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- For another meaning of "Pathfinder campaign setting", please see Pathfinder Chronicles (disambiguation).
The Pathfinder campaign setting is the world in which the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game takes place and includes the geography of the land, details of its inhabitants, and the timeline for the game. The campaign setting was created by Paizo Publishing and originally designed for Dungeons & Dragons before Paizo created the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game for the setting. The setting focuses primarily on the world of Golarion, especially the Inner Sea region of Avistan and Garund. There are at least two other Planets in the setting and an array of other Planes.
The Campaign Setting was announced in April, 2007 shortly after the announcement that Paizo would no longer be publishing the official Dungeons & Dragons magazines when their license from Wizards of the Coast expired. The first products to feature the world of Golarion were D1: Crown of the Kobold King and D0: Hollow's Last Hope in June of that year. The main kickoff to the world, however, occurred two months later at GenCon 2007 when the first Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rise of the Runelords debuted. Subsequent product lines supporting the setting have since been released, including the Pathfinder Chronicles and Pathfinder Companion lines. In August, 2008, the hardcover Campaign Setting book was released at GenCon 2008.
Much of the feel of the setting is reminiscent of classic genre elements present in other settings such as Forgotten Realms or Greyhawk and even setting neutral modules from the earliest days of the game. Many elements of the world were mined from the homebrew campaign worlds of the Paizo staff, especially Erik Mona and James Jacobs. Because it is an OGL setting, the primary focus of the world is on Open Content material, thus emphasizing the classic nature of the world.
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