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Piracy on the Sanctioned Seas!

For many Pathfinder Society players, the end of the year is a time to reunite with friends and family—and get the old gaming group back together! If you haven't heard the news, there's a new Pathfinder Module at large: Plunder & Peril. Ready for some more tidings of good cheer? It's now sanctioned for Pathfinder Society Organized Play! You can download the Chronicle sheet from the product page or Additional Resources page.

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End the Year on a High[-Level] Note!

In fact, this blog has been about a year in the making, ever since I took a copy of Paizo's second 64-page model with me over Thanksgiving break to begin working on that adventure's sanctioning document. It's been through about four revisions since then, each one not quite turning out as I had envisioned before other priorities put an end to my edits.

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Occult Society Revisited

Almost a week has passed since the Occult Adventures playtest closed, and I've heard very positive feedback from the Design Team about the playtest contributions of Pathfinder Society players. Thank you for participating in the playtest and helping us tweak the classes and make Occult Adventures the best Gen Con release yet. Note that as of the playtest's conclusion, creating characters using the playtest versions of the Occult Adventures classes is no longer legal; only those who unlocked the ability to play a psychic character can continue to use that PC before the book's publication and inclusion on the Additional Resources page.

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Occult Society

As many of you know, about two weeks ago the Pathfinder Design Team began the playtest for Pathfinder RPG Occult Adventures, Paizo's upcoming hardcover book due out in the summer of 2015. I know a lot of you are already busy trying out the new classes in Pathfinder Society (there's a special Chronicle sheet available for download on the playtest's blog linked above), and in my conversations with the designers, they're thrilled to receive your feedback. In case you have tried out one of these six classes and not left feedback, why not do so now?

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Starting to Look a Little Spooky!

In the United States and many other countries throughout Europe and the Americas (and likely beyond), the transition between October and November is a time for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and other festivals that mix spiritual significance and macabre imagery. Having grown up loving Halloween—no surprise, I suppose, given my love of playing other characters in RPGs—I like to include a spooky scenario on the schedule in October whenever possible. This year, Tom Phillips returns with his third scenario: Pathfinder Society Scenario #6-06: Hall of the Flesh Eaters, a Tier 1-5 scenario that takes place on one of the Gloomspires, an array of ancient towers rising from the ocean west of the Eye of Abendego. This is a new feature of Tom's invention picked up from his 2012 Top 8 RPG Superstar submission (careful—there are some light spoilers in the link), and we at Paizo agreed it would be a great fit for Golarion. It's been fun giving Tom a lot of creative freedom to flesh out (har har) this location, and I know you're going to enjoy the creepy atmosphere and encounters.

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Tags: Darren Ward Pathfinder Society Playtest Year of the Sky Key

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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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Four Tales, Ten Heroes

Last year the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign introduced a new system for sanctioning Pathfinder Tales novels. Rather than create a Chronicle sheet for each new book, we introduced the "Pathfinder Tales, Volume IV Chronicle sheet," so named because it represented the fourth distinct set of four Pathfinder Tales novels. This means a player only needs to print the Chronicle sheet once to enjoy the benefits of reading four books. As has always been the case, a player must bring a printed or digital (legally obtained and including a watermark indicating such) book to a sanctioned Pathfinder Society event to unlock a novel's Chronicle sheet boon.

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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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Quests for All!

Pathfinder Society Organized Play serves many purposes, among them the opportunity for a group to sit down and play a short adventure. Most scenarios have a run-time of 4-5 hours, but even that can be a little too long for some people, schedules, and venues. Sometimes it's just a matter of finishing one game early and needing something quick to play to pass the time until the next convention slot begins. Over three years ago, the campaign introduced a solution: Quests. The first was "Ambush at Absalom," which appeared in Kobold Quarterly #17, followed a little over a year later by "Urge to Evolve" in the publication's final issue, #23. Since then, the campaign has produced several series of demos released at major conventions or as part of a major product release.

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Secrets (and Setbacks) Revealed: Adventure Card Guild and Iconic Heroes Miniatures

Bad news, to me, is like mayonnaise—unpalatable on its own, but a mere unpleasant surprise when it sneaks into the middle of an otherwise delicious sandwich. So your mayo in this blog post can be found in the middle, surrounded by tasty fixins'.

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Close Deeper into the Desert

Several months ago we sanctioned the first two volumes of the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path for Pathfinder Society Organized Play. To honor the final days of summer, the remaining four volumes are now sanctioned for organized play, including Pathfinder Adventure Path #81: "Shifting Sands", the source of this depiction of the Osirian city Tephu. Excited? Go fight some mummies—spoiler alert!

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Catching Up

With Gen Con come and gone (see Mike Brock's blog updates and photos here, here, here, and here), and the tricky journey home a thing of the past, one might think that the Pathfinder Society production schedule would more relaxed. That's true relatively speaking, but we've still been busy catching up on Pathfinder Module and Pathfinder Adventure Path sanctioning. Emerald Spire's Chronicle sheets are nearing completion, and the remainder of Mummy's Mask is soon to follow.

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IT'S ALIIIIIIIIVE!

I'm pleased, proud, and exhausted to announce that the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Guide to Organized Play is now available for download! The card game team and our estimable Venture Officer community have put in many hours to bring this document to you, so we hope you enjoy it. We'll have printed copies available to read for those of you playing in the program at Gen Con, but for now, grab the PDF and get to reading!

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Guide 6.0 and Changes to Pathfinder Society Organized Play

With Gen Con just four days away, we wanted to release the new and improved Pathfinder Society Guide to Organized Play (version 6.0) today so everyone has an opportunity to review it and discuss it before Gen Con. With the help of the Venture-Captains and Venture-Lieutenants, we have added several much-needed changes that we think will improve your experiences in Pathfinder Society play.

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New Options

The Year of the Sky Key, Season 6 of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign, is approaching, and that means the new Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play is on its way. It's still a few weeks before we preview the new guide, but we can share a few new options available at the start of Season 6. In fact, there's something for players and something for GMs and organizers.

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Faction Evolution, Part III: History and Politics

Three weeks ago, we briefly discussed the impact of faction PCs' decisions in the campaign and how these decisions have shaped the direction that these factions are going. The following week on the Know Direction podcast, John Compton expanded on what this evolution might entail for many factions: name changes, shifting goals, and even changes in leadership. Most recently, we shared how the Andoran an Cheliax factions are developing over time.

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Faction Evolution, Part II: Secrets and Liberty

Two weeks ago, we briefly discussed the impact of faction PCs' decisions in the campaign and how these decisions have shaped the direction that these factions are going. Last week on the Know Direction podcast, John Compton expanded on what this evolution might entail for many factions: name changes, shifting goals, and even changes in leadership.

