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Open Call Thoughts

As I noted earlier this month, about three weeks ago I began really diving into the Open Call submissions and getting back to authors with feedback about their work. I'm more than halfway through the pile now, and so far it's been really productive. It looks like we might see Open Call authors showing up on the front covers of scenarios in a matter of months! I gather many of you are working on submissions now, and I'd like to share a few recommendations and tips that have come up frequently.

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Update: Open Call!

With the recent release of The Silverhex Chronicles, I've been really excited about Quests. The short, fun adventures are easy to use as demos at conventions and game days, and now that we have a solid way to give Pathfinder Society Organized Play characters credit for playing them, I think they're going to get a lot of traction in the community. Several writers from the last batch of Quests came from the Open Call, and since I'm already excited about Quests, the last several days have been a great opportunity to read through more submissions. I've gone through a large swath of the Open Call's inbox, reviewed those submissions, and nearly finished sending out responses—including feedback—to those authors. I'll be reading through more in the coming weeks.

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Open Call Revisited

Open Call Revisited Thursday, August 2, 2012As some have noticed, when we launched the new Pathfinder Society Organized Play homepage here on paizo.com, we removed the Write for Pathfinder Society page. This is mainly because the Open Call as it existed wasn’t working as intended and we were in the process of changing it. Well, that process is now complete, and aspiring authors and game designers can now find the revised guidelines on the Get Involved! page. ... In short, for the last few...
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A Trickle of Submissions

... A Trickle of Submissions Thursday, January 7, 2010I love RPG Superstar. I love reading the RPG Superstar threads, I love reading the new ideas, I love the discussions, arguments, and the passion involved in every post. There is a small side effect to RPG Superstar, however, that I'm not sure everyone is aware of: open call submissions for Pathfinder Society vanish. ... What's that mean for you? Well, let's assume 500 people submitted to RPG Superstar (I'm not going to reveal the actual...
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Open Call Reminder!

... Open Call Reminder! Thursday, December 17, 2009 Howdy folks! ... This is your friendly neighborhood events manager letting you know that the continuing open call is off to a great start! Since the queries come in at a slower clip when there's no due date, I'm actually able to respond to each one with a few words of advice and encouragement. As of yet, no one has submitted a completed manuscript, but I hear rumors that at least two people are working on them. I've also received a few...
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Now Accepting Adventures!*

... Now Accepting Adventures!* Thursday, November 19, 2009 *Sort of.Beginning today, I am opening the door to the Pathfinder Society Organized Play open call not for a week but for a long, unspecified length of time. I am looking for three specific types of adventures (detailed below) for Pathfinder Society. I am NOT seeking generic Pathfinder RPG adventures nor am I asking you to pitch me a new Pathfinder Adventure Path. Any submissions that aren't specifically for Pathfinder Society...
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Open Call Submissions Close in One Week!

... Open Call Submissions Close in One Week! Thursday, October 22, 2009Hey there future scenario authors! Don't forget that the open call for Pathfinder Society Organized Play closes on Friday, October 30 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time. Below are the details. Good luck! ... Rules for submitting Pathfinder Society scenario outlines are as follows: ... 1. Based on the guidelines for the current round, write a 750-word outline that includes the following: a. A title (if necessary, some times they...
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Pathfinder RPG Open Call for Pathfinder Society Organized Play

... Pathfinder RPG Open Call for Pathfinder Society Organized Play Thursday, October 15, 2009Hello and welcome to another installment of the Pathfinder Society scenario open call using the new Pathfinder RPG rules! Most months we'll open one of our Pathfinder Society scenarios to you, the general public, to search for new authors and new ideas for use in Paizo's worldwide organized play campaign. We're looking for authors who have a clear and concise writing style, who have solid and...
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Open Call Submissions Close in One Week!

... Open Call Submissions Close in One Week! Friday, September 25, 2009 Hey there future scenario authors! Don't forget that the open call for Pathfinder Society Organized Play closes on Friday, October 2 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time. Below are the details. Good luck! ... Rules for submitting Pathfinder Society scenario outlines are as follows: ... 1. Based on the guidelines for the current round, write a 750-word outline that includes the following: a. A title (if necessary, some times they...
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Pathfinder RPG Open Call for Pathfinder Society Organized Play

... Pathfinder RPG Open Call for Pathfinder Society Organized Play Thursday, September 17, 2009Hello and welcome to the first installment of the Pathfinder Society scenario open call using the new Pathfinder RPG rules! Most months we'll open one of our Pathfinder Society scenarios to you, the general public, to search for new authors and new ideas for use in Paizo's worldwide organized play campaign. We're looking for authors who have a clear and concise writing style, who have solid and...
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Presenting the Gen Con 2009 Scenarios!

