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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!
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.
If you know a deserving member of your community, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com to discuss their event.
|Convention Name||Location||Start Date|
|GalaxyFest 2018||Colorado Springs, CO||2/9/18|
|VinterFinder 2018||Taastrup, Denmark||2/9/18|
|Aid Another: Winter 2018||Philadelphia, PA||2/10/18|
|LodgeCon 2018||Peotone, IL||2/10/18|
|GenghisCon 2018||Aurora, CO||2/15/18|
|PurpleBunnyCon 2018||Smyrna, TN||2/15/18|
|BASHCon 2018||Toledo, OH||2/16/18|
|Capricon 38 (2018)||Wheeling, IL||2/16/18|
|Cavecon 2018||Aschaffenburg, Bayern, Germany||2/16/18|
|Con of the North||Minneapolis, MN||2/16/18|
|DundraCon 2018||San Ramon, CA||2/16/18|
|George WashingCon (2018)||Bloomington, IN||2/16/18|
|OrcCon 2018||Los Angeles, CA||2/16/18|
|RadCon 7B (2018)||Pasco, WA||2/16/18|
|Dreamation 2018||Morristown, NJ||2/22/18|
|Hoop & Stick 2018||New Plymouth, OH||2/22/18|
|TotalCon 2018||Marlborough, MA||2/22/18|
|2nd Annual Boys and Girls Club Con||Bellevue, NE||2/23/18|
|Adventure Con 2018||Hamburg, Germany||2/23/18|
|Gamicon Cobalt 2018||Cedar Rapids, IA||2/23/18|
|Mysticon 2018||Roanoke, VA||2/23/18|
|OwlCon 2018||Houston, TX||2/23/18|
|ImperiCon 2018||Wixom, MI||2/24/18|
|Emerald City Comicon 2018||Seattle, WA||3/1/18|
|CincyCon 2018||Hamilton, OH||3/2/18|
|Conflagration 18||Brookfield, WI||3/2/18|
|Gryphcon 2018||Guelph, Ontario, Canada||3/2/18|
|Kawaii Kon 2018||Honolulu, HI||3/2/18|
|Plattecon 2018||Platteville, WI||3/2/18|
|RPI's Genericon XXXI||Troy, NY||3/2/18|
|AndoCon 2018||Peachtree Corners, GA||3/9/18|
|Cleveland ConCoction 2018||Aurora, OH||3/9/18|
|CoNfUsIoN 2018||Utrecht, Netherlands||3/9/18|
|Golaricon 2018||Indianapolis, IN||3/9/18|
|Mace West 2018||Asheville, NC||3/9/18|
|NewCon Oz 2018||Newcastle West/NSW/Australia||3/9/18|
|Canberra Day Madness 2018||Canberra, ACT, Australia||3/10/18|
|ConClave 2018||Southend-on-Sea, England||3/10/18|
|Zon-KuthCon 2018||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||3/10/18|
|CosCon XXX 2018||Butler, PA||3/16/18|
|Conquest Sacramento 2019||Sacramento, CA||3/23/18|
|PFS MANCon 2018||Manchester, UK||3/23/18|
|EyeCon 2018||Sydney, NSW, Australia||3/30/18|
|Marmalade Dog 23||Kalamazoo, MI||3/30/18|
|PAX East||Boston, MA||4/5/18|
|GameOn-Icon 2018||Plymouth, NH||4/14/18|
|TriCon 3: The TriCon Rises (2018)||High Point, NC||4/14/18|
|Konocti-Con 2018||Lakeport, CA||4/27/18|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before next summer. We review our schedule in the fall and try to get all decisions wrapped by the end of the year.
|Convention Name||Location||Start Date||Org Play Staff|
|OrcCon||Los Angeles, CA||2/16/18||John|
|OwlCon 2018||Houston, TX||2/23/18||Tonya|
|Emerald City Comic-Con||Seattle, WA||3/1/18||Tonya, John, Linda|
|GaryCon||Lake Geneva, WI||3/8/18||Tonya|
|Gama Trade Show||Reno, NV||3/12/18||Tonya|
|Quad Cities Game Fest||Quad Cities, IA||4/27/18||Tonya|
|PaizoCon||Sea-Tac, WA||5/25/18||Tonya, John, Linda|
|UK Games Expo||Birmingham, England||6/1/18||Tonya|
|Origins||Columbus, OH||6/13/18||Tonya, John|
|ALA Annual Conference||New Orleans, LA||6/20/18||Tonya|
|PaizoCon UK||Birmingham, England||7/20/18||Tonya|
|Gen Con||Indianapolis, IN||8/2/18||Tonya, John, Linda|
|Fan Expo||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||8/31/18||TBD|
|SkalCon||Minnaepolis-St. Paul, MN||9/14/18||Tonya|
|PaizoCon OZ||Melbourne, Australia||10/19/18||Tonya|
|U-Con||Ann Arbor, MI||11/16/18||Tonya|
|PAX Unplugged||Philadelphia, PA||11/30/18||Tonya|
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!
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