

Ditto. I wrote Ashallah's piece and something about getting into the mind of a Calistrian-priestess-turned-international-spy just appeals to me.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

NSpicer wrote:
Wicht wrote:
"Greenhorns" was Tarren Dei's idea. He wrote the minotaur's journal first and then invited me and Neil to contribute. Thus we wrote around what he wrote and then we made sure everything meshed. If Tarren wants to write a second installment, I would be more than happy to continue mine as well but its up to him.
Ditto. I wrote Ashallah's piece and something about getting into the mind of a Calistrian-priestess-turned-international-spy just appeals to me.

Thank you then, she made for an interesting read.

My favourite bit fo the story though, goes to Tarren Dei:

Spoiler:

I would follow you into Rovagug’s Pit. I would stand between you and Lamashtu herself. But, if you ever put me on a slow-moving barge with three chatty greenhorn recruits again, I will pound my hooves through the floorboards and sink us all.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

Wicht wrote:
BenS wrote:

Some of the short stories w/in the issue were self-contained, and others just the beginnings of a larger tale.

Are there any intentions of continuing any of the latter? I was especially taken w/ "The Greenhorns", and its clever concept of 3 authors speaking through 3 different characters. Very well done!

"Greenhorns" was Tarren Dei's idea. He wrote the minotaur's journal first and then invited me and Neil to contribute. Thus we wrote around what he wrote and then we made sure everything meshed. If Tarren wants to write a second installment, I would be more than happy to continue mine as well but its up to him.

I think Neil mentioned it as a possibility first, and then I pressed him into service and invited Wicht.

I've been thinking about either continuing the story or trying to plan out the pyramids themselves. I've got a very good idea about the pyramids and think they would make an interesting mini-adventure. Probably too big for a Pathfinder Society scenario though.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Tarren Dei wrote:
I've been thinking about either continuing the story or trying to plan out the pyramids themselves. I've got a very good idea about the pyramids and think they would make an interesting mini-adventure. Probably too big for a Pathfinder Society scenario though.

The whole scenario sounds like it would make for a good standalone adventure or even a Pathfinder novel. I just love the premise behind Akkunhis and his "greenhorn" companions...all of whom are much more than they appear. It's also too bad we didn't have enough time to include Nerrat Dei as the voice of Tanglehead.

If you ever do get a chance to turn this idea into something publishable, let me know. I'd love to support you in it...either by proofing it or contributing to it again. Thanks for letting me play in your sandbox.

--Neil

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Matthew Morris wrote:
My favourite bit of the story though, goes to Tarren Dei...

I must admit, I laughed out loud when I read that part, too. And it still makes me smile when I read it again. Trevor's always had a healthy dose of humor to him, just the right blend of sarcasm and wit. I love seeing what he does in bringing that to different characters, whether it's Akkunhis or any of his PbP characters.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think these are the first comments I've heard about our Wayfinder work. Thanks for giving us some feedback...

--Neil


Where the 'ell was I to miss this when it first went up? Well, beter late than never.

Great job all. This is a fantastic read so far. I turely hope we do see an issue 2. I also hope that one year I can make up to Paizocon.


NSpicer wrote:
Tarren Dei wrote:
I've been thinking about either continuing the story or trying to plan out the pyramids themselves. I've got a very good idea about the pyramids and think they would make an interesting mini-adventure. Probably too big for a Pathfinder Society scenario though.

The whole scenario sounds like it would make for a good standalone adventure or even a Pathfinder novel. I just love the premise behind Akkunhis and his "greenhorn" companions...all of whom are much more than they appear. It's also too bad we didn't have enough time to include Nerrat Dei as the voice of Tanglehead.

If you ever do get a chance to turn this idea into something publishable, let me know. I'd love to support you in it...either by proofing it or contributing to it again. Thanks for letting me play in your sandbox.

--Neil

I thank the 3 of you again for this story and responding here. Two quick ideas:

1) I haven't followed the PF Fiction threads for quite a while, but you 3 should do a much longer tale (including the already written preface) w/ these characters in some sort of PF fiction anthology.