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Year of the Sky Key

PaizoCon 2014 is less than a month away, and traditionally that convention debuts the thrilling conclusion of one season of Pathfinder Society Organized Play and lays the groundwork for the exciting story arc that begins a month later at Gen Con . The Pathfinder Society is poised to march to Jormurdun, a lost dwarven Sky Citadel, but several of their sworn enemies have taken it upon themselves to claim the prize first. Of course, we can't let that happen, so gear up to tackle some major campaign villains at PaizoCon! On Friday evening, we're also doing a test run of "Legacy of the Stonelords," one of the upcoming season's two Special adventures.

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Faction Evolution

Nearly a year has passed since we introduced the check boxes to scenarios' reporting sheets in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Perhaps you haven"t had the opportunity to GM a Season 5 scenario, so let me recap the idea. Almost every scenario in Season 5 has had four check boxes labeled "A" through "D," and the end of scenario provides instructions of which ones to check off depending on what happened during the adventure. Did the PCs ally with Team 1? Check box A. Did they ally with Team 2? Check box B. If they instead destroyed Team 1 or 2, check box C or D respectively.

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Harrow: Past, Present, and Future

For years the Harrow has been the domain of home games, literature, and lore, but due to a combination of the soft time limits inherent in organized play, the range of ways in which someone might cheat with a deck-based mechanic, and a wealth of other considerations that predate my work at Paizo, most Harrow-based options were never allowed. When Mike and I heard that Pathfinder Player Companion: The Harrow Handbook was on the product schedule, we started pondering how we might share as much of this book as possible with the campaign. We bounced ideas off a lot of folks, and in the end we decided to make legal nearly everything in the book as well as several previously banned Harrow character options such as the harrower prestige class from Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide and the oft-requested Deadly Dealer feat from Pathfinder Player Companion: Varisia, Birthplace of Legends. Expect an update to the Additional Resources page that includes these additions.

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Tags: Cristian Chihaia Harrow Pathfinder Cards Pathfinder Player Companion Pathfinder Society

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More Sanctioned Adventures

Convention deadlines love to monopolize my time, but I can't ignore some of the other great adventures published over the past several months. It's high time we sanction another Pathfinder Adventure Path and Pathfinder Module!

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Tags: Francesco Graziani Mummy's Mask Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Society

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Changing Seasons

This time of year is always special. Just take a look outside. For those in the northern hemisphere—well, I can at least speak for the Seattle area—flowers are blooming, the sun is out (mostly), and the afternoons have been delightfully warm. Yes, it's clear that the seasons are changing. Spring? Summer? No, I'm referring to Pathfinder Society Organized Play!

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Have You Seen Me?

The Grand Lodge has been positively humming with rumors that some of the Society’s infamous rivals are once again on the loose. Initiates have busied themselves printing fliers to alert agents that danger is afoot. Can you identify any of the faces in this rogues gallery?

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News about Gen Con 2014 and Official Call for Gen Con 2014 Volunteers

For Gen Con 2013, I advised last year that we planned to make it the biggest and best Gen Con yet. And it certainly was. We scheduled 1,400 tables of Pathfinder Society over the four days. We showed the world our GM 101 and GM 201 workshops, Kid's Beginner & Advanced Tracks, and Beginner Box Introductions, Parts 1 and 2. Gen Con was definitely a success and Paizo's biggest showing in history. But we can make it bigger and better!

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One Year, Lots of Help

Tomorrow marks my first full year at Paizo, and the 365 days have been busy ones. By my count that's 22 scenarios (Mark Moreland developed #4-20), one updated exclusive scenario, 2 specials, five quests, sanctioning notes for 25 Adventure Path volumes, sanctioning notes for two modules, GM 201, and a rather scary number of boons developed so far. Of course, a lot of that sanctioning and boon writing would have been a lot tougher had it not been for a growing cast of volunteers who help out behind the scenes. I’d like to thank everyone who has provided inspiration and feedback both on and off the messageboards.

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GM Rewards

Season 5 is nearly halfway done. That means we've posted faction head letters (stickied) in the Faction Talk section of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play messageboard. We'll also be sending out the email update to registered Pathfinder Society players as an additional heads-up, and we're frequently exploring other ways to get the word out.

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Mid-Season Faction Updates

As quickly as they receive them, clerks in the Grand Lodge of Absalom are processing the reports from field agents across the Inner Sea. Overall, the results are very promising, and Society leadership agrees that despite the outbreak of the Firth Mendevian Crusade, plans to travel to Jormurdun are proceeding smoothly.

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Official Call for PaizoCon 2014 Volunteers

For PaizoCon 2014, we plan to make this bigger than last year! I am scheduling 210 tables of Pathfinder Society over three days. We will be offering all season five scenarios multiple times, including the debut of the final four scenarios for season five. We will also be debuting a playtest of one of the Season 6 Gen Con Specials on Friday night. This is similar to the multi-table special that will be run as one of the Gen Con specials, but like last year, there will be changes made to polish the adventure for its final publication. Finally, we be offering the GM 101 and GM 201 sessions again. It should be an awesome time.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #48: Shadows of Gallowspire (Carrion Crown 6 of 6) (PFRPG)

Ancient Evil, New Opportunities

Seattle is rather far north by my reckoning, even though its proximity to the ocean keeps the temperature quite reasonable. It's certainly northerly enough to have some gloriously long days in summer as well as some long, dark, sunless nights in the winter. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? That's right. Vampires.

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Booncraft

The first project I ever did for Pathfinder Society Organized Play as a volunteer—really the start of my career—was creating boons, and by the time Paizo hired me, I had written about 100 boons for the campaign. Booncraft lost little of its magic when I took on the role of developer, and I continue to use boon-writing as a way of enabling volunteers to contribute to the campaign and, perhaps as importantly, as a means of testing out new and aspiring authors. I've had numerous folks ask me what goes into writing a boon, what makes a good boon, and how one goes about getting me to publish a boon. Let me start with good qualities.

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Digging Deep, Branching Out

Part of what initially attracted me to Pathfinder Society Organized Play was the archaeological background, which resonated with my academic training and love of traveling abroad. Playing scenarios that explored ancient structures, visited dig sites, or required the PCs to understand a foreign culture made me really get what the Pathfinder Society was all about, so when I began writing support material as a volunteer—in particular the convention boons for Season 4—I made sure to highlight some of the archaeological feel in boons such as Expedition Manager.

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A Look at 2014

It's a busy time of year around the Paizo office as folks are working ahead to ensure that everyone can get their products on time even as the diligent editors, developers, graphic designers, and others look forward to taking a little time off. I spent much of last week outlining and assigning scenarios, and you should be seeing the product pages going up soon. Here's what to watch for:

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Giving Thanks for Great Scenarios

Every time the last Wednesday of the month rolls around, emotions run high. Usually it's a mix of growing excitement as I watch a pair of scenarios metamorphose into awesome adventures and anxiousness as I hope that the players and GMs enjoy the scenarios as much as I enjoyed developing them. Given that the Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the United States, I think there's a little excitement about turkey, too.

