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Pathfinder Society Retail Incentive Program Announced!

Today is special—two blogs on one day! Lots of PFS goodness! First up, a new program aimed at rewarding purchases made at Friendly, Local Game Stores or other retail establishments that offer Pathfinder Society space for games. This has been in the works for some time and I am exited to reveal it to our playerbase!

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Planes of Power (PFRPG)

Embrace Elemental Might!

From the Jade Regent Adventure Path and Dragon Empires Gazetteer that drove the Year of the Ruby Phoenix to the Iron Gods Adventure Path and Technology Guide that inspired the Year of the Sky Key, the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild has borrowed heavily from upcoming Pathfinder literature when designing a new season's setting and feel. About two years ago, the organized play program set a course for storylines independent of the ongoing Adventure Paths, and the elemental planes were always that under-appreciated portion of the campaign setting's cosmology where the Pathfinder Society could make its mark. We're making that happen in the new Year of the Stolen Storm!

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Tags: Helge C. Balzer Jorge Fares Nikolai Ostertag Pathfinder Campaign Setting Pathfinder Society Roberto Pitturru Tomasz Chistowski

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Pathfinder Module: The House on Hook Street (PFRPG)

The Tyranny of Unsanctioned Material Ends!

Perhaps that's not entirely accurate—we've been behind largely because we developed and delivered such an ambitious amount of other material over the past year—but it makes for one heck of a battle cry! This week tens of thousands of oppressed words have rallied around their champion, the Hell's Rebels Adventure Path, which has led them to liberated glory with the help of the sympathetic guard captain Pathfinder Module: Down the Blighted Path and the eccentric noble scion Pathfinder Module: House on Hook Street. Together they have founded a new nation on the grand continent of Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, united by the shared mission of delivering countless hours of content to players everywhere! Of course, you don't need to take my word for it when you can hear it directly from the four Pathfinder Tales heralds of the revolution, united under the banner of the Pathfinder Tales, Volume VIII sanctioning document!

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Tags: Hell's Rebels Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Tales Tomasz Chistowski

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OPC Log—30 Arodus, 4716

Hello from Redmond! After weeks of travel I'm back at the Paizo office, catching up on events and developments in the world of Pathfinder. Which accounts for the lateness of this blog, as I tried to touch base and get a status report on some ongoing projects.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Community Conventions Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Academy

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Pathfinder Module: Feast of Dust (PFRPG)

Feast On These Modules

Ever since finishing the sanctioning documents for the Giantslayer and Iron Gods Adventure Paths back in January, Linda and I have had our hands full preparing for PaizoCon and Gen Con. We're thrilled to have delivered a huge number of new scenarios, and it's even more exciting to enter this comparably relaxed time of the year in which we can catch up on old business. You may have noticed Linda over the last week appearing in countless discussion threads to offer clarifications and then disappear in a cloud of ebullient nosoi psychopomps. I've been wrangling authors, outlining a bunch of new scenarios, and sending out new assignments; keep an eye out for new product pages soon (and see below for a list of upcoming scenarios, should you need information for planning upcoming conventions).

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Tags: Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Society Sally Gottschalk Tomasz Chistowski

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OPC Log—2 Arodus 4716

Hi everyone! Writing to you from the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Flew in the night before last from the United Kingdom to start setting up for Gen Con, which kicks off this Thursday. Yesterday morning, the Sag was empty, with three lonely pallets of stuff shipped from Paizo home offices. At its busiest, there were 30ish people bustling around, hanging banners, moving tables, and getting the basics set up.

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Tags: Conventions Gen Con Gen Con 2016 Pathfinder Society Year of the Stolen Storm

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Goblins, Promo Cards, and the Adventure Card Guild

Short blog this week as preparation for Gen Con intensifies! Starting next week, all promo characters will be legal for play in the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild organized play program. This means Ranzak, Ekkie, and Tup will be able to join in the fun at your local game store, convention, or even home play of the various Adventure Card Guild seasons.

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Horror Adventures

Rolling Up to Gen Con

There's less than a week until the Paizo crew arrives in Indianapolis for Gen Con 2016! If you're heading to the show, stop by the Paizo booth (#103), the Sagamore Ballroom where we'll be hosting the weekend's Pathfinder Society events, or catch Paizonians at a variety of events taking place throughout the show.

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Tags: Conventions Gen Con Gen Con 2016 Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Academy Ralph Horsley

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So Much New Material!

