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Enter a land reborn! Like new life rising from the fertile soil along the River Sphinx, Osirion’s ancient mysteries call to you! Visit the resplendent city of Sothis and then venture beyond its walls to uncover the remains of 9,000 years of history. The Ruby Prince blesses your endeavors, for he knows that your risk is great, but your efforts help restore the glory of the Land of Pharaohs.

The word has spread. From the Alamein Peninsula to the Brazen Peaks, a land once closed to foreigners is now open for exploration. Take up your weapons and prepare your spells, for adventure awaits! Uncover the mysterious secrets of the Black Sphinx and share the lost history of Menedes I, the Sky Pharaoh. Tell us of your discovery at Lamashtu’s Flower and of your harrowing escape from Nathrek the Pale and his vicious gnoll cultists. Detail your findings in the Slave Trenches of Hakotep and share your theories about the strange, ever-changing hieroglyphics in amber—what terrible event do those ever-decreasing numbers portend? Reveal what lies in the Temple of An-Alak, between the Underdunes and the Salt Hills or share the stories of your brave companions who were lost within the tomb of Ahn'Selota, known to outsiders as the Pact Stone Pyramid. These and many more stories must be told. Historical artifacts must be recovered and studied so that the spirits of the ancient dead and their greatest deeds will not be forgotten. In helping to recover Osirion’s lost heritage, brave adventurer, you stand to gain great wealth and power…in this world or the next.

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 #12 will be Osirion! Please use the Inner Sea World Guide as your main reference (as well as the handy-dandy PathfinderWiki and the Archives of Nethys)! Preference will be given to articles that follow the issue’s theme. Writers are invited to submit articles that fit within the following categories:


  • Advice: Share valuable information or experiences with new GMs or players in the world of Golarion. Submission size: 750 words.
  • Bestiary: New creatures to terrorize your PCs! Each creature counts as a separate submission. Submission size: 750 words per creature.
  • Fiction: Wayfinder now accepts fiction submissions directly from the public. Joining a writer’s group to help with editing and development is still highly recommended. Submission size: either 750 or 1,500 words.
  • Flavor Articles: People, organizations, events, poetry, or other aspects of life in the Pathfinder Campaign Setting. These articles should build on the material already available in other sources. Flavor articles may include some rules material, such as item, location, or spell stat blocks, if necessary. Submission Size: 750 or 1,500 words.
  • Golarion Gazetteer: Expand and explore places or towns on the Inner Sea maps that have little to no information about them in the campaign setting literature. If applicable, you may submit up to a 1/2-page map of your chosen locale. Submission size: 1,500 words.
  • Of Chance and Skill: Games, new to or adapted for Golarion, to play at your table. Submission size: 750 or 1,500 words.
  • New Rules: Articles devoted to new archetypes, prestige classes, class abilities, feats, spells or magic items for the world of Golarion. Multiple smaller entries (usually feats, spells, or magic items) can be grouped together by a clear theme and submitted as one article. Submission size: 750 or 1,500 words.
  • Realm Building: Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Campaign contains rules for building armies, cities and kingdoms. This column is focused on building upon those rules. Submission size: 1,500 words.
  • Side Trek Seeds: Side trek seeds are short outlines that provide GMs with ideas, either as side treks for a Pathfinder adventure or as mini-adventures set in Osirion. Each side trek seed counts as a separate submission. Please refer to earlier issues of Wayfinder for the layout for this article. Submission size: 325 words.
  • Poetry and Song: Music and poetry often define a culture. Share your vision of the best-known songs and poems of the Inner Sea, with special emphasis on the issue’s theme. Submission size: 325 or 500 words.
  • Weal or Woe: Two 7th-level or lower NPCs (including statblocks)—one potential ally, one potential adversary. Include hooks for how PCs might meet each NPC and how to use them in a campaign. Include a boon that can come from the Weal character and a drawback, from the Woe. Please reference earlier Wayfinders for the layout for this article. Submission size: 1,500 words.