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New Rules, New Ideas, New Stories

If you haven't heard, Paizo Publishing will release the playtest rules for the upcoming Advanced Class Guide tomorrow, Tuesday, the 19th of November. That's ten new 20-level base classes that combine features of the existing classes to create innovative options with both unique powers and familiar mechanics with novel twists. I'm sure that by the time you finish reading through all ten, you'll have multiple character concepts screaming to be put on paper.

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Unforgettable Villainy

There are many wonderful things about being a Game Master, but I think it's fair to say both that filling that role takes practice and that we can make some silly errors while learning. Thinking back to how I GMed before beginning Pathfinder Society Organized Play, I realize that many of the tricks I pulled on my players were downright cruel, such as heaving colonies of rust monsters at the fighter, swarming the bard with wererats until he was infected and under GM control, repeatedly giving one player an intelligent greatsword that would inevitably betray him, having a creature "adopt" the party wizard in a familiar-master bond just so I could kill the familiar and drain the character's Constitution score, and repeatedly tempting the characters to betray the other PCs for power and wealth. Yep, those were some really bad campaigns (yet everyone kept expecting me to be the GM), and I think it's telling that I can remember little of their overarching plotlines. What I can remember, though, are the villains.

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Ascendance Day

Ascendance Day Monday, October 7, 2013 ... Illustration by Fabio GorlaHere at Paizo, the end of convention season can seem like a holiday, enough so that it calls for a new holiday blog. The anniversary of Iomedae's successful venture into the Starstone Cathedral was only yesterday, and given the goddess's key role in the Mendevian Crusade that is so central both to Pathfinder Society Organized Play's Year of the Demon and the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path, it seems particularly...
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Secondary Success Conditions

At the onset of Season 5, the means by which characters earned Prestige Points changed dramatically. No longer was fame tied to performing faction missions, but rather its award would be tied to secondary success conditions—"secret" missions that were tied to going above and beyond the primary success condition or seeking out additional, perhaps unforeseen ways to further the goals of the Pathfinder Society. As part of this change, we retired the existing model of faction missions, but the earlier scenarios did not have any secondary success conditions established already as replacements.

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The Long Wait is Nearly Over

Approximately six weeks ago when the web team sent out the August Scenarios to GMs to prepare for Gen Con, I envisioned the expanse of days between releases would be a leisurely break in which to develop a pair of scenarios and get ahead on work. In fact, in that time I've stayed quite busy with new projects and initiatives as well as a finishing up a few pieces that had to wait in preparation for that huge convention. Spoiling exactly what's happening behind the scenes will have to wait for a future blog.

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A Few Updates

Happy Monday, folks. Season 5 of Pathfinder Society Organized Play is well underway, and Mike and I have received considerable feedback both in person and through email about what works well (lots apparently) and what could stand improvement. In just a moment I will provide a few updates, clarifications, and reminders about the nuances, rules, and expectations of this new season. For the moment, though, I would like to share a bit of our progress on the online play frontier.

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A Time to Travel

Gen Con was a blast, and I was happy to hear that most of the feedback from Season 5 has been very positive. As you've heard me say (or at least seen me write) before, there's a lot more in store for the season, and I'm very excited to see how it plays out with your feedback in-game and out.

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The Year of the Demon Begins!

As the Year of the Risen Rune draws to a close, the Pathfinder Society is bustling with the preparation for the launch of the next exciting adventure for the thousands of Pathfinders participating in the campaign. In just a few short days, the Year of the Demon will commence, and members of all eight active factions are getting ready for the season ahead.

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Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play: Guide 5.0 and Changes to Organized Play

With Gen Con just 10 days away, I wanted to release the new and improved Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play today so everyone has an opportunity to review it and discuss it before Gen Con. With the help of the Venture-Captains and Venture-Lieutenants, we have added several much-needed changes that we think will improve your experiences in Pathfinder Society play.

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Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play: Double-Take

In another week we will see the newest version of the Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, the document that lays out the baseline rules, assumptions, and adjustments for playing in the organized play campaign. Over the past few months, whether by podcast, convention panel, or cryptic response to a forum post, Mike and I have hinted at many of the updates. By now, for example, practically everyone knows about the disappearance of the Lantern Lodge and Shadow Lodge. The new format for Pathfinder Tales novel boons has been available for download for several months. We even spoiled the new system for wealth and "playing up" during a panel at PaizoCon a few weeks ago. There is, however, at least one thing that we have not teased: Replay.

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Are You Demon? I Need to Know!

Are you ready for the Year of the Demon? Season 5 of Pathfinder Society Organized Play kicks off this August at Gen Con Indy! The Year of the Demon features scenarios pitting Pathfinders against the faithful of Razmir, the demons of the Worldwound, the political machinations of Absalom's ruling council, and much more to be announced!

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Dragon's Demand: New Sanctioned Module!

Remember when Paizo first announced the new 64-page format for the module line back in November 2012? I recall mentally comparing it side-by-side with the 32-page modules from the perspective of a Venture-Lieutenant, store liaison, and event organizer. Those 32 pages were already pretty tough to squeeze into a one-day event. 64 pages would certainly be impossible. I remember thinking back then that Mike and Mark would have to do some clever thinking to find some way to sanction the module for Pathfinder Society Organized Play. I shrugged and just assumed that I would end up writing the boons for the Chronicle sheets but nothing more.

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PaizoCon 2013 Recap

PaizoCon was awesome on so many levels. For my part, the growth of Pathfinder Society was phenomenal. The weekend festivities began with a meet and greet party and fireworks spectacular hosted by Paizo Volunteer of the Year, Kyle Elliott. This set the tone for what proved to be the best PaizoCon to date.

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Rescue in Riddleport

Well, it seems we were able to reclaim what was rightfully ours, and the Pathfinders gave a fine thrashing to the pirates on one ship and an inspired proselytizing to another. The Chronicle sheets for the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path are either already up on the Additional Resources page and respective product pages.

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Primed for Adventure

Next month, we’ll be releasing Pathfinder Player Companion: Pathfinder Society Primer, a 32-page player-focused sourcebook specifically designed for use in the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign. Written by John Compton and myself, the book should provide characters of all sorts with new options to use both in the organized play environment and in society-themed home campaigns.

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Ratfolk and Catfolk and Race Boons Oh My

Of all the feedback I receive about Pathfinder Society Organized Play, whether it be in person when I am visiting different regions, through emails, or on the messageboards, what I hear most is that non-convention-goers have little to no chance to obtain some of the convention-only boons that are offered at regional shows. The most popular of these boons are the racial boons, which open up the player's options to choose a unique race. I have thought long and hard on how we can even out things for those players who are not able to attend a convention for whatever reason.

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Register Now for Pathfinder Society Events at Gen Con Indy!

