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Year of the Shadow Lodge

Thursday, September 9, 2010

As of this past Gen Con, Pathfinder Society Organized Play has officially entered its third year with the launch of Season 2. In addition to the 28 new scenarios players can expect over the next year, Season 2 presents a new aspect of organized play that members of our online community have been very vocal about wanting since the very beginning: metaplot!

Year of the Shadow Lodge Cover

Approximately half of the season's scenarios will center around the Shadow Lodge, a mysterious organization set on destroying the Pathfinder Society from within. These scenarios, as with most, can be played in any order, but frequent PFS players will notice a lot of easter eggs between adventures. There are already several scenarios available to kick off the plot arc, but the biggest release of the season is one you won't see on the downloads page.

Year of the Shadow Lodge is an exclusive Pathfinder Society Special by fan-favorite author Tim Hitchcock, designed to be run at any game store or convention with at least three simultaneous tables of PFS. Spanning levels 1–11, this scenario allows both new and seasoned players to take part in an epic adventure to save the Grand Lodge itself! Year of the Shadow Lodge played to rave reviews at both PaizoCon and Gen Con (at which 36 tables played simultaneously!), and you can run it at your own event to the same response.

If you run a local convention or organize Pathfinder Society at a game store (or if you know the person who does), contact pathfindersociety@paizo.com to find out how to get your hands on this exclusive event! It won't be available for purchase on the paizo.com web store until next summer when Season 3 begins, so launch Season 2 in style with a memorable gaming experience only authorized events can offer.

Mark Moreland
Developer

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Cheliax *

Tim Hitchcock running this for 36 tables is a sight to behold.

Many strained vocal chords gave thier lives for this adventure at Gencon.

Possible ending 1.

Spoiler:
Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Possible ending 2.

Spoiler:
You somehow escape the rocks but fell victim to

EXPLOSIVE RUNES!!

Mark Moreland

Spoiler:
Dude seriously where's the new art in the blog? ;)


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Love the addition of the metaplot!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Is this offer restricted to "physical events" with tables and people in a convention or in a store, or would a play-by-forum site with several games ("tables") running in parallel qualify as well?

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Allentown & Bethlehem

I was one of the table GMs for this at Gencon and it was pure awesome. The action at every table does is important to the outcome of the scenario. The best part from my perspective was when Tim was reading the intro and upon hearing certain key words the entire hall let out an audible groan.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

That sounds good. However, it needs more preview art.

Paizo Employee ** Developer

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
That sounds good. However, it needs more preview art.

I'm sorry, had you seen the cover of this exclusive scenario before? Is that image available anywhere but this blog? Hmmm?

Paizo Employee ** Developer

Dalvyn wrote:
Is this offer restricted to "physical events" with tables and people in a convention or in a store, or would a play-by-forum site with several games ("tables") running in parallel qualify as well?

Josh would be the one to answer that officially, as he's the guy behind the curtain, but I believe it's reserved for physical events. The nature of the scenario is that the tables operate on strict time limits to all stay apace of one another, and are coordinated by one person who needs to be able to GM the entire room. It's also an incentive for people to play at their FLGS or regional conventions, as that's the only place they'll be able to play this. But if this is something you'd like to try to arrange, email Josh and he can help you do so if it's possible.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
That sounds good. However, it needs more preview art.
I'm sorry, had you seen the cover of this exclusive scenario before? Is that image available anywhere but this blog? Hmmm?

The black dragon illustration is most definitely available somewhere else...

Paizo Employee ** Developer

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
The black dragon illustration is most definitely available somewhere else...

I have no control of what art was chosen for this product's cover, nor the lack of new art within its pages. Have faith, my dear Mairkurion! I'll get you your new art as soon as I have the chance.


::Pants::

Andoran **** Venture-Captain, Missouri—Cape Girardeau aka Arnim Thayer

Hoping to have this at the our local gaming convention, Brewfest. Just awaiting confirmation from Mr. Frost.


Awesome! Now I will have to make the time to run the season two scenarios. ~thinks~ I wonder what FLGS would let me run them?