Gen Con is in less than two weeks, and Paizo always pulls out the stops with new publications to wow the crowds in Indianapolis. This year we're bringing a big pile of exciting titles, including Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Horror Adventures, Pathfinder Player Companion: Legacy of Dragons, and of course the much-anticipated Pathfinder Society Pawn Collection. You'll see even more at the end of August, with Pathfinder Player Companion: Haunted Heroes Handbook, as well as Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Planes of Power, which serves as a key sourcebook for the upcoming Season of the Stolen Storm!

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Tags: Conventions Dion Harris Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Academy Sebastian Rodriguez

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Season of the Runelords—The Story So Far

Time to catch you up on the story so far in Season of the Runelords! (There be plot spoilers below.) While I'm discussing SotRu, allow me to apologize for the persistent delays in its release schedule. We're working hard to improve the process for subsequent products, and the entirety of the season will be available for play at Gen Con.

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Wow! We are just over two weeks to Gen Con. Time flies when you're having fun! So many little pieces needing to come together, but we are well on the way. Fingers flying! Ink splotching! Brains whirring! Watch out world!!! Through the combined might of many people here in the office, we are on track to get everything done. Hopefully in time for a good night sleep before we pack up and make the trek to Indianapolis. A huge thanks to everyone here, for getting things done, and to our volunteers that are busily preparing all those things for Gen Con. Speaking of volunteers, if your missing anything like scenarios, badges, or hotel assignments, let me know asap so we can get you taken care of. Let's make it the best four days in gaming!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Goblins Burn!

Goblins Again?!

Before I jump into this week’s preview of the upcoming Goblins Burn! deck, I would like to mention that several Paizo products have been nominated for ENnie awards, including the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Card Game Base Set. I encourage you to visit the ENnies 2016 Election page to cast your votes.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Goblins Javier Charro Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Society

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OPC Log—11 Erastus 4716

Good afternoon, Pathfinders! I just got back from northern Idaho, where I went to help clean out my childhood home. Sorting through the stuff brought the memories flooding back—wrapping paper from my childhood, the hand brace my grandfather wore, books I put in storage when I moved to England. The town doesn't look the same with the open fields of my youth replaced by housing developments. It was a relaxing visit, for being lots of physical labor, but now I'm back in Redmond and turning my focus to more Gen Con prep, getting things ready so I may travel to PaizoCon UK, and keeping things moving on getting support out to other conventions.

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Tags: Community Gen Con Gen Con 2016 Licensed Products Pathfinder Society Syrinscape

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OPC Log—4 Erastus 4716

Hello Pathfinders! I hope this blog finds you hale and hearty, having enjoyed a weekend of sun, and fun. Hopefully, the fun involved some roleplaying, particularly the next installment of the Seeker Arc, #7-26 All for Immortality, Part 2: All the God's Beyond. We are currently busy in the office wrapping up July's adventures, prepping for Gen Con, and generally surviving the chaos of the con season in full gear.

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Tags: Community Dion Harris Ekaterina Burmak Gen Con Gen Con 2016 Pathfinder Pawns Pathfinder Society Year of the Stolen Storm

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New Adventures to Kick Off Summer

August 4th, the first day of Gen Con Indy, draws ever nearer, so Linda and I are industriously preparing the huge swath of new adventures leading up to and kicking off the new Season 8: Year of the Stolen Storm. Back when I was first pitching the new All for Immortality seeker arc, adding two extra adventures onto the end of the season seemed quite reasonable. Now that Linda and I are in the thick of developing (and writing) these adventures, we sometimes have that moment where we rock back and forth slightly while giggling madly anytime someone asks how things are coming along. I like to explain that we're laughing about the cruel creativity of this month's authors, who have crafted some delightful stories, encounters, and NPCs. Once you see what's coming out this month, I think you'll agree.

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OPC Log—20 Sarenith 4716

In the northern hemisphere, the celebration of the sun is upon us as we celebrate the longest day of the year. Our compatriots in the southern hemisphere are neck-deep in winter and short nights. Lucky for all of us, Pathfinder plays just as well no matter where you are, and so we may enjoy joining a table with others, roleplaying an evening away.

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Vote for Your Favorite Pathfinder Society Character Sketch!

A while back, we opened up submissions to our Pathfinder Society Character Sketch Competition, and while PaizoCon swept through the office and knocked us prone, we're back and ready to show off the entries! We hope to continue to open up similar contests to give artists within the Pathfinder Society community to show off their characters and creations, so don't despair if you didn't get a chance to enter this time! I'd also like to extend a big "Thank You!" to our contestants for their patience over the last two weeks while we ramp back up to normal.

