Pathfinder Lost Omens: World Guide

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This indispensable 136-page guidebook to the world of Pathfinder presents everything you need to know for a lifetime of adventure in the uncertain Age of Lost Omens. The god of humanity is dead and prophecy is broken, leaving adventuring heroes like you to carve their own destinies out of an uncertain future!

This gazetteer features 10 diverse regions packed with thrilling and deadly possibilities and is accompanied by a giant two-sided poster map depicting the heart of the Pathfinder setting.

Written by: Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, Ron Lundeen, Liane Merciel, Erik Mona, Mark Seifter, and James L. Sutter

ISBN: 978-1-64078-172-6

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Good Product

5/5

The break down of the regions seems pretty cool and do the new archetypes and backgrounds. The art is quite good too.


Great setting, great book to get folks up to speed!

5/5

It's really nice to have an up-to-date book that summarizes the Inner Sea region. The changes and clarifications that have been made are nice- Rahadoum's stance on primal casters and things like divine sorcerers aligns much better with their philosophical stance, for instance. Plenty of interesting things going on, like Geb getting more involved in the running of his eponymous country.


How much???

1/5

"indispensable 136-page guidebook"

The PDF is $25??? So you're selling the Core Rulebook for 2E at $15, which is 600 pages. But you have added +$10 for an 136 page book. Yeah Paizo has gone off it's rocker in terms of pricing it seems....


Beautiful book, amazing content

5/5

Love this book! Paizo really is amazing at putting a book together. The art, the layout, the design elements all look amazing.

The breakdown of all the countries into 10 meta-regions was a great idea and is implemented very well here. It allows you to get a sense of what has been going on in the region as a whole rather than each country individually and independently.

The maps are gorgeous. I was hoping for a map of Golarion entirely but the Inner Sea map will have to do for now.

The backgrounds and archetypes are really flavourful and cool. I'm really enjoying how archetypes work in 2E and I'm intrigued to see more of them!

Overall a great addition to Paizo's lineup of products and a great introduction to the Lost Omens setting.


Excellent Product!

4/5

Well, my original post got eaten. Paizo, you really need to reconsider your time limits for posting when it comes to these. It generally takes some time to post these reviews and its a little frustrating when you have to remember to copy the text or write it in word and paste it here because otherwise you'll lose it. I know, this is not the best place, but if you are reading your reviews, there it is.

The artwork is outstanding. This is where I think Paizo's products really stand out against the competition. Whether or not the content applies to you is debatable, but its hard to find issue with the beautiful full-color art and style in Paizo products. A+++

The new layout of 2E books is really nice and makes for a pleasing read. It doesn't feel like an encyclopedic reference book, but a flavorful experience that not only presents the information but makes it read very narratively. LOVE! the new arrangement grouping by region rather than alphabetic, especially how the historical time lines are separated by region. It is much more cohesive to follow the history of a region than to have to skip around and filter your way through the entire world's time line all together.

Updating the timeline must have been a monumental undertaking. It was inevitable that some results would not mesh with the experience some players had, but I think the results printed were the most common and expected outcomes and make perfect sense. I'm glad to see how some of the results really maintain classic villains so we can continue to be challenged by them for years to come.

The backgrounds are excellent. Even though there is a finite number of ability score combinations, adding a skill feat or other bonus tailored to the background is a great way make them feel different. The flavor text of the backgrounds really helps to explain what the character is, where they are from, and the mechanical format lends itself for players to create custom ones for their own campaigns that won't be bland or overpowered.

While I like some of the archetypes in the book, I was hoping they would all be very player-character focused. Aldori Duelist and Pathfinder Agent are excellent examples of this. However, I get it why Red Mantis Assassin is in there, but IMO it is more of an NPC archetype and maybe better suited for a future release. I would have rather seen a pirate archetype. I am a little underwhelmed by the Magic Warrior and Steel Talon. The Hellknight is a must, but its such an expansive group I think it would have been better to provide something else and give them their own book, or at least an entire section, though I'm sure that is coming in future books.

Overall, certainly a must-have for anyone who campaigns in Golarion!


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Zaister wrote:
One more thing: Kingmaker is probably excluded from the list of APs that are canonically supposed to have happened in the new Lost Omens baseline, right?

Nope. All of the Adventure Paths are canonically supposed to have happened in the current timeline for the setting. Kingmaker included.


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OK, but if the Stolen Lands have already been settled by someone, the new Kingmaker Annoiversary Edition doesn't really fit into that new setting baseline, does it?

