Winner of the Gold ENnie for Best Campaign Setting, the Pathfinder Chronicles: Campaign Setting was the 3.5 incarnation of Golarion, world of the Pathfinder RPG. Looking back, the book’s something of a hot mess, with some real first-timer mistakes, dodgy editing, and its “Inner Sea Reigon” map, but with nearly a decade between it and now, the classy amateurishness has more than a bit of charm. Many of the topics covered in this first campaign setting now have whole books exploring them, and the whole project warranted a Pathfinder RPG do-over a few years later, so we must have done something right.

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