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Back in the office after an exciting Gen Con 50! We came, we saw, and played lots of Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society. The demo tables of Starfinder kept busy, with lines out the door. Pathfinder Society packed the Sagamore Ballroom on Friday night to see the debut of Pathfinder Society Scenario #9-00: Assault on Absalom. We even added a few extra tables to seat more players! Thanks to the Venture Officers, GMs and HQ volunteers that made the event possible. We could not deliver the high level of programming without your assistance.
If you attended Gen Con and want to leave us feedback as we start planning 2018, please post in the official feedback threads on the messageboards by September 14th. If you prefer to give your feedback privately, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The org play team, leads, and I are processing all the information received to see where we can adjust processes and improve the Gen Con 2018 attendee and volunteer experience.
As we did with the Silverhex Chronicles and Phantom Phenomena in July 2016, from here on out, the requirement to the Pathfinder Society Quest series Honor's Echo with pregenerated iconic characters is rescinded. Any 1st level character may be used to complete this arc. At this time, Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-16: House of Harmonious Wisdom is considered both a scenario and a series of Quests. If using as Quests to introduce players to the Pathfinder Society, pregenerated iconic character use is highly suggested, as this gets new players to the table and immersed in the game faster and easier.
We updated the Faction Journal Cards for the Year of Faction's Favor and they are now available for download. Our content management liaison is still working on getting other items up on paizo.com, such as the Starfinder Society pages. Until this happens, we've stickied several posts in the Organized Play messageboards with links and updated policies, to keep the org play machine running smoothly.
Campaign Coin Recipients
During my travels, I've had the opportunity to give out campaign coins at events other than PaizoCon and Gen Con. This led to my only awarding one at Gen Con. Please congratulate Glen Shackleton on his long service to our community. He is now Org Play number 783.
5* GM Recognition
With so many special scenarios running at Gen Con, many GMs ran the last of their required 10 special games and achieved their 5th star. Besides 10 special events, they need to 150 games, including at least 50 unique scenarios. Our dedicated GMs spend hours and hours preparing to deliver a quality experience to the players. To those listed below, who earned their 5th star in the past few weeks, welcome to the club and thank you for your dedication to our Society.
Over the past few months, we feature the upcoming conventions with organized play activities. This list generates from the convention organizers' requesting support from Paizo and may not be complete. Especially when a flood of requests arrives in my inbox or when I am travelling.
The question I have for our player base—does this list help? Do you want me to continue posting events? If you would prefer to have it in a different format, or at a different time, please let me know. Constructive feedback is always appreciated!
|PacifiCon 2017||Santa Clara, CA||9/1/17|
|SacAnime Summer 2017||Sacramento, CA||9/1/17|
|B-Con 2017||Aurora, CO||9/1/17|
|DragonCon 2017||Atlanta, GA||9/1/17|
|Gateway 2017||Los Angeles, CA||9/1/17|
|Gateway to Golarion II (2017)||Kutztown, PA||9/1/17|
|Portsmouth PFS Summer-Con 2017||Portsmouth, VA||9/1/17|
|Tracon 2017||Tampere, Finland||9/7/17|
|SibCon 2017||Butler, PA||9/8/17|
|Phantasm 2017||Peterborough, Ontario, Canada||9/9/17|
|San Diego Pathfinder Miramar MCAS Charity Play||San Diego, CA||9/9/17|
|Traveling Pathfinder's Convocation||Houston, TX||9/9/17|
|CogCon 2017||Rolla, MO||9/15/17|
|CoNfUsIoN 2017||Gouda, Netherlands||9/15/17|
|GrandCon 2017||Grand Rapids, MI||9/15/17|
|Skål Con 2017||Roseville, MN||9/15/17|
|Granite State Comic Con 2017||Manchester, NH||9/16/17|
|AB-Con Winter 2017||Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany||9/22/17|
|Viking Summer Lodge 2017||Taastrup, Denmark||9/22/17|
|HMGS-South Hurricon 2017||Kissimmee, FL||9/28/17|
|RinCon Games 2017||Tucson, AZ||9/29/17|
|BrisCon 2017||Brisbane, QLD, Australia||9/30/17|
|DBQ Con 2017||Dubuque, IA||9/30/17|
|SPSX 2017||Glasgow, Scotland, UK||9/30/17|
|SydCon 2017||Sydney, NSW, Australia||9/30/17|
|Cincitycon 2017||Cincinnati, OH||10/6/17|
|AtomiCon Mini I (2017)||Durham, NC||10/7/17|
|Pathcon 4.0||Salt Lake City, UT||10/13/17|
|Asheville Scarefest 2017||Montreat, NC||10/19/17|
|Skycon 2017||Kitchener, Ontario, Canada||10/28/17|
Today is the deadline for the Leaders in Liberty contest. All entries must reach us by midnight Pacific Time. For more information, check out the contest criteria blog.
In August, we noted that our next competition would be for best terrain. So dig through your photos and get ready to send us your best one. We'll start accepting them September 1st and stop on September 21st. So if you haven't built something yet, you still have time.
The contest requirements are that the photo be of a piece of 3D terrain made by the submitter in the last 6 months. Once submissions are closed, we will review the photos, pick the top contenders, and post them on paizo.com for a community vote. The winner will receive $30 in store credit. The number and value of prizes for runners up will be based on the number of submissions received and will be posted at the time of voting.
The next few weeks should be a flurry of Venture-Officer additions, convention support processing, and planning meetings for Seasons 10/5/2. Three programs mean triple the planning and lots of coordination. I am not travelling again, until October, so now's the time to pull things together.
The next Paizo attended show is PAX Unplugged in November. We should have more information in the next few weeks regarding our presence at the show.
Until next week—Explore, Report, Cooperate!
Organized Play Manager