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Zaister wrote:
OK, but if the Stolen Lands have already been settled by someone, the new Kingmaker Annoiversary Edition doesn't really fit into that new setting baseline, does it?

No, and it was never intended to. Just as the Runelords compilation assumes that it takes place before the rest of the world really re-learns about Thassilon and the Crimson Throne hardcover takes place before the death of King Eodred, we aren't going to move forward the assumed starting time of the Kingmaker hardcover.

The hardcover will be for 2nd edition, but it still takes place in 4709 or thereabouts. Ten years before the "current year" in 2nd edition.


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Ah, thanks. I hope this doesn't confuse new players too much, then. :)

Dark Archive

Basically it means if new 2e players play kingmaker, they take step back to the past so by time of 4719 they know what kind of kingdom grew there in almost 10 years?(I think canonical start date for kinmaker was 4710 because that was its release date)

Makes sense to me, I mean, default location of 2e stolen lands is gonna be "And there is kingdom there, but we can't say what kind of kingdom", so by not moving kingmaker's startdate you can both answer what kind of kingdom is there and 2e players won't get spoiled of what happens in the ap :D


We are finally getting glimpses of this book in the following weeks, an I'm obviously excited about it, but I can't deny I'm also looking forward to the next book in the World Guide line.

Should we expect news about what's to come following the release of the main books in August 1st to be revealed at PaizoCon?


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How come this book is almost a third of the size of the ISWG? Is it just the realities of modern publishing where significantly smaller books for slightly less money are much more financially viable? Are PF2e fans expected to buy the ISWG to get the same info?


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People who already have the Inner Sea World Guide would be happier with less duplication of information. I assume that the focus will be on what has changed since the earlier book was published and that anything that hasn't changed since then will be merely summarized (for the benefit of the many people who have the newer book but not the older one).


This looks like it will be an interesting book. I hope that it will give some guidance on non human realms.

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John Lynch 106 wrote:
How come this book is almost a third of the size of the ISWG? Is it just the realities of modern publishing where significantly smaller books for slightly less money are much more financially viable? Are PF2e fans expected to buy the ISWG to get the same info?

A couple of reasons come to mind:

1) We wanted the introduction to the setting for new players to be less intimidating, and one way to do that is to make the book smaller and thus less expensive than a larger book would have been.

2) The laws of time and space forbade us from doing a much larger book, since getting well over a thousand pages of Core Rulebook, Bestiary, Adventure Path, and Intro Adventure (among other things) pushed our capacities to the limit.

3) The majority of the world lore we've presented for Golarion over the last decade plus is still accurate, in any event, so newcomers to the setting who want to learn more have a LOT of options to dive deep if they want, while for established players, we don't "force" them to spend extra money on content they already know.

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CorvusMask wrote:

Basically it means if new 2e players play kingmaker, they take step back to the past so by time of 4719 they know what kind of kingdom grew there in almost 10 years?(I think canonical start date for kinmaker was 4710 because that was its release date)

Makes sense to me, I mean, default location of 2e stolen lands is gonna be "And there is kingdom there, but we can't say what kind of kingdom", so by not moving kingmaker's startdate you can both answer what kind of kingdom is there and 2e players won't get spoiled of what happens in the ap :D

If we can enjoy movies and novels and videogames and more set in our own real-world past, why can't we enjoy adventures set in Golarion's past? Not every adventure folks play has to take place in the in-world present day. The longer we publish Golarion content, the wider the window gets for players and GMs to do "historical" adventures without the need to rebuild the entire campaign setting (which is what would be required if, say, we were to publish an entire Adventure Path set before Earthfall, since the baseline of what classes and ancestries and deities and nationalities and all the rest that is even available is different).

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James Jacobs wrote:
If we can enjoy movies and novels and videogames and more set in our own real-world past, why can't we enjoy adventures set in Golarion's past?

I guess part of the problem is that players want to feel like their characters are the movers and shakers of the world they are playing in. Now playing an "historical AP" in a setting where the outcome of that AP has already been defined by new setting books makes you feel like you can't move and shake as much as you want to (when you want to stay true to the canon, that is). So we're touching on the topic of railroading here which is something most rpg fans hate with a vengeance. And that is mostly not a problem in other media because there, everyone accepts from the get-go that they are not the ones who create the story.

