[Community Project] Wayfinder #11 Call for Submissions


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Behold the might of the empire! From the Arcadian Ocean to the Aspodell Mountains and beyond, Queen Abrogail II, Infernal Majestrix of Cheliax, reaches out to bring all the people of the Inner Sea under her control. And both her ambitions and her grip are strengthened by the powers of Hell.

Hey! Psst! Over here! If you want to say out of trouble—and keep your freedom, you’ll put away those holy symbols and that Pathfinder badge. I don’t know how you’ve stayed out of the hands of the Inquisitors this long, but you can bet someone’s got their eye on you. In Cheliax, everyone watches everyone else, and nobody trusts anyone if they’re smart. You want to know about Cheliax? I can tell you things. I can tell you about the temple to Asmodeus in Barrowood where the queen’s own mum made her deal with Hell or about the gate to the Infernal Realms that yawns in the middle of Whisperwood. I can tell you about the winged devils that come down from the mountains to torment sailors in Hellmouth Gulf or their close cousins, the Hellknights of Citadel Enferac, who march pretty much wherever they want. There’s both good and evil in Cheliax, if you know where to look. In places like Westcrown and Egorian, when the law comes looking, good and evil often have to share the same hiding places. Now, some of what I’ll tell you is true, and some of it isn’t. But whether you’re an adventurer searching for treasure among the ruins of fallen noble houses or part of the “resistance” looking to free a few slaves, you learn quickly that in Cheliax, if you have enough power, the truth is whatever you want it to be. Be smart, be strong, stay hidden, and you just might keep your head.

Goal
The goal for the fanzine is to create a collection of fan-created articles and supporting art set in Paizo’s Pathfinder Campaign Setting world of Golarion.

The theme for Wayfinder #11 will be Cheliax! Please use the Inner Sea World Guide as your main reference (as well as that handy-dandy PathfinderWiki)! In the case of a plethora of articles on similar subjects, preference will be given to articles that follow this theme. As always, crunch (classes, spells, magic items, etc.), fiction, and flavor (people, places, organizations, events) articles are welcome!
In addition, writers can submit to one of several regular series featured in Wayfinder:


  • Advice: Have some advice you want to pass on to new GMs or players to the world of Golarion?
  • Bestiary: New creatures to terrorize your PCs with!
  • Fiction: Wayfinder will now accept all submissions from the public, 750 or 1500 words. We do recommend you join a writer’s group to help with editing and development, though.
  • Golarion Gazetteer: Places or towns on the Inner Sea maps that have little to no information on them in the campaign setting literature. Expand and explore!
  • Of Chance and Skill: Games, new to or adapted for Golarion, to play at your table!
  • Prestigious: This article is devoted to a new prestige class for the world of Golarion.
  • Realm Building: The Kingmaker Adventure Path introduced a lot of new goodies for building armies, cities and kingdoms. This column is focused on building upon those rules.
  • Side Treks: Side treks feature short outlines for a sidetrek adventure set in a particular Pathfinder adventure, from the products listed below. One side trek outline per submission for this column. Please reference earlier Wayfinders for the layout for this article. Submission size: 325 words.
  • Tales from the Front: Fiction articles based on any of Paizo’s adventure modules or paths.
  • Weal or Woe? Two NPCs (including statblocks), one helpful, one not so much. Include hooks for the PCs to know (or hate) this NPC and how to use them in a campaign. Include a boon (Weal) and drawback (Woe) for the NPCs in your article. Please reference earlier Wayfinders for the layout for this article.

Guidelines

  • Thou shalt not disregard canon, thou shalt build upon it.
  • Keep in mind thy audience. Keep it PG-13. No slash fic/porn fantasies, cheesecake/beefcake/fan service.
  • Short and sweet. Unless otherwise specified, article sizes are 750 and 1,500 words. These are HARD targets, not a range, so come as close as possible to these targets. Coming in too far under or over these targets will likely result in the rejection of your submission. Anything over 1,500 words must be pre-approved by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Limit of THREE submissions per person per issue. So, pick your three best ideas!
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission. This puts us in a difficult situation in being forced to take both if we just like the one, or taking neither of them. Any submitted articles that reference another article(s) must be pre-approved by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Stick to the theme. An article on frost giants in a desert-themed issue is not going to make it. Sorry.
  • Submissions used to defame, harass, or threaten board members are not tolerated.

