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Created for Starfinder fans by Starfinder fans, this twentieth issue of the ENnie Award-winning Wayfinder fanzine drifts through the Diaspora for our second Starfinder issue! This free fanzine includes dozens of articles, including original fiction, new aliens for the archives, NPCs, classes and options, starships, weapons, and a side trek adventure through the River Between — all for free!

Contributing Authors: Adil Arif, Joseph Blomquist, Jay Boehm, Tineke Bolleman, Beth Breitmaier, Dave Breitmaier, Jaster Catalan, Jessica Catalan, Mischa Catalan, Alex Chilver, Jeremy Corff, Alison Cybe, Steven Czerniak, Douglas Edwards, Brad Fiske, Kim Frandsen, Michael Garrett, John Godek III, Garrett Guillotte, Bran Hagger, Chris Handforth, Eric Hansen, Sasha Laranoa Harving, Jonathan Hendricks, Nicholas Hite, Adam Kessler, John Laffan, Scott Colin McDonald, Daniel Angelo Monaco, Stewart Moyer, Dennis Muldoon, Maarten Mullens, Hilary Moon Murphy, Alexander J. Ogilvy, Pithica42, Kyle T. Raes, Mikhail Rekun, Nathan Ross, Jonathan Vaughn, Dejan Veskovic, E.S. Willoughby, Brendan Whaley, and Kelly Youngblood.

Contributing Artists: James Anderson, Paul Chapman, Snow Conrad, Jeremy Corff, Liz Courts, Andrew DeFelice, Joseph Fox, Bob Greyvenstein, Chris L. Kimball, Clay Lewis, Michael McNeill, Dionisis Milonas, Alex Moore, Alberto Ortiz Leon, Beatrice Pelagatti, Jessica Redekop, Tanyaporn Sangsnit, Michael Tumey, Todd Westcot, Bailey Wolfe, Deran Wright, and Rhys Yorke.

Cover Art by James Anderson and Michael Tumey

Foreword by Thurston Hillman

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

5/5

The 20th installment of the FREE Wayfinder fanzine (this time penned for SFRPG) clocks in at 80 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 75 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

This review was requested as a prioritized review by one of my patreon supporters.

The theme of this installment would be the diaspora, so let’s dive in! We’ll begin with taking a look at the “Weal or Woe”-sections, wherein one potentially allied NPC, and one adversary are presented. As usual, these come with boons and individual artworks, alongside full statblocks. The first of these is penned by Stewart Moyer and lavishly illustrated by Tanyaporn Sangsnit; the first of these pairs would be the CR 6 nuar soldier Coralhorn Isidore, while the first adversary would be Nerodia Haros, a CR 6 sarcesian who has a deal with none other than Charon – both characters are cool, though minor hiccups like incorrect Resolve values can be found here.

The second pair of NPCs, penned by Paul Chapman and illustrated by John Laffan and Adil Araf presents a CR 5 kasatha operative and an amazing-looking dwarf soldier hellknight – the artwork of this fellow is close to Warhammer 40K’s aesthetics, but still feels like its own thing. Nice indeed! Nicholas Hite provides a CR 3 uplifted bear mechanic and an adversarial uplifted bear mystic, both illustrated lavishly by Chris L. Kimball. Hilary Moon Murphy presents a CR 4 dwarf mechanic and a dwarf mindbreaker mystic – once more, interesting characters, though the overall comparison of the characters (for they really come off as proper characters) does show that the precision of the statblocks oscillates a bit between authors.

The zine also contains a variety of new themes: Scott Colin McDonald and Kyle T. Raes present the Itinerant (which come with their own lexicon of in-game terms – LOVE that piece of flavor!) and the station resident theme, the latter of which allows for improvisational repairs via the destruction of other technological objects, with price used for scaling benefits – clever. Chris Brandforth has 4 more for you: The voidwalker is a zero-g specialist; star-questers live among the dwarves and have taken on board their spirituality; anomalists are focused on, well, researching weird stuff, while desolationists are fascinated with wrecked planets. Per se solid, though two of these sharing electricity and fire resistance at 12th level can be construed to be slightly redundant. Speaking of blasted planets: Jonathan Hendricks and Steven Czerniak also provide 4 new themes, focusing in topic on people from lasted/hostile planets and environments – we have the chainbreaker, opposed to oppression, while gangbusters focus on busting gangs, eliminating criminal elements. Asteroid miners do what’s said on the tin, and I am particularly fond of the astral composer, hearing the melody of stars – as an aside, if you enjoy Aethera as much as I do, this one’d fit that setting perfectly. Just sayin’.