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. Refer to the word count requirements for each type of submission. These are HARD targets, not a range. Articles submitted with word counts more than 5% above or below the target numbers will not be accepted.
  • Limit of THREE submissions per person per issue. So, pick your three best ideas!
  • Do not submit an article that relies heavily on another submission, whether the other submission is yours or someone else’s. Any submitted articles that reference (an)other article(s) must be pre-approved by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Stick to the theme. Articles that do not relate to the Osirion theme will not be accepted.
  • 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 #12 Submission:”, followed by the article title.
  • 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. Tables must be tab delimited (DO NOT USE FORMATTED TABLES).
  • Use standard Pathfinder RPG formats for stat blocks. Familiarize yourself with the style and wording choices used in Paizo products and apply those same style and wording choices to your submissions.
  • At the top of your submission, in the body of the article, provide the following information: article title (and subtitle, if any), author name(s), contact e-mail address(es), and word count of the submission.

    For example:
    Article About Something Cool: Subtitle Would Go Here
    Liz ‘Lilith’ Courts
    Lilithsemail@cooldomain.com
    Word Count: 1,501 words

  • Accepted entries will go through editing passes for clarity and concision. Depending on time constraints, you may or may not receive feedback from the editing process.
  • Failure to follow these instructions or to meet one or more guidelines will result in rejection of the submission.
  • DEADLINE: September 1, 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 #12 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 #12 Advertising” in your subject line.
  • RESERVE YOUR AD SPACE BY September 30, 2014.
  • ADS MUST BE RECEIVED BY October 31, 2014


This seems fairly close in theme to the Qadira edition. Was this intentional?

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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This was actually quite a debate when we announced it, with many people equating both Qadira and Katapesh and Osirion as "desert themed".

Here's MY take on that...

Wayfinder #10 was "Arabian Nights/Perisan" themed. Genies, gnolls, pesh, flying carpets, etc.

Wayfinder #12 is Egyptian themed. Mummies, pyramids and ancient ruins and tombs, scarabs, tomb raiding, sphinxes.

I see the flavor as entirely different. To equate that these are the same because they are in deserts is merely focusing one similarity, and ignoring many, many differences.

The true intent was that this issue should also capitalize on the recent Mummy's Mask AP, and fans should take this opportunity to expand on Paizo's Osirion content with their own ideas and creations that can be used with that AP, or with any Osirion/Egyptian-themed adventure.


Dot.

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Alright, I'll start thinking of something

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Just to pile onto what Tim has already said, a quick glimpse at the map of Osirion on page 148 of the Inner Sea World Guide reveals numerous locations that have yet to be explored in print.

Additionally, we'd love to get fiction inspired by players' experiences with adventures like The Pact Stone Pyramid, Entombed with the Pharaohs, or Risen from the Sands, in addition to the latest adventure path.

Things like the Slave Trenches of Hakotep are already getting treatment in the Mummy's Mask AP (the fifth episode of the AP coming out in July is actually entitled "The Slave Trenches of Hakotep"), but Paizo never reveals a secret without planting seeds for at least one more secret. There's always something new for fans to develop on their own, and Paizo loves it when fans share what they create in Wayfinder.

One other thing I need to say is that submitters should carefully read the submission guidelines and make sure they follow them. We're getting more and more submissions with each new issue, and Tim and I no longer have time to carefully read all of the submissions we get. (We try really hard to do it, but it's becoming impossible.) Unfortunately, that means that submissions that aren't on theme or that don't adhere to the guidelines are not likely to get the same kind of attention as those that do.

We want to be fair, but everyone who works on Wayfinder is a volunteer with numerous other obligations, so the easier you make it on us, the more likely you are to see your work published.

Thanks!


I would like to see something exploring the elemental war.


If anyone is doing fiction writing, let me know if you have a group opening?

Sovereign Court

I've hung up my Wayfinder Support hat. Good Luck with the fanzine, but I'm not interested in submitting. I don't even have plans to download the last issue. It does look great and I know you all work hard. Keep it up!

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

I've got a couple things in mind. I took a trip overseas a couple months ago, and since knew this was the theme, downloaded the Osirion book to read on the flight and pick up some ideas. I think I've got a neat Weal/Woe though I haven't looked at my notes in a bit.


