[Community Project] Wayfinder #15 Call for Submissions


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Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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Walk Any Road, Float Any River...

The River Kingdoms are the true frontier of Golarion. Whether you’re in a calculated duel in Mivon, taking a turn in the Arena of Aroden in Tymon, walking down a dark alley in Daggermark, camping overnight on the shores of Glow Water Lake near Mosswater, or just staying too long in the unstuck side of Uringen, the life you make here is your own. These lands call many seeking to start a new life. Some hope to settle the lands and perhaps carve out new nations on the edges of the ones already established…whatever your reasons for entering the River Kingdoms, one fact hold true:
You Have What You Hold. The question is, how long can you hold it?

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 #15 will be The River Kingdoms! Please use the Inner Sea World Guide as your main reference, along with Guide to the River Kingdoms and the Kingmaker Adventure Path (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. However, because multiple creatures are combined to form a single bestiary article, smaller entries will be considered as long as they are complete. (i.e., 750 words is the upper limit for bestiary entries, rather than a hard target. See the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary for examples of proper formatting and content.)
  • Fiction: Wayfinder accepts fiction submissions directly from the public, although 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. Please include a settlement stat block, if applicable. 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. Have an idea for a new scenario for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game? Send it in! (See Wayfinder #13 for an example of a PACG scenario submission.) 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 within the River Kingdoms (think expanded Adventure Hooks). Each side trek seed counts as a separate submission. Please refer to earlier issues of Wayfinder for the formatting 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: 35 to 50 lines in total.
  • Tales from the Front: Fiction articles based on any of Paizo’s adventure modules or paths. Submission size: 1,500 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 character. Please reference earlier Wayfinders for the layout for this article, and try to avoid lengthy and complicated stat blocks, as they take up more space than regular text, and can cause problems with layout (i.e., not enough room for art). 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. These are prohibited by the Community Use Policy.
  • 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 up to 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 regional 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 #15 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 header or 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: December 31, 2015, 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 #15 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 #15 Advertising” in your subject line.
  • RESERVE YOUR AD SPACE BY January 31, 2016.
  • ADS MUST BE RECEIVED BY February 28, 2016

Shadow Lodge

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

I don't know that much about the River Kingdoms, but I'm growing more and more interested the more I find out about them. Great choice!

I'm definitely going to put together a Medium Archetype.
And I expect there will be something dealing with Outsea, though I don't yet know exactly what.


Yay! River Kingdoms rock!


My first thought during the reading was designing some buildings for kingdom rules that would refer to occult classes and rules...

Grand Lodge

Dotting.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

Definitely thinking about some archetypes that'd be applicable for Kingmaker.

May try to do something with the occult classes as well. Just got a fun idea for a Weal/Woe that could involve Hanspur, actually.


dotting for later.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

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Please note that there are two key changes to the guidelines:

1) Poetry entries are limited to 35 to 50 LINES (We changed it from word count to help us with layout.)

2) "Of Chance and Skill" now specifically mentions the option of creating new scenarios for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

3) The note about where to put your name, contact info, and word count now includes the option of putting it in the document's header. That allows you to put that info in place without having it count toward your word count. It's not required, but you MUST have that information either in the header or the body of the document.

As always, you should carefully read and follow the guidelines, but those are the biggest changes.

Now, go create and have fun!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Excellent news! I'm definitely interested in this one...

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The River Kingdoms is 100% my jam. I got some ideas.


FYI gang, I'm doing a Realm Building add on for the Outlaw Council.


Hums quietly to self

Left a good job in the city,
workin for the man every night and day...


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Shrines, manifestations, and Deific Obediences for Gyronna and/or Hanspur? I think so! Now just to figure out which category it fits in best.

Sovereign Court

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I have to do some reading on the River Kingdoms... and make sure I have the time and energy.

That being said, I kind of want to do a Weal and Woe where one half is a vishkanya from Daggermark...


Timitius wrote:

Walk Any Road, Float Any River...


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

PM me if you are interested or need a writing group for your fiction. :)


Is the limit for Weal or Woe NPCs 7th level, or CR 7? I had an idea for developing one specific River Kingdoms NPC, but he's 8th level and CR 6.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

I'm also thinking about an archetype based on the (awesome) fiction from Kingmaker.