The magazine also contains new tools for classes – Eric Hansen has new envoy class options for us, with an option to apply expertise die to Piloting instead of Sense Motive, and 3 associated expertise talents for pilot envoys. Two feats, one for better ramming/running over creatures, and one helping with evading in vehicle chases. We have gnolls as a playable race (penned by Mikhail Rekhun), supported by 2 statblocks, though they are presented like Alien Archive races – you know, sans the excessive information, the notes of what other species think of you, etc. – and there’s an interesting angle that uses ghost sound and modifying it via feats etc. Soldiers wishing to focus on brawling can do so with a new fighting style supported by two gear boosts, written by Alexander J. Ogilvy – I enjoyed this one. Jonathan Vaughn and Kelly Youngblood provide a whole slew of uplifted dinosaurs as playable races – velociraptor, triceratops, ankylosaur and Pteranodon; the latter fails to specify the type of their fly speed, though from context, extraordinary is clearly intended. Sasha Laranoa Harving’s songbird protégé (lavishly illustrated by Beatrice Pelagatti) is pretty neat, an archetype focusing on fencing with tricks, skirmishing…or buff allies, gain blindsight, etc., for the archetype’s abilities are tied to ability scores chosen. A complex and interesting archetype that manages to meaningfully alter the playing experience. Nice.

Dejan Veskovic offers new spells – 3 themed around the lingering echoes of the cataclysm that wrecked the diaspora, and 3 focused on mining magic – leaving trails of dazing time or opening wormholes are certainly cool options, and suitably-placed at their respective spell levels.

As far as tech is concerned, we can find new systems for starships here, with automated excavation and an expansion bay for oversized weapon mounts is super interesting; need to test this one further, but so far, the limitations suggested have kept it n check and made it feasible. Two tier 3 ships complement Jay Boehm’s treatise here. Alexander J. Ogilvy and Brendan Whaley tackle diasporan specialty power armors, the RAID and the LASS, and armor upgrades for wings and pursuit wheels made me very happy. Why? Because that lets you make Code Geass Knightframes, and I’m a frickin’ Lelouch fanboy. No surprise there, right? ;P Anyhow, we also solid other augmentations here, with gyromag limbs, an arm that lets you add the Sunder special property, and there are eyes – these increase the first range increment of small arms and grenades, AND the range of close spells – which is OP, particularly of roughly 7K credits. John Laffan provides rules for maneuvering starships through asteroids (with atk/damage for them, two new stunts, and 4 new crew actions) – I really enjoyed this one, but think that this would actually warrant further expansion. Jeremy Corff offers acid and fire base burrowing charge grenades alongside plasma pickaxes, PCMs and atomic lances.

Jessica Catalan introduces us to the asteroid Whimsy and Roxie Sprocket’s spectacular starships, with a tier 1 shuttle, a tier 5 explorer and a tier 9 heavy freighter (the glamstar) included. Pithica provides a tier 5 thaumtech shadowrunner shuttle, with John Laffan providing 3 starships used by the blazedryer goblin tribe (tier ½, 4, 8); Garrett Guilotte has gravitational tools and an idea for a hyperspin hazard (which is presented as a pretty massive wall of text, making it a bit harder to parse than it should be); Joseph Blomquist’s Boomrock Run fiction + space hazard has the same formatting. And yes, I’m aware of this not being non-standard, but I can’t help but feel that the information could be relayed in a way that’s easier to parse. Dennis Muldoon’s article on low-tech jury-rigged hazards is focused on the character level instead of potentially transcending it, and with its decoy keypads, sealed portals and quick releases certainly makes for a welcome addition.
As far as GM-centric material is concerned, there is a lot of flavor to be found here: Daniel Angelo Monaco introduces us to The Res, the resident habitat ring of the Songbird Station, and also has an article herein introducing us to a smattering of minor factions. Pithica42’s diasporan school bus addresses one of the mundane aspects of life that I personally need to consider a scific/space opera setting plausible – a freighter repurposed as an educational institute. Really cool! Maarten Mullens jellyfish shaped business station (illustrated rather well by Michael Tumey). Kim Frandsen has a brief introduction to the Calisco space station, and Mikhail Rekun introduces us to the dreaded crackmarrow gnolls. 4 side-trek seeds (written by Nathan Ross, Steven Czerniak, Alex Chilver and Tineke Bolleman) complement this section. Of course, there also is fiction herein: Alison Cybe, Brad Fiske, Maarten Mullens and Jay Boehm provide brief pieces.