Submission Instructions

  • Conditions for Submissions: All authors and artists must agree to have their works reproduced for this and other Wayfinder products, be it for translations into other languages (we will be responsible for the truthfulness of the translations), special publications, or use on a Wayfinder website. All of Wayfinder’s publications are NON-PROFIT, and authors and artists will be given proper credit where due.
  • Send all submissions to: wayfinder.fanzine@gmail.com with the subject line containing “Wayfinder #11 Submission”.
  • All text submissions must be submitted in DOC or DOCX format (doesn’t matter if you use Office or OpenOffice). Note: Files sent in RTF, TXT, or any other format than DOC will be rejected.
  • Do not use fancy fonts or colors or styles for formatting - these will get stripped out in the editing and layout process. Use the standard body font for the program you’re using - bold and italics are fine. Ask us for an example of our style templates, if you’d like to use that.
  • For tables, please make them tab delimited. Fancy formatted tables just get reduced to this format anyway.
  • Include your name and board name as text at the very beginning of your submission - example, “Liz ‘Lilith’ Courts”. We compile these in a folder, and if we open up the file, and your name is absent, it’s hard to credit you. So, don’t make us hunt for you name, OK?
  • Your entries will go through editing passes for clarity and concision. Depending on time constraints, you may or may not receive feedback on the editing process and your script.
  • DEADLINE: March 31, 2014, 11:59 Pacific. All entries will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Some articles may be rejected depending on the final size of the PDF.

Advertising

  • Fan projects operating under Paizo’s Community Use Policy are welcome to advertise their websites and materials.
  • Third party publishers wishing to advertise their Pathfinder Roleplaying Game-compatible projects in Wayfinder #10 are welcome to advertise as well. Space is available for 1/4, 1/2 and full page ads.
  • Email wayfinder.fanzine@gmail.com for questions about placing an ad. Be sure to include “Wayfinder #11 Advertising” in your subject line.
  • RESERVE YOUR AD SPACE BY March 31, 2014.
  • ADS MUST BE RECEIVED BY April 30, 2014


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

First! And dotted.

Dark Archive

so excited for this


I have the bones of an article and a good idea for a bestiary submission. Must get to work...


Limited number of submissions?! What?! Why?! Where?! *sigh*

Infernal regulations!

*blames halfling insurgents*


That will probably mean that I should send bestiary entries together...

Dark Archive

i think some people were responsible for the limit this time round >_>


*whistles innocently*

I never sent overwhelming number of submissions!


Ah yes, the ulgulanoth clause.


But, but five submissions is less than three per person, right?


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Clearly the only way around this is to initiate Orphan Black cloning procedures for each of us.


I just learned that I have a secret twin brother!

No really, the one with goatee that claims that he came from the mirror universe!

Wait! What are you doin...


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

Please tell me the "Submissions used to defame, harass, or threaten board members are not tolerated" guideline is not inspired by a previous submission.


Someone once tried to use Wayfinder to say that Sebastian wasn't the most prettiest pony ever, so they had to add that rule.


You mean there will be no more articles about killing dragons and burning longboats?!

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.

I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.


Huzzah for Tim and Imperial Cheliax!


Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.
I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.

We'll have tormentor devil whip you for that.


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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.
I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.

That's a paddlin'


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Ok... Three months to come up with something worth publishing...

Reggie

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Kajehase wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.
I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.
That's a paddlin'

Worried about where this is heading...


Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.
I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.

*guiltily raises hand* Yeah...me too.

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Today over lunch pondering an idea to submit. 1k words and an hour later... yeah I'll be submitting something.


Aaaaand... sent!
I would have included at least 13 diabolic obediences... but in the end the space was only enough for 9, and it's still a little bit too long. Hope it's good all the same!


Shadowborn wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.
I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.
*guiltily raises hand* Yeah...me too.

I confess I did it with a friend.


Shadowborn wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Guildlines wrote:
  • You should refrain from any submissions that are reliant upon another submission.
I was a bad boy and broke this rule for #10.
*guiltily raises hand* Yeah...me too.

I had considered that but didn't do that in the end. No spanking for me.

Dark Archive

I wonder how it works if you rely on submissions that have already been printed?

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

Hooray! Now to brainstorm!

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

ulgulanoth wrote:
I wonder how it works if you rely on submissions that have already been printed?

The guideline says other SUBMISSIONS, not articles. If you write something that refers to an article from an earlier issue of Wayfinder, that's cool.

Really, the reason we did this is that it is sort of cheating on the word count limits. And then, it is sort of forcing us into the decision to take BOTH submissions because they are dependent on each other.

If you have a good idea, and it involves either a collaboration with another writer, or it would benefit from a partnered 2nd article, then all we are asking is that you run it by us first, and get our approval to proceed.