Sovereign Court

Alright. Time to get to work.

Sovereign Court

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Well, well, well River Kingdoms... We meet again.

--Vrock the boat!


River Kingdoms?

Ouch...definitely not my forte.

However, some River Pirate archtypes might be needed!

Sovereign Court

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He'sDeadJim wrote:
However, some River Pirate archtypes might be needed!

Some inspiration for you: Saskwatchewan River Pirates

Done the first draft of my first wayfinder submission.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sell, sold, Sellen?

Hopefully, I can stir up some good stuff for this one in time.

Ruyan.

Liberty's Edge

Will review the Sources..see if I can Come up with Something...


Hmm. Something intriguing about Gorum. Maybe I can create a piece on MANY deity-dedicated archetypes...


dotting

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Now taking bets on how many times the word river will appear in this issue...

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Nightdrifter wrote:
Now taking bets on how many times the word river will appear in this issue...

I would counter that with bets on how many times the word "bandits" will appear......;-)

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Timitius wrote:
Nightdrifter wrote:
Now taking bets on how many times the word river will appear in this issue...
I would counter that with bets on how many times the word "bandits" will appear......;-)

Never bet with river bandits.

Sovereign Court

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Submitted one article and thinking about a second, but I need some clarifications from Tim/Paris first.

Are there any plans or rules for incorporating Pathfinder Online ("PFO") into this issue? It doesn't have a huge player-base (and is admittedly in dire straits atm), but seeing as PFO is set in the River Kingdoms this issue is the one that best suits it. If there ever was an issue of Wayfinder to tie in PFO this is the one imo. After all, the card game is now being accepted for certain article types now.

That being said there are definitely some issues with PFO articles.

The big one is that PFO doesn't use OGL rules, so any crunch articles are pretty tough. Maybe a summary of the PFO game mechanics might be the closest fit to a crunch article, but that's basically just repeating what's in the PFO guides and may not be of much interest to tabletop players. That and restating game rules doesn't exactly strike new ground.

I do have one idea on how to tie in to PFO though. There will (eventually/hopefully/maybe) be some character histories which will be part of the game as kickstarter rewards. No idea if/when these will make it in game due to the financial difficulties Goblinworks is in. For example, there will (hopefully!) be a location with a short history tied to one of my PFO characters. I was thinking maybe a WoW article which includes that character might be a loose tie in to PFO. The WoW article could even mention to look for that marker in PFO as it gives some of the character's backstory. However, there are potentially legal issues, specifically that (from the kickstarter) "The copyright to the character name and background you provide will be held by Paizo Publishing, LLC, which reserves the right to reject inappropriate, anachronistic, or vulgar content". I don't know what the rules would be on doing a WoW using such a character, so I figure it'd be better to get the okay first.

I apologize if I just derailed this thread with discussions of PFO!

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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Pathfinder Online is NOT listed as a product for use under the Community Use Policy. As such, no, we are not incorporating any PFO into Wayfinder. We simply don't have permission. Until I hear it from the CEO herself.

Even if we did, the only product I'm aware of that could be used would be the Pathfinder Online Thornkeep book, which does establish some PFRPG content under the PFO setting. That would be only thing, though, and like I said, it's not listed as an eligible product for the Community Use Policy.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Thanks for the clarification Tim!


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Happy birthday, O Fearless Leader!

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Treppa wrote:
Happy birthday, O Fearless Leader!

Thanks! I have a few gray/white hairs, but so far they are not obvious! Aging with resistance!


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Timitius wrote:


Thanks! I have a few gray/white hairs, but so far they are not obvious! Aging with resistance!

Look at him, he still has hair to talk about! Sheesh. *grins*

Happy birthday to you, Tim.

Ruyan.


Timitius wrote:
Treppa wrote:
Happy birthday, O Fearless Leader!
Thanks! I have a few gray/white hairs, but so far they are not obvious! Aging with resistance!

Mmm-hmm. You and Ronald Reagan.

Does he or doesn't he? Only his hairdresser knows for sure!

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So, this was *not* the theme I was predicting, and my half-written article on [redacted] will have to wait until my prediction comes true, in, say, 2018.