Event registration for Gen Con Indy is open to the public! That means that the over 100 unique Pathfinder Society events Paizo will be offering throughout the convention are already starting to sell out, so don't hesitate to get your tickets now. We expect this to be the largest Pathfinder Society showing at Gen Con to date, and you won't want to miss out on the action!

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #58: Island of Empty Eyes (Skull & Shackles 4 of 6) (PFRPG)

Ransom on the High Seas

The sunny skies that Paizo has experienced over the past week have provided a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the weather. Apparently we weren't the only ones thinking that, and true to form, the pirates of the Shackles paid a visit, boarded the vessel carrying our latest shipment of Chronicle sheets, and spent the weekend roistering just beyond our reach. As I have learned in my move from a relatively landlocked area to the Pacific northwest, such is the price we must pay for good seafood.

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Tags: Craig J Spearing Fighters Iconics Magi Merisiel Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Society Rogues Seltyiel Skull & Shackles Valeros

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New Pathfinder Society Rewards for Reading Pathfinder Tales!

Fans of Paizo's Pathfinder Tales line of fiction set in the Pathfinder campaign setting have likely noticed that it's been a few months since we released a Pathfinder Society Chronicle sheet for the novels released as part of this line. For those who have been holding their breath to get an in-character benefit for reading Liar's Blade or Pirate's Honor, the wait is finally over! With the release of today's Chronicle sheet, we're changing up the way Pathfinder Tales boons work.

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Pathfinder Society in Portugal

We move from our last international blog in Ireland to a relatively new PFS lodge in Portugal. It was one of the countries that was not currently in the PFS fold and that I had targeted last year, especially after it was announced Paizo was looking to have Pathfinder Roleplaying Game published in Portuguese. I was extrememly lucky to find the awesome and talented Raul Moura da Silva that wanted to expose Portugal to Pathfinder Society and was motivated to spread it across the entire country.

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No Sleep for the Wicked

As we've mentioned a few times on the messageboards, Facebook, and Twitter, the creative team here at Paizo is deep in the process of ensuring all our products through Gen Con get to the printer on time for the show. That means we've all been pulled a hundred directions a day, and are putting in extra nights and weekends of "all-hands" work hours. Since that means less time for blogs and other content for which we won't pay dearly if it's not available at Gen Con, you get art previews!

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Pathfinder Chronicles: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh (OGL)

Taxfest!

For those of us living in the United States, today is the deadline by which we must file our taxes. Luckily, we in the real world aren't the only ones doing our civic duty today; inhabitants of the Inner Sea region are also participating in their own celebration of taxes, sponsored by the church of Abadar. Editor-in-Chief F. Wesley Schneider got his taxes done early, and used the extra time to put together a special holiday blog for the Pathfinder Society community. You will find a special Pathfinder Society Chronicle sheet below, which you can download and apply to a Pathfinder Society character during the date ranges noted on the sheet.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #69: Maiden, Mother, Crone (Reign of Winter 3 of 6)

You Are Not Forgotten!

We here at Paizo HQ are deep in the throes of birthing a number of incredible products for release at Gen Con in August, and that means it's an all-hands-on-deck scenario. John and I are being called upon to assist with development and editing of products outside the Pathfinder Society Scenario line, and that means less time to devote to Pathfinder Society blogs on Mondays. So that you aren't left in the lurch, however, here are a few pieces of art from some of this month's Pathfinder releases, set to start going out to subscribers in the next week or so. Some of these images may even be useful for GMs who like visual aids for their Pathfinder Society games, though I won't give any more info than that!

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Tags: Amiri Filip Burburan Harsk Hayato Iconics Jason Rainville Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Player Companion Pathfinder Society Reign of Winter Xia Taptara

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 3 (OGL)

Defective Pathfinder Society Chronicle Sheets

Greetings Pathfinders! We regret to inform you that it has come to our attention that some of the Chronicle sheets included in Pathfinder Society Scenarios published between August 2008 and March 2013 may include a defect in the font used to create them. In order to ameliorate the unfortunate situation, we have made the difficult decision to recall all Chronicle sheets published during this window. All members of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign are encouraged to destroy all physical copies of there Chronicle sheets. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to you're local Venture-Captain to receive replacements.

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The First of Many

This month's Pathfinder Society Scenarios send the ever-resourceful agents after two valuable treasure troves, and thanks to its inside information, the society has exclusive access to both sites; however, just because a ruin is long-forgotten does not mean that it is undefended.

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Pathfinder Player Companion: Animal Archive (PFRPG)

Animals and Their Tricks

One thing the Venture-Officers and I have noticed is that there tend to be questions that continually come up on the messageboards about pushing animals to do something, animals using trained tricks, and other such issues regarding animal companions, familiars, etc. The newly released Animal Archive added several new tricks that a lot of GMs were hand-waving. I received numerous emails asking for clarification. Instead of replying to each email separately, I thought the community could be better served with a blog post.

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The Demons Cometh

One of my earliest goals when I took over as developer of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign in fall 2010 was to increase the internal continuity within the campaign. In the 2-1/2 years since, we've upped the metaplot elements of the campaign and have featured a number of recurring villains, locations, and subplots (with more to come!). It took a few years to build up the momentum I'd hoped for with the campaign's many interacting pieces, but I think we're finally there! It's fitting, then, that we hired John to take the torch from me (albeit after several more months of mentorship on my part) just as I feel we've attained the loftiest goal I set for myself all those years ago.

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Who is John Compton?

The whole Pathfinder Society community has been buzzing about the new addition to the Pathfinder Society team here at the Paizo offices. But who is John Compton, our newest developer? We'll let him tell you...

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Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of Angels (PFRPG)

Gen Con 2013: News and Official Call for Volunteers

For Gen Con 2012, I advised last year that we planned to make it the biggest and best Gen Con yet. And it certainly was. We scheduled 750 tables of Pathfinder Society over the four days. We showed the world our GM 101 workshops, Kids' Track, and Beginner Box Introductions. Gen Con was definitely a success and Paizo's biggest showing in history. But we can make it better!

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Please Welcome Our New Pathfinder Society Developer!

Today is an exciting day for Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Pathfinder Society has been given a new developer who will be dedicated solely to helping me strengthen and grow organized play. John Compton comes to Paizo from Atlanta, GA. This is not the first time I have worked with John. When I was the acting Venture-Captain in Atlanta, John was one of my store liaisons. The store where he helped coordinate, along with current Georgia co-Venture-Captains Kyle and Nani Pratt, has been the fastest-growing store and currently has the largest regular player base in Georgia.

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Official Call for PaizoCon 2013 Volunteers

We plan to make PaizoCon 2013 an even bigger event than it was last year! I am scheduling 210 tables of Pathfinder Society over three days. We will be offering all Season 4 scenarios multiple times, including the debut of the season's final four scenarios. We are also scheduling numerous tables of the first level of Jason Bulmahn's megadungeon Ruins of Bonekeep: The Silent Grave. In addition, we will be debuting the Season 5 Pathfinder Society Special that kicks the season off on Friday night. This is the same multi-table special that will be run as the Gen Con special. Finally, we'll be offering GM 101 sessions again, and hopefully showing off the debut of the follow-up GM 201 program. It should be an awesome time.