It's hard to describe but while I have no problems at all with the fact, that the new setting book might describe the outcome of an AP in a different way than it happened in my own game, I'm not sure if I'd want to touch on an AP I haven't run so far if it would be too difficult to adapt it to the new status quo of the setting. Not sure if this is an issue as of right now as I can easily pretend that the Worldwound is still open, or New Thassilon hasn't come into existence. But in case you decide to publish a new AP that takes those developments as already established facts and I decide to run this AP, I don't think that I would be very much interested in running the Runelords trilogy or WotR after that, just set in the past, because I'm not interested in opening alternative timelines in my own game and I'm also not interested in limiting players' agency by railroading them towards an already defined outcome.

There's certainly stuff you can do in the setting's past without changing the present's status quo, and that I would be cool with. Playing in a scenario whose outcome has already been defined by official publications is generally not my thing (unless I already decided that I plan to ignore the official canon as thoroughly as possible as I did with certain developments in the Realms^^).


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WormysQueue wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
If we can enjoy movies and novels and videogames and more set in our own real-world past, why can't we enjoy adventures set in Golarion’s past?

... I'm not interested in opening alternative timelines in my own game and I'm also not interested in limiting players' agency by railroading them towards an already defined outcome ...

You are going overboard Wormy. Your quote here, if taken in the sense that you were responding to James, would imply that you should not use a pre-made world like Golarion. Basically, from what you described you would need to make your own world. Because every time you play an adventure or an adventure path you are in effect changing the world as it is assumed to be at print. Not to mention all of the things your players will do during the course of their adventures. Any time you are dealing with something pre-made you have to adjudicate multiple timelines, always.

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Elorebaen wrote:
Because every time you play an adventure or an adventure path you are in effect changing the world as it is assumed to be at print. Not to mention all of the things your players will do during the course of their adventures. Any time you are dealing with something pre-made you have to adjudicate multiple timelines, always.

Hm, I didn't try to come across as antagonistic towards James at all, so apologies if I caused that impression. I was just trying to explain what - for me at least - is the difference between Tabletop RPG and basically every other medium out there. Obviously I didn't come across as clear as I thought I would, so let's try again.

First, in my mind TTRPGs are completely different from novels, movies and videogames, because it's the only of those media that is based upon being creative instead of just passively consuming other peoples' work. It's the only medium in which players can have their own agenda and that makes for a huge difference.

Second, you're right that I change the setting every time I play/run an adventure or AP. I'm not only comfortable with that, I also think that it's an important part of making the setting offered to my/our own setting. But that's not what I was talking about in the part of the post that you quoted. I was talking about changing things retroactively that I have already accepted as having happened in my version of the setting. To further clarify, I'll give you two examples:

1)Based on the first campaign setting book, I run the first Runelords AP. In my version of Golarion that AP ends with Karzoug's victory which constitutes a new status quo of the setting. Now the Inner Sea World Guide comes out that assumes Karzoug has been defeated instead. Perfectly fine by me, I don't feel like my game experience has been invalidated like at all. Also, I feel free to ignore all the things in the new setting book that would contradict the developments in my Golarion. This solution is perfectly acceptable to me and I knew that this would happen when I decided to make the setting my own.

2) Pathfinder 2E comes out, the new campaign setting book comes out and I decide to accept every update made on the setting. Including the defeat of Karzoug. That also means that I cannot go back in time and play RotRL in the setting's past because that could mean that I have to limit my players' influence on the outcome of said AP (because Karzoug has to stay dead no matter what, because I already decided about that), and that I'm just not willing to do. Because either I have to railroad them so that they are not able to contradict an outcome of the AP that is already defined by the setting version we are using, or I have to reatroactively have to change facts that had already been established, thereby creating what I was calling another alternative timeline.

So I'm not accusing Paizo of doing anything wrong and I'm also not saying that you can't do what James proposed in his posts. It's just me musing about why I won't do it and why I think that playing adventures in an historic episode of a setting has never seemed to hold great appeal to a lot of players.

And just as an aside: I would love to see that pre-Earthfall Hardcover bringing life to Golarion's past. But I would only run adventures or APs in that time that would not even touch on Earthfall, because, again, that event has already happened in my version of Golarion.


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I cannot wait for this book. In my opinion, Campaign flavor is Paizo's greatest strength (amongst a bunch of strengths).

I'm looking forward to a fresh take on the setting. I think it's a good idea to group the regions of the inner sea a little more than by nation, so I'm also looking forward to regional expansions down the line.