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GameMastery Module D0: Hollow's Last Hope (OGL)

Goblins Invade Free RPG Day!

Goblins have returned for this momentous occasion—Free RPG Day is here! Free RPG Day is a worldwide gaming event, aimed to bring new and exclusive adventures to local game stores to inspire new comers and long-time gamers alike. This year Paizo has contributed two new offerings for the event: Pathfinder Module: We B4 Goblins! by Crystal Fraiser and Tup the Terrible for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

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Tags: Dmitry Burmak Free RPG Day Goblins Kiki Moch Rizky Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Society

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Given the amount of travel I do as Organized Play Coordinator, you would think I've gotten better at packing. I'm currently surrounded by my suitcase, Class Decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and a pile of Paizo shirts, considering how best to get everything into my bag. No matter how many times I do this, I still fret that I haven't remembered everything I needed to pack. But, somehow, it all gets into the bag and I'm off to the airport! I off to Origins tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing more Pathfinders. If you're at the show, please stop by and say hi! Better yet, come see the new Mummy's Mask demo for the Adventure Card Game. This Base Set has a few tricks up its sleeve that are really cool!

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This time last week, the Paizo staff were wrapping up PaizoCon, participating in the last few panels, running a final delve, or rolling dice in the final encounters. A huge thank you to all those that lent their hands with setup, tear down, or the myriad of tasks in-between. PFS could not have had such a successful show without your assistance. I appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers on behalf of the Society. While John covered the highlights from the banquet, I've got a few other PaizoCon related pieces of business.

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PaizoCon 2016 Pathfinder Society Announcements

PaizoCon 2016 has come to a close, but the Pathfinder Society team is gearing up for tons of new programs and material that we showed off at the Paizo Preview Banquet Saturday evening. Organized Play Coordinator Tonya Woldridge announced these to a packed ballroom, and today I'd like to share the news with you.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild PaizoCon Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Academy Roberto Pitturru Season of the Goblin Season of the Mummy Year of the Stolen Storm

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Pulling Back the Curtain—PaizoCon 2016 Announcements!

Last night's PaizoCon Preview Banquet was an amazing event, full of exciting new reveals and announcements, including the unveiling of Paizo's next roleplaying game project, Starfinder, the next hardcover volumes of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and where Pathfinders will be headed next in Pathfinder Adventure Path and Pathfinder Society organized play. I cannot stress enough how fun and palpable the excitement is during the Banquet, and how cool it is to see folks react in person. But, if you didn't make it out to the show, read on!

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Curse of the Crimson Throne Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Pathfinder Society Starfinder Roleplaying Game

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Goblins Fight!

A Wild PaizoCon Appears!

PaizoCon attendees will get the opportunity to play Season of the Runelords all the way up through Adventure 3: Into the Mountain and will even get a sneak peek at Adventure 4: Abjurant Halls of Envy. I just wrote the mechanics for a scenario currently called "Look! A Monkey!" which I expect to be the start of a long and extended death-glare aimed in my direction by you, the fans. Just remember that you're the ones who went into something called the Abjurant Halls of Envy, and complaints can be delivered directly to me. I'm the one who looks like Mike Selinker.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Community Conventions Litos Lopez Rodriguez PaizoCon PaizoCon 2016 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Society

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PaizoCon Brings Out the Best

Convention season for us is a lot like hosting a large gathering of family and friends for a major holiday: preparing way more dishes than usual, aiming for more spectacular fare than we would otherwise cook, and fretting about whether great-aunt Matilda will critique how we made the pie crust. From dicing the first onion to the moment where everyone sits down and takes the first bite of food, there’s always the question of whether everything turned out just right. Sometimes, though, you can just tell that everything’s fallen into place before even seeing your guests’ expressions. In my extended analogy, while Tonya, Todd Morgan, and Bob Jonquet have handled our seating arrangements and sending out invitations, I think my co-chefs Linda, Thurston Hillman, and Jason Keeley can agree that the menu this year turned out great.