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Pathfinder Society in Ireland

We move from our last international blog in Finland to a relatively new Pathfinder Society lodge in Ireland. I met my first Irish players at PaizoCon UK last summer and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Venture-Captain Dave Harrison and Venture-Lieutenant Rob Silk had been handling the entire United Kingdom by themselves and I decided it was time to give them a break. After all, that is a huge area. So, after talking to them and they were in agreement, I assigned them to solely focus on England while I looked for new regional coordinators in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. It wasn't long before Pathfinder Society veteran William Boyle stepped up to assume the Venture-Captain role of Ireland.

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Annual State of the Pathfinder Society Campaign and the Release of Guide 4.3

Wow, it's 2013 already! The past year has been a good one for Pathfinder Society Orgainzed Play in many regards. With all the changes that have taken place, as well as the goals set for the future, I thought it was important to give a report of how last year has played out.

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Pathfinder Chronicles: Gods & Magic (OGL)

Crystalhue Holiday and Pathfinder Online

Just in time for Christmas, we have a new holiday boon! Developer Adam Daigle was so excited when he detailed Evoking Day last month that I was able to rope... err... convince him to write a second holiday post for Pathfinder Society. This time, Adam took the original work regarding Crystalhue, written by Crystal Frasier in Wayfinder #2, and expanded on it. The holiday of Crystalhue is also mentioned on page 249 of Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide. You will find a special Pathfinder Society Chronicle sheet you can download and apply to a Pathfinder Society character during the date ranges noted on the sheet.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition (PFRPG)

Sanctioning Adventure Paths for Pathfinder Society

Adventure Paths are the staple item here at Paizo. Since the inception of Pathfinder Society Organized Play, some people have wanted to play the Adventure Paths and receive credit for their Pathfinder Society characters. This is one of the few bullet-list items I have been trying to figure out since I arrived 15 months ago. The release of the Shattered Star Adventure Path and its close ties to the Pathfinder Society made it even more imperative that we find a way to include Adventure Paths in sanctioned Organized Play. We feel it's the right thing to do, both from a business perspective and as a way of making even more material available for event organizers and players who've gone through what we already produced and are chomping at the bit for more.

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Irrisen—Land of Eternal Winter (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society in Finland

We move from our last international blog in South Africa to a location in the extreme north: Finland. I knew that Finland had a very strong playerbase in Pathfinder Society during its first few years, but for whatever reason, interest had waned. Back in May, I wanted to bring back the Finnish fanbase because I knew they could only add to the Pathfinder Society experience and make it better. After a series of emails answering concerns, Jukka Särkijärvi agreed to come on board as a Venture-Captain and help revitalize Pathfinder Society in Finland. After six months, I can say that he and his Venture-Lieutenant, Jussi Leinonen, have done an excellent job and I am excited to see Pathfinder Society once again a highlight of gaming in Finland.

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: GameMastery Guide (OGL)

Building Your Pathfinder Society Community: GM 101 and Kid's Track

Building Your Pathfinder Society Community: GM 101 and Kid's Track Monday, November 19, 2012 Last month, we offered a blog post that was the foundation of building your community. I wanted to build on that theme and have a series of blog posts that discuss how to contibute to and grow your local Pathfinder Society community. The first bullet point in that post suggested that you should offer to GM. However, you may feel you aren't experienced enough or don't know the rules well enough to be...
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Evoking Day

Evoking Day Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Wow, it has been a while since we had a holiday blog. Well, back by popular demand, we are offering you a new bit of info on a Golarion holiday, as we celebrate our own federal holiday here in the United States—Veteran’s Day. As a veteran myself, I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to veterans of all five services. I know the sacrifice you have made for your country, and without your service and sacrifice, I couldn’t have the cool job I have today....
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Heart of the Jungle (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society in South Africa

Pathfinder Society in South Africa Monday, November 5, 2012 Time to offer you a blog post from one of our farthest-flung Pathfinder Society lodges in the world. From what I have been told, there has not been much of any kind of organized play, outside of Magic: The Gathering, in South Africa ever. When I saw one of our RPG Superstar hotshots was running Pathfinder Society there, I knew I had to reach out to him. I can’t say I ever expected to have Pathfinder Society coordinated anywhere on...
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The Urge to Evolve

The Urge to Evolve Monday, October 29, 2012 Back in spring 2011, the first Pathfinder Society Quest, Ambush in Absalom, was released in the pages of Kobold Quarterly (and has since been made available as a free PDF here on paizo.com). Last spring, knowing that we'd soon be using quests as the format of our Pathfinder Society Open Call and urged by Kobold-in-Chief Wolfgang Baur to put some new Pathfinder Society content in the magazine, I asked frequent KQ contributor and my fellow Pathfinder...
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Building Your Pathfinder Society Community

Building Your Pathfinder Society Community Monday, October 22, 2012 ... Illustration by Guz BorodaWhen I started playing Pathfinder Society more than 3 years ago, I realized the more I gave to it, the more I got from it and the more valuable it became to me. While it may not be a universal truth, I believe that when you work for something, you value it more than if it was just given to you. Also, I find that when you give back to your community, it too becomes stronger and more valuable. ......
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Plots and Perils of the Pathfinder Society

Plots and Perils of the Pathfinder Society Monday, October 15, 2012 We launched the Year of the Risen Rune at Gen Con in August and are moving quickly into the heart of the season's metaplots with the release of two new scenarios this month. In past seasons, we've moved from completely unlinked scenarios to short three- or four-part story arcs within a larger array of generally unlinked scenarios and then further into seasonal meta-arcs covering an entire year's worth of scenarios. During...
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Equipment (OGL)

Pathfinder Society Survival 101

Pathfinder Society Survival 101 Monday, October 8, 2012 One of the concerns I have heard pop up lately, both on the messageboards and at shows, is that Pathfinder Society scenarios have become more deadly. I've heard horror stories about TPKs on the rise in various regions of the world. Let's see if we can help combat some of that and help the new player, or the low-level character of a veteran, with some options that may just prove useful. ... One of the benefits of being a Venture-Captain...
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Pathfinder Player Companion: Knights of the Inner Sea (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society in France

Pathfinder Society in France Monday, September 24, 2012 ... Illustration by Eric BelisleUsually, I try to spread out international Pathfinder Society blogs to every 3–4 weeks. However, with one sitting in my inbox, I didn’t want to just hold onto it for a month. I had the pleasure of meeting Venture-Captain Karim Majeri at PaizoCon UK in July. Not only did I meet him, but I was able to GM a game for him and several other international Venture-Captains and Venture-Lieutenants. I will just say...
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More Venture-Captains Added to the Ranks

