Gaming

Wes has worked on literally hundreds of roleplaying, card, and board game projects from a wide range of publishers. The following are just a few.

“Bestiary” – I stated up the shaitan genies and xacarba demon for this volume. The shaitan were adopted as Pathfinder’s earth genies and have a fascinating mythological and etymological history. The xacarba features a sidebar on the origins of the magic word “abracadabra,” from which its name takes obvious inspiration.

I nearly wrote this entire book. The adventure “Endless Night,” wherein you infiltrate a drow city disguised as drow, is mine. The article “Zirnakaynin,” detailing the largest city of Golarion’s drow, is mine. The mini morlock adventure “The Blood Below” is mine. I even wrote several of the Bestiary’s monsters, the omox, mothman, and deep crow. That last monster is worth special mention as it’s a creature the crew at Penny Arcade gave us permission to stat-up, an underground dwelling crow-dragon-abomination guaranteed to ruin deep-delving heroes. There was a point where I was intent on writing every page of this product, and while that didn’t shape up, I got pretty dang close!

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The culmination of the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path features an article and some Bestiary work of mine. It also marks the first appearance of the Pathfinder iconic I had the most to do with, Seltyiel. More than a class, Seltyiel was designed to be the iconic antihero and sort of the iconic fighter/mage. I also wanted to have a character among our iconics that I found attractive and Wayne Reynolds definitely supplied—so much so that I now have the original painting of Seltyiel’s second, Ultimate Magic incarnation hanging in my office. I even wrote the backstory for Seltyiel (found here) and would go on years later to flesh him out in the Pathfinder Comics series.

“Harrow Deck of Many Things” – A Harrow version of the classic D&D magic item, the Deck of Many Things, this elaborate artifact exudes the sort of seductive power and unpredictable danger that players find irresistible.

“Bestiary” – I’m relatively sure I wrote the first incarnation of the mobogo, the frog-fiend semi-gods of the amphibious boggard race, but I know I wrote the phistophilus—better known as contract devils. I designed these infernal bargainers to be Hell’s succubi, tempters not of the flesh but of the mind. With pen and bloody quill, these parchment draped devils offer your every whim, for a price. Phistophiluses have become a compelling, identifiable part of numerous Pathfinder adventures and accessories and I’m always delighted to see these infernal clerks show up with their completely reasonable offers.

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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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Probably my favorite adventure that I’ve ever written, “Seven Days to the Grave” strives to prove that you can still have a plague in a world with magical healing and that, even in world with devils and dragons, disease can still be an absolute nightmare. Layer on to that the introduction of a cadre of masked woman-warriors—the Gray Maidens—lycanthropes, vampires, mad harlequins, cultists, and worse and what’s not to love?

In addition to the adventure, I also wrote the issue’s monsters, including the disease spreading leukodaemon (Pathfinder’s first daemon), the Parasite-Eve-inspired Daughter of Urgathoa, the Giant Fly and Giant Maggot, the god Abadar herald, Lawgiver, and the nosferatu.

“Seven Days to the Grave” was nominated for two ENnie awards in 2008: Best Adventure and Product of the Year.

It would later be reprinted as part of the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path Hardcover.

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“Bestiary: The Sandpoint Devil” – While I developed half of the inaugural issue of Pathfinder Adventure Path (while at the same time helping to finish off Paizo’s run of Dragon magazine), the Sandpoint Devil was 100% my work, born from my love of urban legends and a childhood spent in one of the creepier corners of the east coast. The Sandpoint Devil has since gone on to become one of the Pathfinder world’s most lethal legends.

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