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Tags: Dion Harris Javier Charro Marko Horvatin PaizoCon Pathfinder Society

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OPC Log—16 Desnus 4716

There is no way to do everything at Gen Con by myself; there are just too many tasks and too many places to be. So every year a team of Lead Volunteers is named to help out. While I coordinate things between Gen Con and PFS, they do the same for all the volunteers. Months before the convention starts, just weeks after Gen Con 2015 ended, they started talking about Gen Con 2016. Through months of planning, generating schedules, corresponding with volunteers, compiling lists of supplies, they work closely with me to deliver a quality show. They arrive at Gen Con early and help me set up the Sagamore. Setup is a HUGE endeavor, involving unpacking pallets, building shelving, assembling table stands, folding papers, stuffing envelopes, sorting shirts... an almost endless list of tasks that all need to occur before Wednesday afternoon when our volunteers arrive. After four days of very little sleep, they help tear down the Sagamore, disassembling everything we built days before, packing up the pallets, rolling banners, and compiling a list of GM feedback. Only when everything is torn down and ready to return to Seattle do they take a breather and stop thinking Gen Con 2016. Then, a few weeks later, they review the feedback, read through the many post-Gen Con forum threads, and start thinking about Gen Con 50. The amount of time these volunteers spend putting the show together is immense and I cannot say thank you enough to them for all they do!

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Gen Con, Baby!

We've got tons of material on tap for organized play fans at this year's show. First, the known info: Season of the Runelords, our third season of the Adventure Card Guild, wraps up in August 2016, and avid players will be able to triumphantly complete the season in the Sagamore ballroom. You'll be able to play any or all of the scenarios in SotRu at the show, and we'll even keep a copy or two of Season of the Righteous and Season of the Shackles tucked away for folks who want to catch up or try some new adventures.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Community Conventions Gen Con Gen Con 2016 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Society

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OPC Log—9 Desnus 4716

Last Friday, the Gen Con event listings launched! With all the offerings available, searching the catalog can be daunting. So the team put together some highlights to aid in planning. From 8:00 AM on Thursday until 2:00 PM on Sunday, the Sagamore Ballroom will ring with the sounds of dice, combat, and Venture-Captain briefs.

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OPC Log—2 Desnus 4716

In a previous blog, John introduced the Pathfinder Society PaizoCon events, including some one of a kind adventures, out of retirement scenarios, and panels. Last week, our Customer Service team posted the Event Schedulde, and I urge everyone who is going to PaizoCon to take a look and sign up quickly with your lottery preferences. Don't procrastinate—lottery selections end on May 9th!

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Races (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society at PaizoCon 2016

PaizoCon 2016 is fast approaching, and we're expecting the sign-ups and lottery to go up in the near future. I know a bunch of you are wondering how to allot your lottery priorities, so let me help by tempting you with even more fun options. After all, we love making PaizoCon special by running unique games and providing other great content to make your trip to Seattle as fun as possible.

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Tags: Community Contests Conventions Damien Mammoliti PaizoCon Pathfinder Society

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OPC Log—11 Gozren 4716

This weekend volunteers and Paizo staff came together to run Pathfinder Society events in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom. Except for the early morning hours, we consistently filled our tables and worked hard to get games going quickly. Some of our attendees enjoyed the Adventure Card Game so much they came back the next day to play through the Season of the Runelords Adventure 1. Several other groups went directly from our tables to on-site retailers and bought the Rise of the Runelords Base Set with the intent to start playing back home.

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OPC Log—4 Gozren 4716

Almost thirteen years have passed since my last trip to Las Vegas, and those memories focus on spending time at the Excalibur, playing the carnival games with my husband and son. March saw my return to the City of Lights. This time, I traveled the north Strip, with my days full of retailer presentations and working the Paizo booth at the GAMA Trade Show. Hail and well met to all the retailers I met! For those I didn't get the change to meet, drop me a line at pfsretailers@paizo.com if you have questions or comments about Pathfinder Society. Each evening offered opportunities to eat in some fine restaurants and chat with business partners and other attendees. I explored some gorgeous buildings, taking in the opulence and extravagance. The trip ended all too soon, but I wasn't filled with post-convention blues, as I traveled on to Florida for some vacation time with my family. I enjoyed myself and recharged my batteries in preparation for convention season.

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Escape from Dangerous Realms

The spring equinox recently passed, marking the northern hemisphere’s transition from dreary winter weather to warmer days. Of course in Seattle, winter’s departure means that instead of raining every other day, it has been raining almost every day. Fortunately, there are two new scenarios that you can enjoy with pleasant company as we banish the wintry doldrums and help the Pathfinders’ allies escape their own dangerous predicaments.

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Tags: Kenneth Camaro Pathfinder Society Sean Macdonald

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It Pays to Read

While co-managing an organized play campaign that touches upon nearly everything that Paizo publishes in one way or another, Linda and I spend a lot of our off-time reading, catching up on the latest publications, and thinking about how to incorporate them in the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. Today, we bring you more sanctioned content for your enjoyment both at and away from the gaming table!