I'm sure this will be the very first 2E book I read.


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WormysQueue wrote:
Elorebaen wrote:
Because every time you play an adventure or an adventure path you are in effect changing the world as it is assumed to be at print. Not to mention all of the things your players will do during the course of their adventures. Any time you are dealing with something pre-made you have to adjudicate multiple timelines, always.

Hm, I didn't try to come across as antagonistic towards James at all, so apologies if I caused that impression. I was just trying to explain what - for me at least - is the difference between Tabletop RPG and basically every other medium out there. Obviously I didn't come across as clear as I thought I would, so let's try again.

First, in my mind TTRPGs are completely different from novels, movies and videogames, because it's the only of those media that is based upon being creative instead of just passively consuming other peoples' work. It's the only medium in which players can have their own agenda and that makes for a huge difference.

Second, you're right that I change the setting every time I play/run an adventure or AP. I'm not only comfortable with that, I also think that it's an important part of making the setting offered to my/our own setting. But that's not what I was talking about in the part of the post that you quoted. I was talking about changing things retroactively that I have already accepted as having happened in my version of the setting. To further clarify, I'll give you two examples:

1)Based on the first campaign setting book, I run the first Runelords AP. In my version of Golarion that AP ends with Karzoug's victory which constitutes a new status quo of the setting. Now the Inner Sea World Guide comes out that assumes Karzoug has been defeated instead. Perfectly fine by me, I don't feel like my game experience has been invalidated like at all. Also, I feel free to ignore all the things in the new setting book that would contradict the developments in my Golarion. This solution is perfectly acceptable to me and I knew that this...

Wormy, to be clear, I didn't think you were accusing anyone :) I also thought you were clear in your first post, as you are in this post. What you are pointing out is just simply how it is, and how it has always been if one is going to use a pre-defined world. Either you are changing the world or you are not, and it looks like changing the world according to player actions is important to you (which is great!). Anyway, I think the dead horse has been beaten sufficiently :) However things turn out, I wish you good gaming!

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From the Paizocon reveal:

Lost Omens Worldguide - 2e overview of Golarion in the new 2e era. Set in 4719, updating all the events of the last 10 years.

They are going to re-present the campaign setting. This book canonizes the changes of what has happened over the last 10 years. They have broken down Golarion into 10 metaregions, Absalom will still be the main locale, but this book breaks down the world in a new way.

Absalom & Starstone Isle: cool maps and backstory, lots of cool new info.
Each of the 10 regions will have some pages into background, themes, Pathfinder Agent archetype.

Other metaregions:
Golden Road
Mwangi Expanse
Old Cheliax
Shining Kingdoms
Impossible Lands
Eye of Dread
Broken Lands
Saga Lands
High Seas

Gah...didn’t get them all...but damn it’s cool.

Lost Omens Character Guide - 2nd hardcover - Character with new heritages and ancestry, feats and stuff. New Ancestries: hobgoblin, leshy, & lizard folk.

Book includes 5 factions and whatnot.

New Thassalonians exists as a playable race.?!

Tieflings and ratfolk: things to come, according to Erik.

* * *
3rd book: Lost Omens Gods & Magic - January 2020
Lots of new feats, spells, weapons, & domains.

Thanks to Painlord!


Marco Massoudi wrote:

From the Paizocon reveal:

Lost Omens Worldguide - 2e overview of Golarion in the new 2e era. Set in 4719, updating all the events of the last 10 years.

They are going to re-present the campaign setting. This book canonizes the changes of what has happened over the last 10 years. They have broken down Golarion into 10 metaregions, Absalom will still be the main locale, but this book breaks down the world in a new way.

Absalom & Starstone Isle: cool maps and backstory, lots of cool new info.
Each of the 10 regions will have some pages into background, themes, Pathfinder Agent archetype.

Other metaregions:
Golden Road
Mwangi Expanse
Old Cheliax
Shining Kingdoms
Impossible Lands
Eye of Dread
Broken Lands
Saga Lands
High Seas

Gah...didn’t get them all...but damn it’s cool.

Lost Omens Character Guide - 2nd hardcover - Character with new heritages and ancestry, feats and stuff. New Ancestries: hobgoblin, leshy, & lizard folk.

Book includes 5 factions and whatnot.

New Thassalonians exists as a playable race.?!

Tieflings and ratfolk: things to come, according to Erik.