Presenting the Gen Con 2009 Scenarios! Thursday, March 19, 2009I've spent a huge portion of this week thinking about and planning for Gen Con 2009. As most of you know, we're launching the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game at Gen Con, which means we're also kicking off Season 1 of Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The first slot of the show, Thursday morning, will be a character creation/conversion seminar with Paizo employees and volunteer GMs who have all seen the rules ahead of time and will be...
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Open Call for Pathfinder Society Scenarios 27 & 28

Open Call for Pathfinder Society Scenarios 27 & 28 Thursday, February 12, 2009Hello and welcome to another installment of the Pathfinder Society Scenario Open Call. Last week I selected the authors for scenarios #23 and #24 and they are, respectively: Steven Robert (Tide of Morning) and Tim Hitchcock (The Decline of Glory). Congratulations, guys! ... That brings us to the open call round for #27 and #28 (#25 and #26 were assigned). This month's open call is the last open call for OGL 3.5...
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Didn't Make the RPG Superstar Top 32? Try Pathfinder Society!

Didn't Make the RPG Superstar Top 32? Try Pathfinder Society! Thursday, January 29, 2009The 2009 RPG Superstar contest drew in hundreds of entries from around the world in a contest to crown the ultimate new roleplaying game design talent. It took the judges six weeks to reduce the mountain of entries to the 32 finalists and a handful of alternates. That means hundreds of you didn't make it into the RPG Superstar Top 32—that means that hundreds of you should submit for the Pathfinder...
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Open Call: Mappers Wanted!

Open Call: Mappers Wanted! Wednesday, January 28, 2009I'm on a crusade. ... Writing adventures and sourcebooks for RPGs is tough. It takes a lot of different skills; you have to be a good writer, you have to be imaginative and creative, you have to be diligent and good with deadlines and continuity, and you have to have a head for rules and math. Truth be told, it's not all the skills you need to be a successful adventure or setting designer. You also need to be able to draw maps. ... Just as...
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Open Call for Pathfinder Society Scenarios 23 & 24

Open Call for Pathfinder Society Scenarios 23 & 24 Thursday, January 15, 2009Hello and welcome to another installment of the Pathfinder Society Scenario Open Call. Last week I selected the authors for scenarios #21 and #22 and they are, respectively: C. Robert Brown (The Eternal Obelisk) and Larry Wilhelm (Fingerprints of the Fiend). Congratulations, guys! ... That brings us to the open call round for 23 and 24. I'm going to continue with the looser, open format style with some general...
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Open Call for 21 & 22 and New Format

Open Call for 21 & 22 and New Format Thursday, December 11, 2008Before I get into the new open call format as well as the next round of open calls, I want to talk about the submissions for Pathfinder Society Scenarios #19 & 20. I received nearly as many submissions for 19 & 20 as I did for 17 & 18, but the difference this time was that I received almost all of them for 19: Skeleton Moon. The other scenario, 20: Demon Haunts the Devil's Hall, received an incredibly low number...
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Open Call: Pathfinder Society Scenarios 19 & 20

Open Call: Pathfinder Society Scenarios 19 & 20 Thursday, November 13, 2008Rules for submitting Pathfinder Society scenario outlines are as follows: ... 1. Based on a summary (or summaries) posted here on the Paizo daily blog as well as on the Pathfinder Society Write For Us page, write a 750-word outline that includes the following (read published scenarios for samples of how these are done, keeping your word count in mind): ... a. An introduction ... b. A summary of the complete story...
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Coming Soon: New Pathfinder Society Open Call

Coming Soon: New Pathfinder Society Open Call Thursday, November 6, 2008Warning: If you wish to avoid spoilers about future Pathfinder Society scenarios, do not read this blog post. ... Next week we begin our second open call for Pathfinder Society scenarios. Our first open call went quite well and we were happy to announce that Matthieu Dayon and Craig Campbell will write #17—Perils of the Pirate Pact and #18—The Trouble with Secrets respectively. Every single entry was given...
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Pathfinder Society Open Call Submissions

Pathfinder Society Open Call Submissions Thursday, October 30, 2008After reviewing nearly half of the submissions for the Pathfinder Society Open Call, I want to address a few recurring issues and errors. Please note that not all of these issues and errors result in automatic rejection and don't assume your submission was rejected if you feel any of the items below apply to it. I have not yet selected the finalists. ... Understanding the Pathfinder Society ... This is the most important gaff...
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Open Call: Pathfinder Society Scenarios 17 & 18

