Posted on October 21, 2014
Assist in the concepting, outlining, revision, and development of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game books, fiction, and associated products. Developers work with freelance writers, evaluating submissions, revising and improving content, writing additional material to supplement freelance designs, and generally working to maintain Pathfinder’s high level of quality and consistency.
- Edit submissions for grammar, rules content, and continuity within the Pathfinder Campaign Setting.
- Write high-quality game rules, fiction, and world-building content for roleplaying supplements.
- Judge manuscripts for merit and content.
- Participate in the creative process of proposing, outlining, and troubleshooting upcoming gaming products.
- Perform clerical duties necessary to support a publishing operation.
- Correspond with readers via the Paizo message boards and engage the audience at conventions and in organized play events.
- Various other tasks as required.
This job requires the developer to take responsibility for the creation, revision, and editing of content for various publications, stay on a rigorous monthly deadline schedule, maintain the online presence of company brands, and encourage awareness and enjoyment of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and associated product lines.
This job does not require the supervision of employees.
Contacts are made both inside and outside the organization. Internal contacts include Pathfinder creative teams, website staff, customer service, and Paizo management. External contacts include readers, authors, related freelancers, public relations coordinators, and industry celebrities.
Specific Job Skills
- Mastery of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules and general knowledge of other games and RPG design and presentation trends.
- Mastery of the English language, including a talent for writing and considerable grammatical knowledge.
- Mathematical skill applied to the creation and editing of rules content.
- Judgment in recognizing content appropriate for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and appealing to readers of Pathfinder products.
- Basic artistic skill with an eye toward clarity of presentation, continuity, and organization—largely to aid in the creation of diagrams, player handouts, and maps.
- Familiarity with computers, including word processing software, e-mail, the internet, and related programs.
- Ability to remain alert and focused on repeated reading and editing assignments for hours at a time.
- Flexibility in learning house writing and editing styles.
- Skill at communicating and respectfully debating in a professional setting.
- Capability to travel to gaming conventions throughout the country.
- A love of reading, especially fantasy, science fiction, and horror literature.
- A vibrant imagination.
- Ability to keep confidential information secret.
- Ability to manage time effectively a must.
- Pathfinder Society Organized Play experience a strong plus.
Education and Experience
- Writing, design, or editing credit in at least three published RPG products. Resumes without published credits will not be considered.
- A bachelor’s degree (or better) in English or related fields required.
- Education related to history, anthropology, mythology/folklore, or computer science also valued, but not required.
- Knowledge of the history of pen-and-paper roleplaying games and a passion for playing such games.
- Office located in Redmond, near Seattle, Washington—applicants must be local or able to relocate in short order. Telecommuting is not an option.
- A flexible schedule demanding at least 40 hours a week (or more as deadlines and other duties require) in typical office conditions.
- Job will require rapid adaptation to a large workload and the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Mild manual labor as required.
- Health, dental, and vision insurance.
- Employee discount on paizo.com.
- Copies of all products produced by Paizo.
Provide the following in a single message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A cover letter providing a brief introduction.
- A résumé including past jobs and any pertinent publishing, writing, or gaming experience.
- A writing sample—including an example of game content or rules design—exceeding 1,000 words.
Qualified applicants will be assigned a writing, editing, and mapping test before interviewing.