Good examples of how this works? Look at Wayfinder #6, first two articles. Ice and Darkness is a short 750-word backstory, setting up a Weal or Woe. Perfect. So perfect, I chose to recruit Larry Wilhelm to develop a side-trek adventure based on those two articles.

So, no ruling out related submissions....just asking that you pitch us the idea and get approval first.

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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Drejk wrote:
That will probably mean that I should send bestiary entries together...

Bestiary submissions are sort of a strange "beast", so to speak.

To further clarify, guidelines for bestiary articles should be:

  • A single monster entry should be 750-words or less in length. This means that a 350-word monster stat block and text is just fine. We actually LIKE the creatures that don't aim for a 750-word count, because they often don't NEED all those words. Bestiary entries are at their best when they are short and concise.

  • Because of the potential shortness of bestiary entries, we will consider up to two creatures ONE submission, if you are one of those people who want to submit multiple articles. The compiled bestiary article does not adhere to the typical word count limits, so the creatures we get, the better the potential for the multi-page article.

  • Each creature should be a separate submission. This means that we would prefer that you not cram 4 creatures into one 1500-word article, and consider THAT one submission. It should be four separate documents. That is how we deal with them in editing. (It would count as two submissions though).

Any questions? I know this complicates things a bit, but I want to be sure that we don't short ourselves on the potential pool of creatures for the bestiary. That's one of our feature articles that I feel NEEDS the diversity that only a bunch of submissions can provide.


Guilty of that...

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

No one should feel guilty of these "transgressions"...plus, we don't need to call anyone out as you all are doing that yourselves! ;-)

It's just that as we have progressed, and gathered a bigger following, (thanks probably to winning an ENnie and all) we are finding ourselves swamped with submissions now, and need to rein it in a little bit.

These are just growing pains, and we are making adjustments as we grow and move forward.


Timitius wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
I wonder how it works if you rely on submissions that have already been printed?

The guideline says other SUBMISSIONS, not articles. If you write something that refers to an article from an earlier issue of Wayfinder, that's cool.

Really, the reason we did this is that it is sort of cheating on the word count limits. And then, it is sort of forcing us into the decision to take BOTH submissions because they are dependent on each other.

If you have a good idea, and it involves either a collaboration with another writer, or it would benefit from a partnered 2nd article, then all we are asking is that you run it by us first, and get our approval to proceed.

Good examples of how this works? Look at Wayfinder #6, first two articles. Ice and Darkness is a short 750-word backstory, setting up a Weal or Woe. Perfect. So perfect, I chose to recruit Larry Wilhelm to develop a side-trek adventure based on those two articles.

So, no ruling out related submissions....just asking that you pitch us the idea and get approval first.

I was pretty sure that I broke that rule first... ;)


Kajehase wrote:
Please tell me the "Submissions used to defame, harass, or threaten board members are not tolerated" guideline is not inspired by a previous submission.

Regrettably, yes.


...

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

If there is a guideline...then, yes, there's a reason WHY there's a guideline for it.


So, how often do you get slash fic/porn submissions? :P

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

I've actually rejected a couple submissions on those grounds.

YES....really.


I somewhat expected answer "you don't want to know..."


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber
Rawr! wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Please tell me the "Submissions used to defame, harass, or threaten board members are not tolerated" guideline is not inspired by a previous submission.
Regrettably, yes.

:(


What sort of bestiary entries, besides devils, would be appropriate for this issue? There are already a lot of devils...


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

I seem to recall there's a rogue Hellknight order that seems to have risen as undead in the northern part of the country - maybe that could be something new?

Cheliax has lots of coastline as well.

The Jistka Imperium (see Lost Kingdoms) which ruled parts of Cheliax before it was Cheliax was big on golems and constructs.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Don't forget about Anti-Cheliax options :3


Second one sent! Maybe the least original...


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Bardess wrote:
Second one sent! Maybe the least original...

OK, who hasted Bardess? Or did she pick up some speed superpower from a leaky SuperStar item in the vote queue?


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

My money's on the devil with the complex contract in her moment of weakness.


Hmmm... I could write that Jistkan-idea that I initially got for desert issue until I learned that Jistkans hadn't reach Katapesh...


Starting to seek comparison and working a slavery devil. Well, later once I return from job test.


Cast any detect devil spell you wish, my dear friends. Oh, wait- you can't. Yet.
My last one will be a seducer devil^^


Seducer in erotic meaning or more general tempter? Because I think there was a tempter devil already somewhere.

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