Paizo Employee ** Developer

Arnim Thayer wrote:
Hoping to have this at the our local gaming convention, Brewfest. Just awaiting confirmation from Mr. Frost.

He's been out of the office the last two days, in case you were getting impatient. I'm sure he'll get to your email when he returns.


So, um, how do I get it so I can run it at my local game store? They don't sponsor Pathfinder Society events but leave it up to people to arrange in their gaming area. Or does that mean we poor bastards in Alaska will never be able to touch this scenario unless we fork over the money to head to conventions?

Grand Lodge **

DM Doom wrote:
So, um, how do I get it so I can run it at my local game store? They don't sponsor Pathfinder Society events but leave it up to people to arrange in their gaming area. Or does that mean we poor bastards in Alaska will never be able to touch this scenario unless we fork over the money to head to conventions?

I believe it was mentioned in another thread? But you basically need to have 3 tables worth of players in order to 'qualify' to run this.

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Dalvyn wrote:
Is this offer restricted to "physical events" with tables and people in a convention or in a store, or would a play-by-forum site with several games ("tables") running in parallel qualify as well?

Year of the Shadow Lodge is restricted to physical play of three or more tables with a minimum of 4 GMs and 12 players (1 GM is the Overseer GM for the event).


Want... to... run!

I'll have to start seeing if I can kick up some buzz regarding the Pathfinder Society here and get more than one table going.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber
DM Doom wrote:

Want... to... run!

I'll have to start seeing if I can kick up some buzz regarding the Pathfinder Society here and get more than one table going.

Well DM doom I did put out notice with Bosco's back in August to have an event ran September 26th.

We had 5 players show up to that event on the 26th. The next one I have scheduled is October 17th at Wayne's World.

I know you were specifically interested in doing the GMing.

I think you said you had two to three players interested in playing the in the Society.

I also had a person email me said he was interested in doing it but just not able to make it on the 26th.

What I am looking at is a weekday event rather than Sunday. Of course a Saturday might work as well.

Sean

Taldor ****

As of right now, Brewfest in Cape Girardeau, MO, is looking at at least 5 tables for the shadow lodge event.

Paizo Employee ** Developer

Tim Statler wrote:
As of right now, Brewfest in Cape Girardeau, MO, is looking at at least 5 tables for the shadow lodge event.

That's great to hear!

Andoran *****

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Tim Statler wrote:
As of right now, Brewfest in Cape Girardeau, MO, is looking at at least 5 tables for the shadow lodge event.
That's great to hear!

Twice even!

****

I am running Pathfinder at a convention called "Totalconfusion", it's held in February in Mansfield, Ma. How can I get The Year of the Shadow Lodge to run there?

Grand Lodge **

Ulserad wrote:
I am running Pathfinder at a convention called "Totalconfusion", it's held in February in Mansfield, Ma. How can I get The Year of the Shadow Lodge to run there?

Send an email to hyrum.savage@paizo.com

****

Mark Garringer wrote:
Ulserad wrote:
I am running Pathfinder at a convention called "Totalconfusion", it's held in February in Mansfield, Ma. How can I get The Year of the Shadow Lodge to run there?
Send an email to hyrum.savage@paizo.com

Thank you Venture Captain

Shadow Lodge *** Venture-Captain, Australia—Sydney aka Al Rigg

Does the Overseer GM get a credit for running Year of the Shadow Lodge, or does that just go to the Table GMs? If so, how do you report the Overseer as a GM?

Qadira *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Al Rigg wrote:
Does the Overseer GM get a credit for running Year of the Shadow Lodge, or does that just go to the Table GMs? If so, how do you report the Overseer as a GM?

The Overseer has to take it on the chin. He/she gets no credit. If the coordinator wants to be generous they could report an additional table, put the Overseer as GM and add one or more players from different tables. This is the coordinator's call and not expressly allowed by the rules.

This falls into the same category as giving credit to convention organizers who never actually run any tables. They are still working and contributing, just not getting any credit for their efforts (for now).