* * *
3rd book: Lost Omens Gods & Magic - January 2020
Lots of new feats, spells, weapons, & domains.

Thanks to Painlord!

I'm not sure if it was an accurate information, but the preview also noted that Gods & Magic will provide rules for hundreds of gods in the form of tables/index. Maybe something close to the tables from Inner Sea Gods.

Dark Archive

Wouldn't be hard to have hundreds of gods in table form if book includes all deities from inner sea gods, faiths of golarion, books of the damned, chronicles of righteous, concordance of rivals, some other books with gods and tables I forgot about...


Did anyone get the screenshot from the Absalom chapter opening spread? It seemed to be filled with interesting informations we could use to fathom the content of the other regions opening pages as well.


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Did anyone get the screenshot from the Absalom chapter opening spread? It seemed to be filled with interesting informations we could use to fathom the content of the other regions opening pages as well.

There's a pretty clean screenshot here. (Scroll down.)

Looks like Nations, Peoples, Languages, Factions, Religions, and Resources.


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can I start my subscription with this product?


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Biztak wrote:
can I start my subscription with this product?

Not yet. You have to wait until street date for Druma: Profit and Prophecy, at which point that will be the "current" product and Lost Omens World Guide will be next one. Around June 10th.


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James Jacobs wrote:
If we can enjoy movies and novels and videogames and more set in our own real-world past, why can't we enjoy adventures set in Golarion's past? Not every adventure folks play has to take place in the in-world present day. The longer we publish Golarion content, the wider the window gets for players and GMs to do "historical" adventures without the need to rebuild the entire campaign setting (which is what would be required if, say, we were to publish an entire Adventure Path set before Earthfall, since the baseline of what classes and ancestries and deities and nationalities and all the rest that is even available is different).

For me its simply using Rule 1. I as the GM will find it more fun for me and my group to just call that kingdom the savage lands and pull it into the current time line of PF2e. Thats what a GM is for after all. For the most part I don't believe my players are going to look at the world around them too closely to tell me that NPC A can't be here because in Scenario A Created Scenario B that Places NPC B in that current role. But, thats for me and my table to deal with. And of course, It would work perfectly fine to play a historical game. After all my group never tried rise of the runelords until after the Hardcover ReRelease for it came out.


Alenvire wrote:

{. . .}

For me its simply using Rule 1. I as the GM will find it more fun for me and my group to just call that kingdom the savage lands and pull it into the current time line of PF2e. {. . .}

If you want to make it really spooky, you could have frequent references to the tragically failed attempt by a previous group of adventurers that tried to do the Kingmaker thing in AR 4710 . . . .

Dark Archive

Joana wrote:
Biztak wrote:
can I start my subscription with this product?
Not yet. You have to wait until street date for Druma: Profit and Prophecy, at which point that will be the "current" product and Lost Omens World Guide will be next one. Around June 10th.

Street date for the "Druma" book is june 26th.

June 10th is when subscriber shipping will start. :-)


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UnArcaneElection wrote:
Alenvire wrote:

{. . .}

For me its simply using Rule 1. I as the GM will find it more fun for me and my group to just call that kingdom the savage lands and pull it into the current time line of PF2e. {. . .}

If you want to make it really spooky, you could have frequent references to the tragically failed attempt by a previous group of adventurers that tried to do the Kingmaker thing in AR 4710 . . . .

Ohhh I like that. I will have to use that. Since my current players have not played the AP except one I would not have to even change anything really to do all that as long as the original adventurers were killed off before upgrading the kingdom any. Just remove the bandit lord from the original party and let them die to mysterious means that nobody ever quite figured out what happend to them. Could even throw in their bodies with a couple pieces of useful gear that my players may be needing.

Dark Archive

So what results ye people hope for canon 2e?

I hope Kevoth-Kul survived Iron Gods and was cured from his drug addiction :D

Grand Lodge

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I'm too lazy to look: what's the expected ratio of campaign setting info to 2e rules content?

That will be driving reason behind by decision to purchase or not.

-Skeld


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Skeld wrote:

I'm too lazy to look: what's the expected ratio of campaign setting info to 2e rules content?

That will be driving reason behind by decision to purchase or not.

-Skeld

I don't have a definitive answer, but from what I've been able to piece together via discussions with various Paizo people it's likely to have a little more flavor material than the old campaign sourcebooks did and a little more mechanical options than the old player guides did but also a little more page count than one of each did.