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Last Friday marked two important occasions for many gamers—International GM's Day and the anniversary of the passing of game designer Gary Gygax. I began to reflect on my first games and how much they shaped my gaming experience, where I thought about the experiences that encourage players to return to the table. I would love to hear of your first encounters with the world of gaming and what made them so memorable—leave your stories in the comments!

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PaizoCon 2016 Call for Volunteers!

Usually, I use the blog around the first of the month to announce GMs achieving their 5th star, changes in the Venture-Officer team, and the newest Campaign Service Coin recipients. I'm going to postpone that blog for now, to discuss something near and dear to many people's heart:

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Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Simultaneously

Hello, Pathfinders, Tanis here! This week we've got two fantastic blogs for you in one jam-packed edition. First up is Organized Play Coordinator Tonya Woldridge with a con report from Con of the North and Winter Fantasy, and the launch of Season of the Runelords. Then, we've got lead designer Mike Selinker with an announcement and a tease for Obsidian's digital Pathfinder Adventures. But enough from me. On with the show!

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OPC Log—8 Calistril 4716

I spent the past five days in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending the Winter Fantasy Convention hosted by Baldman Games. What a blast! With a small but dedicated Pathfinder presence, we played lots, laughed lots, and rolled quite a few dice. I enjoyed introducing new players to the Pathfinder Society.

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A Little Comic Relief

We have been working hard on the soon-to-launch Season of the Runelords (we're previewing it this weekend at Winter Fantasy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and it's not too late to get in on that!) and we're trying something a little different this time.

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This month finds me traveling to two conventions. On February 3rd, I'm off to Winter Fantasy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Tanis and I will launch the Season of the Runelords for the Adventure Card Guild. We've got a full slate of events—RPG scenarios and quests, as well as the ACG games and open play. There's plenty of space, so come on out and join me! With a new season comes a new organized play guide, so look for the new Adventure Card Game guide on paizo.com later this week. After a few days back in Seattle, I fly to Minnaepolis-St. Paul for Con of the North. Starting with a meet & greet Friday morning and ending with an RPG session on Sunday night, I've got a full slate of games planned. I can't wait to roll dice with other Society members. If you're attending, stop by and say hi!

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Gen Con 2016 Call for Volunteers!

Paizo is once again a co-sponsor of Gen Con 2016. As with last year, we will have a booth & card game demos in the Exhibition Hall, seminars in the Convention Center, and Pathfinder Society running in the Sagamore Ballroom.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #91: Battle of Bloodmarch Hill (Giantslayer 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

You Are What You Choose to Be

I find that every time I take time off to visit family at the end of the year, I bring a project to work on in my spare time. As I packed my bags and finished my last minute Christmas shopping, the Adventure Path section of my Pathfinder bookshelf begged my attention. There huddled Iron Gods and Giantslayer between a support group of other volumes, staring out at me with what I surely imagined were the tear-streaked puppy dog eyes of misfit toys positively quivering with sadness. This hallucinatory guilt trip continued, even as I tried to show that I had downloaded all twelve PDFs for review as though it were some sci-fi version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Even while I watched the latest Star Wars installment with my family, I had the premonition that some Ghost of Christmas Past were hovering over my shoulder asking, "Rey gets a spaceship. Why can't we have spaceships in Pathfinder Society?" By the end of it, I was running through the rain-flooded streets of the southeast United States, shouting holiday well wishes, hefting Tiny Tim on my shoulders, and telling him how to be one of Hell's Rebels.

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Vote for Your Favorite Pathfinder Society Mini!

A few weeks ago, I announced the first in a series of competitions aimed toward Pathfinder Society members. The response illustrates the fantastic talents our players possess. While their creations graced tables, it took being in the right place at the right time to admire them. On that note, thank you to the artists for sharing your creations. Submitting items for public perusal can be daunting and I appreciate your willingness to let us look.

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Let's Be Clear

Happy New Year, everyone! As we return from our holiday vacations, John, Tonya and, I have been diving into some projects that have been sitting on the Pathfinder Society back burner for some time. We are happy to announce the release of the first of these projects—the Pathfinder Society Campaign Clarifications Document.

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Yesterday saw my return from the frozen north. It seems I brought some of the white stuff with me as western Washington weather takes a plunge into ice and snow. Makes me want to curl up in front of a fire with a steaming cup of cocoa and a fluffy blanket. Instead, I will grab a mug and chat with you all for a bit.