Andoran *****

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Doug Miles wrote:
Al Rigg wrote:
Does the Overseer GM get a credit for running Year of the Shadow Lodge, or does that just go to the Table GMs? If so, how do you report the Overseer as a GM?

The Overseer has to take it on the chin. He/she gets no credit. If the coordinator wants to be generous they could report an additional table, put the Overseer as GM and add one or more players from different tables. This is the coordinator's call and not expressly allowed by the rules.

This falls into the same category as giving credit to convention organizers who never actually run any tables. They are still working and contributing, just not getting any credit for their efforts (for now).

Is there any reason the Overseer can't also be one of the table GMs?

Qadira *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
Doug Miles wrote:
Al Rigg wrote:
Does the Overseer GM get a credit for running Year of the Shadow Lodge, or does that just go to the Table GMs? If so, how do you report the Overseer as a GM?

The Overseer has to take it on the chin. He/she gets no credit. If the coordinator wants to be generous they could report an additional table, put the Overseer as GM and add one or more players from different tables. This is the coordinator's call and not expressly allowed by the rules.

This falls into the same category as giving credit to convention organizers who never actually run any tables. They are still working and contributing, just not getting any credit for their efforts (for now).

Is there any reason the Overseer can't also be one of the table GMs?

No reason.

Qadira ****

Doug Miles wrote:

The Overseer has to take it on the chin. He/she gets no credit. If the coordinator wants to be generous they could report an additional table, put the Overseer as GM and add one or more players from different tables. This is the coordinator's call and not expressly allowed by the rules.

This falls into the same category as giving credit to convention organizers who never actually run any tables. They are still working and contributing, just not getting any credit for their efforts (for now).

Is that the actual official ruling on that? I don't see why the Overseer GM needs to eat it when he's pretty much GMing the scenario at large and still keeping track of things. He still has a pretty active role.

Qadira *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Joseph Caubo wrote:
Doug Miles wrote:

The Overseer has to take it on the chin. He/she gets no credit. If the coordinator wants to be generous they could report an additional table, put the Overseer as GM and add one or more players from different tables. This is the coordinator's call and not expressly allowed by the rules.

This falls into the same category as giving credit to convention organizers who never actually run any tables. They are still working and contributing, just not getting any credit for their efforts (for now).

Is that the actual official ruling on that? I don't see why the Overseer GM needs to eat it when he's pretty much GMing the scenario at large and still keeping track of things. He still has a pretty active role.

There's no official ruling. The Overseer GM is not a table GM unless he/she performs both roles during the event. GM credit for an Overseer isn't expressly allowed. Being an Overseer GM is a lot like being a coordinator, you do the work but understand the sacrifice. I have been both Overseer and a table GM for the Special. If someone wants more scenarios under their belt for GMing then they should get busy and volunteer more. However, I am not going to come to your convention and dictate to your coordinator how to report his/her tables.

Qadira ****

Doug Miles wrote:
Stuff

Doesn't bother me, I've already Table GM'ed it and I'd love to Overseer GM it. I just thought the Overseer got GM credit as well. Meh. :)

****

Doug Miles wrote:
Al Rigg wrote:
Does the Overseer GM get a credit for running Year of the Shadow Lodge, or does that just go to the Table GMs? If so, how do you report the Overseer as a GM?

The Overseer has to take it on the chin. He/she gets no credit. If the coordinator wants to be generous they could report an additional table, put the Overseer as GM and add one or more players from different tables. This is the coordinator's call and not expressly allowed by the rules.

This falls into the same category as giving credit to convention organizers who never actually run any tables. They are still working and contributing, just not getting any credit for their efforts (for now).

I'd probably get around this by reporting the judges gm credit under the overseer as the gm. Just my two cents.

Shadow Lodge *** Venture-Captain, Australia—Sydney aka Al Rigg

Ah, no worries. I was the coordinator for the Con, and the Overseer GM for Shadow Lodge. As you say, Doug, I understand the sacrifice and am happy to take it on the chin. It would certainly be appreciated though, if at some point in the future, Paizo would recognise that perhaps Con coordinators deserve a little recognition as well. ;-)

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