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Yup. All three submissions ALREADY sent! ^_^ Enjoy!

Silver Crusade

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YES

has seven entries ready to go!

:D

must choose three

D:


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Single monster still counts as a half of a submission, right?


*sigh* My favorite Egyptian inspiration - Boleslaw Prus's Pharaoh is at home...

Oh, wait... It's in public domain... I can download it freely from Project Guntenberg. Maybe it's time to read it in English to see how well it is translated? I doubt I'd finish it before deadline, though.

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People are already submitting things? Wow!

*pondering many ideas but also pondering available time*


Whooops! I didn't read the "include email and word count" part!
Should I submit everything again?

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Drejk wrote:
Single monster still counts as a half of a submission, right?

No. We are simplifying the guidelines, both for our benefit and yours.

Any submission counts as one submission. So, 2 monsters and a class article? THREE.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Bardess wrote:

Whooops! I didn't read the "include email and word count" part!

Should I submit everything again?

That would be very helpful, if you could. It keeps everything in the same format. Thanks!


Sent again with e-mail and word counts. Sorry for the mess.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Thank you, Bardess. You don't need to apologize. The requirement for that information wasn't part of previous submission guidelines, and we didn't tell anyone that we were going to add it. :)

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Class option inspirations;

Sphinx Sorcerer Bloodline and / or Riddlemaster Oracle Mystery, divination, glyphs and sigils, communication / translation, effects related to symbol-like spells (perhaps poached from the Clerical Rune Domain?)

Geomantic Wizard School (related to storing or aligning natural magical ley lines or forces through architecture) and / or Cleric/Druid Domain (sacred architecture)

Advanced Rogue Talent or Archetype that doesn't just disable a magical trap, but can *change it* (to ignore self and allies, or only target members of a rival expedition, for instance), a similar option involving curses, perhaps even allowing the Rogue a chance to not just break a curse or disease or negative energy level picked up in some tomb, but to 're-assign' it to a third party, shedding it from himself by afflicting it upon another (slippery mind? No, slippery soul!)

Blade Binding based Fighter AT (reintroducing / updating the 3.5 Blade Binder feat and building off of it, granting sneak attack on foes whose blade you've bound, for instance), or just the feat and perhaps an upgrade (Improved Blade Binding)

Some life/spirit/ancestor based necromantic spells and options that don't involve undead, appropriate to a culture obsessed with such matters (and with a pair of non-evil death/necromancy associated gods, in Osiris and Isis)

Dwarven Ouat monk AT, synergizing dwarven traits (such as slow and steady, hardy and stability) with monk abilities

Secrets of the Risen Guard (feats or achievement feats specific to characters who have been raised from the dead at least once, expanding on their tenuous lingering connection to the afterlife to call upon otherworldly insights, perceive and affect incorporeal undead and spirits, or even draw upon the 'waters of duat' to heal themselves or damage others with negative energy, etc.)

Monk fighting styles (Style feats) and / or Rogue Talents based off of the combat techniques of the Asp (numbing strike representing a venomous bite) or the Crocodile (grapple and suffocate or grapple and rend) or the Hyena (bone-crushing strike, damaging objects or temporarily damaging flesh with the force of a hyena's jaws, allowing the user to apply the mechanical penalties of the 'Broken' condition to another's natural armor or a natural attack, depending on the nature of the attack, until the target receives healing or a Heal check is made)

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I'll be turning back to fiction for this issue with a continuation of the Ashallah story that appeared in Wayfinder #10. As for Weal or Woe articles, I'll be leaving those to anyone else who wants to take a crack at them, and any side-trek adventures which use them to Larry or some new, enterprising soul.


Timitius wrote:
Wayfinder #12 is Egyptian themed. Mummies, pyramids and ancient ruins and tombs, scarabs, tomb raiding, sphinxes.

Not to mention Aucturn, countdown clocks, and the dominion of the black.

Scarab Sages

Are there format and guidelines for art submissions?

Sovereign Court

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Well, Tim usually assigns the art assignments to the artists. You will want to let him know you are interested and send him a link to you portfolio.