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With just ten days left in 2015, this will be my last blog for the year. Next week John will give us some insight on our upcoming scenarios, and then it's on to the new year. Last week, I hinted that you should get out your paintbrushes and arm your glue guns—I hope you did, as I am pleased to announce the first in a series of Pathfinder Society contests!

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The Ritual of Stardust

The caravan pulled into the campsite. Suso watched from the safety of the wagon while the adults made camp and tended to the animals. The mild winter meant an extended traveling season, but tonight their wandering paused long enough to celebrate the Ritual of Stardust. While most of their celebrations of Desna arose spontaneously, the longest night and the longest day each year held special reverence and rituals for the caravan's patron goddess. The company had stopped two days early to give enough time to prepare for the special night.

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OPC Log—14 Kuthona 4715

Where has the time gone? It feels like I started at Paizo yesterday, but looking at the calendar I've worked here 11 weeks. What a busy time! Lots of things going on! Thought I would take a moment and give a status update on several of the projects I've worked on over the past three months.

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Hail and well met! As the chill days of November fade into a frosty December, at least in the northern hemisphere, and our Southern Hemisphere brethren prepare for the heat waves of summer, I give thanks for wool socks and thick sweaters. Soon the shortest day will be upon us, along with cornucopia of holiday traditions and revels.

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Getting the Band Back Together

Just as many people consider one place home no matter where they live now, I’ve met many gamers who have what they consider their "home group" even when life’s circumstances and opportunities take them to opposite ends of the state, country, or planet. Fortunately, the quality of low-cost virtual tabletop programs and communication software improves every year, and it’s easier than ever to run a game when friends are thousands of miles apart. Even so, there’s something really special about reuniting the band in person.

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OPC Log—16 Neth 4715

As was posted on Friday through Paizo's social media accounts, VC Karim & VL Florent confirmed the safety of all PaizoCon France attendees. Such is the enthusiasm and self-reliance of our Pathfinder Society brethren, despite the government closing the site down and the convention being officially cancelled, games still happened. Karim & helpers found two sites across town and coordinated games all day. Not only did they play scenarios in the afternoon, they organized five tables for the interactive special 7-00: The Sky Key Solution. For the hardiness of the attendees and the efforts of Karim & crew, vivat!

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New Recruits, New Achievements!

Over the past 8 years, Pathfinder Society Organized Play has grown into a worldwide community. The phenomenal growth is testament to the hard work and support put in at all levels of the campaign. In fact, it's grown so large that I am adding two more categories of volunteers: Regional Venture-Coordinators (RVC) and Venture Agents (VA). These two new tiers serve to facilitate communication across the globe, and recognize the individuals who support Pathfinder Society with their efforts coordinating games.

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We're Not Staying Mum(my) Any Longer

During PaizoCon 2015, we stood onstage with designer Liz Spain and revealed that the next Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Adventure Path would be Mummy's Mask. And we said that we'd be releasing it in February. As it turns out, we're right an even 50 percent of the time.

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Weapon Training—And So Many Weapons!

The array of armaments available to archers, armigers, assassins, and the like has grown considerably since Paizo first published the fighter and the categories of weapons used in the class's weapon training ability. Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Equipment, and Melee Tactics Toolbox all did admirable jobs of cataloging to which category each of the new weapons belonged, yet some implements of destruction have never received this treatment—especially those that are iconic weapons in on Golarion.

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Return to SkålCon!

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the Co-Chairs of SkålCon, Andrew Christian & Jon Dehning. I wanted to take the opportunity to to report the resultsd—it shows just how much good we as a Society can do when we put our mind's to it! In Jon's words:

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Welcome Our New Organized Play Coordinator—Tonya Woldridge!

Hail and well met to the Paizo community! My name is Tonya Woldridge and I am the new Organized Play Coordinator for the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild.

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Are You Here for the Free Swag?

When someone offers you gaming material for free, you say "YES!" Here's a host of free gaming material, perfect for anybody just getting started in the world of Pathfinder!

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Pathfinder-by-Post

In my brief stint handling both development and campaign coordination duties, I've had a chance to interact with many of the venture-captains and venture-lieutenants while fulfilling convention support requests. One of the most surprising was for PbP Gameday IV from Jesse Davis, venture-captain of online play (PbP stands for play-by-post, explained more below). To give you a sense of perspective, some of our larger regional conventions over the summer run about 120 sessions of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild; this request had 149 sessions with 81 GMs—and that wasn't counting any of the ones who already had their scenario PDFs. I was very excited to share the news of how strong the online play community is and the wealth of gaming opportunities available for anyone with an internet connection.