2) Neil, you're now a contributor, so you have your foot in the Paizo door for having stuff published. May I suggest the 3 of you collaborate on a Gamemastery Module that is a run through of the story. And instead of the usual 4 Paizo iconics at the back...well, you get the idea!

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

BenS wrote:
I thank the 3 of you again for this story and responding here.

No problem. Thanks for the great feedback and encouragement!

BenS wrote:
...you 3 should do a much longer tale (including the already written preface) w/ these characters in some sort of PF fiction anthology.

As fun as that might be, I imagine it'll be quite sometime before Paizo opens up Pathfinder fiction to contributors. As they pointed out during PaizoCon, Pathfinder fiction is coming, but they'll do it with established fiction writers first so they can build up the product line. After that, who knows? But either way, it's a long way off before you'd probably see such characters in a piece of fiction other than a Wayfinder contribution.

BenS wrote:
...May I suggest the 3 of you collaborate on a Gamemastery Module that is a run through of the story. And instead of the usual 4 Paizo iconics at the back...well, you get the idea!

I've got no pull to help make that happen. But if Paizo fans want to lobby for a Gamemastery module so Trevor can showcase the Ravenous Queen and her Four Consorts, by all means make your voices heard. The Paizo staff has repeatedly pointed out that they not only check these types of threads, but they monitor them for exactly this kind of feedback in helping them know which products interest their consumers. And I for one, would certainly like to add my voice to Trevor getting a chance to showcase this scenario in an adventure module.

But that's just my two-cents,
--Neil

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game, Rulebook Subscriber

BenS, thanks for the kind words and its probably more gratifying for us to read feedback (good and bad) then it is for you to have us respond.

If the series was continued, what I would like to see is someone pick up the fourth journal and run with it.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Wicht wrote:
If the series was continued, what I would like to see is someone pick up the fourth journal and run with it.

Agreed. As usual, the gnome got left out. I think there's a bit of irony in that. :-D

RPG Superstar 2012

NSpicer wrote:
Wicht wrote:
If the series was continued, what I would like to see is someone pick up the fourth journal and run with it.
Agreed. As usual, the gnome got left out. I think there's a bit of irony in that. :-D

Irony? It's a travesty, Mr. Spicer! :)

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

I'd love to see the gnome get picked up by someone -- perhaps someone completely different. I'm not sure what I'll do for the next Wayfinder but Neil, Jonathan, and I have enjoyed each other's writing for over a year and a half in a couple of different PbPs so I'm sure we will collaborate again.


I also wanted to chime in - I finally got a chance to read this and was blown away by the art, the professionalism, and the content. Keep up the good work and thanks to everyone who contributed.

Liberty's Edge

NSpicer wrote:
As fun as that might be, I imagine it'll be quite sometime before Paizo opens up Pathfinder fiction to contributors. As they pointed out during PaizoCon, Pathfinder fiction is coming, but they'll do it with established fiction writers first so they can build up the product line. After that, who knows? But either way, it's a long way off before you'd probably see such characters in a piece of fiction other than a Wayfinder contribution.

err there are other options, namely: Pathfinder Chronicler

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

That's also true. And, having met Ted (aka Zuxius) at PaizoCon in the fiction workshop with James Sutter, I have no doubt he's got what it takes to keep the Pathfinder Chronicler fansite going with some good stuff. I wouldn't mind contributing to it sometime and trying to develop some better fiction-writing skills.

--Neil

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

I've been reading Wayfinder on and off all day and I'm loving it.

I love the 'Ask a Shoanti' sidebars by Michael Kortes. I'm planning to run Kortes' Entombed with the Pharoahs as a PbP starting this fall and think that I'll allow Kortes' regional traits for Osirion (pp. 2-3) and Montalve's Hunters of the Dead traits and feats (pp. 50-51), and Lissa Guillet's Dawnflower Dervish of Sarenrae prestige class.

I loved one other collaboration in the volume -- Ian Cunningham's 'Excerpts from the Journal of Zertus Hargon' was creepy-good. Sluder's statting out of the evil Zertus will be handy someday. I think I've got some poetry to fit Boomer's Shimye-Magalla. What fun.

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Tarren Dei wrote:
I love the 'Ask a Shoanti' sidebars by Michael Kortes.