If you do get assigned a piece, and for all artists who do, preferred format is .psd at 300dpi with layers intact (so we can turn off any background to the image if needed). Otherwise, .jpg/.png/.tiff are also acceptable (again at 300dpi), but .psd is preferred.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Belabras wrote:
Are there format and guidelines for art submissions?

Hi, Belabras.

We solicit art pieces based on the articles that are accepted for publication in each issue.

If you are interested in doing art for Wayfinder, please send us an e-mail to the address in the call for submissions, and include a link to your deviantart profile or other online gallery.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Or...what zylphryx said. ;)

Scarab Sages

Thanks!

Silver Crusade

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Neil Spicer wrote:
As for Weal or Woe articles, I'll be leaving those to anyone else who wants to take a crack at them,

pounces

Folks said they wanted a appealing male seducer villain, then they're gonna get one.


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I've got a couple Osirion Bestiary critters and a 750 word Ethnology article that just needs some scalpel work before submitting. The main roadblock I'm having is getting my brain to pause on my Numeria/Iron Gods submissions.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

The Friendly Lich wrote:
Not to mention Aucturn, countdown clocks, and the dominion of the black.

My ideas, you stole them!


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I've got a couple Osirion Bestiary critters and a 750 word Ethnology article that just needs some scalpel work before submitting. The main roadblock I'm having is getting my brain to pause on my Numeria/Iron Gods submissions.

Is this a suggestion on #13 theme?

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Set wrote:
Some life/spirit/ancestor based necromantic spells and options that don't involve undead, appropriate to a culture obsessed with such matters (and with a pair of non-evil death/necromancy associated gods, in Osiris and Isis)

Oh, good idea! Sounds like White Necromancer territory! Not sure if this is beyond Wayfinder's scope, but I'd love to find some time to cook up a White Necromancer (from the New Paths Compendium) archetype that addresses those types of things.

Of course, my freelance dance card is pretty darn filled, so it might be moot, but I'd sure be game to try and fit it in!


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Bardess wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I've got a couple Osirion Bestiary critters and a 750 word Ethnology article that just needs some scalpel work before submitting. The main roadblock I'm having is getting my brain to pause on my Numeria/Iron Gods submissions.
Is this a suggestion on #13 theme?

"Iron Gods" is coming. [/Ned Slaad]

I don't know what issue it'll be—I'm personally guessing #14, maybe #15—but it seems inevitable that Wayfinder will be visiting Numeria sometime in the future. The biggest hurdle will be keeping Tim, Paris, and Dain (& his bound extraplanar layout assistants) sane until then. :) Until then, if I get any idea for any regional article, I'm jotting it down and tinkering on it.

Sanity is over-rated IMHO, but Primes seem to depend on it more than us Chaotic outsiders.


A couple questions:

1) So, the 750 word count for Bestiary entries: is that still a maximum/limit or it it now a hard target, like the other submissions?

2) If we pull OGL content from someplace outside a core book (which will already be listed in the issue's OGL), how do you want it noted so it can be added to Section 15 of this Wayfinder's OGL statement? Should we list the product title(s) on the next line after the word count at the top of the submission page? Something else?


Neil Spicer wrote:
and any side-trek adventures which use them to Larry or some new, enterprising soul.

I loves me some side-treks! /me pounces

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

A couple questions:

1) So, the 750 word count for Bestiary entries: is that still a maximum/limit or it it now a hard target, like the other submissions?

2) If we pull OGL content from someplace outside a core book (which will already be listed in the issue's OGL), how do you want it noted so it can be added to Section 15 of this Wayfinder's OGL statement? Should we list the product title(s) on the next line after the word count at the top of the submission page? Something else?

Good questions, Ms. Slaad. Thanks for asking.

1) I should've been more clear on the monsters. Since we combine all of them into the bestiary section, you can submit something less than 750 words, but 750 is the upper limit.

2) When citing non-Paizo sources, please use an inline citation format. Please don't make up a superscript source tag for 3PP, because it can get confusing. If necessary, you can use an asterisk or similar symbol in the text and then provide the source as a footnote. Please be sure to provide us with all of the information we will need to cite the book in the OGL page. (Use the OGL page from just about any issue as a reference, if necessary.)

