February Stars, Volunteers, Conventions, and More!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Time flies when your having fun planning conventions! Seems like just yesterday when I put January's update blog together. This month brings a refresh of the Regional Support program, a new 5-star GM, and more conventions for our community to enjoy!

Campaign Coins

While at MarsCon in Williamsburg, Massachusetes, I had the distinct pleasure of awarding Campaign Service Coins to three long-time volunteers. Each of these individuals held a venture-officer position, as well as spent time and effort in their local regions growing the Society and their RPG communities. They received their coin as well as a new organized play number in recognition of their service.

#784—Joe Mathos
#785—Paul Reese
#786—Mike McKeown

If you know a deserving member of your community, please email me at organizedplay@paizo.com with their name, location, and the reasons you feel they should be recognized for their service. If you are able, please include what events they may attend in 2018. This is especially helpful if they will be at an event with a member of the organized play team (see further down the blog for that list of events.)

Stars and Novas

This month we only have one new addition to the 5-star GM roster. They earned the accolade earlier, but communication errors kept them from being listed in prior blogs. My apologies on the delay and huge congratulations on achieving your fifth star.

To achieve this milestone, GMs facilitate 150 games, of which at least 50 must be unique scenarios and 10 are special scenarios, as well as run a game for a venture-captain. A conservative estimate of time needed to reach 5-stars is 650 hours! To the GM listed below, thank you very much for the time and energy you spend running Pathfinder Society games! Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Paul Trani

Last month, the team solicited feedback from the community on what requirements should exist for a Starfinder Society 5-nova GM. I've compiled the responses and will discuss the issue with the rest of the org play team over the next few weeks. Once determined, we will include the information in a future update blog.

Conventions

First quarter 2018 contains many conventions for player's enjoyment. All of the conventions on the list maintain some type of web presence, be it website, social media page, or Warhorn listing, so if you are interested in attending in either capacity, check out their websites or contact the local venture-officer for more information! If you know of a convention running Society games that is not on this list, encourage the organizer to contact me at organizedplay@paizo.com to discuss their event.

Convention NameLocationStart Date
GalaxyFest 2018Colorado Springs, CO2/9/18
VinterFinder 2018Taastrup, Denmark2/9/18
Aid Another: Winter 2018Philadelphia, PA2/10/18
LodgeCon 2018Peotone, IL2/10/18
GenghisCon 2018Aurora, CO2/15/18
PurpleBunnyCon 2018Smyrna, TN2/15/18
BASHCon 2018Toledo, OH2/16/18
Capricon 38 (2018)Wheeling, IL2/16/18
Cavecon 2018Aschaffenburg, Bayern, Germany2/16/18
Con of the NorthMinneapolis, MN2/16/18
DundraCon 2018San Ramon, CA2/16/18
George WashingCon (2018)Bloomington, IN2/16/18
OrcCon 2018Los Angeles, CA2/16/18
RadCon 7B (2018)Pasco, WA2/16/18
Dreamation 2018Morristown, NJ2/22/18
Hoop & Stick 2018New Plymouth, OH2/22/18
TotalCon 2018Marlborough, MA2/22/18
2nd Annual Boys and Girls Club ConBellevue, NE2/23/18
Adventure Con 2018Hamburg, Germany2/23/18
Gamicon Cobalt 2018Cedar Rapids, IA2/23/18
Mysticon 2018Roanoke, VA2/23/18
OwlCon 2018Houston, TX2/23/18
ImperiCon 2018Wixom, MI2/24/18
Emerald City Comicon 2018Seattle, WA3/1/18
CincyCon 2018Hamilton, OH3/2/18
Conflagration 18Brookfield, WI3/2/18
Gryphcon 2018Guelph, Ontario, Canada3/2/18
Kawaii Kon 2018Honolulu, HI3/2/18
KevätMaraCon2018Oulu, Finland3/2/18
Plattecon 2018Platteville, WI3/2/18
RPI's Genericon XXXITroy, NY3/2/18
AndoCon 2018Peachtree Corners, GA3/9/18
Cleveland ConCoction 2018Aurora, OH3/9/18
CoNfUsIoN 2018Utrecht, Netherlands3/9/18
Golaricon 2018Indianapolis, IN3/9/18
Mace West 2018Asheville, NC3/9/18
NewCon Oz 2018Newcastle West/NSW/Australia3/9/18
Canberra Day Madness 2018Canberra, ACT, Australia3/10/18
ConClave 2018Southend-on-Sea, England3/10/18
Zon-KuthCon 2018Ottawa, Ontario, Canada3/10/18
CosCon XXX 2018Butler, PA3/16/18
Conquest Sacramento 2019Sacramento, CA3/23/18
PFS MANCon 2018Manchester, UK3/23/18
EyeCon 2018Sydney, NSW, Australia3/30/18
Marmalade Dog 23Kalamazoo, MI3/30/18
PAX EastBoston, MA4/5/18
GameOn-Icon 2018Plymouth, NH4/14/18
TriCon 3: The TriCon Rises (2018)High Point, NC4/14/18
Konocti-Con 2018Lakeport, CA4/27/18

Volunteer Opportunities

The PaizoCon organizing team and I are finalizing the PaizoCon 2018 organized play schedule, working on processing the volunteer questionnaires, and sending out status emails to all individuals that completed the form. Gen Con organizing team is sending out the first batch of acceptance emails this week, so volunteers know their status before the housing lottery opens on Sunday. We have confirmed with Gen Con that GM badges do not qualify for the housing lottery, so if you are wanting a room but not qualifying for one through the Society, I encourage you to pick up your badge asap! The Origins organizing team and I are working on the event schedule and are preparing to post the general Call for Volunteers blog in the next week.

