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MZC1 The Maztica Campaign Guide

MZC1 The Maztica Campaign Guide

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Welcome to the True World!  This campaign sourcebook, along with the 5th edition core rulebooks, is all you need to begin adventuring in the fabled lands of Maztica!


11-2019:  The update is here with major changes and additions!

Version 2:

  • Formatting entirely changed
  • Artwork added and updated
  • Dozens of new spells, magic items and a few feats added
  • Eagle/Jaguar Knights reworked as Paladin Oaths instead of Ranger Archetypes
  • References to Lopango and inconsistent lore have been removed or altered.  Lopango will be updated in its entirety soon.
  • Added and removed some monsters, though all missing monsters will appear in an updated bestiary.
  • Added Azure Skies (How did Maztica handle the Sundering?)
  • Countless small edits to classes and other game mechanics (mostly clarification)
  • Timeline added with dates from Grand History of the True World
  • Tag changed from TWC1 to MZC1 for consistency with updated products.
  • This is the start of an update to all Maztica Alive Products!

Maztica Campaign Product List

MZC1MZS1MZA1MZA2MZA3MZA4MZM1MZM2

Anchôromé Campaign Product List

ANC1 The AnchôroméCampaign GuideANS1 The Land of the Insect MenANS2 Monsters of AnchoromeANA1ANA2ANA3ANM1 The Bee Tribe of AnchôroméANM2 Kci Athussos, The Great Snail DragonANM3ANM4ANM5

The Planes Campaign Product List

PSC1PSC2



The entire collection of "Maztica Alive!" products are in the process of being updated.  Throughout the entire update process, the "older versions" of these books will of course remain.  Their links for older versions are still provided below.

MGP Series TWR Series Core Books Articles Adventures
MGP0 The Great Pyramid TWR1 The Sea Demon's Pearl  (Updated in MZA4) TWC1 The Maztica Campaign Guide (Updated in MZC1)

TWM1 Diamond Eyes - A True World Tale of Betrayal

TWA1 The Ruins (Updated in MZA1)
MGP1 Xibalba TWR2 The Maztican Ball Game  (Updated in MZA4) TWC2 Lopango - Land of the Sacred Sun TWM2 Fangs and Feathers - A Book of Spells for the True World (Updated in MZC1) TWA2 The Curse of Zarzumotl (Updated in MZA2)
TWR3 The Door of Stars (Updated in MZA4) TWC3 Claw and Sting - The Scorpionfolk of the Maztican Underdark TWM3 The Grand History of the True World (Updated in MZC1) TWA3 Blood Offering (Updated in MZA3)
TWR4 Zatal - The Mountain of Fire (Updated in MZA4) TWC4 Esmeralda - Island of Revolution and Supernatural Threats TWM4 The Penguinfolk TWA4 The Siege of Heroika (Esmeralda)
TWC6 True World Bestiary II - Monsters A-H (Updated in MZS1) TWM7 Wyrms of the True World - Acalanahuatzi (Updated in MZM2)

TWA5 Resistance! (Esmeralda)

TWC7 True World Bestiary III - Monsters I-Z (Updated in MZS1) TWM8 Weaving Pluma and Shaping Hishna - Magic Items of Maztica (Updated in MZC1) TWA6 The Relic (Updated in MZA1)


 
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Edson J January 07, 2020 1:42 pm UTC
Would it be possible to have this content translated? Me and a lot of folks here in Brazil would love to use this supplement, but few of us have fluency in English so it would be wonderful if you could have it translated to portuguese or if you allow it, let another person do it. I have a couple of friends that can have it done if you give us the permission.

Ps: Sorry for the bad english.
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Jon H January 07, 2020 4:58 pm UTC
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Allow it? I’d be honored.

If you want, and are able to use programs like gmbinder, I’ll even email you the code whole cloth to do with as you please. Please email me at seethe75 at gmail.
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Thomas W October 24, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
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Would it be possible for you to find a way to decrease the file size for the version 2? It's 200mb, and my ipad can't handle it, so I can't reference it during a game.
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Jon H October 24, 2019 3:00 pm UTC
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Hrmmm. I will absolutely look into this. I’m not great with that end of the work (I’m a bit of a Luddite) but at the very least I could break it up into a series of smaller files. Would that be helpful?
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Thomas W October 25, 2019 12:15 pm UTC
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I'm not sure breaking it up into smaller files would really do the trick, since I would still need to have them all loaded onto my device.
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Jon H October 25, 2019 9:23 pm UTC
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Ok, I’m going to meet with someone Monday who is going to help me put together a smaller version. I’ll include that file as well as soon as it’s done.
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Jon H October 11, 2019 3:37 am UTC
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Looks like it's time to put together an extensive update. While this book was an intensive labor of love, there are flaws that aren't aging as well as I had hoped. In the next few months keep an eye out for an update that does the following among other things...

1. Removes the tabaxi - they were updated in an official product, but I will add subraces.
2. Change jaguar and eagle knights to paladin archetypes. It fits far better than ranger as I have been told a number of times.
3. Add additional artwork if I can get my hands on it.
4. Include (and expand upon) the magic item and spell books into one massive document.
5. Fix the background and map.