I would caution everyone about using too many outside sources. In most publications, if something references rules that aren't part of the PRD, then the rules used from that product must be reprinted. That eats up word count very quickly. We can't assume that people will have the product you're using, and we want our readers to be able to use the material we publish.

Along the same lines, please try to limit the number of non-Core sources you use. We had one article last issue that used no less than 11 different sources. As a freelancer, I know I'm guilty of pulling from lots of places. It's fun to be able to give a character the exact spell or feat that you want her to have. But it can get out of hand and makes things challenging for your editors/developers.

I hope that helps. Happy writing!


I'm pretty sure any/all of my submissions for this issue are going to be inspired by this one picture.


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lol Garrett, nice. Fiction piece about Osirion Croc-Hunter?

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Paris Crenshaw wrote:
1) I should've been more clear on the monsters. Since we combine all of them into the bestiary section, you can submit something less than 750 words, but 750 is the upper limit.

To further clarify my clarification, this "less than or equal to" option applies to bestiary and magic item submissions only. We have the Bestiary chapter for monsters and group magic items into our Heroes' Hoarde articles, so we can manage word count for those things.

However, if you're submitting magic items, I strongly suggest that you submit an article that contains multiple items and comes in at around 750 words, just in case we need to make it a separate article.

I hope that makes sense. Managing page count can be tricky.


My Thunderbird's erratic these days. Make me know if the babies did arrive safe and sound.

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Hi, Bardess. Yes, we received your updated submissions. Thank you!


Timitius wrote:


Fiction: Wayfinder now accepts fiction submissions directly from the public. Joining a writer’s group to help with editing and development is still highly recommended. Submission size: either 750 or 1,500 words.

I will help coordinate fiction writing groups if you don't have one. PM me your email address and I will get us into groups of three or four. :)

Also, other submissions can also benefit from a writing group.
Also also, yeehaw!

Scarab Sages

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
I'm pretty sure any/all of my submissions for this issue are going to be inspired by this one picture.

"CROIKEY! THIS ONE'S A WRIGGLER!

WRAP IT IN A TARP!"


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Snorter wrote:
Garrett Guillotte wrote:
I'm pretty sure any/all of my submissions for this issue are going to be inspired by this one picture.

"CROIKEY! THIS ONE'S A WRIGGLER!

WRAP IT IN A TARP!"

Garrett's submission is likely a recipe article: Venisgatorthon, a small deer (or housepet) stuffed inside a gator stuffed inside a python.

This now happens all the time in South Florida.

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Garrett Guillotte wrote:
I'm pretty sure any/all of my submissions for this issue are going to be inspired by this one picture.

A Hetkoshu Monk Style could indeed rock. Three feats, some flavor text about the small group of monks that teach it (learning it by grappling crocodiles!) and done!

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It's interesting that the last Pharaoh to dip his hand into the looting of the tombs of his predecessors was Jetrieti V, who got himself staked out for the sun for his efforts (and so offended his predecessors that they began rising up as undead).

And now Khemet III, five years after instituting a new 'come loot our tombs!' foreign policy, is cursed with a wasting sickness...

Clearly this all ties back to free trade or vaccinations or something.


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Snorter wrote:
Garrett Guillotte wrote:
I'm pretty sure any/all of my submissions for this issue are going to be inspired by this one picture.

"CROIKEY! THIS ONE'S A WRIGGLER!

WRAP IT IN A TARP!"

The original PFWiki filename is "CrocodileHugs", and Monks don't have enough cuddling feats!

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Snorter wrote:

"CROIKEY! THIS ONE'S A WRIGGLER!

WRAP IT IN A TARP!"

Heck with the tarp, get me a tortilla!

A big one!


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Set wrote:
A Hetkoshu Monk Style could indeed rock. Three feats, some flavor text about the small group of monks that teach it (learning it by grappling crocodiles!) and done!

I'd never even considered a monk fighting style, but it'd be a perfect addition for my [REDACTED] article.

{waves goodbye to 750 word count target, sets course for 1500 words}

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