02 September 2011

Golarion Love

The upcoming Pathfinder game has rekindled my love of the developed setting for the game -- Golarion.  I bought the Gazetteer ages ago and dug it out for last night's character creation session.  It's marvelous; I don't think I've really liked a published setting this much since I bought the Forgotten Realms grey box in 9th grade.

The setting is such a glorious pastiche of history, fantasy tropes, and gaming homages.  Anything and everything is there -- decadent devil empires (Cheliax), pirate fleets (The Shackles and the Hurricane King), Norse-ish Barbarians (Lands of the Linnorm Kings), and tons of other stuff (gothic horror, proto-democracy, pharaohs, ape-kings, etc).  Listing it like that, it almost looks silly.  There's no way all this can be crammed into one game setting and not result in a terrible, terrible mess.

But it all works!  At least for me.  Adventure possibilities leap off of every page of the Gazetteer, as does potential socio-political conflict (if one chooses to include that in a game).  As sketched out, Golarion can accommodate almost every conceivable character background, drive for adventure, and adventure setting.

I know there are 478 published supplements that further detail areas of Golarion, including a larger hardback overview of the entire world, but I'm going to try and resist them.  The Gazetteer is just so fun!

Plus "Gazetteer" is a cool word in and of itself.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds awesome. I think I may need to pick this up at some point.

    ReplyDelete