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Minnesota Pathfinder Society Gives Back the the Community

At Paizo, we get an overwhelming amount of feedback surrounding the growth of the Pathfinder Society. Many of these are positive reports of our volunteers and Venture Officers building strong gaming groups and communities within their region. And occasionally, we hear back about how these local chapters are turning their passion for gaming and PFS into a platform for giving back to people in need. We were contacted by the Minneapolis/St. Paul lodge recently, and wanted to share with you how they've decided to make a difference through their local convention, Skål Con.

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25 New Reasons to Attend a Convention

Every season since the Year of the Ruby Phoenix at Gen Con 2011, the we've released a new set of convention-exclusive boons that Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild players can win. The next year I wrote the Season 4 boons as a volunteer, making a few rewards that have reappeared over the years: Expedition Manager (what if a boon let you do real archaeology?), Treasure Map, Missing Mentor (can a standalone boon tell its own story?), and the infamous Xenophobia (what if there was a boon that ate all of your race boons?). I have no doubt that boon writing played an important part in my being hired by Paizo, so you can understand that I have a special fondness for the process.

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A Record Year for Organized Play

A week ago we flew back to Seattle from another great Gen Con experience. By day we managed the Paizo booth, and after the exhibit hall closed, we ascended to the Sagamore Ballroom for a special event every night. On Thursday night we presented Pathfinder Society Special #6-97: Siege of Serpents, which debuted at PaizoCon 2015 but easily shattered past attendance records in the Sagamore. This was also an opportunity to thank Mike Brock for his service to the organized play campaign, announce 11 new Campaign Service Award recipients, and recognize the many GMs who have received their fifth star in the past year.

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Guide to the New Season

We're just a few days away from the start of Season 7: Year of the Serpent! That means it's time for an updated Guide! The first big change you'll see is that we've changed the title to: Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide. Pathfinder Society Organized Play has referred to two branches of organized play for the past year, which we have distinguished with the terms Roleplaying Guild and Adventure Card Guild. You'll be seeing more of this term as time goes on.

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Introducing Six New Agents!

Over the past several weeks, the design team and other authors have been introducing us to the new Pathfinder RPG Occult Adventures iconic characters and sharing some of the changes incorporated since the playtest in late 2014. Subscribers have already begun receiving pdf copies of the new book, which we'll have added to the Additional Resources in time for Gen Con 2015 in just over a week.

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Undercover Society

The Pathfinder Design Team recently released a second round of the Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Intrigue playtest, listening to the community’s feedback and using it to improve the class.

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Fair Winds and Following Seas

Last October the Venture-Officers became aware of some family health issues that caused a change in my employment status at Paizo and I was allowed to telecommute. This change led my family and I to make the move from Seattle to the New Orleans area. This has worked fairly well for almost a year as I traveled to Paizo from New Orleans regularly but, as with most situations, things continue to evolve and my work status is changing yet again.

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Small Conventions, Big Results

This time of year it’s easy for the Pathfinder Society team to focus so hard on the major conventions (all of the adventures for PaizoCon and Gen Con in particular) that we can lose sight of the smaller events. These might not have the same reach and exposure as the big names, but they’re all stronger in how they bring the community—both the players and the public—together. Venture-Captain Mike Bramnik of Bloomington, Indiana recently contacted me with an after-event report for the Convention of Stonekeep, which did exactly that. Let’s read it in his words.

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It's a Goblin Free-For-All!

Free RPG Day is here! Today game stores across the world are participating in this event, bringing new and exclusive adventures to their area, and inspiring new comers and long-time gamers to new roleplaying games. This year we're contributing two new products to Free RPG Day. The first is Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins Free!, a new adventure following the antics of select characters from the Birdcruncher goblin tribe. For Adventure Card Game fans, we've got a real tricksy treat in store: Ekkie the Goblin Cutpurse.

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We Be Pathfinders!

This Saturday, June 20th, is Free RPG Day! Participating hobby game retail locations and industry publishers will be giving away free adventures and other materials so that gamers can try new games and play exclusive content together. This year Paizo has contributed two special products. A few months ago, Tanis O'Conner introduced us to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game's special treat: the adventurous goblin Ekkie. Of course, many of you familiar with Pathfinder Society have likely met the little warrior while dealing with a certain goblin guild. I have no doubt she'll get up to even crazier antics now that she's a playable character.