As I understand it, each of these is basically a campaign sourcebook plus a player companion plus a few pages. So you'll get more of both but won't have the option to pick and choose so much between flavor/mechanics as "the old way".

Also, the impression I got was that that the flavor/mechanics breakdown is going to vary from book to book and that this one would be more flavorful but that the next one (full of class options/ancestry stuff and so forth) would be heavier on the crunch.

I'm afraid I don't have a quote to point to though - it's more from chatting to various people (often via their respective twitch channels).


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I guess that doesn't really answer the question. So, with the caveat that this is little more than an impressionistic guess, I'm going to go with roughly 96 pages of flavor and roughly 40 pages of mechanics.

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World Guides will vary in their setting and rules material as is appropriate and necessary for their respective subject matters. Lost Omens World Guide (WG1) will have a bit over 20 pages worth of rules content, with the rest being setting information. This is due to the fact that WG1 is mostly about presenting Golarion and the Lost Omens campaign setting for new and returning players and GMs. Adding more rules content would cut into some of this valuable world flavor and lore and considering the Core Rulebook would have just released, we figure it was okay to be "lighter" on the rules content, as you just received 640 pages of rules!

Lost Omens Character Guide (WG2) features over double that amount of rules content. As that book looks to expand on existing ancestries, provide new ancestries, and also provide rules content to support a number of organizations, it is only fitting that more space is dedicated to rules. Mind you, some of this content, like the NPCs and templates, is more aimed towards GMs, but it's no less important important for the book.

These values are not set in stone, mind you. If we have a "setting heavy" World Guide, it doesn't always mean 85% setting material and a "rules heavy" WG doesn't always mean 50% rules. WG3 sure doesn't adhere to the same amounts that WG1 and WG2 do. The new product line allows us to play around with how much space we dedicate to either setting or rules material. I don't feel that we are beholden to always present the same amounts of material, because not every book fits that mold. It's exciting to give the book the amount material we think is right and frankly, trying to stick with the same formula with every book would lead to lower quality books and get boring pretty quick. Hopefully, people like what we have coming down the pipeline. We would love to get feedback on what does or doesn't work on a particular book as that will help us strike a better balance on setting/rules content going forward.


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Steve -- That looks like one of the first questions that should be answered when the subscription copies start shipping, if they follow the usual schedule -- but I thought I read somewhere that even subscribers won't be getting PDFs before August 1st, regardless of shipping date.

Does anyone remember seeing a definitive statement on that point?


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Luis Loza wrote:

World Guides will vary in their setting and rules material as is appropriate and necessary for their respective subject matters. Lost Omens World Guide (WG1) will have a bit over 20 pages worth of rules content, with the rest being setting information. This is due to the fact that WG1 is mostly about presenting Golarion and the Lost Omens campaign setting for new and returning players and GMs. Adding more rules content would cut into some of this valuable world flavor and lore and considering the Core Rulebook would have just released, we figure it was okay to be "lighter" on the rules content, as you just received 640 pages of rules!

Lost Omens Character Guide (WG2) features over double that amount of rules content. As that book looks to expand on existing ancestries, provide new ancestries, and also provide rules content to support a number of organizations, it is only fitting that more space is dedicated to rules. Mind you, some of this content, like the NPCs and templates, is more aimed towards GMs, but it's no less important important for the book.

These values are not set in stone, mind you. If we have a "setting heavy" World Guide, it doesn't always mean 85% setting material and a "rules heavy" WG doesn't always mean 50% rules. WG3 sure doesn't adhere to the same amounts that WG1 and WG2 do. The new product line allows us to play around with how much space we dedicate to either setting or rules material. I don't feel that we are beholden to always present the same amounts of material, because not every book fits that mold. It's exciting to give the book the amount material we think is right and frankly, trying to stick with the same formula with every book would lead to lower quality books and get boring pretty quick. Hopefully, people like what we have coming down the pipeline. We would love to get feedback on what does or doesn't work on a particular book as that will help us strike a better balance on setting/rules content going forward.

Thanks, Luis. Now I do have a definitive quote.

Glad to hear I overestimated the amount of crunch. My feedback is always going to be more flavor and less not-flavor. :)

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Luis Loza wrote:
World Guides will vary in their setting and rules material...

Ok, thanks. Sounds like another sub I need to cancel.