If you have any other suggestions, now is definitely the time. It's also going to get another editing once over to clear the small grammatical errors that appear in the document.
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Darvin K October 24, 2019 2:51 pm UTC
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I would love to get in touch with you to offer some possible useful content. I purchased all 5e Maztica content that you have released and have completed a high res Maztica map (very good quality) as well as an exhaustive random encounter table with detailed descriptions (all based on the products you have put out). You could see if any of it would add to your efforts. I am asking for nothing in return, just happy to contribute as a thank you to you for all your hard work.
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Jon H October 24, 2019 3:15 pm UTC
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Fantastic! Please feel free to email me at seethe75 at gmail. Let’s talk about it!
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Ben R December 27, 2019 11:01 am UTC
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Amazing update! Addressed all of my critiques from my review, and really improved the product to a top-notch, modern 5e feeling. Bravo!!

PS. Darvin's map is the one I mentioned in my review, I've used it and his random encounter tables. Really good work.
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Evelyn M June 06, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
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This is a great supplement! I've loved using it in my campaign, and my players are loving the classes.

I have some questions about the Artisan's talisman creation feature. First, what spells can an artisan turn into talismans? I assume it's more than just their own, considering they can create up to ninth level, but is it completely unlimited?
Secondly, do the permanent talismans have a limited number of uses per day? It seems a bit overpowered if not, since even the highest level of caster can only cast so many spells per day (especially if it's being used in a setting where the PCs have plenty of down time between/during adventures).
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Jon H June 08, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
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Hello there! I’m glad you are enjoying the guide!

I am going to have to rethink the wording under the talisman crafting ability of the artisans. Eventually, there will be an update to this product that addresses other issues as well. For example, since it’s release, tabaxi got an official write up and they are far different from the tabaxi of Maztica!

The intended crafting power of the artisan was truly just to cheapen (cost-wise) the crafting of magical items that fell in their specialty (typically those dealing with pluma or hishna spells). The permanent talismans should be treated using the same guidelines that DMs use on typical item creation. You should certainly take into consideration uses per day, necessity for attunement, etc. I will be more specific with this when the errata comes out. In fact, one of my players right now happens to be a tabaxi plumaweaver!
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avok T February 17, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
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GET it, GET IT, GET iiiiiiit, For Payit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jon H December 23, 2017 12:43 am UTC
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There is a new "phase" of products now that will lead to an exciting conclusion soon. Enjoy the TWR series, links are up above for the first two installments. They could of course also be used independently.
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J.J. S August 28, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
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If a Plumaweaver summons birds with the Bird Charm spell, can said birds be turned into giant eagles using the Giant Eagle spell?
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Jon H December 06, 2017 12:02 am UTC
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I can't see why not. It doesn't seem like it would be particularly imbalancing, and there is precedence in the fact that wizards could perform similar magics on their familiars. PS Sorry for the incredibly delayed response. I had family health issues that necessitated I devote very little time to gaming and producing games.
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Princess S April 20, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
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Whats up with the white borders at the top and bottom of each page? This is seriously going to affect print-ability.
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Jon H April 21, 2016 12:45 am UTC
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Other than on the cover page, what appears to be a white border, I believe, is simply just a conclusion to the artwork that makes up the watermark. It is not an actual white border - and doesn't seem to affect the printing negatively in any way (I have a printed and bound copy for myself). I will toy with it and see if there are alternative options, or I could even make a version with no watermark.
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Princess S April 21, 2016 12:55 pm UTC
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That would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Jon H February 11, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
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Update 2/11/16: Updated some inconsistencies within the product and its affiliated products. Also added a table of contents and actually numbered the pages for easier reference.
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Simon R January 21, 2016 12:07 pm UTC
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Just a game balance quibble: the Mācuahuitl (TWC1 p.62) is a versatile martial weapon that does 1d10/1d12 slashing damage. Such weapons in the Player's Handbook (e.g. battleaxe, longsword, warhammer) only ever do 1d8/1d10.
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Jon H January 22, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
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Ahhh , yes. I went back and forth on this very issue a number of times. In most of the research I have done, the macuahuitl was a massive weapon, capable of beheading the horses of the conquistadors in a single stroke. That gave me the impression that when wielded two-handed, the greatsword's 1d12 was most appropriate. Yet it was also really the weapon of choice for the Aztecs - and also often wielded one handed, so "versatile" fit. I understand your point though and whatever you deem appropriate should work.
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Jon H January 28, 2016 9:12 pm UTC
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I updated the damage after reflecting on your thoughts. Also edited a few typos.
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Joseph B January 20, 2016 3:22 pm UTC
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Thank you for this. Maztica and Al-Qadim are now covered. Only Kara-Tur and Malatra left!
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Jon H January 22, 2016 9:04 pm UTC
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You're welcome!

Don't forget Lopango. I wrote a whole sourcebook for 3.5e on that southern neighbor of Maztica long ago and I would love to update it at some point.

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Tommaso S January 20, 2016 5:08 am UTC
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This is really good. I can only imagine how much effort must have been put into this project. Thank you for sharing your work.
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Jon H January 22, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
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Thank you so much! It took forever, but as a labor of love it was so much fun to do.
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Jon H January 19, 2016 10:36 pm UTC
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Hope you all enjoy this. If there is a demand, there will be adventures, monsters, stories, legends and encounters to follow. I would love to hear how any of this is used. That is what makes it all worth the work.
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