... Open Call: Pathfinder Society Scenarios 17 & 18 Thursday, October 9, 2008Rules for submitting Pathfinder Society scenario outlines are as follows: ... 1. Based on a summary posted on the Paizo daily blog (see below), write a 750-word outline following the format of already available–for–sale scenarios. ... 2. By the due date, email said summary to josh@paizo.com with the subject line [Scenario Name] Submission. ... 3. Include your full legal name, email address, physical...
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Coming Soon: Open Call for Pathfinder Society Scenarios

Coming Soon: Open Call for Pathfinder Society Scenarios Thursday, October 2, 2008** Warning: if you wish to avoid possible spoilers about future Pathfinder Society scenarios, do not read this blog post. ** Good news! Next week we begin our first open call for Pathfinder Society scenarios. What do we mean by open call? We mean: ... 1. Not every scenario we release is written via the open call process ... 2. Outline submissions are based on summaries, rather than true open calls ... Rules for...
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Pathfinder Module W3: Flight of the Red Raven (OGL)

The Red Raven, Revealed!

... The Red Raven, Revealed! Friday, April 25th, 2008 Time again for the blogging! This time it is my pleasure to reveal, with all due fanfare, the One True Cover for our upcoming module W3: Flight of the Red Raven!Jacob Burgess ... Online Retail Coordinator ...
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Meet the Red Raven

... Meet the Red Raven Wednesday, April 23, 2008Last year, we ran a contest to determine who would write for us the module W3: Flight of the Red Raven. We received more than 150 entries. The eventual winner, frequent Dragon-contributor David Schwartz, handed over a great adventure. We look forward to working with David again in the future. ... Presented here is the Red Raven as he appears in the module, which will be available in May! ... Mike McArtor ... Editor ...
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And the Winner is...

And the Winner is... Tuesday, November 6, 2007After combing through more than 150 initial queries and almost a dozen detailed outlines, we have finally found our winner of the GameMastery Open Call contest. The winner will write GameMastery Module W3: Flight of the Red Raven. Scarce information about the plot was given out, and the entrants had to combine that, along with the title, to come up with a compelling adventure full of exciting encounters and memorable villains. ... In the end,...
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Get Your Big Break!

Get Your Big Break! Tuesday, October 30, 2007Ever thought about trying to break into the gaming industry, but have no idea where to start? Now's your chance! Starting at the end of October, paizo.com will host RPG Superstar, the first adventure game industry design contest voted on by the fans, aimed at finding the newest talent in RPG design. ... With the end of the print editions of Dragon and Dungeon magazines, Paizo has lost a conduit to find new designers, says Lisa Stevens, Paizo's CEO....
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Top 5 Open Call Mistakes

Top 5 Open Call Mistakes Friday, October 12, 2007So, we're not going to have time to send out detailed feedback to everyone who failed to make it to the second round of the Open Call for W3: Flight of the Red Raven. But I know that people want to know what they did wrong, or how they can improve for the future, for the next open call or for other endeavors. With that in mind, here are the five most common mistakes people made that caused me to reject the submission. ... 1. Novel-writing. An...
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Open Call Round 1 Results

Open Call Round 1 Results Thursday, October 11, 2007The results for Round 1 of the GameMastery Module Open Call are in. It may have taken a marathon meeting, about half a dozen cans of Diet Dr. Pepper, and a host of minis to play with while we chatted... but it's finally done. In the end, we couldn't settle on 10 candidates as initially promised, and instead decided to go with 12! Those who advanced will have a little more than two weeks to submit a full outline, including sample encounters...
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GameMastery Open Call: Closed

GameMastery Open Call: Closed Tuesday, October 2, 2007The first round of the GameMastery Module Open Call closed yesterday at noon, and let me tell you, there was quite a rush there at the end. Can an email program smoke? I think mine did a little yesterday. ... All told, we received 168 entries over the course of nine days, with most of them coming within the final 48 hours. Following the closing of the contest, I have gone through and stripped the names from files, assigning them all a...
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GameMastery Module Open Call

GameMastery Module Open Call Thursday, September 20, 2007Paizo has a long-standing tradition of bringing new authors into the gaming industry. We hope to continue that tradition with the GameMastery Module Open Call. With the Open Call, we're giving you your chance to join our stable of experienced authors who bring Pathfinder and the GameMastery Modules to life. All you need to do is download the guidelines here (40 KB zip PDF), give them a read, and warm up your keyboard. The guidelines...
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