But that’s not all. Remember the dwarf mechanic and pirate mindbreaker mystic by Hilary Moon Murphy I mentioned? Well, they complement a brief adventure for 4-6 level 4 characters, with the fully mapped (Michael Tumey’s handiwork) Wandering Water Bear starship, read-aloud text, etc. – the module is surprisingly roleplaying focused, which is a GOOD THING as far as I’m concerned – it pretty much kicks off with the need to get the ship’s crew to quit. Cool angle! Of course, there also is some combat to be had, but yeah – considering the limited space available, this does a good job!

The final section of the pdf is devoted to the Alien Archive section – I.e. new critters galore. Bran Hagger, Michael Garrett, Mischa Catalan, Douglas Edwards, Adam Kessler, E.S. Willoghby, Jaster Catalan, Brad Fiske, Dave Breitmaier, Beth Breitmaier, and Jeremy Corff are credited as authors. From playful asteroid gardening fey (whose garden can eat you…) and starship-sized gravwhales to energy wisp swarms, we have playful critters here, yes. But we also get some creepy undead, weirdo aliens, and even an INCREDIBLY cute rabbit-tribble. Sure. Trenabits can fire ice and stuff…but I WANT ONE. NOW. Not sure which artist drew this critter, but…respect. It’s awesome and just the perfect blend of cute and WEIRD. Love it.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are good on a formal and rules language level; layout adheres toa really nice two-column full-color standard, and the pdf is chockfull with original artworks, which range in style and quality from Paizo-levels to somewhat charming hand-drawn pieces evoking a sense of an old-school zine. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for our convenience. Cartography, where present, is full color and neat, but unfortunately, we don’t get player-friendly one-page versions that’d be easy to use in Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, etc.

A whole bunch of authors have provided their talents to this issue:
Adil Arif, Joseph Blomquist, Jay Boehm, Tineke Bolleman, Beth Breitmaier, Dave Breitmaier, Jaster Catalan, Jessica Catalan, Mischa Catalan, Alex Chilver, Jeremy Corff, Alison Cybe, Steven Czerniak, Douglas Edwards, Brad Fiske, Kim Frandsen, Michael Garrett, John Godek III, Garrett Guillotte, Bran Hagger, Chris Handforth, Eric Hansen, Sasha Laranoa Harving, Jonathan Hendricks, Nicholas Hite, Adam Kessler, John Laffan, Scott Colin McDonald, Daniel Angelo Monaco, Stewart Moyer, Dennis Muldoon, Maarten Mullens, Hilary Moon Murphy, Alexander J. Ogilvy, Pithica42, Kyle T. Raes, Mikhail Rekun, Nathan Ross, Jonathan Vaughn, Dejan Veskovic, E.S. Willoughby, Brendan Whaley, Kelly Youngblood.

A huge amount of artists have drawn art for it:
James Anderson, Paul Chapman, Snow Conrad, Jeremy Corff, Liz Courts, Andrew DeFelice, Joseph Fox, Bob Greyvenstein, Chris L. Kimball, Clay Lewis, Michael McNeill, Dionisis Milonas, Alex Moore, Alberto Ortiz Leon, Beatrice Pelagatti, Jessica Redekop, Tanyaporn Sangsnit, Michael Tumey, Todd Westcot, Bailey Wolfe, Deran Wright, Rhys Yorke.

Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary persons, thank you – I still can’t believe that Wayfinder is actually FREE. I mean, you get a high-quality, full-color ‘zine full of interesting odds and ends…for free. This oozes passion, and Tim Nightengale, with editors Kalyna Conrad, Eric Hindley, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Megan Tenbarge, Scott D. Young and Mike Welham, and layout artist Dain Nielsen, all deserve our thanks.

To get this straight: If this was a commercial product, would I recommend it? Yes, with the price and supplemental features determining the final rating in the upper echelons I’d settle on. It’s not perfect, but considering that this is FREE and features so many cool concepts? Heck yes, get it asap!

You have nothing to lose from downloading this, and as such, I remain with a heartfelt recommendation of 5 stars + seal of approval. This is worth getting, reading, commenting and sharing.

Endzeitgeist out.


Great Starfinder Content!

5/5

This issue of Wayfinder focuses on the Diaspora region within the Starfinder setting. There is so much to love about this installment. I particularly enjoyed the writeup on Calisco Space Station, the Minor Factions of the Diaspora, and the entries in the Alien Archive. The issue also includes some strong material on how gnolls fit into the Pact Worlds. Kudos, as always, to the artists who bring all of this material to life so vividly.

If one part of this issue stands out, however, it is the short adventure titled "Wandering Water Bear." I had the privilege of playing through this scenario during PaizoCon, GM'd by none other than the author herself. With just a few pages, Hilary Moon Murphy has created a mini-adventure that is perfect for playing in a single session. The scenario includes a couple of remarkably dynamic combat situations, and the adventure as whole strongly rewards player creativity. I cannot remember the last time I have had that much fun at a gaming table!


Wandering Water Bear: A fantastic adventure!

5/5

I would urge any Starfinder player to get a copy of this issue of Wayfinder for the adventure "The Wandering Water Bear" by Hilary Moon Murphy (aka "GM Hmm" on the boards). I had the pleasure of playing this adventure at PaizoCon Online 2020, run by the author herself. To be honest, I had thought that we were playtesting a to-be-published Starfinder Society scenario, and I thought it was one of the better examples I'd played through! The word count may be short, but the author packs a whole lot of adventure into 9 pages: 7 pages of adventure, plus a two-page "Weal or Woe" detailed description of NPCs. One thing I particularly liked is that there are challenges for any Starfinder character, meaning that there aren't going to be many, if any, scenes where a player will be twiddling their thumbs because a specialized character has nothing to do. Highly recommended.


Great Stuff

5/5

I especially enjoyed the one-shot adventure Water Bear, which I got to play with the author, GM Hmm at PaizoCon Online!


Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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And we'll be discussing it in our Wayfinder Release Party as part of PaizoCon Online this year! Drop in for the session from 6-8 pm Pacific !

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I do not know how to express my love for this book enough.

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And I will get this out of the way now, so I don’t forget:

If you download this publication, whether you like it or not, please take a few minutes and post up a review. No one involved in its creation is paid; this is put together entirely by volunteers. Authors, artists, editors, layout, proofreaders, publisher ... all of us would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. It’s the only payment we get for putting all this together for your enjoyment.

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zylphryx wrote:

And I will get this out of the way now, so I don’t forget:

If you download this publication, whether you like it or not, please take a few minutes and post up a review. No one involved in its creation is paid; this is put together entirely by volunteers. Authors, artists, editors, layout, proofreaders, publisher ... all of us would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. It’s the only payment we get for putting all this together for your enjoyment.

I would, but I feel it might be in bad taste as I have an article in here. If y'all disagree then I'll absolutely write a review.

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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Lindley Court wrote:


I would, but I feel it might be in bad taste as I have an article in here. If y'all disagree then I'll absolutely write a review.

It's fine to review the rest of the issue if you have something in it. Others have put a disclaimer statement up front saying that they have an article or more, so their review is for the rest of the issue, and excludes their own contribution(s).

So, you're good. Please do consider writing a review!

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So like, I have a short story in it, but I'm commenting purely on the segments that I've not had any involvement in when I say that they're really good! I'm especially partial to the new themes, Roxie Sprocket is an amazing character, there are a LOT of bears which is always a bonus, and I could go on and on for hours :)


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EEEE.