2018 Organized Play Staff Travel

Last month, I added a column to the convention list to show which events the organized play team planned on attending. While helpful, it didn't allow for much pre-planning, since event support requests submissions tend to be 1-2 months before the event. So this month, I've pulled together a list of all events in 2018 that will have an organized play staff presence. A few are listed as TBD and there may be some changes, as who attends depends on workloads and availability, but this is our currently planned itinerary.

If you are an event organizer and want to invite us out at your event in 2019, drop an email to organizedplay@paizo.com before next summer. We review our schedule in the fall and try to get all decisions wrapped by the end of the year.

Convention NameLocationStart DateOrg Play Staff
OrcConLos Angeles, CA2/16/18John
OwlCon 2018Houston, TX2/23/18Tonya
Emerald City Comic-ConSeattle, WA3/1/18Tonya, John, Linda
GaryConLake Geneva, WI3/8/18Tonya
Gama Trade ShowReno, NV3/12/18Tonya
GameStormPortland, WA4/5/18Linda
Quad Cities Game FestQuad Cities, IA4/27/18Tonya
PaizoConSea-Tac, WA5/25/18Tonya, John, Linda
UK Games ExpoBirmingham, England6/1/18Tonya
OriginsColumbus, OH6/13/18Tonya, John
ALA Annual ConferenceNew Orleans, LA6/20/18Tonya
PaizoCon UKBirmingham, England7/20/18Tonya
Gen ConIndianapolis, IN8/2/18Tonya, John, Linda
DragonConAtlanta, GA8/30/18John
Fan ExpoToronto, Ontario, Canada8/31/18TBD
SkalConMinnaepolis-St. Paul, MN9/14/18Tonya
HurriconTampa, FL9/27/18Tonya
PaizoCon OZMelbourne, Australia10/19/18Tonya
U-ConAnn Arbor, MI11/16/18Tonya
PAX UnpluggedPhiladelphia, PA11/30/18Tonya

That's it for now. Tune in next week for more information regarding Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society organized play programs.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge

Organized Play Manager

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Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Huzzah!

Grand Lodge *****

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OrcCon's entry appears to be formatted wrong in the last table.

But more importantly, can't wait to meet you at Owlcon.

Scarab Sages ** Venture-Agent

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Congratulations Paul!

***** Venture-Captain, New Hampshire aka D_GENNEXT

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Williamsburg is Virginia, not Massachusetts. I know my presence from New Hampshire confuses the issue. ;)

***** Venture-Captain, New Hampshire aka D_GENNEXT

Also; congratulations again to all 3 of the recipients of the Service Coin. :)

Liberty's Edge

You tell 'em Furball. :)

Grand Lodge * Venture-Agent, California—Lake County

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Congratulations to the Newest 5 Star GM and to the Campaign coin recipients. Your hard work is appreciated by many.

A very big thank you Tonya for getting my little con on the list!!!

Finding yourself in Sunny California in or near Lake County, CA, USA the last weekend in April and want to play a few tables of Pathfinder or Starfinder?

Check out the Maiden voyage of Konocti-Con!

Warhorn Sign-ups and Tickets are open now! Save your seat here: Konocti-Con 2018

Sovereign Court ***** Venture-Captain, California—Los Angeles aka Neume

Obviously Orccon's entry is special cuz we're the most special-est! :D We're super excited to host John next week!

Also, THANK YOU for letting us know about the GenCon badge issue. I'll pick mine up tonight before the lottery.

Sovereign Court ** Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Savannah aka KitsuneWarlock

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Congrats to our new 5 star GM and campaign coin recievers!

Gnomecon appears missing from the list of conventions. March 2-4, 2018 in Pooler, GA.

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Captain, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

Thanks Tonya and all! Grog thanks you GM Pepper

*** Contributor aka Alexander Augunas

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Paul! Congratulations!

I remember Paul ran a Wounded Wisp game for me at my first-ever PaizoCon about three years ago. I remember him being incredibly engaging, and he’s the reason I started doodling fun little notes to my players on my chronicles.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, New Zealand—Dunedin aka dinketry

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Thanks everyone! It was especially cool being able to achieve my 5th Star at the Green Dragon Inn with Tonya, our Grand Poobah, in attendance!

A big shout-out to my Appalachian Pathfinder Lodge homeboys from New Zealand!