More Venture-Captains Added to the Ranks Monday, September 17, 2012 As we continue to expand Pathfinder Society to areas where players are looking for organization, it is important to me to find the right people to serve as ambassadors of the game, to present a positive light for new players, and try to bring veteran players who have left back into the fold. Ten more Venture-Captains have been chosen to fill those roles. ... Illustration by Dmitry ProsvirninFirst, I want to thank JP Chapleau...
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Pathfinder Companion: Qadira, Gateway to the East (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society in Turkey

Pathfinder Society in Turkey Monday, September 10, 2012 ... Illustration by Eva WidermannI had a great time at Dragon*Con two weekends ago and then spent several days in Birmingham working some things out with Books-A-Million. It’s going to be an exciting time for Pathfinder Society in 2013. One topic that came up in both Atlanta and Birmingham was international play of Pathfinder Society. It seems many people are genuinely interested in reading about Pathfinder Society Organized Play all...
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Pathfinder Society Down Under

Pathfinder Society Down Under Monday, August 27, 2012 Now that Gen Con is over, and I only have to finish plans for Pax Prime and get ready for my trip to Dragon*Con in Atlanta next week, I am finally able to get back on track with our series of international Pathfinder Society blogs. This time, we go to some of the most remote Pathfinder Society play in the world down in Australia. I have a great fondness in my heart for Australians. I was able to have a drink with several of the Australian...
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The Ranks Continue to Grow

The Ranks Continue to Grow Monday, August 20, 2012 As we continue to expand Pathfinder Society to areas where players are looking for organization, it’s important to me to find the right people to serve as ambassadors of the game, to present it in a positive light for new players and to try to bring veteran players who have left back into the fold. Four more Venture-Captains have been chosen to fill those roles. ... First, I wanted to note that Dan Simons has moved from Washington D.C. to...
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Equipment (OGL)

Pathfinder Society Additional Resources Updated

Pathfinder Society Additional Resources Updated Monday, August 13, 2012 With Gen Con just 4 days away, I wanted to release the updated Additional Resources today so everyone has an opportunity to review it and discuss it before Gen Con. It also lets people who are picking up their subscription items at Gen Con have a list on hand so they can immediately utilize those books at the show. Note that even though the Additional Resources is being published today, it won’t officially go into effect...
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Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play (PFRPG) PDF

Guide 4.2 and Changes to Pathfinder Society Organized Play

Guide 4.2 and Changes to Pathfinder Society Organized Play Monday, August 6, 2012 With Gen Con just 10 days away, I wanted to release the new and improved Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Version 4.2 today so everyone has an opportunity to review it and discuss it before Gen Con. With the help of the Venture-Captains and Venture-Lieutenants, and specifically the tireless efforts of Boston Venture-Captain Don Walker to help me with wordsmithing, we have added several much-needed...
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Pathfinder Society Quest: Ambush in Absalom (PFRPG) PDF

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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The Year of the Risen Rune Launches at Gen Con

The Year of the Risen Rune Launches at Gen Con Monday, July 30, 2012 ... Illustrations by Miguel Harkness and Jason RainvilleAs players and GMs familiar with the Pathfinder Society Organized Play program surely know after four full seasons of adventure, each year a new season of the campaign launches at Gen Con, and this year is no different. Over the last few seasons, we’ve worked to increase the amount of continuity within the campaign such that each season has a clear theme and plot arc,...
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Guests at Paizo's Gen Con Booth

Guests at Paizo's Gen Con Booth Monday, July 16, 2012This will be my seventeenth Gen Con. The previous 16 Gen Cons I have attended all hold different and special memories. From GMing 10 slots of Pathfinder Society, to winning the Alternity RPG Open in the late 1990s, to taking my wife and son to their first Gen Cons, they all hold a special meaning. One of my fondest memories was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when I was able to get autographs from both Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. As a young...
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Pathfinder Society Overview for Gen Con

Pathfinder Society Overview for Gen Con Monday, July 9, 2012This year's Gen Con will be the most ambitious for Pathfinder Society yet. With Gen Con being the largest gaming convention in North America, I thought of how I could make Pathfinder Society bigger and better than it has ever been, while improving the quality for our players. So, I wanted to give an overview of what to expect from Pathfinder Society if you are attending Gen Con this year. ... Last year, we ran 50 tables of Pathfinder...
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Pathfinder Module: Feast of Ravenmoor (PFRPG)

Archerfeast

Archerfeast Monday, July 2, 2012 Back in January, when I learned that PaizoCon was the first week of July, I knew we would be tying Archerfeast into the Grand Convocation somehow. The fact that Archerfeast falls on Erastus 3rd on Golarion made for a perfect fit for today's Pathfinder Society blog post. ... Managing Editor, F. Wesley Schneider, wrote the description below detailing Archerfeast, and beneath that you'll find a special Pathfinder Society Chronicle sheet you can download and apply...
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Grand Convocation Preview Highlights

Grand Convocation Preview Highlights Monday, June 25, 2012This week’s blog is not only going to be my last sneak peak blog for the Grand Convocation, but is also going to be a change of pace from our last few, in-character updates on the upcoming Grand Convocation. Today we’re going to talk about it from an event standpoint. ... For those who don’t know, the 2012 Grand Convocation will be running at PaizoCon, and will be the premiere Pathfinder Society event. What we haven’t discussed in...
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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Pathfinder Society Field Guide (PFRPG)

Suitors and Rumors, Part 2

Suitors and Rumors, Part 2 Monday, June 18, 2012As we get closer to this year’s Grand Convocation, more and more news seems to be springing up. This week we’ve received another update from Grandmaster Torch. ... Esteemed Pathfinders, ... As the Convocation approaches, this year is becoming far more interesting; yet more special guests have been added to the list of attendees. I’m still putting together what the motives of these newcomers are, but I wanted to share what I’ve found thus far....
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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Pathfinder Society Field Guide (PFRPG)

Suitors and Rumors, Part 1

Suitors and Rumors, Part 1 Monday, June 11, 2012This week, we’ve got another Grand Convocation update, which I’ll let Grand Master Torch tell you all about: ... My Trusted Associates, ... It has come to my attention that, in light of Major Maldris’s recent rejection of a Blakros marriage, various special guests have been admitted into this year’s Convocation. As you may know, I pride myself on reliable intelligence, and I pass this information on to each of you, hoping it will make attending...
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The Kickstarter Chronicles

The Kickstarter Chronicles Monday, June 4, 2012Since Paizo and Goblinworks first announced the Kickstarter project to fund a technology demo of the Pathfinder Online MMO game, one of the most common questions both on our forums and on the Kickstarter project page has been: how will this work with Pathfinder Society Organized Play? ... Backers who pledge at least $15 will receive the PDF of Thornkeep, an all-new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game sourcebook written by industry superstar Rich Baker,...
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Pathfinder Companion: Gnomes of Golarion (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society in the Netherlands (or Join the Crew of the Flying Dutchman)