-Skeld


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Luis Loza wrote:
These values are not set in stone, mind you. If we have a "setting heavy" World Guide, it doesn't always mean 85% setting material and a "rules heavy" WG doesn't always mean 50% rules. WG3 sure doesn't adhere to the same amounts that WG1 and WG2 do. The new product line allows us to play around with how much space we dedicate to either setting or rules material. I don't feel that we are beholden to always present the same amounts of material, because not every book fits that mold. It's exciting to give the book the amount material we think is right and frankly, trying to stick with the same formula with every book would lead to lower quality books and get boring pretty quick. Hopefully, people like what we have coming down the pipeline. We would love to get feedback on what does or doesn't work on a particular book as that will help us strike a better balance on setting/rules content going forward.

I am LOVING this new paradigm for this line. Thanks for the head's up, Luis!


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Luis Loza wrote:

World Guides will vary in their setting and rules material as is appropriate and necessary for their respective subject matters. Lost Omens World Guide (WG1) will have a bit over 20 pages worth of rules content, with the rest being setting information. This is due to the fact that WG1 is mostly about presenting Golarion and the Lost Omens campaign setting for new and returning players and GMs. Adding more rules content would cut into some of this valuable world flavor and lore and considering the Core Rulebook would have just released, we figure it was okay to be "lighter" on the rules content, as you just received 640 pages of rules!

Lost Omens Character Guide (WG2) features over double that amount of rules content. As that book looks to expand on existing ancestries, provide new ancestries, and also provide rules content to support a number of organizations, it is only fitting that more space is dedicated to rules. Mind you, some of this content, like the NPCs and templates, is more aimed towards GMs, but it's no less important important for the book.

These values are not set in stone, mind you. If we have a "setting heavy" World Guide, it doesn't always mean 85% setting material and a "rules heavy" WG doesn't always mean 50% rules. WG3 sure doesn't adhere to the same amounts that WG1 and WG2 do. The new product line allows us to play around with how much space we dedicate to either setting or rules material. I don't feel that we are beholden to always present the same amounts of material, because not every book fits that mold. It's exciting to give the book the amount material we think is right and frankly, trying to stick with the same formula with every book would lead to lower quality books and get boring pretty quick. Hopefully, people like what we have coming down the pipeline. We would love to get feedback on what does or doesn't work on a particular book as that will help us strike a better balance on setting/rules content going forward.

Thanks, Luis. Now I...

*radiates Aura of Wholehearted Agreement*


in this book, he have the red crimson assassin archetype ?


i want to said the red mantis assassin. This book have this archetype ?

Dark Archive

So I'm really happy the pdfs for 2e launch books will be available 1 of august :D It would have been really painful to be out of conversation for month while all subscribers have the books


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Maris_Thistledown wrote:

Can I assume that this book is not full of 2nd edition game mechanics?

I will freely admit I am not going to drink the 2nd Ed. Kool-Aid, HOWEVER I want to continue to get resource books that I can use with any edition of the game.

Addressed a few posts above yours:

Luis Loza wrote:
World Guides will vary in their setting and rules material as is appropriate and necessary for their respective subject matters. Lost Omens World Guide (WG1) will have a bit over 20 pages worth of rules content, with the rest being setting information. This is due to the fact that WG1 is mostly about presenting Golarion and the Lost Omens campaign setting for new and returning players and GMs. Adding more rules content would cut into some of this valuable world flavor and lore and considering the Core Rulebook would have just released, we figure it was okay to be "lighter" on the rules content, as you just received 640 pages of rules!


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Yeah, I was already buying this, now I'm stoked to. Since I'm not switching to PF2E, having a solid basis from where to either write my own stuff or retroengineer new PF2E AP's is excellent.


kaid wrote:
One thing I guess I am not super clear on is there any time jump in the in game universe between pathfinder 1 and pathfinder 2?

Sounds like they'll be updating the world to reflect some of the outcomes of the adventure paths. For example, the Worldwound is now the Sarkoris Scar. In the River Kingdoms, an unknown nation state (i.e. Kingmaker) has toppled Pitax, etc.


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Very pleased with the direction this line is going. Was not too pleased with the playtest but optimistic for PF2E. Roll on August!!


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If I preorder LOWG, do I also get the PDF?

Silver Crusade

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Only if you subscribe.


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Thank you Cori Marie

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Cori Marie wrote:
Only if you subscribe.

Was it confirmed somewhere they'll keep using that subscription model going forward? I know folks've been curious, but I thought Paizo hadn't given details yet.

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Lisa confirmed that any subscription that currently contains a free PDF will continue to do so.

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