I read Wayfinder on the plane home from PaizoCon and Mike's sidebars had me laughing out loud more than once on the flight.


Daigle wrote:
Tarren Dei wrote:
I love the 'Ask a Shoanti' sidebars by Michael Kortes.
I read Wayfinder on the plane home from PaizoCon and Mike's sidebars had me laughing out loud more than once on the flight.

They made milk come out of my nose, and I wasn't even drinking milk at the time.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 8

Shadowborn wrote:
Daigle wrote:
Tarren Dei wrote:
I love the 'Ask a Shoanti' sidebars by Michael Kortes.
I read Wayfinder on the plane home from PaizoCon and Mike's sidebars had me laughing out loud more than once on the flight.
They made milk come out of my nose, and I wasn't even drinking milk at the time.

That was pus.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Shadowborn wrote:
They made milk come out of my nose, and I wasn't even drinking milk at the time.

Hmmm...you might want to have that looked at by a doctor. Seriously. Or maybe Ask-a-Shoanti can help? Maybe you should write him and ask what you should do?


NSpicer wrote:


BenS wrote:
...May I suggest the 3 of you collaborate on a Gamemastery Module that is a run through of the story. And instead of the usual 4 Paizo iconics at the back...well, you get the idea!

I've got no pull to help make that happen. But if Paizo fans want to lobby for a Gamemastery module so Trevor can showcase the Ravenous Queen and her Four Consorts, by all means make your voices heard. The Paizo staff has repeatedly pointed out that they not only check these types of threads, but they monitor them for exactly this kind of feedback in helping them know which products interest their consumers. And I for one, would certainly like to add my voice to Trevor getting a chance to showcase this scenario in an adventure module.

But that's just my two-cents,
--Neil

Ok Neil, I didn't have the full story on PF fiction, so that's 1 fantasy scenario on hold. But for our Paizo overlords reading this thread, I still think a Gamemastery module following up on this story would be an awesome idea.

I won't keep beating this into the ground, though, so others need to take up the rallying cry ;-)

Liberty's Edge

Tarren Dei wrote:
I love the 'Ask a Shoanti' sidebars by Michael Kortes. I'm planning to run Kortes' Entombed with the Pharoahs as a PbP starting this fall and think that I'll allow Kortes' regional traits for Osirion (pp. 2-3) and Montalve's Hunters of the Dead traits and feats (pp. 50-51), and Lissa Guillet's Dawnflower Dervish of Sarenrae prestige class.

good you liked Hunters of the Dead, some of them was based in Ravenloft Campaign Setting (which I love). I am still reading the Wayfinder, and yes both Regional traits of Osirion and Dawnflower Dervish of Sarenrae are great resources...

also close to the end comes some Absalom Traits, which when I checked them (quite quickly to be honest) looked quite interesting

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game, Rulebook Subscriber

Finally read through most of it last night (as opposed to skimming through it several times) and thought I would post a few semi random thoughts.

"The Road to Varno" - Clinton, the dialogue reads great but I am left a little confused as to whether there is a significant time jump between the beginning and the end and what exactly is about to happen. I suspect it is the constraints of the word count here at fault.

"Ask a Shoanti" - These were pretty funny.

"Dangers of Darkmoon Vale" - I really liked these, from presentation to execution and would like to see more entries with the exact same format, though not necessarily all set in the vale.

"Dawnflower Dervish" - I am interested to see how well this plays. The concept is good and the rules seem fairly balanced. Some of the text could use a bit of tightening.

"Claw of Abendego" - Recipes are good! Lobster is a bit pricey though and I doubt I ever use this particular recipe. Maybe lamb, rabbits, venison, or the like in future editions? More recipes though are good. :)

"Talitha's Tomb" - This was one of my favorite shorts and I felt it really would benefit from about another 2000 words of space. I would love to see a slightly longer version of it.

"Lightning Brand" - I know its an artifact but wow. Let this into your game and you'll have a party that begins every fight with a round of lightning bolts. The text says its sacred to the faith of Asmodean but does not seem to require the recipient to be a member of that faith. If I did use it, I would change that.