Pathfinder Society in the Netherlands (or Join the Crew of the Flying Dutchman) Tuesday, May 29, 2012 ... Illustration by ... Christopher BurdettLast month, we highlighted Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia, and Venture-Captain Zrinka Znidarcic's efforts to grow Pathfinder Society there. We now shift our focus back to the northwest and the land of the Dutch. I present to you, Venture-Captain Auke Teeninga's report on Pathfinder Society in the Netherlands. ... The Netherlands is a small country in...
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A Preview of the Grand Convocation

A Preview of the Grand Convocation Monday, May 21, 2012There are always interesting things taking place in the Pathfinder Society. Take, for example, this message that has been sent out to Pathfinders across Golarion... ... Amara Li—Lantern Lodge LeaderPathfinder, ... We hope this message finds you in good health, wherever you are operating from. ... This year has seen the Society endure many hardships alongside equal victories. Our achievements in the Ruby Phoenix Tournament have not...
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The Evolution of the Multipart Scenario

The Evolution of the Multipart Scenario Monday, May 14, 2012 ... Illustration by Yngvar AsplundAs early as Season 1, the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign has featured a number of multipart scenarios—mini campaign arcs designed to tell longer and more complex stories than a single 4-hour gaming session can provide. Whether in the form of four-part series like The Devil We Know, Echoes of the Everwar, and the Tier 12 retirement arc The Eyes of the Ten; a three-part arc like this...
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Pathfinder Society in Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia (or South Eastern Europe Calling)

Pathfinder Society in Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia (or South Eastern Europe Calling) Monday, May 7, 2012Last month, we highlighted Denmark and Venture-Captain Diego Winterborg's efforts to grow Pathfinder Society there. We now shift our focus to southeast Europe. Venture-Captain Zrinka Znidarcic's report on Pathfinder Society in Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia was a very interesting read for me and I hope all of you find it interesting as well. It is interesting being a Venture-Captain of the...
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Introducing the Year of the Risen Rune

Introducing the Year of the Risen Rune Monday, April 30, 2012I took a break from the Gen Con push today to write this blog post, and my mind started to wander. I thought a bit about days gone by and how last year at this time we were under just as much pressure trying to get Ultimate Combat off to the presses in time. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Anyway, I also thought to myself, Self, what sort of blog were you writing this time last year? ... Aha! myself answered. I...
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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Pathfinder Society Field Guide (PFRPG)

Remembering Season 2 and the Assignment of New Venture-Captains

Remembering Season 2 and the Assignment of New Venture-Captains Monday, April 23, 2012 ... Illustration by Ryan PortilloOne of my top goals from day one has been to see a facelift to the Pathfinder Society home page, and the creation of various sub-pages that will link to it. Though I can’t provide much details of what the final results will look like yet, I can say that one of the areas it will include is a section on the history of Pathfinder Society Organized Play. ... It is important that...
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A Dedicated Follower of Factions

A Dedicated Follower of Factions Monday, April 16, 2012 One of the defining characteristics of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign that separates it from other organized play programs is the faction system. A few weeks ago, Paizo Publisher Erik Mona, Campaign Coordinator Mike Brock, and I spent an obscene amount of time in a few very long meetings really digging into factions to determine what worked with their current implementation, what was lacking, and how we could improve...
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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Lands of the Linnorm Kings (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society in Denmark (or Tidings from the Viking Lodge)

Pathfinder Society in Denmark (or Tidings from the Viking Lodge) Monday, April 9, 2012 ... Illustration by J.P. TargeteLast month, we highlighted the UK and Venture-Captain David Harrison's efforts to grow Pathfinder Society there. We now shift our focus to the north and the land of the Vikings. Venture-Captain Diego Winterborg's report on Pathfinder Society in Denmark was a very interesting read for me and I hope all of you find it informative as well. ... Denmark is a Scandinavian country...
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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide (PFRPG)

Conquest Day

Conquest Day Monday, April 2, 2012 ... Illustration by Dave RapozaI almost lined this holiday boon up perfectly with its in-game date and real-world date. When I realized it was my 6-month anniversary (wow, time flies), I was torn. What better way to celebrate than to help Pathfinders fight undead? But I felt my state of PFS blog was slightly more important, so I delayed this holiday blog for a week. ... Managing Editor F. Wesley Schneider wrote the description below of Conquest Day, and...
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Mid-year Report of the Pathfinder Society Campaign

Mid-year Report of the Pathfinder Society Campaign Monday, March 26, 2012 ... Illustration by Eva WidermannToday is my six-month anniversary at Paizo. The time has flown since September 26, 2011. Usually, State of the Union/State/County/City addresses are given on an annual basis. In the future, I will most likely present this report at the yearly Pathfinder Society Members’ Meeting at Gen Con. However, this being my first year and with all the changes that have taken place, and in light of...
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Six Sells

Six Sells Monday, March 12, 2012 ... Illustration by Yngvar AsplundOne of the largest benefits of working as developer on a shared-world campaign like Pathfinder Society Organized Play is having the ability to gather data about how the community uses our products and improve them based on that data. In addition to the extremely helpful Pathfinder Society messageboards, where Campaign Coordinator Mike Brock and I can interact directly with some of our most active and engaged GMs and players,...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Absalom (OGL)

Pathfinder Society in the UK (How the Brit Faction Earns Prestige)

Pathfinder Society in the UK (How the Brit Faction Earns Prestige) Monday, March 5, 2012 ... Illustration by Ben WoottenLike many of the Pathfinder Society player base, most of my experiences and understanding of Pathfinder Society Organized Play is based on what I have seen, experienced and organized in the United States. However, the campaign and player base is a worldwide network. What I have learned since stepping into the Campaign Coordinator role is that Pathfinder Society experiences...
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Pathfinder #2—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 2:

Gen Con 2012 and Official Call for Volunteers!—Volunteer Tiers and Rewards

Gen Con 2012 and Official Call for Volunteers! Monday, February 27, 2012 ... Illustration by Kevin YanFor Gen Con 2012, we plan to make this the biggest and best Gen Con yet! I am scheduling 750 tables of Pathfinder Society over the four days. We are also bringing the GM 101 workshops that debuted at Paizo Con (and were discussed in last Monday’s blog) to Gen Con. They will hopefully be a hit and draw in new players and GMs to Pathfinder Society, as well as make active Pathfinder Society...
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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide (PFRPG)

The End is the Beginning

The End is the Beginning Monday, February 20, 2012 Last week, we announced the final batch of Season 3 Pathfinder Society scenarios, as well as the Season 4 scenarios debuting at Gen Con Indy in August. As of the writing of this blog, however, no one noticed the first signs of a slight change to the Pathfinder Society scenario release schedule that these scenarios represent. So, in honor of President's Day here in the U.S., let me illuminate you! ... First, since PaizoCon 2012 will be taking...
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Pathfinder Module: The Midnight Mirror (PFRPG)

