An excellent question came across my Twitter feed the other day. Paraphrasing, it was “What does supporting diversity look like?” And I realized I write a lot about how diversity is important, and how products and companies struggle and fail with diversity, but not what the actual effort looks like. So, what does supporting diversity look like in world building?
Garund is a massive continent on Golarion, the primary setting of Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG, and it’s getting a lot of attention in the 2nd edition! This episode is an intro to the area and will set you up for future episodes that explore this amazing location!
When working with an African coded setting, there’s a lot of biases and temptations that come into play. And from Rifts World Book 4: Africa in 1993 to Tomb of Annihilation in 2017, we see them at work in different ways but with similar results. So how did the creative team behind Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse approach the task?
In 2009, after being abandoned by Wizards with the end of 3.5e D&D, Paizo Publishing released Pathfinder. In 2019, they launched Pathfinder 2nd Edition; and unlike its D&D origin, Pathfinder focused on a single world, Golarion. Golarion was everything that Wizards now says doesn’t work for a campaign setting. It has a detailed history. It drips lore. There are canonical results for things. And the fans love it. The new edition carries this forward, with the Lost Omens series of books that add more detail to the setting and bring it howling into the 2nd Edition. Last fall, Paizo was kind enough to provide me with an electronic copy of Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse. I’m done reading it now, so let’s dig into this book!
The Grippli have been around for a long time, but only finally get the love they deserve in Pathfinder’s Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse! This is my first dive into Pathfinder’s Golarion lore, courtesy of a Paizo provided copy of the Mwangi Expanse. Hope you enjoy this first dive into Golarion’s lore!
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