"The Old Lady of the River" - Another favorite. I love real world fairy tales and bits of folklore and this seemed a good fantasy version of those. Also fairly well written. Kudos to Immora.

"Sentimental Horde on page 29," made me laugh. Also the mermaid one.

finally, "Family Ties," - I've been thinking of other sorcerous bloodlines and I really like this one. I read it and started thinking of characters I could make with it.

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Wicht wrote:
"The Road to Varno" - Clinton, the dialogue reads great but I am left a little confused as to whether there is a significant time jump between the beginning and the end and what exactly is about to happen. I suspect it is the constraints of the word count here at fault.

The Road to Varno action is described through the dialog... it would be a bit more clear if you have the chance to reat the rest of it, it can be found here: Pathfinder Chronicler: Road to Varno, its still unfinished... but 6 more chapters are better than none :P

Clinton's style on Road of Varno is very particular of him... and I have found it very dinamic and interestinc, the dialogs are lfuid and let the story run... hope you enjoy the rest of it.

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Just wanted to add my voice to chorus. Impressive stuff.


Unbellievable!!!

You are of there?

I'm from Brazil!


I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of those that want to be able to get a hardcopy.


Where's the Wayfinder thread? I want to make sure I don't miss #3!

Liberty's Edge

Well is there a plan to make a #2 let alone another #3?
This was great for fluff and the traits stuff.

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Gossamer72 wrote:
Well is there a plan to make a #2 let alone another #3?

#2 should be out early next year as a .pdf only and #3 is slated for PaizoCon next year.


Wayfinder #1 has been submitted for an ENnies consideration. If we make it to the next round, I'll repost something here. :D

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Rock!

RPG Superstar 2012

That's great news! Best of luck!


I reread "A Lost Pathfinder’s Journal: From Talithia’s Tomb" by Paris Crenshaw yesterday and felt compelled to express my admiration for such an excellent story. Good pacing, and the sense of mystery and horror really drew me in. The children's rhyme was icing on the cake. I hope to see more from Mr. Crenshaw in the future.


Daeglin wrote:
I reread "A Lost Pathfinder’s Journal: From Talithia’s Tomb" by Paris Crenshaw yesterday and felt compelled to express my admiration for such an excellent story. Good pacing, and the sense of mystery and horror really drew me in. The children's rhyme was icing on the cake. I hope to see more from Mr. Crenshaw in the future.

Mr. Crenshaw has a piece in Wayfinder #2 as well as upcoming work in Wayfinder #3 (he also did some awesome editing work for me too in WF #3).

Liberty's Edge

Daeglin wrote:
I reread "A Lost Pathfinder’s Journal: From Talithia’s Tomb" by Paris Crenshaw yesterday and felt compelled to express my admiration for such an excellent story. Good pacing, and the sense of mystery and horror really drew me in. The children's rhyme was icing on the cake. I hope to see more from Mr. Crenshaw in the future.

Daeglin,

There is more Crenshaw's stories both in Wayfinder #2 (already released) and in Wayfinder #3 (on development).

In the meantime you might want to check his stories here: Pathfinder Chronicles: The Crowheart Legacy

edit: damn, ninjaed by the mistress of cookies!


Montalve wrote:


Daeglin,

There is more Crenshaw's stories both in Wayfinder #2 (already released) and in Wayfinder #3 (on development).

In the meantime you might want to check his stories here: Pathfinder Chronicles: The Crowheart Legacy

edit: damn, ninjaed by the mistress of cookies!

On the drive home today, I recalled that there was a Pathfinder Fan fiction site and that I should check it out. Thanks for the link!

I will continue reading Wayfinder #2, it's on my iPhone for a treat when unexpected downtime comes up, just hasn't been much recently.

Great job organizing both issues, Lilith. Very professional, and they are a testament to both Paizo and its fans.

Liberty's Edge

Daeglin wrote:
Montalve wrote:
In the meantime you might want to check his stories here: Pathfinder Chronicles: The Crowheart Legacy

On the drive home today, I recalled that there was a Pathfinder Fan fiction site and that I should check it out. Thanks for the link!

my pleasure, when you get the chance to check the site, we would love to hear your thoughs.

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