PaizoCon Pathfinder Society Review

PaizoCon Pathfinder Society Review Monday, Febraury 13, 2012 I have never been to PaizoCon. I have heard many stories over a pint from friends who have been. I have wanted to go the past few years but it just never worked out, whether it was expenses or work related obligations. One of the perks of my job is now I get to go to PaizoCon every year. Of course, Erik has told me the only excuse for missing it is if I was dead and the body couldn’t be recovered. I promise, you don’t need to twist...
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: GameMastery Guide (OGL)

Toasting Merrymead with Two New Venture-Captains

Toasting Merrymead with Two New Venture-Captains Monday, February 6, 2012 ... Illustration by Alex AparinIt is a rare occasion when a person can combine two fun events into one. On this Monday after the Super Bowl, I get to do just that! ... First, I want to welcome two new Venture-Captains to the ranks in areas that have been in serious need of strong organization for some time. The first is St. Louis, Missouri. Originally, St. Louis wasn’t on my list. However, that quickly changed when...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #25: The Bastards of Erebus (Council of Thieves 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

The Dawn of a New Era: Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Version 4.1

The Dawn of a New Era: Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Version 4.1 Monday, January 30, 2012 ... Illustration by Kevin YanWhen I arrived back in late September as the new Pathfinder Society Campaign Coordinator, I had hundreds of people requesting hundreds of changes to the way Pathfinder Society Organized Play was run. It was definitely enough to make my head swim with all the different requests and it took me a few weeks to get a grip on the way change should be handled....
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More Venture-Officers On Board

More Venture-Officers On Board Monday, January 23, 2012With the coming of the new year, we continue to grow Pathfinder Society at a tremendous rate. With that, I want to make sure we have good leadership in place so that continue to grow and expand. Over the past few months, we added three more Venture-Captains who have not yet formally been introduced, and today we are adding even more to the growing list of Venture-Captains. ... I am excited to add three new areas to our Venture-Captain...
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Official Call for PaizoCon 2012 Volunteers—Volunteer Tiers and Rewards

Official Call for PaizoCon 2012 Volunteers Monday, January 9, 2012 For PaizoCon 2012, we plan to make this the biggest and best PaizoCon yet! I am scheduling 150 tables of Pathfinder Society over three days. In addition, we are bringing back the Grand Convocation interactive. Finally, we are debuting the GM 101 sessions that will hopefully be a hit so we can continue to offer it at future shows. It should be an awesome time. ... I need a minimum of 45 volunteer GMs for Pathfinder Society...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #53: Tide of Honor (Jade Regent 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

New Year, New Goblins

New Year, New Goblins Tuesday, January 3, 2012 ... Illustration by Miroslav PetrovEveryone loves goblins, right? And by extension, folks are keen on their goblinoid brethren, the militaristic hobgoblins and the sadistic bugbears. Well, this month we introduce a new goblinoid subtype humanoid to Golarion—the kijimuna, a native of the Dragon Empires of Tian Xia. These CR 2 creatures are known for their wild, bright red hair and their wide, mischievous grins, and enjoy fishing almost as much as...
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box (OGL)

Using the Beginner Box to Create a Pathfinder Society Character

Using the Beginner Box to Create a Pathfinder Society Character Monday, December 26, 2011 I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and is looking forward to an exciting new year. I am sure quite a few folks gave or received the Beginner Box as presents this past weekend. Inside that box, there is a flyer for Pathfinder Society that includes a link to the website but no explanation of how to integrate the play or rules from the Beginner Box into use for Pathfinder Society play. ... One of the...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Classic Horrors Revisited (PFRPG)

Night of the Pale

Night of the Pale Monday, December 19, 2011Night of the Pale is mentioned on page 249 of Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide. We are advised it is a night of morbid revelry, as people wait indoors for the ghosts of last year’s dead to pass by their homes. ... Creative Director James Jacobs wrote the description below of the Night of the Pale and beneath that you’ll find a special Pathfinder Society Chronicle sheet you can download and apply to a Pathfinder Society...
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Changing Sanctioned Module Play—How to Play

Changing Sanctioned Module Play Monday, December 12, 2011A year ago, Pathfinder Modules were sanctioned for play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. As Atlanta Venture-Captain for a year, I appreciated the fact I could offer the sanctioned modules to local players, especially those who had played every scenario that had been released. But the rules that were established bothered me. No negative effects carried over from module play, even death or consumable use. Many players I talked with...
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RPGSuperstar2012

It's RPG Superstar Time!

It's RPG Superstar Time! Monday, December 5, 2011Tomorrow marks the official launch of RPG Superstar 2012, Paizo’s annual open-call RPG design competition! That means a lot of excitement here at the Paizo offices, because if this year’s Superstar is anything like the previous four, we’re about to discover some serious design talent that will help us years into the future. ... As in previous years, the final winner of this year’s RPG Superstar will receive a contract to write a Pathfinder...
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Pathfinder Tales: Death's Heretic

The Tales of Two Chronicles

The Tales of Two Chronicles Monday, December 5, 2011 With a continuing effort to strengthen the entire Pathfinder Society program, as well as to continue tying up loose ends, Winter Witch and Death’s Heretic have now been incorporated into the Pathfinder Society. ... Because of the differences between reading a novel and playing a game, there are specific rules needed for using sanctioned content from a Pathfinder Tales novel during play and we'll be providing a Chronicle sheet for players to...
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PZOPSS0309-Yeti

I Pity the Foo!

... Illustration by Michele Chang I Pity the Foo! Monday, November 28, 2011In just a few days, the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign will take its first steps into the Dragon Empires of Tian Xia, as the Pathfinder Society pursues ways to ensure victory in the forthcoming Ruby Phoenix Tournament. The premiere Tian adventure for Pathfinder Society players is RPG Superstar 2011 finalist Jerall Toi's The Edge of Heaven, which kicks off the three-part series The Quest for Perfection....
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MasterSpy

Seven Veils Celebration

Seven Veils Celebration Monday, November 21, 2011The Jestercap blog and boon seemed well received last month so I decided to try out another holiday this month. ... Seven Veils is mentioned on page 249 of Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide. We are advised it is a celebration of brotherhood between all civilized races, marked by interracial masquerade balls. I thought this seemed like a neat holiday and decided it should be expanded upon. ... Once again, creative Director...
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Continuing to Fill the Ranks

Continuing to Fill the Ranks Monday, November 14, 2011As we continue to expand Pathfinder Society to areas where players are looking for organization, it is important to me to find the right people to serve as ambassadors of the game, to present a positive light for new players, and to try to bring veteran players who have left back into the fold. Three more Venture-Captains have been chosen to fill those roles. ... The Venture-Lieutenant program was established just a few weeks ago but we...
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