Grand Lodge * Venture-Agent, California—Lake County

Mike McKeown wrote:
Thanks Tonya and all! Grog thanks you GM Pepper

Grog is always welcome at my tables!

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

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Tonya, can you please include:

OutPost

We’re a Play-by-Post Convention that is launching on March 5th.

Thanks so much!

Hmm

PS Congratulations, Paul!

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Captain, Missouri—St. Louis aka Joshua N Hancock

Cog Con Spring Revel is March 23-25 in Rolla, MO. So many cons, so little time!

Dark Archive *****

Congrats to Mike on the coin.

Other Cons coming up are GAD-Con March 2-4 in Aberdeen, MD and 1d4Con April 13-15 in Martinsburg, WV.

Sovereign Court ** Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Savannah aka KitsuneWarlock

Oh, if you needed a website, I can't edit my post anymore but here:

Gnomecon is March 2-4 in Pooler, GA! We always have a fantastic time!

Scarab Sages ***

While we're at it, CoastCon is March 16th-18th in Biloxi, MS.

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Congratulations to the new coin recipients, and to Paul, who is good peoples and an all around great ambassador for our community! :)

Scarab Sages ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congrats Mike McKeown!

Scarab Sages ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Also, really looking forward to GMing at Origins. Thanks for the update, Tonya

Silver Crusade ***** RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

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Paul Trani wrote:

Thanks everyone! It was especially cool being able to achieve my 5th Star at the Green Dragon Inn with Tonya, our Grand Poobah, in attendance!

A big shout-out to my Appalachian Pathfinder Lodge homeboys from New Zealand!

Congratulations Paul! We miss you in NC!

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Jason Avery wrote:
Williamsburg is Virginia, not Massachusetts. I know my presence from New Hampshire confuses the issue. ;)

Lol, not sure where that came from. Didn't even spell Massachusetts right, either. Oh well, I give. But it was Virginia, I do agree with that. Lovely Virginia that had no snow, then I got to Atlanta and got snowed in at the airport. But that is another story...

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

There's cons still waiting for support. I ran a game for an online con weeks ago and there's still many hardworking folks who haven't received anything for it.

*****

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Somehow GaryCon in Lake Geneva, WI did not make the first list above. Just want to make doubly sure that everyone sees that it runs March 8-11 and we'll try to have the snow cleared for Tonya! Meanwhile, congrats to the new campaign coin recipients and to Paul Trani, who probably qualified for that 5th star years ago.

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Agent aka Darius Silverbolt

Thank you to Tonya and all the Virginia VO crew past and present. Most of all to all the players I have had the grand time throwing dice with.

I can still be found running lots of Starfinder online with the wonderful online community and I am planning my trip to GENCON in 2019. :-) Hard to stay away.

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Agent aka Darius Silverbolt

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Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Jason Avery wrote:
Williamsburg is Virginia, not Massachusetts. I know my presence from New Hampshire confuses the issue. ;)
Lol, not sure where that came from. Didn't even spell Massachusetts right, either. Oh well, I give. But it was Virginia, I do agree with that. Lovely Virginia that had no snow, then I got to Atlanta and got snowed in at the airport. But that is another story...

Tonya hard a hard trip. Couldn't remember the state nor how to spell my name ;-) It was a pleasure to meet you Tonya.

***** Venture-Captain, New Hampshire aka D_GENNEXT

Paul Rees wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Jason Avery wrote:
Williamsburg is Virginia, not Massachusetts. I know my presence from New Hampshire confuses the issue. ;)
Lol, not sure where that came from. Didn't even spell Massachusetts right, either. Oh well, I give. But it was Virginia, I do agree with that. Lovely Virginia that had no snow, then I got to Atlanta and got snowed in at the airport. But that is another story...
Tonya hard a hard trip. Couldn't remember the state nor how to spell my name ;-) It was a pleasure to meet you Tonya.

She still needs to post the wonderful pic taken at Colonial Williamsburg the day after the con. :D

Scarab Sages *****

Fan Expo? Wow.

I'm really going to have to have my ducks in a row, aren't I?

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Jason Avery wrote:
Paul Rees wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Jason Avery wrote:
Williamsburg is Virginia, not Massachusetts. I know my presence from New Hampshire confuses the issue. ;)
Lol, not sure where that came from. Didn't even spell Massachusetts right, either. Oh well, I give. But it was Virginia, I do agree with that. Lovely Virginia that had no snow, then I got to Atlanta and got snowed in at the airport. But that is another story...
Tonya hard a hard trip. Couldn't remember the state nor how to spell my name ;-) It was a pleasure to meet you Tonya.
She still needs to post the wonderful pic taken at Colonial Williamsburg the day after the con. :D

What picture? I don't know of any pics taken at CW that qualify for posting :P

Scarab Sages ** Venture-Agent

Thanks to John for helping make OrcCon so much fun. Hope you enjoyed the "Lem"onade. It was a great weekend full of crazy antics, great players, and fantastic GM's.

Shadow Lodge *****

Genericon is next weekend (march 2-4th) . If anyones on the I-87 cooridoor for once I can give a ride.

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