As for the River Kingdoms, some thoughts that leap out at me for articles, after a quick hop through the River Kingdoms book;

Daggermark is rife for some Rogue trait / talent / alternate class feature action that *isn't* related to poisons, specifically. The Yenchaburian assassination style has to have some 'tricks of the trade' worthy of a write up, and their more recent focus on the threat of Razmiran suggests that they might be developing (or dusting off) some Rogue talents / feats specifically geared to fighting spellcasters (such as Razmir's arcanist 'priests').

Lambreth's dark lord has some infernal ties that appear to have nothing to do with Hellknights, and a pair of gnomish servants with a funky focus on thorn-vine manipulation and fiendish hounds, either of which could see some fun mechanical development (thorn-vine attack spells, or stats for a breed of fiendish attack dog slightly in-between regular attack dog and yeth or shadow hound).

Liberthane is run by a Paladin of Milani. That's either a typo, or a fun new possibility for Golarion. (A Paladin of a Chaotic Good goddess?)

The insectoid 'silkgoyles' of Nystra cry out for game statistics, and perhaps their special silk can be woven into special equipment, either mundane but special, like darkwood or adamantine, or woven into special enchanted gear that could show up in a magic item submission.

Outsea should have totally worked for me, since I'm a huge fan of undersea adventure stuff and aquatic races. (In 2nd edition, half of my characters were aquatic elves or 1/2 aquatic elves, it seems...) But it really didn't. I'd be very interested in seeing some good stuff on the area, since it's one I *want* to like very much. Even something like a writeup of the local deity, Danglosa, a 'N male-female fish-godling,' revered by the local merfolk, sahaugin, etc. could be interesting.

Scrawny Crossing is dripping with flavor, and leaves to the imagination what sort of stats the skum/scrag hybrids would have, and what sort of shenanigans an aboleth, so very far from the ocean or darklands, could be up to.

The Gorgas of the Sevenarches are another critter that could use a Bestiary entry, although they seem pretty versatile (perhaps more of a template than a straight up monster?), and could come from somewhere truly unusual, like a First World analogue to Sovyrian!

The River Kingdoms section itself has multiple interesting seeds scattered about. Do the rainbow plumed egrets of Rushlight have some connection to Shelyn? Can one gain some malefic boon from swearing an oath of vengeance atop Mount Branthlend? What cyclopean elder race crafted the inscriptions within the Tors of Levenies? Who will be the first to stat up fanged eels, or Old Hooktongue himself?

With Touvette, we have another religion-unfriendly region, pushing the boundaries of 'Lawful Neutral' into a brutally repressive regime. The area doesn't seem to have as much of a focus on the arcane as Rahadoum, but it does train everyone to be a soldier, and it's entirely possible that they've got some spellcaster-fighting tactics specially geared to followers of unwelcome faiths.

Tymon and it's famous Arena of Aroden just scream for some new performance combat-related options, such as perhaps an option to rally allies with a performance combat technique, while simultaneously intimidating the foe struck. Perhaps a 'rallied' ally would be temporarily immune to the penalties from being shaken/intimidated themselves, or receive some minor morale bonus, roughly equal to the bless spell, for that round (or as many rounds as you intimidated your target?). I like the idea of a gladiator from Tymon using a performance weapon and performance techniques in normal combat to not just intimidate one or more foes, but also to inspire his allies, adding a tiny dash of bard.

I have an entry in mind for Uringen, so I'll keep that one to myself. :)


Set wrote:
Liberthane is run by a Paladin of Milani. That's either a typo, or a fun new possibility for Golarion. (A Paladin of a Chaotic Good goddess?)

Just wait and see.

And by the way, happy birthday, Tim.


Set wrote:
Liberthane is run by a Paladin of Milani. That's either a typo, or a fun new possibility for Golarion. (A Paladin of a Chaotic Good goddess?)

Unlike clerics, paladin alignment isn't mechanically limited by their deity's alignment. The paladin must be lawful good, but their deity can (theoretically) be any alignment as long as the paladin never "willingly commits an evil act" and always "respects legitimate authority, acts with honor (not lying, not cheating, not using poison, and so forth), helps those in need (provided they do not use the help for evil or chaotic ends), and punishes those who harm or threaten innocents."