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Year of the Serpent

Season 6 of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign is coming to a close, and the Society has finally pieced together the Numerian relic that gave this season its name: the Year of the Sky Key. During the second of this year's interactive Specials, The Sky Key Solution, we're going to fire up the device and see what happens!

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Society Unchained

Ever since its announcement nearly a year ago, players and GMs alike have been speculating about what would appear in Pathfinder Unchained. It was only a short step from there to start wondering what would appear in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. We started exploring this same question early in the book's production, and even then it was clear that some sections would not be a good fit for the campaign, others would absolutely play a role, and many others would require closer study. With the generous assistance of the Pathfinder Design Team and numerous volunteers, we were able to weigh the pros and cons and finalize what our Pathfinders might see in the field.

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Introducing New Product Launch Quests!

The Pathfinder Society team is always looking for ways to improve our relationship with friendly local gaming stores and offer things to help thank them for all they do in their support of both the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild and Adventure Card Guild.

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The England GM Team Marches on its Stomach

Every once in awhile, I receive a neat story from the field that I think others might be interested in. Stories that provide insight into how Pathfinder Society is played or how communities work together to bond are very interesting reads—whether that be playing a game in the middle of the desert or what gamers in Turkey are like.

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Gen Con 2015 News and Official Call for Volunteers!

I was advised last year that we needed to plan to make Gen Con 2014 the biggest and best yet. And it certainly was! We scheduled 1,500 tables of Pathfinder Society during the convention. We showed the world our Kid's Beginner & Advanced Tracks, as well as the Pathfinder Beginner Box Introductions, Parts 1 and 2. We debuted the Silverhex Chronicles Quests. We hosted more than 20 seminars. And we launched the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild! Gen Con was definitely a success and Paizo's biggest showing in history. But we can make it bigger and better this year!

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Learning Exotic Spells

The Pathfinder Society team recently introduced the Core Campaign, an additional way to participate in Pathfinder Society that makes it more approachable while also opening up hundreds of new ways to play for credit. As you may have seen last week, when Mike and I added the essential Inner Sea World Guide languages to the list of those a PC can learn in the Core Campaign, we're listening to your questions about this new option and providing essential clarifications. In addition to these blogs, I recommend checking out the Core Campaign forum.

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No Hablo Shoanti

The Pathfinder Society Organized Play team recently introduced the Core Campaign, an additional way to participate in Pathfinder Society that makes it more approachable while also opening up hundreds of new ways to play for credit.

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Official Call for PaizoCon 2015 Volunteers

For PaizoCon 2015, we plan to make Organized Play even bigger than last year! I am scheduling 210 tables of Pathfinder Society over four days. We will be offering all Season 6 scenarios available to date multiple times, including the debut of two new scenarios. In addition, we will be running scenarios in both the existing campaign mode, as well as the Core Campaign mode. There will multiple tables of both modes of play run in every slot.

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Introducing the Core Campaign

As the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign and the Pathfinder RPG itself has developed over the last several years, players have expressed increasing concerns about the availability of replay, new players being overwhelmed or overshadowed by over-optimized characters, Chronicle sheet rewards not having much meaning, and other concerns related to the sheer amount of information and options available to PFS players. With the help of our dedicated venture-captains, the team here at Paizo has developed a solution designed to solve all of these problems—and more. We call this solution the Core Campaign, a new mode of PFS play that utilizes all of the campaign's current scenarios and resources—only with a significantly lower barrier to entry. Here are some of the highlights:

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Pathfinder Society in Israel and Mexico

It's time to offer you a blog from two of our Pathfinder Society lodges in different parts the world. With the soon-to-be-released Hebrew and Spanish versions of the Pathfinder rulebooks, organized play should see growing activity in both regions. With that impending growth, I asked our venture-captains to write a short summary of Pathfinder Society play in their region.

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Stories from the Field: What to Do When New Players Arrive

With several new changes to improve Pathfinder Society Organized Play on the way over the next several months, one of the things I want to do to add to that improvement is feature venture-officers' knowledge about coordinating and organizing game days, as well as tips and tricks for all aspects of organized play. It's one thing to offer advice from here in Redmond, Washington. It is another to offer advice from the field. At least once a month, I hope to feature a blog, titled Stories from the Field, that is written by a venture-officer who wants to give back to the community through the Pathfinder Society weekly blog.

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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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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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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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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.