Can't wait to read my theme.


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My baby's all grown up. *tears*


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Woohoo! An awesome issue to get my first Wayfinder credit!


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Lilith wrote:
My baby's all grown up. *tears*

I finally got in it, too. With *art*!

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What an awesome group of writers!

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The art was spectacular! And I was so excited that people at PaizoCon wanted to play my adventure! I cannot wait to read the rest of the issue!


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The issue looks great! I can't wait to dive into it more thoroughly.


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I got to play one of the adventures from this at PaizoCon, The Wandering Waterbear, and it was really fun. I would highly recommend that adventure to anyone else (I have not had a chance to read the rest of the PFD).

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Hmm wrote:
The art was spectacular! And I was so excited that people at PaizoCon wanted to play my adventure! I cannot wait to read the rest of the issue!

Thank you for running it! It was a joy to play!


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These issues are so incredible! This is a weird question, but is there any way I can help support them?

Grand Lodge

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Are you looking to volunteer with Wayfinder, Nighthorror? I will tell you that the first thing you can do to support us to leave a review! Talk about the wonderful things you enjoyed in this issue. Tell others about it.

You can also try to submit writing to it, be a guest editor or one of our artists. If you have questions, I could contact Timitius in this thread!

Hmm

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Nighthorror888 wrote:
These issues are so incredible! This is a weird question, but is there any way I can help support them?

Monetarily? No. That ship sailed several years ago.

Otherwise, the best way to help is to help spread the word. Follow us on Facebook, and share our announcements with others that may have not heard of Wayfinder. More readers = more fans = more potential contributors = more future content for future issues.

If you want to get involved, submit to our call for submissions. If you're an artist, consider sending us a link to your portfolio or gallery, and join our artist roster so you can illustrate in an issue. If you have good editing credentials, maybe see if you can help on the editing team.

And if you like Wayfinder, write a review of one of the issues you liked. That is HUGE, as it tells our contributors that you liked their stuff! And feedback means SO FREAKIN' MUCH to everyone.

Grand Lodge

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By the way, if you want to submit to Wayfinder 21:

Wayfinder 21: Call for Submissions

I cannot recommend enough becoming part of the Wayfinder family. Write for us! Become an editor! Show us your art!

I wrote for Wayfinder 19 & 20, and helped edit a few pieces for Wayfinder 20 as well. It's a great place to start a freelancing career, or to break new ground even if you're established and show off new skills.

Wayfinder only stays awesome if we get awesome submissions from a wide group of people!

Hmm


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Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to all the usual places. Cheers!

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to all the usual places. Cheers!

That's an amazing review, Endzeitgeist!

Thank you!

Hmm

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I was put on to the Wayfinder magazine by a friend and I got to say I was not disappointed one bit! The featuring of fan created content was fun to see! I seriously wish I had the frostings for an adventure I am running right now!

if I could ask how would someone go about submitting their own content to the magazine? I'm a writer and love to opportunity to try and offer content for the magazine.

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Alexjcal wrote:

I was put on to the Wayfinder magazine by a friend and I got to say I was not disappointed one bit! The featuring of fan created content was fun to see! I seriously wish I had the frostings for an adventure I am running right now!

if I could ask how would someone go about submitting their own content to the magazine? I'm a writer and love to opportunity to try and offer content for the magazine.

Watch the forums here under Community Use, or watch our Facebook page. We post an Open Call for Submissions every June/July, running through October, for the next issue of Wayfinder. From October through May, we develop the fanzine issue for PaizoCon, which sees the release of that issue at the start of the con. Then, we announce the next issue's theme, and start the process all over again.

Issue #21 is a Pathfinder 2E issue, but we intend to return to Starfinder soon.


Somewhat belated, but good to have some free Wayfinder stuff out there for Starfinder, Timitius and Team. ;)

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Here4daFreeSwag wrote:
Somewhat belated, but good to have some free Wayfinder stuff out there for Starfinder, Timitius and Team. ;)

I am so glad that you enjoyed the issue! I am hoping that we can have more Starfinder issues too!

Hmm

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