So yeah, it's not mechanically impossible, but it's certainly a fun place for characterization, especially a Milanite's definition of "legitimate authority" and application of a paladin's code of honor.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

Still trying to figure out what I could write for this one (if I even have the time).

I'd love to take a crack at a deity article with Obedience rules, but Hanspur doesn't appeal to me, and I'm not sure how I feel about Gyronna. I might need to step away from hags for a while...

I half-thought about a W&W with a Daggermark vishkanya, but it seems too bland to get much traction.

If anyone's abandoning ideas, though, feel free to pass them along - maybe one of you will inspire me. ^_^


Sent my first one. Hope you like it.
And now for some Caydenite tavern-fighters options...


Sent the second one too. Let me know if you received it, my server is a bit nasty at times.
What could I write for the third? Mmm...

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So do the editors wait until after the submission deadline to notify the submitter of acceptance or rejection?

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Rusty Ironpants wrote:

So do the editors wait until after the submission deadline to notify the submitter of acceptance or rejection?

Hey, Rusty! Yes, we wait until all submissions have been received (i.e., all submissions turned in prior to the deadline) before we make our selections.

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

Paris Crenshaw wrote:
Rusty Ironpants wrote:

So do the editors wait until after the submission deadline to notify the submitter of acceptance or rejection?

Hey, Rusty! Yes, we wait until all submissions have been received (i.e., all submissions turned in prior to the deadline) before we make our selections.

I figured as much. I just wanted to confirm in order to set my expectations. :)

I will be submitting at least one monster, perhaps two. I am also kicking around some ideas for a side quest.


Ok, my other ideas are too short or too immature or "already done a submission of this type this time", so I guess I'll follow one of Set's suggestions. Thank you!

Sovereign Court

I've got a question, which I'm sure has been answered elsewhere, but how does the copyright work for our submissions? Could I, for example, post my submission on my blog once the issue comes out? Assuming of course that my submission was accepted. I appreciate that Wayfinder is free, and thus easy to share, but could I re-use anything I create (of course, without infringing on Paizo IP)?

Thanks.

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Captain Phoenix wrote:

I've got a question, which I'm sure has been answered elsewhere, but how does the copyright work for our submissions? Could I, for example, post my submission on my blog once the issue comes out? Assuming of course that my submission was accepted. I appreciate that Wayfinder is free, and thus easy to share, but could I re-use anything I create (of course, without infringing on Paizo IP)?

Thanks.

If I recall, you still retain all ownership - you're simply licensing Paizo Fans United to reproduce your work in Wayfinder products. I'm near-certain you can reproduce your work wherever you want, pursuant to Paizo IP.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

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Kalindlara wrote:
Captain Phoenix wrote:

I've got a question, which I'm sure has been answered elsewhere, but how does the copyright work for our submissions? Could I, for example, post my submission on my blog once the issue comes out? Assuming of course that my submission was accepted. I appreciate that Wayfinder is free, and thus easy to share, but could I re-use anything I create (of course, without infringing on Paizo IP)?

Thanks.

If I recall, you still retain all ownership - you're simply licensing Paizo Fans United to reproduce your work in Wayfinder products. I'm near-certain you can reproduce your work wherever you want, pursuant to Paizo IP.

Hi, Captain Phoenix!

Kalindlara pretty much answered this, but I'll expound on it a bit.

Per the guidelines in the original post:

  • 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.

When you submit something to us, the article is entirely yours and pretty much stays that way after we accept it for publication. When we do accept an article, we have the author send us an e-mail confirming that they agree to the conditions in the guidelines. Basically, you retain full rights to your work, but you can't later on tell us that we can't print it nor can you sell it to someone else who would tell us not to print it. The same is true for art.

We do ask that you not publish your work prior to us releasing the Wayfinder issue that contains your article, but after it's out, you are welcome to post it on your blog or anywhere else, as long as the location conforms to the guidelines above and with Paizo's Community Use Policy.

Sovereign Court

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Thanks Kalindlara and Paris, that makes a whole lot of sense. Looking forward to sending in my submissions.


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Hmm...I'll have to do some River Kingdoms research and come up with something good. Maybe a Weal and Woe this time.

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